From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
UPDATED at 11:45 a.m. with police saying they found a firearm, a spent cartridge and a note.
JEFFERSON CITY • Veteran Missouri state official Robert "Spence" Jackson, who was media director for the late state auditor Tom Schweich, was found dead Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 44.
Jackson’s death comes about a month after Schweich’s suicide.
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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:
Red states across the nation are in the process of restricting the number of citizens who can vote in elections. These Republican states are doing this because they don't want anyone to vote that might vote against the GOP. It's anti-democratic, but it's the way they have chosen to try and stay in power (instead of altering their racist, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, and anti-youth policies). But there is a state that is doing just the opposite.
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From Tommy Christopher at The Daily Banter:
At a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the East Room Wednesday afternoon, President Obama took two questions each from the American press and Afghan reporters, one of which provided him with a golden opportunity to lead Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in from the cold a little bit.
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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg:
Yes, easier voter registration increases voting.
That’s the finding from new research reported today by political scientist Alex Street at the Monkey Cage. Using Google searches for information about registering to vote, Street and his colleagues were able to estimate that about 3 million to 4 million more people would have voted in 2012 if all states had instituted election-day registration.
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From Michael J.W. Stickings at The Reaction:
I really dislike Peter King -- the Rep. from NY, not so much the MMQB guy. Among other things, he's an avid supporter of terrorism (of the Irish kind) and an anti-Muslim bigot. (The other guy is a Roger Goodell apologist and mouthpiece for NFL speaking points, but also a good reporter despite some shallowness.)
But when he's right, he's right, and you have to give him credit when he is.
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From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:
Museums (good museums, that is, not trashy sideshows like Ken Ham’s rubbish in Kentucky) have a real problem: they’re expensive to maintain. They aren’t dead piles of old bones, but are sites of active research, and they have to employ knowledgeable people to do the science that goes on there. It takes lots of money to keep one going.
But along comes a dilemma. Who has great big piles of money?
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Our own Tee Tee notices a Republican legislator's surprise that her proposal to make church attendance mandatory turns out to be controversial.
tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors takes a look at one Indiana conservative activist's anti-gay logic. It seems the activist has succeeded in pushing the new law allowing discrimination against gays. Gays demonstrated against the anti-gay law and those who backed it, and did so loudly, with signs. That makes gay people hateful. It's good to discriminate against hateful people, so the anti-gay law is good.
- Tim McGaha at Tim's Thoughtful Spot continues his account of 150 years back, contrasting the competing visions of Lincoln anticipating victory and Davis in denial>.
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From The Progressive Paradigm:
Government is the problem. This has been the conservative message hammered into the American voter’s psyche since President Reagan’s election. Sadly, for the most part, Democrats have not done a good job of refuting this absurd claim. It’s time for Democrats to stop being Republican-like on this issue and begin to dispel this myth and underline the importance of government in our democracy.
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In response to a comment about Burr Deming's Preventing an Agreement for Preventing Nuclear Weapons
No, we don't negotiate with them in bad faith. We don't negotiate with them at all when it comes to them keeping their nuclear "power" program.
And if you think sanctions are an adequate response for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard helping supply, train, and execute IED attacks on our troops during the Iraq war, then I am glad that YOU don't run the country.
(And yes, I realize that those sanctions were not put in place for those attacks on us. So in effect, we did next to nothing for the loss of life caused directly due to Iranian forces.)
- T. Paine, March 13, 2015
A few points:
Clausewitz once wrote that war is diplomacy by other means. If you take diplomacy off the table, what's left? We either talk or fight. If you're against talking, you are -- by definition -- advocating fighting.
Unless we kill them all, root and branch, there's no way to stop them from building atomic weapons. They have their own mines for uranium ore. They have an industrial plant that can refine it. We can do nothing about the first. And the second? We can convince them not to build the weapons, or we can kill them. Dead men don't build nukes. Or -- to look at it another way -- we couldn't stop North Korea from building them, when we can (or at least try to) interdict every gram of useful material going into the country. All we can do is attempt to convince them they don't need them.
The facts here are that Iran is not an existential threat to the United States, nor do they have the resources to become such. The Soviet Union was an existential threat. China could be, if they wanted to. Russia kind of wants to be, but they've got a ways to go before they regain that kind of mojo. But Iran is nowhere in that league.
- You're conflating an existential threat to Israel with an existential threat to the United States.
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This week, House and Senate Republicans will unveil their respective budget blueprints for fiscal year 2016. To Chuck Grassley (R-IA) of the Senate Budget Committee tell it, the Republican plan for Medicare should be among the most intriguing areas to inspect. That's because after 50 years of warning that Medicare would end the days "when America was free" because "nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care" and therefore must "wither on the vine," Senator Grassley summed up his party's new plans for the program serving over 50 million American seniors. It is preferable, he said, to "just have figures in there."
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I think it was when Sen. Cotton actually said that Vice-President Joe Biden had never been right in 40 years (more years than this punk has been alive) that I basically had it—when in the two months this arse has been a senator has he risen to the opportunity to be right?
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