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The number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, rose to 9.63 million in 2013, according to a new report from Spectrem Group, a consulting and research firm.

That's more than a 600,000 leap up from 2012, and the highest number on record.

The KKK just wants to be understood a bit better, as indicated by flyers they’ve left on people’s driveways in Chesterfield County, Virginia. You see, a lot of people may have misconceptions about the Klan, but those are just sadly outdated stereotypes, say the flyers, which insist the group is nonviolent, definitely not a hate group, and not “enemies of the colored and mongrel races.” See how much better things can be when you put aside your misconceptions like that?
  • Tattoos rise in popularity: A Foxaganda poll says 20 percent of Americans now have at least one tattoo, up from 13 percent in 2007. People with more than one tattoo has nearly doubled to 14 percent, compared with 8 percent in 2007. People under 45 are twice as likely to have a tattoo as older folks, 31 percent vs. 14 percent. A third of people under 35 have at least one tattoo and 19 percent have at least three. Women under 35 are twice as likely to have a tattoo as men in that age group, 47 percent vs. 25 percent. But, when asked "Do you like tattoos, 58 percent of those surveyed say “no” compared with 32 percent who say "yes." (Scroll to question No. 43 at link.)
  • What hearing loss sounds like.
  • Hillary dot whatever is all the rage:
As the former Secretary of State mulls a repeat bid for the White House in 2016, an amalgamation of spammers, grifters, and passionate supporters have occupied almost every square inch of relevant Internet real estate. Type in and you’ll be exposed to malware. is for sale for as much as $14,500—and it’s among the cheaper variants available.

Among the latest additions to the mix is, which was created in 2012 but has ramped up in recent months along with the Democratic pro-Hillary tide. [...] The spiffy website and authentic-seeming merchandise distract from the fact that the website, run out of a Washington, D.C. apartment building, is unaffiliated with Clinton or any significantly organized pro-Clinton effort. Billed as an alternative to Ready for Hillary, the better-funded grassroots group backed by Clinton confidants and tacitly sanctioned by Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, is a threadbare operation founded by graduate students, according to one of the organizers.

Manchester (Conn.) Journal Inquirer managing editor Chris Powell has warned his staff that they face a $15 charge for errors that require a press plate change.payup With this new policy, says my tipster, “I expect few reporters or editors will bring mistakes to the attention of their superiors, and would rather write a correction the next day and save their $15.”
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Armando on Vox, and an odd bit about Nate Silver, too. Plus, a reminder that the CIA vs. Senate fight isn't actually about spying, but torture. "The Case for Corruption" and 1 of "3 inconvenient facts that make libertarians' heads explode."

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  •  say what? (8+ / 0-)
    The flyer also explains that the KKK is devoted to
    “exalting the Caucasian race and teaching the doctrine of white supremacy.”
    “That does not mean that we are enemies of the colored and mongrel race, but it does mean that we are organized to establish the solidarity and to realize the mission of the white race.”


    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 Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:06:41 PM PDT

  •  So I ask again, what happens if Clinton... (3+ / 0-)

    ...decides not to run? Who have we got?

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

    by JeffW on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:08:56 PM PDT

  •  Well, a million dollars . . . (4+ / 0-)

    ain't what it used to be. This sort of nominal dollar comparison, ignoring inflation, doesn't mean anything.

    •  At least Potterism still survives to keep the (2+ / 0-)
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      super-rich super-rich:

      "Because of their levels of wealth, they increased their exposure to equities during the downturn and were making investments in real estate when the market was at the bottom," he said. "That's why now they've benefited the most from the return in the economy."
    •  Yeah. Mostly middle-class retirees (2+ / 0-)
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      Look at the drop-off between the $1M and $5M thresholds. Only 15% of the millionaires have $5M or more.

      The vast majority of these people are 60+ years old retirees or near-retirees, and have all of this "wealth" in their IRA or 401k, which they have to live off of for 20+ years. They're not rich and Democrats had better not make the mistake of going after them.

      (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

      by TrueBlueDem on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:40:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yes, it's meta. (1+ / 0-)
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    But, I think, it's important enough to have written it.


    Please check it out; ideally, think about it and add your thoughts.

  •  Of Course! (3+ / 0-)
    a lot of people may have misconceptions about the Klan, but those are just sadly outdated stereotypes, say the flyers, which insist the group is nonviolent, definitely not a hate group, and not “enemies of the colored and mongrel races.”
    That makes all the difference in the world


  •  Not enemies of the colored and mongrel races? (2+ / 0-)
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    The very word mongrel reeks of evil racialism.  Don't these idiots realize that race is a social, not a biological construct?  Oh no, I guess they don't believe in science, do they?  And they have to feel superior to someone somehow (certainly not from their intelligence or their wealth).

    Armed! I feel like a savage! Barbarella

    by richardvjohnson on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:28:51 PM PDT

  •  What hearing loss sounds like for me (3+ / 0-)
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    A constant, unremitting, 24/7 hissing in my right ear.  

    This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

    by Ellid on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:32:34 PM PDT

    •  For me it's constant 5-6kHz tinnitus, both ears. (1+ / 0-)
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      I did the sound design for a production of 33 Variations last year. One of the cues called for was Beethoven's tinnitus. Was very strange re-creating the sound on purpose.

      I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

      by Crashing Vor on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:37:33 PM PDT

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  •  Somehow I think the term 'mongrel races' might (1+ / 0-)
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    be counter-productive to the Triple-K's new genius PR strategy. Then again, in some parts of Virginia, maybe not.
    Similarly, "many people have experienced The Blacks firsthand" really isnt quite striking the right  Kumbaya note.

  •  Oh, well that's cool then. (2+ / 0-)
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    Sorry I misjudged you, Klannies.


    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:33:20 PM PDT

  •  And the quality of news reporting drops again. (1+ / 0-)
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    “I expect few reporters or editors will bring mistakes to the attention of their superiors, and would rather write a correction the next day and save their $15.”
    Same day correction of factual errors in stories compared to next-day corrections?  This will be a field day for RWNJ who already love misquoting new stories to make their (invalid) point.  Just quote the original story and don't bother looking for the correction, published separately.


    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" -- (Talbot, in: The Maid of Orleans by Friedrich Schiller)

    by rfall on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:34:20 PM PDT

  •  Crap I guess USPS is going to issue a Charlton (0+ / 0-)

    Heston stamp after all; didn't care for his movies or his nra bullshit.

  •  Wait what? (1+ / 0-)
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    $15 for correcting errors?

    They DO realize that this is all digital now, right? Yes, I know they would need to make a new plate, but it's not like they have to reset all the type again. Or that it's going to take forever.

    Now, if it's a huge explanation and requires more pages or impacts more than one page, AND the presses have already started running - ok, that's a problem.

    But if they haven't started printing yet - no. Fix the damn thing.

    Hell, a lot of presses are direct printing anyway, and might not even involve plates.

  •  OT: (3+ / 0-)
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    From an article titled "Obama Overtime Plan Already Stirring Controversy":

    "The federal government, in particular, shouldn't be involved in labor markets in any way, shape or form," said Jeffrey Miron, director of economic studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, and a Harvard University economics professor. "It shouldn't be setting hours legislation and it shouldn't be providing union protection."
    Are you f'ing kidding me?  I knew the Cato Institute was a libertarian think tank, but it's even worse than I thought.

    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" -- (Talbot, in: The Maid of Orleans by Friedrich Schiller)

    by rfall on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:37:32 PM PDT

  •  "US Army to Proceed With Planned Ukraine Exercise" (0+ / 0-)

    That combined with this makes me nervous.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:39:53 PM PDT

    •  What could possibly go wrong? (1+ / 0-)
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      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:56:22 PM PDT

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  •  New (0+ / 0-)

    "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 Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 12:43:16 PM PDT

  •  Chrysler expands hiring at Toledo plant (1+ / 0-)
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    The one featured in a notable Romney ad.


  •  they've just arrested this nutbar for three (0+ / 0-)

    mysterious murders in alexandria, va...apparently an unhinged gun-lover...the following excerpt is taken from the website

    Although court ordered to have no contact with his infant son, Levite Severance, Charles Severance is a nurturing fit father and strong parent with contempt for american psychiatry democracy. On March 15, 2000 at the age of 10 1/2 months Levite was legally isolated and separated from his father by the notorious City of Alexandria Juvenile Court. Although vilified by the inferior opinions of some judges, Charles Severance remains a God-fearing, highly respected, and solid citizen of Virginia. He prays, he contributes; he finished second in a 1996 Special Election for Mayor of the City of Alexandria with 10% of the gun-owner vote. He also adamantly refuses to submit to a complete "inexact" mental health evaluation by secular (demon possessed) humanist-priests, democracy government regulated mad-doctors, agents of psychiatry, and other weak hypocrites.

    Charles Stanard Severance, strong father of Levite David Severance and Principal Investigator at , rejects the pretensions of medical men to exclusive knowledge on mental disorder. "Infant, child, and adolescent psychiatrists who prescribe RITALIN and other psychotropic drugs to precocious youth," reverently declares the father of Levite "are victums of madness under a suicide watch." He also rejects the precarious claims of secular law enforcement officers to exclusive knowledge on gun safety. Although he has committed no crime, he is legally compelled by infamous court opinions that isolate and separate him from his infant-son and three weapons until July 6, 2002. "America is a land of democracy, psychiatry, and freedom," biblically acknowledges Severance "and all irreverent government agents of psychiatry will recieve freedom - the freedom to fall by sword, famine, and plague."

    "Their physically revolting ugliness is jealous of our good looks. Their false hope envies our great faith. Their sexual impotence hates our athletic rigid breeding virility. Their exagerated claims denigrate our genuine credibility. Their mentally retarded gods vilify our Lord. After observing people possessed by evil behavior and identifying their bad standing, chronic wrong choices, and unrepentant arrogance, modify them with patience and if necessary dispose of their disorder at gun-point with compassion."

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