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Lobbyists, guns and money

Paul Krugman explains how ALEC dictates the state legislative agendas.

The progressive budget

Manages to cut even more money than Paul Ryan’s budget — without destroying the safety net. As Digby points out, no one seems to be very interested in talking about it.

Your librul media!


This explains why I make friends everywhere I go!

Common knowledge says spewing out profanity-laden language to let out your frustrations at work isn’t the best idea. That may be a misguided assumption, as a study published in the Leadership & Organization Development Journal has found that dropping a couple f-bombs on the job can actually go a long way. (h/t Business Insider)

The use of expletives in the workplace helps enhance group solidarity and serves as a mechanism for stress relief, according to the study conducted by researchers at the University of East Anglia. Researchers said that the interpretation of cuss words is more relevant than the “simplistic literal meaning.” The study acknowledged, however, that not all swearing is beneficial, such as that used to bully peers.

Love is everything

It’s such a wise song, isn’t it? K.D. Lang:

River deep, mountain high

Ike & Tina Turner:

What I deserve

Can’t tell you how much this album (and this song) means to me. Kelly Willis:

by Boohunney

From Digby:

Clearly, this case has the right wing discombobulated. They desperately want to defend the shooter.

It’s true. The Trayvon Martin case has put some real sand in their gears. No fast and quick talking points, just diversions and nonsense.

Geraldo keeps stepping into the hoodie mess:

“I’m telling you, half of it is the way the young men look,” he said.

So, we start the old “blaming the victim” routine.

This disturbing post from the Council of Concerned Citizens accuses CNN of trying to gin up hate against “whites” and start race riots. Read the comments regarding impending martial law.

I just could not help heading over to Social Media world to get the pulse of how the ones Right of the Dial that I know are handling this.

Of course, what is going through their heads has nothing to do with justice. Here are just a few samples of comments:

Earl the Pearl: In short….the Perfect Distraction from the Supreme Court and HCR and the Federal Budget proposal. This stuff is getting too easy to ‘read’.

Texas Kathy:…..that is why he his referring to Zimmerman as a WHITE hispanic…Ovomit cannot afford to offend his illegal hispanics……I don’t think he has too many of the hispanic voters who are citizens… (sic)

Carol Heddisin Foyle: I wonder how far this is going to go in terms of social unrest? It doesn’t seem to be so “spontaneous” to me, but rather a very deliberate attempt to use this tragedy to rile people up and get them in the mood for protesting — and fill them with anger and hatred. It somehow seems to go along with the Government supported Occupy protests (astro-turfed by the Unions).

Little Amy Amsterdam: Abortion is the murder of infants. You know people who support it! Who stand up for ProChoice. Totally blows my mind how anybody can support the right to take the life of an innocent baby but gets fired up about a murder likes this.

Tommy Millstone:  There are certainly a lot of gated communities here in Georgia that I would not want to illegally trespass in at night wearing a hoodie. I’m smart enough to know that would be a stupid thing to do.

Sheriff Jimbo: From a law enforcement stand point this case should be over criminally and should only be a civil suit now.

Well, those are some true to life seeds of wisdom from some members of the Right in Spruill County. Smell the Freedom!

Update: I received this “love note” in my Social Media email box.

“fu. you talk out your ass talking dem party line. you are a lot of what is wrong with this country. you also talk of things you know nothing about. btw good try getting me to say something aggressive about guns. you are so full of shit it is pathetic! (imho)! “sharptonians’ are taking advantage of the situation to provoke and agitate.”


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Dave Clark 5:

Too Much Time

“Too Much Time” sounds like a tribute to the Stax/Volt sound, straight out of 1960s Memphis. (Beefheart wouldn’t have liked the word “tribute.”) The song is from Clear Spot (1972), one of his more “accessible” albums. Should have been a Top 10 hit:

Memorable spoken interlude from the desert-dwelling Beefheart:

Sometimes when it’s late/And I’m a little bit hungry/I heat up some old stale beans/Open up a can of sardines/Eat crackers and dream/About somebody to cook for me.

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