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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Manning Outrage:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Manning Outrage
  • Poynter looks at how media are covering the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Among the commentaries is this one by Robert G. Kaiser, now an associate editor of the Washington Post, who was a summer intern in 1963. He wrote about why the paper “blew” its coverage of the march, noting that it was “poised and ready for a riot, for trouble, for unexpected events — but not for history to be made.”
  • No more water-skiing for her says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The National Constitution Center reports on what Supreme Court justices have been saying in interviews and speeches and just off-the-cuff remarks during their summer vacation:
    “I don’t water-ski anymore,” Justice Ginsburg said. “I haven’t gone horseback riding in four years. I haven’t ruled that out entirely. But water-skiing, those days are over.”

    She also doesn’t plan to give up serving on the Court, even though she’ll turn 81 during its next term.

    Antonin Scalia spent his time trashing civil rights for LGBTs. Just like when he's not on vacation.
  • Tennessee Greens sue over "unconstitutional" photo ID law:
    Alan Woodruff, an attorney in Gray, Tenn., who has represented the Green Party in previous lawsuits, said he filed the complaint Monday morning in the Eastern District of Tennessee. [...]

    “There is no justification for having the photo ID requirement, as there is no such thing as voter fraud,” said Woodruff, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year as the Democratic nominee in the 1st Congressional District and might run again in 2014. “It’s overly burdensome. It affects minorities and the progressive-leaning voter more than the typical Republican conservative, and it was intended to.”

  • Wisconsin lawmaker seeks to make English the state's official language. Republican Rep. Andre Jacque says this would encourage immigrants to learn the language and give themselves a better chance to get ahead. The bill does not include funding for English as a second language classes:
    Democratic Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa of Milwaukee said her district includes the largest number of Hispanics in the state. She said the measure would prevent her from including Spanish translations with her constituent newsletters.

    "This is going to be detrimental to Jacque's party," she said. "Many Republicans saw the writing on the wall after the elections of 2012. This only hurts the Republican Party's ambitions to hopefully grow a Latino constituency."

  • Report: Cut carbon emissions—improve economy:
    Work from an international effort to model climate change’s effects show that the more carbon emissions humanity cuts, the better the global economy will perform over the next century. The report is part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was set up by the United Nations to offer a comprehensive assessment of climate science.  [...]

    By the end of the century, the global economy would be well over $100 trillion larger under the most ambitious policies to reduce carbon emissions, versus the business-as-usual scenario.

  • The Leveraged Buyout of America:
    Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?
  • Court unseals 1975 audiotape of Gerald Ford testifying about "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate him.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Syria and Cyrus. The standoff no one could have predicted: Minutemen vs. Arpaio deputies. Washington Times'new angle on the guy who sneezed and shot himself. The vast right-wing ripoff machine. Hunter on the anti-vax church that mysteriously suffered an outbreak of measles. Despite Antoinette Tuff's unarmed heroics (and TWO accidental discharges by school security officers in the last week), the principal still thinks the answer is armed guards. The "Trump University" fraud. Phyllis Schlafly accidentally owns up to the voter suppression goal of shutting down early voting. Coburn rediscovers his crazybones.

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  •  I hate writing grants!!!! (8+ / 0-)

    Had to voice it somewhere; thanks for providing a place.
    Back to grant writing. :(

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:02:24 PM PDT

    •  I did that for many years (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      Well, not that many I guess, only seven. I hated them too. Kinda like religion though, the reward comes at the end. Out of the blue, a major grant you never expected to get comes in the mail and you say "really?". Those guys? How the hell did I pull that one off?

      Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

      by randallt on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 03:09:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bradley Manning has pole vaulted into a being of (1+ / 0-)
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    something amazing, but what?  

    •  Chelsea (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      New York Times And AP Will Now Respect Chelsea Manning’s Wishes, Refer To Her As Female

      The Associated Press and the New York Times will henceforth use female pronouns to refer to Pvt. Chelsea Manning, five days after she announced she intends to live as a woman and wants to be referred to as such.

      In a blog post announcing the decision on Monday, the AP said the new policy is in conformity with its style guidelines:


       The use of the first name Chelsea and feminine pronouns in Manning’s case is in conformity with the transgender guidance in the AP Stylebook. The guidance calls for using the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.
      The New York Times confirmed on Monday that it too will refer to Manning as female, beginning Tuesday. Its Manual of Style and Usage notes that for a transgender individual, “[u]nless a former name is newsworthy or pertinent, use the name and pronouns (he, his, she, her, hers) preferred by the transgender person.”

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

      by JML9999 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  So Chelsea is now Bradley. Except is says up (1+ / 0-)
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        that the person so referred to by the verbal choice my also meet the following:  have acquired physical characteristics  of opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not orrespond whith their sex at birth.  In what ways has this individual demonstrated this criteria for changing sexes according to this definition.  As for me I'mfine with the individual saying who thery are.  I find the above criteria cumbersome next to the testimony of the individual.

  •  Good afternoon MB and all (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, JeffW, randallt, Aunt Pat

    I suggest we start to boycott Laura Ingraham's program sponsors much in the fashion of Flush Rush..  Lose Laura.
    After she sounded a shotgun as to silence Rep. Lewis.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:07:18 PM PDT

  •  J. Napolitano practices medicine w/o licence ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    Janet Napolitano Defends Record On Immigration In Farewell Speech

    To her successor, Napolitano said, "You will need a large bottle of Advil."

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:08:13 PM PDT

  •  But friends American business has owned America (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, bleeding blue

    since the discovery of the properties of oil and all the $$$ that could be made from it.

    •  See "Network-The Ned Beaty speech" nt (0+ / 0-)

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

      by JML9999 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:11:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Business has owned America, yes, (0+ / 0-)

      but banks haven't, unless they have acquired businesses through foreclosure.  Banks are getting around bank regulations (prohibiting speculation) by borrowing through the repo market.  Regulations need to be tightened and/or banks need to be forbidden from speculating by buying up commodities, utilities and private businesses.  And who ever told them they could purchase public assets like ports and airports anyway?!

      Sp what are the chances that congress will tell them "No" (about anything) and write a law that can be enforced?  One that forces them to sell off these purchases, even at a loss, and shut down the repo market?  HA!

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 04:44:57 PM PDT

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  •  Facebook Received 38000 Requests for data (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, LinSea, DRo, happymisanthropy

    on users in the last six months.

    More than half of the requests came from the U.S.

    The remaining requests were from 73 other countries.

  •  JP Morgan's pain found in spain (2+ / 0-)
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    JPMorgan's former 'London Whale' supervisor arrested in Spain

    (Reuters) - Spanish police arrested former JP Morgan Chase trader Javier Martin-Artajo on Tuesday as he prepares to fight possible extradition to the United States over a $6.2 billion financial scandal at the United States' largest bank.

    The arrest came after the United States charged Spaniard Martin-Artajo and a junior colleague, Frenchman Julien Grout, with wire fraud and conspiracy to falsify books and records related to the trading losses, which were executed by Bruno Iksil.

    Iksil, who was nicknamed the "London Whale" for his large bets on derivatives markets, is cooperating with U.S. prosecutors and has not been charged.

    Martin-Artajo was released on condition he stays in Spain and checks in regularly with a court. A judicial source said on Tuesday he had told a Spanish court he is unwilling to be sent to the United States to face the charges.

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:18:50 PM PDT

  •  perspective (0+ / 0-)

    I was a white teacher in Bed/Stuy during the 1960s and see the march differently.  Progress was made because LBJ knew how to twist arms and wanted to follow through on JFK's initiatives.  Also, most importantly, there were riots during this decade--the white leaders got scared, and were compelled to spend hush money.  Making the march seem successful diminishes the idea that riots had results.  It's a cleaner story--looks good,  feels good--but mostly a fairy tale.  The establishment moves when forced to--not when people ask them to be fair.
    No riots lately--and the backslide is obvious.  I'm not advocating renewed violence--but I am asking for economic chaos--strikes--boycotts--slowdowns on the highways.  All to be coordinated by social media--thus very doable.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:19:13 PM PDT

  •  That poor lonely green line in the CO2 (2+ / 0-)
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    concentration graph -- the only one that actually goes down by the end of the century.

    The only scenario that shows an actual reduction in CO2 by the end of the century, and hence a "modest" 2&deb; C increase in temp requires the whole world on board, a 70% reduction in global emissions in the next ten years or so, AND the use of Carbon capture/carbon storage (clean coal).

    Not encouraging.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:31:09 PM PDT

  •  Can Republican Rep. Andre Jacque pronounce his own (2+ / 0-)
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    Magenta, scribeboy

    name correctly?

    Besides, fifth-grade English is already the country's official language.

  •  How does Ruth Ginsburg not understand (0+ / 0-)

    that the ideological makeup of the United States Supreme Court is orders of magnitude more important than the differential quality of her opinions compared to a replacement nominated by a Democrat?

    I understand that it's possible to be collegial with one's political enemies.  Human brains can compartmentalize.  What I find sickening is the possibility this collegiality is turning into confidence that Scalia and Thomas make intellectually honest rulings.

    Ginsburg does not know how long she'll be able to serve on the court, or how long a Dem will hold the White House.  But to put it bluntly, we do have statistical data on the life expectancy of twice-cancer-surviving octogenarians, especially for pancreatic cancer.

    She now says she has "at least two years left".  Great.  Gives us enough time to lose the Senate and weaken or leverage nominating a replacement.  If it's much more than that, we're getting close to the Presidential.  Shall we trust the good faith of Republican Senators not to drag out a nomination process in election season?

    Ginsburg has had the extraordinary priviledge of serving on the most powerful and far-ranging organization in the most powerful country in the world.  Perhaps, in the interests of serving the principles she appears to hold, it might be time to give someone else a try.

    First they came for the slippery-slope fallacists, and I said nothing. The End.

    by Cream Puff on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 01:05:55 PM PDT

  •  Andre Jacque? (2+ / 0-)
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    scribeboy, Miggles

    Seriously, this is the guy arguing for English only? If he meant it, he'd long since have changed that to Andrew Jack. You can't even make the stuff up.

    by Magenta on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 01:06:30 PM PDT

    •  Not only does Jaque's legislation confirm that (0+ / 0-)

      he is a racist and a bigot, but he doesn't even realize that most people who come to the US do in fact already study English.  Look at the ads in most Spanish language weekly newspapers, and they are dominated by small, language schools offering courses in English.

  •  Introducing a new Group: Firearms Law and Policy (0+ / 0-)

    has published our first diary, including a note from your founders and a glossary of resources.

    Introducing a new Group: Firearms Law and Policy - Glossary of Resources

    Please drop by and say hello.

    To advocate effectively for repeal or passage of firearms legislation we must first know and understand current law and policy, and how both are implemented, where we live. There is enormous variability across the country; the relative utility/relative risk of firearms is different on a 500 acre ranch in Montana than for a 1000 square foot apartment in New York. State and local laws reflect that diversity. We will discuss firearms law and policy with an emphasis on the many historical ethics and ideals of Western Civilization, as opposed to what are currently known as "Libertarian" ideals.

    This group is also a study group; a place to learn and discuss which gun regulations are constitutional restrictions in this post-Heller environment. (A law degree is not required). With Congressional gridlock likely to impede any useful national legislation, progress will have to be made at the state and local level.
    Please note: We are not a subgroup of the Daily Kos RKBA group and do not agree with their foundation premise, but hope they will share their insights into state and local laws that work.

    To join us send a message to the Firearms Law and Policy Group.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 01:27:01 PM PDT

  •  THE MARCH~ Participant personal remembrances ~PBS (1+ / 0-)
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    THE MARCH premieres Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 9pm ET.
    THE MARCH, narrated by Denzel Washington, reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O'Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte and Diahann Carroll. Additional interviewees include Roger Mudd, the CBS anchorman who reported from the March, Clayborne Carson, founding director of Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and a participant in the March, and Oprah Winfrey, whose life was transformed by watching the March on television along with millions of other Americans. Also featured are the remembrances of ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice.

    In this clip organizers and participants -- Joyce Ladner, Fatima Cortez-Todd, Harry Belafonte, Rachelle Horowitz and Clayborne Carson -- share personal remembrances of the March..

    THE MARCH premieres Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 9pm ET.

    Learn more at
  •  To My Shia and Sunni: Sisters and Brothers, (0+ / 0-)

    please Iranian (we have need of Persian wisdom) people, help us to support you.  Please, sit down and discuss this, over time, if you can not come to a more positive place then the world is close to oblivion.   The Syrian ruling Alewhites, Mr. Assad's clan,   are a part of the Moslem Family, help them to  survive, what of this 24 million souls of this great desert country,  witll they become garains of dry dreary sand?  Help now to stop  this letal mix of toxic politics and take a step back.  


    Children of Abraham,
    Lay down your arms,
    Let the voices of,
    Ancestors call:
    The Faithfull to pray,
    For PEACE

    In the Name of the Virgin Mary and Her Son
    Come to us with
    Love, Justice and

    Humans must grossly begin to limit, if not end, the slaughter of ourselves by ourselves.
    To keep faith with our hopes for a season of Peace!!!

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