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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Billy the Kitty goes to the click farm for Facebook likes:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - Billy the Kitty goes to the click farm for Facebook likes
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 26:
    How Ohio Pulled $4 Billion+ from Communities and Redistributed It Upwards, by akadjian

    Florida's Tea Party Government Forcing Firefighters to Fight Wildfires Alone, by SemDem

    CBO says GOP plan to replace Obamacare is a total joke: Costs more, does less, 1M more uninsured, by MinistryOfTruth

  • Applications for unemployment compensation rise: For the week ending Feb. 22, according to the Department of Labor, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation rose 14,000 from the previous week to 348,000. That is the same number of applications as for the comparable week of 2013. The four-week running average was 338,250, unchanged from the previous week's revised average. The total number of people making claims for the week ending Feb. 8 was 3,486,060, down 26,388 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 5,764,168 persons making claims. The bulk of that huge drop can be attributed to the fact that some two million Americans who would be receiving federal compensation for having been unemployed for more than 27 weeks are now getting bupkis because Republicans blocked renewal of the program, which expired Dec. 28.
  • How Democratic is your name?
  • Legalizing marijuana makes it to the Alaska ballot: And there are likely to be more such efforts soon.
    A little over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, more than half the states, including some in the conservative South, are considering decriminalizing the drug or legalizing it for medical or recreational use. That has set up a watershed year in the battle over whether marijuana should be as acceptable as alcohol.

    Demonstrating how marijuana is no longer a strictly partisan issue, the two states considered likeliest this year to follow Colorado and Washington in outright legalization of the drug are Oregon, dominated by liberal Democrats, and Alaska, where libertarian Republicans hold sway.

  • Texas GOP lieutenant governor gaffe-tweets on marriage equality: Dan Patrick tweeted “MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE MAN. Enough of these activist judges. … I know the silent majority out there is with us!” The caps lock portion was quickly changed to MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN" and the original deleted. Soon, another tweet appeared:
    oops! #twittertypo. We have a new job opening on our campaign: social media intern. Send resume to contact (at) http://t.co/...
    @DanPatrick
  • Paula Deen should only open her mouth to put food in it. Here she is in an interview with People:
    "I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player who recently came out. He said, 'I just want to be known as a football player. I don't want to be known as a gay football player.' I know exactly what he's saying. I'm fighting to get my name back."
  • When they start talking about "bringing back" velociraptors, will we get to vote on it? "De-extinction" is cool for Stewart Brand and others eager create a reasonable facsimile of a passenger pigeon or 100,000 woolly mammoths to turn lose in the Arctic tundra. But what about other species?
    [Beth] Shapiro is no more sanguine about the woolly-mammoth project. “You’re never going to get a genetic clone of a mammoth,” she said. “What’s going to happen, I imagine, is that someone, maybe George Church, is going to insert some genes into the Asian-elephant genome that make it slightly hairier. That would be just a tiny portion of the genome manipulated, but a few years later, you have a thing born that is an elephant, only hairier, and the press will write, ‘George Church has cloned a mammoth!’ ” Church, though he plans to do more than just alter the gene for hairiness, concedes the point. “I would like to have an elephant that likes the cold weather,” he told me. “Whether you call it a ‘mammoth’ or not, I don’t care.”
  • Watch six GOP Senate candidates in Colorado deny climate change.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, both sides-ism strikes again. So does "fact checking," says Greg Dworkin. Rationalizing Arizona: conscience should be consequence free! NRA, ALEC lawlessness: shutting down RI's NRA; judge takes bribes to send kids to pvt prison.

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  •  RANDOM REMINDER: Papa John's guy still sucks. (9+ / 0-)

    Just sayin.

    We got news....income redistribution already happened.

    by tinfoilhat on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:06:29 PM PST

  •  Suggestion For Cloning Elephants (9+ / 0-)

    Clone elephants to rebuild the population in Africa except with a slight difference. Enhance their intelligence a bit and have them be able to learn to use weapons. Poachers beware.

    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home with needles, needles and pins.

    by The Lone Apple on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:07:23 PM PST

  •  STFU Dick Cheney (2+ / 0-)
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    tinfoilhat, Eric Nelson

    "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 Feb 27, 2014 at 12:08:53 PM PST

  •  Should we de-extinctify (5+ / 0-)

    moderate Republicans while we're at it?

    Or will we just come up with hairier libertarians?

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:09:02 PM PST

  •  I suspect a mammoth raised by elephants (3+ / 0-)
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    howabout, Gentle Giant, ColoTim

    Would believe it was an elephant . . . At least until it learned to think for itself.

    Hard to have a government when one-third of your representatives are insane and the other two-thirds have been sold to the highest bidder.

    by Rikon Snow on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:09:22 PM PST

  •  That name site says most people with my name (8+ / 0-)

    are Republican, own a gun, and attend church regularly. What were my parents thinking?

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:13:02 PM PST

    •  They loved you deeply and chose a name that (4+ / 0-)

      Made them happy.  GOP be damned. They can't make you less than the powerful, wonderful person that you are or are becoming.

      Hard to have a government when one-third of your representatives are insane and the other two-thirds have been sold to the highest bidder.

      by Rikon Snow on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:18:13 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Those with my name (6+ / 0-)

      are mostly Democrats, own guns and don't go to church.

      Two out of three ain't bad!

    •  My name (3+ / 0-)
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      Mother Mags, ColoTim, Eric Nelson

      came out as a thin majority attend church weekly, and barely a minority own a gun.

      I have encountered, in nearly 58 years, 5 people with my name, two of those after I got on facebook. Two people have my first AND last names besides me.

      I'm betting there are no more than 40 or 50 of us in the nation, if that many.

      "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:58:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  My results were similar (2+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson, Gentle Giant

        They also suggested that I'd likely be Republican.  Well, I'm pretty much 1-2 on their scores (I, like the majority, don't own a gun).  Then again, just having a name like Tim probably is a predictor that I'm white, churchgoing (it's a name used in the bible) and male, so those projections don't take a rocket scientist to come up with.  How they figured out the rest of you must be pure science (or witchcraft).

    •  My name is also wrong. Although my (0+ / 0-)

      parents were Republican so they meant well.  They just never figured that Vietnam, Watergate and Dick Nixon would upset the natural order of things.  Should have changed my name when I changed my registration.

      The most violent element in society is ignorance.

      by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 02:26:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Cannabis is Not a Drug (3+ / 0-)

    I wish folks would stop referring to it as if it is.
    In circa 1851, Cannabis (Indian Hemp) rested in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia until 1942-post Cannabis Prohibition in 1937 - I understand they were directed to remove it in order to "shore up" their arguments that this is/was a Dangerous Narcotic--to excuse "The New Jim Crow".
    This is what my parents/grandparents were told--then.
    "The Devil Weed and Harry Anslinger"
    http://mike-gray.org/...

    December 13, 2013--The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph was released-Cannabis has been, once again-identified as a Botanical Medicine.

    The second part to be released sometime this summer.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/...

  •  Red from embarrassment? (5+ / 0-)

    My "Democratic" name shows up as the 29th most popular name. I'm 52.7% red, almost even odds to be a gun owner, and go to church.

    Well, so much for that.

    There's no such thing as a Free Information Kit. There is, however, advertising.

    by lotac on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:21:30 PM PST

  •  The unemployment data is discouraging (4+ / 0-)

    If things don't change soon, we're looking at a brutal November.

    Unapologetic Obama supporter.

    by Red Sox on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:22:27 PM PST

  •  Yes, marijuana flaw fixing will be on the ballot (4+ / 0-)

    in more and more states, but republicans and federal-level politicans STILL want to ruin lives of your family, friends, and neighbors to perptuate a total fucking lie that more than 60% of people KNOW to be a complete fucking lie and that NOBODY dies from pot smoking.

    Cops tell that lie so much some of those dumb fuckers believe it

    February 26, 2014  |  

    Testifying against bills that would legalize or decriminalize marijuana, the police chief for Annapolis, Md.,  cited a fake news story that reported 37 people died on the first day Colorado’s recreational marijuana law went into effect.

    “The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said Tuesday at a committee hearing, according to the Capital Gazette. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”

    Maryland Sen. Jamie Raskin (D) immediately corrected Pristoop and pointed out that he seemed to be citing a  fake story by the satirical news site, The Daily Currant, the Gazette reported.

    Because anti-marijuana propaganda makes you dumber than dogshit.

    Unfortunately, politicians insist on being mean-spirited dumbshits when it comes to weed so many ore americans are going to be needless savaged by these ignoorant cops and these bullshit fucking laws that hep nobody for years to come DESPITE the goddamned writing being on the goddamned wall.

    IF you are STILL clinging to marijuana prohibition you are among the DUMBEST of motherfuckers in the fucking universe.

    The time for politely asking has long gone.

    Who will be the last innocent person to have their life fucked up by some foamy-mouthed reefer mad cops? How can you ask somebody to be that person?

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:23:00 PM PST

  •  What will the hairy elephants eat? (0+ / 0-)

    The arctic can't support the large animals it has now.  How will a shrinking and warmer arctic support more large wildlife?

    Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

    by tobendaro on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:27:07 PM PST

  •  Jesus is a Democrat (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Gentle Giant, ColoTim

    On that voting/name website, anybody notice that 3/4 of voters named Jesus voted Democratic?  Ha!  Take that, Republicans.
    Yes, I know Jesus is a Hispanic name, but the irony is delicious.

  •  My name is (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, Eric Nelson

    53% Blue, and it's the 920th most common name.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:46:16 PM PST

  •  Yeah, not wanting to be labeled a racist.. (4+ / 0-)

    ..for making racist remarks is just like wanting to be known for ones accomplishments and not for the bigotry others have directed towards you:
     

    Paula Deen

     "I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player who recently came out. He said, 'I just want to be known as a football player. I don't want to be known as a gay football player.' I know exactly what he's saying. I'm fighting to get my name back."

    False equivalency, victimhood for the $$$

     Imo it's half lying and half pandering for ratings/money/votes - the latest republicans "free market" business model iow's
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     photo CaptureEricname_zps5ed18e3f.png

    I do own guns, don't go to church, dropped out of college after ~ one semester of music study to go play in bands and am glad to see my name at least leans Democratic.

    Thx MB

    P.S. I'm still waiting for the train wreck that should happen when libertarian ideals coming face to face with the enormous inconsistencies (and that is putting it politely) in the republican platform having an impact on a such a level that all of the hypocritical and destructive parts are rejected allowing the good things more room. Not just marijuana legalization, but restoring the VRA and the many other civil liberties that are under constant attack by the RWNJ party  

    •  Huh. (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      I could change my name to Eric and my profile would be almost exactly the same, only my name is the 920th most common.

      "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 01:10:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Been wondering about the (0+ / 0-)

    pro-marijuana legalization bent we are currently seeing in this nation, especially as it crosses political lines and is gaining speed remarkably fast.

    Specifically, I'm wondering if part of the reason for that is that tv isn't pacifying the masses as consistently as it used to. Is there an element that promotes legalization in hopes it, once passed and put into "practice", will cause some partisan voters, particularly on the Left, to be more complacent, less vocal and more malleable?

    Just sayin'.
    I think they'd be disappointed at the outcome of such a strategy.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:54:33 PM PST

    •  actually the opposite (1+ / 0-)
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      Gentle Giant

      Pot crackdowns under Nixon and Reagan were designed to marginalize legitimate protests as the work of drugged out hippies. Alcohol makes it's consumers less socially aware, Pot does the opposite

      •  Truth be told, (0+ / 0-)

        there were times when my decision to not go out and socialize had a lot to do with my pot intake. The couch, wine and headphones were much more attractive in that state of mind.
        But then, I was an avid consumer. I quit when I got married as my wife's happiness outweighed my desire to catch a buzz. It was no big thing for me to walk away from. Eventually. A little at a time.
        Now, I only do it with one friend when we take in a concert together- 3, maybe 4 times a summer.

        That being said, if legalized for recreational use, I probably would imbibe more often, especially of an evening at home, wife in front of the tube and me camping out with my headphones and my Great American Novel-in-progress.

        I'm keeping my fingers crossed. And my legs. And eyes...

        "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 01:08:23 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Hey that kitty has Burnt Orange cowboy hat! (0+ / 0-)

    Hook 'em horns!!!!!!
    Class of 75!!!!!!!!

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