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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveler From 1909:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveler From 1909
  • Reubin Askew, 85, R.I.P.. As the Democratic governor of Florida in the 1970s, Askew guided the state through a tumultuous period of school integration.
    His eight years in office coincided with the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate and dramatic social change across the nation. He was a liberal on racial issues and crusaded for overhauling the state's tax laws, open government, environmental protection, ethics legislation and streamlining the courts and other governmental agencies.

    Upon being elected governor, Askew immediately called a special session of the Legislature to put on the ballot a constitutional amendment for a corporate income tax. Askew stumped the state in support of the measure that voters adopted by a 2-1 margin.

  • Rep. John Dingell hospitalized for minimally invasive heart surgery.
  • Year one for Pope Francis:
    One year ago Thursday, a relatively obscure prelate from Argentina made his debut as the new leader of the world’s oldest Christian church, stepping out onto the fabled balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square and joking that his brother cardinals had gone to “the end of the earth” to find a pope.

    For an institution legendary for taking itself rather seriously, that flash of humor alone communicated that this wasn’t going to be your grandfather’s kind of pontiff.

  • Motorist evading cops runs down SXSW crowd, killing two:
    Authorities say police in downtown Austin tried to pull over the man driving a small Toyota at about 12:30 a.m., when he snaked through the lot of a corner gas station, went the wrong way down 9th Street, and then accelerated onto a block closed off for the festival. Witnesses say he “gunned” the car when turning onto Red River, a central street crowded with clubs and bars, and drove “at full speed” into the crowd.
  • Yes, they're still idiots: Foxaganda entertainers are pushing the idea that if the Keystone XL pipeline were built in a speeded-up fashion, it would "weaken" Russia in its clash with Ukraine. But even if the final 1,167-mile segment of the pipeline were approved for construction tomorrow, it could not be built in time to have an impact on Moscow's efforts to reabsorb Crimea. Moreover, the 830,000 barrels a day of tar sands petroleum the pipeline would transport wouldn't be enough to affect the 92 million-barrels-a-day global market enough to have an effect on Russia, according to energy analyst Chris Nelder.
  • Surprise. Not:
    ...with poll after poll showing that Clinton would be a strong frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race, critics and media analysts alike are already struggling to cover the former secretary of state without falling into sexist tropes.

    Just this week, the Chicago Sun-Times‘ new political website Early & Often ran a profile on her ”many facial expressions,” many of them intended to be comical or absurd; it’s hard to imagine a male politician getting the same treatment.

  • Proposed Georgia law would allow people to carry guns in airports. And K-12 schools, churches, bars and government buildings. The "Safe Carry Protection Act" (HB 875) has a few other provisions, too:
    The sweeping bill would also expand the state's Stand your Ground law into an "absolute" defense for the use of deadly force in self-protection. "Defense of self or others," the bills reads "shall be an absolute defense to any violation under this part." In its current wording, the bill would even allow individuals who possess a gun illegally—convicted felons, for example—to still claim a Stand Your Ground defense.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin on the Pulitzer "Snowden Effect", the Malaysian airliner mystery, ACA polls, new social media data, and proposed new overtime rules. Biz groups say they're "stunned" by the overtime proposal. "My Life as a Retail Worker"

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  •  Drill, Baby, Drill (7+ / 0-)
    Yes, they're still idiots: Foxaganda entertainers are pushing the idea that if the Keystone XL pipeline were built in a speeded-up fashion, it would "weaken" Russia in its clash with Ukraine. But even if the final 1,167-mile segment of the pipeline were approved for construction tomorrow, it could not be built in time to have an impact on Moscow's efforts to reabsorb Crimea. Moreover, the 830,000 barrels a day of tar sands petroleum the pipeline would transport wouldn't be enough to affect the 92 million-barrels-a-day global market enough to have an effect on Russia, according to energy analyst Chris Nelder.

    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 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:06:23 PM PDT

  •  If the Georgia carry law passes (9+ / 0-)

    I may fly Delta, and I might go someplace on Delta where a change of planes at one of their hubs is necessary, but you can be sure I will NOT change planes at Hartsfield again. I don't think anything will require me to actually have to go to Atlanta, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

    •  How much of a change is that, though? (0+ / 0-)

      Right now you can't have guns in the TSA-controlled part of an airport, but I don't know that there's some blanket prohibition on guns in the rest of an airport, at least not from the federal government.  States don't have the authority to permit guns within the TSA-controlled space.

      The rationale for having a controlled space in airports is that someone could have guns on a plane, and you don't need to make the entire airport a gun-free space to do that.  I'm no friend of guns--I think the desire to carry one in public is prima facie evidence of dangerous lunacy--but I don't think there's any basis for fetishizing airports outside of the real security perimeter.

      It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

      by Rich in PA on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:30:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I always thought that Askew was the source (1+ / 0-)
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    Joe Jackson

    of Carl Hiassen's former governor, Skink.

    I think the name was Tyrree.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:10:00 PM PDT

  •  Not hard to imagine (2+ / 0-)
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    A male politician being subject to inane crap like analyses of facial expressions or body language. I am old enough to Remeber the Gore campaign

  •  until the first civilian shootout (3+ / 0-)
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    Georgia lawmakers could make guns in airports legal

    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 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:13:21 PM PDT

  •  Askew was a good governor. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, milkbone

    Being from Florida, I thought seriously about him in his 1984 presidential bid, but he was too conservative for me on social issues like abortion and the ERA.

    "Turns out I'm really good at killing people." - President Obama

    by jrooth on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:15:15 PM PDT

    •  Considering (2+ / 0-)
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      milkbone, jrooth

      The context of where and when he was from I'd say it was a credit to him that he was as liberal as he was and he helped push Florida along in the right direction.  

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

      by dankester on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:23:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm moving to Georgia to feel safe (2+ / 0-)
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  •  The University of Florida (0+ / 0-)

    Like many other schools, puts the signature of the current governor on their diplomas they issue to their graduates.  

    Both of my parents graduated from UF in the early seventies and have expressed much gratitude and relief that Askew won in 1970 so his signature is on there instead of Claude Kirk's.  

    Likewise I am grateful to have Charlie Crist's on mine since I dodged both Jeb Bush and Rick Scott to sneak in between two truly awful governors.  

    Additionally, it will be even more of a trivia note when Crist signed my diploma as Republican governor and serves a nonconsecutive term as a Democrat. How often does that happen?  Nonconsecutive terms representing different parties?  

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

    by dankester on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:17:09 PM PDT

  •  So here's a question on Clinton (0+ / 0-)

    It would be awesome to elect a woman as president because she's the right person for the job (out of those we have to choose from).  Could this site handle 4+ more years of Republicans blocking nearly everything she tries to do as they show their sexism in the same way they have shown their racism now?

    "Harass us, because we really do pay attention. Look at who's on the ballot, and vote for the candidate you agree with the most. The next time, you get better choices." - Barney Frank

    by anonevent on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:22:57 PM PDT

    •  The scary part about an HRC administration (0+ / 0-)

      is that we might rejoice whenever the GOP blocked her efforts.  If the Clintons install another GS toady and push to further deregulate the banks, I'll throw a fucking party if the GOP blocks it.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:28:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  So true, so true . .. . . (0+ / 0-)
    For an institution legendary for taking itself rather seriously, that flash of humor alone communicated that this wasn’t going to be your grandfather’s kind of pontiff.
    My (long departed) grandfather - either of them really - would never have been taken in but this guy's snake-oil-salesmanship.

    It almost makes one pine for the "good ole days" !

  •  Hey Georgia! (3+ / 0-)
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    T Maysle, SoCalSal, Joy of Fishes

    You can be damn sure I won't be stepping into your state ever again if you pass these asinine new gun laws. As it is, I already go out of my way when travelling NOT to even land in your state on a connecting flight. You can be sure about the amount of business you'll lose out to as well. America has seen what these gun laws are doing: Killing innocent people and letting murderers off the hook. You're not fooling anyone!

    21st Century Freedom in the USA: "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%" - Joseph Stiglitz

    by coloradorob on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:26:14 PM PDT

    •  The pro-lynching crowd (0+ / 0-)

      is riding high. Stand Your Ground is code for stand on the black man's dead body.

      Using this analysis, Roman found that a greater number of homicides were found justified in Stand Your Ground states in all racial combinations, a result he believes is because those states yielded more killings overall.

      Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings.

  •  Umm, Gore's "Earth tones"? (3+ / 0-)
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    Just this week, the Chicago Sun-Times‘ new political website Early & Often ran a profile on her ”many facial expressions,” many of them intended to be comical or absurd; it’s hard to imagine a male politician getting the same treatment.
    Dowd and others focused on Al Gore's choice of attire later in the 2000 campaign, ridiculing his "Earth tones".  

    Much of the HRC coverage is sexist, but body language analysis is the new thing in corporate news.  It's a cheaper than dirt means of filling time.  A few days ago CNN breathlessly featured a body language analysis of Vladimir Putin, including penetrating insight into his facial expressions.  It was stupid, but not sexist.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:27:21 PM PDT

  •  More gundamentalism (2+ / 0-)
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    I guess Georgia politicians felt they were falling behind in the cray-cray competition.  So now they want to permit guns in bars and airports, among other places.

    That's just what I want.  A heavily armed guy drinking in an airport bar.  What could possibly go wrong?  After all, most gun owners are so, so "responsible."  (But see David Waldman's entire GunFail series.)

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:31:04 PM PDT

  •  Imagination and RH Reality Check (1+ / 0-)
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    LinSea
    Just this week, the Chicago Sun-Times‘ new political website Early & Often ran a profile on her [Clinton's] ”many facial expressions,” many of them intended to be comical or absurd; it’s hard to imagine a male politician getting the same treatment.http://rhrealitycheck.org/...
    https://www.google.com/...

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

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/...

  •  so really, there is NO place where carrying a gun (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, Proud Liberal Dem

    is not appropriate...what a weird fucking country

  •  Covering facial expressions on HCR (0+ / 0-)

    boy that's crappy journalism. They wouldn't think about actually talking about stuff that matters to Americans. They just roll out the marshmallows and tell us to like it.

    Just an old sweet song,

    Keeps Georgia on my mind.

    Bang!

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:35:29 PM PDT

  •  Wanted: hip waders (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, SoCalSal, LinSea

    In our community, as with most modern communities in Canada these days, there is no door-to-door mail delivery service. Older inner city communities still have that (and being phased out), but the new norm is community mailbox groups, distributed here and there. So, to get your mail, you go to the central box and open up your own private box within the group.

    With the spring melt going on, my community mailbox is surrounded by water, probably due to a drain still blocked by ice.

    This makes fetching the mail problematic. "Lake Mail", several doors away from our house, now needs hip waders to access. Or perhaps a small canoe.

    "He is Joe McCarthy, he is bad news ... I hope Mr. Cruz does not have a nice weekend." - Chris Matthews

    by lotac on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:41:07 PM PDT

  •  Bike commuters - stop having your seat stolen! (4+ / 0-)
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    MTmofo, SoCalSal, LinSea, Nespolo

    For those of us who ride our bikes for commuting, to the store, or just around town - along with carrying a bike lock to protect our steeds from theft, there’s also the worry of having our saddles and posts stolen. Instead of the inconvience and grease-mess of carrying it around with us when we lock up our bikes, there’s this simple solution; a seat chain and lock. There are manufactured ones by Kryptonite and other makers, but they’re sometimes hard to find and expensive - my simple solution; go to a pet store and buy a dog ‘Choke Collar’. They’re made of chromed steel links with large loops at the end, and come in varying sizes - I recommend a 20” length minimum, and the cost is around $6.00. Then buy a small lock (your choice as to size), thread the collar through your seat rails and then through your frame, and voila - your seat is safe! Plus the chrome chain makes you look like a baws.

    seatlock

    "When does the greed stop, we ask the other side? That's the question and that's the issue." - Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:08:22 PM PDT

  •  Florida Theater Shooting Update (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, dclawyer06

    The older guy who shot the younger guy for texting inside the movie theater?

    He was also texting from inside the theater that same day, too.

    I can't diary this, my head will explode.

    Have at it!

    http://tbo.com/...

    I am Joe's Steven......

    by Joes Steven on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:09:15 PM PDT

  •  My Obamacare encounter lesson (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal, LinSea

    1.   Don't try to sign up for Obamacare or get information from healthcare.gov with a dialup network connection.   I could not make that work even one time, when there was obviously no network interuption as I got my ex-wife to check with her high speed connection and it worked for her at the same time the site would not work for me on a dialup connection.  I'm presently in an internet outage/unavailability until I join the ATT UVERS cult later this month.

    2.  Dental insurance was cheaper than I thought it was, and I never would have found that out absent my enrollment on healthcare.gov.

    3.  I would have never been able to find affordable health insurance without healthcare.gov and Obamacare.
    And Joe Biden was right about 'this being a big deal'  
    Thanks President Obama!

    4.   Before you select a specific health plan, check to see whether the medications you are currently prescribed are on the health plan formulary list.

    5.   I've been buying all of my medications for the last 5 years I didn't have health insurance from a Canadian pharmacy.   However, with my new Gold health plan, i'll be onshoring my medication purchases to local drugstores where I live.

    6.  It occurs to me that doctors and hospitals are really going to get a lot of increased business from patients newly covered by health insurance.   Has anybody figured out what kind of national economic boost this
    is going to achieve?

  •  We're testing a next generation, smart A-bomb, (1+ / 0-)
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    LinSea

    the B61-12, which

    will consolidate parts from four nuclear weapons — the B61-3, -4, -7 and -10 — in the US arsenal, eventually replacing those older models. The government has described the B61-12 as a life-extension of existing weapons, but critics say that is just cover for the US to roll out a new model of nuclear weapon without breaching nuclear nonproliferation agreements.
    Why do we need a new and improved nuclear device when we purport to be trying to reduce our nuclear arsenal?

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Chess.com. Join the site, then the group at http://www.chess.com/groups/view/kossacks.

    by rhutcheson on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:20:12 PM PDT

  •  Just need $414 in 2 hours to help girls in Congo (2+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, dclawyer06

    That Kickstarter project for the girls in Congo is down to under 2 hours, but they just got another $200 donation.  So we need to raise $414 in that time frame, and then it's done.  

    Aji's blog post on it is here:  Succeeding Together: Three Days to Help Congo's "Girl Mothers" Lead with Music.

    The Kickstarter page is here.

    Thanks!

  •  Pre-emminent environmental lawyer Joseph Sax (2+ / 0-)
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    is dead at 78.

    Sax is the author of the Michigan Environmental Protection Act and is the originator of the public trust doctrine in environmental law.

    I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Sax when he was on the law school faculty of the University of Michigan law school and when Sax marshalled the environmental movement in Michigan to the defense of MEPA from industry attack and from Senator Joe Mack.

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Sax was also behind the landmark legal defense of the Endangered Species Act in the TVA Tellico Dam-Snail Darter case.

    Joe Sax has inspired countless environmental lawyers in their pursuit of environmental law and public trust, and he will be missed.

  •  Joe My God on Reuben Askew... (0+ / 0-)
    Former Democratic Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who supported Anita Bryant's campaign to ban gay schoolteachers and who in 1977 signed Florida's statutory ban on same-sex marriage and gay adoption...
    I understand nobody's perfect and that some of Askew's policies were forward-thinking but it's tough to reconcile the good things he accomplished with the above and with his staunch anti-arbortion and anti-ERA stands.
  •  What about shooting police? (1+ / 0-)
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    Joe Jackson

    "Defense of self or others," the bills reads "shall be an absolute defense to any violation under this part."

    Do you get to defend yourself against the police?  People you're not sure are the police?  People you claim you weren't sure were the police?

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:18:54 PM PDT

  •  One might ask: (0+ / 0-)

    When was the last time somebody might need a gun in an airport?  Or why?  Or, hell, it probably doesn't really require any logical answer anymore other than citing the 2nd Amendment and spewing platitudes about "freedom", right?  I guess the real question is, why NOT have guns in airports?  And in bars and on college campuses and in tanning salons and on and on and on.............Might as well just make the entire country one big gun-toting free carry zone so that we can all celebrate our 2nd Amendment freedom.  sigh

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