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    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Head-bangers
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • GOP's guiding principle: get rid of the brown people by any means necessary, by Armando
    • Austerity isn't dead... but it should be, by Mark Sumner
    • Another bird flu to watch for... H7N9 in China, by Greg Dworkin
    • "Fairytales" as "reality": Weddings on TV, by Laura Clawson
    • Of things that defy understanding, by Laurence Lewis
    • President Obama's gift to George W. Bush, by brooklynbadboy
  • Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin finally had something worthwhile to say:
    Akin also took shots at a favorite punching bag of the right-wing of the GOP, Karl Rove. Rove has started a project, the Conservative Victory Fund, aiming to help electable candidates in Republican primaries — i.e., no more Todd Akins.

    “Karl Rove has made himself an expert,” Akin said. “I think I lost one race. He managed to lose about 12 of them in one night.”

  • News that will surprise absolutely no one:
    Matt Drudge has long been conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' biggest ally. According to a Media Matters review, the heavily-trafficked Drudge Report has promoted at least 50 separate articles at Jones' Infowars website in 2013, and has linked to at least 244 different articles on the site in the past two years.

    Drudge announced this week that he had privately told friends that 2013 would be the "year of Alex Jones." Considering Drudge's penchant for promoting Jones and his Infowars website, those comments are more of a promise than a prediction. [...]

    Jones has lately made headlines for his most recent conspiracy that the Boston Marathon bombings were a "false flag" attack staged by the government. Drudge has provided several links to Jones' site in the days since Jones started floating Boston conspiracies, including an article highlighting the father of the bombing suspects claiming his sons had been set up.

  • And in related news, if you're still looking for a freedom fighter to love, some profiles from the InfoWars Dating site can be found here.
  • Booyah!
    A 28 year old female US sailor beat the bejeesus out of a bus driver in Dubai after he pulled a knife on her and announced he was going to rape her. [...]

    Basically, she got on the bus after shopping, he drove to a bus terminal, pulled a knife on her, and told her he was going to rape her.  So she beat the cr*p out of him.

  • Assholes:
    Republicans in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow businesses to openly discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation if they want to do so because of their religious beliefs. SB 5927 carves out a specific exception to the state’s nondiscrimination law that says only federal protections — which don’t include sexual orientation — apply when a person’s religious belief is “burdened”:
    Nothing in this section may burden a person or religious organization’s freedom of religion including, but not limited to, the right of an individual or entity to deny services if providing those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or entity owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience. This subsection does not apply to the denial of services to individuals recognized as a protected class under federal law applicable to the state as of the effective date of this section. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, philosophical belief, or matter of conscience may not be burdened unless the government proves that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest.
  • Seriously, Hyundai, what in the hell were you thinking?
  • You've probably never wondered, but here's the name and picture of the guy who shot and killed John Wilkes Booth on this day in 1865:

    This is Sgt Boston Corbett, who killed JWBooth this day 1865--US Govt officials furious Booth wasn't captured alive: http://t.co/...
    @BeschlossDC via Twitter for iPad

  • Heartbreaking story about an Iraq war vet, whose horrible injuries make him an object of disrespect, staring and outright rudeness in his home town.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: An FAA sequester fix is in the works, just as Congress heads to the airport. For procedure fans: there's parliamentary irony involved. A new craze in #GunFAIL: "home invasion shooting." Wholesale pension theft vs. petty pension theft. Armando on the continuing Reinhart-Rogoff backlash; a new low in the Benghazi craze; losing the sequester game piece by piece; and a sneak peek at his Sunday Kos piece on a new lunatic right-wing legal theory. Lastly, a gun enthusiast's online post explains why #GunFAIL has real value to gun guys.

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  •  Nice views for you (12+ / 0-)

    This photo was taken in the late afternoon yesterday on the path from the Delacorte Theater to the Belvedere Castle.

    From  Delacorte to Belvedere

    The Kwanzan Cherry blossoms in the late day sun.

    And the last light on Shakespeare’s Garden in Central Park.

    Late Afternoon, Shakespeare's Garden

    Click on any photo for a better view.

  •  Eugene Robinson had an interesting column today (5+ / 0-)

    which I explored in Eugene Robinson says "Bush’s legacy keeps getting worse".  I agree with most of what he offers, but offer a somewhat different perspective in part.

    I invite you to read.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:02:01 PM PDT

  •  April 26, 1937 (4+ / 0-)
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    You should know why this date is important

    If you read this diary you will.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:02:57 PM PDT

  •  Odds & Ends (9+ / 0-)

    SEPARATED at BIRTH - Academy Award winner Rita Moreno and California senator Barbara Boxer.

       

    FRIDAY's CHILD is Sammy the Hero Cat - an Ohio kitteh who saved the life of his housemate dog Izzy - who was in-the-mouth of a bigger dog, about to be torn apart - when Sammy puffed-up, causing the big dog to release Izzy and chase Sammy (to no avail) up a tree ...... enabling the family to rescue an injured Izzy .... and who is expected to recover fully.


    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:04:24 PM PDT

  •  Assholes is right (7+ / 0-)

    I'm not surprised the asshole Republicans in WA would push for something like that law. Remember, we're one of the states where pharmacists can tell you they don't want to fill your prescription if they find it violates their conscience.

    The good news, we elected a good Democratic Governor in 2012 -- Former Congressman Jay Inslee, and this piece of shit legislation won't pass his desk.

    Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:10:16 PM PDT

    •  It's time for some businesses in Olympia (6+ / 0-)

      to say that it is a matter of conscience for them not to serve Republican lawmakers.

      Repeal the 2nd amendment.

      by Calouste on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:19:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes my husband works in retail and there are (1+ / 0-)
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        those rare times where a customer is swearing and screaming obsenities at him while making a purchase. He would , as a matter of sanity for his mental wellbeing, refuse to sell to him. But alas, one must sell to  all.

        He also gets nervous when customers are being waited on and they are not happy and wearing a holster with a gun in it.  He says that is intimdating.  

        What if some customer walks in the store and he is not mentally stable but carrying a gun ...that gives the employees pause, that is for sure.

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:27:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  We need a new (2+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast, JeffW

      Equal Rights Amendment:

      Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on any basis.
      Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
      Section 3. This amendment shall take effect immediately after the date of ratification.

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

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:25:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Different people... (0+ / 0-)

    ...call me different names.

    Some call me a "solutions facilitator." Some call me a "professional irritant."

    I even list "professional irritant" on the business card that I hand out at writing and political gatherings.

  •  Global warming discovered 75 years ago today (4+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, maryabein, theran, JeffW

    Seventy-five years ago an amateur scientist made a breakthrough discovery in the field of climate change.

    Guy Stewart Callendar linked global warming to CO2 emissions but his work went largely unnoticed at the time.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

  •  Um, btw.. the guy that killed Booth: WINGNUT (3+ / 0-)
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    Hardcore Christian who cut off his own testicles with scissors to try to stop being tempted by prostitutes.  

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:15:14 PM PDT

    •  As long as he wasn't trying (1+ / 0-)
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      to cut off every other man's testicles, I've got no beef with how he chose to live his own life.

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

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:26:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  That is interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      fenway49

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:27:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  He also (0+ / 0-)

      was under orders not to shoot, but said he saw through the burning barn walls that Booth was going to kill his Lieutenant.

      He later moved to Kansas, where he ended up working for the state House of Representatives. In the late 1880s he was put in a psych hospital after pulling a gun on people who mocked the session's opening prayer. Today he could probably run for governor of Kansas on that. He is believed to have died in a fire a few years later, but rumored abounded that he lived on somewhere else.

      He was known as "Boston" Corbett because he immigrated from England to Boston. That's where he did his self-castration thing; he was treated at Mass. General.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:34:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Nobody I know remembers this anymore, (4+ / 0-)
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    even if they are as old as I am. (And I'm getting old, as Moms Mabley used to emphasize; another "old" reference).

    Almost every time I see the name "John Wilkes Booth," I usually think of Jack Lemmon, of all people.

    Many, many years ago, "Playhouse 90" (old) or one of those other ancient but wonderful TV series, presented "The Day Lincoln Was Shot," originally written by Jim Bishop (old).

    Jack Lemmon played the assassin, and Raymond Massey, who played Lincoln several times before, starred as the President.

    Lemmon was surprisingly good, and I remember him "waiting in the wings" to use that derringer. Even now I remember that amazing pause before Lemmon entered to shoot Massey.
    I remember him smoothing his mustache before he did the deed! A great dramatic and telling touch.  

    Funny what stuff stays with you. It helped that my father, who saw it with me, was hugely impressed. And pardon the reminiscence. This is what you do increasingly as you get older. Just as I saw the ones doing who went before me when I was young. Indulge us!

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:23:49 PM PDT

    •  Pardon the double post. Don't know how this (1+ / 0-)
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      happened.

      "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

      by Wildthumb on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:24:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Didn't know about Jack Lemmon (0+ / 0-)

      but I have the Jim Bishop book on the shelf. I think it was published in the 40s or early 50s. The Lincoln assassination and its aftermath is one of my things; I must have about 70 books on it.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:36:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't blame you. That act resounds throughout (0+ / 0-)

        our history. And my father was an enormous Lincoln admirer.
        He'd cry about him. He loved any impersonation of Lincoln by actors, for example Henry Fonda, as Young Mr. Lincoln.
        And many of us are impressed by what impressed our parents, understandably.

        The way Ken Burns depicted the assassination and its aftermath was impressive on the Civil War series.

        "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

        by Wildthumb on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:47:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Great sig, by the way. (0+ / 0-)

        "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

        by Wildthumb on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:48:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I think Bishop also wrote a book (1+ / 0-)
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        called The Day Christ Died, on the Crucifixion -- the crux of his books was reporting the events as if he had been the reporter on the scene.

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

        by Cali Scribe on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 04:01:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Hyundai ad is so wrong (1+ / 0-)
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    I am a sarcastic SOB, but that Hyundai ad
    http://www.theblaze.com/...
    is just plain wrong.
    I hope the Hyundai person who approved it is fired.

  •  Teahadists want to discriminate based on race, (1+ / 0-)
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    gender, sexual orientation. But they think it is perfectly to walk into a store, a doctor's office, a hospital,  a restaurant wearing a holster with a gun.  

    I get nervous when I see people packing heat who seem to be in a bad mood or are drunk or whatever.
    One never knows if they are going to go off , go ballistic, or are mentally unstable.  

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:29:22 PM PDT

  •  beacuse Sean Hannity spent his whole show (1+ / 0-)
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    attacking Joe Scarborough.  That makes me really like Joe Scarborough, now.

  •  "That's Not a Knife-- (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    But this is a fist!!"

    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 Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:31:46 PM PDT

  •  Re US Sailor in Dubai, now thats change to believe (0+ / 0-)

    in. 3 cheers.
    Lets not forget tho, that if she was a local, instead of in the US military, she'd be arrested, thrown in jail and probably raped by half the police station for acting all uppity.
    All the $$$ in the world cant hide what a primitive backward place Dubai and its neighbors are, under their pretend veneer of western sophistication.

  •  Clever tweet from OFA (1+ / 0-)
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    link.

  •  WA republican proposal is a piece of work: (2+ / 0-)
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    Republicans in Washington state have proposed a bill that would allow businesses to openly discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation if they want to do so because of their religious beliefs.
    It's not anti gay: why, you could discriminate against straights too!  As long as your religion has hetero hating as a rule.  Because that would make heterosexual hating so much more rational and fair?  No, because such religions don't exist.

    That's not even "gun control". It's more like "massacre control".

    by Inland on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:33:53 PM PDT

  •  Zoidberg backs Keystone &ANWR through PAC (1+ / 0-)
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    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Mark Zuckerberg’s New Political Group Spending Big On Ads Supporting Keystone XL And Oil Drilling

    Mark Zuckerberg’s new political group, which bills itself as a bipartisan entity dedicated to passing immigration reform, has spent considerable resources on ads advocating a host of anti-environmental causes — including driling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and constructing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

    The umbrella group, co-founded by Facebook’s Zuckerberg, NationBuilder’s Joe Green, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, Dropbox’s Drew Houston, and others in the tech industry, is called FWD.US. Its initial priority is the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, including enhanced border security, more visas for workers with special skills, and a pathway to citizenship for those living in the U.S. without legal status. Other long-term priorities for the group include education reform and expanded scientific research.

    FWD.US is bankrolling two subsidiary organizations to purchase TV ads to advance the overarching agenda — one run by veteran Republican political operatives and one led by Democratic strategists. The GOP-lead group, called Americans For A Conservative Direction, has created an ad in support of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) which praises him for supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and expanded drilling elsewhere. The ad, which does not mention immigration policy, also attacks Obamacare, “wasteful stimulus spending,” and “seedy Chicago-style politics.” Politico reports the group plans a seven-figure buy with this and other ads.


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

    by JML9999 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:40:18 PM PDT

  •  Iraq war veteran - indeed, very sad (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, with all the shit reality TV out there where people willingly put themselves on display as a freak show to get their 15 minutes of fame, we've come to think that it's acceptable to treat people like objects for our amusement.

    And sadly too, when going to Walmart and buying some cheap shitty thing for a couple of bucks is the only entertainment you can afford, a disfigured veteran walking through the store becomes a sideshow instead of a fellow human being.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:47:17 PM PDT

  •  Very unsurprising news about the GOP in (0+ / 0-)

    Wash. State. I live in Spokane, and hadn't heard a word of this. I suspect it has something to do with the Tri-Cities florist who recently denied some gay couple of her services, and now a lawsuit is happening. Gotta love the GOP and their consistant stand against gays, they all stick togther. Ugh!

  •  Wonderful story about the Iraq vet (1+ / 0-)
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    Even as a non-disabled veteran myself, I would probably be one of the people staring uncomfortably, but I would never be rude enough to ask "Was it worth it?"

    Here's a lesson for those against immigration...Ronny Porta immigrated from Peru and felt that he needed to give back to the country that gave him so much. That is a common feeling among immigrants and is a sentiment that we should value in this country where many of us take our rights for granted.

    While I'm sure Porta would wish that he was never injured, he should wear his scars with pride as many other veterans before him have done.

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” - Anais Nin

    by legendmn on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 01:13:07 PM PDT

  •  Austerity Math Matters (0+ / 0-)

    find out why ...



    Austerity Math Matters -- especially when it's Wrong
    by jamess -- Apr 26, 2013

  •  Chris Matthews' guest says Congress *can't* do (2+ / 0-)
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    anything for the common people. That's wrong. Congress won't do anything for the American people. More than half the members of the House are millionaires?
    Wow.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 02:40:57 PM PDT

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