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Salon is having a limerick contest…


Five rhyming lines might be the ideal way to describe Mitt Romney’s ill-starred campaign fundraiser in Florida. If you can put a limerick together, you can enter Salon’s contest.

Here are a couple of competitors:

At a meeting in Boca Raton,

Mitt Romney was filmed by a phone

Limerick King Edward Lear

as he quipped to his host,

“Through this race I would coast,

If I just had a darker skin tone.”


This man of the uppermost class,

Who hopes to gain critical mass,

Leaves nothing to chance, sir,

But pulls every answer

Reliably out of his ass.

Send your entries to The deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Sunday. Please include your name and hometown. Good luck!


Glen Greenwald has a well-informed article on Yemen and the US in this morning’s Salon…

Here is his summation – it should encourage you to go in and read the rest:
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The campaign against the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan is being condemned, rightfully so, because it is driven by a desire to stigmatize all Muslims and even institute a generalized war against Islam as American policy.  But far from Ground Zero, having nothing whatsoever to do with the warped right-wing fanatics driving that campaign, we’re increasingly engaging in actions perceived — understandably so — to be exactly the War against Muslims which, with our pretty presidential words, we renounce.  Escalation in Afghanistan, a sustained bombing campaign in Pakistan, all sorts of increased covert actions in multiple Muslim countries, the ongoing imprisonment with no charges of Muslims around the world, bellicose threats to Iran, and now a proposed expansion of our drone campaign into Yemen:  we can insist all we want that we are not waging a War Against Muslims, but it’s going to look to a huge number of people as though we’re doing exactly that.
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So here we are with another Muslim country to accidentally kill women and children in and make them love us. Thanks, Glenn.

Joan Walsh on the Reid comments in Salon

In an article titled “A Democrat’s gaffe, the GOP’s shame
Harry Reid chose his words poorly, but equating it with saying a racist would have made a good president is idiocy“, Salon editor Joan Walsh goes after Michael Steele and the Repiglicans over what seems to be a manufactured controversy.

Reid’s comment is in an article in the Atlantic HERE, and the full text of Walsh’s article is HERE.

I present you with a small clip:

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Sure, it’s depressing that Democrats have a Senate Majority Leader who thinks it’s acceptable to use the term “Negro dialect,” even in private, off-the-record conversation.

But 70-year-old Harry Reid’s gaffe – he immediately apologized once it was revealed in John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s gossipy “Game Change,” and Obama warmly accepted the apology – has attained near-scandal proportion, pumped up by the right, the shallow MSM as well as a little bit too much debate among Democrats.
For Republicans to jump on Reid is both predictable and disgusting. The foolish Michael “Honest Injun” Steele is suggesting that Reid must resign.

I’m glad to know Steele doesn’t believe there is any kind of black dialect. I guess that’s why he titled his blog “What up?” told the Today Show in no uncertain terms “brotha’s still here” and said the Republican Party had to use hip-hop to reach black voters. No stereotyping there!

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More on the Detroit airline explosion failure..

This led Salon’s report this morning… more at the Salon site:
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The passenger, who was traveling on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, was not identified. He was being questioned Friday evening, according to one of the officials, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.
The motive of the Christmas Day attack was not immediately clear.
“He appears to have had some kind of incendiary device he tried to ignite,” said one of the U.S. officials.
Authorities initially believed the passenger had set off firecrackers that caused some minor injuries.
Passenger Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident occurred during the plane’s descent. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the passenger and said he saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then, he said, “a young man behind me jumped on him.”
“Next thing you know, there was a lot of panic,” he said.
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And this from CNN:

The administration official said there was no evidence that Abdulmatallab was a hard-core, trained member of al-Qaeda.

The suspect, identified as a Nigerian national, claimed to have extremist ties and said the explosive device “was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used,” said a federal security bulletin obtained by CNN.

The FBI is investigating, bureau spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said.

The remains of the device used are being sent to an FBI explosives lab in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis, the sources said.
The suspect, identified as a Nigerian national, claimed to have extremist ties and said the explosive device “was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used,” said a federal security bulletin obtained by CNN.The FBI is investigating, bureau spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said.

Quote of the Day

“The harder I struggled to understand Baucus’ nonsensical self-defense, only one meaning seemed possible: Baucus didn’t vote against the public option despite the fact that it would “hold insurance companies’ feet to the fire,” but because it would. His insurance industry contributors got their money’s worth today, but the people of Montana did not.”

– Joan Walsh in Salon

Garrison Keillor in Salon this morning….

…has a great piece which solves the deficit by cutting the Republicans out of Health Care payments (they don’t seem to support Health care anyway.) Funny, thoughtful… here’s a clip:

When an entire major party has excused itself from meaningful debate and a thoughtful U.S. senator like Orrin Hatch no longer finds it important to make sense and an up-and-comer like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty attacks the president for giving a speech telling schoolchildren to work hard in school and get good grades, one starts to wonder if the country wouldn’t be better off without them and if Republicans should be cut out of the healthcare system entirely and simply provided with aspirin and hand sanitizer. Thirty-two percent of the population identifies with the GOP, and if we cut off healthcare to them, we could probably pay off the deficit in short order.

It’s time to dump the dead-end issues that have wasted too much time already. Old men shouldn’t be allowed to doze off at the switch and muck up the works for the young who will have to repair the damage. Get over yourselves. Your replacements have arrived, and you should think about them now and then. Enough with the shrieking. Pass healthcare reform.

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Salon has a good article this morning about the effect of racism on Health Care Reform

Here’s a quick quote from Michael Lind’s piece “Uninsured Like Me”:

Since the 1964 Civil Rights Act destroyed formal white supremacy in the U.S., every attempt to expand traditional social insurance in America has failed. Meanwhile, there has been a massive expansion in government-sponsored welfare going disproportionately to the white and affluent. What the political scientist Christopher Howard calls the hidden welfare state includes the tax-favored employer-provided health insurance that most working-age Americans depend on, as well as the home mortgage interest deduction and the childcare and child tax credits. Affluent and educated workers are more likely to work for employers who provide private health benefits than are low-skilled workers and employees of small businesses. Personal tax benefits like the home mortgage interest deduction are available only to the top half of households who pay federal income taxes, and are unavailable to lower-income workers who pay payroll taxes but no income taxes. In many cases, the benefits of this tax-credit welfare state increase with income.

The whole article is a killer. Read it HERE.