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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quarterbacks, Army Rangers, and Turning Back Time Inside Your Cells: Here's Your Wednesday Morning News

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Stem Cell Breakthrough: A cheap and easy way to turn back the clock on adult mice cells is discovered.

Boeing's Big Profits: Just a short-lived strong end to 2013?

The Fact Check: On last night's State of the Union speech. And in case you missed it, here's the full text.

Who Is Cory Remsburg?: The Army Ranger who got the most applause and Twitter love from the SOTU last night.

But What Was All the Applause for Cory Remsburg Really About?: Whatever it was, Amy Davidson writes, "it can’t be mistaken for an actual accounting of the war that took so much away from Remsburg; it is not an answer to the ghosts of future wars."

Grimm Context: Background on the man who told a reporter last night, "I will break you in half."

College Athletes Move Toward Unionizing: A group of Northwestern football players are petitioning the National Labor Relations Board.

Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay Are the Only Latin American Countries Where Gay Marriage Is Legal: But let's look at Mexico.

A Letter by One of the Many Al Jazeera Journalists: Who are jailed in Egypt.

Girls Court: A special court only for girls in Alameda County.

The Internet Is Solving a 20-Year-old Family Mystery: Involving code and a dying grandma.

There's Snow in the South: And people are stranded.

The Two Quarterbacks: Peyton, Russell, narrative.

The "Fragile Five": Countries with the shakiest, most dependent emerging markets.

From Mexico to Canada in seven minutes, via Metafilter.


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passionate_jus 1
Dear Washington State Democrats,

Here's how it's done:…

Yesterday, here in Virginia, the Democrats took over the State Senate (20-20 split with the Democrat Lt Gov a tie breaker). Democrats are pushing forward with an agenda of expanding health care, women's rights and GLBT rights.

The new Democratic Attorney General is now arguing in court that the state's anti-same sex marriage constitutional amendment is unconstitutional. Republicans in the legislature are threatening to impeach him but they won't be able to.

And last year Democrats won all three statewide executive offices by running on abortion rights, health care expansion, GLBT rights and on sensible gun control measures. In mother f-ing VIRGINIA, home of the NRA.

Indeed all 5 statewide offices are now held by Democrats, the first time since 1969. More impressive, in 1969 half of those were old Dixiecrats supporting such things as segregation.

The Democrats of VA have a spine. The Democrats in WA should try it sometime. They might like it.
Posted by passionate_jus on January 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 2
VA Attorney General on his obligation to challenge the state's anti-same sex marriage amendment in court:…
Posted by passionate_jus on January 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
While the applause for U.S. veterans and active duty military is certainly justified, I wish they (politicians, that is) would stop doing it. Instead of clapping for them when their bodies are mangled, they should do absolutely everything in their power to prevent wars from happening in the first place. Applauding for soldiers who were injured in wars that were started to give cushy jobs to one's military contractor friends is outright maliciousness.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 4
Patch Detroit Zebra: The play that brought Seattle to the Super Bowl

For your Football IQ booster shot today, we will breakdown the 43 yard pass to Jermaine Kearse in the NFC championship game, the “Patch Detroit Zebra.”

This play revolves around the hard count, and never actually starts unless the hard count works. From this gif, we see Aldon Smith jumping offsides, causing the refs to throw penalty flags, and signaling to Seattle that the Patch Detroit Zebra is on:

We can also see that Seattle’s receivers are lined up trips right, but switch to all vertical routes once the penalty is flagged. This is the essence of the play: when the hard count works, the receivers run vertical routes to take full advantage of the “free play” afforded by the penalty. If the hard count had not worked, the receivers would have run under or crossing routes to try to make the first down, or the team would have taken the delay of game penalty and punted.

The design of the play is to Kearse, and he runs a great route against Carlos Rogers, faking outside and cutting back in which forces Rogers to open his hips, giving Kearse the crucial few inches he needs to make the play:

Baldwin actually screws up here by cutting back towards the pass, and had he tried to make a play on it, there is a good chance the pass falls incomplete. Kearse also badly judges the ball, missing the initial catch, but managing to hold onto the ball after it bounces off his chest:

Lesser fans/haters (but not you!) may call this a “fluke” play, or claim that Wilson just threw it and lucked out, but the play was designed and practiced this way. Practiced and executed…that’s the Patch Detroit Zebra.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM · Report this
Dear Idiot Who Threatened a Reporter:

I think you'll soon learn why it's not a good idea to poke a bear.

Ask Chris Christie.
Posted by judybrowni on January 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM · Report this
raindrop 6
@3: The war was started by religious extremists flying jet liners into The World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Cushy contracting jobs were a tangential result.
Posted by raindrop on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Betsy Ross 7
Michael Grimm is a true thug.
Posted by Betsy Ross on January 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM · Report this
fletc3her 8
Anyone who says Seattle drives poorly in the snow, look at Atlanta. Youch.
Posted by fletc3her on January 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM · Report this
kazansky 9
Thanks for clearing that up @6. And I'm guessing those religious extremists flew the planes into the WTC because they don't like tall buildings?
Posted by kazansky on January 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 10
They didn't declare war. Although neither did the U.S., formally, for that matter.

The cushy jobs were a result that could have been avoided. Afghanistan is/was a fourth generation war being fought using mostly second generation tactics.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 11
@ 6, then why didn't we declare war on Saudi Arabia, from which the majority of the highjackers came, and which funded their operations?
Posted by Original Andrew on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM · Report this
raindrop 12
@10: Surprise attaches are not previously declared. For the most part, I concur with your second paragraph though.
Posted by raindrop on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM · Report this
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Pope Peabrain 14
The country was pretty much behind a war on the Taliban after they refused to turn over bin Laden. And it is a volunteer army. Many people are too young to remember conscription. If you were forced to go, people seemed to lack respect for returning soldiers. That was wrong. But somebody who volunteers for multiple tours deserves our deepest respects and gratitude. And if the president wants to recognize that service publicly, I'm all for it.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM · Report this
venomlash 15
@6: If the wars were in response to 9/11, please explain how we ended up in Iraq again.
Posted by venomlash on January 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Fnarf 16
@6, and yet after two or is it three trillion dollars and many thousands of dead Americans, we're worse off that we started -- Afghanistan is divided in control between drug-gang crooks and the Taliban, and Iraq, which had fuck-all to do with the the 9/11 terrorists and was in fact their sworn enemy, is in free-fall, a total failed state with utterly destroyed institutions and infrastructure.

Oh yeah, and at home our response was to chuck out the Bill of Rights.

Oh yeah, and your fucking president had the intelligence to stop it but didn't, because he was never, ever, ever up to the job. That one or any other.

We lost that fucking war, and it's your fault, you and all the blundering murderous jackasses you support. Never forget. Never forgive.
Posted by Fnarf on January 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Report this
seatackled 17
QBs don't have really tough guy manly names these days, do they?

I mean, Peyton, Russell, Colin, Cameron, Eli? In the days of old, we had Joe, John, Jim, Bart, Mark, Archie, blue collar, mostly monosyllabic goon names. Robert? Well, maybe it's manly, but it's attached to Griffin the Third, which makes it seem too upper class.
Posted by seatackled on January 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM · Report this
@11, St. Andrew, holy crap, this rag's blog site is no place for logic, dude!!!!

"@ 6, then why didn't we declare war on Saudi Arabia, from which the majority of the highjackers came, and which funded their operations? "

Sensible remarks are verboten here, sorry to say.
Posted by sgt_doom on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Report this
And Now For Some Happy News . . . .…

Plus, from Boston's ACLU chapter:

Posted by sgt_doom on January 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM · Report this
raindrop 20
@16: Isn't that a tad excessive? I stated a fact about 9/11 and you go on and on about Iraq and Afghanistan which, I agree are in a free fall. It really presses your buttons.

Am I more at fault than Hillary Clinton or Maria Cantwell who actually voted for to give 'W Congressional blessing for the affair?
Posted by raindrop on January 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM · Report this
@20, Uh, we were talking about Iraq and Afghanistan when you brought up 9-11 for no reason. Try to follow along in the conversation.

"Do I have blood on my hands?"

You voted for Bush twice, so yeah you do.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
raindrop 22
@21: It was the best decision any American could have made in 2000 and in 2004, considering the alternatives.
Posted by raindrop on January 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 23
You mean voting for Bush? No fucking way. A goat would have been a better alternative, especially in 2004 when it was transparently clear to everyone that Bush was in WAY over his head.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
raindrop 24
@23: One thing about history is that we can't see what would have been. In addition, in 2004, I wanted to see Laura Bush continue her work for the women of Afghanistan.
Posted by raindrop on January 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM · Report this
@24: You are right. We can't know for sure that Al Gore wouldn't have ignored the warning from Bill Clinton about Al Qaeda, and all the intelligence we had. We don't know FOR SURE if 9/11 would've still happened.

But it's probable that you have a lot of blood on your hands.

Plus there's the whole gay rights which W used to whip the right wing into a frenzy, contributing to the culture of self-harm, suicide, and abuse that queer kids go through.

So I guess it's not just probable.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM · Report this
raindrop 26
@25: Please, gay acceptance has been on an upward trajectory since the 80s regardless who occupies the White House. Also, if all gays who voted for W in 2000 voted for Gore, Gore would have won.

And, as a side note, we can't miss acknowledging George W Bush's massive AIDS funding for Africa.
Posted by raindrop on January 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM · Report this
venomlash 27
@26: In response to your first sentence, LOL NOPE. In response to your second sentence, [citation needed].

In response to your third sentence, PEPFAR included a mandate that 1/3 of its total funds go towards abstinence-only programs and that all recipient bodies must have a policy explicitly condemning prostitution. (The latter prevented aid organizations from working effectively to prevent the spread of HIV and was actually struck down on 1st Amendment grounds.)
Posted by venomlash on January 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM · Report this

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