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  • Today's comic from Matt Bors is The Muslim Hipsterhood:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - The Muslim Hipsterhood
  • It seems like the Navy may have judgment problems:
    Navy officers were aware that in 2004 Aaron Alexis was arrested for shooting out the tires of a car in a black-out fueled by anger, and yet they admitted him into the Navy and granted him security clearance in 2007 anyway, a senior Naval officer told CNN.

    "It appears as if investigators were aware of the incident, interviewed him and were satisfied that it did not preclude granting the clearance," the officer said.

  • Curious to know what Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is doing next? You'll find out on October 3, she announced in an email to supporters.
  • France's parliament is in the process of banning child beauty pageants because they promote "hyper-sexualization" of children. I guess this means there won't be a French version of Toddlers and Tiaras, then?
  • What gets edited how much at college newspapers?
  • Hamilton Nolan tackles the Wall Street Journal as it tackles a really important question:
    Nine and a half million American families are living in poverty. Four out of five 18-24-year-olds did not have a full time job last year. At a time like this, we must be brave enough to ask ourselves: Will New York City's next mayor attend our glamorous charity ball??
  • Atheist PAC launches to promote equality for nonbelievers:
    Although a growing number of Americans say they are not affiliated with any religion, Congress has just one member who says the same. A new political action committee is hoping to level the playing field.

    On Wednesday, the Center for Humanist Activism launched the Freethought Equality Fund, which it's billing as the first nontheist political action committee with a full-time paid staff.

  • Five lies about Muslims Fox News told you.
  • If you've read that piece that's circulating about how Gen Y is wretched because everyone believes they're special, read Adam Weinstein's rejoinder:
    You have no idea about student debt, underemployment, life-long renting. “Stop feeling special” is some shitty advice. I don’t feel special or entitled, just poor. The only thing that makes me special is I have more ballooning debt than you. I’ve tempered the hell out of my expectations of work, and I’ve exceeded those expectations crazily to have one interesting, exciting damned career that’s culminated in some leadership roles for national publications. And I’m still poor and in debt and worked beyond the point where it can be managed with my health and my desire to actually see the son I’m helping to raise.
  • Starbucks is finally asking customers not to bring their guns in for coffee.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, have we finally squashed the "too soon" reflex? (Has Olbermann ever come around on that?) "How to silence the NRA." "The Growing Myth of Mass Shootings and 'Gun-Free Zones.'" Joan McCarter explains Congressional budget chaos & maps out how we got here. The 2nd part of "repeal & replace" is out, but it's a secret. News breaks that the House CR will... raise the debt ceiling! "The money behind the shutdown crisis." Gin and Tacos on CR cheerleading at The Corner. "Five biggest worries heading into the budget showdown." "Navy Yard Shows Fallacy of NRA's 'More Guns' Solution."

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  •  An Armed Coffee Shop is a polite Coffee Shop (5+ / 0-)

    Go Ahead Make My Quadruple Caffinated Mocha Frappachino

    or something

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:10:28 PM PDT

  •  Muslim veil ban urged in French universities (3+ / 0-)
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    entlord, JeffW, LilithGardener
    France's parliament is in the process of banning child beauty pageants because they promote "hyper-sexualization" of children. I guess this means there won't be a French version of Toddlers and Tiaras, then?
    France prohibits all children from wearing religious symbols such as Muslim headscarves in schools. A government agency has now recommended extending the ban to universities, citing “growing tensions”

    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 18, 2013 at 12:11:45 PM PDT

  •  The Fed opts to change Zip nada zilch (4+ / 0-)
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    annieli, ferg, Gooserock, JeffW

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

    Fed To Stick With Stimulus For Now Citing Tough Economy

    WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that it would continue buying bonds at an $85 billion monthly pace for now, surprising financial markets that were braced for a reduction in the central bank's economic stimulus.

    Citing strains in the economy from tight fiscal policy and higher mortgage rates, the Fed decided against the tapering of asset purchases that investors had all but priced into stock and bond markets.

    "The committee decided to await more evidence that progress will be sustained before adjusting the pace of its purchases," the U.S. central bank said in a statement announcing its decision. Esther George of the Kansas City Fed again dissented, saying she was worried about financial bubbles due to the Fed's low rate policy.

    Hey CNBC Bernanke gave his "two week Notice" what loon touches anything when they give "two weeks" notice.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:15:35 PM PDT

  •  So the biblical "live by the sword, (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    die by the sword" turns out to be true?

    who'd ever thunk it?

  •  Re French ban on child beauty pageants (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, annieli

    I guess Roman Polanski will be looking for a new place to live (again).

  •  Free Thought PAC (2+ / 0-)
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    GreenPA, thomask

    Reading the Huffington Post article, I was happy to see that the PAC is not limiting its support to humanist/agnostic/atheist candidates, but rather expressing willingness to support candidates with liberal religious beliefs who are strong supporters of advancing scientific research and upholding the separation of church and state. They mention Rush Holt as a potential, who is a liberal Quaker who would clearly share the values of a free thought group.

  •  Truck Titties (0+ / 0-)

    I'm up at the Farm getting my Mom's email working again. I'm so glad that it was just a messed up setting and I don't have to call those bozos at WildBlue.

    Anyhoo, I was thinking about something a cranky and contrarian and maybe commercial as truck titties or truck udders.

    This was inspired by some Kossack a while back who posted that his old friends had a gender flipped in-joke that went something like "Grow some titties, cowboy!"

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:27:07 PM PDT

  •  I don't understand the fascination with RT (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Mon Dieu! No French Honey Boo Boo? (1+ / 0-)
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    France's parliament is in the process of banning child beauty pageants because they promote "hyper-sexualization" of children. I guess this means there won't be a French version of Toddlers and Tiaras, then?

    I'm not a misanthrope, I'm just very selective about who I'm willing to waste my time on.

    by SpamNunn on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:34:29 PM PDT

    •  no more honey emissions ou juice de go-go (1+ / 0-)
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      Here Comes Honey Boo Boo est une émission de téléréalité américaine diffusée depuis 2012 sur la chaîne de télévision TLC

      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 18, 2013 at 12:42:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  F'in Benghazi again... ? (4+ / 0-)
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    rg611, Hillbilly Dem, JeffW, thomask

    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 Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:35:36 PM PDT

  •  crazy day today as Ray Comfort calls out Bill Nye (6+ / 0-)

    for saying the moon reflects light which is nonbiblical.  Tucker Carlson says that we need more social stigma attached to mental illness and also need a national register of mentally impaired individuals so they can be monitored.  Larry Klayman says that citizen grand juries have indicted Obama for election fraud and to look for his arrest any day now.

    Jim Rubens, looking to unseat Jeanne Shaheenn, says women in the workplace is the cause of all these mass shootings.  Not to be outdone, Gordon Klingenschmitt says that he has proof that "Obamacare causes cancer".  We can always depend on TX to come through on these crazy days, as parents want a textbook banned because of its reference to militias in its explanation of the Second Amendment.  Since the text is a prep for Advanced Placement tests, banning it so students won't be able to cram for AP tests makes sense to TX parents I guess.

    Finally we have the NJ driver who threw feces into a parking officer's face who claims her gesture was "misinterpreted"

    I think I will go back to bed at this juncture before things really get insane  

    •  If we need more stigma attached to mental illness (4+ / 0-)
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      how about starting with Ray Comfort? With the rest of the fruit loops in your summary close behind.
      A part of me wonders "how does Jim Rubensandwich connect wimmin workin to workplace shootings?" But, frankly, who gives a crap what he thinks about anything?

      •  I have the link but did not link to each idiocy (0+ / 0-)

        but his basic argument was that women not being at home barefoot and preggers lead to the collapse of civilization and the collapse of civilization leads to mass shootings, just like what happened in ancient Rome (OK I added the part about Rome)

    •  Why are you including (0+ / 0-)

      Bill the Science Guy in this?  He's right.

      •  He's calling out Ray Comfort (0+ / 0-)

        Who is apparently one of those people who thinks pi=3, the Earth has exactly four corners, the sun stood still in the sky for a day and just went on it's merry way afterwards, a man can survive in the gullet of a "big fish" (important note, not a whale because that would be silly), and the world ended within a generation of Jesus' death.

        Everything Right is Wrong Again - TMBG (lyrics)

        by GreenPA on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 01:56:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It's a reference (0+ / 0-)

          to what Bill Nye said on Bill Maher last Friday.  Nye is absolutely right that the Bible says wildly mistaken things about the moon and a host of other things in the natural world.  I don't get why he would castigate Nye for this.

  •  You young whippersnappers (2+ / 0-)
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    sow hat, JeffW

    don't remember when it was all Communists in the churches and labor unions and under all the beds.

    The John Birch Society Lyrics

    by Michael Brown

    Oh, we're meetin' at the courthouse at eight o'clock tonight.
    You just walk in the door and take the first turn to the right.
    Be careful when you get there, we hate to be bereft,
    But we're taking down the names of everybody turning left.

    Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society,
    Here to save our country from a communistic plot!
    Join the John Birch Society, help us fill the ranks.
    To get this movement started we need lots of tools and cranks

    Now there's no one that we're certain the Kremlin doesn't touch.
    We think that Westbrook Pegler doth protest a bit too much.
    We only hail the hero from whom we got our name.
    We're not sure what he did but he's our hero just the same.

    Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society,
    Socialism is the ism dismalest of all!
    Join the John Birch Society, there's so much to do.
    Have you heard they're serving vodka at the WCTU?

    Well you've heard about the agents that we've already named.
    Well MCA has agents that are flauntedly unashamed.
    We're after Rosie Clooney, we've gotten Pinkie Lee,
    And the day we get Red Skelton won't that be a victory

    Oh we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society,
    Norman Vincent Peale may think he's kidding us along,
    But the John Birch Society knows he spilled the beans.
    He keeps on preaching brotherhood, but we know what he means.

    We'll teach you how to spot 'em in the cities or the sticks,
    For even Jasper Junction is just full of Bolsheviks.
    The CIA's subversive and so's the FCC.
    There's no one left but thee and we, and we're not sure of thee.

    Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society,
    Here to save our country from a communistic plot!
    Join the John Birch Society holding off the Reds.
    We'll use our hand and hearts and if we must we'll use our heads

    Do you want Justice Warren for your Commissar?
    Do you want Mrs. Krushchev in there with the DAR?
    You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin.
    If mommie is a commie then you gotta turn her in.

    Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society,
    Fighting for the right to fight the right fight for the Right!
    Join the John Birch Society as we're marching on,
    And we'll all be glad to see you when we're meeting in the John,
    In the John,
    In the John Birch So- ci- e- teee.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:37:00 PM PDT

  •  I got polled last night (0+ / 0-)

    ISA Research called to ask me how I felt about the NSA leaks, Snowdon, etc. I was (scale 1-10, or 10-1) outraged, I think I answered every statement, and will no doubt be an outlier on the polls. I figure that most people who get their news from TV have no clue about why this is a BFD.

    A few questions of interest: Do you do online banking?
    Do you know that USPS is now copying the front of all mail (sure, they can afford that)? I had never heard that one CT before. Other than that it was an enjoyable poll for me.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:40:07 PM PDT

  •  I was just in a Starbucks and if I'd have known (3+ / 0-)
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    about Schultz's stand I'd have told them I've got their back.

    I'm fed up with guys wanting to walk around picking their teeth with their gats just to show "who's boss."

    Tomorrow morn I'll stop in the Starbucks close to my house and let them know about my stand. If somebody comes in with "open carry" I'll ask them politely if they're a police officer or federal agent. If they're not, I'll let them know about my stand, too. In this particular store, especially, lots of high school kids come in for a drink on their lunch hour, and I think guns are highly inappropriate there.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:43:03 PM PDT

  •  I applaud France for taking (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Whatithink

    that step.  I absolutely despise the kiddie porn that passes for children's dance recitals, beauty pageants, and cheer leader camps.  I went to my nieces senior dance recital and had to sit through group after group of underage children bumping and grinding - with parents yelling and screaming and egging them on.  Ugh.  I could barely sit through it.

  •  The gilded age? (0+ / 0-)

    How about $7 ICE CUBES delivered direct to the gatehouse of your estate? Yes... $7 per cube, or hand-sculpted sphere...

    There's none so blind as those that will not see. --Jonathan Swift

    by chuckvw on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 01:23:48 PM PDT

  •  The Bush legacy continues to bear bitter fruit (0+ / 0-)
    Navy officers were aware that in 2004 Aaron Alexis was arrested for shooting out the tires of a car in a black-out fueled by anger, and yet they admitted him into the Navy and granted him security clearance in 2007 anyway, a senior Naval officer told CNN.
    Wasn't that shortly after the Bush administration lowered the standards for joining the military -- allowing convicted felons and gang members to sign up -- because they didn't have enough bodies to throw into the Iraq meatgrinder?
  •  Report on SYG Laws Highlights Racial Disparities (0+ / 0-)

    Report on SYG Laws Highlights Racial Disparities

    If you care about the rising vigilantism please drop by for our first primer segment on Stand Your Ground Laws and why I think these laws should be repealed.

    Justifiable homicides increased by an average of 53-percent since 2005 in the 22 states that have passed stand-your-ground laws—while falling in the rest of the country... In Florida, where the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman first thrust the laws into the national spotlight last spring, the increase in justifiable homicides was even higher—200 percent.

    ...Continue reading Justifiable Homicides Up 200 Percent in Florida Post-Stand Your Ground at Mother Jones

    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 Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 04:01:54 PM PDT

  •  Hurrah! France is banning child beauty pageants. (0+ / 0-)

    A gasp of civilization between pukes..
    You can’t imagine how dirty these things are. notice the prefix hyper?

    France banning child beauty pageants because they promote "hyper-sexualization" of children
  •  If Congress had any balls they would reinstate (0+ / 0-)

    the draft with few or no deferments, for both genders.

    Then the military wouldn't have to take known sex abusers, nut cases, and aliens.

    If nothing else it would ensure that the vast majority of Americans are at least marginally literate and have some kind of usable skill.
    And it would give a much the military a larger pool of those who have far above average intelligence and aptitudes, for at least a couple of years.

  •  Re: College Newspapers (0+ / 0-)

    Was working so a bit late to the conversation. But regarding the Poynter article about editing at newspapers: I was a copy editor for Gannett for a time. For years Gannett has been buying up local newspapers across the country and consolidating their publishing operations by region to save money. The location I worked at published four daily newspapers. We had 5-6 copy editors on the newsdesk every shift. I would personally layout and edit anywhere from 8 to 14 pages per day. We were all so overworked, and underpaid (starting salary for a full time position was just over $17,000 in 2006) that I was lucky if I could get just one other person to proofread my work, and vice versa. Of course, quality suffered. The rule of thumb is that you have three other people check your work. For about fact-checking? Who has time for that? In an environment like that, it's a luxury.

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