- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is You won't believe Pablo Picasso's 5 Weird Tricks:
- Brian Schweitzer steps in it up to his waist:
It wasn’t the only time Schweitzer was unable to hold his tongue. Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. “Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this … men in the South, they are a little effeminate,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”
- Some photos of life in a Japanese village before it was turned into a ghost town by the Fukushima disaster.
- The neuroscience behind Game of Thrones's character Hodor:
He might be fictional. But the gigantic Hodor, a character in the blockbuster Game of Thrones series, nonetheless sheds light on something very much in the realm of fact: How our ability to speak emerges from a complex ball of neurons, and how certain brain-damaged patients can lose very specific aspects of that ability.
- Happy Juneteenth! Here's some history from Denise Oliver-Velez behind the celebration that started when African Americans first celebrated the end of slavery in 1865:
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation—which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
- North Carolina lawmakers legalize the tormenting of opossums:
Over the past few weeks, in a stunning display of legislative efficiency and bipartisanship that Washington lawmakers can only dream of, both houses of the N.C. General Assembly worked together to rush through what was apparently the most pressing issue of this legislative session: the legalization of cruelty to opossums.
Now, opossums in Clay County can be abused between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, for the sole purpose of allowing Opossum Drop organizers to dangle a terrified opossum above a crowd of rowdy revelers each New Year’s Eve, something prohibited under law and for good reason. It is inappropriate to torment wildlife for fun.
- Rick stands by his comparison of homosexuality and alcoholism.
- Apparently being racist in public isn't enough. Now it's time to take the attacks online. By using inflammatory hashtags like #EndFathersDay and #WhiteWomenCantBeRaped and creating fake accounts posing as women of color activists, 4chan is attempting to make activists turn on one another. Team Blackness also discusses Duck Dynasty's new take on the Bible, a $1 million app that just says "yo," and the demise of the Washington R*ds*ins team trademark.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin collected the best of the Iraq wrongness stories & Ornstein on polarization. Armando covers the DC football team, Iraq, SCOTUS & a proposed new newspaper comment system. NYT ends The Gun Report's run.