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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is The government shutdown of 2137:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - The government shutdown of 2137
  • It turns out that the government shutdown isn't all bad:
    Here’s your government shutdown feel-good-ish story for the day: thanks to the shutdown, a KKK rally planned for Saturday at the Gettysburg National Military Park has been cancelled. A Philadelphia TV station reports that when the shutdown began, the park rescinded all permits for special events; among the events cancelled was a Saturday march by the “Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”
  • Oy:
    According to the findings from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, a large majority of Republicans — 62 percent — said they believe that the Obama administration is "secretly trying to take everyone's guns away." As a point of comparison, 36 percent of all Americans and 14 percent of Democrats said they feel the same way.

    A poll in May showed that 44 percent of Republicans believe that an armed rebellion "might be necessary."

    PPP's survey also showed that 42 percent of Republicans believe that Muslims are secretly implementing Sharia Law in the U.S. judicial system, compared with 26 percent of all Americans and just 12 percent of Democrats who believe the same.

    Twenty-one percent of Republicans believe that the government carries out mass shootings and other terrorist attacks and then blames those actions on others, a conspiracy referred to as "false flag" operations. Only 13 percent of all Americans and nine percent of Democrats said they believe the government engages in "false flag" operations.

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry truly is nuttier than a fruitcake:
    In a campaign appearance Tuesday on behalf of New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the government's implementation of the national health care reform law constituted "a criminal act."

    "If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price," Perry said to a small crowd outside the Bendix Diner in this New York City suburb. “And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.”

  • Go figure:
    The vast majority of Americans back the request by Starbucks to keep guns out of its stores, a poll released Wednesday showed.

    According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, 66 percent of all Americans said they support the request for customers to leave their guns at home while only 23 percent said they are opposed.

  • Still not sure if President Obama is a Christian or a Muslim? Turns out it doesn't really matter because he's gay.
  • Condolences to family, friends and fans:
    Bestselling author Tom Clancy, known for his novels in the espionage and military science genres, died at a Baltimore Hospital Tuesday, his publisher confirmed to the New York Times.
  • Did you know?
    Today in 1950, Peanuts -- Charles M. Schulz's cartoon strip featuring Charlie Brown -- first appeared.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, it's Day Two of the Republican Shutdown. Greg Dworkin rounds up Dana Perino's nativist nonsense, the Gop leadership collapse, shutdown polling, ACA sign-ups & more. Joan McCarter joined us for discussion of procedural developments & the scramble to come up with mini-bills to re-open bits & pieces of the government that make good press copy. In-depth explanations of suspension of the rules, motions to recommit & discharge petitions. Woohoo! Also: gerrymandering, the importance of state and local elections and party-building, and how even a "clean" CR enshrines sequestration. Lastly, Charles Pierce's "The Reign of Morons Is Here."

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