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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is God-Man: Enter the Purse Thief!:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- God-Man: Enter the Purse Thief!
  • 2nd quarter GDP growth revised upward to 4.2 percent: In its second calculation of seasonally adjusted, annualized growth in gross domestic product for April-June, the Commerce Department reported Thursday that this broad measure of all goods and services was a bit better than reported in its first calculation last month, up 4.2 percent instead of 4 percent. A consensus of analysts had expected the report to clock in at a slight decrease to 3.8 percent. Despite the stronger showing, however, growth for the first half of the year has been only 1.05 percent because GDP sharply contracted in the first quarter.

    The latest calculation nevertheless has persuaded most analysts that an economy that has been stumbling along in fits and starts during a five-year recovery from the Great Recession is on track to better improvement. But this isn't the first time since the recession was officially declared to be over that GDP has grown faster than 4 percent, only to grow much more slowly in subsequent quarters.

    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast GDP growth of just 1.5 per cent for all of 2014, down from 3.1 percent in 2013. Economists at JPMorgan Chase are forecasting 1.9 per cent growth this year.

  • Initial unemployment claims below 300,000 for second consecutive week: For the week ending August 23, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation were 298,000, down 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The four-week running average that smooths volatility in the weekly number was 299,750, down 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. For the comparable week of 2013, initial claims were 336,000.
  • Medal of Honor arrives better late than never for Gettysburg hero.
  • "I like my girls chubby" said the senator squeezing the senator: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has a book coming out soon, Off the Sidelines. Included in it are accounts of the misogynist behavior of some of her male colleagues in the Senate. Gillibrand says that after she lost about 50 pounds in the wake of her pregnancy, a male senator came up behind her and squeezed her waist, telling her: “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.” Others called her "porky."
  • In partial victory for polygamists, federal judge in Utah finalizes bigamy ruling: Judge Clark Waddoups on Wednesday finalized a ruling he made last December striking down a section of Utah's bigamy statute that applies to someone who "cohabits with another person" to whom they are not legally married. The state law makes that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Waddoups ruled that the ban violated the 1st and 14th amendments. But he did not overturn that part of the statute which bars anyone from having more than one active marriage license.

    The ruling stems from an investigation by a Utah county attorney into alleged violation of the bigamy statute by polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives, all of whom have made a name for themselves on the reality television show, "Sister Wives." The Brown family has since moved to Nevada and were never prosecuted under Utah law.

  • With Sawyer gone, all nightly news anchors are white men (again).
  • Study: Pot-smoking couples less likely to commit domestic violence:
    “The authors caution that while these findings are predictive–meaning couples who smoke are less likely to commit domestic violence–they don’t necessarily draw a causal line between the two behaviors. Among the connections they hypothesize, ‘marijuana may increase positive affect, which in turn could reduce the likelihood of conflict and aggression.’ Translation: stoned people are happy, and happy people don’t fight.”
  • Preliminary studies show hydraulic fracking could cause birth defects:
    Some of the best preliminary research regarding fracking and public health looks at how the process may impact pregnancies in those living near wells, and so far the results haven’t been heartening. For example, scientists at the Colorado School of Public Health in January published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives finding an increased rate of congenital heart defects in babies born to mothers living near gas wells in Colorado.

    Also in Colorado, scientists found elevated levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in groundwater samples at a town at the center of the fracking boom. Those chemicals are linked to infertility, and led researchers to believe that populations surrounding the area “may face greater health risks” than those who don’t.

  • Just when you thought reality television couldn't get any more problematic, Lifetime introduces a new makeover show, Girlfriend Intervention. The thinking behind the show? "Trapped inside every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out." So it's a team of black women making over white women with a healthy dose of shaming and some very problematic racial politics. Nice work, network television.
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin's narrative-buster: Medicare not exploding. Here comes pro-militarization lobbying. Bob McDonnell's living where? Shocking cop cam video. Keeping up with views on drug-detecting nail polish & "suburban ghettos."

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  •  Vita Brevis diary up on sexist senators (6+ / 0-)

    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 Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:04:26 PM PDT

  •  There's still time... (2+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard, HeyMikey participate in my poll, and add a comment.

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

    by JeffW on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:04:39 PM PDT

  •  Shades of Love Canal (3+ / 0-)
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    Preliminary studies show hydraulic fracking could cause birth defects.

    You better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid. - Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray 2007 -

    by FlamingoGrrl on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:05:35 PM PDT

    •  Pro-fracking and Pro-energy extraction ads (2+ / 0-)
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      Gentle Giant, JeffW

      that are blanketing the airwaves here in Colorado have white females doing the narration, claiming that they've lived and worked in Colorado for decades and they'd never do anything to harm the environment for their families or for others.

      With all of these situations, I just keep reminding people it's the oil and gas companies that are fighting hard to prevent studies and prevent information about just what chemicals they're injecting into the ground for why there's no better science.  Just like the tobacco companies, the oil and gas companies get to say there's no proof of problem - well nearly every study put out by a group not paid for by an oil or gas company indicates that yes, there are indications that fracking and water injection wells are not safe and they are causing environmental problems.  Sadly, the money will be made, the loot will be locked away from the people who have to live with the aftermath and more laws will be passed in the name of cheap oil and gas now, while sacrificing the future of the planet.

      When the floods last year were drowning wells there were plenty of people, including on DKos, insisting that there was no pollution from the oil and gas facilities because it hadn't been proven.  They said this while those areas couldn't be reached.  Once the flood waters went down, there were findings of pollution from those wells.  Not necessarily a lot, like a Mayflower, AR or that Michigan spill, but there was damage.

      The defenders of the environment have to be perfect, because all it takes is one spill, one mistake, and an area becomes unsafe for a generation or more.  Meanwhile, looting can be accomplished much quicker, followed by closing of the company or bankruptcy meaning there's no longer a means to pay for cleanup except by taxpayers who got none of the loot from the pillaging.

      /rant off.

  •  Crazy (7+ / 0-)

    You know what's crazy? ISIL can talk people into going halfway around the world to get their asses shot off. We can't even get people to go down the street and vote.
    That's crazy.

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:07:58 PM PDT

  • video texting website.... (1+ / 0-)
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    The grouch

    authenticates 12:02 pm timestamp on Brown shooting audio.

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:08:10 PM PDT

  •  Stoned people are happy? (7+ / 0-)

    Who knew?

    Here I was thinking people who smoked the demon weed went around charging cops in fits of reefer madness!!! /sn

    I ride the wild horse .

    by BelgianBastard on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:14:31 PM PDT

  •  Wrote a limerick about it. Want to hear it? (4+ / 0-)

    I had read about the inverse relationship between pot smoking and partner violence, and felt the desire to be poetic and profound. I wrote a limerick instead.

    When puffing on joints of the weed;
    I never have felt any need;
    to engage in the fist-cuffs;
    for i find that this stuff's;
    a mellower, quite guaranteed.

  •  good (5+ / 0-)
    In partial victory for polygamists, federal judge in Utah finalizes bigamy ruling: Judge Clark Waddoups on Wednesday finalized a ruling he made last December striking down a section of Utah's bigamy statute that applies to someone who "cohabits with another person" to whom they are not legally married. The state law makes that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Waddoups ruled that the ban violated the 1st and 14th amendments. But he did not overturn that part of the statute which bars anyone from having more than one active marriage license.
    One should be permitted to cohabit with whoever they want and if you want to pretend you're all legally married to each other, knock your socks off and prosper.

    i'm sure the "pro-family" fundamentalist christian people will whiiinne and whine and whine (nevermind all the polygamy in their holy book, that they say is literally true, every single word.)

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

    by terrypinder on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:15:31 PM PDT

  •  NFL proposes new demestic violence protocols. (2+ / 0-)
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    The NFL is immediately implementing a sweeping domestic violence initiative that calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense.

    The harsh measures, announced in a letter from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to all team owners, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, apply to all NFL personnel. A six-game suspension would come without pay and the length of the penalty could increase in the cases of a prior incident involving an employee before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.

    A second-time offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted, the letter said.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:17:04 PM PDT

  •  Marijuana-domestic violence anti-correlation (2+ / 0-)
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    I've known cops over the years who've told me on many occasions that, whenever they were responding to a domestic violence call, if they smelled pot at the door, they knew they were at the wrong apartment. The study is nice and all, but it ain't news, at least not to anyone whose knowledge of pot and pot-smokers has a stronger basis than Reefer Madness.

    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by Jaxpagan on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:25:12 PM PDT

    •  known, but not scientifically verified (2+ / 0-)
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      although I think we're going to be seeing a lot of studies that verify what pot-smokers have known for decades, it's good to have it verified by scientific, peer-reviewed studies so that we can finally remove the absurdity of marijuana as schedule 1 controlled substance and move towards federal decriminalization, and hopefully legalization.  
      The fact that the feds are growing more for study purposes is a good sign.  

      you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

      by red rabbit on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:31:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Alonzo Cushing, one of four brothers in Union (0+ / 0-)

    service.  William B. Cushing was in the Navy, should have received the Medal of Honor himself for the sinking of the ironclad CSS Albemarle in October of 1864.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:27:41 PM PDT

  •  On the bright side.... (2+ / 0-)
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    With Sawyer gone, all nightly news anchors are white men (again). least they aren't Nixon speech writers

    This space for rent -- Cheap!

    by jds1978 on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:27:58 PM PDT

  •  “Don’t lose too much weight now.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... I like my girls chubby.”

    Said the big-boned, husky football-player-build Republican Family Values Senator who lists himself as height/weight proportionate on Craigslist M4M.

  •  God is not a member of your church! (3+ / 0-)
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    Recently, in response to some of the inane comments on Facebook, I posted the following:

    God is not a member of your church, a resident of your state, or a member of your religion.  If there is a GOD, he is BIGGER than that.  Your silly attempts to claim him as a Christian, or a Baptist, Methodist, Islam, Hindu, Buddhist or a Texan, American or Iranian are simply vain attempts to make GOD something human.
    I don't know if there is a GOD or not, but I sure know that if there is a GOD he doesn't like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, John Hagee, any Ayatollah, or any television minister who prays in public and asks people on welfare to send him checks.  Religion is the opiate of the people, and the scam artists who have no other talent are very good at living off the bad consciences of other people.

    If Money is Speech, Speech isn't Free! I wonder what it is about that that Antonin Scalia cannot understand?

    by NM Ray on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:33:38 PM PDT

  •  THE LIFETIME Channel is still out there in the (0+ / 0-)

    ether? Who knew?
    Next, BOYFRIEND INTERVENTION. Because inside every pasty couch potato white guy theres a Bollywood action star just waiting for his chance. Oh, and he's gay too.

  •  Stoners may not be happier, they may just not (2+ / 0-)
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    give a damn.

  •  Re Bigamy... (1+ / 0-)
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    At the end of the day, laws against bigamy will face the same logical challenges laws against gay marriage face.

    For the same reasons.

    WHILE IT IS TRUE that bigamy as practiced is very very often abusive and somehow seems to have an obsessions with collecting hordes of underaged girls...

    That's a separate issue.

    Bigamists will in the end get a Pyrrhic victory. The actual practice of marrying multiple people SHOULD be legal... But the way they want to do it should not. Once it is made legal, the 'polyamorous people' will have their day... and the 'Utah Style' bigamists will just get prosecuted for child abuse and human trafficking instead - much more serious crimes.

    OMG, like, gag them with a multi-colored spoon. Like, ya know.

    by Jyotai on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 01:03:10 PM PDT

  •  Sawyer is going. (0+ / 0-)

    There goes 1/2 of Entertainment Tonight.

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 01:08:44 PM PDT

  •  Another step on the way to what I started calling (0+ / 0-)

    to myself SAAAD Communicators(like if I was to try and write a Sci-fi Novel then people say saaad-coms" like "get on the saaad-com and tell earth that blah-blah-blah is about to happen" and I haven't seen this acronym used for this on the internet so that surprises me since it's so obvious an acronyms seems like it should have been in use before I ever thought it up) in other words Spooky Action At A Distance when I read about stuff like this

  •  "Don't lose too much weight, now." (4+ / 0-)
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    "I like my girls chubby."

    "[sigh] It's too bad I don't like by boys stupid."

    Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 01:47:21 PM PDT

  •  "I like my girls chubby"? Check out this video: (0+ / 0-)

    I just saw this video last night after a woman I follow on Twitter posted it. I love it, so now I'm posting it everywhere.

    "Turn up the volume, turn down the noise."

    I like my girls women brilliant.

    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 Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:21:51 PM PDT

  •  I'm becoming more & more convinced GDP is … (0+ / 0-)

    … a distraction.

    We already have enough wealth, we already produce enough goods & services,  for everyone to live decently. The reason everyone doesn't live decently is that we allow our political choices to be driven by fear (including its subset, racism) and greed.

    The idea that if we can just get GDP to grow a little faster, we'll be OK, is an illusion. We will be OK when we decide to be OK—that we will all live decently with what's available—and not before.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals."—Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:37:38 PM PDT

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