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  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Crumbs much too small for the other Who's mouses, by Mark Sumner
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  • Marriage equality is good for your health:
    As the Supreme Court gears up to hear arguments on the legality of same-sex marriage, a new study suggests such unions may boost mental health.

    Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people who are married have significantly lower levels of psychological distress when compared to their non-married counterparts, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

  • Gov. Nikki Haley made a funny:
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  • George Dubya Bush is still awful:
    The next generation of the Bush family will arrive in 2013.

    TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager is pregnant with her first child! Bush Hager announced on TODAY Wednesday that she and husband Henry Hager will become parents next year, four years after tying the knot. [...]

    Her famous father has made no secret of his desire to be a grandfather, telling AARP magazine in 2010, “I’m a little disappointed it hasn’t happened yet.”

    On the phone call Wednesday, Matt Lauer asked the former president what he'd like his new grandchild to call him, as Jenna suggested "Popsicle."

    "Sir," he responded.

  • This is a really lovely tradition:
    At 31, lifetime Yellow Springs resident Ann Miles never knew Wheeling Gaunt or his legacy. But when she suddenly became a widow, the man who died more than 100 years ago became a comfort in her life. [...]

    When she got a call that the village’s utility department would deliver flour and sugar to her door, she didn’t know what to think. But she understood what it meant to receive kindness from a stranger — one who’s been offering it for the past 118 years.

    The tradition dates back to a deal struck between Gaunt, a former slave, and the village in 1894. He donated 10 acres of farmland to the village on the condition that it deliver flour to all the local widows at Christmastime with rent money collected off the parcel. The land is now Gaunt Park, and while there’s no longer any rent collected, the village still keeps its promise.

  • All I want for Christmas is a fiscal cliff coloring book ... said no one. Ever.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the Pew poll shows the Prez up and the Gop down. Our daily dose of filibuster reform, with Jonathan Bernstein's objections to Sen. Merkley's plan, and a great listener phone call from Mike in Pittsburgh, pointing out that "talking filibusters" might make it easier to change the rules next time. Finally, a small government defense of unions. Stop workers from privately ordering affairs with employers through unions, and they'll vote in a government that'll do it for them.

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Comment Preferences

  •  america has gone insane (5+ / 0-)

    tracking down everyone in the social media world named Ryan Lanza and posting "photos of the shooter."  And they are all the wrong person.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:01:57 PM PST

  •  So what politicians are going to be part (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    of the solution, since this will be a distant memory when the next wave of campaigns get underway?

    •  Our existing political instutions are not designed (2+ / 0-)
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      MKDAWUSS, Adolf Verloc

      to respond to these sort of events. After the Heller decision it's pretty clear that any meaningful reductions in guns will take modifying the Constitution and with only 13 states needed to derail an amendment we're not going to be able to change the availability of guns. The only solution is to get rid of the causes of the crimes. Decriminalizing drugs, better access to mental health care, lowering poverty rates, etc. Of course with a Republican House none of those will happen either. Shorter answer -- we're screwed.

      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 Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:11:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  18 little children are dead, could we please skip (3+ / 0-)

    the comic on the front page?

    How about some respect?


    They won the class war

    by ThanxAl on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:05:24 PM PST

  •  The shooter tweeted this (0+ / 0-)
  •  Apparently, the President will be making ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... a statement at 3:15 EST.  NBC News (MSNBC) has a live feed streaming now; my guess is they will cover the President's statement.

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:07:44 PM PST

  •  jenna bush is a today correspondent? (2+ / 0-)
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    JoeyTheLemur, RUKind

    and what exactly qualified her?

    reason a googleplex and one why i never ever watch those shows.

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

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:08:02 PM PST

  •  re:Solar - Obama should cut through redtape (0+ / 0-)

    This is (an open thread and) insane ...
    NYTimes on solar red tape. This is bad policy and a problem that should be solved on the national level. Let's get some top down red tape abolition. Just mandating a standardized reasonable permitting process would be a huge jobs program.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:08:42 PM PST

  •  a viewpoint about guns by Michael Bloomberg ... (0+ / 0-)

    apparently written after the Aurora shooting, has been linked on the front page of

  •  I've been having serious FP issues (3+ / 0-)

    with an error box that keeps coming up claiming that a bad script is running, pointing to this URL:
    I'm running IE 9.0 on Windows 7. Is anyone else having this problem?

    Also, this site's pages have been taking forever to load for the past few months. Is anyone else experiencing this, and is it something that a browser change might fix? I have IE 9.0 and hate is and have been looking to switch to another one (Firefox appears the way to go based on others' feedback here), but am wondering if either of these issues are speficially IE 9.0 related.

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

    by kovie on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:15:42 PM PST

    •  I'm having that bad script issue on this site (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      DK only works on Firefox for me.  There's been a help desk error report by several people that hasn't even been responded to.  

      DK worked just fine yesterday, but today I (and others) have been getting script errors - for me I can't even respond to the error (yes, no don't work), can't close the window or the error and have to close the window using Task Manager.

      It sucks, makes the site unusable, and the failure to respond to the help desk report is maddening.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 11:42:02 PM PST

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  •  what? (0+ / 0-)

    What makes the pending parenthood of Jenna Bush, a nobody, an event deemed "newsworthy" or or any import whatsoever?  Far more accomplished, intelligent people are having babies every day, and no one takes note of those pending arrivals.  

    The only thing that seems at all relevant is that Mr. Bush is about to disgrace yet another group of people -- grandfathers -- once he joins their ranks.  Grandfathers and grandmothers should disavow him immediately, before he besmirches their oft-revered status, ensuring that no grandparent ever again will be respected.  

  •  CT shooting update---State police 20 children (0+ / 0-)

    -6 adults  


  •  Today of all days, (0+ / 0-)

    that beautiful story about Wheeling Gaunt's legacy of caring for widows is really needed.

    "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 Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 12:46:14 PM PST

  •  Hold someone you love… (0+ / 0-)

    ... in your heart if not your arms...

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 01:10:54 PM PST

  •  "Sir" (0+ / 0-)
    On the phone call Wednesday, Matt Lauer asked the former president what he'd like his new grandchild to call him, as Jenna suggested "Popsicle."

    "Sir," he responded.

    Of course, Dubya's grandfather was Prescott Bush, who was a Bushie back when that meant being a bluer-than-blue-blood Yankee with a patrician stick up the ass that had come over on the goddamn Mayflower. By all accounts young Dubya was terrified of Prescott, who in turn was not particularly charmed by his spoiled grandson's "youthful indiscretions." And it must have been galling whenever someone pointed out that Prescott had had a reputation of working awfully hard at the banking and political jobs that were handed to him, as opposed to just letting his name be parked on the letterhead.

    So it's nice for Dubya that he's finally going to get a chance to work through his grand-daddy issues by trying to be even more distant than his own grandpa was.

  •  Just got a PPP poll on Scott Brown for senate (0+ / 0-)

    The comparisons were Martha Coakley, Vicki Kennedy, Marty Meehan, Ed Markey and Deval Patrick.

    Also asked was whether Brown should run for senate or governor.

    The game has already begun and Kerry hasn't even been nominated yet.

    "Good morning, brothers Koch. I see you're doing well. If I had me a shotgun, I'd blow you straight to hell." w/apologies to R. Hunter

    by RUKind on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:06:48 PM PST

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