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  • Bill O'Reilly lied in JFK book. In his best-selling Killing Kennedy, Bill O made a claim that :
    he was tracking down an interview with George de Mohrenschildt, a Russian expat with possible CIA connections who was friends with Lee Harvey Oswald. Investigators looking into the JFK assassination were seeking information for de Mohnrenschildt when he reportedly committed suicide in 1977. According to “Killing Kennedy,” O’Reilly was on the Russian’s doorstep when he heard “the shotgun blast that marked the suicide.”
    Former Salon political editor Jefferson Morley calls that claim baloney.
  • Neither rain nor sleet nor snow but the budget:
    The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress.
  • Foes of death penalty in Maryland pick up pivotal support. Democratic Sen. Ronald N. Young of Frederick County has decided to support an end to executions in the state. He won election in a conservative district in 2010:
    Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, the sponsor of repeal bills in previous years, said she believes she will have 27 votes for the bill itself. The Baltimore Democrat said the  challenge for death penalty opponents will be to stave off floor amendments creating various exceptions for certain types of murders.
  • History genius Barton finds gun facts in novel. The Christianist author of history full of fabrications lifted his story of an armed school-teacher from a book by western author Louis Lamour.
  • Donald Trump goes apeshit over Bill Maher slam:
    [He]will take Bill Maher to court for refusing to honor his joking pledge to pay $5 million if Trump could prove his father wasn’t an orangutan.
  • Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo has been on fire talking about gay marriage:
  • Elon James White for This Week In Blackness invites you to check out yesterday's "Asshole of the Day," Angry Black Lady Imani Gandy's weekly segment of "All Up In Your Uterus w/ Imani Gandy," and much, much more.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin gave us an informative follow-up with on the complex issues around Florida's NRA-backed docs gag rule on guns. Next, Sarah Jaffe's fascinating look at the "emotional labor" demanded of service workers (and increasingly, from everyone). A little chat about KeystoneXL with yuriwho. Plus Laura Clawson's coverage of the arrest of a construction firm owner in NY on wage theft charges.

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  •  Now here's a law Paul Ryan could approve of: (3+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, hulibow, Gentle Giant

    From the Spokane Spokesman
    BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.

     When Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, asked Goedde why he chose that particular book, Goedde said to laughter, “That book made my son a Republican.”

     Goedde said he doesn’t plan to press forward with the bill, but it was formally introduced in his committee Tuesday on a voice vote. He said he was sending a message to the State Board of Education

    "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 Feb 06, 2013 at 12:27:41 PM PST

    •  Get in line Goedde (3+ / 0-)

      first the "Cursive Writing Mandate" has to pass.

      Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls: If we don’t teach it to younger generations, eventually younger adults won’t be able to read it.

      I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

      by hulibow on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:49:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think every high school student, (0+ / 0-)

      well at least every male student, should read "Letters to Penthouse".
      It may not make Liberals out of them, but it will have a calming effect.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:07:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  It's Not an End Run Around Congres, Postal Service (6+ / 0-)

    is doing exactly what Congress wants it to do, shrink itself down till it's small enough for the Norquist bathtub. That's why Congress slapped them with the outrageous pension funding requirement.

    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 Feb 06, 2013 at 12:31:11 PM PST

  •  A remarkable editorial in the Casper, Wyoming (6+ / 0-)

    Star Tribune calls out its lying legislators on Facts Be Damned:

    To equate gay rights issues as on par with freckles shows not only a lack of understanding but also little compassion. This isn’t just about the normal teasing that nearly every child endures at some time or another; this is about a constant barrage of being humiliated and in some cases, assaulted because of sexual orientation.

    We hold Hutchings doubly accountable. First, for understanding that injustice doesn’t take the same form in every circumstance. More importantly, though, we would hope a woman who has been spit on and verbally assaulted with a word as ugly as “nigger” would be more sympathetic. We would hope those horrible experiences would arouse in her a compassion and a conviction to never let another group suffer the same kind of humiliation, insult and injury she unfairly received because of genetics she couldn’t control.

    I really wish fair use would let me print the whole thing. Big props to brave small town journalists and editors in ruby red states.

    It's time to unfrack California before it gets fracked. @RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:34:57 PM PST

  •  "Trump proved that he is indeed (2+ / 0-)
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    the spawn of two humans." Delish.

    Truth be told, I'm loving the Donald this week, as he's succeeded in baiting Bobby Jindal into a media fight over the word "stupid." Way to show off the new serious GOP, Bobby!

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:36:32 PM PST

  •  Eat more lionfish. (0+ / 0-)

    It not only helps rid the Caribbean of a dangerous invasive species, but it tastes good and ticks off animal rights activists.

  •  perpetual summary of day: (0+ / 0-)

    a performance artist (FNC, republicans, et-al) says something really stupid, ignorant, inflammatory, racist, etc.
    other react.
    msm may or may not cover the "controversy".
    stewart/colbert make fun of the idiocy.

    "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

    by CoEcoCe on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:42:12 PM PST

  •  I've been blogging for Planned Parenthood (2+ / 0-)
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    Over the Edge, Gentle Giant

    Advocates of Arizona. Last month I interviewed Faye Wattleton, and the first part of four was published this week:

    I can't republish it elsewhere.

    Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

    by ramara on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:44:03 PM PST

  •  Some things do make me smile (3+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, 714day, greenbird

    even if they enrage the xenophobes.  At Obama's inauguration, a Stars and Stripes made in Belgium?.

    My Uncle Skeets, who died this day in the Battle of the Bulge "clean up" in 1945 at the age of 20 is buried in Ardennes Cemetery in Belgium.  I've been there twice -- the second time for a Memorial Day where more Belgians (including WWII Belgian Vets Honor Guard) showed up in the rain than I've ever seen in the U.S. for a Memorial Day remembrance.

    Thank you to our brothers and sisters in Belgium.  Please get along -- you are diverse but lovely people.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:49:30 PM PST

  •  OK, this is massively cool: (4+ / 0-)
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    714day, Tracker, OLinda, Eric Nelson
    A Hello Kitty doll went where no others like it had ever gone before, save for maybe Buzz Lightyear, when a 13-year-old girl put the famous kitty in a rocket and launched it into near space with a weather balloon. Lauren Rojas of Antioch, California, captured incredible video of the entire episode, including footage of the balloon exploding at 93,625 feet, or nearly 18 miles above Earth.
    Video here:
  •  news headlines from the future: (0+ / 0-)

    Israel gives up territory for peace.

    L.G.B.T.i.q. folks granted full rights.

    single-payer healthcare is the law of tha land.

    pentagon reduced to small shed in the back of the white house.

    2nd amendment is replaced with the 37th amendment.

    Republican party returns to sanity.

    democrats appear to grow a back-bone.

    space elevator starts commercial service.

    war is over.

    historian: bush, worst president ever!

    Ann Coulter comes out as a male.

    "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

    by CoEcoCe on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:55:12 PM PST

  •  First installment of a series now up. (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    It's under my IRL name - I've been not-actively hiding the association since the publication of Her Final Year.

    It's titled From Eagle to Dodo: The energy, environmental and sustainability devolution of the United States.

    The series will have several parts - this first one simply establishes the baseline: that we're all in this together, on a giant rock hurtling through space.

    The rest of series will touch on basics like food, water, waste, energy, recycling, sustainability, policy etc.

    Here's the full series as planned:

    From Eagle to Dodo - A Giant Rock (the one linked to above)
    From Eagle to Dodo - Global Climate Change
    From Eagle to Dodo: Matters of National (in)Security
    From Eagle to Dodo: Mercury (Levels) Rising
    From Eagle to Dodo - Deep Waters
    From Eagle to Dodo - Food Stuffs
    From Eagle to Dodo - Aftermath
    From Eagle to Dodo - Challenging Fundamentals

    Please check it out. I'll let folks know as each piece is published; I'm hoping it'll turn into a paying gig, but I'll need more eyeballs for that.

    Anything you can do to help spread the word would be appreciated.


  •  Could the House GOP's alternative to the (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    sequester even pass the House?

    I'm talking about their plan to shift all of the defense cuts to  domestic spending. The plan barely passed last year, 215-209.

    And there are 8 more Democrats in the House now.

    I'm not sure the GOP has as much leverage as they think here.

  •  Diary: support creation of a national gun registry (0+ / 0-)

    I dont know if it is acceptable to post comments that refer to other diaries so if I'm violating rules here please let me know.

    Petition to create a national gun registry

    This is my first diary. I'm pretty excited about the petition but I need help to bring it to public view.

  •  Idea Proposals Not Appearing-- Still (0+ / 0-)

    Discussion must begin about building communities of action within each Congressional District. All Netroots groups should identify and encourage organization within Congressional Districts. We have a decade to survive these gerry-mandered districts.
    Many so-called Red Districts are being ignored, non Tea thinking people exist in high enough numbers to influence Representatives. We are throwing away the potential political power that net organizing allows us.

    The past, present, and future are equally compelling; none of the three are easily understood.

    by Grey Panther on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:02:54 PM PST

  •  at least it's appropriate historical fiction for a (1+ / 0-)
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    supporter of Texas school textbooks

    History genius Barton finds gun facts in novel. The Christianist author of history full of fabrications lifted his story of an armed school-teacher from a book by western author Louis Lamour.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:58:15 PM PST

  •  Louis !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Come BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!
    (something, something, sagebroosh...)

    * 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 Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:29:20 PM PST

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