The Thursday wrap
Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, convicted on public corruption charges and to be sentenced on May 7, says she'll resign her seat on May 1. But honor dictated that she resign upon her February conviction. ... We're not sure what's worse — that the answer to a fifth-grade quiz question in Texas about why the United States was targeted by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, was “Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere” or that only one parent objected. ... The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are more “green” jobs in the American coal and petroleum manufacturing sector than there are in the solar and wind power generation sector. And among its other “green” jobs — bus drivers, trash collectors, radio broadcasters and movie producers. By that standard, making green jelly beans is a “green” job. ... And the winner of the 2013 Baghdad Bob Sound-alike Award is ... North Korean Nut-in-Chief Kim Jong-un for constantly putting his forces on alert to attack anything and anyone for any reason. His latest threat is to attack U.S. bases in Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Of course, he signs his own death warrant should he be so delusional as to attempt to turn such rhetoric into reality. ... CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday inexplicably linked the fact that the United States shared the world's highest rate of criminal executions in 2011 with the likes of Iran and Saudi Arabia to “state-sponsored terrorism.” Wow, talk about critical thinking skills, eh?