"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.
"Hillary Clinton did not know how to use a computer to read and send emails when she entered office as the nation's top diplomat in 2009.
"She only knew how to read her messages via BlackBerry, according to an official at the time."
Still,it might be a good idea.
"Mrs. Clinton, like any other person given access to classified information, signed a non-disclosure form putting her on notice that the classified information to which she was given access would include 'marked or unmarked classified information, including oral communications.’"
"Eighteen months after a US-led coalition began airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria, multiple administration sources said Friday that the White House wants to speed up and broaden the effort."
"The operations, including commando raids and airstrikes, followed President Barack Obama's decision last month to broaden the authority of American commanders to attack the Islamic State's new branch in Afghanistan, according to The New York Times. "
"A significant winter storm is expected to hit parts of the Hawkeye State late Monday, the National Weather Service said."
Although The Donald is presumably not in Wisconsin today, so things could be worse.
"Hillary Clinton’s war chest might have millions more dollars, and Ted Cruz might be blasting Donald Trump with television ads, but if you’re a teenager in Iowa, it’s Bernie Sanders who is likely winning the war for your iPhone."
Your idea of “reporting” the news?
"He said he asked the campaign what he could do to help — and they sent him canvassing."
I don’t know. Maybe. But somehow it just seems kind of wimpy, doesn’t it?
‘''This was all planned in advance' to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.…
"He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton’s entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5¹/₂-year vacancy was unprecedented."