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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is You won't believe Pablo Picasso's 5 Weird Tricks:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- Cartoon: You won't believe Pablo Picasso's 5 Weird Tricks
  • Brian Schweitzer steps in it up to his waist:
    It wasn’t the only time Schweitzer was unable to hold his tongue. Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. “Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this … men in the South, they are a little effeminate,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”
  • Some photos of life in a Japanese village before it was turned into a ghost town by the Fukushima disaster.
  • The neuroscience behind Game of Thrones's character Hodor:
    He might be fictional. But the gigantic Hodor, a character in the blockbuster Game of Thrones series, nonetheless sheds light on something very much in the realm of fact: How our ability to speak emerges from a complex ball of neurons, and how certain brain-damaged patients can lose very specific aspects of that ability.
  • Happy Juneteenth! Here's some history from Denise Oliver-Velez behind the celebration that started when African Americans first celebrated the end of slavery in 1865:
    Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation—which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
  • North Carolina lawmakers legalize the tormenting of opossums:
    Over the past few weeks, in a stunning display of legislative efficiency and bipartisanship that Washington lawmakers can only dream of, both houses of the N.C. General Assembly worked together to rush through what was apparently the most pressing issue of this legislative session: the legalization of cruelty to opossums.

    Now, opossums in Clay County can be abused between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, for the sole purpose of allowing Opossum Drop organizers to dangle a terrified opossum above a crowd of rowdy revelers each New Year’s Eve, something prohibited under law and for good reason. It is inappropriate to torment wildlife for fun.

  • Rick stands by his comparison of homosexuality and alcoholism.
  • Apparently being racist in public isn't enough. Now it's time to take the attacks online. By using inflammatory hashtags like #EndFathersDay and #WhiteWomenCantBeRaped and creating fake accounts posing as women of color activists, 4chan is attempting to make activists turn on one another. Team Blackness also discusses Duck Dynasty's new take on the Bible, a $1 million app that just says "yo," and the demise of the Washington R*ds*ins team trademark.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin collected the best of the Iraq wrongness stories & Ornstein on polarization. Armando covers the DC football team, Iraq, SCOTUS & a proposed new newspaper comment system. NYT ends The Gun Report's run.

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  •  Feds Subpoena GOP staffer, Ways and Means (5+ / 0-)

    as probe of insider trading on health care law widens.

  •  'necks and their necktie parties (6+ / 0-)
    Now, opossums in Clay County can be abused between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, for the sole purpose of allowing Opossum Drop organizers to dangle a terrified opossum above a crowd of rowdy revelers each New Year’s Eve, something prohibited under law and for good reason. It is inappropriate to torment wildlife for fun.

    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 Jun 19, 2014 at 12:05:38 PM PDT

    •  faceripping opposum (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      polecat, i saw an old tree today

      maybe some terrified possum will rip someone up and that will solve the problem

    •  Just one idiot has to get rabies, and then the (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      aimeehs

      party will be all over.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:27:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The worst thing about the "Opossum Torture (2+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades, Eric Nelson

      Legalization Act" is that it is not simply limited to the one poor, beleagured opossum that has drawn the short straw in the Clay County Opossum Torture Lottery and is imprisoned and tormented in its little plastic box. No, the law creates open season on torture of the Official State Marsupial in Clay County for that week.

      The law says, simply:

      No State statutes, rules, or regulations related to the capture, captivity, treatment, or release of wildlife shall apply to the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) between the dates of December 26 of each year and January 2 of each subsequent year.
      No restriction. No limitation. Anybody and everybody in Clay County is now empowered to trap as many opossums as he wants and torture them, skin them alive, roast them alive over hot coals, pull their claws out one by one, waterboard them, dress them in drag and make them sing show tunes while watching videos of Rush Limbaugh having sex with other opossums...any form of cruelty anybody chooses to impose upon as many opossums as he wants from December 26 through January 2.

      Disgusting. Truly disgusting. This is where we've arrived as a nation, and as a state. I'm disgraced enough to have to say I'm a 'Murkin (with our national penchant for torturing other humans), but having to admit to being from North Carolina is embarrassing to the point of causing physical pain.

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:41:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Juneteenth--Note that (5+ / 0-)

    The Confederate Army continued to fight for a month or two after Appomatox in the Trans-Mississippi department, with General Kirby Smith surrendering on May 28th, and only signing the articles of surrender on June 2nd, also in Galveston.

  •  Schweitzer is wrong in his thinking, stupid (4+ / 0-)

    in stating the wrong he thinks.

    Roman Catholic by birth---thoroughly confused by life.

    by alasmoses on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:07:12 PM PDT

  •  I'd be more than happy to (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Aquarius40

    send Schweitzer and Governor Good Hair Perry off into the sunset together.

    Any crowd estimates on the big NOM shindig today? Tens of tens in the March Against Equality?

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:09:55 PM PDT

  •  I wonder what Schweitzer (2+ / 0-)
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    Krush, montanajarhead

    thinks of Lindsay Graham?

    I was a liberal when liberal was cool, I was a liberal when liberal wasn't cool, but I always was and always will be a liberal.

    by LemmyCaution on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:13:53 PM PDT

  •  Scott Walker AND Christie in trouble? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    polecat

    The only better headline would be if they were joined by Scott and Jindal.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:17:48 PM PDT

  •  took him a while to go from hero to goat... (1+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl
    Sure, I spend a lot of time talking about a first-term governor of Montana, but I think there's lots of lessons to be learned from this corner of the country. And the guy is entertaining, no doubt about it.

    Gov. Brian Schweitzer hand-delivered a new liquor license to the owner of the landmark M&M Cigar Store on Thursday, and used bolt cutters to snip the chain that has held the saloon's doors shut for nearly two years.

    "It's great to have it open again," Schweitzer said after throwing back a shot of scotch. "May she never close." [...]

    "If I don't get anything else done while I'm governor, we got the M&M open," he added.
    Over the top? No doubt. But man, that's some great images of a real guy being a real guy. A genuine version of Bush's fake ranch.

    For the more intellectually nuanced amongst us, there's something here for you too -- this bar was declared the "ideal bar" by Jack Kerouac.

    source

    a real guy being a real guy apparently has downside potential too.

    •  But can he remember the 3 departments that he (1+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl

      wants to close?  All-Hat-No-Horse Perry forgot.

      Still not sure who the lineup for either side will be, other than HRC and JEB, of course.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:35:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  ... (2+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl, Eric Nelson
  •  Amy Goodman interviews Amanda Blackhorse (4+ / 0-)

         here ☛ Democracy Now!

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:21:09 PM PDT

  •  Should become the Washington Rednecks. /nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, a gilas girl

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:26:17 PM PDT

  •  Homosexuality is just like alcoholism (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    polecat

    in that Rick Perry prefers to do it on the sly.

    "I can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half." - Jay Gould, robber baron of the first Gilded Age.

    by cjenk415 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:31:26 PM PDT

    •  A joke about Baptists comes to mind. (0+ / 0-)
      Q: Why do you have to take two Baptists with you when you go fishing?

      A: Because if you take just one, he'll drink all your beer.

      Is THAT why Perry is referring to alcoholism and homosexuality being the same?  Is he telling us something about himself, but is afraid to come out?

      What DID go on at that N-Head ranch?

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:42:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Do we give a pass to (1+ / 0-)
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    birdboy2000

    Obama and Hillary for their calculated, strategic bigotry for political reasons when they opposed gay marriage up until recently, but declare Schweitzer to be persona non grata because he equated effeminate southern males with a gay stereotype?

    Obviously Schweitzer is being mildly homophobic here, and I have serious problems with things he has said in the past, but it just strikes me as very hypocritical to pretend that all of a sudden we have no tolerance for this nonsense. Just a few days ago people were getting upset at Diane Rehm for only coming close to questioning Hillary's blatantly political posturing on gay marriage.

    •  Why don't you find some Republicans to denigrate? (1+ / 0-)
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      i saw an old tree today

      It's getting obvious that Democrats are not going to make you happy. We are trying to get Democrats elected here so you can contribute by talking trash against Republicans.

      Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

      by 88kathy on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:36:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Whoa (0+ / 0-)

        I never had somebody follow me from another thread entirely to go after me somewhere else. Stalk much?

        Do you have anything specifically that you want to address regarding my original post in this thread? Any point that you see differently? Let's engage in political discourse.

        •  You must always say the same thing. (0+ / 0-)

          Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

          by 88kathy on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:43:51 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  The point is as I said -- we are trying to elect (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          i saw an old tree today

          Democrats. You can post anything about GOP you want. Lay off the Democrats.

          Obama and Hillary for their calculated, strategic bigotry for political reasons

          I wish that kind of talk was HRable. It's disgusting as far as I am concerned.

          Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

          by 88kathy on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 12:46:17 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Opposition to gay marriage is bigotry. (0+ / 0-)

            Period, end of story. People that oppose gay marriage are bigots.  Go ahead and HR me for saying that.

             It's not a difference of opinion. It's not an valid alternative way of seeing things. It's just plain old bigotry, no different than saying that you oppose interracial marriage.

            And when it's a political calculation instead of your actual misguided opinion, well, I don't know what exactly to call that except disgusting.

            •  so HRC and Barack Obama disgust you. (0+ / 0-)

              shout it from the roof tops every chance you get.

              Repeat it over and over in every thread.

              No one will notice.

              Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

              by 88kathy on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:02:25 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Their craven political calculations (0+ / 0-)

                on a topic that every decent person should support automatically is what I find disgusting.

                 It's also pretty disgusting that they not only get a pass for doing this, but we aren't even allowed to mention the insane hypocrisy of it, as we saw with the Diane Rehm interview a few days ago.

                We are expected to pretend that HRC (and Obama) DIDN'T oppose gay marriage for political purposes. That's pretty disgusting in my opinion. I will have no part of it.

            •  while there are all sorts of reasons to be opposed (4+ / 0-)

              to bigotry in all forms, whenever and where ever it is seen, it seems, nonetheless counterproductive to chastize folks who have changed their positions away from bigotry rather than concentrating on those who still hold bigoted positions.

              We work to overcome bigotry, yes?  That means our goal is to get people who hold bigoted positions to change their minds, vis-a-vis bigotry.  When they do this, we have achieved success.  Therefore those people who USED to have bigoted positions and now no longer do are evidence of our success.  

              We are about social change, no?  Social change in a progressive direction. That means, by definition, we want to look for and celebrate said change when it occurs, not blame folks for starting in the wrong place (and rendering our efforts at social change superfluous).

              You seem to be missing a key part of the process here.

              ;-)

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

              by a gilas girl on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:28:37 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I'm pointing out the double standard. (1+ / 0-)
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                a gilas girl

                Schweitzer says something mildly homophobic and gets taken to task for it.

                 Hillary (and Obama) held a very bigoted position for YEARS, and for entirely political reasons, AND lied about it (as recently as a week ago in HRC's case), and not only is that OK but we aren't even allowed to question this.

                •  But again... (0+ / 0-)

                  the double standard depends upon your definition, as I'm pointing out.  someone who's position has changed away from homophobia is not parallel to someone who is currently espousing homophobic sentiments.

                  In the now, there's not a parallel and so there's not a double standard, unless you go out of your way to define it as such.

                  Interpretation of data and observations will vary, of course.

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

                  by a gilas girl on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 03:33:21 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  So in your opinion (0+ / 0-)

                    when Schweitzer apologizes for saying what he said (which I'm sure is coming any minute now) the slate is wiped clean and all is forgotten?

                    I'd tend to believe that Schweitzer might still be a little homophobic.  Just like I believe that the way HRC and Obama handled the gay marriage issue reflects very poorly on their characters, even if they eventually came around to (or were finally honest about IMO) their support of gay marriage.

                    •  Not simply an apology (1+ / 0-)
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                      ChuckChuckerson

                      if he has a change of heart and sees the truly offensive nature of what he's saying and how it is dipped in prejudice of multiple varieties, then yes, I might consider it.

                      I don't make any claims about anybody's character with regard to these issues.  I'm just pointing out positions and statements make in public.

                      Do I think that HRC and BHO were cowardly in their earlier public statements about gay marriage?  Yes.  But that's not the topic of this comment thread.  That said, however, they have changed their positions, which I will always see as progress.

                      I feel the same way about any number of issues and any number of politicians.  Biden and reproductive choice.

                      I believe that people can learn.  Just like I believe that positions evolve and politicians grow and age and improve (or decline).  Neither politics nor human beings are ever absolutely completed projects, change is an inevitable part of both.

                      I not only expect that, I celebrate it when it goes in the "right" (to my mind) direction.

                      Even things that look like they are staying the same rarely are. They may remain similar but in some way they've changed.  Take the contemporary forms of bigotry we are dealing with today.  They might look like old forms of racism, but they are somewhat different, if only for the times in which they now manifest themselves.  Times in which folks really should have learned something.  

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

                      by a gilas girl on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 05:40:42 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

    •  Plenty of people have changed (3+ / 0-)

      their mind about marriage equality over the years. Did they all change "for political reasons", or did they truly have a change of heart after evaluation? Having seen the change in family, friends, and even on this website (my first comment here was on marriage equality when people were saying "it's too soon" and "it's going to kill the Democrats politically" 10 years ago when MA courts ruled), I'm willing to give people the benefit of the doubt on this issue. Yes, even Hillary Clinton -- my issues with her have more to do with foreign policy/militarization than with domestic issues.

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

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 02:20:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I understand that a lot of people have "evolved" (0+ / 0-)

        on this.

        However, I don't believe for a second that HRC and Obama opposed gay marriage for ANY reason other than it was politically expedient.

        And I think it's hypocritical for so many people to clutch their pearls and faint at what Schweitzer said here while at the same time declaring their undying support for HRC.

  •  N Carolina, you used to be a credit to the South (0+ / 0-)

    Now, not so much.
    Infuriating in part because its the sane people around RTP that are largely responsible for keeping the state going, and  preventing it from just being Kentucky, only without the derby and less incest.
    They certainly didnt vote for this kind of shit.
    What next? Maybe tying black cats to posts and throwing stones at them like in the 1500s, but only on Sat nights and only if youre a gold ol boy with a chicken neck and missing teeth?

  •  Eh, hum (0+ / 0-)

    only someone who is gay actually has "gaydar" -- it's our sixth sense that innately helps us find fellow friends of Dorothy.  So I'm a bit flummoxed by the former governor.

  •  Warren Buffett vs. You (0+ / 0-)

    How long does it take Warren Buffett to earn what you do in an year?

    (Warning: Do not click if easily depressed.)

  •  Fuck North Carolina, assholes & idiots (2+ / 0-)

    phoebehome1

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:15:58 PM PDT

  •  Clay County (1+ / 0-)
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    blue in NC

    ...just a little bit too close to home for my tastes, but yeah, not really surprised about this.

    NC Lege is going to hell in a handbasket.

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

    by a gilas girl on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:18:17 PM PDT

  •  Good; the mens rights "conservatives" are getting (0+ / 0-)

    ..their misogynist divide and conquer (GOP tactic) trolling butts kicked from the above linked story.
    Lola Okolosie and Laurie Penny writing @ the Guardian:
    Sexists and racists are resorting to online sabotage. But they still won't win: June 18. 2014 | Those posing online as feminists and leftists, attempting to provoke infighting, underestimate the strength of our movement

    Most of these trolls have posed as women of colour, whom they call "black bitches". Other users have falsified racist tweets from prominent feminists and leftists, and created sock-puppet accounts to make sure the fake tweets are seen and condemned. Users including Shafiqah Hudson picked up on the scam, and identified at least 200 such accounts. Someone has gone to considerable effort to pull off a swindle intended to exploit the "weaknesses" of a movement that, despite a tendency to turn on itself, is growing in strength.
    The GOP can't shake this off or cover it up anymore. There is always a bit of the southern strategy wherever one looks; in every move they make. In every medium, at every level; the republicans party is unable to hide it's racist core. Even the smarter of them that rhetorically denounce it.

    This is actually a good thing. These women activists and minorities and the public in general have been becoming more and more aware of the flaws in what has been labeled the party of "conservatism"

    The GOP as a party is fundamentally held together buy an old reactionary structure  that is integral to itself - racism - the roots are too deep. (and this is not dismissing the foundational corpo 1%er financing structure of the ownership class which uses these racial wedges as their protective firewall from the majority)

    With demographics weighing against them and their numbers shrinking in proportion to the whole of the populace the veneer is thinning. The bigotry exposed

    Those racist elements will eventually die off, and the teaching of it ended.

    Meanwhile as people are learning the source of hurt, real solutions will sought and fought for - good deal - imo

    Thx MB

  •  Jimmy Fallon (0+ / 0-)

    Jimmy Fallon is so freaking weird.  I hope the next time you have Christie on your show he falls on you.  What is the point of having this turd on the show?  

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 07:53:26 PM PDT

  •  Lawrence ODonnell (SP?) (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Sir, glad you are feeling better.  Please do us a favor and let someone else continue to host your show.  Thanks

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:01:56 PM PDT

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