Friday, February 24, 2012

02-24-12: Mitt Romney Speaks to No One

"We're turning the corner." Those, the infamous words of our Former President George W. Bush. Yes, indeed we are! The economy is picking up steam as unemployment heads down. And you know what? All you have to do is take a stroll on the GWU campus to see that the economy has been especially kind to a few...parents. But, hey, with gas prices on the rise, everyone will be feeling the pinch, including a Florida congressman.

Please remember to snark it up before you hit the road!

The Week That Was

Some exciting news we have to share with you today: we managed to sit through a CNN info-tainment "debate" program without gouging our eyes out over John King's reminders that, yes, this Republican primary includes REPUBLICAN candidates. Tell us something we don't know, John. We enjoyed the back and forth TR romneybucksbetween Romney and Santorum, and the sprinkles of joy from the two candidates - Ron Paul and Newt - who were only asked to participate to add some spice on stage.

Back at the White House, Barry is beaming with delight, watching as Mitt burns through millions to stay afloat while cracking lame jokes about his exuberant wealth in an empty stadium. This has many insiders worried about a Mitt-acular implosion leading to a brokered convention. (And let us not forget about the lodgings fit for a king). We hear the GOP is holding auditions to find a suitable replacement. As the remaining GOP candidates tear each other to pieces, guess what that socialist Kenyan usurper is doing behind our backs? Proposing some cool corporate tax breaks, because that's the American way. Take that, you down-trodden 1%!

Little did our Former Queen of Snark (and Goddess Divine) know that learning to churn butter at the age of six in a suburban mom's basement was "paganism" or an introduction to a "homosexual lifestyle." (Neither, actually, as Newt would suggest). In fact, if she remembers correctly, the entire POINT of being a Girl Scout Brownie was to learn to be a good household helper. Scottish "brownies" were little creatures who crept into the house in the middle of the night and cleaned them up - much to the delight of the fathers of the households. But the REAL reason for Girl Scouts is far more nefarious - selling cookies, building the great Girl Scouts of America industrial complex, and contributing to this great nation's obesity crisis!

There's a rumor in Richmond that Gov. Bob McDonnell would jump at the chance to be No. 2 of whatever sinking GOP ticket takes on Obama in the fall. Earlier this week, McDonnell backed away from his "unconditional support" of a bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. Why the change of heart? Apparently, the Governor and his aides just realized that "transvaginal ultrasounds" sounded (no pun intended) far too invasive for their small-government tastes. The bill went down in flames on Thursday. Be it Virginia to introduce some other legislative dung sometime in the near future.

Syria is under pressure from Arab and Western nations to implement an immediate cease fire to allow relief supplies to reach civilians. UN officials say that Syrian forces have killed unarmed women and children and targeted residential neighborhoods. The International Red Cross had previously called for a cease fire only to be rebuffed. Two wounded foreign journalists injured in an attack have been unable to leave the country for medical treatment due to the ongoing siege. That same attack killed two of their colleagues. Looks like we're just twiddling our thumbs for the time being.

Hooray for America and another week of angering people in faraway places! Two US soldiers and at least ten Afghans have been killed following the "accidental burning" of copies of the Quran. The US Ambassador to Afghanistan hand delivered an official apology from President Obama to President Karzai, in which a full investigation of the matter has been promised. Would you be interested in reading comments from wing-nuts about our dear apologist leader? Of course you would! (Drag in Israel and Iran and you'll garner even more!).

Are You Not Entertained?

A reminder: the Academy Awards is this Sunday.

Lou Dobbs has settled on The Lorax in his latest war to save the American way of life. Obama's liberal Hollywood friends are producing films as part of a master plan to indoctrinate children against big business. There's a reason Lou is on the Fox Business Network.

Speaking of Hollywood values, Lou, here's something that should wind you up: the latest film of the American Pie series arrives in April. Where's the outrage now? Gosh, we feel old.

We wish all the best to Melissa Harris-Perry, who debuted as the anchor of MSNBC's newest show. She's already proven that she can tackle issues that transcend gender, race and politics. We can count on Melissa to separate the BS from fact as the Right cranks up their social agenda machine in the lead up to November.

Aides to Sarah Palin aren't flattered, to say the least, about their boss' portrayal in HBO's Game Change special. She's not running for president or serving in the Obama Administration so what's their beef? You heard the producers: they're sticking with the historical truth. 

Interweb Tomfoolery

Let's get real folks, there are no ethical smartphones (or cameras, computers, televisions, etc.). However, several technology companies are making strides to improve worker conditions and protect the environment. Apple allowed ABC News a peek behind the scenes at Foxconn, one of the largest manufacturers of electronic devices. Hopefully, more good news can come from the MakeItFairs of the world, but, of course, you'll have to find out on Twitter and Facebook, using that nifty computer or phone of yours.

Social media application gurus are costing the very networks they use billions of dollars in revenue each year. More people are using applications for social messaging instead of the traditional short message service (SMS). The total loss last year was $13.9 billion.

Here's a link that will make you a bit squeamish this Friday afternoon. The first ever open-heart surgery tweeted live! (You can thank us on Monday!). Apparently, the producers of Grey's Anatomy performed a similar tweeting surgery-thon, but we finally caught up.

Fancy Target shoppers will be glad to know how far the company has gone to ensure it knows exactly what your next purchase will be and when pregnant women are due. Okay, this is a bit creepy. Doesn't this sound a little bit, uh, invasive? Virginia, anyone?

Today's burger-flipping crime story comes to us from Madison, Wisconsin. Jason Summers arrived at Wendy's dressed to impress, intending to pass off as a newly-hired manager. The current manager did a little digging and called 911. Summers had no prior association with the restaurant chain, but "probably has had experience cooking a cheeseburger in the past."

Social Media Round-up

Now that most of us have switched our personal Facebook page to the new Timeline, we shouldn’t be surprised that Facebook is rolling out the same treatment for businesses. Please don’t freak out 0- you still have some time to clean things up. Rumor is Facebook will be “Timelining” the pages of big brand names by the end of the month, followed closely behind with smaller businesses. You can be ready for the change if you do your homework. Think to yourselves: do you want your company logo in the profile or cover photo, or maybe both? Perhaps you’re thinking of placing that snazzy staff photo on your cover. Your Facebook page will be like an online scrapbook and as always, have fun using it!

If 2008 was the year of the first “Internet Presidential election,” 2012 will be historic for the digital advertising industry. All of the major candidates have YouTube channels with videos developed to target specific voter blocs and individual voters. For example, Mitt Romney’s “How to Caucus for Mitt in Iowa” video was aimed at caucus-goers who had participated before. Digital advertising has surged dramatically for political campaigns, especially on Facebook. Some tips that no campaign can ignore can be found here.

Out on the Town

Finally some good weather to enjoy, people. Let's just forget about that whole climate change thing!
  • Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold is in town for a book signing.
  • The Hamilton is opening its doors for East Coasters who can't make it to Hollywood for the big night.
  • You could also perform the ancient tradition of watching films at a theater for a best picture marathon.  
  • Have you ever participated in a spelling bee in which you were required to drink?  

Well, today must be a delightfully disastrous day for Mitt Romney. We get it - you're wealthy beyond our wildest dreams and you've got a few Cadillacs to show it. But you couldn't fill up a stadium; not even with a few holograms.

Until next week,


Friday, February 17, 2012

2-17-12: Where are the Women (in Virginia)?

"Rombo" is the new Santorum. This clever new ad from the no-frills Santorum campaign mixes a Romney look-a-like, a cardboard cut-out of the former Pennsylvania senator, and a splattering of brown crap. Oh, shoot, what a mistake that was! Haha, but it looks like the voters are eating it up. Eww!

Moving along.

The Week That Was

The White House somehow managed to anger congressional Republicans this week (really?!) by releasing Barry's budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. So what exactly is gettin' people all hot and bothered? Could it be the $350 billion to extend the payroll tax cut, boost domestic manufacturing and the hiring of more teachers? How terrible of him! Of course, his plan comes with a huge price tag, but what's a trillion dollars here and there these days? He'll definitely run into some trouble trying to coax Congress to go along with his communist (or is it socialist?) idea to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on people raking in more than $250,000.

Maine Republicans are about to upend last week's caucus results which gave a slipping Mitt Romney a narrow win. What's worse (for him) is that several localities have yet to participate. It's our way or the highway for Ron Paul fans. In other news, Rick Santorum is still surging and it's looking more likely that he'll cruise to victory in Michigan and Ohio.

Sister Sarah has returned to us from Wasilla, Hollywood, or wherever the heck her last grifting gig/policy speech took place in. She's praying for a brokered convention, folks, and she will be your savior. (Not that Jesus dude). Anyway, we'll give her props for placing name forward, because we know her anti-Establishment rants will be rewarded justly.

A despicable showing this week from car thief and House Oversight and Government Reform guru Darrell Issa: The Chairman held a hearing on the separation of church and state (from a Republican!) and the White House's rampant trampling of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. Catchy. Five panelists testified before the Committee in the first round -- all men. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat, inquired about having a female law student testify, because, perhaps a woman TR fivepanelistsmight have some sort of insight on this issue. Three Democratic committee members walked out. Kudos to them. Oh, and about that female witness? Sorry, but the hearing was not about "reproductive rights and contraception." What ingrates.

Ah, Virginia - we're still very fortunate to have you as a member of the Union. A supermajority of House Republicans voted in favor of HB 1, which gives person-hood rights the moment a sperm and egg unite. The second piece of legislation will require women to undergo a "transvaginal ultrasound" before having an abortion. Gov. Bob McDonnell has indicated he will sign the person-hood bill, but, as of now, has not taken a position on the ultrasound legislation. We're not holding our breath. Now is the time for STATEHOOD, NoVa. What say you, Arlington and Alexandria?

The New York Times recently took a peek into the lives of several Greek families as they endure and adapt to the ongoing financial crisis that has gripped their country and threatens to drag the Eurozone into a steep decline. The Greek economy continues to falter -- it's expected to contract a further 6% this year. There's nothing snarky about what our Greek friends are going through. Then again, aren't we so blessed to live in the United States, where everyone has a fair shot at living the dream? Oh, whoops. Our bad.

Chinese delegates are heading home after a week-long visit to the States. While most discussions between the two parties involved business and the economic issuse, there were no doubt behind-the-scenes discussions about human rights and religions freedom, which our GOP friends happen to be experts on!

Are You Not Entertained?

And the winner is... The Grammy show went on as the music world mourned the sudden passing of Whitney Houston. Adele took home six awards. The winners are all listed here.

Did any of you attend CPAC? We hope you had fun, but not too much fun! A short recap: Victoria Jackson likely induced seizures on many of her listeners as she spouted her "thoughts" about gay activist judges, communism and living in pods (okay...). Meanwhile, angry loudmouth Andrew Breitbart - who honestly appeared to have been kicked to curb - told the OWS folks to stop raping people. We thought the nuthouse was restricted to the hotel itself.

MSNBC dropped Pat Buchanan. Someone finally found out about the subtly racist commentary and ripped up his paycheck. What took you so long?

Are wary Tea Party conservatives tuning out Fox News? A conservative outlet polled their readers and 70% of them said that the network had veered left. A few are even turning to CNN for their fair and balanced news consumption. Honestly, we don't see a difference.

Interweb Tomfoolery

Teehee! Mitt Romney has a Rick Santorum Google problem. But, we seriously doubt Mittens was courting the canine vote.

Costs are rising everywhere, from fuel to groceries, which is why President Obama now wants to cheapen the penny and nickel -- literally. Altering the composition of the coins would save approximately $100 million per year.

Proud Brooklyn parents are starting their young ones a tad early with the espresso. 'Babyccinos' is allegedly the latest trend in getting your child a leg up in the world. Don't be surprised if Starbucks catches on (because they will). 

The tiniest chameleon species has been found on an island off Madagascar. The little rascals are probably too small to make a decent profit from insurance commercials.

Here's a heart-warming story (okay, so it's from Wyoming): A fugitive wanted in Georgia ran out of gas and called the sheriff for assistance. Now that's a novel ending. 

Fridays with Violet

The #Linsanity fever is spreading with Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks point guard, dominating the sports and social media world. His YouTube Videos have garnered more than one million views and his Facebook page is overwhelmed with comments from his fans. Lin is the first Asian-American player in the NBA since 1947, and his name has been one of the most-searched terms on Sina Weibo, a Chinese website similar to Twitter. Most of the mentions about Lin were positive (around 80% of them). Some argue that Lin’s fans are giving the player too much credit prematurely while others say he could be the Tim Tebow of basketball. It’s still too early to hand down our social media prediction, but you can bet we’ll be checking in on the Linsanity when the Knicks come to town.

Out on the Town

Here are some suggestions for President's Day weekend:
  • Aeroplane performs at the U Street Music Hall.   
  • Neal Brennan will hopefully make you laugh in Arlington.  
Shameless Self-Promotion

Are you thinking about women's rights a little more this week after the shenanigans on Capitol Hill? If so -- we'll be participating in the discussion at RootsCamp. Be sure to read a preface by Project Manager Abigail Collazo. You can join the conversation throughout the weekend by following the hashtag #femroots12. We'll be tweeting all weekend, so we hope to hear from you!


All across the country we are seeing social conservative extremists waging war against women's health. It's not a fight we talk about every week on the Report, but it's one we all should think about, especially when us as citizens have the opportunity to elect leaders who share and fight for our issues.

Enjoy the long weekend!


Friday, February 10, 2012

2-10-12: Tuesday's Results Do Not Compute for the Romney-bot

Did you hear the news? New Hampshire state representatives shot down a resolution supporting the District's statehood movement. The resolution failed by a whopping 79-248 vote. Bleh, the folks in the Granite State have far more important legislative matters to attend to, such as denying workers time off for lunch. Live Free or Die indeed.

We're guessing that snark is about to be outlawed in Concord.

The Week That Was

What happened there, Mittens? Not a soul escaped from the Santorum Wave as it surged through Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Tuesday night was particularly brutal to the electrical circuits of the Romney-bot, who lashed out at his fellow insider. TR romneybotWhat is it like to spend a day on the road with the Romney-bot? Well, you can find out for a price. President Obama, on the other hand, says that he deserves a second term at the helm. Obama faces a rising tide of secret money, so we'll give him a slap on the wrist for making a 180 on PAC money. We won't say anything more, if you don't, Mr. President.

All the fun doesn't stop there, though, for CPAC is here! Speakers include successful presidential candidates Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. We'll also be hearing from the brightest political minds (knock, knock, who's there?!) of Allen West and Sarah Palin. Oh, and what about these people? What a lineup! Alas -- we'd rather go on a weekend field trip of dumpster diving than attend this loony convention.

Karen Handel is running for President for real. Haha, just kidding (and we do mean that). The woman at the center of the Komen storm resigned on Monday and made sure to refuse that hefty severance package. Mmm, what do you think? A book deal? A documentary? Whatever she does, we know she'll be jabbering profusely about how she loved working with the big bullies at Komen. And finally, a top donor won't open her checkbook again until the organization cleans house. It's a good thing Komen chose Ari Fleischer to clean things up.

The Catholic Church kicked up quite a storm around a new rule that would have forced certain religious employers to provide birth control to women free of charge. The Obama Administration announced a change in the rules, and now those same employers who object can be assured that coverage will be provided to women directly from their insurers. Hey, that's a great example of streamlining right there!

The House version of the STOCK Act passed overwhelmingly with two representatives voting in dissent (couldn't get enough of it, we guess). While it should no longer be legal to conduct insider trading on Capitol Hill, the WaPo reports that our tax dollars are being used wisely these days on projects close to Members' properties. Hooray for them!

Nearly four years after a slim majority of California voters approved Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriage, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the measure unconstitutional. "Lessen[ing] the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians" is apparently against the law! The Court left in place a stay issued by a lower court, which will prevent gays from marrying in the meantime. The "pro-traditional marriage" Maggie Gallagher-types are already planning to appeal to the US Supreme Court. This as Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire prepares to sign gay-marriage legislation on Monday.

Greece's leaders have agreed to an austerity plan that will include cuts to pensions, a reduction of the minimum wage and deeper spending cuts. As expected, huge strikes are being organized to protest. Spain and Portugal are not far behind with financial trouble, but at least their difficulties will be solved before the end of times.

The United States shuttered its embassy in Damascus as the Syrian army continues a brutal crackdown on civilians in Homs. China and Russia vetoed a UN resolution condemning the Syrian government. The Pentagon is looking at options, but it's unlikely that Obama will pull the trigger. What does a dictator have to do to get on Barry's hit list?

Are You Not Entertained?

Who hasn't had a little fun on the campaign trail? The campaign of former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who is challenging Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan, ran a rather racy ad during the Super Bowl. The ad stars an Asian woman who, in broken English, thanks the Senator for excessive spending -- insinuating that it benefits China. A handful of GOP operatives are calling the ad over-the-top and insensitive. No, really? Debbie's going to the bank with this one.

Speaking of Super Bowl advertisements - were you awed by the Clint Eastwood's Halftime in America narration? Karl Rove wasn't. Gone are the good old days of tearing the American electorate apart and cheering when people are down on their luck. Our little turd-blossom yearns for the yesteryear.

Roland Martin has been suspended by CNN for his "regrettable and offensive" tweets. Martin claimed that his tweets were directed toward soccer fans and not gays. Gee, we didn't know that advocating violence against one group and not another is a-okay! Oh, and Roland, you know you've gone a bit too far when Glenn Beck calls you an idiot, a clown and a dope. Just saying.

House, the long-running television medical drama, is ending its run after eight seasons. See you later, Doc.

Look out, CNN! (Haha). Walt Disney Co. is said to be in talks with Univision to develop an English-language cable news channel. Content will be drawn from both ABC News and Univision. The channel will likely be based out of Miami.

Interweb Tomfoolery

Is Twitter more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol? That's the question researchers at the University of Chicago set out to answer in a study of 205 people in Germany. Participants in a week-long study were contacted seven times throughout the day and asked to gauge their desire via BlackBerrys. Researchers found that many people cannot resist utilizing social media services because of the perceived lack of immediate downsides.

If you haven't heard, Planned Parenthood has seen its donations skyrocket - $8 billion and counting - in the aftermath of the Komen debacle. What to do with so much money? Why, open an "Abortionplex," of course. Gotcha! Planned Parenthood has not raised $8 billion and will not be opening some grand facility in Kansas. Tell that to Rep. John Fleming.

Obama was enthusiastic, to say the least, at the second annual science fair held at the White House. A marshmallow gun stole the show.

Money-maker Mark Zuckerberg accidentally "liked" Mitt Romney. Or did he?

What's a vending machine without the snark? Boy, we'd like one of these at Turner Central, stat! (It should friendlier, though).

Fridays with Violet

Good Friday! Our very own Violet Tsagkas will be orchestrating the whole social media guru update at the end of each week. Don't worry, you're in good hands!

The latest generation of students is utilizing social media to stay connected with friends and family and maybe that significant other. However, social networking can be helpful in more ways than keeping in touch with friends. It can also be one of your major tools to find a job. Yes, you heard right. Through social media, you have the opportunity to connect with experts in the fields you have interested in, show off your knowledge and know-how, and perhaps land that first job following graduation. Follow the right companies on Facebook and LinkedIn and use hashtags such as #career_fair, #hiring, and #interviewing on Twitter, and I am sure you will find many helpful tips for interviews and job openings.

If there’s one thing you should be mindful of, it's that employers, future colleagues, and other professionals could be peeking at your social media activity, so it doesn’t hurt to think twice before posting something inappropriate on your profile.

Out on the Town

It's alright to come out from your snow bunkers (rolls eyes), DC workers -- there's not a flurry in sight for this weekend's weather.

You have no idea how much we would have paid to see an unhinged Mitt Romney holed up in a five-star suite this past Tuesday! The numbers are in flux again as we head toward February 28 and Romney's second go-around may be his last.

We'll see you next week,


Friday, February 3, 2012

2-3-12: Don't Mess with the Masses

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure's defense and sudden reversal has garnered wall-to-wall coverage this week, for good reason. Thousands of online activists vented their disgust, urging fellow supporters to chime in and divert their donations to more worthy advocates of women's health. A lesson learned - responding twenty-four hours after-the-fact is simply too late. The damage to Komen has been done.

We'll discuss this and much more after the jump.

The Week That Was

Online women and health communities are holding the Komen Foundation's feet to the fire since it was revealed that the organization planned to cut funding (around $600k per year) to Planned Parenthood. Fuming activists are pointing the finger at tweeter and Komen VP Karen Handel for closing the spigot. Handel ran for governor in Georgia on an extreme anti-abortion/Planned Parenthood platform. Politicians are withdrawing support and encouraging donors to give directly to Planned Parenthood and similar organizations. Kudos to Michael Bloomberg and everyone else who chipped in. We'd like to say that Komen has done some fabulous work over the years - lest we forget about their 2010 partnership with KFC. "Cure that cancer with a bucket of fried chicken." Just kidding!

So how about that Mitt Romney? Florida Republicans played it safe and voted for the robot insider instead of that has-been, Newt Gingrich. Back to the Tiffany's you go! If there's one thing we've noticed about Gingrich, it's the tantrums. No sooner had the networks called Florida for everyone's favorite poor people-bashing RINO, did a flabbergasted Newt call to concede. Hah, not a chance. Maine and Nevada are next up but it appears that Mitt has this thing in the bag. Nevertheless, Harry Reid has launched a preemptive strike against the GOP frontrunner.

We haven't heard much lately from the Tea Party - at least not anything worth reporting on (and believe us, it doesn't take that much). According to the political scholars over at Real Clear Politics, the fledgling lawn-chair movement owes its 2012 success to Newt Mr. Gingrich. How's that working out? A handful of conspiracy theorists are still convinced some evil force (the Establishment) is out there trying to unseat Allen West. And finally, "Joe the Plumber" is taking flak as he continues the Tea Party tradition of power grifting.

Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that requires a woman to have an ultrasound preceding an abortion. State Senator Janet Howell appealed for some gender equality (nothing wrong with that!), so she attached an amendment requiring that men receive a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction. Howell's amendment was rejected, but she was pleased that it received the support of 18 of her colleagues. Frankly, we're surprised she even got that far.

American troops are scheduled to transition from a combat role to a "training, advise and assist role" later next year. The Pentagon is already committed to withdrawing 23,000 troops this summer. NATO members are expected to abrogate combat duties in 2014 as Afghan forces assume full responsibility for the security of their country. Twelve years and guess what - the Taliban can't wait for the day we leave.

We're less than a year out from our elections, so you know what that means: a delightful presentation from the intelligence community to prime us for the ballot box. According to an assessment from DNI James Clapper's office, Iranian officials are now more willing to conduct attacks on American soil. So, when can we expect the return of those fancy color-coded terror alerts?

Are You Not Entertained?

We don't care what the pundits think -- Stephen Colbert's brief run for the South Carolina presidency was not a joke. To prove that, his Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow PAC raised a whopping $1 million. A few familiar contributors include California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and The West Wing's Brad Whitford. And who says that the Citizens United decision was a bad idea?

Barry teamed up with Google+ for a first-ever live "hangout." GOP spinsters are having a little fun, asking Americans to send in their resumes for delivery to the White House. That is so original! But we have a better idea that should be far less time consuming for bored RNC HQ staff: deliver those boxes of resumes to GOP congressional offices.

Kermit and Miss Piggy fired back against the Fox News culture warriors. A clearly agitated Bill O'Reilly has threatened the safety of two sewn-up puppets. And now we know how Fox News has stayed at the top.

Now onto some celebrity/political news: Snooki's had it with Chris Christie. While he's not running for president, he's no less deserving for calling Jersey Shore "bad" and the cast a bunch of "losers." You might remember that Snooki had a dust-up with Barry over a tanning salon tax. In that instance, she favored John McCain. What a turnaround! 

Interweb Tomfoolery

It's payday for Facebook investors. The company filed for its initial public offering on Wednesday and afforded us a glimpse at user statistics and the social media giant's finances. Facebook is seeking a valuation between $75-100 billion, which would make Mark Zuckerberg a very, very wealthy man. LivingSocial, on the other hand, has been bleeding money like there's no tomorrow. The DC - based company lost $558 million last year.

It's official: we're in for another six weeks of wintry weather. TR philPunxsutawney Phil emerged from his slumber and saw his shadow. The weather people aren't taking Phil's prediction seriously, because, as you know, there exists something called science.

Today's adorable video stars a snoring dormouse. Try not to fall asleep.

Tumblr is exceeding more than 15 billion page views per month. (Wow!) Here's a small sample of interesting blogs you should follow.

Have you ever had that urge to get arrested for the heck of it? John Hughes of Butte, Montana, always wanted to lead the cops in a car chase - so that's exactly what he did. This is a tale that will be passed along to future generations of Americans.

Fridays with Abigail

Dear Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, I'd like to introduce you to social media. It occurs to me that you may not have heard of it.  When you look back on what happened this week, and you ask yourself, what happened?, you may want to revisit the power of social media.  Some of us over here at Turner Central are wondering if you hired Malcolm Gladwell to handle your social media strategy in the fallout over your decision to make up a reason to deny providing funds to Planned Parenthood, but we suspect based on your two days of silence that you were simply unaware of what social media is.  In case you feel like really digging on this at some point, to understand more fully exactly how you destroyed your brand in just 3 days, we recommend Raven Brooks' analysis for lessons learned.  In the meantime, we might suggest you lie low, at least on those useless social media sites anyway.

Out on the Town

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?! If that's not your thing, we've got a few helpful suggestions to fill your weekend schedule:
  • Meat week in DC (isn't that every week)? Our apologies, vegetarians and vegans.

To put it lightly, the Komen Foundation screwed up big time. This story is a warning to even the largest organizations: don't piss off a determined community of grassroots activists. You got that?

See you next week,