- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is It's Foreign Policy, Stupid:
- What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
- On elections and 'likely voters,' by Steve Singiser
- Book review: Chuck Thompson's 'Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession,' by Susan Gardner
- How To Call Romney A Liar: Arithmetic, by Armando
- The Wall Street Journal knows the real insult to democracy: Calling a liar a liar, by Hunter
- The playing field is still not level, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Out of the blogs, into the streets: working the ground game, by Dante Atkins
- Corporate U: Higher Ed the Bain Way, by Mother Mags
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Peter Berg, the writer-director of the Friday Night Lights movie and television series, is not pleased that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has co-opted a phrase from the show for his campaign appearances.
In a letter to the Romney campaign sent Friday and obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Berg calls the use lf 'Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" an act . "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series," Berg writes in the letter.
- Republican Rep. Todd Akin, the well-known advocate for the science of magic sperm killing lady parts, isn't a fan of other science-y stuff:
GOP Senate candidate who’s running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Thursday at a Tea Party meeting in Jefferson City, Missouri, that there’s no science behind evolution:
AKIN: I don’t see it as even a matter of science because I don’t know that you can prove one or the other. That’s one of those things. We can talk about theology and all of those other things but I’m basically concerned about, you’ve got a choice between Claire McCaskill and myself. My job is to make the thing there. If we want to do theoretical stuff, we can do that, but I think I better stay on topic.
In probably the most tasteless campaign ad we’ve seen in a while, Bilerico reports that a Florida gay Republican group used a picture of US Ambassador Chris Stevens’ lifeless body in a campaign ad bizarrely attacking President Obama on gay rights and Israel.
- Two-hundred and twenty years ago today, the first cornerstone was laid as they began construction of the White House. Or not:
Any anniversary of the White House wouldn’t be complete without the story of its missing cornerstone. On that fateful day in October 1792, a group of freemasons met at a Georgetown tavern and paraded to the proposed site of the president’s mansion. In a ceremony, they placed an inscribed cornerstone to mark the start of the House’s construction. They then marched to an inn and made a toast to the event. And another, and another. In fact, they made 16 toasts! So no one really documented where the stone was. President Truman tried to find the stone during the renovation period, but no one has seen it since 1792. One theory is that is imbedded between two stone walls near the Rose Garden.
- It's about freaking time:
The lumbering buses that carry camera-wielding tourists through New Orleans still stop at Bourbon Street’s bars, Jackson Square’s cathedral and the Garden District’s mansions.
But one destination is now largely off limits: the Lower Ninth Ward, where Hurricane Katrina inflicted its worst havoc and the recovery has been slowest.
New Orleans officials are cracking down on hurricane-themed tours, saying buses damage newly paved streets and cross the line into disaster voyeurism.
Before Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, his wife wrote an indignant letter to the judge criticizing her husband's accusers, particularly their adopted son Matt.
"As far as our son Matt goes, people need to know what kind of person he is," Dottie Sandusky wrote in a letter to Judge John Cleland ahead of sentencing.
Dottie Sandusky was referring to Matt Sandusky, who was adopted by the couple when he was a teenager and who, in the middle of his adoptive father's sex abuse trial, told prosecutors that he too had been molested.
"We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies," Mrs. Sandusky wrote.
- Click at your own risk: Huge eyeball from unknown creature washes ashore on Florida beach
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