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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Cliff Diving:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Cliff Diving
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • The Descent of Republicans, by Mark Sumner
    • Unskewed and undistinguished: The five most gloriously awful polls of 2012, by Steve Singiser
    • Dear Macy’s, I’m cancelling my charge account, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • To my fellow (100,000 or so) Americans wanting to secede: OK, thx buh bye, by Shanikka
    • Emboldened, LGBT groups press forward on employment non-discrimination protection, by Scott Wooledge
    • FEMA Aid For Sandy Relief Should Be A Part of 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal, by Armando
    • 'Gifts': The legitimacy of self-interested voting, by Dante Atkins
    • John McCain rewrites his epitaph, by Jon Perr
  • Louisiana oil rig explosion kills two: Two workers are dead, two are missing and four are in critical condition at Louisiana hospitals after an off-shore oil-production rig exploded early Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard, which sent two helicopters and several boats to the scene, had no immediate information about the specific condition of the surviving victims. The rig is located 36 miles east of Port Fourchon, on the tip of Lafourche Parish, about 25 miles south of Grand Isle. The company, Black Elk Energy, said there were 28 workers on the rig when the explosion and fire occurred. Flames were extinguished about two hours after the fire started. Unlike BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which exploded during a gigantic, environment- and economy-wrecking oil blowout a mile below the Gulf of Mexico in early 2010, the Black Elk rig was already producing oil from shallow water and no major environmental outcome is expected. The Houston-headquartered company operates 854 wells on 155 platforms in Texas and Louisiana waters.  - Meteor Blades
  • If you're living in the greater Seattle area, mark your calendar:
    King County Executive Dow Constantine will open the county Recorder's Office in Seattle early -- just after midnight -- on Dec. 6 to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Constantine says he'll be waiting to sign the first license, making King County the first jurisdiction in the nation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, based on voter approval.

  • Well, something good has come from the whole Petraeus affair:
    A stony-faced Taliban official burst into laughter at the mention of the Petraeus affair during an interview with AFP in northwest Pakistan this week.
    ... but maybe laughter means something else to the Taliban:
    "From a Pashtun point of view, Petraeus should be shot by relatives from his mistress's family," the Taliban official explained.

    "From a Shariah point of view, he should be stoned to death."

  • Give it up, Michigan:
    Michigan’s ban on affirmative action was struck down for a second time by a federal appeals court Thursday – this time on rehearing by the full panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

    In a strong defense of minorities’ access to the political process, an eight-judge majority struck down the state constitutional amendment passed in 2006, holding that the amendment imposed a constitutionally impermissible burden on those seeking to implement a race-conscious admissions policy above and beyond the burden imposed on others seeking to change admissions criteria.

  • How charming:
    Bob FitzSimmonds, an official in the Virginia Republican Party and close ally of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, posted a comment on his Facebook page Wednesday that predicts President Barack Obama's eternal damnation.

    "When Obama is 90 years old and he dies and goes to Hell, he is going to say 'This is all Bush's fault,'" FitzSimmonds wrote. [...]

    He told the Hampton Roads Pilot in an email Thursday that he sees nothing wrong with his comment about the president.

    "My Facebook post was not about Obama going to Hell," he said. "It was about his obsession with blame shifting and I don't really see anything inappropriate about it."

  • Facebook has a Hurricane Sandy Thanksgiving Adopt a Family for Dinner page. Like it!
  • Oh, now this is a game-changer: Meghan McCain may register as an Independent in 2016.
  • A new go-to for you caffeinating needs:
    The makers of Cracker Jack are adding a little more pop to their candy-coated popcorn. Frito-Lay will introduce Cracker Jack'D Power Bites caffeinated snacks later this year.
  • From the too much time on their hands files: Twenty years of Law and Order edition.

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