Wednesday Reads: GOP, CBO and WTF

fbe2979d91223d5bb11cc7c5e36660f0Good Morning

My mind is not working properly today, after hearing the debate last night…the fear of America’s future in science and technology scares the bejeezus outta me.

Here in Banjoville, the county school system has been changed to a Charter School. The process will not be complete for a few years, which is fortunate because my kids are out of there in 2017…but I know that there are changes coming…and it is going to look like a Ham version of science when all is said and done.

Creationism in public schools, mapped. Where tax money supports alternatives to evolution.

Thousands of schools in states across the country can use taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science.

A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate. Creationist teachers don’t even need to be sneaky about it—the Texas state science education standards, as well as recent laws in Louisiana and Tennessee, permit public school teachers to teach “alternatives” to evolution. Meanwhile, in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, taxpayer money is funding creationist private schools through state tuition voucher or scholarship programs. As the map below illustrates, creationism in schools isn’t restricted to schoolhouses in remote villages where the separation of church and state is considered less sacred. If you live in any of these states, there’s a good chance your tax money is helping to convince some hapless students that evolution (the basis of all modern biological science, supported by everything we know about geology, genetics, paleontology, and other fields) is some sort of highly contested scientific hypothesis as credible as “God did it.”

Go and see the map, it is frightening how many dots there are all over the country. And it makes the pleas from Bill Nye all the more important, that

“If we stop driving forward, looking for the next answer, we in the United States will be out-competed by other countries, other economies.”

I am going to give you a link dump of commentary on the debate last night between Bill Nye and Ken Ham:

Bill Nye, Ken Ham Creation and Evolution Debate | TIME.com

No debate about it, Bill Nye dissected Ken Ham in creation-evolution discussion | GlobalPost

Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com

Talking past each other: Bill Nye vs. creationist Ken Ham on evolution | Ars Technica

Yes, the Creation Debate Was Worthwhile- Mashable

Creation vs evolution: the debate that went nowhere- The Sydney Morning Herald

Bill Nye Takes On Creationist Ken Ham (VIDEO)– Huffpo

Students react to Nye-Ham debate | The Kentucky Kernel

Basalt, wood, and dodging straight answers: On Nye v Ham. iO9

this article through the reddit/r/everythingscience discussion thread on tonight’s debate, and thought I might find some interested fellows here.

At some point in the debate, Ham dragged up some anecdotal evidence about a 45,000 year-old piece of wood (maybe 450,000?) encased in what I think I remember as 4.5 billion year-old basalt. Nye sort of handwaved this away, saying perhaps the basalt “slid over” the younger material and never addressed it again, even after Ham brought it back up.

I’m pretty up on my creationism (sorry, ID) vs. evolution debate topics as I am an elementary school teacher and a former christian, but as this topic was novel to me I thought it deserved a bit of research. It seems to be similar to that classic creationist bit about polystrate trees.

Anyway, the article pretty much goes on to say that the person who made the original claim on the fossil essentially tucked it away in a drawer somewhere and won’t let anyone else look at it, hence why I designated it anecdotal above.

Check out that last link…some funny stuff there.

I think the whole thing can be summed up here:

So in consideration of the ridiculous exhibition of last night, by that I mean Ham and his followers…I have a shitload of science links this morning.

4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt – Scientific American

Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.

The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet (13 meters), is one of seven so-called “provincial” pyramids built by either the pharaoh Huni (reign ca. 2635-2610 B.C.) or Snefru (reign ca. 2610-2590 B.C.). Over time, the step pyramid’s stone blocks were pillaged, and the monument was exposed to weathering, so today, it’s only about 16 feet (5 m) tall.

Scattered throughout central and southern Egypt, the provincial pyramids are located near major settlements, have no internal chambers and were not intended for burial. Six of the seven pyramids have almost identical dimensions, including the newly uncovered one at Edfu, which is about 60 x 61 feet (18.4 x 18.6 m). [See Photos of the Newly Uncovered Step Pyramid]

The purpose of these seven pyramids is a mystery. They may have been used as symbolic monuments dedicated to the royal cult that affirmed the power of the king in the southern provinces.

“The similarities from one pyramid to the other are really amazing, and there is definitely a common plan,” said Gregory Marouard, a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute who led the work at the Edfu pyramid. On the east side of the newly uncovered pyramid, his team found the remains of an installation where food offerings appear to have been made — a discovery that is important for understanding this kind of pyramid since it provides clues as to what they were used for.

Hmmm, that puts this pyramid outside the 4,000 year old Earth age right? But wait…it still can be explained by one thing….Gawwwwwd.

The ‘Pompeii of the early Cretaceous’: Researchers find stunningly well preserved specimens in China | Mail Online

Researchers have revealed one of the best preserved fossil sites ever discovered.

The fossil site in Jehol biota in the north-eastern region of China has revealed scorched tissue, and ‘re-crystallized’ sections of bone on fossil.

Experts say the site is similar to the effect of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried Pompeii, Herculaneum and other cities, entombing people and animals in suspended death poses.

The team studied 14 fossils along with the chemistry and mineralogy of the volcanic rock and sediment that formed the animals final resting place.

‘What we’re talking about in this case is literal charring, like somebody got put in the grill,” said George Harlow, a mineralogist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, one of the researchers of the study.

Okay, that is in a language I think many of those at the creation museum would understand, I mean….Sunday bar-b-que is a big deal around the bible belt.

An ancient ecosystem known as the Jehol Biota existed in north eastern China about 120 million to 130 million years ago.

It consisted of dinosaurs, mammals, early birds, fish, lizards and other creatures, with the red areas highlighted below having thrown up fossils.

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The animals lived among coniferous forests and lakes, in the shadow of volcanoes.
Fossils of these animals are found in the Yixian and Jiufotang rock formations, embedded in layers of volcanic material.

Hold up, 120 to 130 million years? Now that is for sure, most definitely outside the  6,000 year old Earth aka the Ham Young Earth belief system. I’ll point you to that iO9 link up top.

‘Severe reduction’ in killer whale numbers during last Ice Age

The scientists studied the DNA sequences of killer whale communities across the world.

They found a severe decline in whale numbers leading to a bottleneck and consequent loss of approximately 40,000 years ago when large parts of the Earth were covered in ice.

The only exception to this was found in a killer whale population off the coast of South Africa that retained high variations in genetic diversity.

As greater genetic diversity indicates larger population size, the researchers believe the South African community of killer whales escaped the bottleneck faced by other communities.

Genetic Diversity?

Madagascar’s tiny ‘sucker-foots’ give old bat new meaning | Reuters

You can call them the contrarians of the bat world.

While nearly all bats roost upside down from tree limbs or cave ceilings, two species of tiny “sucker-footed” bats currently found only in Madagascar roost head-up, typically in the furled leaves of a tree known as the traveler’s palm.

But these oddballs of the bat world once were much more common than they are today. Scientists reported on Tuesday the discovery in a desert in Egypt of the fossilized remains of two earlier extinct species of these bats – one that lived 37 million years ago and the other 30 million years ago.

What? Species? That doesn’t fit in with the Ham “kinds” graphic at all.

You really want to be scared: Study Guides – Answers in Genesis

Or how about this shit: | Answers in Genesis-Shop topic “Design”

I found myself looking through these titles of books, videos and shit…realizing my mouth was wide open…in disbelief? I don’t know, and Ham has the gall to say evolution in school is “indoctrination”?

Genes shed light on pygmy history

Scientists on Tuesday said they could fill a blank in the history of Central Africa’s pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world.

At a key period in the human odyssey, these hunter-gatherer tribes shunned interbreeding with Bantu-speaking communities who were early farmers, according to a gene analysis.

The two groups first met when the Bantu groups, having acquired farming technology some 5,000 years ago, started moving out of the region of Nigeria and Cameroon into eastern, central and southern Africa.

Again with that whole greater than 4,000 years ago theme?

Whoa…

Well, as I was writing this post last night, my computer froze up and I just abandoned the post to finish this morning. So I guess like a Beatles song, this thread will play like two different blog post in one?

The big stink this morning?

The Best Of The Bad Reporting On Obamacare, The CBO And Jobs

The Congressional Budget Office issued a new report Tuesday on the federal budget deficit, Obamacare and jobs — and Official Washington exploded.

It all centered on one line about how the health care reform law would affect employment. CBO actually said that Americans would choose to work less, for various reasons, and that if you translated the fewer hours worked into full-time jobs, it would equal 2.5 million by 2024 (2.3 million by 2021). It didn’t say that Obamacare would cost the country 2.5 million jobs, but Republicans said so anyway.

But it wasn’t just the GOP, which had a political incentive to take advantage of economic jargon. It was the political press as well. They either misrepresented what the report said — or shrugged off the actual facts, opting instead to speculate on what the political spin would mean for the horse race.

The mememorandum page is so taken up with this CBO/Obamacare shit, I had to put a link up.

While I was there, this next article popped out at me…Justice Scalia: “You Are Kidding Yourself If You Think” SCOTUS Won’t Vote in Favor of Internment Again – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Enjoy that latest nugget of crap from Scalia’s mouth.

Another WTF moment: Gun lobbyist Larry Pratt: U.S. blacks need ‘attitude’ lessons from ‘happy’ Africans | The Raw Story

My state of Georgia was in the news recently displaying the horrible leadership skills of Governor Deal and Mayor Reed, well…here is yet another area that Georgia is failing in. (And I don’t think this is going to fix it) Bill filed to privatize Ga. child welfare services | AccessNorthGa

A bill has been filed in the state Senate that would have Georgia move toward privatizing some state child welfare services.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sens. Renee Unterman of Buford and Fran Millar of Atlanta would allow faith-based and community-based organizations to apply for “fixed-price” contracts to handle services including adoption, foster care and case management. The law would be contingent on the state receiving a federal waiver.

While on the subject of faith-based PLUB control…Women’s rights country by country – interactive | Global development | theguardian.com

But take a gander…La Course Will Include Women In Le Tour de France For The First Time

Also check out the latest candidate news:

RALEIGH: Clay Aiken makes it official: He will run for Congress | State Politics | NewsObserver.com

Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, And How The Fight For Reproductive Rights Is Inspiring Women To Run For Office | ThinkProgress

Victoria Jackson Files To Run For Tennessee County Commission Seat

There is a look back at:  How 10 years of Facebook design tweaks have shaped the way we behave on the Web | PandoDaily

And here is a graphic look at: The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic – latimes.com

Let’s end this post with a little humor: Walmart to Pay $25 Billion to Move the State Capitol of Arkansas to Bentonville | Rock City Times

BENTONVILLE – Gov. Mike Beebe and officials with Bentonville-based Walmart Stores Inc. have confirmed an agreement that, if approved by the Arkansas Legislature, would see the retailer pay the state $25 billion over five years in return for moving the State Capitol to Bentonville.

The $25 billion would essentially fund all state government operations for the next five years – which is the timetable for moving state operations to Bentonville.

“It certainly is an unusual move, but from a practical standpoint it makes sense. As we continue to increase our influence over state government officials, it becomes an issue of efficiency,” said Walton Richman, a spokesman for Walmart.

So….what you all reading about today?


78 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: GOP, CBO and WTF”

  1. Running late….it is a messy post I know!

  2. bostonboomer says:

    JJ,

    That creationism teaching map is surprising. Only a few states are really bad. Most are in the South, but just look at Indiana! And Louisiana and Tennesee–yikes!

    • Beata says:

      It’s bad here on so many levels. It will be difficult but I hope to move to another state. Someplace sane. I know quite a few people who are planning to do the same thing.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        If you can find a sane place that is progressive and also warm, year round,(can’t do CA, too far from loved ones), please let me know.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        How is it going Beata?

        • Beata says:

          Mouse, I’m really out of it. My mother’s long good-bye lasted over 20 years. She suffered a great deal. It is painful to remember.

          I was in my early 30’s when I first started taking care of her; now I’m in my 50’s.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            I am so sorry she suffered for such a long time. I know you’ve dedicated much of your life to her care and I can only imagine how difficult the adjustment will be for you. I hope you are able to pursue some of the things that your heart desires and that you can find happiness and contentment. I hold you always in my good thoughts.

          • RalphB says:

            What Mouse said! I couldn’t say it better.

          • bostonboomer says:

            {{{{Beata}}}}

            I’m so glad to see you again. There’s no comparison of course, but I took care of my mother-in-law for 18 years. After several years, I’m still trying to make sense of it all.

            You’re a wonderful person and you deserve the very best that life has to offer. Take care.

          • Fannie says:

            I hope your shift in life brings much deserved happiness. You have been a great help, not just to your Mom, but to many of us here.

          • NW Luna says:

            Beata — what Mouse said. What a heart you have. All the best for your blossoming into this new part of your life.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    I didn’t realize until too late that you were live blogging the debate last night. Had I found out in time I would have joined in even though there is absolutely nothing that will change the mind of 4000-6000 year old earth creationists. No evidence you could present would trump their “faith” in what was written by who knows who, who knows what, who knows when, who knows where, who knows how or why, document they call the “Bible”. No scientific evidence is sufficient to cause them to rethink. They’d prefer to huddle around and declare belief in a relic called the shroud of Turin, enshrine splinters they want to believe came from the crucifixion cross, and glorify some scraps of bone found in a clay jar in Jerusalem inscribed “peter”. They are totally lost in their delusion.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      They’d rather spend entire lifetimes and fortunes looking for fairy tale objects like Noah’s Ark in an effort to prove their “bible’s” creation story inerrancy than to accept the undeniable scientific proof of evolution that exists all around them.

    • List of X says:

      I won’t be original in saying that evolutionists shouldn’t debate creationists, but if they do, I would recommend that every evolutionst begins the debate with “Dear (creationist), before we begin, please tell me in advance which evidence you would consider sufficient in order to accept evolution. Then, once I provide this evidence to you, the debate will be over.”

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Most of those folks are afraid to believe anything other than the biblical creation story. When a person is taught from birth that they must not question the teachings of their church concerning the bible, at risk of eternal damnation & punishment, then they spend a lifetime trapped in nonsense, a nonsense they call “faith”. If believing in nonsense helps a person get through the night, then that’s their right as an individual, but they don’t have the right to teach that nonsense in public schools.

        • List of X says:

          It’s their right to believe in any fairy tales they like, but if they want to have a debate, they have to at least pretend that there is a truth both sides can agree on if there is sufficient evidence for it. Otherwise it’s just one side trying to convert the other.

    • janicen says:

      I missed it too but I just watched half of it off of one of JJ’s links in the other post.(Thanks for them, JJ) Half was about all I could tolerate. Nye was fascinating, no surprise there, but much of Ham’s argument seemed to be, “Here are some scientists who agree with me so science is on my side…”. Maybe I should have watched all of it but it seemed Nye was presenting an intelligent argument and Ham was repeating that students are being misled by some secularists who want to impose their views on the students. He didn’t identify the members of the cabal he conjured in him mind, but we are to trust him that it’s happening. Oh and by the way, here’s another scientist who agrees with him so he must be right.

      • I sat through the whole thing. I could not comment on it tho, it was so disturbing…then I got a mad message from my friend on Facebook, the one out in the corn fields of Iowa…Crazy…

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    Atlanta anchor’s 2-minute rant destroys ‘Christianity-believing’ Coca-Cola ad haters

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/04/atlanta-anchors-2-minute-rant-destroys-christianity-believing-coca-cola-ad-haters/

    • RalphB says:

      She’ll make a great state senator and there’s no shortage of Dems to run for Waxman’s seat. Good for California but I feel sorry it’s not that way in our states, yet.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Wow…..That was a dagger!!!! Nothing is more important to the catholic church than the catholic church.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Re-Watching Woody Allen: The newly-chilling themes that you can see throughout his movies

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/dylan-farrow-woody-allen-movies?src=soc_fcbks

    Very creepy how much incest appears in Allen’s movies.

  6. List of X says:

    Did you see the news that CVS pharmacy will stop selling tobacco products this year? (Sorry, hard to copy links with my phone, so no link)

  7. RalphB says:

    Better educated RWNJ speaks up.

    Raw Story: Pat Robertson implores creationist Ken Ham to shut up: ‘Let’s not make a joke of ourselves’

    “Let’s face it,” Robertson said, “there was a Bishop [Ussher] who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years.”

    “There ain’t no way that’s possible,” he continued. “To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.”

    “Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

    “We’ve got to be realistic,” he concluded, and admit “that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”

  8. bostonboomer says:

    This is unreal:

    Ex-NSA Chief Details Snowden’s Hiring at Agency, Booz Allen

    “Snowden has compromised more capability than any spy in U.S. history. And this will have impact on our ability to do our mission for the next 20 to 30 years,” said Mr. McConnell. He served as U.S. director of national intelligence from 2007 to 2009 and was NSA director from 1992 to 1996….

    Mr. Snowden was a security guard with the NSA, moved into its information-technology department and was sent overseas, Mr. McConnell said. He then left the agency, joined another company and moved to Japan. But Mr. Snowden wanted back in with the NSA. He then broke into the agency’s system and stole the admittance test with the answers, Mr. McConnell said. Mr. Snowden took the test and aced it, Mr. McConnell said. “He walked in and said you should hire me because I scored high on the test.”….

    Mr. McConnell said that Mr. Snowden had access to about 1.7 million to 1.8 million documents. Of those, he said, about a million were “no kidding insights to understanding U.S. intelligence services.”

  9. RalphB says:

    Snowball’s chance in hell this won’t get tossed but I love that a judge even issued the summons.

    Legal experts gobsmacked after British judge orders Mormon leader to prove faith’s origins

    A disgruntled former Mormon has convinced an English court to file two summonses to appear against Thomas S. Monson, the current president of the Mormon Church.

    Tom Phillips based his complaint on the Fraud Act of 2006, a British law that outlaws making a profit off of false representations. According to Phillips, this is precisely what the Mormon Church does — it uses statements it knows to be factually untrue in order to secure tithes from members of the Church.

    The facts in question, court records show, are tenets of the Mormon faith, including that Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates, that Native Americans are descendants of a family of Israelites, and that death didn’t exist on this planet until 6,000 years ago.

    “These are not statements of mere ‘beliefs’ or opinions or theories,” Phillips wrote. “They are made as actual facts and their truthfulness can be objectively tested with evidence.”

  10. RalphB says:

    They pretty much trashed all the reporting, including their own, on the CBO report but they got it right.

    tpm: New York Times Editorial Board Tells It Like It Is On That CBO Obamacare Report

    • RalphB says:

      tpm: Paul Ryan Fact-Checks Republicans On Obamacare Job ‘Costs’

      At least one Republican is setting the record straight on what the Congressional Budget Office actually said this week about Obamacare and its effect on jobs.

      House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing with CBO director Doug Elmendorf that the health care reform law wouldn’t cost the U.S. economy more than 2 million jobs, as many of his colleagues alleged, but that Americans would choose to work less.

      “I want to make sure we accurately understand what it is you are saying,” Ryan said, before leading Elmendorf through a series of questions to explain the report and its findings. …

      Paul Ryan lets the truth come out, thus killing his own partie’s spin For some reason..

      • janicen says:

        We have Paul Ryan and Pat Robertson telling the crazies to stop being so obvious about their insanity. Does it say something about the direction the other side has taken if Paul Ryan and Pat Robertson are emerging as voices of reason? lol!

  11. Fannie says:

    You all have some great post today……..I’m in and out, and will be printing some of the articles to read at doctor’s office.

  12. RalphB says:

    tpm: GOP Rep. Says It’s ‘Immoral’ To Extend Long-term Jobless Benefits

    My favorite comment:

    PopuluxeCowboy 30 Minutes Ago
    don’t let him be from Texas don’t let him be from Texas don’t let him be from GOD DAMMIT!

    • NW Luna says:

      Heh. Well, Ralph, least there’s a few clear-headed people in Texas.

      Sad when someone’s religion says it’s immoral to help people. Errrrr, wait a minute, I don’t think it actually says that in the New Testament….

  13. RalphB says:

    This would be a life altering event.

    tpm: Look At What This Asteroid Did To Mars (PHOTO)

    A large asteroid slammed into the Mars surface last year, and NASA released a new photo Wednesday documenting its impact.

    The crater has a 100-foot diameter, according to NASA, and the surrounding area is colored blue because the blast blew away the planet’s signature red dust. Debris from the impact extended more than 9 miles from the crater.

    • NW Luna says:

      Isn’t it thought that an asteroid hitting Earth was responsible for one of the great die-offs with so many of the dinosaurs?

      There should be an international effort to work on spotting asteroids with orbits likely to hit Earth’s, and ways to nudge them away.

      • NW Luna says:

        Answering own question….

        Did a collision with a giant asteroid or comet change the shape of life on Earth forever?

        It is widely agreed that such an object — 10 kilometers across — struck just off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago.

        According to scientists who maintain that dinosaur extinction came quickly, the impact must have spelled the cataclysmic end.

        For months, scientists conclude, dense clouds of dust blocked the sun’s rays, darkening and chilling Earth to deadly levels for most plants and, in turn, many animals. Then, when the dust finally settled, greenhouse gases created by the impact caused temperatures to skyrocket above pre-impact levels.

        In just a few years, according to this hypothesis, these frigid and sweltering climatic extremes caused the extinction of not just the dinosaurs, but of up to 70 percent of all plants and animals living at the time.

        http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/extinction/dinosaurs/asteroid.html

        • RalphB says:

          You can see the crater pretty clearly in satellite remote sensing data. It makes up a good size chunk of the Gulf of Mexico.

  14. RalphB says:

    ROFLMAO! TBogg kills on trash gossip…

    • bostonboomer says:

      This is the kind of crap we’re going to have to put up with for the next few years, as if Bill were running for president again and Hillary is responsible for his behavior.

      • RalphB says:

        There’s no story. Tom Sizemore says it never happened and any conversation was the product of a drug-addled actor.

      • RalphB says:

        Radar Online should be sued by both Sizemore and Elizabeth Hurley. She tweeted the case was with her lawyers. Obviously no one checked the story at all.

  15. NW Luna says:

    JJ, very interesting post & lots of diverse stories. I loved the “What would cause you to change your mind?” photo & quote.

  16. bostonboomer says:

    We ended up getting more than a foot of snow from the storm today. I hate to think what PatJ got out in Western Mass. I shoveled my porch, steps and sidewalk, and really wore myself out. I paid to finish up the driveway. It continued snowing after that, so I’ll have to scrape off another 2-3 inches tomorrow.

    I’m too old for this!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Another storm coming on the weekend…..

      • RalphB says:

        We may get the dreaded “wintry mix” Friday morning but it shouldn’t be enough to do any harm, even to our traffic.

        Be careful and stay warm in all that snow.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Thanks. I hope it doesn’t get super-cold down there again.

          • RalphB says:

            In the mid 20s tonight and tomorrow night, which is super cold for us. I hope it doesn’t get too icy either morning. That would be yuck.

          • RalphB says:

            Our forecast:

            Sub-freezing temperatures and two storm systems will result in the possibility of a wintry mix of freezing drizzle, sleet and snow in parts of Central Texas Thursday and Friday mornings. While not expected to be significant winter storms, even light icing can cause dangerous driving conditions.

          • NW Luna says:

            Ooooh, that is cold. Funny thing is here in Seattle we’ve got a run of really cold, dry weather. It was 18 F degrees last night, 23 & 22 predicted for tonight & tomorrow. Almost always when it’s below freezing here it’s also dry & sunny during the day. So at least there’s no snow, but it can get icy.

            We might get a little snow temporarily by Sat when it’s supposed to warm up and get back to our usual 40s and drizzly.

            Everyone stay warm & dry!

    • janicen says:

      My brother lives in northern MD and he got ice yesterday. His power was out for 9 hours. Spring will be welcomed with open arms when it comes.

  17. RalphB says:

    The US Justice Dept is investigating this case and I think some people are going to wind up in deep shit before it’s over.

    Death of Texas man with slit throat and missing ear ruled ‘accidental overdose’