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Marion Jacobson, The Atlantic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele [rdbrewer]


John B. Geer had hands up when shot by police, four officers say in documents
"The other officers contradicted Torres’s story, all agreeing that Geer had his hands above his shoulders, did not move them to his waist and was unarmed when he was shot." No arrest. [rdbrewer]

Ross Douthat, NY Times: Does Political Correctness Work?
"[Chait is] talking about the particular tactic of trying to shut down debate outright on certain topics, using a mix of protest, harassment, 'you don’t have standing to speak on this' identity politics (a tactic that some of his critics are basically just recapitulating) and strict taboo enforcement." [rdbrewer]
Worth watching - Governor Scott Walker debates Martha Radditz. Listen, then watch. Despite not being allowed to complete a thought, he never gets flustered or allows frustration to show. This is good practice. [NDH]

The Des Moines Register: Scott Walker leads tight GOP pack in new Iowa Poll
"'He's in a sweet spot,' pollster J. Ann Selzer said. 'People who don't want an ultra-conservative think he's OK. People who don't want a moderate think he's OK.'" As Russ in Winterset says, he IS the Kwisatz Haderach. (Pictured: Scott Walker's little sister.) [rdbrewer]


Rich Lowry: Jeb’s Poor Showing
"It’s not just that Jeb is back in the pack on the ballot test, and trailing Ben Carson. His other numbers are poor. His fav-unfav is 46-43 (only Christie and Trump have higher unfavs)." [rdbrewer]
Interesting testimony in the Litvinenko polonium murder investigation.
Odd that rookie assassins would get polonium poison. ht @IlvesToomas [ArthurK]
Finally, someone with some nuggets! Jordan tells ISIS, "Kill our pilot and we'll execute all your prisoners".

Weekend art: Van Gogh, "Public Garden with Couple and Blue Fir Tree" (1888)
The College Fix: Must read for conservative students: Jonah Goldberg equips you for battle [rdbrewer]

Albatross cam [rdbrewer]

Dog rescued from LA river
Video. [rdbrewer]

Did you guys know this about Katy Perry?
[rdbrewer]

@MKHammer: Football 101: The Downton Abbey Guide to the Super Bowl [rdbrewer]

CNN: Mary Cheney: Why is drag 'socially acceptable' and blackface isn't?
Via Drudge. "If a man can dress up as a woman to entertain an audience, then why can't a white person get on stage in blackface, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wondered aloud Thursday in a private Facebook post obtained by CNN." Related: Mediaite. [rdbrewer]

Crazy Bald Guy: I'm a poet and I didn't even know it
Poetry made from anti-Obama tweets. [rdbrewer]

Mediaite: Michael Moore: Clint Eastwood Once Threatened to Kill Me
Could Eastwood's stock soar any higher? [rdbrewer]

Mediaite: Fox’s Greg Gutfeld Feuds with Marilyn Manson over Mocking Muslims
Greg hurt Manson's feelings, you guys. "To Gutfeld, that particular comment exemplified Manson’s 'risk-free rebellion,' seeing as the musician became famous by going after Christianity with albums like Antichrist Superstar. 'Spoken like a true rebel, the kind who trashes hotel rooms that some child’s mother must clean up for minimum wage,' Gutfeld said Monday on The Five. 'How daring.'" [rdbrewer]
Andrew Sullivan: Defying civil rights advances since 2000
Excitable Andi will be missed however....who else is this tone-deaf? [CBD]

Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust
"The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished. Two groups of scientists announced today (Jan. 30) that a tantalizing signal... was actually caused by something much more mundane: interstellar dust." [rdbrewer]

NBC: Could Particle X Explain Dark Matter? Scientists Have a Plan
They think it might be 50 times lighter than an electron, and that it interacts with normal matter, not light. "[T]he researchers say particle X 'would have been missed by all experiments so far,' but might be detectable in space." More detail from The Daily Galaxy. [rdbrewer]

James Glanz, NY Times: Deflation Experiments Show Patriots May Have a Point After All
"When a gauge indicates that the ball contains 12.5 p.s.i. — the minimum allowed by the N.F.L. — the actual pressure is more than twice that amount because the surrounding pressure of the atmosphere must be considered. This roughly doubles how much a dip in temperature can lower the pressure." Whups. Added: @JohnPSquibob reminds me the Colts' balls didn't have the same decrease. Added 2: @CrankyTRex says the Colts' balls may have started out at a higher psi. [rdbrewer]


Adam Kredo: Open Jihad Declared in Egypt Following State Dept. Meeting with Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders
"The meeting was described by a member of the delegation, Maha Azzam as 'fruitful,' according to one person who attended a public event in Washington earlier this week hosted by the group." A "fruitful" meeting with State leads to a call for jihad? [rdbrewer]


Time Magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger writes what might possibly be the stupidest article about climate ever – climate change causes volcanoes [rdbrewer]


Neatorama: Pit Bull - Dachshund Mix Is A Thing Of Bizarre Beauty
"Dragon" would be a good name. Via @Alyssa_Milano. [rdbrewer]


Biden: 'The Past Six Years Have Been Really, Really Hard For This Country'
And now that we're addressing this out in the open, Democrats, let's work together to keep it all from going to hell over the next two years. Added: More from CBS DC. [rdbrewer]

Drudge
The Kelly File: Insight into the rising tensions between White House, Israel
Brit Hume on the ongoing fury at the White House over Netanyahu's visit: The president needed to "put on his big boy pants" and welcome Netanyahu to Washington. Indeed, rolling with it would have been the better course of action. Problem is, the mean girls are running the show. [rdbrewer]


Charles Krauthammer: The Final Solution: a Nuclear Iran
"Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe, and in the Middle East a new Holocaust looms." President Teenager is on it. [rdbrewer]


Charles Krauthammer: Hillary's Message Is "Hillaryness"
Video. [rdbrewer]


Kevin Costner: Anytime Someone Wants To Shut A Conversation Down, You Just Invoke Race
Video. [rdbrewer]

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: Racial Racket Ball
Video. More at BillWhittle.com. [rdbrewer]


Byron York: Public opinion left out of picture in Obama immigration drive
"Put another way, 86 percent of Americans would like immigration into this country to remain at today's level or to decrease, versus seven percent who want to see it increase." [rdbrewer]


Editorial: The Times’ low Blow
"At The New York Times, it seems, some key facts are just not fit to print when they don’t fit the liberal narrative." But, the Narrative. [rdbrewer]

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg: When Bread Bags Weren't Funny
"There's a reason old-fashioned kitchens didn't have cabinets: They didn't need them. There wasn't anything to put there." [rdbrewer]

Michelle Goldberg, The Nation: Jonathan Chait and the New PC
Eh, worth a look. "Unlike some of Chait's critics, I think there is such a thing as renascent political correctness." No, it never went away. It's just that authoritarian progs are now bothering liberals. [rdbrewer]


Peggy Noonan: America’s Strategy Deficit
"No one thinks this administration is the A Team when it comes to foreign affairs, but this is unprecedented push-back from top military and intelligence players. They are fed up, they’re less afraid, they’re retired, and they’re speaking out." [rdbrewer]


Buzz builds around Walker
"Even some of Walker’s biggest proponents were surprised by how well he did in Iowa last weekend." [rdbrewer]
Communist Party USA Chairman Vows Cooperation With Democratic Party
They're not even trying to hide it anymore. H/t @Derekahunter, WBAL radio
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