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happy 1decade wedding anniversary honey. i would like you to remember Jesus christ in the center of our marriage life. i’m so happy to have you in my life and i would like to spend the rest of my life with you honey. i love you so much my wife. - Laarni Narag Ganaba

happy 1decade wedding anniversary honey. i would like you to remember Jesus christ in the center of our marriage life. i’m so happy to have you in my life and i would like to spend the rest of my life with you honey. i love you so much my wife. - Laarni Narag Ganaba

politicalprof:

So people are always asking me if I think the time is ripe for a third party, and why can’t we have lots of parties, etc.

Ignoring the fact that we actually do have lots of parties—Idaho Republicans are different than Illinois Republicans, and South Carolina Democrats don’t look much like…

nbcnews:

Obama taps John Brennan to be next CIA director, White House officials say
(Photo: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images, file)
WASHINGTON — Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan will be nominated as director of the Central Intelligence Agency by President Barack Obama, White House officials told NBC News on Monday.
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nbcnews:

Obama taps John Brennan to be next CIA director, White House officials say

(Photo: Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images, file)

WASHINGTON — Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan will be nominated as director of the Central Intelligence Agency by President Barack Obama, White House officials told NBC News on Monday.

pewresearch:

Daily number: 50%
Half of the parents of online teens say they have used parental controls to block, filter or monitor teens’ online activities.
Read more.

pewresearch:

Daily number: 50%

Half of the parents of online teens say they have used parental controls to block, filter or monitor teens’ online activities.

Read more.

buzzfeedceleb:

Helen Mirren received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

buzzfeedceleb:

Helen Mirren received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

climateadaptation:

A reporter for Forbes exposes the sheer hypocrisy of Republican double talk when it comes to government spending. On the one hand, Republicans want massive cuts to government spending. On the other, they filled this disaster relief bill with pet projects that have nothing to do with helping Hurricane Sandy victims.

the pork portions of the Senate bill were not earmarked to benefit Democratic members of the upper chamber of Congress. And you may be quite surprised to discover where that money is actually headed once the rich Senate legislation is passed by the House.

A review of the mark-up of the Senate bill reveals that all that extra, non-Sandy related cash is actually set to provide billions for “storm events that occurred in 2012 along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast within the boundaries of the North Atlantic and Mississippi Valley divisions of the Corps that were affected by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac.”

Why, you might ask, would the Senate be packing billions of taxpayer dollars for these areas of the country that are nowhere near the devastation brought about by superstorm Sandy into a bill designed to bring relief to those suffering from the storm that ripped the northeastern part of the nation?

The answer can be found in a quick review of the states that are set to benefit from the Senate’s extra-special benevolence—states including Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana.

What, you may ask, do these states far from New York and New Jersey have in common?

Each is not only a red state, but each of these states are represented by two Republican senators—with the exception of Louisiana with its one GOP senator.

And what happens when you buy off seven Republican senators with a package of goodies under the guise of storm relief supposedly meant to benefit two blue states?

You get yourself a filibuster proof piece of legislation.

Great work at Forbes.

justinspoliticalcorner:

Until last night, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that the Tea Party was on the wane. Congressional leaders of the nascent movement, like Allen West and Joe Walsh had lost reelection, or, like Jim DeMint, had decided to leave politics altogether.  House Speaker John Boehner had stripped some of the more outspoken members of the Tea Party caucus of their congressional leadership posts, a sign that the GOP establishment was no longer going to be led by its ultra-conservative tail.  The big money groups backing the Tea Party were falling apart in a spate of post-election season squabbling.

But after 85 House Republicans joined Boehner in raising taxes without spending reductions during the end game of Monday night’s fiscal-cliff negotiations, Tea Party leaders and conservative activists from around the country are dusting off their tri-corner hats and “Don’t Tread On Me” signs, and now say that their members are as energized as they have ever been since the first Tax Day protests in 2009. And the Republican Party, they add, had better beware.

“We now have 85 members of the House who have shunned their noses at us,” said Dustin Stockton, a Texas- and Nevada-based operative and the chief strategist of The Tea Party.net. “Our job now is to recruit and inspire and motivate people to run against those Republicans who did it.”

For Tea Partiers and fiscally conservative Republican rank-and filers, the Congress that ended its term this week was at last a chance to get federal spending under control. Hopes were high that this class, which more than doubled the number of members in the House’s Tea Party caucus on their first day, would repudiate previous Republican tendencies to reverse campaign promises and open up the spending spigot as soon as they had their hands on it. And if these newly minted members failed, the Tea Party promised to rally its energy behind new challengers who wouldn’t.

Instead however, this Congress voted to increase spending three times, and never once to cut taxes. The final indignity, the bill to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” by raising taxes on the wealthiest, was negotiated behind closed doors and at the last minute, anathema to a group that had pledged unprecedented openness around legislation. Plus, as many Tea Party leaders around the nation pointed out, the bill that was passed this week includes $1 dollar of spending reductions for every $41 of new taxes.

h/t: The Daily Beast

rhamphotheca:

Surprise: Shell’s rig ran aground in Alaska because the company was trying to avoid taxes 
by Philip Bump
On New Year’s Eve, in the middle of a storm, Shell was trying to tow its Kulluk drilling rig from Alaska to Seattle. Why then? Why risk the bad weather, which, as it turned out, caused the rig to break free from its tugboats and run aground on Kodiak Island?
To avoid paying state taxes, of course. From Alaska Dispatch:
    A Shell spokesman last week confirmed an Unalaska elected official’s claim that the Dec. 21 departure of the Kulluk from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor involved taxation. City councilor David Gregory said Shell would pay between $6 million and $7 million in state taxes if the Kulluk was still in Alaska on Jan. 1…
Ah, but the weather had other plans, sorry to say. Shell will end up having to pay that money after all, and then some.
    Gregory said the departure of the Kulluk took money away from local small businesses servicing the rig. He predicted the maritime mishap will prove very costly to the oil company. “It will cost them more than that $6 million in taxes. Maybe they should have just stayed here,” Gregory said…
The Kulluk grounding is costing taxpayers too. The 630 people working on the unified relief effort include employees of the state of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard. Twenty-one vessels are on the scene or nearby, and that doesn’t include aircraft…
(read more: TheGrist.org)                    (photo: kullukresponse)

rhamphotheca:

Surprise: Shell’s rig ran aground in Alaska because the company was trying to avoid taxes 

by Philip Bump

On New Year’s Eve, in the middle of a storm, Shell was trying to tow its Kulluk drilling rig from Alaska to Seattle. Why then? Why risk the bad weather, which, as it turned out, caused the rig to break free from its tugboats and run aground on Kodiak Island?

To avoid paying state taxes, of course. From Alaska Dispatch:

    A Shell spokesman last week confirmed an Unalaska elected official’s claim that the Dec. 21 departure of the Kulluk from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor involved taxation. City councilor David Gregory said Shell would pay between $6 million and $7 million in state taxes if the Kulluk was still in Alaska on Jan. 1

Ah, but the weather had other plans, sorry to say. Shell will end up having to pay that money after all, and then some.

    Gregory said the departure of the Kulluk took money away from local small businesses servicing the rig. He predicted the maritime mishap will prove very costly to the oil company. “It will cost them more than that $6 million in taxes. Maybe they should have just stayed here,” Gregory said

The Kulluk grounding is costing taxpayers too. The 630 people working on the unified relief effort include employees of the state of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard. Twenty-one vessels are on the scene or nearby, and that doesn’t include aircraft…

(read more: TheGrist.org)                    (photo: kullukresponse)

robotspy:

(cross-posted at robertnspicer.com)

In his book The Age of Reform historian Richard Hofstadter argues, “Third parties are like bees: once they have stung, they die.” In contemporary politics Ross Perot is the textbook example of Hofstadter’s characterization. Bob Woodward noted in his 1994…

legalizeheroin:

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Below we’ve compiled a few of our more interesting/damning/depraved stories of 2012, assorted into somewhat arbitrary categories for easy digestion. Together they, along with the entire content of our archive, offer a small glimpse of how prohibition works and the toll it takes:

The…