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Happy 2014!!

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year for all!

My Congressman jumps into the 2% tax nonsense with both feet.

Herald on Stephen Lynch today Seriously, when my congressman begins intentionally acting like DanFromWaltham, can I please be disappointed with him? What more is it going to take for others to be as disappointed as I am with him?

Expecting melting ice, scientists need to be rescued due to thick ice in Antarctic…LOL

Might as well end the year with a nice chuckle. Appears Gilligan and Skipper drove their version of the S.S. Minnow and crew of 70 passengers into the Antarctic, hoping to document global warming evidence and its impact. Not only did their ship get stuck due to the thick ice, but a Chinese ice-breaking ship got stuck attempting to rescue the scientists and their passengers. The only solution appears to be rescue by helicopter. After the Titanic sank, rules changed requiring adequate life boats to save all the passengers in the event of a accident. I would pass another rule, that whenever a vessel wants to travel to Antarctica or the North Pole in hopes of videotaping an icicle melting or some animal clinging to a patch of ice, that sled dogs are onboard to pull the crew and passengers to safety, instead of risking the lives of pilots to save their butts.

If Texas Indicts, Convicts, and Imprisons Prosecutors for Withholding Evidence Shouldn’t Everyone?

Have you ever seen a prosecutor indicted for hiding evidence which would exonerate a defendant? Me neither. Until now. Need more of it. How about that nut job McCauley prosecuting the Aaron Hernandez case? This guy just got spanked severely by a Superior Court judge named Nickerson who bagged him playing games with a grand jury. (Pssst, The guy cheats) This shit happens over and over and over again without consequences for the party (prosecutor) who deliberately obstructed justice. Yet these same bastards (Fred Wyshak et al.) show their psychological and emotional insecurities by shutting down state government with a witch hunt under the guise of a corruption probe. Now, after unfulfilled promises of big indictments and a few death rides for sal DiMasi in hopes he would create some lies about other politicians, we have an absurd RICO indictment saying elected officials recommended people for probation jobs. A legal premise so outrageous that former U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner has voiced and penned her disgust on this. Really folks. Police and prosecutors are no different than the water department. They should be treated the same.

MSNBC belittles Romney’s grandson

So MSNBC thought it was newsworthy to flash the Romney family picture and point out the little baby on his right knee. Instead of praising one of Mitt’s sons for adopting a kid, the snickering and laughing and mocking of the photo and Republicans became the focal point of this segment. “One of these things is not like the others” was heard singing by one panelists, one mentioned something about the diversity of the Republican Party, and on CNN, Marc Lamont Hill said “Some would say maybe that it’s an exploitative picture that they’re exploiting the kid by hauling out this black person …” I would expect this kind do “humor” or thinking to come from Bill Maher and his show. Bill is known for picking on children, as he did when he made fun of Sarah Palin’s special needs baby. But I would think the bar is set a little higher at a so-called news organization. To Marc Lamont Hill, should Mitt have turned the baby around so as not to see his face, or kept him out of the picture entirely? I never knew showing a smiling happy family picture could ever seem as exploitive.

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Does TV Station Employee’s Anti-Wind Activism Cross the Line?

Anti-wind energy activists like to complain that the liberal media is out to get them. But one Fairhaven anti-wind activist not only works for a TV station, his video footage has repeatedly been used on air, raising questions about whether journalistic lines have been crossed. By day, John Methia is director of broadcast operations at WLNE-TV in Providence. By night, he’s a leader of the Fairhaven group “WindWise” that promotes wind energy hypochondria, trying to convince people that wind turbines cause just about every malady known to man or beast. As Dean Starkman writes at, those lines have blurred when Methia’s footage trying to discredit the turbines has aired on WLNE newscasts:

Whereas, Be It Resolved

An open thread for resolutions for 2014: yours, or one you’d care to assign to an elected official or other member of the Politerati. My resolution is the same every year: Write more, eat less. But I occasionally throw in a curveball, and I’m considering a couple this year, but they’re stuck in committee. UPDATE: You guys are no fun. I’ll start. Michelle Wu: May she agree to not hurt progressive causes, or at least not claim to be helping progressives by not helping them. Ed Markey: May he never vote “Present,” on anything. Elizabeth Warren: May she keep pressing for financial fairness, but go beyond statements and yelling at some mid-level, underfunded regulators. Barack Obama: You made a good faith effort to work with Republicans, and you even tailored legislation to accommodate them. But they still continue, not to oppose you (which is their job), but to try to destroy you. Sorry, I don’t like to say it either, but it’s time to pay them back in kind. David Bernstein: Continue the great reporting, but stop giving everything a cutesy name. Richard Cohen: Look in the mirror. Read your next column aloud to yourself before you turn it in. […]

Joke Revue: Maddow on Scalia: “He’s a troll”

“Late Night Snark” from 2013 year-end review on dKos Cheers & Jeers: “He’s a troll. He’s saying [the Voting Rights Act is a 'perpetuation of racial entitlement'] for effect. He knows it’s offensive, and he knows it’s going to get a gasp from the courtroom and he loves it. He’s like the guy on your blog comment thread who’s using the N-word. He’s that kind of guy.” —Rachel Maddow describing Justice Antonin Scalia on The Daily Show “Sarah Palin is getting ready for the big CPAC thing by writing words on her hand like OBAMA BAD. NO LIKE. And Rick Perry is getting ready by writing RICK PERRY.” —Bill Maher Daniel Kurtzman: “Fox News host Megyn Kelly now says she was just kidding when she said Santa Claus is white. However, she’s standing by her statement that the Grinch who stole Christmas, definitely Jewish.” –Conan O’Brien “It’s really starting to look like Hillary Clinton’s going to run. The digital team behind both of President Obama’s campaigns is already preparing for a Hillary Clinton run. They’re starting early because they’ve got to delete 10 years of Bill Clinton’s browser history.” –Conan O’Brien “Is Santa Clause an American? Well he is fat […]

Complicity: BMG’s Enabling of Right Wing Misinformation on Obamacare

A recent Blue Mass Group diary has driven me to distraction for the last few days. I wasn’t worried about it being true veracity. Once you’ve smelled and stepped in bull$h*t, you tend to recognize it. But I was annoyed because I couldn’t readily dispel the (un)intended confusion it caused. I literally searched for a few hours looking for reliable information to support the statement “Starting in 2014, a new tax takes root and that is a 2% tax on every health insurance premium across the country.” That’s because it is a lie. Like death panels, Obama’s African citizenship,  and jackalope, the mythological health insurance premium tax does not exist. There are some taxes on insurance companies that the insurance lobby claims will be passed directly to the consumer. And one insurer, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Alabama has been putting the purported cost of the taxes on its insurance bills, but the numbers are, in polite terms, dubious. In common parlance, they are lies. That’s what law professor Mark Hall implied in a recent NPR interview. Insurers haven’t typically published taxes on their invoices, says Mark Hall, a law professor at Wake Forest University. “One thing that bothers me is attributing […]