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  • Today's comic is And a trillion-dollar platinum coin saved America! by Ruben Bolling:
    comic - And a trillion-dollar platinum coin saved America!
  • Thank you, wingnuts, for forcing the White House to have to waste time on this:
    The White House officially responded to a petition to deport Piers Morgan on Wednesday by defending the CNN anchor's right to free speech regarding the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
  • Okay, so we sort of have come a long way, baby:
    1/10/1878: The Anthony Amendment to extend the vote to women was introduced into the United States Congress. #RWHP #wmnhist
    @ShelbyKnox via web
  • "Oh my god, I can't wait to read Donald Rumsfeld's new book!" said no one. Ever.
  • USA! USA!
    Americans are far more unhealthy than people in 16 other developed countries, and it’s probably our own fault, experts reported on Wednesday. We die younger from diseases such as obesity and heart disease, and we are far more likely to be murdered and die in car accidents, the researchers at the National Academy of Sciences found.
  • Seriously?!?!?!
    A man says Vernal police disrupted an intimate moment of mourning with his deceased wife of 58 years when they searched his house for her prescription medication without a warrant within minutes of her death.
  • Public service announcement: A Labradoodle is not a lion. That is all.
  • Maybe in the future, everyone will be a guru for 15 minutes:
    As a public service, I like to periodically check in on the number of self-proclaimed social media "gurus," "ninjas," "masters" and "mavens" on Twitter. Why? Well, it seems like an important metric, an indicator of something.

    Whatever it means, this is one indicator that is most definitely on the rise. In January 2013, the number of Twitter users with "social media" as part of their bio has grown to epic proportions. The list now tops 181,000 – up from a mere 16,000 when we first started tracking them in 2009, according to FollowerWonk.

  • If you've got money to burn, you can bid on this:
    Last summer, then-as-yet-undefeated-congressman Allen West took his whirlwind American diplomacy tour to the Council on American Islamic Relations, which sent him a letter asking him to distance himself from the prominent Islamophobes he’d been palling around with. West, seeing an opportunity for prejudice-fueled grandstanding, sent a response to CAIR: It said, simply, “NUTS.”
  • Awwwwwww. Now I want a baby walrus I can love and snuggle FOREVER!
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, an employee of an online gun marketer was shot to death in his office. It's a conspiracy against gun enthusiasts, because if it wasn't, he would have shot his attackers. Or something. The NRA defies God, threatening to block an effort to beat swords into ploughshares. On filibuster reform: filibusters for profit; what "minority right" is really at stake? and; a call for a "listening filibuster." Also: welfare for Wal-Mart; grades for sale on Rhee-port cards, and a truly stupid Fox bit insisting a math lesson contains a hidden liberal agenda.

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  •  This time things are different. (7+ / 0-)

    I examine a NYTimes column by Charles M. Blow on gun violence and gun control in this post for which I request your attention

    peace

    "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 Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:04:55 PM PST

  •  Apparently nobody has poodles in Norfolk, VA (0+ / 0-)

    The "lion cut" is actually a popular hair style for poodles. Poodles, being one of the breeds that require grooming since they don't shed, are often elaborately styled. Maybe the Obama's should have Bo styled like a lion since Portuguese Water Dogs share the lack of shedding with poodles. ;D

    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 Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:06:02 PM PST

  •  Okay, I'm not all that crazy (5+ / 0-)

    about the new "designer breed" trend, but that Labradoodle is seriously adorable. (Watch the video at the link and you'll see what I mean.)

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

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:08:00 PM PST

    •  We've got a shepadoodle (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW, Mother Mags

      Given the fact many existing dog breeds have suffered from generations of inbreeding genetic diseases including high cancer rates are causing problems in them. Rethinking that and making new and different breeds could help our beloved woozles in the long run.

      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 Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:10:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  That walrus may be cute (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, citizenx, divineorder, fayea, Khun David

    but it will kick your ass when it grows up.

    WTF is it with people owning wild animals??

    Chimps, lions, tigers, bears, pythons, monitor lizards, rattlesnakes....

    These things are dangerous and can kill you or visitors.

    WTF do police think when they are called to a house where a chimp has ripped somebody's face off?

    Of course, it's safer to own a wild tiger than to smoke mara-ju-wanna.

    So, to recap, I can have a lion and a tiger and a chimp and ll the guns I can stock and all the ammo I can buy...but cops will kill me, take my house and deport my wife over a little marijuana.

    America is a very serious place.

    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 Jan 10, 2013 at 12:09:33 PM PST

    •  The two baby walrus cuties (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW, Aquarius40, HugoDog

      are going to zoos. They were orphans, found and saved. No one is going to be owning them.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:47:51 PM PST

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    •  Especially (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW
      but it will kick your ass when it grows up
      if you try to keep its bucket away from it.

      It's about time I changed my signature.

      by Khun David on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:52:06 PM PST

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    •  Wild animal owners (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      Did you ever see that show on the Discovery Channel about people who keep wolves and tigers and the like as pets?  They almost all had some sort of traumatic childhood experience.  Or in some cases their entire childhood was traumatic.

      Seems kind of counterintuitive to then grow up and invite trauma into your own life in the form of a wild animal mauling but there you go.

  •  Armed security guards? (5+ / 0-)

    Check out my kid brother, Kossack dcnw's first diary here.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:13:48 PM PST

  •  Police now treat every deathbed (7+ / 0-)
    A man says Vernal police disrupted an intimate moment of mourning with his deceased wife of 58 years when they searched his house for her prescription medication without a warrant within minutes of her death.
    as a crime scene.  My spouse's best friend was staying overnight with her 82-year old dad who has had multiple heart surgeries, because he was sick in bed with a moderate head cold.   She woke in the wee hours to find him deceased, called 911, upon which the ambulance showed up but declared him dead at the scene. She was locked out the house for 9 hours with yellow tape and not allowed to see him.  

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

    by lgmcp on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:17:34 PM PST

    •  in the article the police aren't (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      high uintas

      concerned about foul play - they're just there for the drugs.

      •  While I was caring for mom (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        JeffW, decembersue, lgmcp

        I called an ambulance easily a half dozen times, the police always arrived before the medics. I do understand that there are safety issues, but I always wondered about how they would handle her meds if she passed.

        As it turned out mom died in hospital. I had a pharmacy's worth of morphine and extended release morphine, sleeping pills and other strong stuff left at the house. I took them to the court house where they have a drug drop for old scripts.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:08:23 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  We took my father-in-law's old meds (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
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          to the medical clinic -- they have a drop box at their pharmacy. The fire stations here in Sunnyvale will also take old and expired meds to make sure they're recycled properly. Worst thing you can do is flush them down the sink or toilet, or dump them in the landfill because of risk of contaminating groundwater.

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

          by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:05:11 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  good heavens (3+ / 0-)
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      high uintas, JeffW, lgmcp

      Thank you for this information.

      •  It may vary according to jurisdiction (0+ / 0-)

        This was in Las Cruces, NM.  My friend was deeply upset and offended.  It seemed so very unnecessary.

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

        by lgmcp on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:58:24 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Good News from Georgia State Senate District 21 (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    This was Chip Rogers' seat in northern Fulton and southern Cherokee counties, in the Atlanta suburbs.  He was Senate Majority Leader and a leading Tea Party Republican, with aspirations for higher office.  Sometime back last year he announced he would not run for Majority Leader again because he "wanted  more time with his family." (It certainly wasn't because he and Congressman Tom Graves, another Tea Partier from Georgia, had gotten a lot of bad publicity for first buying, then bailing out of the mortgage on, a motel in Calhoun, Georgia.  Their reneging on the mortgage caused a bank to fail and cost taxpayers a ton of money.  No, it certainly wasn't because of that.)

    In early December Rogers surprised everybody by announcing that he was resigning his state Senate seat, to which he had just been reelected.  He was going to work for Georgia Public Television, a job he said he's always wanted. Subsequently it turned out that he resigned after the Governor called him in for a little chat, and that the GPTV job came about after Governor Deal made a few more phone calls.

    For some reason hardly anyone believes Rogers' story, and the suspicion is that he resigned under pressure because something big, like an indictment, may be coming down the pike for him, either because of the motel scam or something else that hasn't hit the news yet.  But anyway, that's part of the good news, that old Chip won't be around anymore. But the best news is yet to come.

    In the special election held on January 8 to fill Rogers' seat Brandon Beach was elected by 58% to 42% over Sean Jerguson.  Jerguson was another Tea Partier from Cherokee County who resigned his seat in the House of Representatives to run for this one.  The special election to fill his seat was held the same day and resulted in a runoff between two Republicans, both pretty rightwing.  So it's not all good news, sorry.  But at least two of the most odious Tea Partiers in Georgia's benighted legislature are gone, and perhaps, just perhaps, one of them is going to be in some legal hot water.  

    There is not one human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. - Gore Vidal

    by southdem on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:19:52 PM PST

  •  If you're interested... (0+ / 0-)

    A diary I posted earlier...

    The GOP Introduces: Opportunity Conservatism




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:20:57 PM PST

  •  Money to burn? (3+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, Mother Mags, citizenx

    What exactly is this "money" of which you speak.

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:22:36 PM PST

  •  Christopher Walken in the role of Geithner (5+ / 0-)

    I read the cartoon earlier this morning, but didn't make the connection.

    Perfect.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:27:19 PM PST

    •  It was good but it needed more cowbell. n/t (5+ / 0-)

      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 Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:29:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hello little man, boy, I heard a lot about you. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        ontheleftcoast, TomBayes
        As the founder of all three monotheistic religions, Christopher Walken has become a figure of considerable reverence throughout the Western World. Just as Confucianism, Zen Buddhism, and the philosophy of the Ninja-Pirate Assembly of God have influenced their respective cultures, Walkentology has spread its teachings of love, spiritual reflection, and getting the fuck out of my face to millions of adherents, whose numbers are growing by the day. It is estimated that by the year 2020, virtually half the world's population will be Walkentologists, with the other half simply cowering in fear. Unquotable Walken

        stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

        by Mother Mags on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:43:56 PM PST

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      •  It was especially good (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        JeffW

        for John McCain.

        These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

        by HugoDog on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:45:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  baby walruses may be cute, but (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, citizenx, gizmo59

    I don't think you'd want to snuggle a full-grown 600-1000 lb walrus..

    goo-goo-ja-joob!

  •  Funniest... (5+ / 0-)

    one line blurb for an internet open thread link of all time:

    "Oh my god, I can't wait to read Donald Rumsfeld's new book!" said no one. Ever.
    ???

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:33:57 PM PST

  •  Evil rich people can't make money off of plow (0+ / 0-)

    Shares. They make their money off rape, robbery and pilaging us.

  •  Pugs are a good substitute (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    citizenx, JeffW

    for those wanting baby walrae.......

  •  The problem with a baby walrus is that, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    no matter how cute it is, it's going to grow up to be a full-sized, obnoxious, adult walrus.  Not that I have any experience with walruses, but I imagine having a walrus as a pet is not for the faint of heart.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:42:17 PM PST

  •  Prop 8 Trial Tracker (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas, fayea, Cali Scribe

    has re-launched as Equality on Trial. We'll be covering all the LGBT rights cases in state and federal courts.

    HuffPo has more.

    I am proud to be an Editor at Courage Campaign Institute's EqualityOnTrial.com
    @indiemcemopants on Twitter

    by Scottie Thomaston on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:43:56 PM PST

  •  That drug search story (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas, Parthenia

    is particularly disturbing because in the article the police apparently say that it is a common practice to search homes after someone dies.

    Glad that guy is fighting back.

  •  Oh dear me. (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, high uintas, fayea, HugoDog, defluxion10

    Oh, deer

    Photobucket

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here

    Photobucket

    and say that I think owning wild animals as pets is for the birds...

    Photobucket

    (pics by divineorder)
    Kidding aside, would invite all animal lovers to
    Join WildEarth Guardians work to protect wildlife.

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:50:35 PM PST

    •  Great shots! (1+ / 0-)
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      divineorder

      I admit to clicking thru to see your turkeys. Beautiful.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:02:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks! Both the buck and the turkeys were (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        high uintas

         taken in your fair state last   November after Thanksgiving in Zion National Park.  

        Those turkeys are always a pleasure to find there.  This time one of the toms found a shiny bumper on an SUV parked at the trailhead.  He kept  pecking and pecking at his own reflection with feathers in full flair, stopping only to round up his harem to have them watch his folly.  We felt sorry for him, but snickered behind our hands just the same. :)

        Wonder how your snowfall amounts for the winter so far?  Though we enjoyed it thoroughly, it was unseasonably warm in Zion in late Nov/Dec .

        The Red Shouldered Hawk shot was taken this month at McKinney Falls State Park outside Austin, TX.

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:13:22 PM PST

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        •  We've had a lot of water here up north (1+ / 0-)
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          It was unnaturally warm in Nov and Dec but we've made up quite a bit. Here's a map of water totals and we just got warned that our valley could get 18 inches of snow tonight! No wonder I have a migraine!

          "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

          by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:43:35 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Ha ha, great! We have been crowing about (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            high uintas

            the 3" of rain at our old antique camphouse in still drought stricken  TX Hill Country in the last couple of days.

            Best wildlife since we got here -- migrating White Pelicans feeding on the river twice!

            Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

            by divineorder on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:55:21 PM PST

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            •  Not so great about the migraine though. My 82 (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              high uintas

              year old mother has them and says someone moved into the apartment next door with a drum. Ack.

              Hard working woman all her life. Now retired, she lives on SS, has had a quintiple bypass paid for by Medicare.   So I have been doubly disgusted at the possible cuts to those programs.

              Hope your's gets better.

              Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

              by divineorder on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:02:17 PM PST

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        •  I forgot to add (1+ / 0-)
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          I saw a jay have a war with a truck mirror up in Idaho once. It was hilarious! He postured and fluffed up and carried on till we were rolling on the ground. He finally gave up and then found the other evil truck mirror on the other side, lol.

          "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

          by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:45:41 PM PST

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          •  Good one. Some years back a titmouse (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            high uintas

            kept attacking the mirror on our truck camper at Garner State Park some years back.

            Recently in the Hill Country we were camping with some friends on their land they had bought recently.  They had their slide in camper off their truck to be able to go into to town for building supplies.  Male Cardinal would wake them up in the morning slamming into and pecking at shiny reflective surfaces underneath and on the side of the camper !

            Wonder if this is a common phenomenon across species?

            Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

            by divineorder on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:59:00 PM PST

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          •  My migraines always come with (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            JeffW

            changes in barometric pressure. I found out it's a common trigger, it will settle down now and then build back up when it clears out. I didn't sign up to be a human barometer, dammit!

            "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

            by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:14:51 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

  •  guns (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    fayea, TomBayes

    Listen lets just follow the 2d Amendment as it was, when it was written, these clowns can have all the guns, and all the ammo they want.
     But, the guns have to be, just as they were when the 2d Amendment was written, single shot.
    One shot, then you have to reload.
      The guns can look identical to the original for all those ''collectors'' out there.
    But one shot, reload and then you can take another shot.
      End of problem!  
    Spread the word, call your senators,
    lets make this go viral! Get the word out!

    •  great idea (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      Now let's have the 1st Amendment just the same. No radio protections, no TV protections or movies, phones, internet and if you want to get the word out you can shout or get a local printer to print you up some pamphlets.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:00:02 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  About Rumsfeld's book ..... (1+ / 0-)
    "Oh my god, I can't wait to read Donald Rumsfeld's new book!" said no one. Ever.
      *   Would that count as a "known known", or a "known unknown" ... or what?

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:05:08 PM PST

  •  I'm waiting for Rumsfield's audio book (0+ / 0-)

    I'm so hoping he sings it himself.

    In other news, my padded cell is almost ready!

    Join Soulforce-seeking Justice for God's GLBT children.

    by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 01:06:52 PM PST

  •  Remember when... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    Trayvon Martin was killed and the NRA came out and insisted that all young black men be armed so that they could protect themselves?

  •  Year in Photographs 2012 by Pete Souza (0+ / 0-)
  •  Wow now this is incredible if it pans out. (0+ / 0-)

    a dreaded genetic disease Sickle Cell may have a huge Silver Lining http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

  •  Wow only this is a sad depressing wow (0+ / 0-)

    So much waste because the food isn't pretty among other reasons http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

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