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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Cartoon: Guns and butter(ed popcorn):
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Guns and butter(ed popcorn)
  • Glenn Beck says “I Think I Played A Role, Unfortunately, In Helping Tear The Country Apart”. Ya think? Really?
  • Exploring why divorce rates are higher in red states than blue:
    In a new study titled "Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates," which will be published later this month in the American Journal of Sociology, demographer and University of Austin professor Jennifer Glass set out to discover why divorce rates would be higher in religious states like Arkansas and Alabama—which boast the second and third highest divorce rates, respectively—but lower in more liberal states like New Jersey and Massachusetts.

    It was previously thought that socio-economic hardships in the South were largely to blame for high divorce rates, however Glass and her fellow researchers concluded that the conservative religious culture is in fact a major contributing factor thanks to "the social institutions they create" that "decrease marital stability.

  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 21:
    The world's largest oil disaster just got worse, by Nathan Empsall SierraRise

    W. Virginia Gov on Drinking the Water: 'It's Your Decision...I'm Not a Scientist', by Desi

    Legal experts: Alleged Sandy extortion could be more serious than Bridgegate, by Christian Dem in NC

  • On today's show #TeamBlackness discusses the responsibility of the media in light of Grantland's outing of a trans woman, Dr. V, who subsequently killed herself, why gummy African Masks may not be the best candy choice, and who should not play Whitney Houston in the planned biopic.

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  • Previously unpublished photos of 1986 Challenger launch appear on line: The 26 photos chronicle the launch and mid-flight explosion that killed astronauts Francis Scoobee, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Greg Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe. The photos were found in in the collection of a deceased woman by her grandson. Her husband had been a technician at NASA.
  • Rumors of My Death Department: The Valley Breeze in Cumberland, Rhode Island, reported John Chamatt had died in a head-on crash in Vermont. Hours later he called the newspaper to say he was perfectly fine and the crash had produced no injuries for him or the driver of the other vehicle.
  • "Mitt" movie: Crist betrayed Romney (and Guiliani) before he was a Democrat. Here's Tagg Romney in 2008:
    “Charlie Crist had promised my dad multiple times that he was going to stay neutral,” he says. “He talked to many people on our campaign and he promised them all he was going to stay neutral. And now he has announced he is going to endorse John McCain. Now it's two days before the election. This is a big deal. It’s a tight race, and it’s probably enough to tip it in McCain’s favor.” [...]

    “Dem or Republican, I’ll do whatever I can to bury that iguana,” said Will Ritter, a former Romney aide and GOP consultant. “For as long as I live. For free.”

  • They say they have a contingency plan:
    It’s easy to imagine members of the Super Bowl Planning Committee staring out the window today and asking themselves the question “What if?”

    What if a snowstorm didn’t show up on forecasters’ radar until just a few days before it hit? What if it dropped more than a foot of snow on East Rutherford at the worst possible time? What if it was coupled by wind chills of minus 15 and blizzard-like conditions, exposing players and spectators to potentially dangerous conditions for hours?

  • This from the nun-who-didn't-know-she-was-pregnant department (but presumably knew how she got that way):
    According to recently released study from North Carolina, in recent years there have been no less than 45 self-reported sexless pregnancies in the US alone. Virgin births—evidently not as unusual as you’d think.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular morning roundup featuring the McDonnell indictment, the continuing Chris Christie saga, and the most ridiculous ways pundits are thinking about them. For the second hour, we welcomed Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, our co-hosts for the day, thanks to their winning bid in the latest round of Netroots Nation fundraising auctions! Today being the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, they took us on a tour of the hot spots, and broke through the "issue silo" walls, reminding us of why we all have a stake in this fight.

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