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  • Today's comic is Why is "Zero Dark Thirty" being unfairly singled out? by Ruben Bolling:
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  • I've got four awesome words for you: Dogs against Rick Scott.
  • What the frack?
    When oil comes to the surface, it often brings natural gas with it, and according to North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources, 36 percent of the natural gas now extracted in North Dakota isn't captured. Gas isn't as profitable as oil, and the energy companies don't always build the pipes or systems to carry it off. For a year (with extensions), North Dakota allows drillers to burn gas, just let it flare. There are now so many gas wells burning fires in the North Dakota night, the fracking fields can be seen from deep space.
  • The entirely bogus story of a Notre Dame football player being pretend inspired to be super good at football after his non-existent girlfriend fake died is pretty disgusting. Most disgusting of all, though, is the way reporters at so many newspapers were too lazy to do their jobs—find out the facts and report them. You know, like Very Serious Journalists. No doubt we'll be getting that traditional media ethics panel any day now, right?
  • P.S. If you want to shed tears over the tragic death of a young woman associated with Notre Dame's precious football team, read about Lizzy Seeberg:
    Less than a day into the Manti Te’o revelations, we’ve heard more about a fake dead girlfriend of a Notre Dame football player than a real dead girl. Lizzy Seeberg committed suicide, not long after being intimidated by Notre Dame football players for reporting a sexual assault by one of their teammates. A second woman who was taken to the hospital for a rape exam declined to formally accuse another Notre Dame football player after getting a series of bullying texts from players.
  • Ye olde food fight:
    President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural ball was a fête to behold. On the evening of March 6, 1865 (two days after the inauguration), men escorted their dates, one on each arm—the $10 ticket admitted three—up a grand staircase. [...]

    But, the party reached a fever pitch at the stroke of midnight, when an elaborate buffet was served.

    Oysters, roast beef, veal, turkey, venison, smoked ham, lobster salad and a seemingly endless display of cakes and tarts spread across a table 250 feet long. The hungry crowd charged the food, and the lavish event devolved into a food fight of sorts. “In less than an hour the table was a wreck…positively frightful to behold,” wrote the New York Times. Men hoisted full trays above the masses and took them back to their friends, slopping stews and jellies along the way. “The floor of the supper room was soon sticky, pasty and oily with wasted confections, mashed cake, and debris of fowl and meat,” reported the Washington Evening Star.

  • Meet David Hall, one of the eight "citizen co-chairs" for President Obama's inaugural weekend:
    Following in the footsteps of his father and stepfather, David joined the Air Force in March 1996. He was promoted to staff sergeant and graduated as a distinguished graduate from Airman Leadership School. After re-enlisting for another four years, he applied for Air Force ROTC and was selected under the Professional Officer Course - Early Release Program. He was excited to receive a pilot slot but was dis-enrolled for "homosexual conduct" in August 2002 after a fellow cadet told his commanders that he is gay. Following the Air Force, David worked on the successful repeal of DADT through Out Serve - SLDN.
  • Tony Perkins is still a dick. Also, water is still wet.
  • Condolences:
    Pauline Phillips, a California housewife who nearly 60 years ago, seeking something more meaningful than mah-jongg, transformed herself into the syndicated columnist Dear Abby — and in so doing became a trusted, tart-tongued adviser to tens of millions — died on Thursday in Minneapolis. She was 94.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin with new polling on gun issues, and the many definitional problems on all sides of the policy debate. Wayne LaPierre's flip-flop on gun-free schools. A follow-up on an accidental shooting: no charges in the case of the 7-year-old shot sitting in dad's truck. Next, Doctor Who's questions about Harry Reid & filibuster reform. Finally, David Nir on the despicable record of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05).

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  •  The Te'o story is fascinating ... BUT (6+ / 0-)

    Thisis where the real story should be:

    Less than a day into the Manti Te’o revelations, we’ve heard more about a fake dead girlfriend of a Notre Dame football player than a real dead girl. Lizzy Seeberg committed suicide, not long after being intimidated by Notre Dame football players for reporting a sexual assault by one of their teammates. A second woman who was taken to the hospital for a rape exam declined to formally accuse another Notre Dame football player after getting a series of bullying texts from players.
  •  I'm a littler surprised no one wrote about Teo (4+ / 0-)

    on Dkos yet.  What a sick, sick story. I don't want to speculate until we know more, but the one thing I can say is that ESPN / ABC and most sports reporting long ago moved out of the realm of journalism and now resides in the infotainment sphere with Inside Edition, TMZ, and Fox News.  

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      beltane, burlydee

      Slate had an interesting article on this - it's limited to the insular world of sports media, but I think it's directly applicable to political media and even all media.

    •  Over the past year, (0+ / 0-)

      I have become a regular reader of deadspin.

      The coverage isn't as hagiographic as the regular sports broadcasting has become.

    •  I think there's still a lot (0+ / 0-)

      to come out (no pun intended) -- either he was actually played and no one wants to admit it, or he made the whole thing up for some reason, either to garner more sympathy for a potential Heisman run or to cover sexual orientation issues.

      The arguments for his being the victim of a hoax are fairly sound; as a Mormon he's probably been pretty sheltered from the ways of the world, and this is the farthest he's ever been from home/family most likely. (I'm surprised he ended up at ND rather than BYU, personally.) He could have been taken in by some group of bastards who never matured past high school age.

      OTOH, there's no actual proof one way or another -- someone's found Tweets discussing the scam (since deleted) but there's no way to know whether it was Te'o and his friends who sent those as CYA in case things blew up. And not only did he not try to see her when she was sick or go to her funeral, there's no indication that he tried to contact her family afterwards. I've got a Twitter friend who's not even a romantic interest (we're both married to other people), and if anything happened to him I'd be heading up to the hospital to see if there was anything I could do.

      This story is extremely complicated...and I think we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:37:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  A Question to be asked (0+ / 0-)

        Is when ND played at USC in November why Manti or his parents
        NEVER MEET HER PARENTS or visited her grave. That answer alone will expose both father and son. Disgusting it was combined
        with the grandma 's death. Talk about dishonoring a dead relative!!!!!!

  •  Saner GOP types defend BHO exec orders (3+ / 0-)

    Republicans Extinguish Right-Wing’s Calls To Impeach Obama

    Republicans have characterized Obama’s executive actions preventing gun violence as “a power grab,”, pledged to introduce legislation nullifying his orders, and even floatedimpeaching the President for allegedly overstepping his Constitutional powers.

    On Wednesday night, former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey offered a reality check for alarmed conservatives. Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Mukasey clarified that no court would find Obama’s gun violence prevention initiatives unconstitutional:

       MUKASEY: I don’t think it’s unconstitutional in the sense that I don’t think it’s something you could get a court to find unconstitutional. We could have a debate about whether it’s consistent with the constitution or not, but there is a limited number of things that will get you into court to have that decided, and I don’t think any of the things you’ve enumerated are among them.
    Reagan’s solicitor general Charles Fried also poured cold water on GOP comparisons of Obama to dictators and tyrants, noting many of the provisions are calls to action or carry out existing law: “These are either standard exercises of presidential power, or even more benignly, standard examples of the power of the president to exhort the public or state officials to be aware of certain problems and to address them,” he said.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:15:34 PM PST

  •  Notre Dame and rape (4+ / 0-)

    How ironic that a Catholic institution that fought so vigorously against Obamacare and the provision that forced them (not really) to give birth control to the sluts who went to the university are now embroiled in a case where a young woman was raped by young men who attend that OH SO FINE institution of religious virtue.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:15:40 PM PST

  •  you in a bit hurry of today? (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, divineorder
    being pretend inspired to be super good at football

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:15:44 PM PST

  •  A lot of cool people have birthdays today (5+ / 0-)

    including  Ben Franklin, Michelle Obama and Betty White.

  •  Police are only good shots in the movies and TV (4+ / 0-)

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:19:31 PM PST

  •  the $10 ticket admitted three (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, milkbone

    ... but probably not for the same reason that politicians would want that arrangement today. (It would save Berlusconi some money, though).

  •  My folks had a collection of their favorite (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, wintergreen8694, Cali Scribe

    Dear Abby columns.  One was from a recently married man, saying that his new bride cooks breakfast while nude, and wondering if there was any health risk to it.  Abby replied that there were no health risks, but she would advise wearing an apron when frying bacon...

    Follow our efforts to turn Southern Worcester County (MA) blue! Greater Blackstone Valley Dems

    by AnotherMassachusettsLiberal on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:29:32 PM PST

  •  More like 'Zero "Dork" Thirty" (0+ / 0-)

    heh heh heh

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:40:20 PM PST

  •  Read the comments (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    On that deadspin article about Manti.  The article is very good.  The comments are great.

  •  Conservative as Grifter Marco Rubio (0+ / 0-)

    Marco Rubio’s PAC Spends Five Times More On Overhead Than Political Contributions

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s leadership PAC, the Reclaim America PAC, boldly lists its motto as “electing conservatives to the United States Senate.” But despite raising more than $1.6 million in the 2012 cycle, less than five percent of that money went to other political candidates.

    Rubio, elected to the Senate in 2010, registered his leadership PAC in August 2011. In a video announcing the committee, Rubio told supporters the it aimed to “help and assist like-minded candidates who want to come here and serve in the House, in the Senate, or maybe even in the White House to make a difference for America’s future.”

    While his official Senate website biography boasts that he is “proud to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate where I’m working to fulfill my promise to restore fiscal discipline,” Rubio’s leadership PAC spending hardly seems disciplined. Out of $1,688,086 in receipts, Reclaim America reported spending over $370,000 on political consultants, more than $256,000 on fundraising expenses, and upwards of $450,000 on administrative overhead, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    That did not leave much for the PAC’s alleged purpose of electing more conservative Republicans: less than $78,000. This total just under $2,400 in independent expenditures, $15,000 sent to his party’s Senate campaign committee, money earmarked raised specifically for and transferred directly to other campaigns, and just five $2,500 donations to Senate candidates. While Senate Republicans had been expected to make gains in the 2012 elections, they ultimately lost two seats.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:04:03 PM PST

  •  The gas burning thing needs to be looked at... (1+ / 0-)
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    much better.  It is insane if we are wasting that energy and it can be recovered.  WTH?  Anybody see any other sources for this?  I haven't looked yet.  

    The more you learn the less you know.

    by quiet in NC on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:07:19 PM PST

  •  Sportswriters aren't journalists. (1+ / 0-)
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    They never have been. They're jock-sniffing stenographers; fanboys who are easily manipulated into publicizing the party line...

    Wait a minute, maybe they are journalists.

  •  We must be fair and balanced (0+ / 0-)

    I just get this programming on C-Span2 this Monday.  

    One of these things just doesn't belong; one of these is not like the others.

    Monday, Jan. 21: Books on President Obama, Inaugurals, Congress, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Jim Bendat, Democracy's Big Day (8 am, 8 pm)
    David Maraniss, Barack Obama: The Story (8:30 am, 8:30 pm)
    Alfred Zacher, Presidential Power in Troubled Second Terms (11:15 am, 11:15 pm)
    Bernice King, Desert Rose, A Biography of Coretta Scott King by her Daughter (12:30 pm; Tues. 12:30 am)
    Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire: The King Years 1963 - 65 (Tues. 2 am)
    Sen. Tom Coburn, In Depth (3:30 pm
    In depth no less!  How do you probe the depth of someone whose intelligence is so shallow?

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:32:08 PM PST

  •  helium vented too :( (0+ / 0-)

    when not captured from the natural gas. Before I feel too badabout getting my kid a balloon and wasting a non-renewable resource, I would like to see more of getting captured.

  •  Zero dark thirty (0+ / 0-)

    Same reason that Red Dawn is.  It is meant to build the violent culture by saying it is justified.  If violence as a solution is going to end, we must identify things that support the culture with falsehoods. Such as saying the government was not involved in the creation of the movie.

    Life of Pi may be indoctrinating our kids into the idea that all religions are valid and it is the act of faith that is important.  Lincoln may be simplifying slavery. Films do this.  As was mentioned in an article about Django some artistic licensee must be given.

    But even the NRA is talking about the culture of murder we are creating.  And while I do not believe the clearly fantastical or allegorical tales contribute to this, some like ZD30 must be held account for the deaths it might cause.

    Because here is the thing.  Would you want a loved one taken into a secret room and treated violently on suspicion that he of she might have done something wrong or have some piece of information?  And if it is not right to do this to a loved one, why would it be ok to do it to anyone else?

  •  Suggestions for sale of assult weapons & magazines (0+ / 0-)

    Don't change current law but add that once every three months, for as long a either the weapon or bullet magazine is in buyers possession, buyer must donate at least one pint of blood to the assult weapon's blood bank for victims.

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