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    The Walmart heirs should save Detroit, by Jon Perr

    Latinos/Hispanics checking the 'white' box on the census won't make them Republicans, by Denise Oliver Velez

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    Denial, delay, despair = defeat. What if an asteroid were headed our way?, by Meteor Blades

    In response to President Obama's greenhouse gas regulations, Republicans roll out their usual lies, by Laurence Lewis

    Ukraine and Europe: A historical perspective, by Ian Reifowitz

    The new Obama? 'I make absolutely no apologies' is what we need now, by Egberto Willies

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  • Prime Minister Abe vows Japan will resume whaling:
    While Abe didn't exactly clearly state what his strategy would be, his comments are notable because they acknowledge that Japanese whalers killing the name of "scientific research" was really just a means of supporting the commercial whaling market.[...]

    "It it regrettable that this part of Japanese culture is not understood," Abe said today.

  • Feds rush to get supplies to border-crossing kids being held in Arizona warehouse:
    Unaccompanied children entering the United States at almost double the rate of last year are testing the limits of Department of Homeland Security capacity, as some 1,000 minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on their own were transferred to an Arizona “warehouse” that has not been used to hold people in years, according to the Associated Press. The children — including pregnant teens and a 1-year-old with diarrhea — are sleeping in plastic containers and haven’t showered in ten days, according to the Honduras consul to the United States, who visited the site.

    The Obama administration declared an “urgent humanitarian situation” this week, and is now ordering thousands of toilets, cots, and other basic provisions for the thousands of migrant children in federal custody. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared “a level-four condition of readiness” in the Rio Grande Valley in May after seeing a McAllen, Texas Border Patrol facility overcrowded with children earlier this month.

  • Militarization of police departments continues:
    During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

    The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

  • Burying the digging machine after it digs:
    London's property bubble has got people energetically expanding their property, digging out sub-basements—and the insane bubblenomics of London housebuilding are such that it's cheaper to just bury the digger and abandon it than to retrieve it. London's accumulating a substrate of entombed earthmoving machinery.
    A new solution emerged: simply bury the digger in its own hole. Given the exceptional profits of London property development, why bother with the expense and hassle of retrieving a used digger – worth only £5,000 or £6,000 – from the back of a house that would soon be sold for several million? The time and money expended on rescuing a digger were better spent moving on to the next big deal.

    The new method, now considered standard operating practice, is to cover the digger with “hardcore”, a mixture of sand and gravel. Then a layer of concrete is simply poured over the top. Digger? What digger? The digger has literally dug its own grave – just as the boring machines that excavated the Channel Tunnel were abandoned beneath the passage they had just created.

  • Harry Reid sells his Nevada home in Searchlight:
    The Democratic Majority Leader sold his home, 110 acres and water rights to Nevada Milling and Mining for $1.7 million. The deal closed Friday.

    Reid was born in the dusty town 60 miles south of Las Vegas, where his father worked in the mines.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: More shootings, again. VA Dem jumps ship. Greg Dworkin collects the best Bergdahl reading. Latest trouble-making gun accessories. AL voters bringing guns to the polls. Your corporate theft news roundup!

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  •  Why Aren't We Facing a Looming Gun Depression? (3+ / 0-)

    The reports have consistently shown fewer people are buying guns; arms sales are increasing because the existing market is repurchasing.

    If we change "guns" to "stocks" or "houses" in this question, the answer is 1929 and 2008.

    I'm obviously missing something pretty basic.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:04:30 PM PDT

  •  no truth to the rumor of a Sea Shepherd submarine (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Words In Action, DisNoir36
    While Abe didn't exactly clearly state what his strategy would be, his comments are notable because they acknowledge that Japanese whalers killing the name of "scientific research" was really just a means of supporting the commercial whaling market.[...]
    "It it regrettable that this part of Japanese culture is not understood," Abe said today.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:05:02 PM PDT

  •  I remember a children's story about an old steam (7+ / 0-)

    engine excavator that was in a competition to dig a basement for a new building - to prove that it wasn't too old to get the job done.  The operator dug so fast that he didn't think to leave a ramp to get back out.  The solution was to convert the steam engine core into a boiler to provide heat for the building and give it new life.

    Sounds like people in London read the story.

  •  i hope they clean the oils before burial (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Words In Action, bartcopfan, JeffW

    if you bury an excavator
    you need to drain the diesel tanks 100%, maybe pull a low vacuum to really boil off the volatiles
    and drain all the hydraulic fluid, otherwise,
    it seems like a small hazmat spill.

  •  Police States' Rights (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Words In Action, JesseCW
    During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
    The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:14:47 PM PDT

  •  bad link for tunneling (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bleeding blue

    just goes to this site

    "The only person sure of himself is the man who wishes to leave things as they are, and he dreams of an impossibility" -George M. Wrong.

    by statsone on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:15:56 PM PDT

  •  Does Reid have another address in Nevada now? (0+ / 0-)

    They have to at least pretend that they live there right?

  •  One Hyde Park (0+ / 0-)

    the world's most expensive apartment complex, in London. A microcosm of 21st century ultra wealth:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/...

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:35:58 PM PDT

  •  Attack a Soldier Held Captive, But......... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CFAmick

    "Military: Bergdahl had left his post at least once before Taliban capture" - Never Reported till after his capture nor Apparently his growing disenchantment with the missions. Real missions, extremely quickly after 9/11, abandoned with cheers growing as the drum beats grew with each ever changing lie! Neither war paid for nor the results of, the peoples responsibility the VA, grossly under funded budget still mostly borrowed as the conservative obstruction of, decdes now, continues while the meme is to blame the agencies civil servants!!

    Conservative sites and their so called news orgs., where they get the parroting points, so quick to jump all over a Military Soldier, making their own facts as usual and using his platoon leader, discharged with a 'less then honorable' and families of soldiers killed after as they did patrolls seeking the Taliban fighters and hopefully information on Bergdahl,  kept captive for 5yrs. by the Taliban in a Theater long ago missions and those sent to accomplish abandoned, but even the 'crickets' aren't chirping as to these:

    "June 06, 2014  - 'Sovereign citizen' killed during full-frontal assault on Georgia courthouse"

    "June 9 2014 - Las Vegas Shooters Boasted About Protesting At Cliven Bundy's Ranch"

    "June 9, 2014 - Source: Possible 'manifesto' found in Las Vegas shootings"

    "June 9, 2014  - Vegas cop killers covered victims' bodies in Revolutionary War flags"

    "Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It"

    "24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
    The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars
    in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

    The British Iraq War Inquiry - Finally to be released soon!!

    Been wondering where are all those oh so 'christion' conservatives, doing their jesus teachings, and thoughts on maybe he thought he could help the local villages Afghans, one of the missions so long ago abandoned as well as the promises to from this country for the second time, first was after using them as our proxies against the Soviets, with bin Laden as a CIA asset, then walking away from those promises when the Soviets retreated from Afghanistan!!

    >>> "There are schools in Hailey, Idaho, 6 miles down the road, but Bergdahl and his sister were taught at home, and he received a GED from a local college. His father worked as a UPS driver."

    "He enjoyed helping the locals way more than he enjoyed doing all the ... actual combat side of a deployment," said platoon medic Josh Cornelison, 25, of Sacramento, California. "He wasn't so fond of that at all."

    "I am sorry for everything here," he told his parents, who later shared emails with Rolling Stone magazine. "These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live."

    He said an Army vehicle had run over a girl, but "we don't even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks."

    His father responded quickly: "Dear Bowe, In matters of life and death, and especially at war, it is never safe to ignore ones' conscience." <<<

    Fully support the criminal terror within, but not those they send into war theaters they're not willing to Sacrifice themselves and once again ignore the issues, no eed to pay for then, of those who return and join our Military Veterans Community!!

     

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 12:46:36 PM PDT

    •  What I don't yet see (0+ / 0-)

      is, What is the direct financial motive for bashing Bergdahl? It's too coordinated and well-designed to be spontaneous Obama bashing.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:09:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I clearly have been playing too much Fallout: NV (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    UTLiberal, Isara, JesseCW

    Because my first thought on the story of Reid selling his property in Searchlight was "Hey, I know where that is! It's full of nuclear waste and feral NCR ghouls."

  •  Disappoint (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    maryabein
    The Obama administration declared an “urgent humanitarian situation” this week, and is now ordering thousands of toilets, cots, and other basic provisions for the thousands of migrant children in federal custody
    This administration never fails to . . .

    "I invited you home to worry my mother" -- Sophia Dahlin

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:06:00 PM PDT

  •  Assault Rifles Better Than Shotguns (0+ / 0-)

    I'd much rather see the Police with an accurate assault rifle than a shotgun. And if they have a suppressor, so what. It's not like the movies where there's no temporary loss of hearing after firing a gun; and eventual permanent hearing damage over time being a police officer. Also, the suppressors aren't as quiet as they make them in the movies, still pretty loud.

  •  I knew that Times article on police militarization (0+ / 0-)

    sounded familiar.

    "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

    by 2020adam on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:33:21 PM PDT

  •  There's a mass shooting in a house in Chicago (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe somebody who knows a lot more than me can diary this.

    Are we going to have a mass shooting a day this summer until public backlash breaks or it becomes the dreary new normal?

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

    by Stude Dude on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:34:36 PM PDT

  •  The link to the Arizona Warehouse (0+ / 0-)

    story goes somewhere far less interesting :)

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 02:05:16 PM PDT

  •  "first they came for the barbers..." (0+ / 0-)
  •  Too fucking hot in Arizona, especially this time (0+ / 0-)

    of year.

    What the hell is this Admin doing?

    Notice: This Comment © 2014 ROGNM UID 2547

    by ROGNM on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 02:27:07 PM PDT

  •  Why shouldn't Japan resume whaling? (0+ / 0-)

    Now that Abe's revisionist agenda is in full swing and he has pretty much gained unconditional political and military support from the US by providing a new site for a US military base, Abe is increasingly emboldened and has dropped any pretense of moderation.

    Strange bedfellows for a Democratic and presumably liberal President; Abe even feels confident enough to tell Obama to zip it up over Comfort Women because, if Abe says it's done, cased closed.

    http://www.scmp.com/...

    Now the guy is touring former colonies members of the East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere to organize a military coalition.

    Whales? Dinner.

    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:02:30 AM PDT

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