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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is How not to stop a shooter:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - How not to stop a shooter
  • Fun fact: Social media is probably ruining your love life:
    Wake up, and walk away from the social media every once in a while. Drop the smartphone. It's not making you smart; it's actually making you pretty dumb. Save the social media checking for when you're home. When you're out and about, drop it, and be uncomfortable again. Sit in a restaurant, and look around, but don't read Facebook: be present, and smile at the people that are around you. We don't need to be constantly doing things on our phones.
  • "When I visited China in 1998, Mbantu, the cabbie who drove me from the airport, couldn't stop telling me about how he had to take a fourth job because of the high cost of transportation. I caught up with Mbantu in Shanghai last year. Thanks to China's reformed approach toward transportation, Mbantu has enough money in his pocket to finally be able to afford a playground for his kids." — Thomas Friedman column generator
  • Emancipation Proclamation on display for its 150th anniversary: The proclamation took effect Jan. 1, 1863. Historian Eric Foner argues that this was the beginning of Reconstruction. The National Archives put it on display in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 30 through today. The Root interviewed Reginald Washington, the Emancipation Proclamation expert at the National Archives:
    The Root: What were the major differences between the preliminary and final Emancipation Proclamations?

    Reginald Washington: The preliminary was issued Sept. 22, 1862, and it was basically a warning to those states that were in rebellion that if they didn't return back to the union within 100 days, all the slaves in those states ... would be set free.
    The final Emancipation Proclamation actually invited African American men to join the military, to be a part of the Navy. It, of course, took away those things that were found in the preliminary proclamation, like Lincoln's ideas about colonization, gradual emancipation, compensated emancipation and so forth. So it appears that during those 100 days, President Abraham Lincoln evolved to the point where, while he still talked about some of those ideas, he certainly didn't feel that they would be something that would be necessary in the final proclamation.

  • Can you really say you're trying to eliminate the education achievement gap between rich and poor kids if poor kids don't get any art and music education at all? That's what California's Rocketship charters are doing.
  • Time is a feminist issue, and we're in a culture in which women brag about getting to the top by never sleeping.
  • A New York newspaper published an interactive map of local gun permit holders. In retaliation, a local pro-gun blogger published the addresses of the newspaper's employees.
    Fountain said he was offended by the paper's "conflating legal gun owners with some crazed tormented devil up in Newtown," and "wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published."
  • Three of the eight quarterbacks in this weekend's NFL playoff games will be rookies, the first time that's happened since 1970 when the NFL merged with the AFL. And in case you're keeping score at home, yes, Seattle's Russell Wilson, who tied Peyton Manning's record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie QB, is the best of the three.
  • Kagro in the Morning was on break for New Year's, but returns tomorrow and for the balance of the week. We'll visit with Greg Dworkin, and talk about the horrors of the Fiscal Thingy, Ari Fleischer's accidental revelations about the Republican soul, and whatever other stupid things the wingnuts do between now and then. Find the full record of our podcasts with the new Radio button up at the top of the page (with which we'll do more in the months to come). And if you missed Monday's show, here it is, for your New Year's enjoyment!

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  •  Happy New Year! (10+ / 0-)

    How about a nice helping of schadenfreude to start off your New Year?

    Sean Hannity's Neilsen ratings drop by half post-election.

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

    by Scott Wooledge on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:02:00 PM PST

  •  We don't even have to wait 60 days for the deluge. (4+ / 0-)
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    House Finance Chair Spencer Bachus (R-AL) said he would be "shocked" if the bill is not sent back to the Senate with the spending measures
    The spending cuts may already be here. Maybe it'll be like social program cuts Advent, one a day for 60 days until the big shebang?

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:02:52 PM PST

  •  Havoc (7+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    2:50 PM – Today
    GOP: Fiscal Cliff Deal May Be In Trouble

    The few Republicans who have filed out of the House GOP meeting have sounded cautionary notes about the fiscal cliff deal, suggesting it faces serious trouble.

    "I'd be shocked if this bill did not go back," said Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

    The biggest complaint is the lack of spending cuts.

    "We've got to provide responsible spending balance long-term," said Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) "This bill does not do that."

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:04:15 PM PST

    •  Republicans aren't going to bite (2+ / 0-)
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      They will send a worse bill back to the Senate, and we'll get that, or nothing. Don't assume we'll get a more progressive deal through the House in a week or two. They aren't going to reject this deal only to turn right around and agree to more tax hikes.

      "Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder." - Coretta Scott King

      by Sarge in Seattle on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:29:11 PM PST

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  •  Please read Eugene Robinson: Stop the gun madness (4+ / 0-)
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    is the title of this post from this morning in which I examine his Washington Post column and offer some more data  

    to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:06:15 PM PST

    •  Shooting in Old Sacramento (0+ / 0-)

      left 2 dead, 3 injured and cancelled the midnight fireworks show (they had one at 9pm which was the approximate time of the shooting).

      I've been known to shoot my mouth off time and again (as if you all weren't aware of that), but never have I ever shot a gun.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:27:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  NFL Playoffs?!?! Already?? How did that happen?? (2+ / 0-)
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    I would really like the sinus issues to go away now??  Feels like someone has a swung a sledge hammer between the eyes.

    I think I need to be selective on what I read here for a while.... my sanity and equilibrium, not to mention my blood pressure, might not be able to deal with the upcoming circus very well.

  •  Is Meagan volunteering to do drills on rushing (5+ / 0-)
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    psycho shooters? I'm sure there are a few crazies in the local NRA group who could help her better understand the stupidity of her idea.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:08:08 PM PST

    •  Shutting Down Legitimate Stupidity nt (4+ / 0-)
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      As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

      by JML9999 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:10:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Just to clarify so this doesn't sound too brutal, (6+ / 0-)
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      Megan could get a bunch of friends from Fox News together, and they could try to rush one dude with a paintball gun. My money would be seriously on the dude with the paintball gun. In fact, I would dearly love to be the person with said paintball gun taking aim at Sean Hannity's ample ass.

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:22:38 PM PST

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    •  The pistol offense (2+ / 0-)
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      is an American football formation and strategy developed in 2004 by Chris Ault, the former University of Nevada head coach. It is a hybrid of the traditional shotgun and single back offenses. In the pistol offense, also commonly referred to as the "pistol formation", the quarterback lines up four yards behind the center rather than seven yards, as with the shotgun formation. The running back lines up three yards directly behind the quarterback, as opposed to next to him as in the shotgun. In the pistol formation, the quarterback is close enough to the line of scrimmage to be able to read the defense and far enough back to give him extra time and a better vision of the field just like in the shotgun

      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 Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:40:04 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Of course it's crazy. (0+ / 0-)

      Any response to a mass shooter is desperate.

      There are degrees of crazy, though, and it's not as bonkers as sitting there waiting to be shot. What do the intended victims have to lose, anyway?

      Haven't there been school shootings ended when someone grabbed the gun from the shooter?

      The only sane approach is not to have the shooter show up at all. That's the reality behind the hopes of gun banners.

  •  Let's start the year with a laugh! (9+ / 0-)

    If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

    by ScottyUrb on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:10:18 PM PST

  •  BREAKING: HOUSE TO REJECT SENATE BILL (1+ / 0-)
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    House GOP leadership has rejected the Senate Bill. GOP will not approve of bill without amendments. No vote on Senate bill scheduled. Will Obama and the Democrats cave in to the GOP even more?

  •  jbou and i got THIS: (0+ / 0-)
    By Zeus! Something seems to have gone wrong.

    Please check back soon! You can get more information about this outage at status.dailykos.com.

    where's the outage!??!!!??? how DARE you...

    * Join: The Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for Richest Two Percent * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:24:52 PM PST

  •  The Villagers were promised... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:26:44 PM PST

  •  Boehner may not bring it to a vote. (2+ / 0-)
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    If he does it may be with significant changes.

     Politico: Fiscal cliff: Timing uncertain on House vote   —  House Republicans say they will not decide whether to bring the Senate bill to avert the fiscal cliff up for a vote until …
     http://www.politico.com/...

    What conservatives say about the deal:

     Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM: FISCAL CLIFF DEAL: $1 IN SPENDING CUTS FOR EVERY $41 IN TAX INCREASES   —  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached …

     http://www.breitbart.com/...

     William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion: Senate passes massive tax cut which raised taxes over $600 billion in middle of night without reading the bill   —  There are too many metaphors here applicable …

     http://legalinsurrection.com/...

     Thisistwitchy / Twitchy: Obama says bill that increases taxes by $41 for every $1 in spending cuts uses a ‘balanced approach’

     http://twitchy.com/...

    Hat tip http://www.memeorandum.com/

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

    by We Won on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:26:44 PM PST

  •  The education achievement gap (2+ / 0-)
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    begs the question, "Achievement of what?" If achievement is defined by that narrow range of knowledge that can be easily tested by bubbling in answer sheets on multiple-choice standardized tests, then, of course, art and music are not important. Nor are most of the other things that kids should know and be able to do.

    •  not only that (2+ / 0-)
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      but that chain of charter schools is ignoring the many studies which show that students do batter (especially in math) if they have music too.
      (Way to guarantee your students never achieve as much as they could.)

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:51:19 PM PST

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      •  Anecdotes are not data (0+ / 0-)

        But I'll give you an anecdote anyway.

        A friend of mine with a technical background got hold of programming assignments turned in by college students. Without knowing the majors of the students, he ranked the programs by quality. Then he looked up the majors of the authors.

        The best ones were written by music majors. STEM majors came in second. Sociology students did the worst.

  •  What I want to know... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:33:44 PM PST

  •  They can have my smartphone when they pry my (4+ / 0-)
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    cold dead fingers from around the keyboard. Smartphones don't isolate people--people isolate people. When nobody has a smartphone, only nobodies will have smartphones.  

    We don't need fewer smartphones. If all those people sitting around looking at their smartphones has lots of other people nearby with smartphones poking them and IMing them etc. they wouldn't be so isolated.  But that doesn't happen because of people like you. The blood of all these stillborn and aborted  relationships is on your hands.  I hope you're satisfied.

    •  And (1+ / 0-)
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      When all the smartphones get together, form Skynet, and take over the world, you'll be sorry then, but it will be too late.

      Do Pavlov's dogs chase Schroedinger's cat?

      by corwin on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:59:24 PM PST

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    •  I confess to spending time on the (0+ / 0-)

      smartphone when out with my spouse -- but it's usually spent finding things to share with him anyway, so it actually sparks conversation. (Bill in Portland ME's Tweets bring about much hilarity over the dining table, and I'll often read him diaries from mobile DKos to get a discussion going.)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:39:00 PM PST

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  •  I can't really take advice about (0+ / 0-)

    technology use from a dating coach all that seriously.

    "I have more than two prablems" - The Coach Z

    by AaronInSanDiego on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 12:58:37 PM PST

  •  In other news, Ari Fleischer is a douche (2+ / 0-)
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    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/...

    https://twitter.com/...
    I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013.
    Because, as Jesus said, "thou shalt give to the poor, but only if it saves you on taxes."

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:03:39 PM PST

    •  He got absolutely SLAMMED (1+ / 0-)
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      on Twitter for that -- if he had any doubts that people read his Tweets, they were answered (though I'm sure many of the responses were from those who don't follow him but saw the message via umpteen reTweets.

      I was actually encouraged though to find there are many, like me and my spouse, who donate to charity even though we receive no tax break because we have too few deductions to itemize thus taking the standard deduction. (I seem to recall being able to deduct a percentage of charitable deductions "above the fold" when I was employed in the 1980s-early 90s, which would have put that either in the Reagan or Bush I regimes, oddly enough.)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:43:11 PM PST

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  •  "nothing can be done for whale found on NY beach" (1+ / 0-)
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    It's sort of cute, in a way, how old people are discovering internet trolling. from comments
    A New York newspaper published an interactive map of local gun permit holders. In retaliation, a local pro-gun blogger published the addresses of the newspaper's employees.

    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 Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:13:21 PM PST

  •  When weapons grade anthrax is outlawed only (0+ / 0-)

    outlaws will have weapons grade anthrax. Weapons grade anthrax is only a tool like a hammmer, no better nor worse than the person using it. I will give up my weapons grade anthrax when the pry it from my cold dead fingers. The people's right to keep and bear weapons grade anthrax shall not be infringed. If everyone had weapons grade anthrax we would be a more polite society.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 02:09:45 PM PST

  •  In which I demonstrate ignorance: Why don't you do (0+ / 0-)

    a listener call-in show? If you could filter out the meh-thren, it could be fun.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 02:14:49 PM PST

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