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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Trend forecast 2013:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Trend forecast 2013
  • You'll no doubt be happy to know the rich got richer in 2012:
    The richest people on the planet got even richer in 2012, adding $241 billion to their collective net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 100 wealthiest individuals.

    The aggregate net worth of the world’s top moguls stood at $1.9 trillion at the market close on Dec. 31, according to the index.

  • I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013.
    @AriFleischer via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    In other words: I'm a great guy for giving to the most vulnerable, but I can't be bothered if there's nothing in it for me. Ari, do you know the meaning of: Total asshole?
  • Wackos on the march—Episode MMCLXXXVII:
    ...Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman (R) has launched a new war on Kwanzaa, claiming it is a fake holiday invented by racist radicals who want to “divide America.”

    In a press release entitled “Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa,” Grothman ranted that Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by “left wing nuts” because “they don’t like America and seek to destroy it.” Grothman is comforted by his belief that “almost all black people ignore” Kwanzaa, but is deeply troubled by the fact that schools are teaching the holiday:

    Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison (and who knows how many others…) try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians … But why do they do it? They don’t like America and seek to destroy it by pretending that its values as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, don’t apply to everyone. Mainstream Americans must be more outspoken on this issue. It’s time it’s slapped down once and for all.

  • 2013 could be another big year for renewable energy:
    The U.S. solar industry grew at a rate of 13.2%.  A global oversupply of solar panels lowered prices for American consumers, resulting in higher demand and greater profits for solar installation companies. SolarCity’s IPO proved to be successful despite claims that its stock would immediately plummet. And even with excessive political attacks by opponents of renewable energy—over $250 million spent in the 2012 election—the industry has gained strong public support across the country.  Industries such as wind, biofuels, geothermal, hydropower, electric transportation, and solar have achieved success in 2012 but the next step in supporting growth is creating a more stable policy landscape.
  • Means testing Medicare and Social Security a really really really bad idea.
  • Putnam County, N.Y., refuses to identify gun owners:
    Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy a request for information about pistol permit holders from the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, which has come under criticism for publishing thousands of such identities already.

    "There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong," Sant said in a statement. "I could not live with myself if one Putnam pistol permit holder was put in harm's way, for the sole purpose of selling newspapers."

  • Study: The womb is child's first language lab:
    Research led by Christine Moon, a professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, shows that infants, only hours old showed marked interest for the vowels of a language that was not their mother tongue.

    "We have known for over 30 years that we begin learning prenatally about voices by listening to the sound of our mother talking," Moon said. "This is the first study that shows we learn about the particular speech sounds of our mother's language before we are born."

  • Predictions, predictions, predictions, predictions, predictions, predictions. When will they ever learn?
  • Afghanistan remains a basket case.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, yes, we went over the Fiscal Thingy, and just like we said, it turns out to have been fixable retroactively all along. Not that the traditional media is giving up on the metaphor, since they're reporting we somehow "averted" turning the calendar over without a deal in place, which we all know was the case. Whatever, Cheeto munchers! Greg Dworkin joined in for the "Republicans in disarray" discussion, then, a look December's accidental shootings by responsible gun owners, which tend to involve shooting the people the guns were supposed to protect.

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  •  Loyalty oaths (3+ / 0-)

    I explore the topic in this post to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:16:42 PM PST

  •  It's time to play the exciting new game... (9+ / 0-)

    "Who's Speaker Tomorrow?"

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:17:01 PM PST

  •  Please trust me on this one (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, just another vet

    I want you to spend 12 minutes watching a video about a remarkable man/teacher

    Take a look at this post

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:18:42 PM PST

  •  Looking for some inside info on Greensboro, NC (0+ / 0-)

    ---any Kossacks out there?   Kosmail me please.
    Contemplating a move...

    Thx in advance.

  •  Can anyone help me find Pres Vote by CD (0+ / 0-)

    Supposedly some folks here on DKos are working on this, but my preliminary search didn't secceed.

    I want to ID House districts carried by Obama but lost closely by Dem candidate.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:19:42 PM PST

    •  Isn't that what DK Elections has been doing? (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Albanius, Meteor Blades

      I think that they're 80% or so done.  Could be misremembering.  Look for David Nir's work.

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:32:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  senior former CIA interrogator - torture does not (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    just another vet, Dogs are fuzzy

    work

    I examine a posting by Glenn Carle, author of "The Interrogator," in this post to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:19:47 PM PST

  •  So I wandered into the hiddens and stumbled (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    just another vet, cactusgal, JeffW

    on an unusual troll -- Xiao Heigui

    Why were they unusual you ask? The name is Chinese for "little black devil". That's not your run-of-the-mill troll. Of course the crap they spewed was pretty much standard racist fare but why go thru the trouble of disguising the name in pinyin Mandarin?

    Oh well, they're banned now, good riddance. But I'm guessing we'll see them back again. Maybe in Sanskrit or Xhosa next time.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:20:58 PM PST

  •  I don't get concern about IDing gun owners (2+ / 0-)
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    drmah, charliehall2

    To my nonviolent sensibility, it would indicate people not to mess with or rile up.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:21:35 PM PST

  •  Will a techie or two please give me some advice? (5+ / 0-)

    I just received a notebook as a Christmas gift. (Blame UPS).  It has Windows 8 and I would like to know if I should return it and see if I can get Windows 7.  All I use the computer for is to blog (guess where), e-mail (yup because I am not a techie) and my personal budget.  I have read so much bad stuff about Windows 8, I don't know if I can handle it.
    Please help and thank you if you do.

    If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything - unknown

    by incognita on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:23:07 PM PST

  •  which side does the ACLU support (0+ / 0-)
    Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy a request for information about pistol permit holders from the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, which has come under criticism for publishing thousands of such identities already.
    "There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong," Sant said in a statement. "I could not live with myself if one Putnam pistol permit holder was put in harm's way, for the sole purpose of selling newspapers."

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:23:14 PM PST

  •  New Years Resolution, not sung by Fiscal Cliff: (0+ / 0-)


    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:23:41 PM PST

  •  I'd like to see Kos do a FP poll (0+ / 0-)

    Something along the lines of --

    Were you helped by UI benefits?
    Were you helped by tax rates staying low?
    If not you was a relative or neighbor helped?
    It doesn't matter, principles/long term goals are more important.
    How many just want to vent?

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:25:20 PM PST

  •  Translation... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Seneca Doane, wishingwell, stagemom
    I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013.
    — @AriFleischer via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    Translation:  "I am finished buying the uniforms for my local Chick-fil-A soft ball team."

    I'm worse at what I do best/ And for this gift I feel blessed. - Kurt Cobain

    by wyvern on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:28:43 PM PST

    •  yea, which charities? american crossroads? (0+ / 0-)

      the arts have suffered inexplicably during the wealth bubble.
      political action com's, etc have prospered.

      "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

      by stagemom on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:59:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  There go the fancy music halls for the rich!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    drmah, stagemom

    "I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013."

    No more named buildings at Harvard.

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:29:14 PM PST

  •  THE REMAINING TIME FOR MISCHIEF IS RUNNING OUT! (0+ / 0-)

    Please click on this diary immediately if you want to consider wreaking some!

    Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
    -- Saul Alinsky

    by Seneca Doane on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:29:58 PM PST

  •  I suppose Grothman has a right to air his Kwanzaa (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Seneca Doane

    grievances around my Festivus pole, but he'll lose feats of strength challenge.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:32:11 PM PST

    •  Glen Grothman is a tea partier (1+ / 0-)
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      jwinIL14

      Glen Grothman is a tea party member and was one of the Wisconsin senators that we tried to recall.  Unfortunately his senate district is in a very red Republican part of the state and we couldn't get enough signatures to put him up for recall.  This is an older single guy who has never been married, has no children and lives with his mother.  There are videos of him on Youtube attending tea party meetings and making ridiculous speeches.  It looks like Wisconsin will be stuck with this bozo until he dies or retires.

      In February 2012, Grothman introduced Senate Bill 507, which would amend Wisconsin statutes to emphasize single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.  Grothman has also argued that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day should not be a work holiday, calling the day off "an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state".  So you see what we have to put up with in Wisconsin.

    •  Who said this? (1+ / 0-)
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      jwinIL14

      There was a wonderful piece of snark somewhere about a proposed song for racists, "I'm Dreaming of a White Kwanzaa".

  •  The infighting of the GOP is almost as much fun (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Stude Dude, charliehall2

    as dueling rec diaries here on Kos...almost....

  •  I drew this yesterday (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    Happy 2013 from a pulchritudinous polydactyl....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:34:32 PM PST

  •  Oh my--all the poverty-stricken, out-of-work (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    stagemom

    slackers who can't make the rent or pay for a dozen ramen noodle packs to feed the kids will surely perish without Ari Fleischer's & Mitt Romney's charitable contributions.  And when you think about it, it's all Obama's fault.

    And by the way, how's about you 2 bastards giving us a peek at your tax returns so we can better understand your great sorrow?  

  •  Where is the criticism of Bernie Sanders? (0+ / 0-)

    He voted for the fiscal cliff deal when he didnt have to.

    I assume like Obama, he wants, to quote a rec list diary, "the working class to clean up his mess", right?

    •  I'll criticize Sanders (0+ / 0-)

      I think that generally he's all talk.  It's good talk, sure, but in the end his actions aren't all that much different from the rest of the Senate.  For instance, despite the love-fest around his 2011 filibuster, the reality was that he carefully timed it and ended before the deadline for the vote.  For all his talk about standing on principle, his filibuster was for show, and nothing more.

      That said, if you're wondering why Kossacks aren't focused on Sanders's vote, I would say 1) he wasn't involved in the negotiations that crafted the bill, and 2) he's not even a member of the Democratic party.

      To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

      by sneakers563 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:07:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bow down before the Great Ari! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    stagemom

    "I increased donations to charity in 2012. This deal limits my deductions so I, & many others, will likely donate less in 2013." - former White House Press Secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush

    Reminds me of Bill O'Reilly, who keeps reminding us that any tax increase at all will cause him to quit his show and fire everyone who works for him. "I am Wealthy White Man! Bow down before me! Give me everything I want or I will withhold all good from the world."

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S Truman

    by jgoodfri on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:38:09 PM PST

  •  Re: the making of predictions. (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    "Professional" pundits are regularly attacked and ridiculed for their ridiculous predictions, but that goes for "amateur" prognosticators here, too.

    One of the things I've seen disappear from our national political scene is a sense of humility. It's gone.

    Everybody freaking knows exactly what will happen, and their pronouncements are frequently delivered from on high
    with a new, unprecedented arrogance.

    People used to preface their opinions with, "I could be wrong, but," "This is just my opinion, but," "This is my concluding, unscientific postscript, but"--all this is gone with the wind.

    Socrates at the end of his life said the one thing that kept him ahead of his colleagues was that he knew that he didn't know anything.

    I'm thinking of a particular gaggle of Kossacks here when I say, please learn from Socrates. He's way ahead of you.

    Old-timers know these expressions. They're still good:
    You don't know shit from Shinola. You don't know your ass from a hole in the ground.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:46:42 PM PST

  •  Means testing Social Security and Medicare (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, stagemom

    Social Security is already means tested. Ask anyone who receives a public pension who doesn't have 30 qualifying years of Social Security payroll deductions. I had 26 qualifying years and my Social Security payments were reduced by 35%.

    "Will there really be a morning? Is there such a thing as 'day'?"

    by RottenRoddy on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:50:42 PM PST

  •  I take STRONG exception to the "invented holiday" (3+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, JeffW, stagemom

    canard.

    Thanksgiving Day was an invented holiday.

    For that matter, so were Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day....

    And as a Jew I note that Purim and Chanukah definitely qualify as "invented holidays".

  •  What is the logic behind eliminating charitable (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    deductions for those who are most able to make them?

    I really can't criticize Ari Fleischer or anyone who chooses to donate less this year due to this change.   When the amount of disposable income one has to donate to charity is reduced, it's only logical to expect that you will take care of your own family first, especially when the inheritance tax goes up.  

    I am giving as much as I can do my kids now.  I will be damned if I will pay taxes on the money I earned twice, just to "spread it around".   If it's getting spread around, and I have a choice, my own will get it first, and anyone who says they wouldn't do likewise is probably not being 100% truthful when they say that.  

    Bah!  Humbug!

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:56:07 PM PST

  •  What am I missing? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hnichols, stagemom

    Assuming Ari makes more than $450k his donations will be worth more in 2013 than 2012.  He'll get a 39% deduction rather than a 35%.  So why donate less?

  •  Breaking News: New England Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    stagemom

    were today shocked to find out that Republicans are assholes. Quoting governor Christie "I had no idea that they would deny money to someone they knew. I thought they only hated poor people they had never met".

    Representative King had this to add: "Yesterday I thought they were assholes but now they have decided to give me money and we can go back to just hating poor people in general so I'm happy now".

  •  Semi-TTFN for a bit. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    I'll be around somewhat, but going to do my damndest not to comment in anything but charity/community diaries for a while.  Allowed trollish comments/diaries to actually annoy me enough to respond in tit for tat mode, which is signal enough that I need a break from interacting with deliberate dickish types to regain my ability to ignore dickishness.

    Glen the Plumber is now an admin on Shut Down the NRA if anyone needs help there.

  •  I'm guessing any charities Ari gives to... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    ....are probably not on the side of good anyway.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:25:56 PM PST

  •  Happy New Year (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    10 Most Common New Year's Resolutions as Illustrated by Cats

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:27:26 PM PST

  •  Means Test for Social Security: Raise the Base!! (0+ / 0-)

    Just raise the SS wage base  ($113,700 for 2013) and collect that 6.2% payroll tax on the next couple hundred thousand dollars.....    voila!  

  •  It's the NY Post, but (0+ / 0-)

    EPA head exit protest

    Beware the Ides of March.

  •  Awwww..... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, greenbird

    [exception: undefined object]

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:56:55 PM PST

  •  Send some love to whoknu, (0+ / 0-)

    prolific pootie and woozle diarist, talented inventor of the #sekritarmy, and devoted political activist, who has recently converted to Modern Money Theory and tells the truth about our screwed-up economy.

    Whoknu's diary of yesterday,

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    would've had more hits if it hadn't appeared on a holiday.

    Suggest you check it out.

    .


    For the first time in human history, we possess both the means for destroying all life on Earth or realizing a paradise on the planet--Michio Kaku.

    by psyched on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 02:33:37 PM PST

  •  Walker wants to split Wis votes by CD. (0+ / 0-)

    I read about Gov. Walker's proposal to have Wisconsin's electoral vote distributed among the state's congressional districts.

    I think that while that may be reasonable for a state that draws the CDs honestly, when there is a substantial gerrymander, it further takes away the right of the people to elect their president.

    I hope that we can pass a voting rights act to declare that when a state has the electors vote by CD, any gerrymandering would be considered an infringement on the right to vote; and subject to the loss of one district in subsequent elections.

    We may need a constitutional amendment to rectify the problem.

    The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

    by Judge Moonbox on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 06:57:57 PM PST

    •  When some states apportion their electoral (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Judge Moonbox

      votes in any way while some states don't, you get an unfair electoral system.  Maine does it, but Maine has so few electoral votes, it hasn't been a problem.  

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