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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Lindsey Graham, True Detective:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Lindsey Graham: True detective
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook March 18:
    If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?, by Tolerant Libertarian

    FDR's Economic Bill of Rights could be our Democratic Platform every American needs to hear again, by HoundDog

    Christiegate: Christie Campaign Manager Stepien was In on Lane Closure Plan, by ericlewis0

  • A few U.S. taverns are sanctioning Russian vodka:
    Bars in Tennessee and Texas have begun boycotting Russian vodka in response to Russia’s invasion, and now-annexation, of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

    A similar boycott of Russian vodka last year, primarily focused on superstar-brand Stolichnaya, is credited for bringing worldwide attention and condemnation to Russia’s draconian crackdown on its gay and trans citizens.

  • Right-winger derangement over Obama's March Madness picks. It happens every year. Obama makes his cautious choices. And right-wing crazies go off the deep end:
    Most recently, a Breitbart writeup of Obama’s 2014 picks ends with a textbook example of the kind of disingenuous scolding that’s defined conservatives’ jabs at the Obama brackets. “Pieces of Ukraine are falling apart and the health care plan’s a mess,” Breitbart’s Daniel Flynn writes. “But we finally have a president who really knows basketball, and for the next three weeks that’s all that matters. Thank goodness for distractions.”
    But they were even nuttier in 2011.
  • Jenny McCarthy tweets that keeps her job thanks to people's outrage (over her reckless and dangerous anti-vaccination stance). She says the outrage is keeping her Q score up:
    A Q score is a measure of brand familiarity. It essentially measures a celebrity's marketability. What this tweet is saying is 'your outrage makes me more famous and my fame keeps me employed.' Jenny McCarthy is famous for telling parents not to vaccinate their kids. This is not only awful advice, it's dangerous advice, too. (There's an outbreak of measles in New York City at this very moment.)
  • It took 90 years... but JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf is finally being published.
  • Oklahoma ran out of execution drugs:
    Oklahoma announced Tuesday that it was delaying two upcoming executions after it failed last week to get two of the three drugs it planned to use to execute a pair of death row inmates. In a brief filed Monday with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s assistant attorney general said Oklahoma does not have supplies of pentobarbital and vecuronium bromide. [...]

    States around the country are struggling to administer lethal injection death sentences after a number of pharmaceutical companies have denied them drugs. Many states have turned to unregulated compounding pharmacies, which has triggered a series of lawsuits from inmates. Because many corrections departments have tried to keep compounded pharmacies’ identities anonymous, death row inmates argue that without knowing where execution drugs are produced, it’s impossible to know if they’re manufactured in a way that would produce a humane execution and therefore be constitutional.

  • Judge says McDonnell's lawyers should write fewer briefs to save trees:
    A federal judge on Tuesday signaled that he is growing increasingly frustrated with the voluminous and at times rancorous filings by defense attorneys representing former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife in a corruption case, dismissing one of their recent requests as “dancing through fantasy land” and asking them and prosecutors to limit their written disputes “for the sanctity of the trees.”
  • Victoria "Obama is not a Christian" Jackson running for local office.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin's and Joan McCarter. NJ's Tesla ban, conservatives love Putin, The Hill's screamer ACA headline, the Gop's healthcare "plan," and McConnell's conserva-perv pal. The DoJ redefines "mortgage fraud" to mean "not our problem."

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