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  • In case you missed it:
    Arctic sea ice cover likely melted to its minimum extent for the year on September 16, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice extent fell to 3.41 million square kilometers (1.32 million square miles), now the lowest summer minimum extent in the satellite record.

    “We are now in uncharted territory,” said NSIDC Director Mark Serreze. “While we’ve long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur."

  • One book can change the world. In praise of Rachel Carson.
  • Just read:
    Glen A. Doherty, a security contractor and former member of the Navy SEALs, was killed in Libya on Sept. 12, 2012, while defending the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya. During a memorial service for Mr. Doherty and the three other Americans killed in the attack — the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Tyrone S. Woods and Sean Smith — President  Obama said of Mr. Doherty: “He believed that his life he could make a difference, a calling that he fulfilled as a Navy SEAL…in Benghazi, as he tended to others, he laid down his life, loyal as always, protecting his friends.”

    Mr. Doherty’s best friend and former SEAL Team 3 comrade, Brandon Webb, has written a goodbye letter that we are publishing in full.

  • There's yet another wingnut legal challenge to Obamacare brewing. Jack Balkin:
    My bottom line is that PLF's arguments are likely to fail under existing law. But, I also point out, that is hardly the end of the matter. Most constitutional scholars thought that the Commerce Clause arguments in NFIB v. Sebelius were implausible, and they garnered five votes on the Supreme Court. The events of the last two years should have taught us that the considered judgments of legal academics and legal professionals mean far less than we would like to think they do when a major political party forcefully takes a stand on a key constitutional question.

    The real question is not what legal academics think. It is whether the Republican Party, conservative media, and conservative intelligentsia are up for another all-out assault on Obamacare. If they are, then the PLF's arguments will probably move quickly from "off the wall" to "on the wall;" and if the PLF can find a single federal district court to agree with them, it will be--to quote the immortal philosopher Yogi Berra--like deja vu all over again.

  • Digby summarizes the entire Republican political ethos: They just cheat.
  • You always knew it was Rush Limbaugh's ugly little secret.
  • How many climate denialists could you fight off?
  • Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathay is still championing bigotry.
  • Kevin McClatchy, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, has come out:
    He once did some arithmetic. Over the last four decades, he said: “Tens of thousands of people have played either professional minor league baseball or major league baseball. Not one has come out and said that they’re gay while they’re playing.” Nor has any active player in the principal leagues of football, basketball or hockey, America’s three other major professional sports. That silence is a sobering, crucial reminder that for all the recent progress toward same-sex marriage and all the gay and lesbian characters popping up on television, there remains, in some quarters, a powerful stigma attached to homosexuality.

    Coaches, managers and corporate chieftains in those four big sports are almost as unlikely to come out as players are. Rick Welts rated the front page of The Times last year when, as the president and chief executive officer of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, he revealed that he’s gay.

    McClatchy, whose interview with The Times was his first public acknowledgment of his sexual orientation, could do considerable good. He remains well known in baseball — he’s been informally advising the mayor of Sacramento on the city’s interest in having a major league team — and is the chairman of the board of the McClatchy Company, which publishes more than two dozen newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald.

  • Yet another climate change denier lie debunked. The science is clear, but the liar deniers won't let that stop them.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016? Frack no or frack yes or frack hell no?
  • President Obama has created a new national monument:
    Republicans and Democrats in Congress have worked on the designation for two years, but it had stalled in the U.S. Senate.

    "Making Chimney Rock a national monument will be an extraordinary boost for the region by preserving and protecting the site and driving tourism," said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

  • By joining David Cameron's disastrous austerity regime in Great Britain, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has all but destroyed his party. The Lib Dems now poll as only Britain's fourth most popular, having dropped below the fringe anti-immigrant, anti-environment, anti-science, anti-tax UK Independence Party, which has never won a single seat in the House of Commons.
  • It's that time of year in Bavaria.
  • If you're going to ruin a piece of art, you might as well cash in on it.
  • No Doubt is about to release its first album in eleven years, and return to tour with a collective eight kids in tow. The political angle?
    Today, Stefani is a bona fide A-lister who was recently asked to host a fundraiser for President Obama at her house in LA. "My kids had a complete meltdown when Michelle Obama arrived. The exact opposite of what you want to happen when the First Lady turns up at your house," she smiles and Kanal looks at her proudly.
    And before the conservatives and Republicans start their usual whining about Hollywood liberals, perhaps they can explain Hollywood conservative Clint Eastwood's shameful and embarrassing performance at the Republican National Convention, or Hollywood Conservative Arnold Schwarzenegger's disastrous performance as California's governor.
  • I'm with Misty:
    Autumn is my very favorite season.

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  •  There has been (9+ / 0-)

    a spike in fearful diaries about the possible wrongful-action enabled election of Romney.  

    I'm thinking of bringing back my diary series, "The Coop", my traditional election eve-ish diaries for the frightened, anxious, and paranoid.  All will be welcome, as long as you're scared.

    Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

    by KibbutzAmiad on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:02:42 PM PDT

  •  The new ad: (14+ / 0-)

    Direct link.

    I'm going with the majority of commenters from Friday and leaving it as is (no music or text). I hope it can push a few older voters blue-ward.

    We've been wondering how to get through the clutter and reach low-information voters. Mitt haz it.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:02:48 PM PDT

  •  why we thank vets for their service (9+ / 0-)
    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:04:32 PM PDT

  •  Mitt as Shoshon The Elegant (0+ / 0-)

    The White Tiger King.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:05:44 PM PDT

  •  Pre-pimping for the Sunday GW Block Party.... (4+ / 0-)

    Starts @ 6:30PM EST.  It will be a

    Photobucket

    experience.....

  •  What the hell were the LibDems thinking? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  This vigil for peace (8+ / 0-)

    has been going on for eleven years, every Saturday, in Hudson, New York. The essay.

    I'm hoping that if this is spread around the Internet, enough people will show up some Saturday to ring the park.

    Can you help me get the word out? Can you show up??

    Please read and enjoy my novella, Tulum, available in soft cover and eBook formats.

    by davidseth on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:06:26 PM PDT

  •  Climate deniers hang on by the skin of their... (17+ / 0-)

    ...teeth. The debunked link you include today states:

    The Arctic, an ocean surrounded by land, responds much more directly to changes in air and sea-surface temperatures than Antarctica, Serreze explained. The climate of Antarctica, land surrounded by ocean, is governed much more by wind and ocean currents. Some studies indicate climate change has strengthened westerly winds in the Southern Hemisphere, and because wind has a cooling effect, scientists say this partly accounts for the marginal increase in sea ice levels that have been observed in the Antarctic in recent decades.

    "Another reason why the sea-ice extent in the Antarctic is remaining fairly high is, interestingly, the ozone hole," Serreze told Life's Little Mysteries. This hole was carved out over time by chlorofluorocarbons, toxic chemicals formerly that were used in air conditioners and solvents before being banned. "The ozone hole affects the circulation of the atmosphere down there. Because of the ozone hole, the stratosphere above Antarctica is quite cold. Ozone in the stratosphere absorbs UV light, and less absorption [by] ozone makes the stratosphere really cold. This cold air propagates down to the surface by influencing the atmospheric circulation in the Antarctic, and that keeps the sea ice extensive."

    But these effects are very small, and Antarctic sea-ice levels have increased only marginally. In the coming decades, climate models suggest rising global temperatures will overwhelm the other influences and cause Antarctic sea ice to scale back, too.

    The extent of Arctic sea ice at its summertime low point has dropped 40 percent in the past three decades. The idea that a tiny Antarctic ice expansion makes up for this — that heat is merely shifting from the the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern and therefore global warming must not be happening — is "just nonsense," Serreze said.

    While deniers still provide some comedy, and politician-deniers block meaningful action, the delayers (people who agree that anthropogenic climate change is occurring by don't push to do anything about it) are as bad as (perhaps worse than) deniers because they KNOW the consequences of not acting but still do not act or sound the alarm over the costs of not acting.

    Delay is denial.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:09:05 PM PDT

  •  Show some love for FOoW's excellent sea-ice diary (5+ / 0-)

    here.
       With tons of great charts, links, and analysis.

  •  no such thing as bad papal publicity (2+ / 0-)
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    The town morphed into a tourism destination for people who want to see the restoration. The crush has been so big that the Santi Spiritus foundation that owns the Misercordia church and sanctuary recently started charging admission: one euro per visitor. Meanwhile, Internet entrepreneurs have quickly moved in to cash in on the phenomenon, printing "Ecce Mono" on a seemingly endless range of products to sell online.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:13:01 PM PDT

  •  If it;s true that there is a 1/4" inch loss of (2+ / 0-)
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    snazzzybird, PSzymeczek

    length of penis for every year of Oxycontin abuse it may be worse than feared for Limbaugh. After this many years of abuse Rush may be sporting a hoo-hoo.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:13:05 PM PDT

  •  Privatization good! (6+ / 0-)

    The answer to the RWNJ whine about 'Marines at the Libyan embassy were unarmed.

    Bush/Cheney contracted out security.....

    Glen A. Doherty, a security contractor and former member of the Navy SEALs, was killed in Libya on Sept. 12, 2012, while defending the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya.

    We made it through puberty - how awful can dying be?

    by nolagrl on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:13:12 PM PDT

  •  On MTP today.... (3+ / 0-)

    ...Chuck Todd presented some swing state polling that was fairly shocking and very positive for us.

    Surprised some enterprising diarists haven't jumped all over it already.

    But it showed a crazy lead of like 8 points in Iowa.

    Unless I misheard Chuckles, he basically took it out of swing state territory and all but handed it to Obama.

    This is a great sign, even if the 8 points is on the high side.

    It shows that those people have been paying attention the last three weeks. With the conventions, Libya and now this 47% nonsense, looks like the Obama voters from '08 who were wavering are all coming home.

    I would expect New Hampshire to follow suit soon.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

    by jkay on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:14:45 PM PDT

    •  This image? Recent swing state polling (1+ / 0-)
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      I took this screenshot this morning from the MSNBC stream of the show.

      Chuck Todd, MSNBC's political director, was discussing the recent polling in swing states. He highlighted Michigan's +14 status and said that MSNBC had, due to this high lead, removed Michigan from 'swing state', and put it firmly in the Democratic column (for now).

      and furthermore, this one, in which (even without Florida in the D column) President Obama has (according to MSNBC internal calculations) a likely 274 Electoral votes already locked up.

      "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.''
      -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr
      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"
      -- Angie in WA State

      by Angie in WA State on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:10:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bwahahahaha teenie-weenie Limp Gasbag (6+ / 0-)

    explains Rush's multiple marriages: "size does matter"

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:15:29 PM PDT

  •  HELL NO! (8+ / 0-)
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016? Frack no or frack yes or frack hell no?

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:16:31 PM PDT

    •  We need a DKos SuperPAC against Cuomo (2+ / 0-)
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      eXtina, ororis

      (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

      by TrueBlueDem on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:24:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He's probably one of the most likely (0+ / 0-)

      to be strongly in the running - at this point in time.  2015-16 is still pretty far away and who knows whose fortunes may rise or fall between now and then.  I'm not surprised that many here would not support a candidate that supports fracking in any way, shape, or form, but I'm convinced that it will be with us for a long time regardless of who is elected.  It will have to be better regulated, but I don't expect it to end anytime in my lifetime.  But then again, I'm frequently wrong about a lot of things.

  •  Senate incapable of defining "Capable" (1+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Senate Passes Measure Rejecting Containment Of A ‘Nuclear Weapons Capable’ Iran

    -------------------------------snip-----------------------------
    What’s more, the Senate resolution did not define “capable” and various lawmakers in favor of this language have offered a wide array of meanings.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:22:27 PM PDT

  •  You forgot... (7+ / 0-)
    And before the conservatives and Republicans start their usual whining about Hollywood liberals, perhaps they can explain Hollywood conservative Clint Eastwood's shameful and embarrassing performance at the Republican National Convention, or Hollywood Conservative Arnold Schwarzenegger's disastrous performance as California's governor.
    ...Ronald Reagan and Sonny Bono.

    Just sayin'.

  •  The Lib Dems leader (Clegg) can't even apologize (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, Laurence Lewis

    (in this case for increased tuition fees) without getting mocked. His apology set to music has gone viral in the uk.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:24:19 PM PDT

  •  Does anyone care about US soldier dying still? (7+ / 0-)

    US policy in Afghanistan? Anyone?

    News and discussion, here:

    Afghanistan Week  
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

    by divineorder on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:27:41 PM PDT

    •  I care. My husband's retired (3+ / 0-)

      military and we are always aware of our soldiers in danger.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:47:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I care. My niece's husband (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lily O Lady, Angie in WA State

        is still serving there.

        How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

        by divineorder on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:03:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I care, my cousin was only recently released from (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          divineorder

          long-term, physical rehabilitation, from a VA facility after injuries received while serving in Afghanistan.

          My grandfather served, WWII (shot down over Germany, POW and marched cross country in the winter).

          My father served, in relative peacetime, '58-'61, US Navy.

          My uncle (my cousin's father) retired from a career as US Army, retired as a Master Sgt.

          I was with Howard Dean back before G W Bush invaded Iraq in March of 2003 - I opposed both of these Wars from the start.

          But I've always, always supported the men and women wearing the Uniform, and putting their lives on the line for all of us. Which includes hounding the sitting President to end these Wars, which unnecessarily put our Uniformed's lives at risk for no known goal - and which do nothing to improve the US's relations with any of the nations in that region.

          So, yeah. I care.

          "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.''
          -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr
          "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"
          -- Angie in WA State

          by Angie in WA State on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:18:42 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  If you mean in the government or military (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      divineorder

      the answer is "No".

      51 Service members have been killed by our Afghan partners this year alone.  It is a disgrace.. and almost no one in the media is covering it.

  •  It's amazing how Trad-Med continues to use the (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Laurence Lewis, PSzymeczek

    word "Tape" to describe the Romney Hour Long Winger Rant when most likely  it was some type of Solid state recording.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:29:24 PM PDT

  •  Doctor Who + Chicken Dance (1+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis

    The mother of all ear worms.....

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:31:14 PM PDT

  •  Dinner with a friend (8+ / 0-)

    who told the waiter she didn't mind sharing a table. I was then situated beside a Republican as I found out later. I casually mentioned climate change without any attempt to be controversial. The retired doctor said,"there's another side to that, it hasn't been proven." I gasped and said, the scientific community with rare exception agrees on the issue of climate chaos blah, blah, blah.

    As his proof that today's climate change is just part of a natural cycle, he said "What about Greenland? It's called that because it was once warm and green there. The world cooled down and now it is warming up in a natural cycle."

    It was depressing to think that even educated people are believing the lies of climate deniers.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:32:16 PM PDT

    •  It was called that to lure unsuspecting (9+ / 0-)

      colonists. It wasn't exactly the Garden of Eden.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:50:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, Eric the Red on the lam for murder in (3+ / 0-)

        Iceland fled to another big island and called it Greenland so it would sound attractive to others. He needed company.

        ❧To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:18:00 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The reality is more nuanced (0+ / 0-)

          Eric also supposedly thought of Greenland where he settled as reminding him of his home in Iceland.  The case is that there are spots on the southwestern side of Greenland that actually are "green", non-glaciated.  Even little scrubby forests.  And they've been "green" as such through all of recorded human history.  And the majority of Greenland is covered in glacier, and has likewise been that way throughout all of recorded history.  Having sailed past endless icy cliffs for ages only to come to vast stretches of green land, one can hardly blame him for calling the new green areas he discovered "Grænland" - even though he does admit to wanting a good name to encourage people to settle.  

          The other error that the global-warming denier was doing, by the way, was picking one location on the world and acting like all of the planet changes at the same rate at the same time in the same direction.

          •  Thank you for the nuance. I was just being glib (0+ / 0-)

            about it. I have seen maps of Greenland with a green strip around some of the shorelines.

            The sad thing is other people were buying his "argument."

            ❧To thine ownself be true

            by Agathena on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 09:28:32 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Well, I went to church today (3+ / 0-)

      and in place of a sermon listened to a series of panelists discuss what we could do to save Mother Earth. 200 congregants walking out of there ready to tackle climate change vs. one old washed up doctor.

  •  DK Quilt Guild Service Projects & Diary (2+ / 0-)
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    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 3pm  (Pacific).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    Illinois 1937 Quilt~ New York Beauty~ Elizabeth Wehking

    Illinois 1937 Quilt~ New York Beauty~ Elizabeth Wehking

    The DK Quilt Guild has several cool quilt service projects that support our Veterans, Okiciyap Food Pantry and NFTT Community. Each project will be promoted within Daily Kos Quilt Guild Diaries.  If anyone is interested & need more info, please contact either SaraR (Veteran Wheelchair Quilts) or glorificus (Okiciyap Block & NFTT Community Block).

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

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:32:28 PM PDT

  •  Three important musical birthdays today (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    about which you can learn and listen here

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:33:19 PM PDT

  •  Sara R's community quilt for Alma needs a few more (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    politicalceci, Angie in WA State

    names.  Here's the recent diary

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

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:36:20 PM PDT

  •  Been Eating Recalled Peanut Butter For 3 Weeks (3+ / 0-)

    So I'm having a midnight snack of a dab of heated peanut butter with brown rice last night. The taste of a satay dish on the cheap. Open up Google News and see a story about the Trader Joes' Peanut Butter recall. The label looks exactly the jar that I have been eating out of. It is and has the same sku number. Never purchased it before. I guess I should be proud of my immune system because I think I am unscathed by the whole thing. There have been some headaches and digestive issues but no more than usual. Could be attributed to my also consuming their 2 buck chuck and Vodka of the Gods and soaking it up with their oat bran and flax. So I'm thinking I can add some time to the 5 second rule.

  •  100% are dependent on gov't (8+ / 0-)

    100% depend on military, police, schools, hospitals, roads, inspectors, mail, etc

    there are no "self-made" men

  •  Intrade has Obama over 70% (1+ / 0-)
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    I have never seen him that high.  Romney is under 30%.

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:43:04 PM PDT

    •  I think that the other night (0+ / 0-)

      Five Thirty-Eight had Obama at well over 70%.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:27:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm sorry, but (0+ / 0-)

    few things are more likely to throw me into a psychotic rage than that mewling, cooing, strangled-baby-animal sound that is No Doubt.

    Can't they support someone equally obnoxious? like, say, Ron Paul?

  •  My favorite season too! (3+ / 0-)
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    CocoaLove, hulibow, Laurence Lewis

    After days (weeks!) of extremely hot weather - including some of the hottest days we have ever seen - it's nice to get back to cooler weather here in Greater Grand Rapids!

    Paul Ryan tried to kill Medicare. Joe Biden killed bin Laden.

    by ScottyUrb on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:46:43 PM PDT

  •  Poverty Rate UP in the U.S. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PSzymeczek, Angie in WA State

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:50:32 PM PDT

    •  we still need (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Angie in WA State, Superpole

      a major jobs-centric second stimulus.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:50:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  bridge repair/replacement at the top of the list (3+ / 0-)

        followed closely by:

        Hospitals
        Schools
        interstate highway interchanges
        National parks

        That will cover a multitude of Trades and Union labor, from general Labor to Carpenters to Steelworkers to Boilermakers.

        Our national infrastructure is where they started with the New Deal via the CCC and WPA. It was a very smart move. Putting about 6 million to work at full-time, living-wage jobs in less than six months. Astounding, really.

        It also wouldn't hurt to inject some capital into projects designed to refab some of the production facilities in the Rust Belt that are not being used but haven't fallen into compete disrepair, to manufacture things we are currently importing from places like China or even Europe (like wind turbine blades and housings).

        Part of what the country needs is a renewal of "Buy Made in America", with a spotlight on new businesses bring manufacturing jobs back to the US - like this one:

        Element Electronics, which is making televisions in Detroit, MI

        From their website:   
        We are dedicated to making the future brighter for everyone.
        We encourage the use of environmentally sustainable practices during the design, manufacturing, packaging and delivery of Element products without compromising the overall value. And we don’t stop there – the new Element LED TV’s do not contain the levels of lead, mercury and other volatile organic compounds found in most CRT and LCD TV’s.  Our products not only look great, they are easy on the environment!

        Element currently supports recycling initiatives in the following states: California, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia. We look forward to expanding our recycling efforts throughout our distribution areas, working in partnership with local governments and industry experts.

        Excellence in technology, comprehensive warranties and after-sale support, and commitment to environmental sustainability – all at an affordable price. That’s Element.

        Costco retails these televisions, and later this winter, I plan to buy one of them.

        Imagine, televisions being built in America, by American labor. I didn't that would ever happen again in my lifetime.

        "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.''
        -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr
        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"
        -- Angie in WA State

        by Angie in WA State on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:35:08 PM PDT

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        •  Totally Agree, Angie (1+ / 0-)
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          one of the important items coming out of the "suspended" Chicago school teachers' strike is 160 schools in Chicago don't even have libraries... many don't have playgrounds for the kids... and most classrooms are not air-conditioned.

          WTF??

          so teachers are supposed to be hammered if their kids dont' perform on the tests.... but Chicago is not obligated to provide libraries for the students so they can study, learn the material?

          weak, very weak.

          "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

          by Superpole on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 06:30:23 AM PDT

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      •  Anything Less Than $2 TRILLION (1+ / 0-)
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        expenditure for infrastructure repair and true high speed rail in our nation, etc. is a farce and won't goose the economy enough to get it moving in the right direction.

        Goto the American Society of Civil Engineer's website and read what they have to say regarding the condition of our nation's infrastructure.

        "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 06:25:50 AM PDT

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  •  Sad I could only take out 43 deniers. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  No to Cuomo (2+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis, ororis

    Forget fracking. I've got two bigger problems with him:

    1) He is pushing a casino on every block. Well, not quite every block, but all over the state. He wants all of New York to be like Atlantic City. There is a casino a few miles from me, in Yonkers, and it has done absolutely nothing for that city.

    2) He cut a deal to gerrymander the New York Senate in favor of Republicans that could cost Democrats as many as five seats in a 63 seat body. Admittedly Republicans in NY aren't nearly as bad as in most of the US, but there is no excuse for this!

  •  So looking forward to (3+ / 0-)

    60 Minutes and the Obama & Romney interviews. Contrast on a Sunday night. Robot vs. Compassion Man. Plotting my escape from the neighborhood harvest party and I am not even there yet.

    •  heh (0+ / 0-)

      just wait for the debates...

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:48:31 PM PDT

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    •  Not going to be able to watch it. (0+ / 0-)

      The in-laws go into apoplectic fits every time they see the President on the TV machine.  And perish the thought they should ever be offended, even for half a second.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:30:31 PM PDT

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  •  Help! We need to debunk this! (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    The Daily Caller has a piece called "Ten reasons why even liberals should hate Obamacare" which was put out 3 days ago, and I'm seeing it pop up in cut an paste form in various Facebook threads.

    We need point-by-point debunking or rebuttals for it.

    Let's crowdsource this. Even if you just do one of the points, that would be a great help.

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

    by Lestatdelc on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:57:14 PM PDT

  •  It's always cute when Larry talks about... (2+ / 0-)
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    ..."clear science."

    Recently I privilege of hearing Arun Majumdar, Professor of Materials Science at Berkeley - and former head of the ARPA-e program at the Chu era Department of Energy speak on the topic that he and Secretary Chu published in Nature last month.

    Nature 488,294–303, August 2012

    Now personally, having listened to the lecture and run through the paper, there's more than a little hand waving going on but one thing is clear that despite the insane rantings of the intellectually whithered anti-nuke community - not one of whom has ever benefitted from comprehension of the contents of a science book - the scientists Dr. Chu and Dr. Majumdar are not running around trying to destroy the world's largest source of scalable climate change gas free energy in an orgy of superstition and fear.

    Both of these scientists are strong supporters of nuclear energy.

    At no point in the Chu era Energy Department has there been any discussion of destroying the nuclear infrastructure that the greatest scientist ever to be involved in public service, Glenn Seaborg built

    The little superstitious scientifically illiterate brats in the anti-nuke industry like to pretend that so called "nuclear waste" is a problem, even though it kills zero people and that climate change is somehow divorced from energy waste.

    Wrong.

    With a little - very little - digging in science books it is easy to see that the so called "nuclear waste" problem that all the members of the gas bag anti-nuke industry get wedgies in their underwear about is trivial to solve, whereas the carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide problem is not trivial to deal with.

    In the last two years, fear, ignorance and superstition associated with the Fukushima earthquake lead to the shutting of major nuclear infrastructure around the world.

    Let's be clear:   Air pollution kills 3.3 million people per year, and all of that shut nuclear capacity was replaced by fossil fuels, the major contributor to that pollution - not even counting climate change.

    So the fear, ignorance and superstition about nuclear energy - and not the nuclear plants themselves - killed people immediately, since the mere act of turning a fossil fuel plant on kills people.

    This may be opposed to the radiation leaks from Fukushima which killed ZERO people despite all of the illiterate caterwauling of anti-nukes around the world.

    Having a person like Larry lecture us on "clear science" would be rather like having Glenn Seaborg being asked to give Bonnie Raitt lessons on how to play slide guitar, not that Bonnie Raitt, like Larry, both of whom are electricity consumers and anti-nukes feel any reluctance to comment on Dr. Seaborg's life's works, albeit from a position of ignorance.

    This year is proving to be the worst year ever for the dumping of dangerous fossil fuel waste into the favorite waste dump of humanity, earth's atmosphere.   April of this year - the month of the anti-nuke inspired "stress tests" in Japan when all of its nuclear plants were temporarily shut - was the second worst year to year increase for the month of April ever observed on this planet.

    Heckuva job anti-nukes.   You must be very, very, very, very, very proud.

    •  good to see you (0+ / 0-)

      wasn't aware you were still around. you always do your obsession well. for us.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:47:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, I'm not really hanging out here that much. (0+ / 0-)

        It's rather depressing to recognize that scientific ignorance is almost as popular on the left as it is on the right.

        I wouldn't expect you to know too much about the scientifically literate set here, but, in fact, many of them are not posting as much as before.

        It's not just people who agree with um, Jim Hansen's position on nuclear energy who are disgusted, but we also have geneticists, biologists, and mathematical modelers who are no longer posting very much.

        Anyway, you and the rest of the anti-nukes have exactly what you want.     The world's largest source of climate change gas free energy has had much of its infrastructure destroyed, not because it actually hurt anyone, but because dumb guys spent all their time making up stories about what could happen in their ignorant fantasies, to the point that what is happening is now spiraling out of control.

        Congratulations

        Everyone on earth will have to deal with the runaway greenhouse effect, because rather than open science books, learn anything about risk analysis, the anti-nuke ignorance squad convinced humanity to wait for that grand Greenpeace fantasy in which some absurdly low "percent" of the planetary energy comes from whirlygigs and glass coated with toxic chemicals "by 2090."

        If you must know, my children might have had an outside chance, were they to live to be extremely old men, to observe that nirvana, but now, with the atmosphere collapsing - crops failing all around the world - the spread of 5 sigma extreme weather events becoming increasingly observed,  they'll be very lucky to live into their 40's I think.

        Heckuva job.   Congratulations.

        It's pretty fucking amusing that the shitheads who helped bring this nightmare on generations not even born yet pretend to give a fuck about humanity.

        This August,  2012, the concentration of dangerous fossil fuel waste in the atmosphere in 2.33 ppm higher than it was in 2011.

        Heckuva job anti-nuke.    You must be very, very, very, very, very proud.

        Congratulations.

        The worst years in human history for such increases have all occurred since 1998, and happily for humanity, this year will probably end up in the top five, because, um nuclear energy - and nothing else - is arbitrarily declared "dangerous" in spite of its long term failure to kill anywhere near as many as everything else kills.

        In lieu of chatting me up - maybe you can pray loudly so all the the dead from heat in the last decade can hear directly from you about how your whirlygigs and cadmium impregnated glass will save our asses by 2090.

        But speaking of obsessions, I haven't caught up with the anti-nuke set and their very, very, very loud scream about Fukushima.     Did you find anyone at all who died from the grand radiation leak that causes so many wedgies in the underwear of our anti-nukes, or are you stuck with ignoring the 20,000 people who died from non-nuclear causes in the same event outside your purview or interest, like say, the people who drowned or were crushed by falling buildings?

        Has anyone here founded a "coastal city free DKos" or are you all still limiting your obsessive paranoia to the grand Fukushima nuclear reactor matter?

        And beyond Fukushima's great nuclear tragedy that wiped out the entire Pacific basin, anything?

        I haven't been around.  

        Is there still no, um, "Coal free DKos?"

        "Gas Free DKos?"

        How about "Petroleum free DKos?"

        No such thing?

        Only a "nuclear free DKos?"

        A pity, a pity...

        Any grief over the people who died early this year in Japan from the turning on of the fucking non-nuclear fossil fuel plants when the nuclear plants were shut?

        None?

        Don't worry.   Be happy.   Those dead don't count, and anyone who did try to count them might be suffering from an obsession, right?

        Of course, one might wonder if all this business about the, um, famous radioactive tuna fish might register as something of an, um, obsession on the part of semi-literate dumbbells in the media and among self declared "environmentalists," (as opposed to real environmentalists, but that would be, um, unfair, I guess.

        Don't worry.   Be happy.    I'm sure all of your tuna cans in your house are well shielded, as are your bananas and your um, liver.

        Don't worry.

        Everything's going to be fine.  

        We'll all be dragging our asses around in our bourgeois solar powered electric cars in no time, right?

        ...and we make fun of Romney for being a clueless consumerist materialist brat.

        People who live in cadmium telluride coated glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

        Have a great week and a great life Larry.    Try not to think whether history will recall the likes of you and what you stood for.

    •  How many people have been killed (0+ / 0-)

      by accidents related to the radioactive materials used for and generated as waste by nuclear power ?

      In the United States ?

      Related to Fukushima and not the tsunami itself ?

      Burning coal and natural gas is deadly. We've known about air pollution since the 1960s.

  •  What is Mitt gonna say at the debates when... (3+ / 0-)
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    Leo in NJ, PSzymeczek, bontemps2012

    the moderator asks that tired and cliche question that they love to ask toward the end? You know the one I mean. It's usually directed to both candidates, and is usually phrased something like this.

    "Do you feel your opponent will make a good President?"

    We all know how President Obama will respond. The same way he always does, the same way he did when he ran against Hillary Clinton, he will be classy and generous in his praise for Gov. Romney.

    But what is Romney going to say? With all the slanders and smears he has put out there over the course of this campaign, with the tea bagger base voting for Romney because of how much they HATE Obama, and no other reason, how can he say something equally classy and generous about the President?

    He would be in quite the pickle. Particularly if Obama answers first, which he is very likely do since Mitt is the challenger and Obama knows what it takes to be President.

    We lose if we choose to forget; the lives of men, and money spent.

    by DeanDemocrat on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:23:57 PM PDT

  •  Cheers to finally getting a decent poached egg (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, PSzymeczek

    from the microwave. Ovens differ, so I was not happy with the results from the recope I read on line. What works for me: halfpfill a custard cup with water. add a teaspoon of vinegar. Break an egg into it, and nuke at 90% power for 1 minute 10 seconds.

    Serve wtih soy sauce. Easy, yum!

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:42:37 PM PDT

  •  There's a lot on Romney's early background (0+ / 0-)

    here:

    -- http://foolmoon.com/...

    The download for that page can time out. Refresh and it'll get through.

  •  Have YOU seen this Tweet yet? (0+ / 0-)

    The subject of my diary from midnightish Saturday evening

    A larger, more legible version of the images is in the linked diary.

    "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.''
    -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr
    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"
    -- Angie in WA State

    by Angie in WA State on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:41:44 PM PDT

  •  Hannity has a special on now (0+ / 0-)

    called "The Dirtiest Campaign Ever." He is talking about Obama's campaign stooping to "historic moral lows." I don't know how long I can watch it, but should be interesting.
    Mwaaah, it's not fair! This is hard!

    The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

    by emidesu on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 06:20:27 PM PDT

  •  Again, an R accusation is really a confession. (0+ / 0-)
    You always knew it was Rush Limbaugh's ugly little secret.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:06:30 AM PDT

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