Fraught UN climate talks revealed growing frustration this week among vulnerable nations and observers with the political stance of emerging economies like China and India in the battle to stave off dangerous Earth warming. As the global balance of…
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Vizynary: 36 million Americans moved last year. Where did they go?
Ed Kilgore: Are conservatives suffering from a severe case of meanness envy?
Down with Tyranny: How about this idea for limiting CEO pay?
Informed Comment: When have neo-conservatives ever been wrong about weapons of mass destruction, preventive war and regime change?
Speaking of which, your quotes of the day:
“There's no doubt in my mind that we will prevail and there's no doubt in my mind, once these people are gone, that we will be welcomed as liberators.” (John McCain, March 12, 2003.)
“I remain confident that we will find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” (John McCain, June 11, 2003.)
Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.
So who's the dead weight in "Dead Weight?" In last week's episode the writers brought back The Governor to the delight of many and he appeared to be a kinder, gentler version of his old psychopathic self after going mad and killing the rest of the Woodbury residents and refusing to attack the prison again. Has his self-imposed 'time out' from the insanity of his last gig changed him? And has his newly-formed family unit become more important to him than his lust for revenge against Michonne? Those questions are pretty much answered in an episode that could have been titled The Rise of One-Eye Bri. The writers have decided to spend two episodes to focus on the Governor's fate after season three, but since he's still twisted I don't know why they needed to. Maybe he did have apprehensions about his past behavior in Woodbury, but after a few scenes with Martinez in charge, any reservations vanished and he became the monstrous Governor once more. In any event, the dead weight in this episode was the passive self he had become when he found the girls. And he seems to be in a delusional state about who these girls actually are. In many ways, he's even more horrible than before. Let's go through the episode.
The Governor and his new family have been taken in by Martinez, who's the leader of the camper group. He asks the Gov if he is willing to take orders from him and also to be warned that there's no room for any dead weight within his group.
Meghan Chambler played chess with the Gov and wondered if her father was mean to her because she was bad. The Governor tells her that she's good, but refuses to respond to her when she asked if they are all good. He knows he's not a good man and the dead weight is what he's become because he believes he can't survive like this in Zombieland.
Virtually Speaking Sundays 6p PT/9p ET. Listen live or later at BlogTalkRadio.
Part 1 - digby talks with Marcy Wheeler about her investigations into the NSA: including denial of domestic spying, Snowden, political ramifications of the revelations and how all this relates to journalism.
Part 2 - Filibuster. What happens now that an up or down vote is a reality.
Plus commentary from political satirist Culture of Truth. Sherry Reson moderates.
(h/t Heather at VideoCafe)
This Week with George Stephanpoulos notes the death of one service member in Afghanistan.
US Army SSG Alex A Viola, 29, Keller, TX
According to iCasualties, the total number of allied service members killed in Afghanistan is now 3,397.
In addition, the following notable names have lost their lives this week:
Screenwriter Syd Field, 77
AAGPBL All Star Mary Nesbitt Wisham, 88
Football player Frank Chamberlin, 35
Football player Thomas Howard, 30
LA state politician Mike Cross, 69
Philanthropist Diane Disney Miller, 79
Choreographer Marc Breaux, 89
Psychic Sylvia Browne, 77
Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, 63
Writer Herbert Mitgang, 93
Author and journalist John Egerton, 78
(h/t Heather at VideoCafe)
It's inevitable. If a Republican president does anything, the Sunday shows race to book Republican politicians and pundits to crow about the triumph of conservative policies. When a Democratic president achieves anything, be it a historic first step in a 35-year conflict, or rescuing the economy from a catastrophic depression and reducing the ballooning federal deficit, to passing the first healthcare access legislation in decades, the Sunday shows race to book Republican politicians and pundits to warn about the dangers of Democratic policies. Funny how that works, isn't it?
And it doesn't even need to be reality-based. If you're a conservative, you can say that the president who has presided over the shrinking of the federal government is the leader of "big government expansion" and that JFK might actually feel more comfortable in the Republican Party or be touted as a Middle East expert for your raving Islamophobic rants. Truth is not important to be a conservative pundit booked on the Sunday shows. Leave your facts at the door.
Look at Alex Castellanos, who is sure that this deal made with Iran--one that is still very tentative and just in the first stages, mind you--is a dangerous one because...get this...it will re-empower the Soviets.
What the hell? Did it not occur to anyone to point out that there haven't been any Soviets since 1991?
Of course not. Because facts are secondary to concern trolling President Obama.
Major U.S. retailers including Walmart and Sears have declined to contribute to any compensation funds that would help the families of the more than 1,200 people who died while making their products in Bangladesh last year.
One year after the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, many retailers that sold garments produced there or inside the Rana Plaza building that collapsed last spring are refusing to join an effort to compensate the families of the more than 1,200 workers who died in those disasters.
The International Labor Organization is working with Bangladeshi officials, labor groups and several retailers to create ambitious compensation funds to assist not just the families of the dead, but also more than 1,800 workers who were injured, some of them still hospitalized.
A handful of retailers — led by Primark, an Anglo-Irish company, and C&A, a Dutch-German company — are deeply involved in getting long-term compensation funds off the ground, one for Rana Plaza’s victims and one for the victims of the Tazreen fire, which killed 112 workers last Nov. 24.
But to the dismay of those pushing to create the compensation funds, neither Walmart, Sears, Children’s Place nor any of the other American companies that were selling goods produced at Tazreen or Rana Plaza have agreed to contribute to the efforts.
Supporters of compensation plans say they are needed to pay for medical care for those who are paralyzed or otherwise badly injured, to provide income after a vital breadwinner died and to give families enough income so that children are not forced to quit school and go to work.
Primark, an Anglo-Irish company, and C&A, a Dutch-German company — are deeply involved in getting long-term compensation funds off the ground.
Paul Lister, Primark’s general counsel, said that from the day Rana Plaza collapsed, his company recognized its responsibility.
“We knew we were having clothes made in Rana Plaza — we announced that on the first day,” Mr. Lister said about the April 24 building collapse, which killed 1,129 workers. “When you know where your clothes are made, then you take responsibility for the results of where your clothes are being made. We have said very clearly that we would work to support the workers — and the families of the workers — in our supply chain.”
NYPD Officer Risks His Job to Speak Out Against "Stop-and-Frisk"
An appeals court has declined NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to continue the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, all but ending the argument once and for all.
In August, Judge Shira Scheindlin of Federal District Court found the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, which stopped young minority men on the street, to be unconstitutional. But Bloomberg vowed to fight the ruling, and actually scored some minor victories as Scheindlin was removed from the case and her order for an independent monitor to oversee the police department was blocked.
On Friday, however, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that Scheindlin's ruling still stands, and that the appeal process should continue to run its course over the next few months. But alas, Bloomberg is out of time. In just over a month, Bloomberg will be the former mayor of New York, and the new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has vowed to end the city's appeal of the ruling.
"This marks the end of the Bloomberg administration's effort to short-circuit the appeals process and undo the district court's rulings before Bill de Blasio takes office," Christopher Dunn, the associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the New York Times.
While the city will still appeal the ruling over the next few weeks, there's little chance it would be successful in such a short time.
So much for Michael Bloomberg's agenda.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the #2 Republican in the Senate commenting on the news that a historic agreement has been reached with Iran on their nuclear development. He's earned that ranking with this tweet.
I thought I was reflexively spewing a lot this week, but sweet Jesus, I got nothing on these pathetic Republicans. Any achievement the President can lay claim to and within minutes, you have a Republican screaming on social media of it being nothing more than a distraction from a real issue. If it's not the failure of Obamacare, it's Benghazi... or Fast and Furious...or the IRS scandal. It just goes on and on and on.
You know what the best part of Cornyn's tweet is? The implication that moving towards world peace and access to healthcare for all Americans shouldn't be the President of the United States' priority.
That's some mighty fine concern trolling there, Senator. The people of Texas should be congratulated on their taste in representation.