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  • Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Conservative Jones, citizen journalist!
    Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - Conservative Jones: citizen journalist!
  • What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
  • While Republicans whine about President Obama taking out Osama bin Laden, a milestone is reached:
    Formerly called the “Freedom Tower,” the building rising to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper today. Workers will erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.
  • This may put a damper on talk about Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's running mate:
    The FEC has fined Marco Rubio's campaign $8,000 for "receiving prohibited, excessive, and other impermissible" donations during the 2010 Senate race.
  • From the guy who won't even sit on a couch with a woman who isn't his wife:
    Rick Santorum reportedly asked Lindsay Lohan to pose for a photo at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday -- then denied it. [...]

    "I took a picture of a lot of people today," a visibly uncomfortable Santorum says, as though he cannot remember what happened.

  • On North Carolina's Amendment One:
    In a 21-minute documentary produced by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, host David Crabtree makes a remarkable statement regarding the attitude of North Carolina's business community when it comes to the hotly debated Amendment One.

    After showing differing arguments on the proposed change to North Carolina's constitution from families and religious leaders, Crabtree offers viewers a glance at a letter to legislators, signed by 75 chief executives, expressing opposition to the amendment.

    “We tried to find a CEO who supports Amendment One to interview," Crabtree says in the video. "We worked with the two lead organizations campaigning for it, the North Carolina Family Policy Council and the North Carolina Values Coalition. They could not find a pro-amendment CEO willing to be interviewed for this documentary.”

  • Horror writer Stephen King pens an op-ed called "Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!"
    The U.S. senators and representatives who refuse even to consider raising taxes on the rich—they squall like scalded babies (usually on Fox News) every time the subject comes up—are not, by and large, superrich themselves, although many are millionaires and all have had the equivalent of Obamacare for years. They simply idolize the rich. Don’t ask me why; I don’t get it either, since most rich people are as boring as old dead dogshit. The Mitch McConnells and John Boehners and Eric Cantors just can’t seem to help themselves. These guys and their right-wing supporters regard deep pockets like Christy Walton and Sheldon Adelson the way the little girls regard Justin Bieber…which is to say, with wide eyes, slack jaws, and the drool of adoration dripping from their chins.
  • Because you can never have too much batshit-crazy in your life:
    A number of flyers reportedly posted on parking meters in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., have created a stir for their imagery, which attempts to connect President Barack Obama to the Nazi Holocaust.

    "Hitler's Nazi Germany has been revived in the U.S. and the target is Americans," the pamphlets read, according to a report from MLive.com. [...]

    "Obama's health care bill is not a health care bill, instead it's a total government takeover of every area of life (read the fine print) like gun confiscation, euthanasia and so on (euthanizing the poor, the elderly, the ill, those who've maxed out their health insurance and so on) there are no jobs and everyone will eventually be poor," the flyers read, according to MLive.com.

    They also raise the specter of military checkpoints throughout the country that will eventually be used when it is "legal to assassinate Americans."

  • Are conservatives trying to turn Thomas Jefferson into a religious fundamentalist?
  • They're arguing about this forty years after the fact?
    Bob Woodward is strongly disputing a new report in which it is revealed that his mentor, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, once expressed “fear in my soul” that Woodward had embellished for dramatic effect certain key details of his reporting on the Watergate scandal.
  • Sign up for the maiden voyage of the unsinkable ... wait, they already used that slogan:
    An Australian mining magnate has commissioned a Chinese shipyard to build a replica of the ill-fated Titanic, complete in every detail but equipped with modern technology to prevent a repeat of the original's fateful maiden voyage 100 years ago.

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  •  April White House Photo Diary (9+ / 0-)

    My monthly photo diary of pictures taken by the White House Photography Staff is up.

    April White House Photo Diary



    •  Wall Street prepping countermeasures (4+ / 0-)

      http://thinkprogress.org/...

      Organizers and protesters around the world will come together to commemorate International Workers Day tomorrow, and they are taking on familiar targets. Large protest actions are planned in more than 115 American cities, where activists will continue the anti-Wall Street message started by the 99 Percent Movement last fall. The action will again center in New York, where protesters have identified 99 targets in Manhattan, including large Wall Street banks like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America.

      Wall Street banks are pooling resources and coordinating with each other to plan for the New York City protests and will work with local law enforcement to monitor the protests throughout the day. Though the New York-based banks offered no specifics on how they plan to deal with the protests, one security adviser made the laughable comparison that Wall Street banks — the same ones whose errors include triggering the financial crisis and wrongfully foreclosing on thousands of Americans — were innocent elk defending themselves against attacking wolves, Bloomberg reports:

         Banks cooperating on surveillance are like elk fending off wolves in Yellowstone National Park, he said. While other animals try in vain to sprint away alone, elk survive attacks by forming a ring together, he said. [...]

          Spokesmen for Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup Inc. (C), Morgan Stanley (MS), UBS AG (UBSN) and Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) wouldn’t describe security measures for the protests. One likened commenting to telling al-Qaeda about the bank’s continuity plans.

      Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

      by JML9999 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:43:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Does PA Voter ID disciminate... (7+ / 0-)

    against the Amish?

    File this in the "Duh" folder. It turns out that Amish and other groups that don't allow "graven images" are running into a problem with PA's represive voter ID law. To qualify for the non-photo form of ID they have to run thru a gauntlet of questions and red tape.

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:34:40 PM PDT

  •  Pretty sad that the (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sherlyle, JML9999, citizenx, tb mare

    Twin Towers replacement has to be something akin to a macho-stick-it building.  Taller is not better.  See, e.g. the Ground Zero memorial pool which is the opposite of taller.

    I guess we could all guess that there would be bravado in this re-development.  

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:37:10 PM PDT

  •  It is "legal to assassinate Americans." Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    has asserted that presidential prerogative, and used it.

    Those who forget the pasta are doomed to reheat it.

    by CarolinNJ on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:39:21 PM PDT

    •  I support M-live because I'm against (1+ / 0-)
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      tb mare

      "euthanizing the poor, the elderly, the ill, those who've maxed out their health insurance and so on."

      So I presume their against relying on for-profit health insurance companies and support single payer.  Right?

      Rmoney - GM should be dead and bin Laden alive.

      by filby on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:44:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The irony, of course, is that it's the Republican (4+ / 0-)

    women haters who are the ones who want the government to dictate medical procedures like forced transvaginal probe ultrasounds.

    "Obama's health care bill is not a health care bill, instead it's a total government takeover of every area of life (read the fine print)
    F'ing idiots.

    I'd much rather be a champion of the powerless than a lickspittle of the powerful. State Senator Rodney Ellis (D - TX)

    by blueyescryinintherain on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:39:39 PM PDT

  •  Doctor who re-The Titanic (3+ / 0-)
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    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:41:01 PM PDT

  •  Oh, pshaw! (3+ / 0-)
    This may put a damper on talk about Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's running mate:
    The FEC has fined Marco Rubio's campaign $8,000 for "receiving prohibited, excessive, and other impermissible" donations during the 2010 Senate race.
    Really? Isn't "receiving prohibited, excessive, and other impermissible donations" a required to be a Republican? How else can you prove you're a total sell-out to the 0.01'ers and their corporate interests?

    Besides, I want an MR/MR ticket or as I'd refer to it: Mr. Mittster. ;D



    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:43:10 PM PDT

    •  Saw an interview with head of Hispanic (4+ / 0-)

      voters' group a couple of days ago.  Laughed out loud at the Repub strategists' face when the Hispanic lady explained that no, not all brown people would be willing to vote for Mitt because he had a brown person on his ticket.  She tried to explain to him the difference between Cuban and other flavors of Hispanic.  He was...dismayed.  
      So today they're checking out Kelly Ayotte, because of that pesky woman problem they're having.  After all, one woman is the same as any other woman, right?  Right?  
      Didn't we see this movie already?

  •  46% of Dailykos readers are Independents (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.politico.com/...

    A new comScore report finds that although many political websites attract visitors from both sides of the aisle, “they appear to still be more likely to regularly engage visitors who share the same views.”

    Talking Points Memo has the largest percentage of readers who identify as Democrats, with 43 percent, followed by HuffPost Politics with 38 percent. Across the aisle, the Drudge Report has the highest percentage of Republican readers, with 41 percent, followed closely by Newsmax with 38 percent.

    “Among the sites studied," Poynter's Jeff Sonderman notes, "Politico has the most balanced audience with 29 percent of readers identified as Democrats and the same percentage identified as Republicans. Daily Kos has the highest percentage of Independents, 46 percent of their readers.”

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:43:33 PM PDT

  •  All They Need for Titanic II Is Radar, (6+ / 0-)

    now that it's becoming apparent that great air temperature differences over 2 adjacent currents right around the wreck site probably account for not spotting the berg and for seemingly nearby ships not responding.

    --Oh and enough lifeboats.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:44:49 PM PDT

  •  Santorum sounds like he has a bad case of man on (0+ / 0-)

    dog

    Obama has given me a stomach full of empty with a pocket full of dreams

    by Lawdog on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:45:01 PM PDT

  •  Small Businesses Want Clean, Green Gov. Efforts (1+ / 0-)
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    Poll: Small businesses see need for government partnership for clean, green efforts
    Small-business owners say they believe federal clean-energy investment help drive job creation and economy growth, even with the cloud of Solyndra's bankruptcy hanging over them, a recent poll of such enterprises in six U.S. states indicates.

    April 29, 2012 - Small-business owners say they believe federal clean-energy investment helps drive job creation and economic growth, even with the cloud of Solyndra's bankruptcy hanging over them, a recent poll of such enterprises in six U.S. states indicates.

    Results indicate 71 percent of small-business owners think government has a role in driving toward a cleaner, more competitive economy, said advocacy group Small Business Majority, which commissioned the survey.

    The poll also found strong support for current and new federal Environmental Protection Agency air quality standards even if enforcement meant a possible increase in utility prices.

    Small-business owners participating in the survey listed the cost of doing business and a lack of consumer demand as the two biggest challenges they face, John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority founder and chief executive officer, said during a conference call about the poll's findings this week.

    Notably, he said, only 16 percent said government regulation was a problem. read more>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:45:01 PM PDT

  •  Mitt @Private Fundraiser dems hate golfcourses (3+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    At Private Fundraiser, Mitt Romney Tells Donors That Democrats Hate Golf Courses

     Mitt Romney attended a fundraiser at the luxurious estate of Papa John’s founder John Schnatter recently, where he told the audience that Democrats don’t believe anyone should own a golf course or a pool. “What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course,” he said. “You know, if a Democrat were here he’d look around and say no one should live like this. Republicans come here and say EVERYONE should live like this. This is a real tribute to America, to entrepreneurship.”

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:45:26 PM PDT

  •  Don't miss 12-year-old soprano... (1+ / 0-)
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    Jackie Evancho's appearance on Dancing With The Stars tonight on ABC.  She will perform several songs, including...

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:45:29 PM PDT

  •  Allen West a lying two faced hypocrite? Who'd a (4+ / 0-)

    thunk it?!

    Allen West Trashes Guests Of White House Correspondents Dinner After He Attends

    On Saturday night I was honored to be invited to the White House Correspondents Association dinner. There was much glam, glamour, and humor flowing," West posted on his Facebook page on Monday morning.

    But after he left, he said he began thinking about life outside the party.

    "While the President laughs and dines, our Constitutional Republic is eroding and my countrymen are suffering," West wrote. "In this election year, it is sad to think that some of those who were sitting in that ballroom Saturday night laughing and living it up, are helping to perpetuate the manipulation and deception of our country."

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:47:39 PM PDT

  •  AZ passes another law to fight imaginary evil (3+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    AZ Lawmakers Lash Out At Imaginary United Nations Conspiracy With Assault On All Poverty & Environmental Laws

    Earlier this year, Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz touted a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming that George Soros secretly partnered with the United Nations to eliminate the game of golf. Seriously, we aren’t making this up.

    Unfortunately, this fantasy isn’t limited to just one unusually radical candidate for elected office. Rather, the Arizona House is expected to vote today on a bill motivated entirely by the same imaginary conspiracy, and the same bill already passed the state senate:

       

    Arizona lawmakers appear close to sending to Gov. Jan Brewer a tea party-backed bill that proponents say would stop a United Nations takeover conspiracy but that critics claim could end state and cities’ pollution-fighting efforts and even dismantle the state unemployment office.

        A final legislative vote is expected Monday on a bill that would outlaw government support of any of the 27 principles contained in the 1992 United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, also sometimes referred to as Agenda 21.

        Senate Bill 1507 was passed by the state Senate last month and received an initial House affirmation Wednesday. It is sponsored by state Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, who also sponsored a state birther bill that Brewer vetoed last year.

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:48:07 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Mitt, for reminding us that Jimmy Carter (7+ / 0-)

    would have done what Bush refused to do and what you and John McCain both said you would not have done had you been president.  Carter is still leagues above you in presidential qualities, you self-righteous prick.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I'm riding in the Tour de Cure. You can donate here.

    by darthstar on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:51:40 PM PDT

  •  Mitt Romney and Bin Laden (2+ / 0-)

    Given a chance, Mitt Romney was planning to tie Bin Laden to the roof of his car and drive him all the way to Canada.

  •  The 'chickenhawk' tepubs (1+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle

    bin Laden got allot of help from his once friends in our government, mostly from the time he was an CIA middle man in the arms trade to the forces fighting against the Soviets, the cheney and company from them days.

    After abandoning the main mission and beating the drums at Iraq he became the jr bushes friend as he was to daddy bush, his star rose even more as jr even said he no longer thought about him and the tepubs walked in lockstep to that as they did everything else!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:55:22 PM PDT

  •  New York Magazine Ryan Puff piece (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:56:50 PM PDT

  •  Titanic II (0+ / 0-)

    FYI the name of the billionaire building the thing is Clive Palmer. He earned his fortune by strip mining much of Queensland (we can argue later whether or not Australia is rat fucking themselves in the future when the mining boom ends) and of course is a die hard conservative and a major donor to the Liberal party (Liberals in OZ are conservative.)

    Ironically enough he doesn't believe in Global Warming, but thanks to global warming his Titanic II will probably not run into a iceberg. Though I wouldn't put too much faith in the quality of the ship since it's being built in China!

    Oh and last month Clive Palmer wound up in the news by claiming the Greens party was being funded by the CIA and the Rockefeller's in order to destroy the coal industry. He later claimed that it was all bull and he was only saying that to help the Liberal party when their leader in Queensland was under fire from Labor over developer donations and conflicts of interests.

    Obama/Biden 2012: Keep America moving forward not backwards.

    by ehstronghold on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 12:58:22 PM PDT

  •  OK Supreme Court: personhood = unconstitutional (1+ / 0-)
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    Oklahoma Supreme Court: Petition to grant 'personhood' rights to embryos is unconstitutional

    http://www.therepublic.com/...

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 01:06:18 PM PDT

  •  Yes, Dan Barton is trying to protray Jefferson (1+ / 0-)
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    as a Fundamentalist (though there was no such thing as a Fundamentalist before about 1915).  The title of his book would have been more appropriate if it had been truncated after 3 words, since it is filled with lies.  (The title is:  The Jefferson Lies--exposing the myths you always believed about Thomas Jefferson.)

    Well, he had already converted John Adams from his Unitarianism to being a Trinitarian, so why not knock Jeffferson off his rational Deism?  It seems no founding father can be left to rest in peace.  It's almost like the Mormon practice of baptizing beyond the grave.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 01:07:59 PM PDT

  •  The Jefferson issue bugs me... (2+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle, muzzleofbees
    Are conservatives trying to turn Thomas Jefferson into a religious fundamentalist?
    The Texas school Board member, Don McElroy, was on Colbert last week and flat out said that Jefferson was a conservative Christian. Colbert mentioned the Jefferson Bible, which McElroy tried to rationalize, but in my opinion, he didn't really know what it was. This is part of a frightening effort to re-write and/or whitewash history.

    "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

    by newinfluence on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 01:19:44 PM PDT

    •  In his own words.. (0+ / 0-)

      I can't believe these pompous wind-bags actually get away with such blatant distortion, or, in this case annihilation of historical facts!  (The fact that the person you saw on Colbert is a school board member, responsible for setting the curriculum and choosing the text books for thousands of students each year is all the more maddening.)

      The best way to counter these erroneous assertions regarding Jefferson's devout Christianity is in his own words - here, with his thoughts on the Scriptures:

      The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.
      -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814
      And, here, with his thoughts on clergy:
      In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
      -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814
      And, finally, with his thoughts on faith in God:
      Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.
      -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
      •  Not only thousands, millions... (0+ / 0-)

        The textbooks chosen in California and Texas have direct effect on the books that the rest of the country gets. There's evidently a new movie about this, though I can't remember its title. Basically, they're such large customers, books get edited before printing according to the demands of these people.

        "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

        by newinfluence on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 08:48:11 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Sorry Stephen King, But... (1+ / 0-)
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    that isn't just drool dripping from their chins.

  •  Those crazy nutballs. (0+ / 0-)

    It's already legal to assassinate Americans. If the presidency does it, that means it's legal. Plus there's a law and everything.

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