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  • Today's comic is Louis's new girlfriend. by Ruben Bolling:
    Comic - Louis's new girlfriend.
  • BREAKING:
    Justice Clarence Thomas completed his thought Wednesday.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Awkward go to Washington:
    Two major Romney campaign fundraisers, Virginia philanthropist Catherine Reynolds and hotel magnate Bill Marriott Jr., have invited guests to wear business attire to a luncheon at Washington’s J.W. Marriott Hotel. Reynolds’s office confirmed that the Romneys would be on hand. The event’s invitation is topped by a close-crop of an American flag painted on newsprint.
  • Apparently, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wants to keep reminding himself of the moment—well, one of many moments—Mitt Romney lost the election:
    That’s right - the chair Clint Eastwood used as a prop in his rambling and at times incoherent critique of President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention is now one of the many pieces of political memorabilia in Reince Priebus’ office on 1st Street in Washington.
  • Very Serious Journalists should be Very Serious:
    That said, a "journalist" has a serious job. Some duties: relay critical information in a timely manner, hold public leaders accountable, serve the general public. These are some of the reasons I went into journalism in the first place and they're not the most hilarious things in the world.

    Why then is Twitter so often filled with snark? So many jokes from journalists? Sometimes about serious matters, but supplemented with wit, puns and creativity?

  • Say it ain't so:
    Oh no. An Ivy-educated lawyer with experience analyzing governmental overreach and potential violations of civil liberties... has been hired to litigate governmental overreach and potential violations of civil liberties?! [...]

    And now, now we have the worst offense of all: He booed the guy who lost an election in November. Disgusting.

  • Yes please!
    While we’re still a very long way off from instantly transporting from ship to planet à la Star Trek, scientists are still relentlessly working on the type of quantum technologies that could one day make this sci-fi staple a possibility. Just recently, researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK have reported ways to simplify the instantaneous transmission of quantum information using less “entanglement,” thereby making the process more efficient — as well as less error-prone.
  • America:
    The image of the 11-inch Subway sandwich marketed as "Footlong" that ignited an online chuckle-fest last week has now sparked a lawsuit.

    Citing "false, deceptive" and "misleading affirmative statements of fact," two New Jersey men, John Farley of Evesham and Charles Pendrak of Ocean City, sued Subway on Tuesday to regain losses of 5 to 8.3 percent on the several "Footlong" sandwiches they bought from the sandwich store -- about $.41-$.54 per sub, depending on whether it was the $5 or $6.50 kind.

  • This is just wrong.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, it's a Guns N' Filibusters encore! That's still where the big news is for us. Greg Dworkin brought us the latest polling on gun policy proposals. Interest and intensity both remain high, post-Newtown. Armando took the reins for a few minutes, and stayed with us to discuss the filibuster's state of play. Want to know what I think about the deal before I write it? Listen to the podcast!

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  •  Obama Reboot (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, PSzymeczek, surfbird007, hnichols

    an examination of and reaction to the column of that title by Charles M Blow  in this post to which I invite your attention

    "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 Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:04:42 PM PST

  •  Great Reporting (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, PSzymeczek, pgm 01, hnichols

  •  Worst Tragedy? (12+ / 0-)
  •  "invited guests to wear business attire" (5+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, jwinIL14, pgm 01, hnichols, JeffW

    Vs what

    "Hooded Robes"
    Mumus?
    Tutus?
    Cowboy attire?

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

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:06:57 PM PST

  •  Twiter is 140 characters (3+ / 0-)
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    You expecting flowery Prose?

    Who's gonna read it?

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

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:08:09 PM PST

  •  I THOUGHT that foot-long meatball (6+ / 0-)

    parmesan sub I got the other day seemed short..

    "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around..."

    by cgvjelly on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:10:06 PM PST

  •  Sometimes, All I can do is scratch my head (4+ / 0-)
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    this gem is a comment from alocal TV news page

    Cynthia
    2 days ago

    Ashley- you always speak from your **..lol.. I swear you MUST be illiterate or something lol..and a current Republican that CAN hold a candle to Dr. MLK would be....oh idk.. Sarah Palin the FIRST ONLY (so far) female Governor of Alaska..... Mitt Romney who YOU all of people think is a loser and an idiot (in which you are VERY familiar with THAT word) LOL! But yet he has owed several successful businesses throughout his years and ran for President (just in case you didn't know that lol) and only lost because of Electoral votes here in good ol' CA! BUT won the PEOPLE'S vote and WILL succeed when he runs again. Oh and his "beliefs" are one of VERY high standards and moral...something that YOU obviously have NEVER had :o) Go back to the Welfare line honey..Leave this discussion to the Grown ups.

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

    by HugoDog on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:14:20 PM PST

  •  I dunno (4+ / 0-)
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    On some level lawsuits like that are all you have for these companies to stop lying. We over litigate about stupid shit here and I guess you could argue if people don't go Subway would get the message -- but you know, first world stupid problems or not, they're lying.

    That's probably millions of miles of bread by this point that Subway hasn't been giving people while telling them they were.

    And they're really not alone there. I've bought other food that advertises "new bigger size!" and it's less ounces than the old version of it next to it on the shelf.

  •  If Subway loses the lawsuit does that mean (8+ / 0-)

    women will have actionable cases against men they meet on Craigslist? Like the princess said, the ruler doth not equal 12 inches...

    There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

    by frankzappatista on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:17:39 PM PST

  •  Filibuster Reform (1+ / 0-)
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    How's that working out?

    Kinda like the Public Option, eh?

    Kinda like blocking Bush's right-wing SC appointments, eh?

    Kinda like stopping that Bush led Iraq debacle, eh?

    Kinda like that ol' Patriot Act Renewal, eh?

    Kinda like that ol' Bush Tax Cuts for the 1% renewal, eh?

    Waking up yet?  Seeing the Kabuki yet?

    And you know what?  In another year Reid (or some other cardboard cutout playing his Role) will... fire up the "base" with talk of Reforming The Filibuster.

    Works every time.

    The excuses for Obama's behavior have long since passed the point of predictability neccessary to qualify as an absurd production of Kabuki Theater.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:17:44 PM PST

  •  It's not $1 Trillion, but this is what (1+ / 0-)
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    seigniorage is all about:

    Silver today is about $32/oz.  The US Mint sells this 1-oz silver dollar for $62.95

    We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

    by NoMoJoe on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:19:36 PM PST

  •  A few weeks ago, some people were discussing (4+ / 0-)
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    Chris Christie as it had to do with Sandy funding and how he blasted Republicans in the House about that.

    I was disturbed at the number of Democrats in the comments who said they would vote for Christie for President while the Republicans of course bashed him and called him a traitor.  

    I think some Democrats forget about how Christie bashes teachers, unions, and how he is the Sole reason why there is not marriage equality signed into law in NJ. He vetoed it. So yes, Christie may be one of the sanest of the current crops of Republicans and handled Hurricane Sandy very very well but he is still is against all of the Democratic platform and he is a Republican union bashing anti marriage equality type.

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    by wishingwell on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:22:41 PM PST

  •  Pop culture question (4+ / 0-)

    I don't like sports.  I don't watch sports. I generally neither read nor care about sports stories.

    That said, I keep seeing articles in the news (not the sports section) about some college football player who apparently lied about a girlfriend or something. It seems to be a story that won't go away.

    Now, I'll admit I haven't read the articles. Just the headlines (some of them, at least). I don't really care about it.  

    But it puzzles the heck out of me why it seems to be such major news.  Has anybody else noticed this? In a nutshell, why would this story bear such repetition and wide discussion?  

    It seems so inconsequential and frankly typical of young people to make up stories about girlfriends or boyfriends.  Why is the news fixated on it?

    Is it just another example of the news media wasting its time on stupid, inconsequential stories while ignoring important ones?

    •  Yes he claimed his girlfriend died of cancer (4+ / 0-)
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      but the girl never existed. It was a hoax perpetrated by some guy in CA. The athlete claims not be part of the hoax and that he was fooled too.  It was some online relationship that went on for over 2 years. The reason it became news worthy with this guy as even after finding out she was not real, he continued to talk about his dead girlfriend until the media broke the story.

      And he was a finalist for the Heisman trophy, the top award in college sports, and he played in the national title game for Notre Dame.  

      I think if this happened to a player from a losing team , it might be different..he was just a very high profile player who talked about his dead girlfriend to the media for months and girl next existed.  People felt sorry for him and he gained a lot of sympathy and support for the story of his grandmother and girlfriend both dying on the same day.

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      by wishingwell on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:38:41 PM PST

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    •  But I do agree, it is not a story worth spending (1+ / 0-)
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      this much time on. I can see ESPN spending some time on it but major  networks are getting in on this too and spending too much on a nonstory...especially as no crime was committted. Fake girlfriend never tried to get money from the athlete or college or anything else like that. It was all one huge prank but no crime was committed, I do not think...unless people raised money for the girls family after her supposed death but I do not think that happened either. All it did was garner a lot of sympathy and cards for the athlete grieving and so on.

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      by wishingwell on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:41:05 PM PST

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    •  Part of it is the nature of who this guy is. (4+ / 0-)
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      He came in second for the award for the most outstanding player in all of college football.  Many of the people supporting him used the death of his girlfriend within a day of the death of his grandmother to prop up his election because it showed how he was able to overcome extreme adversity.  Many news organizations were suckered into the hoax and it may turn out that this young man may have been a part of it (there was a comment on NPR this morning that he may admit to being in on at least the end of it during a talk show appearance later today (may have already happened).

      Imagine if a politician were to be suckered into a similar situation to the point where he was a major party candidate for either governor or even President.  And that every news organization was similarly suckered.  That's why people are making such a big deal of this.  Is it important in the long run?  No, but it is tailor made for the media to get lots and lots of mileage from.

    •  If you really want to know why this story has (0+ / 0-)

      gotten so much play, I recommend you go to the original reporting (which was actually very good investigative journalism) from Deadspin.

      I'm a big sports fan, but I don't follow the college football stories very closely, so I was not aware of this Heisman runner-up's dramatic back story that got so much attention this season. I only found out about it when the "hoax" story broke.

      If he hadn't been the Heisman candidate, and he hadn't been at such a storied football school as Notre Dame, his "dead girlfriend, dead grand ma" story would have been but a blip in the first place, and not nearly as big a story when it was exposed.

      So that's the reason it got so big. And yes, it's tragic that we can have investigative journalist in sports reporting, but for things that really matter, the corporate TV networks and newspapers won't touch it and slashed their budgets for it years ago. Many of the best reporters we had now have to write for British papers because they can't get published in big mainstream papers here. And it's telling that Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone, and not the New York Times.

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

      by Oaktown Girl on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 03:43:03 PM PST

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  •  When Romney chooses to visit DC is quite telling. (3+ / 0-)
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    (from linked article above)

    ... will attend event to honor him, Ann ... Romney was the first nominee since Michael Dukakis in 1989 not to attend inauguration. Aides said Romney chose to stay at his home in La Jolla, Calif.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:36:41 PM PST

  •  NM Republican State Senator (2+ / 0-)
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    Cathrynn Brown has introduced a bill in the NM House to criminalize a victim of rape for aborting the resulting pregnancy.

    According a report in Huffington Post:

    “Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime," the bill says.

    Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison

    Considering the state legislature is under control of Democrats, the bill is not expected to pass.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:39:41 PM PST

  •  If someone clicks through to the "This is wrong" (0+ / 0-)

    piece, don't miss the comments below the article.  Several are very well done.

  •  Came across this article about school (1+ / 0-)
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    police purchasing more weapons.

    Of course, this may not be uncommon these days. But sounds like there is money for weapons, but not for guidance counseling.

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/...

  •  I enjoyed seeing (5+ / 0-)
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    Clinton and Warren sitting next to each other :)

  •  Obama's New SEC Head Coddled Wall Street (1+ / 0-)
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    The MSM is portraying Mary Jo White as a tough-on-Wall-St prosecutor, but neglect to mention she also defended them while in private practice and helped block an investigation of Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack. Not good in light of the recent FRONTLINE episode.

    Article here.

    "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

    by Aspe4 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:52:35 PM PST

    •  You mean, she did her job for her clients? (1+ / 0-)
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      That doesn't sound like a disqualification.  You wouldn't want to hire someone to run the SEC who was paid good money by her clients but didn't get any of the results the clients wanted her to get.

      Now if you are saying that no one should ever be a prosecutor or head of a regulatory agency if they've ever represented defendants in private practice, then you are going to disqualify almost everyone who is ever considered to be head of an agency, or any of the top attorneys at DOJ, or general counsel for any of the cabinet departments, etc.  That would likely disqualify at least two-thirds of the people who have held such positions in the past 30 years, in Democratic administrations as well as Republican administrations.

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      by MJB on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 01:02:17 PM PST

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      •  I like the nomination. (1+ / 0-)
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        We need someone at the SEC who knows how The Street operates and where the bodies might be buried.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 01:30:52 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  That's the Exact Same Argument People Used (0+ / 0-)

          to make excuses for Obama's first Wall Street-owned appointments to his cabinet. "The people who created this financial mess know how to get us out of it." Did you watch the FRONTLINE episode? Do you see how Wall St-owned lawyers don't necessarily equal good investigators?

          "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

          by Aspe4 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:21:39 AM PST

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      •  My Concern is that She Won't be at SEC Forever (0+ / 0-)

        and she'll eventually go back to private practice to directly help Wall St. To do that she can't piss the banksters off. The article had a link to another article about a regulator who would be better.

        "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

        by Aspe4 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:19:25 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Sen. Feinstein wants to ban assault weapons (0+ / 0-)

    Tell ya what, Senator.... get back to me right after you ban lobbyist money in Washington.

  •  Just giving a heads up... (2+ / 0-)
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    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 01:04:53 PM PST

  •  Now wait just one minute! (3+ / 0-)
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    While we’re still a very long way off from instantly transporting from ship to planet à la Star Trek, scientists are still relentlessly working on the type of quantum technologies that could one day make this sci-fi staple a possibility.
    But what about the Heisenberg compensators?!? :)

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

    by surfbird007 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 01:05:59 PM PST

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