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PBC News & Comment Thursday, January 19

Rick Perry, roadkill, returns to Texas as the parade of idiocy continues.  Perry and others suggest leniency--even pardons--for the Marines who shot video as the pissed on dead enemy fighters.  Also covered:

--Thomas Frank, interviewed in podcast 357, talks about his new book Pity the Billionaire

--writers for Center for American Progress smeared with charges of anti-Semitism

--bizarre twist to Pakistan infighting, as accuser is outed for doing play-by-play of nude female wrestling

--Japan considering adding 20 years to life of nuke plants

--Italian cruise ship captain says he tripped and fell into the lifeboat, was not intending to abandon ship, sounds like bologna to me

--worldwide abortion stats show 47,000 women died from abortions in 2008 and that more abortions are performed in countries that ban it

--In California, Gov. Jerry Brown displays optimism in state of state speech and backs hi-speed rail despite ballooning cost projections