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  •  I'd feel safer with a stoned FBI. Seriously. (NT) (5+ / 0-)

    Once you put convenient, lethal force in the mix, liberty becomes a zero sum game. -- DIgby on open carry.

    by Rikon Snow on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:09:38 PM PDT

  •  My gut feeling is that the long suffering (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rikon Snow, Gooserock, commonmass

    Pandas would be most happy just being left alone, rather than being nannied.

    And I speak from experience, I was a Panda myself in 3 of my past 447 lives.

  •  If you have a chance please help us ratchet (0+ / 0-)

    up the pressure.  We need to stop the fracking madness.  

    California Fracking Moratorium Blogathon
    May 20-May 23, 2014

    Key votes will be held this 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 20-23 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. Darrell Steinberg: (916) 651-4006
    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

    Please Help Pass a Moratorium on Fracking in California!

    Photograph Credit: EarthWorks.

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:12:13 PM PDT

  •  I just saw Zardoz on DVD. (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, commonmass

    It's a lot more interesting than it is good.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:16:56 PM PDT

  •  You folks sure do have one hell of a (0+ / 0-)

    mutual admiration society.


    by commonmass on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:17:29 PM PDT

  •  If The FBI is having trouble with drugs (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, JeffW

    why would anybody believe DOD's Cyber command's doesn't have the same problem or worse.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:20:32 PM PDT

  •  4 Montana couples sue to end marriage ban (1+ / 0-)
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    HELENA — Four gay couples announced Wednesday they are suing Montana over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making North Dakota and South Dakota the only two states with similar bans and no lawsuits seeking to overturn them.

    The Montana suit was being filed in federal court in Great Falls. It lists as plaintiffs four Montana couples who are either unmarried or who were married outside the state.

    The lawsuit alleges the ban denies same-sex couples the freedom and dignity afforded to other Montanans, and denies them the state and federal legal protections and benefits that come with marriage.
    Montana voters in 2004 approved a state constitutional amendment providing that only a marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized as a marriage in the state.

    "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 Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:22:26 PM PDT

    •  There are four couples in Montana. (0+ / 0-)

      Two beat themselves every night, and the other two just want to be calm and make sure the cows are alright.

      While they are doing that, Montana lawmakers are busy in Washington eating steak dinners paid for by lobbyists.

      Montana used to have a bill which disallowed certain kinds of lobbying, and the SCOTUS stuck it down.

      It seems to me that people in the West sometimes have more insight than others. Sometimes.


      by commonmass on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:28:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Panda Nanny cool job, but you have to be careful (0+ / 0-)

    about bedtime stories.

    Seems the bears think it should be The Three Bears and Goldilocks -- and guess who doesn't come out so well in their version of the story.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:48:44 PM PDT

  •  net neutrality question (1+ / 0-)
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    "Sir, I object to the proposed fast lane internet proposals due to the advantages this gives to large and well funded corporations. I want to see the internet stick to 'fair play' routing rules with equal access to all, rather than "pay to play" rules currently being considered.
    I suggest using the "Title II"  regulations for regulating the internet."
    "Thank you very much for contacting us about the ongoing Open Internet proceeding. We're hoping to hear from as many people as possible about this critical issue, and so I'm very glad that we can include your thoughts and opinions.I'm a strong supporter of the Open Internet, and I will fight to keep the internet open. Thanks again for sharing your views with me.Tom Wheeler Chairman Federal Communications Commission"
    am I missing something here?  does "open internet" means something different from "net neutrality" ?
    •  FCC Doublespeak (0+ / 0-)

      By "Open Internet" the FCC means open for ISPs to allow traffic to their customers to degrade until a big bag of money is paid to make the Internet more, er, open.

      +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

      by cybersaur on Wed May 21, 2014 at 01:59:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  qwatz (0+ / 0-)

        so he essentially told me he will fight to prevent what i advocated - he is fighting against net neutrality.  Should i respond - is there any value to that?

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