A few hours ago, in the next star system to the left…. (More)

It was a dark time in the galaxy….

The rebels were … rebellious.

They’re not heroic rebels.

Think: angry toddlers.

Yikes, that’s loud! Lemme turn down the opening theme music.

Okay, better. Deep, reverberant breath.

Uggh. It sounds like I have asthma, in a shower. Lemme turn off that sound effect.

Ahh…. Ack! I singed my Blewberry.

Note to self: Don’t use a light saber as a stylus.

Okay, I think I’m ready.

Yesterday House Democrats struck back at Republicans:

According to a spokesperson for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Rules Committee, Slaughter will offer the amendment Tuesday evening while the committee debates a bill to form a special committee to further investigate Planned Parenthood. The amendment would strike through the Planned Parenthood language and replace it with language dismantling the Benghazi Committee, the spokesperson said in an email [to Talking Points Memo].

Obviously, that amendment got zapped by the House Republican Death Star. But the Dempire isn’t giving up:

Democratic members of Congress who support Planned Parenthood are eager to speak to the man behind the recent smear campaign against the health provider and ask him some questions.

BuzzFeed.com reported on a request by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee that is investigating Planned Parenthood to question David Daleiden of the anti-abortion organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

The committee, headed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), subjected Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to a heated interrogation last week. Democrats would like to see the same level of scrutiny applied to Daleiden and his claims.

The Democrats released a list of 21 questions for Daleiden, whose heavily and misleadingly edited videos have touched off a firestorm of controversy and led for calls to shutter Planned Parenthood.

Yes, the House Republican Death Star will probably zap that request too. But it’s good to see us striking back.


“In the year 802,701 the world will still exist and be generally okay”

And in science fiction news:

When will humans land on Venus? When will we have robot cats? And when will the aliens finally come? Science fiction offers some potential answers to these burning questions.

The timeline below, created by designer Giorgia Lupi and her design team at Accurat for the blog Brain Pickings, lays out 62 future events predicted by various works of science fiction, from Hunger Games to Isaac Asimov.
The good news, according to Lupi, is that in the year 802,701 the world will still exist and be generally okay.

But House Republicans will still be investigating Benghazi, and Planned Parenthood.

Okay, that’s not on their timeline, but this is a science fiction article so I’m adding that prediction.


“It’s something we’re taking a look at – fraud is fraud”

And before the end credit music gets too loud, an update on yesterday’s story about FantasyGate:

The New York attorney general began an inquiry Tuesday into the prospect that employees of daily fantasy football sites have won lucrative payouts based on inside information not available to the public, asking two leading companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, for a range of internal data and details on how they prevent fraud.

Word of the inquiry came as the revelation that DraftKings and FanDuel allowed their employees – many with information not available to customers – to play at each other’s sites and win large amounts of money continued to rattle the sports world.

Some of the industry’s primary sponsors raised questions or distanced themselves from lucrative advertising and sponsorship deals. On Monday, both companies told The New York Times that they had temporarily prohibited their employees from playing in money games.
“It’s something we’re taking a look at – fraud is fraud,” [New York Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman said in a radio interview early Tuesday before the inquiry was announced. “And, consumers of any product, whether you want to buy a car, participate in fantasy football, our laws are very strong in New York and other states that you can’t commit fraud.”

Attorney General Schneiderman said he will personally fly a fighter through a trench at DraftKings and FanDuel headquarters, dodging laser fire along the way, and then zip in through an airshaft to gather evidence.

Okay, he didn’t say that. But a Squirrel can dream.

Well, they’re starting the end credit music….


Photo Credit: Sarah J. Jones (The Spinster Diaries)


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