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FLOTUS just tweeted in support of Michael Sam: You're an inspiration to all of us

FLOTUS just tweeted in support of Michael Sam.


You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo


Amid Christie Scandal, Buono Says Some Democrats Have ‘Buyer’s Remorse’

Amid Christie Scandal, Buono Says Some Democrats Have ‘Buyer’s Remorse’

METUCHEN, N.J. — The former campaign workers who partied at the home of Barbara Buono this month were “just jubilant.” The people she bumps into on the street “are just happier to greet me.” And amid the deluge of supportive texts she receives, there are often pictures of Gov. Chris Christie sitting on the George Washington Bridge. She chuckles but doesn’t reply.

The Fort Lee traffic jam scandal has unleashed a wintry mix of subpoenas, tortured apologies and fresh allegations against Mr. Christie, a Republican, and potentially put a deep freeze on his presidential chances. But the same revelations have had a warming effect on Ms. Buono, the Democratic nominee who badly lost to Mr. Christie in the November election and bitterly complained about the betrayal of Democrats who barely lifted a finger to help her. Ms. Buono has gone from media piñata, Democratic pariah and Keystone Candidate to the Cassandra of the Christie scandal, whose October warnings about “the unexplained closure of two lanes starting in Fort Lee” went unheeded by most fellow Democrats.

Now, as Democrats unload daily on Mr. Christie and hound him as he travels around the country, Ms. Buono nonchalantly greets well-wishers in snow boots, cords and leather bomber jacket at a local cafe. Bewildered by the belated timing of the Democratic attacks, which she attributes to “buyer’s remorse,” she wonders if the party might not have more wisely spent money on challenging the governor during the actual race.



GOP Base Would Rather Take Out Incumbent Republicans Than Beat Democrats

GOP Base Would Rather Take Out Incumbent Republicans Than Beat Democrats

Interviews with those on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement reveal antipathy toward each other that could cost the party the midterms.

With the president’s approval rating low, the economy faltering and Obamacare dropping consumers from their health care plans by the day, one would think the GOP’s prospects would be strong heading into the 2014 midterm elections. But this may not remain the case.

In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a widening rift between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party activists who swept John Boehner into the House Speaker seat and put Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell within striking distance of a majority to effectively cement President Obama’s lame duck status.

In conversations with members of Congress, lobbyists, and the chattering class on television–none of whom wished to speak on the record–many grassroots activists would rather take out an incumbent GOP officeholder in a primary challenge for perceived disloyalty to the base at the cost of Democrats winning the seat. That this switch of support by grassroots activists would occur less than four years after the GOP rode a massive wave of voter disillusionment with Washington is fascinating. The question is, what was the triggering event that created hostility between many conservative members of Congress and their constituents who elected them?


Obamacare Isn't Killing Jobs - 2 Charts That Prove It

Derek Thompson debunks the myth of an increase in part-time employment.

“The rise of part-time work seem to be 100 percent the creation of economic downturns. That’s why it seems to be holding hands with unemployment, riding the roller coaster up during recessions, and down during recoveries”

Obamacare Killing Jobs? Its a Myth

“But what about part-time employment for non-economic reasons? The story here is short and sweet: There is no story here. The share of Americans working part-time for personal reasons … is flat and trending down, according to the San Francisco Fed.”

“The entire increase in part-time employment happened before Obamacare became a law.”

Scott Walker admits committing voter fraud

Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker is either a liar or he broke the law:

"I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan -- limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense. You knew what you were getting. You knew how a Reagan administration, a Reagan presidency was going to be better for you."

Except for one tiny detail: Scott Walker wasn't old enough to vote when Reagan ran for president ... either time.


Cartoon: Divine intervention by Tom Tomorrow

NFL spokespeople: Michael Sam’s NFL Draft Stock Will Drop After Announcing He Is Gay

Report: Michael Sam’s NFL Draft Stock Will Drop After Announcing He Is Gay

Sam, a University of Missouri defensive end who came out on Sunday night, will drop in the draft, according to Sports Illustrated. The magazine spoke to eight NFL executives, all of whom said Sam’s announcement will drop him in May’s draft.

“I don’t think football is ready for (an openly gay player) just yet,” an NFL player personnel assistant told Sports Illustrated. “In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. To call somebody a (gay slur) is still so commonplace. It’d chemically imbalance an NFL locker room and meeting room.”


Sam already wasn’t going to be a first-round pick, despite his gaudy stats in the talented SEC. Now, he’s expected to drop even further than his initial projection.

“I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down,”an NFL scout told Sports Illustrated. “There’s no question about it. It’s human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote ‘break that barrier?’”



Very brave and macho.

But while initial reaction from players has been almost universally welcoming, the executives who will actual making decisions on drafting Sam have been disappointingly retrograde. Sports Illustrated has two separate articles speaking with 12 different NFL GMs, coaches, and scouts, and to a man, they say that being gay will either hurt Sam's draft stock, or cause him to not be drafted at all.

Also to a man, they refuse to put their names behind their comments.


Hilarious "Zombie Facts" re: marijuana

"If a professional like you can't answer clearly that meth is more dangerous than marijuana -- which every kid on the street knows, which every parent knows -- if you can't answer that, maybe that's why we're failing to educate people about the dangers. If the deputy director of the office of drug policy can't answer that question, how do you expect high school kids to take you seriously?"

lots more:

Internet pranksters get even with anti-gay, racist restaurant owner

Internet pranksters get even with anti-gay, racist restaurant owner
Sunday, 09 February 2014 09:12

Internet pranksters have flooded Yelp with reviews lauding an Enid, Okla., diner as the best gay bar in town. The campaign is designed to taunt the diner’s right-wing owner Gary James, an anti-gay, white supremacist who refuses to serve gays and other minorities.

James, who has owned and run Gary’s Chicaros for 44 years, told local news channel KFOR-TV: “I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.”

“I really don’t want gays around,” he added. “Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”

In protest, pranksters have left reviews on Yelp describing Gary’s Chicaros as “the best gay bar in Enid.” One review states that Gary plans to host a live viewing of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season.”



Emergency contraception supposed to be available to teens, but pharmacists telling them they're too

Emergency contraception is supposed to be available to teens, but pharmacists are telling them they're too young

In the study, researchers called pharmacies in several different cities around the country posing as teenage girls seeking emergency contraception. Approximately 20 percent of the pharmacy staff they contacted wrongfully informed the callers that because they were teenagers they could not legally have access to emergency contraception at all. Of the remaining 80 percent of respondents, only about half of them got the exact age requirements for Plan B correct.

Even more interesting were some of the other things pharmacy staff told the callers. Many cited ethical reasons or personal religious beliefs for not offering the medication. Other pharmacists inaccurately told the callers that a parent or guardian would have to come with them to pick up the medication (even if they had a prescription) or that an older friend or boyfriend above the age restriction could not buy Plan B over the counter for them. In fact, some callers were even told Plan B wasn’t sold to men, which also isn’t true.

the rest: http://www.salon.com/2014/02/09/americas_plan_b_problem_the_contraception_misinformation_epidemic/
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