12:54 // 1 year ago
If you haven’t seen, this ad for the Paralympics is spectacular.
On a side note, it’s worth noting that friend of SFB and Paralympian Josh Sundquist, who competed as a skiier in 2006, is currently in London covering the Olympics for YouTube. Awesome, right? Follow his exploits here.
If 2010 was the year the Tea Party cost the GOP several winnable seats, then 2012 could be the year Republicans’ own candidates cost them control of the Senate.The Atlantic’s Josh Kraushaar • Commenting on the slew of weak GOP candidates running for the Senate this year. Kraushaar makes a subtle but important distinction between now and 2010, when Republicans lost several winnable Senate seats by nominating weak candidates (here are two examples). In 2010, many of the candidates in question were insurgent Tea Party types who—to the chagrin of party elites—ran against establishment Republicans in the primaries and only gathered reluctant, late support from the party. This year, however, it’s the establishment’s own hand-picked candidates who are underperforming in polls. The first candidate profiled in the piece, 31-year-old Josh Mandel, is a good case study of why being young and sharp doesn’t necessarily translate to political skill. A refreshing read for election buffs tired of presidential coverage. source (via • follow)
» A bad day for the doomsday industry: You’ve almost certainly heard over the past few years that 2012 would be the year in which the world ended, right? Because the Mayan calendar says so? Well, not that we were terribly concerned to begin with (the Mayan calendar never really ended in 2012, just “rolled over,” so to speak), but researchers have unearthed a mural in Guatemala that goes another step in dismissing the dire soothsaying. The mural includes the oldest known Mayan calendar, which instead of presenting the usual 13 b’ak’tuns (meaning a 400 year unit of time), showed a whopping 17. So if anybody wants to get worked up over ill-founded apocalypse mythology, you should hold off for another 1,600 years or so.
The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples…He believes the North Carolina measure singles out and discriminates against committed gay and lesbian couples, which is why he did not support it. President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment. On a federal level, he has ended the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and extended key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.North Carolina press secretary for Obama for America, Cameron French, speaking to the Washington Blade. President Obama expressed his disapproval with the North Carolina ballot measure that amends the state constitution to ban same sex marriage before Tuesday’s vote, and on the night it passed into law by a wide margin the Obama campaign once expressed the president’s dismay. (via tpmmedia)