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    The former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker said he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 —
  • Five Republican Senators who may face Tea Party primary challengers? Bring. It. On.
  • Click and be appalled (but not shocked):
    "On the left: man arrested for killing three Brooklyn shopkeepers. Right: the sketch the police originally released"
    @GuardianJessica via TweetDeck
  • In case you were wondering what Polly Judd is thinking:
    Polly Judd is skeptical of talk that her famous granddaughter, actress Ashley Judd, might run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky as a Democratic challenger to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

    "I don't think there's any possibility of that happening," the 85-year-old grandmother of Ashley and her singer sister, Wynonna, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview last week from her home in the northeastern Kentucky city of Ashland.

  • Well, gosh, hope this isn't too tough on the Sesame Workshop:
    Since Sesame Workshop announced last week that the “Sesame Street” puppeteer Kevin Clash had resigned after being accused of sexual relationships with minors, the nonprofit organization has been struggling to determine how to replace one of its main creative forces.

    Mr. Clash, 52, was not just the man behind Elmo since 1985, he was also the PBS show’s Muppet leader, working with writers to troubleshoot technical problems. He was also an occasional director, a co-executive producer and the puppeteer behind numerous other characters besides Elmo. He traveled internationally to train puppeteers for “Sesame Street” productions in other countries.

  • And yet the malls and roadways seemed just as crowded:
    Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping, comScore Inc said on Sunday.
  • No word on why the price of seven swans a-swimming has gone up.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joined us for the Monday Abbreviated Abbreviated Pundit Roundup. On the upcoming filibuster fight, Politico somehow ignored until the very last sentence that leading proponents and opponents actually agreed on the "talking filibuster." Also, Adam Davidson's New York Times piece asserting that the genius captains of American industry are puzzled why highly-skilled laborers aren't lining up to take the fast food-level wages. Bonuses, please!

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  •  I clicked and, as predicted, was appalled. (10+ / 0-)

    But not shocked -- which is, itself, appalling.

    Every honest communication poses a risk that we will hear something that could challenge or change us. -- Kenneth Cloke

    by GreenMtnState on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:06:02 PM PST

    •  One of those things one could have made up (9+ / 0-)

      oneself, if it wasn't just so. amazingly. stupid.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:07:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I thought the same thing, xxdr. (1+ / 0-)
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        Possibly, we are witnessing the birth of another internet urban myth black hole. I wonder, if it is such, how many of us will be sucked in.

        Odds are snopes won't have this for a few days. I did not see any attribution that I recognized. I wonder.

        I would hate if it was indeed legit. Hate it, but not be surprised.

        I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

        by Gentle Giant on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:26:42 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  NYPD's fault? (2+ / 0-)
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          Gentle Giant, mmacdDE

          Even if it is true, though, how is it necessarily NYPD's fault?  The sketch artist can only draw what the witnesses describe.

          •  Yep. (1+ / 0-)
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            Speaks directly to the witness.

            It would be very weird if the sketch artist always drew the same black man, no one caught on and he has remained employed.

            "Yeah, well, it's the only human face I'm good at."

            I once knew a guy who could only draw smurfs. I am not lying. He could draw them really well, but his future as an artist was somewhat limited.
            He didn't have a blue pencil- only your standard #2 graphite, so, once the shading was done, all he really drew were Afro-Smurfs.

            Honestly, I'm not joking.

            I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

            by Gentle Giant on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:39:50 PM PST

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          •  One might also point out (0+ / 0-)

            that arrested and convicted are different things.  In any event, I'm a little surprised that we don't have a white sketch and a black suspect arrested instead of what we see here.

            Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

            by Mindful Nature on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:51:33 PM PST

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          •  There are also some other possibilities (0+ / 0-)

            a) There was another guy there, and that's who the witness described
            b) The witness is seriously in need of glasses.
            c) The witness is seriously in need of rehab.
            d) The police had other witnesses or evidence, because there's no way they arrested that guy based on this drawing.
            e) The guy they apprehended is a world class makeup artist, and has really fast growing facial hair.
            f) He was wearing a 'generic black guy' mask and still had it on when the cops got him. And he looked just as flat and unreal as that sketch (good job, police artist!)

            I'm thinking a, b, or c are the most likely. Especially a.

  •  The Rachel Maddow Show Diary's Back Tonight! (2+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, PSzymeczek

    The Rachel Maddow Show diary's back tonight! Have I mentioned The Rachel Maddow Show diary's back tonight? I'm having deja vu all over again.

    "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

    by CityLightsLover on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:07:40 PM PST

  •  Mr. 47% of Americans suck gets 47%! (8+ / 0-)

    Poetic justice!

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:12:00 PM PST

  •  See how the second wingnut in the panel cartoon (3+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, Crashing Vor, a2nite

    makes a joke about women when the first wingnut talks about a need to reach out beyond the base?

    Pretty funny comeback, isn't it?


    Sometimes we try to have serious dicussions about cannabis law reform and we have to tolerate similar jabs at humor, as if it is always ok to make a stupid joke in the middle of a serious discussion.

    It would be thus and similarly be ok to make racist jokes during discussions of improving race relations.

    Now, I gotta go eat some twinkies cause my comment gave me the munchies.....

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:12:50 PM PST

    •  if we could train (1+ / 0-)
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      cockroaches to make twinkies, we'd never run out.

      Wait, maybe...

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:28:18 PM PST

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    •  FWIW.... (1+ / 0-)
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      I strongly support cannabis law reform.  It oughta be legalized, pure and simple.  (We could help reduce the deficit by taxing the sale, by ending the wasteful "war on drugs" - especially all of the $$ and lives wasted by incarceration.)

      That said... I don't think it's quite the same thing.  Many jokes (munchies, forgetfulness, etc.) are based on our own experiences, past or present.  The wingnuts in the cartoon (and in real life) are not joking about something they know for themselves - they are not joking from any shared perspective as a woman or a person of color or an immigrant.  

      And I think of prejudice against cannabis users different than racism, sexism, homophobia and nationalism, because there is a choice involved in cannabis use; the latter have no say in who they were born to be.  Like atheism, it's a choice we can make and the choice comes with some baggage.  Pushing back against ill-informed opposition effectively has to include the acknowledgement of that difference.

      •  Prejudice against cannabis users is part (0+ / 0-)

        of the anti-marijuana propaganda - it is an artificially-created and nurtured prejudice. It's as stupid as a real prejudice and it disrupts an intelligent dialog.

        And I don't see the relevance of 'choice' here: I don't find it (cannabis prejudices) any different than racism or homophobia: we're definitely a persecuted, vilified group and that is maintained by state-sponsored false information campaigns made with OUR tax money telling people untrue shit that they believe. And those who spout off against us don't know shit about us. There is actually a lot more to me than pot smoking, though many probably can't even fathom such a thought because I'm a 'stoner'. That term reduces me to some stupid stereotyped image ( Cheech and Chong or Spicolli)  that can't possibly have anything else going for  me. blah blah blah,.

        Prejudice is prejudice and when we are discussing it jokes about it might be just a teensy, weensy, little tiny bit inappropriate.

        But some folks just feel compelled....

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:18:20 PM PST

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  •  Yes, I was wondering (4+ / 0-)

    ..what Polly Judd was thinking. Couldn't get it out of my mind. I was dying to know. My day is now complete.

    At least until Judge Judy.

    Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:13:35 PM PST

  •  Jesus. (4+ / 0-)

    Well, if Newt runs, then nobody can complain about Hillary's age.

    She's four years younger than he.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:22:18 PM PST

  •  Be on the lookout for the (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, PSzymeczek

    Tall Short
    Fat Thing
    Clean shaven Bald man with
    Curly Blond hair Beard and Mustache.

    h/t McMillan and Wife

    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 Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:23:25 PM PST

  •  The swans a-swimming went up due to the drought. (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, PSzymeczek

    Their pond dried up and water had to be trucked in to refill it.

  •  Bringing us, sadly, full circle to the WaPo (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, a2nite

    Style Invitational submission many years back for inappropriate children's book titles: "Don't Tickle Me There, Elmo."

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:28:33 PM PST

  •  Sesame Workshop (1+ / 0-)
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    What's the meaning of the Sesame Workshop crack?  A vital piece of the last two generations' pre-school and after-school educations is looking to soldier on after the loss of one of its main creative forces.  Is that not supposed to be hard?

  •  How delicious to think (1+ / 0-)
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    that Mitch McConnell could be tea bagged in a primary.  I'm sure he has a war chest that can defeat anything, but it would be fun to watch him go scurrying further into Crazyland to win.  

    As to Ashley Judd - I don't know a lot about her, but she was on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and she isn't stupid.

  •  Please proceed, Mr. Speaker n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  racist nypd (0+ / 0-)

    whats new for a nation full of white bigots, they will eventually die off but not soon enough for me to see it, which is my loss but in time americas gain.

  •  The cost of a pear tree went up 6%. (0+ / 0-)

    The NYPD sketch artist drew what he was described.  May I see a sketch of the witness, please?

    Why shouldn't Ashley Judd run for Congress?  We had a B-movie actor for President for 8 long years.  And he WAS criminally inept.  Wouldn't joking about Ashley's competence be the Republican thing to do?

    People who prey on children are the lowest form of life on the planet.  Despicable, disgusting - all the adjectives.  That said, Kevin Clash has not been convicted of, or even charged with, a crime.  Abused children do not lie; but adults do, often for financial gain.  We know nothing about anything and our rush to judgement is just as appalling as that sketch.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 01:18:36 PM PST

  •  InTrade blocks US users - so no more betting on (0+ / 0-)
  •  HA! (0+ / 0-)

    I love that the Tea Party hates Lamar Alexander because he's 'an environmentalist.' As if that is so horrible.

    Want a clean environment, even just hint at a wanting one? Fire that man!

    It's nice to be important, it's more important to be nice. - Tip O'Neill

    by toeknee1980 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:52:10 PM PST

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