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I spend a good part of my workday hunting for stories to bring to you. If a headline piques my interest, I link over and start reading. If two similar headlines pique my interest, my newsflash periscope pops up. If three or four similar headlines about a topic I regularly cover show up, I drop everything and start writing. This is one of those times. Check out these headlines that are currently running at TPM Livewire:

A group of open carry gun activists who protested Saturday at Dealey Plaza in Dallas filmed a bizarre, more-than-10-minute video of their demonstration and posted it to YouTube.

For the second time in less than a week, police arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to bring a pistol into a building at the U.S. Capitol, according to Roll Call.

The Riverside County, Calif. sheriff's department found a body believed to be the suspect in multiple shootings in California...

Police were searching for at least one suspect who was wearing body armor and carrying a semi-automatic rifle after a Riverside County, Calif. sheriff's deputy was shot on Tuesday afternoon.

And it's only 11:30 a.m. here in California. I don't know about you, but I've already O.D.'d on disturbing gun headlines.

While were (rightfully) focused on the Israel-Hamas war and the brutal downing of a Malaysian jetliner by Russian separatists, there is a whole lot of excruciatingly persistent violence going on right here at home. Plus a whole lot of sickos who are apparently convinced that their deadly weapons will compensate for their rather humbling "shortcomings".

Everywhere you look these days, people are substituting communication, patience, and reason with hostility and savage bloodshed. And what does America get when we ask for a way out, for remedies, for peace? Competing headlines featuring GOP Second Amendment Solution warmongers who are fixated on blaming President Obama and his alleged feck in an effort to appeal to their equally extreme voters.

You know what I say to all this anger and to politicians who perpetuate it? Feck you.


More GOP madness... and these stories are from just the past few hours


wingnut alert

It's uncanny that Republicans, specifically conservative Republicans, specifically whacko crazy nutjob far right Republicans, are gung-ho-willing to continue pushing their whacko crazy nutjob far right agenda so enthusiastically after losing the November elections so badly.

Who in their right mind doesn't learn from such obvious mistakes? And by right mind I mean far right mind. And by far right mind I mean beyond help.

Check out today's headlines:

Louisiana GOP Governor [Jindal] Suggests Eliminating Corporate Tax, Paid For By Taxing The Poor

North Carolina Restaurant Owner Writes Lesbian Customers An Anti-Gay Letter

Three Things The NRA Wants You To Believe About Biden’s Gun Safety Task Force That Aren’t True

Video- Gun Activist: If Blacks Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Have Been Slaves

Head Of House Republican Group Is Okay With U.S. Default

Hobby Lobby Manipulating Employees’ Health Care Plans To Deny Them Access To Birth Control

And those are from just today. It's only about 2 pm here in SoCal. I'm sure there's much more wingnuttery where that came from.

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The Mitt hits the fan


Via @julescator

Here are the headlines I'm seeing on CNN's Political Ticker website, chronologically:

FIRST ON CNN: Romney camp tries to manage fallout from Libya response

Are Romney's comments on Libya a 2012 game changer?

Ryan ramps up foreign policy attack on Obama

Democrats outraged with Romney foreign policy attacks

Obama: Romney overstepped on Libya, Egypt attacks

TRENDING: Romney's political pretzel over Libya

The Mitt is hitting the fan.

And in case you missed it, Romney unfit to be commander in chief; Pres. Obama responds to his criticism: “Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later”...

And PhotOH! Mitt Romney’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, cringeworthy smirk. So much for “humanizing”

If it weren't for voter suppression, I'd be awfully optimistic about November right now.


Are we better off than we were four years ago? Yes. Yes, we are.


I usually give this response to smug Republicans who challenge me with, "Hey libtard, are we better off than we were four years ago?"

See those little blue bars that point UP? Me too. I guess, like Clint Eastwood's Invisible Obama, the GOP can't see them.

But just to drive home the point, Think Progress posted a few headlines that remind us of what 2008 was like back when the GOP was in control after having tried out a few of their brilliant economic policies. I'll include some, but go here for the rest:

STOCK SHOCK FELT ROUND THE WORLD. Gets ‘nasty’ as Lehman tanks, Merrill vanishes, AIG wobbles [New York Daily News, September 16, 2008]

Depression Coming? Boil Some Beans; Ladies Who Quilt Give Tips On Surviving Tough Times [Albuquerque Journal, September 21, 2008]

One day on the brink On Wednesday, it seemed U.S. economy might collapse [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 21, 2008]

‘Great Depression’ closer than U.S. admits, report finds [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 27, 2008]

Will Bush become the new Hoover? [Politico, September 19, 2008]

So the next time you get asked that question, point them to this post. Maybe if they use their Secret De-invisibler Decoder 3000, they'll be able to see facts.


Headlines Round-up


I'm running very late today, and thankfully, SuperPaddy has come to the rescue. I'll be gone some of the day today, and earlier, had to tend to some painful family matters, so please be patient if posting is a little spottier than usual.

For the moment, here is a recap of the headlines of the day that I woke up to via emailed news alerts, chronologically:

BRUSSELS (AP) Secretary-General says NATO has taken sole control of air operations over Libya.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) Residents say forces loyal to Ouattara have seized key cocoa port in Ivory Coast

LONDON (AP) UK Foreign Secretary Wiliam Hague says former Libyan foreign min is not being offered immunity.

LONDON (AP) UK says Libyan minister Moussa Koussa's resignation shows Moammar Gadhafi's gov't is crumbling.

BRUSSELS (AP) NATO Commander Bouchard says Libya handover has been "seamless with no gaps."

WASHINGTON (AP) Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign layoffs are slowing

BRUSSELS (AP) NATO says it's looking into Vatican envoy's claim that Tripoli air strikes killed 40 civilians.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) Alassane Ouattara says his forces "have decided to re-establish democracy" in Ivory Coast.

WASHINGTON (AP) Orders to U.S. factories dip slightly, reflecting weakness in defense and business investment.

LONDON (AP) Scottish prosecutors want to interview Libyan foreign minister in connection with Lockerbie

AP (AP) • New Orleans ex-cop gets 25 years in post-Katrina killing of man whose body was then burned

GENEVA (AP) World Trade Organization releases report saying US government aid to Boeing is illegal.

AP (AP) • Official says Wis. governor's administration will heed judge's order to put union law on hold

TOKYO (AP) Radioactivity in water under Japan nuclear plant measures 10,000 times the government standard.

CAIRO (AP) Senior Libyan official resigns, 2nd high-profile defection from regime in as many days.


Headlines: L.A. Times v. N.Y. Times v. WaPo


By GottaLaff

Here are the most prominent headlines for the L.A. Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. All are online:

L.A. Times:

Weight-loss surgery for the obese may soon be widely used

New York Times:

U.S. Sees an Opportunity to Press Iran on Nuclear Fuel


Foes of reform look to courts to halt legislation

Interesting priorities... or what they think will attract readers.

And yes, it's such a slow a news day that I had to dig up dueling headlines.