- Today's comic by Matt Bors is The origin of Duck Dynasty's free speech:
- Eliot Spitzer and wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, announce end of their marriage:
"We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject," read the announcement.
The split comes on the heels of a report on Sunday in The New York Post's Page Six that the former candidate for New York City Comptroller was seen at the apartment of Lis Smith, his former spokesperson who is now the communications director for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
- Judge resentences rapist. Still no prison time:
Last month, an Alabama county judge sentenced a man convicted of raping a young teen several times to probation and treatment, but no jail time. When the victim of the rapes came forward, Limestone County Circuit Court Judge James Woodroof’s surprising sentence generated outrage from the public, and an appeals court ordered Woodroof to re-sentence Austin Smith Clem.
But on Monday, Woodroof once again handed down a sentence that included no prison time.
- Ex-BP analyst says "peak oil" here now or almost:
"We are probably in peak oil today, or at least in the foot-hills," Dr. Richard Miller said recently at a talk in London. According to the Guardian, Miller "prepared BP's in-house projections of future oil supply for BP from 2000 to 2007," and is bringing peak oil back into focus at the end of a petroleum-soaked year. He says that oil production has already peaked in 37 oil-producing countries, and that global production is declining at about 3.5 million barrels every year. Continued reliance on oil, and the coming shortage, will do nothing less than "break economies." [...]
Bottom line being, oil companies and governments are jazzed on new technologies and extraction techniques like fracking and tar sands—Exxon and co are running shiny ads touting domestic energy production—but none of that changes the fact that oil is running out. We're getting better at scraping the bottom of the barrel, but you can only get so much.
- 153 years after suffering massacre, Wiyot tribe returns home:
When a few canoes carrying a group of Wiyot tribal members to Indian Island cross the choppy waters of Humboldt Bay [California] in March, it will not look as if anything particularly special is happening.The massacre was one of several carried out simultaneously over a week in which at least another 150 Wiyot at other locations were killed. Nobody was ever prosecuted at this time when California had a $5 bounty on Indians.
The nondescript, flat, marshy 275-acre island sits beneath a bridge upon which traffic whizzes by on busy Route 255. But what will take place will be remarkable: 153 years after Indian Island was the site of a brutal massacre of the Wiyot, it will bear witness to a ceremony of rebirth and testament of survival for a people brought to the brink of extinction. [...]
A posse of white settlers sneaked through the darkness one night in 1860 and murdered more than 50 [as many as 250] Native American women and children, mostly with axes and hatchets.
- Mother, daughter reunited after 71 years: For decades, Brooke Mayo believed her daughter, born of a 1941 rape and given up for adoption, was dead. Then a letter arrived.
- On today's "classic" Kagro in the Morning show, it's the December 27, 2012 episode, and Greg Dworkin joined us to kick off discussion of one of the more bizarre stories of the past few days: Dick Armey's armed coup at FreedomWorks. We also discussed Bushmaster's ad campaign for its AR-15 product. You know, the one that reads, "Consider your man card reissued." That's what's made it the weapon of choice in the country's most infamous massacres! Finally, a reminder that the Fiscal Thingy hasn't been resolved yet, and isn't very likely to be, either, while the debt ceiling appears to have crept up on us once again.
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