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  • Is he tacking left this week or right? Is he pandering to the base or looking ahead to a general election? On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bolted to the right, vetoing the attempt to make expansion of Medicaid permanent in New Jersey. And oh, yeah—surprise!—he doesn't think President Obama knows how to lead. Can't you just feel the siren song of primaries whistling in his ears? (Susan Gardner)
  • Wired has featured a geo-tagged Twitter map that originally came from the awesome floatingsheep, showing where the #StandWithWendy hashtag originated the night Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered for 13 hours. Sure, Texas was first, but there was quite a bit of interest nationally as well. (Susan Gardner)
  • No book for you, Paula Deen! (Susan Gardner)
  • Might Pride parades go condom-free? It almost happened in Houston. (Laura Clawson)
  • It's the last day of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's iconic metal admission tags. It's a decision that makes all kinds of economic and environmental sense, but it's still a little sad. (Laura Clawson)
  • Victims of the Boston Marathon bombings will be receiving payments from a $60.9 million fund, from $8,000 for people who had injuries treated at the hospital but didn't have to be admitted all the way up to:
    ... maximum payments of nearly $2.2 million each to two double amputees and the families of the four people slain.

    Fourteen other people who lost single limbs will receive nearly $1.2 million each. In all, 232 victims will receive payments, said Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the One Fund Boston, which has been collecting public donations for the victims.

    (Laura Clawson)
  • Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, "I'd like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream." The waitress replies, "I'm sorry, Monsieur, but we're out of cream. How about with no milk?"
    Do you love intellectual jokes? Then you'll definitely enjoy this Reddit thread, filled with references to Gödel, Higgs bosons, and what happens when you put root beer in a square glass. (The answer is something much tastier.)

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  •  CC is running. (3+ / 0-)
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    mumtaznepal, commonmass, PSzymeczek

    Twice this month a big tent was erected at Drumthwacket.

    Unannounced.

  •  It won't be funny if someone explains it, (6+ / 0-)

    but would someone please explain the Sartre joke anyway?

    (It does remind me of Louis Sachar. Once in the Wayside School cafeteria, the students were going back for seconds, but then they ran out of food. Then the students went back for seconds of nothing, but soon they ran out of nothing.)

    Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
    Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
    Code Monkey like you!

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    by Code Monkey on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:10:36 PM PDT

    •  In this week's "New Yorker", it is opined (0+ / 0-)

      in an article about writers that it was advantageous that Simone de Beauvoir wrote most of Sartre's stuff proving--and I paraphrase--"not every writer is disciplined".

      Of course, one of my favorite descriptions of de Beauvoir comes from Christopher Isherwood who described her as "An alarm clock inside a Frigidaire". Boy, have we moved forward since Isherwood, though by dog, he was pretty much correct.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:23:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The Reddit thread says (5+ / 0-)

      thus:

      elbarbado  says: One of the big themes in Sartre's philosophy is the idea of genuine choice versus just the appearance of having a choice. So he can't meaningfully choose to have his coffee with no cream, because he could never have had it with cream to begin with, but he can meaningfully choose to have it with no milk.

      Ardonius says:
      I was going to post this but it seems you've beat me to it. What makes it even better is that when I googled "sartre coffee joke explanation" the top result gets the explanation completely wrong. The selected answer claims it's a "dumb waitress" joke...

      I thought it was funny because I have an existential soul but the explanation's nice to have, too. FTR, I thought it was a very clever waitress. ;)

      Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

      by Debby on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:31:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Dude!! That's awesome! (2+ / 0-)
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        Debby, high uintas

        Probably still not as funny as it would've been if I'd been up on Sartre, but I still like it as a thought :-)

        Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
        Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
        Code Monkey like you!

        Formerly known as Jyrinx.

        by Code Monkey on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 01:15:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Media mostly ignoring significant anti-abortion (9+ / 0-)

    legislation that will be signed into law tonight by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

    Three restrictive anti-abortion measures added to state budget, Kasich will not line-item veto them.

    Signing ceremony tonight.  National eyes are on Texas, but Ohio this weekend was a fight most missed.

    "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

    by mumtaznepal on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:12:18 PM PDT

  •  Higg's Boson found, Bosun Higgs confused (8+ / 0-)

    When contacted for a statement, Boatswain's Mate First Class Farly Q. Higgs responded; "I've been right here the whole time!"

    bosun

    It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here, what better time than now? - Guerilla Radio, Rage Against The Machine.

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:14:06 PM PDT

  •  Happy Sunday, Y'all! Nt (5+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, annieli, JML9999, hulibow, JeffW

    “Ick” is not a proper basis for constitutional jurisprudence. George Takei 6/29/13

    by CityLightsLover on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:18:06 PM PDT

  •  I've said my goodbyes at Flickr (11+ / 0-)

    For more than forty years a little button proudly proclaimed “I saw art today.”

    The Death of an Icon

    If you were to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or visit the Cloisters today it would have been your last chance to take home a tin memento of art. The loss of this icon, like the once beloved New York City subway token, will be all forgotten soon enough, but for now, a tribute is due.

    All over Manhattan Island this small piece of tin could be seen on people who had forgotten to take it off. Most of the ones I still own have been washed and dried. Sometimes it was people in need of a status symbol. Tourist, unaware that the color changed each day, could often be seen coming out of their hotels in the morning, fresh shirt with old button attached. I’ve even seen those buttons set off metal detectors at Kennedy Airport.

    Whatever reason people might have had for not leaving the little icon in the recycle bin when exiting, I always knew that that if that button could be found somewhere in my cloths hamper or lying in a heap besides my bed, there was going to be nice colorful dreams that night. It’s all over now.

  •  A cup of coffee in Paris? What's that? (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, JML9999

    I thought that black coffee (to which one adds cream, milk, sugar, etc.) was a mostly American tradition, and that in France most people order either a cafe creme, cafe au lait or espresso. Is it even possible to order a cup of black coffee in most French cafes? And am I being nothinglessly pedantic?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:20:34 PM PDT

  •  Can't wait an entire week........ (9+ / 0-)

    for the next SMGB, had to share now.

    Joe and I have been tending these plants for 4 years now.

    All this time I thought they were Bird of Paradise.  A friend let me know it is a Claw Heliconia.

    So very cool!

    "The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.". Abbie Hoffman

    by Joes Steven on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:25:55 PM PDT

  •  listing, teetering...slouching toward 2016 (7+ / 0-)
    Is he tacking left this week or right? Is he pandering to the base or looking ahead to a general election? On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bolted to the right, vetoing the attempt to make expansion of Medicaid permanent in New Jersey. And oh, yeah—surprise!—he doesn't think President Obama knows how to lead. Can't you just feel the siren song of primaries whistling in his ears? (Susan Gardner)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:36:47 PM PDT

  •  My most intellectual joke (9+ / 0-)

    is a limerick:

    There lived in times euphoric
    A young man named Yorick.
    He could present for inspection
    Three types of erection:
    Corinthian, Ionic, and Doric.

    Intellectual and naughty. I'm a classy chick.

    Somewhere in a box, I have a Met tag. I may have to find it and frame it, perhaps along with some subway tokens as Eddie C reminded me.

    Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

    by Debby on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:39:01 PM PDT

  •  It's a few days old, but I thought (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, high uintas

    NBC's First Read had a pretty good, "big picture" perspective on the last few years:

    "Years of Change."

    I think they are right, we have seen a lot of change in a short amount of time, after years of running in place, or even moving backwards.

    This change is good thing, but as they note, the downside is that it does result, in the short term, in more polarization and partisanship.  That's just the reality with any big societal changes.

  •  How does one Bristle? (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Bristles At Government Collaboration Claims

    The former chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is pushing back against the suggestion that she and her colleagues collaborated with the executive branch in approving the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs.

    U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who served as the chief judge on the special panel from 2002 to 2006, told the Washington Post Friday that a 2009 draft inspector general report detailing interactions between the court and the NSA was not complete or entirely accurate.

    “In my view, that draft report contains major omissions, and some inaccuracies, regarding the actions I took as Presiding Judge of the FISC and my interactions with Executive Branch officials,” she said.

    The draft report, published by the Guardian last week, details how the NSA's bulk collection of U.S. citizens' emails records began in George W. Bush's administration and continued for two years under President Barack Obama. According to the report, Bush briefly put the email collection program on hold after several senior figures in the administration balked at the mass collection of Internet metadata.

    The Guardian reported:

       As soon as the NSA lost the blessing under the president's directive for collecting bulk internet metadata, the NSA IG report reads, "DoJ [the Department of Justice] and NSA immediately began efforts to recreate this authority."

        The DoJ quickly convinced the Fisa court to authorize ongoing bulk collection of email metadata records. On 14 July 2004, barely two months after Bush stopped the collection, Fisa court chief judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly legally blessed it under a new order – the first time the surveillance court exercised its authority over a two-and-a-half-year-old surveillance program.

        Kollar-Kotelly's order "essentially gave NSA the same authority to collect bulk internet metadata that it had under the PSP [Bush's program], except that it specified the datalinks from which NSA could collect, and it limited the number of people that could access the data".

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

    by JML9999 on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:51:06 PM PDT

  •  Bay Area folks (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas

    Return of Deltron 3030.  Event 2, second public show.  FREE.  Stearn Grove, SF, 2:00 p.m.  @OfficialDELTRON

    He who would trade liberty for security deserves great customer service.

    by Publius2008 on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:55:35 PM PDT

  •  Typo in a good diary (2+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, David Nir

    In your second bullet point:

    It's Wendy Davis (not David).

    Carbon di-oxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is a "Climate Cluster Chaos" of the worst order if there ever was one. (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

    by Zinman on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:55:41 PM PDT

  •  just watched a little (6+ / 0-)

    MTP, primarily the Rachel/DeMint discussion on the teh gays. My take? Rachel, Pete Williams & Michael Eric Dyson have it going on - smart, coherent discussions & arguments. David Gregory is worthless.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 01:03:19 PM PDT

  •  DK Quilt Guild Diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Eddie C, bythesea, high uintas

    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 4pm (Pacific) 7pm (Eastern).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    For The Brave Quilt~ 4th of July Kids~ Barbara Shates

    For The Brave ~ 4th of July Kids~ Quilt by Barbara Shates

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

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 01:17:39 PM PDT

  •  In honor of the Reddit thread (5+ / 0-)

    I created my own joke:

    Zeno is sitting in a park by a pond. Some swans go by, and he happily throws them some bird seed. A crow lands a few feet away, and he's smiling as he feeds the crow. But then two mallards sit right next to his feet, and his face droops.

    Archimedes walks by. "Why so sad, Zeno?"

    "I won't be able to feed them."

    "Why not? They're sitting right next to you!"

    "They won't be able to get to the food."

    "But why?"

    "Don't you see? It's a pair of ducks!"

  •  I clicked on the Taboola link (0+ / 0-)

    about the coming economic crash and discovered it was a screed for a book written by Peter Schiff http://en.wikipedia.org/...
    who happens to be a hedge fund manager and advisor to Ron Paul's presidential campaign. I realize of course that Daily Kos has bills to pay and has to pay those bills through advertising. No problem there.

    I do however have a problem as I read more and more about how the sleazy slime ball Obama that I voted for twice is up to his ears in hypocrisy. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. But would I vote for Romney or Ron Paul? Of course not. So should I vote for Hillary in 2016? No. Won't be voting for president anymore. Just for local, state, and congressional elections.

    I also realize the president is in the position of protecting America and American citizens, however we have come to the point in the history of this nation when political posturing and defense of the homeland have becomed combined in a reason for the abuse of power by Obama.

    As I was looking at some stories on truthdig.com I came across the story of Abdulelah Haider Shaye. Here is the story from Huff post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
    This is a you tube video of Jeremy Scahill talking about the story. http://www.youtube.com/...
    Here is the story from the Nation http://www.thenation.com/...

    This is very troubling to me as I read about how Obama is abusing his power. What is Obama afraid of? My opinion today is that history will not be kind to him. If so, he has brought this on himself.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

    by harris stein on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 01:35:48 PM PDT

  •  My followup to one of the Reddit jokes (7+ / 0-)

    A Buddhist walks into a pizza parlor and says, "Make me one with everything."

    He hands the clerk a twenty. There's a bit of awkward silence, and the Buddhist asks, "Where's my change?" The clerk says, "Change must come from within."

    Steal a trillion, too big to fail. Steal a thousand, go to jail.

    by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 01:56:29 PM PDT

  •  Question for you all (0+ / 0-)

    Is it correct or even fair to say Roberts is on the side of GLBTQ rights? I've read from several people this week that believe he is because of previous pro GLBT decisions he made. However, he dissented in the latest Prop 8 and Windsor cases. What do you all think? Is he on the side of GLBTQ rights?

    "21st Century Freedom in the USA: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%"

    by coloradorob on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 02:09:47 PM PDT

  •  the map was from floatinsheep (0+ / 0-)

    Wired just picked it up. Link to the source please.

    http://www.floatingsheep.org/...

  •  Deen Overreaction? (0+ / 0-)

    Am I the only one who thinks the anti-Deen hysteria is completely ridiculous and more about sexism than racism?
    I'm not defending the use of the n-word - far from it - but admitting you used that word 30 years ago in a private conversation should not make a person a complete pariah. Sure, an apology was owed, and she made one and made it again and again. The sight of sponsors and corporates partners running away from her like she had spewed racist hate on TV last week is incomprehensible. To put her past sins in context, can you even begin to imagine a comparable campaign against any male politician or celebrity who has used the c-word about women any time in the last 30 years? Is the c-word less offensive to women than the n-word is to blacks? So why is it not a problem for men to routinely use the c-word, but a firing offense for a white woman to use the n-word --- 30 years ago!
    This situation reminds me of what happened to Leni Riefenstahl, the movie director who made Nazi propaganda for Hitler. Sure, that was a terrible thing to do. But she was disproportionately punished, vilified, and prevented from working for the rest of her life. Contrast her treatment with that enjoyed by Werner von Braun. He designed armaments that killed many thousands of people, and used Jewish slave labor in the factories that built those armaments. I would say that's worse than making some movies, wouldn't you? And how was von Braun punished? By having American citizenship and a medal conferred on him.
    I'm no Paula Deen fan. I believe in healthy eating, and strongly deprecate her salt- and fat-laden approach to cooking. If people want to vilify her for promoting diabetes and obesity, have at! I might even join you. But in my humble opinion the corporate over-reaction to a single private episode three decades ago is nothing more than piling on and bullying of an old woman.

    Democracy - Not Plutocracy!

    by vulcangrrl on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 05:10:14 PM PDT

  •  "Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting ....." (0+ / 0-)

    Heh.
    Just Heh.

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