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  • From the "I'm taking my ball and going home" files in assholery:
    Ireland's Catholic bishops are threatening to stop solemnizing heterosexual marriages if gay marriages are legalized.  The warning came in a submission to the Constitutional Convention.
  • A blast from the recent past of the latest savior of the rightwingnuttia:
    An unusual controversy has erupted at Emory University over the choice of famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson to deliver this year’s commencement address because he does not believe in evolution.

    Nearly 500 professors, student and alumni signed a letter (see full text below) expressing concern that Carson, as a 7th Day Adventist, believes in creationist theory that holds that all life on Earth was created by God about 6,000 years ago. It rejects Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is the central principle that animates modern biology, uniting all biological fields under one theoretical tent, and which virtually all modern scientists agree is true.

  • Speaking of the nanny state:
    A pair of Republican lawmakers want to make it harder to get a divorce in North Carolina by making estranged couples wait longer and go to counseling. [...]

    If the couple has children, they would have to take at least a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children.

  • Rumor has it:
    Looks like there will be a Camelot East — make that Far East: Caroline Kennedy is heading to Tokyo to be the U.S. ambassador. Kennedy, whose support for President Obama during his 2008 campaign was seen as crucial, had been widely talked about as a candidate for the plum diplomatic post, but now things have apparently been firmed up.
  • Strange bedfellows.
  • Today was the annual Easter egg hunt at the White House and the Kenyan socialist was up to his old tricks:

    Obama redistributing eggs at the White House. Shameful.
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  • This is pretty funny: Infomercial gifs.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we went on without Greg Dworkin this morning, but... Ha! April Fool! He was totally on the show. Ha! April Fool again! No, he wasn't! We hit yesterday's Google doodle freak-out, then turned to Hill budgeting & spending processes. Armando rounded-up a Jeff Sachs op-ed complaining Obama isn't doing stuff he's doing, bankrupt companies paying big bonuses, and immigration polling from Pew. Then, GideonAB on Senate voting procedure, the filibuster threat on guns, 2014 prospects & more. Lastly, Meteor Blades' post on controversy over nominations to the MS Board of Public Health.

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  •  Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks (6+ / 0-)

    It’s 3:11 in the Bronx. Do you know where your baseball team is? Here in my neighborhood it’s Opening Day and the New York Yankees are trying to serve up some Boston Baked Beans.

    Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks

    Well one can hope but today is not my day to Occupy Yankee Stadium. I’m stuck home doing my taxes instead. “And it’s one, two, three strikes your out, in the old ball game.”

  •  Maybe those Irish bishops (9+ / 0-)

    should spend more time soul-searching about why their church is the faster shrinking branch of the Catholic Church in the world. At the rate they're going, not many heterosexuals will give a rat's ass about whether the church will perform their marriages.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:13:20 PM PDT

  •  Hall and Oates describe today's GOP as... (5+ / 0-)

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:13:25 PM PDT

    •  You're a rich girl, (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Gentle Giant, Apost8

      and you've gone to far,
      'cause you know it don't matter anyway.
      You can rely
      on the old man's money
      You can rely
      on the old man, honey.

      Hall & Oates make-a my dreams come true.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:50:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I've thought of this song so often (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      in the GOP's recent history, especially the opening proclamation: Out of touch! Out of time!

      I'm more of a Hall & Oates fan now than I was in their heyday when I wasn't a fan at all. I couldn't go for that. No could do.

      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 Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 01:50:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Not the "nanny state" the Ninny State nt (8+ / 0-)

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

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:14:49 PM PDT

  •  Okiciyap Quilt Auction Diaries Series (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    GreyHawk, Eddie C, Aunt Pat, PSzymeczek

    Okiciyap logo

    These diaries are to promote the Okiciyap Quilt Auction which will directly benefit Okiciyap Food Pantry and Childrens Center.  Please visit, read & recommend them.  The Auction Has Begun.
    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Strength in Numbers, Synergy and Symbols ~ GreyHawk

    Okiciyap Food Pantry Still Needs Us, Please Donate or Bid Today~ weck

    Okiciyap- Why a food bank, by the numb3ers ~ ZenTrainer

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction benefit: Help the people of Cheyenne River ~ Dave in Northridge  

    Okiciyap: Feeding The Hungry ~ glorificus

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Thanking DK Quilters Who Share Their Quilt Story~ Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse

    Two-Spirit and Okiciyap ~ Horace Boothroyd III

    This quilt is not invisible- Okiciyap is Lakota for 'we help' and we can help auction it ~ Denise Oliver Velez

    Okiciyap Quilt Guild Auction. We Help. That's What It's All About. ~ radical simplicity

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Let the Bidding Begin ~ GreyHawk

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction benefit begins Wednesday. Help the people of Cheyenne River ~ Meteor Blades

    Okiciyap - We Help ~ OPOL

    DK Quilt Guild & Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Why this Quilt ~ leu2500

    Okiciyap Dkos Auction Quilt ~ BeadLady

    Of Quilts and History: The Okiciyap Quilt Auction ~ winifred3

    DK Quilt Guild: Okiciyap Quilt Auction~We Quilt For Others ~ Pam from Calif

    Feeding the Body, Feeding the Spirit: Okiciyap (We Help) ~ Aji

    Twelve is a community number ~ GreyHawk

    Helping the Helpers Who Helped the Helpers ~ Glen The Plumber

    DK Quilt Guild: The Okiciyap Quilt ~ BeadLady

    TIME FOR THE BIG SHOW!!!! ~ glorificus

    DK Quilt Guild: Quilting for a Good Cause ~ weck
    Okiciyap 2013 Quilt~ DK Quilt Guild

    Okiciyap 2013 Quilt~ DK Quilt Guild

    If you cannot afford to bid on the quilt, or if you were outbid, you can contribute here:

    Okiciyap Food Pantry

    P.O. Box 172

    Isabel, S.D. 57633

    online donation page

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:17:11 PM PDT

  •  A Special Message From the President (3+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, Aunt Pat, PSzymeczek

    April 1, 2013 - The White House releases a special video message from the President. Learn more at!

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:19:08 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's non earmarks earmarks (6+ / 0-)

    No doubt to be followed by a future of Non Lobbyist Lobbying.......

    West Virginia Republican Files Secret Spending Requests

    Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-WV) first several terms in Congress could best be described as “free-spending” — obtaining tens of millions dollars worth of earmarks and supporting George W. Bush’s expensive and not-paid-for Medicare Part D, Iraq War, stimulus program, and tax cuts for the wealthy. But while she now denounces the old earmark system as insufficiently “transparent,” she has instead adopted the far more opaque alternative: “lettermarking” funding for her home state.

    A ThinkProgress review of lettermark requests — letters by Members of Congress to executive branch agencies requesting specific spending — found multiple letters from Capito to the Obama administration requesting grants. In a September 2011 letter to the Department of Energy, for instance, she endorsed SunShot Initiative grant request for her home state. The state later received a $500,000 grant under the program. Another Capito letter that year to Energy Secretary Steven Chu endorsed a proposal for the department’s Innovative Manufacturing Initiative.

    While Capito quietly continues to push for spending on projects she deems worthy, she now presents herself publicly as a budget hawk. In a 2011 floor speech, she said: “Mr. Speaker, we’re broke. Everyone from the small business owner in West Virginia to Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s is looking to Washington to solve this fiscal mess.” In a tweet that year, she opined: “The President will not get my vote to raise the debt ceiling unless we cut spending. It’s time to start living within our means.” Federal spending has increased every year, despite earmark ban.

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

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:20:09 PM PDT

  •  Just got a call: our DSL service is fixed at home. (8+ / 0-)

    It's been out since at least 6:30 AM Saturday and they don't think non-Christians need the www on Easter apparently.

    This means that when I get home from work, our life can return to normal: crossword in today's paper (precautionary joint project with spouse to ward off age related dementia just in case), make and eat dinner. Retire to sofa with iPad & 2nd vodka martini, post occasionally witty comments on DK and elsewhere while not paying attention to an NISC or Mentalist rerun.

    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:26:01 PM PDT

  •  Ben Carson is like a supernova (8+ / 0-)

    Explodes out of nowhere to become the new conservative superstar and then promptly crashing in on itself.

    •  This is a bad day for the medical profession (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Calamity Jean

      in "doctors v. lawyers, who's smarter."  Let's see, our top two are probably Ted Olson and David Boies -- joined forces for equality.  This numbskull (get it, he's a brain surgeon), literally does not know what logic is.  His up-from-the-bootstraps story is very impressive, but consistency would require he acknowledge that his mom would have made 78 cents on the dollar today from when he was growing up, thanks republicans!  

      Anyway, surgeons are glorified barbers (historically, yes) -- the anesthesiologists are doing all the work.  An exaggeration, but being a top brain surgeon makes medical finance look very different from what GP's see, in terms of routine care and how serious conditions can be easily avoided by regular checkups and, frankly, amelioration of poverty.

      The ONE area where doctors trump lawyers is knowledge of tax shelters.  I've seen some M.D.'s with truly impressive command of depreciation arbitrage strategies.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:56:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The counseling lobby? (6+ / 0-)
    A pair of Republican lawmakers want to make it harder to get a divorce in North Carolina by making estranged couples wait longer and go to counseling. [...]
    If the couple has children, they would have to take at least a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children.
    Isn't this just the result of lobbying by would be counselors, itching for dough?
  •  Okiciyap Quilt Auction action continues! (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pam from Calif, Eddie C, Aunt Pat

    I posted the morning diary, Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Strength in Numbers, Synergy and Symbols.

    Please check it out, rec it up and share it widely.


    When I first saw the Dreamcatcher square of the Okiciyap quilt, my mind immediately drew a connection to the Okiciyap logo, and superimposed the two. Now, when I see one, I automatically see the other as well. But that's not all that I see.
    Excerpt 2:

    There's strength in numbers. We see this in life almost anywhere we look - in the animal kingdom, in the plant kingdom, in human society.  Ask any teacher, or mathematician, physicist, engineer, or chemist; ask anyone in the defense department or social media marketing.

    Ask any individual. Anyone who has ever stood up, stood out, and stood together with others. Anyone who's ever needed or given a hug, or worked at a shelter, or helped douse a fire or work with disaster victims.

    Ask any fundraiser.

    Numbers make a difference. As of this moment, just before 10:00 am EST, the numbers that are, right now, making a huge difference are the numbers that people here have helped shape.

    Current high bid in the auction: $990

    Currently known PayPal donations: In excess of $1,400

    Current tally of check donations: Believed to be in excess of $1,000.

    Those are powerful numbers./blockquote>, what are you waiting for?


  •  Everybody gets a little April 1 fun (9+ / 0-)

    Scope bacon flavor. Google Nose. Et cetera ad nauseum.

    But one brand is noticeably absent from the April Foolery: the GOP.

    Because how would we know?

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

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:34:19 PM PDT

  •  "Chevez"? (5+ / 0-)

    Is that some kind of newfangled series hybrid?

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

    by JeffW on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:38:54 PM PDT

  •  every day's April Fool's Day within the Beltway nt (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, PSzymeczek, Aunt Pat

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:40:23 PM PDT

  •  Our quilting angels aka SaraR & winglion (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PSzymeczek, Aunt Pat

    will have another  community quilt diary for Clytemnestra. They have a very important ministry here at DKos. They need some more funding for their projects.  Please consider visiting Sara R's diary this evening & donating to keep this important part of DK alive.

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:46:50 PM PDT

  •  Today is the first day of 2013 (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, Gentle Giant

    in which my front yard is free of snow.

    So, there's that.


    No, I mean join the club, man. We meet every Thursday. We're trying to raise money for a field trip to Amsterdam. -- Leo (Tommy Chong) on That 70's Show.

    by lotac on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:48:31 PM PDT

  •  Re the Irish bishops. Reminds me of when King (4+ / 0-)

    John of England refused to accept the Pope's selection of Stephen Langton as Archbisop of Canterbury (to the point of throwing Langton out of the country).  The Pope issued an interdiction against England, forbidding the performance of any religious rites.  

    The interdiction lasted for a long time and the populace had to learn to make do.  This stood England in good stead when Henry VIII established the Church of England.  Even though several centuries had passed, the populace still had vestigial memories of managing without their priests.  Heh.  

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:57:08 PM PDT

  •  Check out jpmassar's new diary on Stop & Frisk (0+ / 0-)

    Daily Kos: Stop & Frisk on Trial: NYPD Chief Kelly Admitted Cops Target Blacks 2 'Instill Fear' Says State Sen.

    Rec it please

  •  My favorite daily so far... (0+ / 0-)

    Of course, I have a conflict of interest, it's where I hang out.

    Proteus Racing: The Climb to Giro D'Italia from Greenbelt Bike Videos on Vimeo.

  •  It would be a good thing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant

    if divorcing parents did have counseling in regard to the effects it has on their children. Too many end up only thinking about themselves and not about how their behavior hurts their children.

    That being said, the counseling needs to be religion free and unbiased. If the parents want additional counseling that would be up to them.

    I'd bet it would actually save money and lives in so many ways.

    The rest of it such as waiting periods, give me a break. Not like divorcing is a walk in the park. I would guess most people think long and hard before deciding to go through with one.

    •  I think most people these days, (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      after decades of divorces being commonplace in this country, are well aware of the impact on children and on themselves.
      Counseling would be good, and perhaps suggesting it should be mandatory for every divorce lawyer seeing a client for the first time. Good luck with that.

      My wife and I reconciled during separation. She'd asked for a divorce. We knew exactly what we could expect as did our teenaged sons who lived with me during the separation.

      We chose to get counseling when we decided to reconcile. More accurately, she decided. I had one foot out the door...

      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 Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:03:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's good that you both were smart enough (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Gentle Giant

        but there are way more people that aren't and a whole lot who are so caught up in anger that a lot of kids suffer.

        Many kids are not teenagers either. While your separation went better, for many they do not think about the kids.

        Really too, most kids could use an unbiased adult outside of the relationship. Someone who is not a friend of the family or a relative. Even if it's just so they have an ear to bend.

  •  Senator Casey (0+ / 0-)

    now supports marriage equality.

    Following Senator Hagan's change of heart, that leaves 8 Democratic Senators on the wrong side of history:

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) continues to back DOMA, in addition to opposing same-sex marriage.

    Sen. Nelson strongly supports civil rights for same-sex couples, while believing marriage should be between a man and a woman.

    Senator Heitkamp believes this should be handled on a state-by-state basis.

    Sen. Mary Landrieu feel[s] very strongly that people should be allowed to love who they love, but unfortunately [her] state has a very strong ban against gay marriage constitutionally, so [she is] going to have to think really carefully and listen to the voters of [her] state about that issue.

    Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) opposes DOMA and co-signed an amicus brief last much that urged the Supreme Court to invalidate Section 3 of that law. But the senator has yet to endorse same-sex marriage as a legal right.

    Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) does not support same-sex marriage.

    Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) opposed same-sex marriage during the campaign. His office said it would send a statement of explanation for his current position, though it hadn't done so by the time of publication.

    I'm not at all surprised by Donnelly, Manchin, Pryor, or Heitkamp's positions and expect that they won't change anytime soon.

    I'm wondering what Carper is waiting for. Perhaps it's simply a matter of making an announcement, although he's had plenty of time to do so.

    Nelson's separate but equal stance is disappointing, particularly given that he just won re-election handily.

    I'm pleasantly surprised by Mary Landrieu, who is almost always on the wrong side of just about any issue. The Senator from Louisiana obviously supports marriage equality, but represents too many dumb hillbillies and has a tough campaign ahead of her.

    Now that Senator Johnson has decided not to run for re-election, perhaps he will come over to the right side. Given the statement his office put out last week, I won't hold my breathe:

    "He has not changed his position on marriage equality," Johnson's office said. Asked if that meant he does support the right of a gay couple to marry, the office replied: "No."
  •  I DON'T know how to (0+ / 0-)

    work this TOWEL!!!

    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 Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 01:43:32 PM PDT

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