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  • Today's comic is Twinkies ad: Captain Industry vs. Union-Man by Ruben Bolling:
    Comic by Ruben Bolling - Twinkies ad: Captain Industry vs. Union-Man
  • Congratulations to the state of Washington, which is now officially allowing gays and lesbians to undermine the sanctity of Newt Gingrich's three marriages.
  • President Barack Obama:
    There we go. My tweet has been posted. That's what I'm talking about.
  • Um ... no. Just no:
    Being a teacher must be hard. How do you get students invested in learning about important historical events like the history of the African slave trade? One teacher at a girls' school in London had an idea: ask kids to create a business plan for enslaving Africans without being wasteful.
  • The gay agenda marches on:
    The Mexican Supreme Court ruled yesterday against a local ordinance in the state of Oaxaca that banned gay marriage. Legal observers are saying that this could lead to the recognition of gay marriages nationwide, as couples in other states sue under the new Supreme Court ruling.
  • Kinky:
    Right after Thanksgiving, the Office of Student Life at Harvard University approved a handful of new clubs including the Harvard College Comics Club, the Harvard Undergraduate Mathematics Association, the Harvard Undergraduate Maternal Health Initiative, and Harvard College Munch, a group of about 30 students who meet for lunch or dinner to discuss issues and topics relating to kinky sex.
  • Ugh.
  • Does this mean Queen Elizabeth needs to bust out the long-form birth certificate?
    Is Queen Elizabeth II the legitimate monarch of the United Kingdom? In an article published on Thursday, Iran's state television station questions the queen's right to the throne.

    "The monarchy is believed to be an outdated institution in the modern world that moves towards democracy, because the Queen cannot be held to account at the ballot box and there is nothing to stop her abusing her power because under Britain’s law, civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Queen," Press TV notes.

  • Save the Date: Gov. Howard Dean will be joining us for a G+ Hangout on the front page of Daily Kos at 1:15 ET, Friday. He and Joan McCarter will be talking fiscal cliff curb and protecting Medicare.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin was on hand to discuss "Fiscal Thingy" kabuki theater, the realpolitik of internal caucus dynamics, and why there's "lag time" before electeds finally line up with public opinion. Armando joined in for a debt ceiling debate, asking whether Congress really should retain its role. Also: Santorum outlobbies Dole; Foxx's freakout; Rand Paul doesn't know his state's biggest biz, and still more on filibuster reform.

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  •  So-Called Fiscal Cliff. SCFC. Big Media now uses (4+ / 0-)

    the Werm.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:04:50 PM PST

    •  Alleged Cliff (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      wishingwell, ROGNM, sow hat, JeffW

      That's no rock that's a ledge...... Mr Blandings Builds his Dream house

      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 Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:12:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  We Already Went Over the 'Cliff' (1+ / 0-)
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      llywrch

      Back in the bush years and before the residential/commercial mortgages etc. and bank/wall street scams collapsed, landing on a ledge trying to climb back out from, there are no ledges after that one, if we collapse again that's it we fall with no way up!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:33:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Harvard, where the only thing (5+ / 0-)

    more fun than kinky sex is discussing kinky sex over tilapia and pinot.

    •  Apparently Slim Fasted Larry on Cable News (0+ / 0-)

      captioned as Harvard Professor Larry Summers

      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 Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:13:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mexican Supreme Court on marriage equality (7+ / 0-)

    is welcome news as our own American high court considers similar cases. Come on, SCOTUS, don't embarrass us.

    Dan Savage:

    Interesting footnote too. I read that international treaties within Latin American countries could mean the Mexican Supreme Court decision (unanimous by the way) could have implications  beyond Mexico in the region.
  •  Nothing like a star chamber theocracy (5+ / 0-)

    lecturing other societies on outdated institutions.

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:08:48 PM PST

  •  despite the crazies down here still paradise (0+ / 0-)

    down here in FloriDUH...
    Daily Katch:

    Grocery Store Fishing: This is a great time of year to put some really great tasting fish on the table for dinner. While many of our normal target species start to slow down and eat less, there are a few that really get going as the water starts to cool. Pompano, sheepshead, and mangrove snapper are three of the best eating fish in our bay, and all of them have invaded our region in force. The great thing about this tasty trio is that they can all be targeted with similar tactics and often in the same spots.

    Pompano: There have been good numbers of these tasty, tough fighting fish moving through our region. They have been responding well to a Doc's goofy jig or shrimp, and I have been seeing them on the range markers and artificial reefs in our region.

    Mangos and Sheepies: We have been catching both from open water to a few miles up river. Oyster bars are a great place to fish for foraging sheepshead, especially on the higher parts of the tide as they move up the bar to feed. A fiddler crab on a tiny hook can be deadly on finicky fish. The mangroves are eating just about anything you put in front of their face, but a live shrimp or whitebait tops the list.

    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:09:00 PM PST

  •  Slave Trade Business Plan? Really? (2+ / 0-)
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    winsock, BlackSheep1

    I remember when I was in junior high we had a teacher who wanted to have a slave "sale' to show us how dehumanizing and brutal it was to be sold. Was quickly squashed by parents. But damn, even she didn't go that far.

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:09:40 PM PST

  •  Does the queen have any power to abuse? (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    I think Iranian state television may have missed something.  I don't think the Queen has any real power anymore.  Although, I guess immunity from criminal proceeding could be a power, since I guess she could commit murder with impunity.  But, I would think that traditional solutions could then be brought to bear, and Charles could depose the Queen and throw her in the Tower of London without trial.

    I the words of King Richard the Lionhearted...

    "Throw her in the Tower of London... Make her part of the tour."

    •  Abuse In What Sense Of The Term? (2+ / 0-)
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      just another vet, JeffW

      Now, I have this image stuck in my head the president of the Harvard Kink Club wearing a fetishistic version of the Queen's outfit.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:16:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  She has no real power,yes she meets with the (0+ / 0-)

      prime minister, and has done so with every PM since Churchhill. The queen has seen them come and go. For a woman approaching those elderly years , she is extremely busy with something like 300 plus appearances per year. Her husband has been doing fewer but the man is 91 yrs old but he still does nearly as many per year.  She is incredibly busy and the entire royal family I must commend with their philanthropic endeavors and supporting of charites, especially Princes Harry,Will, and Princess Kate.

      Prince Charles is an advocate of green energy, environmental causes, and organic  farming.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:20:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Actually, she does, & has exercised certain powers (0+ / 0-)

      There's this concept in British constitutional law known as reserve power -- a number of prerogatives that have remained to the Queen or King of Great Britain after Parliament had assumed for itself all of the most important ones. Most of them are of pure formality -- for example, the power of commissioning officers in the military rests with her -- & the monarch will exercise them occasionally when the rest of the government has gotten itself entangled in one way or another. But somehow I doubt the average subject of the UK lives in dread that Queen Elizabeth will arbitrarily decide to revoke passports, grant honours to random undeserving people, or to appoint or dismiss the Prime Minister, other Ministers, or Parliament.

      (I figure she doesn't want the responsibility of running the government of the UK herself, so she's willing to let the politicians do it while occasionally intervening in specific matters when it interests her, all the while enjoying the perques of her birth as would any royal.)

  •  Relax, people. It's satire. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    divedeeper, kkbDIA

    The patriotboy.blogspot.com link?  Search for "lawyer stuff" and you'll see what I mean.

    And just below that is a logo for Operation Yellow Elephant.  It doesn't seem to contain a link, but go to operationyellowelephant.blogspot.com.  You'll be glad you did.

    -- (defun :-> () (format t "abolish corporate personhood~%")) (:->)

    by Bill Evans at Mariposa on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:14:04 PM PST

  •  Ditzy Dana Doll says.......... (5+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Bush’s White House Press Secretary Tells Female Victims Of Violence: ‘Make Better Decisions’

    Bush White House Press Secretary-turned-Fox News host Dana Perino asserted Wednesday night that women who are victims of violence should “make better decisions” to avoid being hurt.

    Perino made the comment on Fox New’s “The Five,” in the middle of a discussion of Kansas City Chiefs Line Backer Javon Belcher, who murdered his girlfriend before killing himself over the weekend. While her co-hosts were discussing the merits of female gun ownership as a way to avoid violence against women, Perino was quick to blame women themselves for being victims:

       PERINO: I think it skirts the issue that women are victims of violence all the time –

        CO-HOST: They should have guns!

        PERINO: Well, maybe, or make better decisions.

    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 Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:15:42 PM PST

  •  Michigan protestors arrested, pepper-sprayed (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DRo, wishingwell, TheDuckManCometh, JeffW

    ...according to the Detroit Free Press.

    "(We need) a government of the many, not a government of the money." - Nancy Pelosi

    by ScottyUrb on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:16:48 PM PST

  •  For the curious, the Queen's legitimacy... (3+ / 0-)

    comes from the fact that Parliament passed a law making that family (Protestant descendants of "Sophia, Electress of Hanover (Germany)") the legal throne holders, Huns and all.

    That's all it takes. It eliminates all other debates of bloodlines and Wars of Roses and whatever else clouded the issue.

    That legitimacy is entirely up to Parliament.

  •  CONGRATS to Washington and Colorado for (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    wishingwell, TheDuckManCometh

    legalizing freedom.

    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 Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:22:55 PM PST

  •  Speakin bout Slaves (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    December 6, 1849
    Harriet Tubman, a slave in Maryland, escaped her owners.
    What Harriet Tubman did with her freedom

    The Life of Harriet Tubman

    And that teacher somehow managed to enter that profession by not continuing the education that is a daily endeavor, like reading about and having the students do same!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:26:22 PM PST

  •  About the slave business plan. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    just another vet

    Here is what teachers should have done.  Compare and contrast the millions killed in Stalin's Gulags with the millions killed in Christian supported, capitalist free market slave trade.  Slaves were tried as commodities within a classical no regulations, free market driven by supply and demand.

    In economics courses, we of course learned how communism was a failure and killed so many people.  You know, nations under free market capitalism also killed millions.  Maybe throw in how many Chinese died in the Opium Wars because Britian didn't like closed trade barriers (much loved by capitalists even now).

    But in a brutal way, that assignment showed the murderous depths of capitalism.

  •  NASA Black Marble slideshow of Earth at night (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, JeffW, greenbird

    Flickr slideshow of more Suomi NPP "Earth at Night" imagery.

    Black Marble - City Lights 2012

    Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.
    Many satellites are equipped to look at Earth during the day, when they can observe our planet fully illuminated by the sun. With a new sensor aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite launched last year, scientists now can observe Earth's atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours.

    The new sensor, the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), is sensitive enough to detect the nocturnal glow produced by Earth's atmosphere and the light from a single ship in the sea. Satellites in the U.S. Defense Meteorological Satellite Program have been making observations with low-light sensors for 40 years. But the VIIRS day-night band can better detect and resolve Earth's night lights.

    Here is a Youtube video of a full revolution

    This link to NASA press release has higher resolutions and other views taken by the Suomi NPP satellite.

    NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night - 12.05.12

    Link to NASA Earth Observatory Feature Art page with more images and videos.

    Earth at Night 2012: It’s the end of the night as you know it; you’ll see fine.

    The links are having trouble loading.  I suspect that their servers are quite busy.

    "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

    by rja on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:28:21 PM PST

    •  Hey rja: would you make a diary out of this? (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW, rja

      I love, love, love items like this and they don't get much attention as what they are: examples of good government programs working for us all -- and b all, I mean Earth citizens, not just USA residents.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:25:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sorry, but I would not do it justice. (0+ / 0-)

        I can cut and paste some links and pretty pictures, but I don't have the knowledge on this subject that would produce a worthy diary.

        "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

        by rja on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:09:28 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I beg to differ. I think it's fine as is (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          rja

          just needs to be posted where it'll get more views. You do it justice just fine: sweetly concise.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:28:09 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Arm has been twisted. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            BlackSheep1

            If noone else (Calling DarkSyde, Troubadour, etc) has written about it, then I'll post something in the next wake period.

            "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

            by rja on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:36:45 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

  •  Corporations are _not_ people too. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DRo, just another vet, BlackSheep1
    One teacher at a girls' school in London had an idea: ask kids to create a business plan for enslaving Africans without being wasteful.
    There's a remarkably subversive sentiment present in such a lesson about the inherent soullessness of businesses, as well as the willful ignorance of authority figures.  I think the smarter kids might have learned a lesson from that, at least.
  •  Propane project (0+ / 0-)

    I've been meaning to do this since I read the various diaries on the subject the day after Thanksgiving.  I pitched in some plastic money for propane.  

    We live in rural Alaska, and it's cold here, but we get to burn wood, so our heat is basically just right there, outside the door. Every time I hit a web site looking for Christmas presents, I kept thinking about what it would be like to have a cold house and no fuel.  

    Anyway,

    Here's where and how--

    FOR ROSEBUD RESERVATION:

    Telephone St. Francis Energy Co. at:
     605-747-2542
     11 AM-6 PM MST EVERY DAY
     Ask for Sherry or her mom Patsy, but others can help you also. Normally a minimum order is $150, but they have an account to accumulate small donations until they get enough for an full delivery. Credit cards welcome, and they are the only Indian-owned fuel company on the Rosebud, which is next to Pine Ridge and in the same economically depressed condition. If you'd like to mail a check, make it payable to:
     St. Francis Energy Co.
     Attn: Sherry or Patsy
     St. Francis Energy Co./Valandra's II
     P.O. Box 140
     St. Francis, South Dakota 57572

    PLEASE NOTE:  NOT A 501c3, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR TAX PREPARER.

    And here's a recent diary, much better than I can do--

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    How many wrongs does it take to make a right?

    by pdknz on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:09:07 PM PST

  •  Who collects fines for EPA violations, and what's (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    greenbird

    the money used for?
    In an eight-county area around Houston right now more than 200 refineries and chemical plants are fighting the Texas Comission on Environmental Quality for waivers of millions -- tens of millions, and potentially hundreds of millions over time -- of fines because the area cannot meet EPA clean air guidelines set way back in the Carter years:

    http://www.chron.com/...

    How many such millions are lying around waiting for the Federal government to collect from polluters like BP?

    Why aren't we hearing a "tough on crime" hue and cry to collect this money from the "fiscally conservative" GOP????

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:30:43 PM PST

  •  gay agenda marches... forward, into the past! (0+ / 0-)

    The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism has just (after several years of consideration and consultation with the membership) modified the by-laws so that same-sex couples can compete for the regional leadership positions known as King-and-Consort! (aka King and Queen, or Queen and King (there has been ONE case of a woman ruling in her own right, having won the martial art competition herself))

    EQUALITY!

    The idea started in the Pacific Northwest (Kingdom of An Tir, that's my Kingdom!), and the latest board meeting (on my birthday! Dec 4), finally voted this in, officially.

    Of course, many of the selection competitions for successors (Crown or Coronet Tournaments) are still by "invitation" of the current "rulers" (mostly to make sure the competitors are minimally qualified in the relevant martial art, and that the number of competitors doesn't get out of hand for what can be settled in an 8-12 hour competition), but it is now official: the simple fact of both halves of a pair being of the same sex is no longer a bar in and of itself, to entry.

    Haven't yet found a link, but the meeting was only held on Tuesday this week; look for "Corpora IV.B.1 - Revision"

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:38:44 PM PST

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