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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is No animals were harmed:
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  • Gung-ho ex-sheriff lies about fighting Feds with women as human shields. In an interview with TPM, former Arizona sheriff claims he never thought it was a good idea to put women out front in case the shooting started at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch. He told TPM's Dylan Scott "I never thought it was a good idea. I was kind of surprised by the fact that they did." But that's the opposite of he previously told radio host Ben Swann:
    “It was a tactical plot that I was trying to get them to use,” Mack said. “If they’re going to start killing people, I’m sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot.”

    “I’m sorry, that sounds horrible,” he continued. “I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would have gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”

  • A black girl's fear.
  • "Personhood" could be a big deal in Senate races:
    The issue isn’t being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days. But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over “Personhood” measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization.
  • CNN chyron calls sinking of Titanic "breaking news".
  • In her new book, Sen. Warren reveals interchanges with president:
    Obama told her that he dared not appoint her to head the consumer agency she created, because she made Senate Republicans and Wall Street bankers “very nervous.”

    A few weeks later, meeting outside for a chat that became as uncomfortable as the hot weather, Obama asked Warren to do the setup work for the consumer protection agency that she would not lead. When she resisted, Obama got testy.

    “You’re jamming me, Elizabeth,” Obama said.

  • Lost sea lion pup found 100 miles from Pacific:
    A volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep, KTVU-TV reported. The 36-pound sea lion is undergoing treatment for open sores, center officials said.

    Before he can be returned to the wild, Hoppie needs to gain weight, said the marine experts, who are giving him five pounds of fish a day and around-the-clock care.

  • Duncan Black (Atrios) "celebrates" 12th anniversary of Eschaton:
    I can't say this "job" is "hard" relative to the shit most people put up with, but there is something about the constant stress of having to come up with a post every couple of hours. I hit publish and immediately start thinking of what to post next. Yes I know I have a reputation for not writing anything, but writing is the easy part. Having something to say is the hard bit.
  • Unemployment compensation claims climb slightly: For the week ending April 12, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation was 304,000, up 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The less volatile four-week running average fell to 312,000, the lowest average since October 6, 2007. For the week ending March 29, the total number of people claiming compensation was 3,007,392, down 155,971 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2012, there were 5,146,499 persons claiming compensation. But a large chunk of that huge drop is a consequence of the failure to renew the federally funded emergency compensation program in December.
  • Hot off the wires: Kepler hits the planetary jackpot! -- DS
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, long-time Netroots denizen (and ex-BLM employee!) Mark Brooks on fighting his way through the many (and familiar) obstacles that still hinder effective use of FOIA. U.S. appeals court finds conflict-minerals rule violates free speech.

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  •  Charles M. Blow:"Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage (3+ / 0-)
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    is my examination of & commentary upon his New York Times column

    in this posting for which I request your attention

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:04:28 PM PDT

    •  Feelin' Atrios in reverse: I got PLENTY to SAY (1+ / 0-)
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      dsb

      ...just it's hard getting it to line up right, and step out in proper order - just like actual thoughts and the intentional use of words.  What it takes is TIME!

      trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

      by chmood on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:09:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bartcop led me to Atrios, then to... (2+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, dsb

    DKos. I love his sense of humor and brevity :)

  •  I see Warren's book as a black mark against... (0+ / 0-)

    her and a sign she is either not as populist as she presents herself or that she has been turned. I don't want to strongly accuse her of initial insincerity because the latter is at least as likely.

    This whole political book publishing industry is just a way to funnel money to politicians to buy their vote and i'm afraid she may have been compromised.

    Thats our real problem, the system is so corrupt that even if we send sincere politicians to Washington a certain percent will be turned and join the ranks of those who go just for the money.

    Until we fix the system itself we are fighting a battle on a conveyor belt never really gaining ground.

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:08:15 PM PDT

    •  Disagree: unilateral $ disarmament is giving up (7+ / 0-)

      I think someone with Warren's background and principles are pretty darn good for someone who stands any chance of winning a presidential election. Someone of her caliber can use some fundraising tools while being conscious of the corrupting effect and not letting that get much purchase on her. I wish it could be done without money, and hopefully someday we'll make it so that we can, but until then I don't see a path to a better viable 2016 candidate that completely eschews fundraising. Do you?

      There are areas of Warren's policy portfolio that could be cause for worry, like foreign policy. But gotta love choice stuff like this:

      Obama told her that he dared not appoint her to head the consumer agency she created, because she made Senate Republicans and Wall Street bankers “very nervous.”

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:20:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thats what it said and thats all well and good... (0+ / 0-)

        The question is if its true or just a pile of propaganda.

        I'm not sure which, but I feel it all sounds a little too good to be true.

        Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

        by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:22:44 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Why the doubt? (5+ / 0-)

          It's not exactly a state secret that the Obama administration wasn't really willing to fight for Warren to head the agency because the Republicans would be mean about it. As opposed to Cordray, who they of course welcomed with open arms and didn't do anything to try and shut his appointment down....

          I don't see what makes it so likely to be a "pile of propoaganda" when it synchs up with the known facts just fine.

          •  You think its because the Republicans... (1+ / 0-)
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            would be mean and I think its because the Dems don't always represent what they say they do.

            I don't buy the 'republicans will be mean' BS, you don't see the Repubs holding back because the Dems will be mean do you?

            Know why? Because both parties want much the same things and the repubs play the Harlem Globetrotters and the Dems play the Washington Generals.

            Watching any one game you would just think the Globetrotters are better, but after 100s of games you begin to see they are playing to the same ends.

            Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

            by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:44:13 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Whoa, time out. (3+ / 0-)
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              I think I may have misunderstood your post. What exactly were you referring to as a potential "pile of propaganda"? I thought you were expressing doubt that Obama actually said the reason he didn't go for Warren was because she makes Republicans and bankers nervous.

              I personally think that's a microcosm of everything that's wrong with his administration. I agree that both parties basically want the same things (in terms of neoliberal economic policy).

              From your last post it seems like we're on the same page. I must have misunderstood your post.

              •  I meant the book, though I must admit I am... (1+ / 0-)
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                jumping the gun here and may have to insert foot at a later date having not read it, but the tone does seem to be the standard Democratic foil of 'If not for those damn Republicans we would be living in the US of Eden now' BS

                I would love to give the Dems 66% of the House and  Senate and the presidency so we could all see how much the Repubs are really to blame.

                It would either shut me up or remove any doubt.

                Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

                by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 01:03:16 PM PDT

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                •  We already had our answer to that (2+ / 0-)
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                  in California. The Democratic governor and Assembly speaker eschewed any attempts at bold liberal policy supposedly for fear of losing their supermajority, and lo and behold, after a few indictments of Democratic state senators it was gone anyway. So much for that excuse.

                  But all Democrats are not equal, and it's a mistake to throw out the Warren baby with the Democratic leadership bathwater.

                  Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

                  by Simplify on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:15:51 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  I agree and do feel there are true Democrats.. (0+ / 0-)

                    and I am not trying to throw Warren under the bus so to speak. She says all the right things on certain issues, but in an environment where none of the right things can get accomplished, saying them serves little benefit.

                    To me the most telling observation at the federal level is Sanders, in that he is the most progressive person in Washington. My gut says there is a reason he is the most progressive and is also an independent.

                    My conclusion (right or wrong) is that to be actually progressive at the federal level, you can't belong to either party.

                    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

                    by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:22:46 PM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                •  How do you get that? (2+ / 0-)
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                  The tiny excerpt cited here clearly shows her putting in writing an unflattering picture of Obama not wanting to fight for her confirmation. If there's one person I don't worry about blowing sunshine at the Democratic Party, it's Elizabeth Warren.

                  “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

                  by fenway49 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:36:49 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Its my interpretation and I am not going... (0+ / 0-)

                    to go to the mat to says its 'true' because I don't know. I see your view and respect it, but I am unsure I agree with it.

                    It may be that I am just too jaded to see the truth, and maybe its just that I am too jaded to be fooled.

                    Only time will tell...

                    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

                    by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:42:03 PM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  I worked for her campaign (1+ / 0-)
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                      and voted for her. When she won my excitement was tempered by the ideas that she's only 1 of 100, the GOP thugs control the House, Obama's still a wimp, etc. So I didn't know how much she could get done. The question is if those are the reasons she can't get much done, or if it would be because she's coopted. From what I've seen since, she's not coopted. She just needs reinforcements.

                      “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

                      by fenway49 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 03:44:43 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

    •  From whom does the (3+ / 0-)
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      'political book publishing industry' funnel money? You think Obama is compromised by his book? Bernie Sanders is a sell-out? That's just odd.

      "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

      by GussieFN on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:34:08 PM PDT

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      •  Obama obviously yes, Sanders I don't think... (1+ / 0-)
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        so. The proof is in the pudding as they say in England which is why I said I think she 'may have been compromised' we will see if its true.

        Its the happy happy propaganda tone that bothers me. The standard Democratic excuse for not doing the right thing is always because of the republicans, and its used in spades here. I don't buy the excuse its just a cover for wanting to not do the right thing in my eyes.

        Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

        by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:40:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Missing Link (0+ / 0-)

    Please fix link for the Elizabeth Warren reference. Thanks.

    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

    by ask on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:08:31 PM PDT

  •  Setting out one's children to die before oneself. (4+ / 0-)

    That's pretty low. As in lower than most mammals.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:13:08 PM PDT

    •  These militia types aren't mammals. (3+ / 0-)

      They're reptiles.

      Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

      by shoeless on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:19:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Good grief. (7+ / 0-)

      From this:

      “It was a tactical plot that I was trying to get them to use,” Mack said. “If they’re going to start killing people [...] women needed to be the first ones shot.  I’m sorry, that sounds horrible ... I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die."
      to this:
      "I never thought it was a good idea. I was kind of surprised by the fact that they did."

      It's like they still haven't grasped the concept that there are "recording devices" in this modern age.

      And isn't it strange how as soon as they start getting the blowback from their outrageous, "macho military" comments -- and realise that not everyone in the country is as insane as their little circle of extremist friends -- they immediately shrivel and start back-pedalling and denying furiously.

      What pathetic cowards.  First of all, putting his family there to die first -- to make a "point" -- and then not even having the courage to stand by his convictions when he finds out they're not actually popular after all.

      •  It's just so damn ghoulish. (3+ / 0-)
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        Yes, if the government goes into your town, drags all the women into the street and shoots them, that's an atrocity.

        But if you're anticipating an armed standoff and deliberately throw all the women out as human shields behind your armed militia in order to make the government look bad if one of them is shot.... I don't think that's quite the same effect. I think it just shows that you're willing and eager to sacrifice the lives of the women to make a political point, which makes you a craven asshole. Also, we can hear you.

        “I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would have gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”
        O ya ya we're all ready to die here, ready to die! We're all gonna die! I'll throw my daughters and my wife out first, and then I'll scream bloody murder as they die, and then I'll run out and die too! We're all totally willing to do that! Gonna fucking die, and won't you be sorry then!
        •  And revealing, this ... (0+ / 0-)
          I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die.
          And would your wife and daughters be allowed any ... you know ... choice in this matter of being shot to death to help you make your political point, Mr. Mack?

          Or are they just expected to shut up and do what the Big Man of the family orders (as he sits back and watches)?

  •  The best dog-abducted-by-owl-and-run-over-by-truck (5+ / 0-)
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    StateOfGrace, Simplify, sow hat, BMScott, dsb

    story you will ever read is here: From beautiful Homer, Alaska, may I present the saga of Ella, a great horned owl, and a drive-by-trucker.

    I was gonna diary this, but could not figure out how to keep my copying/pasting into acceptable fair use.

    Seriously, it's a great story.

    Any group with the word "Patriot" in its name, probably isn't.

    by Senor Unoball on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:15:09 PM PDT

  •  Thank you Edward Snowden!! Now that you've (0+ / 0-)

    settled once and for all that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not spy on people, I feel so much better about how evil America is.  And I understand why you didn't ask him about the Heartbleed vulnerability, because only the NSA would take advantage of that - even though they claim (CLAIM!) they didn't know about it and Google admitted they knew damn well about it but didn't tell the US Government (praise the free market's ability to protect us!).

    Gosh...I feel so much better already.  

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:18:29 PM PDT

  •  Looks like Obama is going to make an announcement (0+ / 0-)

    about something. The WH briefing was delayed a few hours, and now reporters saying they have a podium with the presidential seal in the briefing room.

    New briefing is supposed to start now.

  •  A request (4+ / 0-)

    Please do not use short links.  It's nice to be able to tell where a link is going before I click on it, especially at work.  This applies in this case to the one mentioning Kepler.

    "Harass us, because we really do pay attention. Look at who's on the ballot, and vote for the candidate you agree with the most. The next time, you get better choices." - Barney Frank

    by anonevent on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:21:33 PM PDT

  •  "I’m not afraid to die here.... (3+ / 0-)
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    I’m willing to die here.”

    When a blowhard issues a statement such as that one, they indeed are the biggest chicken shits walking and are afraid to die, or totally psychopathic.

    I'll bet anyone on this site it's the former, and not the latter.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:22:22 PM PDT

  •  CNN Appears to Have Removed Their Video Footage (0+ / 0-)

    of the Beatles' first arrival in the US from the clips in their current network promo.

    Good on them, if they have.

    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 Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:26:23 PM PDT

  •  "You're jamming me"? (2+ / 0-)
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    First thing that came to my mind (sadly) was, "Yeah, that Presidentin' thing is hard." Not sympathetically, btw.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 12:26:57 PM PDT

  •  Aaauuurrrggghhh! (4+ / 0-)
    Obama told [Warren] that he dared not appoint her to head the consumer agency she created, because she made Senate Republicans and Wall Street bankers “very nervous.”
    That was only the best reason to put her there.

    As it turns out, she's more effective where she is - and making Wall St (and Rs) just as "nervous" - but the episode is emblematic of perhaps Obama's biggest weakness: worrying about pleasing the wrong people (who tear him to pieces no matter what he does anyway).

  •  Warren making Republicans and Wall Street nervous? (3+ / 0-)
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    Huh. That's strange... I thought Obama had originally campaigned on the idea of doing that. I guess when someone out there actually does something to evoke such a reaction, it's time to turn tail and run. OMFG, let's not keep that uppity woman from hurting the widdle biddy feewings of all those bastards who took America for fools and bankrupted the country with their gambling binges!

    I know that hind sight is 20/20, but my god... is EVERYone who sets foot in that damned White House beholden to these ass hats now?

  •  Journey well Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (2+ / 0-)
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    You brought much to the world while you were in it. Thank you for leaving your words with us always.

  •  "Personhood" for fetuses (4+ / 0-)
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    bah....

    How about we establish "Personhood" for women first?

    You better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid. - Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray 2007 -

    by FlamingoGrrl on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 01:30:34 PM PDT

  •  Breaking News 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 Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 01:42:41 PM PDT

  •  sheriff mack. moron. dumberican/nohow (0+ / 0-)

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:03:02 PM PDT

  •  I came to DKos via Atrios (0+ / 0-)

    whom I found via Tom Tomorrow, in the days of the 2004 presidential primaries. All 3 have helped me a thousand times over in trying to make sense of this crazy country. I'm glad we're all still at it.

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