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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Indefinite internment:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors -- Indefinite internment
  • Congrats to "Digby" for winning the prestigious Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism:
    In many ways, Heather “Digby” Parton is the blogging godmother to a generation of new voices who grew up over the last decade to prominence at major journals, news sites, and on public affairs television. Just say "Digby" to any of hundreds journalists and commentators, and you'll get an appreciative smile.

    Her blogging name stands for commitment and a consistent point of view. It also stands for both independence (she writes mainly for her own simply-designed blog) and generosity (she links frequently and credits others freely). Together with co-bloggers tristero and David Atkins, she has made Hullabaloo an influential daily read among the political technorati. Yet you will never see her on cable television, and she rarely does conferences. From her perch in a beach cottage in Santa Monica, she writes eloquently on a daily basis about feminism, race, labor, immigration, firearms, the environment, privacy, national security, and criminal justice reform.

  • SC lieutenant governor candidate urges Christians to yank their kids out of public schools:
    Addressing a crowd at an April 12 rally in Charleston, Republican E. Ray Moore said Christians currently face a culture war caused by the non-religious teachings of public schools.

    “We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,” said Moore, after explaining that he had home-schooled his son.

    He continued thus: “It cannot be fixed, the socialistic model, and we need to abandon that. As conservatives and Christians, if you think you’re going to win this war you’re in, and leave your children in those schools, it will not happen.”

  • Erick Erickson explores new depths in attack on HRC: Here's the Red State and Foxaganda commentator at Rush Limbaugh's outhouse flinging fecal matter.
    [I]t's very, very hard for incumbent parties to win three in a row no matter how it goes. Look at Bill Clinton going into 2000. I could be wrong. All my Democratic friends are salivating, yea, I have a couple of them.

    They're all salivating at the idea of Hillary Clinton running in 2016. She's gonna be old. I don't know how far back they can pull her face, can I say that on the air?

  • Sixty years ago today, Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 career home runs:
    A native of Mobile, Alabama, Aaron began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League and joined the Milwaukee Braves of the major leagues in 1954, eight years after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball. Aaron was the last Negro League player to compete in the majors. He played his first game with the Braves on April 13 and went hitless in his five times at bat. Two days later, he got his first hit, a single, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and on April 23, 1954, pounded out his first major league home run off Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi.
  • Quiz! Match the word with its creator:
    Are you a literary muscleman or a munchkin? A word ninja or a spewer of malaprops? And who came up with these terms anyway? In Authorisms, out this week, Paul Dickson traces writerly coinages (a coinage of the Elizabethan scribe George Puttenham) of words and expressions ranging from assassination (Shakespeare's Macbeth) to zombification (the poet Andrei Codrescu).

    Dickson takes things too far sometimes—while Jane Austen may have been the first to mention base ball in print­, for instance, it wasn't the baseball we know. Yet I was fascinated to discover that sayings I'd mistaken for relatively recent—blurb (1907), frenemy (1953), weapons of mass destruction (1937), wimp (from an 1898 children's book by Evelyn Sharpe)—actually predated me. It's enough to drive an anxious magazine editor to verbicide.

  • Watch this drone fly way too close to passenger jet:
    It might not look like much, but it's likely one of the first videos of a small-fry cinema drone cruising in close proximity of a descending passenger jet. The footage was shot over Vancouver International Airport by YouTube user Quadrotor Dragonfly late last year, and is just now coming to the attention of Canadian air safety officials.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter hit ACA news highlights, tells us Digby's won a Hillman, and note Medicaid expansion & birth control coverage are pretty popular. More Gop "no backsies!" NFL cheerleaders join the fight against wage theft.

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  •  Don’t try this at home (15+ / 0-)

    or the Saenger Theater, for that matter.

    New Orleans grande dame Mickey Easterling passed away this week and, per her wishes, was given a sendoff at the Saenger, with the guest  of honor herself present in full regalia, including de rigeur hat.

    There are numerous photos of the event and its star online, but I don’t recommend.

    If there’s one valuable lesson I learned from GF’s mom, a woman of similar renown, it’s know when to leave the party.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:01:29 PM PDT

  •  If I say that Erickson looks like (11+ / 0-)

    a fat bloated toad, will I have to prove it in a court of law?

    Taking the road less traveled since 1967 .

    by Paragryne on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:06:09 PM PDT

  •  Hank Aaron (12+ / 0-)

    That item brings a tear to my eye, for so many reasons. Growing up in Atlanta Georgia in the days when Ted Turner's dad owned a billboard company and Turner communications was UHF Channel 17, Hank Aaron was the only good thing about being a Braves fan.

    An honorable man.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:08:53 PM PDT

  •  The party of cognitive dissonance worships (13+ / 0-)

    Reagan yet says Hillary's biggest negative is her age.

    Sigh.

  •  That drone thing has "ugly" written all over it (6+ / 0-)

    How long before some yahoo decides to "make a point", straps something explosive on one of those drones and puts it in the flight path of a jet? Frankly I'm somewhat surprised it hasn't already happened.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:09:30 PM PDT

    •  Yeah. (2+ / 0-)
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      It doesn't actually look like this particular drone was that close to the plane's glide path (I'd guess it was at least 500 meters to the side) but nonetheless probably not legal. And as you say it's probably only a matter of time before some nut deliberately collides with a plane.

      "Turns out I'm really good at killing people." - President Obama

      by jrooth on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:23:18 PM PDT

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    •  Assuming the drone doesnt have a zoom function (1+ / 0-)
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      it still doesnt look like it got anywhere near the plane.
      Tho doubtless if this were the US a steroid addled SWAT team, FBI, and HS agents would all be descending on this guy like a swarm of locusts armed with tanks and machine guns.
      I agree if everybody starts having access to  tiny drones, all kinds of mischief and malfeasance will occur, limited only by the imaginations of the drone 'pilots'.
      Of course, a minidrone would also be a neat way to track down Fluffy the next time he's late for dinner.

    •  Mini-radar and jamming devices (3+ / 0-)
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      may become part and parcel of commercial aircraft.  

      But why not use them to deliver toxins to open reservoirs, or incendiaries to a national forest, or any other manner of Hollywood plot for a suspense thriller?  If it can be imagined, someone with evil intent already has.  

      I live out in the country, in a very rural area, and we think we have the privacy afforded by miles of forests and farmland, but this drone footage puts to rest that lie, and I am totally unnerved.  

      As much as I am still not used to flights of military helicopters or fighters flying in formation over these low hills and many valleys as part of their training exercises - low enough that I can wave hello up at the crews from the hayfields with my dog - I would prefer them and their rattling noise and vibration to these almost undetectable tiny drones.  

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:32:06 PM PDT

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    •  Much ado abut nothing (0+ / 0-)

      Frankly I'm a bit depressed by the hand-wringing over this.

      Admittedly, it looks scary but after looking at maps of the approach the drone looks to be about a half-mile from the aircraft (there is definitely digital zoom applied to the picture).

      DrT. worries about what may happen "if everybody starts having access to  tiny drones". Guess what: Anybody that has more than about $70 US can buy a drone. (Google quadcopter).

      The other thing most doom-and-gloomers don't take into account is usable payload. Most hobbyist drones are flying near their max takeoff weight.

      I'd much rather have the drone available to keep an eye out for police brutality during a pro-union rally, or for use in volunteer search and rescue, than have the FAA ban drones outright because of fear mongering.

  •  On a trivial note.... (0+ / 0-)

    .....does anyone else not see any hint of a drone in that video?  I can't see one.

  •  Big Props to Digby! (9+ / 0-)

    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 23, 2014 at 12:11:19 PM PDT

  •  this seems it could be a big deal (3+ / 0-)
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    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:11:50 PM PDT

  •  stay classy, Erick sonofanErick (4+ / 0-)
    They're all salivating at the idea of Hillary Clinton running in 2016. She's gonna be old. I don't know how far back they can pull her face, can I say that on the air?

    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 23, 2014 at 12:16:00 PM PDT

  •  The Age Thing…. (4+ / 0-)
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    Many used that as a big reason not to vote for McCain. Him being batsh%t crazy was a bonus.

    My elderly parents consider to be too old. I don't, but she will have to demonstrate to some that she will be able to physically handle the job. Health is an issue and age is part of that.

    You usually get what you paid for.

    by IowaMike on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:17:25 PM PDT

    •  I was less concerned with age (4+ / 0-)

      and more with general health when it came to McCain -- Hillary Clinton has never had any major health issues (other than the fainting incident). Women tend to last longer than men in general -- look at the demographics of your average senior citizen residence and you'll find way more women than men. I've known women in their 80s and 90s who've still been active and sharp in the brain power. And that's probably going to be even more of a case in the future, as people are more aware of the need to take care of their bodies, plus the ACA is going to make it easier for a lot of those folks to take care of things early.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:34:43 PM PDT

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    •  I was only worried about McCain's age because (3+ / 0-)
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      of his VP choice. That wasn't "agism" rather it was an admission that the thought of Sarah Who™ inheriting the big chair was fucking frightening as Hell. If Hillary picks an equally shitty VP I'll complain about her age as well.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:39:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I wonder what (4+ / 0-)
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    kids get taught when they are home-schooled? Do the parents have to meet certain objectives?

    I wonder if they teach them that science is bullshit. That evolution is a lie? That the big bang is a lie? That dinosaurs & humans walked the Earth at the same time?

    I saw a poll yesterday that said that many Americans doubt the big bang theory. Our science education is lacking to say the least and those who are home-schooled probably get even worse education in science than those going to public schools. This Mr. Moore will probably teach his son that the earth is 10,000 years old or some nonsense like that.

    As for Hillary being too old, I can think of several republicans who were older than her when they ran. Remember Reagan was around 70 when he ran and John McCain was around 70 also.

    •  The retreat from public schools is one of the (6+ / 0-)

      most dangerous trends in the country today, methinks.

      Public schools used to be the glue that held a great chunk of the country together, long before the national fight over standards, testing, etc.  Yes, many of them need to be fixed; most of them are broken because tax support has gone down, led by the very people who are upset that public schools are not only not teaching religion, they are not teaching a particular "correct" brand of religion.  As a result, Christian madrassas spring up, kids get pulled out of the public schools for ritual brainwashing.

      Seriously, these private Christian schools are more dangerous than homeschooling, if only because of numbers.

      The most violent element in society is ignorance.

      by Mr MadAsHell on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:36:14 PM PDT

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    •  Depends on the home-schooling (4+ / 0-)

      There are many progressive parents who home-school, for various reasons; some might have children who fell through the cracks in "regular" school, others might have children with special needs that do better in a smaller more individualized environment, others because they don't want their kids to get bullied for not fitting into societal norms.

      You might find this diary from 2013 interesting...I actually missed it when it first came out but it popped up on a Google search for "progressive home school curriculum" while I was looking for examples.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:39:56 PM PDT

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    •  answers to your questions (2+ / 0-)
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      That evolution is a lie? That the big bang is a lie? That dinosaurs & humans walked the Earth at the same time?
      Here in Tennessee, the answer is yes.  Read up on ABeca and Bob Jones textbooks, widely used here.  Scary shit.
  •  If you thought you didn't have privacy before, (2+ / 0-)
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    the use of, and the proliferation of, government and private drones for surveillance is remarkable.  What is also remarkable is the kind and quality of footage that these unregulated, and literally under-the-radar, mini airborne devices are capable of.  

    Why isn't there one outside my window, right now?  With a ultra HD zoom lens?  There could be.  

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:21:18 PM PDT

    •  That's a problem alright. (2+ / 0-)
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      And when Google Glass and other wearable surveillance devices become ubiquitous it'll be even worse. If we don't develop counter-measures soon, privacy will be dead in just a few years (it's already in hospice.)

      "Turns out I'm really good at killing people." - President Obama

      by jrooth on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:27:52 PM PDT

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      •  I am horrified by google glass (3+ / 0-)
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        why should I have to assume I am being broadcast without my permission simply because I went out in public?  or used a public bathroom?  or gym? or beach?  or went to a public political event?  or speech? or meeting?  

        Google glass has a fairly evident attachment on the front of the glasses, but you know that this is only the first public iteration, and soon we won't know by sight who is wearing regular glasses to see, and who is wearing glasses to broadcast.  

        I'm with you.  We need counter-measures.

        "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

        by Uncle Moji on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:37:56 PM PDT

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  •  Christian schools (8+ / 0-)

    Somebody should tell E. Ray Moore that there are schools where they can teach as much Cristianity as they like. They are called Sunday schools, and you don't have to pull your kids out of public shool to attend them, because they are held on Sunday.

    Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

    by shoeless on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:26:04 PM PDT

  •  E. Ray Moore (5+ / 0-)

    is just saying out loud what a lot of conservatives already think.  They think that public schools will "indoctrinate" their children into becoming liberals (shudder.)

    Which, really, says a lot about conservatism: you can apparently only be a conservative as long as you're not exposed to things like "facts."

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:34:46 PM PDT

  •  I join you, Meteor Blades, in sending (3+ / 0-)
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    congratulations to Digby for the well-deserved recognition.

    "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

    by RJDixon74135 on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:50:56 PM PDT

    •  Yes,After last night's Open Thread for Night Owls (0+ / 0-)

      ..with this posted comment, I went hunting and found this nice write up on Digby's award from 'Down with Tyranny blog:

      Digby photo CaptureDigbyglasses_zps8c4b8ece.png
      "For Incisive Commentary On The Struggle For Economic Justice In The U.S., We Honor… Digby!"..it's pretty cool :)

      Digby writes constantly, engages readers, quotes generously, and exists inside today's 24-hour news cycle with both her fearlessness and her point of view intact. She has been filing daily updates to her Hullabaloo blog since 2002, creating one of the last independent sources for progressive commentary, incisive political analysis and media criticism. She is a daily blogger who is a must-read in the halls of power, among activists and organizers, and by the national media she sometimes criticizes with acerbic accuracy.
      [...]
      Digby’s 2013 commentary on economic inequality and the ongoing battle inside Washington on cutting social spending was stoic in defense of both the powerless and the American middle class. She took official Washington to task on behalf of those too often left out of the American Dream. She criticized the political brinksmanship over the Federal budget and examined its real-world victims. She took on both welfare reformers on the left and budget slicers on the right, providing context for a steadily decreasing middle class and more Americans living in poverty, particularly children. Digby chided deficit hawks for ignoring the growing poverty picture, pushed back on Democrats seeking a “grand bargain,” and analyzed how voters sometimes ignore their own economic self-interest.
      A few years ago, Paul Krugman described Digby as “one of the best writers you’ll ever encounter, on or off the Internet." It’s her sharp rhetorical blade that influences so many other voices, creates a real network of thought, and urges people to action. She has taken on politicians - both Democrats and Republicans - for abandoning the underpinnings of our national promise. And she has turned her often-withering gaze on the Beltway media-- or in Digbyspeak, "the Villagers"-- with razor-sharp media criticism.
      ..then I just now realized that it is taken directly from the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism posted here.

      Oh well it's a very nice write up and well earned distinction and I wanted to spread the word - Kudos ♫♪♫

  •  Amazingly enough. Erick son of Erick (3+ / 0-)
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    is getting pushback from his own fans on that "Hillary is old" thing.

    Here are some posts today:

    Still wondering why "the Republican war on women" has resonance?

    I will never have the same high opinion I once had of Erickson.

    I respect that this is Mr. Erickson's site, but his comment-"I don’t know how far back they can pull her face!"- was just the sort of nastiness that's guaranteed to drive swing voters, and even some Republican women of a certain age, into the blue column.
    And of course, the ladies who posted those comments above got beat up about it. Too bad, because the authors of those comments are exactly the thinking Republicans their party needs. They may not vote Blue (this election), but they might just get the idea that the GOP doesn't want them any more.

    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 Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:59:59 PM PDT

  •  Erick Erickson mocking someone's looks... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...is about as ironic as anything ever gets.

    By the way, have you ever noticed...

    Larry Mondello from Leave It To Beaver

    Erick Erickson

    "Hey, Beav, let's elect idiot conservatives who'll fuck up the entire country!  That'd be real neat!"

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 01:11:33 PM PDT

  •  My latest neologism is "Putocracy" (1+ / 0-)
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    the governing system in Russia;
    my favorite is corporruption, the governing system in the good ole USA.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 01:19:00 PM PDT

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