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NEWS: Trouble In Egypt, Troubles With Twinkies

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Road Nobel Peace Prize-winning moderate Mohamed ElBaradei backs out of Egyptian presidential election:

“The former regime did not fall,” Mr. ElBaradei said in a statement, arguing that the military council that took power in the name of the revolution had instead proved to be an extension of the Mubarak government. “My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a real democratic system.”

On the eve of the anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising that forced Mr. Mubarak from power, Mr. ElBaradei’s announcement may help rally support for the protests planned for that day to demand the exit of the ruling military council.

Road Congrats to Susan Allen, the first Native American lesbian elected to a US state legislature:

During a special general election to the Minnesota State House, Allen defeated her opponent Nathan Blumenshine with 56 percent of the vote to fill the vacated seat of now Senator Jeff Hayden.

The morning after the election, Allen said she wanted to dive into legislative work and her early priorities were to bring jobs and job training to her district and work on a fair tax system for Minnesota. As an openly gay legislator, Allen also said she would begin her fight against the discriminatory constitutional marriage amendment.

On her website, Allen states, “I am a passionate supporter of marriage equality. As a lesbian, I feel this inequality every day. I will use my position as State Rep to speak loudly against the marriage amendment and in favor of equality for all Minnesota families. I will also use my 2012 reelection campaign as a vehicle to turn out voters against writing discrimination into our state constitution.”

Road America's "second most famous" transman comes out as gay.

Road Democrats used Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" in an anti-Romney ad. They didn't ask her permission. Ms. Lauper was not amused.

Road Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in made-for-TV movie. (Ed Harris will play John McCain.)

Road A lovely interview with gently deranged Brian Wilson.

Road Incredible! One bit of memory stored on a 12-atom chip!

Below 12 atoms the researchers found that the bits randomly lost information, owing to quantum effects.

... "We kept building larger structures until we emerged out of the quantum mechanical into the classical data storage regime and we reached this limit at 12 atoms."

Picture 35 Road Twinkie-maker Hostess, more than $1 billion in debt, to declare bankruptcy.

Road Longform.org's "Guide To The Campaign Trail" -- some of the best longform campaign trail journalism ever. (If you've got nothing against long sentences with too few commas, check out the David Foster Wallace piece. It's gorgeous.)

Road Protest against Girl Scout Cookie boycott leads to YouTube war.

Road Civil War-era submarine -- the first ever used in combat -- restored and displayed for first time in South Carolina:

Considered the Confederacy's stealth weapon, the Hunley sank the Union warship Housatonic in winter 1864, and then disappeared with all eight Confederate sailors inside.

The narrow, top-secret "torpedo fish," built in Mobile, Alabama by Horace Hunley from cast iron and wrought iron with a hand-cranked propeller, arrived in Charleston in 1863 while the city was under siege by Union troops and ships.

In the ensuing few months, it sank twice after sea trial accidents, killing 13 crew members including Horace Hunley, who was steering.

Road In the sweetest story of the day, a 111-year-old Iraqi woman is sworn in as a brand-new US citizen:

[Warina Zaya] Bashou was born in 1900 and is the second-oldest person on record to be naturalized.

Bashou credits her longevity to drinking green tea.

Bashou has been in the United States nine years. She said through an interpreter that becoming a citizen is something she wanted to do for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to remember her by.

She turns 112 in July.

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  1. Thank you for keeping it classy, Ms. Lauper. This woman is great.

    Posted by: luminum | Jan 15, 2012 1:26:52 AM

  2. I fail to understand why, after many years of this, politicians think that they can take musicians' work, play it for promo purposes, and think that it will work out dandy. This just makes anti-Romney people seem like idiots. I don't mean as dumb as pro-Romney people, but still.

    So the Egypt thing kind of worked out how everyone knew it would. Sad. Such a cool country.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 15, 2012 3:34:29 AM

  3. So, I guess the "twinkie defense" will no longer be valid?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 15, 2012 4:09:07 AM

  4. Where was it reported that it was "DEMOCRATS" who produced the anti-Romney ad that used Lauper's song? The linked advocate story certainly didn't. It's being reported on JoeMyGod and other sites that it was one of Gingrich's anti-Romney ads that used the song. Last I checked Gingrich wasn't a Democrat and he certainly isn't "Democrats".

    If you have information to the contrary I would appreciate a link. If not I would sincerely appreciate your correcting your mistake.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 15, 2012 7:56:15 AM

  5. TampaZeke:

    I think those other websites must be mistaken, for the ad was originally posted at the website for the Democratic National Committee. http://www.democrats.org/news/blog/mitt_romneys_true_colors.

    Thanks for reading,
    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Jan 15, 2012 9:05:37 AM

  6. As far as the gay trans boy story, I want to say that anybody who refers to regular men and women as "cis" in an article or in life is only trying to make the rest of us feel as though we're the different ones. I'm a man who identifies as male, which is completely normal and I don't need trans inactivists labeling me so they can feel less different. That is their issue and as far as I can see in no way is related to gay and lesbian issues. I get that you and JMG post a lot of trans related things these days to create more controversy, but I couldn't be less interested.

    Posted by: Jwl | Jan 15, 2012 10:20:27 AM

  7. Has anyone recently consumed a twinkie? They taste awful now. I realize that as a food item they had no real food value. But, when I was a kid, they tasted great. No bitter chemical aftertaste, like it does now. Bleah!

    Posted by: Beau | Jan 16, 2012 12:56:25 PM

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