In her response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said:

We see too many moms and dads put their own dreams on hold while growing more fearful about the kind of future they’ll be able to leave to their children.

One party has fought against health care, food stamps, public education, environmental legislation, renewable energy, gay rights, minimum wage increases.

The other one is talking about improving access to health care, addressing global warming, adding two years of college and pre-school to public education.

So yes, I worry about the future I will be able to leave my child. It’s just … I guess I don’t blame who Ernst thinks I should.

Watching Delegate Joe Morrissey is an education. Morrissey is a Democratic state delegate from Richmond, and he’s had a number of run-ins with the law. Most recently, Morrissey was accused of having a sexual relationship with a seventeen-year-old employee of his law office, prompting multiple felony charges. He entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” charge, the more serious charges were dropped, and he was given a short sentence.

The state delegate is the one on the left. I understand the confusion.

The state delegate is the one on the left. I understand the confusion.

The political leadership of the state insisted that Morrissey resign, and he did. What happened next is puzzling on a lot of levels.

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You know, I am kinda sick of getting most of my news from viral sources. That’s why I subscribed recently to my local newspaper. They’re not perfect. But at least they do reporting instead of just rephrasing Reddit posts to maximize outrage.

Case in point: this article by Jezebel’s Mark Shrayber about a school retouching student photos:

Taking their cues from Vogue and Paper, an all-girls high school retouched ID photos to make sure that their student body was looking fly as hell when flashing their papers for discount movie tickets and ice creams.

What’s wrong here?

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one_musician A friend of mine posted this thing on Facebook. I put it somewhere here in this post, but you know blog archives, it might have gone missing by the time you read this. What it said was:

You can bring one dead musician back to life. who [sic]1 would you pick?

Gosh. So many choices. Louie Armstrong. Left-Eye. The smothered shade of Roger Waters’ humility. But the rules say one choice, so we’ve got to pick one. Who2 to choose?

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