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Every once in a while, I like to post a tribute to the one DUer who welcomed me...

...at the beginning of my DU experience (back in 2002) and made DU an awesome place for all.

My old, dear friend, NewYawker99. Where ever you are, you are missed and honored. Your legacy is DU itself.

Hi Skinner, EarlG and elad. I have a tiny gripe about Mobile DU...

When viewing the Greatest page via Mobile (on an Android device), and sorting by "Greatest By Time", after clicking on a link and returning back to the Greatest page, it doesn't remember that I sorted "By Time" - it returns me to "Greatest By Recs". Any chance that elad can fix this? (told ya it was a tiny gripe ).

As always, Thanks Guys!

There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/20/3428794/theres-a-hidden-timebomb-in-the-senate-rules-that-will-go-off-if-a-supreme-court-justice-retires/

As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and three of those senators — Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar and Olympia Snowe — are no longer in the Senate. If Republicans take the Senate this November, there is a very real possibility that no one President Obama nominates to a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter what their record or qualifications, could be confirmed to the Court.

We made a similar point in 2012, when Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock defeated Lugar in a Republican Senate primary after he attacked Lugar for his support of Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. As we wrote then, “in light of this incident, it is unlikely that any of the few remaining Republicans who backed an Obama Supreme Court appointee will be willing to risk their careers by doing the same again.”

Indeed, under the Senate’s current rules, Republicans could block a Supreme Court appointment right now, if they chose to, even though Democrats effectively control 55 percent of the Senate. Last November, when Senate Democrats voted to invoke the so-called “nuclear opinion” and end the GOP’s ability to require a supermajority to vote to confirm most nominees, they left in place the 60 supermajority requirement for Supreme Court confirmations. As a result, unless at least five Republicans oppose a GOP filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, the current rules allow the GOP to keep that nominee from being confirmed.

Of course, if the vacancy were to arise right now, when Democrats control a solid majority of the Senate’s seats, it would be a simple matter to invoke the “nuclear option” again — a procedure that allows the Senate’s rules to be changed by a simple majority vote. But that assumes that a majority of the Senate is willing to support such a rules change.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains barriers imposed to him due to race:



Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/showbiz/rapper-severed-penis/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said.
Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the second level of the building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said.
Johnson, along with his recovered penis, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated, Mann said.
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Why don't we have Dem Telethons anymore? (1975)



Wouldn't it be preferred over big money donors?

David Letterman to retire

Source: CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Late night television legend David Letterman will retire in 2015.
Letterman announced his plan during a taping of "The Late Show" on Thursday afternoon. CBS (CBS, Fortune 500) is expected to issue a statement sometime before the program is broadcast Thursday night.

A CBS spokesman declined to comment. Letterman's announcement initially leaked out when a performer, Mike Mills, who was at the taping of "The Late Show" tweeted out the news. "Dave just announced his retirement," Mills wrote.

What exactly Letterman says about his decision on "The Late Show" is not yet known.

Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/03/news/david-letterman-retiring/index.html



From Wikipedia's new and recently improved content (for today)...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

... that Christian Griepenkerl thwarted Adolf Hitler because Alois Delug could not?
... that Biden is believed to be an eccentric frozen pink dwarf?
... that Fucking was renamed Fugging for an unknown reason?
... that the United States once sued 50,000 cardboard boxes and clacker balls?
... that Jackson County, Florida elected a Wankard to represent it?
... that the Chicago Cubs claim that one of their representatives is descended from a live bear?
... that small white breasts smell like aniseed?
... that Canada's new money has been criticized for featuring too much nudity and not enough women?
... that Feminist Hulk "SMASH GENDER BINARY" and "MAKE CAPITALIZATION EXCEPTION FOR bell hooks"?




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