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What was the craziest thing you heard or saw or read or experienced this week?

I still haven't worked out all the details of my favorite crazy story of the week, the one where the Elvis impersonator was framed by the buddy who knew he loved writing his congresscritters and so laced some letters with ricin, signed Elvis' name to them, and sent them off to the president and such. The Elvis impersonator was so relieved to be exonerated he offered up free foot reflexology treatments to all good women everywhere. It was a crazy week indeed.

The Boston suspects were heading to New York City for what purpose?

  1. To party
  2. To lay low and hide out
  3. To blow up the Statue of Liberty
  4. To meet up with their sleeper cell

One of these media outlets got the story right, right?

  1. The AP reported that a bombing suspect was in custody on Wednesday after the attacks.
  2. The New York Post reported that a Saudi national had been detained and was considered a suspect.
  3. The New York Post published pictures of two young "bag men" as the bombing suspects.
  4. Fox News identified the bombing suspect hiding in the boat as Zooey Deschanel.
  5. A European weekly reported that Sarah Palin called for the invasion of the Czech Republic in response to the terrorist attacks in Boston.

Who said this?

"If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a Drone kills him or a policeman kills him, but it’s different if they want to come fly over your hot tub, or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone, and they want to watch your activities."
True or False?

Last Sunday John McCain finally gave up his spot on the Sunday Shows to attend brunch with his daughter Megan to soothe her nerves over Ann Coulter's suggestion that she should be murdered.

Ok, one of these Republican whacko stories IS false:

  1. An Arkansas Republican chronicled his dismay that we're not allowed to shoot our Congresscritters to keep them in line.
  2. A Tennessee state Senator said liberals should be calling for "crock pot control" in the wake of the use of pressure-cooker bombs in Boston.
  3. John McCain and his maiden Aunt Lindsey Graham (h/t Charles Pierce) have gone on a cross-country tour raising funds to send the Boston Marathon Bomber to Gitmo.
  4. A Republican campaign staffer for Mitt Romney got busted for extorting nude photos from young women.

Barack Obama has found what sure-fire way to prevent his daughters from getting a tattoo:

  1. He showed them the tattoo he has always regretted.
  2. He told them he and Michelle would get identical tattoos in identical places and show them off on YouTube.
  3. He promised to accompany them to make sure the needles are sterilized and to hold their hands in case they faint.
  4. He showed them Tattoos Gone Bad websites.

At the funeral of the slain MIT police officer, who derided the Boston bombing suspects as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis"?

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Friday, April 26th

Kansas-Missouri Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence, KS

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Glitterscale
3. Midwest Cohouser
4. Syoho
Maybees:
kcdesigngirl
Latest diary: Springfield Missouri Get Together Update (It's ON) and Lawrence, KS 4/26
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Sunday, April 28th
NYC Kossacks Brunch and a Show!
ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to attend.

 Whym Restaurant NYC
Brunch:
TIME: Noon (with Show at 3PM)
LOCATION: Whym
889 9th Avenue (between 57th & 58th) • NYC
RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Denise Oliver Velez, Guest of Honor
3. devtob
4. LuLu
5. MBNYC
6. friends of LuLu
7. mconvente
8. joanbrooker
9. kathny
10. Todd Beeton
Maybees:
belinda ridgewood
thankgodforairamerica
 PlayBill Ann Richards
Theater:
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: The Vivian Beaumont Theater
150 West 65th St. (Broadway) • NYC
RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Denise Oliver Velez, Guest of Honor
3. devtob
4. LuLu
5. MBNYC
6. friends of LuLu
Maybees:
Latest diary: Reminder: NYC Meetup and Matinee, 4/28!
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Thursday, May 16th

Chicago Kossacks Celebrate the 101st Anniversary of Studs Terkel's Birth

TIME: 6:00 PM (drinks & apps) 7:00 PM (dinner, optional)
LOCATION: Pegasus Restaurant
130 South Halsted St. • Chicago (Greek Town!)

figbash will be dressing like Studs and others can do the same. There will be SWAG for all attendees. Plus door prizes!

ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. figbash
2. broths
3. Mr. broths
4. NormAl1792
5. winifred
6. Empower Ink
Maybees:
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks and Studs Terkel: Thurs, May 16th
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Saturday, June 1st

Atlanta Area Kossacks Kick-off Meet-up

TIME: 2:30 PM
LOCATION: Manuel's Tavern
602 N Highland Avenue Northeast • Atlanta

ORGANIZER: Send racheltracks a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. One Pissed Off Liberal
2. racheltracks
3. annrose
4. nawlinscate
5. Burned
6. treesrock
Maybees:
pragmaticidealist
xxdr zombiexx
eeff
Ashaman
lam2b2g
foresterbob
Lily O Lady
Latest diary: Atlanta Meet-Up
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DATE TBD

NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3. betson08 (if event is in April)
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Wednesday, June 19th

Cheers & Jeers-* New Day * Dinner

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: The Brit (Britannia Arms)
173 W. Santa Clara St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose

Every year since 2007, Common Sense Mainer has organized a dinner for the readers of Cheers & Jeers who attend Netroots Nation. It has grown every year. Last year we had over 100 Kossacks attend. CSM always chooses a restaurant willing to handle a large crowd WITH SEPARATE CHECKS. (!?!) Yes, I know, hard to believe but it's worked the last several years. This year CSM has negotiated with The Brit for a special menu and separate checks are secured. If you'd like to join us please leave a comment in this diary and you'll be put on the RSVP list below. This year * New Day * and SFKossacks are co-hosting. All regional groups are invited to attend in addition to the loyal C&J following that Bill and Michael have.

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend or leave a comment.

The plenary table list below will also be the RSVP list for this event. Dinner attendees will have an asterisk by their name.



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Wednesday, June 19th

Liquid Courage party to open NN13

Our friends at the Courage Campaign have announced that they’re throwing a party to open Netroots Nation 2013. Gov. Howard Dean will be there!

TIME: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: The Tech Museum

201 South Market St. (walking distance from Conv. Center) • Downtown San Jose
Arrive early on Wednesday to pick up your credentials at the Convention Center which will get you into the Liquid Courage event.



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Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations

SFKossacks:
1. side pocket *
2. mrs. side pocket *
3. kimoconnor *
4. citisven
5. lineatus
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber *
8. remembrance *
9. jotter *
10. aha aha *
SFKossacks:
1. Lusty *
2. RainyDay *
3. norm *
4. boran2 (Honorary)
5. Lorikeet *
6. madhaus
7. boatsie
8. maggiejean *
9. paradise50 *
10. smileycreek *
SFKossacks:
1. Kamakhya
2. dharmasyd
3. Ebby
4. Bustergirl
5. BeninSC (Honorary)
6. sfbaytransplant
7. Senor Unoball
8. paradox
9. slouching
10. shanikka
SFKossacks:
1. edrie *
2. Jeff in CA
3. Mrs. Jeff in CA
4. mber *
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo *
2. Meteor Blades
3. 4Freedom * (maybe)
4. no way lack of brain
5. translatorpro
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
8. TheFatLadySings
9. TFLS's guest
10. TFLS's guest
Central Valley Kossacks:
1. tgypsy
2. Kestrel *
3. Caddis Fly
4. Sychotic1
5. peregrine kate (honorary)
6. ProvokingMeaning (honorary)
7. mrsgoo * (mrgoo *)
8.
9.
10.
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates *
2. texasmom *
3. texasdad *
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42 *
3. susans *
4. murphy
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
NYC and beyond:
1. sidnora *
2. belinda ridgewood *
3. hayden
4. Jimdotz
5. theroaringgirl
6. thankgodforairamerica
7.
8.
9.
10.
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
2. winglion
3. loggersbrat *
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
6. linkage
7.
8.
9.
10.
Military Community Members:
1. DaNang65
2. drnatrl
3. angelajean (Maybe)
4. exlrrp (Maybe)
5. ccasas
6. llbear (Maybe)
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cheers & Jeers Readers:
1. vicki
2. Sharoney
3. Spousal Unit
4. brillig *
5. mik *
6. K1 *
7. cskendrick
8. Arenosa *
9.
10.

Gay Men of ANY Certain Age:
1. gizmo59
2. gizmo59's partner?
3. Dave in Northridge *
4. Steveningen
5. scaboni?
6. cooper888
7. gotmooned
8. FogCityJohn
9. slksfca
10.
Misc Kossacks, new tables?:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.


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Community Quilt Project

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smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
1. paradise50
2. Dave in Northridge
3. remembrance
4. BeninSC
5. mimi
6. cskendrick
7. DaNang65
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
11. slksfca
12. belinda ridgewood
13. Ebby
14. Bustergirl
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
17. Dr. Lori (not attending, quilt only)
18. MsSpentYouth
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Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
16. Thinking Fella
17. Blu Gal in DE
18. NormAl1792
19. winifred3

Maybees:
Joan McCarter
slksfca
Ed in Montana
BoiseBlue
BoiseBlue GF
Dave in Northridge
Timmethy

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Check In! Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!
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Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.

Okay. Floor's open.
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