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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Comic: West Virginia’s water problem:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - West Virginia's water problem
  • Jerry Brown says he won't be running for president:
    “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately,” he told reporters at a news conference before brightening about his current job: “Actually, California is a lot more governable.”
    Brown, who ran for president in 1976, 1980 and 1992, was the subject of some speculation recently when his office did not categorically rule out another run, the governor was touting his work in California as a template for the nation and some activists named him as an alternative to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is weighing a bid.
  • Media coverage of climate change falls:
    The final numbers for the year are in and NY Times climate coverage — stories in which the words “global warming” or “climate change” appeared — has plummeted more than 40 percent. That is a bigger drop than any of the other newspapers monitored by the University of Colorado, though the Washington Post’s coverage dropped by a third, no doubt driven in part by its mind-boggling decision to take its lead climate reporter, Juliet Eilperin, off the environment beat. [...]

    The major networks’ coverage of climate has flatlined. Robert Brulle of Drexel University counts a whopping 30 stories on the nightly news at ABC, NBC and CBS in 2013, little changed from the 29 in 2012. That’s less than one piece per week on the story of the century. In 2007, there were 147 climate segments on the nightly news.

  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shares on Facebook Jan. 14:
    Christie was with Wildstein on 9/11/13 during Bridgegate, by blue aardvark

    Christie’s Bridge-Gate Scandal Boosts Rachel Maddow To Ratings Victory Over Fox News, by News Corpse

    FL Movie Theater Killer Tries to Invoke "Stand Your Ground", by SemDem

  • Mayor of Sochi's Olympic village defends Russia's anti-LGBT law:
    Svetlana Zhurova, a gold medal-winning figure skater and lawmaker in the Russian parliament who voted for the bill last June, said in an interview on the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd that she “voted to stop people promoting it to minors.”

    Zhurova claimed that many European politicians who oppose the law had told her in private that they actually supported it and that Russian celebrities who support the law had been told by their sponsors to stay quiet. She added, “I just think they shouldn’t show a cartoon on TV — excuse me, I have two boys — where a king loves another king.” She went on to tell a “joke” about the law: “If someone says he’s Napoleon, he’ll be taken straight to the appropriate institution. If he says he’s a woman, then basically nothing happens to him, he’s fighting for his rights.”

  • Entrepreneurs turn iceberg water into cash or scams:
    Global warming is presenting a novel economic climate for a new breed of hustler, poised to make money on the meltdown. From water to vodka to the creation of artificial glaciers in India, icebergs have never been hotter. One Canadian water company produces 50,000 bottles of its Iceberg Water annually. A Newfoundland entrepreneur sells nets to tow icebergs out of the way of oil rigs for over $100,000 a pop.
  • Rep. Gohmert says judges favoring same-sex marriage need "basic plumbing lessons": Gohmert has previously argued that sex education isn't needed because humankind got along without it for ages and that marriage equality will lead to bestiality.
  • Obama administration may give up eco-protections to get Trans-Pacific Partnership approved:
    In its urgency to reach agreement on an ambitious international trade agreement, the Obama administration may give up on key environmental protections, documents obtained by Wikileaks reveal. Obama has indicated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping deal being negotiated between the U.S. and eleven other Pacific Rim nations, is a top priority, and the push to fast-track the negotiations, the leaked documents indicate, appears to be coming at the cost of protections such as legally binding pollution control requirements, logging regulations and a ban on harvesting shark fins.

    While the U.S. has been pushing for tough environmental provisions, the other nations working on the deal, which include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Peru, oppose them. And they currently have the upper hand [...]

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the FL theater shooting outrage continues, and the LAT weighs in with an editorial. Greg Dworkin rounded up news of the NM school shooting, and the latest Christie, Gop civil war, WV spill, and ACA stories. New reports allege the FL shooter has a bit of a confrontational history. Joan McCarter brought us the Bruce Springsteen parody, the Gop rebranding of their rebranding, the new omnibus bill's four ACORN defunding provisions, and other assorted nonsense. Plus the state of the UI extension bill & its many Gop poison pills, and the latest on net neutrality. Finally, a starting look at Politico Magazine's "Congressional Moneyball."

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  •  The media is too busy covering the weather and (9+ / 0-)

    weather-related disasters to devote time to covering climate change.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:03:58 PM PST

  •  Gohmert : "I know same sex marriage will lead to (1+ / 0-)
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    bestiality because last week I saw a news report about Utah and I got an irresistable urge to screw a prairie dog. "

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:06:52 PM PST

  •  Also, I am not running for president (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd like to end speculation by the one fewer person than was wondering if Jerry Brown would run.

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:12:41 PM PST

  •  Judge throws out challenge to ACA subsidies (0+ / 0-)

    This seems to be where ACA opponents are focusing, after SCOTUS upheld the law.

    link.

  •  Another disingenuous conservative on Facebook (0+ / 0-)

    Was complaining that all the Left and Dems have left is division. So just how much affinity and compassion do they have for women, minorities, LGBTs, the poor, the non-Christian, and "other oddball troublemakers"?

    I wish that somebody would get back in the face of the Baggers bragging about how they're all slopping over for Freedom and Liberty when they are against Choice, women's rights, LGBT rights, minority rights, worker's rights, religious minority rights, and others that I was thinking about before I typed this and am blanking on right now.

    Otherwise, believe it or not, I'm drawing a fat space girl in a skimpy outfit. It's sort of a William Theiss and Al Capp influenced fanservice thing expanded out quite a few pounds over expectations with some Krofft kitsch added in.

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

    by Stude Dude on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:22:06 PM PST

  •  Gohmert on sex - (1+ / 0-)
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    The penis is a series of tubes, not a dump truck!

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:29:08 PM PST

  •  Obama eager to sell out the left for big$$business (3+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, Stude Dude, wonmug

    Yet again.
    In other news, snow is cold and wet.

    Unleash the hounds!

  •  About Gohmert and Bestiality.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Gohmert's name is 7 letters long, and 5 of those letters (G, O, H, E, and R) constitute five-sixths of the word "gopher."  That's roughly .833 of . 714 --- which mathematically proves that Gohment is 59% gopher.  Now THAT's bestiality!!!

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:29:57 PM PST

  •  Gohmert is confused (surprise surprise) (3+ / 0-)
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    Sex education is not about teaching people the how-tos of sex. That tends to come naturally when the opportunity arrises.

    Sex education is about how to be responsible and respectful of your body and the body of your partner so you don't have unintended babies or spread diseases.

    We don't teach such things down here in Texas (except to say that "sex is icky, don't ever have it) so we have lots of unintended babies and diseases.

    ad astra per alia porci

    by harrije on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:30:02 PM PST

  •  Choice and coalitions (0+ / 0-)

    The last Open Thread for Night Owls talked about Pro-Choice ramping up the movement in Red States. I'm wondering if they're making coalitions with labor, environmentalists, minorities, LGBT, whatever Occupy is today, etc.?

    But I wonder if that longing for coalitions is just a weird personal fetish of mine? Maybe it's residue from being a Young Turk alienated and estranged in the '80s when aging Hippies would pat themselves on the back for being on their PC purity high horses instead of growing the Left to take on the overbearing Reagan juggernaut.

    OTOH, Jesse Jackson tried to get minorities, labor, and farmers together in the Rainbow Coalition, but that didn't go anywhere.

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

    by Stude Dude on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:33:51 PM PST

  •  Vaginas and penises across America shudder ... (0+ / 0-)

    whenever Gohmert delves into the mysteries of sexuality.

    I'm a little confused by his statement in this article:

    Gohmert was discussing recent rulings legalizing same-sex marriage when he summed up the decisions of judges as saying, “‘Basically, we haven’t seen any biological evidence to support marriage being between a man and a woman.’”
    Between 'a man and a woman'? What does that mean?


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:43:28 PM PST

  •  TPP: curtain pulled back (2+ / 0-)
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    Its like that twitchy used car salesman who needs to close the deal NOW or the opportunity will go away... No fastrack folks..lets stop racing to the bottom. And it was only November 2013 that conservation groups were encouraged with US environmental positions.

  •  gohmert doesn't know how it works? (0+ / 0-)

    but he described IN DETAIL what would happen when DADT was repealed, leading me to believe he watched a certain TitanMedia film (NSFW SO DONT GOOGLE IT) over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility

    by terrypinder on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:57:30 PM PST

  •  What is it with pretzel logic and homophobes? (0+ / 0-)
    “voted to stop people promoting it to minors.”
    So (presuming Svetlana is heterosexual) she must have fears than when she was a minor if someone "promoted" a change in orientation to her she would've gone to the other side.
    Give me a break already with this nonsense.
  •  New Paradigms Do Not Make the News until (0+ / 0-)

    it is no longer news -all too often.

  •  I don't expect Russian figure skaters or (0+ / 0-)

    members of the House of Representatives to understand all the details of human sexuality, unless, maybe, they're doctors.

    I would, however, like to introduce them to my friend, Pat (not zir real name.)  Pat has both a penis and a vagina.  Pat does not have a specific gender identity.  Pat often wears a dress, but has enough facial hair that Pat could pass for a man.  Pat's parents gave zir an obviously feminine name (let's say, Patricia.)  But really, xe could be anything.  

    I guess Gomert would have cut the penis off when Pat was a baby.  Of course Pat would have had to have urethra surgery (the penis works.)  Maybe, sewing up the vagina was an option, but that would require a hysterectomy.  

    Maybe Pat just needs to crawl into a cave and die off.  Try telling that to Pat, however.  Xe wants a happy life.

    Not that Pat could ever compete in the Olympics. Xe really doesn't have any athletic skills, but if Xe did, would she qualify as a woman or a man?  

    Now that I know zir, I have a totally different frame of reference for the gay/straight issue.  Which one is Pat?  If you can't label Pat, why are you trying to label anyone?

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