January 18, 2014

Barely News: N.Y. Governor Cuomo Lambastes ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Who ‘Have No Place in the State of New York’

Imagine if Texas Senator Ted Cruz or Lone Star State Governor Rick Perry told a public radio show’s host that “people who support abortion, gun control, and same-sex marriage have no place in Texas.” There would be breaking news alerts on every cable news station. It would be a press obsession for weeks. More immediately, there would be intense pushback from the show’s host.

On the public radio show ”Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter on Friday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is surely assessing the 2016 presidential landscape, asserted that “extreme conservatives” – that is, people who are pro-life, understand the clear meaning of the Second Amendment, or wish to keep marriage as it has traditionally been defined – “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Arbetter just let Cuomo’s remarks slide on by without meaningful follow-up, and arguably appeared to agree with their thrust. Audio and relevant portions of the transcript follow the jump.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011814)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Dog Saves Sacramento Woman From Christmas Tragedy In Burning Home

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Sacramento (video at link):

January 2, 2014 10:58 PM

Debbie White went to sleep readying to celebrate Christmas when her Sacramento home caught fire.
She might not have seen the holiday had it not been for her dog.

White says she had no idea until Forest, a pit-lab mix, warned her the home had caught fire.

“He wouldn’t leave the house without me,” she said.

Forest ran into her bedroom and jumped on top of White, biting her to try to get her out of the burning home.

“I was so far into sleep that I was going to die,” she said. “He drug me out the door and into the front yard.”

Go here for the rest of the story.