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[links] Link salad drives to Seattle

Hot Dog Heroes — Some frank statistics.

Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. (And no, I don't take this very seriously.)

Space junk forces astronauts into escape capsules on International Space Station

National Ignition Facility fires record laser shot

U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence

Defend the change, don’t deny that it happenedSlacktivist Fred Clark on the Orwellian worldview of conservative Evangelicals. Look back 35 years and you won’t find evangelicals saying, thinking, believing or voting the same way. Roe v. Wade did not spark this change, it came later than that and apart from that. But something did, in fact, change. […] But achieving disagreement isn’t an option with those who claim not that this was a change for the better, but that it was not a change at all. That is an unreal and unserious claim. “We have always been at war with Eastasia.”

Toward justice for Trayvon Martin — and for all children

Allen West On Trayvon Martin Case: 'This Is An Outrage' — A black Republican says and does the right thing. Good for him.

The GOP’s Dated and Shallow Foreign Policy Criticism — Given that Obama is largely governing as a 1990s conservative, even on HCR, this amounts to "B-b-but it's bad because he did it! Look! Kenyan Muslim socialism!"

On campaign trail, Gingrich often ties Obama, IslamWhile claiming he believes President Barack Obama is a Christian, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is increasingly connecting Obama to Islam, playing into a commonly held myth in the Republican primary electorate. Truth is always the first casualty of conservative rhetoric. Lying is what you do when you can't win on ideas.

Does cutting taxes create jobs? — In a word, no. And it never did. Supply side economics has always been a knowing conservative scam. Reagan’s first budget director, David Stockman, later admitted to journalist William Greider that he pushed through the 1981 tax cuts knowing full well they would lead to massive federal budget deficits. He hoped this would keep Congress from spending on domestic programs. In other words, Reagan's people cynically and knowingly lied to meet a political goal, a lie that has since become one of the "truths" of the conservative movement.

?otd: Ever been to Vader?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (fitful)
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