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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Let's Be Cops!
    Cartoon by Matt Bors -- Let's be cops
  • Worst comeback try ever:
    Former Rep. David Rivera (R-FL), "who served in Congress from 2011 to 2013, officially lost his hapless comeback bid Tuesday, falling short in the Republican primary election in Florida's 26th district," National Journal reports.

    "It may have been the worst congressional comeback attempt of all time. Rivera lost the nomination, but he dominated the headlines. Throughout the race, he faced questions about his role in an alleged 2012 campaign finance scheme, sparred with the media, and even briefly suspended his campaign for unclear reasons--only to restart it just two weeks before the election."

  • Avoiding NSA- and Snowden-related discussions online:
    When the Snowden leaks dropped last year, some feared that the reveal widespread state surveillance would be followed by a clamping down on transparency efforts. A new Pew Research poll suggests that the effect is more in line with Kafka than Orwell, however: the threat of ubiquitous surveillance may have resulted in a self-imposed cooling effect on online discussion.

    According to report, which is based on a survey of nearly 2,000 Americans' willingness to discuss the surveillance state on- and offline, 86 percent of Americans reported being "very" or "somewhat" willing to discuss NSA-related issues in offline scenarios, but only 42 percent of social media users were willing to discuss it online.

    Moreover, of the 14 percent of Americans unwilling to discuss Snowden or the NSA, virtually none—0.3 percent—said they would turn to social media as an alternative to face-to-face discussion.

  • See how a dozen presidential press briefers have evaded questions for 21 years:
    BuzzFeed analyzed more than 5,000 press briefings since the beginning of the Clinton administration in 1993, looking for “weasel phrases” such as “I can’t comment on,” “I’m not aware [of/that/etc.],” and “I don’t know.” (For more details, see the methodology at the bottom of this post. Counting weasel phrases is, of course, an imperfect measure of evasiveness. It does not, for example, capture idiosyncratic methods of misdirection.)
  • See Hurricane Katrina disaster photos transformed into recovery.
  • Girls challenge sexist dress codes:
    When Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois banned leggings and yoga pants, 13-year-old Sophie Hasty spearheaded a petition to reverse the ban. The Evanston Review reported that a horde of young girls showed up wearing leggings in protest, holding signs that read, “Are my pants lowering your test scores?” In a letter to the Haven administration, parents wrote, “Under no circumstances should girls be told that their clothing is responsible for boys' bad behaviors. This kind of message lands itself squarely on a continuum that blames girls and women for assault by men. . . If the sight of a girl's leg is too much for boys at Haven to handle, then your school has a much bigger problem to deal with.”
  • Folks seem to love to cite the "epidemic" that is black on black crime. But maybe it's time White Americans take a look in the mirror: According to the most recent FBI homicide statistics, the United States is plagued by anepidemic of white-on-white crime. In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow whites. And we're not even talking about overall crime here, this is straight-up murder.
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: GunFAIL roundup. Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter on Obama foreign policy, the disappearing ACA issue, secret Gop groveling before the Kochs & a proposed climate accord. Reminder: teachers & students heading back to class may be armed!

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  •  A question that needs to be asked (4+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, ichibon, petral, thomask

    "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 Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:09:32 PM PDT

  •  In other news ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Aunt Pat, thomask

    I swear I'm not bitter ;)

    But this diary about corporate espionage against non profits didn't get a lot of attention last night.

    I'm just pimping here to get a few more eyeballs onto something I think is important.

    "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

    by gravlax on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:10:22 PM PDT

  •  I went to Haven Middle School in the late 60s (8+ / 0-)

    Culottes and miniskirts were a big deal with the dress code despots. New administration, same pearl-clutching.

  •  The Repugs loose another issue (5+ / 0-)

    Not only Obamacare is getting better reviews but;

    U.S. Budget Gap Narrows to Smallest Since 2007, CBO Says

    The projected shortfall will be $506 billion in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, compared with an April prediction for $492 billion and a $680 billion gap posted last year, the nonpartisan CBO said today in a report. In 2015 it’s projected to shrink for a sixth straight year, to $469 billion, capping the longest stretch of fiscal improvement since 2000, near the end of an era of surpluses
    The deficit will be 2.9 percent of gross domestic product this year and 2.6 percent next year, the CBO said. In 2007, it was 1.1 percent of GDP.
    Not that this means anything to the almost 70% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck.

    Wall Street profits are at an 85 year high and salaries at a 65 year low.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action. UID: 9742

    by Shockwave on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:22:57 PM PDT

  •  "White on White" crime is just... (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Gooserock, Aunt Pat, Stude Dude

    ...a number (albeit very large) of isolated, unrelated instances of (overwhelmingly) "boys being boys."

    Or something.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:24:18 PM PDT

  •  For your Rivera reading pleasure (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    I posted this juicy article couple years back, but with this news on the finality of David Rivera's downfall, it bears repeating:

    Nudity, politics, gunfire and a 'Republican bad girl'

    "And, once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

    by emobile on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:24:25 PM PDT

  •  Why is anyone surprised about the WOW (0+ / 0-)

    murder %? The real shocking Stat is the murder rate per 100,000
    for AA men is something like 5 times higher than 4 white men and the murder rate for AA women is like 3 times higher than for White

  •  Calling all Sacramento Kossacks! (2+ / 0-)
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    Sacramento Kossacks Meetup!

    Sat Sep 6th 4-7pm - Potluck

  •  Found where megachurch was running guns to PLO (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    No kidding, for real.  It appears Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting was cozy with Mafia boss,  Vincent Gigante and may have been laundering drug money for him.  Also,  "Crouch is listed alongside Reverend Earl Paulk and Oral Roberts as “anti-Semitic white supremacists [who] were supposedly receiving funds from the [Palestinian Liberation Organization] to ‘run guns’” via an “Islamic Education Center” in Baltimore, Maryland"

  •  Don't get me started on girls' dress codes. (7+ / 0-)

    My daughter's public high school forbids girls' visible shoulders, so no tank tops, no spaghetti straps, and no off-the-shoulder (you know, 1950's style, ffs!!!) shirts or dresses.  Stupid, stupid, stupid! What, male students will not be able to control themselves if they see a girl's shoulder skin??

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:36:07 PM PDT

    •  We Your Elders Thought We'd Solved This Half (8+ / 0-)

      a fecking century ago. Damned pre boomers, it's their values these goons are re-imposing, they never got over the shock of the Pill and Beatles.

      They're all retirement age now. Please go, and set your children and grandchildren free.

      Talk about "tired of still having to protest this crap...."

      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 Aug 27, 2014 at 12:43:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Well (3+ / 0-)
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      petral, Stude Dude, JeffW

      As the father of two teenage daughters and a substitute teacher in a number of middle and high schools, I can assure you that the current styles in anything with a spaghetti strap generally insure that a whole lot more than shoulders is on display  :)

      As for leggings, some are fine, but some of the yoga pants I see on some of these girls take skin-tight to a whole new level. As my 18 year old said after school one day, when we saw a prime example walking out of her school, "Yes I'm a lesbian but that doesn't mean I need to see her vajayjay right through her pants!"

      First, tell me how your brilliant idea will pass the House. Second, tell me how Obama can get anything past the House. Then we can talk.

      by ChurchofBruce on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 01:13:31 PM PDT

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  •  Let's see (4+ / 0-)

    Ukraine has a 3d front, and proved it by showing Russian soldiers it had captured. (They were there by mistake. Old maps.No batteries for their GPS)
    - - -
    ISIS is winning battles, holding territory, and using its british and american members to kill individuals on video. And it seems that the US, Israel and a few others actually helped create ISIS as a counterweight, much like Israel created and underwrote Hamas years ago.

    Another great mess they've gotten us into.
    - - -
    Little girls turned into Uzi toting killers.

    - - -

    Ferguson has brought out some really nasty things about police and how they deal with a situation. Obviously some HSA pamphlet told them to shoot first, ask questions maybe.

    In other police brutality news, the appellate court told a bay state local police department that using SWAT teams to break into a law abiding home, shoot a TV watcher to death, and to destroy their property is not immune from lawsuits.

    In other news, apparently shopping while black is deadly. John Crawford was shot by police in a Walmart, for carrying a toy BB gun he was going to purchase.

    - - -

    QUESTION: Who, in their right mind, would want to be president in this age?

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:37:59 PM PDT

  •  Wow, Haven School in Evanston (1+ / 0-)
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    My late mother was a student there long long ago.  Very strange to see it referenced at dkos.

    “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” —Aldous Huxley

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:44:53 PM PDT

  •  Once again, the Holder Justice Department (0+ / 0-)

    argues that the 'state secret' block on discovery can't be verified by the trial judge, who is required to accept the claim without proof.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:54:14 PM PDT

  •  Bring back yoga pants...said every guy ever! (0+ / 0-)

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 01:02:46 PM PDT

  •  Those NOLA photos are pretty amazing. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Perhaps Haven Middle School should consider (2+ / 0-)
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    terrypinder, JeffW

    ordering some of these, both for their male students unable to concentrate, and especially for the male school administrators who seem so concerned about the effects of seeing young women's legs:


    Eyes on your own paper, assholes!

    Inside of me are two dogs. One is mean and evil. The other is gentle and good. The two dogs fight all the time. Which dog wins? The one I feed the most.

    by bakeneko on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 01:08:41 PM PDT

    •  I have no problem with reasonable dress codes. (0+ / 0-)
      Under no circumstances should girls be told that their clothing is responsible for boys' bad behaviors.
      No, they are not morally responsible for boy's bad behaviors, but leaving aside the question of whether just looking is a "bad behavior", every student is responsible for acting and dressing with decorum at school.  That includes boys who want to wear shorts which display their underwear or bum crack, or T-shirts with slogans that a reasonable teacher or student would find offensive.

      I do not dispute that they have a right to wear these things in public on their own time, but school is shared time.

      Just as an example, I saw a T shirt the other day that said "Keep Calm and Rape Them."  A boy who wore that shirt to school should be sent home to change.  But he shouldn't be harassed by police on the way home to change.

      I've lost my faith in nihilism

      by grumpynerd on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 01:49:04 PM PDT

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      •  Fact is, the schools' rulings only affected girls. (2+ / 0-)
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        Boys were only considered in terms of their being unable to control their eyeballs from staring at girls' legs, nothing about their attire.

        Maybe some additional quotes from the article make it clearer (bolding and italics added by me for emphasis):

        In a June 2014 e-mail sent to South Orange-Maplewood Superintendent Osborne, local parents spoke out: “At South Orange Middle School, Principal Uglialoro has written that, ‘Dress code continues to be a concern, specifically with our female students,’ in all three of his e-blasts for the month of May. Additionally, in his May 19 e-mail, he alludes to the reason behind enforcing the dress code, as to a possible interference with establishing and maintaining a ‘learning environment.’ This begs the question of whose ‘learning environment’ is being prioritized, and at whose expense.”

        The parents’ letter also noted with distress that girls are removed from instructional time and report being publicly shamed because of what they wear to school. In response to the frequent warnings about dress code enforcement, Lindsay and her friends formed the group #Iammorethanadistraction to raise awareness about what it means for a middle school girl to be told that her appearance is frustrating her learning environment. Ava Emilione, a member of the group, elaborated, “We shouldn’t be responsible for other people’s actions. When the school board is telling a girl that she has to dress a way so she won’t be distracting, that’s telling a girl that she needs to change herself, to make sure she’s not distracting. We are more than distractions to boys and the school environment.”

        Inside of me are two dogs. One is mean and evil. The other is gentle and good. The two dogs fight all the time. Which dog wins? The one I feed the most.

        by bakeneko on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 02:40:21 PM PDT

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        •  yep. dress code rulings are almost always (2+ / 0-)
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          bakeneko, JeffW

          targeted at girls. it's ridiculous.

          Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. Russia Today=FoxNews, Seralini=Wakefield. yadda yadda.

          by terrypinder on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 02:53:47 PM PDT

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        •  Which you think has nothing to do (0+ / 0-)

          With media and corporations objectifying young girls?

          I've lost my faith in nihilism

          by grumpynerd on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:02:58 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I think it has everything to do with that. (1+ / 0-)
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            But more attention ought to be focused, I think, on young men's attitudes towards women, and learning to recognize that they are more than fantasy objects or sperm receptacles, than on shaming young women for wanting to wear comfortable clothing.

            Inside of me are two dogs. One is mean and evil. The other is gentle and good. The two dogs fight all the time. Which dog wins? The one I feed the most.

            by bakeneko on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:07:23 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Well start by stopping sending mixed messages. (0+ / 0-)

              Clothes which disrespect children have no place in school.

              I was fortunate; I didn't go through this with my daughter.

              When she started picking out her own clothes, she became interested in fashion. By the time she was 14 she dressed like a sophisticated 24 year old going to a professional job in Manhattan. There were touches of eccentricity -- hats mostly. With more feminine outfits perhaps a cloche hat; with a more severe outfit a dress scarf and hounds tooth trilby. She has a big fascination with vintage styles.

              None of this came from her parents who grew up thinking of fashion as the tool of the devil. It was all about being a victim of Madison avenue. We weren't entirely comfortable with it.

              So one day she takes us aside and explains to us in that slow-so-you-old-folks-can-follow way teens have that fashion is communication. A good look tells people you are confident, have self respect, and know how to take care of yourself.

              And that was such a reasonable position that it changed our view of the matter. Reasonable people can pay a modest amount of attention to fashion. As long as she was spending more time reading science fiction than fashion sites it was a healthy and useful interest.

              Now getting back to this situation, if we were talking about college women it'd be a different story. But it's appropriate to set limits for a 11 year-old that would be patronizing to a 20 year-old. One of those limits is only wearing clothing that would be appropriatre for work.

              I've lost my faith in nihilism

              by grumpynerd on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 05:19:45 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  Leaked tapes? (3+ / 0-)
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    Does anyone think that the leaked tapes of Ernst, Cotton, Rubio, and McConnell kissing Koch posterior will start hurting their chances or bring negative attention to the Koches?

    "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 Aug 27, 2014 at 01:13:00 PM PDT

  •  I do see the race-on-race issue here (0+ / 0-)

    This diary points out that white-on-white killings is almost as exclusive as black-on-black killings.  Excellent data and this needs to be presented by every media outlet in America to thwart how the right is making black-on-black crime out to be WAY outside what other racial groups see.

    I was disturbed to see the actual number of killings of each racial group.  Blacks have almost as many killings as whites and blacks only make up ~ 13% of the population.

    I'm thinking this number needs to also be pointed out and it's an area that needs to be worked on in a very big way.

  •  Ice bucket challenge:Cannabis on the balcony (0+ / 0-)

    A photo taken during the ice bocket challenge of German eco head Oezdemir shows Cannabis in the background.
    Reactions? Well, mixed. He himself said its a political statement. Probably for the cold water.

  •  President Obama will go down in history as.... (0+ / 0-)

    The first black president with the lest executive actions to help black people. The president will definitely get impeached over Immigration Reform he might as well use an action to help curve the police violence against minority communities and especially killing black teens. The American Dream is not to be harass or killed by the police who we pay their salaries, is that to much to ask.

  •  Paranoid Arms Race (0+ / 0-)

    My thoughts on the child shooting a Tea Bagger at a shooting range? He died expressing his twisted, warped and depraved ideas on the 2nd amendment.  Therefore, he died like a Tea Bagger.  I shed no tears for him, he died as he wanted to, expressing his love for weapons of all kinds.  I shed a tear for the child, she was innocent, and had an idiot for an instructor.

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

    by truthronin on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:52:32 PM PDT

    •  And, Still (0+ / 0-)

      Days later, and still I have no sympathy for the dead firearms instructor. His was professional negligence.  At least the 9 year old didn't shoot herself.

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

      by truthronin on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 07:33:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just got a robo-poll call... (0+ / 0-)

    ...asking me about what party I identify with, if I support Obamacare (their words), and which Illinois Governor candidate I would vote for.

    At the end, the stated that it was being run by the RNC.

    I wonder if RNC PR BS is discovering his Mini-Mitt Rauner is going to land on his chin, like Oberweis did?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 05:08:39 PM PDT

  •  Those NOLA photos were incredible! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Their cause must be our cause too. Because it's not just Negroes, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

    by AllTheWayWithLBJ85 on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 05:08:35 AM PDT

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