Minnesota Supreme Court orders Al Franken is winner of Senate race

Senator Franken (D-MN)

Senator Franken (D-MN)

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state’s long-running Senate race.

The state’s top court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

Norm Coleman, be a man and drop your ridiculous suit.

Governor Pawlenty, the ball is in your court — sign the election certificate.  Your state is depending on you.

UPDATEThinkProgress has more on the court decision.

UPDATE:  Norm Coleman is holding a news conference at 1:00 pm (PT), 4:00 pm ET).  Al Franken will hold a news conference an hour later.

UPDATE: Coleman has surrendered.

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern Blames “Sinners” For Recession – Not The Bankers

This is the same woman who made this statement about homosexuality in 2008:  “I honestly think it’s the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.

Sally Kern’s, a self appointed moral guardian, drafted the “Oklahoma Citizens Morality Proclamation” in which she blames sinners – people with bad moral behavior – for the recession.  Here is a sample:

“We the People of Oklahoma, Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of Liberty…

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and

WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery; and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and

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Judge Denny Chin Sentences Bernie Madoff To 150 Years

Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff was handed a 150-year jail term yesterday, the maximum sentence possible for his massive financial scam over years, that ruined high-end Hollywood clients and middle-class pensioners alike.

“It is the judgment of this court that Bernard Madoff should be sentenced to 150 years in jail,” Judge Denny Chin said, imposing the toughest possible sentence despite Madoff’s courtroom apology to his victims.

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Open Thread for Tuesday June 30 – A Busy Date in History

On this date in 1905, Albert Einstein published the article “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, in which he introduces special relativity. Bottom line, the postulates of special relativity predict the equivalence of matter and energy, as expressed in the formula Emc2. The seed for this was the FitzGerald-Lorentz Contraction theory which made mass/energy equivalence a foregone conclusion.

On this date in 1908, the Tunguska event occurred in Siberia. This was a meteor event that knocked over an estimated 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 square miles). It is estimated that the shock-wave measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.

On this date in 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The decline of GM in Flint is the basis for the film Roger & Me by Michael Moore from a high of 80,000 employees in the 1970’s to 8000 today.

On this date in 1972, one leap second was added to the UTC time system, the first time  that this was ever done (And it was done twice in 1972). Since that year, 22 additional leap seconds have been added to the UTC time system.

This is but a sample of events that  occurred on this date in history. There are more here.

The Ethics of Indefinite Detention 101

Think Progress has a thread about a Washington Post article stating that President Obama’s considering using an Executive Order to allow indefinite detention.

Before we obsess too much about a Washington Post article, we should read the damn thing. Here’s the problem Obama inherited:

Three months into the Justice Department’s reviews, several officials involved said they have found themselves agreeing with conclusions reached years earlier by the Bush administration: As many as 90 detainees cannot be charged or released.

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Give me liberty, or give me… Huh..?

My Saturday morning ‘WTF’ moment.. I am starting to look forward to hearing this lady speak, only because I can’t wait to hear what insane thing she will come up with next. I keep expecting men in white coats to come up behind her and lead her away while she laughs hysterically.. Too funny.

And they’re coming to take me away Ha Ha
They’re coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha

It’s actually kinda scary to consider there is anyone like Bachmann in Congress charged with the responsibility of legislating.

Raw Story:

Rep. Michele Bachmann says that because of a new energy bill “the federal government will virtually have control over every aspect of lives for the American people.”

Weekend Open Thread – The Colours of Infinity

This is an amazing set of videos. It is, in the simplest terms, a demonstration of Infinity itself. Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, takes us on a tour of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set). It is represented as a graph of a simple mathematical equation, yet it contains the most amazing images.

As you load the YouTube videos, note that you can enlarge the image to the full size of your screen. I highly recommend that you view these videos this way. Also, you’ll want to grab your favorite snacks and drinks. And do you like Pink Floyd? They are the soundtrack to one of the most amazing visual journies you will ever take. It…is…Infinity. And it…is…beautiful.

But you are also free to talk about anything else you want. This is a Weekend Open Thread at TheZoo. Thanks for stopping by.

Part 1 of 6. Each is around nine minutes.

Part 2 of 6.
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Kilts ‘n stuff — open thread

The Lost Bagpiper

As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director
to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no family
or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery in the remote
countryside and this man would be the first to be laid to rest
there.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I
became lost and being a typical man, did not stop for directions. I
finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who
were eating lunch but the hearse was nowhere in sight.

I apologized to the workers for my tardiness and stepped to the side
of the open grave where I saw the vault lid already in
place.

I assured the workers I would not hold them up for
long but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered
around, still eating their lunch. I played out my heart and
soul.

As I played the workers began to weep. I played and I
played like I’d never played before, from Going Home and The Lord is
My Shepherd, to Flowers of the Forest . I closed the lengthy
session with Amazing Grace and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the
workers saying to another, “Sweet Jeezuz, Mary ‘n Joseph, I have
never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic
tanks for twenty years.”

Our Jane sent me this, thinking this would be a great post — I agree!  With Wayne’s help, I was able to get it up.  (Yes, I know…it’s an open thread)

I think Briseadh na Faire will appreciate the thought.  ;) 

I know Jane and I appreciate the kilts…

CNN: Talks With Matthew Shepard’s Family About “Federal Hate Crimes Bill”

Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (MSHCPA – S. 909) that is in the Senate, which will be voted on before the August recess; was inspired by the hate  crime committed against Matthew Shepard.

The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 went against everything that Matthew embodied. Two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, lead him to a remote area east of Laramie where they demonstrated unimaginable acts of hate. Matthew was tied to a split-rail fence where he was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later he was found by a cyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow.

Matthew died on October 12 at 12:53 am at a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. His entire family was by his side for the last few days of his life.

A little background into Matthew Shepard Foundation.

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