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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Where were you when CO2 passed 400 parts per million?
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Where were you when CO2 passed 400 parts per million?
  • That would be the famed Wild Bill Gandhi? Adam Kokesh has signed up hundreds of people to march with loaded firearms on Washington, D.C., a city where that is illegal. In a text exchange with the Washington Post, Kokesh compared the protest with the non-violent efforts of Mahatma Gandhi to free India from British rule.
    Suppose the D.C. police, as they have promised, block the marchers from crossing into Washington? How should they respond?

    “With Satyagraha,” Kokesh, 31, texted the Washington Post. That is a term used by Mahatma Gandhi to describe his strategy of nonviolent resistance to British rule in India. [...]

    Did his response of “satyagraha” mean violence is unacceptable?

    “Only if absolutely necessary in defense of life or limb,” he wrote.

  • Majority of Michiganders now support marriage equality:
    Support for same-sex marriage has increased to 56.8 percent, up 12.5 percentage points from last year—movement fueled largely by shifting opinions from Republicans and independents, the poll of 600 registered voters by the Glengariff Group Inc. showed.

    The support is in contrast to 2004, when Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

    That year, Glengariff found 24 percent of state voters supported gay and lesbian marriages. Now, 54 percent would repeal the ban and replace it with an amendment to allow same-sex marriages, the poll found.blockquote>

  • Tennessee legislator pushes bill to remove traffic camera that nabbed him:
    [Republican Jon] Lundberg said the traffic camera speeding ticket "has absolutely zero effect" on his decision to sponsor the bill, adding, "In fact, until you said that, I completely forgot about that."
  • A broke Alabama Democratic Party splits. New party leader takes over just as threat to cut off water and power hits and landlord threatens to evict. A splinter group, the Alabama Democratic Majority, has set up shop.
    The Alabama Democratic Majority came in for heated criticism at the board meeting by not just [new chair Nancy] Worley but by Joe Reed, the party's long time vice chairman and chairman of the party's black wing, the Alabama Democratic Conference.

    Worley said in addition to the financial chaos there are equipment, supplies and art work missing from party headquarters. Worley charged that a quick review has shown that [former Democratic Party chair Mark] Kennedy and the party staff he took with him appear to have taken data including information on over 2.8 million voters and to have cut off bank drafts from donors to the party and diverted them to Kennedy's new organization.

  • Dallas candidate's voicemail to reporter definitely NOT suitable for office listening:
  • Price-fixing by oil companies? Say it isn't so.
  • FBI investigating deputies' bludgeoning of California man:
    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said he asked the FBI to get involved after learning that one of two cellphones seized from witnesses had no footage on it.

    Two witnesses told The [Los Angeles] Times that they watched the videos on each of the phones last week in the wake of David Silva’s death. The case is generating widespread attention because several witnesses have come forward to say deputies ruthlessly beat Silva with batons on the head, even after he was lying motionless on the ground.

  • Insurance companies aren't deniers on climate change:
    From Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow to the Northeast to the protracted drought that hit the Midwest Corn Belt, natural catastrophes across the United States pounded insurers last year, generating $35 billion in privately insured property losses, $11 billion more than the average over the last decade.

    And the industry expects the situation will get worse. “Numerous studies assume a rise in summer drought periods in North America in the future and an increasing probability of severe cyclones relatively far north along the U.S. East Coast in the long term,” said Peter Höppe, who heads Geo Risks Research at the reinsurance giant Munich Re. “The rise in sea level caused by climate change will further increase the risk of storm surge.”

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin's round-up sampling on the three "scandals" of the week, the 37th attempt to repeal Obamacare, and Stanley Fish's question, "Is the N.R.A. Un-American?" Meanwhile, what's suddenly missing from the conversation? Debt & deficit hawkery. Is it the "scandal" feeding frenzy? Or is the narrative just falling apart? Next, the continuing child-on-child shooting spree, and fact-finding on gun show #GunFAIL. Then, back to the IRS story, featuring the 2011 Mother Jones series, "Tea Party Patriots Investigated."

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