Midday open thread

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 01-02-2013-05-2008

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  • Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is All Year:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - All Year
  • What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …
    • What you may not know about gun violence in Chicago, by Georgia Logothetis
    • When Hack Originalism Attacks: Sentelle and the Recess Power, by Armando
    • Expanding the borders of Black History Month, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl open thread
    • Neal Boortz, his death is on your head, by Dante Atkins
  • A-freaking-men: “Everything I hate about how media and culture treats powerful women in one screenshot.”
    Screenshot of description of Hillary Clinton's
  • Add this to the list of things you can’t make up:

    Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, said Thursday he’s seriously thinking about running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.

    “Buckle your seat belts!” said Rivera before announcing, on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York, that he is “truly contemplating” a Senate bid.

  • Wonder if it occurred to them to invite any “youths” to their closed-door session—but maybe that’s only for one-on-one sessions, if you catch my drift:

    The Vatican’s culture ministry warned on Thursday (Jan. 31) that the Catholic Church risks losing future generations if it doesn’t learn how to understand young people, their language and their culture.

    The Pontifical Council for Culture invited sociologists, web experts and theologians to a three-day, closed-door event on Feb. 6-9 aimed at studying “emerging youth cultures.”

  • Condolences to family and friends:

    Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. [...]

    Mr. Koch’s 12-year mayoralty encompassed the fiscal austerity of the late 1970s and the racial conflicts and municipal corruption scandals of the 1980s, an era of almost continuous discord that found Mr. Koch at the vortex of a maelstrom day after day.

    But out among the people or facing a news media circus in the Blue Room at City Hall, he was a feisty, slippery egoist who could not be pinned down by questioners and who could outtalk anybody in the authentic voice of New York: as opinionated as a Flatbush cabby, as loud as the scrums on 42nd Street, as pugnacious as a West Side reform Democrat mother.

    “I’m the sort of person who will never get ulcers,” the mayor — eyebrows devilishly up, grinning wickedly at his own wit — enlightened the reporters at his $475 rent-controlled apartment in Greenwich Village on Inauguration Day in 1978. “Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I’m the sort of person who might give other people ulcers.”

  • On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, new jobs figures are out, and Meteor Blades joined us during Greg Dworkin’s regular morning segment to talk it over, while Greg brought us up to date of the latest polling on gun policy issues. We reviewed the GunFAIL III post, plus stories of accidental firearms discharges in schools by cops! And one amazing story of a University of FL student shot while sleeping, by a security officer whose accidental shot pierced the student’s apartment wall! There’s a whole lot more crazy out there than we first imagined!

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