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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Comic: Nation of moochers:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Nation of moochers
  • Rep. Sean Maloney will marry his long-time partner:
    With their marriage, Maloney will become the second member of Congress to legally wed his same-sex partner while in office. Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, became the first to do so in 2012.

    Maloney and [Randy] Florke, who have three adopted children and live in Cold Spring, New York, got engaged on Christmas Day.

    Their youngest daughter, Essie, wrote a letter to Santa earlier that week, asking if he can "try making my wonderful fathers get married."

  • Markos abandons politics for a few moments to write about cyclist "Fast Freddie" Rodriguez.
  • Jerkwad NY Post columnist calls Newtown "a little convenient massacre":
    Fredric Dicker, widely regarded as one of the most influential media voices in New York state politics, made the comment on his radio show Monday. He was speaking about gun control legislation passed by the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo.

    "That was his anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn., and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him," Dicker said.

    When the backlash struck, Dicker did not apologize or back down. The rival NY Daily News featured Dicker on its front page Tuesday.
  • Men supposedly cured of HIV by bone marrow transplant relapse:
    These two men were both HIV positive and had lymphoma, a type of cancer. They both received bone marrow transplants. Post-transplant they continued on their antiretroviral medicine (used to combat HIV) while the donor bone marrow cells engrafted. Researchers found that all traces of HIV in the patients vanished.

    They were followed and, in time, both patients stopped their antiretrovirals. They remained HIV free—or so everyone thought, since their viral loads were undetectable and no trace of HIV was found in peripheral blood cells.

    Unfortunately, over time, both relapsed and tests showed HIV was again (still) present.

  • DEA let tech-savvy drug cartel do what it pleased:
    Catapults. "Jalapeños." Dune buggies. $1 million subs. Sophisticated drug tunnels. Firetruck-sized industrial pipeline drills. These are just a few of the ingenious ways that Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, arguably the world's largest, most powerful and technologically advanced organized crime syndicate, has tried to perfect the fine art of smuggling drugs into America. And to think, the US's premier drug enforcement arm gave the Sinaloa a pass to do so largely unhindered during the bloodiest stretch of Mexico's drug war.

    That's the thrust of a landmark investigation by El Universal, which found that authorities with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the broader Department of Justice struck a deal with the Sinaloa, in exchange for intelligence about rival cartels. Citing court documents and extensive interviews with both Mexican and US officials familiar with the matter, El Universal reports that the US-Sinaloa arrangement lasted from 2000 to 2012.

  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 13:
    WV: Freedom Industries Has Ties to Koch Brothers, by dharmafarmer

    "Like a Book Burning" The Canadian government is closing scientific libraries and destroying docs, by Pakalolo

    Inhofe Admits He Only Denies Climate Science Because He Doesn't Like the Solutions, by TheGreenMiles

  • Picking up seashells down by the seashore is an environmental problem:
    It’s a normal part of summer vacation: head to the beach, pick up a few seashells and take them home as keepsakes. But multiply this innocent activity by millions of tourists and we might have a big problem, researchers warn in PLOS ONE. Skyrocketing numbers of beachcombers are pocketing seashells, and the environmental effects could range from increased erosion to fewer building materials for bird nests.
  • House Republicans could rescue Iran diplomacy: In the Senate, a majority supports adding economic sanctions to those already imposed on Iran, something the Obama administration and the Iranian foreign minister say could wreck efforts to come to agreement on international controls on Iran's nuclear program. Sixteen Democrats, led by Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey have signed onto the sanctions bill introduced in December. Forty-two Senate Republicans have joined. But
    Enter House Republicans. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that House GOP leaders are considering bringing the Senate bill to the House floor, a move that could inject a heavy dose of partisanship into what had been a bipartisan affair. If House Republicans take control of the legislation, Democrats may become more anxious about supporting it and less likely to buck the White House.

    "I'm hearing Cantor wants to take up the Menendez language," confirmed one senior House Democratic aide. "Since the House has already passed a sanctions bill, it's quite clear that this has turned into a completely political matter."

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the Chris Christie and WV stories aren't dead yet. Greg Dworkin brought us a round-up of the headlines on Christie and the latest on Obamacare, which is still a thing! Plus: new gun outrage out of FL. A retired police captain shoots a fellow movie-goer for texting during the previews. We return to the WV story for more on just what this spilled chemical is, how dangerous we should consider it to be, and whether or not Koch Industries really is connected to the situation. And just how did a relatively small spill end up contaminating the drinking water of nine counties? The answer, at least in part is privatization.

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  •  The tragedy of the commons. Now in sea shell form (5+ / 0-)

    Oh man, I'm guilty of taking some shells, never again though. You just don't think about the impact. It's like that scene in the old Hitchhiker's Guide movie about the planet Magrathea where they're so concerned about the impact caused by 40 billion tourists that you need to get a receipt for going to the lavatory.

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

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:07:47 PM PST

  •  i ghuess no live christie state of the union here? (4+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, JML9999, Crashing Vor, ceebee7

    oh well, i just wanted to make fun of him anyway.

    •  Watching it on MSNBC. So far, looks like (1+ / 0-)
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      Christie appears to be still massively popular in the state assembly and senate...  he is receiving standing ovations for employment statements.  His "mea culpa" (losing the term usely) was short and largely same-o same-o...

      I turned it off.  This is inherently a bully pulpit opportunity for Christie...  But it looks like the 5 minutes spent on Bridgegate is gonna be it.  And there's certainly plenty of material for him to brag about.  I expect he'll focus on Sandy response a lot.  Which would be legitimate...

      The rest -- z-z-z-z-z-z...

      "There's always room for cello." Yo Yo Ma

      by ceebee7 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:34:25 PM PST

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  •  Making a futile start at cleaning up the house (4+ / 0-)
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    Realized that I have a zillion or so HP cords and USB cables.

    And an old Cue-Cat. In the era of QR Codes, I have to wonder if that wasn't a good idea that wasn't well executed and a little premature for those 56.6K dialup days.

    I'm going to start on rebooting Sci Fi Guy! after supper. I'm doing to start drawing warm-ups after I post this.

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

    by Stude Dude on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:09:02 PM PST

  •  How surprising is that HIV story? (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, librarisingnsf, JeffW

    "No detectable virus" and "no virus" aren't quite the same thing.

    When can you be sure that you have nothing left that is able to replicate?

    Maybe the idea of curing HIV is meaningless. Whether or not it can be done, if it can't be distinguished from a very low level of virus, wouldn't you still have to treat it?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:14:53 PM PST

    •  Yes, you do. The way you get to "undetectable" (6+ / 0-)

      as far as it is today, is with anti-retroviral drugs. Which, by the way, are also highly toxic, though many people (like my late husband who did NOT die from HIV, though he was HIV positive*) tolerate them well and for long terms.

      It would be nice if we could eradicate HIV, and frankly, I don't think it's "meaningless". I've seen too many of my peers and friends die from AIDS. In this case, it didn't work, but I'm sorry that I can't agree with you that "the idea of curing HIV is meaningless".

      *Essentially, bad drug interactions between his anti-retrovirals and something else prescribed for him caused total systems failure and a horrific, ghastly, death. The drugs we have today to treat HIV have been miraculous in some ways, but are still very, very dangerous.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:23:04 PM PST

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      •  Hmmm. One thing occurs to me. (0+ / 0-)

        If you can no longer detect the virus, you can stop treatment but monitor.  I assume that the same drugs that worked the first time would work again if needed. At the very least, the patient could get a "vacation" from those drugs.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:58:18 PM PST

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      •  I am guessing he didn't mean meaningless (0+ / 0-)

        as in it wouldn't be a great idea but in the idea that he doesn't think it's ever possible so why try.

        Not saying I agree, just think he was trying to communicate something less offensive then it might have come across.

  •  Dicker (0+ / 0-)

    Is only about as influential in New York politics as any other rightwingnut pundit - which isn't all that much.  The state is too blue.

    He wasn't always this crazy.  For a long time, he was a part time political analyst for one of the local network stations and was generally pretty centrist when he was on the air for them.  Dickers problem is that he realized he was in the minor leagues of right wing punditry with his columns in the Post and his radio show, and he wants to get into the big leagues - and pull in the dollars - like the other tin foil hat wearing pied pipers like Limbaugh and Beck, so he started saying some really outrageous shit a few years back.

    Basically, the guy is your average wannabe with an oversized ego and little man syndrome, and since most New York Republicans are pretty moderate compared to the extreme right seen in much of the rest of the nation, he gets very little actual traction.  I suspect much of the reason why he even exists at all in New York is simply because he works for Murdock.

    •  one has to agree it is convinent (2+ / 0-)
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      Just like it is convenient that practically anyone can buy any number of firearms, while doing the same with fertilizer at some point might result in an FBI interest.

      And how convenient it is that a person can build an arsenal and never does it cross anyone's mind that such an arsenal might be used in a negative manner.  No, the assumption is that responsible gun owners all have enough weapons to take out an elementary school

      And how convenient it is that caring parents can buy this arsenal for use by their mentally challenged children, and teach them to use guns, because of course it has never occurred that an unstable person would actually go out and do something.

      Yes, it is convenient that the assumption is that everyone is a responsbile gun owner and no harm will come.  I just wish that assumption was made with my car, and I did not have to have liability.  After all, I never have had an accident.  If the world were fair, there would have been an umbrella policy on each weapon, and the house where the weapons were stored, that by law could not exclude such massacres, and each and every family could have made life very difficult for the insurance companies.  Just as would have happened if I ran my car into a school.

  •  HIV story fails to tell that the huge, huge (5+ / 0-)

    difference between the cases cited and the original case of the patient who had a bone marrow transplant is that that first transplant came from a donor who carried the rare gene that made his cell HIV resistant.

  •  HIV (4+ / 0-)

    It's disappointing that HIV returned in the men who had zero virus after bone marrow transplants, but that was never a realistic answer to HIV.
    Those men had bone marrow transplants for other conditions. It's a drastic and expensive procedure and has lifelong consequences. I hope that the recent advances in treatment for Hepatitis C will help treatment of HIV. Ultimately, the answer is in priming the immune system to recognize and eradicate the virus, and to develop a vaccine for prevention.
    It is very fortunate that treatment of people with HIV reduces the risk of passing it on. Prevention, early detection and treatment are answers we have today.

  •  Congrats to my rep, Sean Patrick Maloney (1+ / 0-)
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    Now would you please go off on a permanent honeymoon so our district could get a real Democrat?

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:20:30 PM PST

  •  Re the West Virginia water contamination: (3+ / 0-)
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    We're glad that the residents of the area are starting to get their water. But the contaminant plume hasn't gone away; it's just gone "somewhere else":

    My understand is that city of Cincinnati has shut off all of their intake valves from the Ohio River as long the plume remains there. And of course, the ultimate destination for the contaminant is the Gulf of Mexico :(

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:23:36 PM PST

  •  Happy Ratification Day! (4+ / 0-)
    Ratification Day in the United States refers to the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland by the Confederation Congress. This act officially ended the American Revolution and
    established the U.S. as a sovereign entity.

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

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:23:49 PM PST

  •  Anybody else see the Times piece on (6+ / 0-)

    His Popeness yesterday? He's stirring the soup in the Vatican bureaucracy something fierce.

    He pointedly instructed the new cardinals not to consider the job a promotion or to waste money with celebratory parties.
    He warned the men in red and purple skullcaps and black cassocks arrayed around him that the Curia risked drifting “downwards towards mediocrity” and becoming “a ponderous, bureaucratic customhouse.”
    Now Francis talks disparagingly of “airport bishops” who are more interested in their careers than flocks, and warns that priests can become “little monsters” if they are not trained properly as seminarians.
    No, I don't think he's all that, but I do likey.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:24:46 PM PST

  •  1$ million sub? (3+ / 0-)
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    That's an awfully big sandwich.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:28:52 PM PST

  •  And is it just me or does anyone else see the (1+ / 0-)
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    irony in selling white sheets on MLK Day? I heard a radio ad for some store hawking their sale going on thru MLK Day. And yes, they were selling beds and bedding supplies (like sheets).

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

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:30:45 PM PST

    •  Come to Maine: our governor boycotts the NAACP (3+ / 0-)
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      brunch on MLK day. He started that when he was first inaugurated by telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt".


      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:31:58 PM PST

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      •  Shouldn't that be KKKlassy? (3+ / 0-)
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        And when does that horse's ass dropping come up for re-election?

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

        by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:37:08 PM PST

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        •  Oh, I'm so glad you asked.... (3+ / 0-)
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          November of this year. So far in the race, Paul LePage--who's bullying makes Christie look like an amateur, the perennial "independent" Koch Bros. lite gadfly and former Democrat, the narcissistic Eliot Cutler, and moderate Democratic US Congressman Mike Michaud (ME-02)--and environmentalist, blue-collar former mill worker and Francophone who is also openly gay.

          This should be a good race. My money is on Mike. If he wins, he will be the first openly gay man to be elected Governor of any State.

          I can't wait to get rid of LePage. He's an embarrassment to Maine, he's an embarrassment to the entire North American continent, and he's an embarrassment to Franco-Americans and French speaking persons all over the world.

          Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

          by commonmass on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:49:38 PM PST

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  •  Koch and Freedom Industries: RETRACTION (1+ / 0-)
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      Let's be careful folks.   Following the record backwards, it appears that this info first appeared on Desmogblog on Sunday night.


    DeSmogBlog regrets the incorrect claims made in an article published late Sunday night regarding the origins of the chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia. The piece incorrectly asserted that the chemical was produced by Georgia-Pacific. In fact, it was produced by Eastman Chemical. DeSmogBlog sincerely regrets the error and has retracted the piece

          We need to be the adults in the room and admit that we made a mistake.  

  •  HIV (1+ / 0-)
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    Not surprised by this story. Many are now testing undetectable. This tends to demonstrate HIV's resilience in ability to hide in places which are hard to find (beyond the blood barrier?). I'd like to see what others think of this.

    KOS: "Mocking partisans focusing on elections? Even less reason to be on Daily Kos."

    by fcvaguy on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:43:27 PM PST

  •  Markos writing is so much nicer, if he (0+ / 0-)

    likes the story he wants to tell us.  

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