The first 2012 heat wave … deal with it!

It’s been in the 90s (Fahrenheit) the past few days in Louisville and Washington, which bodes ill for a pleasant summer. But according to the Washington Post graphic package above (click to enlarge), the reason it feels so bad is because our bodies haven’t acclimated to the temperature change yet.

I hope that’s the case because the sweat glands are working overtime now.

One reason not to raise your kids in Mississippi

There are some backward states in this country. Then there’s Mississippi:

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Public schools in Jackson, Mississippi, will no longer handcuff students to poles or other objects and will train staff at its alternative school on better methods of discipline. …

The Mississippi lawsuit was filed in June 2011 by Jeanette Murry on behalf of her then-16-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It said staffers routinely restrained students for hours for offenses as minor as dress code violations, forcing them to eat lunch while chained to a stair railing and to shout for help when they needed to go to the bathroom.

The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge Tom Lee, says all district employees will stop handcuffing students younger than 13, and can only handcuff older students for crimes. In no case will employees shackle a student to a fixed object such as a railing, a pole, a desk or a chair.

So what, exactly, are handcuffed kids supposed to do if, let’s say, the building catches fire? And why are teachers pretending to be cops and handcuffing kids, anyway:

But I’m sure race has nothing to do with it.

Joe Biden on grief and loss

Joe Biden reminds me of guys my age who grew up around Philly and South Jersey. His home state, Delaware, is right around there.

Occasionally, he’ll say something that rubs people the wrong way, and you know that sooner or later, he’s going to put his foot in his mouth. But you know that deep down, he’s a good guy and he’s speaking from the heart.

Like he does here in a moving, and apparently unscripted, speech late last week, before “Gold Star” families  — families of military members who died in wartime.

People talk about politicians being phonies. I don’t get that feeling with our vice president.

You’re being tracked, but by whom?

Remember: There is no privacy on the web.

Gary Kovacs of Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, explains in this TED talk:

Return of the politically living dead

Back in January, a lot of political experts said Newt Gingrich was dead to the world because he had screwed up so royally in his campaign and he had burned all of his bridges to medialand.

They virtually promised we would never have to hear him again.

But Driftglass, of the Professional Left Podcast, said this:

1. David Gregory will continue to pay the vig on whatever unholy debt he has incurred with Newt Gingrich by letting Newt tread the “Meet the Press” boards whenever he chooses and spout whatever happy-horseshit he wishes under Gregory’s iron-clad guarantee that Newt will NEVER be asked any tricky or embarrassing follow-up questions.

Just to reiterate, here’s the podcast for April 27 of this year. Go to around the 64 minute mark. Driftglass essentially says “Newt shall return,” because the Sunday talk shows are corrupt.

So, guess what the promo was on “Meet the Press” this weekend:

Gingrich and O’Malley discuss 2012 strategies and statistics

This confirms where I should be getting my political analysis from. It’s not from NBC.

Happy birthday, Daily Kos

Here’s an anniversary that passed by pretty unnoticed. The political Web site Daily Kos celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend.

In the blogging world, it is now a major voice for the left, and if Fox News has an enemies list, it’s probably one of the top 10.

Here’s a screengrab of its first post:

So, happy birthday!

Speak of the Devils! Please?!

When a New York team makes it into the finals of a major championship, you’d expect that to be Big News in the Big Apple.

But this is what you see sinking down the home page of the New York Times Web site if you’re a New York area hockey fan:

And a minute after I captured the image, the Devils win over the Rangers sank to the number three spot on the already buried list.

Honestly, that’s really lame. You have no idea what the Devils knocked the Rangers out of. Even worse, you can’t even tell that the Devils are going to compete in the Stanley Cup finals!  A couple of weeks ago, I was hoping the Washington Capitals were going to knock the Rangers out, not because I’m a Caps fan, but because I’m walking distance from the Verizon Center and I figured I could score some tickets to watch the Devils beat the Caps on their way to the Stanley Cup final.

At least that would have been big news on the Washington Post’s home page.

The Devils may be in New Jersey, but so are football’s Giants and Jets, and the Times went overboard when the Giants got into the Super Bowl.

But then, we are talking about hockey here.

The New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings will face off for the Stanley Cup. They represent the two largest media markets in America. The National Hockey League needs a high profile championship series. If this matchup doesn’t generate any significant ratings, maybe it’ll just be time for the NHL to hang up its skates, and we’ll all have to be satisfied with watching NHL players during the Olympics every four years.

At least that seems to generate some interest.