Friday Morning Open Thread

February 7, 2014

What’s up?

Interesting story: CVS announced it would stop selling tobacco products, and other pharmacies are expected to follow suit, according to USA Today. Very rarely do I see any smokers, and I am assuming with smoking bans, cessation programs — which CVS plans to roll out — and whatnot, it will be harder for smokers to find tobacco products. Do any of you smoke? What say you?

In political news: I appreciated this rebuttal to Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address last week. She happens to represent a district that is largely low-income and depends on government jobs, food stamps — and gasp! — “Obamacare” to survive. Are people really voting against their self interests or is voter turnout just low? What do you think?

In somewhat related news: I was mesmerized and haunted by these images of death row inmates’ parting words. This is must-see political art. Just scroll to the bottom of the story.

Book Review: Many thanks to fellow mom blogger Grace Hwang Lynch for this excellent and thoughtful review of Amy Chua’s nauseating new book on “model minorities.”

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?