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Winter Storm Slams Northeastern USA with Arctic Punch

Wexton Wins Virginia Senate Seate for Dems

Teacher's MLK Day Smackdown of Paul Ryan and the Tea Party Says It All

US and UN Express Horror at Syria Torture Report (BBC)

The 'Skin in the Game' Myth (from 'Cowgirl Blog' - Montana's #1 Political Website)

Bill Gates Predicts There Will Be Almost No Poor Countries by 2035

Super Bowl Ad Insanity Explained in Six Charts

A Crumbling Sochi Hides Behind Olympic Facade

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VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson and Sandy Hook Elementary chorus perform "America the Beautiful"

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I don't know about you, but I teared right up when I saw the beautiful sight of these beautiful Newtown kids singing with a beautiful Jennifer Hudson.

As for other reactions, well, it's hard to top these:

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Cartoon of the Day- Pre Game Activities

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The Book Booth: SuperBowl Edition

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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

It's time for the annual celebration of America's fall game, played in the middle of winter. I don't have a horse in this race, and among my friends who follow the sport closely, they are about evenly divided between the NIners and the Ravens. But enjoy the game and remember that until the two minute drill, there are plenty of pauses to read long paragraphs between plays.

Speaking of the Ravens, they are, of course, named for Edgar Allan's speaking bird. Studio 360 wondered what other literary names teams could use. I think the San Francisco Dharma Bums is kind of cool. Via the LA Times.

The big news this week in the book world was the announcement by the American Library Association of the winners for this year's Caldecott, Newberry and Coretta Scott King awards in children's literature. Here are the winners.

And from the world of publishing and Twitter, it seems that someone at the prestigious Random Hosue imprint, AA Knopf, was having a bit of fun. From the folks at Melville House.

As readers of my humble weekly posts know, I am a big fan of book cover art. However, Zoe Triska at HuffPo found these covers to be offensive, and, well, take a look. They are pretty putrid.

More from the putrid file. Mark O'Connell in a Slate excerpt, make the case that Amanda McKittrick Ros was the worst novelist ever. I had never heard of Ms.Ros, so it is nice to be forewarned about her prose stylings.

Over at ABEBooks the most sought out books are listed. And speaking of bad writing it is interesting to see that Lynn Cheney's soft core porn novel, Sisters, remains in high demand. As does Madonna's magnum opus, Sex.

It seems our ancient fore-bearers also had a healthy interest in sexual matters. Vicki Leon talked to Publishers Weekly about it.

For all you fans of the Beats, Flavorwire featured the photographs shot by Gordon Ball of Allen Ginsberg and friends over a 30 year period.

I remember as a young lad, being terrified when I read the book Dracula, which is actually much scarier than any movie version I've seen. io9 has a list of their top ten frightening novels, and I was pleased to see Henry James' The Turn of the Screw on it. I've mentioned it before, but one of the scariest movies I've ever seen is the film adaptation, Jack Clayton's The Innocents. Here is the list.

Again from Publishers Weekly comes an article on the notorious sections from some famous novels. I have to admit that I did not read Moby Dick in High School and came to it as a young adult. Which is probably a good thing, as I enjoyed the whaling scenes in the novel, but I can see where I may not have had the patience for it at age 16.

Also on the list is Holden Caulfield's encounter with the prostitute in Catcher in the Rye, which reminds me that there will be a new book on J.D. Salinger this fall. Published by Simon and Schuster, it will be titled The Private War of J.D. Salinger, and will be something of an oral biography. One of the co-authors is also the director of an American Masters episode focused on the writer, and will be aired next January. H/T to my friend Dwight Johnson for finding the link.

May the best team win on Sunday and that we are all profoundly moved by the multi-million advertisements. In the meantime, tell us what books are on your nightstand and a Happy Weekend to you all.

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Quickie- Partisan Divide Even In The Superbowl?

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Weird. I don't like football but if I had a preference I would probably say Ravens just because Baltimore would seem to me to benefit from a win more, and Baltimore feels like an underdog city compared to S.F.

(CNN) - Do you plan to watch the Superbowl with Democrats or Republicans?

A new poll found a partisan divide among fans of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

The survey from Clarus Research group found Republicans are partial to the 49ers, 43% to 26%, while Democrats leaned towards the Ravens 39% to 33%.

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Independents were truly divided: 29% said they would support San Francisco and 28% indicated they'd back Baltimore.

The poll also indicated a predictable regional division - those in the Northeast generally favored the Ravens and those in West were fans of San Francisco.

Overall, 35% of adults in the U.S preferred the 49ers and 31% backed the Ravens.

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"They have decided that being a Republican is much more important than being an American."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, Part 2, because our voices matter:

That Chrysler ad

Re "Some heard a political note in Chrysler's ad," Feb. 8

Is Karl Rove still with us? Do we care what he thinks? Republicans, advised by Rove and those from the past administration, can't seem to get that there are other opinions beside theirs.

I watched the Chrysler commercial aired during the Super Bowl. As for the reaction by conservatives, the only conclusion I can come to is that an evenhanded commercial cries "socialist" to them if they think the American people will "buy it." Therefore, they see things the unwashed masses don't.

They have decided that being a Republican is much more important than being an American.

Peter Wooley

Woodland Hills

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Video- Super Bowl Half Time: M.I.A. Flips The Middle Finger During Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Performance

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Oh my, what will the FCC say? /vapors

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