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  • Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The Sequestrationator:
    Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - The Sequestrationator
  • What you misssed on Sunday Kos ...
  • Senator "Squatter"?
    Staffers for Sen. Dean Heller have been bullying other senators’ aides to protect the Nevada Republican’s space in the Russell Senate Office Building, CQ Roll Call has learned.

    As part of the biennial Senate office lottery, junior members are obligated to show their office suites to more senior members, who then have 24 hours to decide whether to claim that space as their own. Heller’s office suite — which he inherited after the scandal-fueled resignation of Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. — may be particularly attractive to other senators because its floor plan includes a larger-than-average member office.

    Though special courtesies are usually extended to aides and members visiting offices, Heller staffers repeatedly tried to keep them from seeing the spacious member office, sources reported, saying meetings were ongoing and could not be interrupted.

    Several Senate offices lodged complaints with the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, according to several sources familiar with the attempted visits to Heller’s office.

  • DFH alert:
    Voucher schools in Louisiana and Indiana are using a “US History” textbook in their eighth grade classes that teaches that the “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan.
  • This time it's a fighter, UFC light-heavyweight fighter "Suga" Rashad Evans, coming out for marriage equality, and he gives a very powerful reason why:
    I'm a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights.

    I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that's the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.

    What people overlook is that is isn't a sex issue, its a love issue. There's no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.

    I have kids. I don't want them growing up in a society where they, or their friends, could be second class citizens based on which person they fall in love with or who they want to be happy with.

  • About those zero tolerance policies:
    In light of recent headlines highlighting more incidents of administrators removing students from school for seemingly harmless acts of childish imagination, state Sen. J. B. Jennings, R-7-Baltimore and Harford counties, said he thought the time was right to introduce a bill he hopes will put a dent in "zero tolerance" discipline policies in Maryland public schools.

    "We really need to reevaluate how kids are punished," he said in an interview with The Star Democrat Friday.

    Jennings put Senate Bill 1058 together and introduced it Thursday. From kids getting kicked out of school for playing games with fingers pointed like guns on the Eastern Shore, to chewing their breakfast pastry into "gun-like" shapes in Baltimore, Jennings said the local trend is getting worse not better.

  • Ten years ago today, The Dixie Chicks offended patriotic Americans idiots everywhere by saying:
    Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.
  • Here are some of the jokes told by President Obama at last weekend's Gridiron Dinner ... my favorite:
    And in the words of one of my favorite "Star Trek" characters — Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise — “May the force be with you."
  • Being a working parent is hard for everyone:

    "I was so busy controlling Heaven and Earth that there were times when I was invisible to my children." God http://t.co/...
    @TheOnion via HootSuite
  • Obituary of the year:
    Harry [W. Stamps] was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer's black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee's Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription.

    He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.

    He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the AP joins NBC (and Daily Kos) in cataloging the gun incidents of 1/19. But why no mention of Gun Appreciation Day? Greg Dworkin updated us on the "Team 26" ride & made the case for guns as a public health issue. In DC news: the Senate begins on a budget, R presidential hopefuls view CPAC as a springboard to legitimacy (!), Jeb denies the existence of Bush family baggage, Coburn says leadership is the big hurdle to compromise, House R Whip quietly declares the Hastert Rule dead, and R crazies make compromise tough. Shocking! Lastly, Krugman on Dwindling Deficit Disorder & OurFuture.org's exposure of the CEOs behind "Fix the Debt."

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  •  March Being Women's History Month (2+ / 0-)
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    A National Policy of Nagging
    Suffragists faced a difficult road in their march towards equality. Even women opposed giving women the right to vote. One letter from Alice H. Wadsworth, President of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, calls it "an endorsement of nagging as a national policy." March 3 marks 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington. In honor of this event, the 19th Amendment will be on display from March 1 to March 9, 2013. visit for more>>>

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:05:36 PM PDT

  •  Scott Romney and John Engler may run for Senate (3+ / 0-)

    in Michigan, according to various news reports.

    Scott Romney is Mitt's brother, and John Engler was our sorry excuse for a governor before Granholm. (But Snyder is working hard to make Engler look good compared to him.)

    Maybe the Republican base isn't as strong as I thought/feared it was.

  •  So yesterday I was checking the tv listings online (5+ / 0-)

    ..and at 5PM on FOX "News" the programming was entitled : Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity

  •  Education Split personality (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, justiceputnam, JeffW

    Stay in school
    Excuse me you can't stay you acted your age and we can't allow that

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

    by JML9999 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:10:00 PM PDT

  •  Senate office space musical chair squabbling? (4+ / 0-)
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    Why does the idiom "fiddling while Rome burned" come to mind?"

    •  Congressional office musical chairs performances (2+ / 0-)

      could put the major compositions of John Cage to shame.

      Power-politics and petty pecking order concerns, 4 dimensional positional calculus, compounded by random personality conflicts and ego needs, and a bit of chaos theory, plus a thousand flavors of 'access to power' considerations and counter-moves to block it, doesn't begin to capture all the obtuse dynamics at play as Senators try to pick the most tactically advantageous cabins on the Titanic. Maximizing personal power and party power are at odds with one another, as is neutralizing or confounding the powers of other 'players' and the other party.

      Okay, so logically speaking, why is it that Nevada needs a larger member office space versus states with significantly larger numbers of constituents?

      I remember when public school had assigned seating to minimize problems like this.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:25:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I would ask for a cube in the basement (3+ / 0-)

      so I'd never have to pack again.

      ad astra per alia porci

      by harrije on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:44:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Joe Lieberman joins AEI as co-chair with John Kyl (4+ / 0-)

    working on the AEI's American Internationalism Project per Talking Point Memo. This special AEI project will advocate for key foreign policy issues, per Talking Point Memo.  Oh yeah, Joe is eager to improve 'bipartisan' cooperation...on getting right-wing policies passed favoring our largest corporate interests.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:13:02 PM PDT

  •  Interesting creative writing exercise: (5+ / 0-)

    Write your own obituary -- what would you want highlighted, what would you want left out?

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:18:06 PM PDT

    •  The Story of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated (2+ / 0-)
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      AmazingBlaise, Cali Scribe

      You mean like this?

      The Story of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

      by

      Justice Putnam

      “News organizations, including The Associated Press, routinely prepare obituaries on prominent figures so stories can be run quickly when they die.”

      -- CBS News

      New Wreck Times
      Senior Travel Bureau Chief
      Gerry Bronco

      ~ California Poet R. Justice Putnam ~

      California poet, singer/songwriter, chef and raconteur, R. Justice Putnam, died in a tragic church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama Saturday night. He was alone in the church rectory preparing for the commemoration ceremonies of the four black schoolgirls killed in a similar church bombing in 1963.

      Born Royal Justice Moody on 26 March 1955 in Eugene, Oregon, he attended various Catholic schools in the Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountains before his mother, the be-bop jazz stylist, Patricia Harris remarried and the family moved to Southern California. Adopted by his stepfather, the historian, Jackson K. Putnam in 1964, Mr. Putnam cited the elder Putnam as having the most profound of influences on his life and written work.

      "In my attempts to weave an archetypal story out of the American Landscape," Mr. Putnam was quoted in an interview with Simon Dray on KUSF "Poet’s Corner" in San Francisco, "I have used elements of the 'good and bad father.' Nothing about the 'bad father' has anything do with my dad, Jack. If I have any redeeming qualities in my life, I acquired them from my him."

      Mr. Putnam published his first poem at the age of fifteen. He continued to publish poetry, short stories, plays, songs and lyrics, criticism and political essays. One day before his assassination, Mr. Putnam published an essay condemning the war in Iraq and the rampant racism that perpetuates violence here and abroad. It is believed his assassins could be either Christian or Islamic fundamentalists; he was known to take both to task and offended them regularly. A fatwa was issued for his death by the Islamic cleric al-Akim after Mr. Putnam’s folk song, "Just Like Tom Paine’s Blues" was played in public last year. Christian Internet sites called for his death because of the same song. The song used the "f" word to condemn the use of God and Religion to achieve power and terror.

      He is survived by his father Jackson, his mother Patricia and her husband Tom Watanuki, siblings Mike, Zona and Zreata, his former wives, Carol and Flore, his son Israel, daughter-in-law Tabitha, his grandchildren Isaiah and Tahlia and many lovers and friends.

      At Mr. Putnam’s request as specified in his living will, his ashes will be scattered around a tree on the family property in the Cascades east of Eugene. It is also his wish that friends and family remember him for his bad jokes and that they would dance as if dancing on his grave. He wished that an Irish Jig would be the most popular, but the Lindy Hop would suffice.

      A plaque had been commissioned by Mr. Putnam, to be placed at the tree of his scattering. A quote from Czeslaw Milosz reads,

      "Not that I want to be a god or hero.
      But just to change into a tree
      Grow for ages
      Not hurt anyone."

      © 2005 by Justice Putnamand Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen

      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 Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:34:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  "Prominent DailyKos Blogger Greasy Grant... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      milton333, Cali Scribe

      ...Dies of Priapism at Age 145."

      This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty. -- Mitch Hedberg

      by Greasy Grant on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:58:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is just tragic: (4+ / 0-)

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:20:35 PM PDT

  •  I wear my DFH badge proudly (4+ / 0-)

    even if I'm (almost) as old as dirt.

  •  Holy sheet - speaking from personal experience (4+ / 0-)

    who'd ever have thunk that they'd eventually get * something * right:

    Voucher schools in Louisiana and Indiana are using a “US History” textbook in their eighth grade classes that teaches that the “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan.
  •  My first diary -- sequester and senior citizens (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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    It is here ...

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Criticism and comments welcome.

    The wisdom of my forebears ... Two wise people will never agree. Man begins in dust and ends in dust — meanwhile it's good to drink some vodka. A man studies until he's seventy and dies a fool.

    by Not A Bot on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:29:51 PM PDT

  •  Whose Obit does Diary link to? (0+ / 0-)

    I got to an ad for UPS then a blank TPM page.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:37:39 PM PDT

    •  Read the whole thing -- it's a hoot (1+ / 0-)
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      http://www.bradfordokeefe.com/...

      Some of the best bits didn't make TPM's summation.

      ad astra per alia porci

      by harrije on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:00:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It is wonderful, thanks for the link (2+ / 0-)
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        http://www.bradfordokeefe.com/...

        excerpt: Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of “theme.” Visitation will be held at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

        In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus) for their library. Harry retired as Dean there and was very proud of his friends and the faculty. He taught thousands and thousands of Mississippians during his life. The family would also like to thank the Gulfport Railroad Center dialysis staff who took great care of him and his caretaker Jameka Stribling.

        Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.


        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:10:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Bacon of the month club? (4+ / 0-)

    I love this country.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:37:56 PM PDT

  •  "Zero tolerance" can be done sanely (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lungfish

    A military veteran I read someplace drew a distinction between "zero tolerance" and "mandatory sentencing".

    When he served there was indeed "zero tolerance" for failing to salute, but people didn't automatically go to the stockade for it. They might be yelled at or made to do pushups.

    "Zero tolerance", if someone hypothetically were to combine it with sane proportional responses, would be just the same thing as "consistent discipline".

    Then there's the issue of writing the rules sanely in the first place ...

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:41:02 PM PDT

    •  The instances in the news lately prove (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      milton333

      these teachers have no sense of proportion.

      The problem with zero tolerance is that you are forced to make an issue out of some of the most silly things known to man.

      Even if punishment is "proportional", you have still traumatized the kid by escalating a harmless act to an infraction or worse.

  •  Had never heard of "Lane cake" in my entire life, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam

    but found a recipe here:

    http://allrecipes.com/...

    Doesn't look as if I'll be making it any time soon.  Apparently Miss Maudie baked one in To Kill A Mockingbird.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:42:35 PM PDT

  •  I will proudly support Harry [W. Stamps]'s (2+ / 0-)
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    assertion that Blue Plate Mayonnaise from New Orleans is the best kind of mayonnaise.  Rest in Peace, Harry.

    That whole obituary is gold.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:48:37 PM PDT

  •  About those hippies (2+ / 0-)
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    "Voucher schools in Louisiana and Indiana are using a “US History” textbook in their eighth grade classes that teaches that the “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan."

    The hippies I knew (and some I still know) didn't worship Satan, because they were too busy admiring all the pretty colors.  As for not bathing?  It's probably safe to state that there were a lot of smelly bodies in Haight-Ashbury and at Woodstock.  But it's even safer to state that an awful lot of hippies died in Viet Nam, or came home forever scarred, physically and emotionally.  Draft dodging was the exception, not the rule, and was practiced as much by shorthairs as it was by longhairs.  

    The wisdom of my forebears ... Two wise people will never agree. Man begins in dust and ends in dust — meanwhile it's good to drink some vodka. A man studies until he's seventy and dies a fool.

    by Not A Bot on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:56:53 PM PDT

  •  I know I'm supposed to laugh at the Onion (0+ / 0-)

    and I know that Christians get a lot of derision around here, but that Onion article really, really bothered me.  

    Just a reminder that I need to keep my exposure to Daily Kos limited--it can be toxic with prolonged exposure.

    "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

    by lungfish on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:03:02 PM PDT

  •  "Worshiped" is pretty strong. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd say I admired some of Satan's ideas, but had reservations about his larger plans.

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

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:05:54 PM PDT

  •  PC school policies (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694
    Jennings put Senate Bill 1058 together and introduced it Thursday. From kids getting kicked out of school for playing games with fingers pointed like guns on the Eastern Shore, to chewing their breakfast pastry into "gun-like" shapes in Baltimore, Jennings said the local trend is getting worse not better.
    So I guess the dinosaur shooting flames out of his giant green penis at Nazis, yelling, "Die Nazi scum" that I drew in second grade would have gotten me in trouble these days.  

    Many hands make light work, but light hearts make heavy work the lightest of all.

    by SpamNunn on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:10:56 PM PDT

  •  Please join us supporting the Team 26 riders (0+ / 0-)

    as they cycle 400 miles from Sandy Hook, CT to Washington, D.C. to advocate for common sense gun safety legislation.

    The next installment of our mini-blogathon is published:

    Sandy Hook Ride on Washington - March 11 (Day3) - Meet the Riders

    Please drop by and enjoy our own experienced Kossacks explaining the joy and power of riding in a peloton.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:27:25 PM PDT

  •  Kwame Kilpatrick and his good buddy, Bobby (0+ / 0-)

    Ferguson are being sent directly to the federal prison in Milan, Michigan after being found guilty of at least 24 counts of corruption, bribery, racketeering etc.  There is still nearly $50 million left unaccounted for, even though a search of Bobby's houses turned up over $2 million in cash.  These guys were very bright, and Detroiters had high hopes for responsible governance from Kwame - but he let down his home community - big time.  He is a big reason why Detroit is in the financial difficulty it is in today.  He'll get at least 20 years if not more.  Not necessarily a happy day for Detroit - but justice has been done.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:35:32 PM PDT

  •  good to know Harry lived to 80 with that diet (1+ / 0-)
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    it must have been all the preservatives in the Vienna Sausages.  they were a pantry item in my youth.  i think i even "indulged" in them during my poor college student days.

    it has become a running joke when we go to Costco and i pause in front of the pallet of Vienna Sausages.  maybe Harry knew something we don't.

    I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

    by blue drop on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 02:30:04 PM PDT

  •  have to recommend the song (0+ / 0-)

    "Them Hippies was right" by Those darned Accordions.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 02:34:22 PM PDT

  •  They fight over offices in Congress (0+ / 0-)

    wonderful - can't do anything that needs doing, spend their time passing bills they know will never go anywhere and waste money moving around for the prestige of a bigger office.

    I once worked at a company where coat racks were the prestige item - some people actually stole them from other people.  The company went bankrupt.  

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