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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Race Relations:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Race relations
  • Whether it's right or wrong, just give the official answer on the U.S. citizenship test:
    Last month, I became an American citizen, a tremendous honor and no easy accomplishment, even for a Canadian. After living here for 12 years, I thought I knew everything. Then I learned how we mint Americans.

    After years of steep filing fees and paperwork (including one letter from Homeland Security claiming that my fingerprints had "expired"), it all came down to a test. I passed, and, my fellow Americans, you could, too—if you don't mind providing answers that you know are wrong.

  • Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves "wonders" if liberalism is a "mental disorder."
  • As Tina Brown has it, a Royal girl would have been second best:
    "As soon as William really kind of emerged into the public eye, you had this wholesome prince and his choice of Kate Middleton turns out to be absolutely impeccable. I mean, once again, she does the perfect thing," Brown said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I mean, although there's the constitutional change that we can now have a girl as the first born to be the monarch, nonetheless, she does the traditional thing, and she gives us a prince. She gives a king. I mean, let's face it, the Queen will be thrilled. She and the Duke of Edinburgh, much as they would have said they would have been fine with a girl first born, they really did want a boy and they got one."
  • Formerly gay bar in Austin turns away gay customers and fires gay bartender.
  • Pundit Brent Budowsky thinks the Ron Paul television channel will be a huge hit:
    I would like to see a Paul channel, a Wendy Davis or Elizabeth Warren channel, and a diversity of channels giving a platform to a diversity of voices who now get the shaft from mainstream media. I give Paul my best wishes and support and expect to be watching and writing about his channel. Stay tuned, as they say!
  • Sean Hannity calls Joe Scarborough "liberal". Joe Scarborough says Sean Hannity had tried to "gin up ratings" by, among other things, saying Trayvon Martin had it coming because...marijuana. Then Hannity shot back:
    “It’s not really worth responding to liberal Joe and his under 400,000 viewers or whatever he has," Hannity said on Fox News. "His radio show failed, his TV show is failing, he has kind of sold his soul, you know, on a liberal network, and he attacks conservative and is used by a prop by his insider Washington pals to attack conservatives
    Keep it up, guys.
  • EPA denies it's giving up studying impacts of fracking:
    In private conversations, however, high-ranking agency officials acknowledge that fierce pressure from the drilling industry and its powerful allies on Capitol Hill—as well as financial constraints and a delicate policy balance sought by the White House—is squelching their ability to scrutinize not only the effects of oil and gas drilling, but other environmental protections as well.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin discusses wingnuts actively misreads Obama's record to portray him as a hypocrite on "shoot first" laws. Plus: Nate Silver's move to ESPN. Gop unhinged: skewed Obamacare claims from IN Gop & why they're garbage; Kilgore's "Uh, Yeah, This Is a Different GOP"; Chait's "Anarchists of the House"; Sargent & The Hill on Rs abandoning constituent service to sabotage Obamacare. "How Goldman Sachs is making your beer more expensive"; US Marshals lose track of millions in equipment. How "warrior cops," cheap tech & privatization combine to erase the unwritten checks & balances against govt power.

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  •  Hippo Birdee to Me! (4+ / 0-)

    May go see World War Z on my sister's recommendation.  Probably will smoke a brisket later this afternoon.  Otherwise, just a lazy day off, sharing time with some random Kossacks.  Anybody wanna come by for BBQ beef tonight?

  •  Bill O'Reilly's rancid views on race & sex (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, micsimov

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:16:25 PM PDT

  •  fingerprints expire? (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    Only your undertaker knows for sure.

    So they will film a Bat of Steel? and they will be enemies?

    I saw the bad news. Christine O'Donnell may not be running (at the mouth) any more. She's Melting, she's melting!

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:16:49 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Stephen King working to make Latino vote % (2+ / 0-)
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    micsimov, zootwoman

    for Democrats as high as African-American:
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    Iowa conservative Republican Congressman Steve King said in an interview with Newsmax that for every valedictorian DREAMer who has been brought to this country by his or her family, “…there’s another 100 out there who, they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”
    =
    ==============

    Breathtaking as a STUPID statement. Of course that's what he, and many House Republicans, believe, but to blurt it out loud?
    Reince might want to re-re-rethink Latino outreach.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:17:46 PM PDT

  •  A Majority of States Have “Shoot First” Laws (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, micsimov

    To participate in policy discussions and press our legislatures to balance the need for public safety vs. the right to self defense, we all need to become informed of our state gun laws, whether we own guns or not. Many people I've talked to are assumed there is a duty to retreat, and are shocked when they learn that their state has removed that duty a long time ago.

    An excellent resource for gun laws is the Law Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence.

    Search laws by state: http://smartgunlaws.org/...

    A Majority of States Have “Shoot First” Laws

    Since 2005, twenty-six states, including Florida, have adopted “Shoot First” statutes that generally permit the use of deadly force in self-defense in public places with no duty to retreat. These states are:
    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Florida
    Georgia
    Indiana
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Michigan
    Mississippi
    Missouri*
    Montana
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    North Carolina
    North Dakota*
    Ohio*
    Oklahoma
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin*

    * In these states, the “Shoot First” statute only applies when the shooter is in a vehicle.

    Before Florida adopted its law, the state of Utah adopted the nation’s first “Shoot First” law, permitting the use of deadly force in self-defense in public with no duty to retreat, in 1994.

    Seven additional states—California, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington—permit the use of deadly force in self-defense in public with no duty to retreat through a combination of statutes, judicial decisions, and/or jury instructions.

    These states are distinct from true “Florida-style” laws in several respects, however. For one, many of the “Shoot First” protections established in these states may only be invoked during criminal trials, as opposed to the Florida law and the ALEC model, which enable a shooter to escape liability in a pretrial hearing. Additionally, these states do not have some of the especially onerous elements found in the Florida law, such as the provision preventing law enforcement from arresting a shooter without probable cause that the force used was unlawful.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:18:01 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Hull, (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, leu2500

    my Human Biology teacher, would have given Tina Brown an "F".

    Kate Middleton (or Windsor or whatever) had nothing to do with the gender of her first born -- it's the sperm from the male that's the determining factor in a baby's gender.

    Might as well say that Sarah Ferguson was somehow "defective" for only producing girls.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:21:37 PM PDT

  •  So in the same day we have (1+ / 0-)
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    micsimov

    a penis sub at Subway and revelations of more of Anthony Weiner's  junk on Twitter. Coincidence?

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:22:00 PM PDT

  •  Rep Blowhard takes a question from Mr Ficus (2+ / 0-)
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    sceptical observer, micsimov

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Internal Document Reveals House Republicans’ Strategy For Successful Public Events: Plant Questions

    Approval for Congressional Republicans stands at just 24 percent. So how, exactly, can House Republicans make sure their events with constituents go smoothly?

    Republican leaders have an answer: Plant questions.

    In a detailed, 31-page guide produced by the House Republican Conference, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) repeatedly advises staff to plant questions at public events:

       Advice for a “Meetup”:

            Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts. A meetup event should be closed press so everyone feels comfortable to candidly speak about the issues.

        Advice for a “Roundtable”:

            Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts.

        Advice for a “Health Care Forum”:

            [C]reate a 10-minute talk on the issue and its effects on the specific demographic. Also, have questions prepared to facilitate the discussion.

    The document also advises members to plant friendly people in the audience: “Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal.”

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:22:45 PM PDT

  •  Two things: (1+ / 0-)
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    micsimov

    1.  I personally consider a lack of empathy a mental condition.
    2.  Tina Browns being idiotic:  Kate chose to produce a boy in the same way that raped women choose to shut it all down if they don't want to get pregnant.

    "Harass us, because we really do pay attention. Look at who's on the ballot, and vote for the candidate you agree with the most. The next time, you get better choices." - Barney Frank

    by anonevent on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:23:20 PM PDT

  •  It's official: MSNBC is as embarassing in "news" (3+ / 0-)
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    micsimov, sow hat, wintergreen8694

    coverage as CNN and Fox. We're now into Day 2 or 3 of non-stop gushing coverage of Little Lord whatever, who may in about 50 years be powerless titular ruler of the UK. Today's breaking news, picture of top of head of said baby, and pandering pics of Lady Di with infant alongside grownup infant with latest royal babe. Sure is lucky there's nothing else happening, Detroit bancrupcy vetoed by a judge, pope in Brazil, Greece getting squeezed again by Germany, etc.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:31:45 PM PDT

  •  Gov Chris Crispy, Creamed by SEC Law? (1+ / 0-)
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    micsimov

    http://www.salon.com/...

    Christie may be forced to quit as governor

    If the polls are right and Chris Christie wins a lopsided reelection victory this fall, it will put the New Jersey governor in position to seek the presidency in 2016. That’s the conventional wisdom, at least, and there’s plenty to be said for it. After all, by racking up a big margin in a deeply blue state, Christie would be making a powerful statement to Republicans across the country about his electability.

    What’s not getting much attention is the flip side: the severe consequences that winning a second term as governor could have for Christie’s ability to raise money for a national campaign – and the possibility that he might be compelled to resign his office during his second term if he’s going to seek the White House.

    This is the result of two federal rules, one from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board dating back nearly two decades and the other from the SEC in 2011, that drastically curb the ability of employees of Wall Street firms to donate to governors seeking federal office and of the uniquely broad appointment powers that come with the New Jersey governorship. Put together, they have the potential to prevent Christie from raising millions of dollars from a cash-rich sector – the financial services industry – that has been particularly enthusiastic about him.

    “It affects a huge swath of potential donations,” Ken Gross, a former lawyer for the Federal Election Commission who now runs the political law practice at the firm Skadden, Arps, said on Sunday. “Because it not only affects corporate donations where permissible at the state level to a governor or somebody, but also affects [corporations'] PACs and individual executives’ personal giving down to very, very low limits – $250 or $350, depending on what you’re talking about. So a tremendous impact.”

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:32:43 PM PDT

  •  Citizenship test. Final question... (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:42:47 PM PDT

  •  Tina Brown knows what everyone is thinking (0+ / 0-)

    She just does.
    Why people care what an old biddie with way too much cosmetic surgery who lives surrounded by sycophants and toadies thinks is another question.

  •  Not that I'm bothered by 2 conservatives... (0+ / 0-)

    ripping each other's throats out, but Hannity has some awfully thin skin for someone who makes a living disemboweling others. Calling Scarborough a liberal? Waving your silly ratings in his face? Come on, Sean! That's all you got?.
    Being a decent human being isn't a popularity contest, but being a demagogue is. The two are mutually exclusive life choices.


    I shared 96% of my DNA with a chimpanzee. In return, the chimpanzee gave me a banana. There is no duty more indispensable than that of returning a kindness.

    by glb3 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 12:49:06 PM PDT

  •  My Gaydar went off (0+ / 0-)

    "I mean, although there's the constitutional change that we can now have a girl as the first born to be the monarch, nonetheless, she does the traditional thing, and she gives us a prince. She gives a king. I mean, let's face it, the Queen will be thrilled. She and the Duke of Edinburgh, much as they would have said they would have been fine with a girl first born, they really did want a boy and they got one."

    The laws also allow for gay marriage lets hope Britain will see in a generation two kings

  •  This site gives Ghostery a workout (0+ / 0-)

    I had to turn down the popout timeout to 1 second, but what happens is a new warning keeps forcing it to reappear over and over.

    "You can't run a country by a book of religion. Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side." Frank Zappa

    by Uosdwis on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 01:23:48 PM PDT

  •  qwatz (0+ / 0-)

    what, nothing about the royal baby?

  •  "She" gave them a prince? (2+ / 0-)
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    leu2500, wintergreen8694

    ""I mean, although there's the constitutional change that we can now have a girl as the first born to be the monarch, nonetheless, she does the traditional thing, and she gives us a prince."

    Nevermind this little thing called biology - where the father determines the sex of the baby.

  •  And The Libido Goes On (0+ / 0-)

    And The Libido Goes On.

    It is strong with this Anthony Weiner.

    Potential wasted.

    Damn

  •  Biology fail aside... (0+ / 0-)

    ...this crap about a boy being better than (or, at least preferable to) a girl comes from the same ugly place that continuing to celebrate members of a certain family as being somehow better than everyone else because of who their parents are comes from. The British continuing to celebrate the royal family is the same as Paula Deen's antebellum wedding party. It is celebrating a piece of history that should NOT be celebrated.

    If I was Will McAvoy and some soroity girl asked me why America was the greatest country in the world, I'd say it's because our forefathers told England's royal family to shove it up their ass. I wish we still had that attitude.

    "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

    by GrimReefa on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 04:59:55 PM PDT

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