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    I lied, THIS is the last link my Mom's Egypt Docu (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:39:27 PM EST
    Mr. Obama (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by jbindc on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:51:55 PM EST
    And judicial nominees - a mixed bag of results, at best.

    And to highlight the effects of this:

    Obama's decision not to nominate [Pamela] Karlan when his party enjoyed an enormous supermajority in the Senate is heartbreaking. Karlan is not simply one of the nation's top constitutional thinkers, she is both a leading expert in voting rights law and one of the nation's most skilled advocates for preserving the franchise. In light of the right's campaign to disenfranchise poor and minority voters through voter ID laws, restrictions on early voting, voter purges and efforts to keep voters from even registering to vote, the federal bench would benefit tremendously from someone like Professor Karlan who devoted much of her career to protecting people's constitutional right to vote.

    if Akin leaves the Senate race, will (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by observed on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:08:30 PM EST
    that be a "forcible" or "legitimate" action?

    Well, someone still loves Todd Akin. (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 07:47:31 PM EST
    And seriously, as long as Mike Huckabee insists upon digging a deeper hole for Mr. Akin and the GOP, the least Democrats could do is offer to rent him a backhoe.

    Please, Mr. Akin, please ... (5.00 / 4) (#19)
    by Peter G on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 07:48:25 PM EST
    Stand your ground.  Don't give in to those feminazi bullies, like Karl Rove.  Run, Todd, Run!!!

    If we've learned anything ... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:28:34 PM EST
    ... about teabaggers over the last few years, it's that they prefer to leave the stage feet-first. If Congressman Akin refuses to give up his GOP Senate nomination, there's really very little the rest of the GOP can do, other than try to distance themselves from him, as far away and as much as possible.

    They've already cut off the money (none / 0) (#7)
    by jbindc on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:29:27 PM EST
    Gee, this is great news, because ... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:32:08 PM EST
    Because we all know that Karl Rove and the RNC are such stalwart supporters of women's rights, particularly their right to reproductive freedom of choice -- right?

    "No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up."
    -- Lily Tomlin, actress and comedian (1939- )

    You know, let's be honest here. The only reason that the mainstream GOP is now pressuring Congressman Todd Akin to step aside in the Missouri Senate race, is due to the fact that they find his uncompromising misogyny and inflammatory remarks to be rather inconvenient fodder for Democrats in the middle of an election campaign.

    However, that misogyny and those remarks are wholly and entirely consistent with the GOP's current behavior, as articulated in both the party's platform and its legislative agenda regarding a woman's right to reproductive choice and freedom.

    This is just another disgusting example of Republican hypocrisy at work. Todd Akins gets the shaft from the RNC and its allies, while his legislative partner-in-crime Paul Ryan -- Akin's co-sponsor in "The Sanctity of Life Act," which would redefine personhood as having commenced at the moment of conception -- gets the GOP's vice presidential nomination.

    The Republicans in 2012 are nothing if not a carload of malevolent clowns, embarked upon a neverending search for the perfect right-wing circus.



    Politicians are hypocrites??? (none / 0) (#26)
    by jbindc on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 08:49:54 AM EST
    Seriously, I'm shocked.

    RIP, Scott McKenzie (1939 - 2012). (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:25:12 PM EST
    The pop singer's iconic cover of "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)" -- which was originally written by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas to promote the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival -- became an anthem for the Summer of Love and the '60s counterculture movement. He was 73, and had been suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome, a severe neurological disease, for the past few years.

    and Phyllis Diller (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by magster on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:38:55 PM EST
    Bummer... (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by unitron on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:31:20 PM EST
    ...in many ways I liked the follow-up single "Like An Old-Time Movie" even better.

    It's a shame a good singer and good voice like that didn't get more airplay after the first big single.


    She reaches the Gulf Stream (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by CoralGables on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:13:52 PM EST
    Good news for Diana Nyad as she reaches the Gulf Stream which will start to sweep her much quicker towards her destination. Currently the Gulf Stream gets within about 17 miles of Key West, so as she crosses it she'll also have the effect of a wind in her sail as she heads northeast with the current moving at a little over 5mph.

    Last night's storm added an estimated 6 hours to the trip, but good weather the rest of the way (and another non-jelly night) could still get her to shore before nightfall tomorrow in time for a nap before the start of her 63rd birthday.

    For those counting, she's been in the water for just over 50 hours.

    Thanks for the updates, CG. (none / 0) (#11)
    by caseyOR on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:27:19 PM EST
    Diana is amazing.

    Will she encounter so many jelly fish in the Gulf Stream? No sharks so far, which is good.


    oculus (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by CoralGables on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 08:00:54 PM EST
    Great news... Coming to stores to start the football season.

    Gator Pop Tarts

    Wolverine Pop Tarts

    LA Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (none / 0) (#3)
    by jbindc on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:00:10 PM EST
    RIP Tony Scott (none / 0) (#9)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:51:17 PM EST

    Tony Scott jumped off ... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:44:40 PM EST
    ... San Pedro's Vincent Thomas Bridge into L.A. Harbor yesterday afternoon. Reportedly, the "Top Gun" director was suffering from terminal brain cancer.

    What a shame. This is why I support "Death with Dignity" legislation. Nobody with a terminal illness should ever have to feel compelled to jump off a bridge in order to finally end their own pain and suffering. My condolences to his family and friends.


    Valedictorian is denied her HS diploma ... (none / 0) (#15)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 06:34:01 PM EST
    ... by the principal of Prague High School in Oklahoma, after she inadvertantly used a mild expletive -- "How the Hell should I know? I've changed my mind so many times" -- in her graduation remarks.

    Word is that Kaitlin Nootbar has no intention of apologizing in writing, as has been demanded by school superintendent Rick Martin.

    LOL! (5.00 / 5) (#17)
    by Zorba on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 07:06:33 PM EST
    The school's mascot is a red devil, with horns and a pointed tail, and they had a problem with her speech?  Doesn't the devil, in fact live in Hell?
    Give me a break.

    I know, I know ...! (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 07:49:59 PM EST
    You just can't make this sort of stuff up. It's hard to ridicule people who are truly their own best parody.

    Oh, how I would so enjoy (none / 0) (#16)
    by Towanda on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 06:51:50 PM EST
    seeing hundreds of valedictorians decline the honor, lest it cost them their high school degrees.

    I will settle for seeing this principal apologize.  And go back to being the vice principal (and, no doubt, the wrestling coach; in my kids' schools, the two were as one, for fascinating reasons).


    You gotta love... (none / 0) (#22)
    by desertswine on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 09:58:14 PM EST
    those Kock boys. Seriously, if you had 3 or 4 billion bucks to throw away, would you do this? And nobody can go there.

    Just to make sure its super private... (none / 0) (#23)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 10:59:25 PM EST
    the megalomaniac wants to swap the private land that cuts through his "town" for property in Dinosaur National Park and near Blue Mesa.  

    On the surface that seems like an OK deal for us 99%'ers, but given the push by the Koch brothers and their ilk to expand drilling on public lands to include national parks and monuments (or just sell them off at a bargain basement price), it more of a win/win for him.  Koch gets his isolated compound and most likely gets to exploit the land he swaps to do so.  


    err...swap the public land. (none / 0) (#24)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 11:00:27 PM EST

    Last year, I remember... (none / 0) (#25)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:16:15 AM EST
    this same clown dropped over two million clams for what is thought to be the only picture of Billy the Kid. I guess he locks it up and once in a while drools over it.