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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is How Vladimir Putin protects Russia's children:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- How Vladimir Putin protects Russia's children
  • Scott Brown cuts business ties with conspiracy site Newsmax. For crying out loud, what did he expect?
    Former Sen. Scott Brown says he will no longer allow the conservative website Newsmax to use his mailing list after controversial solicitations were sent to his supporters. [...]

    Brown made the decision after Newsmax emailed his mailing list an article headlined “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease,” written by a controversial physician who has been tied to conspiracy theories that the Soviet Union introduced AIDS into the U.S. and who has compared the nation’s health care laws to the Nazis’ thinking.

  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 5:
    Mother Jones Publishes Koch Brothers Secret Meeting Guest List, by ericlewis0

    MUST-SEE: Jon Stewart BLASTS Fox News for distracting the American people, by BruinKid

    Wow. Clay Aiken. Who knew?, by ExpatGirl

  • Right-wingers claim "anti-Christian bias" over rescinded Oscar nomination.
  • If Clay Aiken wins the primary, he's got a tough nut to crack:
    The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake blogged that only three House Democrats represent districts that are more Republican than Ellmers’ district. Two of them—Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah—are retiring. The third, Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, is in a tight race despite having been in office for decades.

    Mitt Romney won almost 60 percent of the vote in that district in 2012, according to an analysis by the N.C. Chamber. The election saw easy margins of victory by several statewide Republican candidates.

  • Lubricating Virginia politics:
    The Washington Post notes Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) "has added a potent weapon to his bipartisan charm offensive: better booze."

    "Desperately in need of Republican friends to get his agenda through a divided General Assembly, McAuliffe (D) has restocked the executive mansion bar and thrown open the doors for nightly receptions. In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand."

  • Initial unemployment claims at 331,000: For the week ending Feb. 1, initial claims for unemployment compensation fell 20,000 from the previous week's revised 351,000. For the comparable week of 2013, the number was 361,000. The less volatile four-week running average rose to 334,000. For the week ending Jan. 18, the total number of Americans receiving unemployment compensation was 3,467,640, down 115,861 from the previous week. For the comparable week last year, the number was 5,590,480 people. That huge gap isn't solely because people found a job. Some 1.7 million of the long-term unemployed no longer receive compensation because the federal program was allowed to expire Dec. 28 and Republicans are making sure it stays expired.
  • Billionaire tries to save the stray dogs of Sochi:
    While the authorities say the dogs can be wild and dangerous, reports of their systematic slaughter by a pest removal company hired by the government in recent months have outraged animal rights advocates and cast a gruesome specter over the traditionally cheery atmosphere of the Games. [...]

    “We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’” said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Volnoe Deloe (roughly, Good Will), which is financed by Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs.

  • Winning the lottery makes you more right wing, at least in Britain.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Sochi news, CBO fallout (including the Jonathans Corner on the subject), and the future of quant vs. gut journalism. Armando brings a roll of pennies to add 2 cents at a time for further CVS & CBO discussion. Another mention of Sochi's hacking problems then brings us to a trademarked (not really) KITM storyline merging exercise: Organized Crime, Legitimate Business, or Rival Political Party? You Make the Call.

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  •  Why worry about shattered Americans when you (0+ / 0-)

    can rescue stray dogs in Sochi?

    Good to see that billionaires keep their priorities straight.

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

    by dinotrac on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 12:33:24 PM PST

    •  Well, I wouldn't expect (7+ / 0-)

      a Russian billionaire to be worried about what's happening in America.

      Journalists have reported that many of the stray dogs are "very friendly", which is not the case with standard feral dogs...which makes me wonder how many of the animals are actually abandoned pets, perhaps by Sochi residents forced to move to make room for the Olympics?

      Keith Olbermann has been doing a great job on all that's wrong with the Sochi Olympics:

      But the truth is that the Olympics will go on, they'll end, and everyone will forget about what's happening in Russia and look forward to Rio, where more corruption and insanity will prevail (albeit with less homophobia at least), and nothing will change...maybe the Olympics are past their time...

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

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:47:33 PM PST

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      •  I can't find it now, but I'll go looking... (1+ / 0-)
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        There was a great article on the feral dogs of  --- It may have been Moscow, it may have been another Russian city.

        Apparently they organized themselves into different groups, in different areas, with different survival strategies.

        One of the groups specialized in getting handouts from people taking trains, etc.  I'd imagine that group would have to be pretty people-friendly.

        It's probably a mistake to believe that feral requires humanity to humans, especially in a group of animals that has co-evolved with us.

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

        by dinotrac on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:29:31 PM PST

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      •  The man has a heart... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Dan Lancaster

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:06:34 PM PST

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      •  Waddya know? Wikipedia has an article (0+ / 0-)

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

        by dinotrac on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:18:25 PM PST

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  •  Crap! I've been trying my best not to click and (3+ / 0-)
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    see how to lose weight using that one weird trick! Thanks a lot, Scotty.

  •  President Obama: (4+ / 0-)

    When an opening is available, Henry Waxman should be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court because doing so will cement your environmental heritage, advance the heritage of Senator Muskie and ensure other Supreme Court justices get the best possible advice and consultation on environmental law.

    Putting Cass Sunstein on the U.S. Supreme Court, given his past record, will be the equivalent to taking a wrecking ball to environmental law -- and that would damage your own presidential heritage.

  •  Does Vlad wake up in the am wondering what (2+ / 0-)
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    he can do each day to make himself, and so-called Russian culture, even more repulsive to the somewhat civilized portions of the globe? Or has he just watched too many of those Dr Evil movies?

  •  Your local fuzz in 'action' (0+ / 0-)

    Because nothing is more important than every citizen show due deference and submissiveness to any creep with a tiny caliber brain wearing a badge nowadays.

  •  Terry McAullife is a hero (4+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, wintergreen8694, LinSea, JeffW

    of bar pitisanship.

    er, pi bartisanship.

    hic... "working together across the aisle."

    Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

    by JrCrone on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:03:49 PM PST

  •  The Sochi dogs must be rescued by today (4+ / 0-)
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    According to the linked NYT article,

    On Monday, we were told we have until Thursday (today).
    In the absence of additional info, I'm under the impression that the "pest control" company will be out in force tonight, before the opening ceremonies tomorrow.

    Several accounts report that many dogs are abandoned pets, some abandoned by people who were forced from their homes in order to build the Olympic facilities. In other words, the Olympics are directly contributing to the population of strays, which are being shot with poisoned darts or fed poisoned meat. Even their methods of extermination are inhumane because death by poisoning is often painful and rarely quick.

    As a sports fan, I'd normally watch at least some of the games, even though I'm not an avid fan of many of the winter sports. But in support of my LGBT sisters and brothers, as well as in protest of the cruel killing of dogs and cats, I will not watch any of the Olympic coverage, or buy any Olympic-themed products. It might be just the tiniest grain of sand on a huge continental shelf, but I'll withhold my money from the greedy, cruel presenters of the "spectacle."

    "'Patriotism' is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

    preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    by 1BQ on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:51:16 PM PST

  •  Who else is Brown renting lists to? (0+ / 0-)

    Even considering Newsmax would be absurd but he obviously let them use the lists.

  •  Based on my limited knowledge, (0+ / 0-)

    "Let It Go" is a shoo-in for Best Original Song anyway.

    (I have yet to see "Frozen" or pretty much any other movie mentioned in the Oscars.)

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

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:00:07 PM PST

  •  Arrrgh; Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).. (1+ / 0-)
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    ..touting "bipartisanship". Hope that isn't the same direction that DC Dems and Hillary backers decide to head (as is usually the case).

    The unemployment 'numbers' look marginally better than expected but the reality for workers not so much

    The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on January 1, 2014, and under current law no EUC payments will be made for weeks of unemployment after this date.
    ..and there are fewer layoffs by a bit in construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

    So the republicans have sabotaged just about everything they can to slow down or stop any recovery; they have failed to tank the economy completely but their handiwork keeps us in grandma gear.

    And Scott Brown whoJeffW

    Thx MB

  •  Scott who™? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:56:49 PM PST

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