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Archives: January 17, 2015

Police officer says World War Two vet he shot was threat

The Myth of Defensive Gun Ownership | Politico - guns are more likely to do harm than good.

Adorable 3 year old does "livingroom protest" on No Means No

In case you missed the Paris speech...

Cuba, Venezuela, and food...

Archaeologists make unique discoveries in Egypt

American Family Assn Director: 'Its Impossible To Blaspheme Muhammad, Because Allah Is A Demon God'

Never posted here before but I need a little help with something we usually do not talk abut on DU.

I offer a prayer that the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality.

we head out in the morning, what am i forgetting?

Money is like a religion

Kentucky Basketball Drops $800,000 For Lavish Spring Trip To The Bahamas

Idaho student receives official regrets and compensation for post-9/11 arrest

Minnesota State Democratic Chair speaks in support of Black Lives Matter Mall of America protesters

Barack Obama to ‘prioritise’ case of Guantánamo detainee Shaker Aamer

Muslim Groups Give $100K To Help Detroit Residents Without Water

I once posted here. In the lounge. Quite often. It was a long time ago.... In the Before time.


Difference #672

Tonight on Real Time with Bill Maher: Atul Gawande, Kathryn Bigelow,

Get ready for life without oil

Turkish PM says Israeli 'provocations' radicalising Muslim world

For the crime of possessing anti-Putin stickers, kids bullied by Russian thugs in occupied Ukraine

"The GOP’s scramble to court Wall Street"

Three ex-Penn State officials lose ruling in cover-up case

Saudis 'to review' flogging of blogger Raif Badawi

Saudis 'to review' flogging of blogger Raif Badawi

#JeSuisCharlie gets little sympathy in Russia

Marriage headed for Supreme Court

Marriage headed for Supreme Court

"Kludge Not"Obama’s plan for free community college is elegant and forward-thinking—unlike virtually

New York Post and UPI Twitter accounts hacked

Study shows expression just as important as words in presidential debates


CNN's Jim Clancy Resigns After Twitter Rant About Israeli Propaganda

Neil Degrasse Tyson on What Is The Meaning of Life

A 20% reduction in SSDI benefits would drop me to $926 a month

Polar Bear Man Returns to the Arctic. VICE Reports (Full-length)

CONGRATULATIONS - Your Job Has Been Outsourced/Contracted. You Can Reapply For It But ------

Find The TRUE Statement:

Wigan, England: man tries to have sex with mailbox

Eating Jim Crow

4th Texas health agency employee resigns

More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty

KO: Bud Selig Is “Comfortable”

Boy Scouts' membership falls 7.4 percent

Prominent Civil Rights Attorney facing criminal charges for supporting peaceful protest speaks out

26 settle suit in Midland veterans parade crash that killed 4

Useful phrases my dog knows Your dog(s)?

Robert E. White, who criticized policy on El Salvador as U.S. ambassador, dies at 88

Am I that out of it?

Robert E. White, who criticized policy on El Salvador as U.S. ambassador, dies at 88

Greenwald and Poitras headed for the OSCARS

This Is How Republicans Plan To Destroy Liz Warren's Greatest Achievement

Friday Talking Points (332) -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Rachel is talking about us RIGHT NOW!

Mandatory Friday Malloy Truthseekers check in!! TGIF! Going, Going, Gone! & a new Kittehs gif

I think I may have come up with an explanation for an annual January weather phenomena

“Ignorance is reigning supreme”: Rula Jebreal on Charlie Hebdo, Bill Maher & our inane foreign polic

Andrew Sullivan: CIA Kicks Its Outgoing IG In The Nuts

BDS is gaining traction in Britain

more historic photos...

Amnesty Int'l: El Salvador must release women imprisoned after pregnancy related complications

Poll: Voters Want Pretty Much the Opposite of What Congress Is Doing

Amnesty Int'l: El Salvador must release women imprisoned after pregnancy related complications

A Historic ESSENCE Cover and The Path Forward

As Scott Walker Campaigns for President, Wisconsin Worst in the Nation in State Financial Reserves

I don't normaly make post of this nature, but in this case I'll make an exception.

Tomorrow is the BIG day!

It's this simple. Love vs. Hate...

Charlie Hebdo editorial: Will there continue to be 'yes, but?'

So I finally got around to looking at the offending Charlie Hebdo cartoons . . .

Swedish minister: Israel crossed the line in its response to Stockholm's recognition of Palestine

I’m Muslim and I’m Charlie

I want a roast beef & cheese sandwich

America just got its first glimpse at Hillarynomics — here's what it looks like

BP Deepwater Horizon fine capped at $13.8bn

You Can't Just Take Away Someone's Marriage

I've pal-ed many dogs. My final companions: miniature poodles.

Damn, Isaac Mizrahi attended Yeshivah of Flatbush,

Andre Rieu - Live in Maastricht 6 (A celebration of 25 years of the Johann Strauss Orchestra)

Anthropocene era: Humans changed the Earth's geology by setting off atomic bombs in 1945

Study Finds Flu Vaccine is 23 Percent Effective

Muslim Café Owner Refuses to Remove ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Sign Despite Death Threat

Anybody have any advice for staying motivated through a long term recovery?

Anyone else sick that...

The Anthopecene Era started with nuclear weapons: Anthropocene Working Group

Education plus ideology exaggerates rejection of reality

Netflix Binges and the New Tech Utopia We were promised Star Trek; instead we got Wall-E.

Dems Rally Around Muslim Congressman

Response rehearsal

In Graphic Photos and On Twitter,ISIS Members Record and Tout Executions of Gay Men (NO PHOTO IN OP)

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne: A New Era in Heavyweight Boxing

gratuitous kitteh pic - gonna miss these faces edition

Sen. Ben Sasse calls for ed board member to resign over Obama 'half-breed' blog posts

Purchased one of Nikon's inexpensive prime lenses

Criticizing religion is different from criticizing the religious.

I think I will make this for breakfast on Sunday for myself and my husband.

Vanity Fair: From Gitmo to an American Supermax, the Horrors of Solitary Confinement

Cartoon, Obama the Lame Duck!

Photos, video: Omaha zoo lion cubs get a super-cute checkup (including recessive gene RARE white)

European authorities arrest dozens in anti-terror raids

The Global Risks 2015 Interconnections Map

About that "context" (re: Charlie Hebdo)

How is religion any different than creative speculation???

Oscar for Best Pic is 'American Sniper' vs. 'Selma'.

IanDavid hasn't posted since February

Obama: ‘Our Muslim Population Feels Themselves to Be Americans’

Police Investigate Family for Letting Their Kids Walk Home Alone. Parents, We All Need to Fight Back

Here's the deal

The Comet and the Cluster, Lovejoy and the Pleiades (Updated with new images)

George Carlin Narrows The 10 Commandments Down To 2

Netanyahu’s Parisian follies

Lesbian Shot in Broad Daylight in North Philly

Did anyone hear that Chinese revolutionaries are anonymously claiming Xi Jinping is a sex pervert?

What's wrong with this picture? Discuss.

Dr. Ben Carson, What He Said He Didn't Say.....

Gently blow on your screen...

Is this the end of "State of Texas v. One Gold Crucifix"?

Perry veto hobbled probe into multimillion-dollar DPS contracts

If one is another, why isn't the other the same one?

Russia: kitty protects baby from the cold

Why America is the most unequal country in the developed world is a cultural one

Do any Anonymous hactivist still read my Opening Posts? HERE'S YOUR SONG!

Perry Gives Final Public Speech as Texas Governor

Comic relief: QVC hosts do not know if moon is star or planet? Really?

Politics Done Right on KPFT - Interview w/Charles Chamberlain on DFA About Elizabeth Warren

Arizona: kitty okay after rescue from drain

Calling Mr degrasse Tyson or science minded people.

Well, today I am old enough to be President.

Justice Anthony Kennedy Key Figure As Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage

Watch: Viral ‘Black Gay Dads’ star in Nikon ad

Pope Francis: Same-sex marriage ‘disfigures God’s plan for creation’

CBS analyst Greg Anthony arrested, faces solicitation charge

What do DUers that defend mocking religious beliefs think of these pictures?

(TRIGGER WARNING, NO PHOTOS IN THREAD) Shocking Images Show Islamic State Throwing Gay Men to Death

Religion when practiced as intended is really nothing more than meditation.

Kaufman DA’s killer has brain damage, lawyer says

President Obama to visit KU next week, White House says

I miss insomniac news on the weekend.

Daily Holidays - January 17

So who else has seen "The Imitation Game"?

Caregiver Wage, Overtime Protections Struck Down

Yall, help me with a new simile: "This program is as buggy as ------"

The Problem No One Will Discuss: First World Citizens using the Lion's

Attorney general Eric Holder puts halt to warrantless 'stop and seize' tactics

Nuclear weapons protester Henry Stoever found "not guilty" of trespass at new Kansas City plant

Big Oil Destroys the Great Australian Bight

What Happens When Conservative Ideologues Get to Run Their Own States

Each of us is, on average, more likely to die from nuclear war than from car crashes.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Meaning of Life to a “Six-and-Three-Quarter”-Year-Old Boy

America's Class War Explained in 1 Chart


Area Man Willing To Give Up Any Of Muslims’ Rights Necessary To Feel Safe

Report: Increasing Number Of U.S. Toddlers Attending Online Preschool

It takes away so much from the movie, Selma, to make it seem

New PS4 Feature Allows User To Close Eyes And Imagine Really Fun Game

This brouhaha over Pope Francis desiring to defend his mother reminds

Slow-Witted Conspiracy Theorist Convinced Government Behind NASA

Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West

Trying to protect "free speech" is all very well and good...

So, this guy has a point - Warren fails to unequivocally, totally, ‘Don’t ever ask me again’ deny...

Judge Rules That Home Care Workers Are Really Just ‘Companions’

Did we learn ANYTHING from John Edwards?

Your retirement account is bankrolling politicians to whom you’d never dream of sending a check.

Kristine Kaiser: Vouchers, virtual schools undermine education

Weekly Address: State of the Union Is This Tuesday

Sixteenth Century Cannibalistic Serial Child Killer!

18-year-old plans to marry her long-lost father

President Obama to speak at Boise State

The advocates of religious privilege

Mexico missing students: Guerreros Unidos gang member arrested

Four dead in Niger as Charlie Hebdo cartoon sparks protests

Nebraska landowners sue Keystone XL developer

Los Angeles officer who shot to death man had arrested him 6 years before

On any meaningful scale, Chris Kyle was a worse human being than the Kouachi brothers.

A message to DU's barbarians and the cognitively challenged

Channel Tunnel traffic halted after smoke detected

A Vision for a Progressive Democratic Party (w/ Sen. Sherrod Brown)

They don't call it Taco Hell for no reason.

Men apologize for conceding to and participating in an abortion

mmmmmm....early morning bloody mary

The days are getting longer. What I want to know is, when do

Far Out: Astronomers Say Two Unknown Planets May Lurk Beyond Pluto

Do you have to race your cat/dog to the bathroom?

Think PEACE... and enter your photo in the January contest.

Think PEACE... and enter your photo in the January contest.

We the People Petition to remove Ted Cruz from Space and Science Subcommittee Chair

January Photo Contest: Peace -- Sneak Preview of Current Entries!

Freedom of Speech vs Solidarity in the face of Intimidation

Poor Tippers Need To Understand Reality

One of the problems with the rights versus control debate is BOTH SIDES ARE LYING

BPA Exposure Affects Heart Health of Males and Females Differently in Mice

BPA Exposure Affects Heart Health of Males and Females Differently in Mice

Offensive News

David Cameron 'sorted' my US visa problem, says boxer Amir Khan

NBC firmly shuts door on Bill Cosby

Waiving in the First Row

Beck: Our Founding Principles Require That Christianity Receive Preferential Treatment

Princeton study determines America is a DINO -- Democracy In Name Only

Guantánamo Diary: ‘I smelled the odour of a letter that had touched the hand of my mom’

The New Yorker's Latest Cover Features MLK, Eric Garner & Slain NYPD Cop

Russia’s Political Theatre

100 Years Old Today: The Story Behind ‘Solidarity Forever’

Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Class

Please, God or Allah or Jehovah or Brahman or Earth Mother or Shakti or whatever you call yourself..

And now, another round of Ann "you people" Romney to go along

My somewhat unethical actions this morning

What is the DU policy on posting gofundme type pages?

US Rig Count Down 4% In One Week; Off 15% Since October 2014 - Dallas Morning News

How our brains protect us.

French flags torched as Charlie Hebdo protests erupt from Algiers to Zinder

'NY Times' Columnist Laments Woes of Rich Kids

"Scorning the Prophet goes beyond free speech – it’s an act of violence"

Bill Maher completely blew it last night.

Artist Paints World Leaders on the Toilet…

Some in GOP Worry House Hopeful Could Hurt Diversity Effort

Year Begins Above The 400 PPM Mark - "Many Months" More Likely In 2015

NASA Pluto Probe Begins Science Observations Ahead of Epic Flyby (

"Racism" explained - from the mouth of babes...

Money Dries Up for Oil and Gas, Layoffs Spread, Write-Offs Start

Oops! Rate Of Acceleration In Sea Level Rise Over 20th Century Faster Than Expected

Bill O'Reilly flunked History...


Charlie Hebdo: Niger protesters set churches on fire

Hydrologists To California Govermnent: Prepare For A Fourth Year Of Drought

Charles P. PIERCE: "We are back in the hands of the spooks again."

We can't stop here...

NASA Mountaintop Sensor Finds High Methane over LA

The devil is always in the detail, as Reza Aslan notes.

SUPPORT THE TROOPS? Vietnam Vet With PTSD Is FIRST Execution of 2015

Nebraska opponents of Keystone XL pipeline reignite legal fight over state routing law

ICC opens investigation into Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Apathy at a crossroads...

Wildlife Loss in the Global Ocean (Mass extinction, but land-based extinction is worse)

David Price & the Tigers: One year, $19.75M

Breaking: Gitmo Guard on Alleged CIA Murder of Hunger Strikers (Video)

Duke’s Craven Cave to Islamophobia

Peshmerga thwart ISIS in Shingal, as Iraqi forces kill 33 near Baghdad By RUDAW 3 hours ago

UPDATE W/PIX: First Nose Sniff!!! She's opening up to Dahli :-)

Charlie Hebdo & French ‘Secularism': Does it really just privilege White Christians?

college sports trump all

Acceptable Angle of the Punch.

Pope, in Philippines, says same-sex marriage threatens family

up in the air now

Saudi Arabia under fire after woman is publicly beheaded

India builds solar plants atop canals to save land, water

Nigerian Archbishop's Plea: Don't Forget About Boko Haram

Just saw The Wolf of Wall Street.

La Rage

Has General Discussion Been Hostile to Religious Believers recently?

Oh Hell

Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

Neoliberalism has made you a disposable human being

Anyone here ever learned a new language with Rosetta Stone?

Hitler Reacts To The Green Surge In The UK...

Richard Wolff: We Can Do Better Than Capitalism

If gas is so cheap, why do retail sales stink?

To a fun friend and incredible partner, Happy Birthday FLOTUS from Jill Biden(pic)

Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait. By Raffi Khatchadourian

Syriza and Podemos: Leftists of the World Unite!

Religion In The Comics - 009

Here’s how Democrats win back the Senate in 2016. And it’s surprisingly simple.

"Democracy is dead. ..... Any vestige of democracy is gone."

The Drumbeat of Doom™ seems to have gotten much louder over the last two days!

Happy 93rd Birthday Betty White! (EDIT TO ADD: 93rd B-day Flash Mob!)

Why, how Enlightenment of them:

Replacing Pulitzer Prize winner Sack with RW cartoonists?

Breaking News: Teflon Don Query - Addicting Info Questions IS Romney Hiding Taxs and eToys

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Meaning of Life to a “Six-and-Three-Quarter”-Year-Old Boy

Kansas Lawmaker Plans to Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban in State Legislature

Kansas Lawmaker Plans to Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban in State Legislature

Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights

Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights

Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA’s New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations

Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA’s New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations

Banner tow aircraft

If You Want To Understand What’s Happened To The Supreme Court, You Need To Listen To Rand Paul

Syfy's 12 Monkeys is looking good.

Scene-Setting for the Policy Discussion: The American Economy Stumbles (Brad DeLong)

$15 Hr Ramp Work Too Expensive For Frontier. Most Customer Svc Outsourced.

Weekend Toon roundup

Disturbing police dash cam video

Keiser Report: Banksterism

In Nazi Germany, the first to be exterminated were disabled Germans declared to be "unfit"

New police video cam shows what we already suspected..

In Alabama Proposed Law Would Allow State To Appoint "Fetal Lawyers".

Miami police chief suspends program using mug shots at target practice

Fox Reporter To Address Gun Group That Says Violence Against Government Is An Option

Obama's gonna' let the Supreme Court pass Same-Sex marriage

Watched "The Real Story" on the Smithsonian Channel, about the inspiration for "The Bourne Identity"

Too Hot in the Hot Tub .... Make It Cooler

Draghi blackmails Greeks

Saudi Arabia completes 600-mile wall at Iraq border

Mitt Romney Has a Huge New Conflict-of-Interest Problem:

An Ethic of Care

Brownback Flips, Proposes Tax Increases In Wake Of Budget Fiasco

This 88-Year-Old Man Is Accused Of Genocide. But He Might Die Before Being Brought To Justice.

What's for dinner? Saturday, Jan 17.

Ben Carson Shilled Scam AIDS And Cancer Cures For 10 Years, Will Be Your Next President Obvs

Ben Carson Shilled Scam AIDS And Cancer Cures For 10 Years, Will Be Your Next President Obvs

Do you remember when Mitt Romney said "Planned Parenthood...we're gonna get rid

Take me to church

Nice Lady Sees Devil Symbol In School Bus Lights, Gets On TV

Is a Fourth House Theology, in the name of Rick Perry or Ted Cruz, coming as a Presidential Campaign

Meet our beautiful new fur baby.

EFF: Sen. Wyden may hold the future of the Internet in his hands. (TPP)

"The Funnies"--If you are GLBT, Black, Female & Religious but NOT Fundie...and YOU Were Made Fun Of?

Experts mystified by Plainfield’s earthquake ‘swarm’

Another family values republican in trouble over sex

France’s stance on Palestine recognition unchanged by attacks

Non-traditional-colored football fields: Yes or No?

POTUS Is Kicking Some GOP Ass With This New Gallup Approval Rating

Obama Ditches the Centrists: How a Break From Neoliberalism Boosted His Popularity

While RW lie machine was attacking WH/Kerry for not showing up for photo op:

It's far from Northern Ireland, but...

Reading The Times With Naomi Klein

WOW! Even Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker seeks Governor Siegelman Pardon

Jarrid's GoFundMe has passed $30K.

Retro Recipes That Don't Need To Make A Comeback. Ever. (Pic heavy)

For Jews From France, a Sociable Landing Spot in Israel

Religion invades GD, and most DU posters are even bigger jerks than we are!

Keith Olbermann Not Exactly Thrilled NCAA Giving Penn State Football Its Wins Back

FCC may allow advertisers to robocall your cellphone.

Tory James Arbuthnot comes out as an atheist claiming MPs must pretend to be religious

Vote scheduled to ban all hiking in PA. Game Lands for 130 DAYS per year

5 Most Absurd Anti-Pot Propaganda Campaigns (AlterNet)

Ben Carson on PBS

Mitt Romney returns to stage with vow to fight 'scourge of poverty'

If Romney is serious about helping the poor he has to do something not just talk...

Who's your favorite "Noble Failure" in history?

New Jersey: Woman allegedly sets fire to infant; child has died

An end to exile: Hemp’s bright American future

Democrats defend naming Muslim Congressman to House Intelligence panel

‘Homeopathic’ dog medicine at Petco calms hyper puppies by getting them drunk

Escape to Israel Is Not Always an Easy Answer For French Jews

Does it come down to Country/Economy.

Update: Corbett leaving PA. with a $2.3 billion deficit

Ring of Fire: The Return of Debtors Prisons

What are the odds that someone named Caine would serve on the Danville train?

Fugitive Ukrainian Official To Work Under Putin Associate

Mexico's missing students: New suspect arrested in connection with deaths

Toon: Mitt to the Future!

Why Poverty? Stealing Africa, a documentary ...

Photo Series Of Seniors Shatters Every Aging Stereotype

You know fellow DUers.. French were NOT upset at Kerry's absence.

White survivalist shoots black police chief four times without being arrested or charged

Why Hitchcock’s horrifying film on the Holocaust was never shown

new member of the magicalthyme family!

CNN: Can Hillary Clinton step out of Bill's NAFTA shadow?

Aesop Story

"Take me to church"

Why are republicans targeting SSDI benefits and not SS benefits too?

After her daughter embraced religion, this French woman wonders 'Did I do something wrong?'

Stephen Fry marries comedian Elliott Spencer

Could use some Votes on a photo

Ring of Fire: Should David Petraeus Be Prosecuted?

Texts between Ted Cruz and an Astronaut (Funny or Die)

Police officer caught singing Taylor Swift's 'Shake it off'

Why would anyone want an eyeball tattoo?

Elizabeth Warren keeps pressure on Hillary Clinton and Democrats ahead of 2016

Woman sees images of black males as sniper targets; one is her brother

January 17, 1949 the first TV sitcom aired. Anyone know which show it was?

Updated2! Why I mock religion; chicken-fried steak, pie and the Flat Earth Society

The U.S. Corporate State Has Become the Monarch Our Founders Despised

I don't like organized religion. I don't like it as an institution, because

Fox News: There are 19 paramilitary Muslim training facilities in the United States

Teaparty/repubs war against abortion-will they kill a woman you care about?

Rauner spent nearly $36 a vote to become Illinois governor

Real Time with Bill Maher: Linda Tirado – Hand to Mouth (HBO)

Did I just hear new Chairman of the ReTHUG party

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Planning Trade Mission to Cuba

RadioShack Preparing To File For Bankruptcy As Soon As Next Month

Douchecats cancel 2016 basketball game with UTEP

My Journey from Atheist to Catholic: 11 Questions for Leah Libresco

New Atheism's Islam-obsessed rape and rescue fantasy

Woolly mammoth on a comeback?

Presidential Proclamation -- Religious Freedom Day, 2015

Richmond: Family of man shot by police files lawsuit

RNC’s Priebus looks at 2016 as ‘do or die’

Pope, in Philippines, says same-sex marriage threatens family

GOP observers worry Eric Garner case prosecutor may taint diversity efforts

2015 Kentucky Derby Prep - 2015 LeComte Stakes