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February 17, 2012 5:50 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Week’s end is finally here! But there’s always more on the news transom:

* Moroccan man caught in FBI sting while plotting suicide attack on Capitol.

* Violent weather events have affected 80% of Americans over last six years, USA Today reports (with interesting map). Global climate-change, of course, is a pagan-socialist myth.

* Jaime Fuller says Romney’s nomination strategy being undermined by unanticipated problem that he’s a really bad candidate.

* Holder tells Congress DOJ won’t defend law banning military and veterans benefits to same-sex couples.

* Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine flips from Romney to Santorum, calling the former too negative, and the latter “human.”

* Simon van Zuylen-Wood barbecues Mitt for accusing Santorum of being “pro-union.” Might as well accuse him of being a feminist.

* Euro-scold Merkel’s hand-picked President of Germany resigns after reports of ethical violations. Tough luck, Angela.

And in quasi-nonpolitical news:

* NASA celebrating 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s orbital mission.

I am delighted to announce we’ll have two very distinguished guest-bloggers here this weekend. Tomorrow will feature Rich Yeselson, whom you met a couple of weeks ago. And on Sunday we’ll have Adele Stan, AlterNet’s Washington Correspondent and campaign reporter, a veteran analyst of the political scene who began her career with Ms. magazine.

Please welcome Rich and Adele with open arms and minds.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • me on February 17, 2012 6:02 PM:

    Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine flips from Romney to Santorum, calling the former too negative, and the latter “human.”

    rats flee sinking shit.

  • Danp on February 17, 2012 6:23 PM:

    Euro-scold Merkel’s hand-picked President of Germany resigns after reports of ethical violations. Tough luck, Angela.

    When I read this this morning (Guardian?), it said President is a figure-head position, mostly representing "moral authority". Ouch.

    Violent weather events have affected 80% of Americans over last six years,

    I suspect CNN viewers are thinking, "Only 80%?" Not that they think anything can be done about it.

  • Ken on February 17, 2012 6:36 PM:

    Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine flips from Romney to Santorum, calling the former too negative, and the latter “human.”

    Some grammar-seeking part of my brain wanted to read that as a parallel: calling the former too negative, and the latter too human. I can't decide if it reads better that way.

  • berttheclock on February 17, 2012 8:14 PM:

    Thanks again for your yeoman work. Have a great weekend. However, next weekend or one in the future, how about bringing aboard the intrepid Blue Girl for a spot as a guest thread weaver.

  • Suzii on February 17, 2012 8:21 PM:

    Euro-scold?

    Somehow, I can't see that word applied to a man. Is there anything you would like to convey about Merkel that doesn't boil down to her being a naggy old hag? Because perhaps you could use a less loaded word to convey it.

  • trex on February 17, 2012 11:42 PM:

    In support of Ed's snarking about the intransigent stupidity of climate change denialists, there are 15 comments on the USA Today story mapping violent weather events as of this posting. Not only did single commenter mock and deride the idea that the globe is warming, many of them mocked the idea that violent weather is happening at all - despite the hundreds of deaths, billions in property damage, first hand accounts...and video of these very events.

    This is how empires fall.

  • CJ (old) on February 18, 2012 12:32 AM:

    Its moments like this that I'm so proud to be a pagan socialist.

  • esaud on February 18, 2012 9:21 AM:

    Re FBI sting: Is anyone else bothered by how much time and effort the FBI puts into creating their own Islamic terrorists to capture? And of course, they never bait the white guys in supremecist or militia units.

  • Carl on February 26, 2012 1:25 PM:

    Nice way to uncritically zero-in on climate change as being responsible for the upward trend in property damage due to severe weather. Could other factors be at play?

    *When considering inflation, is the price of labor, construction materials and distribution higher than in the recent past?

    *Did real estate values swell up recently, thereby leading to a commensurate increase in the dollar value an insurance adjuster would assign to damaged property?

    *Are there more people residing and working (both in relative and absolute terms) in concentrated areas compared to, say, 10 years ago?

    *Does the United States government provide subsidized flood insurance which incentivises construction in higher-risk areas?

    These are just a handful of explanations that are worthy of consideration. You just didn't think of them because the article fed you what you wanted to hear.