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‘Going Mobile’

Out in the woods
Or in the city
It’s all the same to me
When I’m drivin’ free
the world’s my home
When I’m mobile

Fukushima

I don’t think “immediate” deaths is the criteria we need to use here:

The triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March startled many people in the American nuclear industry, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Tuesday, although the success in ultimately gaining control of the reactors did not.

“I think there are many people who are associated with this industry who believed we had designed away, or operated in a way, that eliminated the possibility of ever having a significant, really severe accident,’’ said the chairman, Gregory B. Jaczko, who held a year-end roundtable session with reporters.

That it was possible for the three reactors to melt down without causing any immediate deaths was far less surprising, he said. “Plants ultimately have a number of safety features and designs to reduce the likelihood” of releasing enough radiation to cause immediate illness, he said.

Resistance to foreclosures and evictions is having an effect, as a leaked memo from Bank of America indicates. More here.

The plot to take away their guns

It’s so crazy, isn’t it? Scary black man in the White House! If Obama had ever actually done a thing to control guns, I could see it. But he’s been missing in action on the topic for a very long time. Amazing, the things people use to scare themselves:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS Washington) — A gun company advertisement that warns of impending gun control compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

The USAAmmo ad shows side-by-side pictures of Obama with Hitler, Stalin and other dictators who committed atrocities across the world. The ad, which is also accompanied by a video, warns that gun control is imminent and foreshadows that the U.S. could face millions in casualties if they are not allowed to defend themselves.

USAAmmo states that “tyranny is knocking down the doors of American cities daily” and that Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other gun control advocates “are secretly conspiring American Citizens of the right to bear arms.”

Trace Williams, director of operations for USAAmmo, defended the ad that was emailed Monday. He told CBS Washington that “Obama and his various czars are infringing on the rights of Americans to own guns.”

“He’s anti-gun and he’s obviously a socialist cramming health care down American’s throats,” Williams said. “That is exactly how those people in that ad rose to power.”

This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.

Pulling away the football again

How the hell do you rationalize this? In a vacuum, that’s how. Yes, of course, some young girls may not know how to read the directions — but there are already plenty of dangerous over the counter drugs to which they have easy access. More importantly, young girls who are pregnant and delay abortion decisions often end up mothers – which calls for a whole other set of mature decisions for which they may not be prepared:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA today on making the morning-after contraception pill available to teens under 17-years-old without a prescription. Of course, the pill itself has been controversial in the years since its introduction, so it’s unsurprising that debate over whether to let minors use it would spur conflict. Still, The Associated Press calls it “a surprise move” that Sebelius would overrule her own experts. The emergency pill, which prevents pregnancies after intercourse, is already available over-the-counter to those 17 and over, and the FDA had decided women younger than 17 were also able to make a decision whether to use it without a doctor’s guidance. The statements from the two camps pretty much stick dryly to issues of whether minors are mature enough to decide such matters. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said today “there is adequate and reasonable, well-supported, and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential,” but noted that Sebelius had disagreed.

NY Times panel

Friedman, Krugman, Nocera:

Watch live streaming video from nytimesopinion at livestream.com

Someone once said, “If petulance, fear and moral confusion could be made into a mustache wax, Tom Friedman would have a lifetime supply.”

R.I.P.

Dobie Gray, 71. (His correct age is on his website.)

Weather, or not?

It’s been raining for days. Yesterday, it was 67 degrees. Today, it’s still raining, but tonight we might see some snow. Oy.

Occupy K Street

Nicole Sandler live:

Last night’s show

Jay Ackroyd and I discussed a lot of things, including the Affordable Health Care Act’s pre-existing condition coverage. Listen here!

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