HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » kpete » Journal


Profile Information

Member since: Fri Sep 17, 2004, 02:59 PM
Number of posts: 53,684

Journal Archives

A father's inspirational words for his gay son in 1959, retold for StoryCorps

Published on Oct 10, 2015

Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Washington, during the 1950s. As a teenager, Pat began to understand he was gay—something he thought he was hiding well. But one day, after performing at a school assembly, Pat learned that his father could see him much more clearly than he realized.


Meteorologist to GOP: Acknowledging Climate Change ‘Doesn’t Make You Liberal, it Makes You Literate'

.....during an excellent interview with the Star Tribune, highly acclaimed meteorologist Paul Douglas destroyed Republican propaganda against climate change:

Q: When you first entered the world of meteorology, did you ever imagine the climate control catastrophe unfolding today?

A: No. I’m a bewildered spectator most days, just predicting the weather. But by the late ’90s, early 2000s, something had changed. Weather was always a symphony, beautiful and predictable to some degree, a natural ebb and flow. By the late ’90s the weather was more like a second-grade orchestra, a very talent-free orchestra.
I just started connecting the dots, and that led me to climate change. I didn’t wake up and have an epiphany. It had nothing to do with Al Gore. I was tracking Minnesota’s increasingly bizarre weather when I said, “Something’s up.”

Q: Can you generally tell if a meteorologist is Republican or Democrat based on whether they believe humans have caused the warming of the planet?

A: I think there’s definitely a correlation. Conservatives, because they fear that tackling climate change will automatically lead to bigger government, it’s easier to push back and deny the science. Or be skeptical about the science. (Source)


.........As I tell people, acknowledging the science, the data, acknowledging that climate change is real doesn’t make you liberal, it makes you literate. It means you’re scientifically literate. You respond to data and facts and not conspiracy theories and fairy tales. He heads up the Evangelical Environmental Network. They do a lot of lobbying. They helped to get the whole mercury rollover, cleaning power plants. His thrust is that it’s affecting kids’ health today. The poorest are first to (suffer the impact). The 1 percent can move. This really is the global civil rights movement of the 21st century. (Source)

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/meteorologist-destroys-gop-believing-climate-change-doesnt-make-liberal-makes-literate/

Cocks Not Glocks: University Of Texas Students Plan Provocative Protest Of New Campus Carry Law

I think this should go national:


Students at the University Of Texas at Austin are planning to protest a new law that permits the concealed carry of handguns on campus — with dildos.

The “campus carry” law passed by the Texas legislature and signed by the Governor in June, requires UT Austin and the other campuses in the UT system to allow students to carry guns on campus. It gives the schools some discretion on how to implement the law.

The protest is designed to draw attention to the fact that carrying a dildo to class could be “prohibited expression” under university rules. The rules prohibit “any writing or visual image, or engage in any public performance, that is obscene.”

“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO. Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play,” the organizer, Jessica Jin, wrote.


Lone Woman At Anti-Muslim Protest Ends Up inside Mosque for coffee, bagels & hugs!

This happened in Dearborn at the anti-Muslim rally - one person, and she wound up inside for coffee and bagels. A good story for once.


Global Rally For Humanity was supposed to be an anti-Muslim protest at Mosques nationwide, organized by a group known as the Oath Keepers. While an estimated 120 Christian bigots picketed outside a Mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, things looked vastly different in Dearborn, Michigan. Only one protester showed up.

Dozens more were seen driving by, but when they realized turnout wasn’t what they were quite expecting, they decided to turn tail.

For the lone woman brave enough to stay the course, her day of protesting a “violent Islam” turned into something entirely different. Instead of running into a situation that confirmed her beliefs (i.e. Muslims hating her for her bigoted views), she was welcomed with hugs and invited inside the Mosque for coffee and bagels.



ABC host destroys Jindal’s ‘no-fly zone’ plan with four simple words: ‘ISIS doesn’t have aircraft'


“But how do you train rebels who are there to fight to suddenly want to fight ISIS?” Raddatz asked. “That’s the main problem with those Syrian rebels.”

Jindal asserted that the U.S. should be arming the Kurds instead of the Syrian rebels. And secondly, the Louisiana governor called for the U.S. to “create a no-fly zone working with our Turkish and other allies.”

“Let’s talk about a no-fly zone,” Raddatz interrupted. “ISIS doesn’t have aircraft. So what would that no-fly zone really accomplish? When has it really worked?”


Benghazi Staffers Spent Their Days Designing Personalized "Tiffany Glocks"

Benghazi Staffers Spent Their Days Designing Personalized "Tiffany Glocks"
—Kevin Drum on Sun. October 11, 2015 1:31 AM PDT

Who said this?

He described to CNN an office environment in which employees spent their days Web surfing and sometimes drinking at work. He said staffers joined a “gun buying club” for “chrome-plated, monogrammed, Tiffany-style Glock 9-millimeters,” and some would spend hours at a time at work designing the personalized weapons.


Maj. Bradley Podliska, a former member of the House Benghazi committee, who claims he was fired for refusing to spend his time focused solely on Hillary Clinton instead of actually investigating Benghazi. I don't know yet if I believe him, but the whole Tiffany Glock thing sounds way too weird to have been made up.


Donna Brazile single-handedly shut down CNN’s Benghazi panel: ‘This has been a partisan witch hunt’

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile on Sunday lashed out at Republicans on CNN’s State of the Union for trying to defend Benghazi investigations even after they had been linked to partisan efforts to destroy Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

In an interview that aired on Sunday, Major Bradley Podliska told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi fired him because he was more interested in getting to the truth behind the Benghazi attack than he was in using the committee to smear Clinton.

After former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told a CNN panel that the Benghazi committee was important because “Americans have real questions,” Brazile interrupted.

“Let me stop you,” she said. “Because we’ve had eight investigative hearings. The State Department has spent $14 million responding to congressional requests. We know the defense department has spent an insurmountable amount of man and women hours. If Mr. (Trey] Gowdy and his Select Committee was interested in getting to the truth, they would have brought witnesses throughout the year to talk to intelligence, to talk to defense, to talk to the State Department.”

“This has been a partisan witch hunt,” Brazile continued. “What are they investigating now? Where are the public hearings? $4.6 million of taxpayers’ money.”


And HERE is the F*!%£ing News!

more plus partial transcript:


Days after secretive negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership concluded, WikiLeaks has published the complete chapter on intellectual property. The leaked text shows the TPP would expands monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies to help protect against competition from generic drug manufacturers.

According to an analysis by Public Citizen, the text also “requires TPP countries to stop generic versions of biologic medicines (‘biosimilars’) from being available to patients, even when there is no patent.” This effectively means lifesaving medicines will be more expensive and harder for sick people in TPP countries to afford and access.

Twelve countries—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam—negotiated the TPP.

Although U.S. officials, like Pentagon chief Ash Carter, have made claims TPP would promote government transparency, the deal has been shrouded in secrecy. It will not be made available to the public until some time around November 7.

the rest:

LOL: Luckovich draws GOP's Cracks

Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 ... 1982 Next »