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Scalia Suggests ‘Hand-Held Rocket Launchers’ Are Protected Under Second Amendment

Source: Think Progress

Scalia Suggests ‘Hand-Held Rocket Launchers’ Are Protected Under Second Amendment
By Zack Ford on Jul 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

This morning on Fox News Sunday, Justice Antonin Scalia reiterated just how extremely his Constitutional originalism can be applied. Referring to the recent shooting in Aurora, CO, host Chris Wallace asked the Supreme Court Justice about gun control, and whether the Second Amendment allows for any limitations to gun rights. Scalia admitted there could be, such as “frighting” (carrying a big ax just to scare people), but they would still have to be determined with an 18th-Century perspective in mind. According to his originalism, if a weapon can be hand-held, though, it probably still falls under the right o “bear arms”:

WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute?

SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.

WALLACE: How do you decide that if you’re a textualist?

SCALIA: Very carefully.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/07/29/602491/scalia-rocket-launcher/

GOP Class Warfare: tax cuts for 20 million vs. tax cuts for 2 million

amprog: It’s pretty easy to see who loses under the Republican Senate tax plan: More than 20 million families would lose tax credits under Sen. McConnell’s tax plan, compared to the 2.1 million high-income households that would lose some of their George W. Bush-era tax cuts under the Senate Democratic plan.



Source: Think Progress

ROMNEY DOESN’T KNOW IF HE PAID A TAX RATE LOWER THAN 13.9% | Mitt Romney has thus far refused to heed the call from a growing number of people within the Republican party to release more tax returns. And during an interview with ABC’s David Muir from Israel, the former Massachusetts governor revealed that the documents may show that he paid very little in taxes:

Emily Friedman@EmilyABC
Romney tells @DavidMuir he doesn't know if there was a year when he paid a tax rate lower than 13.9%. Says he'll have to go back and look.
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Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/07/29/602501/romney-doesnt-know-if-he-paid-a-tax-rate-lower-than-139/ source

Cheney: Palin pick was a mistake

Source: USA Today

Cheney: Palin pick was a mistake

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is critical of the process that led to the 2008 selection of another Republican vice presidential candidate: Sarah Palin.

"I think that was a mistake," Cheney said in an interview for ABC's This Week.

Cheney said Palin, then the first-term governor of Alaska, failed the most basic test of being on the vice presidential short list: "Is this person capable of being president of the United States?"

Said Cheney: "I like Governor Palin. I've met her. I know her ... Attractive candidate. But based on her background -- she'd only been governor for, what, two years -- I don't think she passed that test ... of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake."

Read more: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/07/cheney-palin-pick-was-a-mistake/1#.UBVT1mGXRiA

non-photoshopped Mittens

Photo taken this morning at the Olympic aquatic center.

Romney's PR people bragged the trip would produce numerous photo-ops making Mittens look presidential.

Yeah, not so much.


The Republican "Trickle Down" Theory

Kevin Drum would like to remind everyone what the outrage from the top elite is all about:

“I just want everyone to be absolutely clear on what this “narrative of aggrievement” is all about. It’s about Obama’s proposal that the marginal tax rate on income over $400,000 should rise from 35% to 39.6%. That’s your aggrievement. That’s your entitlement. That’s your socialism. That’s your class warfare. An increase in the top marginal tax rate of 4.6 percentage points. Four. Point. Six. This is what America’s most prosperous citizens are up in arms about. This is why Barack Obama is an enemy of capitalism. These are the spiteful shackles he proposes to use to subjugate America’s engines of job creation. It’s the reason America’s wealthiest citizens are so frightened about the future of their country. 4.6 percentage points. Just let that sink in.”


Bombshell: Koch-Funded Study Finds ‘Global Warming Is Real’ (...and the cause is human.)

Source: Think Progress

Bombshell: Koch-Funded Study Finds ‘Global Warming Is Real’, ‘On The High End’ And ‘Essentially All’ Due To Carbon Pollution
By Joe Romm on Jul 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

“The decadal land-surface average temperature using a 10-year moving average of surface temperatures over land. Anomalies are relative to the Jan 1950 – December 1979 mean. The grey band indicates 95% statistical and spatial uncertainty interval.” A Koch-funded reanalysis of 1.6 billion temperature reports finds that “essentially all of this increase is due to the human emission of greenhouse gases.”

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study (BEST) is poised to release its findings next week on the cause of recent global warming. A forthcoming NY Times op-ed by Richard Muller, BEST’s Founder and Scientific Director, has been excerpted on a conservative website with the headline, “New Global Temperature Data Reanalysis Confirms Warming, Blames CO2.”

I have spoken with scientists and journalists familiar with BEST’s findings, and the excerpt appears genuine. Here is the money graf:

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified scientific issues that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Now, after organizing an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I’ve concluded that global warming is real, that the prior estimates of the rate were correct, and that cause is human.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/07/28/602151/bombshell-koch-funded-study-finds-global-warming-is-real-on-the-high-end-and-essentially-all-due-to-carbon-pollution/

RomneyBot in a search for brains......

Charles Dharapak@CharlesDharapak
WHEELS DOWN: MItt and Ann Romney arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, photo via @AP pic.twitter.com/i2yPA4WL


"First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler"

First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

(I can only imagine what my mother-in-law will say now, kpete)

Doonesbury: “So is voting fraud for real?"

And as the strip correctly points out (take note Republican readers), a thorough investigation was indeed done by BushCo, and guess what they found:

Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.[...]

Most of those charged have been Democrats, voting records show. Many of those charged by the Justice Department appear to have mistakenly filled out registration forms or misunderstood eligibility rules, a review of court records and interviews with prosecutors and defense lawyers show.

We owe Garry Trudeau another immense thank you for this story arc:
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