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Bye to probable cause

Cops can pretty much kick in your door for almost any reason at all now!

Roseanne

Still one of my heros for standing up for working people everywhere. And yes, I still watch her show.

People my age

John Gorka:

Leaks

If you have the stomach, go read how Obama turned against whistleblowers and launched a crusade against leaks:

Jack Balkin, a liberal law professor at Yale, agrees that the increase in leak prosecutions is part of a larger transformation. ”

We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national-surveillance state,” he says. In his view, zealous leak prosecutions are consonant with other political shifts since 9/11: the emergence of a vast new security bureaucracy, in which at least two and a half million people hold confidential, secret, or top-secret clearances; huge expenditures on electronic monitoring, along with a reinterpretation of the law in order to sanction it; and corporate partnerships with the government that have transformed the counterterrorism industry into a powerful lobbying force. Obama, Balkin says, has “systematically adopted policies consistent with the second term of the Bush Administration.”

Part 1

Shock therapy for economics.

Louisiana 1927

Randy Newman:

R.I.P.

Odell Brown, 70, co-writer of “Sexual Healing.”

Living dolls

I’ve never understood women who treat their daughters like little dolls, putting on makeup, getting their ears pierced and dressing them like fairy princesses and/or sluts instead of like little kids. It’s kind of creepy.

But Botox for an 8-year-old? That really takes the cake.

Transparency

Good for Minnesota!

By a 2-1 vote, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday sided with a federal judge in allowing a state campaign finance law to require corporations to disclose when they spend money to support or defeat a candidate.

“Minnesota did not ban corporate independent expenditures,” the Appeals Court wrote. “Instead, based upon the lower court’s findings, as strongly supported by the record, we find that Minnesota created a statutory scheme designed to require corporations to disclose certain information when making independent expenditures.”

The decision affirms a ruling by U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank in September 2010, in which he refused to strike down the law. In his ruling, Frank said that voters have “an interest in knowing who is speaking about a candidate on the eve of an election.”

One of those reports before the primary elections last year showed that Target, Best Buy and other corporations gave to MN Forward, a pro-business group that is buying ads to support GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The disclosures riled groups at odds with Emmer’s opposition to same-sex marriage, and they launched a blistering attack on the companies.

Heh

What Duncan said.

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