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Aretha, 1964:


So this is how you write about an Andrew Breitbart. Nicely done, Mark!

Was I on your mind

Jessie Baylin:

Good clean hits

I just would like someone to explain to me why this is just fine, but decent people are still supposed to shun Michael Vick:

The Washington Redskins had a bounty system for big hits on opponents under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that was similar to the one revealed by an NFL investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players who played under Williams said Friday.

Three of the players described a coach who doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defenders who measured up to Williams’s scoring system for rugged play, including “kill shots” that knocked opposing teams’stars out of a game.

“You got compensated more for a kill shot than you did other hits,” said one former player, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Of the four players interviewed, only Philip Daniels, a former defensive lineman, was willing to be quoted on the record. He defended Williams’s coaching. Daniels now serves as the team’s director of player development.

Players said compensation ranged from “hundreds to thousands of dollars,” with the biggest sum any player received believed to be about $8,000.

“I never took it for anything [but] just incentive to make good, hard plays,” said a current player, who requested anonymity. “But I’m pretty sure it did entice some guys to do more to a player than normal when it came to taking them out. I mean, that’s cash. Let’s just be honest about it.

“If you took the star player out, he’d hook you up a little bit.”

March Photo o’ the day….. Fruit.



Virtually Speaking tonight

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd discuss current evens from the perspective of movement liberalism.| Plus What Digby Said. And last week’s post-show notes. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay talks with filmmakers Frances Causey and Don Goldmacher about Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? the night before it opens at The Quad Cinema in NYC for a week long run, against the backdrop of a growing worldwide populist democratic movement. @1Basil1 review here. Follow @HeistDoc @FCausey @donnyg1941 @JayAckroyd Listen live and later on BTR.

But, it does take two to tango!


Just talked to our own Dr. S. down in Alabama, whose town was hit by that wave of tornadoes moving through the south. He’s okay, but there’s another line of storms coming through later.

Why Dems have a problem with young voters

Rick Perlstein for Rolling Stone:

I have a young friend I’ll call Cecil. Cecil graduated from a prestigious liberal arts college on the East Coast in 2006 with a degree in political science. A lot of his friends were involved in political campaigns, and so, looking for work, he thought he’d try it, too: “You want to be involved in something that’s trying to make the world a better place. Something that’s mission-driven,” he says. So he got a job as a field organizer for the senate campaign of John Tester, the populist Democrat. That election won, burned out, he drove to California and got a job waiting tables.

Then came Barack Obama, and Cecil fell in love. “The war thing was big,” he remembers. “I had a friend who went to Iraq and died. Obama’s whole opposition to the war was very important to me.” He packed up his car and drove all the way across the country to become an Obama organizer in New Hampshire, then Maine, then Vermont. Because he was good at it, he was named deputy field director in Oregon, then one of two deputies in a crucial Midwestern state. After the election, in Washington, he was one of the principles in setting up a major new national progressive activist group.
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Major tornado outbreak

Stay safe:

The threat for damaging winds and tornadoes is increasing across the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. Stay alert of the dangerous storm situation.

A Potentially Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch has been issued for southeastern Missouri, southern and central Illinois, central and southern Indiana and western Kentucky. The National Weather Service issues a PDS Tornado Watch less than a handful of times a year.

Multiple lines of severe storms are erupting from northern Alabama through central and eastern Tennessee and Kentucky.

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