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When someone of Nelson Mandela's stature, historic significance and personal greatness dies, there's really nothing to say for most of us that isn't trite or unneeded. That seems especially so in this case in which Mandela's passing has elements of a blessing in human terms, given his great age and deep enfeeblement and apparent suffering. But after a day of absorbing this expected news, there is one thing I would like to add: violence. And I mean that in a good way.
For Obama supporters, if there was one thing sweeter on election night than the President's reelection, it was Fox News collective and very public meltdown with Karl Rove practically threatening to take the Fox News election counters hostage until they admitted that Romney could still win Ohio. David Folkenflik has written a new book about the Murdoch media empire where all this stuff gets discussed, some of the details of which he's been sharing with us this week in TPMCafe Book Club. Here's part of his look at that golden night ...
It's amazing we're still dealing with this nonsense.
A plan to build a monument to Union soldiers at the site of the biggest Civil War battle in Florida (The Battle of Olustee) has hit a snag. A group of neo-confederate whackjobs are pledging a 'second battle of Olustee' to prevent building on this "hallowed grown [sic] where Southern blood was spilled in defense of Florida."