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    I had missed this last Friday, but (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Peter G on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 05:29:00 PM EST
    the Dept of Justice asked the Ninth Circuit court of appeals to put the proceedings concerning their appeal of the Seattle district court order enjoining enforcement of the travel ban on hold until the White House (supposedly imminently) revises or clarifies the policy. The State of Washington etc. opposed any stay on the ground that what the Dept of Justice says the White House is doing or is going to do has proven unreliable. Today, the court of appeals denied a stay and issued an expedited briefing schedule for the government's appeal.

    Biggest Loser trainer/host has heart attack (none / 0) (#1)
    by McBain on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 01:44:35 PM EST
    Fitness trainer and host of NBC's "Biggest Loser" Bob Harper says he is recovering from a serious heart attack that left him unconscious for two days.

    Harper tells TMZ he was working out in a gym in New York City this month when he collapsed. He says a doctor who also was in the gym performed CPR on him.

    Apparently he has heart disease in his family.  Also, fitness doesn't equal health.  

    Anyone know the deal on... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 04:09:11 PM EST
    ...all the hate for Planned Parenthood?

    Congressional Republicans want to de-fund it.  If there is a logical argument for opposing the use of birth control, I haven't heard it.


    In this, the cognitive dissonance is epic (none / 0) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 05:04:30 PM EST
    The only non dissonant reason I've thought of is that the motives are monetary.  More mouths swilling down $5/gallon bottled water.  The need for bottled water, coke, and 'energy drinks' is enhanced because of the synergetic effect of increased water pollution due to "less gub'mnt regalashuns"  More mouths means increased demand for a lot of "stuff."

    No need to ask whether it's good for the country because it's been established that as a whole they don't think period, let alone that far ahead.

    but jobs, they say...

    The dissonance remains the same, an increasing population of the people the right loves to hate.

    Personally, my explanation is that right wingers are just plain dumber than us.  Except for the self serving at the top, those who dish the propaganda used to lull the little lemmings into feeling instead of thinking, they're all stupid little droolers.  

    I know a couple of non idiotic republicans, but they're old school.  They're stuck on Olivia Newton John in a Beth Gibbons world.

    Thanks for letting me vent.


    Where's the fun of shaming poor children (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 05:20:53 PM EST
    and cutting off their food stamps, if there's no children?

    The sadism-rush that the good folks at the Heritage Foundation get from America putting some pipsqueak country in it's place every few years, is hardly enough to sustain them.


    Is that a serious question, RR? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Peter G on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 05:18:24 PM EST
    Anyone who provides safe, lawful, woman-supportive abortion services is the devil and must be destroyed, not matter how much other good they do.

    They mustn't be destroyed, Peter. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 06:07:51 PM EST
    Because otherwise, the political right would have to conjure up another convenient bogeyman and manufactured controversy to campaign against -- like trial attorneys, and their propensity to not only get their felonious clients off on technicalities, but also talk liberal activist judges into awarding those unjustly exonerated scoundrels public pensions for life.

    (Don't laugh. I heard some right-wing numbskull actually say that last week on Mike Savage's "Savage Nation" radio show. And the host let the remark pass unchallenged, and said nothing in response. The volume of unhinged fact-free commentary and hate speech that's currently being broadcast over the nation's public airwaves is just staggering, not to mention frightening.)



    I should only wish (none / 0) (#9)
    by Peter G on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 07:08:55 PM EST
    Neither of my two exonerees got a dime from the "Commonwealth" of Pennsylvania for their respective two decades behind bars for murders they didn't commit.

    It is part (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 07:27:24 PM EST
    of the white nationalist agenda. Getting rid of birth control is about forcing white women to have more children since these people don't think we are having enough children. It's also about taking away control from women over their own bodies. Taking choices away from women apparently makes conservative men very happy. Someone else will have to explain why that makes them happy.

    The use of outrage, (none / 0) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 04:42:38 PM EST
    by Professor Paul Krugman, NYTmes, February 27: "The first weeks of the Trump Administration have been marked by huge protests, furious crowds at Town Halls, customer boycotts of businesses seen as Trump allies.  Democrats responding to the base, have taken a hard line against cooperation with the new regime. "

    " But is it all that wise?  One hears some voices urging everyone to cool it...to wait and see, to try to be constructive, to reach out to Trump supporters, to seek ground for compromise. Just say no.  Outrage at what is happening in America isn't just justified, it is essential.  In fact, it may be our last chance of saving democracy."