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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Cheers!

Cheers!

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
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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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Arizona sues Big Government for not being Big Government

Ah, this is rich. Jan Brewer, the Arizona governor who cried bloody murder when the federal government intruded on her state’s right to pass the “Papers, Please” law, is suing the federal government for failing to protect Arizonians from an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants. In other words, she wants the federal government to stay out of her state’s business except when she doesn’t.

Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona’s border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

The lawsuit claims the federal government has failed to protect Arizona from an “invasion” of illegal immigrants.

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When social welfare works the way it should

I was reading Reddit’s politics page this morning when I came across this Self Reddit:

Thank you unemployment benefits.

Because of you I was able to pay my rent wash my clothes, eat, and today was offered a job for over 100k. I’ve been unemployed for almost 2 years. I will happily pay my taxes, and not cry about it so others will not be left drowning. Thank you again, taxpayers. I will do my best to make good on the gift you gave me.

It got me thinking about my mother, something I am already doing a great deal lately since I’m in the midst (well, beginningst) of writing a book about my life with her.…

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President Obama in Michigan today – Snowbama!

President Obama in Michigan today – Snowbama!

President Obama is in the far northern reaches of Michigan today to kick off his drive to extend high-speed internet to 98% of the country.

President Barack Obama’s visit to Marquette today is intended to highlight the benefits of widespread access to broadband service and promote his plan for a National Wireless Initiative to make high-speed wireless Internet services available to 98% of all Americans, the White House said in a briefing Wednesday.

The cost of the latter will be borne by proceeds from the sale of 500 MHZ of wireless spectrum, estimated to net about $27.8 billion over the next decade, administration officials said.

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Ted Nugent: This is what happens when an idiot-clown gets the megaphone

Ted Nugent: This is what happens when an idiot-clown gets the megaphone

If you’re looking for a little comic relief on your glide path to Friday, bop over and read Ted Nugent’s latest drivel at the Washington Times, “Mourning in America”. Honestly, who gave this guy a megaphone? What he knows about politics and history wouldn’t fill a thimble.

President Obama has been trying to saddle up next to former President Ronald Reagan to gain political points with the American people. That’s going to put quite the strain on your mystical smoke-and-mirrors machine there, Barry.

~SNIP~

Because of his tax-cutting, pro-free-market, reform-minded ways, Reagan ushered in one of America’s longest-running economic booms.

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