New York Times finds a Democrat “on a blog” that agrees with Michele Bachmann

NOTE: This entry has been updated HERE.

I usually enjoy the New York Times, but their latest article about Michelle Obama’s promotion of breastfeeding is absolutely ridiculous.

In general, the right-wing outcry against what the First Lady is doing is ludicrous on its own. It should be heralded as such and Michelle Obama’s effort to promote the health of babies and mothers should be heralded as the Good Thing that it is. But the New York Times decided to find some Republicans who agreed with the FLOTUS (that had to have been pretty easy), and, more ridiculously, a Democrat that agrees with Bachmann.…

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UPDATED - OFA in Wisconsin working with protesting public employees

UPDATED – OFA in Wisconsin working with protesting public employees

Okay, one blog despite a raging sinus infection.

Ben Smith at Politico reports that OFA Wisconsin is helping organize the protesting public employees in Wisconsin:

The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.

OfA [sic], as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marraige, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan.

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No blogging today

I’ve been laid low by a nasty virus, possibly a sinus infection. Blogging will resume when I can breathe normally again and stay awake for more than an hour at a time.

I’m just coughin’……

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Michele Bachmann just figured out how laws are made

After spending most of last year promising her Tea Party followers that she was going to repeal Obamacare, it appears that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann just now learned how laws are made.

Steve King and I are best friends. And we both want to get Obamacare defunded. That’s the must have. The problem is the only way we could do it is if Obama and Harry Reid agreed with what we wanted to do.

It’s funny that she says this NOW. It’s like she just recently discovered that bills have to pass both the House and the Senate and be signed by the President.…

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John Lewis receives the Medal of Freedom today

John Lewis receives the Medal of Freedom today

Today at 1:30 p.m., President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Congressman John Lewis.

Representative John Lewis from Georgia was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement, a man jailed over 40 times, beaten and bloodied for his views and actions. He attended President Obama’s inauguration as the only living speaker from the rally at the March on Washington.

From his Wikipedia entry:

Lewis was instrumental in organizing student sit-ins, bus boycotts and non-violent protests in the fight for voter and racial equality. He endured brutal beatings by angry mobs and suffered a fractured skull at the hands of Alabama State police as he led a march of 600 people in Selma, Ala.…
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Horsey fun

Horsey fun

Reader janicket (who often comments here) claimed her horse liked to play with the broom and pretend to sweep the stall. I challenged her to provide proof and told her I’d make that horse an internet star.

Well, here’s the proof:

Wait, is he saying “neener, neener, neener!”???

I’m pretty sure he is.

More photos HERE.

I’m just sayin’……

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Chuck Norris thinks “Arabic class” is mandatory in Texas schools

You know all those Chuck Norris jokes? Where he’s so powerful he does unbelievable things? Well, Chuck Norris is unbelievable, alright:

[J]ust this past week, some of our state’s educational administrators joined the feds in seeking to mandate Arabic classes for Texas children. No joke!

He’s right, it’s not a joke. It is, in fact, completely untrue.

The district had originally planned to integrate Arabic cultural studies into the curriculum of two elementary schools and offer Arabic language as an elective in middle school and high school.

Thanks to some mouth-breathing Texas parents, they put the kibosh to this toot sweet.…

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Michigan Democrats manage to punch themselves in the face with BOTH hands

At the 2011 Michigan Democratic Convention this past Saturday, attendees got to watch their party leadership punch itself in the face with not just their right hand, but also their left.

State Party Chairman Mark Brewer faced a challenge to his seat from only one other candidate, Detroit TV producer Ron Scott. I sat in on the 8:30 a.m. (ugh) Progressive Caucus meeting where both Brewer and Scott made impassioned pleas for our votes. Brewer promised that he’d learned his lesson from the 2010 midterm election and thing were going to change. We can only hope so.

Scott got up and gave a fairly eloquent speech in which he informed us that the $1,000 nomination fee was akin to a poll tax imposed on black voters in the South and that he was NOT going to pay to run.…

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Its been a fine week, hasn’t it? In the space of less than three weeks, Egyptians managed a non-violent transition of power that has the promise of a true democracy forming in the coming year.

Other countries, inspired by the Egyptians’ magnificent accomplishment, are moving in a similar way, hopefully in the same non-violent fashion.

We had an amazingly warm late-winter day today followed by a pink twilight sunset.

And tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!

Cheers, everyone!

Photo by my wife, Anne Savage. Click for a larger version and a great quote
If you have a Flickr account, don’t forget to give it a “Fave”.

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It was such a nice day today...

It was such a nice day today…

…that even the stick-penis snow monkeys were out.

My wife took the photo. I have no idea whose stick-penis snow monkey it is.

I’m just sayin’……

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Lazy Sunday afternoon

Lazy Sunday afternoon

Just chillin’ with my crew, listenin’ to some Radio Paradise, readin’ and drinkin’ a High Seas IPA.

Did St. Francis like IPAs?

I’m just askin’……

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Speak up, Justice Thomas. We can’t hear you.

Unless he says something next Monday when the Supreme Court is hearing cases, Tuesday will be a special day for Justice Clarence Thomas.

A week from Tuesday, when the Supreme Court returns from its midwinter break and hears arguments in two criminal cases, it will have been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during a court argument.

If he is true to form, Justice Thomas will spend the arguments as he always does: leaning back in his chair, staring at the ceiling, rubbing his eyes, whispering to Justice Stephen G. Breyer, consulting papers and looking a little irritated and a little bored.

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