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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Billy Dare and the protective flashback:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- Billy Dare and the protective flashback
  • Supreme Court stays lower court ruling overturning Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage: The Court did not release any reasons for the stay nor its vote totals.
  • Execution video of James Foley confirmed authentic: Intelligence sources have determined that the gruesome video of journalist James Foley being beheaded is real.
    GlobalPost asks its audience to consider refraining from watching or sharing the video of Jim's killing or its associated images. The video is a graphic work of propaganda, intending to terrorize the public at the expense of an impartial, credentialed journalist whose objective was to chronicle the suffering in Syria, where more than 170,000 people have been killed.

    Jim cared deeply about the victims of war, and the rights of people living under oppressive regimes. He was an old-school reporter, who traveled light, talked to the locals and put the story first. His conflict reporting — from Afghanistan to Libya to Syria —exemplifies the intrepid and selfless work of someone willing to risk his life so the world could understand the horrors of modern war.

  • Woman raises more than $140,000 to feed Ferguson schoolchildren: Public schools in Ferguson, Missouri, were supposed to open August 14, but won't open before August 25 at the earliest because of protests over the police slaying of Michael Brown. That's presented a problem for the 68 percent of the local school district's enrollees eligible for reduced price or free lunches. But a North Carolina teacher, Julianna Mendelsohn, initiated a fund-raising effort to feed those children. By Thursday, more than 4,500 donors had contributed more than $140,000 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank to feed them.
  • Initial claims for unemployment compensation fall: For the week ending August 16, seasonally adjusted initial claims were 298,000, down 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The less volatile four-week running average was 300,750, up 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. For the comparable week of 2013, the figure was 338,000. For the week ending August 2, the total number of people claiming compensation was 2,517,465, down 18,965 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 4,431,604 persons claiming compensation. That steep drop was in great part because the federal emergency unemployment compensation program was allowed to expire in December. When it did 1.37 million Americans who had been jobless for 27 weeks or more immediately lost compensation.
  • Poplar Bluff, Missouri, city councilman apologizes for posting racist photos of President Obama on Facebook, then apologizes again: Peter Tinsley said at a city council meeting Monday, “I apologize from the bottom of my heart. At one time, I was a very active republican, very opposed to Obama." That statement irked some Butler County Republicans, including its chairman. So on Tuesday, Tinsley was back at it, apologizing again: “I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it. It was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes. It seemed funny at the time but today it's very serious and it's not funny at all. Anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true. It's not an excuse."
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show encore performance, it's the August 21, 2013 show, with Joan McCarter! What were we talking about a year ago? Ted Cruz! Rick Perry! Filibusters! Internet surveillance! SOPA/PIPA! The NRA! No Labels! And crazy rich dudes from WalMart!

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  •  Nixon should dismiss the prosecutor, as NY Times (5+ / 0-)

    editorial recommends.

    That would be a GOOD thing, unlike the last time, the
    Saturday Night Massacre.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:08:46 PM PDT

  •  #Ferguson schools still closed... (5+ / 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 Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:11:38 PM PDT

  •  That's roughly the same amount Wilson supporters (5+ / 0-)

    raised to feed him or something.  He's still getting a paycheck and in an officer involved shooting legal fees are paid by the city so I am guessing it's just 'extra'.  My point is that money could have been spent on the community's children.  Bravo to the teacher who took the initiative and made the donations to the food bank happen.

  •  school vouchers unconstitutional (7+ / 0-)

    The privatization in the bible belt:

    N.C. judge: private school vouchers unconstitutional

    August 21, 2014 - Hobgood says the program pays for students to attend schools that are not obliged to meet state curriculum requirements, violating the state constitution's guarantee for students to have an opportunity to a sound basic education.

    Hobgood said it's also unconstitutional for public funds to go to privately run and managed schools.  read more>>>

    This is a very short report about, sure the local media, especially in the southeast, will have plenty more to say.

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:18:16 PM PDT

  •  Going batso (3+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, dinotrac, JeffW

    I had a bat get in my room at The Farm last night. I went down and slept in the basement. Now that it's daylight, I can't find the little bastard up there.

    I just did a sketch of a scrawny tomboy with a kitty hand puppet singing her favorite commercial jingle. "Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow!" etc....

    I'm dunking down to Omaha overnight after this. I'll probably buy a butterfly net during the trip. I'm thinking about buying a better wire welder, too.

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

    by Stude Dude on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:26:13 PM PDT

    •  Bats are fun. Caught one with a pizza box once. (4+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, Senor Unoball, JeffW, BYw

      Was flying through my living room and didn't correct in time when I place it in front of him/her.  Knocked the poor thing out, but I put it outside and it recovered shortly, flying off to terrorize the local insect population.

      Did you check your window-screens?
      If the little bugger didn't get out, I've seen them sleep (upside-down, of course) while clinging to a screen.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:38:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Don't hurt it! (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, BYw, Stude Dude

      It's either roosting somewhere high, in some little crack, or it flew outside when you were not looking.

      One night when I lived in Homer, AK, I had two bats get into my little house. I know better now, but back then I freaked out a bit.

      I actually tried to go to bed, but they ended up in the rafters above my head and I was not going to take that. It was very cool watching them fly around the house though, as they would flap flap flap down one wall, come to within inches of the opposite wall, and then do an almost 180-degree turn and head back from where they came.

      (I ended up going to the newspaper office and sleeping on the floor that night.)

      I called a wildlife expert at the university the next day to ask what to do. She said that bats will generally fly back outside if you leave a door or window open.

      If you must get them outside, this person suggested holding a tennis racquet in front of the bat. NO, NOT smacking them with it, but they cannot see the nylon strings, so will fly into the racquet and stun themselves. Then you can pick them up and take them outside.

      (Bat people say to be sure to wear gloves before handling one, however. Or call a wildlife rescuer and let a professional handle it.)

      Bats are very cool. We just went to a refuge near Sacramento a couple weeks ago to watch a bat flyout from under a highway bridge.

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

      by Senor Unoball on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:45:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Throw a bath towel over it, gather up towel, take (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Eric Nelson, Stude Dude

      towel outside, release bat :)

      If Ferguson police would stop smoking dope they wouldn't be so damned violent.

      by here4tehbeer on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 02:24:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Being A Republican isn't an excuse (5+ / 0-)
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    Samer, Senor Unoball, JeffW, Eric Nelson, BYw

    for posting racist shit.  However, it is an explanation.

    Hey GOP! You'll get my Obamacare when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. And thanks to Obamacare, that just may be awhile.

    by jazzmaniac on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:29:42 PM PDT

  •  "I'm a Republican, so ... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball, JeffW, Eric Nelson, BYw

    "I did what's expected of me.  'When in Rome,' amirite!  I didn't want to feel left out of the group ..."

  •  Meanwhile, in Real America™: (1+ / 0-)
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    A man in Laurel County, Ky. has been charged after police said he accidentally fired his gun into his downstairs neighbor's home while he was cleaning up beer that had spilled on his gun case.

    Bonus points for the charge: "first degree wanton endangerment"

    If Ferguson police would stop smoking dope they wouldn't be so damned violent.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 02:28:47 PM PDT

  •  Update: U.S. coal to another Metro Vancouver port (0+ / 0-)
    Port Metro Vancouver announced this morning it has approved a proposed coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks.

    It would take at least four million tonnes per year of U.S. coal by train through White Rock and Surrey and send it by barge down the Fraser River to Texada Island for reloading to ocean-going ships.
  •  Things I Would Like to See (0+ / 0-)

    I would like to see Dog (Sh*t) the Bounty Hunter's show be tweeked a little so that, for charity, a non-violent bad guy would be assisted (like Big Brother or some other reality show) in staying away from Dog Sh*t, you know, evening the odds a little.  Perhaps, the "bad guy" could even pull out the hair extensions of Dog Sh*t or tease his hideous wife with a Twinkie.  So, instead of the racist Dog, his hideous wife, stoner son, and the entire Ractist Klan outnumbering, we even the odds.  Hmmmmmmm.  Whomever captures someone, or escapes, chooses their favorite charity for a million dollar award.  

    I would like to see Richard Engel stop hiding on balconies and within steel fencing (was he really kidnapped before? I doubt it) and brought back home where he could become a breathless weatherman instead of Captain Breathless Obvious, becoming a tool for foreign policy years ago and no longer a journalist.

    I would like to see charges of treason/mass murder/falsifying records filed against Dick Cheney for making 60 trips to CIA to harangue and threaten analysts to cook the books on Iraq.  I would like to see Condie Rice shunned by all respectable colleges and universities and be banned from ever teaching anywhere except Liberty University.  She should be hit in the face with a cream pie on national TV, the least we can do.  I would like to see his loud mouth FOX-favorite daughter hit in the face with a cream pie.

    I would like to see Gov Scott Walker brought up on charges by the end of the year- Ho Ho Ho.

    I would like to see Sean Hannity pulled over for drunk driving while engaging in lewd acts with an inflatable sex doll, in a school zone.  

    I would like to see Rachel Maddow replaced on MSNBC, sorry, I just don't really believe your sincerity that much.  There are plenty of other female journalists who still know what journalism means.  Sorry, but Lawrence O'Donnell's work has become stale and boring, simply a rehash of other's work.

    I would like to see Chris Hayes win a news Emmy or Pulitzer for his work in Ferguson.  Kudos, this is what journalism should be.  Rachel, get a clue, buy some new T shirts and hit the road.  

    Boycott WalMart-Papa Johns-BP-Steven Seagal movies- and Jack Welch is still a pr*ck

    by truthronin on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 06:40:18 PM PDT

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