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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Blasty the Drone, To Protect & Swerve:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Blasty the Drone, To Protect & Swerve
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  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Votes - paid for in blood, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Supreme Court cases I'd like to see, by Jon Perr
    • SCOTUS sold your soul to the company store, by Mark E Andersen
    • Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Senate (Summer Edition), by Steve Singiser
    • The privilege of normalcy, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Primary-palooza: A look at 2014's remaining primary races, by Darth Jeff
    • Obama to GOP: "I am the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy," by Egertbo Willies
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook July 10:
    Hobby Lobby long term goal: "Mandate" 4 Year Bible Curriculum - that HL writes - in Public Schools, by TeamSarah4Choice

    A Picture truly is worth 1000 words, by jusjtim35

    A response to the Hobby Lobby decision was written in 1925—in Tennessee!, by weinenkel

  • Selective Service orders centenarians to sign up for the draft:
    [T]he Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft and warning that failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.” [...]

    Chuck Huey, 73, of Kingston, said he got a notice addressed to his late grandfather Bert Huey, a World War I veteran who was born in 1894 and died in 1995 at age 100.

  • Number of full-time newspaper reporters covering statehouses has dropped from nearly 500 to 300 since 2003: One several reasons citizens have no clue what is going on in their legislatures.
  • Here's the American Veterinary Medical Association's official cat and dog maps of the States.
  • Spielberg blasted for killing triceratops after photo goes viral: Sometimes you gotta wonder about our education system. Not to mention the trigger-happiness of commenters on Facebook.
    Faux Triceratops with Steven Spielberg
    You, sir, should be ashamed of yourself.
    Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”
    Among the comments about the "killing" of this armor-plated, three-horned species of dinosaur extinct for 65 million years was this: "Disgraceful. No wonder dinosaurs became extinct. Sickos like this kill every last one of them as soon as they are discovered. He should be in prison." Another called Spielberg a "disgusting inhumane prick. I'd love to see these hunters be stopped ... I think zoos are the best ways to keep these innocent animals safe."
  • World Council of Churches says no to fossil fuels:
    The World Council of [Churches], a global coalition of 345 churches [representing more than half a billion believers], made the decision to no longer fund oil, gas, or coal at its central committee meeting in Geneva, and recommended that its members do the same. “The committee discussed the ethical investment criteria, and considered that the list of sectors in which the WCC does not invest should be extended to include fossil fuels,” read the finance policy committee report. [...]

    “The World Council of Churches reminds us that morality demands thinking as much about the future as about ourselves—and that there’s no threat to the future greater than the unchecked burning of fossil fuels,” Bill McKibben, the founder of, said in a statement. “This is a remarkable moment for the 590 million Christians in its member denominations: a huge percentage of humanity says today ‘this far and no further.’”

  • Team Blackness also discussed the sizzling testimony of Tianna Gaines-Turner at the House Budget Committee's poverty hearings, how smoking pot on TV—even if it's legal—can cause you to lose your job, why paparazzi-stalking shouldn't be compared to rape, and why Breitbart thinks Muslims are sneaking over our border.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning encore performance, the 7/15/13 episode. Greg Dworkin, Armando & Meteor Blades. "The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety." Aftermath of the Zimmerman trial. More "nuclear option" & Snowden/NSA.

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