Bachmann vents Obamacare outrage and gets it wrong again

  By Joan McCarter Daily Kos staff Sigh. Rep. Michele Bachmann says the latest delay in the implementation of Obamacare is just another example of “lawlessness” on the part of President Barack Obama.“Unfortunately, it is the continuation of lawlessness from the administration,” Bachmann told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday. “The administration gets to have it any way they want to have it. All their promises about Obamacare, completely hypocritical. They didn’t come through, and now this? More of the same.”That’s about the delay that isn’t really a delay, just a grace period for pending applications to be completed. And once again, we’ve got a Republican with reading comprehension problems. For those wondering—in §1311 of the health law, the HHS Secretary is given the power to set dates for enrollment—so there is your legal underpinning for any date change. Of course, that’s assuming Bachmann ever bothered to read the law. Reprinted with...

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Judge Lets Child Rapist ’1%er’ Walk With No Prison Time Because He ‘Will Not Fare Well’

By MBD A wealthy du Pont heir has recently dodged a prison sentence for raping his 3-year-old daughter. A Superior Court judge noted that Robert H. Richards IV “will not fare well” in prison, and thus needed treatment instead of prison. Judge Jan Jurden said these are “unique circumstances” that she was forced to consider when deciding the punishment for fourth-degree rape. Prison life, she said, would have adversely affected Richards. Thus, Richards’ 2009 rape case ended this month with disappointed attorneys for his ex-wife Tracy, who said that justice had not been served. Tracy’s lawsuit sought compensatory and punitive damages for the sexual abuse of their daughter.  Defense lawyers and prosecutors said that the judge is normally a quite tough sentencing judge. They were at a loss to explain the obvious reason why she was so lenient with this “one percenter.”  “It’s an extremely rare circumstance that prison...

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Now you can buy a $60,000 remote-controlled dragon, because why not?

By Dave LeClair gizmag.com A couple of years ago, a man named Rick Hamel created one of the most insane remote-controlled flying machines you’ll ever witness. No, it’s not an airplane or helicopter, or anything that mundane. Instead, he created a dragon that actually shoots fire and reaches airborne speeds of up to 70 mph (112.6 km/h). Now, this beast is actually for sale via Hammacher Schlemmer, with a staggering US$60,000 price tag. The flying dragon has a wing span of nine feet (2.7 m), which is just a tad shorter than the height of your average basketball hoop. It features a miniature turbine engine in the chest that thrusts out the rear of the mythical beast at 500 mph (804.7 km/h). It’s powered by jet aircraft fuel or kerosene, and its half-gallon tank can keep it airborne for about 10 minutes before it will need to be landed and...

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Didn’t Pay A Toll? Enforcers Might Track You Across State Lines

  Traffic approaches Maine Turnpike toll booths in Gardiner, Maine. Drivers from Massachusetts or New Hampshire who routinely avoid Maine tolls could face consequences back home. (AP) By Daniel C. Vock, Stateline Staff Writer New England drivers who speed through toll plazas in neighboring states without paying are in for a rude surprise. Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have agreed to crack down on their own residents who frequently blow off tolls in the other states. The three-year-old arrangement has yielded only modest amounts of money, but it is being hailed as a model for interstate cooperation as electronic tolling spreads across the country. “It’s really an issue of fairness,” said Chris Waszczuk, administrator of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s bureau of turnpikes. “If we don’t have the capability to collect from the out-of-staters, it is going to be a huge problem,” he added. Forty-two percent of the revenue collected...

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GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter, The Center for Public Integrity Commentary: former HHS secretary says Affordable Care Act resembles plan crafted by Republicans in early 1990s The Republican leadership’s intense opposition to the Affordable Care Act clearly baffles — and disappoints — one of the party’s most admired figures, former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan. Speaking at the opening session of the Association of Health Care Journalists 2014 conference in Denver last Thursday, Sullivan, the former president of the Morehouse School of Medicine who served as HHS Secretary during the George H. W. Bush administration, noted that many of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act are based on the reform proposals he and other Republicans crafted more than two decades ago. “Many of the features of the Affordable Care Act are part of what we proposed back in 1991,” he said, mentioning in particular the...

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Chile Derails “Monsanto Law” That Would Privatize Seeds

By Asha DuMonthier, New America Media Santiago, Chile – This month, rural women, indigenous communities, and farmers in Chile found themselves on the winning end of a long-fought battle against a bill that had come to be known by many in this country as simply, the “Monsanto Law.” The bill, which would have given multinational corporations the right to patent seeds they discover, develop or modify, was withdrawn by the Chilean government now controlled by newly elected members of the center-left coalition known as the New Majority, amid concerns that the law would bring harm to the country’s small and mid-sized farmers. In making the announcement on March 17, new Secretary General Ximena Rincón pledged that the Chilean government will “analyze all that is known in our country and internationally about this issue in order to protect the rights of agricultural communities, small and medium-sized farmers, and the heritage of...

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Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Drawing Immigrants And Tourists

Posted by Russ Belville When marijuana reformers push for the legalization of herb, we often point out the direct fiscal benefits, like the tax money that can be raised, the law enforcement money that can be saved, and the jobs created in the marijuana industry.  Now we are beginning to see the indicators of the indirect fiscal benefit from legalization. We heard reports of the $2.1 million raised in recreational marijuana taxes from $14 million worth of product sold in January.  Now the Denver Post reports that the tax revenue may be so far above expectations they may have to give some of it back.  Colorado’s TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights) mandates that excess tax collections must be refunded to the people Colorado’s universities are reporting a spike in enrollment, with University of Colorado seeing a 30% increase in applications and Denver University experiencing an 81% increase over five...

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How a 12-Year-Old Homeless Girl Helped More Than 400 Children Find Safer Shelter

By Crystal Shepeard, Care2 | Op-Ed The city-run Auburn Family Residence homeless shelter in New York, Nov. 20, 2013. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times) The idea of having to navigate cockroaches, mice, no heat and sexual predators before you even leave for school is not something any child should go through. Yet, this is the daily life for hundreds of children living in two shelters in New York City and Brooklyn. They are part of the more than 22,000 children that make up New York City’s homeless population. Now, after more than a decade of repeated citations for deplorable conditions, more than 400 children and their families are being moved from the city-owned facilities – all because of a determined 12-year-old girl. Chanel couldn’t afford the luxury of buying water in a bottle. When the water with the fancy name started arriving in the bodegas of her Brooklyn neighborhood,...

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Executions on the Upswing Globally

By Samuel Oakford, Inter Press Service | Report                           United Nations – The number of recorded executions carried out worldwide rose 14 percent last year, as anti-terrorism measures in Iraq and hardline drug polices in Iran accounted for more than half of all reported government-sanctioned killings in 2013. In a report released Thursday, the human rights group Amnesty International said at least 778 people were executed in 22 countries last year, though the total did not include several nations, most notably China, where official execution statistics are a state secret. The Chinese government is estimated to put thousands of prisoners to death by firing squad every year, dwarfing the rest of the world. “China is a case of its own – nothing comes close to them in terms of real executions,” said Jan Wetzel, advisor on the...

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On This Day, Mar. 31, 1995, Longest strike in Major League Baseball history ends

Major League Baseball players are sent back to work after the longest strike in baseball history ends on this day in 1995. Because of the strike, the 1994 World Series was cancelled; it was the first time baseball did not crown a champion in 89 years. During the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, tensions between owners and players had arisen over the owners’ desire to institute a cap on player salaries. Claiming financial hardship, owners argued that player salaries, which had risen exponentially since the 1970s, had become unsustainable and, if not contained, would bankrupt the teams. The players, led by union head Donald Fehr, refused to agree to a cap; they pointed out that they had been underpaid for most of the sport’s history and called salary caps just the latest form of exploitation by owners. Until 1975, players were subject to a reserve clause that...

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Supreme Court upholds federal law banning gun possession by those convicted of domestic violence

by Laurence Lewis With this Supreme Court majority, one doesn’t expect much, but this unanimous ruling looks huge: The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a federal law intended to keep guns away from domestic violence offenders can apply even if their crime was nothing more than “offensive touching.”The decision was a victory for gun control advocates and groups that work to protect battered spouses and children, and a defeat for gun rights organizations who argued the federal law goes too far. For the justices, it came down to the proper definition of “physical force” — one that a majority of them decided did not have to be violent, or even directly applied to the victim by the abuser. Routine battery convictions, the court said, are sufficient to trigger the gun ban. The ruling overturned a judgment by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a...

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Christie’s Trashing Of Bridget Kelly Speaks Volumes About Chris Christie

  Op-Ed By Dartagnan Daily Kos member I’m glad to see I’m not the only one disgusted at this blatant, sexist dogwhistle bullshit from Chris Christie. She (Bridget Kelly) “seemed emotional.” She was “habitually concerned about how she was perceived by the governor.” A boyfriend had ended a relationship. Bridget Anne Kelly has been the center of blame in the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal since early January, when it was revealed that she sent an email calling for “some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie’s already called Kelly, his former Deputy Chief of Staff, “stupid.” And I’m sure he feels she was stupid. He actually had a decent shot at the Republican Presidential nomination until this email and several others blew up in his face.  Since that time it’s been quite the downhill slide for Christie – he’s being hounded and protested in town halls, he’s shunted to the back door entrance...

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South Carolina Christian School Fourth Grade Science Quiz

by gizmo59 Via Joe.My.God: The source of this quiz is the father of the student who took it.  He will not identify the school until June, after his daughter finishes the school year there, after which she will move to another school.  Snopes rates this item as “probably true. I’m pretty much speechless here.  Plus, the test speaks for itself.   Reprinted with permission from The Daily Kos

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Chock Full o’ Putz – Jewish GOP group sad to the last drop

  AUTHOR’S NOTE: For those who need help with their Yiddish, all terms may be found here. “From the desk of NickiLeaks” With the GOP clown car weaving down the Vegas strip, delivering its load of facacta candidates to Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2014 Spring Leadership Meeting, the NickiLeaks news team sprang into action, elbowing each other to get a chance to cover it. No one wanted to hear what the gonnifs said, knowing it would all be all be a big bunch of babkes, but a chance to go to Sin City on an expense account was too good to be true. Eventually, after taking stock of the qualitiy of the reporters and the size of their bribes, the NickiLeaks political editor decided that if a bunch of Jews were meeting, he had no choice other than to send in the three wise men –...

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Domino’s Pizza Owners Admit to Widespread Wage Theft

Owners of 23 outlets settle with workers for half a million dollars following waves of fast food workers’ strikes, protests, and court battles By Sarah Lazare The owners of 23 Domino’s Pizza outlets in New York admitted to rampant theft of workers’ wages and agreed Thursday to a nearly half a million dollar settlement with hundreds of employees for numerous labor violations. “Fast food corporations like Domino’s and McDonald’s cannot hide from their responsibility for these unlawful practices,” said Naquasia LeGrand, a Brooklyn KFC employee and member of Fast Forward. “They’re the ones in control of the daily operations of their franchisees.” The settlement was the result of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into allegations of wage theft. According to a press release from Schneiderman’s office, between and 2013, the owners admitted to numerous violations, including: paying below minimum wage, refusing or underpaying overtime pay, and...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox for All-len-All, Mar. 30/14 Hey, folks.  Nice to have you back to peruse the new entries into the Sunday funnies and factoids.  Looking out my window at twice the amount of snow on the ground that there should be but sunshine and warmer temps today should begin to alleviate the winter woes that have almost thrown me into a catatonic state.  I hope Spring has arrived in full force for one and all. So, without further ado, here is the latest installment of my SF&Fs.  Do enjoy and have a great week ahead. 1) Aerosmith’s song “Walk This Way” was inspired by the Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks spoof movie Young Frankenstein. 2) In the this is really sad category.  After going into heat, an un-spayed female ferret can actually die if she does not mate. She will remain in heat until she mates, and if she does...

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Love means never having to say I’m sorry I accidentally shot you.

By David Waldman A relatively calm week in GunFAIL, finally with equally quiet numbers among the child victims. I found just five last week, ages 4, 12, 14, 14 and 16. That may be a record low! No such slowdown in the number of people who accidentally shot themselves, though. There were still 21 of those, and the estimate of about 75 per month seems well on track for the month of March, where we’re already up to 72. That brings the current running total for the year to 219. Of course, those are just the victims for whom I’ve been able to produce links. The rest of the collected incidents are your standard week’s mix: five gun cleaning accidents, two guns that went off in pockets and one in a waistband (producing the usual groin injury), six home invasions conducted by bullet, two stray target shooting bullets that...

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Kerry, Lavrov Head to Paris for ‘Diplomatic Solution’ in Ukraine

Leaders to meet as early as Sunday as world still on edge over possible conflict   – Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer, Common Dreams –   Following a phone call Friday night from Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Obama, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry is now heading to Paris where he will meet his Russian counterpart to discuss possible diplomatic solutions to the Ukraine crisis. “Secretary Kerry will travel from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris, France today in advance of a to-be-scheduled meeting with Russian foreign minister Lavrov early next week in Europe,” State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said on Saturday. The move follows a series of phone calls—first from Putin to Obama then between Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Kerry—seemingly easing the tensions between the world powers. The two could meet as early as Sunday. Up until Friday an increasingly tense exchange of words, amplified in...

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ACLU Cheers Suspension of Florida’s Voter Purge Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2014 3:49 PM CONTACT: ACLU ACLU of Florida Media Office, (786) 363 – 2737 media@aclufl.org MIAMI – March 27 – Today, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued a memorandum to the state’s Supervisors of Elections stating that the state’s effort to resurrect a flawed voter purge would be halted until after the 2014 Election. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida had filed to lawsuit to stop the state’s purge effort in 2012, which saw legitimate voters receiving letters telling them they would be removed from the voter rolls. That lawsuit had to be dismissed following the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder which gutted a portion of the Voting Rights Act upon which that challenge depended. In the months since that dismissal, the ACLU of Florida and other voting rights groups have joined many county Supervisors of Elections in...

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Where Are All The Black People In The New ‘Noah’ Movie?

By MBD In Miriam Krule’s article for Slate, “How Biblically Accurate Is Noah?” I found no mention at all of the most glaring error in the entire film: the absence of black people. Let’s be more to the point, no one is particularly “Middle Eastern” looking for that matter. This raises a number of important questions: 1. Is Hollywood afraid of casting African or Middle Eastern people as the predominant leads in big-budget films. If so, why? Is this a product of their own overt or covert racism? Or is this based on the marketing belief that Caucasians will not turn out to see a movie with such demographics? Either way, this is an important question to ask ourselves and Hollywood alike. 2. Why do all of the critiques about the “inaccuracies” of the Noah movie not even apparently notice this most basic of errors.  3. Is this error based, in any...

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