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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is The even hand of the law:
    Teaser for Matt Bors comic 4 16 14.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 15:
    Hank Aaron gets a new ton of racist hatemail, proving his point, by MinistryOfTruth

    Too Important for Clever Titles -- Scientific Study Says We Are an Oligarchy, by pajoly

    America Before Pearl Harbor - Early Kodachrome Images, by johnnygunn

  • Obama commutes sentence of inmate whose slam time was extended by typo: Ceasar Cantu was sentenced to 17 1/2 years for drug dealing in 2006, later reduced to 15 years. But he later discovered the court had made a typographical error that translated into an extra three and a half years of slam time. But when this clerical mistake was brought to a judge's attention, he refused to take action, saying that Cantu had waited to long to seek a correction even though obtaining the court report where the mistake had been made was not easy.
    In a rare use of his clemency powers, Mr. Obama commuted Mr. Cantu’s sentence on Tuesday and spared him from being locked up for an additional 42 months. “It’s hard to imagine that someone in the federal criminal justice system could serve an extra three-plus years in prison because of a typographical error,” said Kathryn Ruemmler, the White House counsel.

    The president’s action comes at a time when Mr. Obama and his administration are rethinking sentencing rules and the use of his commutation power.

  • Still employed:
    The most famous social media editor in the world at the moment — the one who sent an irate customer a photo of a woman sticking a model plane in an unholy place yesterday — still has a job. "It was an honest mistake," a U.S. Airways spokesperson told the Daily News, in reference to what is arguably the best and worst tweet of all time.
    The employee had mistakenly passed along the salacious image that was sent to the airline by an internet troll and marked inappropriate.
  • NCAA says okay to unlimited meals for scholarship athletes:
    The NCAA’s legislative council on Tuesday approved a resolution that would allow schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to college athletes. The change comes just a week after University of Connecticut basketball star Shabazz Napier, the 2014 Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, told reporters at the Final Four that he sometimes goes to bed hungry because he does not have enough money for food.
    Current NCAA rules only allow for three meals a day to athletes or the appropriate cash stipend.
  • Jimmy Carter says no to Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Rise of the corporate Democrat in California: State Assemblyman Marc Levine sat out a vote on giving the California Coastal Commission the power to levy fines, helping to doom the proposal, voted against a bill requiring more rate-increase transparency from Kaiser-Permanente and abstained from votes to give farm and domestic workers a bill of rights.
    What is baffling is that Levine, who declined to comment for this article, is neither a DINO (a conservative who is a Democrat in name only) nor a farm belt centrist. He remains a committed suburban liberal. One, that is, who happened to attend a local Mitt Romney rally in 2012 and who felt at ease appearing at a Republican Lincoln Dinner last year. Levine is also no aberration. Rather, he is part of a new breed of Democrat, one exceedingly attentive to big business while tone-deaf toward the Democratic Party’s traditional base, which includes union workers, environmentalists and public school advocates.
  • "Latest Publishing Trend: Books That Teach Women to Be Overconfident Blowhards, Just Like Men":
    Why is this genre enjoying such a moment right now? A few years ago, in the wake of the financial crisis, the think piece du jour centered on how overconfident men were a danger to themselves and their country. Now, women are being told to ape these poisonous personality quirks for feminist life lessons. Buy these books, and you, too, can become a successful blowhard.
  • NYPD closes its spy-on-the-Muslims operation:
    The New York Police Department is shuttering a controversial, once-secret unit devoted to surveillance of local Muslim communities.

    “Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair,” New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Joan McCarter on the Bundy freak-out, ACA news, judicial nominations, Mitt's trip to the Post Office & the Kochs' weird opposition to a local bus line. School bullies caught on tape, victim arrested for wiretapping!

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  •  at the time MH370 could have been anywhere (3+ / 0-)
    The most famous social media editor in the world at the moment — the one who sent an irate customer a photo of a woman sticking a model plane in an unholy place yesterday — still has a job. "It was an honest mistake," a U.S. Airways spokesperson told the Daily News, in reference to what is arguably the best and worst tweet of all time.

    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 Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:05:36 PM PDT

  •  DIY Kardashian manuals (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, nellgwen
    Why is this genre enjoying such a moment right now? A few years ago, in the wake of the financial crisis, the think piece du jour centered on how overconfident men were a danger to themselves and their country. Now, women are being told to ape these poisonous personality quirks for feminist life lessons. Buy these books, and you, too, can become a successful blowhard.

    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 Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06:58 PM PDT

  •  What's with the links on the bottom of the columns (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Popping up today?

    Good thing the pooties have been declawed or there would be tabby blood splattered all over the floors and walls. Neko was really pissed at Jasper.

    I vented my spleen at "mean stupid normal people" earlier today in another diary. It sort of dovetails into my feelings that I feel like the educational system was a dysfunctional third parent, showing favorites to some shallow pet, while I'm never good enough. And I feel like '80s Fandom and Prodom were like dysfunctional extended family. Let's embrace some couch potato that nods along that he likes Marvel or the Turtles. Dump on me for being a retarded farm boy for doing Heroine Chic, Atom Punk, Diesel Punk, and sometimes Steampunk before their time, not to mention the 'cyclop babe', in my Small Press Comics.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17:00 PM PDT

  •  My former boss was ahead of her time? (5+ / 0-)

    "Now, women are being told to ape these poisonous personality quirks for feminist life lessons. Buy these books, and you, too, can become a successful blowhard."  
      She was the biggest blowhard I'd ever worked for (and that's saying a lot considering some others I worked for.)   Constantly berating me and treating me like an idiot, making me report to her pet staff people (who were at least two levels beneath mine), demanding that I show her proof of sending every little fax I sent...
    That was almost 20 years ago.  
      I thought she was the worst boss I'd ever had, until a few years later when I unwittingly wound up working for a sociopathic male.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17:34 PM PDT

  •  Beads to be banned? (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, nellgwen
    Microbeads, the tiny plastic particles found in many exfoliating facial and body cleansers, are passing through wastewater-treatment-plant filters and winding up in rivers and oceans, where they endanger marine life.

    The popular scrubbing agents have caught the attention of lawmakers in California and four other states as environmental groups push for bans and urge the cosmetic industry to use biodegradable alternatives, such as ground almond shells.

    http://www.sfgate.com/...

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:19:06 PM PDT

    •  Me thinks soon a great many Nano Tech products (2+ / 0-)
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      will fall into this catagory

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:36:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  listened to a few nanatech lectures years ago (1+ / 0-)
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      And the safety ramifications do make on ponder what is going to happen long term.  For instance, all those new fangled slacks that are easy care and easy wear, nanotech.  Not sure what the impact on the body is.  Testing shows that it will not get absorbed into skin, except, maybe, if you just shaved.

      I am very pro nano-tech.  I think it has and will continue to have benefits that far outweigh the risks, at least until we make nano bots that then form a collective intelligence and destroy humanity(yes, this is now the more like scenario than Skynet).  But there are always risks associated with technology, and I think it is better to have those risks well assesed and discussed rather than go into la la land of everything being perfectly safe.

  •  Over-confident blowhard women. (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, nellgwen

    I thought that soccer moms got that down pat twenty years ago. ;3

    And as they said on Fidonet 2o years ago: I'm putting my Nomex undies on.....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:21:18 PM PDT

  •  Levine and Oligarchy are the same story (3+ / 0-)
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    Hold on a second -- must first put on my asbestos underwear.

    There -- better.

    This should be no surprise to anybody who has tried to buy health insurance where there are only two options, or just about any product from cable TV to gasoline.

    It's the old joke about running from a bear:

    Two guys encounter a grizzly bear and take off running.
    One gasps -- "Do you really think we can outrun the bear?"
    The other replies "I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you!"

    How often is the answer to a complaint about a Democratic (Republican) policy something along the lines of "Do you think the Republicans (Democrats) are better?"

    Damned low bar.

    Look right here on DK -- and I presume the exact same phenomenon exerts itself on places like Red State -- and you will see post after post about how stupid and evil the "other" side is.

    The attitudes are downright medieval (harking back to a time when all felonies were capital offenses because evil people, people different from you and me and not fit to be part of a society of good people), and conducive to keeping us separated or, at the very least, not talking to each other.

    The rich and powerful elite have no problem finding common ground and no problem from a divided population with few choices.

    In that world, why wouldn't a good suburban liberal look after business interests?

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

    by dinotrac on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:35:59 PM PDT

    •  Is it possible (0+ / 0-)

      To primary a bunch of these guys if they're in Safe Blue districts?

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:18:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You would think so, but I wonder if there are (1+ / 0-)
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        even candidates to be found that matter?

        At higher levels, candidates tend to come from lower levels, already indoctrinated.  And -- bazillions of lawyers.

        On the other hand, the "Tea Party", or, more accurately, the people who called themselves Tea Party followers, managed to really rattle the GOP.  You'd think serious people could do the same.

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

        by dinotrac on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:40:28 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Hard to Imagine a Typo Impacting Prison Sentence? (3+ / 0-)
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    Ask anyone with an African typo in their melanin gene.

    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 Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:42:40 PM PDT

    •  Let's be fair. Such typos must be very rare (0+ / 0-)

          I mean, come on.  More than three years added to the guy's sentence, and yet it took such a long time for anyone to even spot the error?  I bet that type of mistake almost never happens, so I can understand why the judge was so unwilling to take the matter very seriously:

      But when this clerical mistake was brought to a judge's attention, he refused to take action, saying that Cantu had waited to long to seek a correction even though obtaining the court report where the mistake had been made was not easy.
          Oh hey, look at that.  There's a TYPO in that sentence!  Shouldn't there be two o's in the word too?

           Let me correct that:

      But when this clerical mistake was brought too a judge's attention, he refused too take action, saying that Cantu had waited to long to seek a correction even though obtaining the court report where the mistake had been made was not easy.
          There.  Much better.  

            I didn't even notice that, the first time I read it.  I guess typographical errors aren't as easy to notice as I thought.  

            A typographical error in an article about the consequences of a typographical error.  

           I guess irony isn't so easy to notice, either.  

    •  I would like to understand why he (1+ / 0-)
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      technically was not supposed to have access to the pre-sentence report - he received it from his family and then found the error.
      As a matter of basic decency and transparency, any information related to someone's sentence should be available to them. What is being hidden?

      What is more disturbing than a typo is a judge's willingness to simply let it go. How the hell does that happen? Something has gone terribly wrong.

  •  Meal plans (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, wintergreen8694, Egalitare

    The criticism of Napier on Fox was that the students are on meal plans. Good luck finding a cafeteria on the meal plan when you're traveling for a road game.

    •  Given the amount of weight training... (0+ / 0-)

      ...expected of ALL athletes, I'm surprised that the strength and conditioning coaches didn't demand the return of the old school "training table" years ago.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:28:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bungie jumping the shark (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.bbc.com/...

    Bungie 'fires' Halo games composer Marty O'Donnell
    ------------snip---------------------
    Mr O'Donnell had been working on music for the firm's forthcoming title Destiny in collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney.
    Music for video games? Oh Well, live and let die

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:46:40 PM PDT

  •  People keep voting for whoever has a D after their (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    name without doing diligent research or thinking even a "corporate" democrat is better than a republican is exactly how we lose control of our party.

    "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow

    by temptxan on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:49:56 PM PDT

  •  They SAY "typographical error" but they really (0+ / 0-)

    mean ILLITARACY. This is all about targeting Tea Party groups and other mora-- patriots who maek sines when a nice young fellow from one of those generically named organizations asks them to. Some say it's precisely identical to Jim Crow literacy tests or Hitler on his more Stalinish days. The real scandal is whether "Benghazi" or creepy Sharias.

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