- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The Sequestrationator:
- What you misssed on Sunday Kos ...
- Book review: Jake Tapper's "The Outpost," by Susan Gardner
- Telling teens to just say no to sex doesn't work so let's waste half a billion dollars doing that, by Kaili Joy Gray
- Republicans aren't shy about theirs. What could a state-based Democratic agenda look like, by Laura Clawson
- What do seat belts (and bike helmets) have to do with gun legislation, by Greg Dworkin
- They sang, they motivated, and they mobilized, by Denise Oliver Velez
- GOP Abortion Foes Violate the Doctor-Patient Relationship, by Jon Perr
- Keystone XL: Will the State Department's shameful dishonesty become Obama's climate legacy, by Laurence Lewis
- Senator "Squatter"?
Staffers for Sen. Dean Heller have been bullying other senators’ aides to protect the Nevada Republican’s space in the Russell Senate Office Building, CQ Roll Call has learned.
As part of the biennial Senate office lottery, junior members are obligated to show their office suites to more senior members, who then have 24 hours to decide whether to claim that space as their own. Heller’s office suite — which he inherited after the scandal-fueled resignation of Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. — may be particularly attractive to other senators because its floor plan includes a larger-than-average member office.
Though special courtesies are usually extended to aides and members visiting offices, Heller staffers repeatedly tried to keep them from seeing the spacious member office, sources reported, saying meetings were ongoing and could not be interrupted.
Several Senate offices lodged complaints with the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, according to several sources familiar with the attempted visits to Heller’s office.
- DFH alert:
Voucher schools in Louisiana and Indiana are using a “US History” textbook in their eighth grade classes that teaches that the “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan.
- This time it's a fighter, UFC light-heavyweight fighter "Suga" Rashad Evans, coming out for marriage equality, and he gives a very powerful reason why:
I'm a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights.
I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that's the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.
What people overlook is that is isn't a sex issue, its a love issue. There's no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.
I have kids. I don't want them growing up in a society where they, or their friends, could be second class citizens based on which person they fall in love with or who they want to be happy with.
- About those zero tolerance policies:
In light of recent headlines highlighting more incidents of administrators removing students from school for seemingly harmless acts of childish imagination, state Sen. J. B. Jennings, R-7-Baltimore and Harford counties, said he thought the time was right to introduce a bill he hopes will put a dent in "zero tolerance" discipline policies in Maryland public schools.
"We really need to reevaluate how kids are punished," he said in an interview with The Star Democrat Friday.
Jennings put Senate Bill 1058 together and introduced it Thursday. From kids getting kicked out of school for playing games with fingers pointed like guns on the Eastern Shore, to chewing their breakfast pastry into "gun-like" shapes in Baltimore, Jennings said the local trend is getting worse not better.
- Ten years ago today, The Dixie Chicks offended
patriotic Americansidiots everywhere by saying:
Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.
- Here are some of the jokes told by President Obama at last weekend's Gridiron Dinner ... my favorite:
And in the words of one of my favorite "Star Trek" characters — Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise — “May the force be with you."
- Being a working parent is hard for everyone:
- Obituary of the year:
Harry [W. Stamps] was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer's black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee's Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription.
He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.
He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil's Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the AP joins NBC (and Daily Kos) in cataloging the gun incidents of 1/19. But why no mention of Gun Appreciation Day? Greg Dworkin updated us on the "Team 26" ride & made the case for guns as a public health issue. In DC news: the Senate begins on a budget, R presidential hopefuls view CPAC as a springboard to legitimacy (!), Jeb denies the existence of Bush family baggage, Coburn says leadership is the big hurdle to compromise, House R Whip quietly declares the Hastert Rule dead, and R crazies make compromise tough. Shocking! Lastly, Krugman on Dwindling Deficit Disorder & OurFuture.org's exposure of the CEOs behind "Fix the Debt."
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