Remember how Republicans said they would be open to closing tax loopholes? Neither do they….

…especially if it means as many as one more American gets a new job before November 2012.

Obama Seeks to End Tax Breaks to Pay for Jobs Plan –

It would be fair to say this tax increase on job creators is the kind of proposal both parties have opposed in the past,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio). “We remain eager to work together on ways to support job growth, but this proposal doesn’t appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit.”

It’s like talking point bingo with these folks, as if Republicans have a bi-partisan bone in their body.

Cancer v. Spartacus ends as expected

Sad day on this one.  I liked the show a lot.

ANDY Whitfield, the 39-year-old star of the cable series Spartacus: Blood and
Sand, has died in Sydney.

Manager Sam Maydew said Whitfield died yesterday of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Whitfield’s wife, Vashti, called her husband a “beautiful young warrior” who
died on a “sunny Sydney morning” in the “arms of his loving wife”.

Whitfield – who was born in Wales and lived in Australia – was a virtual
unknown when he was cast as the title hero in Spartacus, a hit original
TV series that made waves with its graphic violence and sexuality.

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