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    Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said on Thursday same-sex couples can begin to marry in the state on Jan. 1.

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    Jon Huntsman said Friday that if the GOP can stay away from “fringe issues” and instead focuses on bread-and-butter Republican principles, the party will be better for it.
  • Click it if you dare: Two hate-mongering, homophobic bigots debate how to handle teh gays.
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    Body parts of humans and rare animals are prized by some people in central Africa for their supposed supernatural powers, and are used in occult ceremonies. Traffickers often obtain human remains from grave robbers, but a recent spate of killings has also been linked to the gruesome trade.

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  •  I really like this photo. (10+ / 0-)

    It didn’t take much. Just stick a 25 year old vintage Nikkor macro into a chrysanthemum, opened the iris all the way for “minimum” depth of field and overexpose by around three stops for “maximum” distortion.

    Just a flower photo but the more I look the more I like. Click on the photo for the big picture, it’s kinda trippy.

  •  I had a dream the other night and I am (3+ / 0-)
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    homo neurotic, Gooserock, msmacgyver

    curious to find if anyone else has had a similar one:

    Mitt Romney and his son, Tagg ring my doorbell and try to convert me to Mormonism. They don't succeed, though in the course of the dream I am proud to say that I am  unfailingly polite.

    I am serious, though amused....

    I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

    by SherwoodB on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:07:26 PM PST

  •  NJ Bridge Collapse & Gov. Chris Christie (9+ / 0-)

    Is all the "good feeling" the MSM has toward NJ Gov. Christie going to gloss over the fact that he has refused to repair infrastructure in his state and he has refused billions in federal funds too?

  •  The Amazing Santelli Has a(nother) Meltdown (4+ / 0-)
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    CNBC loose cannon and in-house barn burner Rick Santelli let fly a mostly incoherent stream of rage against the wealthy on Friday morning.

    As if to cement his spot in the TV hall of fame of epic ranters, the former finance professional and Tea Party hero grew so impassioned criticizing so-called Democrat "tax fairness" that he stormed off camera.

    "It's reprehensible that people go to Charlotte [for the Democratic National Convention] and say 'fairness' and then they run to try to beat the taxman," he hollered at fellow CNBC reporter Steve Liesman. "Shame on them! I can't even talk about it anymore."

    And then he was gone.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:10:48 PM PST

    •  Will he keep on going? nt (3+ / 0-)
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      •  I expect He'll be on the Air from either NY or NJ (1+ / 0-)
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        If he's on the air at all on Monday due to a "Chat" NBC management would have with him.

        Although the last time he was on the floor of the NYSE he did not hold up to the "decorum" of the venue.....

        The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

        by JML9999 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:30:52 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  that's SO 2009. somebody let him know (1+ / 0-)
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      the tea party is basically dead in all but the doing.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:17:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  What is he ranting about? nt (1+ / 0-)
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      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:00:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  A number of corporations are giving special (1+ / 0-)
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        msmacgyver

        dividend checks early to help their stock holders avoid higher capital gains taxes. This is more broadly a matter of rich folks taking their capital gains earning early including selling property.

        The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

        by JML9999 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 04:37:09 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Aha, business as usual (0+ / 0-)

          Perhaps he is hoping for another fringe group to spring up, possibly calling itself the Champagneandcaviar Party.

          When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:57:02 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Aha, business as usual (0+ / 0-)

          He might be hoping for the birth of a new fringe group, The Champagneandcaviar Party.  Instead of wearing funny hats and spouting gibberish about the Constitution, TCP thugs will be wearing tuxedos and gossiping about their doubles partners.

          When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:02:25 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  This is juvenile (2+ / 0-)
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    but since the election is over and we're making fun of the Romdroid: I understand that he had a very awkward walk; a GQ profile described it as "an old man terrified of slipping on ice." I dug around youtube and didn't find any video. Anyone got a link? I could use a laugh.

    •  Hmm, Degraded Gait is a Possible Alzheimer's (2+ / 0-)
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      symptom. For that & other health reasons I wouldn't want to go there.

      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 Nov 30, 2012 at 12:18:13 PM PST

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      •  Possible (1+ / 0-)
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        I wouldn't want to make fun of a real medical condition. It just seemed like a perfect part of his amazing-mechanical-man image. (Although that may be a warning of confirmation bias.)  I did admit that it was juvenile. :-)

        The same article described his laugh as "a master class in acting as though he would rather be anywhere other than here," but I'm afraid to look for video of Romney's laugh lest zombie reagan climb out of the monitor and devour my soul. (It was an interesting article, because GQ usually publishes flattering pictures of democrats and flattering articles about republicans.)

    •  It always looked to me like he has low back pain (2+ / 0-)
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      and tries to avoid moving his spine.  That is, the poker up his butt could be literal, as in fused vertebrae.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:31:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Huntsman is really talking about (5+ / 0-)

    Tossing the right wing evangelical constituency overboard.  Which would be a good thing for the republican party because it would get the social issues crazies out of the party and out of the serious public discourse. Unfortunately(for them) without all those voters, the republican party simply wouldn't have enough constituents to win anything.  Because the country mostly doesn't want anything to do with Ryanomics, trickle down, austerity, or oligarchy.

  •  Supremes: no gay marriage cases on the list (1+ / 0-)
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    of cases they will hear in the next sessions.

    Bummer.

    more details, of course will follow.

    "We have two parties in this country right now. One party is a center-right party that believes that it is unseemly to let old people die in the streets. And the other party is insane." Charles P Pierce

    by NMRed on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:16:05 PM PST

    •  It's not like the Supremes have nothing to say (1+ / 0-)
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    •  thanks (0+ / 0-)

      Prop8TrialTracker  and ScotusBlog are good places to keep on top of this issue.

      According to ScotusBlog,

      If no orders on any of these cases emerge on Monday, the next indication of what the Court may be doing with the issue could come with re-setting them for the private Conference that will be held next Friday.  It is not uncommon, in cases that have some complexity, for the Court to require more than one Conference sitting to decide how to proceed.  Ordinarily, the Court re-schedules cases after releasing opinions; that is now set to happen on Tuesday, with one or more opinions in cases already heard.

      These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

      by HugoDog on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:44:42 PM PST

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    •  So how long can they (0+ / 0-)

      kick the can down the road, so to speak, till the appellate rulings stand? I'm thinking mainly of the Prop. 8 appeal, of course. I would think the DOMA challenges would require a SCOTUS ruling since it involves Federal law, but maybe they're just hoping Congress will resolve itself (which ain't likely considering the GOP is still in control of the House).

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:50:53 PM PST

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      •  The conservatives think it's a states rights (1+ / 0-)
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        Issue, and the liberals on the court don't want THIS court to hear it, especially with President Obama's  re-election so more liberals may likely end up on the court, more states approving marriage equality measures (so equal protection becomes more of an issue), and there are other cases (and perhaps better cases for overturning DOMA itself) in the pipeline.  

        If I were in this court this year, I'd punt that can too.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:16:51 PM PST

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  •  I LOVE that video of Bo!! (3+ / 0-)
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    We have two standard poodles, one white and one black. Bo has always reminded me of a mash-up of my dogs.

    I still remember that the only Bush white house PR video I ever enjoyed stared the first dogs.

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:16:18 PM PST

    •  That slow, padding gait obviously took training (3+ / 0-)
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      and the trainer was signaling from behind every tree, too.   I could use a long visit from a professional at MY house!

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:33:20 PM PST

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      •  I noticed his speed as well (1+ / 0-)
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        Like I mentioned, I have two standard poodles, a white boy (Barnabas) & black girl (Taylor) from the same litter. Barnabas naturally walks just like Bo did in that video.  Meanwhile, Taylor basically sprints everywhere she goes, even if she's simply crossing the room.

        Bo's walk didn't seem natural, mainly because his tail was not sticking up. He definitely looked like he was concentrating really hard.    

        It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

        by lawstudent922 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:39:10 PM PST

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      •  He probably just walks like that normally (1+ / 0-)
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        And the trainer captured that (reinforced it) and put it on command.  I have one dog that walks normally (as opposed to trotting everywhere), and she was easy to train a ( slow) walk command. The other rushes through life, and while he's very trainable, I haven't has a lot of luck training him to move slowly unless he's on a leash (or backing up, which he's awesome at).

        A clicker, a bag of super yummy treats, and lots of patience, and almost anything your dog does naturally, you can train him to do on command!

        :)

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:09:15 PM PST

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    •  He is so beautiful! And well-trained. (1+ / 0-)
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      We have a new dog this year, and I bet she tries to take things off the tree and eat them.

      Love those decorated archways in the WH, too.

      Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

      by teresahill on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:44:47 PM PST

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  •  Otis crosses the bridge (Elizabeth Warren) (4+ / 0-)
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    http://www.bostonglobe.com/...

    On Nov. 1, in the closing days of the campaign, Mann and Warren brought Otis to Angell Memorial Hospital and sat on the floor as a veterinarian euthanized their uncommonly dignified dog.

    Five days later, Warren made history in Massachusetts.

    But what she wouldn’t give for one more lap of Fresh Pond with Otis, another afternoon of him snoring on the kitchen floor, a final evening on the couch. It’s the misery of ever loving a dog.

    (via Weigel)

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:17:01 PM PST

  •  How to create a small fortune? (0+ / 0-)
    Power Ball Winner Picked Numbers of Favorite Royals Hall of Famers. So Can He Buy The Team Now?
    Use a large fortune to purchase a small market baseball team.

    I don't get mad. I get stabby!

    by sizzzzlerz on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:17:54 PM PST

  •  I'm mad at myself for forgetting to set up a (2+ / 0-)
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    goodbye get-together with a friend that is moving east Monday.  I found out that he was moving just before Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving happened and then there was a serious shake up at work.... it slipped my mind.

    But, the worst of it all is that he's been distancing himself from people here for the last 2-3 months and I've not really talked with him for quite a while (lots of 'stuff' and didn't realize where the time had gone).....  Trying to set up something for this weekend.  We'll see.

  •  For the record, the powerball numbers were random (1+ / 0-)
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    From an update in the link of the tweet:

    According to Cindy Hill, the wife of the winner, the numbers were random, though "we love the Royals"
  •  Trace Adkins; 'Merry Christmas, n*****s!' (2+ / 0-)
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    Country singer Trace Adkins performed at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony televised last night, and of course he just HAD to wear his Confederate flag earpiece, knowing full well that the show was being televised nationwide and that it would be fully visable.

    Trace is a proud member of the 'Sons of the Confederacy', so he knows full well the history and controversy of the flag, and how insulting it is to millions of people, and that wearing it would be a way for him to give the finger to the nation, and the people he just don't like. And of course he gave the standard 'It's a symbol of pride, I didn't mean to offend anymore blah blah blah' which is the standard BS excuse and lie. It's blowing up on the Twitter-verse since last night.

    http://music.msn.com/...

    "And the Tea Party shall be maimed forever, becoming a mere spirit of malice that gnaws itself in the shadows, but can never grow or take shape again. And so a great evil of this world will be removed." - Gandalf

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:23:30 PM PST

  •  The pace of "unliking" Romney has slowed. (2+ / 0-)
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    Now people can't even be bother to go back and etch-a-sketch him off their lists...

  •  I wish it weren't so, but the Bo video (0+ / 0-)

    is very dull.  Bo is certainly no Corgi.  The first dog of California, Sutter, has his own Facebook page ("government official") Twitter account, AND helped pass Prop.30.

  •  Very Proud soccer stars Palestinian support (0+ / 0-)

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/...

    May they be continually blessed to denounce oppression everywhere.

    No soccer tournament of value should be held in a country where racism prevents players of one race to play for big clubs owned and supported by folks of different Nationality/race/creed or what have you.

  •  Did You Know "Do Not Track" is BS for now (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought that by opting for "Do Not Track" on my browser there would be NO TRACKING of my online activities.  Now I read that my browser was just putting the option for when the "Do Not Track" option was approved.
     Do Not Track is dying

    More than nine months after the Obama administration, digital advertisers, browser makers and privacy advocates agreed in principle to create a "Do Not Track" mechanism for Web browsing, the tool is no closer to becoming a reality than it was in February. In fact, the entire plan is on life support.
    "The advertisers have been extraordinarily obstructionist, raising the same issues over and over again, forcing new issues that were not on the agenda, adding new issues that have been closed, and launching personal attacks," said Jonathan Mayer, a Stanford privacy researcher and Do Not Track technology developer who is involved in the negotiations.
    Ref. link: http://money.cnn.com/...
  •  Mark Twain will always be a favorite, especially (3+ / 0-)
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    because he managed to describe me perfectly (as I quoted in C&J yesterday):

    She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.   - Mark Twain
    manet_parrot
    ... a bit more refined than me.
  •  The crazy homophobe vs violently insane (1+ / 0-)
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    Homophobe video is disturbing and fascinating.

    I adore  Evan Hurst of Wonkette for referring to Jonathan  Phelps "of the Westboro Phelpses."

    That is some wickedly great writing right there.

    And it terrifies me that Phelps seems far saner than the guy who was actually a chaplain in the United States Military when discussing exorcisms, which he calls "special hocus pocus."

    Anytime anyone ever complains about losing their privilege, just show them this video and tell them that's the world that many Americans live in every single day.

    Finally, I've never really thought much about David Pakman's show. He elevated himself to a whole new level today.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:56:47 PM PST

  •  that i hate fags vs i hate fags video was (0+ / 0-)

    amazing.

    seriously these people are nuts and need to have medication. all this about this and that over an invisible sky god.

    For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

    by mdmslle on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:03:10 PM PST

  •  Mitt who™? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:54:13 PM PST

  •  Wow this is great news for food preserving (0+ / 0-)

    I hate having to throw out bread after a few days just because of mold and tossing other food too http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

  •  Romney like count (0+ / 0-)

    That has to be from bots getting turned off. I'd be a good time for Facebook(if they cared) to round up a bunch of probable bots to give heightened scrutiny to.

  •  PPP Polls: (0+ / 0-)

    "Chris Christie's 67/25 approval rating among New Jersey voters makes him the most popular Gov we've polled this year. Despite that, Hillary Clinton leads Chris Christie 52-40 in a hypothetical match among NJ voters, has a 67/27 favorability rating. Christie would lead Joe Biden (47/41) and Andrew Cuomo (50/35) among NJ voters. Hillary just on a different level."

  •  What, exactly, are Republican principles? (1+ / 0-)
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    Jon Huntsman said Friday that if the GOP can stay away from “fringe issues” and instead focuses on bread-and-butter Republican principles, the party will be better for it.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:57:50 PM PST

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