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    once more w/the Mick Jagger Grammy rehearsal vid (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 12:46:09 PM EST
    so i can give a little shout-out to my sister's boyfriend, Scott Mayo, who is the tenor sax man with the dreads in Rafael Saadiq's band. I like this rehearsal footage almost more than the actual performance.  The stripped down factor.

    "Everybody Needs Somebody" rehearsal link.

    Scott Mayo link.

    Saw this last night when you posted it, (none / 0) (#2)
    by Anne on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:03:17 PM EST
    and really enjoyed it.

    I think what I liked most was realizing how fortunate people are to be able to do what they love, and stay with it, even when there are the inevitable sacrifices that have to be made along the way.  

    I've told my kids for years that they will be much better off - even if that's not measured in monetary terms - if they can find work they are happy to get up and do every day - that it is too easy to get trapped in a soul-killing job just because the money's good.

    I know it isn't always possible to do this, but it's so worth the effort; at least one doesn't get to the end of his or her life and regret not exploring the possibilities.

    Hat's off to Scott and all the other people out there doing what they love - and allowing all of us to enjoy it, too!


    Homeowner "Forecloses" on Wells Fargo (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by sumac on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:21:47 PM EST
    With all the dirty dealings by the big banks regarding the mortgage crisis and foreclosures, this article is a tiny ray of hope. It shows that the little person can fight back. It also shows that in all their greed the bank are making big mistakes.

    Home Owner Foreclosed on Wells Fargo

    Of course, Wells Fargo is the bank that sued itself, so maybe it's not too hard to take them on.

    Doggone it, BTD (none / 0) (#3)
    by Zorba on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:06:39 PM EST
    Now that you've formed a Discussing the Law group over on DailyKos, you're going to force me to surf over there much more often than I've done in ages (the frequency of my visits had pretty much dropped to maybe once or twice a month at most, and that usually involved following a link on another site).   ;-)

    Think of it as the TalkLLeft corner (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:41:47 PM EST
    of daily kos.

    Will I have to get used to (none / 0) (#7)
    by Zorba on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 02:05:00 PM EST
    calling you Armando again?  Come to think of it, I started to reduce my visits to The Big Orange back when you left, and they got progressively fewer over time as the Kossacks became more.....oh, I guess I'd say "politically correct" in their own way and less tolerant of dissent.  (BTW, my nom de blog over there is "Zorba the Greek," a name I shortened when I joined other sites over time.)

    So far so good (none / 0) (#8)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 02:09:08 PM EST
    It is a lot of TalkLEft.

    And we get to bring the discussion back here too.


    I'm excited about it (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 03:04:26 PM EST
    And people can still comment here with the familiar group if they want. All of BTD's politics posts will still be posted here, and I'm just cross-posting some of my criminal law posts at our Dkos group. I hope it's a win-win for everyone.

    I hope so, too, Jeralyn (none / 0) (#15)
    by Zorba on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 03:09:09 PM EST
    If it gives your (and Armando's) positions more exposure, so much the better.  And it will improve DailyKos.

    It surely runs verrrrrry slowly. (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 10:27:52 PM EST
    Unmoderated BTD? (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 10:06:01 PM EST
    That would be nice (none / 0) (#10)
    by andgarden on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 02:44:52 PM EST
    I think we have a pretty good crowd over here, though. Our community is really an ideal size.

    Sure (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 02:55:28 PM EST
    I'll prbably repost with the new info on the letter from the Florida Senators to LaHood.

    The letter isn't really new info (none / 0) (#14)
    by andgarden on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 03:05:34 PM EST
    reading about it first reminded me of the Sanford provision a few days ago. I think you also have to consider this.

    Broken link, andgarden (n/t) (none / 0) (#16)
    by Zorba on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 03:53:58 PM EST
    Shifty Rick changed it out (none / 0) (#17)
    by andgarden on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 04:17:31 PM EST
    from under me!

    Here you go.


    Yeesh. Still not (none / 0) (#18)
    by Zorba on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 04:33:34 PM EST
    working.  :-(

    OK, let's try something else (none / 0) (#20)
    by andgarden on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 05:03:40 PM EST
    Go to flgov.com and click on the link that says "GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WELCOMES SENATE PRESIDENT HARIDOPOLOS' SUPPORT."

    I think so, too (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Zorba on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 03:03:34 PM EST
    Too many websites have gotten so big, you may as well be commenting into the wind.  (And yes, DailyKos and HuffPost, I'm looking at you.)  Here, you'll receive a response, you'll find out about people's kids, interests, and travels, and you won't be flamed (unless you're being a total @sshole).  

    Interesting to see adam b and (none / 0) (#29)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 11:29:05 PM EST
    armando discussing an issue.

    Mucho meta, including from the (none / 0) (#24)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 10:27:20 PM EST
    diarist.  But, if one clicks on the "TalkLeft" heart symbol, even Bob Johnson has something to say about TL.  Nothing good.

    FL high speed rail discussion is (none / 0) (#28)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 11:28:13 PM EST
    quite interesting.  But was somewhat sidetracked thinking of the FL Dem. primary/nonprimary.  Thought perhaps andgarden would work that in somewhere.

    When will they ever learn? (none / 0) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:50:40 PM EST
    This week it was revealed that the Iraqi, code-named "Curveball," admitted to making up the "intelligence" about Saddam's WMD that wound up in Bush's SOTU, the National Intelligence Estimate, and Colin Powell's casus belli charade at the UN.

    In today's NYT, (Eric Lichtblau and James Risen) there is the story that a Mr. Dennis Montgomery bamboozled government officials so as to receive millions of dollars in contracts for an anti-terrorism software technology scheme.  Montgomery claimed, among other things, that his codes could find terrorist plots in al Jazeera broadcasts, identify terrorist's drones, and detect noise from hostile submarines. The CIA came to think the technology was a fake in 2003 but the military was not so notified and contracts were given. In 2006, the FBI was told that Montgomery doctored tests, but Montgomery was given more business; in 2009 , the Air Force approved a deal for his technologies.

    Not only fraud was involved, but also, near calamity.  In December 2003, Montgomery reported that hidden in al Jazeera broadcasts was information about specific American-bound flights from Britain, France and Mexico that were hijacking targets. CIA officials rushed the information to Bush, who ordered those flights to be turned around or grounded. Some senior officials even talked about shooting down the planes because they feared use of the planes to attack.

    French officials, conducted a secret study concluding that the technology was a fabrication. Apparently, the CIA never did an assessment of how this turned into an international incident, nor was anyone accountable.  In fact, those with oversight were promoted. Of course, there was Republican political support all along the way and money to be made. So the answer to the question is: no, they will never learn and why should they?  The story is even being glossed over with no prosecutions planned because of national security issues.  However, Montgomery is about to go to trial in Las Vegas on unrelated charges of trying to pass $1.8 million in bad checks at casinos. So, never mess with Las Vegas.  

    So (none / 0) (#9)
    by cal1942 on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 02:32:16 PM EST
    It took Vegas to get this guy.



    I hope (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by cal1942 on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 10:44:39 PM EST
    everything has turned around for you.  That's a part of the story not told.

    Our society has never been free of corruption and never will be but the depth and scale of corruption today is just mind boggling.  

    The cost in human terms of doing the right thing is a sin.


    That's quite a story (none / 0) (#30)
    by andgarden on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:16:19 AM EST
    I think it's a good example of the fact that doing the right thing often goes unrewarded. I think that's the real meaning of "life isn't fair."

    And how many others like him (none / 0) (#19)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 04:40:35 PM EST
    are cashing in on the obsession with intelligence? The system is ripe for the picking.

    Scott Walker has been anti-union for (none / 0) (#22)
    by Anne on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 08:00:42 PM EST
    a long time, long before he became governor.

    From the WaPo today:

    On a Tuesday afternoon in September 2003, during Scott Walker's first term as Milwaukee County executive, scores of union workers gathered at the local courthouse to protest layoffs he had ordered as part of an aggressive effort to balance the budget and avoid what he said would otherwise be necessary tax increases.

    They shouted anti-Walker chants, and union officials and Democratic officeholders took turns denouncing his slash-and-burn approach.

    The layoffs Walker had announced that summer decimated the county's public parks staff and also reduced the number of county social workers, corrections officers and janitors. As a result, park bathrooms were shuttered and pools were closed. Trash was piled up so high in the Milwaukee County Courthouse that visitors had to sidestep apple cores and coffee cups, and some judges resorted to cleaning toilets, a local newspaper reported.

    Despite the deep cuts and the union uproar, Walker cruised to reelection the following spring and remained in his post six more years, until his successful gubernatorial run in the fall.


    Asked whether his experiences with unions as county executive had influenced his bill to curb state employee benefits and put tight restrictions on their collective-bargaining rights - the same measure that brought the chanting masses to his doorstep - he didn't hesitate.

    "Absolutely," he said. "Totally."


    The guy's a one-trick pony. His playbook is very limited," said Rich Abelson, executive director of AFSCME District Council 48, Milwaukee's largest union. "The result of that is an absolute devastation of the programs and services in Milwaukee County."

    Abelson said the union filed multiple lawsuits against Walker over the years for unfair labor practices, and the relationship continued to sour as Walker kept "cutting wages and benefits for working people."

    Walker argued that collective bargaining was the biggest hurdle to balancing the budget and that unions had little incentive to give ground because they almost always prevailed in arbitration. He said that the cuts he proposed were intended to prevent layoffs and accused union leaders of being uninterested in compromise.

    "If I could go after . . . the pension and health-care contribution, I could have avoided layoffs; I could have avoided other service cuts," he said. "But because of the way the law is, local governments just can't do that."

    What a gem.

    Oh, yes. And so bad in his last job (5.00 / 0) (#27)
    by Towanda on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 11:13:31 PM EST
    as Milwaukee County executive that he lost hugely there in the governor's race in 2010, I read.  But he still won because of massive rightwing support outside of the county that he screwed up.  Milwaukee just got hit with some huge costs from losing a lawsuit over some illegality he pulled -- and worse, people died because of him.  The more I read, too, the more I am amazed. Walker so ignored infrastructure maintenance that a kid died last summer from having a half-ton piece of a country facility fall on him.  Women died in the county metnal hospital, and others were raped, because it is so badly run by some doctor that had been banned, but Walker hired him back.  

    But that's what the Koch brothers bankrolling bought to bust the unions, beginning there (where the Kochs have big businesses despoiling the forests).  Mother Jones has a very good piece on the connection between the Kochs' Club for Growth and Walker -- and other governors.  


    Just out: Update on strategy (none / 0) (#31)
    by Towanda on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:25:19 AM EST
    of Repub legislators in Wisconsin, with deadline this week to "repair" the budget -- or begin layoffs, cuts in Medicaid, etc., plus they plan to start passing other actios without the Dems to bring them back.

    But the same paper also has an interview with the state Senators on their "life on the lam" here in Illinois, and they are not coming back anytime soon.


    Jeralyn had a post up awhile back (none / 0) (#32)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 03:29:20 AM EST
    on using opiates after a traumatic event in order to disrupt the formation of PTSD.  Spoke to someone who is working in that area with the military a few days back and he said that they are onto two ways to prevent PTSD, one is disrupting the brain's chemical chain of events right after and the other is premedicating so that if something traumatic happens the chemical response that creates PTSD doesn't take place.

    He said that on the latter one though researchers feel they are coming up against ethical issues.  It isn't ethical to take a "normal" person's brain and then pump it up into something that he actually called superhuman and send it to war.  Looks like "ethically" getting stoned wins over I don't know what.  I don't know what the premedicating they look at consists of.  Super antidepressants?  I don't know