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In The News:
Official In Charge Of Pennsylvania Voter ID Law: ‘I Don’t Know What The Law Says’

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state’s controversial voter ID law, said she wasn’t sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.

“I don’t know what the law says,” Aichele said under questioning, according to CBS.

Aichele also couldn’t provide any evidence that 99 percent of voters already have a valid form of ID, as the state has claimed. CBS reported that when lawyers cited testimony from a Department of State official calling the number likely inaccurate, Aichele responded “I disagree.”

Why Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Will Create Chaos On Election Day


Obama Camp: Romney Didn’t Pass The ‘Commander-In-Chief Test’ Abroad

Now that Mitt Romney is on the way back from his weeklong trip overseas, the Obama campaign is moving to slam his performance — which included rows with both British and Palestinian leaders — as un-presidential.

“He both offended our closest ally and triggered a troubling reaction in the most sensitive region in the world,” Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said in a call with reporters. “He certainly didnt prove to anyone that he passed the commander-in-chief test.”

Mitt Romney’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Trip To Europe


Massive Blackout Leaves 600 Million Indians Without Power, Demonstrating Danger Of Relying On Outdated Coal System

More than 600 million people in the northern and eastern parts of India lost power on Tuesday, putting roughly half of India’s population in the dark.

While the specific causes behind the mass blackouts remain unclear, the underlying cause is clear – India is reliant on an aging, inefficient government coal power monopoly that can’t meet the country’s energy needs:

India's Power Woes: A Story Of Supply, Demand


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Bush Appointee Strikes Down DOMA, Citing Historic Discrimination
Obama Picks San Antonio Mayor For Convention Keynote

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  •  Good morning, MOTley ones (16+ / 0-)

    65 degrees here on its way up to 90 degrees.

    Why is it hump day when there are 3 days left in the work week? And if we are all in different time zones and work different hours, we can't celebrate at mid-day, now can we? And what about retired people who aren't even working in the traditional sense?

    Inquiring minds have no interest at all in any of these questions.

    Have a great day, all y'alls.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:59:16 AM PDT

  •  Good morning to all... (5+ / 0-)

    It was very nice to preorder Jackie's upcoming CD, and a lot of others did too, as she tops the Amazon Movers and Shakers chart this morning...  :-)

    “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 Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:36:19 AM PDT

  •  The Pennsylvania testimony on Voter ID (7+ / 0-)

    sounded like The Onion:

    ... she wasn’t sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.
    Actually it is typical Republican-speak. Insist upon the existence of facts to support your preconceived notions.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:38:33 AM PDT

  •  Juan Castro as keynote speaker (5+ / 0-)
    A 2010 New York Times magazine profile of Castro quotes Mark McKinnon, once an adviser to President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain:

        " 'Julian Castro has a very good chance of becoming the first Hispanic president of the United States.' he says flatly."

    Like Obama, Castro was raised by an idealistic single mother concerned with social justice.

    It is also smart politics to reach out to a demographic group who you will need to win future elections ... in a state that is going to be a Big Blue State in a few election cycles.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:52:47 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning, Jan! (8+ / 0-)

    A lot of good links to check out this morning and I was distracted by two...Romney's very very bad lampooning day which was a riot!! and the hurricane tracker.  Holy Cow, you should see what my map looks like!

    Thanks for finding the top news for us today...I'll be back after I get a coffee refill and check out a couple more ;-)

    Have a great Hump Day, everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:52:54 AM PDT

    •  There was a rec list diary that linked to (7+ / 0-)

      a column in the London Daily Mail that mocked Romney by making it look like an advice column:

      Dear Mitt, Is there a foreign country you would recommend for a vacation?
      Lee Sawyer, Texas.

      MITT SAYS: It’s hard to know just how well any vacation abroad will turn out — and, let’s face facts, my friend, abroad is where these foreign countries tend to be, no one’s disputing that.

      There are a few things about abroad that are, frankly, disconcerting. It’s no secret that these countries are openly run by foreigners.

      There are stories about people being forced to eat Chinese food in China, and to wear bowler hats in Britain, and being required to drive around on camels in the desert, and that obviously is not something which is encouraging.

      Uh-oh! Might I just add a few words by way of clarification to the words I have just clarified, whether intentionally or not?

      I’m absolutely convinced that the American people are ready to vacation abroad. Vacations are not about vacations, they’re about the people who go on vacations.

      I trust people, I’m sorry, but I do. That’s why vacations, wherever they may be held, are often highly successful, even when they are taken abroad.  

      And — yes — that’s why I stand by what I say, and, moreover, to say by what I stand.


      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:56:34 AM PDT

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    •  GM JaxDem (3+ / 0-)
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      I haven't looked at the tracker this year.
      no time to think about remembering !
      age is catching up fast

  •  Mornin' JanF and MOTs . . . (6+ / 0-)

    . . . it's 63° in N.E. IL on its way to the upper 80's today for our trip over the speed bump everyone calls Wednesday.

    The legislator who doesn't know the details of the Pennsylvania laws but is positive of the 99% number reminds me of one of the old retirees at work who is the same way. Starts most of his pontifications with "They say" or "You know", then proceeds to spout some entirely unbelievable bunkum complete with numbers.

    When pressed for source, he kind of stutters a little and restates the same thing a different way. I think he just spews it because it sounds good and he thinks it makes him sound smart. He's the type that goes to the Knights of Columbus or VFW or American Legion bar and sits with all his old buddies and they try to one up each other on BS. They're very well practiced.

    Have a happy all.

    -The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
    -George Bernard Shaw

    by rudyblues on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 03:57:23 AM PDT

  •  Happy Hump Day, Daisy, Lilly, JanF ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... MOTleys everywhere in this fine land of ours. Today is the first day of public school here in Nashville. Older daughter starts her first year of middle school in Middle Tennessee and hopefully will not have a middling day but a great one. Let's see if we remember all the do's and don'ts and P's and Q's from the Sunday orientation extravaganza. Younger daughter is now a third grader at her elementary school. She and I went to the school yesterday and checked the class rosters posted on the entrance doors. Many of her old friends are in her 21-kid class. We went inside and found the classroom and met her teacher, who just transferred from another school. I am very confident in the level of instruction as the new teacher was recognized as elementary teacher of the year for the entire Nashville school system a few years ago. It's only a half-day session, so the girls and I will have our traditional first day of school lunch with me taking photos of the milestone. Time flies by. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

    Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

    by JKTownsend on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:00:39 AM PDT

  •  Morning MOTlies! (5+ / 0-)

    Namaste, and best wishes to all y'all. :-)

    It's humid. Like, rare humid here.

    Like: I moved to the desert to escape this oppressive "Walking out the door and my clothes are plastered on me."

    Climate change: get cracking or get packing.

    I've been up most the morning wrestling with a writing deadline. Rediscovered some good ol Grateful Dead in the process.

    Must be the humidity :-> Or the roses?

    Off for some sueno. Take care.

    "Space Available" is the largest retail chain in the nation.

    by Free Jazz at High Noon on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:03:48 AM PDT

    •  Climate Change is a BHD. (5+ / 0-)

      We are all going to wake up some morning and say "Wow, I wish we had paid attention to that issue when we could have made a difference".

      I am hoping that with a fresh 4 years for President Obama and a Democratic congress (and maybe some guts in Senate leadership to kill the filibuster once and for all) we can make some progress. That particular issue can't be kicked down the road much longer because the road leads right off a cliff.

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:12:34 AM PDT

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      •  It's truly a global issue, though. (3+ / 0-)
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        We (collectively as planet) are now at the point of eating our seed corn. Or will be shortly.

        And that the solutions are so obvious are still so ignored...
        instead, we are fed propaganda about warm winters, and "onerous regulations designed to save a tse tse fly" (or whatever the lie du jour is).

        Meanwhile: record heat, record drought. Ozone holes spreading like proverbial wildfire...

        So wrong.

        "Space Available" is the largest retail chain in the nation.

        by Free Jazz at High Noon on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:26:42 AM PDT

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      •  I am reminded of 2008 when (4+ / 0-)

        the legislators and President Bush all got together to "save" the banks without the broad support of the American people.  Four years later the economy, patched with glue and tape, is still teetering along the cliff; sick and anemic, the economy is still under the thrall of the very drs of economics (supply side) that led to the sickness.  And as long as the economy stays just barely above recession, there will be no political push for the infrastructure needed to help "green" America.  

  •  Good morning MOTs (5+ / 0-)

    I saw that bit about India the day before yesterday when 1/3 of the nation of India went dark and then yesterday when 1/2 of the nation went dark (640 million people).  Hmm, wonder when we're going to start rolling blackouts over half of our country.  Our power grid is more diverse, but it is also aging.  I'm at the point health-wise of needing power just to stay alive.  And today I'm officially the mother of two 40 year olds.

    •  Aging infrastructure that we feel we can (3+ / 0-)

      ignore is going to bite us in the butt. It seemed like the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, for example, was going to be a wakeup call. Instead it was a big yawn. People die, traffic is disrupted for months. NEXT. What will it take to wake us up?

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:15:16 AM PDT

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  •  How about some GOOD NEWS (3+ / 0-)

    Obama leads Romney in three key swing states.

    President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and Florida - and has a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania - according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released this morning.
    53-42 PA
    50-44 Ohio
    51-45 FL

    and the money quote:

    Mr. Obama's voters are significantly more likely to strongly favor him in all three states. Romney's support is substantially more likely to come from those who say they are motivated primarily by their dislike of the other candidate.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:25:31 AM PDT

    •  If PA or OH go to Romney, something is (1+ / 0-)
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      seriously screwed up. There is NOTHING that the Republican party has to offer to the people in those states. NOTHING.

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:26:51 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning everyone. Starting today. 8 more ways (4+ / 0-)
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    women will benefit from Obamacare

    When eight Obamacare regulations go into effect tomorrow, 47 million women will benefit from the guaranteed coverage of preventive services —including contraception coverage —without co-pays. The new rules will require most insurance plans to begin including the services at no additional cost at the next renewal date that falls on or after August 1, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.
    Hat tip to wang-banger at posted a link this, I was surprised it had not been covered at Daily Kos.
    •  I saw it on ThinkProgress and NPR (1+ / 0-)
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      We Won

      yesterday. It is a Big Huge Deal. The sign under a photo of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in this article says:

      Simply Being A Woman is No Longer A Pre-Existing Condition

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:32:20 AM PDT

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  •  well, good morning all! (4+ / 0-)
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    from the green (well, they've become green again after some rain the last couple of weeks) hills of the Maryland suburbs.  We had our 2nd or 3rd warmest July on record.  Guess when the previous two were?

    "Mitt Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra." -- me "Social justice is love, made public." -- Cornel West

    by billlaurelMD on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:35:41 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning (2+ / 0-)
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    3 more !
    that's 3 more Mon & Tue of Summer Shootout !
    they blend in now. last night was propbably my easiest of the summer  :) Just very late !

    Hope your Hump Day goes well

  •  I can't believe it is August. (4+ / 0-)
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    I am not sure where the last year went. It has been a blur, and not a particularly good one at our house.  

    About to leave for the office.  It is a very nice 59 degrees here right now, with a forecast high of 87 and severe clear.  I see a few high thin clouds outside, which is a change from this time yesterday.  

    The coffeepot just quit making gurgling noises, so will try to get on the outside of some good Cajun coffee, and stumble off to work.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:16:03 AM PDT

    •  I needed 32 days in July (2+ / 0-)
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      as I just noticed from a report that needed to go out in July that I missed. I am reminded of why I hate to travel for work near the end of the month. It throws off my internal to-do list.

      My coffee cup needs a refill ...

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:29:12 AM PDT

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  •  Traveling Day (3+ / 0-)
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    Couple of hours from now we drive to Portland and then I get on another plane for Denver. Then drive to Colorado Springs
    Its been 30 years since I spent any time in CO, wonder if its changed any.

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 05:18:20 AM PDT

  •  Broke past the 10% of bodyweight lost barrier (7+ / 0-)

    this morning, and my resting blood pressure without meds was 125/75, HR 70.  Goodbye, lopressor!

    (Pre-weight loss, my BP was running up in the 155/95 range unmedicated.)

    Still a long way to go, but some definite good changes already occurring.

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