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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The evolutionary path from domestic cats to lolcats:
  • The theme for the January 21 inauguration of President Obama has been announced:
    Just as President Obama’s reelection campaign adopted a forward-looking focus, his second inauguration will also ask the nation to look ahead.

    Congressional organizers of the presidential inauguration announced Thursday that the theme of next year’s festivities will be “Faith in America’s Future,” a focus similar to the “Forward” theme that Obama used during the closing months of his campaign.

  • Probably the only flip-flop Mitt Romney will ever disagree with:
    Eric Hartsburg, the 30-year-old resident of Michigan City, Ind., inked the Romney/Ryan campaign’s distinctive “R” logo on his face this fall to support the Republican ticket. Hartsburg put the space on his face up for sale on eBay and was paid $5,000 to get the 5-by-2-inch tattoo. After the Romney-Paul Ryan ticket lost on Nov. 6, Hartsburg had no regrets, telling POLITICO he was “glad to know that I did all that I could” and insisting he would never have the tat removed.

    But he’s had a change of heart.

    Hartsburg tells POLITICO he plans to get the tattoo lasered off, a process that could take a year.

  • The first Washington DC Costco opened today, and Vice President Joe Biden was there:

    VP Pool Rpt: "Biden engaged in an extended Costco shopping spree.
    He flashed his Costco card...to loud cheers."
    @politicoroger via web
  • President Obama has had a fish named after him: Etheostoma Obama, the Spangled Darter
  • It's hard to imagine this:
    David Axelrod is going to have a lonely upper lip.

    Next week, the top strategist for President Barack Obama will lose his mustache of 40 years on national television, it was announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

    Earlier this month, Axelrod agreed to shave his mustache on “Morning Joe” if the show’s hosts could raise $1 million for epilepsy charity he founded. At a fundraiser last night in Boston, the campaign hit the $1 million mark.

  • Note to Republican primary voters: Here's what happens when Newt Gingrich loses:
    Tiffany & Co.'s fiscal third-quarter earnings slid 30% as the high-end jewelry retailer continued to record weaker margins, weighed down by high precious-metal and diamond costs.
  • Best wishes for a speedy recovery:
    Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital Thursday after being treated for bronchitis, his spokesman said.

    Bush, 88, has been hospitalized at Houston's Methodist Hospital for six days because of a "lingering cough," spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.

    His family hopes he will be discharged by the weekend, McGrath said.

  • A color-coded map of the world's most and least emotional countries.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin looks at Medicare in the context of the "fiscal speed bump" negotiations. Wouldn't we be better off waiting until the picture becomes clearer on the projected savings from the ACA? Armando also weighs in on the speed bump nonsense. Also: the Fast Food Forward strikes in the New York area, and how they relate to the WalMart and Hostess strikes. Finally, a look at all the important stuff that somehow gets left out of newspaper coverage of the filibuster reform fight. You'll only get that here, on Daily Kos Radio!

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  •  Ceiling Cat at the (10+ / 0-)

    top of the Midday Open thread. My sigline vindicated at last.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:04:57 PM PST

    •  HAHAHAH srsly sweet, side pocket ! Congrats (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      side pocket

      OTOH

      catfood
      for seniors  sucks.......
      Countdown:
      Five Weeks To Protect Our Future
      What This Means to You

      In a post-election "lame-duck" session, Congress takes on high-stakes decisions with major consequences for workers and the economy—from tax cuts for the wealthy to benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
      Read More

      What Congress Needs To Do

      Working families are urging Congress to keep America’s promises to the middle class and make sure the wealthiest pay their fair share.
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      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:49:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Can we get the OFA tools back? (3+ / 0-)

    I have a little diary...

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:07:16 PM PST

  •  Good news for JCP (6+ / 0-)

    Trump partnership ruins Macy's popularity among women

    According to a YouGov Brandindex survey, immediately after the Macy’s-Trump partnership, women steadily became far less likely to recommend Macy’s to their friends. In the same period, other brands like JCPenney actually performed better than usual
  •  Glad to see the mustache go. (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, Lefty Coaster

    I like Axelrod, but the mustache is not a good look for him.  I'm not going to drop a Godwin on ya'll, but ... man.  Every time.

    Something Witty, Pithy, and Great.

    by firant on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:11:41 PM PST

    •  A million dollar 'stache (1+ / 0-)
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      firant

      You know, I'd grow an ugly mustache and shave it off for a million dollar charitable donation. Good on the Morning Joe crew for coming thru with the donations.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:15:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  YES! (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      firant

      “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 Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:16:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Joe Biden, secret Kossack! (11+ / 0-)

    eyeing and buying Costco apple pies.

    Congress can't redo the laws of physics. Do the math. @RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:12:08 PM PST

  •  When is Scarborough growing his? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    wintergreen8694

    The deal was that he would do it if Obama won North Carolina or Florida, not both, right?

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:13:19 PM PST

  •  Wish this was how Obama & Dems treated Boehner (0+ / 0-)

    Cantor and their Teapublicans in the 2010 lame duck session, instead of largely capitulating.  

    “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 Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:15:19 PM PST

  •  Tom Cole throws in the towel. Say Republicans (0+ / 0-)

    should vote to cut taxes on people making less than 250,000. Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, says do it now.
     http://mobile.nytimes.com/...

    Brand new favorite RSS feed of Daily Kos Radio Podcasts http://kagrox.libsyn.com/rss
    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    by We Won on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:16:37 PM PST

  •  :o) (5+ / 0-)
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    Bo Inspects the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations

    Bo makes a final inspection of the 2012 White House Christmas decorations before 90,000 visitors come through the doors of the People's House this holiday season. Find out more about the 2012 White House Holiday celebrations, including the special tributes to troops, veterans and military families at wh.gov/holidays.
    http://www.youtube.com/...

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

    by Pam from Calif on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:17:10 PM PST

  •  I have no warm fuzzies for GHWB. Sorry. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I find it hard to believe that the Italians only (0+ / 0-)

    rank middle on the emotions..... I would have expected higher, higher than the French!!

    I think I'm coming down with a cold.... time for a nap and then mint tea and chocolate.

    •  I think that Italians operate in overdrive (0+ / 0-)

      most of the time so it would be harder to feel an emotion stronger than the usual swings. I say this as a second-generation Italian American; well really Sicilian American-its not quite the same thing. The language isn't even the entirely the same in Sicily. It is something like the difference between American English and Australian English.

      You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

      by yellowdog on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:12:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I thought about it... and thought that the country (0+ / 0-)

        is so long that the Italians in the north may balance out the more southern, or Sicilian, Italians??  The country is really different from north to south.  (As a child I lived in Ostuni for a couple of years, which is located in se Italy, in the heel of the boot.)  

        On a personal note, dad was sent TDY to Sicily one time.  While there, he managed to talk a local guy into selling him the 'tail gate' of his cart to dad.  I just love that piece of art!!  It's of a monk trying to pull his donkey along the road and the tail of the donkey is being pulled by the devil.

  •  Biden, at Costco, Calls for Middle Class Tax Cut (3+ / 0-)


    Vice President Joe Biden visited Washington's first Costco store, where he bought several items in a pre-Christmas shopping spree on Thursday. He said he was at the store to demonstrate the need to extend tax cuts for the middle class. (Nov. 29)
    http://www.youtube.com/...

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

    by Pam from Calif on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:19:18 PM PST

  •  Looking for a little photobucket support (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    side pocket

    They have a contest going on and I've decided to enter but I need sharing, comments, and likes - especially from other photobucket members.

    Could you help out?

    http://tinyurl.com/...

    Help a Milwife win the Photobucket contest - Please Share, Like, and Comment, not necessarily in that order!

    by angelajean on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:24:29 PM PST

  •  Axelrod is about to receive a shock. (0+ / 0-)

    Shaving a mustache makes you feel like the distance from your nose to your upper lip is twice as wide. Shaving a beard is worse though, makes your face look smaller.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:25:24 PM PST

  •  Going to Ferndale coal port scoping hearing today (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RLMiller

    Come if you can make it. Its at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale, WA 98248 from 3pm-7pm

    “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 Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:25:28 PM PST

  •  Hoping for the best for Mr. Bush, a good man (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jj32

    who served his country well.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:25:59 PM PST

  •  Not to be nitpicker (3+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, MTmofo, yellowdog

    but it should be "Etheostoma obama." Genus is capitalized, species isn't, even when it's a eponym. Okay, I guess I am being a nitpicker.

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:26:27 PM PST

    •  You are absolutely right. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      zaynabou

      I was going to say the same thing. :) If we're going to call ourselves a "reality-based community", then there's nothing wrong with nitpicking.

      The buzzfeed site has a whole list of scientific names written incorrectly, with the species name capitalized. Oh well.

  •  That and he was tired of being mistaken for (1+ / 0-)
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    side pocket

    Ron Jeremy in a suit.  Or the 70's called, and they wanted their mustache back.

    David Axelrod is going to have a lonely upper lip.

    Next week, the top strategist for President Barack Obama will lose his mustache of 40 years on national television, it was announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

    Earlier this month, Axelrod agreed to shave his mustache on “Morning Joe” if the show’s hosts could raise $1 million for epilepsy charity he founded. At a fundraiser last night in Boston, the campaign hit the $1 million mark.

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:30:28 PM PST

  •  I was wrong... (0+ / 0-)

    I predicted Harry Reid & President Obama would resist any effort to reform the filibuster.

    I'm delighted to say I was wrong.
    The details are important but we're off to an auspicious start.

  •  I'm Sorry - Faith in America's Future? (0+ / 0-)

    America has a future.  We know this.  What kind of future are we taking about?  Devouring the precious resources that are left on this planet, in a more increased speed?  Buying products from de facto slave labor operators that are overseas.  Buying products from major polluters who conduct their operations overseas.  Are we really thinking about the future here?  How about starting 25 years out and working your way back.  What do you think we can be, or probably will be?

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:39:15 PM PST

  •  And, the #1 reason (0+ / 0-)

    to make Mitt Romney Secretary of Commerce:

    Its his turn!

    (Let's see those 12 million new jobs, Secretary!)

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:39:36 PM PST

  •  In need of some general legal advice (0+ / 0-)

    My mom was recently involved in a minor car accident that she claims was not her fault. The other driver is claiming that it was my mom's fault. It resulted in a moderate amount of damage to both cars, mostly if not entirely to the body, that didn't render either car unusable, so both can be safely driven.

    We just heard from both insurance companies and they've decided that since it's my mom's word against the other driver's and there's no direct evidence or witness testimony supporting either side's version, they're going to assign 50% liability to each driver. My mon's insurance has decent liability coverage and I assume that the other driver does too, so there's no problem there.

    Thing is, this is going to result in my mom getting reimbursed for only 50% of the cost of repairing her car (at who knows what assessed value), plus it will likely drive up her premium on renewal next year. My mom's financial situation isn't exactly comfortable enough that this won't be felt. And if there's more than a token increase in her premium it's going to hurt her financially (not to mention the cost of getting her car properly repaired).

    My questions are one, if she wants to challenge this proposed settlement, what are her legal recourses if she wants to represent herself (this isn't a major enough accident to warrant legal representation beyond some quick advice), and two, how likely is this to actually drive up her premium if she settles, or loses in court? She has a near-perfect record, with only a couple of parking tickets over the years and no accidents, moving violations or claims for at least 20 years.

    She's licensed in NY state, btw.

    Thanks.

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

    by kovie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:41:57 PM PST

    •  Arbitration? (1+ / 0-)
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      kovie

      Ask the insurance company (nicely) what the procedure is for appealing their determination of fault. If they don't answer, call the state Insurance Commissioner. I'm guessing there is an arbitration procedure that does not require a lawyer.

      Another suggestion: Call the county bar association and see if they offer a service where you pay a modest amount (under $100) and get a brief consultation with a lawyer who does auto accident cases for a living. Or look in the phone book for someone who does free initial consultations. That way you could get a second reading from an expert on whether it's worth fighting, or whether a 50-50 split is actually pretty fair given the facts.

      If the only damages are dents in the cars, no personal injury, I wouldn't think this would do a lot of damage to her driving record or insurance premiums. But that depends on how it's coded in their system.

      •  Thanks, good suggestions (0+ / 0-)

        Obviously you have no way of knowing this, but the facts are on my mom's side, based on what she told me. The problem is that the other driver has given a different set of facts that are going to be difficult to disprove because of a lack of direct evidence or witnesses, so even though a 50-50 outcome might be her best option, it just feels unfair, not to mention she's out half the cost of repairs.

        Plus, we're both pretty stubborn people who don't like to give in when we feel that we're right and have been wronged, and are both inclined to fight this just out of a sense of justice, even though from a practical point of view it's probably not the best use of our time, resources and energy. Fightin' liberals! :-)

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

        by kovie on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:08:29 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Look for an independent adjuster (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      kovie

      Lawyers will use up any money she could save.

      Remember that "pro se" is Latin for "you lose".

  •  A lingering cough? (0+ / 0-)

    Who the hell goes to the hospital for a lingering cough? I get a lingering cough every time I get a cold. Know what I do? I drag my ass to work.

  •  I watched Newt on Colbert the other night... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...and while the camera panned the audience as Steven made his way to the interview table, I had to pause the DVR and jump out of my seat because, right there in the front row, was the unmistakable back of Callista's head!

    He's not allowed out of her sight. There's a woman who learns from others' mistakes!

    "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

    by JR on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:54:10 PM PST

    •  Rudy and Judy Giuliani are also joined at the hip (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" — Isaac Asimov

      by wintergreen8694 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:17:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Etheostoma Obama is wearing Chi Bears colors! (0+ / 0-)

    Very appropriate!

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

    by GreenMtnState on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:00:05 PM PST

  •  Walker's aid pleads guilty. Felony (0+ / 0-)

    John Nichols ‏@NicholsUprising tweets

    Top Scott Walker aide Tim Russell pleads guilty to felony wrongdoing; plea deal calls for 30 months in jail. @thenation @WeGotEd @edshow

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:11:55 PM PST

  •  The theme for the re-inauguration should be: (2+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, JeffW

    "Reality, What a Concept!"

    ------RM

  •  Does Obamacare cover tattoo removal? (0+ / 0-)

    With maybe a $5000 deductible?

    "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

    by Nespolo on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:29:46 PM PST

  •  NEXT UP: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    longtimelurker

    A Costco in Hilo. PLEASE!

    No one ever created a vibrant economy by building houses for each other. Houses are built because there is a vibrant economy.

    by Doug in SF on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:35:49 PM PST

    •  the wife and have been lontime members (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      cohenzee

      of costco.
      After the convention we both spoke about increasing our shopping at Costco. The owner made me proud. I did a little research on Costco, and may I say Costco is an all American company.

      john "boy" mccain and senator ms. lindsey "the ticklish" graham are just plain stupid.

      by longtimelurker on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:42:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I love Costco. (0+ / 0-)

        Sometimes I'll go just to sample the wares, or at least that's usually my intention, but never works out that way.  They have one on the border of NY and CT that has a shopping cart escalator.

        I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

        by cohenzee on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:48:54 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Chance the Gardener ... (0+ / 0-)

    meet Paulie the Politician: Paul Ryan, Global Thinker?  asks The New Republic.  It's sad when real life is stranger than fiction.


    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
    Give 'em hell, Barry—Me

    by KingBolete on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:36:59 PM PST

  •  Inauguration = MLK holiday (0+ / 0-)

    How cool is that? And it should mean Federal workers (and school kids) will have the day off and can go cheer their boss, if they choose to.

  •  Hartsburg should get another tattoo (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    on the other side of his face. It should be of the famous picture of the guy holding up the incorrect newspaper headline "Dewey Defeats Truman."

    But I wonder if he'll use any part of the ACA to aid in having that tattoo removed?

  •  About Biden's Costco visit... (0+ / 0-)

    Here's what the simpletons at Cincinnati's NBC affiliate had to say about it (via their Facebook page):

    He's becoming more and more like The Onion's caricature of himself.
    Maybe it's just me, but that seems very unprofessional and more than a little dickish.  Head over there and put in your two cents.

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