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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Pentagon Hymn, the shores of Tripoli:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Pentagon Hymn, the shores of Tripoli
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • White man jaywalks with gun...guess what happens, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • President Bush declared Iraq a 'catastrophic success' ten years ago, by Jon Perr
    • "Stuck in the past" on women? Play offense, say GOP strategists, by Dante Atkins
    • Quick question for white conservatives: Is it ever NOT okay to shoot dead an unarmed black man, by Laurence Lewis
    • The best and worst campaign ads of 2014 (so far), by Jeff Singer
    • Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Governors (Back to School Edition), by Steve Singiser
    • To fight ISIS the West must do more to integrate potentially alienated Muslims, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Can you still doubt plight of black men with police irrespective of socio-economic circumstances, by Egberto Willies
  • Ron Paul skirts the edge of 9/11 Trutherism, LIHOP version:
    Numerous reports indicate that George W. Bush received at least one memo stating that al-Qaeda was plotting an attack on American soil prior to the attacks. Paul went a step further, though. He said, “I believe that if we ever get the full truth, we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it,” during a Money and Markets podcast, in which he and host Charles Goyette discussed the remaining classified pages of the House and Senate’s investigation into 9/11— pages that Paul believes hold no threat to national security.
  • How deportation tears families asunder: Brígido Acosta Luís was forced to cross the border from Brownsville, Texas, into Matamoros, Mexico, in November last year wearing only the pajamas he had on when Immigration and Customs Enforcement had arrested him four weeks earlier. Efforts were made to keep him from being deported. Markos, who was a childhood friend of Brígido's wife, Maria Paz Perez, asked readers here to pressure the government not to deport him.

    Nine months later, the life Brígido and Maria had tried to build in the States after he had crossed the border sin papel—without documents—has crumbled. Even though Maria still has a full-time job, the small insurance business she and he started has collapsed, Maria and her two American citizen children have lost their three-bedroom apartment and the expenses of supporting Acosta, traveling to Mexico and paying for lawyers have turned their efforts to build a middle-class life in the United States to ashes. The psychological damage has been rough, too.

    The family of four isn't alone in this plight. Freedom of Information requests have revealed that some 23 percent of the people deported between July 1, 2010, and September 31, 2012, have U.S. citizen children. Altogether, one or both parents of about 4.5 million such children are vulnerable to deportation.

  • Obama's tan suit gets more attention than anything he said at press conference: Social media and some traditional media went a bit cray-cray over the president's choice of a suit at Thursday's press conference. Usually he chooses between something dark and something dark. But his choice this time sparked all kinds of Twitter traffic, including Jared Keller's tweet The Audacity of Taupe. Time defended the suit. Vox went so far as the write a piece under the headline "The Obama suit backlash is a promising sign of gender equality."
  • Library of Congress races to preserve its half-million CD collection: Once the latest technology, CDs are now a collectors' item, replaced by digital downloads. For example, the Library of Congress has 500,000 CDs in its Music and Geography and Maps divisions. But how long will those discs work? Fenella France, the chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress, is hoping to figure that out. She and her colleagues are destroying CDs not part of the library's collection in order to determine the best way to save the CDs that are for the future. One problem: Not all manufacturers used the same methods. And, of course, it's unknown how each of the library's CDs was treated before it became part of the collection.
  • Wife of Republican Rep. Andy Harris dies suddenly: Cookie Harris died unexpectedly Thursday.
    Cookie Harris, 57, was a strong presence at the statehouse in Annapolis, where her husband served as a state lawmaker for more than a decade. She was particularly committed to anti-abortion policies and the Maryland Right to Life, according to several reports. [...]

    “We extend our deepest condolences to Congressman Andy Harris on the tragic loss of his wife, Sylvia ‘Cookie’ Harris,” Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harris family.”

  • Internet raises $50,000 for gay guy disowned by family.
  • Renewable sources now provide 22 percent of world's energy: In 2012, it was 21 percent; in 2007, it was 18 percent.
  • Team Blackness discussed the protest of women in Valladolid, Spain, against the mayor's remarks that women bear responsibility for rape,
    a Boston Marathon-bombing love story, suicide tourism in Switzerland, and a dispatch from those on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri.
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  •  Breaking post (4+ / 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 29, 2014 at 12:02:41 PM PDT

  •  WARNING: (12+ / 0-)

    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 Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:10:02 PM PDT

  •  Hey, my family was never too crazy (2+ / 0-)
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    NoBlueSkies, happymisanthropy

    about me either. Can I get $10K, maybe?
    Is there an age limit on these things?

    Recommended by:
    JeffW, Gooserock, I love OCD, mmacdDE


  •  I thought that one story said 'Cokie Roberts.' (0+ / 0-)

    And about the now infamous suit, I just thought , '''hmmmm, not a good color for him. Stick to indigo.'

    For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?'' ...

    by QuaintIrene on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:13:29 PM PDT

  •  Nobody's "beats" anybody's. (1+ / 0-)
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    Pay it forward where you can.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:16:01 PM PDT

  •  the media (1+ / 0-)
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    I love OCD

    is an embarrassment, seeing chuck toad promoted to meet the press is a prime example, just like the gop the next in line white man usually gets the spot.

  •  California State Senate blames the victim (1+ / 0-)
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    RIP Andy Lopez
    State Senate passes new rules for airsoft guns

    “Had this bill been law, I believe he would be alive today,” said Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, a sponsor of the bill. “The bottom line is that a toy should look like a toy, and a toy should not get a child killed.”
    Yes Noreen, it was the toy that killed Andy. :-(  Legislative waste of time.
  •  This is just absolutely sick (0+ / 0-)

    One of my daughter's friend's 81 year old grandmother was raped  and beaten last night.  She had been to the hospital to visit her sick husband that night and had returned home and was watching TV when a guy knocked on her door.
    She hesitated to answer the door but said that the guy had on some sort of uniform and flashed what he said was ID and a badge.  When she unlocked the door, he forced his way in and assaulted her.

    This is very upsetting to everyone but it does call into question the concept of obeying uniforms.  The past week I have read multiple stories where people were beaten, tased or even shot for not obeying cops' orders, even if the orders were improper or contradictory.  This girl's grandmother was raised to respect uniforms without question.  What is the proper response these days when obeying a uniform can get you hurt and questioning the authority of a uniform can also get you hurt or killed  

  •  Meh ... could have been worse. (3+ / 0-)

    We are all made of star stuff, so please be kind to dust bunnies.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:26:59 PM PDT

  •  How is what Paul's saying different from what (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats have been saying all along -- that Bush ignored warnings of the attacks and should have done something to prevent them?

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

    by dinotrac on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:27:24 PM PDT

  •  :/ (1+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor

    The effort is to do rust patching on the Studebaker got put on hold. I'm way behind and some reproduction parts haven't arrived. Meeces rustling in the walls, raccoons partying under the deck, but mostly bats buzzing me while I'm trying to sleep at night at the old farm farm house was the final deal breaker. Even I don't like Studebakers that much....

    At least there are art and house projects that I can do down here in Omaha.

    BTW, that the media is more concerned about Obama's tan suit then they are about the leaked Koch tapes makes depressed and cynical.

    "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 29, 2014 at 12:27:29 PM PDT

  •  TX National Guard at Food Banks; Perry hasn't paid (6+ / 0-)
    The National Guard troops Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered to the U.S. Mexico border last month are using food and gas aid from a local food bank because they haven't been paid in weeks, according to the KGBT.


    Last month, Perry announced he was sending 1,000 National Guard troops to defend the border in the wake of inaction from the federal government. The move was met with skepticism, especially from border town sheriffs who wanted the resources to go towards police officers, since National Guard troops aren't allowed to arrest or detain undocumented immigrants. Others balked at the price — it will cost an estimated $12 million a month to sustain the troops, and as of last month the state wasn't sure how it would pay that price.

    Now it seems that the troops arrived before the funds did. Democratic state Rep. Rene Olivera, who earlier condemned the "militarization" of the border, said "it's embarrassing that our troops have to stand in a food pantry line. This is the fault of the state."


    And this guy wants to be Commander in Chief?

    Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate!

    by noweasels on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:34:43 PM PDT

  •  The article says ~22% of electricity generation (0+ / 0-)

    which is about 40% of all energy.
    We have a LONG way to go.

  •  The brouhaha... (0+ / 0-)

    over the President's suit is embarrassing.

    "These 'Yet To Be' United States" --James Baldwin-- -6.75, -5.78

    by kevinbr38 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:36:41 PM PDT

  •  Hey is there something wrong with (0+ / 0-)

    the Rec button? I can't recommend diaries.

    … the NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), said August 23.

    by mosesfreeman on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 12:58:38 PM PDT

  •  A tan suit. Really. Good luck with (1+ / 0-)
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    getting me to sign a petition defending the Freedumb of the Press.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 01:03:36 PM PDT

    •  That made me laugh , I love OCD (1+ / 0-)
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      Social media and some traditional media went a bit cray-cray over the president's choice of a suit at Thursday's press conference.
      Leave it to an African to finally bring fashion and style to The White House , I thought The President looked awesome

      Has our Free Press ever commented on how dick cheney's washed out translucent zombie white pace maker complexion does not go with any colored suit in the universe?  

      Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

      by Patango on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 01:31:45 PM PDT

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      •  Or how Cheney's inner ugliness (1+ / 0-)
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        has leaked through his body suit!!!!  Every time I see his picture I'm more determined to be a better person so I don't look evil as I age.  

        I sorta wish Obama would ask if dark suits help white people think better or something.  The obvious superiority of dark colors, ya know.

        I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

        by I love OCD on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 01:46:03 PM PDT

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  •  I seem to recall NewsMaxTV was created because (0+ / 0-)

    Fox News had sold out or become too radical or too moderate or too brunette or something.

    And from the day it launched, NewsmaxTV has established itself as the hip, new, go-to place for every extreme fringe wingnut* from Gohmert to Carson to King.

    Gawd Bless 'Merkuh.

    *(who doesn't already have their own network or channel)

    [Blam] [Blam] "Get on the ground!" [Whack] [Whack] "Stop Resisting!"

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 02:48:24 PM PDT

  •  Back to Rand Paul, I can finally see his attrac... (0+ / 0-)

    Back to Rand Paul, I can finally see his attraction to the 20-30 something's group because I actually had a good ( sort of) conversation with my son . He's almost 26 really but that is a other story; Ron Paul's massage really resonates w/ a (arguably) significant number of registered voters. I know better than to vote for him but there is a group, that age- looking for answers

  •  It's a summer suit, for Pete's sake. (0+ / 0-)

    I've got one that color in my closet too.  It's one of my favorites.  I won't be able to wear it after this weekend though :-(

    I guess we live in an age where more men wear t-shirts to office jobs than suits.   People who don't know anything tend to be overly conservative.  They try to avoid looking silly and end up looking silly.  I know a family where the men (I am certain) only own one suit, and they all chose black, presumably because they're afraid a navy suit will make them look like a harlequin.  I ran into them at a wedding and in their black suits, white shirts and somber ties they looked like a contingent from the mortuary.

    So you young guys, listen up.  If you own only one suit, make it navy.  If you own two suits, make the second one charcoal.  Your third suit should be a medium gray; after that choose lighter color with pattern -- not loud! Something where you have to actually be paying attention to the fabric to notice.  After that you can branch out.  Don't go for pinstripes or chalkstripes unless you see a lot of those around where you work.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 05:29:15 PM PDT

    •  Friend of mine has one (0+ / 0-)

      close to that color -- hope he wears it tonight (he does the occasional TV gig during baseball season).

      Mr. Scribe only owned one suit, but when he took the jacket out to check it he found moths had gotten at it -- that tells you how often he wears suits. We ended up getting a couple of sports jackets that coordinated with his slacks (grey) at a Men's Wearhouse in San Luis Obispo.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 05:42:29 PM PDT

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