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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Holiday journalism:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Holiday journalism
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Two decades later, 'Pump Up the Volume' looks unexpectedly and unfortunately ahead of its time, by Laura Clawson
    • You want to compare the US budget to a family budget? Let's be real about it, by Laura Clawson
    • Kings and crowns of gold, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • The so very charitable Ari Fleischer, by Dante Atkins
    • Austerity Kabuki, by Laurence Lewis
    • Marriage equality's biggest foe says farewell to optimism, by Scott Wooledge
  • In Virginia, downing multiple shots of vodka before going out to endanger lives gets you a slap on the wrist:

    Sen Mike Crapo R-ID pleads guilty to drunk driving charge, fined $250, gets 1 year suspension of driver's license
    @jamiedupree via TweetDeck
  • Need a pair of tube socks ... or a $7500 gold medallion?
  • Do you really like President Barack Obama? Are you really, really excited that he won re-election? Has the "fiscal cliff" deal somehow left you with $7,500 burning a hole in your pocket? Then step right up to the official store of the 57th presidential inauguration.

    Taking a page from the Obama campaign’s successful online store, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee has launched an online site where Americans can pick up everything from $15 tube socks (“a fun and stylish way to commemorate the 57th Presidential Inauguration” the site says) to a set of silver and gold medallions with a $7,500 price tag (“comes with a certificate of authenticity and decorative display box,” the site says. Beware the inauthentic presidential inauguration medallions).

  • Am I the only one who was sad when Rep. Wack-a-doodle dropped out?

    One year ago today Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for president.
    @RachelSB via Safari on iOS
  • Guns don't kill people, video games kill people:
    A Connecticut community is to hold an amnesty of violent video games in the wake of last month's mass shooting in Newtown.

    Organisers Southington SOS plan to offer gift certificates in exchange for donated games, which will be burned.

    To be fair, they don't claim video games were used to brutally slaughter 26 people in Newton, but they're going to burn those games anyway because ... uh ...
  • Well, this is good to know:
    A police officer can't pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday.

    In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity."

  • Heterosexual couples nutjobs beware: Rhode Island is coming for your marriage:
    With the 2013 legislation session in just its third day, lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bills Thursday that would legalize same-sex marriage. [...]

    The bills would define marriage as the "legally recognized union" of two people.

  • And in related news:
    Homo-hatin’ Maggie Gallagher is hanging it up, and by ‘hanging it up’ I mean that Universal Uclick is “retiring her column“, and by ‘retiring her column’ they mean they can’t find anyone who wants to pay for the right to run Gallagher’s column anymore.

    So sad.

    Keep in mind that Uclick manages to syndicate both Kathryn Jean Lopez AND Marmaduke, so they could probably sell a subscription to Juggs magazine to Lyndsey Graham without breaking a sweat.

    But, no, nobody wants to read ol’ Maggie Gallagher anymore because, after seventeen years of Mag’s ragging on the gays for wanting to be treated like Real Americans, America is gayer than ever and now everyone is gay sexing and gay marrying and gay raising gay children with each other. So one might say: Mission NOT Accomplished. According to Gallagher, in her “So Long, Farewell, I Hate Your Fucking Faces” parting column, she would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those non-marrying bros who just, y’now, spend their days and nights chillin’, poundin’ down brews and playing video game porn.

  • Okay, okay, this is really dumb ... but it's funny:  Lemur who moves like Jagger: Extraordinary pictures show Rolling Stones frontman Mick has a double
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a nice Friday mix. There's Sandy relief, plus the counting of the electoral vote in Congress. Greg Dworkin joined to discuss Daily Kos Radio and the future of radio technology, the platinum trillion dollar coin, and the curious Republican habit of obfuscation and denial on anything they oppose. Then, another aside about guns, and a brief explanation of the trillion dollar coin proposal. And finally: what happened yesterday with the filibuster reform effort, should you be worried, what's likely to come next, and is this whole thing really working?

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