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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The information roadway of olde:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - The information roadway of olde
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook May 14:
    Cliven Bundy's Thugs: 'We Had a "Bead On The" Feds With Intent to Kill Them', by TeamSarah4Choice

    Just Because You Weren't Dancing is No Reason for Us Not to Beat You Up and Then Throw You in Jail., by jpmassar

    Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board: Climate change is severe national security risk, by Laurence Lewis

  • Boy saved by mixed martial arts cat gives interview: Both four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo and Tara, the family cat who rescued him from a dog attack Tuesday, proved to be shy fidgety but adorably cute on videotape. John Aravosis says:
    [O]ne of the readers noticed that the cat basically body-blocked the dog. So I went and looked back at the original video from the homeowner’s security camera, and put in slow-motion, and you can see the cat basically attack the dog head-on, then turn sideways and slam it. It’s pretty amazing.
  • Initial compensation claims fall sharply again:
    For the week ending May 10, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation fell to 297,000, down 24,000 from the previous week's revised level of 321,000. Not since seven years ago this week has the level been this low. For the comparable week of 2013, first-time claims were 355,000. The less volatile four-week running average was 323,250, down 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. For the week ending April 26, the people receiving compensation totaled 2,705,019, a decrease of 127,674 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 4,835,833 people making claims bin both state and federally funded compensation programs. Thanks to Republican ideological intransigence and garden-variety hypocrisy, the federal program expired in December and has not been renewed since, cutting off nearly three million Americans who were already (or would by now be) receiving compensation checks for being unemployed for 27 weeks or more.
  • Donald Sterling opens yap again, calls Obama "flippant". At a press conference last month in Malaysia, in response to what he called Sterling's "incredibly offensive" racist remarks, President Obama made a bullseye comment not the least bit flippant: “When people—when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.”  
    “I think that was such bad judgment on his part to make a flippant comment from Malaysia,” a voice that is purportedly Sterling’s says in another series of audio recordings published Wednesday by the Daily Mail.

    “He’s a good guy, and I like him, I just think everybody wants to get into the act, is that it?” Sterling added.

  • Study finds brain differences in young adult football players:
    College football players with and without a history of concussions have less volume in the hippocampal region of the brain that relates to memory and emotion, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Moreover, the number of years of playing experience was inversely related to hippocampal volume and reaction time. [...]

    "Other studies have evaluated the effects on older athletes, such as retired NFL players, but no one has studied 20-year-olds until now -- and the results were remarkable and surprising," said Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, director of cognitive neuroscience for LIBR and a faculty member at TU. "Our next step is to assess what caused this difference in hippocampus size."

  • TransCanada says new offers for pipeline easement won't be as lucrative. But they have said that before:
    The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline has a message for Nebraska landowners resisting the project: the sweet financial offers are going, going, gone.

    The latest round of offers for easement deals expired Tuesday and, according to TransCanada Corp., future ones will be less lucrative.

  • 10,000 gallons of oil spills in northeast Los Angeles.
  • AP, Guardian, three others sue over Missouri's execution drug secrecy:
    The lawsuit argues that under the first amendment of the US constitution the public has a right of access to know “the type, quality and source of drugs used by a state to execute an individual in the name of the people”.

    It is believed to be the first time that the first amendment right of access has been used to challenge secrecy in the application of the death penalty.

  • What does your last name say about your likely political party?
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin notes jobs, Abramson ouster & Christie insisting he's not toast. Elections roundup & the immigration puzzle. Gun nuts target women. Disparaging trademark denied. Impact on DC football? Armando weighs in.

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  •  Please make a call if you can! (8+ / 0-)

    Please Help Pass a Moratorium on Fracking in California!

    KuangSi2Key votes will be held next week on California SB 1132, which imposes a moratorium on fracking.  If the bill fails, the legislative process toward moratorium must restart next January.

    Please join us for a blogathon May 19-23 in a campaign to tell lawmakers to support this bill. This is a coordinated effort with a coalition of more than a dozen NGOs, including Earth Works, Sierra Club, and Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment.

    And please call key lawmakers, ASAP.
    Tell them YES on SB 1132!

    Sen. Kevin De Leon: (916) 651-4022
    Sen. Ricardo Lara: (916) 651-4033
    Sen. Ed Hernandez: (916) 651-4024
    Sen. Cathleen Galgiani: (916) 651-4005
    Sen. Ben Hueso: (916) 651-4040
    Sen. Lou Correa: (916) 651-4034
    Sen. Carol Liu: (916) 651-4025
    Sen. Richard Roth: (916) 651-4031
    Sen. Norma Torres: (916) 651-4032

    "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." --Jonathan Swift

    by rb137 on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:11:56 PM PDT

  •  That cat was amazing (6+ / 0-)

    shame the dog had to be put down

    There are no bad dogs - just bad owners

    •  Boy (5+ / 0-)

      I thought the dog was amazing.  Just saunters up and rips open a kid?  

      So the dog had an owner?  What on earth was that about.  I've known a lot of dogs, but that was pretty astonishing to me, that casual unprovoked attack

    •  it is not a shame (2+ / 0-)
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      The Marti, JeffW

      it is a damned good thing

      that dog is not safe - no normal dog acts like that

    •  My cat could have taken that dog. He weighs (6+ / 0-)

      18 pounds and is a ferocious hunter. We call him our little black panther kitty.

      His mother was a pregnant stray we took in, so he was born into a house with dogs, has absolutely no fear of them. He rules.

      Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

      by teresahill on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:52:10 PM PDT

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    •  Genetically speaking there are bad dogs, but (2+ / 0-)
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      KayCeSF, The Marti

      what concerned me was that it looked like on the full video was that the mother ran out to get her son and then ran away. The boy then follows her.

      And who was doing the video taping or was it a surveillance camera? If it was a person I don't understand why they didn't throw the camera at the dog before it grabbed the kid.  

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

      by ZenTrainer on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:10:49 PM PDT

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      •  It was a security camera. (5+ / 0-)

        No, it's the coconut oil, got to go, got to go. In today's news, the African country of Somalia has traded places with the U.S. state of Georgia. Said one Georgian resident, "Here we go again. Last time we got free vodka."

        by nellgwen on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:20:09 PM PDT

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      •  My very thoughts as well. (4+ / 0-)

        There are many stray dogs in cities, so many that are very dangerous that even animal control workers are afraid of them and have to be careful when they find them to try to catch them. These dogs are competitive among each other, hungry and running/fighting/living in packs.  I had wondered if this was a pack dog, but apparently it has owners, so now I wonder what kind of home it was living in that it would act like that. Was the pup being abused? It obviously attacked the child without provocation. That kitty is amazing!

        I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

        by KayCeSF on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:32:33 PM PDT

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    •  Not dead yet I believe... (1+ / 0-)
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      Pandoras Box

      Dog will be held until it's established that it's not rabid.  At least that what rescuers that I work with in Bakersfield tell me.  And the Mom of the boy was quoted on the Today Show that there is a possibility that the owners of the dog could save it's life by going thru training, etc. but that path is very difficult and the Mom was sad when she talked about the dog being put down.

      My take: some dogs are freaked out by little humans.  They move differently, sound different, smell different, etc.

      One of my beloved pet dogs was/is such a creature.  I never ever let her loose near kids.  I worked with a highly respected trainer but I decided it was too dangerous to ever consider letting her be around kids.  Now she's a senior dog and has never bitten anyone, but I still don't let her roam freely in a public area, ever.  I see too many people let their dogs run loose and then they are surprised when the dog does something it shouldn't.  I don't get why they have such a hard time keeping an eye on something they are 100% responsible for.

      •  no dog is perfectly predictable around (1+ / 0-)
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        kids, and little ones should never be left alone with any dog, in my opinion. kids are just too unpredictable.  the dog in this video however... i dunno. not convinced it will ever be safe

        but - wow - good for you for being able to recognize your pet's limitations and give her such a long and peaceful life!  that is awesome! :)

        •  thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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          Pandoras Box

          She's my responsibility and it never occurred to me to get rid of her or put her down.  I don't have kids...which makes it easier.  I used to jog at a popular park when we lived in No Cal and were young enough to put some miles on and this dog is extremely cute and friendly to adults.  Kids would want to run up to pet her and I'd have to tell parents that she's not good with kids, so they should probably say hello with a little distance.  I never got a bad response from that...parents would always thank me and use the moment to teach kids that not all dogs are to be approached and to always ask if they can pet someone else's dog.

          She's mellowed over the years but I still don't let her near this point she'd probably just gum them but it's scary to have an animal jump you, so she's on leash all the time...

          The dog in the video lived in the wrong environment.  I don't think it was abused, but signals it would have given off were obviously missed and it's owners should never have let it run loose even for a minute.  It's going to pay with it's life and I am sorry about that.  I was always worried that would be my dog and that I would never ever forgive myself.  I'm sorry for all involved.

          And damn...that is one impressive cat!!

  •  So, people with my last name (6+ / 0-)

    are more likely to vote in November than the national average, but more of them will vote for 'Pubs.

    I will categorically state with confidence that none of those are from our line.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:16:04 PM PDT

  •  Sen. Johnny Isakson says the deal (4+ / 0-)

    for Georgia judicial nominations only applied to them getting a hearing. He concedes there is no deal beyond that point, knowing that Dems can just move on the other 6 nominees.

    And my guess is that is what will happen. Boggs will be voted down in committee, and the other 6 will proceed for confirmation.

  •  Sears Canada (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, The Marti, JeffW

    Yesterday, the parent company, Sears in the U.S., stated that it was looking at dumping selling its 51% ownership of its northern neighbor, Sears Canada.

    Executives said no, this is not about closing the business, it's about handing ownership over to someone else.

    Today, while driving, I heard a radio report which claimed that a Sears Canada executive now says that its 20,000 employees should be thinking about other employment.

    How the once mighty have fallen.

    Personally, I haven't set foot in a Sears store in years. And I can't find anyone else who has, either.

    "He is Joe McCarthy, he is bad news ... I hope Mr. Cruz does not have a nice weekend." - Chris Matthews

    by lotac on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:17:36 PM PDT

  •  Non-political plug: (3+ / 0-)
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    ZenTrainer, KayCeSF, The Marti

    Eight more clicks will send this video over the 1000-view mark.

    It's reasonably funny and, thanks to friends, actually somewhat musical.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:18:08 PM PDT

  •  "name and political party" . . . (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, The Marti, cany

    I get:

    "Your name is really unique!

    In order to protect your privacy, searches are limited to last names that have 100 or more voters in the United States."

    I guess that means I have NO likely political party.  :)

    Ironically, that would be the correct answer anyway. I at first tried to register under the Socialist Party, but alas the Socialist Party is not recognized as a political party in Florida. So I registered with "No Party Affiliation".

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:18:13 PM PDT

    •  My surname was originally Norman (1+ / 0-)
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      The Marti

       Then it migrated to England in 1066 along with William. Then it went to Ireland and Scotland. So of course that tells me I'm a democrat.
      The page wouldn't load for me so I don't know what it said.

      As a side note if ever you guys were ever thinking about visiting Normandy I recommend it. It's like no other part of France.

      No, it's the coconut oil, got to go, got to go. In today's news, the African country of Somalia has traded places with the U.S. state of Georgia. Said one Georgian resident, "Here we go again. Last time we got free vodka."

      by nellgwen on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:47:54 PM PDT

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  •  If you live in Greater Los Angeles... (5+ / 0-)

    ...try to make it to the March for Democracy kickoff event at 10AM on Saturday at the LA City Hall.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:24:21 PM PDT

  •  taking of land (2+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, JeffW

    Ultimately the Canadians are not inclined to offer a good deal, and as time goes on a worse deal, because they know the US federal governement is going to just take the land and give it to the Canadians anyway, for whatever price the Canadians want to pay.

    It is a bad deal for the US any.  Instead of forcing the Canadians to assume the risk of building refineries and dealing with the cost of the pollution and the like, all that risk and pollution has been outsourced to US and Texas.  I mean seriously everyone like to make fun of Texas, but how many people here are calling out Canadians for the heartless people they are.  Instead of taking responsibility for their own pollution, they are willing to kill children in Texas.  All because it is more profitable to build a pipeline.

    Also, if we have so little refinery capacity in the US that we want to export crude, why the hell are we importing it.  Wouldn't it better to build a refinery in Canada, if the Canadian want to do shale, and have more capacity in North America?  I mean the real issue with fuel costs is in fact not the crude, but our lack of capacity to refine it.

    •  Don't trust Booker (0+ / 0-)

      I don't care if he's a Democrat, he's a bad one, shifty as heck.

      I feel sorry for the people of New Jersey, but no one, especially fellow Dems, should ever turn their back on him.  He's in public office strictly for money and power.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:00:13 PM PDT

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  •  According to the site, when I finally got to it, (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    Both my maiden name and my current name lean Republican - and my first married name is too rare to count.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:58:51 PM PDT

  •  If you carefully watch the cat video ... (1+ / 0-)
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    you can see that once the cat disappears behind the tree the dog snaps back and to the left. Back and to the left. Back and to the left.

    Obviously this was not the work of a single cat.

    “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” ― Frederick Douglass

    by TrueBlueMountaineer on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:00:24 PM PDT

  •  Tara the Mommy Kitty (6+ / 0-)

    Finally found an informative article:

    The article gives a little more info about Tara.  She adopted the family a year before Jeremy was born and slept in the crib with him.  Clearly he is her kitten.

    Clearly, what has happened is that the use of the word Gestapo has clouded my message.
    - Maine Gov. Paul LePage

    by clinging to hope on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:04:11 PM PDT

  •  I was watching a documentary. (2+ / 0-)
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    Pandoras Box, The Marti

    I can't remember if it was Head Games or Frontline's League of denial. But they said, if 10% of mother's quit allowing their kids to play football it's the end of NFL.

      But I think it's dangerous to just confine this problem to the NFL because there are studies done that kids who play soccer can be afflicted with this. And it's especially worse for girls and women because of where the part of the brain that is affected by concussions is located, and how big it is.

    No, it's the coconut oil, got to go, got to go. In today's news, the African country of Somalia has traded places with the U.S. state of Georgia. Said one Georgian resident, "Here we go again. Last time we got free vodka."

    by nellgwen on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:37:00 PM PDT

  •  That was disappointing (0+ / 0-)
    Your name is really unique!

    In order to protect your privacy, searches are limited to last names that have 100 or more voters in the United States

    o caminho d'ouro, uma pinga de mel: Parati

    by tarkangi on Thu May 15, 2014 at 02:08:35 PM PDT

  •  Let me see, we understand football players; (0+ / 0-)

    We should repeat the protocol on republicans.

    "the northern lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see. Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee". - Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon

    by Joe Jackson on Thu May 15, 2014 at 02:25:42 PM PDT

  •  damn, 83% Democrat /nt (0+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Thu May 15, 2014 at 02:32:48 PM PDT

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