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  • The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of vapid insider political reporting. But he may offer the clearest indictment of himself, as Dean Barker points out.
  • And then there were four (Republican senators deciding not to be completely left behind by the moral arc of the universe):
    After receiving the endorsement of the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday indicated for the first time her personal support for same-sex marriage.

    “A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins said in response to a question from the BDN.

  • A more nuanced breakdown of the Supreme Court, left to right.
  • Oh noes! Non-sponsored underwear? We can't have that!
  • Speaking of the World Cup, Uruguay's Luis Suarez was suspended for nine international games and four months of club play for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.
  • Gorgeous and also gorgeous.
  • Digby:
    If there was any doubt that the neocon undead will walk the earth forever, one only has to look at the latest reanimation of one of the most notorious of the whole bunch: none other than Elliott “I don’t know nothin’ about Salvadoran massacres” Abrams. It’s hard to believe that someone with his record would ever be consulted about anything more controversial than whether the veal looks good today, but here he is, in Politico magazine, giving credence to the belief that the zombie apocalypse is nigh.
  • And in today's edition of old white men that say ignorant things, we bring you actor Gary Oldman.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up MS run-off news, Vox = "the left," apparently & Todd Akin's back! Plan B on the IRS "scandal" is just as dumb. Armando updates us on SCOTUS rulings. Catching up on the "no-fly list" & cell phone search decisions.

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  •  GREAT NEWS! (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Gooserock, enhydra lutris

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:02:56 PM PDT

  •  Can we get a snippet? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Vita Brevis

    I'm not listening to an hour long podcast to find out what Gary Oldman said.

    Some of us are actually employed, you know. :)

    Proverbs 29:7 “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”

    by nightsweat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:03:33 PM PDT

    •  He as an ass in a print interview (4+ / 0-)

      defending Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin's anti-Semitic and homophobic comments as "we're all too PC these days"

      Got hammered for it.

      Went on Jimmy Kimmel and apologized:

      "I don't condone or excuse the words I used in any context," Oldman told Kimmel. The actor went on to say that he was "profoundly sorry," adding, "I should be an example and an inspiration, and I'm an a-hole."

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

      by Vita Brevis on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:17:40 PM PDT

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    •  Snippet: (3+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, sfbob, nightsweat
      In a long and candid Playboy interview, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Gary Oldman proved himself a master of the controversial soundbite. [...] But the most inflammatory remarks occurred when the interviewer asked what Oldman thought about the Mel Gibson saga, which segued into a colorful tirade on the hypocrisy of liberal Hollywood and the failings of political correctness.

          OLDMAN: ... I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word (N Word) or that fucking Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should strike that and say “the N word” and “the F word,” though there are two F words now.

          PLAYBOY: The three-letter one?

          OLDMAN: Alec (Baldwin) calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute. Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him — and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That fucking kraut” or “Fuck those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?”

      He said some vile things about Nancy Pelosi, specifically rhymes with "bunt", we all know the term, and that it's unfair that he can't say those things on the record but a comedian like Bill Maher can. Not a smart career move. At all. But also a pretty ugly reveal about what he really thinks. I don't know if "I'm sorry" and "I'm an asshole" is going to fix this mess. Certainly it won't be forgotten all that easily.

      "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

      by LeftHandedMan on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:42:27 PM PDT

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  •  criminal (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Gooserock, JeffW
    At the start of Bush's second term, Abrams was promoted to be his Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy, in charge of promoting Bush's strategy of advancing democracy abroad. His appointment by Bush was controversial due to his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra Affair investigation.
    If there was any doubt that the neocon undead will walk the earth forever, one only has to look at the latest reanimation of one of the most notorious of the whole bunch: none other than Elliott “I don’t know nothin’ about Salvadoran massacres” Abrams. It’s hard to believe that someone with his record would ever be consulted about anything more controversial than whether the veal looks good today, but here he is, in Politico magazine, giving credence to the belief that the zombie apocalypse is nigh.

    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 26, 2014 at 12:05:39 PM PDT

    •  More Evidence of Framer Boneheadedness in (2+ / 0-)
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      annieli, GreatLakeSailor

      failing to replicate their structures to resist an imperial Presidency with much of anything to resist a criminal one.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:09:54 PM PDT

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  •  Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Boondoggle? (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, RichM, JeffW

    "You realize I'm a Satanist, don't you?"
    "I don't care , mister. I just need a job."
    "Okay. Get down and kiss the goat's ass."

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:07:38 PM PDT

  •  IMHO... (3+ / 0-)
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    franklyn, Jabarten, KingBolete

    Suarez got off easy.  He should be banned for life and his team should have been made to forfeit their games.  For his own protection.  Some team is going to send in a goon to cold-cock him in the teeth one of these matches.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:10:54 PM PDT

    •  "And Gummy Suarez takes the field!" nt (2+ / 0-)
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      Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

      by franklyn on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:14:04 PM PDT

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    •  Oh sure (1+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave

      Call the opposing keeper a homophobic slur?  Who cares, part of the game.

      Dress up in black face?  Meh

      Headbutt a guy?  who cares

      Dropkick a guy in the stomach?  who cares

      Try to seriously injure an opponent?  who cares

      Punch a guy?  Who cares

      Make a slight indentation on someone's shoulder with your teeth while not being a European?  Throw the book at him, he's evil incarnate.  Makes perfect sense.

  •  Arizona kindergartener charged with (4+ / 0-)

    "sexual misconduct." I got nuthin'.

    A 5-year-old boy in Surprise [AZ] is accused of sexual misconduct for pulling his pants down on the playground.

    The mother of [name removed] says back in April, her son was on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School when another student told him to pull his pants down or else he would do it for him.

    [Her] son complied, pulling down his pants and underwear in front of several other students.

    When teachers saw what happened, they hauled [him] into the principal’s office where he was forced to sign a document that labeled his actions “sexual misconduct.” [He] received detention as punishment.

    Yes, he "sign[ed] a document," with his 5-year-old scrawl on the "name" line. And now he has a record, one his mom is trying to nullify.  

    Arizona meet-up, July 27 in Phoenix. Meet Navajo! Send me Kosmail.

    by Mother Mags on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:12:25 PM PDT

  •  Sigh. (5+ / 0-)
    After receiving the endorsement of the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday indicated for the first time her personal support for same-sex marriage.
    She will then reward those who endorsed her by voting for the most stridently anti-gay slate of Republican leadership that the GOP can possibly field for the US Senate (hopefully minority), and then watch her party filibuster everything that would make gays and lesbians lives easier or more equal as if she's just an innocent bystander to her parties agenda. If a Republican ends up in the White House, and nominates Janice Rogers Brown for the Supreme Court to replace, say, a Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Collins will vote for her.

    The Olympia Snowe/Susan Collins grift is alive and well in the post Snowe era.

    "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:14:01 PM PDT

    •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      what good is her vote for ENDA (the other thing about her the HRC is pushing) if her re-election helps the Republican Party take the Senate?

    •  Propagandist for the Good Senator said (0+ / 0-)
      Collins' spokesman Lance Dutson confirmed to the paper that she was announcing her support for same-sex marriage for the first time:

      He said the senator hasn’t spoken publicly on the issue previously because she believes it is the voters of each state — not U.S. senators — who should make the decision on marriage equality.

      No. Not even close Collins, you chuckle-head.  71 years ago some guy named Bob J. wrote a little ditty on this very subject.  It was Bob's day job, and he was pretty good at it.
      The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.
      Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia v Barnette (1943)

      The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

      by GreatLakeSailor on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:53:11 PM PDT

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  •  How courageous of Susan (3+ / 0-)
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    Collins to support marriage equality after an endorsement from the HRC. I mean that's some leadership!

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

    by Vita Brevis on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:14:44 PM PDT

  •  Every summer kids get forgotten in cars and die. (2+ / 0-)
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    This 11yo invented a simple reminder trigger so that would never happen.

    It seems it is impossible to have cars that don't kill in the hot sun.

    Child forgotten in car? -- Use open source E-Z Baby Saver -- Andrew Pelham, 11yo inventor E-Z Baby Saver

    by 88kathy on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 12:26:27 PM PDT

    •  Actually, it would be easy to create (0+ / 0-)

      something that connected to the car door from the car seat, and set off an alarm if it sensed weight in the car seat and the car door opened.

      It could even be bluetooth, so you wouldn't need a cable.

      Turn on the sensor in the seat (which could be done when the seat sensed weight, so it would be automatic), the piece on the door goes off with an alarm when the door opens.

      another simple and cheap idea would be something like the tall flags you get for a kid's big wheel so you see it if it's behind you. It would be on a spring, and pop up when there was weight in the seat. No weight, it drops back down.

      It would be tall enough to see in the mirror, and neon color so it would be hard to miss.

      though the kid's idea is pretty simple and cheap.

      I don't think anything is foolproof though.

      •  That's what Andrew Pelham wants people to do. He (0+ / 0-)

        has drections on his website. He won an inventor's contest  with it. Isn't it Great.

        Child forgotten in car? -- Use open source E-Z Baby Saver -- Andrew Pelham, 11yo inventor E-Z Baby Saver

        by 88kathy on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:13:40 PM PDT

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      •  Sounds easy - the weight sensing part... (0+ / 0-)

        but it ain't.  Oh, sensing some weight is easy, but sensing the right kind of weight, accurately, is to put it mildly, a little more difficult.

        Bag of groceries could easily weigh the same as a kid.  False alert.  (More than a couple false alerts, and it is human nature to ignore them.  Case in point: we have yellow stickers on ladders telling people they could fall off said ladder.)  How about a dynamic weight - movement?  Kid is asleep, or, teenagers being what they are, will wiggle a car, set off an alarm, just for a chuckle or a dare.

        In the baby seat you might suggest - no groceries there.  Well, no, but people strap down the child seat so you either need a special seat with the weight sensor, then electrical power (batteries that wear out or a cord to the car that might get unplugged).

        I could go on and on, but look up "FMVSS 208 airbag deactivation child restraint system"  Basically the same type of problem.

        The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

        by GreatLakeSailor on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 05:27:32 PM PDT

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    •  How do you "forget" a kid? (0+ / 0-)

      I would guess that more of these are people who misjudge the rate at which cars heat up and leave the kid sleeping in the car while they "quickly" finish their errand.  Leaving a small child alone in the car seems dubious even in mild weather.


      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
      "Shared sacrifice!" said the spider to the fly.—Me

      by KingBolete on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 03:12:56 PM PDT

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  •  Underwear Purchase? (0+ / 0-)

    Does anyone know about the claim that Homeland Security purchased 44,000 pairs of underwear for illegal immigrants?  I heard it for the first time yesterday.  Such a weird thing to rant about, besides the obviously false left hand flag salute by Obama.

    Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.--JFK

    by Blissing on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:29:52 PM PDT

  •  In today's ageism (1+ / 0-)
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    You said this: "And in today's edition of old white men that say ignorant things"

    Laura, with the many insightful things you write, I didn't expect to see this coming from you.  Which is your hate target -- age, race or gender?  Or is it just a stupid person named Gary Oldman?  I'll bet he was just as stupid when he was young.

    It isn't being old, being white, or being a man -- it's having a faulty system of beliefs.  Remember, Noam Chomsky is an "old white man" now.  And one day, you will be old too.

    •  She'll be an "old white man"? (1+ / 0-)
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      Dubious but maybe she'll become somewhat less of an ageist though what often happens is a reversal—like kids these days are such slackers.


      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
      "Shared sacrifice!" said the spider to the fly.—Me

      by KingBolete on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 03:16:00 PM PDT

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      •  Ha ha (0+ / 0-)

        Of course I said "one day, you'll be old too".

        One day, this year I hope, the "old man" and "old white man" meme that rolls off people's fingers so easily will be extinguished at DK.  

        That meme is a kick straight to the teeth.  I just love the "cain't wait til you die" implication.  It's as bad as the N word.  Time my progressive brethren started to own up to it.

  •  Rants and Raves (0+ / 0-)

    Some thoughts on stuff:

    The bigger your pickup truck the smaller your penis.

    Guys: if you only wear your earrings on weekends so your co-workers don't see you- you might be a douchebag.

    Guys: if you place your Harley on a trailer, drive to Sturgis, then bike into town, you are not a Hells Angel.

    Couples:  if you plan your route to Sturgis based upon wineries you can visit on the way, you are not bikers.

    Male weekend bicyclers.  No one wants to see your nuts.  You look ridiculous and you are just this side of a child molester with your creepiness in coffee shops, etc.  

    Why do I never see a black male bicycler with white guys?  Are they barred from your country clubs as well?

    Where are the black NASCAR drivers?  Let me guess, if Beyoncé wanted to drive a car, you would let her, because, "Hell, we like cute gals as much as anyone else!!" (hence, Danica Patrick)

    Darrell Issa: do you realize that your constantly seeing scandals is catharsis for your past felonious life? Your appearing to be the champion of truth justice and the American way is classic comic books, Dude.

    Weekend local news anchors, do you realize how predictable and idiotic you are?  I can tell you what your shows will be this weekend without looking:  safe backyard cooking/bbqs; safety at swimming pools; boating safety; garden goodies; the wonders of sunscreen; safety with fireworks; great vacations without leaving home; the garden show; the camping show; the outdoors show; art show at the Plaza; Toby Keith concert;.............ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
    You can all be replaced with trained monkeys, and THAT I would watch!!

    Dear MSNBC- what are the demographics for your weekend TV lineups of Locked Up; Locked Up Raw; Prison Search, Prison Raid, and Prison Guards Raw, etc?  Are your viewers in prison?  Are relatives watching to see their loved ones? Who watches this crap?

    All for now.

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:36:53 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for today's TWIB segment. Blackness-impaird (0+ / 0-)

    old white lady that I am, I was educated, enlightened and fully entertained by The Catapult Doctrine program!

    Sorry for the improperly written "impaird"-ment in the subject line.

    Really, Dkos tech team, you could at least let us commenters use those last three spaces in the subject line!

    Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings. —Nelson Mandela

    by kaliope on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 07:09:44 PM PDT

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