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A Date With Dynasty… And Other News

Duck Dynasty Date

Louisiana Representative Vance McAllister brought a special date to the State of the Union Address: Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.

The long-bearded star of Duck Dynasty endorsed McAllister in a tough election last year and McAllister repaid the favour by escorting him to the President’s speech. But based on his father’s views on homosexuality, I’m guessing Willie didn’t put out – or at least publicly. McAllister said his “close friend” Robertson would bring “some diversity to our nation’s capital.” There were no other bearded duck hunters there? NY Post 

Uganda GayIn a very, very, minusculy small victory for gay rights in Africa, the president of Uganda announced he will not sign the new anti-gay bill, “nnless I have got confirmation from scientists that this condition is not genetic, but a behaviour that is acquired.” But despite President Yoweri Museveni’s refusal to sign, the prez is far from being a gay rights activist; he supports the bill’s imposition of lifetime prison sentences for those who “promote, abate, recruit and support homosexuality,” but is a little more hesitant when it comes to laws that seek “to punish homosexuals” just for being homosexual. The president has also said that gay people are “abnormal” and can be “cured” of their same-sex sexual desires. So if you are anti-gay in Uganda, you need to find a scientist/witch doctor who can “prove” gays are not born that way OR you need to find a scientist/witch doctor who can conjure up the cure for gayness. Advocate 

HOLLANDE-TRIERWEILBackstabbing, betrayals, and berets. After French President Francois Hollande announced his 9-year relationship with Valerie Trierweiler was over amid rumors of Hollande’s affair with actress Julie Gayet, his scorned partner is speaking out. France’s former First Lady told French political reporters “We would still be together had he not become president” and “low blows”, “back-stabbing” and “betrayals” were to blame for the split. Juicy! Trierweiler, who started an affair with Mr Hollande in 2005 while he was still officially with Ségolène Royal, is now focusing on a new career as a humanitarian campaigner while Hollande is now focusing on French actresses and hopefully the European economy. The Telegraph

peter-schiffFinancial commentator Peter Schiff believes everyone has a price and “mentally retarded” people are worth about $2 an hour. The investment broker and talk radio host told Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee that increasing the minimum wage would have disastrous effects. Worried that the price of his hamburger would increase, Schiff claimed that paying workers twice as much would double the cost of some goods and destroy American jobs. “There’s a law in economics, supply and demand, that you learn in Econ 101, and if you increase the price of something, you decrease the demand,” Schiff said. “The higher you make the minimum wage, the more jobs are going to be destroyed.” Because of this, Schiff proposes eliminating the minimum wage altogether and allowing people to be paid what they’re worth. When asled to identify someone whose work might be worth just $2 an hour, Schiff responded with: “Maybe someone who is – what’s the politically correct word, you know, for mentally retarded.” Yikes, wrong answer on so many levels… “I’m not going to say that we’re all created equal,” Schiff continued “You’re worth what you’re worth.” Just like our forefathers always dreamed. Raw Story

neanderthalThere’s a little Neanderthal in all of us, not just the ones who are worth $2 an hour. Two new studies studies published Wednesday in Science and Nature have traced the history of Neanderthal DNA and suggest that it’s still found in humans today. The DNA of Neanderthals, who became extinct about 30,000 years ago, still exists in several regions of the world and can make up as much as 4 percent of some people’s DNA. 4 percent isn’t very much, but there are some Neanderthal genes have become very common in non-Africans – mostly genes that make keratin, found in skin, hair, and nails. New York Times

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Current Event Cat of the Day: State of the Union Recap

Current Event Cat - State of the Union

State of the Union recap: Obama spoke, Biden smiled, Boehner did his best grumpy cat impression.

Obama made is through his fifth annual State of the Union address last night, touching on five key points:

Income inequality: Noting that America is growing, but only for a few, Obama pledged to offer “a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class”.

Screw You Congress: Obama promised to tackle economic inequality “with or without Congress,” signaling that he’s willing to bypass the stubborn bunch whenever and wherever possible. He also announced he will unilaterally raise the minimum wage for new federal contract staff.

Let Obamacare Be Great: Obama reiterated that Obamacare is here to stay and kindly asked Republicans to stop trying to repeal his signature healthcare overhaul. “Let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans.”

Iran is My New BFF: Obama praised Iran for cooperating (to an extent) in regards to their nuclear weapons program. The president urged Congress to give it some more time and stop demanding new sanctions be placed on Iran.

 Sgt. Cory Remsburg Is Awesome and That’s Something We Can All Get Behind: Obama ended his speech by praising the military and saluting Sgt. Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was nearly killed by a bomb during his tenth deployment. Moral of the story: If Cory can recover, so can America – if Congress butts out that is…

But the best part of the State of the Union speech didn’t involve Obama at all, it was Joe Biden and John Boehner’s opposing facial expressions.  To the left of Obama, he have Joe Biden, smiling, animated, possibly drunk, and overall loving the speech. On the other side, there’s Tan Dad John Boehner. Aside from one friendly thumbs up, the perpetually orange House Speaker, who is darker than Obama at this point, looked like he’d rather watch paint dry than listen to a second more of Obama’s ramblings.


Via: BBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: State of the Union Address

Current Event Cat - Income Inequality State of the Union Address

It’s that time of year again: State of the Union Address Day! Tonight President Obama will address income inequality in his annual State of the Union Address and announce his executive move to increase the government minimum wage.

President Obama plans to stick it to Congress by bypassing them and using his executive powers to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour for workers on new government contracts. Unfortunately for most minimum wage employees, this only applies to janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors. So the measure will only really benefit a few hundred thousand workers – at most.

“Hardworking Americans—including janitors and construction workers—working on new federal contracts will benefit from the Executive Order,” the White House said in a statement.

Obama will also call on Congress to pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour for the nearly 21 million non-government employees making minimum wage – because calling on Congress is almost as good as bypassing Congress altogether. Plus it worked out so well last year when Obama asked Congress (in his State of the Union Address) to raise the minimum wage for all workers, only to watch Republicans tear the legislation to pieces, arguing it would hurt businesses, stifle job creation, and destroy America.

But at the very least, Obama’s new executive order underscores an increased willingness to ignore Congress and get some legislation passed. After all, he only has three years left!

“You can be sure that the president fully intends to use his executive authority to use the unique powers of the office to make progress on economic opportunity, to make progress in the areas that he believes are so important to further economic growth and further job creation,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Monday.

Aside from income inequality, long-term joblessness, expansion of early childhood education and infrastructure spending are also on the State of the Union agenda.

rubio-waterAnd don’t forget to stay tuned to the Republican rebuttal! This year the GOP is doing things a bit differently by having several Republicans address Obama’s speech instead of the traditional single voice. I guess they learned a thing or two after Marco Rubio’s mini water bottle gaffe went viral. Anyways, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State will deliver the official response on behalf of the Republican Party but Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will release a taped address and Utah Senator Mike Lee will offer a response on behalf of the populist, anti-tax tea party movement.

Via: New York Times

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