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  •  Who likes working on Monday? (5+ / 0-)

    To lighten the weekday workload I think you would really enjoy this Sunday walk. It took me about ten hours of walking and twenty-five hours to write Photos from a Sunday Walk in the City.

    You could come to New York and use it as a tour guide, so read the text too. I mean you don't want to come here and not know where Mr. Johnny Cammareri proposed to Loretta Castorini. Do you? There is even a little Virginia Woolf in the Meatpacking District and plenty of High Line beauty for your viewing pleasure.

    Of course all of that virtual walking, my trivial gab and 100 photos might seem a bit exhausting but imagine how I felt after Photos from a Sunday Walk in the City.

  •  If you're not following the Cory Booker blowup (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    citizenx, msmacgyver

    then there's not much reason to read my diary on it, but if you are then I hope that you will.

    I think we need less on Booker today and more on Walker.

    Pro-Occupy Democratic Candidate for California State Senate, District 29 & Occupy OC Civic Liaison.

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky

    by Seneca Doane on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:03:27 PM PDT

  •  As attributed to Twain:Say you were an idiot (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, msmacgyver, Creosote

    Say you were a member of congress

    Sophomoric? Members Of Congress Talk Like 10th-Graders, Analysis Shows

    Members of Congress are often criticized for what they do — or rather, what they don't do.

    But what about what they say and, more specifically, how they say it? It turns out that the sophistication of congressional speech-making is on the decline, according to the open government group the Sunlight Foundation. Since 2005, the average grade level at which members of Congress speak has fallen by almost a full grade.

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:03:59 PM PDT

  •  Thank you Sara Libby, for the belly laugh of the (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mistral Wind, JeffW

    day.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:05:27 PM PDT

  •  Grover Goes 0 to Godwin in 0 Seconds (6+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Grover Norquist: Trying To Stop Billionaires From Dodging Taxes Makes You A Nazi

    After Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin avoided some $67 million in taxes by renouncing his American citizenship shortly before the company made its initial public offering, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the “Ex-Patriot” Act. The bill would make former citizens subject to the capital gains tax on U.S. investments and bar those who renounce citizenship for tax purposes from reentering the country.

    To American for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, Schumer and Casey’s effort is akin to Nazism or South African apartheid, as The Hill reports:

       

    “I think Schumer can probably find the legislation to do this. It existed in Germany in the 1930s and Rhodesia in the ’70s and in South Africa as well,” said Norquist. “He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German.”

        The Nazis infamously implemented a departure tax on Jews who tried to flee Germany before World War II. Schumer is Jewish.

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:05:55 PM PDT

  •  Oh, Boehner and Palin - reminding us once again (2+ / 0-)
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    just how smart much of today's Republican leadership really is.

    More Democrats? Better Democrats? Fewer Tea Partiers? Get all three with Trevor Thomas (MI-03)!

    by ScottyUrb on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:06:09 PM PDT

  •  Domino Falling: (2+ / 0-)
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    Excellent piece on CD today, regarding Greece.

    Europe has a long history of unity governments, technocratic governments, and "national salvation governments" (a fancy, more alarmist term for a unity government). In every case the status quo attempts to consolidate itself yet again, trying to muddle through the crisis by putting forth new politicians that have yet to expose themselves as corporate puppets.
    Something about this resonates but I can't quite put my finger on it.

    There is a reason that Obama's Chiefs of Staff come from Wall Street Banks. And it has nothing to do with Change We Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:07:43 PM PDT

  •  "Hello, Texas!" begins the call. (5+ / 0-)

    I guess Toto told Sarah she wasn't in Kansas anymore

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:08:14 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for TRMS Diary Love! (2+ / 0-)
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    Hope you're surviving Monday; they suck donkey droppings, ya' know.

    "Republicans NEED to scare people." Markos Moulitsas 2/13/12 on COUNTDOWN W/KEITH OLBERMANN

    by CityLightsLover on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:09:13 PM PDT

    •  Barely. (1+ / 0-)
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      Was sick Thursday, felt a little better Friday, but the sore throat started later in the day, all signs of the full-on prevailing crud (except for fever) since then.  The doctor thinks it's allergies.  All I know is I feel kike death on a Triscuit.

      The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

      by PSzymeczek on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:45:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Pimping a GG article: (1+ / 0-)
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    LucyandByron

    You can find it HERE.

    A few salient excerpts:

    Democrats have accepted more political donations than Republicans from executives at Bain Capital,
    Glass House, meet rock.
    “Had it been the Bush administration, we probably would have asked one of our Republican consultants to make the call,” Magill said. “That’s the way it works.”
    Good thing for all those vaunted "small donors" so Obama doesn't have to play the same old game of influence peddling, isn't it?

    There is a reason that Obama's Chiefs of Staff come from Wall Street Banks. And it has nothing to do with Change We Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:14:53 PM PDT

    •  Money can't buy love, but power? Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      Love and $3 will get you a latte; power will get you everything you could ever want, served up obsequiously on a platter.

      "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

      by LucyandByron on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:34:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Invisible hand s/b giving the finger (2+ / 0-)
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    That's how I imagine it, anyway.  

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:16:39 PM PDT

  •  $arah© who™? n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:19:51 PM PDT

  •  So much better Back in the Day - JFK (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:24:11 PM PDT

    •  Heh, I have this album in some box somewhere (2+ / 0-)
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      It was left over in the basement of the house my parents bought in the 70's, and I remember cracking up listening to it as a kid. Between listening to it and watching Mad Men, I imagine one can get an idea of what things were like in white middle class America before everything came apart.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:36:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I hadn't heard this for years until I (2+ / 0-)
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        listened to it today.  It's still a masterpiece of well intentioned political humor, especially JFK's response to Baby John's "question".

        I'm old enough to remember it and to be able to say we had this album in our collection.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:42:55 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  One of the biggest JFK attackers (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    had written a book called "Kennedy:  the Man and the Myth." He was on a book tour, as I recall, when the assassination happened.  He immediately canceled the rest of the tour.  I was living in Ohio, in a solidly Republican town.  I don't recall anything but utter grief (I should note that I was eleven years old, but in a house that was very tuned in to politics.)  I know that there was cheering some places in the South. I was specifically told by a woman I worked with that there was cheering at White Station High School in Memphis.  My daughter graduated from that high school, nearly forty years later.  It was a very different place.

    I don't want to find out what the national response would be were that tragedy be repeated. But I don't believe it would be anything like as respectful.

    Five years after I chose my username, happily living somewhere else.

    by Tenn Wisc Dem on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:24:24 PM PDT

    •  I think I remember my father (0+ / 0-)

      getting that book.  I know he had one lambasting LBJ and Lady Bird.  He was also quite fond of Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative.  I'm amazed he didn't get us that coloring book.

      The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

      by PSzymeczek on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:52:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Anti-Romney video by the late Seamus unearthed (0+ / 0-)

    Listen to him howl in protest at his owner's business record at Bain:

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:31:36 PM PDT

  •  Eclipse from space picture is fake (6+ / 0-)

    Well, it's being represented as something it's not.  Note the large nebula that can be seen on the horizon of the earth.  There is no nebula that close to the Earth!  This is a very beautifully done photo composite.  And this guy says so - https://plus.google.com/...

    •  Good catch... well a pretty easy catch, really. (4+ / 0-)
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      msmacgyver, Gordon20024, kkbDIA, OLinda

      Here's a more interesting photo of "sun crescents" created by eclipse light being cast through the trees across from my house in Southern California (34.2783° N).

      It was pretty odd. We had a clear sky and sharp afternoon shadows... but it was like "an hour darker" than it should have been. My dog was not the least bit impressed.

      Have you noticed?
      Politicians who promise LESS government
      only deliver BAD government.

      by jjohnjj on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:01:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  My computer notified me of 3 issues with that site (0+ / 0-)

      I was alerted that there was a trojan file, Hacksite and adware associated with that link.

      "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:26:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, a beautiful, but doctored image (0+ / 0-)

      Eclipses don't cast that kind of shadow -- especially the annular eclipse of yesterday, May 20th. There would have been NO darkness on the surface of the earth in that one. From space, there might have been a slight dimming along the path.  And the disk of the sun and moon is much too large in this image. Nice picture, but not real. When I saw the link, I was hoping for a mind-blower that had been taken from the Space Staion. Alas, no.

    •  Not a nebula (0+ / 0-)

      That's not a nebula on the horizon, but the Milky Way. But still no way that you get the Milky Way that distinctly along with a brightly lit Earth.

  •  Why is Booker Attacking Obama? The REAL Cory (1+ / 0-)
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    msmacgyver

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Includes New Romney Ad.

  •  5/21/12 (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Romney Economics: Job Loss and Bankruptcy at Ampad

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:38:24 PM PDT

  •  New poll out for TX-Senate (R) Primary (0+ / 0-)

    which Sarah was pimping Cruz for:

    The survey by the Texas Tribune and the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin found Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst with 40 percent support. He was followed by former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz at 31 percent.

    Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert pulled 17 percent, and former ESPN football analyst Craig James stayed in low single digits at 4 percent.

    They all sucky donkey dongs but Leppert is probably the least sucky.
  •  The strongest advocacy that Obama is (0+ / 0-)

    economically progressive comes from Rethuglican led attacks.

    Which presents quite the conundrum:  The GOP always lies.

    The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:57:57 PM PDT

  •  I'm pissed at the Greeks: (0+ / 0-)

    Don't they know that you have to be willing to "compromise"?

    Don't they understand that you have to trust government to the "grownups"?

    Don't they understand that this economic downturn calls for Shared Sacrifice?

    Don't they understand that only well-funded candidates can get elected?

    Pity the Greek 1%:  They should have stopped beating the Austerity drums and promised Change Greeks Could Believe In.

    It appears the Greeks are poised to deliver their own idea of change and I doubt the 1% will find it pleasing.

    The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:01:37 PM PDT

  •  This is becoming ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    NEW YORK — Roman Catholic dioceses, schools and other groups sued the Obama administration Monday in eight states and the District of Columbia over a federal mandate that most employers provide workers free birth control as part of their health insurance.

    The federal lawsuits represent the largest push against the mandate since President Barack Obama announced the policy in January. Among those suing are the University of Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of Washington and New York, the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Catholic University of America.

    "We have tried negotiation with the administration and legislation with the Congress, and we'll keep at it, but there's still no fix," said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now."

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:02:27 PM PDT

  •  big LOL learning how the Intertoobz works (0+ / 0-)

    when you say Bad things - especially about courageous women.

    via tbogg

    Whoever runs this site needs to take my damn comments off of it. I did not give you permission, nor did you ask me for it. It shows up on google and I will see a lawyer if this doesnt disappear. Ask me before posting bullshit about me. You f*#_kers had no right.

        Sincerely,

        George Tierney Jr

    "you have confused the War on Religion with NOT Getting Everything YOU Want" - Jon Stewart

    by PAbluestater on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:05:52 PM PDT

  •  Ah, yes, this will help (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney is hosting a fundraiser for Mitt Romney this summer, reports the Wall Street Journal.

    The July 12 event will be held at Cheney's home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and donors can pay more to have dinner with Romney and Cheney.

    The former vice president was viewed negatively in a Gallup poll a year leaving office in 2009. The upcoming event will give fodder to Democrats to tie the two together.

    Romney has praised Cheney, saying last September that he wanted to pick a vice president like him. Cheney in April said that Romney should ignore the "talking heads" who say that he should choose "a woman, an Hispanic" for VP, adding that the most important criteria should be whether the person has the capability to be president.

    Cheney declared at a recent Wyoming Republican Party state convention that Romney will do a "whale of a job."

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:12:28 PM PDT

  •  FYI: that eclipse photo is a fake, created 3 (1+ / 0-)
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    OLinda

    years ago.  Beautiful, yes.  Real, no.  

    http://a4size-ska.deviantart.com/...

    Not yesterday's eclipse, which my daughter enjoyed immensely.  9 years old and she shared her viewing glasses with over 50 people.  

    "There's been a little complication with my complication"

    by dash888 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:25:19 PM PDT

  •  About Wisconsin. The RNC is pulling out the (0+ / 0-)

    stops to support Walker but the DNC is providing no help to get him recalled.

    The DNC sure knows how to put the base to sleep.  Who is the head of the DNC, btw?  Oh, that's right, Obama.  How is that working out?

    The DNC is clueless.  

  •  Can she see Texas from her house? (0+ / 0-)

    If so, then either Texas is a lot closer than I thought it was, or she has one heck of a telescope!

    (Intentionally using 'she' to avoid provoking JeffW ;-) )

  •  Is there any inspiring news in the Blue Camp? (0+ / 0-)

    President Obama's Facebook page published a photo, today, under the heading: Clear eyes, full hearts.

    It struck me as the most positive thing that I've seen in a little while - and not only that, but that it also represents a sense of charisma that I feel I can associate with, and that I'm cheered to see.

    I know that there's a lot of sour grapes, on the political scene, but I think we can be about more than that, as a party. So, to be deliberately oblique: Is there any inspiring news in the Blue Camp, today? Something positive, something that would suggest to people, "We've got this down, we can take this economy out of a slump and make it golden," something positive and true?

    'Cos that's what we need, this election cycle - hope.

    I would kindly suggest that the candidate who most captures the people's hopes will be the candidate who wins.

    From what I've seen of the polling data, so far, here at DKOS, it looks to me like it's pretty close to a dead heat - and I think that it's nothing we should take for granted as a party, lest we wind up blindsided by the elections results.

    What we need is hope, positivity, a sense of constructive development - in a time when a lot of people have heard a lot of doubts, negativity, and plain out mud thrown at the president and the Democrat agenda overall. I don't think we can afford to have tunnel vision about that.

    We need hope (and candor) in this election cycle.

  •  I always love seeing those segregation maps (0+ / 0-)

    not because I approve of segregation (I don't) but because they originated with a project I did with an eighth-grade class that was reading There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz. I shared the project with Bill Rankin of Radical Cartography, and he produced the first dot map of Chicago's ethnic makeup.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Mon May 21, 2012 at 03:36:11 PM PDT

  •  The Coloring Book Song (0+ / 0-)

    was a hit for Barbra Streisand in 1962.  I don't remember the lyrics but they went along the lines of-"this is the love he left behind, color her sad.  This is the man who walked away, color him lonely"  Its success led to a mini-fad of satiric coloring books along the lines of the JFK book. What makes me sad is I didn't like the song or the fad, but of all the things I've forgotten in my 60 years, I remember a novelty tune and the fad it inspired that I didn't like in the first place..

  •  Fresh email in from Barrett's office in Wisconsin (0+ / 0-)

    from Mary Urbina:

    CNN is reporting that the Koch Brothers have dropped 70 staffers in our state "to celebrate" what Walker has "accomplished and show that Wisconsin is ready for more."

    Ready for more? Walker's ideological civil war has already devastated public education, stripped workers of their rights, repealed Equal Pay enforcement, raised taxes on working families and led the nation in job loss.

    While Wisconsin workers and families continue to struggle, Walker and his allies are "celebrating" their "divide and conquer" strategy that has succeeded in ripping our state apart.

    Are we going to let the Koch Brothers steal this election or are we going to fight back? Respond now by rushing an urgent contribution [...] before Tom Barrett's critical fundraising deadline at midnight.

    [bold added]

    Here's Barrett's ActBlue page

  •  Obama (0+ / 0-)

    the most divisive figure in history? Is that the worst case of projecting yet or what? The Goopers are so self unaware I wonder if they can even be cosidered to be conscious.

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