Midday open thread

  • Today’s comic is Actual audio: Chris Christie at the Reagan Library by Scott Bateman:
  • We’ll be liveblogging the governor’s race in West Virginia tonight starting at 7:30 ET.
  • Dropping approval rates—they’re not just for Congress and the White House anymore:

    Approval of the U.S. Supreme Court has dropped to its second-lowest rating ever recorded, accoring to a new Gallup poll.

    In fact, only 46 percent of respondents said that they approved of the high court, while 40 percent disapproved. The approval rating is a drop of fifteen points since a recent high of 61 percent in 2009. The lowest approval ever recorded by Gallup was in 2005, at 42 percent.

  • Ron Paul thinks he’s found a way to impeach President Obama.
  • WTF is wrong with people?

    An intrepid sea lion who flopped across eight lanes of traffic on Highway 101 in Burlingame on Saturday was suffering from a gunshot wound, officials at the Marine Mammal Center said Monday.

    Yeah. Gunshot wound. Unbelievable.

  • This is pretty much the coolest story ever:

    In his 18 years at Pinckney Community High School, Jim Darga, the principal, said, the homecoming queen had always been crowned at halftime of the school’s football game. Never before, though, had she had to be summoned from the team’s locker room.

    And that was just the beginning of Brianna Amat’s big night.

    If being named homecoming queen is a lifetime memory for a high school student, so, too, is kicking a winning field goal. For Amat, 18, they happened within an hour of each other.

  • This story of how Ithacans saved their local bookstore is pretty cool too.
  • Starbucks is calling in the cops to kick out people who aren’t buying enough? Really? Gosh, and I’m old enough to remember when it was legal to just hang out in a coffee shop.
  • If you think Ezra Klein is a “middle-aged yuppie child” who is “inherently middle of the road and steeped in the meaningless bullshit policy/punditry circle jerk of the era,” you will really, really, really enjoy reading this.
  • Noah’s Ark: coming soon to a theater near you in full screen, with major motion picture special FX! But if you click that link I briefly explain why this may not be all that big a deal, especially in light of past Hollywood science travesties.—DS
  • It’s National Taco Day and National Vodka Day. How will you be celebrating?




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