New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you’re one of the three people who reads this here premier “web log ,” you may once in a blue moon have checked out the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is from Charles Blow, who in his column today “No Country for Old Mores,” writes:

The capacity for procreation is, in fact, what defines a living thing, but that capacity is by no means what defines a human life.

That first part is actually also literally and verifiably untrue. Because science.

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Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 27 February 2014

Good morning, everybody. Cody Simpson writes songs about girls. Now, your morning constitutional: 

Masked men have seized government buildings in the Crimea region of Ukraine and raised the Russian flag. They are believed to be Russian nationalists. Ousted President  Viktor Yanukovych also announced that he is the lawful leader of Ukraine and has asked Russia to secure his safety. Ukraine’s interim leader warned Russia against military aggression in Crimea.

Six of the eleven tickets facing off in Afghanistan’s presidential election include at least one person described as a warlord.

North Korea launched four short-range missiles into the sea.

The U.N. Security Council has approved sanctions against anybody in Yemen who obstructs its political transition or violates human rights, without singling out any individuals.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill last night that would have assisted businesses that are accused of discriminating against gays.

The FDA is updating its standards for food nutrition labels for the first time in 20 years.

Tens of thousands of confidential documents from the Clinton administration are nearing public release.

What’s good for American corporations isn’t necessarily good for American people.

An IMF report finds inequality is bad for economic growth.

Scientists are more sure than ever about climate change.

I thought we all knew this was a bad idea because chaos theory or something.

Finally, in Ireland, police are seeking a girl who slapped a shop worker across the face with a fish.

 

Till the End of the Day

Seems another day, another federal judge strikes down another state’s ban on same-sex marriage; this time it’s Texas. Once again, it’s not in effect immediately, but stayed pending obvious appeal.

NASA just discovered 715 new planets.

Twat” does not, in fact, mean the same thing as “twaddle.”

The Steve Jobs memorial statue has been revealed and it’s absolutely frightening. Like whoa.

Interesting project exploring U.S. regional music listening patterns.

Why all the news sites look the same now.

Area man eats pizza every day.

Speaking of, always get the bigger pizza.

New York Time Columnist Line of the Day

If you’re one of the three people who reads this here premier “web log ,” you may once in a blue moon have checked out the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is, ugh, Maureen Dowd:

It has just always seemed strange to me that gays were fighting so hard for so long to bust into such a hoary, boozy, corny tradition. Didn’t they have something more fun and cool to do?

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Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Good morning everybody. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are splitting up. Now, your morning constitutional:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a combat ready drill for the Russian military in the central and western districts, an area close to the Ukraine border.

Rallies in the pro-Russia Crimea region in Ukraine raise concerns it could secede from Ukraine.

In the absence of a long-term security agreement, President Obama informed Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. will prepare to completely withdraw all military forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Obama also left open the possibility of making an agreement with whomever replaces Karzai after the election in April.

An FDA panel is debating allowing a procedure that would create embryos from three parents, which researchers believe could prevent certain genetic diseases.

Lots of folks assume mostly teenagers are the ones who get paid the minimum wage. But who exactly are the least paid among us?

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron promises not to form a coalition after the next election, even if his part does not win a majority of seats in parliament.

The obesity rate for children aged 2-5 dropped 43% in the last decade.

There is absolutely no reason to have fewer tax brackets.

After a kid in Texas accidentally packed a beer in his lunch and came clean, he was suspended for three days and sent to an alternative school for two months.

A rising high school football star in Florida, who has signed up to play college football at Louisville, has been arrested for allegedly impregnating his 14-year-old cousin.

How America fell out of love with orange juice.

Finally, couple finds pot of gold in their back yard worth over $10 million.

Till the End of the Day

Update on Ukraine: Russian Prime Minister Medvedev called the Ukraine uprising against Russian ally President Viktor Yanukovych an “armed mutiny.” Ukraine has appealed for economic assistance as an economic deal with Russia is now in doubt. Former President Yulia Tymoshenko was released from prison Saturday, has decided against running for office, but has accepted Germany’s offer of medical aid. The mess in Ukraine may be worse than the last time they had a revolution.

Democratic Michigan Representative John Dingell, the dean of the house, announced his retirement following this term.

The concept of “aging out” is best understood as a system failing to find a real solution for a problem it is responsible for. ”

You don’t know how to be a teacher so stop pretending you do.

McDonald’s may start service breakfast later because Millenials don’t get up early enough.

Morning Constitutional – Monday, 24 February 2014

Good morning, everybody. Alec Baldwin’s done with public life. Now, your morning constitutional:

Ukraine’s acting interior minister Arsen Avakov has issued an arrest warrant for president Viktor Yanukovych, who has fled to an unknown location without his security detail. Ukraine’s parliament met over the weekend and expanded the power of its new speaker, who now can act as president as well. 

The Egyptian cabinet has resigned en masse, in a move that clears the path for defense minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has plans to scale back the size of the Army to the smallest it has been since World War II.

Uganda’s president has signed a bill that outlaws homosexuality, which was influenced by American evangelicals. Under the law, a first-time offender would be sentenced to 14 years in prison, and the law sets a punishment of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.”

Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured.

Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2008 show that the Fed grossly underestimated the economic collapse that was coming.

Jason Collins made history last night by being the first openly gay player to play in one of the four major American sports.

Despite getting rid of the filibuster on executive and judicial appointments, Republicans still using procedural hurdles to block judicial appointments.

Netflix agrees to pay Comcast to deliver its content at higher speeds.

American flags bought by the military must now be made in America.

Sure, go ahead and let your kids fail, as long as you’re rich.

Piers Morgan’s show has been cancelled; one, maybe two people disappointed.

Judge in Florida ordered the state to return guns to a blind man who shot his drinking buddy but was acquitted under the “stand your ground” defense. 

Experience how big the universe is with this fantastic interactive graphic made by a 14-year old.

Finally, a spelling bee in Missouri has been put on hold because after 47 rounds, the two remaining contestants have exhausted the word list.