US News Section

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 8:47am

It's that time of the year, folks -- a swarm of emails have been coming out from spoofed addresses, claiming to be from the customer service section of Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (

NOTE: The IRS never sends emails to taxpayers. Pass that tidbit on, and help take a bite out of cybercrime...

It starts off with the following:

From: EFTPS Tax Payment []
Sent: today, more
Democrats Ramshield
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 4:41am

This piece is a crossposted excerpt from a slightly larger piece originally posted on DailyKos. Our thanks to the writer, Democrats Ramshield, for the crosspost. The opening has been slightly edited for clarity, as the original lead-in material is not included within this crosspost. Those are the only alterations. -- GH

How does the US social safety net protect working families?

Did you know that virtually speaking the United States is the only major industrialized nation in the more

Open Thread
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 4:06am

Dude, you HAVE no Koran! A great retort against religious intolerance took place today in Amarillo, TX, when a 23 year old skateboarder named Jacob Isom took a kerosene-doused Qur'an away from David Grisham, leader of the religious extremist group "Repent Amarillo", and told him "Dude, you HAVE no Koran!"

To celebrate more

Open Thread
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 4:35am

Here's a quick snapshot of some of the top stories crossing the wire on Google News at 4:25 am EST -- first, California fires are big news, esp. to those living in and around San Bruno:

Blast, fire raze Bay Area homes

Los Angeles Times

At least one person is killed and more than a score injured after an explosion rocks San Bruno. Several blocks go up in flames. Two firefighters from nearby Pacifica stand awestruck more

Open Thread
Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 7:25am

Good morning, all, and welcome to the post-hurricane Saturday Morning Open Thread: Strange But True, Eclectic News Edition. Many of the items below were initially spotted on, so here's a hat-tip to 'em in appreciation.

Let's get started, shall we?


A weakened Earl blows by
Coastal residents braced for worst, but storm faded as it neared

Story reported by Erin Ailworth in Hyannis, more

Connecticut Man1
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:06pm

We can sit back and worry about how these poor people will get by in this economy (the disaster economy that they created) or we can work from the pragmatic point of view of reality and tell them to suck it up and tighten their own damned belts instead of trying to squeeze the middle class and the poor even more than they already have to pay for their own disasters:

Writing in the Financial Times, John Podesta and Robert Greenstein argue against extending the Bush tax cuts “for the top 2 percent of earners, whose average annual income is $800,000.” They note that “ more

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 7:37am

Continuing information that adds to, and overlaps, the recent piece by DeltaDoc, here's a clip of Rachel Maddow's interview with Jane Mayer, author of Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama:

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Connecticut Man1
Friday, August 20, 2010 - 9:22am

I know that many of us would be just as offended as these people, courtesy of brannyboy at MLN noting the absurdities of Linda McMahon's statement on this issue, over a mosque and community center being built 2 blocks away from Ground Zero on the hallowed grounds of a former Burlington Coat Factory retail store:

Here's Linda McSteroids on religious freedom:

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Connecticut Man1
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 4:25pm

[ed. note - CM1] Bunping this with an update from Rachel Maddow at the bottom. - Originally posted on 2010-07-26 19:30:52 -0400.

From Open Left, who profits from SB-1070? Two of Governor Brewer's top advisers... more
Connecticut Man1
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 4:31pm

Last week, Judge Walker delivered a ruling on Marriage Equality that was deemed a success by the people fighting for this basic human right. But he also delivered a ruling on a temporary stay of implementing the the results of his decision. Today, Judge Walker gave his stay a deadline of July 18th.

A federal judge put gay marriages on hold for at least another six days in California, more