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    Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - BENGHAZI!!!!
  • What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
  • Offered without comment (although a lot of jokes come to mind):
    Although a Utah court has ruled that same-sex marriages can proceed in the state, one politician there is taking it upon himself to try to stop them.

    Trestin Meacham, who once ran for a state senate seat as a member of Utah’s extremist Constitution Party, is now drawing attention to himself by saying he will not eat until Utah’s legislature willingly disobeys the federal government by reinstating its ban on same-sex marriages. [...]

    Meacham says he has not eaten since December 21st, and has lost 25 pounds. He will only begin eating again, he insists, once the state legislature nullifies federal law and passes another ban on same-sex marriages.

  • Not sure how this one flew under the radar, but here's another example of the sucktitude of Politifact:
    We’ve heard people give lots of reasons for opposing Obamacare. But until a reader sent us some Internet links recently, we hadn’t realized that one of the fears being spawned by Obamacare was that it could usher in legal beheadings across America.
    And no, Politifact, giving this a "pants on fire" rating doesn't help.
  • Check out this map showing the "140F degree Apparent Temperature difference across the U.S. today."
  • Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has been in the news recently:
    Is Aaron Schock a victim of bullying?

    There’s a rather odd allegation being made, in some circles, that anti-gay Republican congressman Aaron Schock is a victim of “bullying” because many critics, myself included, are openly questioning Schock’s sexual orientation.  I did it in a punny way, poking fun at his rather-gay Instagram posts, while others were more direct. [...]

    While some call it “outing,” I’d call it “questioning.” I don’t know if Aaron Schock is straight or gay.  I do know, however, that he’s virulently anti-gay and sets off my rather-reliable gaydar, repeatedly and often.  And that troubles me.  It’s bad enough for any member of Congress to be anti-gay.  Anti-gay members of Congress not only harm the gay community legislatively, but they also harm us culturally, and physically.  Anti-gay members of Congress help to buttress, and feed, a culture of homophobia in this country that harms gay youth (and all of us) in a very real way, including many youth who either consider, try, or succeed in committing suicide.

  • Uh oh: What are the Marines not telling the Navy?
  • WTF?
    A 28-year-old Colorado man was shot to death late last month after a someone in his hunting party mistakenly identified him as a coyote.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brought us Jonathan Chait's "After Obamacare Is No Longer Doomed, It Will Become a Scandal," and its reference to the startlingly stupid assertion that the ACA will usher in an era of legalized beheadings. Maggie Mahar's "Anatomy of an Obamacare 'horror story,'" plus a glimpse inside what remains of the Republican mind in "GOP confident Obamacare is a winner in 2014." The exciting conclusion of "When 'Life Hacking' Is Really White Privilege." The emerging story of the late Rep. Bill Young's first family. Murders are down pretty much everywhere. Is it about gun laws? Or some combination of pretty much everything in the world?

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  •  Politifact beheading story was on front page of (8+ / 0-)

    Saterdays St. petersburg Times!

    I wrote a letter to the editors about how assinine that was!

    I checked today and they did not print my letter which ended like this:

    how can the St. pete Times politifact reporters think that Floridians are sooo dumb as to believe an internet story about "beheadings" Oh wait, a majority of voters elected a crook for Governor, never mind!

    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 12:09:37 PM PST

  •  Are the beheadings covered by Obamacare (8+ / 0-)

    or does one have to pay for it out of your own pocket?

  •  Marines/Navy (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, justiceputnam

    Hahaha. Pretty good. :)

  •  The fellow shot in Colorado was 28. (4+ / 0-)

    At least law enforcement is looking into it.

    Here in Denver, I wouldn't put it past a coyote to figure out wearing blaze orange will help protect it during hunting season.  They're pretty clever.  As opposed to this guy's companions.

    I wonder if the hunting party was celebrating the new law?

  •  That map of US temps says it all (3+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, citizenx, JeffW

    And what it says is "You're all f*cked 6 ways till Sunday. Have a nice day."

  •  Hunger strikes and more... (1+ / 0-)
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    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 Jan 06, 2014 at 12:22:34 PM PST

  •  I don't know how many times (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, PSzymeczek

    I've had to show ID to prove that I wasn't a coyote but am in fact a human being.

  •  follow dat monnie ... koch style. (0+ / 0-)

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 12:35:57 PM PST

  •  If Aaron Schock (0+ / 0-)

    were a women we could just check to see if she owned a Subaru.

    Honestly I think someone sexual orientation can be so complex as to defy definition.  For example if a man has series of satisfied female lovers, maybe even impregnation, but pretty much gay porn is that a gay, straight, or bi?  If a man lives with another man, but general has sex with females he meets on the street, is that gay, bi, or straight?  If he sleeps with women but thinks about a man what is that?  I think that all these labels cause emotional stress and lead to bad relationships due to peer pressure when if we could just have emotional and physical relationships with whomever we wanted we would be much better off.  I mean who really cares who I sleep with except for those that wish to.

    That said, speculation such as this serves a purpose, and the purpose is to minimize bullying and discrimination.  Years ago a study was done involving everyday transactions, and how we best profit from them.  It found that if everyone generally traded fairly, and those who traded unfairly were shunned for a short time, everyone in general maximized profit.

    The exception to this was when a small identifiable subgroup were present.  In this case it was profitable to the large group to maximize profit, especially when the social order was set so they could not defend themselves.

    The key here is an identifiable subgroup.  This might be people with dark skin, women who do not look like they are part of the elite, or small boys who do not want to or cannot defend themselves.

    The way to solve this is to make the group less identifiable or give them the power to defend themselves.  The later works, i.e. laws can help, but the former is the powerful tool long term.  In the time of Emmitt Till the laws theoretically helped him, but can you imagine if he had some rich white uncle who could defend him.  The Loving ruling certainly created a legal framework for 'interracial' marriages, but the fact that most of us are not bigots and procreate with who we please has created a situation where torturing a black person is not so cut and dry safe.

    Think of a major mid scale retailer trying to hassle a black customer.

    So this is why I think that Aaron Schock is a useful case study.  We have a stereotype of a gay person.  That stereotype is still used to discriminate.  We do not think a man is gay because he is dry humping another man.  No, we look for signs, tells, and our own procedures takes a step and conclusions are there.

    By imposing those stereotypes on someone who is nominally straight we subvert them and make them less useful as a means to create the identifiable subgroup that is so important in the process of profiting of the subjugation of others.  We create doubt in whether that same prejudice could come back and hurt those that are in the elite.

  •  Not quite following how debunking (1+ / 0-)
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    the beheadings myth demonstrate's Politifact's "suckitude." If anything, it puts them a bit in Snopes territory -- but I don't see why that would be a bad thing, as long as it didn't become their only story type.

    Everyone should follow the Wonkette link you linked, though. Far from showing suckitude, it actually disputes one of the most common dKos criticisms of Politifact (its alleged conservative bias), with real data.

    You won't believe what this gay dolphin said to a homeless child. First you'll be angry, but then at the 1:34 mark your nose will bleed tears of joy.

    by cardinal on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 12:37:59 PM PST

  •  Breaking: SC Blocks Gay Marriage in Utah (0+ / 0-)

    Justices Block Gay Marriage in Utah During Appeal of Case

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked further same-sex marriages in Utah while state officials appeal a decision allowing such unions.

     The terse order, from the full court, issued a stay “pending final disposition” of an appeal to the federal appeals court in Denver. It offered no reasoning.

    The Supreme Court acted more than two weeks after a federal judge in Salt Lake City on Dec. 20 struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated principles of equal protection and due process. Judge Robert J. Shelby of Federal District Court refused to stay his decision while it was appealed, as did the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver.

    My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

    by Mr Robert on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 12:45:00 PM PST

  •  Year in Photos 2013 by Pete Souza (2+ / 0-)
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    Year in Photos 2013 by Pete Souza

    Jan. 17, 2013
    "The President sings 'Happy Birthday' to the First Lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House. Of course, the First Lady's new hairstyle attracted a lot of attention."

  •  If all the haters would go on indefinite hunger (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, irishwitch

    strikes what a wonderful world this could be...

    Armed! I feel like a savage! Barbarella

    by richardvjohnson on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 01:06:10 PM PST

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