Jester’s Court — February 12, 2013

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politics60% of Republicans back a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but support drops to 39% when told Barack Obama supports it, too.

politicsBlue God, Red God.

miscellaneousA bit of good news. The ozone layer is closing because of the ban on CFCs.

governmentsMaking the Chinese New Year a federal holiday.

governmentsA few strange laws, including that it’s illegal to sell or give away a child under the age of 12 to a circus in Georgia.

governmentsGeorgia lawmakers are once again asking to redraw the state’s northern border in the hope of getting water from the Tennessee River.

governmentsA New York politician introduced legislation to ban kids younger than 11 from playing tackle football in the state.

governments“The Sunshine Protection Act” — to keep Florida in daylight time permanently.

doubtfulTed Nugent called it “un-American” to have a security check at the Capitol prior to the President’s State of the Union address.

quotesMichigan Rep. John Dingell, 86, the longest serving House member in history, doesn’t intend to retire any time soon: “I’m not pulling a Pope Benedict.”

quotesHouse Speaker John Boehner slammed President Barack Obama, saying that he doubts the nation’s leader “has the guts” to make the tough calls on the country’s growing deficit.

newsColorado Gov. John Hickenlooper drank fracking fluid to prove that it is safe.

provocativeThe U.S. is still spending over $50 billion a year on nuclear weapons.

provocativeChristopher Dorner was the first human targeted by drones on U.S. soil.

half-witNevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of physically attacking a family member, then grabbing for an officer’s weapon.

northkoreaThe United States and North Korea, which don’t have diplomatic relations, communicate at an office in New York where phone messages and faxes are exchanged.

internationalIranian military technology is very impressive, especially their Photoshopping skills.

internationalThe Vatican needs a new name for Pope Benedict XVI.

videoThe highlight of the State of the Union address: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio lunging for water while giving the Republican response.

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