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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is I never thought it would happen to me...
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - I never thought it would happen to me
  • BP effort to stop settlement payments fails:
    The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the multi-district litigation and the BP settlement refused the oil company’s request to suspend claim payments for damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    BP wanted payments suspended because of allegations of misconduct by an employee at an Alabama claims center, but an internal probe by an investigator working for Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator, found no evidence of fraud.

  • Democratic group rewriting George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum version of his legacy: Staff at the Democratic nonprofit group Bridge Project, with a focus "exposing the conservative movement's dishonest tactics," has decided the library's history of Bush's time in office doesn't quite tell the 43rd president's story accurately. So it has launched a website,, to "rectify the falsehoods and omissions of the Bush library."
    The Bush library contents are "American fiction," Eddie Vale, vice president of Bridge Project, told HuffPost. "The inaccuracies and omissions are a disservice to the annals of history, but ignoring the lessons of the Bush administration poses a threat to our nation’s future. The failure to recognize the consequences of Bush’s policy decisions is why today’s congressional Republicans are even more ambitious than Bush ever was in pursuing the policies that served as the catalyst for the crises from which we are still recovering."
  • GDP growth in 2nd quarter adjusted upward to 2.5 percent: Gross domestic product for the second quarter was reported last month at 1.7 percent compared with 1.1 percent for the first quarter.
    The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP primarily reflected an upward revision to exports, a downward revision to imports, and an upward revision to private inventory investment that were partly offset by a downward revision to state and local government spending.
  • "Dirtiest hotel" owner can't sue for defamation:
    The owner of a Tennessee hotel dubbed “America’s dirtiest” in a 2011 list on the website of TripAdvisor Inc. has been told by another judge, this time in an appeals court, that he can’t sue the online travel site for defamation. [...]

    Even though the hotel has reportedly closed, a listing for it remains on TripAdvisor’s website with 226 out of 321 reviewers rating it as “terrible.” Four other hotels in Pigeon Forge, however, are ranked worse.

  • Mother Jones cites "nine wildest complaints" about Trump University. The rip-off operation spurred New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to announce a lawsuit against it. No. 1 complaint from MoJo's Thomas Stackpole:
    Trump U's "handpicked" instructors didn't know anything about real estate: Trump University, the filing alleges, "repeatedly claimed that prospective students would be taught by successful real estate 'experts' who were 'handpicked' by Donald Trump. In fact, respondents lacked substantiation for the claims that their instructors and mentors were successful real estate entrepreneurs. Not a single one was 'handpicked' by Donald Trump. Many came to Trump University from jobs having little to do with real estate investments, and some came to Trump University shortly after their real estate investing caused them to go into bankruptcy."
  • Legislator who wants to arm teachers shoots teacher with rubber bullet during training exercise:
    A state senator who is advocating for arming teachers in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during a training course, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

    Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) recently participated in “active shooter” training and mistakenly shot a teacher who was confronting a so-called bad guy. The experience gave Hutchinson “some pause” but failed to shake his confidence in the plan.

  • Americans are driving less in nearly every state. A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group concludes that over the past eight years, miles traveled have steadily dropped. Only in North Dakota, Nevada, Louisiana and Alabama were driving miles per capita in 2011 above their 2004 or 2005 peaks:
    Young people everywhere are driving far less than prior generations — while 97 percent of 19 year olds had drivers licenses in 1983, only 69 percent did in 2011. The average driving miles for people between the ages of 16 and 34 also dropped dramatically between 2001 and 2009.
  • It was an "encore performance" of the Kagro in the Morning show today, with another look back at where we were a year ago: Recapping the craziness of the Republican National Convention's first night, both on the podium and on the floor. Rick Santorum's grandfather's (secretly socialist) hands. Kelly Ayotte's lemonade stand. Nikki Haley's Sudafed. Chris Christie's... Chris Christie. And more. Plus Greg Dworkin's daily polling and issues analysis, and Armando's take on the shouting down of Zoraida Fonalledas.

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  •  College Football starts tonight (6+ / 0-)

    Go team.

  •  Got some... (8+ / 0-)

    more bug p0rn over here.

    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:07:30 PM PDT

  •  unfortunately (5+ / 0-)

    in an age of FPS games, many kids might see this differently

    Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) recently participated in “active shooter” training and mistakenly shot a teacher who was confronting a so-called bad guy. The experience gave Hutchinson “some pause” but failed to shake his confidence in the plan.

    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 Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:08:05 PM PDT

    •  wait a minute, they use rubber bullets in training (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      annieli, JeffW, wintergreen8694

      OK live ammo exercises are routine if you are in the military but a bunch of would be Rambos armed with rubber bullets shooting at each other?  Rubber bullets can be as deadly as lead bullets and even blanks, at close range can kill.

      Wonder if Jeremy is OK, if an intruder appears in the doorway, with the teacher shooting over the class to hit the intruder?  After all, in dealing with confrontational situations, getting a clear or clean shot is often the problem in firing or returning fire

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    by JekyllnHyde on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:08:53 PM PDT

  •  RE: Travel websites (13+ / 0-)

    I won't name names for fear of being sued for slander but there are a couple big name travel review sites with the same owner and I have found that the sites delete any comments that referernce bedbug issues in particular hotels. These hotels just happen to also be featured on a site associated with the travel review sites.

    If you go to a popular hotel site and see a great deal on a hotel, make sure that you double check with

    You'll thank me for it when you don't get the bugs.  

    •  It ain't slander if its true... (0+ / 0-)

      That said, bedbugs happen everywhere, even in 5-star hotels.
      Perhaps they've found that one report of a bed bug issue is so damaging to a hotel's rep that they have to delete them. For me, I wouldn't immediately disqualify a hotel for having bedbugs. I'd disqualify them for not resolving the situation immediately by moving the people, comping them something of significance, and showed some effort to block off the rooms.

      By the way, I think that dude in Pigeon Forge has a point. Nothing in Tennessee can remotely come close to the disaster that is some hotels in Manhattan. In my younger days, I stayed in "hotels" there that looked and smelled like a meth lab run by diseased rats. I'm talking condoms and needles in the trash can, rusty springs popping through mattresses, and the Chinese restaurant venting its kitchen through my room stuff. I had a Scarlett O'hara moment leaving that pit - as God is my witness, I will never stay in a hotel where rooms have police tape over them again.

    •  thank you for the registry (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Yoshimi, LinSea

      it makes a lot of sense and I will certainly check it in the future before I make travel plans

  •  Had to share this LTE (4+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, citizenx, JeffW, LinSea

    In the San Jose Mercury today, as it's pretty close to my opinion:

    Military threats wrong approach in Syria

    Instead of threatening military action against Syria, the United States should attend the upcoming international meeting about the conflict there. The Assad government is willing to attend, but the Syrian rebels say they won't unless Assad resigns. Making the opposition's capitulation a prerequisite precludes negotiation. The goal of the meeting should be a cease-fire, which would stop the killing and facilitate aid delivery.

    Every military action precipitates far-reaching consequences, intended and unintended. The United States' illegal attack on the Gaddafi government in Libya devastated that nation. Today militias terrorize the civilians and the infrastructure needed by the population no longer exists. The overthrow of the Gaddafi government precipitated a migration that led to war in Mali. Though neither Gaddafi nor his opponents were jihadi extremists, a further chain of consequences from that intervention led to the encouragement of activity by such in the region. It is likely the Libyan intervention led the Syrian armed rebels (not the original peaceful protesters) to believe they could bring about a similar intervention. The United States must not encourage such ideas by military interventions, but rather use its influence to support negotiations.
    Raymond Meyer

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:16:39 PM PDT

    •  Well... (4+ / 0-)
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      entlord, Eric Nelson, AllanTBG, LinSea
      Though neither Gaddafi nor his opponents were jihadi extremists, a further chain of consequences from that intervention led to the encouragement of activity by such in the region.
      Opposition to Gaddafi in the far eastern part of Libya had long been led by jihadis although not all of them had any connection with Al Qaeda. There were several assassination attempts by such groups in the late '80s and the '90s.

      One reason Gaddafi was so eager to help the U.S. after 9/11 was that he saw a means of crushing this opposition (along with other opposition that had considerably different and secular goals). The U.S. sent some Libyans captured in the early Afghan war to be tortured by Gaddafi as part of the cooperative deal they struck. That deal, by the way, included high-level meetings between the CIA and Musa Kusa, the former security chief many believe to have been the mastermind behind the Pan Am 103 bombing.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:29:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Trump's Rip-Off Tactics (5+ / 0-)
    Instead of the savvy investment advice and contact with willing and interested financial backers, students were run through a series of increasingly expensive seminars that mostly served to cajole them into signing up for the next seminar.

    Sounds like The Donald was channelling L. Ron Hubbard.
    •  it appeared to be a Ponzi scheme mixed with (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Dartagnan

      bait and switch tactics so desperate people looking for a solution to their economic woes will sink their last few bucks into learning how to flip houses (which is extra high risk, even for real estate pros) and encourage them to continue to buy more courses.  Supposedly some people managed to scrape up more than $50K to put into the courses before they realized they had been had.

      (BTW anyone who thinks they want to be a house flipper, I will be glad to teach you the basics for $1000 with no guarantee of any success)

    •  geez, how do those people keep their jobs? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  I'll add, I think the Iraq comparison is (0+ / 0-)

      just really, incredibly wrong. There is PLENTY of reason to oppose airstrikes in Syria.

      But to equate limited airstrikes in Syria with going into Iraq with 100K+ troops on a regime change mission is just inaccurate.

      I can understand a dumb, lazy media making the comparison. For them, it's military action against two countries in the Middle East, so what's the difference?  

      But I would expect better from many on the left.

  •  Elmer Fudd University (1+ / 0-)
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    A state senator who is advocating for arming teachers in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during a training course, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
    Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) recently participated in “active shooter” training and mistakenly shot a teacher who was confronting a so-called bad guy. The experience gave Hutchinson “some pause” but failed to shake his confidence in the plan.
    Another famous alumnus is, you guessed it, Shotgun Dick Cheney.

    Betchu REALLY wanna vote, now.

    by franklyn on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:27:41 PM PDT

  •  OMG I was in Pigeon Forge last month (0+ / 0-)

    the gods know what a hotel would have to do to earn the appellation of dirtiest.  Any ideas beyond slopping hogs in the lobby?  

  •  Costa Rica: Photo Diary (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tb mare, LinSea

    It may just be the most gorgeous place on earth.  ;)

  •  General Wesley Clark: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    El Zmuenga

    "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."
    Of course, Clark doesn't know what he's talking about.

    Just because things are turning out in reality that match what he claimed years ago is no reason to suspect the current occupant of the White House is a war monger.

    Oh no!  Obama clearly stated that if Assad used Chemical Weapons it would be crossing a Red Line.

    And Voila!  Poof!  Chemical Weapons appeared.

    And now we can go to yet another ME adventure.

    This Is Not Change.

    Waking Up Yet?

    The excuses for Obama's behavior have long since passed the point of predictability neccessary to qualify as an absurd production of Kabuki Theater.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 01:00:34 PM PDT

  •  A note on food carts (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, LinSea, Miggles

    I was both saddened (for selfish reasons) and gladdened (for magnanimous reasons) to learn that a local El Salvadoran food cart in downtown Portland, OR was closing tomorrow.

    The owner, an industrious woman who one sees only in silhouette in the cart interior preparing delicious pupusas, curtido, empanadas, and tamales, is closing the cart and opening a restaurant east of the Cascades in Madras, OR.

    Another example of a new business owner taking advantage of the (relatively) low startup cost of a food cart to grow a business until a brick-and-mortar restaurant can be established. This is a well-worn path taken by others, such as Andy Ricker of Portland's (and now New York's) famous Pok Pok/Whiskey Soda Lounge and the spinoff of a former Pok Pok cook, Narumol Poonsukwattana (commonly known as Nong) and her well regarded Nong's Khao Man Gai food carts and take-out location.

    Say what you will about food carts in urban areas, but they can provide opportunity for entrepreneurs, at relatively low cost, to establish a business that, if you hit the right formula and can run a business, provides a pathway to grow into a larger enterprise (if that's your goal).  While they arguably pose challenges to traditional restaurants and take-out windows (lower overhead, no requirement to provide seating or restrooms), they can significantly enhance the diversity of cuisines being offered within their relatively modest sphere of influence. More cities should revise their ordinances to encourage such entrepreneurship.

    Some criticize food cart lines and "pods" (clusters of food carts, often on vacant lots) as visual blight, but I think they're examples of initiative and hard work. They also offer customers the chance to try foods from around the world they may never have encountered before.

    Good luck to Fatima in Madras!

  •  Rachel Maddow talks w/ Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson. (1+ / 0-)
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    ..former Chief of Staff to SoS Colin Powell on GWB/Cheney lead up to Iraq and how what we’re hearing from the GOP is like a replay video

    AT 6:00 minutes into the video  Rachel asks Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson whether  republicans  recent Syria/Iran war-talk and GWB Library Iraq whitewashing  ( see below) has any effect on today’s debates about Syria and how it compares to the selling of the Iraq war:

    “I see us walking down the same road with the same characters singing in the choir, the same people off the same sheet of music with a few changes, trying to get us into a war with Iran.
    The new momentum with respect to Syria is not just because of a brutal civil war there, it’s also because people like Lindsey Graham and John McCain from my party and Bob Menedez from the Democratic party would like to use Syria as a back door to get us into Iran.
    This is another catastrophe brewing and if people don’t wake up and start saying something about it, they’re going to find themselves in another trillion dollar ten year war that’s going to produce the results not unlike those in Iraq today..and let me just say Iraq is a mess today..”
    Colonel Wilkerson then reminds us of Iraq today
    (short commercial – sorry)

    So GWB has an interactive game that admonishes you if you choosee not to invade or as Bush puts it "lead" us into war - It's hysterical - not in a funny way at all

    Transcript @ link:

    Also interactive whitewashing at the new GWB library–  this clip showing an interactive game justifying Iraq war.  Rachel’s crew filmed while playing the "decider" game at the GWB library

    Transcript @ link: :

    So major Kudos to:

    Bridge Project, with a focus "exposing the conservative movement's dishonest tactics," has decided the library's history of Bush's time in office doesn't quite tell the 43rd president's story accurately. So it has launched a website,, to "rectify the falsehoods and omissions of the Bush library."
    Thx MB

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