- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Cartoon: Tom Perkins is the Hitler of making accurate comparisons:
- Joe Romm on Obama's Jekyll and Hyde energy policy:
On the one hand, the President clearly stated his Dr. Jekyll commitment to cutting carbon pollution and fighting climate change. But not before he pushed his Mr. Hyde expansion of domestic fossil fuel production, starting early in the speech, where he touted this success: “More oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world —the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years.” [...]
- Not your grandma's Denver County Fair:
Best marijuana plant, fastest joint rolling and a Doritos eating contest.
Those are a few of the new marijuana-themed events at the Denver County Fair on Aug. 1-3. [...]
Marijuana plants will be judged for plant quality, not potency. Other contest categories include: • Best hemp fabric • Best homemade bong • Best brownie recipe • Best roach clip • Best tie-dye
- Former Bush speechwriter accuses Obama of "plagiarizing" Bush:
Appearing on Fox News Channel with anchor Megyn Kelly after President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday night, former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen said the president’s speech sounded uncannily similar to him. [...]
“Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush,” he added.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 28:
- NASA calls on private sector to build lunar landers:
In 2014, NASA has already outsourced space shuttles and astronaut training to private companies, not to mention the agency has enjoyed huge returns by handing over its ISS cargo runs to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences.
It should come as no surprise, then, that NASA has decided to open lunar surface exploration to the commercial market. The new initiative is called Lunar CATALYST, which stands for CArgo Transportation And Landing bY Soft Touchdown (a somewhat forced acronym, but the effort is appreciated). It was announced on January 16, but the details weren't hammered out until a teleconference held yesterday.
- National Congress of American Indians releases video attacking "R-----ns" name: The 70-year-old National Congress of American Indians has released a video—"Proud to Be"—expanding the group's decades-long efforts to eradicate the offensive R-word. The pan-Indian organization released a 29-page report last October called Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports & the Era of Harmful ‘Indian’ Sports Mascots. The new video is here.
- Catholic bishop says he performs exorcisms on gay people because he loves them:
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, took to LifeSiteNews during last week’s March for Life to defend his recent performance of an anti-gay exorcism. The gay rights foe explained that he performed the “minor exorcism” in order to “renounce Satan and break our relationship with the Devil” and “drive out the Devil from his influence that seems to be pervading our culture.” [...]
Paprocki said that the exorcism was done out of love for gay people, whom he explained need to be disciplined like children being punished by their parents: “Like any good parent will tell you that sometimes you have to disappoint your child, sometimes you have to say ‘no’ and sometimes you even have to punish them.”
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we were supposed to be talking about the SOTU and the multiple "responses," but all that's on anyone's mind today is Michael Grimm. Joan McCarter joined us, noting apparent Republican concessions on the ACA, and the complete absence of abortion as an issue in the official response, though it dominated the day on the House floor. Greg Dworkin noted Snowden's Nobel nomination, the Gop's difficulty dealing with ACA success and The Math of Medicaid expansion. More on Grimm's checkered past and on Uber, "tech libertarianism," and the "disruption" model.
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