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Rim of the Valley Corridor proposed expansion of Santa Monica National Recreation Area

A draft study recently released by the National Park Service recommends enlarging the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by 270 square miles, an addition that would more than double the size of the NPS unit that abuts and runs through the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

An online public meeting regarding the proposal is in progress as this diary is being written. Other meetings will be held In Real Life in May and June.

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Tue Mar 24, 2015 at 04:04 PM PDT


by occams hatchet

I do not like green eggs and ham!

I do not like them,

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The Colbert Report is closing up shop this week after a stellar 9-year run that saw its host consistently and brilliantly skewer pompous, ignorant, self-righteous, irrationally fearful, jingoistic, morally certain right-wingers by passing himself off as a pompous, ignorant, self-righteous, irrationally fearful, jingoistic, morally certain right-winger.

In all of his 9 years as host of the Colbert Report, however, never was Stephen Colbert's comedic genius and fearlessness on display more breathtakingly than at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner, where then-President George W. Bush was the guest of honor.

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[A repost from 2007, inspired by Scott Brown, because stopping them Over There clearly requires a pickup truck and bqhatevwr]

It gets lonely out here, but I don’t mind it so much. Early in the morning, the lifeguards wave hi to me – they all know me. I’m pretty sure they think I’m crazy, but I don’t care. Stupid kids. They have no idea. And actually I’m pretty happy about that – I don’t want them to have to worry about what I worry about. That’s why I’m here, to keep them safe so they can sleep at night without a care in the world.

I know what I’m doing is important to the security of our country, although I’m probably the only one who remembers. I’m probably the only one old enough and with enough sense to understand that Lyndon Johnson knew what he was talking about all those years ago, about our enemies and about how badly they want to hurt the United States and its way of life.

Sometimes I find myself drifting off, lulled into dreamless sleep by the soft murmur of the gently splashing waves at high tide, in the very wee hours of the morning, after all the tourists have gone back to their hotel rooms and the luaus are over.

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"Like, OMG, I just got the best deal signed - I got this crazy guy to agree to stop doing the crazy things he's been doing. Everybody can relax now!"

No one will ever accuse him of refusing to negotiate. And history promises to be kind.
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Offered without comment:

Richard Feldman, former NRA regional political director and author of Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist, said this while being interviewed in his home for the 2011 HBO documentary, "Gun Fight":

I always keep a few guns around - there's a gun in my bedroom as well. And yes, they're loaded, because when I'm home, they're in use. Doesn't happen very often, but somebody drives up the driveway - it's almost always someone properly here - but if I don't know who they are, I'm gonna greet 'em with a gun in my hand. [interviewer interjects] Well, if I don't know who they are and I'm not expecting somebody, I'm not walking out to the front door without the means to protect myself. I don't know who they are - so I bring my friends: Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.
I'd embed the video if I knew how; suffice to say the above quote appears between 21:58 and 22:31 in the film.
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The thought for this came to me last night, but as I Googled for the link to the video below, I found that I was hardly the first to make this connection: h/t Notes from a Boy @ The Window - o.h.

With respect to the rightwing's hilarious "fiscal cliff" framing of the current budget negotiations, President Obama and Congressional Democrats should take a cue from Mel Gibson's Det. Riggs in the original Lethal Weapon:

Det. Riggs: You know you're not the first guy to think of this, ya know. A lot of people've got problems especially during the silly season like now.

Suicidal jumper: You know shit.

Det. Riggs: No, you're wrong, pal, you're wrong.

Suicidal jumper: You don't know nothin’! Don't touch me!
. . .

Det. Riggs: [showing him a cigarette] Here, you want a cigarette? Come on, let's smoke, OK?

Suicidal jumper: Yeah.

Det. Riggs: Go on, take it - yeah. If we take our time we'll both die of cancer. [lights his own cigarette]

Det. Riggs: Here. [shows him the lighter but tricks him and cuffs the two of them together] Hate for ya to leave without me.

Suicidal jumper: Hey, what are you doing!?

Det. Riggs: See this key? Bye-bye. [tosses key off the ledge]

Suicidal jumper: You're crazy!

Det. Riggs: Now you can jump if you want to, but you'll be taking me with you and that makes you a murderer, okay?

Suicidal jumper: You bastard!

Det. Riggs: Yeah, you'd be killin' a cop -

Suicidal jumper: Yeah, I'd be killin' a psycho nut job!

Det. Riggs: Yeah, a psycho, but I'm still a cop. You comin' in? C'mon, I'm goin' in.

Suicidal jumper: Fuck you! I'm jumpin'!

Det. Riggs: [grabs the jumper, stares him crazily in the eyes] Do you really wanna jump? Do ya wanna? Well, then that's fine with me! C'mon, let's do it, asshole, let's do it! I wanna do it!

Suicidal jumper: Wait a minute - whaddaya mean -

[Riggs jumps, taking the jumper with him]

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Here's what Karl Rove had to say in 2002:

[Rove] said that guys like [the reporter, Ron Suskind] were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''



And -

 - speaking of "creating our own reality," oddly enough - here's what Karl Rove had to say Tuesday night:

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Surely President Obama, by George Bush's calculations, earned a lot of political capital last night in what the New York Times will surely term "a decisive win."

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Seriously, bubbie? This Obama n0ob? All of a sudden he's the great maven of "redistribution"??

Nicene, please.

Oy - G*d has been in business a lot longer than this Obama pisher - true, He never paid any taxes (and thus never took personal responsibility) or held a private-sector job (and thus never had to Make The Tough Decisions®) but the community He was organizing was - vey's mir, such a headache I get when I have to explain this - pretty much the BIGGEST COMMUNITY EVER -

- so He knows a little sumpn sumpn 'bout running a universe.

Whaddaya think, He's made with a finger??

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At this point, I'm looking at Mitt Romney flailing out there, clearly about to go under, in WAY over his head, and I'm thinking: I don't want to throw this guy an anchor.

NO! Somebody's gotta try and rescue this guy!

All Republicans - in the water!!

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My Photoshop/iMovie skilz are sorely wanting, so I'll leave this to more capable hands (Dood? Vor??)

Anyway, here goes:

The print version looks something like this:


Ryan's plan for Medicare
Just below that, a split panel:

Photo on the left: Smiling granny

Photo on the right: Urn on top of the mantel (think "Meet the Parents"), ornately labeled, "Granny."

Type below the photos:

Same name, different package
I think this ad would be HUGE in Florida, for some reason.

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