- “Islamist rebels and extremist groups have seized control of most of Syria’s oil and gas resources, a rare generator of cash in the country’s war-battered economy, and are now using the proceeds to underwrite their fights against one another as well as President Bashar al-Assad…” [NYT]
- “Ukraine’s crisis is lurching into chaos.” [Economist]
- Obama Takes State of the Union Message on the Road [TIME]
- Obama Vows Iran Sanctions Veto, Skips ‘March to War’ Talk [TIME]
- Republicans Dismiss Obama’s State of the Union as More of the Same [TIME]
- Obama Announces New myRA Retirement Accounts [WSJ]
- “If the unthinkable happens during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will assume the role of President of the United States.” [TIME]
- Lawmakers as seat savers [TIME]
- Full text of the speech, and the fact check
- SOTU: Make it Stop [Politico]
OT, but I went upstairs to ask my wife if she'd watch an old sci-fi movie with me before I went to bed. She asked which one. I told her "The Cyclops". Even sitting there with one eye bandaged, she laughed. Then she suggested something that I couldn't do. Good night folks.
[in an inappropriately grandiose @collioure-style announcement]
I hereby announce the top three winners of the most dangly, serpentine gerrymandered congressional districts!
The Totally DSGCD Award, which looks like a hugely blown up Star Spangled Spriochete embedded in Lucite(R).
[flabby drumroll, punctuated by derisive raspberry]
A la Crocidile Dundee: Now THiS is a map.
Justice delayed (by request of her defense) until July.
OT, but I was going to watch The Ten Commandments the other night. I went upstairs to get it and my wife noticed it. She asked me if I was going to make everyone watch it on Easter again and I said yes. She took it away from me and said Easter was enough. She was complaining that I go around talking like Moses for days after we watch it and she couldn't stand it twice. Foiled again.
@sacredhWas it the same thing you told the MIL's pastor?
While @NP042's submission shows the savagery of Nature, Read in Tooth and Claw, with the Pennsylvania's 6th nearly succeeding in chawing the 7th in half, it just barely fell short of the feeding frenzy depicted in Houson, Texas.
Number One and the winner of this years Totally DSGCD award is......
@Robbert5.and his totally dangly, serpentine sinuous 12th Congressional District from Kayntuckey, y'all!
This one, while not as long as the @nflfoghorn's submission, takes the prize narrowly, and I do mean narrowly, because the 5th in Floda has fat parts, whereas the slinkyness of the 12th is unabashedly uninterrupted from end to end.
Please accept the Star Spangled Spirochete in A Chunk of Glass on behalf of the Queendom of Ivy!
@nflfoghorn.and the long and winding 5th Congressional district.
While not showing the savagery and sheer bloodiness of the Texas districts submitted by Sue, it is certainly the longest of the dangly, serpentine abominations sprouting from the forehead of the GOP mindset : The epitome of how to keep minorities from exercising political power.
@Sue_Nhas provided dramatic example featuring raw visual savegery:
Houston: The tooth and claw fight between the 29th, which apparently has seized the 18th by the neck in Houston while the 7th and 9th are involved in a bloody dismemberment of the 2nd.
Nature is red in tooth and claw, after all!
@sacredh I'm sure they'll use their own archived footage....
Bernie Shaw hiding behind the curtain.
Bob Novak grumbling about the haircuts.
@nflfoghorn So now they're drawing Florida districts to look like Burmese pythons?
Change your avatar to an upside down cross.
I like the dog picture. Lets stick with what works.
Do I want to know what that is?
Was she guilty by funny smell this time as well?
In Italy I assume? Maybe they can acquit her and hold another trail. Heck, they could make it an annual thing.
@nflfoghorn, ding ding ding!! We have a winner.
Not pompous enough. Sorry.
@nflfoghorn, we bought dvds of all the Ed Sullivan shows that featured the Beatles. They've held up amazingly well.
@Sue_N @nflfoghorn Been that way for years, unfortunately. That's how Ander Crenshaw and Corrine Brown stay in office - Corrine gets all the blah people. It was an upset in '12 when Cliff Stearns was kicked out of his district by GOTP veterinarian Ted Yoho.
@Sue_N Quoth the Raven?
@DonQuixotic, you've seen my tattoo? By Tattoo I mean birthmark.
@DonQuixotic, wrong picture. That was a leg injury. I meant to click thebloody head injury. Just a minute.
I'll butt out here, but I hope she's ok.
I'm off to see the Wizard.
@nflfoghorn, goodnight all. The Cyclops it is.
@nflfoghorn, she's not feeling well at all. Her eye lid is swelling and pressing against the patch. plus, she's trashed.
Careful, Sacred could take that in more than one way:)
@nflfoghorn, we're dvr'ing the Beatles special. We'll watch it tomorrow night when her patch is off.
@nflfoghorn, I was just joking, but I think I am going to watch it. It haven't seen it in years.
Don't forget that the Colorado River saws throught the Triassic, Permian, Carboniferous, Devonian, Silurian, Cambrian and pre-Cambrian strata before finishing out in the Vishnu Shale dated at 1.7 billion years.
The evolution of life can be traced from Chuaria to the paleocology in the nearby Petrified Forest at the dawn of the dinosaurs.
Your bagger friends won't be happy at all about that.
@MrObvious, I've always been against tattoos. I have yet to see one on an older man that didn't look bad. I thought I'd spare myself.
@MrObvious I'm really sick of hearing about her honestly.
Can't hold a trial in the US - the US Government would need standing.
Whether or not there will be extradition is going to have less to do with whether Knox is or isn't guilty but whether or not there are concerns about Italy not respecting a future extradition request from the US. If Italy has tended to not respect them anyways, this will be a non-issue. After all, if an Italian decides to murder someone in the US then flee to Italy....would the US want him extradited?
The really ugly part.....this has stopped being a justice thing and started being a nationalism thing - on BOTH sides of the ocean.
@DonQuixotic @collioure @MrObvious
Without proof other than the bad smell.
Prosecutor should mean something, so should a trial. Arbitrary legal mambo jumbo is more like a kangaroo court.