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  • Wednesday's Links: Evolution for Dummies

    * This guy still understands evolution better than most of Congress.

    * COPS: Skyrim is almost as entertaining as real life.

    * The history of Google is another successful American Dream story.

    * The International Space Station's ambassador to the internet is at it again!

    * Nate Silver is using his statistical powers to analyze your failing relationship.

    * Reuben Bolling's Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon presents "Star Se-Trek-Ster"

    Chuck Grassley tells the gruesome story behind one of his most popular tweets.

    SimCity is not only the model for Herman Cain's tax plan, it's also a model for urban development.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Chuck Grassley, Daily Links, Evolution, Google, Herman Cain, International Space Station, Nate Silver, Police, Racism, Sequester, Space, Twitter, Video Games
  • Our Endorsements: All Aboot Canadian Thanksgiving

    * Canadian Thanksgiving is called Thanksgiving in Canada.

    * This dude knows how to protest.

    * Mitt Romney is going to be just fine. I think.

    * He's a teeth shower, an eye twinkler and a close talker.

    * Comedian Matt Dwyer talks to Darryl Perry about cops.

    * Your uncle is in the final stages of prepping his arguments.

    * You cooked that turkey all by yourself? Obama doesn't care.

    * The Never Not Funny podcast does its annual Pardcast-A-Thon this Friday.

    * Someone found the original Thanksgiving invitation to the Native Americans.

    * Comedian Scott Blakemen talks to John Fugelsang about peace in the Middle East.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Canada, Daily Links, Jimmy Pardo, Joe Biden, Middle East, Mitt Romney, Police, Thanksgiving, The Onion
  • Judge Rules Freedom of Speech Does Not Include Facebook "Likes"

    Facebook profileFreedom of speech is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution. Thanks to the First Amendment, we can rant about politicians and other public officials all day long.

    We just can't "like" them on Facebook

    Daniel Ray Carter and Robert McCoy were deputies in the Hampton, Virginia sheriff’s office. Were, that is, until they made the mistake of "liking" their boss' opponent's Facebook page during a contested sheriff election. They were both fired shortly after their boss won reelection.

    As government employees, Carter and McCoy are protected by the First Amendment. Nevertheless, a federal judge in Virginia denied their claim that they were unconstitutionally fired for expressing their political view on the unusual theory that "liking" a Facebook page does not constitute a form of expression protected by the First Amendment:

    "No such statements exist in this case. Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient. It is not the kind of substantive statement that has previously warranted constitutional protection."

    Of course, that's not actually true. The Supreme Court has held that protected speech includes acts such as wearing an anti-war armband, waving a flag and displaying a swastika. Apparently, the judge was just exercising his freedom to be a crotchety old man to whom everything on the Internet is too new, evil and scary to be constitutional.

    In addition to losing their case, the two fired deputies were promptly ordered to get off the judge's lawn.

    Photo by John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Bill of Rights, Constitution, Facebook, Internet, Laws, Police, Supreme Court, Virginia
  • Ron "Bulldog" Paul: Secret Service Is for Lazy Welfare Queens

    Ron PaulSay what you will about Ron Paul, but at least he's consistent. From Medicare and Social Security to disaster relief, Paul staunchly opposes all handouts from the federal government.

    Even when they go to presidential candidates like himself

    Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn't want any Secret Service protection because it's "a form a welfare."

    "It's a form of welfare," the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday. "You know, you're having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody and I'm an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection and it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. It's a lot of money."

    But… that doesn't mean Paul doesn't have a Secret Service code name picked out for himself. "Bulldog," the Texas congressman promptly answered when Leno asked what top-secret moniker he would want.

    Unlike those dandies Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul fights off potential assassins the same way he delivers babies — with his bare hands.

    America really has gone soft. Back in Paul's day, no politician relied on handouts from Uncle Sam to ensure his own personal safety. They just did what any responsible small-government Republican would do and let the invisible hand of the free market put their enemies in a chokehold.

    Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Libertarian, Police, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul, Secret Service, Welfare
  • Can an East New Haven Mayor Be Bigoted If Some of His Favorite Takeout Is Mexican?

    TacosThere's one foolproof remedy for cynicism about the federal government: whatever you think of the incompetence or unresponsiveness of federal elected officials, just remember that state and local politicians are much, much worse.

    Some public servants dedicate their time to protecting us against the scourge of fetus burgers and incipient Sharia law, while others oversee police departments that allegedly engage in systematic discrimination against Latinos. As the Hartford Courant points out, there's a simple explanation for the latter policy

    For those who are wondering why the East Haven Police Department is out of control, one possible answer is that Mayor Joseph Maturo is an idiot.

    [When asked by a reporter what he was doing for the Latino community after the FBI arrested four of his police officers for civil rights violations...] A moderately sentient public official in such a circumstance might say that he planned to meet with leaders of the community to apologize for the officers' behavior and ask them to join him in making changes to prevent such unacceptable conduct.

    But the likelihood of finding a moderately sentient public official in local government is pretty iffy! So, no, the East New Haven Republican did not pledge to reform his police department. Instead, he pointed out that some of his best friends meals are Mexican

    Maturo: "I might have tacos when I go home. I'm not quite sure yet. I have spent two years in Puerto Rico, um, I will probably do the same thing for the Latino community…"

    Reporter: "You realize that's not really the comment to say right now, you might have tacos tonight."

    Maturo: "I might have spaghetti tonight…Being of Italian descent, I, in this community, have been at times thought to be of an ethnic background…

    Maturo has since apologized for his comments, saying he "let the stress of the situation get the best of me and inflamed what is already a serious and unfortunate situation," but perhaps he also owes an apology to all the ethnic and religious groups he has NOT reached out to. When African-Americans are allegedly stopped and frisked without probable cause, does Maturo ever soothe communal tensions by watching a Flavor Flav marathon on TV? And what did he think of the State of the Union address (Muslim outreach, of course)? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Photo by David McNew/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Civil Rights, Connecticut, FBI, Latino, Police, Racism