1) Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island – UPDATE 7:30: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, and predicts 6 more weeks of winter.
2) Did Mitt Romney’s Dog Actually Run Away? – The Romney family says their Irish Setter Seamus was no worse for the wear, and lived to a “ripe old age.” But a report in the NY Observer cheekily suggests that might not be the whole story. A trusted source tells them two of Romney’s sons actually told reporters in an off the record chat that Seamus ran away when they reached Canada.
4) “We know that pumping oil out of the ground does not create many jobs. It does not foster an entrepreneurial spirit, nor does it sharpen critical faculties… Greenhouse gas emissions and global warming are among humanity’s most pressing concerns. Societal expectations on climate change are real, and our industry is expected to take a leadership role.” — Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi
5) This is a Party That Has Run Out of Ideas – For some reason, the whole notion of a giant wave of welfare recipients paying for lap dances with state issued cards makes me laugh. But seriously, this is it. This is the kind of stuff the GOP is going to be heading into the election year promoting. So much fail.
6) Komen’s House of Cards – I’m confident that Komen’s funding will be replaced, and also that Komen will be a pale pink shadow of its former self unless it reverses this stupid decision and fires the people responsible. Check out list after list after list of Komen’s corporate sponsors. Do you think New Balance, Ford and Georgia-Pacific signed on for a public fight over Planned Parenthood? When Yoplait put a pink lid on its yogurt, did they do it to make it easier to boycott their products? Because that’s what’s going to happen. Unlike most boycotts, it’s easy to figure out which products you shouldn’t buy: anything that displays a pink ribbon with the Komen name.
7) Trump to endorse Gingrich: reports – “I will be making a major announcement tomorrow… at Trump International Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement will pertain to the presidential race,” [Trump] said on Twitter Wednesday. | Note: remember “The Stand”? Remember who wound up in Las Vegas?
8) Beyond Willard’s Lack of Concern for the Very Poor – [...] check out what he said there at the beginning: “The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party…” Whoa. Stop. Rewind. “…the Democrat party…” In case you had any remaining doubts, our Willard has gone full wingnut. “Democrat party” is always the giveaway, a sniggering, dumbass rhetorical loogie originally hawked up by Joe McCarthy. It’s the way you send a message to the other, dumber members of the tribe that you’re with them. I heard him say it a couple of times in South Carolina and thought, damn, Willard, you’d dress up like Madame LaFarge and dance the hootchie-koo if you thought it meant five votes from these goons.
9) Indiana Becomes ‘Right to Work’ State – NY TIMES: “Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, who had once said that he did not wish to add a ‘right to work’ provision to the state’s labor laws, signed a bill on Wednesday doing just that. The legislation, which bars union contracts from requiring non-union members to pay fees for representation, makes Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right to work legislation and the only one in the Midwestern manufacturing belt to have such a law.
10) Washington State Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill – Washington appeared almost certain to become the seventh state to allow same-sex marriage after the State Senate voted late Wednesday for a measure that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry beginning this summer.