* The sounds of science.
* Bad Lip Reading at the inauguration.
* And you thought your relatives were bad…
* The Onion wants to make the Huffington Post cry.
* What happens in Las Vegas politics should stay there.
* Meanwhile, Baratunde Thurston calls out The Wall Street Journal.
* Feminism is a word that makes some men lose their f-ing minds.
* Surprisingly interesting discussion about Churchill's role in UK intellectual property laws.
* Sascha Cohen talks American History with Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger.
Tags: Daily Links, Evolution, Feminism, History, Huffington Post, Inauguration, Las Vegas, Republicans, Sascha Cohen, Science & Technology, Star Wars, Tig Notaro, United Kingdom, Wall Street Journal, Winston Churchill, Women's Rights
* Fox News loves wars, real or invented.
* The New Yorker's political cartoon of the day.
* John Boehner is really getting into political comedy.
* Another position paper from McSweeney's APMAG.
* Thankfully, "techno" is much easier to explain nowadays.
* An interview with Zach Kanin, creator of SNL's "Cool Drones."
* President Obama's liberal agenda includes bringing sexy back.
* How to preserve your Inauguration Day newspaper, you Luddite.
Tags: Boing Boing, Daily Links, Democrats, Drones, Energy & Oil, Fox News, John Boehner, Michelle Obama, Nick Offerman, Republicans, Roe v. Wade, Sara Bennicasa, SNL, Splitsider, The New Yorker, War on Christmas
This week House Republicans gathered at a former slave plantation in a conference room named after a prominent 18th century Virginia slave-owning family, the Burwells, to discuss their minority outreach efforts. Awk-ward!
Almost as awkward as the fact that our nation's capital is named after a slave owner. Unfortunately, Democratic politicians — and even you, dear readers — will often end up in situations tied up with a loathsome piece of American history.
Tags: History, House of Representatives, Racism, Republicans, Slavery
After compromising on fiscal cliff legislation, House Republicans must have been exhausted from that one thing they did sort of right. Their poor little hearts just couldn't take doing one more thing that would have a positive-ish impact on the country. That must be why they let the Violence Against Women Act expire… but maybe there are other reasons:
1. Republicans would love to provide those additional protections for the LGBT community, undocumented immigrants and Native Americans, but what about all the violence against white men? When are we going to address that?
2. Two of the 25 female House Republicans voted no on VAWA the last time it was up for reauthorization. They said it was because the law didn't go far enough, but still. The GOP has to be sensitive to women's opinions, and that means all of them.
3. Eric Cantor is afraid that if we let Native American tribunals rule on cases of violence against Native women by non-Native people, every treaty we have with them will become null and void. Heck, we might even have to give all the land back. Slippery slope, look it up.
4. But the real reason Republicans didn't pass VAWA might be the fact that even a Republican from Oklahoma is on board with it. You know what happened the last time they listened to one of those guys.
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Tags: House of Representatives, Men and Women, Republicans, Women's Rights