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About 100 people were participating in a Mother's Day Parade in New Orleans when multiple  shots rang out at the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere streets.

Police confirm 12 people were shot (updated to 19 including those grazed by bullets), the youngest of which were 2 10 years olds.

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The FBI has arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis for attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Building.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis , 21, was arrested this morning in downtown Manhattan after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan's financial district.
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The Romney Campaign and the RNC may give lip service to "liberty" but they have every intention of exercising complete top down control of the party after this convention. While I firmly believe that conservatives love to see a good authoritarian quashing of dissent, it's interesting to watch how they react to being the target of the quashing.

There is a battle still brewing this morning over Rule 12 which would effectively strip the grassroots of any control governing party rules. While the Romney people offered to take back Rule 15 and 16 which would have taken away the state's abilities to pick their own delegates, it hardly matters since proposed Rule 12 changes would allow them to just change anything they want to after the convention with 2/3 vote of the RNC. Convention delegates have few responsibilities. They vote for the nominee and they vote on rules. Romney and the RNC want to name their own delegates and make all the rules. Follow me over the Itzl to take a peek into the tempest brewing in the GOP convention teapot.

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The words "We've never seen anything like it" are repeated by scientists, seafood processors and fishermen throughout the gulf region. A feature article from Al Jazeera English, Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists, examines the alarming abnormalities turning up in fish, shrimp, crab and other species since the BP oil spill.

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I've heard a lot of crazy things said at rallies but this little diatribe really blew me away. This is Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry introducing Rick Santorum at a recent rally.

Follow me over the curlicue of doom, if you dare.

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Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 01:46 PM PST

A Sincere and Humble Thank-You

by Siri

It's been a rough year, a couple really. This has been a time in my life that I've had to turn away from things I wanted to do, things I wanted to have and things I wanted to contribute to. While I tell myself it's ok, I'm not in as desperate of circumstances as some, it can still be a little soul crushing. Today someone lifted me up and I just want to say thank you to that generous soul, and everyone in this community.

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Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Saving American Democracy Amendment to the Constitution today. Essentially, it's a "corporations are not people" amendment. It expressly excludes corporations from the rights granted to natural persons under the Constitution, prohibits corporate spending in elections, allows for Congress & the States to regulate corporations and campaign finance.

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I'm offering two selections this week that are somewhat stark in nature. I can only hope that you'll find some resonance with your own experiences.

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I have spent a considerable amount of time decrying the actions of police departments across the country as they clash violently with various #occupy movements. I've been alternately sad, angry, frustrated and mystified at how some police departments have brutalized and intimidated the protesters. While there have been some issues in Chicago with rough arrests in Grant Park, I really felt compelled to do a diary covering the Chicago Police's exemplary behavior at yesterday's action and march.

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Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 09:01 PM PST

A Question of Privacy

by Siri

Throughout our history, from our founding to our current era, the people of this nation have valued Government transparency and personal privacy. Our government seems to be fighting to take us in the completely opposite direction.

A court decision handed down today in US District Court of Virginia - Alexandria Division affects the privacy rights of not only US citizens, but anyone from any nation utilizing internet sites based in the US.

Follow me over the fold for the details

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This diary is dedicated to the Occupiers everywhere whose very presence marks a shift in our global consciousness. I've been to Occupy Chicago and was moved by the sense of unity and joy there. The spirit of it is infectious and hasn't left me since. I hope you all get a chance to get out to one close to you and see it for yourselves.

Join us every Monday evening for drinks at the Daily Kos community political poetry club. Drop by and speak your mind in rhyme or blank verse. Poetry is always welcome in the comments. Let’s use language to scream our passion to the world. Bongos, berets and turtle neck sweaters are optional. The keypad is mightier than the sword.
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Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 02:30 PM PDT

Occupy Chicago: My Photo Diary & Essay

by Siri

It was a beautiful 80 degree, picture perfect day in Chicago yesterday. While I had plans to get to my mom's in the late afternoon, I wanted to take the opportunity earlier in the day to get out to the Occupy Chicago protests and get a feel for what was happening in my own part of the world.

Follow me over the squiggle to see some of the people, the signs and hopefully pick up some of the amazing vibe that was there.

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