Two new adorable cheetah cubs have just made their debut at the National Zoo in Washington.
Neither cub has been named because the zoo plans to name their after the fastest American male and female athletes in the 100-meter dash at this summer's London Olympics.
NBC Washington reports that the cubs were hand raised after a risky cesarean section saved their lives and their mother's life. That left them in intensive care for several days after they were born. But clearly they're doing quite well, now.
Zookeepers say the cubs are adjusting well to their new outdoor surroundings.
This is a Muppet News Flash! The Muppets are standing up for marriage equality. Last week you may remember Dan Cathy, the President of fast food chain Chick-fil-A, committed a business fowl, err foul, when he treated same-sex marriage in a very poultry, err paltry manner.
The Jim Henson Company
Commenting on his company's support of anti-gay conservative groups, Cathy said Chick-fil-A was "guilty as charged."
The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (http://www.glaad.org/)
Or as Last Word Senior Producer Nikki put it this morning, “It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to dump Chick-fil-A ‘cuz they’re against gay rights.”
Besides, everyone knows Swedish Chef would make a better chicken sandwich, anyway.
We played just a small portion of Sen. McCain's remarks given from the Senate floor, today. The Arizona Republican vehemently defended State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin against claims made by Rep. Bachmann and four other Republicans, alleging she could have connections with the Muslim Brotherhood. But Sen. McCain said quite a bit more than we had time to show on you the air.
Having worked for Congressman Bachman's (sic) campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level.
The Republican Party... is going to become irrelevant if we become the party of intolerance and hate. ...Mrs. Bachmann you know better. Shame on you, Michele!
Rep. Bachmann responded today with a statement posted to her official House website. You can read the whole thing here, but the last line says it all:
"This is just the latest example of the dangerous national security decisions made by the Obama administration. I will not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces."
UPDATED 2:50 PM ET ON WEDNESDAY: Right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh is now insisting that he wasn't proposing a giant Batman/Bane/Bain conspiracy theory on his show yesterday. POLITICO reports, today he told his listeners:
“I never said that the villain was created by the comic book character creator to be part of the 2012 campaign,” Limbaugh said, referring to Bane, who was created in 1993. “I never said that at all. And everybody’s out there running around, thinking I got this giant conspiracy.… I didn’t say there was a conspiracy. I said the Democrats were going to use it.”
Original post follows, including a transcript of what Limbaugh said yesterday. You can make the call.
Also, Rachel Maddow has responded to Limbaugh's attempt to spin this over on The Maddow Blog.
The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there's now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?
Let's discuss a few things here. Firstly, Bane is neither fire-breathing nor four-eyed.
Vice President Joe Biden hit the campaign trail again today, talking to members of La Raza in Las Vegas. La Raza calls itself the country's largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.
During his remarks, Vice President Biden took on Mitt Romney over his offshore accounts and hinted that there may be something Romney doesn't want voters to know about. He then offered up a nice zinger that also managed to take a dig at the Republican Party's perceived immigration problem.
It's fair to say that New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is known for his big... uh, erm... personality. This is, after all, the same politician who asked a reporter on Saturday if he was "stupid" and then went on to call that same reporter an "idiot."
AP Photo/Mel Evans
"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." (Gov. Christie didn't actually say that)
Gov. Christie's latest hot-headed moment happened in the same place where Snooki and The Situation often get into altercations (I only know this because my girlfriend likes "The Jersey Shore"). Christie apparently got into a shouting match with a man on a Jersey shore boardwalk over education policy. TMZ has the video which you can watch above.
Perhaps the governor is just upset because he's no longer thought to be Romney's VP shortlist. RealClearPolitics reported yesterday that the list is thought to be down to these four men: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. But you may remember Lawrence scratched Christie off the Romney VP shortlist last month. Maybe in 2016, Governor... but for now you may have to fuhgettaboutit.
This may be the most inexplicable campaign ad ever... in the history of ever. No, really.
Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, who is running in Ohio as a Republican for the U.S. House released this online ad linking the Holocaust with gun control. Wurzelbacher told POLITICO, “I’m just stating the fact that history is very important — people need to understand what happened. Different countries around the world have tried to disarm their citizens, and then have tried to exterminate their own now-unarmed citizens.”
The ad concludes with the candidate telling the camera, "I love America." Good to know, but it doesn't make the point of this ad any clearer.
Wurzelbacher is brushing off any controversy that could come from the ad, again telling POLITICO, “If people are looking to be offended by this video, they are probably serving a political agenda. Unfortunately there are a lot of whiners out there."
Along with the video, the candidate offered this equally bewildering tweet:
Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that his agenda would not be possible unless the people were disarmed.(Facts, Liberal hate them & ignore them)
Josh Weed, a therapist from Seattle, and his wife Lolly published a post on Josh's blog a few days ago.In it they told his readers that he is both Mormon... and gay. The couple uses the post - which is nearly 64-hundred words long - to explain their unique relationship in great detail.
Lolly knew Josh was gay when they married.The couple has three daughters.And because of their genuine love for each other, Josh describes their sex life as, quote: "a better sex life than most people I personally know. Most of whom are straight."
Josh remains, in his words, “very happily married to a woman” even though he has long identified as gay, because he also considers himself a “a devout and believing Mormon.” When Josh came out to his parents at the age of 13, his father served in the local stake presidency, meaning that he helped oversee several Mormon congregations. His parents nonetheless remained supportive of him—as did Lolly, who has been friends with Josh since the two were kids. Despite his homosexuality they have all agreed with his decision to stay true to the doctrines of Mormonism, including temple marriage, which can only be “between a man and a woman” and is “ordained of God” as one of the religion’s most sacred covenants. Weed says that this decision is an entirely satisfying one. “I am gay. Iam Mormon. I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day.”
After publishing their story online, the couple says they received a slew of very positive responses on their blog post. In this YouTube video they talk about that - and explain a bit more about why they are sharing their story.
... group members may find themselves weighing their personal and political convictions against their spiritual commitments. Sonia Johnson described that painful choice as “trying to decide which child to save from the fire.” Members of Mormons Building Bridges will have to act carefully to ensure they don’t get burned, but there are ways the group might remain in the church’s good standing while also bringing about change, if that is what they want. Petitioning the church’s leadership to alter its policies or theology will not produce the desired results, and protesting the church’s actions will most likely elicit harsh rebukes or worse. History has been clear that the church does not submit to pressure from below nor does it overlook challenges to its leadership.
This week also saw the release of a new guidebook, co-written by a former church bishop with input from Mormon families and congregational leaders, that seeks to help Mormon families with gay teens reconcile their faith with raising a gay child. That book was published by the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University.
University social scientist Caitlin Ryan launched her research for the cross-cultural, cross-denominational project in 2002, seeking to understand the impact of acceptance on the well-being of gay and gender-variant youth.
Her co-author for the 25-page booklet, due for online release (yesterday), was Robert Rees, a former literature professor from the University of California at Los Angeles who was a Mormon bishop in the 1980s.
The guide blends Mormon scripture and statements on family from church presidents with research that shows family support and acceptance to be critical to the health and well-being of gay youths.
This issue, no matter where it goes from here, is sure to be a fascinating one for both Mormons and non-Mormons, alike.
The Obama campaign is fighting back against the claim made by Mitt Romney that President Obama is "out of touch." Something tells me we're going to hear more of this as the campaign heads into the fall.
The Justice Department is suing the state of Florida over its controversial voter roll purge. Federal officials made their announcement today — the very same day that the state announced its plans to sue the Obama administration in an effort to get access to a Homeland Security Department database to aid in its voter purge efforts.
Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott defended the purge today on FOX News saying, "We found individuals that are registered to vote that don’t have a right to vote... and they voted. I have a job to do to defend the right of legitimate voters."
That echos remarks Governor Scott made yesterday at a Tea Party event in Tallahassee. Scott said at that event, "Okay so the latest is who should get to vote in our state and in our country. People that are citizens of our country. It's very simple, right? Who comes up with the idea that you get to vote if you're not a citizen?" You can read more about that event over on The Maddow Blog.
As for the letter written by Attorney General Thomas Perez, it's been included below. It was sent today by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.