Quick hits

1) Not surprisingly the Republican party is, in fact, so scientifically illiterate as to actual suggest that recent VA snowstorms suggest global warming is not real.  

2)  In what state would they actually prosecute a nurse for blowing the whistle on a dangerous doctor?  If you guessed Texas— you win. 

3) This is just wrong.

Don’t tell, but ask away

Really interesting article in Slate the other day about Don't Ask; don't tell.  We know service members get kicked out on a regular basis for "telling," but does anyone ever get punished for "asking"?  Not surprisingly, the answer is no.  

 For most service members, it's not even against the rules. The "don't
tell" half of the 1993 agreement between Congress, the president, and
top military brass is a matter of federal law.
The "don't ask" portion stands for a combination of military
regulations and memoranda that ended the Pentagon's long-standing
practice of asking service members about their sexual orientation
during the recruitment and security-clearance processes. It also
limited the conditions under which a commanding officer may investigate
suspected homosexual conduct. But there is no provision in law or
regulation that forbids a rank-and-file service member from asking a
colleague whether he or she is gay. Superior officers, of course,
retain the general authority to discipline subordinates who engage in inappropriate behavior—like
harassing a peer with repeated accusations—but there is no record of a
service member being punished for asking about homosexual conduct.

It would be interesting to see just how different this policy would have actually been had it actually lived up to it's name– imagine of people had actually got kicked out of the military (or at least punished) for "asking."   Safe to say, it would have been quite different. 

Worth 1000 words

Via Huffington Post Sarah Palin's hand at the tea party convention.  

Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which
she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals
several notes written on her left hand. The words "Energy", "Tax" and
"Lift American Spirits" are clearly visible. There's also what appears
to read as "Budget cuts" with the word Budget crossed out.

Again, I'll farm out short commentary to Chait: "This is pretty much the Republican program for you.  My favorite is budget cuts crossed out, replaced with tax cuts. Yup, that's it in a nutshell."  Can't imagine why anyone would question the intellectual credibility of the conservative movement.

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