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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Hobby Lobby, Inc., Converts:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- Hobby Lobby, Inc., Converts
  • 326,000 initial claims made for unemployment compensation: For the week ending March 29, seasonally adjusted initial claims were 326,000, up 16,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 310,000. For the comparable week of 2013, 375,000 people made initial claims. The four-week moving average that flattens volatility was 319,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week. For the week ending March 15, the total number of people making compensation claims was 3,201,504, down 105,367 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 5,279,851 persons claiming benefits. Nearly all of that decrease occurred because of the failure of the Republicans to renew the federal emergency unemployment compensation program in December.
  • Sen. Al Franken seeks apology for rotten century-old law:
    In the early part of the last century, during the rush of European immigration to the United States, Congress stripped citizenship from any American woman who married a foreigner. The little-known Expatriation Act of 1907 stayed on the books until 1940, so even after women won the right to vote in 1920, those who were married to a non-American could not exercise that newfound right.

    Franken would like the Senate to offer, through legislation, its sympathy and regret for passing a law “incompatible with and antithetical to the core principle that all persons, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity, are created equal.”

  • Look how stupid childhood gender roles look when imposed on adults.
  • GOP drops Columbus and Phoenix from 2016 convention possibilities:
    The Republican National Committee has dropped Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix, Arizona, from its list of potential 2016 convention cities, leaving just six contenders in the mix.

    The committee announced Wednesday that Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas have all advanced to the next round.

  • U.S. government secretly built "Cuban" Twitter site: The operation was put together with shell companies and money from foreign banks. The idea of the site, which—over two years—gained tens of thousands of subscribers, was to push dissent.
    Yet its users were neither aware it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used someday for political purposes.

    It is unclear whether the scheme was legal under U.S. law, which requires written authorization of covert action by the president and congressional notification. Officials at USAID would not say who had approved the program or whether the White House was aware of it. The Cuban government declined a request for comment.

    USAID has long claimed that it does not run covert operations. That this proves it actually does could undermine what is supposed to be its main mission, providing economic aid and programs for the poor overseas.
  • 92-year-old arrested for civil disobedience in coal protest. Bill Ryan, a World War II veteran, was taken away in handcuffs for a protest of a proposed coal ine that will destroy a piece of Australia’s Leard State Forest. Afterward, he wrote an essay about it in The Guardian.
    What concerns me is that this coal will eventually be burnt and produce carbon dioxide, and add to the global warming we’re experiencing, which scientists say will only get worse. They also say we need to keep 80% of the coal in the ground, otherwise it will be a catastrophe for global warming. The use of fossil fuels must give way to renewable energy. [...]

    I’ve only got a few years left, but I feel in my conscience that I have to take this stand … I was willing to put my life on the line in the second world war, so putting my body on the line here is a small inconvenience.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Ft. Hood is hit again, and the "too soon" meme starts anew. Greg Dworkin asks questions about McCutcheon, and rounds up the ACA news. MoJo puts an eye on celebs who take big checks to perform for dictators.
  • The lack of prison time for du Pont heir Robert Richards IV in the rape of his three-year-old daughter teaches our society that if you're wealthy the law doesn't apply to you. Good job, America.  Also on today's show, we discuss World Autism Awareness Day, OKCupid urging a boycott of Mozilla because of the CEO's gay marriage views, and how Mississippi is taking a page from Arizona's crappy playbook.
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  •  I've been fixated since about 9 a.m (8+ / 0-)

    on a live feed of a tire fire within walking distance of my office.  I can actually watch the billowing black toxic clouds from my window.  

    I'm watching a valiant city fire department then 50 fire departments trying to beat this thing back.  But I'm watching them dump water on it.  Uh oh.  You don't use water on flaming tires.  And then, the zillion gallons of foam coming in -- you don't use that either.  You have to cover those things with dirt or sand.

    I had a client who was a major tire disposal guy.  I learned everything that could be learned about tire disposal and the dangers if afire.  Generally, a tire fire needs an accellerant -- this wasn't just a faulty wiring or flipped cigarette scenario.

    Now booms are in the Naugatuck river because of debris and effing foam.   Oh, well.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:20:03 PM PDT

  •  Another Arizona religious freedom bill quietly (7+ / 0-)


    A bill touted as an attempt to protect religious freedom among clergy and judges has died, following the path of Senate Bill 1062, which was widely denounced as discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

    House Bill 2481 would have prevented [the] government from requiring ordained clergy and judges to "solemnize a marriage that is inconsistent with the minister's sincerely held religious beliefs." AZ Republic

    Maybe that's why they dropped Phoenix from the GOP convention list -- not crazy enough anymore.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:21:35 PM PDT

  •  The RNC in Columbus? LOL (5+ / 0-)

    They must have found out that we have a major case of teh gay here.

  •  Okiciyap and (3+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, gchaucer2, PsychoSavannah

    Just found out that when I clip coupons from, since Okiciyap is my selected community on, makes a donation! Way cool. I think I may be clipping more coupons!

    Also, this week is the $5 bonus donation for any new donor sign ups. When you select your cause look for "Okiciyap the Isabel Community."


    Creativity is intelligence having fun.

    by Ninepatch on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:25:25 PM PDT

  •  I got a chuckle out of your line that: (6+ / 0-)
    USAID has long claimed that it does not run covert operations.
    I've long been of the opinion that USAID is directly used (if not operated) by the CIA and other intelligence agencies in many ways. Whether as a cover for agents or as a direct influence - $$$ - in support of CIA goals, or whatever, I've always thought that organization was a CIA/US Intel front.

    But then, it is nice that they feed some people now and again.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:25:31 PM PDT

    •  Hope they'll consider feeding some of the poor (2+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, dclawyer06

      and hungry in the US someday.  It would be the only alternative to ongoing food benefit cuts.  Or just as Chavez sold cheaper gas to the US when he was in charge, the Chinese missionaries may have to come here to feed the poor, and guess what their message will be.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:36:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  well (4+ / 0-)
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      whizdom, YucatanMan, dclawyer06, JeffW

      can you blame them? I mean, all that pesky Oversight stuff and all is soooo last century.


      Oh. speaking of oversight... maybe someone will diary this:

      The committee voted 11-3 on Thursday to recommend that the key findings and a summary of the report be declassified. The document now goes to President Barack Obama, who’s said he supports declassifying the findings. Most of the report and the underlying CIA documents might remain secret, however.

      If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

      by Lady Libertine on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:40:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  the asymmetric relation of gendered roles (3+ / 0-)
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    fayea, BMScott, JeffW
    In "If We Used Childhood Gender Roles On Adults," two new employees are guided through a first-day orientation with a helpful dose of gender policing from their colleagues and supervisors. David wearing a pink shirt? Not allowed. Madeleine picking a mug that says "stud" instead of the "diva" or "princess" options? Subversive.

    The video humorously reminds us how silly and arbitrary gender roles are -- and makes us question why we submit children (and adults) to them in the first place.

    These gendered messages still exist in adulthood, but in less obvious ways. While men are congratulated for having a lot of sex, women are shamed for it. Assertive men in the office show "good leadership," assertive women are bossy. And let's not even talk about the different expectations men and women face in parenting.

    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 Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:26:46 PM PDT

    •  No kidding. (2+ / 0-)
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      BMScott, annieli

      Wingding pulled that on me a couple of times, most notably because I have a tendency to swear when I'm relaxed (just like my uncle Lou, who leaned to smoke and swear in the ETO and never shed either habit) and I sometimes make dirty jokes.  You would have thought I'd advocated dismembering gay unborn baby whales in front of him, the way he'd carry on about how crude and unladylike I was.

      Of course, all the time he was banging college students at his LARP, but never mind....

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

      by Ellid on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:36:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bill Ryan: Hero. (5+ / 0-)

    You don't hear too many voices from Australia speaking out about the criminal coal mining and export policies in that country. The mining companies essentially own Australia now. Whatever they say, goes. The last government couldn't even get a resource tax passed. Once the Labour government initiated that legislation, the country's owners went to war against the Gillard government.  

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:26:50 PM PDT

  •  USAID has done it in Venezuela before (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, dclawyer06

    according to Wikileaks

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:28:03 PM PDT

  •  The republicans will..... (4+ / 0-)

    ...choose Las Vegas as thier convention site because Adleson's mobility chair can't get anywhere else on one charge.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:31:13 PM PDT

  •  Oh Please Please (7+ / 0-)

    pick Las Vegas for the Republican Convention - the optics alone would be fantastic as would the stories of hired hookers ala Minneapolis.  

    Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

    by Caniac41 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:31:29 PM PDT

  •  The gender roles video at the link (1+ / 0-)
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    is hilarious.  And even though it's pretty over the top to watch, there are definitely parallels to there being such gender roles dragged into adulthood.  When you stop and think for a minute, they're easy to spot.  And I'm ashamed of conforming to them even when I don't realize every time I'm doing so.  When I do see them perpetrated in real life, though (e.g., I love the sight of men in pastel shirts), my rebellious side really asserts itself.

    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by SueDe on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:33:41 PM PDT

  •  Who are they trying to kid? (2+ / 0-)
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    The GOP convention will be in Las Vegas. They are just teasing all the other cities.

    Everyone knows it.

    Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

    by pucklady on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:05:16 PM PDT

  •  David Letterman to retire next year (1+ / 0-)
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    from his CBS late-night show, according to some guy on Twitter [as reliable a source as you'll find nowadays].

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

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:27:37 PM PDT

  •  Ehrmagerd Game of Thrones this weekend... (0+ / 0-)

    I've been sustaining myself on comicbookgirl19's epic histories---shit's about to get real:

  •  I saw plenty of adult gender roles in that video (0+ / 0-)

    They focused on some superficial stuff like colors and coffee mugs, but ignored that their actors still conformed to their adult gender roles.

    The man had short hair, the woman had long hair.

    The woman's eyebrows were plucked and shaped, the man's were quite bushy.

    The woman had nail polish, the man didn't.

    The man was wearing (even when pink), a long sleeved men's button down shirt.  The woman was wearing a blouse and tank top.

    Thought that was interesting.  The blue and pink laptops fit the roles they'd already assumed.

    But women can't be bossy?  It was the two other women playing gender cops.  They looked to be asserting themselves just fine.  Is there a hidden message that children are supposed to ignore their mothers?  Hmm...

    But really, outside of fundie nuts, who teaches their daughters to be helpless and passive?  It's not 1950.
    And I've yet to see boys and girls baby food.  Gender specific beverages are at the adult level, chosen by adults.

  •  DENVER for GOP convention!? I'd love to see that. (0+ / 0-)

    Cuz that will totally help them swing CO red again.  And they'd totally be able to fill the stadium.  And there would totally be no protests.  And their lame '16 candidate would totally not be compared to the frenzy of the Dem '08 convention (which I experienced first-hand).  

    Cincinn/Cleveland and Dallas are the only viable prospects.  Unless they actually want to do Vegas.  I will be pulling for Vegas.

  •  Rather than wasting time apologizing for a law (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, RainyDay

    that was passed over a century ago and repealed over half a century ago, Franken should be devoting his time to fixing crappy laws that are currently on the books.

    You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

    by MikePhoenix on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:56:39 PM PDT

  •  Please, God, let the GOP convention be in Vegas. (0+ / 0-)

    Preferably in Sheldon's backyard.

    Our government is not yet small enough to drown in a bathtub. That doesn't mean it can't be waterboarded.

    by furrfu on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 02:31:09 PM PDT

  •  Stupidity re Cuba (0+ / 0-)

    The Cuban government has continually accused the US of exactly this type of funding for subversive activities, and claims that any dissent is actually people funded by and collaborating with the CIA. Everything the US does that proves that there's some truth to those accusations just strengthens the Cuban government, and gives it an excuse to clamp down further on dissent.

    Of course USAID is involved in covert operations, and not only in Cuba. And of course they deny it.

    Illegal? Says who? We don't have any way to enforce these restrictions anyway. If we did, Guantanamo would be closed, the extraordinary renditions and waterboarding would have stopped, etc. etc.

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