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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Stories to Watch: 4/9/13

Harry Reid moves to force a vote on background checks. The anti-check tools probably lack the votes for a filibuster.

Sen. James Inhofe is a jackass.

I think this is pretty much on the money; Mitch McConnell's handling of his recorded dickery only serves to escalate the whole affair and not to Mitch's advantage. He blew it.

The corporate arm of the conservative movement (yes, that does sound redundant, but I don't know how else to put it) is starting to get a little skittish about the sequester, because they're starting to miss that sweet military and road-building pork. Cracks form in the united front.

Try to wrap your head around this one: Fox News' Megyn Kelly asks Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (a hate group, BTW) why gay people are so mean to people who are homophobic. This sort of argument comes up from time to time. It's just a polished up version of Pee-wee Herman's classic "I know you are, but what am I!?" argument. Basically, the racist/sexist/homophobe/bigot/what-have-you has completely run out of excuses for their intolerance, so they accuse the hated group of being haters. The argument is, "If I'm the bigot, why are you so intolerant of my intolerance?!" Yeah, it's that stupid. When you find yourself making that argument, you're done.

Salina County (KS) Commissioner Jim Gile apologized for saying using the term "n*gger-rigging it" when talking about a repair project. "I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile said. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people." A game show buzzer went off in my head when I read that; wrong answer.

American Family Association's Sandy Rios and Jerome Corsi of birther book/swiftboating infamy go fullblown antisemitic in attacking the "powerful Jewish forces behind the ACLU."

The sequester is real and its effects are devastating. Ask 94-year-old Dorothy Zmyslo of Indiana, who finds herself trying to cope with the loss of Meals on Wheels. Better yet, ask your local Republican why ridiculously low taxes for the rich are more important than her wellbeing, then wonder at that GOPer's attempts to appear to give a damn.

Finally, following the death of Margaret Thatcher, the song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" tops the Amazon download chart in the UK. It's expected to move into the official top 40 by Sunday.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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