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  • Now that Congress has solved all of our other problems:
    The heads of the House Oversight Committee are planning to grill professional football players directly in their probe of human growth hormone use in the National Football League.
  • Do not fuck with Ann Friedman.
  • Sen. Ron Johnson says America is pretty much Atlas Shrugged now, which shows that he, like most wingnuts who like to invoke The Lord God Ayn Rand, has definitely never read the book:
    In an interview with the Rand-inspired Atlas Society, Johnson said he "absolutely" sees parallels between the American economy today and the novel in which government regulations drive prominent businessmen to retreat into a secluded gulch in protest.
    Johnson also claims he's just like Hank Rearden, and since we know he didn't invent some awesome new metal, I guess that means he's cheating on his wife. Or something.
  • Oh no! How will life ever be the same?
    CNN contributors and political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, Carville told POLITICO today. [...]

    News of Carville and Matalin's departure first surfaced in a report from FishbowlDC, which also noted that conservative contributor Erick Erickson would be moving to Fox News, which POLITICO has confirmed.

  • Fox "News" bobbleheads still think there's some sort of nefarious HILLARYBENGHAZI60MINUTESSOMETHING conspiracy about ... something.
  • And speaking of Benghazi conspiracy theories:
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is sticking with his belief that the Obama administration is covering up a vast conspiracy of arms smuggling out of Benghazi, Libya to jihadi rebels in Syria, despite a lack of evidence.
  • Is the The New Republic purging its Jews? Batshit crazy conspiracy theorists are on it!
  • This happened:
    Seattle police worked with Army officials Monday to track down the history of a nonfunctional missile launcher that showed up at a weapons buyback program and determine whether it was legal or possibly stolen from the military.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joined us to talk about the Republican efforts to become the non-stupid party, and how they're faring. David Brooks thinks they're doing a lousy job, but he'll fix it by complaining. We also caught up with the latest crazy gun stories, the remaining possibilities for Senate rules reform, and even some old but still surprising news about which presidents were responsible for the biggest and smallest rates of growth in government spending. It's a shocker for people who hate Obama and love Reagan. Know anyone like that?

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  •  Welcome to Heartbreak Ridge High (8+ / 0-)

    Coach Highway will now conduct a code red drill

    Cary Grove Drill To Include Shooting Blanks In Hallways

    According to a letter from Cary-Grove High School principal Jay Sargeant, there will be a code red drill at the school on Wednesday.

    It will include somebody shooting blanks from a gun in the hallway “in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.”

    Parent Kassy Pinter says: “It’s probably necessary to have the ‘code red’ drill but not really necessary to shoot the blanks in the hallway.”

    Parent Sharon Miller says the way Cary Grove has planned the code red drill is absurd and also thinks it’s not necessary to shoot blanks in the hallway.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:15:32 PM PST

  •  Well (8+ / 0-)
    News of Carville and Matalin's departure first surfaced in a report from FishbowlDC, which also noted that conservative contributor Erick Erickson would be moving to Fox News, which POLITICO has confirmed.
    Took him a while to find his natural home.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy... the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

    by lcbo on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:15:51 PM PST

  •  Actual Combat Troops Eating MREs Don't Poop Much (7+ / 0-)

    Apparently those things are notorious for leaving one constipated, which is not necessarily a bad thing in combat. A paradigm shift from the days when C-rations were heavy on the canned beans.

    So if someone does poo, it would probably be a cause for celebration rather than anxiety.  

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:15:58 PM PST

  •  Shorter Ann Friedman. (6+ / 0-)

    Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

    by BOHICA on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:17:10 PM PST

  •  The best DailyKos banner ad ever! (8+ / 0-)

    "Stop the Islamist Witch Hunt Against Rep. Bachmann!"

    She and her friends at the David Horowitz "Freedom" Center have been hitting the Crazy Juice again.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:22:49 PM PST

  •  Guys, have you ever been in the women's room (7+ / 0-)

    in a busy nightclub?  There is no horror associated with bodily functions that a woman has not seen.

    PS - If a woman can squeeze the equivalent of a cantaloupe out of her hoo-ha while giving birth, she can withstand the rigors of wearing a hazmat suit.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:23:31 PM PST

  •  Carville-Matalin are like bad pennies (6+ / 0-)

    They will turn up again somewhere, unfortunately.
    The world's second-most tiresome couple, behind Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn

  •  Potentially Traumatizing? (8+ / 0-)

    The Marine's comment echoes one of the more bizarre arguments against the repeal of both the combat exclusion policy and DADT - that anybody's remotely concerned about a Soldier's/Marine's comfort.

    Consider: This is a class of people we ask to jump out of aircraft, to eagerly expose themselves to direct fire, to live in filth, to make instantaneous decisions with lifelong consequences, to wield the authority and bear the burden of taking human life - and somehow we're supposed to feel supremely guilty about making them take a shit in front of a woman or take a shower with a gay man.

    This is black humor in its most refined and absurd form.

  •  Dear squirmy he-men can't handle the truth (8+ / 0-)

    After dealing with years of menstruating, being poked and prodded, having possibly given birth, there is no bodily function  that will scare any woman so inclined to go into combat. You ain't got nothing on baby diarrhea , clotty flow or projectile vomiting.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:32:47 PM PST

    •  I can really imagine that this is a problem (2+ / 0-)
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      wonderful world, Vita Brevis

      for the military guys, unless things have changed a whole lot since I left the Army back in '94.

      So far as I recall, all the guys I was around gleefully took every opportunity to pee on things. Out by the range. In the field. But I also recall sharing barracks with a marine contingent who would pee on the doors to each others rooms when they got drunk. They thought it hilarious and clever.

      "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

      by aggressiveprogressive on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:52:17 PM PST

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  •  Soledad O'Brien loses her gig as well... (5+ / 0-)

    With Cuomo and Erin Burnett having a morning show now.

    Soledad should get an evening show - if she's out of a spot at CNN that would be a travesty.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:34:21 PM PST

  •  12/14 (2+ / 0-)
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    hnichols, Skookum

    that article that Bob Johnson posted about the first responders is very hard to read with clear eyes


  •  Randian thoughts (2+ / 0-)
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    hnichols, wonderful world
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is sticking with his belief that the Obama administration is covering up a vast conspiracy of arms smuggling out of Benghazi, Libya to jihadi rebels in Syria, despite a lack of evidence.
       He read Firewall - aka the investigation of  Iran Contra that should have resulted in the impeachment of Reagan.  

         By his logic or lack thereof, GOP POTUS can get away with this and that Obama is so similar to Reagan and his cronies,  that it an "obvious" deduction.

        See how easy that is?  NO???  try squinting or reading this upside down.

    •  Plain ol' false equivalence? (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe it's just the inevitable outgrowth of projection and the perfidious and perniciously prevalent "Both sides do it" mantra.

      Reagan did it, therefore Obama's doing it, because "both sides do it".  No deeper thoughts required...

  •  CNN in the US just needs to clean house (0+ / 0-)

    Getting rid of Matalin and Carville is a start. Keep Soledad O'Brien, whack all the other in-studio talent and replace them with the CNN International crew, who are excellent.

    Then, you might have a network worth watching again.

    We get what we want - or what we fail to refuse. - Muhammad Yunus

    by nightsweat on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:58:47 PM PST

  •  I think hearings on HGH are a good idea... (0+ / 0-)

    Not so much because I particularly care what is going on in the NFL...but what happens there filters down to college, high school, pop warner leagues etc...if it is tolerated in professional sports it will inevitably become part of the culture of the sport as a whole.

    It's one thing if informed mature adults want to take a risk like that, but when players with still maturing bodies start injecting themselves with this stuff, it can cause serious harm...

  •  New Post (0+ / 0-)

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:23:12 PM PST

  •  I think all of the Rand fans are arguing (1+ / 0-)
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    wonderful world

    that they think only those already rich can ever generate a new idea, start a new business or help the United States grow into tomorrow.

    I'm not sure why the non-rich Rand fans don't realize this.

    It's amazing what people will do to others in the name of themselves.

    by ABlueKansas on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:41:35 PM PST

    •  They're too busy grumping about gov't to notice (0+ / 0-)

      would be my guess.

      I know a few Randians who all believe that if it wasn't for the government they too could be rich. Just don't ask them what they'd get rich doing because they really don't have any ideas based in reality-ville.

      But they're sure the government is at fault.

      A weapon that is also a treasure is certain to be used.

      by wonderful world on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:32:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The NRA is Violating My 2nd Amendment Rights! (0+ / 0-)

    The NRA considers Nancy Lanza and her son Adam to be a well-regulated militia. They promote gun sales to people who have no connection whatsoever to any militia at all, be it regulated, well-regulated, or unregulated.  The NRA is violating our 2nd Amendment rights! Why don't they read the constitution? They would see that the right to bear arms is based on the purpose of maintaining a well regulated militia.

    At least our President is trying to regulate the "militia" as called for by our founding fathers in the Bill of Rights.

    Why do the gunslingers ignore the very important phraseology of the 2nd Amendment? Why do the courts not intervene?

    Where do YOU stand?

    I think a sound reading of the Amendment demands that keeping arms is predicated upon membership in a well regulated militia. Don't you?

    Funny that we needed guns to defend from the Brits and they are a stable society today with very little gun ownership, stringent regulation (very few qualify to own guns and thousands have lost the right to own guns in GB, not to mention their police do not widely carry firearms), and they have very few gun-related deaths.

    Shall I make this a diary?

    I can't believe the 2nd Amendment is (so widely mis-) interpreted to ignore its very purpose: a well-regulated militia! Is that not our National Guard or our Armed Forces?

    Let's start winning some court precedents based on the literal meaning of the 2nd Amendment, and eventually a supreme court ruling will see it clearly in its entirety. Define "well-regulated." And let our President and our legislators regulate! Its in the Constitution!

    Or does the NRA scare you?

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:22:34 PM PST

  •  I wish they would all go 'Galt' already (0+ / 0-)

    and let other people do whatever it is they do. Nobody would miss them.

    Of course, within about 6 months tops, those Galts that survive their Randian 'utopia' would be beating on America's doors begging to be let back in.

    We'd probably let them (we're sweet like that)...but they can't have their old jobs back. If they're really as good as they think they are, it won't be long before they create fabulous new careers for themselves.

    If they're really as good as they think they are.

    A weapon that is also a treasure is certain to be used.

    by wonderful world on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:36:40 PM PST

  •  Potentially traumatizing?? (0+ / 0-)

    This guy's a combat Marine, and THIS is his greatest fear?  That " . . . it would be . . . potentially traumatizing to be forced to be naked in front of the opposite sex."

    Canadian soldiers in combat don't seem to find it much of a problem, apparently. They've had their female counterparts fighting along side them for 24 years (women were fully integrated into the Canadian military in 1989). And while we Canadians admittedly think we're pretty special at times (sometimes patronizingly so, alas), we still poop. Haven't seen anything to indicate the Israelis have a major prob with this either, or all the other of thousands of male soldiers who have been living & fighting beside women for millennia. Between you & me, I think this poor guy has some childhood potty training issues he's yet to work out. He sounds like the dinosaurs who were terrified that gays in the military would have nothing more interesting to do than hang around the showers trying to get a peek. God, this sort of stuff makes me want to tear my hair out!

    Armed Forces in Canada Resolved Issue Long Ago

    [And I can not believe that my First. Comment. Ever to Dkos is about poop!]

    There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance. -- Goethe

    by Skookum on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:37:00 PM PST

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