Redefining the word "quibble"

Is Massachusetts more racist than Mississippi, as Chief Justice Roberts hints?


WASHINGTON (AP) — Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending.

Dumber than a flock of rocks, these guys.

Took a while to figure that one out, eh?

DETROIT (AP) -- The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. 
In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109. 
Coffee Composition
iPhone photo: Phil Compton


I guess we are officially tired of talking about the sequester now

WonkTalk: Are robots here to save us—or kill us all?
Let's talk about something else. Anything else.

Run! Run!

President Obama’s spokesman said Wednesday that the White House was not involved in the plan to release hundreds of immigrants from detention centers around the country over the past several days.
The decision, he said, was made by "career officials”… 
New York Times


And you thought you had problems

Some are torn between their Facebook and Twitter friends, or can’t decide whether to post that photo on Instagram or Photobucket. It can all become overwhelming very fast.

Android App.Storm

Who is this Rep Daffy Duck?

Igor Bobic (@igorbobic)
RT @TPM: GOP Rep. Sean Duffy ducks question on transvaginal ultrasounds with: "I haven't had one." bit.ly/YKL48L

Oh. Duffy ducks. 

Easy mistake to make. 

Tweets also fugit

By now, we're all familiar with the rituals associated with the papacy changing hands—white smoke, the red shoes, free helicopter rides—but the Vatican has discovered a new one for the 21st century. Less than 30 minutes after Benedict XVI went from Pope to Pope Emeritus, the Vatican scrubbed his Twitter accounts…

Atlantic Wire

Hot potato!

The Senate killed, 38 to 62, a GOP measure to give President Barack Obama more flexibility in implementing the sequester cuts set to take effect on Friday.…
It was being pushed by some conservatives who wanted the administration to have more flexibility in implementing the cuts. But not all Senate Republicans backed the plan, and Senate Democratic leaders and Obama opposed it.

These guys are way more interested in avoiding blame then they are in fixing this self-imposed "sequester" problem. What a bunch of clowns.

We really need a third party. And maybe a fourth.


So what is it with horsemeat then?

Mister Ed, it turns out, is versatile, lean, and kinda sweet.
The Week

None of your namby-pamby fiction here

John Cooper's The Queens Agent, a book about Francis Walsingham, adviser to Queen Elizabeth I and perhaps the first in a long line of British spymasters (culminating with Judy Dench) is not a historical novel but a hard-core academic biography, and not a very good one at that. Walsingham himself gets lost in the far more interesting story of Elizabethan England – a story political plots and palace intrigues, the establishment of the English Protestantism, the colonization of North America, and the defeat of the great Spanish Armada.

And that is an engrossing tale, indeed. So Cooper's book is added to our book list, and if you are not looking for a quick read but instead for something you can really get in get your teeth into, is highly recommended.

The last ding-dong of doom

Each day the cuts grow nearer sees a new dire warning from the White House about another government function that will take a hit if they go into effect - what White House chief of staff Denis McDonough has called a "devastating list of horribles."

If cute is a requirement for working at the White House these guys fit right in. 


Let's call it BS secretary then

The former White House press secretary [Robert Gibbs] revealed Sunday that he had explicit instructions while serving as President Obama's top spokesman not to say a peep about the government's secretive drone program.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/w-h-press-sec-muzzled-drone-talk-article-1.1272607#ixzz2LvW2IgYL


We're sorry we asked

If you want my opinion, what we need are experts, not windbags

Michigan cracks down on trash smugglers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers want to crack down on can and bottle smugglers they say are scamming Michigan for undeserved recycling refunds, corrupting a generous 10-cent per container payback policy once infamously portrayed in a "Seinfeld" episode and which beverage officials now claim costs the state millions of dollars annually.


It may be a catch but it's not Catch-22

“The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2.”…said Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts. 
Okay then! We're going back to bed.

But it just won't stop…
[Holubowich continues] “The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad happens…”
“This is the Catch-22,” said Richard Kogan, a former Obama budget official now at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
 Go read the book. Catch-22 is a specific catch, not just any old catch – and that word, sequester, by the way, might have been a perfectly good word once upon a time but is now ruined for the ages.

We'd sleep a lot better if these people would all shut up.

Story here.

Headlines we never finished reading

Exciting news! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West…