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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Stuff Jesus said:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Stuff Jesus said
  • Veterans in Congress vanish: In the 1970s, more than 70 percent of the members of Congress had served in the military. But today it's only 20 percent. And after the midterm election, that figure could fall even further because the number of veterans who have won their party's nomination is much lower than in the 2012 election cycle, according to research from the Veterans Campaign, which helps former soldiers run for office.
  • Foreign Office minister says files on UK role in rendition accidentally destroyed:
    In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage."

    The claim comes amid media reports in the US that a Senate report due to be published later this year identifies Diego Garcia as a location where the CIA established a secret prison as part of its extraordinary rendition programme.

  • Voting mistakes in Congress:
    Members of Congress are just like us: They make mistakes. Members of the House have voted the wrong way at least 112 times since the beginning of 2011 (see all of them here). This isn’t an epidemic; the number of mistaken votes represents about one in every 10,000 individual votes taken during that span, and no member of the House has done it more than four times (Adam Smith, a Washington Democrat, holds the dubious honor).

    Members of Congress talking on the steps of the House side of the Capitol after their second-to-last vote on a possible government shutdown on Sept. 30, 2013.
    In all, 84 of the 519 people who have served in the House since 2010 have registered an incorrect vote since the beginning of 2011.

    But what about the scores of members of Congress who vote the wrong way all the time and don't think it's a mistake?
  • American writer of "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" gored by bull in Pamplona
  • WaPo's Courtland Milloy rips "bicyclist bullies":
    It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.[...]

    I recall in the not-so-distant past when the city’s bikers weren’t newly arrived, mostly white millennials but black juveniles whom D.C. police frequently stopped—at least in neighborhoods that were being gentrified. Stopped for riding on sidewalks. Stopped for riding in parking lots.

    Now that kids like them are being moved to the outskirts of the city, if not out altogether, the District government is bending over backward to make Washington a more “biker-friendly” city.

  • 7-1 produces sad newspaper covers in Brazil.
  • Education officials say they did not intentionally shut down troubled for-profit college:
    After Corinthian Colleges announced in June that a financial penalty imposed by the Department of Education had placed it in danger of immediate collapse, observers and analysts were quick to credit the government with intentionally moving to shut down one of the sector’s most troubled colleges. The government “knew exactly what it was doing” when it cut off the cash-strapped company’s access to loan money, one analyst claimed; a Bloomberg story said the penalty showed the department had at last “found a way” to “rein in for-profit colleges.”

    But on yesterday’s call, which reporters participated in on the condition they not name the officials speaking, a senior education official said the department did not intend to shut down Corinthian and did not know what would happen when it imposed a 21-day delay on Corinthian’s access to federal loan money. “We did not know the cash situation,” said the official, who would not be identified by name. “We had no foreknowledge that this would be the reaction.”

  • Team blackness discusses the video that has surfaced of a black, barefoot woman wandering on the eastbound Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles in broad daylight. A white California Highway Patrol Trooper approached her, pinned her to the ground, and while straddling her, proceeded to punch her in the head as many as 11 times. The woman was not armed.

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  •  Wait, wait… (9+ / 0-)

    There were actually 10,000 individual votes to take in this past Congress?

  •  All three of my previous posts today (3+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor, Senor Unoball, JeffW

    Were oddball musical references. Imagine that....

    "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 Jul 09, 2014 at 12:04:52 PM PDT

  •  Will fewer veterans mean more adventurism (2+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, JeffW

    OR less?  Are veterans more likely to spend on military contractor welfare or less?  It will be interesting to see.

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

    by nightsweat on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:05:04 PM PDT

    •  consistent with population (2+ / 0-)
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      So in the 70's you had a long of middle aged men, the demographic for congress, who served in WWII,  a reletive of mine who served, for instance, was well into his 40's.  Then there was the draft for Vietnam, which brings in people like John McCain, whose family is career military, but there were people drafted and they are now around his age.

      As it is, only about a quarter of US men are veterans and a small percentage of women.  This would indicate that the number of veterans in congress at least represent the veterans in the US population. So one way to deal with this is force every kid to spend a year or two in the military, and then engage in enough defensive actions to make sure a good percentage of them have field experience.

      Or we could just let our dependence on war fade, and realize that veterans are going to become more scarce, and we are going to have to figure out a new way to provide services.  The article laments that services are languishing because there are few veterans in congress, but as mentioned, that represents society.

      What I find interesting is the few female veterans we have, and how that is going to reduce the number of veterans in congress as it becomes less of male dominated club.  This will be strictly the fault of the military and it's supporters.  For instance, again the marines are hiding behind 'standards' to keep women out.  It remind me of the SAT people claiming that the reason whites did better on the test was because they had a better education, and not because the SAT assumed that elite white schools were supposed to do better on the field test question.  Standards change, and when the standards specifiy a male, that is what you get, even if a more diverse approach will achieve the same of better results.

      I think the military has gotten very used to have an entitled status which has given them luxuries and opportunities that other don't have.  Some of those luxuries and opportunities are very defensible, but given that we are a civil society I don;t think that a seat in congress is one of them.  

      Politico, obviously, think it is.

      She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

      by lowt on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:46:29 PM PDT

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    •  I'd bet more adventurism (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Calamity Jean

      Because of all those who stayed safe at home during Iraq and Afghanistan and the Gulf War, and now are ashamed at the very sight of someone like Tammy Duckworth or Bob Dole.

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:41:10 PM PDT

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  •  This is a tough one, were those (1+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball

    rendition files really destroyed accidentally, whereas those IRS files that the GOP have been screaming about weren't?

    Who knows.

  •  Headline: "Poll: Most call for less Sarah Palin". (7+ / 0-)

    Politico article here.

    Aren't we being a little harsh here? C'mon, I think that Sarah Palin is funny as hell.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:05:24 PM PDT

  •  Limbaugh...'Harry Reid is obsessed with the Kochs' (6+ / 0-)

    Coming from an authority on Obsession.

  •  On Brazil's humiliation (4+ / 0-)

    Ive seen people less upset when Germans crossed the border and invaded their country than the citizens of Rio are after their team was royally trounced in a soccer match with Deutschland.

  •  Whenever some dufus gets gored in Pamplona, (6+ / 0-)

    usually after a beer, or 12, its a good day for bulls everywhere and it makes me smile.

  •  Right, 'water damage'. Did Tony Blair pee on it (2+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, JML9999

    on his way out the door to Davos to hear how fab he is?
    Did he make copies to share with Ms Murdoch on their dates as  torture porn foreplay?

  •  The drop in veterans shouldn't be a surprise (3+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, JeffW, Just Bob

    The generation that served from the 1950's through the late 1980's/early 1990's was the same one that came of age during World War II.  There were over 12,000,000 men and women in uniform during the war, around a tenth of the population, plus volunteers in the Civil Air Patrol, the Red Cross, and similar civilian organizations.  We haven't had comparable military enlistment since.

    This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

    by Ellid on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:10:37 PM PDT

  •  Yesterday's ad: "Proud" (5+ / 0-)

    A bit cliched, but still handy if you have friends and family in the state.

    Direct link to video.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:11:27 PM PDT

  •  Most GOP members voted wrong near 100% of time nt (4+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, JML9999, JeffW, cybersaur

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:15:52 PM PDT

  •  OOPS! (3+ / 0-)
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    Accidentally shut that college down! My bad!

    Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:19:45 PM PDT

  •  "Accidently" well that excuse worked with the BBC (3+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, JeffW, Paul1a

    and old Doctor Who episodes.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:22:21 PM PDT

  •  So, if you are in the market for a tank.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Check out this story in the Mercury News.

    The majority of what is believed to be the largest collection of armored military vehicles on the planet is auctioned at the formerly private playground of collector Jacques Littlefield, a Stanford grad who turned his boyhood hobby into an obsession, and had the family fortune to make it possible.
    The collection, housed in 10 large buildings at the top of a hill from which it's possible to see the entire Peninsula, will be open to the public for viewing Wednesday and Thursday. The auction -- open only to registered bidders -- takes place Friday and Saturday at 495 Old Spanish Trail. And though there is no minimum bid required on most items, collectors will need an up-armored credit line to take home an M4 "Jumbo" Sherman tank, expected to fetch bids of about $1.6 million. A German Panzer IV has an estimated value of $2.6 million, the highest in the collection.
    Man, I would love  to go view this, but the viewing  hours, today and tomorrow make it kinda hard for we working stiffs....

    Any group with the word "Patriot" in its name, probably isn't.

    by Senor Unoball on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:24:05 PM PDT

  •  Here's an Image We Need. (3+ / 0-)
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    Robed minister in the dawn light in front of buildings in an industrial park, arms upraised: "Let us pray."

    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 Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:24:06 PM PDT

  •  About this CHP officer punching the black lady (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder if we'll hear more about this...if the whole story will come out.  I have seen so many presentations that look to be something horrible and when the facts are revealed it was nothing at all like what it seemed.

    I hope that if this CHP officer did just go up to a black woman and start punching her without provocation or reason, he's fried.  I also hope that this is not like the Duke Lacrosse case and it's being made out to be something very different than what it seems.

  •  Didja hear the news that X-Mayor Nagin (0+ / 0-)

    in NOLA got sentenced to 10 years?  I doubt he will serve all 10 years in jail, but that was the sentence.

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 12:43:34 PM PDT

  •  the British were very clever. the hot files (1+ / 0-)
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    which could have been embarrassing, were ruined by pure chance, after they visited

    and no one could have predicted or prevented it..

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:08:23 PM PDT

  •  Bicyclists are bullying automobilists. Don't be... (0+ / 0-)

    Bicyclists are bullying automobilists. Don't believe it for a second.

    •  Then come here to Buffalo. (1+ / 0-)
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      Where bicyclists rarely even slow down or look for cars at red lights, practically never at a stop sign, travel down the middle of the on coming traffic lane, and don't bother with reflectors or lights on their bicycles while wearing dark clothes at night.  Quite a few have a habit of weaving around the entire road making it extremely difficult to safely pass them, no matter which direction the car is traveling in relation to the bike.

      The pedestrians try to avoid jaywalking in the middle of oncoming traffic.  Though they do cut it pretty close at times.  Combined with every 3rd or 4th car seeming to have some aversion to staying between the lines and drive on icy or wet roads as if they are dry and dry roads as if they were icy or wet, it makes driving here a white knuckle experience frequently.

      A person's character is measured by how they treat everyone. Not just your pet group.

      by Tempus Figits on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:52:06 PM PDT

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      •  Same in Chicago... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 03:12:36 PM PDT

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      •  Bullying requires you to have power. (0+ / 0-)

        In a car vs. bike crash, the asshole behind the wheel has the power. Sometimes a victim makes bad choices like not using lights at night. Sometimes a bully rationalizes his actions by citing these bad choices. Sometimes others who aren't themselves bullies provide support for the bullies. Oh hello, that's you.

        PS: come to Orlando and see how many cars come to a full stop before the crosswalk when turning right on red.

        warning: snark probably above

        by NE2 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:21:17 PM PDT

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        •  By your logic... (0+ / 0-)

          Blue Whales rule the world.  Since they have the mass to overrun anyone they want.  After all, it isn't like bicyclist have zero political power.  When was the last time that you heard of an automobile groups assisting a driver defend themselves that was involved in a bike/auto accident.  I can list quite a few of the bicycle groups assisting the bicyclist.  

          This is a major problem.  Bicyclists are just as much a vehicle on the road as any car.  Yet the laws are written such that even if the automobile driver followed every law and safety procedure and the bicyclist put themselves in the accident, the drive of the car is still legally responsible.  This has created a system where far too many cyclists don't even bother to even take self preservative caution in their actions.  

          70%-80% of bicyclists are great, including myself and my son.  But that 20%-30% of them create problems and ill will that spill over to the rest.  The same can also be said about car drivers.  The problem on both sides is that their actions put not just themselves at risk but everyone they encounter.  The difference is that the vast majority of good drivers are more than happy to push to get the bad drivers off the road and limit the damage they can cause.  Far too many cyclists do not hold their fellow cyclists to the same standard.

          A person's character is measured by how they treat everyone. Not just your pet group.

          by Tempus Figits on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 07:20:51 PM PDT

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  •  Just who's the "bully" here? (3+ / 0-)
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    Major Kong, JeffW, NE2

    1) If anyone in DC traffic is a "bully", it's the morons who hang off your corner and then step on the gas when you signal a lane change.

    2) "They slow-pedal those three-wheel rickshaws through downtown during rush hour, laughing at motorists who want them to get out of the way."  I've been gone from the DC area for about four years now.  Am I to infer that DC finally got around to coordinating their traffic lights so traffic can actually move at rush hour?

    3) If you deliberately clobber a cyclist, or anyone else, I should hope you'd be charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder at the very least.  But I forget.  Grievous bodily harm is no biggie as long as you use a motor vehicle.

    Bello ne credite, Americani; quidquid id est, timeo Republicanos et securitatem ferentes.

    by Sura 109 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:47:54 PM PDT

  •  Leave the bulls alone! (5+ / 0-)

    Major Kong's rules for a long and healthy life:

    Rule #1 - Leave the freakin' bulls alone!

    The bull doesn't want you waving a cape in his face and trying to stick him with a sword.

    The bull really doesn't want you on his back trying to ride him. That means you Tex.

    And the bull certainly has better things to do than have to chase your stupid ass through the streets of Pamplona.

    He was perfectly happy in his pasture, eating grass and chasing cows or whatever else it is bulls do all day.

    Leave the bulls alone!

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:57:17 PM PDT

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