Today is March 15th — the Ides of March. On this date in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was murdered on the steps of the Roman Senate. He was stabbed 23 times by a group of senators as the result of a conspiracy that included up to 60 people. Today, Caesar is best known for his salad and his Vegas casino. Also on this date, in 2004, scientists announced the discovery of dwarf planet Sedna. The announcement sparked renewed discussion on the status of Pluto, which ended with Pluto eventually seceding from the planetary union and joining the ranks of the upstart dwarf planets. Et tu, Plute? And finally, today is the 245th anniversary of the birth of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Jackson was key in the formation of the modern democrat party. I forgive him, though. At the time, barely anyone had heard of Dennis Kucinich. Consider this an Open Thread.
Clinton Compares Fluke to Pro-Democracy Women Sold Into Slavery | Red Alert Politics
“When Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women in the World Summit in New York City on Saturday had the audacity to compare Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke to women activists in Burma who were beaten, sold into slavery and locked under house arrest.”
True Confessions in Wisconsin | American Spectator
“When debate over public unions flared up in Wisconsin last year, educators claimed Gov. Scott Walker’s austere reforms would require thousands of teachers to be laid off. They were wrong.”
Romney-fication of health care reform | Washington Times
“The move toward global budgets highlights the failure of Massachusetts’s 2006 health reform plan to make health care more affordable. Because the Bay State’s plan served as the template for President Obama’s health reform package, the consequences of that failure could soon be felt nationwide.”
Schumer schemes to hit GOP | Politico
“Republicans have several objections to the legislation, but instead of making changes, Schumer wants to fast track the bill to the floor, let the GOP block it, then allow Democrats to accuse Republicans of waging a ‘war against women.'”
Today’s Word of the Day comes via Wordsmith.org.
plurisignification (ploo-ri-sig-ni-fi-KAY-shuhn): noun The use of a word to convey multiple meanings at the same time.