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Stacking the deck

http://www.youtube.com/v/wu1X6T5DThk?hl=en&fs=1 (h/t Mark Fiore)

Now, you knew they weren’t going to allow any more cuts to the military, right? They’ll tie themselves in knots to cut anything but. And why the hell are we talking about deficit reduction during a depression, anyway? (Call it a recession if you want, but I don’t agree.) So if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that any deep cuts will come out of things that benefit people like us, because Democrats are compulsively cooperative with their oppressors:

WASHINGTON — As pessimism mounted this week over the ability of a bipartisan Congressional committee to agree on a deficit-reduction plan, lawmakers began taking steps to head off the large cuts in Pentagon spending that would automatically result from the panel’s failure.

Members of both parties and both chambers said they increasingly feared that the 12-member committee would be unable to bridge deep partisan divisions and find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction as required under the law that raised the debt ceiling and created the committee in the summer.

As talks sputtered, one panel member publicly lamented that the process was not working, and the group was chastised by a bipartisan group of budget experts (Editor’s note: No progressive experts invited, of course!) at a public hearing for failing to show progress. Several members of Congress, especially Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, are readying legislation that would undo the automatic across-the-board cuts totaling nearly $500 billion for military programs, or exchange them for cuts in other areas of the federal budget.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has drafted a bill that would replace the military reductions that would occur under a process known in Congress as sequestration with 5 percent cuts to other, unspecified parts of the federal budget, and a 10 percent decrease in pay for members of Congress. In the House, similar measures are being assembled.

Homes of the candidates

Makes you understand why these people think cutting taxes for the rich is a good idea.

Too bad the piece doesn’t mention that Michelle Bachmann used a government-backed loan to buy her new home right before calling for the dismantling of Freddie and Fannie.

You’re aging well

Dar Williams:

Anonymous strikes again

I can’t get too angry about this.

Gov. Walker

I liked this so much, I’m running it again:

Language of the heart

David Wilcox:

Oklahoma

Two earthquakes yesterday in OK, including a 5.6 – their biggest ever. I went looking today for any connection between the quakes and fracking (the official answer? Yes), and came across this woman’s video from May, claiming a dream warning from God about Oklahoma. Not claiming she predicted these earthquakes, just thought I’d share because it was sort of interesting. More things in heaven and earth… , etc.

Jerusalem

Steve Earle’s beautiful song:

Wondering where the lions are

If you’ve never seen Bruce Cockburn live, I strongly urge you to do so before you die. This is the guy that Eddie Van Halen and others call the best guitarist in the world:

Oh shit

What am I going to do with this extra hour?

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