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|Marriage Equality: The Argument About "Biological" Kinship
I am heterosexual, married to the same woman for nearly 45 years. I have two children, both adopted many years ago. I felt that the Republican pricks defending marriage discrimination in Tuesday's ...
|I'm Going to Kansas City, Kansas City, Here I Come
I'm attending Daily Kos Connects Kansas City , on Saturday, for day of camaraderie and progressive strategizing with Big Orange flavor. In a day-long seminar, learn how our Connect! Unite! Act! ...
|Say Hello to New Group: St. Louis Kossacks
Despite the city's many serious and, sometimes seemingly permanent social flaws, I love St. Louis, Missouri. I was born, grew up, graduated high school ,
|Why is Loss of Faith Accellerating?
Americans who are unaffiliated with any particular religion have seen the greatest growth in numbers as a result of changes in affiliation ( Pew Report ), The answer to why loss of ...
|Indiana: Legal Sanctuary for Crackpots
I just read the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act , aka RFRA. This law isn't about refusing to cater for gay weddings. It's about life and death for many Americans It is about refusing ...
|Sustainable Retirement #12: The Community Orchard and Garden (with photos)
We are performing a sustainable rehab on a historic home in St. Louis, where we will live in retirement after the work is complete. Pictured, above, are equally historic homes in the same ...
|Don't Bash Republicans - Bash their Village Idiot Enablers
I never meant to read Richard Cohen's piece of crap (click through at your own risk) in the Washington Post last week. I just ...
|Why Congressional Democrats must Bail Out Speaker Boehner
If this Front Page post is correct, Congressional Democrats now have the parliamentary tools to force passage of a clean funding bill for the remainder of the fiscal year for DHS. The Democrats ...
|Nope, I'm good.
This photo is starting to whirl around Chicago like a sheet of blowing snow and with similar chilling effect, one hopes, on Rahm Emanuel's reelection chances. H/T and thanks to a good friend on ...
|I Don't Like the Word, Green!
Sustainable Retirement #11: Hotter than a Firecracker First, about that word, green. Having abandoned the term in favor of the more ponderous word, sustainable, some explanation, of this writing ...
|Goldilocks and the Three Money Lenders
Sustainable Retirement #10: The Usefulness of Other Peoples' Money From the beginning of our adventure , to find and sustainably restore an historic home to iive in during retirement, we've known ...
click image to enlarge I cringed, too, when I heard the guide say that, but soon learned that he meant it in the best possible way. For many decades, I had pursued the occasional opportunities to ...
|We are arguing for what most of our history has had.
Sayeth Senator Rand Paul , defending a supposed liberty interest of anti-vaxxers to choose to risk public health with diseases carried by their children. The idea may appear to embody a certain ...
|107 Years of Warming Climate
Sustainable Retirement #9: An Old House Faces a New Climate click image to ...
|When did you last board a train?
Sustainable Retirement #8: The Struggle Against Travel Carbon Our historic rehab project in St. Louis requires us to go there from Chicago after work tomorrow. On Thursday morning we meet with our ...
|A Short History of Some Trees
Sustainable Retirement #7: The Wood Eternal For countless ages before Frenchmen founded St. Louis, 250 years ago, thick, old-growth forests of bald cypress grew, not far to the South, in the ...
|After Ferguson Violence, a Damaged Neighborhood Reacted with Peace, Understanding and Art
After the Michael Brown grand jury verdict on November 25, two main areas of violence broke out in Greater St. Louis. The worst and most reported occurred in Ferguson itself, in St. Louis County. ...
|I disagree with Sen. Bernie Sanders
I'm all for the sentiment. Sen. Sanders is quoted saying, "government has got to start working for ordinary people and not just for billionaires." I'd even support his campaign to make that happen. ...
|Sustainable Building #5: Echoes of Ruthless Capitalism
1908 Two Family Flat. (click picture to enlarge) General Motors vs. The Streetcar Suburbs From the 1890's until after World War II, all over America, more ...
|A White Man's Perspective on American Racism
The changes in civil rights law and policy in America in the 1950's and 1960's has superficially altered the face of racism and ameliorated some its harsher effects in some narrow instances. But, ...
|We Could End the Police Shootings
They would end almost overnight, this seemingly everyday habit of our (almost entirely) White police gunning down people of color (mostly boys and men) in the streets of America. All it takes is one ...
|Sustainable Building: "The Greenest Building"
click to enlarge There she sits, on the left of the picture, a grande dame of an historic home, built over 100 years ago, ...
|Sustainable Building: A Milestone Reached (Photo Diary)
1895 Eclectic Revival Style Historical Home Click Picture To Enlarge We had such high ...
|Sustainable Building: A Great Adventure Moves Forward
1924 Craftsman Style Bungalow (click to enlarge) A previous post,
|GOTV: Daily Kos vs. Red State
GOTV admonishments, pleas, directives, entreaties, opportunities, programs and instructions are all over Daily Kos and have been for weeks. At the time of this writing, a GOTV diary is in the ...
|Meta: Useful Trolls in the Michael Brown Diaries
A pie fight broke out in the comments on Shaun King's excellent analysis of the unredacted convenience store video of the events that the Ferguson police and a right wing campaign want to use to ...
|Climate: A Lot Can Happen in Two Generations
Sometime around 1907, my father's family posed in front of their rural, North Carolina cabin, dressed in their best, for a portrait by a photographer, almost certainly an itinerant, traveling the ...
|When Red Oklahoma Threw Progressive Blue Sparks
It wasn't that long ago. Ronald Reagan became President during those years, but the Attorney General in Oklahoma from 1979 to 1983 was a hard-nosed, uncompromising, principled, old school progressive,
|OMG! There is an Atheist Lobby?
And it's endorsing political candidates. Yesterday, I was driving home to Chicago from St. Louis, where Mrs. Left and I had spent the weekend scouting for a 100+ yo home to rehabilitate in a ...
|Open Letter to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Dear Senator Lee: How can you act as though you don't understand the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution as it applies to state laws limiting the benefits of civil marriage ...
|Breaking: Police Officer Shot in Ferguson, MO
I can't find this anywhere else right now, but at the end of the Cardinal game tonight KMOX radio broke in to report that a police officer in Ferguson has been shot. I can't find any other details ...
|We Must Be Nuts
Mrs. Left and I are contemplating acquiring a rundown 19th Century house in an urban historic preservation district and totally conserving the original exterior, fully gutting while redesigning a ...
|The Racism Seen in Ferguson Still Thrives Almost Everywhere in America
Sadly, despite being given its very own 15 minutes, like most celebrities, Ferguson isn't really special. It is simply a particularly glaring reflection of an affliction that blankets most of America,
|Separated by a Common Language
h/t to George Bernard Shaw . Republicans and Democrats may be more different than you think. Sure, we are different political parties, reflecting many philosophical differences about policy. But the ...
|I Write Down Everything I Eat
I wrote about my kidney disease in June when my internist referred me to a nephrologist for what I nebulously referred to as "kidney issues". I've since learned that my diagnosis is for chronic ...
|Michael Brown Executed for Shoplifting?
You know, like in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's : Ferguson police are now alleging that Michael Brown stole merchandise from a local store and authorities are admitting that when Mr. Brown ran ...
|Breaking and Updated: Anonymous Cyberattacks St. Louis County Police Website
The official website for St. Louis County, Missouri and the County Police that ran amok last night in the streets and neighborhoods of Ferguson, MO, appears to have crashed. Sunday afternoon, the ...
|Surviving a Whirlpool
A story of a consumer, an appliance and a giant corporation, to wit: WHR , as the $11 billion global appliance manufacturer is known on Wall Street. It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly the ...
|A Simple Idea
Ronald Reagan's handlers used a very simple expression of a very simple, if tragically wrong, idea. The idea has screwed up American politics for generations. In his First Inaugural Address , the ...
|Do you Still Remember Your First Time?
That is, the first time you ever bought a personal computer? That's my first love, there in the picture. Plus an 18 character per second daisy wheel printer . I don't really remember the passion ...
|Science Predicts The End of Conservative Politics
Conservative politics in America, if thought of as a system, can be seen as in the grip of a dangerous and destructive positive feedback loop. Consider this fairly well sourced Wikipedia discussion ...
|Wait! Is this The Onion? Jeez, no! It's Slate!
Quintessential Villager , John Dickerson, Chief Political Correspondent for Slate , has either accidentally published an audition piece he wrote for The Onion, or he has ...
|On Mars: Today NASA Announced the Science Package for the Next Rover
While Curiosity continues to perform groundbreaking science in Mars' Gale Crater, NASA today announced the scientific instruments and capabilities for the ...
|Tonight MLB Waves the Rainbow Flag at the All Star Game
Today, Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, announced the appointment of former major leaguer, Billy Bean, as Baseball's Ambassador ...
|Is famous Birther Nut Joseph Farah a Coke Head?
Joseph Farah is the co-founder of World Net Daily , a right-wing extremist blog which would not exist at all, but for otherwise thoroughly debunked conspiracy theories. Blogger and micro-celebrity,
|A Fourth of July Confession.
Louis Armstrong's Draft Registration I've never said this to anyone. I never thought it all the way through until today. I was wrong about The Draft. ...
|And Now Hobby Lobby? America Can't Afford Another Republican President
When Americans elect a President, they carry out their sacred power to screw up two of the three branches of the Federal government at one time. Thus, Republican Presidents have punished the nation ...
|President Obama: "even basic commonsense ideas can’t get through this Congress."
President Obama spoke today at the beautiful Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, Minnesota, taking a few bare ...
|On Mars: Women
It takes 102 people to run daily operations for the Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity Rover mission. Today, NASA recognizes and honors women on the project, assigning 76 of those rolls to women.
|CA-21: A Juicy Plum Within Reach in California's Central Valley
Bulletin to Fruit Pickers Union* California's 21st Congressional District offers Democrats low hanging fruit, ready to be picked in November. In 2012, the voters in that district reelected President ...
|How One Man Can Give Democrats Control of Congress
Barack Obama becomes a Republican. Congressional Republicans, unable to resist, due to years of relentless political conditioning, doing, believing and wanting the exact opposite of whatever ...
|Being Good Can be Bad for You.
As a child of the 50's I grew up and developed my personal eating preferences and habits beginning in a time when someone at home prepared home cooked meals, almost everything was made from fresh or ...
|An Honest Middle East New Report
Iraq today is suffering an inevitable collapse. In Iraq, as we watch, on TV and the internet, the false-front, Iranian supported regime, of U.S. installed Shi'a strongmen, collapses under the ...
|Italian Scientists and Engineers Deliver Technological Breakthrough
Espresso in space. Food scientists at the Italian coffee firm Lavazza , an iconic name in fine Italian espresso coffee, along with Italian aerospace engineers at the space firm, Argotec , will equip ...
|Meet Dave Brat: God's Own Gift to Congressional Democrats
Eric Cantor lost his primary to Dave Brat , a Christian, supply side economist who also worships St. Ronald of Regan .
Who wants to be a billionaire? If your metaphorical hand shot up, you are part of the problem, pardner, not the solution. Bad billionaires are front and center in today's news, including America's ...
|How Doctors Can Tell if You're On Drugs Just by Looking
They can't. Senator Doctor Tom Coburn has nevertheless offered a pathetic, idiotic diagnosis that Bowe Bergdahl was drugged based upon the good Senator Doctor's observations from the so-called "...
|On Mars: It is Not Yet Time for Humans to Go
Hopefully, humans will not be going to Mars within the ...
|New Group: Low Hanging Fruit
Please note the founding today of a new Daily Kos Group, Low Hanging Fruit in the House- 2014 . There, interested users may join The Fruit Picker's Union and find posts about GOP held house seats ...
|House 2014: Some Low Hanging Fruit for Democrats
If Democrats retake the House in November, those new seats will come from different pools of seats, now held by Republicans, that, for reasons that differ from one pool to the next, are vulnerable ...
|Way to Stay Classy, Texas GOP
Current events are now reminding us of an especially fetid glob of brain waste that dripped last year from the squalid underside of what passes for the mind of Erick, son of Erick, editor of Red ...
|Oh, Sweet Jeebus, Mitt Romney is in Iowa
Mitt Romney is back in Iowa. Fortunately, we do not have FaceTime blogging here at Daily Kos, so you can't actually see me laughing and crying simultaneously, which is good, because it isn't pretty.
|IA-SEN: Joni Ernst of "Unfortunate Accident" Fame Rises to the Bait
When Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican Senate Primary candidate favored by Mitt Romney and other insane people described the killings in Santa Barbara as an "unfortunate accident" during her recent debate,
|Yes, I would have pushed the button to launch that nuke.
The other day I disclosed some of my history as a former, Cold War Era, Naval officer, with nuclear launch capability, specifically, the Navy's ASROC, anti-submarine rocket, in the comment thread of ...
|GA-SEN: It's Time for Michelle Nunn to Microwave the GOP Senate Primary
By microwave, I mean r&tf&&k, in the sense of r&tf&&king, as those terms, although not redacted, as here, are used in Darth Jeff's post last week, How to pick your opponent: A guide to gaming ...
|Hey, Tea Party & Militias: We Want Our Constitution Back
Ironic, isn't it. The Tea Party, militia types and the god botherers all seem to hate everything that the U.S. Constitution they claim to revere so much was created to foster, preserve and protect.
|Rambling Up the Pacific Coast in Pictures
Ask most people what they plan to do in retirement and, if they are lucky, they may say they want to travel more. I retired at the end of last month and a short trip up the Pacific Coast from ...
|Secretary of State Kerry Proposes to Set the World Aflame
Secretary of State John ...
|Racism, Family Style
Racism remains stoutly built-in to American culture; corporations and businesses and families, most of them, always have been prominently afflicted with the infection.
American Hero Climate Scientist Michael E. Mann, Ph.D. Each of the Koch Brothers has many mansions and in each is a recreation room and in each of these is dart board bearing the image seen above. OK,
Today, the continued existence of racism in America has become, due to the backlash against the election of President Obama, a regular topic of discussion in forums that rarely mentioned the ...
|Help! My Retirement Speech
On Monday, two days before I officially retire, my employer is catering a luncheon to mark the occasion from one of the best deli's in the city. I've been to more than a few of these things and know ...
America is under violent attack from within by a growing number of armed extremists. Loyalty to country has become a quaint anachronism in some circles. ...
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|This is the End: My Last Business Trip Ever.
I've done a lot of business travel for my current employer for more than 10 years. I travel from state to state within different regions to litigate federal employment law cases. Milwaukee, Detroit, ...
|Figures Never Lie, but . . .
The common saying that figures don’t lie, but liars figure has obscure origins in our language. A favorite expression of the idea, well applied here: In 1854 the idea of the saying was expressed ...
|On Mars: Republicans of all Stripes Should Probably Hate This
Christian Fundies should hate it because it belies the possibility of young Earth. Tea Partyers should hate it because their taxes help pay for it. Wall Street should hate it because they can't find ...
|Climate Science Deniers Wrap Themselves in the First Amendment
Issue: When is a malicious lie not a malicious lie? If extremist pundit Mark Steyn and his New York Super Lawyer, Daniel J. Kornstein , have their way, the answer to that question could be -- always.
|Meta: unashamed: I have changed my avatar
Avatar. That's what Daily Kos actually calls it on every member's Edit Profile page, an image or figure visually representing someone online. So, for now, representing me is . . . me! That's what I ...
|The Kind of Place Malaysian Flight 370 Might Have Gone
Where might have Flight 370 gone if it actually landed somewhere? I have no theories or insider knowledge, nor do I believe in the certainty that the some conspiracy exists. But given the map ...
|I'm Here as Therapy for Intellectual Narcissism
You know. For the Mojo. Mojo=Approval=Acceptance=Interest. From total strangers. The Mojo for my posts feeds what I've recognized as some pretty deep seated needs. Since I was a young child, ...
|Texas Governor Rick Perry Booed in Austin on Jimmy Kimmel's Show from SXSW
My daughter who lives in Austin told us today that Governor Perry had been booed when he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show broadcasting last night from the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, ...
|A Really Important Question
Why are you here? Why am I here? Where am I? All of these are questions worth asking. But there is only one question to which Kossacks really, truly, madly, deeply need an answer:
|Have 14 Years of Rick Perry Left the Lone Star State with a Texas Sized Brain Drain?
Breathtaking statistics, about educated people fleeing Rick Perry's Lone Star State while he has been Governor, lurk in this Front Page post's interactive maps and statistical tables . Looking at ...
|On Mars: One Photo which says everything
For a really gee whiz look at this image from NASA's Curiosity Rover go to the JPL web site, here . The perspective of tiny Earth viewed from one of her closest planetary neighbors, tells us all ...
|Retirement = Emancipation
I retire next month. Since age 13, most of my waking hours have been at the disposal of someone else. Whenever I have not been in school I have always been employed in one kind of work or another. ...
|Crimea Occupies a Peculiar Niche in Russian Imperial History
The Crimea may be one of the most colonized, conquered, seized, traded and handed around landmasses of its size in Eurasia. The Crimea is a peninsula, jutting into the Black Sea, which is open to ...
|Republican Senate Task Force Survey Questionaire
It was in my mailbox when I got home from work tonight. For reasons entirely opaque to me, the GOP has asked me to represent my district on its task force and to complete my questionnaire so that I ...
|Help Re: My First Trip to San Francisco
This is a bucket list kind of thing. I've always wanted to visit San Francisco, but during a lifetime spanning parts of eight decades, and many West Coast trips, it never happened. Now, during a ...
|I Hate Boycotts. I Support George Takei's Proposal to Boycott Arizona Travel
The FP post today about the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index prompted this thought: A State, Arizona, for example, is not really a place. The thought may not be as trivial as it seems at first ...
|America Hates Vladimir Putin and Doesn't Much Like Russians
Nobody in America seems to have much of anything nice to say about Vladimir Putin or Russia, itself. I wonder if we're seeing the beginning of a new Cold War. Most of us on Daily Kos disapprove of ...
|The News from Fukushima Never Gets Better
Worse? I'll make wisecracks. You decide. Today, TEPCO, the owner and operator of the destroyed reactors at Fukushima Daiichi issued a press release disclosing yet another release of radioactive ...
|Christie's Childhood Friends. Why?
Chris Christie seems to have many childhood friends still in his life. Fortunately for all of them, there are plenty of jobs at the Port Authority and, if not,
|On Mars: For Valentine's Day -- Curiosity Dates a Rock
Not only that, the unfaithful robotic tart intends to date other rocks, too, as she continues her Quixotic search for Mr. Goodbar Organic Carbon. An expose of the affair is in this YouTube. A ...
|La Cage Aux Crow
The State of Kansas is taking strides to enshrine discrimination against gay persons as a matter of public policy in that state because religion . The Moral Giants of the GOP also peddle this kind ...
|We're Just Chimps that Vote
Kos invoked questions about the nature of the electorate and why Democrats lose elections in this FP post , which TrueBlueMajority answered with this thoughtful post , making the main point that the ...
|Post Office Payday Loans? Maybe.
Watch out predatory lenders in the private sector, the Postal Service is gunning for part of your revenues. As Congress Fiddles While the Postal Service Burns , the Postal Service has already cut ...
|Syria No Longer Exists; Neither Does Iraq, Really
When the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1918 after defeat in World War I, the comic opera borders of many of today's Middle Eastern countries were drawn by the British and French Foreign offices, in ...
|Will U.S. Postal Service catch hell for raising executive pay?
Despite suffering another multibillion dollar loss in its last fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service is giving a raise, albeit a small one, to virtually its entire non-union workforce. Yesterday, the ...
|Dr. Michael Mann Stands Up Again for Climate Science; NRO Heads Explode
Dr. Mann had an OpEd in the New York Times this week that began like this: THE overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority ...
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