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9th Circuit

Says John Yoo has immunity.

As Marcy Wheeler points out, Jay Bybee, co-author of some torture memos, is now a 9th Circuit Judge.

God bless America!

Stop stop

I love this band. The Black Keys:

American land

Bruce Springsteen:

Reported neonazi kills 4, then self in AZ

Another angry white guy with a gun and a hate-on for dark people. Yay, America!

A border militia leader on Wednesday shot and killed four people at a Gilbert home, including a toddler, before committing suicide, sources said.

Sources identified the shooter as Jason “J.T.” Ready, a reputed neo-Nazi who made headlines when he launched a militia movement to patrol the Arizona desert to hunt for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

At least one person survived the shooting, and was being treated at Maricopa Medical Center.

Authorities have not identified the other victims, but reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Hugo Mederos said the victims were his ex-wife, Lisa; their daughter, Amber; Amber’s boyfriend, whose name The Republic is withholding until his next of kin could be notified, and Amber’s 18-month-old baby, Lilly.

Mederos, who lives in Tampa, said Ready lived at the home with his girlfriend, Lisa.

Ready was a former Marine who headed the U.S. Border Guard, a militia-style group that routinely performed armed patrols in the southern Arizona desert. Early this year, Ready had formed an exploratory committee for a run as Pinal County sheriff.

Deep thought

How many football players have to die (or end up in diapers, drooling into their soup) before we stop paying to watch them bash each other in the head?

Say goodbye

Norah Jones:

Moby Dick Airways

ROFLMAOPIP…. Go read Thers!

Do the trick

Philly band Dr. Dog:

Why we’re still in Afghanistan

The new piece in Vanity Fair arguably sheds light on why Barack Obama turned out to be a major disappointment to progressives who expected him to curtail growing economic inequality, crack down on banksters, put a lid on exorbitant “defense” spending, and so on. More here.

Tonight

Virtually Speaking Science | Wednesday May 2 | 9pm eastern | 6pm pacific –

Two of the biggest astronomical events of the year – May 20’s annular solar eclipse and June 5’s transit of Venus – are just around the corner. What’s the big deal, and how can you get in on the action?

Paul Doherty (a.k.a. Patio Plasma), senior scientist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium chats with MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle about; eclipse/transit angles; how and where to see this month’s eclipse and next month’s once-in-a-lifetime transit safely; and Explo activities and events and using virtual worlds – particularly Second Life – for outreach/education/science experiences. Follow @b0yle @exploratorium Read Alan’s show notesListen live & Later.

Digitally present studio audience — courtesy of MICA — here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/StellaNova/70/211/31

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