- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Sunday Talking About Stuff Show:
- Here is what you missed on Sunday:
- GOP will repeat Ryan budget history by adopting Camp tax plan next year, by Jon Perr
- What if legislators didn't have to draw majority-minority districts? Democrats would lose big, by Stephen Wolf
- The Vaccination Intervention, by DarkSyde
- The demographic underpinnings behind America's blue shift, illustrated with interactive maps, by David Jarman
- Obama's foreign policy doctrine and why it makes sense, by brooklynbadboy
- 'I support the troops, but they did volunteer …', by Mark E Andersen
- Why are so many conservative politicians brandishing guns?, by Ian Reifowitz
- Women's History: Latinas, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Our Corporate Anthem, by Mark Sumner
- Conservative ideology sentences citizens to poor health and permanent poverty, by Egberto Willies
- Terry Coppage, creator of Bartcop, R.I.P:
One of the originators of lefty blogging, Bartcop, has died at age 60, and he's taken his blog with him. If you never read him, Terry Coppage, his real name, was ass-kicking from the start. Bartcop was a breath of profane, fresh air that started in 1996, predating pretty much everything you know on the internet. All the things others do, from link aggregating to ranting to posting funny or sexy pictures, Bartcop was there as one of the first. He kept the crude look of the page, so much so that scrolling through even the most recent issues is like a trip back in time.You can read a more complete obituary here. And bartcopfan's Sunday tribute here.
- Lawmaker makes racist tweet about NBA, then pleads innocence:
A Minnesota legislator's tweet about the NBA has prompted hundreds of responses, with many on social media calling it racist.
State Rep. Pat Garofalo sent a tweet Sunday that read: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime."
The Star Tribune reports that when asked about the tweet, the Farmington Republican said he was "talking about NBA's high arrest rate and that they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation."
- Supreme Court hearts boobies: The U.S. Supreme Court announced without comment Monday that it will not review the case of two Pennsylvania teenagers who wore cancer-awareness bracelets saying "I heart boobies" to their middle school in 2010.
The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling striking down a ban on the bracelets. The ban was put in place by the Easton Area School District, which says the breast-cancer awareness bracelets are lewd in their use of sexual innuendo.
- Kim Jong Un wins his election with 100 percent of vote: The "election" was for North Korea's 13th Supreme People's Assembly. The government usually says turnout is 99 percent. Only one candidate's name appears on the ballot for each of the 687 seats, with citizens able to vote yes or no. None of the ballots were marked no in the dictator's district, it was announced. The assembly is essentially a paper parliament that meets rarely.
"This is an expression of all the service personnel and people's absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him," the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
- It's not just black market guns that people sell via Facebook.
- Vermonters like the idea of a state-run bank. As a result of the efforts of the Non-Partisan League 100 years ago, North Dakota has a state-run bank. And despite the conservative nature of politics in the state today, there is no move to get rid of it. Instead, there are many of us who would like to replicate it across the nation. Enter Vermonters for a New Economy. They decided to see what citizens of the Green Mountain State think about the idea:
This year, the group urged citizens to petition to place the public-banking question on the agendas of town meetings across the state—distributing information outlining a proposal to turn the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) into a state bank. Under the plan, the group explained, “the State of Vermont would deposit its revenues into the state bank. The bank would use these funds in ways that would create economic sustainability in Vermont by partnering with community banks to make loans and engaging in other activities that would leverage state funds to promote economic well-being in the state. The interest from these loans would be returned to the bank instead of out of state interests and would be available for further investment in the local economy or could be transferred to the state general fund. The bank would not invest in the risky financial instruments that the megabanks seem to love. The bank’s activities would be open and available for public inspection.”
Last week, at least twenty Vermont town meetings took up the issue and voted “yes.”
In many cases, the votes were overwhelming.
- California lawmaker wants to ban capture of orcas for entertainment purposes.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin helps us welcome DST, has new data on the dropping uninsured rate, and the best CPAC wrap-up pieces. Zaid Jilani on newsroom self-censorship. Zimmerman's peddling autographs at gun shows. Galt Lake City?
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