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Tonight's music features the soulful blues of Otis Clay and O.V. Wright. Enjoy!

Otis Clay w/the Bo-Keys - Got To Get Back

"Fundamentalists long for the return of a more moral America, an America that may never have been. All around them they see what they perceive as declining morality and spirituality. They reason that if humans share ancestry with the other animals, we have no reason to behave as anything other than animals. This view neglects the fact that humans are the only known animals with the ability to contemplate the consequences of their own actions. It also fails to recognize that there is a great deal of good in the world, the nightly news notwithstanding. Crime existed long before the theory of evolution, even before the writing of the Bible, and biologists do not like crime any more than the creationists do. Evolutionary theory is not a license to run amok, and neither is a belief in the literal interpretation of the Bible a guarantor of moral behavior."

 -- Tim Berra


Lawrence Wilkerson: Failures of Obama administration opened door to far right revival

I'm told, Paul, that 48 percent—48 percent—I hope this is wrong—48 percent of the Congress believes that God created the world, that evolution had nothing to do with it, and that what God created has happened in the last 10,000 years. You think about that for a minute.

Protesters March in Tampa Against GOP Convention

Twitter argues fourth amendment defence over judge's Occupy order

Twitter has lodged an appeal against a New York judge's decision that it must hand over detailed information related to an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct.

In July, Twitter was ordered to hand over almost three months' worth of messages and other details related to the account of activist Malcolm Harris. Harris was among the hundreds of protesters accused of disorderly conduct during a protest on Brooklyn bridge last October.

Prosecutors have argued that Harris's tweets show he knew he should not have been on the bridge. He has filed his own appeal, arguing that the judge's ruling would hand over details of where he was and who he spoke to, as well as his tweets, and falls "so far outside the realm of a legitimate ruling that we are entitled to a pre-trial appeal".

Twitter has argued that the posts belonged to Harris and, as such, it would be violating his fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches if it were to disclose the communications without first receiving a search warrant.

U.S. consumer confidence plunges in August

US consumer confidence plunged in August to its lowest level in nine months, reflecting rising concerns over business and job prospects across the country, the Conference Board said Tuesday.

The board’s consumer confidence index dropped to 60.6 from 65.4 in July, though still well above the 45.2 index level of August 2011.

“A more pessimistic outlook was the primary reason for this month’s decline in confidence,” said Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board’s economic indicators.

Rachel Corrie ruling ‘deeply troubling’, says her family

Corrie was killed on 16 March 2003, crushed under an Israeli military bulldozer while trying to obstruct the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah, on the Gaza-Egypt border. ...

The lawsuit, filed by Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig, of Olympia, Washington state, accused the Israeli military of either unlawfully or intentionally killing Rachel or of gross negligence. The family had claimed a symbolic $1 (63p) in damages and legal expenses.

The judge said no damages were liable, but the family’s court costs would be waived. ...

Last week, the US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, told the Corrie family that Washington remained dissatisfied with the the inquiry. Hussein Abu Hussein, the family’s lawyer, said: “This verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life."

No criminal charges to be laid against U.S. soldiers for burning Koran and urinating on corpses in Afghanistan

The U.S. is not laying criminal charges against soldiers responsible for burning Korans and Marines who urinated on enemy soldiers, a move that could alienate their Afghan allies at a time when “insider attacks” are on the rise.

Discipline against a Navy sailor in the Koran burnings was dismissed. The Marine Corps will announce discipline against other Marines in the urination case later.

Exact punishments were not disclosed. Administrative punishments can range from demotions to extra duty to a letter on their file.

U.S. arms sales nearly triple in 2011, researchers say

US arms transfers to other countries nearly tripled last year to $66.3 billion, giving America a market share of nearly 80 percent, government researchers said Monday.

The Congressional Research Service said the US figure for 2011 was the largest for a single year in the history of the arms export program.

Wildfires burn in Serbia

Doctors fight “gag orders” over fracking chemicals

Under a new Pennsylvania law, natural gas companies must tell physicians the substances patients might have come into contact with. But doctors must sign confidentiality agreements promising they will use the information only for those patients’ treatment.

Some doctors say the agreements amount to gag orders that interfere with their ability to treat patients and to share information freely with colleagues and medical researchers. The conflict has led to a legal challenge by Pennsylvania nephrologist Alfonso Rodriguez, MD, against the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection. He claims that the law’s doctor-contract provision is vague and violates physicians’ First Amendment rights.

The issue is not limited to Pennsylvania. Across the nation, doctors are being drawn into the controversy over induced hydraulic fracturing, more commonly called fracking.

Along with the Arctic Ice, The Rich World's Smugness Will Melt - The belief that Europe and America will be hit least by climate change is in ruins. Yet all we do is try to profit from disaster

What we are seeing, here and now, is the transformation of the atmospheric physics of this planet. Three weeks before the likely minimum, the melting of Arctic sea ice has already broken the record set in 2007. The daily rate of loss is now 50% higher than it was that year. ... The Arctic has been warming roughly twice as quickly as the rest of the northern hemisphere. This is partly because climate breakdown there is self-perpetuating. As the ice melts, for example, exposing the darker sea beneath, heat that would previously have been reflected back into space is absorbed.

Our governments do nothing. Having abandoned any pretence of responding to the environmental crisis during the Earth summit in June, now they stare stupidly as the ice on which we stand dissolves. Nothing – or worse than nothing. Their one unequivocal response to the melting has been to facilitate the capture of the oil and fish it exposes.

The companies that caused this disaster are scrambling to profit from it. On Sunday Shell requested an extension to its exploratory drilling period in the Chukchi Sea, off the north-west coast of Alaska. This would push its operations hard against the moment when the ice re-forms and any spills they cause are locked in. The Russian oil company Gazprom is using the great melt to try to drill in the Pechora Sea, north-east of Murmansk. After turning its Arctic lands in the Komi republic into the Niger delta of the north (repeated oil spills are left unremediated in the tundra), Russia wants to extend this industry into one of the world's most fragile ecosystems, where ice, storms and darkness make decontamination almost impossible.

Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

Top Economists: Iceland Did It Right … And Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

Prison, Drug War Spending Rockets While Higher Education Funding Declines

Iran Call for Nuclear Abolition by 2025 is Unreported by New York Times

A Little Night Music

O.V. Wright - I'm into something, I can't shake loose

Otis Clay - I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight

O.V. Wright - I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled, and Crazy

Otis Clay - Trying to live my life without you

O.V. Wright - Ace of Spades

Otis Clay - A Nickel And A Nail

O.V. Wright - A Nickel And A Nail

Otis Clay - (live w/interview)

OV Wright - Eight men four women

Otis Clay - Turn Back The Hands of Time

OV Wright - That's How Strong My Love Is

Otis Clay - Since I've Been Loving You

OV wright - I'll take care of you

Otis Clay - Brand New Thing

O.V. Wright - You're gonna make me cry

Otis Clay - Hard Working Woman

O.V. Wright -Drowning On Dry Land

Otis Clay - Pouring Water on a Drowning Man

OV Wright - Your good thing is about to end

Otis Clay - Piece Of My Heart

Otis Clay - That's How It Is (When You're In Love)

Otis Clay - I Don't Know What To Do

Otis Clay - Got to find a way

Otis Clay - Leave me and my woman alone

Otis Clay - Three Is A Crowd

Good Lovin' - Otis Clay

Otis Clay - I Testify


We are ready for some serious change. We are ready to take up the tools of a free and analytic press to peacefully undermine the stranglehold of the kleptocrats on our battered democracy. We are ready to expose and publicize their greed, lies and illegal machinations and hold their enablers in government and the media to account. Are you in?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 ~ Margaret Mead

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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH and Climate Hawks.


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  •  This is a good time, I can listen while I make (5+ / 0-)

    supper. Since I just got in I have to go walk Max first though. BBL.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:06:06 PM PDT

  •  Good evening, Joe (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the coverage of Occupying the GOP convention; the only coverage that matters.

    Also it's surprising that Lawrence Wilkinson would be this real, but I'm glad he is. This administration did open up a door for a right wing revival.

    ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

    by priceman on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:10:01 PM PDT

    •  evening priceman... (4+ / 0-)

      i haven't seen a lot of coverage of the protests, which i suppose is not surprising.  there are a bunch of livestreams, and horace boothroyd iii had a diary up with those in it.

      larry wilkerson has been pretty good on a lot of things, especially regarding filling in details of events behind the scenes in the bush administration.  this interview, however covers some ground that i haven't seen him cover and his criticisms of the parties and the system are pretty much on target.  i was really struck by his comment (in bold up top) that about half of congress is held by people with creationist beliefs.  it explains a lot about why congress refuses to take scientists seriously when they come forward and explain that the people who fund these morons campaigns are destroying the environment and changing our climate in ways that will eventually make it inhospitable to human life.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:22:15 PM PDT

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      •  I agree (4+ / 0-)

        There is just a lot of pressure to fall in line(towards Obama now that he was supportive of him in 2008), but he is a pretty independent thinker going by that statement and I applaud his being honest about what was going on in the Bush administration and honesty about creationist beliefs in the context of Congress.

        ‎A) "Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin B) "The administration should be worried about the level of despair here." ~Markos Moulitsas at NN12

        by priceman on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:36:18 PM PDT

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  •  Hey lets just go ahead and give the oilco's (3+ / 0-)

    ALL the money there is right now instead of letting them get it all bit by bit, and then maybe we can get something done pretty quick here.

    Heard about Rachel Corrie's parents lawsuit on the radio on the way home tonight. I wish her parents whatever peace they can get. I cannot imagine..

    It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.-Chris Hedges

    by Burned on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:38:07 PM PDT

    •  heh... (3+ / 0-)
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      joanneleon, Burned, ek hornbeck

      i've often wondered if there is some way that we could fix the system by declaring certain people, "winners."  when they win, their assets get redistributed and they have a choice of retiring to a special, exclusive island with other, "winners" where all of their needs are seen to and they get free hookers and cocaine or whatever, or, they can choose to start over from nothing, with a new identity.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:49:47 PM PDT

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  •  Good Evening Joe (3+ / 0-)

    I have been thinking a lot about how totally messed up our electorate is. From what I am hearing among family and friends, so many of them are not voting for Romney but are voting against Obama.  They simply do not care that the Republicans are out so screw them.

    I do not get it unless I plug the racist peg into it.  Damn, I give up.

    I hope that you and yours are doing well.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:40:08 PM PDT

    •  evening gulfgal... (2+ / 0-)
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      i don't see how anybody could vote for romney as a protest vote against obama, that's just silly.  if you want to protest against what obama has done (or perhaps more appropriately, what he hasn't done) why not choose somebody from a third party?  somebody who, i don't know, wants to prosecute the banksters, prosecute war criminals, stop the wars, end the ridiculous spying and outrageous powers arrogated to the executive in the name of the global war on terror, for example.  

      it looks to me, though that obama's got this one in a walk.  romney/ryan are a terrible ticket and if a democrat can't figure out how to successfully exploit their positions on medicare and romney's close resemblance to the banksters that destroyed our economy, they don't deserve to win.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:59:29 PM PDT

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      •  Honestly (2+ / 0-)
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        I am having a lot of problems dealing with this mindset.  But it is there and I am now wondering how many other southern white folk feel this way.  

        This revelation has been a kick in the teeth for me.  I feel very alienated from most of my family, both by blood and by marriage.  I never thought they could be so racist, but in my mind, they are.  It is devastating to realize that all these people who were once friends and most of my family are this way.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:17:37 PM PDT

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        •  that is tough... (1+ / 0-)
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          ek hornbeck

          i'm very sorry to hear that.  i take it these folks voted for mccain last time around.  it's got to be difficult to watch people that you would generally consider decent, rational people act against their interests repeatedly.  

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:29:54 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for bringing us all of this great music. (3+ / 0-)

    What a coincidence.  I was feeling tired, and anxious about how this RNC convention might influence voters -- and ill from the ambivalence that I should watch it to better know how to argue against it, but knowing how upset it would make me - so I took a nap and listened to Jimi Hendrix playing "Hear My Train A Coming," and "Red House," which I haven't listened to for a long time.

    Then I come down and see your "blues celebration."

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:48:46 PM PDT

    •  evening hounddog... (1+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck

      glad you're enjoying the music...

      i have a couple of words for you to ease your mind, "ryan budget."  ok, how about a third, "medicare?"  or a fourth, "vulture capitalist?"

      those are the gifts that the republicans have offered to democrats.  take them and use them liberally. B)

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:03:49 PM PDT

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  •  Evening all (3+ / 0-)

    I haven't been online on the blogs all day.  Late this afternoon and tonight I was scanning a few different blogs catching up on what's going on.  A few of them have some various stories, some interesting stuff, then I looked at dkos going bananas over the R convention and it looks like madness to me.

    Most people are either firmly decided or fed up with both parties.  How much are these two already decided nominations and conventions going to change people's minds?  Not much.  Most people that I know are running away from the obsessive election coverage.  This place is now almost completely dominated by people who live in an election obsession bubble and it becomes clearer every day that they have completely lost touch with average Americans and the things that most Americans are concerned with day in and day out.  Hint, it's not a squabble/protest on the floor of the R convention nor is it Romney's etch-a-sketch (and the more Debbie Wasserman Shultz keeps shoving that talking point into her media gigs the more ridiculous she looks -- she is getting more like Tim Kaine and his key chain every day).

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:09:01 PM PDT

    •  evening joanne... (3+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck, Don midwest, joanneleon

      repetition is the key to successful messaging.

      i can't personally imagine a more irrelevant spectacle than the two parties political conventions. for the real people that i know who have lost the value in their retirement investments and lost value in their homes (or lost their homes in some cases) neither party has a credible plan to make them whole, despite the incredible criminality that was clearly the cause of their current state.  i don't know anybody that feels that the political system is delivering for them.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:20:00 PM PDT

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      •  time to get some friends who are different (2+ / 0-)
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        joanneleon, joe shikspack

        then you can know someone for whom the political system delivers for them

        can't you find some vulture capitalists to be friends with?

        can't you find someone in the 1% to be friends with?

        maybe even find some people here on DK who think that Obama is the cat's pajamas and everything will be OK if he wins


        even the ignorant Americans know that something is up given their 10% approval rating of congress.


        the long term emergency of the environment will require a new level of governance on a global scale. How many more years can we celebrate consumerism and stupid citizens?

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