Open Thread

- Pete Guither sees a glimpse of the kind of nightmare that would be unleashed by outlawing tobacco.

– Innocent man in New York finally frees himself from a phony murder conviction after 15 years.

– Nick Baumann writes about the American teenager stuck in Kuwait and allegedly tortured after he was placed on a no-fly list for traveling to visit family in Somalia and Yemen.

– Brown University Professor of Psychiatry Peter Kramer has a very good post on paranoia related to Jared Loughner and our political climate.


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    Steve spews:

    I’d like to see this blog continue after Goldy leaves for the Stranger. There are a number of people in the comment threads who could contribute very good posts. Of course we have Darryl and Lee as well, along with other possible guest posters from less viewed blogs. Maybe Lee would offer to manage the blog with Darryl’s help. Goldy could drop by now and then.

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    righton spews:

    I’m still in awe at the gonads of Obamaites in putting political t shirts out for the memorial service attendees..

    have you no shame sir?

  3. 3

    Steve spews:

    If you had more than shit for brains, you might actually have a fucking point to make that’s based in reality. But shit for brains it is, and you have no fucking point to make. I hate to tell you this, shit-fer-brains, but this puts you on the ignore list.

  4. 6

    Steve spews:

    @6 Hmm, I don’t recall if I’ve put you on my ignore list or not. As repulsive as you are, I’ve none-the-less grown to kind of like you. For a hater, you have kind of a gentle soul. How do you feel about it? Do you want to be on my ignore list? I’ll let you make the call on this one. Just let me know.

  5. 7

    LD spews:

    Neighboring states gleeful over Ill. tax increase

    Neighboring states gleefully plotted Wednesday to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.

    “It’s like living next door to `The Simpsons’ — you know, the dysfunctional family down the block,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said in an interview on Chicago’s WLS-AM.

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    Liberal Scientist spews:

    @7 Yup, sure. Michigan Avenue will now be relocated to Davenport Iowa and Gary Indiana.

    What is more likely to happen is that the people in Indiana and Kentucky and Iowa and Wisconsin see that the schools work and the roads are paved and state services are available, and start flocking over to Illinois.

    You shrink-the-government types are so tedious.

  7. 9

    drool spews:


    Check the tax rate in those “neighboring states” before making your grand statements.

  8. 10

    LD spews:

    Check the rates of people flocking to Texas and Florida from New York and other Union Broke states. 46 are near bankrupt including this one!

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    YellowPup spews:

    NPR: Secret Service study of would-be/assassins of high-profile politicians:

    “It was very, very rare for the primary motive to be political, though there were a number of attackers who appeared to clothe their motives with some political rhetoric,” Fein says.

    What emerges from the study is that rather than being politically motivated, many of the assassins and would-be assassins simply felt invisible.

    Though they make no speculations about the Tucson assassin’s motives.

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    Zotz sez: This space available! Previous wingnut tenant leaves to spend more time with his goat(s)! spews:

    HA has been remarkably, refreshingly Pudpuller-free the last while.

    Hopefully Pudpuller has found some good mental health care / med adjustments, etc.

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    czechsaaz spews:


    You don’t pay much attention to current news do you? Texas is facing a two year budget deficit of $27BILLION!!!

    The school dropout rate in Texas hovers around 30% mirroring the national average.

    What do Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Ft. Worth and Houston have in common? All regularly appear in the top 10 U.S.cities for crime rates.

    Free-Market paradise indeed!

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    Puyallup spews:

    The Feds are going to shift more unfunded mandates to the State, which will shift them to local governments. It is happening everywhere, including our State. Governor Gregoire wants to shift the Ferry burden and many other things to new or existing taxing Districts to try and outmanuever Tim Eyman. Not sure it will work though as new Taxing Districts have to be approved by local voters.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    After a short delay caused by the Tuscon shootings, the GOP House is preparing to introduce – and quickly vote upon without debate – their bill to end the “job-killing Obamacare law”. At every opportunity, Republicans are taking to the airwaves to use their ten-second sound bites to refer to the law as “killing 1.6 million American jobs”, and then site the CBO report on the Health Care Bill as their source.

    One could point to the irony that the CBO office they cite as evidence for the House attempt to repeal the law is the same source which the Senate Republican leadership scournfully dismisses when it it is asked about the huge deficit which would result from repeal.

    But a more important issue is that the Republican House leadership is counting on nobody ever actually – you know – READING the report. Because if they did, they would know that the 1.6 million referred to in the report isn’t actually job losses. Instead, it refers to 1.6 million Americans who are staying on the job only because otherwise they would be uninsured. With the Health Care Reform Act, they would be free to quit those jobs and do other things – such as be a stay-at-home mom, pursue a college degree, or simply retire. What is important is that the jobs don’t go away – they are just filled by someone who needs it for the salary PLUS benefits, not just the benefits.

    When confronted with this, the House Republican leadership doubled-down and stuck to the party line:

    “When we laid out some of our findings to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office, spokesman Brad Dayspring, told us: ‘This is a job-killing law, period. Anyone who argues otherwise is ignoring the construct of the health care law and the widely accepted facts.'”

    Of course, whenever anyone on the right wing avoids debate on the facts by saying “their verson” of the facts are “widely accepted”, it really means that they are pulling their own version of the facts out of their nether-regions, and simply don’t want it examined too closely. Because if you did, it would smell to high heaven – just like anything else coming out of the nether-regions.