Evening Open Thread: Horse Ballet is Frou-Frou

Good Evening

The word is Gold for the USA...so as I sit here tonight watching the events, of which I know the results…we will take a look at a few items making headlines tonight.

First some things that are upsetting to say the least. Warning, graphic images. GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting | ThinkProgress

If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.

During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”

KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.

I mentioned this in the comments earlier but I want to put it up front. Florida Man Charged With Hate Crime Says He ‘Only Shot a N*gger’ | Video Cafe

Authorities in Port St. Joe, Florida say a man charged with a hate crime felt inconvenienced by his arrest because he had “only shot a n*gger.”

Walton Henry Butler, 59, was arrested by Gulf County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday night for shooting 32-year-old Everett Gant, who is black, in the head with a .22 caliber rifle.

According to a charging affidavit obtained by The Star, Butler had referred to Pamela Rogers’ child and other children at his apartment complex with racial slurs.

Gant was shot between the eyes when he went to Butler’s apartment to confront him over the remarks, the documents said. Butler allegedly closed his sliding glass door and left Gant bleeding on ground outside.

The suspect contacted 911 and had finished his dinner before Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent arrived.

Nugent recalled that Butler appeared “inconvenienced” by the arrest, saying that “he had only shot a n*gger.”

I am glad they got him and he is being charged with a hate crime.

This is something BB has written about all day, but it is still trending…

Mitt Romney aide’s gaffe exposes rift – Dylan Byers – POLITICO.com

Romney on Gaffes: It’s the Media’s Fault – Matthew Shelley – NationalJournal.com

Romney says press focusing on overseas stumbles to aid Obama – The Hill’s Video

Romney now seeking to introduce himself to voters – News – Boston.com

Drew Peterson trial is on, and today was the first day, and in opening statements Drew Peterson Lawyer Attacks Dead Wife Kathleen Savio – ABC News

Drew Peterson’s lawyer told the jury in his murder trial today that the woman he is accused of killing was bossy, lied, had a furious temper and went to therapy.

Lawyer Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s lead defense attorney, attacked the character of Kathleen Savio, Peterson’s third wife, in his opening statement. Brodsky’s opening argument was interrupted by objections from prosecutors, just as the prosecutor’s opening statement was marked by objections from Brodsky.

The contentious start to the trial foreshadows what is expected to be a battle over the prosecutor’s key evidence: comments that Savio made to others before she died in 2004, and comments that Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson made to people. Stacy Peterson has been missing since 2007.

Well, things are still flying on the moon…flags that is. Apollo Flags on the Moon Still Standing : Discovery News


Flags at the Olympics may come and go, but there’s one U.S. record that remains unchallenged. New images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show all but one of the U.S. flags planted during the six Apollo missions to the lunar surface are still standing.

Lro flag

“I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did,” LRO researcher Mark Robinson posted on the project’s website.

“What they look like is another question,” he added.

Colbert Corrects Krauthammer’s Dressage Diss: It’s Not Hoity-Toity; It’s Frou-Frou! | Mediaite

Stephen Colbert — long cable television’s most ardent defender of the sport, neigh, the art of dressage — found himself once again defending the Olympic event.

This time, he found himself up against criticism by conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer.

I know tonight’s post is a little lame, but I am very distracted at the moment…this is an open post.

Primary Evening News Reads: South Carolina, New Hampshire, Indiana and Texas

Just a few quick links for you tonight…Dakinikat will have the live blog going around 7pm as we wait and see which clown takes New Hampshire.

News is that in another state, Colbert is actually out polling Huntsman.

Public Policy Polling, spurred on by Stephen Colbert‘s efforts to sponsor the South Carolina primary, as well as attempts to get on the ballot and get behind a referendum about, “whether corporations are people or only people are people,” announced on Tuesday the results of polls it conducted with Colbert’s name and referendum in the mix.

“Our team at PPP,” their release reads, “decided if he couldn’t get all that stuff on the actual ballot, we could at least poll it for him.”

So PPP rounded up 1,112 likely Republican primary voters, and found that Colbert is polling at 5%, putting him in sixth place, ahead of Jon Huntsman (4%).

More surprisingly, however, is that Colbert only has a 17% favorability rating, with 41% finding him “unfavorable,” and 42% “not sure.” The poll, conducted between Jan. 5 and Jan. 7, did turn up some good news for the Comedy Central host: 67% of those responding believe that “only people are people” (while 33% believe “corporations are people”).

I don’t know about you, but I would vote for Colbert any day! Al Sharpton is having his own twisted choice of candidate…

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton takes a rather unique approach to finding his ideal candidate, borrowing a page from none other than Dr. Frankenstein. Here are the bits and pieces he’d take from several of the GOP candidates (Notably absent? Huntsman’s everything.) to form his version of the ideal Republican presidential candidate:

1.Will Mitt Romney’s “Presidential Appearance and Persona”

“He looks presidential, until he starts talking,” said Sharpton. “If he didn’t say anything, we’d almost be impressed.” Al Sharpton is cold blooded, you guys.

2. Newt Gingrich’s “Pseudo-Intellect and Glibness”

“Newt sounds smart. He sounds smarter than I think he is.” You know what? Sharpton is going to wake up with a horse’s head in his bed tomorrow. A My Little Pony head covered in Romney stickers, most likely.

3. Rick Santorum’s Passion

“He’s very passionate. He seems like a man of purpose. A man on a mission.” A man with a vest.

And, finally…

4. Nothing from Rick Perry

“I can’t think of anything I’d take from Rick Perry”

Romney’s Persona? Are you kidding me…even a dead Frankenstein has more persona this Mittens!

Indiana had a lickety split hearing today, all of 6 minutes…House Committee passage of Indiana Right-to-Work law.

UPDATE: And here’s the latest. Democrats have walked out again in protest, denying Republicans a quorum.

Republicans in Indiana wasted no time. After House Democrats returned to work yesterday, the GOP immediately scheduled a Labor Committee vote on the divisive right-to-work bill. Mary Beth Schneider reported on the swift passage in committee:

House Republicans today voted 8-5 on party lines to send the so-called “right to work” bill to the full House, refusing to allow any debates or any amendments.

House Democrats, who unanimously voted against the bill, said they were outraged by the hearing that lasted about six minutes. One, Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis, said that he’d “never seen a charade like this in my life.” Another, Rep. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend, said Democrats “object 100 percent.”

Protesters shouted “shame” as they left, with one saying the Republicans should be “tarred and feathered.”

A six-minute committee meeting. Ah, deliberative democracy. Here was the devious reason Republicans gave for refusing to allow amendments: Democrats failed to submit them 24 hours in advance of the hearing. The hearing was scheduled only 18 hours after the bill was announced on the floor. Joseph Heller’s got nothing on them.

We could be watching the a showdown in Indiana, now it is just a question of waiting to see if the Dems can hold out…

But, in Texas, there is a whole other can of worms opened up today by an Appeals Court that says Texas can force the Abortion law on women.

A Texas abortion law passed last year that requires doctors to show sonograms to patients can be enforced while opponents challenge the measure in court, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that signaled the judges believe the law is constitutional.
When the state will begin enforcing the law was not immediately clear. The group that brought the case, the Center for Reproductive Rights, is weighing how to proceed and has 14 days to ask for a rehearing of the case. If there are no appeals by then, the court would likely allow the state to begin enforcing the law.
The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a temporary order against enforcing the law and went further to advise U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks how he should ultimately rule in the case. Chief Judge Edith H. Jones used her opinion to systematically dismantle the argument that the Texas law infringes on the free speech rights of doctors and patients, the key argument against the law.
“The required disclosures of a sonogram, the fetal heartbeat, and their medical descriptions are the epitome of truthful, non-misleading information,” Jones wrote. “The appellees failed to demonstrate constitutional flaws” with the law.

This should get the discussion going…at least until the circus results in New Hampshire gets started.