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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Mr. Obama's wild ride:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Mr. Obama's wild ride
  • Tonight, Orange to Blue candidate Alan Lowenthal (C-47) will be hanging out with Joan McCarter on G+, to talk about the state of the race, his hopes for the next Congress, and whatever you want to discuss. Join us at 6:30 tonight, PT for the discussion.
  • Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay prepares his appeal: The former congressman was sentenced to three years after a jury found he had to conspired to use his Texas-based political action committee in 2002 to transfer $190,000 in corporate contributions through the Republican National Committee. The committee passed the identical amount to seven Texas House candidates. Texas law bars corporate money from being contributed directly to political campaigns. DeLay's sentence is on hold until the appeal is ruled on:
    DeLay's attorney, Brian Wice, has said he plans to argue that no crime occurred because in 2002 money laundering in Texas only applied to funds in the form of cash and not checks. The state law was later changed to also specify checks.
  • Jack Welch explains himself: He would rewrite his incendiary Tweet about supposedly doctored job numbers if he could, but his complaints about the Bureau of Labor Statistics were, he says, dead on.
  • Too late for him, but all the same: 80-year-old Chuck Bennett has seen a lot of things in his life. But he never expected that gay marriage would be a possibility. His own gayness made him an outcast, got him booted from the Navy in the 1950s and generally made life tough for him. But now Maine is on the verge of approving gay marriage if the polls hold steady, and he's amazed.
    “How can somebody like me, who has made a significant investment in inventing an alternative world, come around to accept gay marriage?” he asked, clarifying that he supports the referendum. It’s just unsettling to him, this challenge to what he thought he was supposed to believe about such conventions. [...]

    “I see it as something of profound significance,” he said. “Whether anyone winds up getting married in Maine, I don’t care. I care that they can get married.” That right means that gay people are equal to straight people. It recognizes their dignity. His dignity.

  • TSA lifts bandages of woman dying of leukemia: But, hey! The rules were followed, officials say:
    The Roseville, Mich., woman thought she had prepared by calling the airline ahead of time, asking for a wheelchair, carrying documentation for her feeding tubes and making sure she had prescriptions for all her medications, including five bags of saline solution. But Dunaj said she received a full pat-down in the security line at Seattle-Tacoma Airport and had to lift her shirt and pull back bandages so agents could get a good look. She said everyone else in line got a look, too.[...]

    Dunaj said a female agent performed the pat-down and asked her to lift up her shirt after feeling the tubes going into Dunaj's chest and abdomen. Dunaj said her suggestion for a more private pat-down was dismissed.

  • Mitik, a 15-week-old baby walrus rescued at sea and sent to Brooklyn aquarium, Oct. 10, 2012
    Mitik
    Baby walrus named Mitik headed for Brooklyn aquarium: The 15-week-old, 234-pound creature was rescued from the ocean off Alaska. The Brooklyn aquarium where he's destined is owned by the Wildlife Conservation Society. It has two walruses already, but Nuka is 30, which is a senior citizen by walrus standards and there are worries of how his death will affect the second walrus, now 17, since the animals are, by nature, extremely social.
    Since late July, Mitik and a second orphaned walrus, Pakak, have been nursed to health with bottle feedings and exercise at the Alaska SeaLife Center, an aquarium in Seward that conducts research and responds to strandings of marine mammals. (Pakak, nicknamed Pak, will arrive at the Indianapolis Zoo on Thursday.) Mitik — or Mit, for short — was weak from illness and considerably smaller than Pakak when he was found by a hunting vessel several miles offshore.
  • Protestant no longer a majority in America: Forty years ago, 62 percent of Americans labeled themselves Protestants, 26 percent said they were Catholic, seven percent said they had no religious affiliation and five percent said they were "other" or answered "don't know." A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released Tuesday found 48 percent of Americans saying they are Protestant, 22 percent Catholic, 20 percent no affiliation and 11 percent "other" or "don't know."
  • The pathetic jerks at the Family Research Institute say Sally Ride had only herself to blame:
    And Sally may have paid with some of her lifespan. Our latest research into recent homosexual obituaries from San Francisco indicates that lesbians are dying on average around 60ish. Ride fits the pattern of lesbian deaths, but not that of married women’s deaths, which usually extend into the early-to-mid 80s.
  • Government warns motorists about counterfeit airbags: Bogus versions of the protective devices are only known to be available for about one-tenth of a percent of the U.S. auto fleet, some 250,000 vehicles. But the risk for someone who has had airbags replaced in one of those vehicles in the past three years is considerable:
    In government tests last month of 11 counterfeit bags, 10 didn't inflate or failed to inflate properly. In one test, a counterfeit bag shot flames and shards of metal shrapnel at a crash dummy instead of inflating, said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, who showed a video of the test at a news conference.
  • Candles and candy not needed: "Researchers have discovered that a form of oxytocin—the hormone responsible for making humans fall in love—has a similar effect on fish..."
  • Things got a little ranty on the Kagro in the Morning show today. Perfect for a visit from Armando. Among the targets: billionaire jerk David Siegel, WV Sen. candidate John Raese, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and newly-crowned King of the Sleazebags, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN). Not sure why they came under fire today? Tune in and find out! And don't forget to vote each day for the show in the 2012 Stitcher Awards!

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