Midday open thread: Selective Service, ice and wind, and R. Kelly

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The traveler:

What you missed on Sunday Kos … 

Book review: ‘Why Nationalism’ by Yael Tamir, by Ian Reifowitz
How Norman Rockwell brought Roosevelt’s ‘Four Freedoms’ to life, by David Akadjian
Let’s reset and have civil, respectful debates as we choose the best Democratic candidate, by Egberto Willies
These are dangerous times, by Mark E Andersen
The defense argument for former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, by Frank Vyan Walton
Through film, young artists document the diverse stories and people creating change in Oakland, by Kelly Macias
Equal opportunity doesn’t fix anything until we address unequal obstacles, by Laura Clawson
Black History Month is an opportunity to instill year-round confidence in our kids, by Rouchan MeadowsFernandez
Trump’s legacy: Hate groups are at an all-time high, by Sher Watts Spooner
‘BLACKkKLANSMAN,’ the KKK, and white supremacy during Black History Month, by Denise Oliver Velez


High winds howled across much of the country’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. […]

Giant chunks of ice spilled over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo on Sunday, creating a jagged, frosty barrier between the river and a scenic road.

Dramatic footage captured by park police in Ontario showed the massive chunks tumbling atop one another. An ice boom in Lake Erie, which is upstream from the river, had broken amid high winds. The winds had raised water levels on the eastern end of the lake in a phenomenon known as a seiche.

Seems like a no-brainer:

Requiring only men to register for the draft is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.

The Military Selective Service Act, or MSSA, states that men in the U.S. aged 18 through 25 must register in case the country needs a military draft. Women face no such requirement. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled that a males-only draft violates the equal protection provisions in the U.S. Constitution.

For those following this story:

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin helped round up the weekend dumbness, plus lots more that could happen this week. Trump “meets” Kim. More filibuster nuking. Mueller speculation. Cohen testimony. Plus musings on wages, work and… lead abatement as a 2020 issue.

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