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  • Today's comic  is Butthurt CEOs of America by Matt Bors:
    Comic by Matt Bors - Butthurt CEOs of America
  • Vice President Joe Biden is literally 70 years old today.
  • Walking the walk:
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker is set to live at least a week on food stamps after he challenged a self-described Army wife and veteran to join him in the test.
  • The New York Times does not have a sense of humor.
  • This copy editor has a failtastic sense of humor:
    The Helena (MT) Independent Record has disciplined a copy editor for changing a line in an Associated Press story to read, “Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.”
  • Ah, the Catholic Church—where supporting women's ordination is a sin that will get you excommunicated, but raping kids is a real gray area.
  • The War on Xmas is real! Fox will be so happy:
    Some 45 percent of those polled said the holiday season brings so much financial pressure, they would prefer to skip it altogether. Almost half said their level of stress related to holiday expenses is high or extremely high.
  • Offered without comment:
    Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke.

    But there it is, in the title of a report published Monday in a scientific journal: “Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes.”

  • Condolences:
    Former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, co-author of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction act and a key backer of fellow Granite Stater David Souter's being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. He was 82. He died overnight, having been in declining health for some time.
  • This news is not very Smurfy:
    Lucille Bliss, the personality-filled voice behind the iconic little blue lady marshmallow of Smurfiness, died at age 96 on Nov. 8 in Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • A Thanksgiving week blogathon in support of the fourth annual Kossack-organized fund raiser to provide propane and portable heaters to the low-income communities living on South Dakota Indian reservations is in its second day of a run that will last through Sunday. The propane project, initiated by navajo and the Native American Netroots in the winter of 2009-2010 in the midst of a devastating ice storm, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in assistance thanks to a mention by Keith Olbermann, then on MSNBC's Countdown. Since then, thousands of dollars have been raised each winter. Money is being sought specifically for the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian seservations, both of which border Nebraska in south-central South Dakota. Unfortunately, the problem is exacerbated by the policies of the state and federal governments and the failure of many mainstream charities to pay attention to Indian needs. Among the obstacles is theunderfunded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a program that supplies enough money for three to four weeks of assistance for an often brutal winter season that runs three to four months. For the Rosebud, the organizers of the fund-raising drive have developed a relationship with an Indian-owned propane company whose owners know who most needs assistance and can make deliveries within a day of receiving money. You can watch for posts starting that include "propane project" in the headline or read about the fund raiser and how to contribute  here.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin stopped by to discuss the impact of the competing schools of Republican Crazy that threaten to pull their already shrinking coalition apart. Then, we reviewed a lost gem of the Internet: a 2001 Heritage Foundation analysis of the Bush tax cuts, which predicted the elimination of the national debt by 2010! It didn't work, but probably only because they weren't conservative enough, or something like that. Finally, a look at the Hostess situation, reading the excellent diary by bluebarnstormer.

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  •  Happy Birthday to the VPOTUS! n/t (18+ / 0-)

    Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

    by Greasy Grant on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:04:49 PM PST

  •  On the bus: taking money from a disabled woman (22+ / 0-)

    True story: I saw this transpire this morning on my commute. You never know what you're going to see on the bus.  

    It was another rainy morning as the Northwest bears the brunt of the season's first strong North Pacific storm. I boarded the bus for my commute into downtown Portland. The bus was lightly populated, as I had worked from home for a couple of hours before coming in so I could miss the morning rush.

    The next stop after I boarded, a heavy-set Hispanic woman clambered aboard. She shook the rain off her umbrella as she plopped down on the seats in the front of the bus, which are posted as reserved for the elderly or disabled. I noticed seated a few seats behind her a tall African-American man in a blue cap. There were perhaps a dozen other riders scattered throughout the bus.

    Several stops later, a slightly disabled person with a rolling shopping cart (those little two-wheeled things) and quad cane (a cane with four little feet for added stability) struggled to board the bus. She was an older, Caucasian woman, probably headed to the Safeway grocery in downtown Portland. The Hispanic woman, seeing that a disabled person was boarding, stood up and moved back a row, directly in front of the African-American man.

    First thing -- surrendering your seat for someone truly in need without being asked.
    The older woman finally was on board, spoke briefly with the driver, and moved slowly to the just-vacated seat without paying fare. The bus moved on.

    The older woman seemed to be fumbling with something. The African-American man, noticing what I could not see from my perspective, gestured at her. The Hispanic woman, seeing his gesture, bent down and retrieved a dollar bill the older woman inadvertently had dropped, handing it back to her.

    Second thing -- people watching out for someone less able.
    A moment later, the African-American man suddenly stood up, walked up to the older woman, holding out his hand as he towered over her. The older woman looked at him and carefully laid two dollar bills in his palm. He then went to the driver, placed the bills in the fare box, retrieved her one-day pass receipt, handed it to her with a smile, and returned to his seat...all so she wouldn't have to struggle to her feet and walk a few unsteady steps to the fare box as the bus lurched down the street.
    Third thing -- helping those who need it, mutual trust between strangers, and a smile.
    Speaking for myself, I felt better for having ridden the bus today.
  •  The Independent Record has allegedly disciplined a (8+ / 0-)

    copy editor .

  •  Holiday financial stress reduction... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TexMex, politicalceci, Louise, LSophia

    donate to a charity in the name of the gift recipient.  You can set a limit within your means and then go out and donate.  I intend to do this with all adults on our list.  I'm doing it less for the money aspect and more to try to set precedent for them to return the favor.  I truly appreciate the thought behind the gifts but usually get things I don't need or want.  I would love someone to do a wee bit of research and donate on my behalf.  So If I keep doing this maybe they will join me.  

    But it occurs to me that this could be an excellent way to limit spending.  Even if one sets a budget for gift spending that can easily be exceeded - ok this gift is $30 and my budget is $25 but it's not much over ... or It's Christmas Eve!!! just grab it I can't worry about cost now!!!...

    So fine.  Establish a budget and go out and donate.  There are plenty of good causes and people will appreciate it.  Or at least I would.

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:09:11 PM PST

    •  That is a great idea, wish we could do that, but (4+ / 0-)

      I keep getting emails of gift ideas from those we exchange gifts with.  Granted, many of these gifts are affordable.  But I would like instead for all of us instead to donate to charity instead of buying gifts for each other.  But it is tough to do when people send you gift ideas and ask you for gift ideas. I often say charity but they say..what else?  I think sometimes people just like to wrap an item or two.  So I often suggest second hand or really inexpensive gifts.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:25:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah. I figure I will just keep plugging away. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        LSophia, wishingwell

        They will get a donation and I wish they would reciprocate.  Frankly, I don't need more books (and I love books) or any other items.  So I keep going.  

        Maybe if you give them 2 or 3 charities as options?  I don't have the answer and I don't necessarily like to dictate to others what they should do.  I can only hope that they eventually catch on.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:43:45 PM PST

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    •  My family celebrates Kingmas (2+ / 0-)
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      LSophia, newfie

      Kingmas is held the weekend of The Martin Luther King Jr holiday. It is after the hubbub and noise of Christmas. My adults siblings and in-laws can go to whatever  Christmas get-togethers their other side of the their family requires. We can shop the after-Christmas sales for gifts, if we decide to exchange them.

      Since it is held at my house, I can make whatever centerpiece of the meal we are having, and everyone else brings desserts, side-dishes, munchies, and alcohol. Very often, I invite close family friends, as well,. We celebrate family, we celebrate inclusiveness, we honor the life and work of Dr. King. It is a beautiful jewel in what can be an otherwise-bleak January.

      They say "cut back" - we say "fight back"!

      by Louise on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:53:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Helena MT paper is one of the worst (6+ / 0-)

    pieces of fishwrap in the state for a large town, especially for the state capitol's town.

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

    by MTmofo on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:10:19 PM PST

  •  Marco Rubio: (6+ / 0-)

    "I’m not making any comparison between Barack Obama and Castro from Cuba—but..."

    And I’m not making any comparison between Marco Rubio and Cheney from Faciststan—but...

    Oh, the hell I'm not.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:11:42 PM PST

  •  Just waiting for the Onion headline (9+ / 0-)

    declaring that

    Due to the economy, Sandy and Obama's reelection, and the crippling financial burden of Obamacare forcing him to insure his elves, Santa Claus has closed shop and Christmas is officially cancelled this year.

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

    by kovie on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:11:57 PM PST

  •  Mich Lege Tax cut for Fetuses (7+ / 0-)

    After Cutting Tax Credit For Children, Michigan Republicans Consider One For Fetuses

    State legislators in Michigan held a hearing on Tuesday to consider House Bills 5684 and 5685, which would allow taxpayers to receive tax relief for unborn fetuses past 12 weeks’ gestation. The proposed legislation is an odd push for Michigan Republicans, partly because the state slashed tax credits for children last year — meaning that although parents living in Michigan do not qualify for tax breaks to offset the cost of caring for their own children, they could soon be able to claim a tax credit for an unborn fetus.

    Progress Michigan’s executive director points out that the proposed legislation is a dangerous step toward endowing fetuses with the same rights as human beings while disregarding the real economic needs of Michigan’s children, 341,000 of whom currently live in high-poverty areas:

       “It’s clear Lansing Republicans have the wrong priorities by wasting time on these extreme bills,” said Zack Pohl, Executive Director of Progress Michigan. “This is really a backdoor way of passing extreme personhood legislation, which has been rejected by voters in states across the country. Even worse, this would create a special new tax credit for unborn fetuses, after Lansing Republicans eliminated the tax credit for living, breathing children last year. It’s time for our elected leaders to get their priorities straight and start working together to create good jobs and improve education.”

    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 Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:13:32 PM PST

  •  afternoon all (2+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, politicalceci

    here is my reposting of a Thanksgiving diary form a few years ago.  Sorry I could respond to the first few comments. I had to see my Mom, take her to get groceries, cut her hair, hem a pair  of her pants and hang out with her.

  •  Whaddya mean, (7+ / 0-)

    "The New York Times does not have a sense of humor."???

    They hired Jayson Blair, Mike Albo and Judy Miller.

    Not a refined sense of humor, admittedly, but still, they must have a strong sense of the absurd.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:14:59 PM PST

  •  Pie Fight? (0+ / 0-)

    So what exactly is meant by a Pie Fight here?

    BTW, I'm discovering a new Krautrock group called Mother Dust.

    Well, new to me. It's probably been around 40 or so years ago.....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:16:25 PM PST

  •  Ayn Rand Paul for Prez! (0+ / 0-)

    Okay -- I'll confess that even I don't like the way that this sounds. I'm a fan of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, and my like for her ends there. But I couldn't resist this one -- after reading various news reports today that the illustrious Mr. Paul is "interested" in running for the presidency in 2016.

    Good luck with that, Mr. Rand. I mean, Mr. Paul. I mean, Mr. "There is no way that you will be elected president in 2016."

  •  :) (5+ / 0-)

    Vice President Joe Biden is literally 70 years old today.

    I see what you did there.

  •  Re: Helena IR copy editor; (1+ / 0-)
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    How odd, Helena is among the more liberal towns in Montana, especially compared to Great Falls (my town), Kalispell and Billings...

    When do I get to vote on your marriage?

    by jarhead5536 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:33:42 PM PST

  •  Hacked? Porn at (0+ / 0-)

    Click on 'Post Comments'

  •  Oh Oh (2+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, JeffW

    Cory Booker is pulling a Jane Byrne...sort of

  •  I can't (3+ / 0-)

    stand to look @ any of these rethugs...Rubio, Ryan, Cruz, Jindal.  They all just lie, lie, lie.  And now we have to go through four more years of this stuff while they try to get a soul and think they're fooling us?  They're all scum.

  •  Cory Booker's foodstamp challenge (4+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, sixeight120bpm, JeffW, LSophia

    is a good exercise and I'd like to see ALL politicians take the challenge, as well as austerity-minded constituents advocating cuts in nutrition programs.

    But a week isn't long enough, make a month at least.  

    And the "ground rules" of the bet are crucial.  Here's some basic starting rules I would suggest:

    1) Start with empty cupboards. It's cheating to use up supplies from an already-well-stocked pantry.  

    2) Be within nutritional guidelines for calories, protein, fat, fiber, and about 6 major vitamins on a daily basis, or at least within +/- 20% of such guidelines every day.

    3) Work 40 hours a week outside the home, commute 2 hours per day or 10 hours per week, and get 8 hours of sleep every night.  We don't have all day to hang around cooking low-budget masterpieces.

    4) No free-loading.  You can't count on a power lunch at someone else's expense.  A little office coffee and maybe a stale donut is the most anyone can offer you.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:44:41 PM PST

    •  The Hunger Challenge AKA Food Stamp Challenge (0+ / 0-)

      which is sponsored in many communities by the local food bank or equivalent charity, does have rules.  Off the top of my head, the first three  typically are:

      1.  Total budget is the average food stamp allocation for a person based on time period, typically a week.

      2.  Basic condiments already on hand (salt, pepper, catsup, etc.) are "free", but any food or beverage consumed during the week must be charged against the allowance.

      3.  No free food may be accepted from any source.

      I applaud Mayor Booker for taking on the challenge.  I have done it myself, and it is indeed a challenge to live on $22 a week.

      In fact, I would encourage any Kossack who has not experienced the food stamp challenge in real life to take it up for a week or two.  You will soon join in lobbying your Congresscritter for a GOOD Farm Bill.

  •  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, wintergreen8694, JeffW, LSophia

    aka The Inquisition - still going strong after nearly 800 years.

    I suppose it's progress that they just excommunicate now rather than burning at the stake.

    You can be forgiven for sodomizing kids and ruining their lives, but once you advocate for lady parts in the sacristy you have to be purged.

    Item # 793 in why I am no longer Catholic.

  •  Strange thing about Rudman (1+ / 0-)
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        We know the modern conservatives don't want anything to do with him, and from a Liberal perspective acknowledging his legislative career is like accepting defeat in a larger war.
        Its bittersweet to realize that better-remembered legacies like Ted Kennedy and unfortunately Strom Thurmond are only souvenirs used as simulacra for authenticity.

    You can trust me to be objective, I've been attacked by both sides.

    by Marcellus Shale on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:06:35 PM PST

  •  Walking the walk? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Marcellus Shale, LSophia
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker is set to live at least a week on food stamps after he challenged a self-described Army wife and veteran to join him in the test.
    Nope. Walking the walk would be not knowing where his next meal was coming from on days 8.9,10 - ad infinitum

    Tired of these publicity stunts.

  •  Skipping Christmas (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, stagemom

    We don't exactly skip Christmas, but we don't do gifts anymore.  It started when the kid was in grad school and couldn't afford gifts so she didn't want any in return.  Over a couple of years, we slowly stopped the tradition of gift giving and the money goes to charity which works for all of us.  I don't have much stress during the holiday season except for meal planning, but it's amazing how the advertising and hype can make even a non-shopper like me anxious.

  •  If Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii (0+ / 0-)

    can we say, "Mitt Romney, who is allegedly human, was the Republican nominee for president in 2012"?

    Or, "Sarah Palin, who allegedly once had a brain, was the Republican nominee for vice president in 2008"?

    Or, "the Tea Party movement, which allegedly has only one non-racist member, is the base of the Republican Party."?

    "I'm not a member of an organized political party - I'm a Democrat." Will Rogers

    by newjeffct on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:54:59 PM PST

  •  Sen. Warren Rudman (1+ / 0-)
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    was the old-school type of New England Republican, straight as an arrow, with very high professional standards, willing to work with and socialize with people across the aisle to get things done. He set a very high standard as state AG that is still the norm there, and the lawyers who worked for him (including, of course, Souter) spread that tone and competence throughout the NH Bar. Today's Republican Party seems to have no use for men (and women) like that.

    I don't generally recommend the Manchester Union Leader, but the linked article does a good job of capturing the universal respect for Rudman among NH lawyers and political figures across the spectrum.  

  •  Today's cool pic of Senator-elect Mazie Hirono (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LSophia, greenbird

    Bowling at the White House with her husband, Leighton Oshima:

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:12:10 PM PST

  •  Primate midlife crises should come as no surprise (0+ / 0-)

    to students of U.N. Messenger of Peace and esteemed British primatologist Jane Goodall.  I find myself regularly revisiting one of my favorite books, The Chimpanzees of Gombe, by Dr. Goodall to better understand human behavior

    Jane Goodall is now 78 years old and not getting any younger (though her current schedule would put most road warriors to shame).  We need to support her work as much as possible now, while we can still enjoy her guidance.

    "Those dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California." - Carl Sandburg

    by Critical Dune on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:14:19 PM PST

  •  tedford out. my pick? bring back marinucci. (0+ / 0-)

    why not?
    some coach from the pros, but not justin wilcox from UW

    Community Organizer trumps Private Equity Manager

    by stagemom on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:59:12 PM PST

  •  I hope Father Bourgeois (0+ / 0-)

    applies to be received into his local Episcopalian diocese.  We would snap him up in heartbeat.

    Idiotic Roman hierarchy. (GRUMBLE)

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