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    • Republican Sen. Sessions has a 'better message' for screwing over welfare recipients, by Laura Clawson
    • The Church, humility, and an upcoming war for relevance, by Hunter
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  • Joe the Plumber(tm) wants to give you a gun.
  • Funny:
    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.  GOP Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, bff of gun-nut and NRA board member Ted Nugent, is holding a very special meeting in the US Capitol building next week to blast President Obama and the entire notion of “gun free zones.”

    Stockman’s meeting is being called ”The Fallacy of Gun Free School Zones.”  He’s offered legislation repealing the federal gun free zone law that protects schools.

    So where is Stockman holding his meeting blasting the dangers of gun free zones?  In the US Capitol building, a gun free zone.

  • NRA President David Keene on background checks:
    King also asked him if the NRA would punish members of Congress who support universal background checks on gun purchases, which he said recent polls show most Americans support, and which the NRA at one time supported but now opposes.

    Keene responded: "The answer is yes."

  • Remember the video of that kid being snatched up by an eagle?
    Four Canadian film students were assigned a project: Create a YouTube hoax video that gets 100,000 views. They got nearly 42 million instead. Here’s the definitive behind-the-meme look at how — and why — their homework snowballed into one of the most popular and rapidly spread videos ever.
  • Check this out: "The National Mall 150 years ago (compared to now)."
  • And in case you're following this story:
    After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation and much of the world.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin wrapped up yesterday's gun policy forum in CT, including the participation of VP Joe Biden, which the press dismissed as "pleading." Next: conservative cognitive dissonance from David Brooks and Orrin Hatch, each with distinct delusions on the sequester. Also: a read through a NYT story on "degree inflation," a new angle on problems posed by 3D printing, the FBI raid on The Scooter Store, and great points from Dave Johnson on the push for Postal Service privatization.

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  •  thoughts on writing and political participation (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, Senor Unoball, johanus

    in part, why I write, why I write as I do, and how writing is increasingly my primary way of political participation

     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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:01:04 PM PST

  •  Is Fox going to sign Romney next? (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Senor Unoball, Gooserock, DRo

    That's what the speculation is.

    After some very brief boilerplate, Wallace gives up the least subtle clues in the history of beating around the bush, volunteering to Kilmeade “Let me simply say, and it’ll become clear a week from now, that there is more that Mitt Romney is going to be doing.”

    “Really?” Kilmeade responds. “Do you want to expand on that?”

    “No!” Wallace responds, abruptly.

    “Do you know?” Kilmeade asks.

    “Yes!” Wallace replies.

    Wallace and Kilmeade briefly discuss playing “Warmer/Colder,” and while Wallace says he won’t play, he does eliminate Kilmeade’s first guess, a 2016 run at the vice-presidency.

    Then, Kilmeade says “Fox News contributor?”

  •  more importantly, are there pie-free zones (3+ / 0-)

    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.  GOP Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas, bff of gun-nut and NRA board member Ted Nugent, is holding a very special meeting in the US Capitol building next week to blast President Obama and the entire notion of “gun free zones.”
    Stockman’s meeting is being called ”The Fallacy of Gun Free School Zones.”  He’s offered legislation repealing the federal gun free zone law that protects schools.

    So where is Stockman holding his meeting blasting the dangers of gun free zones?  In the US Capitol building, a gun free zone.

  •  Looney Louis Gohmert rides again (4+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Congressman Says Americans Need Guns To Protect The Nation From Sharia Law

    Tea Party Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio show on Thursday that the GOP must oppose gun regulations to protect the country from the threat of “Sharia Law.”

    Appearing on The Voice of Freedom, Gohmert said he “hoped and prayed” that Congress rejects gun safety legislation, arguing that Americans may need to use the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to avoid succumbing to Muslims:

     

      [The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the founders’ quotes make that very very clear and including against a government that would run amuck. We’ve got some people who think Sharia Law should be the law of the land, forget the Constitution. But the guns are there… to make sure all of the rest of the Amendments are followed.

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

    by JML9999 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:05:13 PM PST

  •  Please help my Audubon fundraiser! (0+ / 0-)

    I know that everybody reading this has a spare $20 bucks. Maybe more!

    Here's a link from today's Mojo Friday giving details:
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Please donate anything you can, thanks!

    Please proceed, governor

    by Senor Unoball on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:08:38 PM PST

  •  Blue in Texas (6+ / 0-)

    After a month of Ted Cruz, I've decided to come out in favor of completing the dang fence.
    It couldn't cost all that much to seal us off from Canada.

    The Awakening Is Afire! Nothing can be done. Rubio drank all their water.

    by franklyn on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:09:17 PM PST

  •  Have my own testing kit at home... (3+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, JML9999, annieli

    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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:09:41 PM PST

  •  science question (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Senor Unoball

    On this link's picture, what is the line that looks like an equator on the sun?  sun

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:13:44 PM PST

    •  If You Mean the Near Vertical Curved Line Center (1+ / 0-)
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      Senor Unoball

      right, it's the horizon of the sun.

      Reminds me, next sunny day I need to set up my "Humble Telescope" pinhole mirror and see if any of these spots are big enough to show on the image I project into the garage.

      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 Feb 22, 2013 at 12:30:26 PM PST

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  •  About that Eagle hoax . .. . (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball

    if it * were * true, wouldn't it more or less be the death knell for Stephen Colbert's show?

  •  I attended Catholic school... (3+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, Senor Unoball, jwinIL14

    ... and we always said the only way to pick a Pope is to smoke 'em out.

    We were nerds, but I got better.

    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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:20:31 PM PST

  •  Spoke with John Lennon... (0+ / 0-)

    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 Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:38:06 PM PST

  •  DC Pictures (1+ / 0-)
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    jwinIL14

    that was an interesting link

    Thanks

  •  Help! I have an ignorant stepson (0+ / 0-)

    My stepson has gone over to the dark side.  It was bad when I saw the Scott Brown and Mitt Romney signs.  It was worse when he posted the picture of how a woman can better defend herself with a gun ... three days before Newtown.

    Now, he's got the POS letter with "I couldn't raise my prices 10%, so I had to lay off 60 workers.  I decided to let go all the employees who had voted for Obama."

    This is the worst, and I need to nip this in the bud.  I need to have the information, at my fingertips, and I couldn't find it on Snopes.

    So, what's the best retort, and where are the facts?  You're the best group out there, bar none, so please point me in the right direction.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:13:48 PM PST

    •  Sometimes there is just ignoring them... (1+ / 0-)
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      MikeTheLiberal

      People that are GOP zombies are programmed not to listen to anything but the stupid fluff that agrees with their point of view. There likely isn't much you can do but try to respond, but you will likely end up in a fight with no winner.

      The best thing I would suggest is to "debunk" their source. Don't try to refute their information. But instead show them how screwed up their source of information really is. If they realize the source is lying to them then they might stop listening to them.

      It's not a fight between you and him, but rather a search for the facts. Call him on any nonsense, but don't use insulting or degrading words. Just prove to him that you can research the claims before repeating them easily.

      "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

      by Wynter on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:39:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

        I'd love to find the source of these lies, but they're well hidden.

        The only thing I can think of is that it's discriminatory to fire someone on the basis of politics.  Thanks, again.

        "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

        by MikeTheLiberal on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:47:17 PM PST

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        •  What I do... (0+ / 0-)

          is Google them by the specific text they are stating. For example, on Facebook I get those cute little supposed quotes by Lincoln, or Washington that are freaking bogus. I just plug in the quote and cite the story on the "actual quote" and send the link and information back to them. I try not to belittle my friends that posted it. It's kind of like trying to mentor them into finding the facts before they post. LOL

          "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

          by Wynter on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 05:07:35 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Stockman, the new sheriff of Rock Ridge (0+ / 0-)

    GOP Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas reminds me of that scene from Blazing Saddles where the new sheriff is announcing himself to the gun-totting citizens of Rock Ridge.

    Go ahead Stockman, tell the citizens that they can let their kids go to schools WITH guns in the school. I wonder what the parents will do to you?

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:32:05 PM PST

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