Gerry Canavan

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Tuesday Night

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* Following up on today’s diappointing Supreme Court news: Obamacare’s Supreme Court Disaster. Well, That Could Have Gone Better. Brian Beutler says it wasn’t as bad as it looked. So does Ian Millhiser. The battle over a limiting principle. Medicaid as sleeper issue. Kennedy, Roberts Likely To Determine Fate Of Mandate. Lyle Denniston says it’s all Kennedy. Klein reads Roberts. Kerr reads Kennedy. Even more at MeFi.

* Rachel Maddow: 4,000 days of war in Afghanistan?

* An interview with the creator of You Can’t Do That on Television. Via MeFi.

* The headline reads, “Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible.”

* Look on the bright side: The speaker of the North Carolina House says the state’s coming anti-gay Amendment One will probably be struck down in a mere twenty years.

* More Scott Pilgrim? Maybe someday.

* Life in the Retreat at Twin Lakes after the Trayvon Martin shooting.

* And are these the rules of Roadrunner and Coyote? I choose to believe.

1. The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “meep, meep.”
2. No outside force can harm the Coyote — only his own ineptitude or the failure of Acme products. Trains and trucks were the exception from time to time.
3. The Coyote could stop anytime — if he were not a fanatic.
4. No dialogue ever, except “meep, meep” and yowling in pain.
5. The Road Runner must stay on the road — for no other reason than that he’s a roadrunner.
6. All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters — the southwest American desert.
7. All tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
8. Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
9. The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.
10. The audience’s sympathy must remain with the Coyote.
11. The Coyote is not allowed to catch or eat the Road Runner.

Wednesday, Right?

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* Save the Bottle Rocket Motel.

* Alternate history watch: Gizmodo remembers when Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to the Moon.

* 40 Senate Republicans just voted to kill Medicare. And now the GOP wants to cut Medicaid by 25%, too. More here, here, and here.

Keep in mind that Medicaid pays for 40 percent of all births and that children comprise half its beneficiaries. But the real cost drivers are older Americans. Medicaid provides financing for 60 percent of nursing-home residents and pays 43 percent of America’s long-term care bill. Ryan’s reform would stick states with the bill and would likely leave many of the most vulnerable without coverage.

* Now even Floridians realize Rick Scott is horrible. And Wisconsin hates Scott Walker.

* The New Jersey Supreme Court just spanked Chris Christie on education.

* There’s so much Prozac in the Great Lakes it’s killing off the bacteria.

* China rips off Cory Doctorow and then does him one better: they’re forcing prisoners to gold farm.

* MSNBC really should just give Chris Hayes Ed Schultz’s timeslot, especially after this. One week’s suspension hardly seems sufficient punishment. But then I’ve always found his show unwatchable.

* And MetaFilter’s starting up another Nomic game. Get in on the ground floor!

Wrong About Everything

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Written by gerrycanavan

February 27, 2011 at 2:18 am

Sunday Morning Wisconsin Links!

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* Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca lets the GOP majority have it. Via the latest incarnation of the MeFi thread, which also offers up the picture at right.

* 12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin.

* Succinct primer from Rortybomb: Wisconsin Draws the Line on Austerity Opportunism and Class War.

* More reasons why the Green Bay Packers are the only football team to support.

Wisconsin Union Battle: A Convenient Distraction From the Real Culprit in State Budget Woes.

Corporations repeated at the state and local levels what they accomplished federally. According to the US Census Bureau, corporations paid taxes on their profits to states and localities totalling $24.7bn in 1988, while individuals then paid income taxes of $90bn. However, by 2009, while corporate tax payments had roughly doubled (to $49.1bn), individual income taxes had more than tripled (to $290bn).

As long as raising taxes on corporations and the rich is off the table states will continue to face these sorts of manufactured budget crises. A functioning government costs money.

* Wisconsin’s union employees are upset about a loss of collective bargaining and a mandated increase in benefit payments, including for health insurance. But at least these employees would still have health insurance. What has been widely ignored about Walker’s bill (in part because of the speed with which he’s fisting it down Wisconsin’s gullet) is a sneaky provision that paves the way for him to cut, or eliminate, Medicaid and BadgerCare healthcare benefits for low-income people.

* No unions on the teevee. I don’t watch the sunday morning shows, but I hear on the Twitter that there were no union members on television to discuss the issue today, either.

* The latest protests have drawn 80,000 people.

* How Abraham Lincoln wrote the breaking quorum playbook.

* If you want more links, zunguzungu’s got ’em, including a great little piece on a taxicab co-op that has joined the protestors in solidarity.

Five for Sunday Night

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Monday Night Linkdump #1

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* Spider-Man 4 has apparently completely imploded; Raimi has quit and the next film will be a reboot instead.

* The New Jersey legislature has approved a medical marijuana bill. I learned this from—who else?—@jonhurwitz.

* Because I don’t just assume everything I don’t like is unconstitutional, I suspect Thomas Geoghegan is probably wrong and the filibuster is probably constitutional. But I’d be very happy to turn out to be wrong.

* Paul Krugman defends Europe.

* Feingold says Nebraska’s long-cherished right to permanent Medicaid reimbursement will probably be stripped out of the final health care bill.

* The New Yorker slums it at the Jersey shore.

* And Jonathan Chait has your daily dose of things that could have been phrased better.