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    A good pick by President Obama (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:47:12 AM EST
    for the World Bank, and not just because he is not Larry Summers.  Dr. Jim Youg Kim, president of Dartmouth College, is a pediatrician having received both the M.D. and Ph.D. (anthropology) degrees from Harvard and an A. B.( magna cum laude), from Brown University, after  transferring from the University of Iowa.

     Dr. Kim was five-years old when he arrived in Muscatine, Iowa from South Korea.  His father taught dentistry at the University of Iowa and his mother received a Ph.D in philosophy from that institution.  Dr. Km has worked in global health, including HIV/AIDS.  

    The strong background in health matters (none / 0) (#14)
    by christinep on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:01:30 PM EST
    Seems promising.  Evidence of concern & action for health betterment...and, the Internationally powerful vantage of World Bank president.  This is the kind of placement that could really be effective in so many good ways.

    Yes, that is my hope, as well. (none / 0) (#21)
    by KeysDan on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 02:48:05 PM EST
    The World Bank needs a new direction, if not mission.   Perhaps the criticisms and protests of the past have registered.  And, it is encouraging that the new president will not be a reward, such as with Paul Wolfowitz and Robert Strange McNamara, nor a former executive with Goldman Sachs, such as the incumbent, Robert Zoelick.

    Stop (none / 0) (#29)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:51:34 PM EST
    You are only giving me hope?  I'm almost afraid to be anything but hopeless because I've dashed against the rocks too many times.

    Tebow's contract with Denver has to be (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Anne on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:52:25 AM EST
    re-done and he won't be able to sign with the Jets until Saturday:

    But before he can join the Jets, Tebow -- because of a procedural issue -- will be required to sign a rewritten contract with the Denver Broncos on Friday and remain on Denver's salary cap for 24 hours thereafter, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. That means the trade will not be official until 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

    And reading further in that article, I get the sense that these guys are just excited as all get out to have Tebow, but the guy is clearly such a project that I don't understand how any of this ends up helping Sanchez.  Tannenbaum was on the radio yesterday talking about how if their offense is fizzling and they've racked up a series of 3-and-outs, they could bring Tebow in to get things going.  Now, doesn't that just ooze all kinds of confidence in Sanchez?  

    I don't know.  It seems to me that if you think Sanchez is your guy, you bring someone in to back him up who can be a game manager if Sanchez goes down or has to miss a couple games.  You don't have someone sitting on the bench, that the crowds will be clamoring for the first time Sanchez throws an interception or has an incompletion, who is marginally talented and isn't likely to be able to work the same magic he did in Denver.  

    Oh, and Dick Durbin wants to hold hearings?

    The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties. And the NBA, NHL, NCAA and Major League Baseball are invited, too.

    Sen. Dick Durbin is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing about bounties in professional football and other major sports in the wake of news that New Orleans Saints players received extra cash for hits that hurt particular opponents.

    The assistant Senate majority leader, an Illinois Democrat, said Thursday he wants to examine whether federal law should make such bounty systems a crime.

    Because that's the most important thing the Senate needs to deal with.

    Good God - no wonder only 17 people think Congress is doing a good job.

    Dick Durbin... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:13:07 AM EST
    between his bounty nonsense and Chuck Schumer's synthetic reefer crusade, not a stellar week for Brand D legislators to say the least.

    Question about free speach and the (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by observed on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 12:43:12 AM EST
    Martin case.
    Someone on here was saying that free speech rights allow anyone to accost a stranger on the street and ask their business.
    This can't be completely correct.
    Can any LAWYER give an opinion on this question?

    side note: So many people here are willing to give Zimmerman, the killer, the right of self-defense, but why don't they acknowledge that the person being stalked by a psychopath ALSO has a right to self defense?

    You have the right ... (none / 0) (#40)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:43:14 PM EST
    ... to demand of any random passers-by on the street anything that you want.

    They, in turn, have every right to look crossly at you like you've got a few screws loose, then laugh in your face, tell you to sit and spin, and turn their backs to go on about their business.

    Hope that helps.


    Do you have the right to follow someone? (none / 0) (#41)
    by observed on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:41:19 PM EST
    When the going gets tough (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:20:23 AM EST
    the tough get going to see Bruce Springsteen in Tampa. Stub hub is my friend. He usually has a topical bent. I think we are going to hear 'American Skin - 41 Shots' tonight. I need it.

    When I say I need it.... (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:22:15 AM EST
    File under the category of 'problems of financially OK single white women'

    Awesome... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:46:57 AM EST
    so jealous!  

    I'd guarantee you're gonna hear "41 Shots", hopefully the crowd doesn't boo like they did when Bruce and the gang played it when I saw him at Shea Stadium.

    "You can get killed just for living in your American skin"


    We called it kdog (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by ruffian on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:12:16 PM EST
    He did do a moving 41 Shots. People seemed somber and moved, no booing or disrespect.  also did one from the new record with the refrain 'you brought death to my home town'. He said the story of the evening was going to be what has gone and what has come, and of course how music helps us handle it all.

    He did a little of the pop music riff he did at that recent event, ending with talking about the poetry of Smokey Robinson (another hero of mine) and fun performances of 'the way you do the things you do' and..the Smokey song with the phone number ..don't know the name . Or the phone number.

    Ended with a tear jerking tribute to Clarence Clemons- a simple pause for a very long standing O during 10th Avenue Freezeout ' when he sang the line about 'the big man joined the band'. Clarence's son was on stage, and his nephew plays sax in the new horn section.  Then after a couple of minutes the music and dancing started right back up. That attitude about life is what keeps me coming back to Bruce. I don't think anyone even tries to juxtapose the heartbreak with the joy and hope the way he does.

    He is heading back your way! You need to go!


    I can't recall a Smokey... (none / 0) (#34)
    by kdog on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 07:16:03 AM EST
    phone number tune...was it Wilson Pickett's Soulsville USA? 634-5789...I've forgotten all my old phone numbers but that's a number I'll never forget.

    The standing O for Clarence musta been a very special moment.

    That is what Bruce is all about...very well said.  We shall overcome...with music and the joy it brings.  I gotta get on that new record!


    That's it kdog! (none / 0) (#37)
    by ruffian on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 12:12:04 PM EST
    I got confused because he mentioned Smokey right before he played it. He did some crowd surfing during that one. For a minute I wasn't sure this particular crowd knew what to do!

    Also, the title track Wrecking Ball (none / 0) (#38)
    by ruffian on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 12:15:36 PM EST
    is becoming my middle aged anthem the way Badlands was my youthful anthem.

    Also a screamingly great live number.


    Bruce's new CD is fabulous. (none / 0) (#39)
    by caseyOR on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:13:47 PM EST
    Do grab any chance to listen to Wreaking Ball. I have it on rotation in the old CD player with Levon's Ramblin' at the Ryman.

    You will cycle through anger, sadness, joy, hope and a little bit of love while listening to The Boss.


    They better not boo (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:41:38 AM EST
    Really I don't hear anyone local on the street that is not just horrified, even the people I work with that can be counted on to follow the lead of Pamela Geller.  Maybe Florida reached the tipping point with this. I can only hope.

    Well thats good news... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:59:44 AM EST
    only right-wing hack pundits (and some commenters;) seem to have no problem with the Sanford PD.  Typically right-leaning co-workers here are shocked by the case as well.  Even our resident NRA gun nut.

    I was embarassed for NYC by those boos at Shea...I'm thinking 9/11 had a lot to do with it, it was forboden to speak ill of police for awhile after that, even when they deserved ill speech.



    I saw Bruce in Atlanta (none / 0) (#32)
    by kmblue on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:23:28 AM EST
    when he opened his tour.  A great experience.  The man never fails to give you bang for the buck.

    Paul Gilding starts (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:01:57 AM EST
    his TEDTalk with four words that say almost everything: "The Earth is full."

    "The planet doesn't care what we need. Mother nature doesn't negotiate." These are not esoteric limits, they're about food and water and basic needs. The idea that we can transition smoothly, that growth and economics as we know them will innovate the problems away, that we can gently move to a system at 100% of the Earth's capacity is, says Gilding, a delusion. The idea that we'll heed the warnings would make sense, but we've had 50 years of warnings, and what has happened? Last year there were more carbon emissions than ever in history. We know that the eventual cost will be cheaper the earlier we act, and yet we've never acted, "We're not even slowing down."

    Gilding closes asking, "What do we want to be when we grow up?"

    I ask, what do we want to be if we grow up?

    I'm not familiar with Gilding (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by brodie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:44:24 AM EST
    but based on this one talk he's got my attention.  He's right on all counts and if anything underestimates the degree to which our planet is full.  Seven (or eight, accdg to one unofficial estimate) billion people on this fairly small sphere is probably six (or seven) billion over the optimal number.

    Too bad Gilding isn't a more frequent guest on the cable shows as this is a far more important topic than the many thousands of discussions about the stupid Repub primary contest that viewers are inundated with.

    Wakeup call for hosts like Chris Hayes and Melissa Perry who have two hours to fill each week but who so far tend to cover the usual cable chat political topics.  How about at least an hour devoted to Gilding's case and the objections from the techno optimists?


    Easter Island Syndrome (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:01:00 PM EST
    I wonder if they were on the two party system as well.

    I have read several times that we have surpassed the point of no return.  Meaning that even with zero emissions, the Earth is headed to an extreme warming period that can not be stopped.  The more ice that melts the more UV we adsorb and the warmer it gets.

    The effect will take so long, before our well off politicians feel it, that it pointless for me to even give a damn.  I have no offspring, and used to really care, but when grown adults deny science, and they have the power to back-up their stupidity, there's not much to do.

    I would add to the above, that the earth doesn't have feelings, it's a chunk of iron with an organic skin.  It will make a come back regardless of humans or any other animals.  All it needs is one single cell creature, and one seed, and it will be alright.  It's 4.5 Billion years old, even if humans manage to last 100k years, which I doubt, that is peanuts, the dinosaurs made it far longer.


    Yes indeed... (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:07:26 PM EST
    the earth will be fine, she will heal herself once she is rid of homosapiens.

    It is we the human race that are screwed.

    George Carlin did a great rant on this back in the day, making fun of enviromentalists.  I paraphrase from memory since I'm too lazy to look it up...

    Save the planet?  Say what you really mean, save the people!  The planet will be fine once she shakes off the human race like a bad case of fleas.

    Oren Lyons (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Edger on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:23:01 PM EST
    Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy:

    "The natural law has no mercy. It is only the law."


    Gingrich defends "Stabd Your Ground" (none / 0) (#8)
    by Yman on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 11:13:52 AM EST
    ... and compares it to cities that have rules against defending yourself when someone is breaking into your home .... which is, of course, ridiculous and false.

    Morgan followed up on a broader issue, asking, "Isn't this stand your ground law a lot of old nonsense? Dangerous nonsense, that's now being abused, left, right and center, by people who just want to shoot people?"

    "I think, Piers, you just took an enormous jump," Gingrich responded with a laugh. "That's like cities that have rules that even if somebody breaks into your house, you can't defend yourself. Both extremes taken in the wrong direction are false."

    Interesting Freudian typo, Yman (none / 0) (#24)
    by DFLer on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 05:05:47 PM EST
    "Stabd Your Ground" indeed!

    Heh - good catch n/t (none / 0) (#33)
    by Yman on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:36:36 AM EST
    Getting drunk is as American as apple pie (none / 0) (#12)
    by Dadler on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 12:23:55 PM EST
    Just don't call it getting high, that's an evil stoner term.  And the brave souls who founded this nation with their sacrifices damn well drank their share of freedom juice:

    In 1790, United States government figures showed that annual per-capita alcohol consumption for everybody over fifteen amounted to thirty-four gallons of beer and cider, five gallons of distilled spirits, and one gallon of wine.

    That's a lot of ripped patriots.  

    Have a good weekend, y'all.  And visit Dadler's story blog, THE ABNORMAL WIDTH OF NORMAL HEIGHTS (link), where the newest addition is actually lyrics to a song, "The Ballad of BeFree (but not really a ballad)" -- which accompanies a story on the site.  Read me, it's good for the soul.  Ahem.

    Peace out, peeps.

    Beautiful song Dadler... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 02:46:43 PM EST
    you have been on a creative tear lately.  

    Thank you, my man (none / 0) (#22)
    by Dadler on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 03:58:39 PM EST
    Much appreciated.

    the other thread is closed (none / 0) (#16)
    by CST on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:16:29 PM EST
    but responding to Jim - no I don't have a crystal ball, and no i never said he was looking for someone to kill.

    I said that he got out of the car and shot someone.  That requires neither a crystal ball or knowledge of what he was thinking before that.  It's just a statement of what he already admitted.

    Asprin & Cancer (none / 0) (#18)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 01:34:53 PM EST
    Taking aspirin every day may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading, according to two new studies published on Tuesday.


    NY Daily News... (none / 0) (#19)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 02:09:02 PM EST
    going all William Randolph Hearst this week over the crisis du jour...fake weed.

    Today they've trotted out the angry grieving mother...so predictable.  

    Sorry for your loss lady, but the person you should be angry with is your departed son for getting behind the wheel intoxicated on nasty chemicals brought to us by prohibition.

    Etch a Sketch sales (none / 0) (#23)
    by CoralGables on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 04:18:10 PM EST
    get a big boost from the Romney campaign.

    "Reuters reports that sales of the toy jumped 1,556 percent on Amazon.com on Thursday. According to The New York Daily News, shares for Ohio Art Co. closed at $9.96, more than doubling what it was before the gaffe."

    Should be added that today Ohio Art Company stock (OART) was re-shook like etch a sketch Romney and it's stock dropped 58.55% in one day.

    Gee. You'd think (none / 0) (#25)
    by Edger on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 05:58:06 PM EST
    right wingers would be on their knees worshipping Obama (and Holder) by now...

    The National Counterterrorism Center was granted license on Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to retain Americans' data for up to five years, even if the subjects in question are not suspected of having ties to terrorism.

    Created in 2004, the center's mission is to serve as a data pool for the nation's national security apparatus, facilitating the rapid sharing of information for agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland and others.

    It was previously authorized, in rules issued by the Bush Administration, to retain data on American citizens for a maximum of 180 days. The Obama Administration's order Thursday, first covered by The New York Times, expands that time dramatically.
    Read the new guidelines here (PDF).

    Makes you wonder why it is they even (none / 0) (#26)
    by Anne on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 09:19:04 PM EST
    have the information if the people in question aren't suspected of having ties to terrorism...

    Marcy Wheeler:

    Those of us in the US Government's tax, social security, HHS, immigration, military, and other federal databases? We've all, by bureaucratic magic, been turned into domestic terrorists.

    Now, NCTC seems to understand what a grasp this is, so it deploys one more rhetorical effort, this time noting that the Director of National Intelligence-to whom NCTC reports-also gets access to all national security intelligence.

    [The National Security Act] provides that "[u]nless otherwise directed by the President, the Director of National Intelligence shall have access to all national intelligence and intelligence related to hte national security which is collected by any federal department, agency, or other entity..."

    So in addition to all of us in government databases-that is, all of us-being deemed domestic terrorists, the data the government keeps to track our travel, our taxes, our benefits, our identity? It just got transformed from bureaucratic data into national security intelligence.

    We are all, now, first and foremost potential terrorists now. Only after NCTC destroys our data in five years (if they don't find some excuse to keep it before then) will we become citizens again.

    "I pledge allegiance to the National Security State that is the United States of America..."


    "Greecing" the wheels (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Edger on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 09:25:27 PM EST
    preparing for the day too many of the 99% start waking up?

    With all due respect to Jeralyn, if ... (none / 0) (#28)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:30:22 PM EST
    ... ever I'm arrested, I want former WI State Sen. Randy Hopper's lawyer.

    Honestly, what sort of judge in his right mind would allow such a ridiculous claim of "public employee union conspiracy" to be offered as a defense to a drunk-driving charge, in which the defendant blew a healthy 0.13 on the breathalizer?

    Geraldo doubles down on hoodie ... (none / 0) (#35)
    by Yman on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:04:03 AM EST
    ... comment (while simultaneously backpedaling), saying:

    It is unfortunate, but if you dress like a wannabe gangster, some knucklehead is gonna take you at your word and the tragedy is gonna result.

    GB's website suggests Trayvon Martin ... (none / 0) (#36)
    by Yman on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:14:09 AM EST
    ... could have been an arsonist, kidnapper or murderer (among other things), based on the fact that he had previously been suspended from school.  The editor of "The Blaze" says he "has doubts" that the suspension was for repeated tardiness, despite the fact that his English teacher clearly stated that was the case.

    Never heard of this Mytheo0s H0lt a-hole, but what a disgusting excuse for a man.