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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is The Avenging Uterus rogues gallery:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - The Avenging Uterus rogues gallery
  • Pennsylvania uses Gosnell case to justify blocking women from purchasing abortion coverage:
    One state lawmaker is arguing that patients shouldn’t be able to use their own personal funds to buy coverage separate from state-paid funds, because that would be too much oversight for a state agency to handle. According to the Associated Press, state Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) said during debate that if “the government could not be trusted to properly regulate abortion clinics”—meaning Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic—”it cannot be trusted to ensure that only private dollars are used to purchase abortion coverage through the exchanges.”
  • Carrying pressure cooker while brown elicits FBI visit:
    Talal Al-Rouqi, a Saudi student in Michigan, claims he was questioned by the FBI after neighbours reported seeing him walking with a pressure cooker similar to those used in the recent Boston bombing. Speaking last week to the Saudi Gazette, Al-Rouqi said he was transporting the cooker filled with rice and meat to a friend's apartment for dinner. The next day, he was reportedly interrogated by FBI officials.

    “When they found nothing unusual, they cautioned me not to venture out again with the pressure cooker," Al-Roqui said.

  • Angelina Jolie courageously discusses her medical choice:
    My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. [...]

    Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.

  • Is your state's highest paid public employee a coach? A map:
    You may have heard that the highest-paid state employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach.

    Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team.

  • How change happens, one step at a time:
    Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
  • However: State governments are smashing local control. Here's one example:
    According to the  Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 19 states severely restrict or outright abolish the right of local governments to build their telecommunications networks. Cities began building their own networks after years of begging private phone and cable companies to upgrade their inadequate infrastructure, moderate their continual price increases and improve their customer service. When cities proved to be serious and successful competitors, telecommunications firms, rather than responding to the competition, went to state legislatures to abolish it. Last year North Carolina became the latest state to join the ranks of those who refuse to allow communities to make their own decisions about their own affairs.
  • First female Senate pages appointed 42 years ago today:
    On May 14, 1971, Paulette Desell and Ellen McConnell made history. Thanks to the appointments of Senators Jacob Javits and Charles Percy, these two 16-year-olds became the first females to serve as Senate pages.
    Senator Daniel Webster had selected the first male page nearly a century and a half earlier.
  • On the latest #TWiBRadio, we discuss the IRS/Tea Party "scandal," a Mother’s Day mass shooting or typical urban violence, and whether a bad Whitney Houston cover can be considered terrorism? And check out the discussion over at TWiB!, and help us welcome new contributors and staff writers from the Angry Black Lady Chronicles and Jack and Jill Politics.
  • N.H. city sues Robin Hoods:
    The city has filed a lawsuit against six citizens, part of a group dubbed Robin Hood of Keene that patrols downtown armed with video cameras and pockets full of change to fill expired parking meters.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, DC's focus on "scandal" continues, to no one's surprise. Armando called in on the IRS, Benghazi and AP stories, plus the  astounding WaPo "fact check" of "act of terror" vs "terrorist act." Jon Perr joined in on the wider "Republican scandal management playbook." Also, information both old and new begins to emerge that grassroots Tea Party activists had as much motive to target the big name, big money "Tea Party" astroturf groups for IRS scrutiny as anybody. Amazingly, none of this is a "distraction," or "poisoning the well" against prospects of a "Grand Bargain!"

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  •  Pressure cooker while Brown-30yrs in the electric (10+ / 0-)

    chair

    Billy Joe Bob buying 50lbs of smokeless power?

    Will that be cash or charge card?

    Tanks NRA...................

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

    by JML9999 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:18:47 PM PDT

  •  SCOTUS? Who owns us? (7+ / 0-)

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Listen to The After Show and The Justice Department on Netroots Radio

    by justiceputnam on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:22:52 PM PDT

  •  It's Food Allergy Awareness week! (4+ / 0-)

    And it's relevant to us liberals because according to the food allergy group that sent me the info, food allergy related bullying is on the rise. Sigh.

    More info at http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/...

    Food allergy awareness week generally: http://allergicliving.com/...

    Thanks!

  •  about the pressure cooker guy (3+ / 0-)
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    I wonder if this is related to the Saudi guy who was seriously questioned Saturday at the Detroit airport, flying in from Saudi Arabia with a doctored passport (or at least one with pages torn out) and a pressure cooker that he insisted was a gift for his nephew because (he said) the nephew had been unable to find one in the USA, so they had to bring one in from Saudi Arabia. Facts hazy, as usual when we're relying only on TSA/police reports. But if it is the same family, I can see why the FBI might want to find out how many pressure cookers the kid actually owned -- and whether he really needed them for cooking -- especially in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    •  Yeah, you know those brown people. (1+ / 0-)
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      They're all related to each other. (Eye-roll)

      -Jay-
      
    •  Seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      You think there needs to be a rational reason for this?

      And yeah, South (and I guess maybe also west) Asians actually do bring cooking equipment with them when they're visiting relatives in the United States.  We have a number of things in our house that my husband's parents brought with them on their various trips, including probably-but-not-certainly our pressure cooker.  (Used primarily for cooking dal.)  I know we bought a few of our specialized things in central Jersey, but I don't think that was one of them.

  •  'Fuck the Weed, Legalize My Mom!' (11+ / 0-)

    I may the last person to have seen this great photo, viral now, of this terrific kid.

    I am loving her and her attitude!

    She could be any of the kids going to and fro in my neighborhood.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:25:38 PM PDT

  •  It's a Small (4+ / 0-)
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    World Brain

    After all

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    GOP Senator Asks Why Border Security Can’t Be More Like Disney World

    At the second Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bipartisan immigration bill, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) compared U.S. border security to Disney World.

    Cornyn made the reference during a discussion of an amendment proposed by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) that would add a biometric entry-exit system and effectively delay the path to citizenship for years. Cornyn argued that not having biometrics like fingerprints or iris scans “could lead some people to conclude that this bill is designed to fail.”

    The current bill already includes a tracking exit system in the form of a “photo tool” that expands the existing E-Verify program. Biometric information also will be collected from the undocumented applying for provisional status.

    But Cornyn claimed that Disney World’s system uses fingerprints, and what’s “good enough for the Magic Kingdom” should be U.S. law

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

    by JML9999 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:26:02 PM PDT

  •  Pro Publica: IRS disclosed confidential info (0+ / 0-)
    The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.

    The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about that release, and whether it had determined how the applications were sent to ProPublica.

    In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)

    * * * *

    After receiving the unapproved applications, ProPublica tried to determine why they had been sent. In emails, IRS spokespeople said ProPublica shouldn’t have received them.

    “It has come to our attention that you are in receipt of application materials of organizations that have not been recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt,” wrote one spokeswoman, Michelle Eldridge. She cited a law saying that publishing unauthorized returns or return information was a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

    http://www.propublica.org/...

  •  Godsel, the aboriotn dcotor is godo argument for (2+ / 0-)
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    why women should have abortion coverage in health insurance. Poor women not having coverage is why women resort to  doctors like Godsel.

    The so-called pro-lifers have killed  & intimidate the decent safe abortion doctros.

  •  Anybody not clear on the real nature of the "Admin (3+ / 0-)
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    istation"?

    Sez John Kerry, "I am going North to Open Up The Great Arctic Frontier For Terminal Exploitation. Try and stop me."

    ...the Arctic's ecosystem is experiencing significant, rapid shifts with far-reaching consequences. Last September, the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean reached record lows, threatening marine mammal life and local populations dependent upon them. Receding sea ice might also bring new commerce and industry to the region, including exploration of offshore oil and gas, as well as minerals. New Arctic shipping routes could significantly decrease transit times between Pacific and Atlantic ports.

    All of the changes in the Arctic must change the way we approach the region. The Obama administration's new National Strategy for the Arctic Region prioritizes domestic infrastructure development as Arctic conditions change, responsible stewardship, and enhanced cooperation with our international partners. We're focused on ensuring a secure, peaceful, and prosperous Arctic.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Cue the apologists in 3, 2, 1...

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:31:44 PM PDT

    •  whoa (1+ / 0-)
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      OK OK, many thanks for picking that up. So they havent got a real clue in that admin and they can be written off as far as climate action goes.

      not necessarily a surprise but still it could not be clearer spelled out.

    •  Not to far from now... (0+ / 0-)

      when Republicans maybe finally admit that global warming is "man made", they'll simply claim it is a gift from God that exists so we can continue to go out and get even more of God's bounty of crude.

  •  Wisconsin to fix its unemployment problem (6+ / 0-)

    by blaming the unemployed - the jobless aren't trying hard enough.  This sounds like the beginning of an excuse campaign to explain away Walker's miserable jobs performance.

    http://www.weau.com/...

    Unemployed people in Wisconsin would have to double their searches for work from two to four a week or lose their benefits....
    Democrats on the Republican-controlled committee objected to the change, saying it was designed to kick people off of unemployment insurance.
    •  Maybe they could try creating a gov't job matching (3+ / 0-)
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      service.  Get all the unemployed to sign up, and all the employers to sign up, and automatically feed candidates to positions in one place, rather than having every potential employee apply separately to each and every possible employer?  Apply once, be considered for every possible matching position in the state for which you qualify, no matter the field.

      •  This is Scott Walker we're talking about... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...here, Erich.

        Common clay.

        A moron.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:16:54 PM PDT

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      •  There's a bit of private industry... (1+ / 0-)
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        attempts at doing something exactly like that.  I happen to work for a company that is exploring this route.

        Unfortunately, you'd have to get a Facebook level of participation for it to be super effective.  And, you have to make money somehow doing it.

        Also, that doesn't solve the ultimate problem of seeker to job ratio.  There simply isn't enough jobs out there for all the people looking, so you'd still have a huge pool of people unemployed after going through all the effort to make such a system.

        Now, if the government paid for such a system, those companies could theoretically reduce their hiring costs by having that tasks paid for externally (some would call that corporate welfare), and the downside to that would be companies like mine would get crushed because our clients would flee in droves.

        •  Sure it doesn't solve the ratio problem (0+ / 0-)

          But it sure would eliminate the claim that job seekers aren't wasting, excuse me, spending, enough time seeking employment.

          Hell, as a job seeker, I'd pay a generous finder's fee for a system like that that actually placed me in a decent job.  At this point in time, I'd be willing to pay 10% of my salary for the first year for a hospital nursing job that pays at least 40k (Starting is 21/hr around here, so that's not an unreasonable amount.) and 5% the next year.  The problem I have with most headhunter firms is that they expect you to pay in advance, rather than for actual results.

  •  Interesting article about the free staters in NH (2+ / 0-)
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    not that it's evident here, but interesting search results. The 'Robin Hoods' are getting sued for harassment, not filling parking meters. But I had no idea libertarians had picked out NH as a target for colonization. What they get for being such a tiny little state, I suppose.

    If we cannot make our communities safer with the Congress we have now, we will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress. – Gabrielle Giffords

    by tytalus on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:45:17 PM PDT

  •  Got another bed into the garden today. (6+ / 0-)
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    Pretty easy one, actually, since it had been a bed in the past and was simply grown over with crab grass, so I just had to loosen it up and shake the soil off the roots, then pitch the grass.

    So if all goes perfectly (hah, as if) my yard would produce red and yellow delicious apples, black lapin cherries, black raspberries, (with a very few yellow and red), strawberries, inchelium red garlic, schronce's black peanuts, glass gem corn, red onions, new red potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, sweet slice cucumbers, spaghetti squash, mustard (nigra, the kind that produces the yellow mustard seed), jalapenos, sweet banana peppers, and mortgage lifter tomatoes.

    Based on past experience, the apples will never make it through the weather, the cherries will be lost to birds, insects, and brown rot, the tomatoes will never ripen, and there's a good chance the cucumbers will end up too bitter.  I'll get small harvests out of the rest.  I'm still hoping to plant some carrots too, although I'll need to do it pretty soon.

    •  Apples and cherries? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm confused. Those are trees that take a long time to mature.

      Not being sarcastic, just curious.

      •  Planted long ago. (0+ / 0-)

        The cherries circa 12 yrs, the apples circa 9 yrs I think.  That's how I have the experience with them to know I likely won't actually be able to harvest any apples and very few cherries.  The raspberry patch is well established as well, and we've had harvests from it for at least a half dozen years already.

        And, as a postscript, I have a screaming sunburn from getting the bed ready today for the potatoes.  I really didn't realize just how long it took me, apparently, and I was barebacked while working on it, sigh.

  •  High-paid state employees (2+ / 0-)
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    1.  Nevada--a plastic surgeon.  Very important to the state's entertainment industry.

    2.  Connecticut--Geno Auriemma is a coach, but somehow it's a bit different in his case, given who his players are.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:53:39 PM PDT

    •  how is it different for Geno? (0+ / 0-)

      Yeah, he coaches the women, who aren't the money machine than men's hoops can be. In many ways this makes his salary even more egregious as at least some over paid men's coaches (though not nearly enough  to break even) actually generate revenue from their sports.

      I'm all for equal access to collegiate sports, but Geno's salary sticks out as badly as anyone's on the list.

      •  Actually UConn women *are* a money machine (3+ / 0-)
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        A lot of D1 men's programs don't have "every game" tv contracts, the UConn women have since 1995.  Not making a positive or negative value judgment on that basis, just pointing out that Geno's salary is very much in line with revenues generated as established by men's coaches.  (Not to mention national championships.)

        Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

        by ActivistGuy on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:33:42 PM PDT

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        •  His salary satisfies any cost/benefit analysis (0+ / 0-)

          ...or "replacement value" as the sports-numbers-nerd are into.

          You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

          by Rich in PA on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:07:17 PM PDT

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  •  industrial strength cartoon fun (1+ / 0-)
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    My favorite commercial just got better with a longer version that does more with the characters.

    This is probably a better Wacky Races than the original cut-corner moving-mouth cartoon of the '60s.

    And talking about industrial strength cartoon fun:

    And for automotive fun, think about the context of the car versus the bumper sticker....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:01:33 PM PDT

  •  H/T to the Robin Hoods (0+ / 0-)

    I do that myself occasionally.  Dropping a coin or two anonymously into someone's meter is a cheap feelgood and a non-violent way to stick it to the man.  That said, I am a bit class warfare-ish about it.  Mercedes and BMWs with expired meters can pay the ticket as far as I'm concerned; but I'll gladly help the average schlub.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:03:08 PM PDT

    •  Can't do that in Chicago... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...the kiosk recept has to be displayed on the dash, inside the car.

      But one of the aldermen is trying to buy the parking kiosks back.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:19:51 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, the kiosk system is changing the way (0+ / 0-)

        things work.  I ride a motorcycle, so I have my own problems with the whole "place the receipt in your windshield" thing.

        You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

        by rb608 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:22:28 PM PDT

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        •  The receipt has a peel-and-stick... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...back, and you can attach it to your motorcycle. It will peel off, but in pieces, so it can't be stolen and reused.

          Thw whole kiosk idea was to eliminate multiple meters and allow for parking a mix of vehicles without fixed-size spaces, to maximize curb usage.

          Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

          by JeffW on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:04:28 PM PDT

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      •  Our meters in Calgary (1+ / 0-)
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        require you to type in your license plate number, then you don't need a receipt at all. Pretty sweet, unless you can't remember your license plate number.

        Fire burn and cauldron bubble, bendy straws or my fee is double - via Twitter about half-term governor Sarah Palin

        by alrdouglas on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:37:00 PM PDT

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  •  Marriage equality in 12 states as of TODAY! (3+ / 0-)
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    Governor Dayton today signed the law making Minnesota the 12th state with marriage equality (plus DC). Come August 1, gays and lesbians will get to share in the horror and misery that heretofore only straight couples have had a chance to ruin.

  •  That Robin Hood story is fascinating/frustrating (2+ / 0-)
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    The idea those people are executing on is pretty god damn brilliant, right up until the part where they are harassing parking ticket enforcers.  At that level, you simply have to except the fact that those folks are simply doing their job.  This isn't the same as "I was just doing my job" when actual atrocities are being committed.  Leave the labor alone on that one.

    If the city is getting upset about lost revenue on parking tickets, then there's definitely something that needs to be discussed.  RELYING on penalties/fines as a source of revenue is something I've always been disgusted by.  Having it there, and accounting for it, is one thing.. but going out of their way to make sure it stays in place is wildly absurd.  It smacks of all those stories where highway patrol officers are pulling over out-of-state travelers just to confiscate their stuff.

    •  The article says that the city... (0+ / 0-)

      ...has no problem with them filling the meters; it's the taunting the employees that they have a problem with.

      The lawsuit does not deny group members' right to videotape and takes no issue with them filling expired parking meters, but said there is a concern that the three parking enforcement officers will quit.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:03:43 PM PDT

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