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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is FISA: Now Hiring:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - FISA: Now Hiring
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • American Indians still must fight to get their votes counted, by Meteor Blades
    • Demographic Winter? Republicans ensuring their own demise, by Dante Atkins
    • A tale of two Zimmermans: a radical and a racist, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Book review: Chris Hayes' "Twilight of the Elites," by Susan Gardner
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  • This is awesome:
    Texas lawmakers are currently rushing an omnibus anti-abortion bill through a special session, after each of its provisions failed to advance separately during the regular legislative session. But not without being met with a fight. Over 700 Texans traveled to Austin on Thursday to testify against the anti-abortion measure before it could come to a vote in the House — and their “people’s filibuster” successfully prevented the legislation from advancing.
  • Yahoo News analyzed how Jay Carney dodges questions. Kind of a crash course for aspiring press secretaries everywhere.
  • Yeeeaaarrrggghhh!
    Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who electrified anti-war liberals during the 2004 presidential race, said Thursday he would consider another run for the White House – a statement that will surely be met with mixed reaction in the Democratic Party.

    Dean, whose underdog presidential campaign officially launched 10 years ago this weekend, said he has "mixed feelings" about running for office again but added he would consider another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination if he doesn't think the other candidates are adequately addressing progressive issues that are dear to his heart.

  • She will be missed ... by lunatics and sellers of tin foil:
    Controversial state Rep. Stella Tremblay, R-Auburn, resigned from the New Hampshire House of Representatives Thursday ... a day after she made another allegation the Boston Marathon bombing might have been a government conspiracy. [...]

    Serving in her second term in the House, Tremblay made national headlines in April after she backed up claims the Boston Marathon bombings might have been a government-sponsored "false flag" meant to take away civil liberties.

  • How not to go on a PR offensive (not to be confused with being offensive):
    'Paula Deen was scheduled to do an interview with us this morning, live in our studio, but we just found out, she’s a no show' - @mlauer
  • The next time you complain about the price of a gallon of gas ... don't.
  • Wow, ancient Mars may have had an oxygen rich atmosphere. -- DS
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounded up news of the farm bill failure, "The Republican War on Data," maneuvering on immigration reform, and Tom Edsall's NYT opinion piece, "Our Broken Social Contract." And that Edsall piece ended up being the basis for most of the rest of the show, so much was there wrapped up in it. Armando called in to join that conversation, plus give us a look at the day's Netroots Nation agenda. And just for kicks at the end, "If We Can't Stop Corporations from Hiding in Cayman Islands to Avoid Taxes, We All Need to Become Pirates." Where have we heard this idea before? Hint: Here!

12:03 PM PT: Paula Deen posted an apology video and then made it private, but Buzzfeed grabbed it, so watch, roll your eyes and gag.

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  •  JUST for the humor. (4+ / 0-)

    Immigration 1492:

    "Aw hell, go ahead and let 'em in. They look okay to me."

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:03:24 PM PDT

  •  Republicans Have Already Lost the Hispanic Vote (2+ / 0-)
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    Old Sailor, ColoTim

    "But that position ignores the fact that the 45.5 million Hispanics already in this country legally are registering to vote and are seeing the Republican Party as distinctly hostile. The more the GOP comes to be seen as fighting immigration reform, the more difficult it will be for Republican candidates to compete for this group of voters. Remember, 50,000 Hispanic citizens reach voting age every month."

  •  No one in Mass is paying attention to the SEN race (1+ / 0-)
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    Aaron Hernandez, Whitey Bulger and the Bruins have dominated the airwaves here.

  •  Ancient Mars (9+ / 0-)

    Well, we knew that ancient Mars had liquid water and now possibly a past oxygen atmosphere.  How long before they uncover evidence of an ancient Martian anti-science crusade against global warming?  I bet it is buried there somewhere...

    The sequester is the new Republican immigration reform plan. Make things so bad here in the US that no one will want to live here.

    by Mote Dai on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:15:58 PM PDT

  •  Howard Dean (1+ / 0-)
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    I find it fascinating how Howard Dean managed to craft a liberal image for himself despite having a fairly conservative record as governor of Vermont.

    St. Petersburg Times, 2003: "The joke among a lot of Vermont Republicans was that they didn't need to run anyone for governor because they basically had one in office already," said Harlan Sylvester, a conservative Democratic stockbroker and longtime adviser to Dean.

    And a take from Business Week back from 2003 as well on Howard Dean's public perception 180

  •  Enjoy NN13 everyone! (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    I wish I could join you there (really!)

    "Please proceed, Governor" -- you know who, and when

    by lotac on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:16:37 PM PDT

  •  Sorry Paula...too little, too late (2+ / 0-)
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    chrississippi, msmacgyver

    I hung with you through the last debacle. But not this time. And your "please don't ruin my empire" video is just too little ... too late.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:19:39 PM PDT

    •  Those video snippets were pretty interesting ... (2+ / 0-)
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      Vita Brevis, ColoTim

      to watch, though they tell me that if she ever says the sky is blue, I'm going to need empirical proof.

    •  yup (0+ / 0-)

      She spreads diabetes wherever she goes.

      At the same time she is a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, the company that makes the diabetes drug Victoza.

      I've seen pimps with higher moral standards than this rancid lump of flesh.

    •  As I said from the start of this, (2+ / 0-)
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      Vita Brevis, Miggles

      why would anyone be surprised?

      Paula Deen is exactly who she says she is and always has been.  If she invented her Southern Belle persona, it would include all the things which she believes are true to form.  Racism would be one of them, although she would not call it that.  She would call it "Being Southern".

      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 Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:53:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hey, I met Lindsay Graham a couple weeks ago.... (7+ / 0-)

    His SC campaign manager is a colleague of mine from high school and we reconnected after our 20th high school reunion.

    Anyway, he asks if I want to meet the senator, I say sure. So we go to his rowhouse catercorner to the Capitol building. Before we go in, he says "Let me just set your expectations right now. The Senator is a bachelor and he kind of lives like one." Uhhh...ok, I thought. I had assumed this was code for "he's gay", but that was not the message he was sending.

    Knock knock "LINDSAY, its X! I've got a friend who wants to meet you." The Senator lumbers towards the top of the stairs. His hair is standing on end from too much product and he's wearing a wife beater and boxers. "Come on in boys, get comfortable."


    So we go upstairs. About 15 empty pizza boxes are strewn throughout the room. Empty diet coke bottles everywhere. There is a cinderblock coffeetable in front of a big screen TV. He props his legs up on the "table" with his legs apart. He lives like a fraternity pledge....I was expecting to see an 8-foot bong, but no dice.

    Anyway, so my brain is oozing out of my head during this Fellini-esque experience. We shoot the breeze and we start talking about politics. This is also kind of interesting. He says (paraphrasing):

    If I wanted to get elected indefinitely, I could. I know what buttons to push. But I'm sick of it. I'm up here doing nothing. If I'm going to get anything accomplished, I've got to put my vote in play. If I win this year, I'm done just being a goalie.

    For the record, they are concerned about a challenge from the right in the primaries. Word has it that there are a couple multimillionaires who are ready to jump in the race and could pull a Murdoch. He said Citizens United makes every race a free for all. Maybe its a good thing?

    Anyway, that's what happened. Nice guy. Pretty smart. Lives in a sty and I wanted to call him Dude. I suspect he's going to be a Goldwater/Crist type who will be a post-career rejector of the GOP.

  •  Paula Deen's gone rogue... (2+ / 0-)
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    Old Sailor, Meteor Blades

    The Food Network needs to fire her or their network will bring scrutiny on itself and the culture they've built. It'll rekindle interest in allegation of Guy Fieri's alleged homophobia:

    Fieri also needed protection from homosexuals, or at least advance warning. Early in the show's run, Page got a phone call from Fieri, who'd just walked out of a restaurant in a huff.

    "Guy had decided that the two men running the restaurant were life partners," Page remembers. "He said, 'You can't send me to talk to gay people without warning! Those people weird me out!'"

    •  We quit watching the Food Network (4+ / 0-)

      quite some time ago. We got sick and tired of abrasive hosts who were way too impressed with themselves, and with the ridiculous "competitions".

      •  It looks to me like all you need is some tats, too (1+ / 0-)
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        Old Sailor

        much hair product, a wardrobe of straight bottom striped shirts, and be opinionated about food without explaining why to be a "chef" on the Food Network.

      •  The best cooking shows are on PBS... (2+ / 0-)
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        Old Sailor, Miggles

        There's a political element to this too because George Will used to beat up on PBS as irrelevant by pointing, among other things, to TFN as providing one of the services PBS offered but without reliance on the government. Why go to PBS to learn how to cook when you can go to The Food Network, he argued? He claimed everything PBS offered by way of programming was already being offered by other networks. Capitalism over government, IOW.

        But like all corporate controlled networks(like Oxygen), TFN eventually lost its way and now barely features cooking instruction. It's all cupcake wars---which is so stupid it hurts(and manages, somehow, to not even teach its audience how to make cupcakes)! Even worse, TFN has that creepy show w/the guy who spies on people with cameras.

        So once again, George Will is wrong.

      •  I liked the Iron Chef, but they've clearly taken (0+ / 0-)

        it too far now...don't watch much of it myself anymore...

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 03:05:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Stand Your Ground Alaska Style (4+ / 0-)

    Alaska Governor Signs Stand Your Ground Into Law At Shooting Range

    More than a year after the tragic shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Florida street drew national attention to Stand Your Ground laws, and with shooter George Zimmerman’s trial set to begin next week, no state has successfully repealed its law authorizing the unfettered use of deadly force. But on Thursday, Alaska became the latest state to adopt a Stand Your Ground law, with Gov. Sean Parnell (R) signing the law and several other gun bills at a shooting range.

    “The resolutions, the legislation we sign today are our declaration that we are strong supporters here in the last frontier of our Second Amendment,” Parnell said during the signing. Alaska Public Radio reports that Parnell wanted to send a message by signing this bill and several others that fight “federal overreach” at the shooting range.

    Alaska joins at least 21 other states that have passed Stand Your Ground or similar laws that impose no duty to retreat when facing an “attacker.” The ALEC and NRA-backed laws have cleared those involved in fatal shootings of any criminal liability, and pave the way for arbitrary determinations of guilt and innocence that can facilitate racial bias.

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

    by JML9999 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:33:21 PM PDT

  •  A diary looking back at the CNET/Nadler story (3+ / 0-)
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    chrississippi, KenBee, divineorder

    Nadler, Revisted.

    Following stories about secret information is a struggle with truth. How to know what to believe.

    From yesterday's Guardian leak, we know that the CNET/Nadler story was correct. Including in small details.

  •  Yahoo news: don't read anything they write (0+ / 0-)

    they are so against Obama you can get better informed criticisms right here...the slant is obvious and sustained.

    If you really want some self abuse read the comments, altho for those dedicated to finding the Bright Side in even the deepest doodoo there are good people pushing back against the pinheads in the comments..

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:41:24 PM PDT

  •  People at the Town Square (0+ / 0-)
  •  Stock market bi-polar? (0+ / 0-)

    The stock market just could not make up its mind today. The DOW was up, the NASDAQ down. A bit like me, huh?
    I’m still OK with my blog post about the plunge, posted at 4 a.m. PDT.

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