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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Bad Fetus, in "Fetal Firepower!!":
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - Bad fetus in
  • George Orwell would be...uh...confused?:
    During a speech at the Wetumpka Tea Party, Elois Zeanah of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women compared the adoption of [the Common Core State Standards Initiative] to the indoctrination of children in Nazi Germany, with President Obama teaching children and imposing an “anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, anti-America…pro-homosexuality, illegal immigration, unions, environmentalism, gun control, feminism and social justice” curriculum.

    “They are going to force us to pay to indoctrinate our own kids,” Zeanah warned, “this is not a novel like ‘1994’ [sic], it’s Common Core.”

  • War contractors hate the collateral damage that drones could cause to their bottom line.
  • N.H. state legislator says some women like abuse: Rep. Mark Walden and three other New Hampshire state legislators voted for a reduced penalty for some cases of simple assault. It's just a matter of personal taste:
    “Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships,” Warden said during a meeting held by the committee. “It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her.”

    He continued, “Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I tend to say no. People are always free to leave.”

  • Minnesota legislator says being gay is sexual addiction The foe of marriage equality is a real piece of work:
    “It’s an unhealthy, sexual addiction,” state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen said Wednesday.

    The Glencoe Republican said he has a friend who ran a sexual addiction clinic. "He helped many homosexuals and other people come out of the lifestyle.”

  • Great news! Older people who think the future will be shitty live longer:
    "Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade," said lead author Frieder R. Lang, PhD, of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. "Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions." The study was published online in the journal Psychology and Aging.
  • Check out this infrared-filtered, time-lapse video: Glen Ryan put together the video in New South Wales, Australia, calling it Karst Country, for the limestone formations there.
  • Four reasons the U.S. has no offshore wind turbines: The short version: Not enough federal support; clashes between wind energy advocates and other "stakeholders"; including some environmentalists who worry about whales and fisheries,; lack of ships that can handle planting turbine platforms in the ocean floor; and clashes between state and federal authorities.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: sequester, guns & false equivalence. Greg Dworkin talked about United Physicians of Newtown's recognition in the media, the dynamics of the gun conversation in general, and on the sequester, the continuing dependency on false equivalence. Also: the Woodward blow-up, today's most outrageous #GunFAILs, and the new hotness of false equivalency shaming. Jennifer Rubin "fans" in particular will delight in her roasting by The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf.

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