* Frank Zappa jams out on his love of capitalism.
* You'll watch this once, and then twenty more times today.
* Lincoln's second inaugural ball had a menu to fight over.
* Watch what happens when you heat mercury thiocyanate.
* The Current and John Moe discuss the Death Star petition.
* Rex Huppke has solutions for the looming debt ceiling crisis.
* If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, these kids get an F.
* Governor Rick Scott abandoned Reagan just when he needed him most.
* The children of Newtown sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for their town.
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Daily Links, Economy, Inauguration, Rick Scott, Ronald Reagan, Science & Technology, Unions, White House
This afternoon the Michigan House of Representatives passed two separate "right-to-work" measures covering workers in the private and public sectors, setting the stage for final passage sometime next week.
A fun game for Michigan residents who may be confused by the phrase "right-to-work":
1. If you're unemployed or working part-time, approach Governor Rick Snyder and ask for a job. Claim you're just exercising the right to work. Better yet, walk in to any office you fancy. Do your research. Pick one that has good coffee, not one with a stupid Flavia machine.
2. If anyone calls security, tell them the legislature passed a right-to-work law and you're only following the rules.
3. If that strategy somehow fails, it may be because right-to-work bills are the Grape-Nuts of public policy: they contain neither rights nor work.
Tags: Michigan, Rick Snyder, State Legislature, Unions
On hearing the news that Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is shutting down operations — ostensibly due to an inability to resolve a bakers' strike — many Americans waxed nostalgic about pastries they hadn't eaten in years. Which may hint at the real reason why the business went down.
But more than a few Americans are directing their ire at something other than the free market…
Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, Food, Twitter, Unions
Wow! This has got to be a crushing blow for the Romney campaign. Just after learning that the usually-Republican "waitress moms" were leaning toward Obama this time around, we're now finding out — via an ad from the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees — that Romney is also losing the just-as-coveted "that one sanitation worker guy who picks up my refuse I think" vote.
Makes you wonder what other contingents of non-Romney voters Democrats will triumphantly point to as the election nears. The "people who met Romney at a party one time" demographic? The "guy behind the counter at Culver's but not the one who actually fulfills Romney's order" demographic? The "other person in traffic with Romney" demographic?
I sure hope not. I don't know if his campaign could withstand such a loss.
Tags: Advertising, Mitt Romney, Unions
* The Mitt Romney boys try to solve the mystery of unions.
* Slate reminds us how we ended up with Romney.
* Paul Ryan as an advertising tool.
* Behind the scenes at Romney's debate prep.
* The Simpsons pokes fun at Mitt Romney, but subtly.
* The Onion is tired of taking on contemporary politics.
* Here's a handy tool to help you pick your politics.
* This explains a lot about the Romney campaign.
* The Postal Service is still releasing stamps, in case anyone cares.
* If he only had a heart right now, we might all be worried about it.
* Mitt Romney can get the black vote, from Funny or Die (NSFW).
Tags: Daily Links, Debates, Herman Cain, Huffington Post, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Slate, The Onion, Unions, Video Games