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  • Hundreds of people showed up at a rally to protest the way the town of Steubenville, Ohio, is allegedly dragging its heels on investigating the rape of a teenage girl in order to protect toe football team. As well they should have.
  • Because you can't make this stuff up: FreedomWorks made a movie called "Runaway Slave" about how the social safety net is creating a modern version of slavery. No, seriously. From the movie's IMDG page:
    A perpetual state of welfare exists in the U.S., creating a form of modern slavery for a large percentage of African-Americans. Rev. C.L. Bryant presents an insightful and compelling look at how freedom can be restored.
    Yes, because the existence of welfare is EXACTLY like the institution of slavery. If this is the way conservatives hope to conduct outreach to the black community, they might need a new game plan.
  • Ann Coulter has probably just lost it.
  • One more reason to love Joe Biden:
    Vice President Joe Biden reportedly took a hit at former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) Thursday during a rooftop party for Rep. Patrick Murphy, who defeated West in the 2012 election.

    "I'd like to say to all of you, you did the country a favor," Biden told the crowd at Murphy's party, according to TCPalm.

  • This is what happens when you leave Cool Whip in a bowl for 12 days. Hint: it hardens, and you can draw on it. Wonder if Twinkie filling does the same thing.
  • Enrollment in college campuses isn't keeping pace with our country's diversity.
  • The definitive timeline of the Steubenville tragedy.
  • Some Republicans are apparently threatening gridlock if Rep. Barney Frank is appointed to fill Sen. John Kerry's seat if, as widely expected, he is nominated and confirmed to be our next Secretary of State:
    “His actions directly contributed to the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression,” Livingston added, referring to Frank's approach to the mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during his tenure atop the Financial Services Committee. “I just think his performance as congressman has been dangerous to the economic health of the country.”
    Of course, the problem with a Republican threatening gridlock is the implication that there are things they could be doing that they haven't been doing, which doesn't exactly ring true.

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  •  The Four Freedoms (6+ / 0-)

    I reflect on the famous words of FDR on this 72nd anniversary of when they were spoken in this post to which I invite your attention

    peace?

    "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 Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:05:06 PM PST

    •  Deficit, schmeficit (5+ / 0-)

      During the US Civil War, the national debt soared tremendously.  Billions of dollars were suddenly being expended by the government, at a  much higher ratio to GDP than is now the case.  If the deficit-whiners had been around then, their solution would have been to slash expenditures, most of which were related to prosecuting the war.  Thus hogtied, the Union would never have won the war.

      So what did the government do?  What any sane group of people would do when faced with catastrophic emergency expenditures—find a way to pay for them.  The solution in the 1860s proved to be implementing an array of tiny taxes on just about everything, from a one-cent levy on portrait photographs (there were no snapshot cameras in those days) to small pro-rated fees assessed on legal documents such as wills and deeds, and a financial transaction tax, all of which provided a healthy stream of revenue while being scarcely noticeable to the average taxpayer because they were so small.

      What’s wrong with doing the same today?

      If a one-cent per share levy were applied to just stock trades on issues that sell for $5 of more, the Treasury could reap perhaps $100 billion per year.  This tax scheme is  a very simple one, but ones worked out by luminaries such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren cover much wider ground and could be easily fitted into the existing trading structure, at costs far less than the one cent per share proposed above.

      But none of this will happen until the GOP shuts the fuck up about “entitlement reform”.  The clue that this red herring is finally dead will be when sensible people stop calling programs like Social Security and Medicare “entitlements” and start referring to them as what they are—earned benefits.

      I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

      by Pragmatus on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:27:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Replublicans on Frank (17+ / 0-)

    "Sure the car is stopped, but we'll stop it even harder if we don't get our way!"

    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 Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:06:22 PM PST

  •  The NFL season ended last night when the Vikings (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sobermom, wintergreen8694, prose

    lost.  There is no football.

    Oh, and the NHL has decided to have a season...12 weeks.  Whoopee for hockey fans.  I still miss professional bowling on TV.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:07:19 PM PST

  •  Ya know... (3+ / 0-)

    Once upon a time, the overwhelming majority of blacks were republicans.

    Perhaps...just MAYBE the GOP could go back and kinda sorta read what Af.-Americans were saying when the were advocating for Republicans and then update that for the 21st century.

    Now of course, I know that the Dixiecrat Party could give a rat's ass about black voters but still...

  •  Master Word Smith Luntz surrendered on Newtown (5+ / 0-)

    Mr "Death Tax" can't come up with a snappy catchphrase to fight off sensible gun measures. So that leaves them with Gohmert's lamenting the loss of Mjölnir  and Coulter's wigout....

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

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:08:42 PM PST

  •  Rev. C.L. Bryantn is Parroting Allen West's rant (3+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

       “Our party firmly believes in the safety net,” West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. “We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.

        “For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”

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

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:12:54 PM PST

  •  Republicans have no say (16+ / 0-)

    over who Deval Patrick appoints.  They can cry all they want but they will not be consulted on who the Democratic Governor of Massachusetts appoints to the open Democratic Senate seat. And as a Massacusetts resident, I can't think of anything better than Barney Frank in the Senate.

    For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die--Ted Kennedy

    by sobermom on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:18:00 PM PST

  •  The Lions remain undefeated for 2013! (3+ / 0-)

    So do the Red Wings and Tigers!

    If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

    by ScottyUrb on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:18:50 PM PST

  •  GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!! (4+ / 0-)

    and please, Washington - change your awful name after we beat you deep into the turf.

    Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?

    by WalterNeff on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:19:04 PM PST

  •  How prevalent is gun violence? Aurora shooting (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Mayfly

    where "only" 4 dead, including the murderer, buried on p. 12 of the Philadelphia Inquirer. And this took place just 4 miles se of the Col. mall mass killing last year.

    On the other hand, it looks like the Biden commission will have serious proposals for reducing gun attrocities. But will the NRA and the Republicans stop all or most of them?

    Delenda est filibuster!

    by TofG on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:20:40 PM PST

    •  They will very likely try to stop all of them (1+ / 0-)
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      BigRedBlackGuy

      Doesn't mean that we should not make them put it on record, especially since I'd assume that the proposal is going to include only items that the majority of American's support (including gun owners).

      I had a party on NYE and took the temperature of my friends that vote but do not pay a ton of attention and they all said that we should ban assault rifles and high capacity mags plus institute stronger background checks. Even quite a few of my conservative friends support those measures (they are self proclaimed libertarians, which means they are social liberals who cannot shake of the Republican upbringing they were raised with)

      "The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian... America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance." The Real Ron Paul

      by 815Sox on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:44:31 PM PST

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  •  Steubenville - It's not just rape! (9+ / 0-)

    When a child or a woman is transported from house to house for sexual services, that is kidnapping.  The adult coaches who opened their homes for the parties with alcohol for underage drinking were contributing to the delinquency of minors.  The voyeurs who watched and videotaped the rapes were accessories to the crimes who openly aided and abetted the commission of the felonies.  The people who made the videos and who kept the videos are in violation of federal crimes for possession of child pornography.

    The FBI should be investigating.  

    Who is Michael Dewine, the Republican Attorney General of Ohio, and why is he silent in this investigation?

    Why hasn't the FBI entered the investigation.  The FBI should be investigating all of the videotapes and all of the computers of all the participants should have already been seized pursuant to a search warrant.

    Dick Cheney said, "Pi$$ on 'em!" And, Ronald Reagan replied, "That's a Great Idea. Let's Call it 'Trickle Down Economics!"

    by NM Ray on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:21:01 PM PST

    •  Absolutely (3+ / 0-)
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      NM Ray, vcmvo2, DRo

      the rapists AND the accomplices need to be charged, the people who watched the victim being violated and took pictures or covered in any way for the kidnapers and rapists.  And anyone who obstructed justice should be charged, regardless of where they work.

      I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

      by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:15:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I love Joe Biden (4+ / 0-)

    keep the reasons for loving him coming.

  •  That Cool Whip bit (4+ / 0-)

    is funny and creepy at the same time.

    Not to mention a most elegant little experiment.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:24:11 PM PST

  •  Re: Ann Coulter-I suspected long ago that all that (0+ / 0-)

    peroxide had seeped through her scalp and skull and was damaging her brain.

    But--re publishing names of gun-owners/assault gun-owners-- to me, this is a bad policy--much like publishing the names of wide-screen TV owners, i.e. "Hey Criminals--you want to steal one of these?  Here's the address."

    PS, please nobody comment that wide-screen TVs don't kill or maim anyone.  My point is that the assault weapons might well move from the hands of misguided into the hands of insane.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:25:07 PM PST

    •  You make a good point. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mayfly

      But, guns are so easy to get now, I don't know why crooks would bother stealing them.

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

      by Bush Bites on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:51:29 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  To "lose it" you had to have "had it" first (4+ / 0-)

    Ann Coulter has something but it was not nor ever was "it".

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:27:38 PM PST

  •  I confess that I didn't really care what Bob (3+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, TheCrank, gritsngumbo

    Livingston thought back in the 90's when he was in the House.  The only useful role he served back then was to highlight the raw hypocrisy of Republicans in their effort to impeach Bill Clinton.  Bob's been out of our sight for well over a decade now, and seems to be a good place for him to stay...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:28:09 PM PST

    •  Now he's meddling in the lawful process (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Jack K

      The utter gall of attempting to influence the selection of a Senator from another state - this is worse than political gamesmanship, it's bullying, it's an attempt to subvert the rule of law. It's intimidation at best and would probably be illegal if he said it in a different context. It is most certainly UnSenatorial and impolitic.

      Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

      by TheCrank on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:40:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'm not sure who is worse, (0+ / 0-)

      The Hill for the initial reporting of this "ethically challenged" "disgraced" and "hypocritical" former congress critter or the diarist for perpetuating the offense by including it here on Kos.

      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:04:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  DK Quilt Guild Service Projects & Diary (3+ / 0-)

    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 3pm  (Pacific).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    Flooded~Tanya Brown

    Flooded~ Quilt by Tanya Brown

    Best Machine Workmanship~ PIQF XXI Show

    The DK Quilt Guild has several cool quilt service projects that support our Veterans, Okiciyap Food Pantry, and NFTT Community. Each project will be promoted within Daily Kos Quilt Guild Diaries.  If anyone is interested & need more info please contact either SaraR (Veteran Wheelchair Quilts), glorificus or Melanie in IA (Okiciyap Block & NFTT Community Block).

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

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:31:40 PM PST

  •  Guess who the Steubenville sheriff is going after? (8+ / 0-)
    In an emotionally charged 11-minute-long news conference Friday  afternoon, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla announced that his office, the Ohio Attorney General's Office and various other law enforcement agencies are now investigating a particular cell of a loosely organized computer-hacking collective known as Anonymous.

    Individuals claiming to be working under the collective's name have recently emerged as critics of local law enforcement's handling of the August rape of a teenage girl.

    http://www.wtov9.com/...

    Makes my blood boil.

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

    by Bush Bites on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:32:07 PM PST

  •  Cool Whip vs. Twinkies (4+ / 0-)

    Just for the record:  The key components of Cool Whip are water, hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup, casein, xanthan gum, and guar gum.  Between the casein and gums, you evaporate the water, and what you have left is essentially a solid plastic.

    Twinkie filling, by contrast, is basically just fat and sugar.  With no water to evaporate, it will hold its shape but remain creamy.

  •  . (2+ / 0-)

    Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought

    A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:48:34 PM PST

  •  If Coulter is going to keep this up..... (0+ / 0-)

    .....she better hope her pharmacist isn't a liberal.

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

    by Bush Bites on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:49:03 PM PST

  •  where is "the table", i keep hearing about? (0+ / 0-)

    damn it, i want to see the table.  show me the table!  get that table out here in the day light.  they have no fuck*ng table, they have no reasonable idea.

  •  Guns don't kill, rent controlled apartments kill. (0+ / 0-)

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

    by Bush Bites on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:52:47 PM PST

  •  Does she mean all the "crazy people" Reagan dumped (4+ / 0-)

    out in the streets? All the "crazy people" whose mental (and physical) health needs have seen their budgets slashed year in and year out by the very people Ann Coulter so dutifully and reliably carries water for?

    Those "crazy people" in the streets?

    What a repulsive excuse for a human being...

    Baby, where I come from...

    by ThatSinger on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:57:57 PM PST

  •  Petition to nominate Krugman for Treasury Sec. (1+ / 0-)
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    DRo

    Just got this in the mail from MoveOn.   Offered without (much) comment.

    Below is an email from the actor Danny Glover, who worked with the organization Just Foreign Policy to create a petition that's taking off on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

    Urge President Obama to Nominate Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary.

    Sign the Petition!
    Dear MoveOn member,

    Press reports say President Obama will soon nominate a new Treasury Secretary. Press speculation has centered on candidates likely to support the Wall Street agenda of cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits and other domestic spending rather than government policies to create jobs.  

    We want President Obama to nominate Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who opposes austerity and wants the government to focus on creating jobs.

    That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to President Barack Obama, which says:

    We urge you to nominate Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary. Krugman will protect Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts, promote policies to create jobs, and help defeat the austerity dogma in Washington and around the world.

    Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

    Thanks!

    –Danny Glover

    This petition was created on SignOn.org, the progressive, nonprofit petition site. SignOn.org is sponsored by MoveOn Civic Action, which is not responsible for the contents of this or other petitions posted on the site. Danny Glover didn't pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

    Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 7 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

    Other than self-aggrandizement by MoveOn, not sure why they would run such a petition through their own 'SignOn' site, rather than setting it up on the president's website that guarantees a response with enough signers.
  •  Ann Coulter "lost it"? (3+ / 0-)
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    wlkx, JeffW, LuvSet

    Did she ever have it?

    I'm always surprised when I hear her name - I thought she passed her expiration date about a decade ago.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:08:23 PM PST

  •  And Lindsay Graham (2+ / 0-)
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    wlkx, vcmvo2

    not like he had anything to do with a certain credit default swap bubble that nearly wiped out the world's economy.

    These people make me so tired

  •  I can't believe this. My 87 year old Aunt Vivian (0+ / 0-)

    just told me that Americans who are poor or minority are sltaves in America.  Now I find that this is true in America, 2013.  Go figure, hats off to your Aunt Vivian:  I wish you would write on the KOS.

  •  Republicans threatening gridlock is like my dog (3+ / 0-)
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    Sister Havana, a2nite, vcmvo2

    threatening to wag it's tail.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:30:09 PM PST

  •  Republicans threatening gridlock, as opposed to (1+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14

    the super cooperation they've shown over the past four years.

    Oh wait...

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:33:43 PM PST

  •  The real reason the GOP doesn't want Frank (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LuvSet

    They're afraid that Barney Frank will entice them to homosexuality through the raw sensuousness of his breasts.

    "O mulier, magna est fides tua. Fiat tibi sicut vis."

    by rujoking on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:55:09 PM PST

  •  gridlock shmidlock (0+ / 0-)

    Why don't they just filibuster Kerry? That'd solve the whole problem.

    Or maybe the Republicans should go on a two year vacation. We could send them their checks in Barbados and the Democrats would have to suffer that nasty DC all alone.

  •  Fuck my (0+ / 0-)

    deleted Account, Kos.  I've been here since '04.  It was good then.  Now you are all just a bunch of whiners. See ya.

    "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck

    by Bulldawg on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 04:13:04 PM PST

  •  Reagan did so do it (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.politifact.com/...

    Here, we are looking at Obama's claim that, "President Reagan did it 18 times. George W. Bush did it seven times."

     We'll go straight to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which keeps tabs on when the debt ceiling has been raised.

     Among its historical tables is one labeled "Statutory Limits on Federal debt 1940 - Current" (Table 7.3) The table lists 106 increases to the federal debt limit since 1940.

     More specifically, it lists 18 increases to the debt ceiling between February 1981 and September 1987. In other words, there were 18 under President Ronald Reagan, as Obama said. And there were seven increases between January 2001 and January 2009 -- during George W. Bush's presidency. We should also note that it has been raised three times already under President Obama, on Feb. 17, 2009, Dec. 28, 2009 and Feb. 12, 2010.

    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 Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 06:20:50 PM PST

  •  Ann Coulter can't lose a mind she never found. (0+ / 0-)

    She's not journalist, not a scholar, and not an expert on anything. Her so-called books are just rambling screeds that the Heritage Foundation has to purchase in volume to create the appearance that anyone wants to buy her books. To call her a pundit would imply she had any knowledge on which to comment in the first place. She doesn't.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:38:12 PM PST

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