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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan doesn’t seem like someone who would lie in a weasel-y way (hello, Mitt Romney) about her agenda. She just seems like she’s in over her head. More here.

Makes sense

Telling businesses they can forget about paying their taxes has created so many jobs already, right? And really, shouldn’t old people just die on the street in a cardboard box?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to make it harder for hundreds of thousands of people to qualify for Medicaid under the president’s health care overhaul.

Lawmakers voted 262-157 to include Social Security and railroad retirement benefits in the formula that determines whether people qualify for the aid.

The Congressional Budget Office says that would knock 500,000 to 1 million people off coverage by the federal insurance program for the poor — though some would qualify to buy coverage under new insurance exchanges.

The budget office has estimated the change would save about $13 billion over the next decade.

The House wants to use those savings to pay for the repeal of a law that pressures government contactors to fully pay their taxes.

‘You know what you did.’

“You took our stuff. Now give it back.” Why #OccupyWallStreet has left Washington (and the media) behind.

We are the 99%

The Declaration of the Occupation, set to music and performed by Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir:

Resisting arrest

I did not know this. Discuss!

“Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”

“An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

“When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

“These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

“An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).
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Ha ha

Russia TV’s Alyona really lets Politico’s Ben Smith have it:

What’s your number?

Interesting little gadget. Yes, while all the Jesus-y types are busily defending zygotes and making sure people who want it can’t get access to birth control, some of us more practical types are wondering exactly how we’re going to feed, shelter and employ a couple billion more people. (Of course, Jesus will come again and destroy all the non-believers, so that should thin the herd, at least a little.)

What would you cut?

Did you know Eric Cantor gets driven 250 yards?


The next big fight and why you should care.

Make love, not porn

You don’t have to be a regular porn consumer to recognize its influence on sexual habits. I’ve only seen two or three porn movies in my life, but I knew right away when the guy I was seeing was a habitual user of porn because he kept reenacting these sexual parlor tricks, things that seemed designed only for a camera in the room – and not the person with whom he was actually having sex.

Some of it was fun, but after a while, it began to get on my nerves. “Look at me,” I used to say to him. (Because I wanted him to make an actual connection with me, and not some mental stroke movie.) “Just look at me.” But usually he didn’t, or couldn’t. Porn was his way of staying disconnected, and safe.

And really, who can compete with that movie in someone else’s head? All that air-brushed perfection, all those high-pitched, eager squeaks of simulated passion. It began to bore me, his inability to actually be there with me. To please him (and yes, to amuse myself, because I’m that kind of person), I started simulating, too. It went on far too long, and by the time I finally came clean with him, it was much too late to salvage things. I’d been emotionally cheated too long.

So if you asked me if I thought porn was harmless, well, no. And that’s why I thought this interview with Cindy Gallop was so interesting.

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