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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Ped X'ing:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Ped X'ing
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 24:
  • Republican rebranding continues:
    A Republican Senate candidate argued to The Dallas Morning News editorial board earlier this month that ranchers in Texas should be allowed to shoot "wetbacks" trying to cross the border illegally.
    And then, in his own defense, Chris Mapp explained what he really meant:
    I would never advocate the use of deadly force unless in fear for your life or family … Force means by use of a means of detouring to turn around and go back where you came from or to not want to trespass in the first place. If you are confronted and choose not to turn around then you might run the risk of being forced physically to do so. If a verbal command or the sight of a weapon will not persuade you then you might suffer the consequences of a bad decision. (I never said shot, did I?).
    Well, okay then ...
  • A canoe and a camera and a major story was born:
    After a long day of reporting, Michael Biesecker sat by himself at a table at Outback Steakhouse in Danville, Va.

    “And they brought me a big glass of water,” said Biesecker, a reporter with the Associated Press, in a phone interview with Poynter. “And I knew the water was drawn and treated from the river, and everyone around me was drinking that water.”

    That water, he discovered earlier that day, was thick and dirty with toxic coal ash stored in a coal ash pond that had leaked into the Dan River. Biesecker asked the waitress if she’d heard of the spill. She hadn’t. Hardly anyone had.

    I need to tell people what’s going on here, he thought.

    Read the whole thing!
  • From the Department of Would Still Lose:
    The public’s view of Mitt Romney has changed little since the 2012 presidential election, according to a new Gallup poll.

    Forty-seven percent of people in the United States viewed Romney favorably, according to the poll released Monday. Just after the election, 50 percent viewed him favorably.

    (And yes, having Mitt and "forty-seven percent" in same story made me laugh.)
  • Batter up:
    A White House petition started Monday aims to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday — and Budweiser is all for it.

    The beer has teamed up with a Hall of Famer from the its home team to request that the White House ensure “every American can exercise their inalienable right” to baseball.

  • Suck it, bigots:
    The final results are in, and opponents of California’s new law protecting transgender students have failed to collect enough signatures to challenge the law with a ballot referendum. County election officers determined that just 487,484 of the signatures they submitted were valid, short of the 504,760 that were necessary. The coalition fighting the law, Privacy for All Students (PFAS), submitted 619,387 signatures.
  • An interesting article on the man some are calling a hero:
    When the history of the bloody turbulence in Ukraine is written, a 26-year-old who learned combat skills in the army cadets may be recorded as the man who made up Viktor Yanukovich's mind to cut and run. [...]

    But after opposition leaders had signed an EU-brokered deal with President Yanukovich to end the conflict, it was Parasiuk who commandeered the microphone on Friday night to turn the crowd against it.

    With former boxing champion and opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko looking on stony-faced, Parasiuk, from the western city of Lviv, made an electrifying impromptu speech denouncing the opposition for "shaking hands with this killer".

    No-one was going to wait for an election later in the year, he said. Yanukovich had to get out of town by the following morning or face the consequences.

    To the dismay of opposition leaders, Parasiuk's emotional address - he broke down on several occasions as he remembered dead comrades - touched a chord deep within the thousands on Independence Square who roared their approval. [...]

    An agreement, painstakingly negotiated with EU foreign ministers over a sleepless night, was effectively dead.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Appalachians and Obama? Greg Dworkin notes Daily Kos readers have known since 2008. OH's Gay Hitler dentist? You'll just have to hear it for yourself. MoJo's legislative GunFAIL list, "NYPD spies get a pass," & Cocaine, Inc's CEO busted.

  • Well, sure ... God saw you dance:
    ...when I was on Dancing with the Stars. I knew God’s plan for my life would always be bigger and better than a reality show. -Bristol Palin
    @tbogg

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  •  Unprecedented demand for Jason Collins jerseys... (8+ / 0-)

    On Monday, inquiries by those eager to buy a Nets jersey with Collins's name started to multiply. On Tuesday, Collins jerseys will go on sale at the N.B.A.'s retail shop in Manhattan and at NBAstore.com.

    Collins's jersey number of choice is 98, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. But on Sunday, when the Nets acted quickly to get Collins in uniform for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, they had to resort to a generic jersey the team travels with in case of emergencies.

    As a result, Collins wore No. 46 in the Nets' 108-102 victory over the Lakers, a game in which he logged 11 minutes, grabbed two rebounds and finished with an impressive plus-8 for his time on the court. On Tuesday, Collins will get to have his first practice with his new teammates. On Wednesday, he will presumably be wearing a No. 98 uniform in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

    Vicky Picca, the N.B.A.'s senior vice president for licensing and business affairs, used the word "unprecedented" Monday to describe the inquiries from people interested in buying something with Collins’s name on it. On Tuesday, they can start making purchases, including T-shirts with Collins's name that will be available only online.

    - NY Times

  •  So what are? (1+ / 0-)
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    stevemb

    Christie, Walker, and Murdoch doing today?

    I'm having the beginnings of withdrawal....

    I'm also thinking about LaRouche since one of his candidates popped up today. Supposedly his movement goes back to the '60s. But I tend to think of him and crew as being opportunists that took advantage of the Democrats being weak and wondering in the '80s.

    "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 Feb 25, 2014 at 12:05:24 PM PST

  •  Bri$tol Palin© who™? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    sow hat, Eric Nelson

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

    by JeffW on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:06:44 PM PST

  •  The Irony Is Strong With This One (7+ / 0-)
    Forty-seven percent of people in the United States viewed Romney favorably
    Apparently Romney is the candidate for people who can't take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:07:31 PM PST

    •  There Were Many Predictions That That Number (1+ / 0-)
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      would end up his karma.

      I hope everyone who made that prediction back then will come around and claim a digital beer or equivalent !!

      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 Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:30:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Mitt was born in '47. (0+ / 0-)

        When he ran for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts and got waxed by Ted Kennedy, he was 47 years of age.  Got 47% of the popular vote in the 2012 presidential election, and 47% in the key swing state of Virginia.  Pretty sure Mitt's dressage horse can leap over a 47" bar, although that's not really a dressage event.

        This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty. -- Mitch Hedberg

        by Greasy Grant on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:44:39 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Oh, and of course Romney will run again... (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    ...he's the White Horse('s Ass) Candidate, doncha know?

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

    by JeffW on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:08:22 PM PST

  •  Actually, (3+ / 0-)
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    "God's Plan for My Life" sounds like a pretty interesting reality show.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:10:07 PM PST

  •  Mapp (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh.. so Chris Mapp is saying that armed people sometimes create victims of bad decisions? You don't f*cking say..

  •  does (2+ / 0-)
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    saying "shoot" count as not saying "shot"?

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:13:47 PM PST

  •  New post (2+ / 0-)
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    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:17:51 PM PST

  •  new diary on subdermal RF-IDs = GOP '16 victory (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    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 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:18:11 PM PST

  •  Wingnuts are gonna wing (2+ / 0-)
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    And until we can elect Democrats who will do right by their voters, rather than just their fatcat donors, we'll have nothing better than a choice between a corporate sellout and a corporate sellout who panders to bigots every election.

    The Bill Moyers piece on the Deep State is terrific.  Obviously, our President Hope and Change sold us out in this area (along with many others).
    ~

    •  Bill Moyers (0+ / 0-)

      The author left no one unscathed except the group mostly responsible for the problems we are facing --DEMOCRATS WHO SAT ON THEIR BUTTS IN THE 2014 ELECTION.  We had 72 days of a democrat filibuster proof congress and then the democrats sat on their butts and let the republicans take over congress and yet it's the president we blame, not our own lazy butts.  

  •  I don't suppose we could get a (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Inland Jim

    corporate sponsor to make Election Day a national holiday, could we?

    I'm joking, of course.  I already know the answer to that one.

    Obamacare! OMG! Socialism in the US! Time to move to Canada.

    by asm121 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:24:06 PM PST

  •  On the baseball holiday (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm all in favor of it, but only if certain non-negotiable demands are met:

    1.  Change the regular season back to 154 games.

    2.  Arrange the schedule so the World Series ends no later than September 30.

    3.  Eliminate the designated hitter rule.

    4.  Adopt rules changes so that games last closer to 2 hours than over 3 hours -- do you realize that as recently as the 70s, most games took just a little over 2 hours?

    5.  Test for steroids regularly and comprehensively.

    "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

    by RenMin on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 12:30:05 PM PST

  •  A tribute to a wonderful man: Fred Rogers. (1+ / 0-)
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    alpaca farmer

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:13:52 PM PST

  •  Please, no articles on Ukraine, unless you know (1+ / 0-)
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    what you are talking about.

    Was Yanukovich corrupt? Does the sun sets in the West?
    But he was elected president in probably the most open and transparent elections in the history of modern Ukraine.
    Did he become unpopular?  Sure. So?  Hoe many US presidents become unpopular by the end of their term?  If he was so unpopular, then he should have been thrown out of office.  Regular elections were about to happen in January of 2015, or less than a year anyway.

    Now the opposition.  Yes, there are all kinds of people there.  But the military and ideological core is neo-Nazi Freedom party and Right Sector (Right as in right-wing).  You can think of them as moral equivalent of Tea Party, just as armed and just as militant. It will be interesting to watch, but early indications are that quite a few of Freedom people will be in the new Government.

    It is also interesting to see what set them off.  It was basically a step Yanukovich took to get closer to Russia and away from EU.  I am not going to get into whether it was right or wrong, good for Ukraine or bad for Ukraine.  As a president he was well within his constitutional right to do it.  Also, it was a political move popular with some, deeply unpopular with others.  Think of it as President Obama signing PPACA.  Now imagine that as result of signing  of PPACA, Tea Party arms themselves with baseball bats, Molotov cocktails, puts on masks and hard hats, and sets up barricades on the National Mall.  Then demands that they will not go anywhere unless President rescinds his signature.  This is exactly what happened on Kiev central square.  And then imagine that as a result of police operation to disperse them, they spread out, storm and occupy USDA building and blame police for all the violence.  That would be a pretty accurate comparison.

    •  Hmmm..... (0+ / 0-)

      You forgot the part about how Obama was tied to the Mafia, and how he had been proved to have stolen one election already before he "won" another one.

      You also forgot the part about how Obama had jailed Condoleezza Rice on trumped-up charges and denied her medical treatment while she was in prison.

      You also forgot the part about how Obama had stolen millions and millions of dollars from the treasury, as well as a few priceless artifacts from the Library of Congress.

      That USDA building the protestors had occupied? Obama had it burned down, causing the deaths of many wounded inside the building.

      Oh, yeah, and then that part about how Obama ordered snipers to be placed on the roof of the mall buildings with shoot to kill orders. Seventy people killed in one day by a single bullet to the head or neck.

      But it's all okay because some of the protestors involved had links to groups that some people though had bad ideas. Shoot to kill. Seventy people. But shame on them for protesting. Bad people. Bad protestors. Very bad. How dare they protest?

      •  Interesting point (0+ / 0-)

        but some untruths and some things that have to do with every Ukrainian president.
        Every Ukrainian president is corrupt, including Yuschenko and Timoshenko (presidential candidate).  Was Yanukovich more corrupt than the ones before him?  Maybe, maybe not.  We will probably never know.  But corruption did not trigger protests.

        2004 elections were definitely rigged more than previous Ukrainian elections (all of them were rigged).  2010 elections were the most open and honest elections in the history of Ukraine.  Tons and tons of polling, both before and exit polls, showed Yanukovich a winner.  People were tired of Yuschenko/Timoshenko corruption, infighting and basic governmental ineptitude.  I am not at all concerned about her getting in jail.  Another former Ukrainian prime minister, Lazarenko is in US jail.  So what?  They are all corrupt.

        As far as snipers, until I see the proof that Yanukovich was behind them, I'll keep an open mind.  It makes no sense to send in Berkyt with only tazers and place snipers on roof tops.  Would not at all surprise me if either side did it.

        And all the rest stuff, I dare you to bring 5000 people on to National Mall, in hard hats and face masks, armed with baseball bats, build barricades, and throw molotov cocktails onto any approaching police.  See if they will last 4 months.

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