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Sun Sep 28, 2014 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: Topping The Mojo Edition

by mik

Tonight Top Comments is proud to turn the diary over to a very special guest: our Purveyor of Fine Top Mojo, mik

“Daddy, where does Top Mojo come from?”  Are snakes better than oysters and what the heck do they have anything to do with spiders? *  All these questions and more shall be answered tonight during A Very Special Top Mojo.. er I mean Top Comments as we share some of the history and future of the mojolicious.. the mojomatacular... the total mojonitudinousness of the top mojo scripting! Yes, it'll be a little geeky and there might be a bit of statistics as well as a few cryptic references to stuff that nobody but computer programmers will be likely to grok, but we'll keep the beanie spinning to a minimum.  I promise!  So follow me below the doodle um.. data flow diagram of the top mojo program after a word or few from our sponsor...

Here at Top Comments we strive to nourish community by rounding up some of the site's best, funniest, most mojo'd & most informative commentary, and we depend on your help!! If you see a comment by another Kossack that deserves wider recognition, please send it either to topcomments at gmail or to the Top Comments group mailbox by 9:30pm Eastern. Please please please include a few words about why you sent it in as well as your user name (even if you think we know it already :-)), so we can credit you with the find!  
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Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:47 AM PDT

News from National Defense Magazine

by mik

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is arguably The US Military-Industrial Complex, and it is worried... really worried about sequestration and other budget games being played (largely by the GOP) and what it is doing to the military's ability to do its job.  Now, I hear you saying "that's nothing new" (and it isn't), but I was interested to see how direct military leadership is being in calling out the current situation and policies as being supremely bone-headed and dangerous in the last issue of National Defense magazine.  Behold!  After the very small orange mushroom cloud, I'll point you at several selected articles that expose just how dire the Pentagon thinks the situation is.

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Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:45 PM PST

FAQing Top Mojo

by mik

As the wrangler of the reconstituted "Top Mojo" feature of the daily "Top Comments" diary series, I am often called upon to defend explain how it works.  This diary is an attempt to memorialize that need for an interested audience, soooo.... if, sometime in the future, you publicly rant something along the lines of "Why the @(&# didn't my most awesome comment in the history of the blogosphere make it into the Top Mojo list?!?", then you've hopefully been pointed here, where the answer likely lurks below the little orange sponge thingy:

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Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:01 AM PST

Thoughts on Fiscal Cliffdiving

by mik

In the few days leading up to the November elections, I posted a series of Facebook updates to my friends and family, more or less laying out how I was going to vote and my reasons for doing so.  Sure, I was hoping to perhaps influence the... er... more conservative viewers of my stream, but several people said that I should have posted earlier... posted more often... or even diaried at here.

Now it is December and we're in the throes of the insane posturing over The Fiscal Cliff.  Finally Obama and the Dems seem to be winning the argument... though perhaps not enough to get the Repubs to swallow their pride in the name of averting disaster.  I started writing another missive on Facebook and was about to press send when I heard those little voices in my head, "Diiaryy.... DIAAARRRYYYYyyyy.." and now my lunch hour is over.

I'm not exactly a pro wonk, so I'm sure I've got plenty wrong. Follow me below the squishy ball of pizza dough, and correct me so I can argue better with my well-intentioned but even less well informed friends.

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Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 10:48 AM PDT

More of mik's YearlyKos07 photos

by mik

Yesterday, I posted a visual wrap-up of the YKos 07 Interfaith Service from Sunday.

Today, I bring you a set of candids from KY07...

P.S.  Numbered for your convenience, if you'd like to out yourself.  Also, there are larger versions of all these photos if you click through.

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Mon Aug 06, 2007 at 12:30 PM PDT

YearlyKos Interfaith Service (photos)

by mik

crossposted at Street Prophets
In the interest of not waiting until they are totally irrelevant, here is a set of photos from Sunday's Interfaith Service at YearlyKos 2007.  I thought about just adding comments to PD's diary, but I think I've got enough content to be worth putting up a stand-alone.

I've generally left the people unnamed as a nod to privacy, but of course, feel free to out yourselves!

Do also see Pastor Dan's Diary at Street Prophets for the majority of the text of the service and a few more photos.

The fun starts below the fold.

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Thu Jul 20, 2006 at 05:41 AM PDT

mik's pics: CnJ Northeast meetup

by mik

So, on Saturday last, a smallish group of frequently Cheering and Jeering folks had an informal meetup in New Hampshire.

Following is a smattering of photos I took of people (and assorted others)... Looking at them, I'm wishing I'd been more obnoxiously intrusive and taken more pictures.  sigh.

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In about 15 minutes (10am Eastern), the NPR show On Point will air a debate between George Gilder and Richard Dawkins.
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Fri May 20, 2005 at 01:10 PM PDT

How tall are we? (height poll)

by mik

With today's recommended polls on age and education, there is clearly a need for more polls!  Given that it is the Friday afternoon of a rather tense week perhaps something light is in order, sooo....

So how tall are you?

Poll

How tall are you?

0%0 votes
0%1 votes
2%6 votes
7%20 votes
12%34 votes
15%44 votes
14%40 votes
16%48 votes
14%42 votes
9%27 votes
6%19 votes
0%2 votes

| 283 votes | Vote | Results

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From Saturday's Boston Globe, there was a fascinating story by Michael Paulson on the subject of (some) evangelical Christians getting increasingly uncomfortable with right-wing politics at the same time they're getting more interested in what ought to have been big issues for them all along (e.g. poverty, enviroment, etc).  One great paragraph below the fold and the whole story here.
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Wed Nov 10, 2004 at 07:59 AM PST

Appropriate penalties for election fraud

by mik

For purposes of discussion, let's assume that election fraud was rampant on both GOP and DEM sides.  So what is the appropriate remedy? We need penalties that are severe enough to discourage small fraud altogether, and make large-scale/coordinated attacks counterproductive.

So, here are my suggestions for changes to federal law:

  • Any individual convicted of election fraud in any degree loses the right to vote permanently.
  • Minimum incarceration is based on the term of the post influenced (senate races become the biggies!). 1st-degree = double term, 2nd-degree = term, 3rd-degree = half term, etc.
  • Similarly, organizations losing tax-exempt status as a result of fraud are barred from re-applying for status for the term of the post influenced.
  • Tax-exempt status will not be granted for organizations led (president or directors) by anyone convicted under election-fraud law.

Am I missing anything?  Over the top?
Discuss
To the national "values driven" voters, from a Massachusetts liberal:  Keep your filthy, grasping bureaucratic hands off of my Church!

How dare you claim that you are "protecting state rights" or "protecting the sanctity" of anything when you legislate religious belief?  Do you really think that defining marriage in the (state/federal) constitution is going to be the end of it?  Would it have been a-okay for a President Kerry (should he have been elected) to write up Catholic Executive Orders?  Mandate latin services?  You like to talk about having a "personal relationship with Jesus?"  How is that going to work with the feds are the middlemen?  
"No no," you say, "that's not what I mean at all!"  But that is exactly what you want to do to me, yourself and the rest of the country!

I don't care one whit if I agree or not with the sentiment behind your proposed "amendments" - if your law is telling me what/how to believe/worship/practice/pray then it has absolutely no business being law!  THIS MEANS YOU!

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