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  • Today's comic is Batemanimation: Mitt's campaign ad: Day One by Scott Bateman:
    Single pane from Scott Bateman's comic
  • Poor Tony Blair has such a hard time with bullies:
    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that he couldn’t stand up to the Britain’s media tycoons while in power, telling an official media ethics inquiry that doing so could have dragged his administration into a political quagmire. [...]

    The greying ex-prime minister said he long had concerns about what he once described as the “feral beasts” of the media but had to tread carefully where press barons were concerned.

    “I took a strategic decision to manage these people, not confront them,” he told Lord Justice Brian Leveson, who is leading the inquiry. “I didn’t say that I feared them … [but] had you decided to confront them, everything would have been pushed to the side. It would have been a huge battle with no guarantee of winning.”

  • The Green Lantern is gay.
  • Creepy:
    Imagine a tiny snake robot crawling through your body, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations.

    It's not science fiction. Scientists and doctors are using the creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer, and other diseased organs. The snakebots carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps, and even more advanced sensors are in the works. For now, they're powered by tethers that humans control. But experts say the day is coming when some robots will roam the body on their own.

  • Meghan McCain is out with a new book destined for the bargain bin. Among her many oh-so-deep political insights, she still hates President Clinton because he "cheated and lied." Guess little Meghan still doesn't know how her mommy and daddy met.
  • How about a little salt in the wound, Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry?
    The Texas governor, who long ago ended his own run for the White House, will likely watch his onetime rival Mitt Romney officially clinch the GOP’s presidential nomination in his home state on Tuesday, the official coronation for the man who essentially clinched the party’s nod two months ago. [...]

    Now, he’s powerless to stop Romney from rolling over Texas as he becomes the party’s standard-bearer against President Obama in the fall.

    “Alas, [Perry’s campaign] seems so long ago,” said Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

  • This kangaroo is kind of a dick:
    A hostile kangaroo launched a savage assault on a mother after spending two days stalking her - then attacked her husband as she recovered in hospital.

    Kirrily McWilliams was left with a 12-inch scar following the brutal attack by the powerful grey kangaroo as she walked down her driveway.

  • This disgraced former congressman-turned-prison-inmate is also kind of a dick:
    Randall “Duke” Cunningham, the disgraced former congressman currently serving an eight year sentence for his involvement in one of the biggest bribery scandals in congressional history, would like his second amendment rights restored when he leaves prison so he can hunt, fish and protect himself from rabid cougars, he wrote in a letter to a federal judge this month. [...]

    “I asking you (sic) to help restore my second amendment rights so I can earn a little money so I can eat,” Cunningham, who said he was a lifetime member of the NRA, wrote. “Pls (sic) help me your honor. I don’t have much left but this little thing is a big thing for me.”

  • Ah, America. We can't fix our bridges or educate our children, but apparently, we make awesome sperm. Yea, us!
  • Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our elected officials' lives:
    Soon after Mark Kirk's ex-wife announced she would no longer support his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, he brought her onto his campaign team, then quietly paid her after his victory.

    But Kimberly Vertolli, a lawyer who received $40,000 from the campaign, again is at odds with her ex-husband, filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Kirk and his then-girlfriend may have broken campaign finance law.

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  •  Rick Perry who™? (6+ / 0-)

    I'm rolling...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:05:34 PM PDT

  •  And what did the dynamite say? (10+ / 0-)
    "... she still hates President Clinton because he "cheated and lied." Guess little Meghan still doesn't know how her mommy and daddy met."

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:05:47 PM PDT

  •  Comic Book 101:Alan Scott Green Lantern (2+ / 0-)

    Before the mythos as laid out in the recent Ryan Reynolds movie which dates back to 1959. The Character the Green Lantern Alan Scott His Green Lantern and ring were carved out of a meteor.

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:08:30 PM PDT

  •  Green Lantern!! (3+ / 0-)
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    I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!!!  The dialogue between Green Lantern and Flash would always set off my gaydar. I'm glad DC Comics has finally outed Green Lantern. Now its Flash's turn!

    •  Which one? (3+ / 0-)

      There have been as many Flashes as cover page Green lanterns (leaving out the Corps, of course, and G'Nort, who is another deal entirely).

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:19:07 PM PDT

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      •  If DC really had balls, they would have... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...made Guy Garderner the Gay Green Lantern.  It doesn't take much courage to take a character from an alternate reality and have him be your company's go-to gay guy.

        •  That might work. (1+ / 0-)
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          Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder

          Guy has always been pretty much the ultimate closet case anyway.  And look at the hair!

          He always reminded me of some of the Marines I knew who were always woman-bashing, and never dated, and spent a lot of time "hanging out with the guys at the gym" who probably didn't realize themselves how conflicted they were.

          Of course, the best way to break that news would be for Blue Beetle or someone similar to find out by accident (see him going into a gay bar or such), and then have to decide how to best handle it.  Could be a great lesson in friendship.

          I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

          by trumpeter on Tue May 29, 2012 at 01:59:16 PM PDT

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    •  Guess this means (6+ / 0-)

      DC Comics will be banned in Tennessee

      "We may be on the cusp of some very real disasters that have nothing to do with whether the elephant survives, or a cheetah survives, but if we survive." Richard Leakey

      by DavidW on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:25:53 PM PDT

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    •  I would have thought Batman. (4+ / 0-)

      Perfectly coiffed, articulate, air of mystery to all of his friends with that perfectly decorated house and fashionable tailored clothes, Bruce Wayne hits every stereotype:

      Picture the scene. Bruce gathers his friends and colleagues in the cave for a sombre ceremony. Candlelight glints off the robot dinosaur and the giant penny. That familiar growl; a catch in the voice. "I have … something I want to tell you all." He reveals his secret. Superman gasps in fake surprise, always the ham actor. Wonder Woman steps forward. "We're so glad you told us, honey." Green Lantern and The Flash exchange glances. "Was that it? We came to Gotham for this?" The heroes disperse, and life goes on exactly as it did before.

      Ok, so maybe not. No drama there. He's too reclusive and tortured.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:28:14 PM PDT

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    •  Can't wait to hear what the half hour wasted (1+ / 0-)
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      guys n gals have to say about it.

  •  Those writers at DC sure are cutting-edge.... (5+ / 0-)
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    ....the way they're doing that thing that Marvel Comics did like 20 years ago.  Of course, the Marvel character who came out of the closet was a Canadian, so maybe that wasn't exactly a touchdown moment for the LGBT community.

  •  Simpsons: Sometimes Animals Are... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...just jerks.

    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 Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:12:19 PM PDT

  •  Todd Akin doesn't like direct election of US Senat (3+ / 0-)
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    Senate Candidate Suggests He Wants to Eliminate Voters’ Right to Elect Him

    During a Republican primary debate last week, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin told voters that he may support eliminating the direct election of Senators — the right guaranteed by the 17th Amendment:

       This is a very interesting question, and I haven’t jumped up and down and taken a firm position on it. I think in general, my, I have a very serious concern about erosion of states rights. Very serious concern of that, and this, reversing this decision might pull that balance back. I am, as I’ve mentioned, a strong conservative, I don’t think the federal government should be doing a whole lot of things that it’s doing and it well may be that a repeal of the 17th Amendment might tend to pull that back but I haven’t written any thesis on it or anything like that.

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:13:50 PM PDT

  •  Let's ALL agree to be disgusted by this from ALL (1+ / 0-)
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    candidates of this ilk.  Just so many politicians have been just so disgusting.  We can point to one party's repugnant politicians and try to make some kind of point about it, but, let's be honest.  This is not something party specific.  

    What we ALL need to do is to agree to put forward our ire at these politicians and do whatever we can to not defend them or even make them look somehow "better" than some other candidate just because they favor our own political beliefs.

    A disgusting politician.  A crooked politician.  A lying politician from EITHER party is something we don't need in our political system.

    A wise person makes their own decisions. An ignorant person follows public opinion.

    by independantman on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:14:01 PM PDT

  •  TDS and TCR... (4+ / 0-)
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    are back tonight...I wonder if TDS will ignore the big stuff that happened over the past halfmonth and instead focus on some obscure something as their lead in like they did last time.

    At least with FLOTUS as the guest, it should be good regardless...

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:14:05 PM PDT

  •  Kind of a dick? (4+ / 0-)
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    "Duke" Cunningham is a world class asswipe.  He gave up his 2d amendment rights when he chose his life of crime.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:17:33 PM PDT

  •  I don't want no stinkin snake crawling (2+ / 0-)
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    through my body, but I would accept the 21st century version of Raquel Welch as in movie Fantastic Voyage.  When I watched that movie and read the book, I accepted it as science fiction.  Looks like I have lived long enough for it to become a reality (within limits).

    Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann (and btw, the bike in kayakbiker is a bicycle)

    by Kayakbiker on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:18:59 PM PDT

  •  Obama is going after Romney pretty hard (3+ / 0-)
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    It used to be that Dems were more circumspect in attacking Repubs, for fear of being labelled as too partisan and shrill, and alienating those supposedly GOP-leaning swing voters who haz a sad whenever Dems are too shrill and partisan.

    There are still many Dems who appear to believe this meme, be it genuinely or conveniently (hi, Cory!). But Obama has apparently decided to reject this meme and take the gloves off, whether out of sincere conviction or political calculation (or perhaps both), in relentlessly and emphatically going after Romney.

    I think he's smart to do this, because I never bought that meme, believing it to be a classic instance of trying to psych out your opponent and play the refs, and that attacking Repubs (on issues they should be attacked on) was both politically smart and morally necessary. The public likes a fighter who appears to stand for their convictions--especially on issues where the public already sides with you.

    I wonder, though, whether this will result in the usual concern trollism criticism in the establishment media, or make the media respect Obama more? There are signs of both, so I think it's too soon to tell. But my gut feeling is that if Obama keeps at it, he will win over the media (as well as the center).

    Like I said, it's not just right, it's smart. Romney is a vulture capitalist and he must be called out as one, as must the entire GOP.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:24:03 PM PDT

  •  Sen. Kirk had a girlfriend?! (0+ / 0-)

    That's the REAL news story there.

    (I'm not dissing the guy--I know he's had some health problems and I hope he recovers fully and speedily.  But you can't help but admit he gives off a bit of the Lindsey Graham vibe!)

  •  "bloviating ignoramus" (3+ / 0-)
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    554,000 google hits in .14 seconds

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:35:11 PM PDT

  •  To be or not to be... (3+ / 0-)
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    If you're going to be involved in government in the United States, citizenship is a must. To be a Senator or Representative, you must be a citizen of the United States. To be President, not only must you be a citizen, but you must also be natural-born. Aside from participation in government, citizenship is an honor bestowed upon people by the citizenry of the United States when a non-citizen passes the required tests and submits to an oath.

    Natural-born citizen

    Who is a natural-born citizen? Who, in other words, is a citizen at birth, such that that person can be a President someday?

    The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps. The Constitution authorizes the Congress to do create clarifying legislation in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment; the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, also allows the Congress to create law regarding naturalization, which includes citizenship.

    Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"

    •Anyone born inside the United States *
    •Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
    •Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
    •Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
    •Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
    •Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
    •Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
    •A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:35:53 PM PDT

  •  Mitt is Toast (1+ / 0-)
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    Sidney Barthwell, perhaps the only former classmate of both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, thinks the former Massachusetts governor doesn't stand a chance when facing the incumbent president in debates prior to their November electoral contest.

    “When they debate, Barack will smoke Romney,” Barthwell, a district court magistrate in Michigan, said in an interview published by The Daily on Tuesday.

    "Mitt Romney is smart,” he continued. “Having said all that, I still think he’s going to get smoked. The best he can do is hopefully come out not looking like a fool. Mitt will find out the hard way as soon as they have their first debate: You don’t debate Obama.”

    Barthwell, 64, was the only black member of Romney's 1965 class at Cranbrook Schools and later attended Harvard Law School with Obama. He identifies himself as being politically independent, has donated money to both campaigns and has "tremendous respect" for both men, he said.

    But whereas Obama struck Barthwell as "brilliant" at Harvard -- where the two became friendly while working together for the Black Law Student Association -- he recalled Romney's years at Cranbrook as nothing to write home about. "Mitt was not particularly popular. He was very, very ordinary."

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:52:24 PM PDT

  •  First Lady Michelle Obama on "The View" (0+ / 0-)

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Tue May 29, 2012 at 01:13:55 PM PDT

  •  Blair being cowed by Murdoch is a helluva (1+ / 0-)
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    indictment of Media Concentration.

    It's not just a sad commentary on Blair's lack of political courage, but his unwillingness to make policy contrary to News Corp's interests is a SCARY indictment of the power that the "feral beast," Rupert Murdoch, can wield in an otherwise strong democracy.  

    After all, if a popular elected Prime Minister of a major power that was willing to stake his administration on going to war with 'the third largest army in the world,' when he was in office says, "had you decided to confront them [politically], everything would have been pushed to the side. It would have been a huge battle with no guarantee of winning.”

    I doubt the power to intimidate our highest elected officials that Murdoch -- or other major media conglomerate head -- has is too very different here in the U.S.  

    It's obvious that media concentration is dangerous to democracy.

    •  Blair, for his faults, was probably right on this. (1+ / 0-)
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      He, like Clinton and Obama earlier in his presidency (likely still), wanted a compromise with the right, taking "the best of both worlds". He thought this would allow a compromise with Murdoch and the media right where the interests of those driving and funding them would be met sufficiently for them to be satisfied. He didn't get that 1) mixing a turd with peanut butter just gives people an excuse to slag off peanut butter 2) "there is no such thing as enough" is a pillar of the dominant system of anti-regulatory thought.

      That all said, the alternative would have likely meant even longer out of power and a shorter run once power was regained. In that respect I think he was right.

  •  Mark Kirk is a Republican! Please clarify up fron (0+ / 0-)

    I almost had an heart attack.
    Cunningham sounds like he's got a touch of Alz.

    German Constitution, Article 1 (1) The dignity of man is inviolable. To respect and protect it is the duty of all state authority.

    by Mark B on Tue May 29, 2012 at 02:59:34 PM PDT

  •  shoutout to weatherdude: thanks for saving us from (0+ / 0-)

    driving to Keene last night. I had plans that included coming back over Rte 12A right where and when it was washing out, and my husband was also headed south in the evenig on his motorcycle. We are usually very weather-conscious people but yesterday we missed the memo, and were not expecting the harsh weather at all. In fact I had been more concerned with my folks and hurricane Beryl and lost track of ours.

    I want to thank you, weatherdude. Because of your diary yesterday, I made a last-minute decision not to go, and so did my hubby.  I had been taking it so lightly, in fact, that I tuned in to your diary only to make the snide comment that ''scuse me, New York is not New England, dude-" but I got distracted by the reality of the situation and didn't.

    Sitting at the cross-roads, headed to yoga, I heard a weather reporter say there was a tornado watch out for the whole area 25 miles on either side of north Cheshire County, NH, and he said calmly but firmly something like, "if you are in the area and you are outside, please take shelter right away." That's a new one for here. I remembered your diary and turned away and went home.

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