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The Harper's Index for June has been published. Here are a few of the items:

Number of people fatally shot near the Mexican border since 2010 for throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents: 10

Ratio of seriously mentally ill people held in U.S. state prisons and jails to those held in state psychiatric hospitals: 10:1

Estimated number of doctors working in and around Aleppo at the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011: 5,000

Number working there today: 36

Minimum acres of U.S. grassland that have been converted to soy and corn fields since 2006: 1,300,000

Minimum number of remains of World War I casualties uncovered in northern Italy since 1990 because of retreating glaciers: 40

Portion of inmates held in federal prisons who are nonviolent drug offenders: 1/2

Percentage change in U.S. worker productivity and compensation, respectively, between 1947 and 1973: +104, +93

Between 1973 and 2013: +108, +44


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2013Portman joins ranks of Republicans who opposed expanded background checks but claim they backed them:

First, it was Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire who tried to obscure her vote against background checks for private gun sales. Then Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona did so. Now, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has done it, too.

What these Republicans have in common is their April 17 vote against the watered-down Manchin-Toomey proposal that would have expanded background checks to private sales of guns over the internet or advertised in any venue. They have something else in common as well. As a consequence of running into a firestorm of opposition from their constituents in the wake of that nay vote, accompanied by plunges in their public approval rating, they're all pretending they actually supported background checks. [...]

Indeed, the amendment introduced by Republican Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Ted Cruz of Texas that Portman (and Ayotte and Flake) voted for would not have expanded background checks. Instead, it would have weakened the existing system by making it easier for dangerously mentally ill people to obtain guns, reducing the categories of people now covered by background checks and narrowing other categories. Grassley-Cruz would also have made it tougher for law enforcement to go after gun traffickers under existing law.


Tweet of the Day:

Workers are going to keep fighting until they get a fair wage and a voice on the job #FastFoodGlobal @edshow
@keithellison


On today's Kagro in the Morning show: another wild GunFAIL story commands a.m. attention. Greg Dworkin notes new, low jobless numbers, the Abramson ouster, and Christie insisting he's not toast. On the electoral front, "The Wisdom of Partisan Crowds", the advantages of incumbency, and calling out science denial. Worst prescription ever! U.S. Chamber of Commerce weighs in on immigration. Walking the tightrope of Congressional leadership. "How gun extremists target women." Armando joins us to discuss a federal court decision upholding denial of trademark the USPTO found ethnically disparaging. Could that impact the DC football team?


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  •  Your Political Help is Needed (19+ / 0-)

    Ask your friends, family members, and coworkers to assist you.  Thanks for your activism.

    Please Help Pass a Moratorium on Fracking in California!

    Key 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
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    Helping Fineena - A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:31:00 PM PDT

    •  You are not really after a moratorium on hydraulic (0+ / 0-)

      fracturing.  

      What you are really trying to do is to shut down the entire hydrocarbon exploration industry in California.  

      Just as a matter of public disclosure and transparency, you should at least be able to make such an admission to the public:

      'Moratorium on hydraulic fracturing'

          Equals

      'Shutting down the entire hydrocarbon exploration industry in CA'

      Can you agree on that equivalence?

      •  While I'll agree that some of the people (5+ / 0-)

        involved in supporting the moratorium would probably like to see hydrocarbon exploration shut down in Ca, I don't agree on the equivalence you insist on here.

        There are technical and legal issues that are addressed specifically by the moratorium that will impact hydraulic fracturing particularly, even if the moratorium is temporary.

        One example as I understand it -- fracking companies have a practice of drilling a hole and executing a lease asap after the ink is dry, even if they have no plans to frack that well for several years. Sounds reasonable, right?

        As you probably know, fracking is different that conventional drilling in about five ways -- one being that the drilling isn't localized. You aren't drilling a hole into a single big pot of oil -- the hydrocarbon is distributed throughout the rock formation below. That means you have to pepperbomb big acreage with primary wells -- over the entire rock formation that contains the hydrocarbon.

        Gas companies lease land in little bits at a time. If gas companies can drill one primary well on any particular property, they've executed their lease. It's theirs to frack on until the terms of the lease are satisfied. A protracted battle would be necessary to reverse the terms of that lease. Slowing down the process of drilling these wells and executing any leases they sign provides monumental resistance to this particular land grab.

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

        by rb137 on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:31:30 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  just wondering what others (5+ / 0-)

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:32:26 PM PDT

  •  1,022,394 registered users on dKos now. (13+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Alexaanderson (user #1,022,385: already banned)
    clintballinger
    David3949vtq1
    plsmithsr
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    Ethan9405jgb5
    Penniezrj
    markmannix (user #1,022,392: spammer)
    Archie61pg
    Normaniuj


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,021,300: Cherly404bu (already banned)
    #1,021,400: Jayden3567ume2
    #1,021,500: Benjaminaq26 (already banned)
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    #1,022,200: Cloradsi2148
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    We've added 1,115 more users in the last 3 days.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's General Public's "I'll Take You There".

  •  Good evening, and please (10+ / 0-)

    visit MaryAnn Hitt's diary Will the next coal ash disaster be in your neighborhood? There is an editable letter to EPA at the last link, urging strong movement on dealing with this toxic waste.
    Be well and prosper!

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:37:59 PM PDT

  •  i kinda got a million of 'em ... (1+ / 0-)
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    here's part of just one more.

    those waves, i remember in the film, they came in at regular intervals, and the butterfly was able to flee.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:41:38 PM PDT

  •  Way too quiet in here. n/t (12+ / 0-)

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:42:58 PM PDT

  •  time. for. this. (7+ / 0-)

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:47:00 PM PDT

  •  In case anyone's going to counterprotest (8+ / 0-)

    the Taek Are Countree Back crowd in DC tomorrow (or whatever they call themselves), here's sign for ya:

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:48:28 PM PDT

  •  Another death as Governor Quinn expands mining. (6+ / 0-)

    Another fatal accident at an Illinois coal mine owned by Chris Cline. Pat Quinn brags of expanding coal exports, increasing coal production, launching fracking, and hasn't acted to cut the state's massive coal subsidies.

    Chris Cline was caught giving political donations to two top regulators in charge of mines in Illinois. This is the second fatality at the mine in 7 months.
    Quinn likes to talk about climate change but it's a joke if he continues to push more coal and fracking.

    Death by a Thousand Cuts: Illinois Coal Tragedies Continue

  •  Also, ICYMI, San Diego is burning. (6+ / 0-)

    New Minas has a diary on it:

    The Flames of San Diego

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:50:20 PM PDT

    •  That just takes my breath away. Nowhere to run, (1+ / 0-)
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      nowhere to hide. Nothing to come back to for far too many folks.

      Many, many years ago San Diego was one of the handful of places on my "possibly the last place I'll move to" list.

      I hope there's something left when it's all said and done.

      The difference between militants and patriots appears to be melanin.

      by here4tehbeer on Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:51:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I don't feel sorry for these people (6+ / 0-)

    When they stop voting based on their racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia and stupid right wing conspiracy theories (Benghazi, IRS, Obama's birth certificate, etc etc etc), I'll start feeling sorry for them. But until then, forget it.

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to have some basic common sense.

    Poor Kentucky has no stomach for Obama:

    Eric Miller, 28, with bad teeth and an accent as thick as his tattooed arms, says he does not care about politics. He voted once, but can't remember for whom. But one thing is clear: he does not like Obama.

    "I guess Democrats just worry about money in their pocket, what they and their friends are doing. They're not worried about us small people," Miller said.

    "The Republicans, they are the ones that know… raised up like we have, you know. Know what it's like, what we need, what shouldn't been taken away," Miller added.

    "If there weren't government programs, it would be a ghost town," Miller said. He gets $380 on the sixth of every month, and with that he has to support himself and his girlfriend.

    http://news.yahoo.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:52:20 PM PDT

    •  I do feel sorry for them (6+ / 0-)

      I meet their cousins here in Utah all the time. Everyone they know thinks like this, they are poorly educated and usually come from homes where politics or the news is the last thing ever on the TV. It's either Family Feud or Duck Huntin' Tonight.

      They are only regurgitating what everyone tells them and what the GOP wants them to think. Rs base their ads on lizard brain reactions, never even touching the truth. "Just good ol' folks like you!"

      This poor dude is so ignorant that he would have to climb six floors just to see daylight, his hole of low information is so deep. It would take him years just to grasp what he doesn't know, let alone to learn something.

      These are the people we somehow have to change the mindset of and it's a gargantuan task.

      It is not by accident the the GOP defunds education and anything that might bring these folks out into the light. They want 'em dumb, barefoot and pregnant producing new generations of voters who think

      "The Republicans, they are the ones that know… raised up like we have, you know. Know what it's like, what we need, what shouldn't been taken away," Miller added.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:18:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  MSNBC: the nuts destroying our country (8+ / 0-)

    Chris talked with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about Scott Brown actually sabotaging an energy efficiency bill sponsored by his opponent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) so that she couldn't tout it as an accomplishment.  He then talked with Mark Follman and Shannon Watts about gun nuts threatening female activists with rape and murder.

    Rachel talked with Jon Ralston about the far-right's plan to gather tomorrow in D.C. for a massive protest designed to oust Obama from office.

    Ari Melber, still filling in for Lawrence, talked with Cecile Richards about Missouri Republicans having just pushed through a 3-day waiting period for abortions.

    Ed talked with Leo Gerard about all the GOP obstruction on any kind of jobs bill.

    You also need to see the nutcases featured in the Idaho GOP gubernatorial primary debate from last night.

    Rachel also talked with Ezra Klein about how Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) is defying all odds in the polls, and how he's hitting Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) hard over his vote for the extreme RSC budget to raise the eligibility age of Medicare to 70.

    Ari also talked with Alex Wagner and Eugene Robinson about Karl Rove's latest attack on Hillary, and what that means for 2016.

    Chris also talked about the fast food strikes today with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and Tsedeye Gebreselassie.  And he had an update on Bridgegate with Bill Stepien's testimony.

    Rachel also talked about the VA scandal.  And she noted that an oil spill in Los Angeles is being cleaned up by... diapers.

    Ari looked at the ongoing marijuana arrests in NYC not letting up with Gabriel Sayegh and Mark Thompson.  He discussed the NYT's firing of executive editor Jill Abramson with Rebecca Traister and Elizabeth Plank.  And he talked with Derrick Pitts about Russia potentially kicking American astronauts off the International Space Station.

    Ed also talked about the fast food strikes with Jennifer Epps-Addison and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).  He talked about Abramson's firing with Terry O'Neill.  And he looked at the Hillary camp reaching out to the youth with Sarah Slamen and Terry O'Neill.

  •  'baggers: easy marks for Bircher grifters (6+ / 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 09:07:58 PM PDT

  •  Ironically, this kind of erratic, borderline (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, jan4insight, LinSea, Eric Nelson

    sociopathic behavior simply cements the idea of the need for better gun control laws in the minds of many people. And they will be the driving force towards enacting more common-sense gun laws.

    People Might Like Gun Nuts More if They Weren't Such Dicks to Women:

    They call you a "stupid bitch" and "motherfucking whore" and "thugs with jugs." They stoop down to your wheelchair to spit in your face. They stalk you and ambush you in the dark outside your home. If you're a woman and you think guns should maybe be regulated a bit more, this is what you get.

    A new investigation by Mother Jones' Mark Follman details, complete with disturbing multimedia, how extreme gun-loving Second Amendment Men terrorize and debase shooting victims, relatives of victims, and other concerned women who come out publicly in favor of even the tiniest, sanest gun regulations.

    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:17:24 PM PDT

  •  Ever look at something and see something else? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, high uintas

    At first, I saw "Herpes Simplex". LOL

    SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

    by commonmass on Thu May 15, 2014 at 09:21:14 PM PDT

  •  This is the reason for the collapse in the (9+ / 0-)

    population of the Monarch butterflies:

    Minimum acres of U.S. grassland that have been converted to soy and corn fields since 2006: 1,300,000
    That and the fact that those fields, plus all the already existing others, is treated with Roundup, killing any milkweed which may survive in the ditches surrounding the fields.

    We're destroying entire categories of species with our ignorant practices.

    Just had a tour of western Kansas. Miles of old hedgerows, planted to stop dust storms of the Depression, have been ripped out. The loose, dry soil -- drought again -- is blowing free, filling in ditches.

    We don't have a very good memory overall. Greed seems to win too often.

    "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 May 15, 2014 at 10:05:12 PM PDT

  •  OK, so major FCC news today, 3 Dems vote over (1+ / 0-)
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    eyo

    2 Republicans to proceed with killing Net Neutrality, yet NOTHING on the fp, NOTHING on the Rec list.

    Did I miss it already or something?

    What, is this story being intentionally buried?

    Just REALLY fucking weird.

    Well, here's a video in which famous D.C. organizers and activists, and founders of Popular Resistance, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers and another guy from Occupy DC whose name I've forgotten all protesting at the hearing and being arrested.

    So somebody cares.

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:27:59 PM PDT

    •  Joan McCarter 10:40 am MDT on Front Page. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      LinSea

      "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
      This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

      by MTmofo on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:33:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And then silence. (0+ / 0-)

        Still, mea culpa for missing that one.

        I didn't show up until afternoon and there was nothing the rest of the day. It was weird.

        I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

        Trust, but verify. - Reagan
        Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

        by Words In Action on Fri May 16, 2014 at 05:20:53 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Scary photo from SoCal fires (4+ / 0-)

    Seeing reports that 2 arrested for allegedly starting or trying to start fires. Hope they got the ones who've been doing this.

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Thu May 15, 2014 at 11:12:27 PM PDT

  •  I've decided to file an appeal of decision that (0+ / 0-)

    HealthCare.gov will not cancel my dental insurance that I obtained on the exchange and no longer want or need without terminating my ObamaCare health insurance.

    I'm also going to file a complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services that the failure of the HealthCare.gov system software and web site to allow dental coverage previously obtained on the Exchange to be dropped or revised give rise to anti-consumer and discriminatory effects on users of HealthCare.gov that is not authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  GWB didn't attend the 9/11 memorial dedication (3+ / 0-)
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    eyo, emmasnacker, LinSea

    Was there anyone from his administration there? I was only able to catch parts of the ceremony and this was one of the most memorable moments.


    LaChanze, a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding was killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, sang an a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" during Thursday morning's dedication of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. There are no bad versions of "Amazing Grace," but some are more stunning than others.
    I lost friends and colleagues on 9/11 and in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Many here at DK have lost more.
  •  Did Bill just say Hillary had "terrible concussion (1+ / 0-)
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    Willinois

    that took six months for recovery?  Even more shocking, did I just read something on RedState that I found important?  Here's the full quote (supposedly) from Bill Clinton:

    “She works out every week, she is strong, she is doing great, as far as I can tell she’s in better shape than I am. She certainly seems to have more stamina now and there’s nothing to it,” Clinton said. “I was sort of dumbfounded. They went to all this trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over, something she never lowballed with the American people, never tried to pretend didn’t happen. Now they say she’s really got brain damage.”
    I know I travel a lot, but I've never heard anything about a terrible concussion and six months of serious work to get over.  Has anyone else?  Am I crazy or is that a pretty big story?

    To avoid starting dumb wars, punish the dumb people who vote for them.

    by joesig on Fri May 16, 2014 at 04:35:27 AM PDT

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