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Overnight: Nikola Tesla Documentary

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Be sure to read this cartoon on Tesla on The Oatmeal.

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Voter Rights Act of Genius

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Chief Justice Roberts

What an opportunity!!!  And what a brilliant move by the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS.  I always thought he was just another conservative in a black robe.  Ah, but by leading the disemboweling of the Voter Rights Act, he’s actually tossed a lifeline to his struggling, floundering party, the GOP.

Though justice is supposed to be blind, CJ Roberts’ has eagle eyes.

Here’s his scheme, and it’s mighty clever.  He’s crippled the hard fought, long-gestating voter rights gains by gutting the bill and sending it back to Congress.  Who runs the Congress?  Today it’s the GOP.  And if they can pull together with the Democrats, just this once, they’ll look like heroes, a complete turnaround from their current status as doorstoppers.

All they have to do is one time, I repeat, one time, pull together for minorities.  They’ll change the metrics; juggle the formula (key word, here) for identifying areas this will affect.  It'll be taken from the former bill with updated statistics and pass it again.  The GOP are masters at gerrymandering.  This should be a cakewalk for them.

This is an unbelievable opportunity to win back the Black and Hispanic vote that has fled the party in droves.  And along with it will come some women’s support which they’ve almost totally lost.  While putting the focus on voter rights, they won’t have to address the comprehensive immigration bill that they never wanted anyway.  The public will forgive them for that.  So in essence, they will pass a bill that will get them back in public favor and they won’t have to deal with a bill that would deliver millions of potential voters to their adversaries, the Democrats.  And if by some chance they do pass immigration reform, they might actually get a good percentage of those voters, 13 years down the line, to register Republican.

I call that a win-win.

Minorities will see it as the GOP riding to their rescue.  They will immediately consider the Repubs as their saviors.  And the Democrats will be powerless to stop the turnaround in the public’s conception that the Republicans hate minorities, women and the poor.  Their 2016 Presidential hopes will become a real possibility.  The 2014 midterms could actually show them making gains and maybe even taking over the Senate.  But they have to swallow that one poison pill – and new VRA.

What a genius that Roberts is.  He has tossed a bone to Boehner.  A chance to save his position as Speaker and at the same time, turn around the total image of his well-tarnished party.

So what will it be, Mr. Speaker?  Are you going to take up Chief Justice Roberts’ most diabolical opportunity, the chance to go down in history as a great leader, or will you live up to your nickname, Speaker Bonehead?  The ball and the bill are now in your court.

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Conservative John Podhoretz: "The weird condescension [Obama's] opponents display toward him is ludicrously wrongheaded."

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John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary magazine, a former editorial-page editor of The New York Post, and co-founder of the Weekly Standard. As you can see, he's not exactly left-leaning.

He wrote a piece at Commentary, calling it, "Time to Get Serious." Here are a couple of excerpts, including the following head-scratcher that implies golfers can't also be Very Serious People:

Barack Obama is a serious man. Yes, he likes to golf, and yes, he ran a campaign with cutesy Facebook pictures and seemingly inane Flash slideshows like “Life of Julia.” No, he does not seem interested in the mechanics of legislation, nor does he seem adept at negotiation. But the weird condescension his opponents display toward him is ludicrously wrongheaded. They seem eager to believe he is a lightweight, and he is not. Obama is very possibly a world-historical political figure, and until those who oppose him come to grips with this fact, they will get him wrong every time.

I'm not entirely sure his opponents can even "come to grips" with the fact that Obama twice won the presidency, was born in this very country, isn't a French gay Marxist Kenyan socialist commie, and doesn't want to take away our guns while presiding over death panels that consist of undocumented brown-skinned immigrants who can't wait to convert every ballot to Spanish while making a hobby of having multiple daily abortions.

He describes some of President Obama's accomplishments, albeit not in very flattering terms, but does add:

That isn’t luck. It’s skill. Rare skill. Political genius of a kind.

no wayBy "genius," Podhoretz likely means this:

Via xaraxone.com

Via xaraxone.com

But then it gets really entertaining when he starts in on Willard M. Romney:

Mitt Romney proved to be so inept as the chief executive of his own campaign that his polling was based on faulty assumptions that could easily have been corrected, his get-out-the-vote machine failed because it had never been tested, and his Facebook page crashed.

His Facebook page crashed on top of all that other stuff? That's hilarious! Why don't I remember that?

Podhoretz does get a few things wrong, including the part where he calls Obama a "post-1960s left-liberal." Seriously? Did he not read the reports of President Obama's willingness to cut Social Security benefits? Or his strong consideration of signing off on a disaster-in-waiting (see: State Dep’t. draft report looks promising for backers of Keystone XL pipeline)? Or his indefinite detention of detainees at Guantanamo Bay? Or his stance on wiretaps? Or his reluctance to go after Bush, Cheney, and company for lying us into a fraudulent invasion of a sovereign country and torturing prisoners? Or allowing nearly all of the Bush tax cuts to remain in place? Some liberal.

He ends by again referring to the president as "a serious man" ...whose era-- the dreaded "Age of Obama"-- must end.

But I give him credit for what he got right and especially for allowing me a brief Moment of Schadenfreude.

 you must be a very serious journalist

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Video Overnight Thread- Give This Weather Kid An Emmy NOW

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I would go out of my way to watch him predict the weather."> Via.

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Video- Ben Stein To O’Reilly: Obama Not A Smart Man, Not In ‘Same League Of Presidential Genius’ As Nixon

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Horst Faas dies at 79; Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer

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The man was a genius with a camera.

As chief of photo operations for the Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas didn't just cover the fighting — he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers.

The result was "Horst's army" of young photographers, who fanned out with Faas-supplied cameras and film and stern orders to "come back with good pictures."

He and his editors chose the best and put together a steady flow of telling photos — South Vietnam's soldiers fighting and its civilians struggling to survive amid the maelstrom.

Faas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's best-known photojournalists in nearly half a century with the AP, died Thursday in Munich, his family said. He was 79.

A native of Germany who joined the U.S.-based news cooperative there in 1956, Faas photographed wars, revolutions, the Olympic Games and events in between.

But he was best known for covering Vietnam, where he was severely wounded in 1967 and won four major photo awards including the first of his two Pulitzers.

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