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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Freedom of Snuggly:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Freedom of Snuggly
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Big-thinking Cato Institute: 400ppm haz got what plants crave, by Hunter
    • The next biggest scandal ever, until the next one, by Hunter
    • Republican outreach report card: graded "F" for Fail, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Climate change isn't AN issue, it's THE issue, by Laurence Lewis
    • Welcome to the Darrell Issa Hall of Shame, by Jon Perr
    • The Hard Lessons of the Post Partisan Unity Schtick, by Armando
    • The most vulnerable House members in 2014, in two charts, by David Jarman
    • An array of present day activities to an ancient life in the canopy, by DarkSyde
  • Boy, never saw this one coming:

    Allen West is joining @FoxNews. Thanks, Fox. That was really a voice that was missing from the national conversation.
    @WillMcAvoyACN via web
  • I suppose this could be called the lamest excuse ever:
    A South Carolina state representative's lawyer said a rock in his shoe explains why Rep. Ted Vick was walking funny, catching the attention of an officer who eventually arrested him for DUI, his second such charge in less than a year. [...]

    A Bureau of Protective Services officer saw Vick stumbling as he walked into a parking garage on the State House grounds in Columbia. Vick got into his car and hit a cone before the officer could catch up and ask him to stop.

    Vick smelled like alcohol and refused field sobriety tests, according to an incident report. The officer called for backup, and Vick was eventually placed into handcuffs and taken to the Richland County jail, authorities said.

    But Vick's lawyer, fellow Rep. Todd Rutherford, said Vick was not impaired. Vick was walking funny because he had a rock in his shoe, said Rutherford, D-Columbia.

  • Just admit it: You've always wanted to do this:
    A frustrated New York theater critic smashed up a woman's cellphone because she kept surfing the web during a musical.
  • Water, water, everywhere:
    Scientists have discovered water that has been trapped in rock for more than a billion years. The water might contain microbes that evolved independently from the surface world, and it's a finding that gives new hope to the search for life on other planets.

    The water samples came from holes drilled by gold miners near the small town of Timmins, Ontario, about 350 miles north of Toronto. Deep in the Canadian bedrock, miners drill holes and collect samples. Sometimes they hit pay dirt; sometimes they hit water, which seeps out from tiny crevices in the rock. [...]

    As Holland announced this week in the journal Nature, this is the oldest cache of water ever found.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin on the dying embers of the "scandal" fires. Kevin Drum reports that news outlets got burned by Republican sources on those Benghazi emails, and Armando calls for Jonathan Karl's head. The bizarre story of a holocaust denier reinvented as a Hollywood conservative player. A brief #GunFAIL update. Doctor Who asks about Joan McCarter's post on Reid's plan to call for a vote on the Cordray nomination. Our thanks to show sponsor Audible! Be sure to get your free audio book download at

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  •  news about my wife and her cancer (5+ / 0-)

    which you can read about Early update on Leaves - very good news!

    "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 May 17, 2013 at 12:01:50 PM PDT

  •  59 years ago today (3+ / 0-)
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    the Supreme Court issued two important unanimous decisions

    I discuss that briefly here

    "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 May 17, 2013 at 12:02:54 PM PDT

  •  Hey Everyone! (7+ / 0-)

    Well, my crazy bat$hit busy mixed up life should calm down a wee dram after Memorial Day, and ain't it nice that folks decided to declare my birthday a national holiday this year? ;D

    I've really missed being here & hope y'all are OK.

    "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

    by CityLightsLover on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:03:34 PM PDT

  •  Bizarro world (6+ / 0-)

    Thomas Pickering and Mike Mullen, the co-chairs of the Benghazi ARB, have told Rep. Issa they want to testify in public on the issue.

    Issa wants them to testify in private, and according to Jonathan Landay of McClatchy, he has just subpoenaed Pickering to do so.

    Isnt it usually witnesses who resist public questioning sometimes? And the oversight chair who insists on public hearings.

    I just dont understand Issa move here. Pickering is pretty vocal about wanting to testify publicly.

  •  Has anybody noticed the Obama rope law? (3+ / 0-)
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    Barack Obama always feeds the GOP enough rope so they can thoroughly hang themselves.

    Case in point, Benghazi. He let them go on and on until they got copy and faked emails.

    Then he released the real emails.

    Another case in point, IRS scandal. HE let them be outraged etc. Then he fired the guy in charge and was even more outraged than the GOP.

    I love how he keeps calm and cool. This has happened with every "scandal" to date starting with Jim Wright, going through the birth certificate and everything these idiots ever tried to throw at him.

  •  Curious... (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama promises to go after "wrongdoers" in the IRS audit situation where the only thing done wrong by the IRS was not auditing enough of these "nonpartisan organizations" that are actually blatantly political organizations... leaving big players like Rove's Crossroads GPS, the Koch Brothers, etc. untouched. On the other hand, he's fine with the AP situation even though that would once have been considered an impeachable offense. Curious don't you think?

    In the end, Obama will survive just fine and apparatchiks will give him cover.

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

    by Sagebrush Bob on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:10:36 PM PDT

    •  Agreed (4+ / 0-)

      I have never been a Conspiracy Theorist, but lets look at the facts.  The guy supervising this program was a Bush appointee.  The groups targeted had "Tea Party" in their names, since the Tea Party is essentially just a group of rabid right wingers, anything that seemingly persecutes them is going to draw more and louder fire.  The big dogs, like Crossroads GPS were left alone to "keep the line moving".  

      It wouldn't surprise me if the Rove hatched this himself either to: try and torpedo Tea Party groups costing his pro-Corporate candidates seats, or to drum up a scandal against Obama as the GOP had been trying for two or three years to pin something on him.  

    •  But this is all kabuki theater (0+ / 0-)

      for the masses. Obama's going nowhere. Meanwhile...

      Jeremy Scahill and Noam Chomsky: The Truth About America's Secret, Dirty Wars

      Scahill: “We’re here at a time when a popular Democratic president, who is a constitutional lawyer by trade, has expanded, intensified, continued and, most importantly, legitimized, in the eyes of many liberals, some of the most egregious aspects of what the Bush administration called its counterterrorism policy and the Obama administration continues to call its counterterrorism and national security policy. And despite the fact that this very popular Democratic president campaigned on a pledge to radically change the way that the U.S. conducted its business around the world and, upon taking power, issued a number of executive orders that were purportedly aimed at shutting down secret prisons, ending torture and closing Guantánamo, what has actually happened is that the Obama administration has made cosmetic changes, tweaked the language, made a few adjustments to the detention program, to the—what’s called the targeted killing program, but it’s anything but targeted, as we’ve seen so often—it’s an assassination program. And this administration has sold the idea to many liberals in this country that this is a clean war, that it’s a smarter war than the ones that were being waged by his predecessor."

      “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

      by Sagebrush Bob on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:50:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I AM BEYOND OUTRAGE!!!!! (3+ / 0-)

    Yes, I am screaming.  I watched The Invisible War last night and just want to warn any of you who are thinking of enlisting or have friends or relatives who would like to enlist:  DON'T!!!!

    If you did not see it, please try to do so.

    A group of women vets who were sexually assaulted brought a court case and lost.  The judge's reason: if you are in the military, sexual assault is an "occupational hazard".  This happened in a courtroom in the United States of America.

    If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything - unknown

    by incognita on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:10:38 PM PDT

    •  There's one of the problems in preventing (0+ / 0-)

      rape in the military. Members of the armed forces are not covered by the Constitution and civilian law. They are under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Courts Martial. On active duty, they do not enjoy constitutional protections.

      The first words said to me and the others around me who had just finished taking the oath to begin our enlistment, by a Marine captain who looked like Frank Sinatra Jr., was, "Congratulations, boys and girls. You are now property of the United States Government. Your first order is that you will not leave this building until the busses have arrived to take you to the airport."
      Given the Blue Jackets Manual early in Navy bootcamp, I read it asap and found that yes, I was indeed "property".

      A command that views its people this way is not likely, nor required, to view complaintants as human beings. In A School, I saw a handful of friends punished for getting a sunburn, having to serve cleaning detail for several days. They were charged with damaging government property. Their own skin.

      Certainly, the "damage" done in raping someone is punishable, whether it would be abuse of government property or an act of treason for assaulting a fellow member of the United States armed forces. The problem is it is up to the commanders' individual discression how each instance is handled with little coercion, as might come from an outraged public, electorate, chance of disbarment, in civilian life.

      And civilian oversight of military justice is not the answer, imo, because the military needs to function as a separate world for the sake of expediency and speed of response. (Which is why their commander in chief is a civilian- to hopefully provide that balance between the two worlds.)

      The change must come from within the military branches themselves. Accountability for such heinous acts as sexual assault has to exist. It needs to be mandatory that each reported incident be handled with complete and utter seriousness and the punishment must be harsh. Drug violations and AWOL can get one some serious prison time. Execution is available punishment for treason.
      Surely there can be guidelines for the trial and sentencing for so serious a crime as rape.
      Once the determination to do so exists, no entity will employ it faster than a branch of the military. There very nature enables them to "make it so" in a mad hurry.

      The president and the Joint Chiefs have to go at that hollering, with hammer and tongs flailing. It must happen. If it doesn't, dismay and outrage are barely a proper response.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:52:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "He should be FIRED." (0+ / 0-)

    Armando was beginning a great rant but then it just fizzled out.
    Eh...Fridays are like that.

  •  The critic lied about the nature of the show (0+ / 0-)

    Dinner and drinks were being served during the performance. Interaction with the audience was a part of the play.

    The clash of armies is not to be heard during “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” the vibrant, transporting new musical adapted from a potent slice of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” True, Napoleon is nominally present, presiding with a stern semi-smile over the proceedings from within a copy of a Jacques-Louis David portrait. But the roiling sounds of battle do not intrude on the romantic drama unfolding before us in Dave Malloy’s freshly imagined pop opera, which opened on Thursday night at a custom-built cabaret called Kazino, in the meatpacking district.

    The clash of cutlery, on the other hand, occasionally echoes as Tolstoy’s tale of love, corruption and fateful meetings swirls like a feverish dream before us, above us, around us. Following its acclaimed, sellout run last fall at Ars Nova, the production has been given a stylish and sumptuous upgrade, and now comes with a full meal attached.

    The show is performed in an elaborately appointed salon, with claret-colored velvet draperies and period paintings adorning the walls. Spiky candelabras modeled on the starbursts at the Metropolitan Opera twinkle from above. (Mimi Lien’s set designs form a crucial part of the mise-en-scène.) The audience sits at tables and banquettes clustered tightly together. Dinner service begins an hour before the performance. (The Broadway-size price tag is $125, but on Broadway you don’t get borscht.) For those who truly want to enter into the spirit of the drama, carafes of vodka can be purchased.

    Yes, bottle service has come to Off Broadway. (Where more appropriately than in the meatpacking district?) I suspect it was inevitable: audiences are flocking to productions that dispense entirely with the theater’s traditional fourth wall and provide nightclub-style amenities. Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More,” which allows patrons to dawdle for a drink before, during and after the show, remains a hot ticket. (One of its producers is among the presenters of “Natasha.”) The interactive musical “Here Lies Love,” at the Public Theater, invites the audience to boogie on down with Imelda Marcos and friends

    •  I'm not sure what that has to do (0+ / 0-)

      with the asshole who was using her phone during the performance. I do not, however, condone what he did. You don't grab someone's property, regardless of how much of an asshole she was being. But I'm all for shaming people who talk or play on their phones during movies, plays, stand up comedy, etc. I've had more than one baby thrown out of a theater during a rated R movie. And I can't count how many times I've reported an asshole for using their phone or talking during a movie. The AMC I go to is very good about responding to complaints.

      I like to hide mine in the crack of a turkey.

      by DoobyOne on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:31:12 PM PDT

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  •  Hmmm... the Obama administration seems to be (3+ / 0-)
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    ethically challenged.  Therefore, as an alternative, I will support the party of Nixon, Agnew, Liddy, North, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Delay...


    This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty. -- Mitch Hedberg

    by Greasy Grant on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:13:10 PM PDT

  •  always wanted to do that (4+ / 0-)

    "smashed up a woman's cellphone because she kept surfing the web during a musical."

    I've always wanted to do that to the people I see everyday talking on their cellphones, obviously not engaged in any type of emergency call, as I'm driving to and from work.  
    It's not just texting while driving that endangers everyone more, it's talking on your damn phone with one hand on the wheel while distracted by whatever non-emergency you're discussing for miles at a time as you morons weave in and out of traffic and tailgate everyone in front of you.
    Stupid, selfish, thoughtless, and dangerous.  

  •  If I prosecuted "rock in the shoe" guy ... (1+ / 0-)
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    • Did the rock in your client's shoe also smell of alcohol?
    • Why didn't your client ask the officer to wait a minute, so he could remove the rock in his shoe?
    • Did your client not notice the rock in the shoe because he was drunk at the time?

  •  There is a funeral home around here (7+ / 0-)

    With ads asking people to not text and drive.  My kid said that sounds contrary to their business interests.  I told him I don't think they're in any hurry and it's probably a multi-generation family business, so, they can wait, no biggie.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:18:46 PM PDT

    •  Yes my cousin is a funeral director and they are (1+ / 0-)
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      very busy all of the time.  They are in no big hurry for people to die as they have a lot of business on a regular basis.

      A funny story about that.  Grandma thought it was just terrible that her grandson had to get up in the middle of the night and drive to a location to pick up a body and lose sleep and work crazy hours. So Grandma dies at age 90 but she dies at a respectable 7 pm. ..not in the middle of the night.  LOL!!!

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:55:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The article about the SC legislator is confusing (0+ / 0-)

    When the police stop you for driving erratically, and you appear to be intoxicated, they can order you out of the car and have you perform field sobriety tests.  If you flunk those tests, they can then arrest you, take you to the police station, and give you an option of a blood or breath test.  If you refuse either test, your license is automatically suspended.

    The article says the legislator refused to take the field sobriety tests but says nothing about the blood or alcohol test administered at the police station.  If he refused the latter, not only will his license be suspended, but he can still be prosecuted for DUI.  The state won't have a blood alcohol test result to introduce, and he can mount his stone in the shoe defense.

    I prosecuted many of these in my day but never faced the stone in the shoe defense.  I did lose one case where the driver ran off the road and hit a pole, a one car accident.  He then walked into the bar that was right there, called the police, and belted down one shot after another until the police came.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:21:31 PM PDT

  •  Yet another attack on a South Carolina politician (1+ / 0-)
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    A South Carolina state representative's lawyer said a rock in his shoe explains why Rep. Ted Vick was walking funny, catching the attention of an officer who eventually arrested him for DUI, his second such charge in less than a year. [...]
    by the smear-mongering Appalachian hiking trail.

    "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:27:41 PM PDT

  •  If you mean surf the web during a musical, yes (1+ / 0-)
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    Just admit it: You've always wanted to do this:

        A frustrated New York theater critic smashed up a woman's cellphone because she kept surfing the web during a musical.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:32:11 PM PDT

  •  DHS, here. Investigator Teddy Ruxpin, at your (0+ / 0-)

     photo teddy-ruxpin-robot_2_zps09c45917.jpg

    The patellar reflex is a deep tendon reflex which allows one to keep one's balance with little effort or conscious thought.

    by SpamNunn on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:33:37 PM PDT

  •  I would not recommend the "on the rocks" defense (5+ / 0-)

    in a DUI. But that's just me.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:34:48 PM PDT

  •  One thing from IRS hearing this morning (0+ / 0-)

    that you will hear more about from conservatives. The IG says he told the Treasury Deputy Sec and General Counsel of the probe. IG noted that this is routine, he didnt tell about the conclusions of the report(maybe because he hadnt completed the investigation yet), and it's not clear how specific he was about what the probe was about.

    But expect conservatives to focus on that. Also, I read that IG was appointed during the Bush admin and was a GOP staffer on the Hill. I get the feeling you might hear some on the right accuse him of covering for Obama or something.

  •  I love my cell phone, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        A frustrated New York theater critic smashed up a woman's cellphone because she kept surfing the web during a musical.

    If they didn't use wireless mikes in the theaters, I'd say just ban browsing altogether.  A giant damping field on every theater once the lights went down.

    If you want to browse the web, don't go to the theater!
    And yes, that counts cinemas as well.

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

    by MikeTheLiberal on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:40:11 PM PDT

    •  Yes we routinely shut off our cell phones when (1+ / 0-)
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      going into any business , no matter what it is,the only exception being a store where we may need to call one another while shopping for groceries especially.  But we turn off our cell phones all of the time when entering another business...any business.

      My husband is not allowed to asnwer his cell phone at work , only on breaks, so he shuts it off the minute he clocks into work.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:58:47 PM PDT

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    •  When I go to the movies (0+ / 0-)

      I sometimes have people try to use their phones after the lights go down. A hearty "Turn off your phone" usually gets them to comply. If it doesn't, the sheriff's deputy on duty in the lobby is happy to come and handle it.

      I like to hide mine in the crack of a turkey.

      by DoobyOne on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:34:14 PM PDT

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  •  Anti-abortion Extremists expect (0+ / 0-)

    to "prevail"...

    Mesker (Arkansas Family Council) said the ultimate aim is to get the law before the U.S. Supreme Court, where "we expect to prevail" in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized most abortions across the U.S.

    "It's not outside the realm of possibility for the current Supreme Court to readdress Roe v. Wade in a way that leans toward our position," he said.

    Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, ridiculed the law as "an extreme example of how lawmakers around the country are trying to limit a woman's ability to make the best decision for herself and her family."

    "These laws are designed with one purpose — to eliminate all access to abortion care," Camp said in a statement.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:26:16 PM PDT

  •  OK (0+ / 0-)

    Anybody know what specific crimes that Wingers want Obama and Hillary jailed for?

    Besides that general evil commie thang?

    "Can't you stupid sheeples feel it in your guts how much they are 'pressin' us?"

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

    by Stude Dude on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:39:25 PM PDT

  •  i suppose this fine public servant could smell (0+ / 0-)

    like a brewery AND have a rock in his shoe at the same time...i mean it's possible

    Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

    by memofromturner on Fri May 17, 2013 at 03:07:38 PM PDT

  •  ARG. NO. Daily Kos is going to sign on with (0+ / 0-)


    Fuck, Barb, Not fucking cool.

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