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.