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  • Traditional Media misrepresents CBO Report Obamacare job impact as Democrats fail at messaging, by Egberto Willies
  • Why the balance of power in the Senate could be decided well before November, by Steve Singiser
  • Job seekers beware of the fake job postings, by DarkSyde
  • Democrats are from cities, Republicans are from exurbs, by David Jarman
  • George Washington – is not my 'Great White Father', by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Experimenting on children: why Johnny (and Jenny) isn’t learning middle school science, by Mark Sumner
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  •  Balance of power in Senate & electoral risks (3+ / 0-)
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    se portland, commonmass, antirove

    Has this national journal article been mentioned on DailyKos?

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/....

    The following extract confirms a point that many poll-watching Kossacks seem to overlook:

    if Bellows keeps hauling in impressive donations—more than 80 percent of her contributions amounted to $100 or less—her candidacy could, at a minimum, pull the centrist Collins further left during the campaign season, and demonstrate that government surveillance is an issue that resonates with voters.
  •  The warehouse is full of rubber, so it's a rubber (5+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, commonmass, jck, JeffW, antirove

    I just thought it was a great quote, but rubber fires are really hard to put out, so it is dangerous and could burn for a while.

    Huge blaze fueled by 5,600 tons of rubber at Port of Savannah

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - Firefighters battled a giant blaze fueled by 5,600 tons of rubber Saturday at the Port of Savannah, where a towering column of black smoke could be seen from miles away and prompted police to urge nearby hotels and college buildings to evacuate or keep people inside.

    Firefighters were trying to contain and extinguish a fire raging inside a warehouse covering 226,000 square feet at the port's Ocean Terminal just west of downtown Savannah. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known, but all port workers were accounted for and unharmed.

    "The warehouse is full of rubber, so it's a rubber fire," said Robert Morris, spokesman for the Georgia Ports Authority.

    Savannah Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Mark Keller said the fire is contained, but there's no telling how long it will take to burn out.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:24:52 PM PST

  •  George Washington v. John Hanson (2+ / 0-)
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    se portland, jck

    Here in Maryland we are taught that John Hanson, not George Washington, was the first president of the United States.  Both were slave owners but  Hanson, unlike Washington, did not free his slaves on his death.

    "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:40:46 PM PST

    •  Was there even such an office (1+ / 0-)
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      se portland

      as President under the Articles of Confederation? The US Constitution wasn't ratified until 1789, 6 years after Hanson's death.

      This is actually an honest question, since out here in godless California we never heard of John Hanson.

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

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:59:52 PM PST

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      •  Correction -- ratified in 1787 (2+ / 0-)
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        Navy Vet Terp, se portland

        but didn't go into effect until March 4, 1789 (170 years to the date before my birthday).

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

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:01:09 PM PST

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      •  President of the Continental Congress (1+ / 0-)
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        se portland

        The President presided over the Congress but didn't do much else.

        "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

        by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:08:40 PM PST

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      •  Apparently there was (2+ / 0-)
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        antirove, Navy Vet Terp

        or at least a president of the Congress. From Navy Vet Terp's link to the Wiki article.

        The Articles of Confederation stipulated that presidents of Congress serve one-year terms, and Hanson became the first president to do so.[1][21] [22] Contrary to the claims of some of his later advocates, however, he was not the first president to serve under the Articles, nor the first to be elected under the Articles.[23] When the Articles went into effect in March 1781, Congress did not bother to elect a new president; instead, Samuel Huntington continued serving a term that had already exceeded a year.[24] On July 9, 1781, Samuel Johnston became the first man to be elected as president of Congress after the ratification of the Articles.

        “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

        by se portland on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:09:45 PM PST

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    •  I don't know who was first, but Jefferson Davis (0+ / 0-)

      was most assuredly the last president.

      OK, that was snark, but there use to be this theory that before the Civil War there were two American flags. The military flag, with the horizontal stripes we are use to, and a civil flag with vertical stripes. During the occupation of the South, so the story goes, the military flag replaced the civil flag. So, we are still a nation occupied by the military or something like that...

      “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

      by se portland on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:03:24 PM PST

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      •  That sounds like the Confederacy (2+ / 0-)
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        se portland, antirove

        The Confederate flag adopted by the Confederate Congress when it first met in Montgomery had three horizontal bars, white in the middle and red for the two outside, plus 7, then 11, stars in a blue square in the upper left hand corner.  It looked like the American flag except for the number of stripes and the number of stars.  At the First Battle of Bull Run, it was confused for the Yankee flag, and Confederate soldiers shot at their own guys, so it was replaced with the battle flag that later became the symbol of segregation and white racism.  The official flag modeled after the U.S. flag continued to be the official flag of the Confederacy, but is not recognized by many of today's neo-Confederates - meaning they don't know what it is.

        "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

        by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:16:04 PM PST

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  •  Seeing Rand Paul in the background of the video (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, se portland, antirove, TheMomCat

    for the Military Justice diary on FP after this diary reminds me of something that occurred to me after seeing him blather on about how it was really Dems who were having a war on women, because Bill Clinton was the biggest dem fundraiser of late.

    Excuse me?  Bill Clinton had a consensual affair with a woman.  Rand Paul, on the other hand, was the one who blindfolded and tied up a college woman, tried to force her to ingest drugs, and dragged her off to make her 'bow down in worship' to 'aqua buddha'.

    If there's anyone who really doesn't have much credible to say about a 'war on women', it's Rand Paul.

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