- Russia Claims U.S. Meddling Over Ukraine [NYT]
- “The largest and most expensive Winter Olympic Games in history likely will be remembered for palm trees, reminders of Cold War tensions between the United States and Russia and high-flying flips in new events that offer X Games thrills…Spectators—near and far—will get their first glimpse of that vision during Friday’s Opening Ceremony.” [USA Today]
- “A week after signaling that House Republicans would pursue an overhaul of immigration laws, Speaker John A. Boehner declared Thursday that his caucus is unlikely to move forward until President Obama gains their trust.” [WashPost]
- 5 Reasons Immigration Reform Is Going Nowhere Fast [TIME]
- Why Democrats Will Win on Unemployment Insurance [National Journal]
- “The Senate voted 96-0 Thursday to confirm Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as U.S. ambassador to China.” [Hill]
- House Republicans Get Debt Ceiling Giggles [TIME]
- New Guilty Verdict Could Be Bad News For SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen [TIME]
- Apple Repurchases $14 Billion of Own Shares in Two Weeks [WSJ]
- Vice President Joe Biden Not High on Marijuana Legalization [TIME]
- “On drug sentencing, a growing number of Republicans are ready to shed the party’s law-and-order image in favor of reform.” [Slate]
- Chris Christie’s Loss is [Someone’s] Gain [Politico Mag]
- The final Tonight show with Jay Leno [NBC]
- Jay Leno Says Goodbye to the Tonight Show, Probably for Real This Time [TIME]
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OT, but when you write up a report and it includes 9-1-1, firetruck, ambulance and stretcher, it wasn't a good day. Goodnight. I'm whipped.
The Power Player of the Week on Fox News Sunday was Toni Hiley, the curator of the CIA Museum which is only open to officers on their first day on the job.
Ms Hiley was very proud of the model of bin Laden's house which was used for training. When Chris Wallace probed, "Of course, you couldn't see inside?" she responded to the effect that such was one of the things they couldn't talk about.
@collioure Bin Ladin's house? The Fool on the Hill strikes again.
There are still 60+ lurkers and 2050 comments on the Nye thread. They are still trying to stab each other to death in The Name of Our Lord.
Do you suppose them Canadicans have declared war on us?
Because if you ask me, I'd say they have a pretty good strategy;~)
...and following it up with blasts of cold air and snowstorms. I'd swear that they were trying to make natural hockey rinks down here.
@fitty_three, sending us Cruz and Beiber? ; )
I think we need to put our blimps up along the border. Christie, Limbaugh, Beck....
The Canadicans cancelled global warming?
Nevermind. It makes sense. How can you play Hockey without ice?
Shirt. I'm assimilating!
I spelled Hockey as a proper noun. Oh, noes!
Nah, just getting you in the proper Winter Olympic Spirit
If the US beats Canada in Hockey (see! proper noun!), what will happen to Canada?
Ok, remember when Vancouver rioted after losing the Stanley Cup final
Edmonton and Montreal have *both* done that when they won a playoff series.
In 2010, Putin tore a strip off of Ovechkin when their team got knocked out in the first elimination round. I'm expecting something similar.
Actually, the most incredible stat, IMO, is that in the 2010 Olympics, 80% of Canada watched part of the Gold Medal Game and 65% watched Crosby score the game winner. There are few times where any nation can say it was a shared national moment, but that one was a shared national moment.
The start time for the Gold Medal game is 4am. Something tells me it won't be the same shared national moment.
That said, I *really* want the Gold Medal game to be between Russia and Canada. Just imagine the story: the reigning champions vs the host nation. Exciting.
Well, if your team kicks our asses, I'm all for Canada giving Pootin' Putin a black eye or two.
And Canada is kind of almost the US anyway, and I mean that in a good way. It's a win-win for me.
It's not likely that the US and Canada will meet. The US is pooled with Russia in the prelims whereas Canada and the Czechs have easier pools.
Man, Pool A looks ugly. US and Russia as top tier and then Slovakia as your second tier. Should be fun.
One thing I don't get, though, is how they end up with US and Canada in the same pool in Women's Hockey. I mean, it's generally agreed that women's Hockey has Canada and the US being miles ahead of everyone. Why would you put them in the same pool?
I think our local weather station throws darts to make predicitions. We've already got about 2 inches of new snow and it's still going strong:
I can throw darts pretty good.
Are they taking applications?
@fitty_three, when they get close to our actual weather/temperature/snowfall, it's a rarity. Romney's pollsters were more accurate.
Must be one of those entry level jobs, like slinging hash.
Renton and Seattle did pretty good, they got all the slopes and skipped the straight flat stuff. The right way to do it in my mind.
GOP diversity on parade for 2016 presidential bid:
Go ahead. Laugh. I did.
Well, Libertarians are a different race, aren't the?
From the article:
"Democrats are known as having great policies (for minorities) on paper, but it's harder to rise through the ranks," said Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University. "The Republicans don't have great policies on paper, but they are often more supportive of their minority candidates."
I tried but my tongue is now stuck between my two front teeth.
No, I'm afraid not. Their attitude and approach to the black community has become the template, unfortunately.
@fitty_three, the democratic party is deeply flawed. I'll be the first to admit that. But in their defense, they TRY to provide a voice to everyone. Women actually represent women's issues and don't have to worry about backlash from within the party.Our minority candidates actually voice minority concerns. We don't trot out a woman or minority and make a big deal out of it, it's who we are and what we represent.
No, it's certainly not. The GOP is dumber than a box of rubber donuts. If they even got inkling about the real reason the black community rejects them by such wide margins, they'd wipe the floors, the ceiling, and at least two walls with us after they apply what they'd learn.
Off to get my daughter.
@fitty_three, I think their entire problem boils down to them only wanting women and minorities candidates that angry old white men feel comfortable with. Theywant their women and minorities to be echo chambers and not actually represent anything that even hints of diversity.
Exactly. And even if it isn't intentional, it becomes tokenism by using that litmus.
The problem is that the GOP minority candidates just happen to support the old white guy POV when they run. Can you say "Token"?