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From the Rude Pundit.

Good life

Francis Dunnery:

Virtually Speaking Susie

Tonight’s show at 11 pm EST (next week we move to 9 pm) will feature Charles Pierce, the author of “Idiot America” who blogs at Altercation and writes for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Also joining in is Philadelphia Daily News writer Will Bunch, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who is also the author of “Tear Down This Myth,” “Backlash” and most importantly for tonight’s purposes, “Jukebox America.”

No politics tonight: I’m asking two journalists who love music to share their “desert island discs” — what 10 albums would they take if they were stranded on a desert island?

Call in with questions, comments or your own list to 646-200-3440. Click here to tune in!

Dear God

Is it even possible to keep up with the amount of money these assholes are pouring into turning back the clock in this country? I mean, it’s not as if we have a party that knows how to fight back.

Doc Martin

When the sheer volume and velocity of right-wing shamelessness gets me down, I turn to my Roku. For the past few days, I’m been immersed in the Netflix adventures of BBC’s “Doc Martin,” about a high-powered London surgeon who takes a job in a seaside Cornish village after he develops a blood phobia. It’s your typical “fish out of water” plot, with the addition of the main character’s strong Asperger-like traits. (“Monk” in Cornwall!) And of course there’s some sexual tension between the new doc and the village schoolteacher.

The main thing, though, is the absolutely breathtaking scenery. It’s like being on vacation.

P.S. If you want to watch it, it’s free on Hulu.com. And I just found out Craig Ferguson is one of the creators.


Dave McKenna certainly has Glenn Beck nailed!

By the way, Dave used to be in my 8th grade class at Most Blessed Sacrament. Philadelphia is full of connections like that.

A self-perpetuating system

Labor activist/reporter Mike Elk in Alternet makes many, many good points and you should go read all of them:

Since the financial crisis and President Obama’s election in the fall of 2008, there have been two major actions taken by working people that commanded the attention of America’s financial elite — the 2008 occupation of Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago and the current Wisconsin State Capitol occupation. Both events won enormous public support.

However, these types of events not only threatened economic elites that run our economy, but posed a challenge to established progressive leaders in Washington; how to incorporate them. The mass, spontaneous civil disobedience and direct action allowed workers to take matters into their own hands and upset the normal function of the insider relationships the progressive elite tend to rely upon.
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Turn your CD spindle cases into mini-greenhouses to start your seeds!

The reformer

Chris Christie is very careful about which people and agencies he wants to reform:

Yes, the governor is a former prosecutor, but as governor, he is a selective prosecutor. This isn’t the first time that Christie — self-proclaimed corruption-fighting superhero — has looked the other way.

A couple of months ago, at a town hall meeting in Wayne, he sat on a stage with Assemblyman Scott Rumana, who faces an ethics investigation into a corporation he created to divert millions in energy grants awarded to Wayne, where he once was mayor. When asked about consorting with a troubled Republican colleague, Christie said: “I don’t know enough about it.”

Soon after, Christie appeared with Rumana again. If Christie had been unaware of the alleged shenanigans (that’s doubtful), he certainly had time to get the facts and keep Rumana at arm’s length. But Christie needs Rumana’s vote in the Assembly, and Rumana, as Passaic County GOP chairman, is one of the party’s top fundraisers, so Christie looked the other way.
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This is the latest wingnut argument, and Ezra Klein does a fine job shredding it:

As David Brooks puts it, the problem with public-sector unions is that they “help choose those they negotiate with. Through gigantic campaign contributions and overall clout, they have enormous influence over who gets elected to bargain with them, especially in state and local races.” Then they negotiate with these same leaders — or representatives of these same leaders — for pay, pensions, etc.

But the same goes for corporations. The income of many corporations — Boeing is a good example — depend on government contracts. Tax policy is also important when it comes to setting take-home pay. Then there are rules, regulations, bailouts, backstops, and all the other ways that the government helps structure and shape the economy. And “through gigantic campaign contributions and overall clout,” corporations “have enormous influence over who gets to bargain with them.” And in the aggregate, of course, the business community spends much more than the unions — in 2010, business groups spent $1.3 billion, while unions spent $93 million.
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