Friday Nite Lite: Mini

Good Friday Evening!

Just a few for you tonight, I am still overwhelmed by things out of my control. Maybe I will just have a bowl of Frosted Flakes and chill out a while.

Clay Bennett: Medicaid – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

3/17 Luckovich cartoon: His Holiness | Mike Luckovich


102368 600 Judging By Our Priorities, Weapons Are More Important Than Schools cartoons

102368 600 Judging By Our Priorities, Weapons Are More Important Than Schools cartoons

Obama and Republicans Have Dinner – Truthdig


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13 Comments on “Friday Nite Lite: Mini”

  1. RalphB says:

    Seems quite obvious when you think of it. Gentlemen, I Believe I Have Ascertained The Empirical Flaw In Your Minority Outreach Extravaganza

    “Well Zandar,” The Universe said. “As a black man active in politics and punditry, why do you believe that the GOP efforts to include more black voters has largely been ineffective?”

    “I’m not sure,” I replied. “It may have something to do with ”nonsense such as this.

    A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.

    The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.

    After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.

    Kind of fits with the Obama dinner cartoon, video of the delightful white supremacists at the link. Ignorant scum.

  2. dakinikat says:

    How Obama, @maddow & @ezraklein are helping the Republicans stay alive

    A President Who’ll Cut Social Security – And Liberals Who Love Him Too Much

    By Richard RJ Eskow

    • dakinikat says:

      1 Research suggests that Social Security cost-of-living increases are already inadequate. (See studies on “CPI-E” for more details on the best ways to increase them.)
      2 Obama’s proposed chained-CPI cut would typically reduce benefits for 3 percent, and by as much as 6 percent for some recipients.
      3 The White House’s decision to label this cut the “superlative CPI” is grotesque. It suggests that elderly women who receive an average of $950 or so per month are receiving “superlative” benefit increases each year.
      4 The Administration’s insistence on speaking of “entitlement reform,” mixing Medicare (which has a real cost problem because of our for-profit health system) with Social Security, is a cheap trick first devised by Republican consultants.

      • RalphB says:

        Virtually every politician and pundit has the same lousy disease. We simply can’t believe a word from inside the beltway/dc media axis of stupid.

      • NW Luna says:

        speaking of “entitlement reform” … is a cheap trick first devised by Republican consultants.

        This makes me furious every time I see or hear it. Dems are not supposed to fall for Republican tricks, but then we all know Obama is a DINO.

  3. Sick bastards: BBC News – ‘Paedophilia not criminal condition’ says Durban cardinal

    The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, has described paedophilia as a psychological “illness, not a criminal condition”.

    The South African cardinal told the BBC that people who were themselves abused as children and then abused others needed to be examined by doctors.

    He was one of 115 cardinals who took part in the conclave at the Vatican to elect Pope Francis earlier this week.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Speaking of fetuses, I heard that they handed out fetus dolls at CPAC. Is that true or just a wild story?

  5. NW Luna says:

    Bet ya the fetus dolls would not be medically accurate. I saw some fetus dolls on display at a Pro-Forced-Labor nutcase booth at a street fair last summer. (no warning, it was just there amid the handmade pottery and garden art booths.) The alleged 6-weeks, 8-weeks, etc. fetus dolls were just shrunken versions of 3- or 6-month-old infant dolls.

    “They don’t really look like that, you know,” I snorted at the booth’s attendants, an embarrassed-looking pair of young women. Then I looked right at them, figured out they were either brainwashed or controlled by Papa, and quit wasting my time. No point to explaining medical facts to these people — their minds are already made up.

  6. RalphB says:

    WonkBlog: Want to debate Medicare costs? You need to see this chart first.

    It’s taken as an article of faith inside the beltway: Policy makers need to do something to tamp down on out-of-control health-care costs.

    The White House is out Friday with its annual Economic Report of the President. It contains this chart that shows Medicare as a percent of the economy if it grows on pace with prior projections — or if it grows at the same rate as it has since 2009. The difference is very stark.

    This could really upset some deficit scolds, big time! 🙂