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  • Joshua Holland, writing about the right's belief that "the left" is out to ruin football:
    While Birdnow may write from the fringes, a similar theory has gained traction among some mainstream conservatives — Rush Limbaugh also wondered recently if “the left” was intent on “banning football as we know it.”

    And NewBusters founder Matthew Sheffield agreed that the “liberal media” poses a genuine threat, writing that while “it’s difficult to imagine Americans going along with government outright banning football,” he could easily see “”compassionate’ liberals and trial lawyers gradually destroying the sport through excessive regulation, government intervention and lawsuits.”

    While it may seem unclear why anyone would want to destroy football, running underneath these complaints is an established narrative about the supposed “feminization” of American culture that people like Limbaugh have long embraced. Jeff Blevins, author of Confessions of a Mad Sports Addict, was explicit about this angle, writing, “I like to call it the feminization of the league. Emasculation is another good” way to put it.

    Because if you think football players shouldn't have to deal with suicide and dementia from CTE, you must hate America.
  • California continues to do more things right--this time passing a minimum wage increase that will result in a $10 per hour minimum wage by 2016:
    SACRAMENTO — A bill that would boost California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016 won approval by the state Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he would sign it.

    The measure would raise the current $8 minimum wage to $9 an hour next July 1 and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

    The 25% increase would be the first minimum-wage hike in California in five years and would put extra money in the pockets of an estimated 2.4 million Californians.

    Business groups provided the usual opposition, saying it would be a job-killer like they always do. And yet, seems like ever since we started enacting the policies they kept on saying would be job-killers, we've done pretty well.
  • Boer and Reid 1, David Vitter 0:
    Sen. David Vitter is pushing back against a legislative proposal that alludes to his prior connection to a prostitution scandal.

    In a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee, the Louisiana Republican seeks an investigation of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Ethics Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., contending that the offices of the two senators are running afoul of the rules with “attempted bribery.”

    Politico reported that Senate Democrats have drafted an amendment to pending energy efficiency legislation that would keep lawmakers from getting employer contributions for their federal health benefits in the new health exchanges under Obamacare if there is “probable cause” that the lawmaker solicited prostitutes.

    Vitter has admitted to a “serious sin” but did not fully admit to being a client of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, better known as the “D.C. Madam.” His phone number, however, did show up in the investigation of Palfrey. Because the alleged solicitation took place before Vitter arrived in the Senate, the Ethics Committee dismissed a complaint against him back in 2008.

    The draft legislation appears to be in response to Vitter’s quest to secure a vote on an amendment to unrelated energy efficiency legislation over government employer contributions to members of Congress in the new health exchanges.

    Now, if you're Vitter...why file that ethics complaint? Why dredge up your dirty diapers again, instead of just letting the situation go? To each his own, I guess.
  • From the diaries yesterday. I'm not even exactly sure how such a moral outrage is possible.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers will be hosting an LGBT night out at their home game on September 27th:
    The team that broke baseball’s color barrier, that brought in the Hispanic community with Fernando Valenzuela and the Japanese community with Hideo Nomo, is now reaching out to the LGBT community.

    They’ve come a long ways from when they kicked out a lesbian couple for kissing at a Dodger Stadium game in 2000.

    “We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season,” said Dodger Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen in statement. “We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community.”

    I'll wait while the Giants fans around here start making snarky comments.
  • Not good news for NPR. (But maybe good news for John McCain.)
  • From the New York Times, an article on Gibraltar that basically teaches you everything you need to know but might have been afraid to ask.

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  •  Saturday reflection on teaching - the year goes on (8+ / 0-)

    in this post which I invite you to read


    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:01:21 PM PDT

  •  $10 is barely enough now, not really (7+ / 0-)

    by 2016 I'm certain it will be insufficient.

    It's very simple, really: the more people who have money, the better the economy will do.

    It is also crystal clear that asking politely is not going to work.

    •  Need a comprehensive study (10+ / 0-)

      to determine minimum wage per region ($10 is a drop in the bucket in the Bay Area, but in other parts of the state would do just fine), then tie the minimum wage to the rate of inflation or maybe the Consumer Price Index for annual increases. But we gotta start somewhere.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:08:42 PM PDT

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    •  * (5+ / 0-)
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      Massive anti-government protest gears up in Poland

      Tens of thousands of Polish trade unionists kicked off a march through the capital on Saturday in the finale of a four-day protest against the unpopular and increasingly fragile centre-right government.

      The protest reflects widespread public gloom over this year’s sharp economic slowdown in Poland, which has been dragged down by the eurozone crisis.

      Police End Occupation of Mexico City Center

       Mexican riot police have cracked down on the strongest challenge yet to President Enrique Pena Nieto's reform program, sweeping thousands of striking teachers out of Mexico City's main square with tear gas and water cannons.

      Workers moved swiftly late Friday to demolish the half-burnt protest camp where striking teachers had camped out for weeks in a bid to block Pena Nieto's education reforms, which are aimed at introducing teacher evaluations and reducing union discretion in hiring.

       - - - -

      Friday's massive raid by thousands of police against the teachers was a dramatic reassertion of state authority after weeks of near-constant disruption in the center of one of the world's largest cities. The teachers have marched through the capital at least 15 times over the last two months.

      Asking politely won't help at all.

      Push MUST come to shove if we're going to have anything but oppression. Even then it will be a fight as police are brainwashed tools.

      Life is short: It shouldn't suck needlessly, like it does currently.

      •  It was a beautiful day here today, one of the (1+ / 0-)
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        nicest of the year. Reminded me of 'that other world we know is possible'.

        That world is right in front of our faces and right beneath our feet. But it is covered in a false layer of suffering and theft and oppression and needless fail.

        Our current political system is nothing but an oppressive mechanism that more than unfairly robs from the common person and enriches the obscenely wealthy.

        Our "leaders" are part of that 1% and are successfully able to get wawy with doing almost nothing (congrssional gridlock) while republican-controlled states are aggressively pushing and increasing an ugly oppression and needless suffering onto the common people.

        It wastes and ruins our lives.

        It is nothing less than a crime against our humanity.

  •  Nice of the Dodgers (7+ / 0-)

    to catch up with the Giants -- we have both an LGBT night, and Until There's a Cure Day for AIDS awareness and research. And all the Bay Area teams came together for a PSA for the You Can Play Project. Very cool.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:12:38 PM PDT

  •  I'm curious how Dante chose a basket of (4+ / 0-)
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    thread for the logo. It's perfect for an open thread/tapestry, a basket of threads.

    Please drop by us to review the week's gun news and talk about sensible regulations!

    Tim Delaney - Let us start a dialogue in search of sensible gun laws (with poll)

    Joy of Fishes - Firearms Law and Policy Digest September 13, 2013 (open thread)

    The Daily Kos Firearms Law and Policy group studies actions for reducing firearm deaths and injuries in a manner that is consistent with the current Supreme Court interpretation of the Second Amendment. We also cover the many positive aspects of gun ownership, including hunting, shooting sports, and self-defense.

    To see our list of original and republished diaries, go to the Firearms Law and Policy diary list. Click on the ♥ or the word "Follow" next to our group name to add our posts to your stream, and use the link next to the heart to send a message to the group if you have a question or would like to join.

    We have adopted Wee Mama's and akadjian's guidance on communicating.  But most important, be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    "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 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:14:31 PM PDT

  •  Can't imbed this, but it's worth watching (4+ / 0-)
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    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:19:56 PM PDT

  •  Love the threads/spools. (3+ / 0-)
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    JoanMar's diary, a fundraiser for Dream Defenders, already 5 donations, published last night. Comments, etc., welcome:  

    "The Butler," The Dream Defenders, and the Way Forward

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  •  Culture defeats Agriculture UCLA 38 - Nebraska 21 (3+ / 0-)
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    Nebraska gives up 28 points in 3rd quarter; greatest point total ever given up at home

    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 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:24:16 PM PDT

  •  Until Washington changes their team name... (6+ / 0-)

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:26:17 PM PDT

  •  Gibraltar (3+ / 0-)
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    the NYT didn't cover the history of referenda - the Spanish may say that they want the place, but the population rejects the idea every time they are asked.

    The last vote was in 2002.  The turnout was 85%+ and the yes to keeping-things-as-they-are (and stay a British Overseas Territory) vote some 98.5%.  The chance of Spain getting the place back are slim, whilst self determination counts for anything!

  •   A cool discovery: Insects with gears (3+ / 0-)
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    Interlocking Gear Mechanism Discovered in Evolution of Juvenile Planthoppers

    Previously believed to be a manmade invention, gear mechanisms were discovered in the hind legs of the juvenile Issus, a plant-hopping insect native to Europe. On its legs are opposing teeth that rotate and intermesh with each other like mechanical gears.
    The gears lock the insect's leg movements together in near-perfect synchronization. The two hind legs will always move within 30 microseconds (one millionth of a second) of each other. If the planthopper did not have this ultra-precise timing with both hind legs, its high-powered jumps would result horribly for the insect.
    A YouTube video of the gear:

    Ref. link:

    Ref. YouTube:

  •  Regarding David Vitter (2+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps drafting legislation titled as: "Disease (Venereal) Interception, Testing, Tracking, Eradication Removal" might be easier for Vitter's wife to swallow?

  •  "Universal Softening and Effeminization" Of Boys (6+ / 0-)
    In the morass of the universal softening and effeminization, each year three hundred and fifty thousand vigorous young men sprang from the ranks of the army.....
    -Hitler, Mein Kampf

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:39:47 PM PDT

    •  Ooooh... you went there!!! (4+ / 0-)
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      Godwin! Godwin alert!!!

      I personally don't like the attempts to weaken football, either, but I don't see how the various leagues have any choice.  The size and speed of players are nothing like they were before.  Back in the 1960's NFL offensive linemen weighed 250 pounds.  There are some quarterbacks that weigh that much. IT may be hard to believe, but back then, football players didn't do any formal weight training.  It seems ridiculous to us now, but back then they felt that there was nothing to be gained by it.

      I know Limbaugh and the crazies love to blame everything on "the left", but it's not high school moms bringing in these lawsuits, they are former players--hardly "leftists" of any sort. Even without lawsuits, professional leagues, especially, are trying to protect their "assets" from "damage".  You'd think Limbaugh would respect business decisions like that.

      I don't see a positive future for the game.  There is no way to make the game safer without fundamentally making it lame and unappealing both to play and to watch.  The NFL keeps trying to tinker around the edges (they are obsessed about kickoffs, even though I've never seen an injury on a kickoff), but none of their proposals are substantively sound.  The only way to change the game fundamentally is to essentially turn it into soccer with hands, or eliminate much of the protective gear that makes players into weapons.  The latter choice is risky, since someone won't care if they aren't wearing a helmet and will kill themselves playing.

      Teddy Roosevelt, hardly a wussy, threatened to ban football 100 years ago if they didn't make it safer.  They changed some rules around and that was good enough for a century, but they'll have to do a fundamental rewrite to keep the game from being deadly in the future.  Problem is, that rewrite will make the game suck pretty badly.  The future of football is bleak, indeed.


      by LordMike on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:56:08 PM PDT

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      •   "I advise the gun" (3+ / 0-)
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        A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body, and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks. Never think of taking a book with you. The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk; but divert your attention by the objects surrounding you. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
        -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785

        Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

        by bernardpliers on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:11:52 PM PDT

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      •  It's not just pro football. (4+ / 0-)

        It's college and high school too. In fact, teenagers developing brains are more susceptible to damage. Under some state laws, school officials that allow football for kids under 18 could be accused of child abuse.

      •  FRONTLINE League of Denial (1+ / 0-)
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      •  a better game (1+ / 0-)
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        The only way to change the game fundamentally is to essentially turn it into soccer with hands, or eliminate much of the protective gear that makes players into weapons.
        The game that you are thinking of which has these attributes is called "rugby", and is a much better game than the gladiatorial contest we Americans call "football".

        No pads,  no helmets, no timeouts, no substitutions (unless someone is actually bleeding)--and a helluva lot of fun.

  •  Dark(-ish) humor... (13+ / 0-)

    My dad died this past week, and I'm just back from the funeral. (Won't be staying long - just dropping an update.)

    My favorite "morbid humor" incident of the whole affair:

    Dad had died about an hour or two before I returned to the hospital. The majority of my siblings were still in his room at the hospital with him and my mom. Mom was wondering if she needed to sign a release for the funeral home to come get him. I told her I didn't think so - a sentiment echoed by several others - but that I'd go verify.

    I went out the nurses station. There were three nurses behind the desk - two I recognized from earlier this morning, and someone new.

    I asked if my mom needed to sign anything for the funeral home to ensure that they could pick up my dad. The two nurses I recognized initially shook their heads, but quickly conferred and began to verify things...the other nurse had apparently not clearly heard what I said, and asked "Oh, is he going to rehab?"

    I paused, grinned and said "That would be a neat trick..."

    She looked confused and tilted her head slightly as I continued: "...he died."

    She looked horrified, and began to apologize profusely - the other two nurses looked shocked & surprised.

    I quickly spoke and said, grinning, that she shouldn't worry. My dad is probably laughing his ass off about it, and it would make a great addition to my repertoire of odd stories.

    She relaxed, blushing, and apologized again just in case.

    It's about on par with the faux pas of one of my brothers at the wake of HawkWife's mother:
    Mumsie - a.k.a. "Georgia" - was waked at the same funeral home where other members of HawkWife's family had been. It brought back memories for her. I was 45 minutes late for the start - I was down the street, waiting for pictures to develop that should've been ready an hour and a half earlier. When I finally rushed in and assessed the situation, I saw that many folks had already come to pay their respects. Some had already left, but many of my family members had shown up, and they were all still there.

    And still arriving.

    One of my younger brothers - the eldest of the two - came in, breathless, from out of state. You could tell he was road-weary, but he inadvertently and quickly confirmed it and cast aside any doubt when his first words upon seeing me were "How's Georgia?"

    I blinked, and responded "She's resting comfortably."

    He paused, taking a moment to reflect on what I'd said, then it occurred to him what he'd said in his rush to compose himself.

    "Oh, right. Of course," he responded.

    HawkWife chuckled at that.

    Both incidents helped ease the pain of the day with accidental humor.
  •  While CA's minimum wage increase is good, (4+ / 0-)
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    by 2016 $10 won't be much.  But it will be better than the rest of the country, that's for sure.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:51:57 PM PDT

  •  The Onion should invite Vladimir Zhirinovsky to do (2+ / 0-)
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    an Op-Ed, in the name of True equivalence

    (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain will submit an opinion piece to the Russian newspaper Pravda in response to an op-ed on Syria in The New York Times by Russian President Vladimir Putin that infuriated many members of Congress, a spokesman said on Friday.

    "Senator McCain is glad to take them up on the offer and will submit a piece," said Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the senior Republican senator, one of the leading congressional voices on international affairs.

    The announcement came a day after the venerable U.S. newspaper published a Putin commentary in which the Russian leader painted himself as a peacemaker and lectured Washington for what he called a tendency to use "brute force" in international politics.

    Many U.S. lawmakers made clear they did not welcome the Russian leader's input into their debate over approving missile strikes in response to the apparent use of chemical weapons by Putin's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    "I almost wanted to vomit," Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN.

    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 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:54:03 PM PDT

  •  McCain and Graham hate the Syria CW deal (2+ / 0-)
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    so it'll probably work.


  •  Cool the Dodgers are having an LGBT night, BUT (5+ / 0-)

    The Dodgers did not create "Hispanic interest" in baseball. Certainly, Fernando Valenzuela was a huge star, and was very popular among the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles, but by 1981, baseball had already had many Latino stars, including Hall of Famers like Juan Marichal, and perhaps the most famous and beloved of Latino players, the great Roberto Clemente. Oh, and the Giants have had an LGBT night for a few years now. OK, enough bitter ranting from a Giants fan.

    Good on the Dodgers, though. In fact, I've been thrilled at how quickly the momentum is changing regarding LGBT folks and the major sports leagues. The NHL started the "You Can Play" campaign, and many regions are doing their own versions of the campaign with local stars voicing their support for gay athletes. Here is the Here is the Bay Area version

  •  Cripes!!....Just finished watching 'The Raid : (1+ / 0-)
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    Redemption'......action action action fists of fury action.....wild flick.

  •  Oh, I wonder what audience they.... (2+ / 0-)
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    are targeting with the football dog whistle?  Blows my mind this is what life has come to in the land of the critically inane/insane.....

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:12:43 PM PDT

  •  IIRC no Dodger fan has been brutalized at ATT Park (1+ / 0-)
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    so badly that they're permanently disabled (Brian Stow)

    I'll wait while the Giants fans around here start making snarky comments.
    Driver beaten in Dodger Stadium lot
    Updated: May 21, 2012, 11:23 PM ET
    LOS ANGELES -- A minor fender bender in a Dodger Stadium parking lot over the weekend led to the beating of a driver and the arrest of four people more than a year after a San Francisco Giants fan was left with brain damage after an attack on opening day, police said Monday.

    The latest attack occurred Sunday, when the victim, a man in his 20s, had a collision with another driver and three other men pinned him down, police said.

    The other driver kicked and hit the victim in the head and face while he was on the ground, police Sgt. David Armas said.

    "It was just a minor fender bender that just got totally out of hand," he said.

    The victim, whose name was not released, had scrapes and cuts to his face, but his injuries were not life-threatening, Armas said. A woman in the victim's car who is eight months pregnant was not hurt, but she was examined at a hospital as a precaution, he said.

    The four men were arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. They were identified late Monday as Arthur Morales, 20; Alan Trujillo, 29; Alejandro Briceno, 29; and Ulises Briceno, 26.

    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 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:28:25 PM PDT

  •  Warning: shitfest ahead..PBO friend arrested for (0+ / 0-)

    rapeish accusation last night in Arcata/Eureka Calif.

    'Ray'Keith Kakugawa


    Eureka man arrested following report of rape in Arcata

    It will be ugly...I post this here so you can be forewarned, anybody wants to diary it is

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:46:02 PM PDT

  •  Boxer and Reid (1+ / 0-)
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    First of all, you left the x out of Boxer's last name. FYI.

    Second, I love the fact that they did that. Such wonderful trolling. And so deserved.

    It reminded me of one of the important items on my legislative agenda: the Trolling the Republican Party Act (TRPA, pronounced "terpa")--a levy on gun purchases that will be used to fund the provision of organic, locally-sourced vegan food for LGBTQ immigrant detainees.

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