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  • Today's comic by  is The education of Louis:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - The education of Louis
  • Study: False balance and "pause" dominated media coverage of latest UN climate report.
  • Survivalists prepare for government default just in case:
    [Ken] Lester said MRE Star, which ships thousands of cases of [Meals Ready to Eat] each month to customers that include U.S. embassies abroad, is now seeing larger-sized retail orders from individuals, stemming from concerns surrounding the government shutdown and potential debt default. [...]

    In the midst of the ongoing government showdown, Lester said, "People are looking to control what they can control, and that would be survival, and being able to feed their families."

  • No record backs up Virginia lieutenant governor candidate's claim that he was chaplain of the Boston Red Sox.
  • 'Turning point' seen in Alzheimer's treatment:
    The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the "turning point" in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

    More work is needed to develop a drug that could be taken by patients.

    But scientists say a resulting medicine could treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and other diseases.

  • Deep eyeroll for Niall Ferguson calling out Paul Krugman for lacking "honesty":
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said Thursday that a public editor at the New York Times considers liberal columnist Paul Krugman's work to be an ongoing "nightmare."

    During a segment on "Morning Joe," conservative historian Niall Ferguson joined Scarborough to pile on Krugman. Ferguson said that Krugman lacks "humility, honesty and civility."

    "And there's no accountability," Ferguson said. "No one seems to edit that blog at the New York Times. And it's time that somebody called him out. People are afraid of him. I'm not."

  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth meets with Army medic who helped save her life:
    Scott Gillis sat in the House balcony on Thursday, watching a speech by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The last time Gillis had seen her, she was unconscious, bleeding profusely and in need of life-saving surgery.

    Gillis was one of the medics who helped save Duckworth's life in 2004. Back then, he was an Army sergeant stationed in Iraq, and Duckworth was rushed into Gillis' hospital tent after her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

  • Drunk dial Congress:
    A new service randomly connects you to the office of a Member of Congress so you can yell at them.
  • Longer human lives mean more species extinctions:
    As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis.

    The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables—from tourism and per capita gross domestic product to water stress and political stability. Then researchers analyzed their correlations with invasive and endangered birds and mammals, which are two indicators of what conservationist Aldo Leopold termed "land sickness," the study said.

    Human life expectancy, which is rarely included among indexes that examine human impacts on the environment, surfaced as the key predictor of global invasions and extinctions.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, is a debt ceiling cave coming? Greg Dworkin on the crazy AP story that wasn't about Terry McAuliffe. Rs getting serious shutdown backlash from home. Cruz does his own poll, finds the same as everyone else & divines a win. Gop fractures over pivoting away from Obamacare. Two shocking #GunFAIL verdicts from SC & MD. Finally, more on the right wing coordination on the shutdown fight. David Weigel in Slate argues that the Kochs have less to do with it than other stories have alleged. And Lee Fang in The Nation says there are bigger and badder gangs driving things.

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  •  GOP Speaker takes shutdown off the bridge c/him (13+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:03:10 PM PDT

  •  Ann Coulter rides again (2+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, wintergreen8694

    http://www.humanevents.com/...

    Yes, Ann Coulter knows how to throw bombshells. You must not underestimate her.
    I had not lately seen her on a right-wing website until this one. Now she is making a last-ditch charge to defend our country from Socialism in the form of the Affordable Care Act. What the Republicans, you know, call Obamacare.
    I suspect Ann Coulter knows how to come out in force after a period of making herself scarce. Didn't Machiavelli say that a prince should not speak out publicly too often, conserve his mojo for important moments?
    And Ann Coulter wrote a book to rehabilitate Joe McCarthy. She was not even wearing diapers during the Army-McCarthy hearings.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:04:28 PM PDT

    •  Ann who™? n/t (7+ / 0-)

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

      by JeffW on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:14:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  forgot (1+ / 0-)
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      scott5js

      requisite pic of dog poop, but that's trending now, innit.

      Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

      by greenbird on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:23:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  And we need good enemies (0+ / 0-)

      The Houston GLBT Political Caucus got started in 1975 with help from Frank Mann and Frank Briscoe.
      Mayor Fred Hofheinz was opposed in 1975 by Frank Briscoe , a former District Attorney, a relic of the Old South, who was greatly dreaded in the black community. We were part of a coalition that defeated him twice for mayor of Houston. The HGLBTPC might not have gotten serious about elections without Frank Briscoe.
      Frank Mann was a member of the Houston City Council, a perennial homophobe. About 1974 two guys spoke at a Council meeting for glbt rights. Mann said, "I think you are both sick and need to see a psychiatrist." He was unopposed in 1975 but defeated in 1979. Good as a rallying point.

      Now, back to the ACA. Ann Coulter says it would keep you from having the doctor of your choice. Is that really true? Can you disprove it? Sources, please. Also she claims no graduates of American medical schools would be taking ACA. Check that one out. A good adversary?
      Doesn't Ann Coulter have a strong mastery of facts that may or may not be true?

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 01:28:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Check out (0+ / 0-)

    "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 Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:04:33 PM PDT

    •  Also gear up for a different CA solar fight... (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      Bloomberg: Battery-Stored Solar Power Sparks Backlash From Utilities

      Utilities say the storage systems open the possibility of fraud. The issue is whether all the electricity being sold through the net metering program is generated only by renewable sources, as required. Consumers in theory can fill the batteries with power from the grid and then send it back designated as renewable energy. With the solar-battery systems, there’s no way to determine the source of the energy. Solar suppliers say that’s not happening.
      Stabilizing the grid is a very good thing.  Limiting the cost of electricity during peak hours is a good thing.

      Petty and damaging distinctions like this are a bad thing.  

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 03:59:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  'Turning point' seen in Alzheimer's treatment (7+ / 0-)

    Having shied away from a planned career in neuro-pharmacology, I know just enough about it to condemn our models as hopelessly crude. Nonetheless, I admit I am impressed by this approach.

    Using Jakob-Kruzfelt disease as the model for induced dementia, is both a strength and a weakness in the study, IMO.  A strength because it is more sophisticated than acute poisoning (like giving mice Parkinsons with bad PCP) and a weakness because prion-induced dementia is bound to be somewhat distinct from other forms of dementia.

    However the idea of just jacking up the new-neuron-formation pathways, is a very promising one.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:05:03 PM PDT

    •  Above my pay grade but I'm taking it you... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      lgmcp

      ...are seeing this as a possible positive.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 09:19:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

        You know how ladies of a certain age tend to love, love, LOVE their estrogen-based menopause-alleviation hormone prescriptions?  Imbibing from the chemical fountain of youth adds new risks and drawbacks of its own, but it's awfully hard to resist when you can pay that price and get back your energy, your temperature regulation, your positive mental state and undisturbed sleep.  

        That's kind of how I think this particular approach might eventually turn out, for boosting the aging brain.   Like a real shot in the arm for generalized neural function.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 10:01:10 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  But of course, the numero uno way (0+ / 0-)

        to maintain your brain so it WON'T need joy juice in your latter years, is to give it a ton of cardiovascular exercise all its life.  

        All that energy spent arguing about whether maybe it was aluminum cooking pots that gave us Alzheimers?  Probably it was laying around watching TV.   People who run marathons are at hugely less risk.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 10:04:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  ESRI story map for ACA (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli, lgmcp, greenbird

    ESRI released an interactive map of costs under the federal healthcare exchanges.
    http://mediamaps.esri.com/...

    •  Loves me an interactive geo-map. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      greenbird, Glacial Erratic

      Here's the popup data for my state:

      New Mexico

      The average weighted cost for the lowest bronze plan for individuals in New Mexico is $143 per month.

      An individual with an annual income of $25,000 qualifies for tax credits that can lower the monthly cost to $102.

       - See more at: http://mediamaps.esri.com/...

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:19:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  i get blank window. (1+ / 0-)
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        Glacial Erratic

        suggestions ?
        new ffox, temp released noscript blocks ...

        Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

        by greenbird on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:26:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  not sure (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          greenbird

          Under noscript I had to allow: esri.com, arcgis.com, and arcgisonline.com

        •  Mine was seamless (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          greenbird

          but I'm on a super-high-speed connection with a ton of RAM, running Internet Explorer.  

          Also, you could compare Glacial's link vs the auto-generated one in my post -- the latter is a little more specified.

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:38:00 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  both returned blank windows. (1+ / 0-)
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            lgmcp

            but i'll wait and try again.
            it's not 4pm yet.

            at 5pm i can start drinkin'. ;)
            that could help ...

            Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

            by greenbird on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:53:42 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Oh, here's the Silver plan for a family of 4 (2+ / 0-)
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          The average weighted cost for the second lowest silver plan for families in New Mexico is $672 per month.

          A household of four with a combined income of $50,000 qualifies for tax credits that can lower the monthly cost to $282.

          For reference, my current employer-based coverage, which would be considered "Gold" in level, is costing me and my spouse $400 and my employer another $600, for  a total of $1000/month.  

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:41:09 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Moody's put out report backing Default Denial (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Gooserock

    https://www.google.com/...

    Now how badly did they screw up during the Mortgage meltdown?????

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

    by JML9999 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:07:00 PM PDT

  •  Charles M. Blow opines on "Big Money Manipulators" (0+ / 0-)

    and I react

    in this diary

    which I invite you to read

    peace

    "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 Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:07:48 PM PDT

  •  You gotta understand (7+ / 0-)

    ...as that survivalist story shows, the Tea Party has a hard on for this default.  Make no mistake.  

    We back down on this and we break our own backs.  

    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. - Edward R. Murrow

    by CrazyHorse on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:08:00 PM PDT

    •  fortunately, (0+ / 0-)

      most battles of the war for independence were in south carolina, which seemed to have turned up at fault in some other kinda big war. just trying to make up for ragging on SC, because the RevWar stuff was pretty awesome, although that's not really the proper term, is it...

      Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

      by greenbird on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:29:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  counterfactual history becomes revisionist (7+ / 0-)
    Ferguson said that Krugman lacks "humility, honesty and civility."
    From the same guy who said:
    "Yet the historian is bound to ask whether or not the true significance of the 2007-2011 war was to vindicate the Bush administration's original principle of pre-emption. For, if that principle had been adhered to in 2006, Iran's nuclear bid might have been thwarted at minimal cost."
    Most historians regard counterfactual history as perhaps entertaining, but not meeting the standards of mainstream historical research due to its speculative nature. Advocates of counterfactual history often respond that all statements about causality in history contain implicit counterfactual claims—for example, the claim that a certain military decision helped a country win a war presumes that if that decision had not been made, the war would have been less likely to be won, or would have been longer.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:08:49 PM PDT

  •  Truckers say - uh no. (14+ / 0-)

    By know you have probably heard about the planned Ride for the Constitution who want to shut down the D.C. Beltway with a truck convoy until Obama resigns - or something like that. It turns out the real trucks aren't on board. In a rare moment of agreement the American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, and the Independent Truckers Association have all issued statements disavowing Internet-fueled plans for a trucking protest on Washington, D.C., this weekend.

    Trucking Groups Disavow Plans for Washington Protest from Truckinginfo.com points out that none of the organizers are actually truckers.

    An earlier version of the Facebook page, "Truckers 2 Shut Down America," was taken down by Facebook after some in the trucking industry complained to Facebook about racist comments.

    It's not even entirely clear who's behind this effort. Three main spokespeople have emerged:

    Pete Santilli, whose underground Internet webcast show on The Guerilla Media Network starts airing immediately when you go to the website http://ridefortheconstitution.org/. Santilli is the registered contact for the website. On Twitter, he calls himself a “Proud Domestic Terrorist."

    Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker. In a YouTube video, Conlon says, "I want to demand the arrest for treason of Barack Obama, his administration, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner … John McCain … the list is huge. … we have a treasonous government and it's time to take our government back."

    Zeeda Andrews, who says she's a former country music singer from Florida.

    ----

    “The individuals leading this particular effort have no direct affiliation with trucking and appear to be using truckers in order to gain media attention and air grievances not related to trucking,” the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said in a statement. “We do not support assembling in an unlawful, unpermitted manner, committing crimes, making threats on our lawmakers or behaving in such a way to cast safe, professional truck drivers in a negative light.”

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:13:21 PM PDT

  •  I have not found much to laugh about the past 10 (15+ / 0-)

    days.  This morning I watched some of Chris Jansing and Friends.  The tweet of the day was as follows and knocked me right off my chair, I haven't stopped laughing since.
    I did not see any attribution.

    "Psychiatrists are very concerned about the 5% of Americans who still approve of Congress."

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

    by incognita on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:13:40 PM PDT

  •  lol @ "Drunk dial congress" (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, wintergreen8694

    Operation Troll Congress: A crank call "surgical strike."




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:13:42 PM PDT

  •  I've been slowly reading (10+ / 0-)

    Eugenio Scalfari's interview with Pope Francis.  Scalfari is an atheist journalist who received a phone call directly from the pope in response to his letter requesting an interview.

    I like this part so far:

    Scalfani: It's a joke, I tell him. My friends think it is you want to convert me.

    He smiles again and replies: "Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good."

    Interview

    Then my reading material for lunch included Paul Rudnick's "Hi, It's Me" in the Shouts and Murmers section of The New Yorker.  Utterly hilarious riff on the Pope calling people at random.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:14:13 PM PDT

  •  So glad you called out that Niall Ferguson (10+ / 0-)

    bit.  It wasn't just him on Morning Joe this AM.  It was Scarborough, too.  Scarborough launched into a diatribe about how one of the members of the NYT Editorial Board (he wouldn't name which one) said that he's a nightmare to edit (or somesuch).  Mika B jumped in and cut him off, moved on, and I found myself thinking - some producer must have shouted into their earpieces to Move. The. Fuck. Along.  Because Scarborough didn't do his usual of just continuing his bloviating and talking over Mika.

  •  Once again GOP seems to have chosen the worst (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, incognita, Meteor Blades

    strategy on Debt limit and government shutdown.

    If they had conceded both for some figleaf of a concession (jaw, jaw, jaw instead of war, war, war over the ACA) they'd have over a year for it to fade. Instead they've vlatantly shown big money controls them (one day after Koch Industries speak they concede debt limit, but continue tom drage out government shutdown, daily reminding people who has caused these phoney crises. Extend debt limits even once more past dec., and you're near 6 months to 2014 elections and a wave becomes more likely (Pa. Fitzpatrick, Mehhan, etc. may just be gone).

  •  The Obamalypse is almost here! (5+ / 0-)

    Get your MREs and heirloom seeds!

  •  signed up fro Obamacare this morning (7+ / 0-)

    can't wait to get my info in the mail

    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:17:52 PM PDT

  •  Im offering a special MRE - "Crow" (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    incognita, JML9999, se portland, lgmcp

    for hard core Americans waiting under their beds with shotgun at the ready for the Socialistshariablackocalypse.
    Also available in a spicey cajun flavor.
    Operators are standing by.

  •  "Chaplain for the Boston Red Sox" (4+ / 0-)

    A number of his other claims are now being checked into:

    I was a fiduciary agent for Heinz Ketchup
    I was the zamboni operator for Madison Square Gardens
    I was International Marbles Champion in 1994
    I played harmonica for the Cleveland Orchestra
    I can spell my name backwards


    I'm not an athiest. How can you not believe in something that doesn't exist? That's way too convoluted for me. - A. Whitney Brown

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:20:53 PM PDT

  •  even more to it than at first glance: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999

    sponsor of 'drunkdialing.org'

    opens to 'about us' info ... fwiw to you.

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:21:20 PM PDT

  •  Heroes: Duckworth and Gillis (4+ / 0-)

    Thank you both for your courage and service. I'm so sorry we sent you into an immoral war.

    After I retired, I never looked back or looked anyone up. I didn't want to find out who had died.

    I want to live in a civil society. Political compass: -7.88, -5.08

    by dragonwerx on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:26:43 PM PDT

  •  A new definition of republican congressmen (3+ / 0-)
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    se portland, Tracker, ColoTim

    Someone that defecates on your lawn, asks for a toilet paper, then stops you from cleaning up the mess once you refuse.

  •  darn, now my TV watching will be conflicted (2+ / 0-)
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    se portland, JML9999

    and my popcorn will get soggy

    (GILBERTON, PA)—Insurrectionist former police chief Mark Kessler is encouraging his supporters to join him tonight to “make that final stand.” He and his allies believe that thousands of people will respond to that call to disrupt tonight’s Gilberton (PA) Council meeting.  The meeting was called as the final legal step before Kessler is fired as the police chief.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:39:03 PM PDT

  •  From VoteVets to the rethugs... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades


    The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

    by chuckvw on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 01:01:37 PM PDT

  •  Donald Rumsfeld (aka Rummy) described ... (0+ / 0-)

    these people pretty well:

    Rumsfeld dubbed the insurgents who are making life so difficult for coalition forces, Iraqi authorities and anyone caught in the cross fire "dead-enders," losers from Saddam Hussein's regime with nothing left to do but go down fighting.
    Rummy could easily have been describing the Tea Party Coalition.
    The Tea Party 'Dead-Enders' have the same mindset as the insurgents in Iraq; make life so difficult for the American authorities, and anyone caught in their crossfire. They are determined to go down fighting, and willing to take as many of us with them as possible.
    When you have leaders of this insurgency like Michele Bachmann going on television expressing great joy that we are in the end times, and all hell is about to be inflicted on you. It is no wonder that the fools who listen to, and believe her message are flocking to the MRE outlets and gun stores to supply their underground bunkers.
    Michele Bachmann, and others, are playing fast and loose with their words as they work towards seeing their '2nd Amendment remedies' come to fruition. If you stand by and let them get away with this ...well, just don't. Push back, vote them out of office, marginalize them. They don't deserve our respect.

    ---


    I brought home a ‘rescue cat’ yesterday. It only has three legs. I refuse to notice its fourth leg. - UID 16382

    by glb3 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 01:03:59 PM PDT

  •  Niall "Im not afraid of Paul Krugman" Ferguson (0+ / 0-)

    I just love it when pampered ivory tower types talk tough.

  •  Just gotta gripe (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    se portland, Odysseus, Meteor Blades

    One of my favorite sports web sites has followed some news sites so they require an account linked to a facebook account before I can comment.  This way they will be able to require "real names" rather than anonymous handles for the commenters, with the hope that it will produce more civility as people are able to be held accountable for their statements.  Well, there haven't been too many problems on that sports site, but there have been some flame wars on the news sites so I can understand why these sensitive public entities want to do this.  However, I have major problems with this.

    First, I have never had a Facebook account and I will not have one just to allow for commenting.  I am resisting Facebook for a whole host of reasons, primarily not wanting to have Mark Zuckerberg selling my personal information to whomever he wants with his constantly changing "privacy" agreements.  I also find distasteful the idea that Facebook is continuing to try and take over the online world.  I do not want to publicly (or privately) link myself to a bunch of "friends" or businesses just to allow others to see all those links.  I've had friends tell me that they have been denied security clearances because of who they had as friends on Facebook and I can believe them, knowing some of their activities.  As the NSA has proven, it's not just who you link to, but who those people then link to, since I would not have control over that, other than to break the original link.  I might like Nancy, but she might like a survivalist organization, which would not have anything in common with me other than I linked to one of their fans.  I'd now be associated with them through no action of my own.  That is more nosy than I want to be about who is friends with my friends - I really don't want to start the huge time sink Facebook appears to be.  I also don't like to have employers or others I don't know doing searches for me.  I can't really stop search engines from finding me, but it seems that there would be a lot of information available on Facebook that could be learned and I wouldn't have much control over what and who learns that what.  I do have a Linked In account, but I see that as more professional than Facebook and I've resisted the extensive activities available on that site as it tries in some ways to emulate Facebook.  That whole excuse over requiring real names also seems to be just that, an excuse, since people volunteered that you can spoof a name when signing up on Facebook.  Since I've never tried, I don't know this.  Just seems like it should be possible.

    Another reason I don't want only real names is because there are lots of very colorful names when people get to choose how they want to be identified rather than how their parents named them.  As an example, my name is Tim and I live in Colorado.  There would be no way short of a Google search for you to know that if Kos required real names for our handles.  Or BillinPortlandMaine.  Or any of a hundred thousand others who have accounts here.  I can understand his policy of having the Front Pagers post with their legal names and I can understand people who close one account to start then posting with their legal names - that should be their option.  However, I like the various individual quirks that are available to people with their names.  I would also be much more circumspect if I had no choice but to use my legal name.  I don't think I'd change my posts much, and the NSA probably figured out who the heck I am anyway, but I'd probably snark much less and be much less willing to post my opinions.  I think DKos is much better off allowing us to choose how we wish to be identified.

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      I have a Facebook and Linkedin page, but I have never updated them. Family and friends have Facebook pages and they want you to look at their pages. To do that you have to sign up for Facebook, so I did. I just haven't visited it since than. Every once and a while I accept an invitation to Linkedin, but I am very circumspect about it.

      My whole philosophy use to be based on 'anonymity is freedom'. If no one notices you, you can do what ever you want. Now I am thinking that William Steig might have had the right idea. :)


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      by se portland on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 02:03:50 PM PDT

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    The Meaning of the Second Amendment - Study Hall

    Long term readers of Daily Kos have been reading about gun law since at least the spring of 2008 when Heller was argued at the Supreme Court. This diary is the first in our Study Hall series, and is meant for those of us who are new to reading legal opinions. If you never had time before to read the actual opinions in Heller or McDonald, this series is for you. If you took an interest in the right to keep and bear arms only recently, this series is for you. This primer reviews recent Supreme Court interpretations of the Second Amendment and two important theories of gun rights, Collective Rights Theory and Individual Rights Theory.

    Please join us for a look at The Annotated Constitution from the Congressional Research Service, The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, and the Law Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence.

    We offer three resources that have helped us get our bearings on the basic principles expressed in just 27 words. Consider this an open thread on the second amendment, as viewed by legal scholars and interpreted in court rulings. Feel free to post your most basic questions and any links to references that have helped you make sense of the founding doctrines that underlie the Second Amendment.

    The Daily Kos Firearms Law and Policy group studies actions for reducing firearm deaths and injuries in a manner that is consistent with the current Supreme Court interpretation of the Second Amendment. We also cover the many positive aspects of gun ownership, including hunting, shooting sports, and self-defense.
    To see our list of original and republished diaries, go to the Firearms Law and Policy diary list. Click on the ♥ or the word "Follow" next to our group name to add our posts to your stream, and use the link next to the heart to send a message to the group if you have a question or would like to join.

    "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 Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 01:29:56 PM PDT

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      by Meteor Blades on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 09:29:59 PM PDT

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      •  It might get real interesting very fast (0+ / 0-)

        Thank you for that endorcement, MB.

        The Woollard v. Gallagher cert petition goes to conference tomorrow, so we will know in a few weeks whether SCOTUS will agree to hear the case this session.

        For those who don't already know: Woollard v. Gallagher is a challenge to Maryland's concealed carry permit law, and it has a requirement to "show good cause." If SCOTUS agrees to review the law it will be the first time SCOTUS defines the limits of the right to carry a gun for self defense outside one's home.

        We will introduce the law and the cert petition tomorrow evening, SCOTUS - Petition for Review of Maryland "Good Cause" Gun Law - Woollard v. Gallagher. There is significant disagreement in the Circuit Courts and I think that Woollard is a much more sympathetic plaintiff than the 3 plaintiffs in Kachalsky v. Cacace. The later case is NY's "good cause" CCW law that the supremes declined to review just 6 months ago.

        "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 Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 03:38:06 AM PDT

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