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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Teddy bear devolution:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Teddy bear devolution
  • Detroit mayor gets nopology from Boston mayor over "blow up" comment:
    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing shot back after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said that he would "blow up" Detroit and start over, the Detroit News reports.

    Said Bing: "I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase 'blow up.'"

    Menino later nopologized for a bad choice of words: "The mayor is sorry that people have taken offense." But is he sorry he said it?
  • Relatives of military veterans who committed suicide tell their stories.
  • Putin talks about his interactions with "these people":
    Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to give a “gay” interview today to the Associated Press, in the face of growing international pressure against Russia’s draconian new anti-gay law. With just months to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Putin’s interview suggests that Russian leader is more than a bit worried about the international backlash he’s faced.

    In the interview, Putin assured AP that some of his best award-recipients are gay. Or as Putin calls them, “these people.”

    “I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television late Tuesday. “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”
    He didn't say whether gay athletes would be arrested if they let anybody know they are gay.
  • Ariel Castro cuts his sentence short:
    The apparent suicide of Ariel Castro while serving a life sentence for abducting and repeatedly torturing and sexually abusing three women for a decade will be investigated, state officials said in the latest chapter in the Cleveland tragedy that mesmerized and horrified the nation.

    Castro, 53, a former bus driver who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison as part of a plea agreement that saved him from death row, was found hanging in his cell in a state prison in Orient on Tuesday night ...

  • Trying to be the most quoted nobody in the world:
    With no special skill or expertise, Greg Packer has been quoted by media outlets nearly a thousand times. Since his name first appeared on newsprint, in 1995, he’s spoken to reporters on subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to the release of the first iPhone. Greg’s campaign to be the most quoted man in news has been so successful that the Associated Press sent its staff a memo that essentially banned interviews with him. That hasn’t stopped Greg’s “career.” Individually, his quotes are utterly unremarkable, but, considered as a whole, they add up to a rather stunning body of work.
  • Federal prosecutor will not relent on marijuana prosecutions. The Department of Justice is taking a new, more relaxed approach, but U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who covers the Northern District of California, is going to keep on keeping on:
    It is Haag who is pursuing seizure of two major Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities that host them have considered crucial to public health and defended in court. It is Haag who played a key role in the raid of a dispensary that was the model for a county program to police pot. And it is Haag who recently threatened some seemingly state-compliant dispensaries with as much as 40 years in jail.
  • Economists at one bank say picking Larry Summers would cut GDP by half a percent:
    Economists at BNP Paribas have issued a research note saying if President Obama picks Larry Summers as the next Federal Reserve Chairman, he will do serious harm to the U.S. economy.

    Julia Coronado, Chief Economist for North America at BNP, and her colleagues Bricklin Dwyer and Laura Rosner estimated in a note last week that picking Summers over Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen would shave 0.5 to 0.75 points off GDP growth over two years and cut job creation by 350,000 to 500,000 jobs.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin started us off with the morning roundup. Armando parsed questions about who trusts whom on which of the many issues Syria presents. Joan McCarter added observations on the refugee crisis, pointed us to William Polk's eye-opening primer on Syria, reprinted with permission here by Meteor Blades, and previewed her story of continuing Republican efforts to sabotage the rollout of the ACA. We closed with procedural issues surrounding the authorization for military intervention in Syria, and Brian Beutler's article on how Ted Cruz is breaking politics.

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  •  don't ask, don't tell the FSB (1+ / 0-)
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    “I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television late Tuesday. “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”

    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 Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:12:36 PM PDT

  •  headline is backwards on the boston-detroit story (5+ / 0-)
  •  Dave Bing doesn't need to apologize. (6+ / 0-)

    He isn't the one who suggested that a major American city should be blown up. In fact he pointed this out to the mayor of Boston.

    Menino should thank Bing for pointing out the gaffe and should apologize.

  •  Sorry, Greg (3+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, DrJohnB, Stude Dude
    With no special skill or expertise, Greg Packer has been quoted by media outlets nearly a thousand times.
    Sarah Palin is still way ahead of him.  
  •  crybaby teapartiers vote to seceed (5+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, ferg, annieli, MTmofo, PSzymeczek

    http://www.sfgate.com/...

    Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.

    The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday for a declaration of secession, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported (http://bit.ly/... ). The vote appears mostly symbolic since secession would require approval from the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, but supporters say it would restore local control over decision making. They want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state called the State of Jefferson.

    "Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights," Gabe Garrison of Happy Camp said at the meeting. "We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life."

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:17:17 PM PDT

  •  Mumbles Menino strikes again (3+ / 0-)

    there are times we can't tell what he's saying and then there are times we WISH we couldn't tell what he's saying

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:17:19 PM PDT

  •  what's the over/under at the UK betting parlors (1+ / 0-)
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    ratcityreprobate
    Economists at BNP Paribas have issued a research note saying if President Obama picks Larry Summers as the next Federal Reserve Chairman, he will do serious harm to the U.S. economy.
    Julia Coronado, Chief Economist for North America at BNP, and her colleagues Bricklin Dwyer and Laura Rosner estimated in a note last week that picking Summers over Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen would shave 0.5 to 0.75 points off GDP growth over two years and cut job creation by 350,000 to 500,000 jobs.

    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 Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:21:16 PM PDT

  •  Typical bully mentality (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, bigtimecynic, PSzymeczek, itsjim

    seeing themselves as the victim.

    Castro, 53, a former bus driver who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison as part of a plea agreement that saved him from death row, was found hanging in his cell in a state prison in Orient on Tuesday night ...

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:21:36 PM PDT

  •  Siskiyou County, CA votes to secede (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    http://pivot.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    The Siskiyou County Board, located in the upper reaches of Northern California, voted to secede from the state by a vote of 4 - 1 due to what they say is a lack of representation at the legislature in Sacramento, a local CBS station reported Wednesday.
    A staffer for Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) stated local staff support but his DC spokesman has not released a statement.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:22:02 PM PDT

  •  Obama admin will extend veterans benefits (4+ / 0-)

    to same sex spouses.

    In related news, remember the service member booed at the GOP debate for asking about DADT?

    His spouse received a military ID card yesterday. It was the first day Pentagon was offering benefits to same sex couples.

  •  Well They could always call Prof Irwin Corey (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    At least he's the world's foremost authority

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:28:28 PM PDT

  •  Fed Reserve? pfft. What about the Raisin Reserve? (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    http://finance.yahoo.com/...

    Under a World War II era program, raisins can be forcibly set aside under the Raisin Marketing Order to help support prices. Other crops have had similar set asides over the years, but nothing has survived like the raisin reserve.

    In the past, "We got paid for our raisins," said fourth-generation California farmer Laura Horne of the program. That changed a little over a decade ago. Now the USDA can take the grapes without paying a dime.

    snip...

     Eventually, the government fined the Hornes $650,000 for grapes they didn't turn over, and the case went to court. Horne argued the raisin program violates the Constitution's ban on taking property without compensation. He lost that argument repeatedly, but he appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In a surprise, the high court gave Horne a partial victory. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the court's ruling that the raisin law "does not bar handlers from raising constitutional defenses," and sent the case back to the Ninth Circuit for another look.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:30:32 PM PDT

    •  So THAT'S how (1+ / 0-)
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      MTmofo

      my high school got all those surplus raisins they served us, even in the early '70s.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 01:26:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •   Boehner leaving as per leaks (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Former Boehner Aides, GOP Sources Expect House Speaker Will Step Down After 2014 Elections

    WASHINGTON -- Former aides to John Boehner and other high-level GOP operatives are increasingly convinced that the House speaker will step aside after the 2014 midterm elections, according to interviews with a dozen Republican sources.

    All summer, rumors have been swirling around the Hill and K Street that the speaker has had enough and that 2014 would be his last year with the gavel. Then the message went out in July: Boehner (R-Ohio) is not leaving.

    Boehner told his inner circle at dinner that there was no truth to the talk, and authorized his people to spread the word around town. A story appeared in Politico the next day, reaffirming Boehner's stated commitment to stay past 2014.

    "These inside-the-Beltway parlor games take place every two years. The speaker has made clear publicly he intends to remain in his position in the next Congress," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told HuffPost.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:31:32 PM PDT

  •  Personal idiocy (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Stude Dude, PSzymeczek

    I've been reading the Gun Fail series with interest but cannot remembered who is producing it.  I have a local item that should be of interest.

    A woman in an adjacent county was throwing out her (presumably ex) boyfriend's possessions from their trailer.  One of the items that went out the door (window?? details were scarce) was her boyfriend's rifle.  Said rifle discharged injuring two teenage girls in the next trailer.

    This was reported today (9/4/2013) in the Statesboro Herald.  It may have shown up elsewhere.

    Reporting from Tea Bagger occupied America

    by DrJohnB on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:32:11 PM PDT

  •  One of David Roberts parting tweets on (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Norm in Chicago

    31 August before launching his sabbatical:

       10. Politics is about power far more than persuasion; all activism, advocacy, policy should be focused on shifting balance of power.

        — David Roberts (@drgrist) August 31, 2013

  •  Menino is a total jerk for that comment (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    about Detroit.  I remember the 1970s when Boston was a crime-infested crap hole (like many cities were becoming in the 1970s). Cities hit hard times, and they come back.  Eff off, Mumbles.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:33:51 PM PDT

  •  Foreign relations committee approves AUMF (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Norm in Chicago

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    Tom Udall, Rubio and Paul voted no.  Markey voted present.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:35:59 PM PDT

  •  Senate FRC approves Syria plan, 10-7-1. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:38:39 PM PDT

  •  Breaking: Sen panel approves Syria Resolution ... (0+ / 0-)

    the slippery slope has been oiled.

    *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

    by josmndsn on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:41:16 PM PDT

  •  Time to look into Haag's finances (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, claude, JeffW

    I'd like to see a full scale audit of her.  She isn't pushing those cases for fun, she's expecting to be paid for that work.  Who is she getting funding from?  The PIC?  Police unions?  Big Pharma?

    Or is she aspiring to higher office, hoping to have good "tough on crime" creds?

    Either way, her behavior is disgusting, unconstitutional as far as I'm concerned, and needs to be reigned in by DOJ now.  

    The evidence is in, it's time for us to declare war on those who continue to wage the for-profit War on Drugs.

    •  she'll get cut down pretty quick, imho, (1+ / 0-)
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      Norm in Chicago

      as  reefer growing has become THE Economy in NoCal,  and no longer just in the Coast Range but in the Sierra foothills as well.  I recently heard from a trusted source about one County in that area where there is a de facto agreement that the Sheriff will not hassle stands of less than one hundred  plants.  There is simply too much money pouring into local economies from growers, and the local PTB are not about to disrupt that.  The voters know where the money is coming from.

      The Dispensaries provide a steady market; messing with that is gonna get her burned, in the political sense, of course.  What makes her think she can even get a jury to convict?

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 02:50:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Menino may be influenced by the Boston Celtics (0+ / 0-)

    Since it has been a long-running debate in recent years as to whether the NBA team should be metaphorically "blown up".  The team had stuck to its aging veterans well beyond the original plan but finally decided to "blow it up" and ship out Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a major trade that begins the process of almost completely rebuilding the roster.

    Celtics fans seemed to see little problem in advocating "blowing it up", even in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Perhaps Dave Bing is being a bit too touchy here.

  •  U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag (1+ / 0-)
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    It is Haag who is pursuing seizure of two major Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities that host them have considered crucial to public health and defended in court. It is Haag who played a key role in the raid of a dispensary that was the model for a county program to police pot. And it is Haag who recently threatened some seemingly state-compliant dispensaries with as much as 40 years in jail.
    Can't Holder and/or President Obama fire these reckless U.S. Attorneys and replace them with ones that will follow the Attorney General's directives?    
  •  MUMBLES! (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Mumbles Menino, for all of his good deeds, is still a politician who says stupid shit. We'll miss that mumbler.

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 03:08:55 PM PDT

  •  diary pimp: history of the chemical and biological (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    arms race: a book manuscript I am working on.

    Introduction:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Comments/criticism appreciated.  :)

  •  Nature vs. Nurture? Are Guns in the Blood? (0+ / 0-)

    Firearms Law and Policy published our second diary, Nature vs Nurture: Are Guns in the Blood? by BadKitties

    We are planning to walk all across the country, state-by-state, and will dedicate a diary to a survey of each state's gun laws. If you would like to write about gun laws in your state please send a Kosmail to LilithGardener.

    Please drop by, say hello, and check out our Glossary of great links to law and policy resources, Introducing a new Group: Firearms Law and Policy - Glossary of Resources

    To join and write for us Kosmail LilithGardener.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    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.
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    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.

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    "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 Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:14:12 PM PDT

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