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>Populist Rage

>Hey, Amy Sullivan and Joe Klein! I think I found that “populist rage” you were looking for:

Among the ruins: Stair railings, built-in cabinets, shower doors, double doors to the master bedroom and other doors are gone, a fireplace was yanked out, the hardwood floors are torn up, carpeting was taken, the toilet was removed from a bathroom. There’s nasty mold. There are no appliances in the kitchen. Even the sinks and garbage disposal are missing.

“The hot water heater was also removed from the house. One entire bathroom and the kitchen was stripped from floor to ceiling, including all drawers, cabinets and even the counter tops,” Moon adds.

[…]

“Some misguided home owners, angry at the bank for foreclosing, think it’s somehow permissible to turn the home into a total nightmare,” writes California broker associate Elizabeth Weintraub on about.com.

“I’ve seen homes where every window looked like it had been whopped by a baseball bat,” she writes. “Some previous occupants deposited feces on counter tops or in the middle of the living room floor … Sometimes home owners turn on all the water faucets and plug up the drains before departing.”

Also, for “populist rage” of another stripe, you might turn your eyes to London today.

Just sayin’.

(h/t, Atrios)

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>Swampland: Late To The Party

>Over at Time’s Swampland blog, Amy Sullivan finally gets around to telling people to “chill out” over the family planning provisions of the stimulus bill.

She writes:

Republicans: The provision would have allowed states to cover family planning services–but not abortion–that they already cover for low-income women who don’t otherwise qualify for Medicaid, just without first requiring states to obtain a waiver from the federal government. That’s it. It wouldn’t have permitted new services to be included under “family planning.” It wouldn’t have required states to cover anything or anyone that they didn’t want to. It just would have allowed them to do what they’re already doing without first going through the red tape of obtaining a waiver.

Gee, thanks Amy. Glad to finally see that posted somewhere other than a lefty blog. Even if you only got around to doing it at 4 pm Thursday.

When the vote was yesterday.

Seems to me this would have been good information to have on the Time blog a few days ago. Like, maybe, Monday? You know, when the Republicans were getting the vapors and the Democrats were afraid that the Republicans wouldn’t support the bill with that icky female plumbing stuff in it. So they caved, like always, and took it out.

And then the House voted on the bill and no Republicans supported it anyway. Yesterday.

What took you so long?

Sullivan writes:

In the end, this week’s fight came down to symbolism. Republicans thought they could paint the stimulus bill as a gift to “the abortion industry” when in fact the provision changes virtually nothing about current law.

Yeah, some of us were talking about that on Monday.

This is the kind of stuff that makes me nuts when Old Media tries to do New Media. They still don’t get it. The damage has been done, the discussion has been closed. Pointing out Republican hypocrisy and Democratic ineptitude now comes a little too late to be useful.

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