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Friday, March 28, 2014

Daily Scoreboard: March 28, 2014

1. From the New York Times: "A large study has linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death, although it’s not certain the drugs were the cause."

So taking the drugs makes you anxious about dying early so you take more pills which makes you more anxious.


2. From Reuters: "Tumbleweeds plague drought-stricken American West."

Wow. Tumbleweeds out West. Who knew? Next they'll be telling us there is ice in Alaska.


3. From Gay Patriot, your week in seven clicks:
From Gay Patriot: "And remember, these are just the ones who got caught."

The rest of the story on No. 2 is the California state senator is pro-gun control and the Democratic Party's nominee for secretary of state. He was helping Muslims overthrow the Philippine government.

But hey, look over there is a bridge in Hoboken.


4. From Gov. Scott Walker: “I think what we’ve shown in Wisconsin is that it’s not about austerity — it’s about reform. And what I mean by that is if we just come in our state and cut things across the board that means you cut your priorities as much as you cut things that aren’t quite as important. We reined in collective bargaining. We put more power back in the hands of the taxpayer at the state and the local level. I think nationally we need that same sort of reform no matter who is running for president. I’d slash the marginal tax rates for everyone across the board — go to a simpler, more flat tax.”

President Reagan took on Patco. He had the easier chore.


5. From Reuters: "Peter McGraith and David Cabreza will marry in London a stroke after midnight on Friday, marking the culmination of a campaign to end a distinction many British gay couples say made them feel like second class citizens."


6. From Bloomberg: "Citigroup Inc.’s capital plan was among five that failed Federal Reserve stress tests, while Bank of America Corp. won approval for its first dividend increase since the financial crisis."

From the New York Daily News: "Citi Bike boss resigns as beleaguered programs fails to meet monthly performance standards."

Come on. If you cannot run something as simple as a bank, how can we expect you to run a bike stand?


7. From Fox News: "Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressing President Obama to raise the issue of human and religious rights during his face-to-face meeting Friday with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah."

Because that worked so well with Putin.


8. From Fox News: "Alex Trebek is unimpressed with 'Jeopardy' contestant's answer."

Art Fleming might have given him a pass but not Trebek. You don't want to face the Wrath of Trebek.

And Fox News geniuses: The contestants give questions not answers.

Got to admit, it takes a pretty large amount of stupid to think Magic Johnson played hockey.


9. From CNN: "U.N. General Assembly resolution calls Crimean referendum invalid."

The United Nations. Nerd virgins at Porky's.


10. From the Fuel Fix: " Boosted by the galloping pace of tight oil operations, the United States produced a tenth of the world’s oil at the end of last year, the Energy Information Administration reports."

Does this mean we get to tell the Saudis to shove it?


11. From Fox News: "A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have led to the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health."

By clinics they mean abortion mills.  We treat puppies better.


Final score: GOOD 8, EVIL 3.

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  1. #11 Cue Wendy Davis and the sneakers.

  2. #3 Let’s not overlook the dropping of an investigation by PA AG Kane that had snared several PA politicians taking bribes. She dropped the investigation because all those caught were fellow Dems…and black. Claimed the investigation was racist. Every Republican that was approached refused the bribes

  3. 3. And he forgot the best news of all -- The FBI giving the paranoia-industrial complex, the ADL and SPLC, the heave-ho.

  4. I heard through the grapevine that Holder was waiting until closer to the midterms to start arresting Repubs. I don't know myself. I suppose many Repubs are crooked, but probably not nearly as many as Dims.

  5. #3 - They are just following their leaders example.

  6. #2 - They don't write songs like they used to:
    "Cares of the past are behind
    Nowhere to go but I'll find
    Just where the trail will wind
    Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds"
    Where are the Sons of the Pioneers now that we need them so badly?

    7 - It will be progress if The One can just make the visit without bowing to the king.

  7. #8- "Bob Johnson" would have been closer, but still no cigar.


  8. #3 The NC website Sister Soljah pointed out that CNN ran a pic of the Republican guv instead of the Dem Charlotte mayor who was arrested. You have to forgive CNN, they had to work overtime to shield the Dems this week.