- Bill O’Reilly’s Super Bowl interview with President Obama [Fox News]
- “President Obama, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, tried to put behind him the scandals that have hung over his second term, suggesting his administration did not mislead the public on the Benghazi attack and going so far as to say the IRS targeting scandal had “not even a smidgen of corruption.” [Fox News]
- Janet Yellen takes over the Fed—and takes on politics [Politico]
- “The super wealthy boost the Republican Governors Association ahead of the Democrats going into 2014. But can Gov. Chris Christie keep the money flowing [Slate]
- The U.S., E.U. wade deeper into Ukraine standoff with aid Plan [WSJ]
- Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, and the 25-year-old wunderkind Dems fell for [National Journal]
- The Middle Class is steadily eroding. Just ask the business world. [NYT]
- The most expensive Senate race of the cycle—so far [Roll Call]
- Why the U.S. can’t kill the Benghazi attackers with a drone strike [TIME]
- Marijuana-laced treats leave Colorado jonesing for safety rules [NPR]
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Joan Mondale has died. Former second lady and passionate supporter of the arts.
Condolences to her family.
The more I read about and hear this guy, the more I like him. Richard Sherman tells fans to stop ripping Peyton Manning on Twitter.
(Dear Richard , we need a good secondary in Dallas. Can Jerrah's people call your people? Please?)
I don't think you understand, Sue.
Sherman plays on a team that actually wins playoff games.
Actually Sue, dammit, yer wish is half granted!
Keep yer hands off! He's ars!
You just don't get it.
Sue has a sense of humor.
Humor is something you don't earn. Ya either got it or ya don't got it.
And, ya don't got it.
Ahyuh. Yup. 780+ citations over 30 links for me vs none over dozens for you.
That kind of "wrong" I can live with..
A little background on the college education of the woman trotted out by the GOP to rebut Obama.
In writing last week about Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (R-WA) State of the Union response, I noted her mention that she was the first person in her family to go to college. At Religion News Service, religious studies professor Matthew Rindge takes a look at that college, and provides some vital insights into how "Christian" education has helped shape some of the stars of the Republican Party's religious leaders.
Rindge writes from Gonzaga University, a Jesuit institution in Spokane, Washington, part of the Congressional district Rodgers represents. He says that Pensacola Christian College, from which Rodgers graduated in 1990, provides an "extreme" treatment of the Bible, and a "peculiar" attachment to the King James Version. "Their obsession with the KJV," Rindge notes, "is at odds with scholars who consider dozens of alternative English versions (the New Revised Standard Version, for example) to be more faithful translations since they, unlike the KJV, are based on more ancient (and reliable) biblical manuscripts."
@mantisdragon91 Of course the KJV is more authoritative! Jesus spoke Elizabethan English. Everybody knows that.
Also of note, PCC was unaccredited until last year. Rodgers graduated in 1990. These people can't even go to real schools.
Religion is the only subject in which some people are proud of believing the same thing at age 40 that they believed when they were 6. It is the only field in which development in critical thinking is seen by some as regression. With religion, people think their opinion is as legitimate as a trained professional. And the consequences are not merely academic: People unwilling to engage in a critical study of religion or the Bible are destined to worship a God and Jesus of their own making.
This peculiar brand of nonthinking religion might help explain how a person of "faith" might vote against giving women equal pay to men (Lilly Ledbetter Act), or vote against including gays, lesbians, Native Americans, and immigrants as people that should be protected against domestic violence (Violence Against Women Act), or vote to cut food to hungry children and the elderly.
Don't they vet these people? Do they just grab someone off the street willing to tell an Obama story and not care at all that it doesn't pan out? I know they think their base is stupid and that they can sell them anything, but at some point it becomes embarrassing to show just how stupid they think the base is. Can't they figure out that maybe an independent who actually reads and thinks can figure it out?
“I should just say at the outset that I think as a rule, I do think sometimes we do over-punish people for crimes they’ve committed in the past,” Cooke opined. “We take away their vote, we take away their guns, and we can sometimes ruin their lives for too long.”
“But this is an issue where privacy is of paramount importance,” he continued. “There’s a lot of personal information and financial information that is being pushed through the system. And some of the people who are working in the system really have some developed skills of fraud and corruption.”
OT, but starting tomorrow evening, we're supposed to get a quarter inch of ice followed by 6" of snow.
@fitty_three, I'll take my truck to work. Hopefully, by the time I get off at midnight, the snowplows and salt trucks will have started.
That is serious. Hope you don't.
I'll keep my fingers crossed.
You got it. That kind of weather can be truly dangerous. Keep out from under trees. The last ice storm we had did tremendous damage. That ice can split heavy branches right off trees.
I remember standing outside after our last one and you could hear cracking, splitting, and crashing everywhere.
@fitty_three, it's a 2 and a quarter mile drive down to the valley. The hill is the only part that gives me trouble. The trouble is people out driving that don't know how.
This is going to be way worse. Much, much worse if our ice storms are any guide.
That's what sucks about ice storms:
It doesn't matter where you are, there's no gerrymandering that situation.
@fitty_three, if I get killed driving home tomorrow night, I will you my likes. Use them unwisely.
I'm sorry, I've made it sound like it's more than it is. I should remember that ice storms occur elsewhere, too.
They are capable of a lot of damage and your neophyte drivers are in for some serious nasties.
And who is Will? Is he your lawyer?;-)
@fitty_three, even 4WD is no good on ice. If worse comes to worse, I'kll stay at work until morning. Of course if it's really bad and my relief can't make it in, I'll be staying there anyway.
@nflfoghorn, he's never had to walk a mile in another man's hand-crafted patent leather Italian shoes.
@mantisdragon91 Colts fans will probably tell you he doesn't believe in the draft either.
@mantisdragon91 Dude's been not-poor all of his life. He can pay off his ex- and still live comfortably. Why not be a Republical?
Because if Christians are oppresssed and underepresented anywhere in the world its Mississippi.Mississippi tackles perceived Christian oppression with ‘religious freedom’ bill
@mantisdragon91, the law seems to be working now. They're not being prevented from practicing their religion. Maybe I was wrong.
From the article:
"The bill’s chief sponsor, Republican Sen. Phillip Gandy, said the measure is intended to address the perception by some Christians that their right to practice religion is being inhibited by the government, although he admitted he hadn’t heard of any examples of the state doing so."
So. You pass a law to protect you from a situation that doesn't exist. And they wonder why we laugh at them.
You haven't been to Forks, WA, obviously.
Paul Ryan tries to claim the Pope endorses GOP principles. Hilarity ensues.
According to Paul Ryan, Pope Francis’s views are right in line with the GOP’s; he’s in favor of the free market and he’s steadfastly opposed to the “welfare state.”
During an interview on ABC this Sunday, Ryan, who is infamously Catholic, was asked by host George Stephanopolous if he’d been “a little too flip” in his past criticisms of the Pope.
“No, not at all,” Ryan insisted. “They have crony capitalism in Argentina, where you have exploitation. That is not the free market, that’s crony capitalism. We’re starting to see some crony capitalism here in America.”
And if you look at his comments very closely, he always talks about the welfare mentality,” Ryan added. “He always talks about the welfare mentality and how we have to avoid creating a welfare state. Bring the poor in and create upward mobility and free enterprise that gives opportunity to everybody, no matter who they are and where they are in life in America. That’s what we’re for.”
“You don’t think he’d endorse your budget, do you?” Stephanopoulos asked sardonically.
“Of course not, he’s a pope!” Ryan replied. “Popes don’t endorse budgets. Popes say let’s have a conversation about how to fix the broken status quo, how to bring the poor in, how to not have a welfare state, and how to produce upward mobility. Popes don’t endorse actual legislative changes or budgets like that.”
About a year ago, Ryan made headlines when he criticized the Pope’s attacks against unbridled capitalism, saying that the Pontiff doesn’t really understand how capitalism works since “they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina.
Watch the ABC segment in the video below, via The Raw Story:
@mantisdragon91 Crony Aynism?
@Paul,nnto @Sue_N @mantisdragon91 "If you look at his comments (which I have so helpfully translated from the original not-English … could be Latin … or Spanish … who knows with these guys?) very closely … after you've run them through this sooper-secret Republican decoder ring … and if you stand on your head and hold your mouth just right and play this Beatles song backward … then you will see that I am just completely making this sh|t up because no way in hell has this pope (or any pope, really, except maybe the Borgia guy) said anything that remotely supports any of my Randian nonsense."
@mantisdragon91 I would really, really like Ryan to produce the pope's statements against a welfare state and in favor of free enterprise. I'm not sure which "pope" he thinks said that stuff, but it wasn't Francis. Or Benedict. Or JPII. Or …
@mantisdragon91 Could the GOP allow us to even see what "real capitalism" looks like. We spend $36 million on SNAP and $860 million on corporate welfare every year and we can't afford SNAP? If we can't afford $36M, we sure as hell can't afford $860 M. Is Ryan willing to bite the hands that feeds the GOP???