A gazillion interesting stories I didn’t get to

Kuwait plans to use its keen gaydar to stop gays from crossing its borders.  Seriously.

Japan wants helps with Fukushima.

The Republicans are upset that the media is focusing more on the shutdown disaster than the glitchy launch of the Obamacare exchange Web sites. Should have thought about that one before you decided to shut down the entire federal government on the day the exchanges launched. Oops.

Republicans say a national default on our debt wouldn’t be that big a deal.

Even more Republicans claim a default is no biggie.

Bloomberg media talked to actual experts who say a US default would be “catastrophic” to our economy and the world’s.

A profile of a cancer patient whose treatment is on hold because of the shutdown.

An excellent piece by David Frum on why Republicans keep losing:

The Republicans have always been the more disciplined of America’s two political parities, and today they still are. But whereas before, discipline used to flow from elected leadership down, today it flows from factional leadership up. An aide to Sen. Mike Lee told theNational Review: “The minority of the minority is going to run things until our leadership gets some backbone.” The Lee aide was specifically referring to the Republican minority in the Senate, but the language has broader implication. According to Robert LaCosta, a well-sourced reporter at NRO: “What we’re seeing is the collapse of institutional Republican power … The outside groups don’t always move votes directly but they create an atmosphere of fear among the members [of Congress].” Large organizations are inherently vulnerable to capture by tightly organized militant tendencies. This is how a great political party was impelled to base a presidential campaign on the Ryan plan—a plan that has now replaced the 1983 manifesto of the British Labour Party as “the longest suicide note in history.” It’s the job of leadership to remember, in the words of Edmund Burke, “Because half-a-dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.” That job is tragically going undone in today’s GOP.

The incredible shrinking America.

The Russians are stopping gay Swedish couples from adopting kids.

The FEC wants former Republican Senator Larry Craig (of the wide stance) to pay a $140,000 fine for using campaign money to pay for his defense in the now-infamous bathroom-sex case.

Dogs are people too, concludes the NYT after scientists gave dogs an MRI and found some really neat results.

Gun nuts behaving badly.

The daily routines of history’s most creative minds.

David Wescott on skewed conservatives deluding themselves into thinking the government shutdown is going their way with the public:

Erickson has looked at poll after poll saying the American people know Republicans are to blame for the latest shutdown of the government.  He sees the polls that show significant drops in support for his party.  He sees the guys at Princeton who accurately predicted the last election say if America voted today, Democrats would easily take back the House of Representatives.  And you can guess what he says:

Polling shows more Americans blame the GOP than Barack Obama. I think this means the GOP is winning. You’ll need to let me explain.No, I really won’t.

And finally, I have nothing to report on Sarah Palin. I just enjoy occasionally posting this goofy photo of her as a sportscaster back in the day:


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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