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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is It's the excessive force, stupid:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen -- Cartoon: It's the excessive force, stupid
  • Tonight, Republicans in Alaska head to the polls to select a nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, in one of the key races that will determine who wins a majority in the Senate this fall. Polls don't close until midnight Eastern time, so you'll have to stay up late if you want to follow the results—but rest assured, we'll be here liveblogging. If you're not a night owl, there's also a crucial special election in Virginia that we'll be covering, since control of the state Senate is on the line. Polls there close at 7:00 PM ET. You can find our preview for both of these contests right here.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook August 18:
    Attorney For Ferguson Market: NO ONE From His Store Called 911 To Report Cigar Theft, by TeamSarah4Choice

    So Darren Wilson has a clean record?, by Susan from 29

    The Seamy Underbelly Of Ferguson Starts To Appear, by Phoebe Loosinhouse

  • Don Pardo, voice of SNL and a whole lot more, dead at 96:
    Pardo's long career in radio began in 1938, with a Rhode Island NBC affiliate. In 1944 he ended up with a job offer at NBC's main network while touring the New York headquarters.

    He made the move to television as NBC experimented with the new medium, announcing for variety and game shows, including "The Price Is Right." When "The Price Is Right" left NBC, Pardo moved to another game show that would prove wildly successful, "Jeopardy!" As the original "Jeopardy!" came to an end, he was approached by Lorne Michaels for his new sketch comedy program, "Saturday Night Live." At that point, Pardo had been with the network for more than three decades; he would serve as the announcer for "SNL" for nearly 40 years.

  • Today would have been the primary between Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney if she hadn't chickened out.
  • Join our intrepid Election Diary Rescue team: The Daily Kos Election Diary Rescue team is seeking volunteers. Right now, the EDR posts one diary a week. Come September, it will post twice a week. In October, the feature will become daily until shortly after the general election November 4. EDR is very flexible. Some volunteers might be able to commit to a regular, weekly slot and others may work a few hours here and there. If you are interested, please email
  • James Risen: The national security reporter the Obama administration may soon send to jail. He refuses to reveal a source for his reporting on this:
    In State of War, Risen revealed a secret CIA operation, code-named Merlin, that was intended to undermine the Iranian nuclear program. The plan—originally approved by president Bill Clinton, but later embraced by George W. Bush—was to pass flawed plans for a trigger system for a nuclear weapon to Iran in the hopes of derailing the country's nuclear program. "It was one of the greatest engineering secrets in the world," Risen wrote in State of War, "providing the solution to one of a handful of problems that separated nuclear powers such as the United States and Russia from the rogue countries like Iran that were desperate to join the nuclear club but had so far fallen short."
  • CNN's Errol Barnett gives co-anchor Rosemary Church the side-eye over suggesting Ferguson use water cannon on protesters.
  • Wind power prices at all-time low:
    With new wind power installations rebounding from last year's free fall, there's still a chance that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, the Department of Energy projected on Monday. [...]

    The most positive sign for the wind power industry in the 82-page report was that both the cost of wind turbines and the price of wind-powered electricity continue to fall. [...]

    That means wind electricity costs about 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, a highly competitive price in some parts of the country.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: It's officially OK to consider Ferguson outrageous. Kid mistaken for intruder. Again. Greg Dworkin has more on the Perry indictment. Rei (and WaPo) warn on Iceland. Thoughts on Ferguson via GideonAB & Phoebe Loosinhouse.

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  •  broken arrow! broken arrow! (4+ / 0-)
    CNN's Errol Barnett gives co-anchor Rosemary Church the side-eye over suggesting Ferguson use water cannon on protesters.

    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 Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:03:07 PM PDT

  •  officer-involved shooting reported in St. Louis .. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Vita Brevis, a2nite, Eric Nelson

    within the past couple of hours.  


    By the map, the 8700 block of Riverview is inside the city of St. Louis,
    and is less than three miles from the intersection of W. Florissant and
    Ferguson Rd.

    The city of St. Louis is not inside St. Louis County.

    •  "leave the cannoli..." (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      this just in, Rich in PA
      According to Dotson, the suspect stole two energy drinks from the Six Stars Market in the 8700 block of Riverview. Dotson said after the suspect walked out of the store with the drinks, he went back inside the store and grabbed a pastry. Dotson said the store owner followed the suspect out of the store and police were dispatched to the area.

      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 Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:17:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Two new diaries (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Vita Brevis, Eric Nelson, Garrett

    "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 Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:04:45 PM PDT

  •  thanks for including EDR request for volunteers! (4+ / 0-)

    The EDR team works so hard, and is fun group.

    ALL roads (and waterways!) lead to a Democrat victory in 2014 as more of us join to GOTV for Democrats!

    New website: NDN Silver by Wings "Beauty, magic, and the mysteries of the earth and sky connect" in his jewelry art. Please visit his silverwork galleries, share with friends. Gifts from the heart.

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:08:08 PM PDT

  •  Hey! Forget water cannon! I have another great (5+ / 0-)

    idea for crowd control!

     photo dogs_zpsf849d5fe.png

    Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:10:37 PM PDT

  •  The Police Are CRAZY! (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rikon Snow, a2nite, Eric Nelson, randallt

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13:23 PM PDT

  •  "I find your lack of fishing license disturbing" (5+ / 0-)
    Today would have been the primary between Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney if she hadn't chickened out.

    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 Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13:43 PM PDT

  •  I'm trying to patch up the '51. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blueyedace2, Eric Nelson, JeffW

    But I'm getting frustrated with my amaturish wire welding.

    I'm going to duck over to YouTube and see if some pro has advice on dialing the thing in.

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

    by Stude Dude on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:17:44 PM PDT

  •  cigars & brow n (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam, blueyedace2

    When the video from the store was first released there was a lot more on the video than the media is showing now.

    Brown only picked up one box, sets in n the counter then turns, dig in his pockets, turns back to the counter,  hands the box back to his friend . Then something happens to cause him to reach across and grab stuff. Then the store clerk comes out from behind the counter & Brown grabs more stuff, then drops some of it, and his friend puts the box back he has back on the counter.
    Next scene is at the door which the media show over & over again, It never appears that the store clerk calls any one.

    Did the clerk say something to Brown to make him angry.

    sS did the police make up the report?


    Now there's a sign that would scare the crap out of them.

    I am a registered voter.
    All the people I know are registered voters.
    We ALL vote, every time.
    That is scary stuff.

    Protest that works comment by nomandates Registration Table Change the culture 100% registration.

    by 88kathy on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:19:55 PM PDT

  •  Anonymous D0xes - Governor of Missouri (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:20:36 PM PDT

  •  Enjoy... (6+ / 0-)

    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:22:14 PM PDT

  •  #Ferguson (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    James Allen, randallt

    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 Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:22:32 PM PDT

  •  This "sundown town" shit on the part (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam, a2nite, NoBlueSkies

    of the Ferguson authorities has to stop.

    "It is our hope that as we continue to work for the well-being of Ferguson, residents will stay home at night, allow peace to settle in, and allow for the justice process to take its course," said the city leadership in a press release.
    Oh, and this PR firm is an absolute  disaster already but, of course, they really being used to make the Counsel and the Mayor look reasonable...anyone can see through that phony shit.
  •  Police Threatened Al Jazeera Journalist (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam, NoBlueSkies

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:25:37 PM PDT

  •  I know CNN is trying to be Faux News (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dconrad, Eric Nelson, JeffW

    but really, how ignorant does that anchor have to be to keep her job?  Does she have to use dog whistles, racially provocative language and be totally tone deaf?

  •  Tailings Pond Failure - Uranium Edition (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    randallt, JeffW, this just in
    Uranium tailings ponds operators must double-check the safety of their facilities following the Mount Polley tailings pond breach and spill in B.C., Canada's nuclear regulator says.

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates uranium mines and mills, including their waste. In a news release Monday, it said it sent a letter last week to seven companies that operate uranium tailings ponds in Ontario and Saskatchewan.

    The ponds contained ground-up uranium ore stored underwater to minimize the escape of dust and radiation and to prevent it from oxidizing. According to the CNSC, they could contain significant concentrations of radioactive elements such as thorium-230 and radium-226, along with elements produced by their radioactive decay.

    Companies have until Sept. 15 to tell the agency when and how they will carry out the request.

    The seven companies involved include:

        Cameco Corporation
        Rio Algom Limited
        Willet Green Miller Ctr
        P.J. Brugger and Associates
        EWL Management Ltd.
        Denison Mines Inc.
  •  Instead of water cannons and billions spent on.. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dconrad, randallt, Van Buren

    ..the 1033 program -  (4.3 $billion in military equipment transferred to local police)
    Why not require body cameras for police?

    Yes, journalists and citizens have a right to record law-enforcement officers. But why not require police to record themselves? by Derek Thompson | Aug 14 2014, 10:24 AM ET @ the Atlantic

    Police officers armed like stormtroopers rained tear gas on Ferguson, Missouri, fired rubber bullets into crowds, and arrested journalists charging their cell phones in a McDonald's last night.
    Ferguson police reportedly ordered civilians to turn off cameras and recording devices on Wednesday. But what would have last night looked like if the police had to wear their own devices?
    It's been studied with very good result:
    In 2012, Rialto, a small city in California's San Bernardino County, outfitted its police officers with small Body Cams to be worn at all times and record all working hours.
    When researchers studied the effect of cameras on police behavior, the conclusions were striking.
    Within a year, the number of complaints filed against police officers in Rialto fell by 88 percent and "use of force" fell by 59 percent.
    “When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better,” Chief William A. Farrar, the Rialto police chief, told the New York Times. “And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will behave a little better.”

     - extra blockquoting by me

    Here is a Moveon petition I found this morning:
    Make All Missouri Law Enforcement Officers Wear Cameras

    Thx MB
    I was thinking of putting up a quick Diary with this idea in mind and a link to the petition, but am not sure if this hasn't been done here @ Daily Kos more than a few times already by authors that are more experienced and would get much more attention

  •  Requiescat in pace, Don Pardo (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson, randallt, JeffW, Idaho07

    I've been listening to your voice all my life.

    La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

    by dconrad on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:08:31 PM PDT

    •  me, too. (0+ / 0-)

      Don has been a welcome voice in my life since childhood.
      I'm old enough to remember his competition in the early '50s. Don was warm and engaging, and his vocal style really set the standard for all announcers after SNL began. They all try to sound like him now.

      But there was only one. I was delighted when I heard his voice in the very first episode of SNL, and I'm very happy he had such a long home there.

      Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

      by Idaho07 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 04:22:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for the EDR mention (0+ / 0-)

    I'm on that team and it's a great group of Kossacks. Election Diary Rescue has been going strong since 2006.

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:14:42 PM PDT

  •  What is it with right wingers and water? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Water canons, water boarding, Watergate,

  •  Media aspersions cast against Queen Clinton: (0+ / 0-)

    I was flabbergasted to read a horrific article this afternoon which criticized Hillary Clinton from the standpoint of elitism.

    Only now, thanks to smelling salts, am I recovered enough to relate this horrid piece of writing I had the misfortune to come across.  I will highlight some of the salient pieces:

    Clinton had commented that she and husband Bill Clinton came out of the White House “dead broke” and she maintained that the family struggled. She also claimed that the Clinton's are not “truly well off” although it has been reported that Bill and Hillary have earned more than $100 million — most of it from speaking-engagement fees — in the past eight years.
    First, what business is it of the commons to be discussing the financial position of one of America's Corporate backed Aristocrats?  None.  None at all.  Now, if this question were raised by one of America's Savvy Businessmen, that's one thing.  This level of impudence is something I would expect from a lesser-developed country that embraces meritocracy.

    Second - were I to give this some thought - I would point out that it was John McCain himself who declared 30 million as being the cut-off for "middle class".  Therefore, 100 million is really not that much.  Not that it's any of my business.

    Beyond staying at ultra-luxury hotel accommodations as she travels, Clinton demands that she and her companions are transported to events in private jets no smaller than a 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 — a limousine of the skies. She requires that she spends no more time than 90 minutes at any event and that she will appear in no more than 50 photographs with no more than 100 people.
    Next they'll be attacking the Queen's selection of carriages.

    Note that this information was provided via legal "Freedom of Information Act" requests.  In other words, clearly Clinton did not wish for this to become public - and therefore, it should not have been released.  Again, the sheer impudence that commoners think they have any right to question Clinton's requirements is beyond the pale.  

    What next?  Questioning Obama's appointment of Wall Street Savvy Businessmen to High Office?

    The Review-Journal criticizes the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate’s travel demands as “lifestyles of the rich and famous.” And along with some of Clinton’s recent comments about her family’s wealth, the paper says it appears to critics that she’s “out of touch with average Americans.”
    What a laughably absurd accusation!  If the American People wanted someone in touch with them, they wouldn't have supported the Corporate Aristocracy for the past 20+ years, would they?  

    If the American people were concerned with having someone "in touch" with the commoners, they wouldn't keep electing Corporate Aristocrats, would they?

    Americans WANT Corporate Aristocrats in power.  And as a free country with the right to vote - that is our right.

    Despite the grousing, the UNLV Foundation has complied with Clinton’s wishes, as it will like turn a healthy profit. Top tables go for $20,000 and are already sold out. It’s reported that the rest of the tables, which cost between $3,000 and $10,000, are selling briskly.
    Grousing?  How dare they grouse.  Everyone will make $$ and those who can afford thousands of dollars for a table will have the benefit of actually breathing the same air as a member of the American Aristocracy.

    What more could any commoner wish for?

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:52:19 PM PDT

  •  You don't here much about Ferguson from (0+ / 0-)

    the tea baggers. Brain dead CNN news achors are another story entirely.

    The tea baggers are watching the logical conclusion of their desire to shrink the federal government down to nothing and have states take over all the services the federal government does. It's obvious that states are incapable of deploying law enforcement personnel as peaceful, non-violent guardians. Why? Because they won't spend the money necessary to hire professional people so they end up with warm bodies that can pass a civil service exam and a drug screen. Then they refuse to spend the money on training. So when someone is stopped by local police and stands up for their constitutional rights you get mealy mouthed assholes who resort to violence.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

    by harris stein on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:58:05 PM PDT

  •  From todays LATimes, a traditional media ... (0+ / 0-)


    Seeing Michael Brown

    The significance was not the particular words, but the fact that Obama was defining Brown first and foremost as a human being — a son whose parents are grieving his sudden and permanent absence. With that standard presidential pronoun "we," Obama was implying something else radical: The death was a loss not just for the Browns and Ferguson, but for the whole nation. Michael Brown, he was saying, was one of us. All of us.
    That simple but specific assertion was in stark contrast to the familiar media chatter about Michael Brown not as a person, but as a symbol. Brown has been cast as a victim of history, a martyr, a robbery suspect, a criminal in the making. However accurate each of those labels may be, they are also dehumanizing, concerned less with the actual Michael Brown than with what he represents in America's deeply troubled view of race and blackness.
  •  I'm in Alaska and dropped by a voting station (0+ / 0-)

    there was only one voter there at 12 noon. Apparently things have been quiet all day. That is only one voting place, but still....

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