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Friday, March 15, 2013

Stories to Watch: 3/15/13

Paul Ryan's budget is just a massive redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top. These people are freakin' pirates and the less-than-wealthy people who vote for them are huge, huge chumps.

North Dakota passes the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. Of course, it's completely unconstitutional and won't survive a court challenge, but if there's one thing that say "fiscal conservatism," it's throwing money down a hole in defense of indefensible abortion laws.

A federal judge rules that gag-order imposing National Security Letters are unconstitutional. If you're not familiar with NSLs, follow that link -- and be glad someone in government has some damned sense.

Rob Portman's conversion on marriage equality backs up a Republican stereotype; they only seem to take things seriously when those things affect them. Jonathan Chait also has thoughts along these lines -- and Chait's always worth a read.

Why is it when Republicans compare themselves to civil rights icons, the comparison is absurd, backwards, and offensively inapt.

WTF is Microsoft doing sponsoring CPAC? The Crazy People's Action Conference might as well be named "Gaybashapalooza." And the racism. Turns out a MS exec is a wingnut. Not a good enough excuse.

In his speech to CPAC today, Mitt Romney cast "jihadists" as global superpowers on par with China and Russia. Again, thank whatever force it is that you believe in that Mittens didn't win in November. He would be the worst diplomat and statesman. We're talking GWB bad.

Continuing with crazy-assed CPAC news, a panel on women's issues discussed liberal sexism and all that terrible contraception and the "liberal indoctrination camp" that is the American education system. In the only sign of progress among the panelists, the word "slut" was not used once. Still, it's all laughable horseshit that no one in their right mind will ever buy.

And finally, a last bit of Crazy People news: overheard at CPAC, "If only I'd brought my yacht I wouldn't have to wait in that shuttle line." For real. Thurston Howell III lives.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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