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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Double Trouble:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Double Trouble
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • James Dobson goes crazy. Is this all the movement can offer, by Hunter
    • Ghosts of War, then and now: Artist pays homage to Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, by Susan Gardner
    • The War on Drugs is a war on people, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • The problem is not John Brennan. It's us, by Laurence Lewis
    • 100,000 cops, by Jon Perr
    • California: back in the black with progressive governance, by Dante Atkins
  • But, but, but ... Hitler!
    Gun nuts take it as a matter of faith that terrible dictators were only able to rise to power after they had disarmed their own people. This is quite simply not true. In the most commonly cited examples - Hitler, Mussolini, Stain, Pol Pot and Castro - gun restrictions played absolutely no role in gaining or maintaining power.

    The Propaganda Professor has a great post detailing why the oft repeated gun nut claim that Hitler banned guns is wrong. Hitler actually loosened gun regulations in Germany...

    The gun culture is right about one thing, however. Hitler really did enact a new gun law. But it was in 1938, not 1935 – well after the NAZIs already had the country in its iron grip. Furthermore, the new law in many ways LOOSENED gun restrictions.
  • Don't worry, they insist they're not a hate group:
    A member of Virginia’s Ku Klux Klan told Richmond’s WTVR that President Obama’s first term has been excellent for recruitment and his second term promises even greater growth.

    “Since Obama’s first term our numbers have doubled and now that we’re headed to a second term it’s going to triple, this is going to be the biggest resurgence of the Klan since 1915,” said one of two Klansmen interviewed. [...]

    “We’re not trying to target anybody or scare anybody with hate, we’re just using our freedom of speech to drop fliers,” said one. “Everyone thinks that we’re a hate group, we’re not a hate group, we don’t hate anyone, and we want to see good things come to our race.”

  • The former deadbeat dad congressman is still flapping his gums:
    Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh says conservatives are losing the "war" for U.S. voters and encouraged his backers at a South Loop rally to engage in civil disobedience to defy the Affordable Care Act or new gun regulations.

    At his most aggressive, he told dozens of supporters to "defy and or break the law and engage in civil disobedience" if faced with federal health care law restrictions or new gun laws.

    He paraphrased Thomas Jefferson in saying, "We may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our freedoms." [...]

    Conservatives are losing to progressives, he said, because "our side doesn't understand we're at war."

  • Reality makes climate change deniers cry:
    Two months ago, Grist blogger Philip Bump took a look at a new study of global warming data, prepared a short post explaining the findings, and wrote this headline to summarize his interpretation of the numbers: “If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month.”

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had reported an alarming but unfathomable statistic — that the previous month had been “the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature” across the Earth’s land and sea surfaces. [...]

    His choice reframing of this information took wing across the web, the press, and social media, landing everywhere ... It has now reached the status of “statistic you no longer need to cite a source for ..."

    Of course, the moment a number reaches that status, it also becomes a target for would-be debunkers. Some folks, like this guy at Forbes, charged that the headline was misleading, because — though the data for global average temperatures is quite clear — members of the under-27 set have nonetheless experienced “colder than average months” if you look at local, rather than global, averages. This is a convenient but specious dodge; the NOAA data was worldwide, and so was our point. We’re talking, after all, about the planet, not your neighborhood.

  • Is that what the kids are calling it these days?
    Two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents “facilitated a sexual encounter” between a prostitute and a U.S. Secret Service agent days before President Barack Obama visited Colombia for a summit meeting in April 2012, according to a Justice Department investigation obtained exclusively by NBC News.
  • An amazing image: New York in stunning 360 degree detail
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning, The Coin & the expansion of executive power. NRA annoyed at Biden's focus on guns. Armed citizens who actually stopped mass shootings. A concealed carrier who shot his wife. (Yes, that was a gun in his pocket!) A man shot in the head demonstrating how safe his gun was. The "Tactical" Response guy. And Joe Arpaio's school "posse" with child sex offenders in it. Joe Walsh goes revolutionary. Two awesome patriots foster educational discussion by scaring everyone to death. And the $1 million settlement against the UC Davis Pepper Spray Cops.

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  •  Hey this is a gun show you can't have guns here (7+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    EXCLUSIVE: 51 Upcoming Gun Shows Ban Loaded Weapons To Promote ‘A Safe Environment’

    If “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” as the NRA proclaimed in its post-Newtown press conference, why do so many gun shows prohibit attendees from carrying loaded firearms?

    According to a ThinkProgress analysis, 51 gun shows in January ban attendees from bringing loaded guns onto the premises. In addition, ThinkProgress was unable to identify a single gun show this month that explicitly allowed people, even those with concealed-carry permits, to bring a loaded weapon with them.

    For every event, their stated rationale for not permitting loaded weapons in the gun show was simple: safety. Crossroads Gun Show, a touring event across the western United States, explained on their website:

       Q: Can I carry a loaded gun in the gun show? I have a Concealed Carry Permit.

        A: We respectfully request that you do not bring any loaded firearm into the gun show. Safety is our Number One Priority, and a safe environment in the show can only be maintained if there are no loaded guns in the show.

    Sound familiar?

    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 11, 2013 at 12:06:57 PM PST

    •  Although I've never been to a gun show,... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I would imagine that there are a lot of guns around which are being handled and examined (and possibly even dry fired) by attendees.

      Prohibiting (BTW, on property under the control of a private party at that time - so this is much like banning swearing or concealed carry by guests in your own home) carrying of loaded weapons in such an environment makes a lot of sense as it reduces the risk of random people picking up a gun that they think is unloaded (as all of the 100 guns they touched in the last three hours were) but is actually loaded.

      As far as defending against a gun attack by a mentally ill person in such an environment, I'm pretty sure that there's plenty of easily accessible ammo and unloaded guns around and trivially accessible and the two would quickly be combined by several of the hundreds of participants to quickly mount an effective defense against the attacker.

      Funny how I don't recall many mass shootings at gun shows. That might have something to do with all the guns that are there. Or, it might have something to do with most gun owners being very responsible people. Or, maybe someone else has a better explanation for this fascinating phenomena.

  •  It is because of people like Joe Walsh (3+ / 0-)
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    greendem, JeffW, fayea

    insisting that Americans are at war with each other and that conservatives should be fighting with liberals in this war ...that the political rhetoric is so heated, that Americans are threatening and attacking each other, and that the right wing is so full of hate and rage. It also increases the level of paranoia, distrust,tension,  and nasty, mean,  horrid vitriol.  

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:10:58 PM PST

  •  If you live in Southern California... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...you need to pay attention to what is happening in San Onofre;

    http://sanonofresafety.org/

    If Southern California Edison re-starts the reactors in spite of their inability to satisfy the NRC and in spite of all the opposition in February as they plan, we may be in huge trouble down the line.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:14:13 PM PST

  •  New York in stunning 360 degree detail (1+ / 0-)
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    Phil S 33

    They did something similar for the 2008 inaugural IIRC

    and this video documentary seems to indicate similar tech for the Avengers 2012 movie

    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 11, 2013 at 12:15:31 PM PST

  •  Bohemian Rhapsody - Acoustic Guitar Edition (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, fayea

    I was driving this morning, listening to the Blue Collar Comedy channel on my car's satellite radio. On came the unmistakable starting notes of Bohemian Rhapsody, but from an acoustic guitar. Well alright, there are musical comedians out there, and it's not unusual for the Blue Collar channel to play them now and then. I figured the music would break away shortly, and the comedian playing it would have some sort of comedy routine to go with it.

    But no.

    The song played straight through. Not played for laughs, but quite a stunning rendition of this classic Queen song. I noted the name of the artist on the radio screen, Mike Rayburn, and googled when I got back home.

    I'd never heard of him (sorry, Mike), and certainly never heard this rendition, but ... wow. Apparently he does do musical comedy, but this is just a simple guitar solo, done beautifully.

    I still don't know what it was doing on that particular radio channel, but here it is...

    The number to call is BR-549.

    by lotac on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:17:06 PM PST

    •  that's certainly (1+ / 0-)
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      lotac

      better than some of the orchestral transcriptions of it that occasionally get played on our local stations.

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

      by HugoDog on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:34:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  This Explains (1+ / 0-)
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      lotac

      If you read the description at the youtube post this is what it says:

      Get Mike's hilarious "A Nerd Like Me" CD
      With some more, apparently it played on that channel as it's the cover song for the album.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:47:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm always amazed at how huge (4+ / 0-)
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    Central Park is.  And how fortunate that it was developed - I don't think it would happen today.  Thanks, foreparents.

  •  The Royals have the opinion that Civilization may (0+ / 0-)

    not survive very long because of the policies that are driving it to death.

  •  re: Joe Walsh and civil disobedience (6+ / 0-)

    I agree with him completely regarding civil disobedience for the ACA. Once the ACA is fully implemented, his supporters should just refuse to go to any doctor visit that is covered by insurance. They should sit in their houses and just not budge, even when the sheriff's deputies come to drag them to the doctor's office. What a scene that would be!

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:26:16 PM PST

  •  Good day ! Have been uploading to Travelpod (1+ / 0-)
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    surfbird007

    after getting frustrated that Traveljournals.net has been down since before Thanksgiving.  Hate to leave since we have had 3 mil plus hits on our pages there since 2005.

    Has anyone else used Travelpod?

    First Blog on Travelpod

    Through Indian Lands to Heaven - Santa Fe to Lake Powell / Zion and Back

    Read more: http://blog.travelpod.com/...

    Teaser pic

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    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:28:40 PM PST

  •  Re: KKK growth (0+ / 0-)

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:34:02 PM PST

  •  Do these various petitions ever double-check (0+ / 0-)

    to see if the signer has signed before?  Perhaps by checking to see if a given email address is a duplicate?  I'd like to think that duplicates would be dropped and only unique ones would become part of the final, delivered petition.  That way I wouldn't be skewing polls (I know, the horror of skewed polls!) by clicking through to them sometime multiple times.

  •  Amen: Background Checks for the Sale of Bullets (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    And add in a hefty 'sin' tax as well, the so called right love them for others, even stripping the others of rights, as they pay for that which they use, the heftier the better, think cigarette/alcohol, more, oh the ones that do these 'sins' get upset but don't complain when their reps push them like all good lockstep followers, taxes that end up in general funding in states and federal treasuries

    Connecticut Senator: Ammunition is 'black hole' of gun control
    January 11, 2013 - Vice President Joe Biden will meet with members of the video game industry today as he continues to look for ways to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. The Vice President will deliver his recommendations to President Obama next Tuesday.

    One idea emerged this week from Senator Richard Blumenthal. The Democrat from Connecticut wants background checks for the sale of bullets.

    "Ammunition is the black hole of gun violence prevention," says Blumenthal. "There are prohibitions against certain categories of people buying ammunition as well as firearms, but the only checks done are for firearms." According to Blumenthal, his proposal would cost tax payers an estimated $5 million a year.

    While critics worry that new enforcement may unduly restrict gun owners and sellers, Blumenthal says ammunition background checks would be easy for retailers to implement.  read more>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:35:08 PM PST

  •  Ah, facts. (2+ / 0-)
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    The gun culture is right about one thing, however. Hitler really did enact a new gun law. But it was in 1938, not 1935 – well after the NAZIs already had the country in its iron grip. Furthermore, the new law in many ways LOOSENED gun restrictions.
    They have such an unfair liberal bias...

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:35:46 PM PST

  •  Manhattan-centric photo. Figures.... (0+ / 0-)

    Gimme da Bronx wouldja please?

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

    by itzik shpitzik on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 12:36:49 PM PST

  •  what never rang true (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Miggles

    To me about the Hitler and other dictators taking away people's guns, is that their rule seemed based on making really big armies and starting wars.  And what are really big armies other than giving guns to as many people as possible.  It is a simple fact that in a revolution the goal isn't to beat the army; the goal is to get the army on your side since that is the only real endgame.

  •  "New York" (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    FYI: There's a lot more to "New York" than just Manhattan... or even the five boroughs.

  •  Anyone else find it sadly humorous (2+ / 0-)
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    greendem, JeffW

    ..that the future head of the RNSC is a teabagger named Jerry Moran?

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:05:13 PM PST

  •  Re: Walsh (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    How exactly does one conduct "civil disobedience to defy the Affordable Care Act"?

    Would you lock arms and keep poor people from entering a newly funded ObamaCare clinic?

    What kind of gigantic asshole would do such a thing?

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:09:03 PM PST

  •  NYC 360 simply re-enforces what New Yorkers think. (0+ / 0-)

    They are the center of the universe. That or a dark receptacle for suppositories.

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 02:08:46 PM PST

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