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NASA probe to study dwarf planet Ceres bright spots
"There's something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA's Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week." My guess is that it's a double meteorite hit that exposed underlying white material, either ice or salts. Probably ice. [rdbrewer]


Neil Munro: Obama Unveils National ObamaLaw Plan
"Obama also instructed his media allies to help [in the] federalization of policing, and to sideline critics of centralized policing rules. 'I expect our friends in the media to really focus on what’s in this report and pay attention to it.'" He's talking to you, Politico. President NPD wants to turn this country into a hellhole so that people will always remember the name Obama. So maybe some balanced reporting on that one. [rdbrewer]


Patrick Howley: EXPOSED: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails
"'The Department of Justice lawyers objected to that and said I shouldn’t even be allowed to mention these off-site servers without sworn affidavits,' Mitchell told TheDC." Lawyers make arguments in good faith "upon information and belief" all the time. Apparently the judge isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. [rdbrewer]


Michelle Malkin compiles history of administration’s ‘unorthodox’ email methods
"[I]t turns out fake emails and bogus names are pretty standard operating procedure." It's almost as if they knew the partisan hack in the AG's office wouldn't do anything. [rdbrewer]
Cadillac: The Daring
Steve Wozniak. [rdbrewer]


Randy Barnett: Lobbying the Chief Justice (again)
"[T]he left has been encouraged to think that its pressure worked, and might work again in King v. Burwell. But this time, they aren’t waiting until after oral argument to launch their political lobbying campaign." They're trying to gin-up a meme that the legitimacy of the court is at stake. See the last paragraph here, for example. Coincidence? [rdbrewer]


Sean Davis: The U.S. Constitution Actually Bans Hillary’s Foreign Government Payola
"The constitutional ban on foreign cash payments to U.S. officials is known as the Emoluments Clause...." [rdbrewer]


BI: Scientists take the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle
"'This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics — and its paradoxical nature — directly'...." Video. [rdbrewer]

Timothy Rubbelke: The Paradox of Government Vaccine Mandates
@tsrblke on Twitter. [rdbrewer]


‘Sharknado 3′: Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter to Play President, Vice President
"Other cameos set for the pic include Jerry Springer, Bo Derek and NSync’s Chris Kirkpatrick." [rdbrewer]
Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic: Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran
"Netanyahu's controversial speech is masking another issue: The president's responsibility to avoid making a bad nuclear deal." Obama doesn't give a shit about a bad deal. He just wants something people can point to and say "Obama did that." [rdbrewer]


Gallup: Big Jump in Netanyahu Approval in United States
"Netanyahu’s approval is now at 45 percent, a full ten points higher than two years ago. His disapproval stayed relatively the same, now at 24 percent. These are the best numbers Netanyahu has seen this millennium, clearly indicating whatever flak he is taking from the left is not damaging his brand with Americans." [rdbrewer]


David Corbin and Matt Parks: The Federalist and The Promise of American Life
"Progressivism, in sum, requires a capacity for self-criticism that its epistemic pride and solipsistic self-flattery make all but impossible. President Obama’s comical self-confidence is but the logical outcome of his ideology." Heheh. [rdbrewer]


Peggy Noonan's Blog: Walker, Reagan and Patco
"The Soviets watched like everybody else. They observed how the new president handled a national-security challenge. They saw that his rhetorical toughness would be echoed in tough actions. They hadn’t known that until this point. They knew it now. ¶ This is why Reagan’s secretary of state George Shultz said that the Patco decision was the most important foreign-policy decision Reagan ever made." [rdbrewer]


Kevin Williamson: Live Long and Prosper
"Twenty years later, I’d discover that this was the juvenile (a word that in this context is not pejorative) version of Stoicism, which makes substantially the same promises as Spock’s kolinahr discipline (possibly the nerdiest clause I have ever written), offering the same state of resolute tranquility...." [rdbrewer]

Glenn Reynolds, USA Today: Quartering spyware troops in the digital age
"In this post-drug war era of no-knock raids, SWAT teams, and governmental spying, it's sad to think that we are, in fact, less secure in our homes than 'the poorest man' in his own cottage was under the English kings we once revolted against. And if that's the case, maybe the Third Amendment isn't working as well as we think." [rdbrewer]


Roger L. Simon: Will Obama’s Iran Deal Be the Worst Deal Ever Made?
"I hate to sound like Mr. Armageddon, but what we are dealing with here is not a Chamberlain-style appeasement. It is something far more dangerous. Even that administration favorite Jeffrey Goldberg seems alarmed in a new article in The Atlantic ('Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran')...." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]


Hopes for peaceful Russian transition fade with Nemtsov: Kasparov
"'Boris hoped, in vain as we understand, to see some form of peaceful transition into normal, civilized democratic government,' Kasparov told Reuters, describing Nemtsov as one of Russia's leading advocates for non-violent political expression. ¶ 'I see no chance for Russia now to move from Putin's brutal dictatorship into something that will be even (as) mild as we had 10 years ago,' he said, predicting it could take a violent mass uprising if change was to come." Related: Kasparov's WSJ editorial. [rdbrewer]
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Via Jane D'oh. [rdbrewer]


Scott Walker Accurately Remembers History, And You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!
"Rucker was the guy who whined, 'What about your gaaaaaaaffffffes!!!!!!' to Mitt Romney in 2012...." Oh, that guy. More here. [rdbrewer]



A nice tribute to Leonard Nimoy [rdbrewer]

SooperMexican: Right-Wing Blogger DESTROYS Jezebel and Daily Beast’s Attempt to SMEAR Scott Walker With FALSE Rape Story!
"This time it was my homie @DrawAndStrike who single-handedly destroyed an attempted smear on Scott Walker." [rdbrewer]
Genetic Data Tools Reveal How Pop Music Evolved In The US …and show that The Beatles didn’t start the 1964 American music revolution after all. [dri]


Ben Domenech: The Cartman Presidency: There Is No Check On President Obama
"Barack Obama is basically operating now without any congressional checks and balances whatsoever." I'd remind Congress it's a long time until elections. Hammer down. Via @TheH2. [rdbrewer]

Newsweek: Why the Web Won't Be Nirvana
From 1995. "Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.... And you can't tote that laptop to the beach. Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure." Hah. [rdbrewer]


Networks Spend Nearly Six Minutes on Runaway Llamas, But Nothing on Clinton Ethics Story
The Clinton Foundation took donations from foreign governments while Clinton was Secretary of State. ABC, NBC, and Scott Pelley at CBS failed to cover it. Why? Because they're unprofessional; they're unethical, and they're in the tank for Hillary. [rdbrewer]


Greg Jones: Pipeline Politics: The Real Reason Behind Obama’s Keystone Veto
"Why on Earth would Obama veto what is essentially a fraction of existing pipeline that would not only give Americans cheaper oil, but create more than 40,000 jobs in the process? Politics. Think about it: the proposed XL extension runs through solid red states.... The veto of Keystone XL was political, nothing more, nothing less. It was a childish attempt at revenge; the equivalent of taking one’s ball and going home." President Teenager. [rdbrewer]


Jonah Goldberg: Is Liberalism Exhausted?
"[T]he cultural Left has disengaged from mainstream political arguments, preferring instead the comforts of identity-politics argy-bargy. You judge political movements not by their manifestos but by where they put their passion. And on the left these days, the only things that arouse passion are arguments about race and gender." [rdbrewer]
NY Times: Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Putin, Is Shot Dead in Moscow
"Mr. Nemtsov, 55, was one of the principal organizers of an opposition march scheduled for Sunday in Moscow."[rdbrewer]

NY Times: A White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress Melts the Internet
"The one thing scientists could agree on was that this is a very unusual illusion. People who see the dress one way do not eventually begin to see it the other way, as is common with many optical illusions." (I see white and gold.) Related: See the Wired link below. More from Yahoo News. [rdbrewer]

The National Academy of Sciences chooses the winner of its most prestigious award
Guess. No, really. [rdbrewer]

Wired: The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress
Okay, so it really is blue and black? Related: @CuffyMeh. [rdbrewer]
Columbo Roasts Frank Sinatra
In what may be a bit of Columbo trivia, he reveals his wife's name, which I don't think he ever mentioned on the show

Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83
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