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    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - New from the NSA: Internal Patriot Discovery
  • Today's "Ask me anything about Daily Kos" is hosted by our Systems Specialist from the Tech team, elfling. Get ready to grill her in the diaries starting at 3:30 ET!
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Dead-ender's game: where do Republicans go from here, by Dante Atkins
    • The Republican Coup of 2013, by Jon Perr
    • If you are black—get out. The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Just another American healthcare tale, by DarkSyde
    • Blame gerrymandering, but blame ticket-splitting too, by David Jarman
    • Obama strikes at the heart of Reaganism, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Fresh fruit, broken bodies: The human cost of American agriculture, by VL Baker
    • Her Inspirational Bout With Breast Cancer A Good Reason For Obamacare, by Egberto Willies
  • Of course they did. Probably wanted to cash in on that all-time low in approval that they're enjoying:
    House Republicans moved into fundraising overdrive just hours after Congress voted to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling.
  • Condolences to family and friends:
    Thomas S. Foley, who as speaker of the House sought to still the chamber’s rising tide of partisan combat for five years before it swept the Democratic majority, and Mr. Foley himself, out of office in 1994, died on Friday in Washington. He was 84.
  • Watch as the head of the Duggar clan (and all around nutcase), mumbles and fumbles as he attempts to attack Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate in Virginia's governor's race.
  • Because, uh, yeah, I got nothing:
    In the sort of thinking that seems perfectly rational in a world where we have declared war on “terror,” Tea Party Unity chairman Rick Scarborough and anti-gay obsessionist Peter LaBarbera shared their dreams of Suing the Gay Away. After all, back in the Clinton years, liberal attorneys general won a lawsuit against Big Tobacco, didn’t they?
    Scarborough, a former Baptist minister and the head of something called “the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration,” then unveiled his brilliant plan:
    Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit. I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that. Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?
    LaBarbera was enthusiastic, and had given some thought to finding the ideal plaintiff:
    Yeah I think that’s great. I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.
  • Creepy, crawly, creepy, crawly ...
    Toyota is recalling 885,000 vehicles worldwide due to electrical issues that could cause problems with airbag deployment. [...]

    And at the heart of at least some of these leaks is a creepy culprit: spiders, which can build webs blocking a key drainage tube in the air-conditioning unit.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Another show brought to you by our fine friends at CREDO Mobile! Greg Dworkin rounds up the CW, analysis pointing the finger at Gop "moderates," "The Truthiness of Rand Paul," Gop donors vs. Tea Party, VA's bluing trend, and continuing ACA website woes. Then, is the earmark ban undermining leadership? And speaking of earmarks, we dig deeper into that mysterious dam provision in the CR. Plus, a guided tour through earmarking, and "transparency comprehension." Also, Kevin Drum's "The Conservative Fundraising Racket, Part 674." And, witnessing the birth of a conservative Twitter freakout!

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  •  Slate Needs a Bit of Help from You (3+ / 0-)

    A pootie owned by a friend of Nurse Kelley (mayrose) is in urgent need of medical care.  The fundraising goal was exceeded this morning, but the hospital has informed mayrose that surgery will cost an additional $700.00.  If you can, please consider making a contribution, however small it is.

    More details are in this diary posted last night by nannyboz - Please help if you can...Nurse Kelly's friend Pat..  

    Slate needs a bladderstone operation without which he will not survive

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Support Small Business: Shop Kos Katalogue - A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

    by JekyllnHyde on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:02:10 PM PDT

  •  Hey, how ‘bout something non-political? (4+ / 0-)
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    xanthippe2, JeffW, sow hat, enhydra lutris

    Today’s adventure was an extended visit to the SPCA to “redeem” the Dane’s old puppy who slipped off from her new home yesterday and was found and taken to the hoosegow.

    There is little that can reduce a grown man to a blubbering baby like walking past those stalls filled with scared, love-starved pals.

    This weekend, the New Orleans shelter is having an Adoption Special which includes all shots, neutering, tag and chip for only $25 (over a hundred bucks normally). If you live here and need a buddy, this is a good time to find one.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:06:03 PM PDT

  •  my new and critically endangered friends (2+ / 0-)
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    agoldnyc, enhydra lutris

    could use a lot of love.

    (they will become invaluable in the near future, and i'll return to prove why. ♥)

    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 Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:07:43 PM PDT

  •  FCC Chair (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, tb mare, redwagon, enhydra lutris

    Either vote on Wheeler or withdraw Wheeler (who is after all a lobbyist and someone the GOP is pretty comfortable with) and nominate a law professor and liberal like Susan Crawford (GOP hates professors):

    Her book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age

    Using the 2011 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal as a lens, Crawford examines how we have created the biggest monopoly since the breakup of Standard Oil a century ago. In the clearest terms, this book explores how telecommunications monopolies have affected the daily lives of consumers and America's global economic standing.
    Fight against the new Gilded Age!

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:17:27 PM PDT

  •  Regarding "the gays" lawsuit (3+ / 0-)

    So i guess they wouldn't have any problem suing McDonalds, Wendys, et al., right?  I mean obesity is a huge problem in this country so why don't we sue them?

    I guess they forgot they are also for tort reform??

    •  I was trying to figure out just WHO'D they (3+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, redwagon, varro

      sue?  I mean, big tobacco makes and sells tobacco products.  I'm not sure who makes and sells the AIDS virus AND for making gays.

      Then one mentioned they were hoping some kid would come down with AIDS after a school counselor encouraged him or her to accept being gay.  Then it all made sense.  I'm an attorney and I've always hoped someone would die in a horrible accident so that I could have a big payoff on a case.  Oh wait.  No, I've never hoped for something bad to happen to someone else so I could make money, much less so I could make some kind of political point.

  •  Aw. (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, gustynpip, tb mare
    Yeah I think that’s great. I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.
    Obviously, they simply didn't pray hard enough.

    We can discuss this and wonder what to do about that, but in the end, the ONLY thing that matters is voter turnout. Ya CAIN'T go to the dance if you AIN'T bought your ticket! Go team go.

    by franklyn on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:23:01 PM PDT

  •  The twisting, pretzel like argument of his logic (1+ / 0-)
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    is awe inspiring.

    To me, that's the beauty of science: to know that you will never know everything, but you never stop wanting to.

    by JeremySchro on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:23:02 PM PDT

  •  I bet those spiders think they're pretty dang cute (1+ / 0-)
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    triggering car airbags to suddenly deploy for no apparent reason.
    I still recall the time an orb weaver (the size of the one in EARTH VS THE SPIDER to hear them tell it) jumped out at a friend on a steep path leading down to a beach at the Cape for no good reason, causing a bad fall and a sprained ankle.
    Its all very funny until someone gets killed.

  •  Sounds suspiciously like Tea Party spiders to me.n (1+ / 0-)
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    We can discuss this and wonder what to do about that, but in the end, the ONLY thing that matters is voter turnout. Ya CAIN'T go to the dance if you AIN'T bought your ticket! Go team go.

    by franklyn on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:26:00 PM PDT

  •  porno pete is so goddamn weird. (4+ / 0-)

    Just come the hell out, boo. Come the hell out. I tweet this at him a few times a year. I think he's finally blocked me.

    the man is OBSESSED with gay men. Rarely has anything to say about lesbians.

    He goes to gay festivals, like Pride or Folsom, or bathhouses like the big one in Chicago, in disguse and takes pictures or notes for "research."
    he apparently has a porn collection "for research."

    He'll go on and on and on about how subhuman gay people are but then say "i love gay people, I even have gay friends." I try my best not to say "the dude at the gloryhole servicing is not your friend."

    He used to get me really mad but now he's a joke. We're laughing at you Peter. We're laughing at you.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

    by terrypinder on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:26:39 PM PDT

  •  As I commented to Fiore (0+ / 0-)

       I question which side is he on.

       Is NOW really the time to shift the focus off the Republicans?  I'm also sick and tired of Obama-bashing from cartoonists promoted on this site.

      My two cents and opinion.

  •  Mr. Duggar seems to be (1+ / 0-)
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    doing a lot of speechifying these days.  Are the ratings down?

  •  really looking forward to the Sunday pieces. (1+ / 0-)
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    D in Northern Virginia

    This Sunday looks like an excellent lineup.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

    by terrypinder on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:33:22 PM PDT

  •  It's always (1+ / 0-)
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      interesting the juxtaposition of coincidences that one GREAT dignified, Speaker of The House would pass on whilst another wrecked the tracks in an attempted TRAIN Robbery.
       Condolences to family and friends. Those West Coast pioneers kin. Stood Tall and Proud.   :)

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:34:33 PM PDT

  •  What will be the GOP's... (0+ / 0-)

    Next Death Star for President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to obliterate?

    The Republican brand: "Consequences, schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich"

    by D in Northern Virginia on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:40:34 PM PDT

  •  Berkeley 1969 (0+ / 0-)

    Kodachromeorange and bouffant
    Gloves and perfume and jaunty pillbox
    Mommy's hand at Woolworth
    Gentle hippies wearing blankets,
    They are smiling and sullen at once
    The smell of teargas,
    Running freaks and soldier's jeeps and then
    Mom's rage-grip on the steering wheel
    She's Cursing Nixon and napalm
    And afraid for her children,
    Who sing "Up up and away
    In my beautiful balloon."

    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -Bertrand Russell

    by mftalbot on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:51:54 PM PDT

  •  Creepy, crawly, creepy, crawly... (1+ / 0-)
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    Kitsap River

    +1, "Boris the Spider".

    Under SOPA, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song. That's one more year than the doctor who killed him.

    by Charles CurtisStanley on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 12:58:41 PM PDT

  •  Duggers (1+ / 0-)
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    There was an article last week about these people trying to have even more kids.  When confronted with the environmental concerns, she-Bob said all the people in the world could stand within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida.

    She actually thinks man's "footprint" is a measurement of everyone while on their feet.

    Words fail...

    Guns don't kill people but there's always one there at the time of death.

    by john07801 on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 01:12:09 PM PDT

    •  Everyone in One Place (1+ / 0-)
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      What would happen if everyone on earth stood as close to each other as they could and jumped, everyone landing on the ground at the same instant?
      —Thomas Bennett (and many others)
      This is one of the most popular questions submitted to this blog. It’s been examined before, including by a ScienceBlogs post and a Straight Dope article. They cover the kinematics pretty well. However, they don’t tell the whole story."

  •  Didn't Peter LaBarbera get caught enjoying... (0+ / 0-)

    Some, uh, personal companionship at various DC gay bars? Considering how ridiculously, over-the-top, anti-gay his public persona is, I think he's just a headcase.

    •  No wait, he's Porno Pete! He's a piece of work. (0+ / 0-)

      He is the guy who obsessively shows up to gay events and venues. Just, you know, to verify and document the activities. Like you know, he goes to gay adult theaters, because without him showing up on our behalf, we might not know that adult entertainment is on display. Or he dresses up in leather to attend leather fetish events, again, so that we can be informed of what goes on. At our service! They call him Porno Pete...

  •  always wanted to see a kid get AIDS? (0+ / 0-)

    "We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that."

    I realize that this is not the death sentence that AIDS was under Reagan.

    There is no one I hope gets AIDS. There is no one I hope gets cancer.  I do wish a couple of Supreme Court justices would fall over suddenly painlessly dead.

    But to wish a teenager would get AIDS.

    Wow. Just .... wow.

  •  Tom Foley was a great man. (0+ / 0-)

    Now the 5th District of Washington is under the magnetic spell of Cathy McMorris Rodgers. That's a long way downhill.

  •  Phil Kline, Kansas Holy Warrior.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....against abortion,

    Kline is currently teaching at Clown College - Liberty University (Jerry Falwell's school)'s School of Law.

    You can't spell "Diane Feinstein" without "NSA".

    by varro on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:01:56 PM PDT

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