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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Cloud control:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen -- Cloud Control
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook May 19:
    Dick Cheney wants Hillary Clinton held "accountable" for #Benghazi, by Vyan

    Must See: First Lady Michelle Obama drops the mic in Topeka, by SaintC

    Germany got 74% of its electrical power from Renewable Sources the other day, by Lefty Coaster

  • State lawmakers salaries all over the map: You can find out what is the case in your state by clicking here.
    Those serving in California’s full-time legislature earn nearly $91,000 each year, higher than in any other state in 2014. New Hampshire’s part-time lawmakers, meanwhile, make just $200 per two-year term.

    Nonsalary benefits, such as expense reimbursement and per diem allowances, also vary greatly from state to state. In New Mexico, a part-time legislature where lawmakers earn no salary at all, they can claim a $159 per diem during their 30- or 60-day sessions (the length alternates year to year). In some states, however, these payments can total thousands of dollars for individual lawmakers.

  • California mayor saying bullying victims should "grow a pair":
    Porterville Mayor Cameron Hamilton's comments came after a city councilwoman on May 6 asked the City Council to support the program, which would establish off-campus safe zones citywide for teens who are being bullied after school.

    "I mean, I am against bullying, but I am getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything that ills the world when all most people have to do is a grow a pair and stick up for them damn selves," he said during the council meeting.

  • 53 years ago today, a mob of 300 attacked Freedom Riders in Montgomery AL w/ pipes & baseball bats.
    In the photo are a 21-year-old John Lewis, future congressman from Georgia, and Jim Zwerg, checking his teeth for damage in the stomping he got while Montgomery cops delayed their arrival on the scene of a confrontation they knew about in advance.
  • Jackassery from Adam Carolla:
    If you can’t work with gay people, you’re gonna have a difficult time in Hollywood. There’s plenty of gay people and they’re in positions above you. You’re not going to get your movie directed. I don’t have a problem with it — they’ve just turned into a mafia and demanding everyone apologize for every joke and retract every statement.
    And he was just getting started.
  • Right-wing polemicist Dinesh D'Souza cops a plea:
    He admitted getting two close associates to make $10,000 contributions to Wendy Long. She was a candidate who lost the New York Senate race in 2012 to the Democratic incumbent. A prosecutor says Long was prepared to testify against him. [...]

    D’Souza made the anti-President Barack Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America.” [...]

    His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 16 months in prison.

  • Dick Cheney gets three "Pinocchios" over bogus missile defense claim: On Fox News Sunday, the former vice president claimed President Obama 86ed a missile defense plan at "the mere request" of Russian President Putin. The Factchecker at the Washington Post calls that the "talking point that will not die.'
    Given that former Defense Secretary Gates, who served with Cheney, sharply disputes the notion that Obama dropped the defense plan in response to Russian pressure—or a “mere request’ from Putin—it’s a bit amazing that Cheney is still trying to argue this point. Gates’s memoir is often tough on Obama, giving his account of this particular issue additional credibility.
  • Nano-particles their first major workplace injury:
    The 26-year-old chemist didn’t know she was using nickel nanoparticle powder at a work. Nano means really, really small. How many nanoparticles would fit on the head of a pin? Answer: 100 million. A strand of DNA is Godzillian in size by comparison.  [...]

    Within a week of simply measuring out the one or two grams of powder, the chemist’s throat became congested, her nose dripped and face became flushed. Then her skin began to react to her earrings and belt buckle. Her symptoms continued even after she stopped working with the material and moved to another floor. Once outside her workplace the symptoms improved.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin rounds up primary & political news. Then today's story mash-up: Quinn Norton's "Everything is Broken," why Lavabit shut down, and yesterday's mash-up of NSA follies & the legal system. It's all broken but it's all we've got.

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