I woke up at 1:52 am and have not been able to go back to sleep. Please excuse errors in spelling or logic.* Today is gonna rule.
"A New Era": Senegal ushers in a new president after former President Abdoulaye Wade, whose "rule has gone from mass celebrations to mass protests" conceded defeat in the general election, allaying fears that he would again try to cling to power.
Health Act hearings start today in the Supreme Court. They'll last three days, and are an "epic clash that could recast the very structure of American government. But [they begin] with a 90-minute argument on what a lawyer in the case has called 'the most boring jurisdictional stuff one can imagine.'” To wit:
The main event — arguments over the constitutionality of the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty — will not come until Tuesday. On Monday, the justices will consider whether they are barred from hearing the case until the first penalties come due in 2015.
Where's the beef?: Seattle branch of Sysco recalls 16,800 pounds of potentially tainted beef, which it sold to "a single customer, which operates restaurants in Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Texas." Sysco would not name the affected restaurants, although they're also "not sure whether any of the meat made it onto menus before the recall was initiated." A spokesman said none of the beef was sold in grocery stores.
"I am Trayvon Martin": 2,000 march in Mt. Baker to protest the slaying of the Florida teen at the hands of the "neighborhood crime-watch captain."
Sinking deeper than the Titanic: Director James Cameron takes a one-man submarine to the bottom or the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the ocean floor, becoming the first person to make the nearly 7-mile dive alone. "Naturally, a 3-D film is in the works."
''They asked me when I first had anal intercourse, oral sex, what sort of toys I played with as a child." Only the ill, disabled, or homosexual can avoid conscription service in the Turkish army, the second largest in the U.N. Proving that latter can be a humiliating affair.
The Lexus and the
Olive Tree Axe Man: Dude driving a Lexus and toting an axe robs a Bitter Lake convenience store.
He had his first of five heart attacks at age 37: Cheney waited longer than average—20 months compared with a year or less—for his heart installation. HAR HAR. In less amusing news:
Assuming that Cheney's kidneys and other organ systems were working properly at the time of the transplant and he suffers no issues with organ rejection, the latest procedure could extend the former vice president's life by a decade or so, said Dr. Randall Starling, a specialist in cardiac transplants at the Cleveland Clinic.
Everyday Music Capitol Hill location reopens: Across the street. Black Breath play a show tonight at 8:30 pm.
“If just given the chance, if given their freedom, Koreans in the North are capable of great progress as well,” President Obama said in a speech to 400 students at a foreign affairs university in South Korea.
And finally, Blockhead's "Insomniac Olympics" after the cut:
*More so than you would normally.