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  •  Orange County can be The Sudetenland (8+ / 0-)
    TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper’s plan to split California into six separate states, including a Northern California slice appropriately named “Silicon Valley.” [...]
    Attempts to get initiatives on the state ballot can cost millions of dollars, and often fail. That said, California has a long secessionist history, and there are a number of folks who want to split the West Coast into smaller territories.

    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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:01:59 PM PST

    •  These idiots forget that unless Congress approves (4+ / 0-)

      of it the states can't split. Well, except for Texas which has a one time "Split into 5 pieces" clause in it's admission to the union. Though I wonder, since Texas left the Union during the Civil War did they get to keep it when then re-entered?

      There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:06:23 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Splitting California... (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      annieli, Meteor Blades, atana, patbahn

      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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:36:29 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Casinos in Catalina (again!) (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        justiceputnam
        In September 1972, 26 members of the Brown Berets, a group of Chicano activists, traveled to Catalina and planted a Mexican flag, claiming the island for all Chicanos. They asserted that the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty between Mexico and the United States did not specifically mention the Channel Islands. The group camped above the Chimes Tower on the point above the Casino near Avalon and were viewed as a new tourist attraction. Local Mexican-Americans provided them with food after they used up their own supplies. After 24 days a municipal judge visited the camp to ask them to leave. They departed peaceably on the tourist boat, just as they had arrived

        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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:41:02 PM PST

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        •  Pretty amazing given what happened... (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          annieli, justiceputnam

          ...to end many chicano protests in the late '60s and the '70s. No teargas or pepper spray? No nightsticks? Pretty amazing, in fact, compared with the way many protests are ended today.

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

          by Meteor Blades on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:57:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  You forget about Governor Reagan and Berkeley? (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Stude Dude

            He didn't screw around with lightweight stuff like cops, pepper spray and nightsticks -  he called in the National Guard to gas Vietnam Way protesters with helicopters.

            I hate to be the one to break this to you, but Chicanos aren't the only people out there that neocons hate. They also hate one hell of a lot of us haolies, too. Hell, at least some of the older neocons went to school at at time when they were taught that Hawaii is actually a state. These younger ones have a lot of gaps in their revisionist history.

    •  That map makes zero sense (0+ / 0-)

      If the point is to make the number of US Senators equivalent to the general population, then why is it divided that way?  The Northernmost proposed State would have a population roughly equal to Idaho, and no population center larger than Chico.

      It also packs Democrats into two heavily populated States (the LA County one would still have a population similar to Florida and be one of the five most populous states in the nation, while creating four states that would be swing states at best.  Arguably, the Central Valley one would tie 'communities of interest', but what's the excuse for the Tahoe-to-Marin one and the Death Valley-to-San Diego one?

      Cover me, Melvert! I gotta leave the Sovrin Independent Free Market Collective of Fortress Libertopia to go get our disability checks!

      by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:57:40 PM PST

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      •  the former is Whine Country, the latter, the DMZ (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        AdmiralNaismith
        but what's the excuse for the Tahoe-to-Marin one and the Death Valley-to-San Diego one?

        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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 01:06:57 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  The reason it really makes no sense… (4+ / 0-)

        …is water rights. The states with large (and blue) populations would have no water sources, those would be controlled by the sparsely populated (and red) states. What could go wrong?

      •  I've lived here for 30 years - (2+ / 0-)
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        Stude Dude, AdmiralNaismith

        And if we're talking about true secession, the only thing that makes sense to me is to tell the rest of the United States to screw itself and get annexed with Mexico.

        Combined with Pemex holdings off the east coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the off-shore oil off of Santa Barbara and the San Ardo fields, we'd have more potential energy available to fuel Los Angeles than Texas and Oklahoma combined. Plus, we have the engineers and technicians to get Mexico out of the stone age.

        The gun nuts would have their buddies in the drug cartels to pal around with because of their intense shared interest in firearms and their equally shared interest in their hatred for American law enforcement.

        ¾ of this state speaks Spanish and barely understands English anyway, so it'd be a natural fit.

        The agribusiness tycoons in the Imperial Valley wouldn't have to sweat being busted for hiring undocumented aliens to make them rich anymore.

        The stoners in Humbolt County wouldn't have to spend every waking moment thinking about CAMP helicopter flyovers with paraquat spraying rigs installed, and actually start making money with hemp production since the timber industry has all but collapsed.

        All snark aside, it would be a win-win for everyone, wouldn't it? Then I could bag this pus jungle for points west and spend the rest of my life laughing at the stupidity of secessionists from afar.

        ASSHOLES: E PLURIBUS UNUM MEANS "OUT OF MANY, ONE."
        Haven't any of these people been paying attention to this damned Constitution they spend so much time venerating?

  •  Any of the Darpa droids speak with an austrian (3+ / 0-)

    Accent

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

    by JML9999 on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:05:36 PM PST

  •  I was wondering about this last night? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, dougymi, wintergreen8694

    Why doesn't anybody nobody use the Koch Bros' billions in oil subsidies and the like to drive a wedge between them and the Free Market Conservatives or the Randroid Libertarians?

    I suppose that they could have a snappy retort like "Yeah? Whaddabout Soros?" or "Lalala! I can't hear you!"

    Otherwise, I'm wrapping presents for tomorrow. I'm hoping that it doesn't snow for the long drive up there.

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

    by Stude Dude on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:07:24 PM PST

  •  will there be a way to disable the (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OLinda, PsychoSavannah, JML9999, dougymi

    "most shared" box?

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility (not an original but rather apt)

    by terrypinder on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:08:46 PM PST

  •  This just in... (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, patbahn, Subterranean

    But it's even more horrendous and literal than that, alas.

    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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:12:13 PM PST

  •   AK47 Inventor passes@94 (5+ / 0-)

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

    Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead: Inventor Of Famous Rifle Dies At 94

    RT reports the Russian hero had been in intensive care since Nov. 17 in Izhevsk, Russia, where his famous weapon is produced. In recent years, Kalashnikov had suffered from heart troubles.

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

    by JML9999 on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:14:31 PM PST

    •  He's gone to that great... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JML9999, Stude Dude, mimi

      ... Military Industrial Complex in the Sky.

      Can you imagine the marching band there? Molotov, Teller and now Kalashnikov.

      That's one big brass band!

      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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:19:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  joins Eugene Stoner (1922-1997) as well (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JML9999, patbahn
      The AK-47 is an assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the Soviet Union in 1940s. The AR-15 is an assault rifle designed by Eugene Stoner in the U.S. in the 1950s. AR-15s are lighter and have a higher accuracy than AK-47s, while the AK-47 is considerably cheaper and more dependable as compared to the AR-15. Both are extensively used by the military, the police as well as for general purpose as hunting rifles or for self defense.

      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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:27:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And both got their best ideas from... (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        annieli, Stude Dude, JML9999, mimi

        ...the German Sturmgewehr, the original "assault rifle."

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

        by Meteor Blades on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 01:08:59 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  indeed (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          JML9999, mimi
          U.S. War Department publications state, "All things considered, the Sturmgewehr remains a bulky, unhandy weapon, comparatively heavy and without the balance and reliability of the U.S. M1 carbine. Its design appears to be dictated by production rather than by military considerations. Though far from a satisfactory weapon, it is apparent that Germany's unfavorable military situation makes necessary the mass production of this weapon, rather than of a machine carbine of a more satisfactory pattern."

          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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 01:19:28 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Which is the most reliable? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RhodeIslandAspie

      I've read that compared to the American AR-15, the AK-47, is the least prone to jamming.  Is that true?

      I also seem to recall the Kalashnikov uses the cheapest ammunition.  High reliability and low operating costs make it the most popular automatic assault weapon in the world, yes?

      Interesting that such an old design still beats later designs on reliability.  It seems like that would be the most important parameter in a battle.  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 03:29:30 PM PST

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      •  A quote from the film "Lord of War." (0+ / 0-)

        Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947, more commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It's the world's most popular assault rifle, a weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood, it doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It will shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand. It's so easy even a child can use it, and they do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin, Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people's greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, and suicidal novelists. One thing is for sure; no one was lining up to buy their cars.

        Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

        by RhodeIslandAspie on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 07:35:48 AM PST

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  •  Obama continues (0+ / 0-)

    To piss off his supporters while pandering to bozos like Manchin. Whom ever is advising him needs another job.

  •  hasta la vista, baby (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades
    “It’s like when my baby took her first step,” Dr. Oh told me. “Yes, she fell down, but I was elated.” That being said, he did admit that the Challenge was perhaps a little too slow-paced. “The public was being very patient.”

    This baby metaphor seemed to be a motif at the tournament. These robots have “hardly any brains at all," Gill Pratt, Project Manager of the Robotics Challenge, explains in a pre-competition DARPA video named “Robotic Expectations.” "The head is empty.” He explains that the robots have about the same level of competence as a one-year-old. While he is explaining this, the video switches to a clip of a child playing at one of the team garages, in case we had forgotten what a human child looks like.

    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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:20:58 PM PST

  •  A State As Big as CA Going Blue is a Clarion Call (3+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, annieli, Stude Dude

    to carve it at least into 3 to get 2 red states.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:23:46 PM PST

  •  Does this mean the sex droids are on backorder? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam, annieli

    Oh well, no Xmas for me.

  •  Plus size Barbie... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli, Meteor Blades

    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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:26:55 PM PST

  •  Look back at 3:32 EDT (6+ / 0-)

    I'm insured for the first time since 2000.  

    Fuck you, Republicans.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:35:45 PM PST

  •  A message to DARPA from disappointed robot fans (0+ / 0-)

  •  suprme court (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OLinda

    The Supreme Court has been busy. I won't pretend to be a legal expert, but the impact of the case handed down today ("You Don’t Have the Right to Remain Silent" (slate.com) and "Salinas v. Texas") (scotusblog.com) seems to be quite significant. Is this a reduction or partial repeal of the rights afforded through the 5th amendment, vis a vis Miranda warnings?

    Comments from the experts?

    -5.38, -2.97
    The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

    by ChuckInReno on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:43:55 PM PST

  •  Senator Cory Booker signed on as a sponsor (3+ / 0-)

    to Menendez's Iran sanctions bill, that the President said he would veto.

    A lot of people tweeting to him about this, I wonder if he will address it.

    •  I'm certain this will be spun as... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FiredUpInCA

      ...as the Junior Senator not undermining the Senior. To me, it means the Financial Elites have decided that mindless saber rattling has more profit potential than ground breaking
      negotiations.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 02:05:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Six Californias, no waiting (0+ / 0-)

    with six DMVs and a stronger Porn industry in "West California" with the Black Rose as its state flower. Like the mania for toll roads in Orange County what could go wrong except wars over water, air quality, traffic, and tariffs. Having almost had my papers checked during a border control check on Amtrak at The Oceanside/Pendleton stop, it's already here.
     

    “1. It is about time California was properly represented with Senators in Washington. Now our number of Senators per person will be about average.
    2. Competition is good, monopolies are bad. This initiative encourages more competition and less monopolistic power. Like all competitive systems, costs will be lower and service will be better.
    3. Each new state can start fresh. From a new crowd sourced state flower to a more relevant constitution.
    4. Decisions can be more relevant to the population. The regulations in one new state are not appropriate for another.
    5. Individuals can move between states more freely.”

    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 Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 12:53:26 PM PST

  •  So, if a recommendation is carefully considered (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FiredUpInCA

    But ultimately not accepted, it's "ignored?"

    Wow. Who knew?

  •  Six Californias is lost from the start (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    catsynth, atana, FiredUpInCA, Stude Dude

    San Franciscans will never vote for a proposition which makes San Francisco part of "Silicon Valley."

  •  LORDY Is It a Zoo Near Shopping Areas. (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, PinHole

    Needed a can of varnish, nearest vendor is a big box store in a mall. Yikes.

    I shudder to think what it'll be like tomorrow.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 01:14:50 PM PST

  •  Haven't seen much about Pussy Riot today on dkos (0+ / 0-)

    and our heroines' reactions to their release...

  •  incredible whale photo (0+ / 0-)

    What Americans are witnessing is politics that celebrates resentment and racism and those who wield corporate, political and financial power in the United States that thrive on the misery of others (symbolic violence) ~ Henry A. Giroux

    by anyname on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 02:43:20 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the link to the (0+ / 0-)

    photographic site.  Many interesting, moving pics.  

  •  and CALiso and state Govt estimates 5 GW of Solar (0+ / 0-)

    Solar PV is now estimated to be running at about 4.6 GW
    of solar,  which is making PV a much bigger peak
    contributor to electricity then Nuclear and more
    importantly, spreading out along the grid.

    I wouldn't be surprised if PV becomes the entire
    peak capacity in another 2-3 years.

  •  This carving stuff is all about the electoral col. (0+ / 0-)

    Step one. Let's make the electoral college meaningless, by getting enough states to sign onto the popular vote compact.

    Step two. When the EC is then meaningless, let's bury it once and for all, with a constitutional amendment.

    Step three. Watch how few of these state partition schemes you then see.

    Step four. Watch our Presidential election become a national race, instead of races in a few swing states.

    Step five. Watch meaningful campaign financing laws make a comeback, because too many Republicans who want to run for President will not be able to afford to run a fifty state campaign.

    Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

    by RhodeIslandAspie on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 07:51:22 AM PST

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