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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Bright ideas from Wayne LaPierre:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Bright ideas from Wayne LaPierre
  • New study debunks old study claiming pot smoking makes you stupid:
    The [original] Duke study looked at 1,000 people born in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand: Their IQs were tested at the ages of 13 and again at 38, and they were interviewed about their marijuana use. When a causal link between teen pot use and lower IQ was reported, the press wasted no time: “Smoking Cannabis When a Teen Makes You a Dope!” trumpeted UK tabloid The Sun. The Daily Mail went one further, suggesting that teenagers “addicted” to marijuana show signs of mental impairment normally seen “in early Alzheimer’s.”

    The new paper, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examines that research and finds its methodology to be flawed. Socioeconomic differences among study participants in terms of education level, occupation and income weren’t taken into account, says Ole Rogenberg of the Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research in Oslo. These factors could, according to Rogenberg, have influenced the participants’ varying IQs.

  • "Death Star" petitioners respond to White House rejection:
    he overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”
  • Anti-vaxxer conspiracist Michael Savage warns about government flu shot plot: He said he got a flu shot and didn't die but wondered why the federal government is pushing flu shots.
    But when you’re older, he argued, “and you get ALS or Alzheimer’s disease or MS, or you watch your kid develop seizures, or your kid becomes autistic, God forbid, what are you going to say?”
  • Now Rick Scott can say the Devil made him do it:
    The Satanic Temple is planning its first major rally, which will be held in support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott later this month for—which might sound ironic—signing a bill that allows for the possibility of prayer in public schools. [...]

    "The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who [...] has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school," the Temple said in a release announcing the rally.

  • No word yet whether Joe Walsh's new radio show will be called BREAKING! WIND: He is verging on signing up for a stint on Salem Communications WIND-AM radio.
  • Chimpanzee in Spanish zoo gets addicted to (human) porn. What will Pat Robertson have to say about this?
  • New study says soot worse global warming source than CO2:
    [Soot, also known as] Black carbon's role in climate is complex. Dark particles in the air work to shade Earth's surface while warming the atmosphere. Black carbon that settles on the surface of snow and ice darkens the surface to absorb more sunlight and increase melting. Finally, soot particles influence cloud formation in ways that can have either a cooling or warming impact.
  • No problem here, eh?
    Despite recent progress in some states, millions of mental-health records remain missing from the national database that gun dealers use to run background checks on potential buyers. [...]

    Federal law prohibits firearms sales to anyone declared mentally unfit by a court or similar body. In the 1990s, the FBI began assembling a national database of individuals prohibited from buying firearms, partly with the help of a 1993 federal law that required states to report mental-health records to the FBI. But in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the requirement, ruling that states could share mental-health records as they wished.

  • Lots of gun talk today on Kagro in the Morning. Greg Dworkin joined us for a discussion of the crazy-ass NRA ad, prospects for legislation, and the politics & coverage of executive action. Also: the history of debt ceiling votes and the now dormant "Gephardt Rule." Firearms Derangement Syndrome, and asymmetry in gun policy "constitutional hardball."Armando on the debt ceiling, The Coin, and Boehner's loss of control. And a reading of Bush Treasury official Tony Fratto's Twitter explanation of why "prioritizing" can't really stave off default.

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  •  Hey, I wrote a diary! (0+ / 0-)

    My latest invention - the De-Infestor

    No, I'm not selling anything. It's actually a snarky parable for our times.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:18:05 PM PST

  •  So have impeachment proceedings against Obama been (0+ / 0-)

    filed yet by any Texas Representatives?

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:19:24 PM PST

  •  The Death Star comments reminds me of this LOL.... (6+ / 0-)

    I was watching Return of the Jedi with my uncle who worked for Boeing. When Lando blew up the partially-constructed Death Star, he shook his head and sighed "You know, there were a lot of innocent contractors on that ship that were just trying to make ends meet."

    I look at him bug eyed and then fell on the floor laughing. I told him "Man, you need to RETIRE!"

  •  Michael Weiner (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, blue aardvark

    should ask the families of the people who've died from the flu whether flu shots are important.

    My mother-in-law got hers when she had her routine physical in the fall (her doctor asked if she wanted to get it and she said, "Sure, why not?"), but she was amazed at the number of caregivers and nurses at the nursing center where she works who haven't gotten them (they're required to wear masks around the patients if they haven't gotten a flu shot). Many of the caregivers and nurses have small children at home.

    (We're finally getting ours tomorrow; we've been so busy we missed the flu clinic sessions our medical clinic puts on, but we can get them done at Walgreen's and they'll bill our insurance.)

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

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:22:59 PM PST

    •  in institutions such as SNFs, flu is one of the (3+ / 0-)

      great killers.  Immobile pts are already susceptible to URIs and their immune systems are usually compromised to one degree or another.  Simply wearing masks is not enough; few employees follow handwashing protocols to the letter and they spread germs with their hands as well as their mouths (imagine one wiping his nose with the back of his hand)  

    •  Got Mine Last Monday. Felt a Little Run Down for 3 (1+ / 0-)
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      BachFan

      days but I'm back up to speed now. I sure hope I don't get the flu at all this year.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:41:46 PM PST

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  •  We now return to Passing Wind W/Joe Walsh nt (2+ / 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 Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:25:06 PM PST

  •  Yesterday I smoked pot and I took an IQ test (3+ / 0-)

    I was doing my own research.

    I scored the same as when I took an IQ test 40+ years ago when I didn't know what pot was.

    Do your own research at http://iqtest.com

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:26:47 PM PST

    •  Only if you supply the pot nt (3+ / 0-)

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

      by Cali Scribe on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27:57 PM PST

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    •  Try a 100% Sativa strain (2+ / 0-)
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      Maybe your score will go up.

      In the name of science, of course.

      The Aggressively Ignorant Caucus is getting aggressively ignorant again.

      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:31:29 PM PST

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    •  OK my eyes are definitely on the blink (1+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave

      I thought you wrote you were smoking your pet.

    •  You're implying pot is harmless (2+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, LanceBoyle

      like most advocates do, but it is certainly not. I used to smoke regularly back in the day and I assure you it made me dumb, lazy and paranoid. Maybe that's the effect it had on my particular genetic makeup, but in my experience it had a profoundly negative impact.

      I think a lot of pro-legalize it folks fall back on articles like this to bolster their argument that it should be legal because it doesn't make you stupid or cause cancer or do anything else harmful. But you don't get something for nothing and there is a cause-and-effect. Try stopping for a good month, maybe longer (if you're a frequent user) and see how quickly your mind clears up. Your memory and attention span will definitely be sharper, and you'll have a lot more energy.

      I really wish pot advocates would stop pretending that it has no harmful qualities and just admit that it does, because deep down they know it's true. I did back when I smoked, but couldn't admit it until I stopped.

      •  There are two kinds of possible damage (0+ / 0-)

        To your body and to your mind.

        As an occasional user I am not too worried;

        The study found that smoking marijuana on an occasional basis does not appear to significantly damage the lungs. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the paper supports previous research that has also failed to find a link between low or moderate exposure to marijuana smoke and lung damage. Marijuana contains many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke.
        As for the mind, I imagine it depends on the person.

        I am an engineer in the computer industry with a dominant left brain.  Pot really does wake up my right brain which paradoxically helps me in business when I need new ideas.

        But I have witnessed other people who seem to react very differently but nothing as bad as alcohol.

        Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

        by Shockwave on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:48:28 PM PST

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  •  The Rally will be Jan 25th (2+ / 0-)

    ROFL.........100 attendes to throw their support behind Scott.   Of course they are all devil worshippers.

    LOL... I guess Evil is being celebrated by their own church

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27:07 PM PST

  •  We're sure that the Satanic Temple support (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, blue aardvark

    ..for Rick Scott isn't some kind of snarky performance art?
    'Cause if it is - it's really, really good.

    The Aggressively Ignorant Caucus is getting aggressively ignorant again.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:29:38 PM PST

  •  GOP protects Gun Manufactures not kids (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, BlueJessamine

    Electing people who don't believe in government to Congress, is like installing an atheist as pastor of a church. If they don't believe in the institution or its goals, they won't care if it does a good job for its members.

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:33:24 PM PST

  •  RE: the comic: a small quibble (1+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine

    Most victims of bullying are more likely to injure themselves rather than others.  The rage they feel at being impotent is turned inward in the vast majority of cases, not outward towards the tormentors.  

    I would point out that it seems, from a few days of watching true crime shows that the cases they present are frequently framed by a certain meme where the investigators speculate that 1) Satanism is involved in murder 2) that sexual orientation is an issue in murder and 3) that victims of bullies go after the bullies instead of injuring themselves.  I would say none of the three are applicable in most homicides but the general public has the impression that those factors are involved in many killings

  •  GOA throws St Ronnie under Bus (1+ / 0-)
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    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Reagan Only Supported Gun Control Because He Was Senile, Prominent Gun Advocate Suggests

    As he unveiled his comprehensive package of gun safety regulations on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama urged Americans to stand up to irrational opponents of restrictions on military-style weapons, noting that even President Ronald Reagan supported sensible restrictions on assault weapons. “And by the way, so did Ronald Reagan, one of the staunchest defenders of the Second Amendment, who wrote to Congress in 1994 urging them — this is Ronald Reagan speaking — urging them to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of military-style assault weapons,” Obama said.

    Asked about Reagan’s position during an appearance on MSNBC shortly after Obama’s remarks, Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America, suggested that Reagan only supported greater restrictions because he was senile:

     

     ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): What’s the problem with registering a gun? If you have a bushmaster, first of all, why would you have one?

        PRATT: President Reagan owned an AR-15.

        MITCHELL: And he supported gun control. He advocated…

        PRATT: In his later years. We have to keep that in account.

        MITCHELL: In his later years he was almost killed by John Hinckley.

        PRATT: But all through his presidency he opposed gun control, that’s my point.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:41:20 PM PST

  •  Photos here (2+ / 0-)
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    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:42:47 PM PST

  •  Savage today on autism caused by flu shots: (1+ / 0-)
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    and you get ALS or Alzheimer’s disease or MS, or you watch your kid develop seizures, or your kid becomes autistic, God forbid, what are you going to say?”
    Savage on autism, July 16, 2008:
    SAVAGE: Now, you want me to tell you my opinion on autism, since I'm not talking about autism? A fraud, a racket. For a long while, we were hearing that every minority child had asthma. Why did they sudden -- why was there an asthma epidemic amongst minority children? Because I'll tell you why: The children got extra welfare if they were disabled, and they got extra help in school. It was a money racket. Everyone went in and was told [fake cough], "When the nurse looks at you, you go [fake cough], 'I don't know, the dust got me.' " See, everyone had asthma from the minority community. That was number one.

    Now, the illness du jour is autism. You know what autism is? I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is.

    What possible use is this person to the human race?
  •  When did Satanists start supporting Republicans? (0+ / 0-)

    I thought the whole Anarchy thing ran against the Republican grain.
    And Im prtty sure Scott didnt have this in mind with his bill.
    The day when Fl allows kids to pray to any deity but Blue Eyed Jesus in the classroom will be the day Anton LaVey's Bday becomes a nat holiday.

  •  Another GOP governor agrees to Medicaid expansion (2+ / 0-)
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    Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota.

    Two of the four GOP governors who have agreed are from pretty conservative states(ND and AZ), and yet so far, GOP governors in swing states(OH, FL, WI, etc) are against expansion.  

  •  And on the lighter side of life, Argentina cannot (1+ / 0-)
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    ThompsonLazyBoy

    fly its presidential jet outside the nation for fear that it will be repossessed.  This comes weeks after one of their Navy ships purchased on credit was repossessed after making port in a foreign land.  Maybe they should do what my brother-in-law does with his car and just park the presidential jet at a friend's house so the repo guy can't find it?

    And, the Pope can no longer accept credit or debit cards.  The Vatican's credit and debit card processing account was suspended by Deutsche Bank after the bank realized that the Vatican's financial services department does not meet EU standards.  

  •  That right there (1+ / 0-)
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    milkbone
    "The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who [...] has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school," the Temple said in a release announcing the rally.
    That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

    Yeah, let's see all this public piety bullshit blow up in their smug faces. The sooner the better.

    Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

    by trevzb on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:11:32 PM PST

    •  Yeah, I'd like to see a whole bunch at that rally (2+ / 0-)
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      ThompsonLazyBoy, raboof

      Orthodox Jews davening, pagans praying to trees, Muslims chanting prayers to Allah, Hindus praying to their gods, atheists twiddling their thumbs...

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 01:19:48 PM PST

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  •  Why Not Here? (0+ / 0-)

    "The [original] Duke study looked at 1,000 people born in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand: Their IQs were tested at the ages of 13 and again at 38, and they were interviewed about their marijuana use. "

    When I read this item, one question kept coming to my mind:  Why Dunedin, New Zealand?  Why wasn't this study, or one like it, done here in the United States?  This study would be the same thing as doing a study on education in New Delhi, India as compared to New York City and then claiming that the study compares and contrasts schools in NYC and Mexico City.

    Why not do an equivalent study here in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, or New York City?  Is it because studies done here in the US would not give the conductors of the survey the results they wanted, but the study in Dunedin, New Zealand DID give them the results they were seeking?

    This whole study sounds fishy to me.

  •  Savage Correction (0+ / 0-)

    This summary of Michael Savage is wrong:

    Anti-vaxxer conspiracist Michael Savage warns about government flu shot plot: He said he got a flu shot and didn't die but wondered why the federal government is pushing flu shots.
    In fact, the Wonkette piece quoted Savage making a hypothetical argument:
    Someone may well say, Savage acknowledged, ”Well, I took the shot and it didn’t kill me.”
    And here's what Savage said in the original World Nut Daily article:
    “The flu vaccine?” he asked. “No, I wouldn’t take it.”
    So, let's be clear. Savage is not a hypocritical crackpot. He is consistently loony.

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (www.limbaughbook.com).

    by JohnKWilson on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:33:46 PM PST

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