MSNBC makes fun of handicap TX governor candidate, says he has “matchstick-thin legs dangling in front of him”
MSNBC Describes Wheelchair-Bound Greg Abbott As Having “Matchstick Thin Legs,” Frets Wendy Davis Can’t Make Him Into A “Villain”…
The Davis campaign will keep trying to ignite that gender controversy — and they’ve got no shortage of material to work with. But Abbott might not be easy to portray as the second coming of Todd Akin, the 2012 Missouri GOP Senate hopeful whose comments about “legitimate rape” torpedoed his candidacy.
It’s not just that Abbott’s likely too smart and deliberate a campaigner to fall prey to an Akin-like gaffe on the trail—though that’s important. It’s also because of something less concrete: One reason Abbott may have chosen not to explicitly use his disability to demonstrate empathy is that he doesn’t have to.The simple sight of him in his wheelchair —matchstick-thin legs dangling in front of him as he maneuvers himself around— is enough to set him apart from the parade of conservative Republican white men who talk about helping the job creators and seem never to have suffered a day in their lives.
Put simpler: It’s hard to turn a guy in a wheelchair into a villain — no matter his record.
Via Weasel Zippers
“The National Security Agency apparently isn’t the only government agency engaged in domestic spying.
Local law enforcement is playing the role of Big Brother, too, but to what extent is still unknown.
Recent court documents reveal a troubling cell phone surveillance program conducted by a Florida police department against unsuspecting cell phone users.
Attempts to keep the practice secret, even from judges, is raising questions as to just how prevalent police spying is within the Sunshine State.
The controversy stems from the arrest of James L. Thomas, a criminal suspect believed to be in possession of a stolen phone. Tallahassee police located and arrested Thomas by tracking a cell phone signal, then promptly searched his home.”
Via Watch Dog
“Another stupid, overly complicated set of Common Core math problems involving “number bonds” — and so much more — has bubbled up courtesy of Twitter.
This one is being inflicted on some poor little kindergarteners, according to Twitchy.
It’s almost impossible to explain the embarrassing awfulness of the problem. However, it involves “cube sticks,” “number bonds” and “hidden partners.” Perhaps the worst part is that the worksheet also specifically instructs children to inflict this math concept on “an adult.””
Via The Daily Caller
“Ten Democrat senators — none up for re-election this year — killed a measure to prohibit political discrimination by IRS employees.
The Senate Judiciary Committee defeated an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Titled “Intentional Discrimination by Employees of the Internal Revenue Service,” the measure stated:”
“The senators — all Democrats — who voted to kill Cruz’s amendment were:
Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Dianne Feinstein of California
Charles Schumer of New York
Richard Durbin of Illinois
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota
Chris Coons of Delaware
Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
Mazie Hirono of Hawaii”
Via Weasel Zippers
“A recent study conducted by Yale University’s School of Medicine proves that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process for testing new drugs is extremely inconsistent. The study, published on January 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, exposes the agency’s anxiousness to get new drugs onto the market, many without adequate testing.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Nicholas Downing, said his objective was to educate patients and doctors who presume that all new drugs have undergone the same amount of testing before hitting the market. His experiment included the examination of close to 200 new drug approvals between 2005 and 2012. What he found: “Not all FDA approvals are created equally.”
According to the study, researchers found the FDA to be quite inconsistent when it came to their approval process for drugs and medical devices. For example, some drugs required “high-quality” clinical trials, while about a third received approval on the basis of just one clinical trial.”
Via Natural News