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24 Jan 2011 23:15


Politics: Antonin Scalia speaks to Congress, world stays relatively normal

  • event Tea Party Caucus leader and all-around accurate human being Michele Bachmann invited Antonin Scalia to speak to Congress about the Constitution. Some cried “conflict of interest.”
  • result Roughly 30-35 legislators showed up, four of them reportedly Democrats. (!!!) “I told them to pay attention to the Constitution,” Justice Scalia said. See, he did what he was asked! source

24 Jan 2011 23:07


Offbeat: What happens when you use a lighter to search under a bed?

  • idea Attempting to find a lost remote control under his bed, a nineteen year-old used a lighter for illumination.
  • backfire He accidentally ignited his mattress, which ultimately set the house on fire and killed the family’s three dogs.
  • lesson When avoidable, don’t use a flame as a light source. Especially when near flammable objects, such as a house. source

24 Jan 2011 22:35


Politics: Rubio to caucusing Tea Party senators: Count me out

  • NO Marco Rubio won’t join the Senate Tea Party Caucus source

24 Jan 2011 22:13


Politics: Mitch McConnell won’t participate in bipartisan seating arrangements

  • yes In a rare show of unity, Republicans and Democrats are pairing together at the State of the Union address.
  • no Senator Mitch McConnell won’t be partaking in the festivities; “I’m going to sit where I usually sit,” he told Fox News.
  • maybe If a Democratic legislator walks up to McConnell’s table and sits next to him anyway, will he change seats? source

24 Jan 2011 21:53


Politics: Tim Pawlenty casts self in “Independence Day” sequel

  • Poor Tim Pawlenty. For reasons we’ve never fully understood, he got pigeonholed early on as 2012’s “bland” candidate (“blandidate,” if you will), and despite his best efforts, he can’t seem to shake that label for some stupid reason. So what’s the most rational way for Pawlenty to fix this? If you didn’t answer, “release an ad for his book that looks like a Michael Bay trailer,” you’re clearly a moron. In terms of movie-ness, this commercial makes Palin’s Mama Grizzlies video look like a Mike Gravel ad.  source

24 Jan 2011 20:49


Politics: Will the Illinois Supreme Court take Rahm Emanuel’s case?

  • I don’t think anybody really expected that result. And I don’t know that it will hold up once it goes to the Illinois Supreme Court.
  • Northwestern University law professor (and former Illinois State Senator) Dawn Clark Netsch • Explaining why she feels that the decision to disallow Rahm to run for mayor of Chicaco Chicago (sorry) was a bad one and will likely get overturned. Not everyone feels that way, but the decision did come as a bit of a surprise to everyone involved. It sucks to be Rahm right now – even if he can succeed at getting this decision overturned (the Illinois Supreme Court doesn’t exactly pull itself out of the crypt for any loser’s appeal), it’s quite possible that his name may not be on a bunch of ballots. Uh-oh. source

24 Jan 2011 16:40


Politics: CPAC’s GOProud invite fractures social conservatives

  • cause The ultra-conservative CPAC conference has invited GOProud,  an organization for LGBT conservatives, to attend.
  • effect Following the lead of some socially conservative groups, Sen. Jim DeMint and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan will not attend.  source
  • » Last year at CPAC: Virulently anti-gay activist Ryan Sorba condemned the 2010 event over the acceptance of GOProud into the fold, and was booed off the stage. This will, it seems, be an ongoing issue for the conference.

24 Jan 2011 13:52


U.S.: Emanuel’s Chicago mayoral candidacy struck down by court

  • NO Rahm Emanuel is not eligible to run for mayor of Chicago source
  • » What happened: A state appeals court ruled that while Rahm owned property in Chicago for the requisite amount of time necessary (one year), he wasn’t actually living there, and thus is ineligible for the election. In a world in which rivals sometimes accuse each other of being “carpet-baggers,” it probably stings to have an official ruling saying so.

24 Jan 2011 13:35


Culture: Jack LaLanne, fitness legend, dead at 96

Jack LaLanne, the famous fitness guru who was said to have stuck to a two-hour per day workout schedule into his 90s, died Sunday. He was 96. source

24 Jan 2011 13:18


Tech: Australian iPhone users fight back against pricey citations

  • I could show you a list of maybe 20 to 30 parking tickets that I had last year, in my town, just by being a normal driver. I must have spent thousands of dollars.
  • Joseph Darling • The Australian man, through his firm, developed an iPhone app called “ParkPatrol,” which allows users to update and notify each other when parking police are in the area. The app displays the locations on a map, with cartoon policemen denoting where, at last notice, the citation-wielding officers are. Darling stated the idea was “pretty much born out of frustration.” source