After Kiev erupted in protest, then open revolt that caused Yanukovych to flee and Putin to barge into Crimea, it's time to play catch up about a part of the world we generally ignore. I've been having fun watching the appearance of instant-experts across media landscape from Twitter to cable news.
Thankfully, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just vetoed the "religious freedom" bill that would've given people carte blanche to discriminate against gay people (and others, for that matter). The most baffling thing is that there exists a state legislature that would pass this bill. The bill in Arizona that was promoted by the innocuous-sounding "Center for Arizona Policy," would've allowed businesses to refuse service to anyone who offended their religious sensibilities. (Gracious me, a homosexual eating steak on a Friday!)
Keystone XL and tar sands oil are emissions-free wonders that will do everything good you ever thought possible. (At least according to the American Petroleum Institute.) Let's take a look at the organization that has been lobbying their heart out to get Keystone XL approved.