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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.  http://t.co/...
    @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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  •  West Wing Week: 01/04/13 (2+ / 0-)
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    or "Welcome to 2013: The Annual Resolutions Edition!"

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President spent several days in talks with Congressional leaders in an ultimately successful effort to reach a bipartisan compromise around the central promise of the president's re-election campaign: preventing an income tax increase on middle class families while asking the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to pay more to help deal with our deficit. Also White House staffers shared some of their New Year's resolutions.
    http://www.youtube.com/...

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

    by Pam from Calif on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:23:42 PM PST

  •  So there was an odd gay rights issue on the (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, winsock, PSzymeczek, nellgwen

    radio this morning. A lesbian couple had a child via artificial insemination. No biggie, right? But since the state they live in (Kansas) doesn't recognize them as "married" or even "civil union'd" they're apparently going after the sperm donor for child support. I'm probably getting a totally distorted version of the story from the radio report does anyone have any better information on it?

    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 Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:27:17 PM PST

  •  A little extra work over the holidays--so take 3 (4+ / 0-)
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    weeks off....

    US Senate in recess until Jan. 21 - @DavidChalian
    •  So how much money could we save (6+ / 0-)
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      DRo, Phil S 33, ColoTim, PSzymeczek, nellgwen, SueDe

      simply by switching Congress to being paid by the hour? (And by hour, only count the time they're in chambers legislating or in committee, since the GOP never counts the time teachers spend at home grading papers or calling parents as part of the work day.)

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

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:32:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Gohmert speaks of getting Hammered (6+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Republican Congressman Claims Hammers Could Be Outlawed Under Assault Weapons Ban

    A Republican congressman lambasted the push for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, stating on Friday that if lawmakers wanted to ban assault weapons, they would have to outlaw “hammers” and “machetes” as well.

    Appearing on the Dennis Miller Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told guest host Larry O’Connor that he “refuse[s] to play the game of ‘assault weapon.’ That’s any weapon,” said the Texas congressman. “It’s a hammer. It’s the machetes.”

       

    O’CONNOR: I want to ask you a question about one of your colleagues, Rep. Peter King in New York. He’s a very passionate guy, a great defender, he’s a great patriot. But he’s on board with this assault weapons ban. He was actually on MSNBC yesterday, openly saying, “I don’t understand why anybody would need an assault weapon.” I personally get nervous whenever a politician is asking me as a citizen why I need my right, but can you answer that question for your colleague? He might need some help here. Why would anyone need an assault weapon as they’re defining it?

        GOHMERT: I refuse to play the game of “assault weapon.” That’s any weapon. It’s a hammer. It’s the machetes. In Rwanda that killed 800,000 people, an article that came out this week, the massive number that are killed with hammers.

    Speaking of Hammers

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Former NRA President: Banning Assault Weapons Is Like Banning People of Color

     The National Rifle Association has repeatedly thumbed its nose at calls for stronger gun safety measures after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Current NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre shocked many by attacking these efforts and calling instead for armed guards in every school. Still, on Wednesday, past NRA President Marion Hammer took the lobbying organization’s pro-gun radicalism to new heights.

    On NRA’s news show, Hammer warned that gun owners are “in for a massive fight like we’ve probably never seen before,” in which the government will take guns away “in order to control the masses.”

    When asked about proposals to ban certain kinds of assault weapons, Hammer also charged that guns are suffering discrimination similar to racism against people of color:

     

      HOST: And they even admit it’s about banning the ugliest guns. They admit it.

        HAMMER: Banning people and things because of the way they look because of the way they look, but here they are again. The color of a gun, the way it looks. It’s just bad politics.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:27:44 PM PST

  •  Learning from Wiki (10+ / 0-)

    I just happened to notice this yesterday:

    Topeka, Kansas, home of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, has 37 zip codes, all of which begin with "666."

    Coincidence? I think not.

    The system isn't broken; it's fixed - OWS sign

    by john07801 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:28:06 PM PST

  •  I still wouldn't recommend flipping the bird (8+ / 0-)

    to a cop.

    Just a little word of advice from someone who grew up dealing with Chicago cops.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:28:33 PM PST

  •  Tech help needed (4+ / 0-)

    Got a new laptop (an HP Sleekbook), loaded with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. When I open IE and try to load dailykos.com I get this:

    Message from webpage

    It seems we've encountered an internet hiccupp, and your show didn't load correctly. Press OK to try again, or Cancel to skip to the next episode.

    Except neither OK nor Cancel do squat -- the browser is frozen and requires Ctrl+Alt+Del to close.

    This doesn't seem to affect inside pages. Installed Firefox (my default browser) and things are fine there. I have done the following, to no avail:

    Quit Norton security
    lessened security level in IE options
    added site to Trusted Sites
    Installed Java

    If it were just me, I'd just use Firefox and glad for one one reason not to use IE, but I'm concerned that I am not the only one that might face this problem and would like to know if it's the site, software, settings, or what, and how to fix it.

    Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

    by peacearena on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:29:00 PM PST

    •  I Very Often Get Script-Not-Responding Messages (3+ / 0-)
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      on the front page, with my Firefox. Front page always takes a long time to load for me. Maybe it's related.

      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 Jan 04, 2013 at 12:34:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Odd, I'm using Win8/IE10 right now and no (0+ / 0-)

      problems whatsoever. And I'm using it straight out of the box, no settings tweeks. Though I'm using not using Norton AV. And I even turned ads back on and it works fine.

      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 Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:43:39 PM PST

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  •  A $250 fine for drunk driving? Really? (3+ / 0-)
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    A first offense in California can result in a 4 day to 6 month jail sentence plus fines up to $2600.

    Interesting to see how seriously DD is treated in Idaho. Getting caught with 3 oz or less of pot results in a $1000 fine and up to a year in jail.

    I don't get mad. I get stabby!" - Fat Tony D'Amico

    by sizzzzlerz on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:31:33 PM PST

  •  Never saw a one-point safety before. (2+ / 0-)
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    From last night's Fiesta Bowl:

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:32:26 PM PST

  •  Obama to nominate Hagel as Defense Secretary (3+ / 0-)
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    Expected early as Monday, according to Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy.

    link.

  •  $250 fine for a DUI? Really? (5+ / 0-)
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    Some speeding tickets will run you more than that.  Wonder if taxpayers are going to be footing his cab bills?

  •  A 1 year driver's license suspension a slap (2+ / 0-)
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    on the wrist? Why don't you try not driving for a year? It's not like this guy was falling down drunk, and it is pure speculation about how many peoples' lives were endangered  I doubt his sentence was much out of line with any other first time DUI sentence. Just cuz the guy is  a hypocritical Republican politician does not mean that he needs to be flogged.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:33:52 PM PST

    •  I'd have the same reaction (2+ / 0-)
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      PSzymeczek, Mr Robert

      if the dude was a Democrat and got pulled over for DUI -- $250 is a slap on the wrist (driving solo in the carpool lane is a far higher fine here in California). The guy can afford to hire a car service for a year. (As for not driving for a year, my spouse and I went for over 2 years without a car and did just fine, thank you very much.)

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

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:39:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Are suggesting punishment based on (0+ / 0-)

        income? They used to do that in Finland, leading to $10,000 speeding tickets. I don't know if they still do that. Anyway, so he got of easy in the land of crime and excessive punishment. My sister went 25 years without a car, but she is only a few blocks from a subway station, and I had a friend who lived in his car for two years, so I am not clear on your point.

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:04:18 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Depending upon the compact, it's probably (0+ / 0-)

      not just suspended in Virginia, where the offense happened.  Many (if not all) states are signed onto a compact where if your license is suspended in one, it's suspended in all.  That means he probably can't just drive around DC, Maryland and Idaho without problems.

      Not being able to drive sucks and it would be especially hard in a state like Idaho which has big open spaces and limited public transit.

  •  Drunk Driving--He's Now Barred From Immigrating (6+ / 0-)

    to Canada too.

    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 Jan 04, 2013 at 12:35:15 PM PST

    •  I'm sure Canadians are celebrating in the streets (3+ / 0-)
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      at that thought. ;D

      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 Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:47:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Random thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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    I loved the movie "Pump Up the Volume" as I also loved the Eric Bogosian movie "Talk Radio".

    Is the punishment for Idaho's Crapo in line with similar drunk driving arrests?  If so, then no problem.  If not, then I've got a problem with that.  I agree, it sounds somewhat light.  How about Community Service where he has to spend time working in a food kitchen or a VA hospital?  I wonder if he'll have to avail himself of public transit?

    I wonder if Glen Beck is buying those gold and silver medallions for the bullion content.

    I keep wishing for the White House to be as good and sensible as Sorkin's West Wing series.

    •  Crapo's punishment is similar to mine (2+ / 0-)
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      nellgwen, ColoTim

      48, no criminal record and I got pulled over for speeding last year after having a few beers at a friends.  Blew right at the limit of .08.

      Lost my license for 30 days...completely.  Then got it back until my court date.  

      At that point, I lost my license for another year (with limited privilege for work and household maintenance).  I paid $720 on the day of my conviction for fines ($200), court costs, community service fees, etc.

      More than that for an attorney.  $100 for a drug/alocohol evaluation and then $160 for the class for which I had to drive 100 miles round trip for 5 straight days as there wasn't one available in my remote corner of the world.

      Insurance went up 340% which will cost my over $3000 over the next 3 years.

      I made a mistake and I'm willing to pay but IMHO, the punishment for 1st time offenders is more that is required to make the point.

      I work from home and have suffered minimally from dealing with this punishment.  However, I saw many people in my class whose will pay even more.  Lost jobs, broken families....all to prove a point that has already been made.

      My issue with Crapo is his hypocrisy and portraying himself as a non-drinker for political gain.  No problem with his punishment that in the bigger scheme is actually more oppressive than it needs to be.

      You can bomb the world to pieces but you can't bomb it into peace - michael franti

      by FarmerG on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:28:51 PM PST

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  •  To Crapo: How many times did you drive drunk (4+ / 0-)
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    before you got caught?  A Mormon drunk?  Admittedly, there ain't much of those types, from what I can tell.  Maybe it's the water in DC.  It makes Congressmen feel invincible.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:38:08 PM PST

  •  I am always somewhat bemused (5+ / 0-)

    by the term "brutally slaughtered". Is there a non-brutal way of slaughtering? Gently slaughtering? Lovingly slaughtering?

    It's up there with my other peeve: successfully. If you achieve  something, then you are successful ipso facto. The use of the adverb, successfully, merely means you are just awfully pleased about what transpired.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:38:36 PM PST

    •  We've successfully achieved (3+ / 0-)
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      Maggie Gallagher's marginalization as a bigot.

      There y'go.  'Cause I'm awfully pleased about that one.  :-)

      But otherwise, yes, I agree.  About the only other time where it might be applicable is when an achievement can be reached at vast cost and a great deal of damage.  If you can avoid that, you probably deserve to use the word "successfully."

      (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:45:44 PM PST

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  •  Word is that Hagel will be picked for Defense (3+ / 0-)
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    Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

    by Paleo on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:39:31 PM PST

  •  "1 year suspension of driver's license ..." (0+ / 0-)

    That is not a slap on the wrist.

    If that happened to me, I would be in serious pain. That would effect my ability to do almost anything, including getting to work.

  •  "Heterosexual couples nutjobs beware: Rhode Island (1+ / 0-)
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    is coming for your marriage."

    Whew!!  Heterosexual idiot moron nutjob married couples around here are breathing sighs of relief that Rhode Island isn't located in the state of Arizona...  Or is it?

  •  Losing your license for a year isn't just a slap (1+ / 0-)
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    The man was guilty, and should be punished.  For me, losing my driving abilities would be extremely painful.  And on going.  It's probably worse than being just "on probation" when you think about it.

    The symbol for the Republican party shouldn't be an elephant -- it should be a unicorn.

    by Deadicated Marxist on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:51:06 PM PST

  •  Video Games For Gift Certificates? (0+ / 0-)

    It can't be terribly difficult to create fake duplicate disks to go with unused packaging. Not suggesting anything; just saying....

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:59:39 PM PST

  •  Gallagher: "We Need Donors" (3+ / 0-)
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    We need donors to invest in building the networks and communities...
    Piffle. If those things were worth having, the free market would provide them, you socialist pinko commie Marxist commisar.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:02:48 PM PST

  •  Dana Milbank is a tool. That is all. (1+ / 0-)
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    He sucked today on The Cycle.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:07:19 PM PST

  •  The suspension is rarely a slap on the wrist... (0+ / 0-)

    I do criminal defense in Northern Virginia (actually, I'm a public defender).

    Crapo's disposition is pretty standard for Alexandria for a first offense without an elevated (.15 or higher) BAC.  In addition to the fine and suspension, he received a 180 day suspended jail sentence that could be revoked if he fails to comply with the terms of his probation.  Also, he'll have to participate in ASAP (alcohol education classes).  Should he want to reinstate his license, VA DMV will generally require him to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for a minimum of six months.

    •  That's right. (0+ / 0-)

      In addition to the $250 fine, he will have to pay court costs which is another $200 or so. ASAP class will cost $400. That will be 2 hours a week for 10 weeks. Reinstatement fee to after his suspension will be another $220 or so. The interlock system (I'm assuming he'll be required to get it) will cost him around $1300 plus monthly maintenance fees. They check to make sure you are putting mileage on your car so you can't just use another car.

  •  Next, we have to burn... (0+ / 0-)

    all the anti-environment video games.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:13:50 PM PST

  •  He killed 27 people (2+ / 0-)
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    The gunman in Newtown killed 27 people not 26, 20 schoolchildren, 6 teachers and administrators  and his own mother.

    The burning of video games by the Southington group seems like a waste of time , money and donated gift certificates.   Better to give the gift certificates to someone like oh, all the young victims of gun violence in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Boys and Girls Village, New Haven Reads, etc.  

    And maybe try to get the State to make it harder to buy weapons at for instance, gun shows. I know the state lege is actually working on this..although the fact that several of the gun manufacturers are based in Connecticut could make things interesting.

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

    by EmbraceYourInnerCrone on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:15:11 PM PST

  •  Hate didn't win in the case of Gallagher. (1+ / 0-)
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    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam> "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Edna St.V. Millay

    by slouching on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:16:39 PM PST

  •  Today is my birthday. (3+ / 0-)
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    I wish I had something profound to say, but I don't. I was going to write a diary today but it needs work, maybe next week.
      My friends are taking me out to dinner tonight, for the last couple years I've been alone on my birthday but not this year. We're going to see Lincoln afterwords.

      I got a great present from Social Security. I got a letter from them recently saying I owe them over $3,000 because of an over payment made 35 years ago. We objected and Social Security sent me a letter saying I don't have to pay it back, it wasn't our fault.

      It's a celebration day indeed.

    "Too much. There's too much fucking perspective now." David St. Hubbins

    by nellgwen on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:26:01 PM PST

    •  Happy birthday, nellgwen! (2+ / 0-)
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      I haven't seen Lincoln yet, but what a great way to celebrate your birthday!

      Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

      by winsock on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:49:13 PM PST

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    •  Social Security (1+ / 0-)
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      A neighbor of mine had something similar happen with his disability income. It came out of the blue and I'm not sure that he was as lucky. It cost him thousands in future income to offset the overpayment and it wasn't his fault.

      The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

      by Mr Robert on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:06:05 PM PST

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      •  I'm sorry about your friend's troubles. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr Robert

        It's so scary to have something like this happen. My case is different maybe in that we had documentation of an appointment at the time.

        "Too much. There's too much fucking perspective now." David St. Hubbins

        by nellgwen on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:41:21 PM PST

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  •  Lots of countries play FPS games (0+ / 0-)

    And somehow most of them have avoided our gun violence epidemic.  Video games are a wonderful scapegoat, because they're a relatively new medium and people who grew up with them are usually not old enough to be involved in politics.  But Halo no more encourages spree killing than Civilization does starting nuclear war.  

  •  Gift Certificates for violent games? (0+ / 0-)

    Sounds like a ripe opportunity to show up with several copies of Duke Nukem Forever that were bought for $5.50 each to see if those gift certificates are worth more.

    PROFIT.

    Yeah.. I'd do it if I lived there.  And then I'd accuse them of class warfare and socialism when they bitch at me about it.

  •  in the same town at the same time an entrepreneur (0+ / 0-)

    promoted their non-lethal round simulation facility to learn how to clear your threatened building using paint-ball inserts for standard sidearms and assault rifles

    After the Sandy Hook shooting, gun training interest in Southington has seen a slight increase.
    George Zownir, owner of Z Pistol Basics and National Rifle Association certified pistol instructor, teaches the required course for pistol certification in Connecticut. He spoke of the lack of training facilities that prepare people for everyday crises....
    “Nobody does anything for any other type of disaster, whether it be for a gunman, an explosion, whatever the case,” Fields said. “There’s not a lot of training capability out there for the public to go to, but there is now.”...The facility offers training for all types of environments and has a mock home built inside with different rooms and hallways to simulate a home environment for home defense training and defense planning. link
    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 ...

    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 Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:56:21 PM PST

  •  I Often Say "No" (0+ / 0-)

    Do you really like President Barack Obama? [No, although he's an okay guy] Are you really, really excited that he won re-election? [No, but considering the alternative...] Has the "fiscal cliff" deal somehow left you with $7,500 burning a hole in your pocket? [No, I'm well short of $250K/yr]

    Think I'll watch this inauguration on the tube through the hole in my sock.

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