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  •  actually (4+ / 0-)

    rec'd a comment by Armando - will wonders never cease

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 GOP Rep. Steve Stockman (TX):"If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted"

    by annieli on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:03:04 PM PDT

  •  Sorry for the typo. (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, annieli, PSzymeczek

    Californiarnia???  Wtf?

  •  Sound of Winger heads exploding(Again) (6+ / 0-)

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Will Be Represented By Public Defenders

    BOSTON — Federal public defenders have agreed to represent the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, says her office expects to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) after he is charged.

    Tsarnaev remained hospitalized Saturday after being wounded in a firefight with police Friday. His brother was killed.

    Conrad says she believes Dzhokhar should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."

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

    by JML9999 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:13:59 PM PDT

    •  Question about the bombers -- (1+ / 0-)
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      Wondering what the two Tsarnaevs did for a living?  They talk about their schoolwork, and the elders boxing, but nothing about jobs or sources of income.

      Where were they getting money for cars and rent and so forth?   Dad apparently was out of the picture, ill in Russia, the Mom was with him (wondering what she did to get by?) but no mention if they flipped burgers, cleaned houses, whatever.  

      Could the elder guy have been a bouncer at a club, or muscle for some other operations?  They said he played violin and piano, was it professionally?  Doesn't seem to go along with boxing (hands).

  •  DIARY PIMP!!!! Coming up at 7:15... (6+ / 0-)

    A rescheduled---and super-rare Saturday edition of---Cheers and Jeers.

    Come splash in the kiddie pool, drink, vent, and celebrate 4/20 in whatever way you feel is best.

    Twinkies from the Federal Snack Cake Reserve will be served.


  •  Inside Climate News has shamed the tradmedia (5+ / 0-)

    Inside Climate news won the Pulitzer for covering the tar sands diluted bitumen spill that the traditional media feared to cover.

    Inside Climate News has done a good job of covering Keystone XL, too. And the Exxon dilbit spill in Arkansas.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:20:20 PM PDT

  •  Check out (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, judyms9

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:21:20 PM PDT

  •  Anyone who's dependent on a wheelchair (9+ / 0-)

    should check out this article in the New York Times.

    An E.V. That Wraps Around a Wheelchair

    My mother was a double amputee for the last 15 years of her life after losing her legs to peripheral artery disease and while this vehicle wouldn't have worked for her--she was vision impaired--I think this might help a lot of people to maintain their independence.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:23:25 PM PDT

    •  And it's electric? Double coolness factor (5+ / 0-)

      achievement unlocked!

      You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

      by ontheleftcoast on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:29:18 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, it's electric (1+ / 0-)
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        Top speed is 25 mph. It's built for the special E.V. lanes that cities and towns are adding to their roads. It's basically a wider version of a bike lane. We even have one here in Jackson, California and there's talk about adding more of them here.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:32:12 PM PDT

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        •  It's called a Kenguru (0+ / 0-)

          I hope I never need one, but being a diabetic I don't really know what's in store down the road so I hope these guys are successful.

          Here's a link to Kenguru's website.

          As I said above, my mother was a double amputee. That taught me how hard it is for a person to transfer to/from a wheelchair. I provided transportation for my mother using my SUV and it took a big toll and both of us.

          The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

          by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:44:41 PM PDT

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    •  It looks to be the same size as our friend's (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert

      Smart car.  Combine this with auto-driver technology and this would be great for the disabled, especially those attending college or carving out careers in sales.  Flame the front and that woman in the photo will be good to go.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:17:52 PM PDT

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      •  My mother gave up her car (1+ / 0-)
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        because wet macular degeneration was taking away her eyesight and at the same time she was facing complications from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

        Had it not been for her eye problems and declining vision, this vehicle would have worked for her. If you added "Smart Car" technology to the mix that would have greatly enhanced her mobility which is what I want to see for everyone in a similar situation.

        It wasn't too much later that my mother lost one of her legs below the knee because of the PAD and she was in a wheelchair, but transferring was still pretty easy because she still had one leg.

        My mother was living in a mobile home park and the mailboxes were a couple of blocks from her home. So she bought a used golf cart. She could safely transfer from her power wheelchair to the golf cart and go down to the mailboxes while visiting with the neighbors along the way.

        I'm not sure how she managed to actually get her mail because she would have to park the cart at which point her mailbox would still be 20 feet away. But, I suspect that she would have just sat in her cart, struck up a conversation with someone else and get them to get her mail out of the box.

        My mother was very friendly and everyone wanted to help her with things like that. She was living in a senior park and she had lots of friends. And, I think she believed my father when he said that "a stranger is just a friend that you haven't met" or something like that. By the way, my father was also very good with people.

        Anyway, my mother had a great time in her golf cart until she lost her second leg at which point she had to give it up because it was too difficult (unsafe) for her to transfer from her power wheelchair to the cart.

        Losing the second leg left my mother in her power chair most of the time, but she still managed to transfer from her chair to the commode to the bed all on her own! She had an independent spirit and didn't like to depend on me or anyone while at the same time being very generous with others to the extent that was possible.

        So my mother kept keeping on even after she lost her second leg. But, life got more difficult and I had to step in to help more and more. But, by g-d she never gave up and continued to live alone.

        My mother passed away a few hours after going to the hospital (shortly after her 90th birthday) and she maintained her independence right to the end.

        My mother knew what "Independence" meant as much as anyone I've ever known and for what it's worth she was a registered Democrat her entire life.

        Mother set an example for me and I just hope that I will be able to come even close to what she did by remaining independent.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:16:55 PM PDT

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      •  The woman in the photo (0+ / 0-)

        Stacy L. Zoern is the Chief Executive Officer of Kengrue, Inc. and she responded within just a few minutes after I sent her an email about the NY Times article.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:21:16 PM PDT

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  •  Calling Californians (2+ / 0-)
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    This diary by Dan Bacher on the Sacramento River Delta is something you might want to read.

    Brown administration official claims 'Delta can't be saved'

    Sounds to me like this is just a water grab which is what I suspected all along.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:26:47 PM PDT

  •  query (0+ / 0-)

    Terrorism is not new--oppressed people do desperate acts--my question--How come history doesn't show African Americans doing such violence?  Oppressed for hundreds of years--including today--is it possible there were terror acts that weren't reported, figuring that would prevent the spread of such acts?  I lived through the riots of the 1960s, but they were almost always a response to police brutality or assassination of leaders.  The oppression was worse before then--yet history is silent on violence.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:33:51 PM PDT

  •  Have a great evening all! Helps me to focus (0+ / 0-)

    on the good things in life in times like these, how about you?

     photo IMG_1013.jpg Sunset from Raphael's Terrazas, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica, Feb. 2013 by divineorder  

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:43:28 PM PDT

  •  Garrison Keillor just went on a brief, amazing (1+ / 0-)
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    rant on PHC, embedding a rather astonishing crie de coeur in the midst of his News from Lake Wobegone, disguised as the sort of cranky ranting that poor Pastor Liz has had to endure lately. I couldn't transcribe it, but I recommend folks be sure to catch it on a re-run tomorrow.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:35:57 PM PDT

  •  The Umpire needs an AR-15 (0+ / 0-)


    Little League Shooting Cancels Games, Triggers Investigation

    According to Vallejo Police Lt. Kenny Park, the non-injury shooting took place in the parking lot outside the game. Apparently, two parents were involved in an unknown altercation, and one man fired into the car of the other man. The victim wasn’t hit, and he drove away from the scene.
    The two men have gone to the store to replace their ammo. So everything is OK. Their rightful guns will remain in their possession, in fact, now all the parents will be CC at Little League.

    guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

    by 88kathy on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:20:46 PM PDT

  •  Station mistakenly IDs bombing suspect as Deschane (0+ / 0-)
    A Fox station in Dallas mistakenly identified the Boston Marathon bombing suspect as actress Zooey Deschanel on its closed captioning feed Friday.

    According to, shortly before 2 p.m. as the manhunt for 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was underway, viewers watching Fox 4 with closed captioning on saw this headline: "Marathon bombing, he is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel."

    When the 33-year-old New Girl actress heard about the snafu, she tweeted: "Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL."

    USA Today link

    I was watching a couple Boston news stations on-line with closed captioning and the typos were pretty bad but this is way beyond that.

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