Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.Exactly how screwed up do you have to be to assume that a new map sink in your capitol building was, in fact, a secret advancement of Sharia law?
“I confirmed with the facility administrator for the State Capitol Complex that the floor-level sink installed in the men’s restroom outside the House Chamber is for housekeeping use,” Legislative Administration Director Connie Ridley wrote in an email. “It is, in layman’s terms, a mop sink.”
Republican Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, confirmed that he had spoken to Humphrey about whether there were religious reasons for the new sink after the issue was raised by Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma. […]Holy janitorial accessories, Batman, some of our state legislators have way, way too much time on their hands.
Matheny and Ketron were the main sponsors of a 2011 bill that sought to make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah law.
Meanwhile, this Daily Caller scoop from last week has been sitting in my browser tabs for days because I just can't think of anything to say about it or the Daily Caller that it doesn't just say itself, so very perfectly. The title of the piece: Global warming helpful to archaeologists.
“It’s worrying that glaciers are melting, but it’s exciting for us archeologists,” said Lars Piloe, a Danish archaeologist working on Norway’s glaciers.Fantastic. So now we finally have blunt conservative media acknowledgement that climate change is, indeed, real. But it's a bonus because, c'mon, we'll find more old Viking mittens this way! I can't believe we didn't think to melt all those glaciers earlier.
Recently, climate change has resulted in thrilling finds from Alaska to the Andes. The 5,300-year-old prehistoric man Otzi, discovered in 1991 in the Alps between Austria and Italy, remains the most famous glacier find to date.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Saying that 'the surge is working' ...:
|...has worked pretty well for the Cheney-Bush regime the past few months. It certainly calmed down the megamedia, which—after years of publishing and broadcasting stuff about Iraq quaffed from the Kool-Aid fire hose—had actually started doing the job they should have started in January 2002 when the White House initiated its march-to-war publicity tour. After years of fawning and phony patriotism in the aftermath of September 11, the megamedia finally began to make visible some ugly truths that had previously been confined to the world of the bloggerati.
Then came the "surge," the escalation designed to undermine the lukewarm recommendations of the Iraq Study Group. Within a couple of months, the coverage, except for the McClatchy people (and a few others whom you can call journalists without meaning the word as an epithet) were right back where Editor and Publisher Editor Greg Mitchell wrote about in So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits—and the President—Failed on Iraq.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin discusses Enfield, CT's decision to put armed guards in schools, the pullback from SC's proposed Docs 'n Glocks gag rule, and today's SCOTUS arguments. Armando joins in on the DOMA proceedings, issues of justiciability, standing, etc. underlying the substance. In between, statistical analysis of guns & safety as written up in The Guardian, and two recent #GunFAIL incidents that perfectly crystallize the issues behind those stats. And of course, conservative insanity: TN's "Sharia Sink," and Glenn Beck's insistence that the ethics probe of Michele Bachmann is a Muslim Brotherhood plot.