- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Indefinite internment:
- Congrats to "Digby" for winning the prestigious Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism:
In many ways, Heather “Digby” Parton is the blogging godmother to a generation of new voices who grew up over the last decade to prominence at major journals, news sites, and on public affairs television. Just say "Digby" to any of hundreds journalists and commentators, and you'll get an appreciative smile.
Her blogging name stands for commitment and a consistent point of view. It also stands for both independence (she writes mainly for her own simply-designed blog) and generosity (she links frequently and credits others freely). Together with co-bloggers tristero and David Atkins, she has made Hullabaloo an influential daily read among the political technorati. Yet you will never see her on cable television, and she rarely does conferences. From her perch in a beach cottage in Santa Monica, she writes eloquently on a daily basis about feminism, race, labor, immigration, firearms, the environment, privacy, national security, and criminal justice reform.
- SC lieutenant governor candidate urges Christians to yank their kids out of public schools:
Addressing a crowd at an April 12 rally in Charleston, Republican E. Ray Moore said Christians currently face a culture war caused by the non-religious teachings of public schools.
“We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,” said Moore, after explaining that he had home-schooled his son.
He continued thus: “It cannot be fixed, the socialistic model, and we need to abandon that. As conservatives and Christians, if you think you’re going to win this war you’re in, and leave your children in those schools, it will not happen.”
- Erick Erickson explores new depths in attack on HRC: Here's the Red State and Foxaganda commentator at Rush Limbaugh's outhouse flinging fecal matter.
[I]t's very, very hard for incumbent parties to win three in a row no matter how it goes. Look at Bill Clinton going into 2000. I could be wrong. All my Democratic friends are salivating, yea, I have a couple of them.
They're all salivating at the idea of Hillary Clinton running in 2016. She's gonna be old. I don't know how far back they can pull her face, can I say that on the air?
- Sixty years ago today, Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 career home runs:
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Aaron began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League and joined the Milwaukee Braves of the major leagues in 1954, eight years after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball. Aaron was the last Negro League player to compete in the majors. He played his first game with the Braves on April 13 and went hitless in his five times at bat. Two days later, he got his first hit, a single, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and on April 23, 1954, pounded out his first major league home run off Cardinals’ pitcher Vic Raschi.
- Quiz! Match the word with its creator:
Are you a literary muscleman or a munchkin? A word ninja or a spewer of malaprops? And who came up with these terms anyway? In Authorisms, out this week, Paul Dickson traces writerly coinages (a coinage of the Elizabethan scribe George Puttenham) of words and expressions ranging from assassination (Shakespeare's Macbeth) to zombification (the poet Andrei Codrescu).
Dickson takes things too far sometimes—while Jane Austen may have been the first to mention base ball in print, for instance, it wasn't the baseball we know. Yet I was fascinated to discover that sayings I'd mistaken for relatively recent—blurb (1907), frenemy (1953), weapons of mass destruction (1937), wimp (from an 1898 children's book by Evelyn Sharpe)—actually predated me. It's enough to drive an anxious magazine editor to verbicide.
- Watch this drone fly way too close to passenger jet:
It might not look like much, but it's likely one of the first videos of a small-fry cinema drone cruising in close proximity of a descending passenger jet. The footage was shot over Vancouver International Airport by YouTube user Quadrotor Dragonfly late last year, and is just now coming to the attention of Canadian air safety officials.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter hit ACA news highlights, tells us Digby's won a Hillman, and note Medicaid expansion & birth control coverage are pretty popular. More Gop "no backsies!" NFL cheerleaders join the fight against wage theft.
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