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    • Third-party candidates are polling unusually well this year, by dreaminonempty
    • Sugar, slavery and subtlety, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Romney leaving millions to his kids actually helps workers, says economics prof (and Romney advisor), by Ian Reifowitz
    • What every American should know about veterans and their health care, by Mark E Andersen
    • This ordained minister is that Democratic bridge to the quasi mythical Texas value voter, by Egberto Willies
    • How about sidewalk-counseling the conservative movement, by Dante Atkins
    • Pew typologies go much deeper than 'liberal' and 'conservative,' by David Jarman
    • Religious freedom frauds, by Jon Perr
    • Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The States (Late June Edition), by Steve Singiser
    • Time, place and manner: the SCOTUS’ women’s health clinics protesters decision, by Armando
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  • Five rotten Republican ideas (and one good one) for fixing our roads.
  • Here are the 43,634 Detroit properties verging on foreclosure this year:
    This mosaic, created with images from Google Maps Street View, shows one of the many enormous challenges facing Detroit as it tries to climb out of debt. As of January, the owners of these properties collectively owed more than $328 million. Since then, some have paid their debts, entered in payment plans or qualified for assistance. But 26,038 properties, shown with a yellow triangle, remain in jeopardy, and many are headed for public auction.
  • Douhat squares the circle on climate change.
  • Gay Republican staffers in the Bush White House:
    Like dozens of other gay colleagues in the Bush White House, many of them closeted, [Steven] Levine had been sure that Bush himself was personally tolerant even if the GOP was not—and uncomfortable with gay-bashing as a way to win elections. But this [unexpected public opposition to same-sex marriage from the president] was a rebuff, and it was hard not to take it personally: “To be working extraordinarily hard with all of your energy, working through many nights for somebody that you believe in, and to hear that person that you work so hard for come out against something that you are.” [...]

    Levine stayed with Bush right upuntil the president hopped into the armored presidential limo for the ride to Barack Obama’s inauguration 27 months later. As the taillights disappeared down Pennsylvania Avenue, Levine left town. A few months later, one of his gay friends who had also worked in the White House sat down in front of Facebook and counted the Bush White House staffers he knew to be gay. He came up with at least 70 (only two of them women).

  • Elsa of "Frozen" is Disney's latest baby-naming blockbuster.
  • Grover Norquist tweets his love for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. But maybe he wasn't listening since he thinks "Hey Joe"—a song made famous by Hendrix in 1966 about a guy who shoots his wife and flees to Mexico—is "pro-family" and "pro-2nd Amendment." Or maybe he just twists everything he hears.
  • Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they are not subject to open records laws because they are private corporations.
  • We take a walk down TWiB memory lane with some notable conversations with former Republican Jeff Wartman, transgender rights activist and author Janet Mock, and a discussion on what defines race from our "Historical Blackness" show with Dr. Blair Kelley.
    Some conversations just never lose their relevance.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brings good fodder on buffer zones & recess appointments. Also from the courts: the ACA & the Origination clause; a federal judge upholds CO's new gun laws. The passing of Howard Baker. Why the media loves Iraq hawks.

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  •  Grover doesn't realize that it's a black man (7+ / 0-)

    with a gun??

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:06:44 PM PDT

    •  well, he's the guy who wants Reagan on Mt Rushmore (1+ / 0-)
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      Gooserock

      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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:12:34 PM PDT

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      •  The OTHER Guy. I Want Reagan on Rushmore. (1+ / 0-)
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        rebel ga

        Because I believe in truth in advertising.

        No this is not snark.

        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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:22:22 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  get in line - first put Coolidge, Buchanan, Taft, (0+ / 0-)

          Arthur, Pierce, Harrison, Jackson, Adams, GW Bush, Nixon on Mt Rushmore as well

          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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:27:41 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Buchanan, Tyler, Harding, Fillmore or bust! (0+ / 0-)

            “Is he of that stature? The answer is yes,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project. “Reagan was the most successful president of the twentieth century. He took a country that was in economic collapse and militarily in retreat around the globe and turned it completely around.”
            Norquist, who led the effort to rename Washington’s National Airport after Reagan, has been using the president’s centennial anniversary to make a renewed push to bring the Reagan name and likeness to every county in all 50 states.

            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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:38:48 PM PDT

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          •  Don't forget Hoover nt (1+ / 0-)
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            annieli

            I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

            by a2nite on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:40:57 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry to bring this up, but the song was written (0+ / 0-)

      by a guy named Billy Roberts from the south who is white. No where in the song does it mention the race of, "Joe."
      No harm intended.

      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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:42:14 PM PDT

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  •  GOProud Cabinmates (4+ / 0-)
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    Levine stayed with Bush right upuntil the president hopped into the armored presidential limo for the ride to Barack Obama’s inauguration 27 months later. As the taillights disappeared down Pennsylvania Avenue, Levine left town. A few months later, one of his gay friends who had also worked in the White House sat down in front of Facebook and counted the Bush White House staffers he knew to be gay. He came up with at least 70 (only two of them women).

    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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:07:20 PM PDT

  •  I'm gonna shoot my old lady (2+ / 0-)
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    Caught her messing round with another man.

    Maybe Grover just listens to the chords. :-)

    •  Yeah, "pro-family" chords. (3+ / 0-)
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      I've heard a lot of meanings to the song, which was written way before Hendrix, but pro-family never surfaced in any of them. A few years ago something like 6,000 guitarists played "Hey Joe" together, setting a Guinness record, so maybe that's the "family" part.

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

      by Mother Mags on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:13:34 PM PDT

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    •  I Know. It's World Cup Withdrawal Day. (1+ / 0-)
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      aaraujo

      Ugh.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:21:27 PM PDT

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      •  I'll have to watch the Men in Blazers (2+ / 0-)
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        Think of how the English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese fans are feeling.

        They had good teams that were suppose to have survive the group stage.

        Now, they have to contend with Team USA possibly making into the quarters.

        •  For What It Is Worth... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...I have been told that Univison is repeating the games all day.  

          I have to give a tip of the hat to the South Korean team.  The two games I saw of theirs -- against Algeria and Belgium -- indicated that they were playing with more heart than any of the other teams.  They lost both games, but boy it wasn't for lack of trying.

          “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

          by RoIn on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:43:16 PM PDT

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  •  Had to go look, but I remembered, Hey Joe (1+ / 0-)
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    sow hat

    being a hit before Jimi did it.
    It was done by, The Leaves who finally got a hit out of it on the third try in 1966. I was blown away.
    Of course, Jimi took it through the roof.

    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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:19:24 PM PDT

  •  New post (2+ / 0-)
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    "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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:20:20 PM PDT

  •  ...way down where I can be free! (1+ / 0-)
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    I’m not a big fan of vegetable gardens. Like my chickens, I prefer my salads to be cage free.

    by glb3 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:22:25 PM PDT

  •  Ukraine told Putin to go screw himself today (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Marc Ambinder on (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, agoldnyc

    the high number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this month:

    Lost in the commotion over ISIS's invasion of Sunni territories in Iraq: the other theater of war, Afghanistan, has seen an upsurge of violence against NATO troops. It is the summer now, but the annual Taliban "spring offensive" continues, with fierce fighting in the Helmand province.

    Yesterday, a NATO soldier died in an as-yet-unspecified combat incident.

    On June 20, three Marines from Camp LeJeune — one just 19 years old — died in combat in Helmand province.

    A week before, five special operations forces soldiers operating in Zabul province died during a friendly fire incident; air support they ordered to help them escape misidentified them as enemy forces.

    An unusually deadly month for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

    Though
    That brings to 13 the number of combat fatalities this month in Iraq.
    oops.
  •  Stranhge, sad story out of MS (TPer suicide): (3+ / 0-)
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    Mississippi Tea Party Leader Kills Himself

     Sources tell the Jackson Clarion Ledger that Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, has committed suicide.

    Mayfield was "one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) bedridden wife in her nursing home and create a political video against Cochran."

    •  Another day in the (gub-crazy) USA (1+ / 0-)
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      Police said that Mayfield’s wife, Robin, called 911 just after 9 a.m. to say her husband had shot himself. Officers arrived to find the 57-year-old lying on the floor of a storage room in his garage with a single gunshot wound to the head and a “large caliber revolver” with the body....

      Grant Sowell, a leader of the Tupelo Tea Party who has known Mayfield about five years, said he sort of “got cut off from the world” after the arrest. He shut down his Facebook and was upset that the whole scandal might hurt McDaniel’s chances.

      Sowell said he called Mayfield a few days after the arrest to encourage him with some Scripture, and Mayfield warned him that the phones could be tapped.

      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 Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:43:06 PM PDT

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  •  would be nice to know how many (0+ / 0-)

    of the 70 gay White House staffers were also married.

    A few months later, one of his gay friends who had also worked in the White House sat down in front of Facebook and counted the Bush White House staffers he knew to be gay. He came up with at least 70 (only two of them women).
    Not that it in any way matters, neither that it matters that they were gay, but knowing how many were gays and living in a heterosexual marriage at the same time, would shed a light on how completely ridiculous it is to "count the gays" and draw any conclusions politically from it, imo.

    So, tell me, how many openly gay men are also openly married to women? At my workplace at least two to three out of may be ten men, which would be 20 percent or more. So, what's the big deal? Why even mention it? They all did their job extremely well. Sigh.

    We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

    by mimi on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:31:16 PM PDT

    •  I guess I look at it from a different angle. (0+ / 0-)

      In this context, it's not so much any political "conclusions" I'm apt to draw, but the "questions" the politics involved invite, from the standpoints of both the staffers and their employer.

      "Openly married to women" or not, they're the same questions arising from the existence of organizations like the Log Cabin Club, and the practice of working for or supporting a party - or administration - that actively works against you.  

      I can't imagine what bearing "living in a [so-called] heterosexual marriage" has upon an also-openly-gay man's sexuality. No, I'm not kidding. Sexual attraction is one very common reason couples marry, but not by any means the only one.

      Taking a step back, what really shines a light upon the ridiculousness of issues, political or otherwise, surrounding sexuality is this: unless they're one of the people involved, what the hell does anyone care with whom other consenting adults have sex?

  •  "Bush White House staffers he knew to be gay"... (0+ / 0-)

    this isn't surprising - yeah, duh - many of these types come from conservative families and being gay is perceived by them as failing their parents, so they double-down on the political stuff to 'make it up to the family.'

    Also being gay doesn't make anyone immunized from stupidity which is what anyone who believed in W. Bush is ... gay or otherwise.  

  •  Maybe Grover just loves polka (0+ / 0-)

    Weird Al Yankovic includes a couple of lines of "Hey Joe" in one of his polka medleys.

    Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
    Gonna shoot my old lady,
    Caught her messin' 'round with another man.
    The polka beat makes it sound like so cheerful, despite still being about cold-blooded murder. Maybe Grover just got caught up in the polka fun.

    Now, I love me some Weird Al, in fact I've been to two of his live concerts, but I don't base my political philosophy on his parodies.

    I just want to live somewhere warm. Is that so wrong?

    by lotac on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:33:20 PM PDT

  •  Norquist uses twitter? (1+ / 0-)
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    doesn't he realize twitter is a socialistic enterprise?

  •  'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.... (6+ / 0-)
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    Grover just adds to the list of shit he doesn't have a clue about

  •  I question Norquist's competence... (2+ / 0-)
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    sow hat, Eric Nelson

    ...on anything other than drowning stuff in a bathtub.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:43:19 PM PDT

  •  That Detroit mosaic - wow. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Yes, sad, and cutting off the water to thousands.. (2+ / 0-)
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      ..of people.
      This fits a pattern by the republicans. Just like Benton Harbor and the Jean Klock Park takeover. They use all sorts of tricks (blighted neighborhood status and other tricks) I may be sounding a bit conspiratorial but this looks very much like the pre-"gentrification" that happens.

      But after watching and reading eclectabog and what happened in Benton Harbor it doesn't seem to far fetched. Gov. Snyder and his republican cronies clearing out the non-whites. A "legal" land grab.

  •  This is very good news for Photovoltaic power.. (1+ / 0-)
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    viral

    ..from Xanar:
    Breakthrough in Photovoltaic Manufacturing
    Replacing toxic, and more expensive Cadmium chloride with magnesium chloride:
     

    The Liverpool team attempted to find an alternative to cadmium chloride in the activation step and discovered that it could be done just as well with magnesium chloride, which they sprayed onto a test sample of cadmium telluride with a model aircraft spray gun they bought for £49.99, Dr Major said.
    [...]
    “Cadmium chloride is toxic and expensive, and we no longer need to use it. Replacing it with a naturally occurring substance could save the industry a vast amount of money and reduce the overall cost for generating power from solar,” he said.
    ..another hurdle overcome - good deal

    Thx MB

  •  Wow - talking to French friend... (2+ / 0-)
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    There's a goddamned Tea Party in France, now: Bleu Marine.
    For those embarassed to embrace Front Nationale - the overtly racist party.
    US - Tea Party
    UK - UKIP
    France - Bleu Marine

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:06:31 PM PDT

  •  my friend takes down a TP post (0+ / 0-)

    by Reihan Salam

    http://timstuhldreher.blogspot.com/...

    Sample:

    why is this alleged devotion to a finely nuanced view of federalism indistinguishable from a rabid and indiscriminate hatred of government at all levels? Seriously, have you ever met a true believer who said, "Why, yes, that's a fine government program. It just needs to be handled at a more grass-roots level"?! One who was any happier paying his property taxes than his payroll taxes?

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:11:34 PM PDT

  •  "Gay Republicans"....... (0+ / 0-)

    Gay Republicans
    You would think at this late date
    Would no longer shock

    What a joy it is getting older!

    I am Joe's Steven......

    by Joes Steven on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:18:51 PM PDT

  •  Why Douthat has to say what he says (0+ / 0-)

    Crooked Timber's summary of the immovable constraints on conservative "intellectuals" really puts the pith in the piss and vinegar:

    The Republican party is a coalition of crazies, racists and plutocrats. But there is a political requirement to talk about policy in a way that is not obviously crazy, racist or pro-rich. The task of conservative1 intellectuals is to square this circle.

    The real USA Patriot Act was written in 1789. It's called the Bill of Rights.

    by nicteis on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:24:10 PM PDT

  •  Teabagger Mayfield in MS has committed suicide (1+ / 0-)
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    Tea party leader Mayfield is dead of apparent suicide. His wife called the Madison police to come after she heard the shot. He was one of the three arrested in the nursing home scandal involving Thad Cochran's invalid wife.

    What Fresh Hell is This? -- Dorothy Parker

    by chazz509 on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:43:20 PM PDT

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