"They line up for hours to see Sanders, snow accumulating on their puffy jackets and knit caps and uncombed hair. They fill college arenas, chanting, “Ber-nie! Ber-nie!” They gather in little knots as they wait for him to appear, engaging in impromptu rap sessions about pot legalization and campaign-finance reform. They are feeling the Bern."
"To hear Hillary Clinton and her supporters talk about her chances in Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primary, you would think she was an underfunded upstart challenging a sitting president of the United States."
"Ivanka Trump, at 34, is an accomplished, strong and thoughtful person thanks to the equal-opportunity parenting of her dad."
"Late last week, the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and the Silicon Valley nonprofit Forum 280 launched Flash Drives for Freedom, an initiative to collect USB flash drive donations from Americans and then ship those slices of silicon to North Korean defector groups."
"'The Clintons are not happy, and have been letting all of us know that,' a Democratic official told Politico Monday. "
"'The next few decades offer a brief window of opportunity to minimize large-scale and potentially catastrophic climate change that will extend longer than the entire history of human civilization thus far,' write the 22 climate researchers, led by Peter Clark, from Oregon State University."
Meanwhile here, now, we’ve got a fresh inch or so of snow, which at least covers up (for now) the pockets of dirty old stuff left over from December. The snowplow guy—the one who plows the driveway—arrived at first light this morning. He usually appears in the evening, after dark. Probably figured he’d better plow it fast before it melts. It’s been a bad year for the snowplow industry in these parts.
"Future historians are going to puzzle for decades over how an advanced civilization destroyed itself merely through the use of the phrase, 'I saw it on the Internet.'"
…does that make people who support Hillary antisemite?
"Bernie Sanders’ critique of Clinton is not that she’s cartoonishly corrupt in the Tammany Hall style, capable of being fully bought with a couple well-compensated speeches, but that she’s a creature of a fundamentally corrupt system, who comfortably operates within that system and accepts it as legitimate. Clinton has had trouble countering that critique because, well, it’s true. It’s not that she’s been bought, it’s that she bought in."
With all the stuff going on this past weekend—Super Bowl! Republicans! Climate change!—I completely forgot the ice sculpture contest, part of out this-year not-so-very Winter Carnival here. What's left of the sculptures this morning is somewhat, well, abstract. But a few of them still resemble whatever it is that they were.
"Everybody knows you can’t write 30,000 emails to your yoga instructor."
"WASHINGTON — The centerpiece of a plan for stemming gun violence that President Obama announced last month largely amounts to this: an updated web page and 10,000 pamphlets that federal agents will give out at gun shows.…
“'Nothing, from what we can see, has changed,' said Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry group."
"In other words, not getting a part in a school production—a fairly typical life experience—now counts as a microaggression."
"It’s like watching the pissed-off school principal and a crazed substitute teacher coming unhinged in front of the whole PTA."
It’s 33º degrees outdoors right now, according to the app, but the sky is clear blue and the sun is warm and it feels a good 10º warmer just walking around. The app says “feels like” 28º but that’s because it doesn’t have enough sense to come out of the shade.
That snow we had the other day is still there, but it’s looking pretty melty right about now.
…who killed both their parents and then asked the court for leniency on the grounds they were orphans? Well, this beats that.
Here’s a Chicago cop who fatally shot a kid…
…and is suing the kid’s estate for the trauma of it all.
Suing for $10 million.
…why aren’t they telling us?
They learned most of it on our dime.
"Sometimes autocorrect just wants to provide a bit of inspiration, like those sayings on tea bags, except with real-world context. A friend involved in a group text chat, when asked if so-and-so had done such-and-such, tried to respond that so-and-so ‘probably' did. Her phone had other ideas. ‘Poetically,' it said. I’ve been reflecting on this for weeks now. Shouldn’t we all strive to do things poetically?"
"Here’s what Mr. Sanders said when he was inaugurated as the mayor of Burlington, Vt., 35 years ago: 'In America today, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the millions of families in the middle are gradually sliding out of the middle class and into poverty.' He’s been saying that ever since. Trying to beat Bernie Sanders at his own game carries risks for Mrs. Clinton."
Every time the camera was on Clinton I had an overwhelming urge to adjust the set. Bernie looked all healthy and pink-cheeked but Hillary looked jaundiced. I imagine it was the lighting that did that. I used to know a little about TV lighting and I can’t imagine how something like that could happen by accident.
Maybe it was Donald Trump’s fault.
Also re: politics, it seems like the word “eke” is having a moment. Eke. One place it popped up this morning was in a NYTimes story that averred Clinton “eked out” a win in Iowa making it sound like the contest there was close. The contest wasn’t close, only the finish was. Given that Clinton started with a 20-point (or 40, or 60, depending on where you start counting) advantage and wound up in a virtual, coin-flipping tie, well, that sounds like a pretty lopsided contest to me.
MORE: I saw a still photo this morning (Saturday, 2/6) that led me to believe that what caused the effect in question (pink Bernie, yellow Hillary) was not lighting but makeup.
And then there’s “Monica."
"For weeks now, Phoenix lawmakers have wrestled with the idea of allowing members of a Satanic group to give the invocation before an upcoming city meeting.
"Phoenix City Council members arrived Wednesday at a controversial solution: Banning prayer altogether."
"The birds of prey are a 'low-tech solution to a high-tech problem,' a police spokesman told Reuters. The news service reports that the Hague-based raptor security firm Guard From Above is working in conjunction with police to train the eagles."
A video at the link shows why you do not want to be a drone when these birds are around.
[Noted by Some Guy in Seattle]
"Blankfein avoided saying whether he supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though both Clintons have long ties to Blankfein and to Goldman Sachs, which has been a heavy donor to Bill Clinton's charity work."
Well, OK, not really. But really.
"Add in the facts that 1) the Iowa Democratic Party won’t release the raw vote totals, and 2) no recount is allowed — and you can see why some Bernie fans are feeling burned by the establishment."
"The groundhog’s prediction came about 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., with fair skies and temperatures in the mid-20s."
"A self-described democratic socialist who was running 30 points behind her in the polls as recently as November, Sanders drew support from young people, liberals and independents."
"As she concedes to Bernie Sanders a week from tonight, Hillary will shout, “On to South Carolina!” — in a Southern accent."
[Howie Carr is an enthusiastically right-wing newspaper columnist and radio personality from Boston.]
Translation: Two guys bitten in unrelated brawls.
"In the end, bombastic bozo Donald Trump’s predictions of an Iowa victory were all a big, sad joke."
"Parts of five states from north-central Kansas to southwest Minnesota remain under blizzard warnings, including Grand Island, Nebraska, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Mason City, Iowa. In this area, a dangerous combination of snow and wind could lead to whiteout conditions at times."
"Ties reported in Polk, Jasper, Cedar and Johnson Counties were solved with a flip of a coin, as allowed by the Iowa Democratic Party. In each instance, chance favored Clinton as the victor. "
A NYTimes breakdown of caucus results has Clinton winning handily among geezers, Sanders with kids. Sanders won overwhelmingly on honesty and trustworthiness while Clinton won on electability.