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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is jungle culture:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - jungle culture
  • Texas lieutenant governor tries personal clout to free arrested relative:
    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called a police station to seek the release of a relative jailed on a shoplifting charge, outraging his rivals who have accused him of abusing his power.

    Dewhurst, a Republican who has been in office since 2003, called the Allen Police Department Aug. 3 to seek the release of a relative whom he describes as a "sister-in-law" and a "step-niece-in-law" in different parts of the call. Police released the 12-minute conversation Wednesday. [...]

    "I am, every year, the No. 1 pick of all of the law enforcement agencies within Texas," Dewhurst tells the officer. "You don't know it, but I'm a supporter of you and a supporter of everybody in law enforcement."

  • Survey: Motorists more complacent about drunk, aggressive, drowsy driving.
  • Six things losing candidates say:
    “I’m running a grass-roots campaign.” This translates to: “I’m not going to raise any money.” [...] “The only poll that matters is the poll on Election Day.” [...]  “I’m the next [insert big name politician here].” This means the campaign strategy is to emulate a previous candidate who overcame nearly impossible odds to win their own race. [...] “I’m not going to run any negative ads.” This is one way to virtually guarantee defeat. [...] “I’m not going to accept PAC money.” It’s hip to reject contributions from political action committees and decry them as “special interest money.” But candidates taking this pledge probably weren’t going to get that money anyway. [...] “My son is running my campaign.”
  • "I am Chelsea Manning. I am female":
    During his trial, Manning’s defense team suggested his struggles with gender identity as a gay soldier were a factor in his decision to leak. His attorneys presented an email to a former supervisor from April 2010 in which he said he was transgender and joined the Army to “get rid of it.”  [Manning said in his statement]:

    As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.

  • Early Europeans liked spicy food:
    Archaeologists at York, working with colleagues in Denmark, Germany and Spain, have found evidence of the use of spices in cuisine at the transition to agriculture. The researchers discovered traces of garlic mustard on the charred remains of pottery dating back nearly 7,000 years. [...]

    Lead researcher Dr Hayley Saul, of the BioArCH research centre at at the University of York, said: "The traditional view is that early Neolithic and pre-Neolithic uses of plants, and the reasons for their cultivation, were primarily driven by energy requirements rather than flavour. [...] garlic mustard has a strong flavour but little nutritional value [...]

  • Homeland Security employee promotes race war in off hours.
  • Here's what Obama could do to change marijuana policy without changing the law.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: the safety instructor who accidentally shot a student has another accidental shooting in his past. Greg Dworkin on MoDo's screw-up, a doc's perspective on "the best health care system in the world," and Atlanta school hero Antoinette Tuff. A new documentary on Lizz Winstead's heroic (really) tour for Planned Parenthood. Fox concern trolls "government intrusion," as Rs push drug-testing for food stamps. Lynn Cheney busted for bogus fishing license. Emptywheel on the news that Qwest cooperated with NSA spying after all. RH Reality Check pits actual facts about abortion regulation, and—surprise!—reality doesn't fit the Gop narrative.
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