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Like to a two-year old. "Big Dog" explains something...

Visual of Sandwich before some of us dig in today/ Snack for Super Bowl

Lineup for Bill Maher's show at 10 pm /repeat at 11pm HBO tonight


The Interview:

Alex Gibney is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose latest work, 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,' premieres on HBO Feb. 4th.


The Panel:

Eva Longoria is an actress and activist next to be seen in the environmental thriller, 'A Dark Truth.' Longoria was a prominent fundraiser for President Obama’s reelection campaign, a co-chair of his inauguration committee, and has pushed for reform of the U.S. immigration system. Next week, KCET will air her conversation with fellow Latina, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Cory Booker is the Mayor of Newark, NJ, and recently formed an exploratory committee for a U.S. Senate campaign. He’s often in the right place at the right time and has come to the rescue of many of his constituents. Your move, Gosling.

Jackie Kucinich is a political reporter for USA Today and has been covering the debate over gun control, including the issue of background checks and the recent testimony of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Sam Harris
is an author, philosopher and neuroscientist, whose new book is Free Will. His recent blog post, "The Riddle of the Gun," sparked intense debate about gun ownership and violence in our society, much of which he responded to in a subsequent post on his website, www.samharris.org.

Clarence Thomas...How do I detest thee? Another little reminder of the many reasons why.

N.R.A. defends Right to own Politicians (reported by Andy Borowitz)

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, National Rifle Association C.E.O. Wayne LaPierre warned that the N.R.A. would vigorously oppose any legislation that “limits the sale, purchase, or ownership of politicians.”

“Politicians pose no danger to the public if used correctly,” said Mr. LaPierre, who claims to have over two hundred politicians in his personal collection. “Everyone hears about the bad guys in Congress. Well, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a vote is a good guy with a vote. I’m proud to be the owner of many of those guys.”

Mr. LaPierre’s comments drew a sharp rebuke from Carol Foyler, a politician-control advocate who has spent the past twelve years lobbying for stricter limits on the sale of politicians.
“Right now, a man like Wayne LaPierre can walk right into Congress and buy any politician he wants,” she said. “There’s no background check, no waiting period. And so hundreds of politicians are falling into the hands of people who are unstable and, quite frankly, dangerous.”

In addition to limiting the sale of politicians, Ms. Foyler said, it is time for society to take a look at the “sheer number” of politicians in the U.S.: “There’s no doubt that we would be safer if there were fewer of them.”

For his part, the N.R.A. leader ended his testimony by serving notice that he would “resist any attempt” to take away the hundreds of elected officials he says are legally his.
As if to illustrate that point, he clutched Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) close to his chest and bellowed, “From my cold, dead hands.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/01/nra-defends-right-to-own-politicians.html#ixzz2JSymOMaz

Soledad O'Brien sucks in to trip up a sexist guest - I enjoyed watching her at work

CNN Anchor Brilliantly Tricks Her Sexist Guest Into Accidentally Endorsing Racism On Live TV
This is a perfect example of why you should always ask where a quote comes from before you agree with it. This guy only intended to be sexist (and boy is he ever, especially at 1:34) but by underestimating Soledad O'Brien's brilliant ability to make ignorant folks eat their words, he walks straight into her trap and accidentally endorses racism, too. 


http://www.upworthy.com/cnn-anchor-brilliantly-tricks-her-sexist-guest-into-accidentally-endorsing-racis?c=upw1

An article about taking photos in public - some of us have wondered about it over time

http://www.lightstalking.com/photographers-know-your-rights

Bill Maher has Howard Dean and maybe... wait for it... maybe Nancy Pelosi

The website says the guests are"

Jon Tester

David Avelta

Howard Dean

Kristen Soltis,

and a reliable source email tells me there will be an appearance by Nancy Pelosi.

I hope that's true.
At any rate, I always show up when Howard Dean does.
I look forward to the show tonight at 10 pm on HBO - repeat at 11

Celebrate the beauty and diversity of our language along with that of the people...

Here are 15 ways to not sound like a dumbass.

Pentagon Says It Is Lifting Ban on Women in Combat

Source: NYTimes


BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:15 PM EST
Pentagon Says It Is Lifting Ban on Women in Combat
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military’s ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said on Wednesday.
READ MORE »
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/us/pentagon-says-it-is-lifting-ban-on-women-in-combat.html?emc=na

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/us/pentagon-says-it-is-lifting-ban-on-women-in-combat.html?emc=na
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