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It's COLD as ice here... and yet, when I talk to friends around the country, it appears we're having a heat wave! OK, that may be hyperbole, but bundle up and follow me below the dKosIceSculpture for some hot and cold music, after a word from our sponsor...


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As I sit down to begin writing, here's what the current temperature map tells me: current temperature map Jan 7th 2:$0pm Eastern.
Oh hey, it's warmer in parts of Alaska than in Louisiana!
K2 went on a field trip to Plimoth Plantation today, part of their social studies unit on local history learning about the Wampanoag people who lived here prior to European arrival and who still do today. He, like all his class, looked like Ralphie Parker's little brother bundled up for outside!

I was in a music mood today, so thought a set of songs involving hot and/or cold would be appropriate. Here's my set, please share yours in the comments!

Cold As Ice - Foreigner I am sure ice actually feels warmer than some regions of the midwest...

(Love is Like a) Heat Wave - Martha and the Vandellas Covered here by Joan Osborne.

Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc I had to run to wikipedia to find out what the hell that is and why it would be funky, but it's a great song to move around to (my kids scoff at what I do being in any way shape or form equivalent to 'dancing' :-))

Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam, I suppose...

Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice What? It's got a catchy beat and will help thaw me out after being outside!

I hope you're all keeping as warm as possible, checking on those around you to make sure they're ok, and taking care of the various fur-folk living with or near you.

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From cv lurking gf:
We, the People* by raptavio expresses well how too many conservatives read the Constitution.
From LilithGardener:
Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and funny as hell in peterfallow's snark diary. The subject and the links of the diary are actually a true story about an aspiring GOP candidate in the primary race for Governor of Tennessee.

This comment by campionrules responded in the very best tradition of Daily Kos' satire, compliment and rebuke all delivered via a creative and fully developed metaphor.

From blue aardvark:
Visceral concisely describes the viscera of the modern GOP.
From Yours Truly, brillig:
cactusgal makes a BRILLIANT catch in Jed Lewison's Scott Walker is very sad that unemployed losers refuse to get a job.

In Egberto Willies' Chris Hayes: If I Were Black I'd Be In Jail For Being Caught With Weed, Joe Buck's comment on playing the race card led to uniquity's reply. I'd like to highlight this: "I think it is incumbant on those of us who are white to make the race argument and tell our stories of white privilege."

Top Mojo for yesterday, January 6th, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic! For those of you interested in How Top Mojo Works, please see his diary FAQing Top Mojo.
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  2) And if his son had not had to go to the by sewaneepat — 106
  3) What about algebra? by Roadbed Guy — 101
  4) I hope she's the beginning of another Seattle by ontheleftcoast — 96
  5) All she had to do by Steveningen — 90
  6) Wow, that response could have been a DKos diary by chicago minx — 84
  7) The Quitter from Wyoming? by ontheleftcoast — 76
  8) This always happens when you run out of toner by Ender — 74
  9) If you look at the map of Catholics by county... by Shockwave — 74
10) This is a beautiful thing. by raptavio — 73
11) Whoâ„¢? n/t by JeffW — 70
12) Algebra is an Arabic word.. by ericy — 63
13) Bargaining with teabaggers is a fool's errand by Dallasdoc — 60
14) hai by Debbie in ME — 59
15) A reply to a comment of mine in a diary about this by ontheleftcoast — 58
16) Food for thought by milkbone — 57
17) I did a quick peek at books the publish and found by ontheleftcoast — 57
18) Sadly and typically by cosmic debris — 57
19) Luntz is lying.He's agonying all the way to bank. by Inland — 55
20) Fer example, yu haz teh right to recline... by Horsefeathers — 55
21) Fanks for the reminder about taking care of our by jan4insight — 55
22) Not if yu know yor hostage rights! by Horsefeathers — 54
23) iirc Luntz turned estate tax by Lying eyes — 54
24) Happee Snowdai! by arizonablue — 54
25) I think she lacks the charisma of her Father by yet another liberal — 53
26) Darth Jr. and her carpetbag will be back by Jeff Y — 53
27) Fortunately by pat of butter in a sea of grits — 53
28) Playing with the Flickr account:   by koosah — 52
29) Yes by TLS66 — 52
30) People who can do algebra don't believe by blue aardvark — 51
31) Great action diary by Senor Unoball — 51

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