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Venus retro

And a solar eclipse on Sunday. In case you want to know more about that, read here.

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Other than the fact that I thought giving him the nomination would be a mistake for many of these same reasons.

Psychopaths

I once had a casual friendship with a co-worker who had three boys being treated for bi-polar disorder. From her descriptions, I assumed she let the kids run roughshod over her, but when I visited her house a few times, I didn’t see any evidence of that.

Her children were exhausting, and as a result, she and her husband had very few friends. They also got no time alone, because the few family members who lived in the area couldn’t handle their boys and refused to babysit. Their house – a prison, really – was filled with expensive broken things; her husband sought refuge through his compulsive eBay purchases.

The last time I talked to her, her 11-year-old had been institutionalized – for trying to kill her.

I just couldn’t handle being her friend. It was all too much, and I put her out of my mind. But when I read this, I thought of her.

DINOs

Why was I getting fundraising letters from the DGA asking for donations to defeat Scott Walker?

Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — and the Democratic National Committee in particular — for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Scott Walker, I’m told.


The failure to put up the money Wisconsin Dems need to execute their recall plan comes at a time when the national Republican Party is sinking big money into defending Walker, raising fears that the DNC’s reluctance could help tip the race his way.


“We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,” a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official tells me. “Scott Walker has the full support and backing of the Republican Party and all its tentacles. We are not getting similar support.”


“Considering that Scott Walker has already spent $30 million and we’re even in the polls, this is a winnable race,” the Wisconsin Dem continues. “We can get outspent two to one or five to one. We can’t get spent 20 to one.”


According to the Wisconsin Dem, the party has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation. While the DNC has made generally supportive noises, the money has not been forthcoming, the official says — with less than a month until the June 5th recall election. The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chris Christie

The thing about the guy is, he’s not always a complete asshole. He proposes some good common-sense things sometimes:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers on the Assembly Judiciary Committee are considering measures to change the way New Jersey’s criminal justice system deals with nonviolent drug offenders.


One bill would create mandatory drug treatment in two counties as a two-year pilot program.


A second bill would automatically erase the criminal records for people who successfully complete drug treatment.


Gov. Chris Christie has proposed mandatory drug court statewide for people who qualify. He says it’s time to empty prisons of inmates who are drug-dependent but not criminals.

Smart ALEC

Spin, spin, spin!

WASHINGTON — When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) first started facing public scrutiny about its extraordinary ability to turn “model bills” written by corporate lobbyists into state law, the secretive group sent out a list of talking points to its members, telling them what to do when faced with questions about the role of the group’s corporate sponsors.


The guidance, in a nutshell: Change the subject.


“The following information is designed to help you navigate away from those tough questions and get back to talking about policy,” says the memo, which was obtained by the public interest group Common Cause and provided exclusively to The Huffington Post. “If you are asked any of these questions, acceptable responses are provided, but please then direct the conversation back to the policy to which you want to discuss.”

Read on for details, and for ALEC’s silly response.

Hmm

So much for Japan’s nuclear moratorium.

That nice Big Brother

It’s not as if any sentient being ever doubted that the Occupy crackdowns were overseen by the feds, but the evidence continues to leak out through the FOIA requests by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund:

Documents just obtained by the PCJF from its FOIA request show massive nationwide monitoring, surveillance and information sharing between the Department of Homeland Security and local authorities in response to Occupy. The PCJF, also on behalf of author/filmmaker Michael Moore and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee, has made a series of FOIA demands regarding law enforcement involvement in the Occupy Crackdown.


“These documents show not only intense government monitoring and coordination in response to the Occupy Movement, but reveal a glimpse into the interior of a vast, tentacled, national intelligence and domestic spying network that the U.S. government operates against its own people,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the PCJF. “These heavily redacted documents don’t tell the full story. They are likely only a subset of responsive materials and the PCJF continues to fight for a complete release. They scratch the surface of a mass intelligence network including Fusion Centers, saturated with ‘anti-terrorism’ funding, that mobilizes thousands of local and federal officers and agents to investigate and monitor the social justice movement,” Verheyden-Hilliard stated.


This set of released materials reveals intense involvement by the DHS’ National Operations Center (NOC) in these activities. The DHS describes the NOC as, “the primary national-level hub for domestic situational awareness, common operational picture, information fusion, information sharing, communications, and coordination pertaining to the prevention of terrorist attacks and domestic incident management. The NOC is the primary conduit for the White House Situation Room and DHS Leadership for domestic situational awareness and facilitates information sharing and operational coordination with other federal, state, local, tribal, non-governmental operation centers and the private sector.”

HBO

Why you can’t order it by itself.

Deja vu

Boy oh boy, they’re gonna fall for this all over again, aren’t they?

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