- Today's comic is Super-Fun-Pak Comix: Science facts for the internet-addled, and more by Ruben Bolling:
- Ahhh, newbies:
“When they welcomed Leader Pelosi and everyone stood up to applaud, a frantic new member got up — breakfast plate in hand — rushed over to me and asked, ‘Wait … what meeting is this?!’ I said, ‘This is the Democratic Caucus.’ He said, ‘Oh s—, I’m in the wrong meeting. Where are the Republicans meeting?’” the anonymous tipster said of the mini-drama.
The confused caucuser? Rep.-elect Chris Collins, R-N.Y.
- Don't rush into anything, Ireland:
Ireland's government on Thursday pledged to clarify its abortion laws after a woman, who was denied a termination, died from septicaemia in an Irish hospital.
Thousands held a candle-lit vigil outside parliament on Wednesday after news broke of the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian Hindu, following a miscarriage 17 weeks into her pregnancy.
Activists in Ireland, an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country which has some of the world's most restrictive laws on abortion, say a lack of legal clarity about when termination's are justified may have contributed to her death. [...]
After several challenges, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that Ireland must clarify its position.
The government has received recommendations from an expert panel after a delay of several months and would report before the end of the month, [Deputy Prime Minister Eamon] Gilmore said. Critics say the government has been dragging its heels to avoid confronting the issue.
- Yes, this happened:
Two dozen pro-nudity activists wearing little but their righteous indignation assembled on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday to protest a proposed municipal ban on public nakedness.
"We are here today in response to an attack on our fundamental freedom, our freedom to be ourselves in our own city," disrobed rally organizer Gypsy Taub declared as her fellow activists displayed signs saying, "Nudity is Natural" and "Nude is not Lewd."
- And this is supposed to mean something ...?
Romney says president Bill Clinton called him after the election and said he might have won if not for Hurricane Sandy. Romney: “I spoke with president Clinton the day before yesterday, he called and spent thirty minutes chatting with me. He said a week out I thought you were going to win. And he said, but the hurricane happened, and it gave the president a chance to be presidential, and to look bipartisan, and you know he got a little more momentum, and of course he also said that when he was watching Ann speak at the Republican convention, he decided he was tempted to join the Republican Party. So he may have just been effusive with generous comments as he chatted.”Dude, you lost. Even Bill Clinton can't change that for you.
- Our galaxy is awesome.
- The Seattle Police Department's guide to pot use:
Marijuana legalization creates some challenges for the Seattle Police Department, but SPD is already working to respond to these issues head on, by doing things like reviewing SPD’s hiring practices for police officers to address now-legal marijuana usage by prospective officers, as well as current employees.
- Sean Hannity is so patriotic:
"I'm not for secession, but I understand why people might be."I'm not saying Hannity is an America-hating piece of scum, but I understand why people might say that.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joined us for a roundup light on the polls, but heavy on the punditry: Mitt's post-election gaffes, Angus King's coy games, and filibuster reform. We even took a detour into the 1%-er grifter narrative bursting through the seams of the Petraus affair. Then, Part 2 of our "deep dive" into filibuster reform history, explaining why the beginning of a new Congress creates a special opportunity to enact rules changes by simple majority vote, and how it's happened in the past, despite the punditry telling you it never has!