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Monday, July 29, 2013

Stories to Watch: 7/29/13

DC police may have a woman in custody who was responsible for a string of incedents involving vandalism of national monuments.

Mittens Romney swears he never said that 47% percent of American wouldn't take personal responsibility for their lives, but that this was what he was perceived as saying. Here's the actual quote: "And so my job is not to worry about those people -- I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Yeah, I can see how people could perceive that as meaning that they won't take personal responsibility and care for their lives -- mostly because that's exactly what Romney said. A word of advice for Mitt: the campaign is over, you can stop lying now.

A verdict has been reached in the Bradley Manning case, but we won't know the fate of the whistleblower until tomorrow at 1. A leak before then would be fitting, but I don't suppose judges share that sort of info with anyone.

Just a reminder; this was the major revelation that Manning leaked -- the killing of Reuters journalists by trigger happy military personnel. It's not the only thing he leaked, but he ought to get a medal for that one, not a court martial.

In somewhat related news, NSA critic and whistleblower Eric Snowden's journalistic confidant Glenn Greenwald will testify before congress, at the invitation of Rep. Alan Grayson. That could get interesting real quick. That'll happen Wednesday.

Cumulus Radio is reportedly looking at dropping Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by the end of the year. Cumulus is the second biggest syndicator of both shows. Don't celebrate too much, though. One name being thrown around as a replacement is Michael Savage -- perhaps the only radio host who's actually worse than either of them.

Psycho Pennsylvania police chief Mark Kessler insists he's not a "circus clown" or a "deranged lunatic." He is, of course, wrong about that.

Nate Silver spills the beans on talking heads: "Obviously, there are SOME sports pundits who are total hacks. But I'd argue that MOST political pundits are completely useless; the outliers are the few who are actually worth reading."

Finally, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff claims he didn't know sodomy laws had been ruled unconstitutional a decade ago, after it was revealed he was using the now-unenforceable laws to harass gays. If he's lying, he's a homophobic bigot abusing his power and shouldn't be a sheriff. If he's telling the truth, he's an incompetent boob and shouldn't be a sheriff. Either way, Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux shouldn't be a sheriff.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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