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  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • How the 2012 Presidential results inform the 2014 House target list, by Steve Singiser
    • Magic tricks, loopholes and the debt ceiling, by Armando
    • Newtown changed everything, by Greg Dworkin
    • Jack Lew and the Premature Descent From Heaven: A Tale of the American Nomenklatura, by billmon
    • American Psychosis, by Dante Atkins
    • Invocation from a woman of courage and determination, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Teachers aren't the only ones giving low marks to Michael Bloomberg's war on public schools, by Laura Clawson
  • Here's a handy-dandy guide to all of the new members of the 113th Congress.
  • Perhaps the funniest twitter exchange of all time:
    Twitter exchange between Deadspin and Donald Trump. Trump congratulates their writers for breaking the T'eo story, they respond by saying
  • Fighting back matters:
    You know, no matter how nice Maggie Gallagher and company tries to dress up the National Organization for Marriage’s rhetoric, when the organization is not successful, it always goes back to basic homophobia and fear tactics such as the following “gays are coming after your children” ad it ran in Rhode Island recently [...]

    No matter how much sweet frosting you put on manure, it is always manure. But here is the thing that I like. The group in Rhode Island pushing for marriage equality, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, didn’t sit on its ass.

    Instead they acted, putting out a statement condemning the lies and refuting them point by point.
  • Noted homophobic bigot Tony Perkins comes out (so to speak) against efforts to stop suicide among LGBT kids:
    Gays are innately depressed and suicidal because of our "destructive lifestyles," and it's a "deceptive lie" to tell LGBT kids that it gets better.
  • And speaking of homophobic bigots, this is big of them:
    The Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, the military spouses group at Ft. Bragg, has offered a “guest membership” to Ashley Broadway, the same-sex spouse of Lt. Col. Heather Mack who they blocked last month from joining. In fact, the group arbitrarily changed its rules to require an active ID card — a benefit same-sex spouses are not currently afforded — specifically to keep her from being eligible. [...]

    Stephen Peters, executive director of the American Military Partner Association, offered this reaction to BuzzFeed:

    Ashley is not a ‘guest’ military spouse. She is a military spouse, plain and simple. So the idea that the organization, in order to end the negative attention they are getting because of their outright discrimination, wants to give her a ‘guest membership’ is not only offensive, but ridiculous. The ABOS openly admits a military ID card is not listed as a requirement, yet they continue to deny her full membership.
  • Here's a unique solution for what to do with guns from buy-back programs:
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker promoted his jewelry line, "The Caliber Collection," Thursday night on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show. The bracelets are made from metal "from 250 guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department" as part of the city's gun buy-back program, according to the line's website.

    Booker told Maddow that "a large percentage of the proceeds go to more gun buy-backs in Newark."

  • On today's Kagro in Morning show, Greg Dworkin with more polling on guns, and evidence of a shift in intensity shifting the ground, post-Newtown. Armando joined for our interview with former Hostess bakery worker Mike Hummel, aka bluebarnstormer. Hear the details the traditional media skipped in telling the story. See today's podcast post for a link to Mike's short film on the whole debacle. You won't believe what the hedge funders get away with!

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  •  That's a neat idea from Cory Booker! (7+ / 0-)

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

    by ScottyUrb on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:03:11 PM PST

  •  Kagro in the Morning (0+ / 0-)

    was excellent today with good contributions by Armando and bluebarnstormer.

    David was his usual self, even if he did make excuses for next Monday.

    Fancy wanting to take your family out to breakfast???

    Sheesh! Some folk want time off :)

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:08:45 PM PST

  •  I feel Booker needs to give ALL the (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    antirove, Sharon Wraight

    proceeds to gun buy backs from that jewelry.  It makes me very uncomfortable for him to make any money off this issue, even if he is on the correct "side" of it.  Take out what is needed for supplies only.

    David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

    by PsychoSavannah on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:09:10 PM PST

    •  Depends upon who's taking the money. (0+ / 0-)

      "Most of the money" might mean that the rest is spent to process the metal into jewelry.  If money is being spent on the artists, jewelers, promotions (like getting him onto TRMS), that might have just been how he described the money flow.  "Proceeds" might be referring to the gross income, not the net.  The article doesn't clarify that either.

      I agree in general.  A public person might do something that makes money, but if he's making money off his elected office, I think he needs to keep only that which fits into the gift size category of what's allowed to people in his position.  IOW, if a lobbyist is limited to giving him just $10 in gifts, he should be limited to $10 in income from the jewelry sales if he's benefiting from it being from his office, not from something wholly separate from his office, like if he got it from his line of jewelry stores in Newark that were in business prior to his being in office.  This does look like profits due to his having elected office and I'd say this is very close to being suspect.  A great idea, but he should stay clear of any appearance of a profit motive.  

  •  great quotes from history ... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, billlaurelMD, ColoTim


    We have nothing to fear,

    but the NRA itself.

    -- Unknown.


    How the National Rifle Association Rates Lawmakers

    NYTimes.com, interactive maps -- updated Dec 19, 2012

    The National Rifle Association gives members of Congress a grade ranging from A to F that reflects their voting record on gun rights.
    [...]


    larger image



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    Will Congress end up with a Failing Grade?
    by jamess -- Jan 17, 2013


    It really depends on WHO ends up doing the Final grading.


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:09:56 PM PST

  •  It does get better (6+ / 0-)

    Despite the efforts of Inspector Javert Tony Perkins to personally make your life misérable.

    The number to call is BR-549.

    by lotac on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:12:02 PM PST

    •  People like Perkins, especially right wing parents (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Cali Scribe, HugoDog, wintergreen8694

      and anti gay bigots who tell kids it will get worse, they have blood on their hands for the young folks who commit suicide because they are LGBT. When the people closest to them like parents or pastors or say a christian teacher tell them how bad it is going to be for them to be themselves, and they get so depressed that it leads to suicide, these adults are responsible.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:25:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  For a great example of that, (0+ / 0-)

      read sfbob's diary today. :-)

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

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:29:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  One suspects Perkins is 'innately depressed and (0+ / 0-)

      suicidal" but he still makes a very good living and gets regular invitations to appear on TV - including supposedly liberal MSNBC talkfests - as a Very Serious Person. Instead of as a very sick old dipshit.

      •  Put Perkins IN the closet and nail (0+ / 0-)

        it shut.  I have gays and lesbians in my family. My nephew just recently made his announcement and we all just looked at him and said, "And?" I probably saw it before he did and if he's happy, I'm happy. It's his life.  Relationships are PERSONAL and PRIVATE. I do believe the Constitution supports personal privacy.  Why yes, it does!
        We ALL have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

        I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

        by bluebuckeyewmn on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:07:57 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  He was great in Psycho though. (0+ / 0-)

        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 18, 2013 at 03:19:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Ah Pronoun Trouble in GOP Debt Plan (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    billlaurelMD, ColoTim

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    The Republican Debt Ceiling Gambit Is Unconstitutional

    House Republicans are backing away from their threat to plunge the United States into a catastrophic budget default and will instead pursue the somewhat less reckless strategy of passing a three-month increase in the debt limit. According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the bill will also contain a provision cutting off congressional pay unless both houses meet a particular milestone: “If the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay.”

    Before Cantor gets too excited about this plan, however, he may want to familiarize himself with the Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution:

       No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
    There is no election between now and three-months from now, so no law that would cut off congressional pay can take effect then. The Constitution is very clear on this point. Indeed, Republicans should have discovered this fact when House members read the Constitution aloud on the House floor last Tuesday.

    To be sure, it is good news that House Republicans appear to be realizing that they can no longer hold the fate of the entire world economy hostage to their narrow agenda. But they aren’t allowed to violate the Constitution either.

    Update

    Buzzfeed’s John Stanton reports that Republicans claim their “no budget, no pay” provision is constitutional because “it doesn’t change the level of pay but withholds it” until a subsequent date. This claim, however, is not consistent with the text of the Twenty-Seventh Amendment. The Constitution forbids laws “varying the compensation” of members of Congress, not just laws that change the amount of their pay. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the verb “vary” means “to make a partial change in : make different in some attribute or characteristic.” Changing the timing of congressional pay makes a change in some attribute or characteristic of how members are compensated.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:16:35 PM PST

  •  Things that make you go hmmmm (3+ / 0-)
    Gays are innately depressed and suicidal because of our (emphasis mine) "destructive lifestyles," and it's a "deceptive lie" to tell LGBT kids that it gets better.
    Is Tony Perkins trying to tell us something about himself by mistake?

    How is taking a hundred dollars worth of food from hungry kids or from old poor sick people equal to taking a hundred dollars from billionaires? -- howabout, 19 Dec 2012

    by billlaurelMD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:18:40 PM PST

    •  That quote is from the linked article, not Perkins (0+ / 0-)

      himself... the "our" is used by the author of the article about what Perkins said about 'us' in his reprehensible interview.

      •  thank you for squaring me away (0+ / 0-)

        though I'd not be shocked if there were something rattling around in Tony Perkins' closet somewhere.

        How is taking a hundred dollars worth of food from hungry kids or from old poor sick people equal to taking a hundred dollars from billionaires? -- howabout, 19 Dec 2012

        by billlaurelMD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:56:27 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Today's Non Sequitur cartoon (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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  •  Merchants of Death getting Death threats (0+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    NRA President Blames Obama For ‘Hundreds’ Of Death Threats

    On a right-wing talk show on Thursday, David Keene, the president of the National Rifle Association, blamed President Obama and the left for what he says have been hundreds of death threats made against him and his family.

    Host Ernest Istook, who is also a columnist for Breitbart, asked Keene to elaborate on his death threats, and Keene took the opportunity to:

       What this reflects are two things. One is the uncivil way in which idealogues on the left in this country go after their enemies. The second thing it shows is the reflection of the left and the President of the United States’ attempt to demonize and blame those who disagree with them for everything that he doesn’t like

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:23:15 PM PST

  •  Stephen Colbert may want to start a new Super Pac. (5+ / 0-)

    ================
    Stephen Colbert's sister is going to run for Congress, BuzzFeed reports.

    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch will run in the special election for appointed Sen. Tim Scott's (R-SC) old House seat.

    She will file officially on Tuesday, the Washington Post notes.
    =
    ================

    The Word today is: Revenge on Nikki Haley!

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:24:31 PM PST

  •  NOM needs some new material... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    T100R

    they are like a comic that is trying to get by on jokes they told 10 years ago.

    'Goodwill' between the GOP and the President is as abundant as unicorn farts - Me'

    by RichM on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:25:38 PM PST

  •  I'd like to send that Deadspin response (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tb mare, lazybum

    to Tony Perkins.

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

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:26:31 PM PST

  •  First to Fight (0+ / 0-)

    The Marines were the most opposed to the end of DADT but they certainly have moved forward with the change.

  •  More from the Booker (0+ / 0-)

    "Let's not  really discuss Newark" PR machine.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:42:19 PM PST

  •  About The Bragg Officers’ Spouses.. (0+ / 0-)

    They better watch out because the incoming SECDEF is going to make an example of his LGBT bonafides by coming down hard on any bias. The wife's husbands may find their husbands passovered for promotion or sent to bum fuck Egypt next assignment.  

    Clinton/ Warren 2016

    by artr2 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:46:13 PM PST

  •  Poshitvly Shohking (0+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:46:57 PM PST

  •  Love that twitter exchange. LOL n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Really nice, but also very serious about his job." Jackie Evancho on President Obama 6/7/12

    by BarackStarObama on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:35:45 PM PST

  •  qwatz (0+ / 0-)

    too funny.  and also possibly he would do this if the technology allowed.

    LINK

    In a savage and gruesome turn of events, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly slaughtered a half-dozen dogs adopted from the humane society Friday, sewing together the dismembered body parts to construct a new, horrific tight end. “They were cute dogs at first, but then I figured out that if you rip them apart, they could be really useful,” said Belichick

    Bill Belichick also has 10 million gallons of crude oil stashed away, just in case.

    by 2liberal on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:22:22 PM PST

  •  Just a point. (0+ / 0-)

    The guns which were melted down for Booker's jewelry line were from a sanctioned buy back program, so they weren't seized.  They were voluntarily sold to the cops.

  •  Real Donald Trump endorses Israeli PM Netanyahu (0+ / 0-)
    In a video released Tuesday, Trump is seen calling Netanyahu “an amazing person, and an exceptional person,” deserving of the support of every Israeli.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/...

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:29:29 PM PST

  •  Fuck Trump! (0+ / 0-)

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

    by Farkletoo on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:07:37 AM PST

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