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Sunday open thread: Ted Cruz Memorial Day tribute; Freezing to death from global warming; Hillary wins coveted Michael Bolton endorsement… and more

By Doug Powers  •  May 26, 2013 11:13 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Happy Sunday, all! It’s the annual “opening of the pool” day here at the ranch (though judging from the temp this morning we’ll be able to ice skate on it), so while I do that here are a few stories up for discussion this weekend…

We’ll lead off with this terrific Memorial Day tribute from Sen. Ted Cruz:

Related: George W. Bush, Wounded Warriors complete W100k bike ride.

Other goings-on…

Jay Leno: “President Obama gave a commencement address at Morehouse College over the weekend. Great speech, very inspiring. He told the young graduates ‘Your future is bright,’ unless of course they want jobs, then they’re totally screwed.”

–Though many, such as Rhode Island Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, claimed the devastating tornado in Oklahoma as further evidence of global warming, what they’re not pointing out is that the cool (and in places downright cold) spring has kept the overall number of tornados lower than normal:

But in the Kalamazoo area, and nationwide, cool weather has prevailed. The deadly tornado May 20 in Oklahoma aside, it’s been a slow year for tornadoes overall due to unseasonably cold weather this spring, says Robert Ruhf, a meteorologist and senior research associate in Western Michigan University’s Mallinson Institute for Science Education.

“We are actually seeing a lower number of tornadoes than we typically see by this time of the year,” Ruhf said in a news release from WMU. “We had very cold conditions across the nation. In April and in early May we were still seeing snowstorms in places like Kansas City in early May. We saw very deep snow cover up north in Canada and in the northern U.S. that kept the cold air funneling down in the United States.

Paging Al Gore.

–Adolf Hitler sneaks onto JC Penney billboard disguised as a teapot.

Britt Hume asks the same question I did a couple of days ago: How can Eric Holder investigate Eric Holder? It’s more of a rhetorical question, really.


Did Lois Lerner really have the worst week in Washington? Only in DC can somebody who was made to go on paid leave have had the worst week of anybody in town.

The fourth branch?

Another take here.

Chuck Schumer refuses to endorse protégé Anthony Weiner.

–I like this idea from Sarah Palin: Let’s fund White House tours with Lois Lerner’s salary. Better yet, make her guide them… but only for conservative groups.

–Last but certainly least, Michael Bolton would “walk across the country” to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. I’m still waiting for Kenny G to weigh in before making a final determination on a candidate.

Certain people will not be swayed by that endorsement:

No Talent Ass Clown

**Written by Doug Powers

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