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    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - John McCain's Bomb It
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    • 'Show me' Missouri racism, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Wrong side of heaven, by Mark E Andersen
    • Ferguson, Clive Bundy, and the Second Amendment, by Dante Atkins
    • Hillary Clinton can only win with the Obama coalition, by Egberto Willies
    • Clues for navigating the alphabet soup of health insurance, by Joan McCarter
    • Dear Hillary: 'Don't do stupid stuff' would've kept us out of Iraq and Vietnam. Pretty smart, no, by Ian Reifowitz
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  • A visual tabulation of where people in the state where you live were born.
  • WorldView-3 spy satellite could revolutionize how we watch earth:
    A new satellite can tell what type of minerals are on the surface of the Earth, what species a tree is and its current health, and it can even spot the details on the windshield of a car. And it's available for any company to buy. [...]

    “There are people who want to manage cities using geo-spatial data,” he said. With data at this level of resolution, it's possible to “clearly see features like manholes, sidewalks” and anything else they may need to examine, he said. He also showed how it could save life—picking up a distress signal from a group of survivors, for example.

  • First thousand robot flash mob self-organizes:
    The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. "Form a sea star shape," directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. "Now form the letter K."

    The 'K' stands for Kilobots, the name given to these extremely simple robots, each just a few centimeters across, standing on three pin-like legs. Instead of one highly-complex robot, a "kilo" of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors.

    Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse.

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  • Wouldn't "Stop where you are, I have a gun" have been in order?
    A Virginia sheriff's deputy mistook his 16-year-old daughter for an intruder early Tuesday and shot her as she sneaked back into their home, authorities say. [...]

    The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday while McDonald, a 13-year veteran, was getting ready for work, said Frederick County Sheriff's Capt. Donnie Lang. The home's alarm system indicated a door of the attached garage had been opened, and McDonald grabbed his personal handgun to investigate.

    Seeing a dark figure approaching him, he fired.

    The girl is in stable condition in the hospital after being struck in the torso.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Ferguson calms down, but the police presser heats it up again. Greg Dworkin rounded up militarization discussion, and "a very cool thing about Robin Williams." St. Louis Co. prosecutor's got to go. Parsing the presser as it happened.

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  •  Check out (9+ / 0-)

    "The Democrats and the Republicans are equally corrupt where money is concerned. It's only in the amount where the Republicans excel." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:05:02 PM PDT

  •  should not be a policeman nor a parent (14+ / 0-)
    A Virginia sheriff's deputy mistook his 16-year-old daughter for an intruder early Tuesday and shot her as she sneaked back into their home, authorities say. [...]
    The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday while McDonald, a 13-year veteran, was getting ready for work, said Frederick County Sheriff's Capt. Donnie Lang. The home's alarm system indicated a door of the attached garage had been opened, and McDonald grabbed his personal handgun to investigate.

    Seeing a dark figure approaching him, he fired.

    •  Yeah, and he shouldn't be (10+ / 0-)

      able to own a gun, either. We are all sick of hearing about cops shooting unarmed and non threatening people. Start by removing the gun from anyone who has wrongly shot someone.

      The girl is guilty of no crime, her dad is.

      A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

      by onionjim on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:14:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Am I just making this up (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        onionjim, cowdab

        Or isn't the saying never shoot until you see the whites of the eye.

        •  That might have been (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          cowdab, Eric Nelson

          Andrew Jackson, but I am relying on folk tales.

          Yes, firing a gun at something before you fully comprehend what it is you are making a hole in, is a crime.

          A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

          by onionjim on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:28:09 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Um, no it was Bunker Hill (1+ / 0-)
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            Aunt Pat

            And the reason for the order (actually given on Breeds hill) was that the rebels had almost no gunpowder, there being no need for a domestic gunpowder industry prior to the war and so little use of guns in America that no one even started a gun powder manufactory.

            A musket is all but useless at more than a few dozen yards. In order to hit a man-sized target, he needs to be almost on top of you (thus you being able to see the whites of his eyes). It was estimated that a weight of metal equal to the weight of a man was needed to ensure killing a single man on an 18th century battlefield (i.e. hundreds of musket balls fired for each kill.) That's why they slowly marched across the field in close formation: they were unlikely to be hit until the last few yards.

            In fact the first job of the American Navy (Commodore Hopkin's little fleet) was to sail down to the Caribbean to steal gunpowder from the British.

            Kind of puts the lie to the RWNJ Assholes with guns lie about the minute men and American's being up to their necks in guns before the revolution, and every red blooded American REAL MAN having a musket up above the fireplace.

            The NRA: Lies, lies, all lies.

        •  Attributed to (2+ / 0-)
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          onionjim, Aunt Pat
          http://en.wikipedia.org/...
          The famous order "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was popularized in stories about the battle of Bunker Hill. It is uncertain as to who said it there, since various histories, including eyewitness accounts, attribute it to Putnam, Stark, Prescott, or Gridley, and it may have been said first by one, and repeated by the others. It was also not an original statement. The idea dates originally to the general-king Gustavus Adolphus (1594 – 1632) who gave standing orders to his musketeers: "never to give fire, till they could see their own image in the pupil of their enemy's eye".[
          Stand fast.

          Ted Cruz is upset that there are so many refugees who would like to come make a life in America the way his father has.

          by Gordon20024 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:36:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  honestly (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Aunt Pat

      This is no different from any other shooting, except it was within a family who believes that guns are a reasonable solution to problems. It is not like Fergunson where some gun nut murdered someone else's kid in cold blood. This really is nothing more than a tragic accident, one of the many cases where a child dies to a parents neglect or possible well meaning action.

      If we continue to have laws that enable gun owners to legally kill others under some fairly broad circumstances, then the best we can hope for is that those tragedies happen within family units.  In this case the father may have been one of those person who have waiting years for an excuse to legally kill another person.  Ok, it has happened.  If it had been some stranger looking to steal a stereo, there would have a parent mourning because their kid made a single mistake.  As it is another parent does not have to mourn. But we can still ask it killing a teenager because they want to steal a stereo is a reasonable thing to do.

      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 Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:57:41 PM PDT

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      •  Parents should know where their (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Aunt Pat

        kids are at that hour.  Before they shoot they should double check, ask who it is and warn, if it is possible, that they are going to shoot.  

        Anyone breaking into my home in the middle of the night can probably expect police to arrive and if they corner us, they may be in serious peril of being shot.  Not by me as I don't know one end of a gun from the other; but my husband sure does.  

        I also wish that all guns would be gone from earth in a flash.  What is that old saying?  "Wish in one hand and s@#t in the other to see which one gets full the fastest?"  

        "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

        by cowdab on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:24:57 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  If as you posit.. (0+ / 0-)

        ..that:  

        In this case the father may have been one of those person who have waiting years for an excuse to legally kill another person.
        ..then yes, it was a killing fueled by hate, fear, racism or some combination that we've been witnessing coming from the rwnj's in this country.

        So it is true, we have a culture where way too many people exalt over the killing for things like a stereo, if the theft fits their biases. Biases that  -imo - are exploited by the manufactures of weaponry and power seeking politicians

         It's a national sickness or infection or something made all the more dangerous by an overly war based economy, from the NRA supporting the small arms weapons manufacturers all the way to missiles, bombs, aircraft carriers and everything in between. The killing industries iow's

        That to me is what needs ending. An economy and culture captured by the profiteers of the killing industries

      •  One might imagine (0+ / 0-)

        a veteran police officer MIGHT be capable of competent target acquisition and identification before he just goes and SHOOTS SOMEONE.

        Assholes with guns (AWGs) REALLY don't even KNOW the basics of gun safety much less have the ability to employ it or effectively use their weapons.

        This man should be fired from his job and never be allowed to own or handle a gun again.

        If you can't play with your penis -- I mean GUN! -- safely, it will be taken away from you.

    •  I'm guessing the NRA's response would be that if (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Captain Frogbert

      only the 16 year old girl had been armed with a gun, she could have shot her dad first and this entire tragedy could have been avoided.  The only way to stop a bad father with a gun, is a good daughter with a gun.

  •  Idiot Ferguson Police Chief (6+ / 0-)

    press conference. Trying not to barf. Me. Not him.

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

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:09:30 PM PDT

  •  White Liberal Media... (6+ / 0-)

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:11:29 PM PDT

  •  his shotgun was tied up at another wedding (5+ / 0-)
    Wouldn't "Stop where you are, I have a gun" have been in order?

    A Virginia sheriff's deputy mistook his 16-year-old daughter for an intruder early Tuesday and shot her as she sneaked back into their home, authorities say. [...]

    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 Aug 15, 2014 at 12:17:39 PM PDT

  •  So idiot Police Chief (12+ / 0-)

    just confirmed that the events in the video had no connection to the stop of Mike Brown because the officer didn't even know about that incident when he stopped him.

    I agree with Antonio French:

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

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:21:09 PM PDT

  •  getting ready for Judgement Day (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Stude Dude, geez53
    The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.

    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 Aug 15, 2014 at 12:24:27 PM PDT

    •  I used to worry about planet over-population. (2+ / 0-)
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      TofG, cowdab

      Feeling a great sense of relief from current news cycle. We can give ebola and kilo-bots conceal/carry permits and continue 1033 so Seal Team Six wannabe PDs can haz artillery fired nukes. Should be good news for the off-planet crowd.

      21st Century America: The distracted, superficial perception of a virtual reality. Gettov Milawn

      by geez53 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:01:12 PM PDT

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      •  They're going to have to step it up a lot (1+ / 0-)
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        geez53

        if they are going to get a handle on the population!  We are eating our planet alive.  Don't want anyone to die but it truly will be the planet's solution to our foolish breeding.

        With every bit of aid to starving people, one hand should be giving them a means of birth control.  No woman or man wants to have children only to watch them die of starvation.

        "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

        by cowdab on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:29:03 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  The Pakistanis and Yemenis know all about SkyNet (0+ / 0-)

      "It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems" - Kurt Vonnegut

      by jazzence on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:34:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  You left out the best part (6+ / 0-)
    After alerting 911, the deputy then crashed his car while racing her to the hospital, and emergency responders finished transporting her for treatment at Winchester Medical Center
    •  Just the kind of police you want.... (0+ / 0-)

      Keeping a cool head and demeanor in an emergency of any kind is imperative if you are to be an effective officer.

      "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

      by cowdab on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:30:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I suspect he shot his car (0+ / 0-)

      a half dozen times after the crash to punish it for non-compliance with his orders.

      He then fired several thousands rounds into the sky from an assault rifle to punish God for not being good enough, before going home and shooting his bed several times in order to subdue it enough that he could sleep there.

      He is fully prepared to shoot his alarm clock tomorrow morning to punish it for disturbing the peace, before shooting his froot loops box in preparation for breakfast.

      Just another real American man dealing with the world the only way he knows how.

      ka-bang! pew pew pew

  •  Well.. She might have been out having s..s..se.... (4+ / 0-)

    Well.. She might have been out having s..s..se...you know.. That ugly S word which of course as everyone knows is a capital crime if unmarried in the eyes of gawwwd!

    I would think a simple 'Who's there?' might have been a more reasonable response.

  •  I'm four days into my vacation. (0+ / 0-)

    It's been a bit of a washout so far about getting art done or getting up to the farm to work on the '51 Commander.

    OTOH, I've done some minor house projects including fixing the toilet that's been running for a couple of weeks.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:47:44 PM PDT

  •  That sheriff shooting daughter story is darkly (0+ / 0-)

    bizarre. Reminds you of a scene in one of my favorite movies," The President's Analyst", where the wife of a family James Coburn is staying with in New Jersey has secret agents (trying to kill Coburn) attack and she shouts "Muggers!" and begins Karate kickin them as her husband calmly plugs away with his own "personal handgun".

    If only Stephen Colbert and Precious had been there.

  •  Thank goodness he wasnt a better shot(and Im (2+ / 0-)
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    MNGlasnant, FiredUpInCA

    not saying that to be snarky).  I cant begin to imagine the psychological damage to that teenage girl and what familial repercussions this will bring, so sad.

  •  LAPD kills another nonwhite male (3+ / 0-)

    "It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems" - Kurt Vonnegut

    by jazzence on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:29:17 PM PDT

  •  Looking forward to Egberto's presentation (0+ / 0-)

    I often argue with my fellow democrats (I'm a moderate and that's kind of like being a republican in my state :-).  My biggest argument is that Hillary should not EVER be an Obama supporter when/if she runs for president.  I cite the fact...yea, it's a fact...that the VAST majority of the democrats running for office these days run for the hills when asked about how they feel able the Obama presidency.  Obama, currently, is kryptonite to democratic candidates of all sizes, beliefs and colors.  He's got one of the lowest (if not THE lowest) acceptance ratings any president has ever had and as such, isn't what most politicians in his party want to latch onto.  

    I love Egberto's presentations...so this one is gonna be VERY interesting to me.

    •  Nice try troll (0+ / 0-)

      But Obama's rating are about the same as most presidents at this point in their term. Better than Bush, a bit worse than Reagan, better than HW Bush, no one comes close to Eisenhower, better than Truman.

      I do not not theen these word "Democrat" means what you theen it means.

  •  Kill bots?? Uh-oh (0+ / 0-)

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:50:46 PM PDT

  •  Worldview - 3 satellite sounds like it could be.. (0+ / 0-)

    .. used for very good purpose, and since the US govt. will be "it's biggest customer" according to Times and taxpayers will be footing much of the Bill..

    Time magazine August 13, 2014:

    The U.S. government is DigitalGlobe’s No. 1 customer, but the general public is likely to benefit from its orbit. Technology aboard the satellite will, among other things, supply Google Maps with higher resolution photos for “satellite view” and should be able to help people like first-responders, who are trying to identify a wildfire’s origin or researchers who, using DigitalGlobe’s 10-year archive, are looking into crops at risk of disease or drought.
    Studying the earth with regard to climate change, weather events, wildfires, missing planes, world crop information, etc. all sound good.

    But then there is extraction industries; mining..

    looking for oil and gas to be able to scout out new sites, and mining companies that may want to explore and monitor potential projects, use of which could cut costs, according to the WorldView-3 mini-site.
    ..and even more advanced spying capabilities. It sounds like as much of a curse as it does a technological blessing.

    Since we the taxpayers will be paying much of the cost, it seems to me that we should have the rights to say in what this new satellite is used for.

    Thx MB

  •  Another "good guy with a gun" who shoots whoeve... (1+ / 0-)
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    cowdab

    Another "good guy with a gun" who shoots whoever happens to be around.

  •  Another good guy with a gun. (0+ / 0-)

    Another good guy with a gun.

  •  Chuck Todd's first MTP (0+ / 0-)

    McCain says bomb Ferguson.

    I am a Liberal. I am not a Progressive. If you are a Progressive you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    by LemmyCaution on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:59:26 PM PDT

  •  A part of every police training ... (0+ / 0-)

    is learning how to shoot in the dark with your handgun and a flashlight. If this officer had his handgun, he also had his flashlight available. He chose not to take it with him when he went on his search mission. Having that flashlight would have allowed him to identify his target as a friendly.


    I bought a suit made of crushed red velvet at a second hand store in a desperate attempt to keep its hopes and dreams alive.

    by glb3 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 03:05:32 PM PDT

  •  Please, please, please... (2+ / 0-)
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    NoBlueSkies, WakeUpNeo

    ... tell me that dangerously incompetent moron who shot his own daughter coming home, has already been fired from the police department, and has been charged with criminal negligence and/or attempted murder? And obviously, his right to possess a gun has at least been temporarily revoked, until he can undergo a mental competency exam and ultimately have a judge decide if he's a danger to the community or not.

    Un-fucking-believable

    •  I expect he will receive (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Jasonhouse

      the NRA father of the year award.

      The only way to stop a bad daughter with a house key is a crazy incompetent with a gun!

      pew pew pew

      •  I'm not so sure... (0+ / 0-)

        I tend to think that the default NRA position of "you're only safe with a loaded gun in your hand" will come into play...

        That is, if only this innocent unarmed victim had a gun, she could have stopped this cold blooded criminal from attempting to murder her in her own home.

        The NRA will then demand that minors to be trained and authorized to carry firearms.

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