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  •  Honoring Our Canine Veterans: Military Dog Monumen (11+ / 0-)


    Rose Parade float represents military dog monument
    Decades of service by canines will be honored as four handlers and their dogs, representing the Air Force, Army and Marines, ride the float. The memorial is slated for completion in San Antonio by October 2013.

    December 28, 2012 - In a cavernous warehouse on a recent weekday, Rose Parade volunteers were busy painting and clipping flowers as they rushed to complete their float in time for New Year's Day festivities. But all activity paused when the star of the decorated stage arrived.

    With a Marine corporal in tow, Lucca, a German shepherd-Malinois mix, hopped curiously toward a group of excited children. Her head dipped from the weight of her body, no longer supported by her amputated left leg.

    It's been nine months since Lucca lost her paw to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. A veteran of three combat deployments, she is one of thousands of U.S. military working dogs trained to sniff out booby traps, deliver messages and track enemies. She has led more than 200 missions, with no Marine ever injured under her patrol.  read more>>>


    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 Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:03:05 PM PST

  •  'If I Only Had a Gun' (5+ / 0-)


    04/10/2009 When you're under extreme stress, your reaction time slows down.  ABC 2020


    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 Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:05:13 PM PST

    •  doesn't it depend on if you have to make a (0+ / 0-)

      decision?  Watching a doc on contemporary military practices, it was stated a grunt's first duty is to react first and think later or in other words, depend on muscle memory in dicey situations

      •  The difference with soldiers (2+ / 0-)
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        is that they train extensively to do that. A good example is responding to an ambush: troops are trained how to respond immediately to an ambush without having to wait for someone to analyze the situation and issue orders.

        It's one of the reasons why parade drill is still used extensively. From an outside perspective, spending time on teaching soldiers how to move in formations that were designed for musket warfare seems absurd, but the practical reason for doing it is to get troops into the mindset of how to instantly respond to an order with a practiced set of movements.

        (It's also why sailors and air forces tend to be slackasses at parade drill, with members of air forces generally considered the slackest  - the types of combat they engage in doesn't depend on having groups needing to instantly respond to orders in the same way.)

  •  Hello! Hello! (7+ / 0-)

    Hello-o-o-o-o...

    Is this blog on? Two comments in the midday open thread after 18 minutes?

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:20:06 PM PST

  •  Via the Twitters: Thomas Friedman Op-Ed Generator (7+ / 0-)

    [exception: undefined object]

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:20:18 PM PST

  •  Port Strikes (8+ / 0-)

    The very anti-government governor of Florida is all hot to have Obama order the dock workers to not strike.  Bah.

    •  Yeah, I noticed... (5+ / 0-)

      The RW meme seems to be if Obama doesn't crack down hard on the union the Confidence Fairy will fly away again.

      You'd think the Confidence Fairy might have felt more secure in our economy if some Banksters had done a perk walk. But apparently the Confidence Fairy only likes it when unions are busted, not Wall Streeters.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:35:42 PM PST

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  •  Good for Putin nt (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Why? (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't really see where limiting orphans options to potential homes is good.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:36:27 PM PST

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      •  it may help American children needing homes (2+ / 0-)
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        since, if we were to be honest, Russian and Eastern Euro adoptions are usually people wanting a healthy white baby.  Now what they get is another matter but there are plenty of special needs, minority race and older children and sibling groups in desperate need of a home without US parents having to go abroad to find a child

        •  I am not really inclined to entertain nationalism (3+ / 0-)
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          as an important metric in adoption. Family friends of ours adopted from Columbia. They were not looking internationally for a white baby (and didn't get one, they welcomed a little brown boy into their blindingly white home).

          Most adoptive parents just want a child and they want their child as quickly and as affordably as possible. And usually the process is anything but quick and affordable. If crossing a border accomplishes that to a degree, good for everyone.

          Letting Russian children stay in orphanages to shoehorn parents into taking an American special needs child or a child of color is not an ideal solution in my opinion. Particularly if the adoption ban is just using kids as political battering rams between US and Russian on other issues.

          "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:56:58 PM PST

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          •  having adopted 2 children some years ago (1+ / 0-)
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            I have seen something of the underbelly of the adoption business.  I would say that to characterize adoption of a special needs child as "shoehorning parents" shows a lack of understanding of the dynamics at play here

    •  It has nothing to do with the children but is (4+ / 0-)

      instead a whiny and pissy reaction to the US going after Russia as a human rights violator (which it is.)  I don't see how condemning children to live in awful orphanages is a good thing.

      •  I agree; Putin is a nasty tempered demagogue (1+ / 0-)
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        He is the perfect figurehead for the corrupt, crime ridden system that Russia currently is, and the sooner he is no longer in power, the better.

        Randian for me means "Prince Randian" from the 1930s horror classic Freaks and is not a reference to libertarianism.

        by Randian on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:05:19 PM PST

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    •  Care to specify a reason for that? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm having a hard time seeing your logic.

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

      by lgmcp on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:45:53 PM PST

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  •  Gah... Apple maps. (5+ / 0-)

    Thursday night, I tried to use it to find a faster way to my destination in San Francisco because my planned route was choked with traffic.  The map placed the destination two blocks east of where I knew it to be.

    Yesterday, went to pick up a friend early morning for a day of birding.  I'd never been to her home, and ended up getting there late because the damn map showed a right turn onto her street instead of the left turn that I actually needed to make.  For some reason, no one in that neighborhood has visible house numbers, so I went three blocks before I finally found an address and realized that I was off the mark.

    A first world problem, I know.  Not life-threatening in the city, but it means I won't trust it in a rural or remote area.

    •  It truly is monstrous. (3+ / 0-)
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      I hate it and wish I hadn't upgraded. I miss Google Maps. Much. I downloaded their new App, but it isn't the same.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:37:29 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, I wish the upgrade had come with a warning. (3+ / 0-)
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        "Do this and you get our new shitty maps!"  Never woulda upgraded.  

        I had been ambivalent about getting a smart phone, but became a fan precisely because the maps were so useful and saved me from hours of sitting in traffic.

        •  I MOST appreciated Google Maps (3+ / 0-)
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          integrated easily with the NYC transit information, including bus and subway arrival times, which in my experience were almost always accurate within a few minutes.

          And Apple Maps removed that completely.

          Apple Maps is like going from a 3.0 Application back to a 1.0.

          "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:45:01 PM PST

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          •  Depends on location (0+ / 0-)

            Both Apple Maps and Google Maps suck in China so I use Baidu Maps which is better here in every respect except it's a Chinese Language only app so useless for ferners.

            Apple Maps:

            Con: Loads slowly, GPS tracking slow and notchy, no detailed transit information, limited augmented reality information.

            Pro: Vector map quality is great, 3D vector mapping reasonably complete, turn by turn accurate.

            Works better in Hong Kong where there is excellent 3G & LTE service.

            Google Maps:

            Con: Loads slowest, GPS tracking slow and notchy, GPS tracking sometimes in error (location lost or far off), no detailed transit information, limited and outdated augmented reality information, turn by turn not available, traffic data very limited.

            Pro: Vector map quality is great, 3D vector mapping is good (when it finally loads).

            Also works better with faster 3G/LTE.

            Baidu Maps:

            Con: Chinese language only. Coverage for non-Chinese countries very poor (useless).

            Pro: Loads fast even with EDGE/GSM connection, GSM tracking excellent (almost real time even with EDGE connection, Vector map quality is great, 3D vector mapping complete and up to date, detailed transit information for all mass transit,  traffic information comprehensive, turn by turn accurate, augmented reality comprehensive (do Google/Apple have KTV club category? NO?), neat features such as compass cursor and pull down menus.

            IOW, Baidu does for China what Google Maps does for the USA, which is not surprising since Baidu is the dominant search engine here and also has much faster servers.

            Google and Apple obviously suffer on server speed and Google's worst in class performance I would attribute to them bailing on China and re-routing traffic through Hong Kong. In both cases, loading is so slow that it makes GPS functions nearly useless unless you are walking- that slow.

            The older version of Apple Maps worked reasonably well in China but had scant augmented reality data. If they can improve the servers and wireless integration, it would be a big improvement because the functions available work well if too slowly loading.

            Google is unlikely to improve much, but I use it when traveling outside China.

            I think Apple Maps will improve with age and eventually provide a platform for integration of many map driven features (particularly geo-fencing) integrating with other apps, but this probably would take at least a couple of years to get up to Google's level because the database is massive.

            BTW, iPad mini is a huge hit in China. Sold Out. I went to the Apple Store just before Christmas to have a look and there were demos but purchases were already wait-listed.

            What about my Daughter's future?

            by koNko on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:40:54 PM PST

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    •  Check out Waze. (3+ / 0-)
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      Free GPS (good map, gives directions) with alerts from other drivers in real time.  Police ahead, road work ahead, etc. and it gives you traffic alerts too.  So far it's worked accurately to identify addresses in NYC and upstate for me.  And it feels good to give alerts to drivers on the road with you!

      •  You're using your mobile device (0+ / 0-)

        to input data -- while you're driving? Umm, excuse me but that is NOT a good thing. Distracted drivers are literally death on wheels.

        What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

        by ontheleftcoast on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:19:10 PM PST

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  •  Just watched Django Unchained (5+ / 0-)

    excellent movie!  Spike Lee is jealous that he did not make this movie earlier.

    Samuel L Jackson's role as the evil house slave is unnervingly good.  He was channeling Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain

    •  I seriously doubt that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Spike Lee makes serious films about racism and his prior criticism of Tarantino’s orgy of N-words made the latter go ballistic. Since then, they haven't exactly been BFFs and looks like Spike has not so much interest in Django Unchained, and he may have a point.

      Personally, if I had to choose between directors, particularly on that subject, I'd probably chose Spike since he goes a bit deeper than exploiting issues.

      Tarantino’s an entertainer and amusing story teller, but let's not pretend he has much to offer in terms of serious social criticism.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:58:24 PM PST

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      •  The n-word here is in context to the place & time (1+ / 0-)
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        koNko

        this movie is emotionally appealing.  Like Inglorious Basterds it is a revenge fantasy

        •  I guess the criticism of Tarantino (1+ / 0-)
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          I tend to agree with is there seems to be so many of those moments in his films, regardless of subject or character, that you begin to wonder what he finds so attractive about it.

          But I guess when the creative juices start flowing, he can always find another amazing and insightful way for his characters, regardless of race, place or situation to find an appropriate moment. Like this random quote from Pulp Fiction:

          Vincent: Remember, I just got back from Amsterdam.
          Lance: Am I a nigger? Are we in Inglewood? No... You're in my home. White people who know the difference between good shit and bad shit, this is the house they come to. Now, my shit, I'll take the Pepsi challenge with that Amsterdam shit, any day of the fuckin' week.
          Well, sure, in context these lowlife dopers might talk like that, so maybe it's essential to character development and plot.

          And in defense of himself and Lee's criticism Tarantino had this to say:

          As a writer, I demand the right to write any character in the world that I want to write. I demand the right to be them, I demand the right to think them and I demand the right to tell the truth as I see they are, all right? And to say that I can't do that because I'm white, but the Hughes brothers can do that because they're black, that is racist. That is the heart of racism, all right. And I do not accept that ... That is how a segment of the black community that lives in Compton, lives in Inglewood, where Jackie Brown takes place, that lives in Carson, that is how they talk. I'm telling the truth. It would not be questioned if I was black, and I resent the question because I'm white. I have the right to tell the truth. I do not have the right to lie.
          Right. Got it, Quent, you're the victim. You have the right to say whatever you like - you demand it - but Spike Lee is out of bounds expressing his opinions.

          Of course, no one actually said he couldn't say these things because he's white or compared him to the Hughes brothers except hinmself, but, damnit, he demands the right to imagine and express whatever he likes, so there you go.

          LOL. And then he continued:

          In addition, Tarantino retaliated on The Howard Stern Show by stating Lee would have to "stand on a chair to kiss my ass."
          Well, I guess that settles it. Lee is a little midget that has to stand on a chair to kiss Quentin's ass. And what a BADASS it is.

          Personally, I'm all for self-expression and against censorship. If Quentin's reality is that half of his subjects spout 'nigga' 10 times a day, then he should express that as often as he likes.

          And if I paid 10 bucks to see his film I wouldn't expect anything different because it's so repetitive, it's obvious that's Tarantino's thing.

          Nigger. Nigga. As often and whenever possible, all in context.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:40:37 AM PST

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        •  BTW ... (1+ / 0-)
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          You might find this blog post an interesting take on the film and the subject at hand.

          But again, I haven't seen it yet so it's all second hand to me.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:50:24 AM PST

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  •  First song sung in space: (5+ / 0-)

    a song by Schostakovich, sung by Yuri Gagarin. But this song is the first original recorded, which is also cool.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:24:42 PM PST

    •  Chris' brother Dave has been making CD's for (1+ / 0-)
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      a couple of decades.  But they play together when they get a chance.

      Have to hand it to him, though, getting a guitar stowed away on the ISS must have been a negotiation, considering the weight.

      And he has been tweeting for the last six months regularly about his training.   His tweets are worth following if nothing more than the great images he sends back of life within the station.  His "neural fool's cap" image today was priceless.

      Mitt Romney rides off into the sunset in his Audi.

      by captainlaser on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:53:56 PM PST

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  •  RE: iPhoners .. GOOGLE MAPS APP is out (5+ / 0-)

    So now you can upgrade to iOS6 .. which I did! and am loving it now that I don't get lost. Tried out the new Google Maps on recent trip to Portland and Seattle and not bad at all.... in the hands of my D who only swore a few times cuz it is really primitive compared with REAL Google Maps which was not an App. Presumably they will improve it as this was a rush version.

    Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial,Multigender and MiddleClass

    by LOrion on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:25:47 PM PST

    •  I'm not surprised GoogleMaps is hard to beat. (1+ / 0-)
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      PSzymeczek

      They've left MapQuest in the dust.  And even premium stored maps, a la Garmin, have a hard time keeping up with them.  

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

      by lgmcp on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:48:42 PM PST

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  •  Ewww... (5+ / 0-)

    Senator Diaz is one of the worst in New York. Sorry I didn't make his shit list. Of course I spent more time targeting the even more vile Espada, Monserrate and Kruger. Diaz is horrible but those three make him look good.

    With Democrats like Diaz, who needs Republicans.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:28:10 PM PST

    •  Very vile... (3+ / 0-)
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      Espada, Monserrate and Kruger
      who you'll note Diaz has a sad over missing, since they were escorted from the NY Senate in handcuffs. Yeah, you really miss your criminal buddies. I sure hope there is an indictment in Diaz's future as well.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:46:42 PM PST

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      •  My impression is... (2+ / 0-)
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        My impression is that Diaz shares their vile beliefs but not necessarily their criminal activities. However, won't be surprised or sorry if I'm wrong and Diaz also gets fitted for those nice bracelets.

        FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

        by mole333 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:59:51 PM PST

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        •  Certainly i've never heard of smoke (3+ / 0-)
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          but it is hard to imagine he was surrounded by so many con men as his closest confidants and has kept his own hands perfectly clean.

          Of course, he is a preacher man.

          Which can easily go either way as indication of his propensity for criminal activity, in my opinion.

          "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:03:55 PM PST

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  •  Someone in the Washington Post came up with (4+ / 0-)

    an idea for reducing the national debt

    To solve our debt problems, let’s sell Alaska

    And, why should we let Texas secede? Mexico might want it.

    “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:30:28 PM PST

    •  We could sell NYC to Bloomberg (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think he can change any more laws to stay in power again and he already thinks he owns the place.

    •  Mexico could not afford TX (3+ / 0-)

      but maybe we could "flip" it to France or Germany or perhaps China

      •  The only people with enough money (2+ / 0-)
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        to buy Texas are Texans.

        To gain their independence sell shares, make owning a piece of Texas like owning a piece of the Green Bay Packers.

        •  might have been in the days of JR Ewing (1+ / 0-)
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          but these days, Saudis can buy and sell most Texans

        •  Ironically.. (2+ / 0-)
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          that would make Texas a full-fledged Socialist society.  

          We've been indoctrinated for a century that socialism means taking your money away from you and giving it to some lazy, shiftless person (usually somebody of a different color, different ethnicity, different accent, etc).

          Simply, (democratic) socialism is a society in which the people control the means of production and distribution of goods and services.  That's it in a nutshell.

          The Green Bay Packers, a fan-owned football team, is often used as an example of a perfect socialist enterprise.  The same is true of ANY company whose employees have bought out the boss and hold equal shares and have equal votes in the company's business.

          When the owner of a failing cab company in Madison, Wisconsin wanted to simply close his company and walk away, all of the drivers, dispatchers, and other employees got together and were able to raise enough money among themselves to buy the company.  Now, every employee is an equal owner, and when they work, they are working for themselves, so they are motivated to put out that "extra effort" that few put out when working for somebody else.  That company soon became by far the most successful and popular taxi company in Madison.

          Just like if the Texans "bought" Texas.  In fact, given Texas's dubious contributions to the Union, I would send them a volunteer contribution to help them do it [grin].

          "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." --Frederic Bastiat, French writer and economist, 1850

          by Beartooth Bronsky on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 02:22:53 PM PST

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  •  CNN had a story on today (6+ / 0-)

    about how the Tea Party was starting to lose power and influence.

    For real, it wasn't a story from last year either.

  •  Jedgar was full of merde. If Marilyn went to (5+ / 0-)

    Mexico, it may well have been to obtain an abortion. She had several.  Remember, they were illegal until 1973.

    Good roundup, Scott, enjoyed it!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:38:59 PM PST

  •  not to cast aspersions on Hoover but I have to (4+ / 0-)
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    wonder exactly what his goal was with Marilyn?  Being married to Miller would be enough to tag a person in those happy days of commie hunting (Lucille Ball was investigated because of her grandfather) and gossip after her death suggested it may have been Hoover looking for dirt to leverage JFK since Hoover and RFK butted heads frequently.

    Given Hoover's many bizarre ideas, I have to almost wonder if he thought Marilyn was associated in some way with MLK

  •  Good old Reuben (2+ / 0-)
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    perhaps he'll be joining his good friends Kruger, Monserrate and Espada at their country club soon. I hear the weather is fine in Sing Sing this time of year.

    Or, if he can't join his friends in the big house perhaps he can at least join them in the outhouse... the out of the NYS senate house.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:47:38 PM PST

  •  It is snowing like crazy (4+ / 0-)
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    in this part of Connecticut.  Looks like I will be shoveling tonight, at least it is light fluffy snow.

  •  a run on pitchforks and torches at local stores (3+ / 0-)
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    New York Journal News obtains public records of about 44,000 people in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties who own guns and publishes their name and addresses.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:57:59 PM PST

  •  Got to love those Canadian.. (4+ / 0-)

    Astronauts. Classy in every way.
    Hopefully there isn't a rule about not being able to get Canadian healthcare while in outer space. :)

    peace.
    keith

    "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." Marianne Williamson

    by Canadian Green Card Alien on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:10:06 PM PST

  •  Sigh. (3+ / 0-)
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    The possibility of the GM salmon escaping into rivers and the sea from land-based fish farms is "extremely remote", the FDA said.
    Escapes. Just. Won't. Happen.  Because we said so, that's why.

    Steroidally-oversized frankenfish.  Just what I wanted.  

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

    by lgmcp on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 01:43:38 PM PST

    •  Oh yea, that fish (1+ / 0-)
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      Like described here?

      The issue being extremely fast growing salmon could lead to salmon extinction.

    •  Since global warming will kill all the salmon, (0+ / 0-)

      why worry? The other thing about these salmon is that they would probably do very badly in the wild. They are programmed to grow very big very fast, but that's incompatible with the natural life cycle of the salmon. It's always of interest to me how little biology people know, especially people who go on about GMO's. If growing that big that fast was such a big advantage for a salmon, evolution would have worked that one out already.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 06:02:45 PM PST

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      •  You underestimate (0+ / 0-)

        my information significantly.  And, are you seriously claiming that only traits previously selected for can become invasive?  

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

        by lgmcp on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 06:53:51 PM PST

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        •  There has to be a match between the species (0+ / 0-)

          and the environment. If you knew much about the life cycle of wild salmon, you would know that the growth rate of the salmon is matched to the availability of food, migration patterns, and many intricate pressures, all of which conspire to select a set of dominant characteristics. Making a gross genetic change to a salmon to enhance its growth rate would put it at a severe disadvantage out in the wild. And you question really makes little sense. Species are invasive to the extent that their genetics matches a set of environmental conditions. GMO's are actually crippled organisms. They aren't super anything, except in a narrow, artificial environment. Selection pressure. Look it up.

          For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

          by Anne Elk on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:31:08 PM PST

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  •  Sending your kid to school in a hoodie will be (1+ / 0-)
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    child endangerment as the George Zimmerman troops are deployed in grammar schools.  Especially husky 12 year-olds with pails.

  •  Unemployment Insurance ends abruptly for 2 million (0+ / 0-)

    Most of the effects of "going over the cliff," are really more like "going down the slope."  However, for one group of over 2 million citizens, "over the cliff" will trigger immediate disaster, and its repercussions will affect the entire weak recovery.

    Unless the compromise bill being hammered out right now by Reid and McConnell is passed by both houses and signed by Monday, At midnight on 12/31/2012 ALL federal Unemployment Insurance payments (EUI) will cease abruptly.  This will leave over 2,000,000 citizens literally penniless at a tick of the clock.  Not is this a massive moral tragedy to allow this to happen to our own citizens, but it means the immediate loss of over $3.5 BILLION in consumer spending each month.  That works out to over $40 billion in 2013 alone. Nobody is more likely to put every penny received right into the private-sector economy than those desperate job-seekers surviving on minimal UI checks.  This loss will almost immediately affect the entire economy, which is basically in trouble not for high deficits or run-away spending or the GOP's magical "confidence fairy," but because there simply isn't enough consumer demand to cover the goods and services business already has and can't sell.  Rising demand will result in more hiring and more expansion to meet new needs.  Anything that takes money away from consumers will contract demand, causing companies to lay off even more workers and send even more jobs abroad, seeking foreign emerging middle-class markets.

    To make things even worse, nobody is sure that, after going off the cliff, it will be possible to re-establish these peoples' insurance where it left off.  To make things EVEN WORSE, an estimated 1 million more unemployed will run out their initial benefits in the next two or three months and there will be no EUI waiting to exend their benefits.  So, add 50% to all above losses.

    If this is allowed to happen, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and all of the Tea Party members and sympathizers will go down in imfamy as the most hated and reviled people of our generation.

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." --Frederic Bastiat, French writer and economist, 1850

    by Beartooth Bronsky on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 02:05:16 PM PST

    •  Except for the loss of UI, (0+ / 0-)

      the fiscal event is more like coming to a fork in the road.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 02:12:39 PM PST

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  •  just in case you thought that regulatory (0+ / 0-)

    agencies were actually looking out for you and the environment, along comes the FDA to prove you wrong.

    release GM salmon into the wild.  of course they know it poses minimal risks.

    the only way to kill this turkey is to make sure that people won't buy it.

    that will be made more difficult since they will fight labeling requirements tooth and nail.

    over-regulated industry my ass.

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 02:47:30 PM PST

  •  Spencer Cox (4+ / 0-)
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    Spencer Cox was a personal friend of mine. I'm glad to see him mentioned here. I've been trying to find the time to put together a diary about him, but with the holidays and being on the committee planning his memorial service, I've not had the time yet. I will. I promise.

    Spencer was a lion of a man, a good friend, a kind soul, and one of the smartest and funniest people I've ever known.

    We met in college, lost touch when he left, then found each other on facebook a couple of years ago and were tight ever since.

    Spencer's death was sudden, if not wholly unexpected, given that he had been living with AIDS (not HIV, full-blown AIDS) for almost a quarter of a century. He had gotten pneumonia, but was responding to antibiotics and was expected to recover. Then he suddenly spiraled in. This all took place over 3 days. He died before I could get down to the city to see him.

    Spencer was literally personally responsible for saving millions of lives, because of his work with ACT UP and TAG. Not many of us can say that. He was a hero and an American treasure. And a funny, funny, motherfucker.

    Last time I saw him in person was in September, but he was a huge daily part of my life online and on the phone.

    I'll miss him every day for the rest of my life.

    "'club America salutes you' says the girl on the door/we accept all major lies, we love any kind of fraud"--The Cure, "Club America"

    by Wheever on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:31:55 PM PST

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