- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Ped X'ing:
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 24:
- Republican rebranding continues:
A Republican Senate candidate argued to The Dallas Morning News editorial board earlier this month that ranchers in Texas should be allowed to shoot "wetbacks" trying to cross the border illegally.And then, in his own defense, Chris Mapp explained what he really meant:
I would never advocate the use of deadly force unless in fear for your life or family … Force means by use of a means of detouring to turn around and go back where you came from or to not want to trespass in the first place. If you are confronted and choose not to turn around then you might run the risk of being forced physically to do so. If a verbal command or the sight of a weapon will not persuade you then you might suffer the consequences of a bad decision. (I never said shot, did I?).Well, okay then ...
- A canoe and a camera and a major story was born:
After a long day of reporting, Michael Biesecker sat by himself at a table at Outback Steakhouse in Danville, Va.Read the whole thing!
“And they brought me a big glass of water,” said Biesecker, a reporter with the Associated Press, in a phone interview with Poynter. “And I knew the water was drawn and treated from the river, and everyone around me was drinking that water.”
That water, he discovered earlier that day, was thick and dirty with toxic coal ash stored in a coal ash pond that had leaked into the Dan River. Biesecker asked the waitress if she’d heard of the spill. She hadn’t. Hardly anyone had.
I need to tell people what’s going on here, he thought.
- From the Department of Would Still Lose:
The public’s view of Mitt Romney has changed little since the 2012 presidential election, according to a new Gallup poll.(And yes, having Mitt and "forty-seven percent" in same story made me laugh.)
Forty-seven percent of people in the United States viewed Romney favorably, according to the poll released Monday. Just after the election, 50 percent viewed him favorably.
- Batter up:
A White House petition started Monday aims to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday — and Budweiser is all for it.
The beer has teamed up with a Hall of Famer from the its home team to request that the White House ensure “every American can exercise their inalienable right” to baseball.
- Suck it, bigots:
The final results are in, and opponents of California’s new law protecting transgender students have failed to collect enough signatures to challenge the law with a ballot referendum. County election officers determined that just 487,484 of the signatures they submitted were valid, short of the 504,760 that were necessary. The coalition fighting the law, Privacy for All Students (PFAS), submitted 619,387 signatures.
- An interesting article on the man some are calling a hero:
When the history of the bloody turbulence in Ukraine is written, a 26-year-old who learned combat skills in the army cadets may be recorded as the man who made up Viktor Yanukovich's mind to cut and run. [...]
But after opposition leaders had signed an EU-brokered deal with President Yanukovich to end the conflict, it was Parasiuk who commandeered the microphone on Friday night to turn the crowd against it.
With former boxing champion and opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko looking on stony-faced, Parasiuk, from the western city of Lviv, made an electrifying impromptu speech denouncing the opposition for "shaking hands with this killer".
No-one was going to wait for an election later in the year, he said. Yanukovich had to get out of town by the following morning or face the consequences.
To the dismay of opposition leaders, Parasiuk's emotional address - he broke down on several occasions as he remembered dead comrades - touched a chord deep within the thousands on Independence Square who roared their approval. [...]
An agreement, painstakingly negotiated with EU foreign ministers over a sleepless night, was effectively dead.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Appalachians and Obama? Greg Dworkin notes Daily Kos readers have known since 2008. OH's Gay Hitler dentist? You'll just have to hear it for yourself. MoJo's legislative GunFAIL list, "NYPD spies get a pass," & Cocaine, Inc's CEO busted.
- Well, sure ... God saw you dance:
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