- Today's comic is Why is "Zero Dark Thirty" being unfairly singled out? by Ruben Bolling:
- 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.
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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