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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Iran dismisses US overture as ‘a slogan’ - Times Online



 
 

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PRESIDENT Barack Obama intends to press ahead with efforts to open a dialogue with Iran despite an apparent setback yesterday when Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme religious leader, dismissed US overtures as a "slogan" offering no real ...
Video: Iran's Supreme Leader Dismisses Obama Overtures The Associated Press
Iran's response to US shows mind-set of leadership The Associated Press
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Obama's budget to produce record $9.3 trillion in deficits

President Barack Obama's budget would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade, more than four times the deficits of Republican George W. Bush's presidency, congressional auditors said Friday. It's a prospect even the president's own budget director called unsustainable.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another earthquake hits the Del City area - KFOR


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Another earthquake hits the Del City area
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DEL CITY, OK -- Residents in Del City and southeast Oklahoma City say they felt their houses shake Tuesday afternoon after three earthquakes hit the area.
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Carry my casket - m4w


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I have come to a realization that I don't have many friends. That means when I die I won't have enough people to carry my casket. I believe the minimum number of pallbearers is six. I've also got a very small family, so they won’t do. I can't do any exact math on the numbers of available people because by the time I die I won't be sure which of those people will still be around or if we all died together in some horrific accident. If I make a rough estimate I'd say roughly there would be 5 reliable people, friends and family included. As you can see I'm short one. So I am here on craigslist in search of a new friend. So why a female friend? I just thought I'd even it out a bit since most of the other pallbearers will be male. In all honestly I don’t want my funeral to be a sausage fest because then some of the other pallbearers might not show. With some female incentive it will ensure that they come through for me.
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Now I realize this is going to be very competitive, I mean who wouldn&#8217;t want to carry my casket? So below is more details on how to apply.
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Now in order to my friend you'll have to meet the following conditions and requirements:
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-Must make an appearance at my funeral to carry my casket
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-Must be able to lift 1/6th of the weight of my body inside a casket
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-Being my friend is only secondary to your role as my pallbearer, in the case that I start to actually like you as a friend, that role may be switched to a secondary priority.
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-This will be STRICTLY friendship. You must not fall in love with me. I don't need a coffin straddler at my funeral because it will make the casket that much heavier to carry. Besides it's not proper custom the spouse to be a pallbearer anyway
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-In the case that you die before I do I will be your pallbearer
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-In the case I changed my mind and decide to be cremated then you are hereby relieved of your duty as pallbearer
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The interview process may subject you to tests such as heavy lifting, ability to cry, and proper funeral dress. Training will be provided for all successful applicants in proper lifting technique, crying when you really don't care, and how to dress for a funeral.
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I thank all applicants for applying but only those that I am interested in will be contacted for an interview.
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In case you're wondering, I'm not dieing. Therefore until the day I do maybe we can be friends? So please would somebody commit to this task? I could die any day now&#8230;please hurry.
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<li> Location: Toronto
<li>it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests</ul>


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Global Warming Team Stranded by Cold Weather


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Global Warming Team Stranded by Cold Weather

Three global warming researchers stranded in the North Pole by cold weather were holding out hope Wednesday as a fourth plane set off in an attempt deliver them supplies.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just When You Think They Can't Sink Lower...



 
 

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via Power Line by John on 3/18/09

...they do! Nancy Pelosi has just announced that she will introduce legislation tomorrow to tax the AIG bonuses at 90%. This is being done, of course, "to strengthen our economy and create jobs." The tax will be highly selective:

The bill would apply a separate income tax rate of 90 percent to bonuses received by individuals from companies which have received at least $5 billion from TARP. It would also apply to bonuses paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

For this purpose, bonuses will be defined as any retention payment, incentive payment, or other bonus which is in addition to regular employee compensation payable on a periodic basis.

The special tax rate only would apply to individuals and families with overall income (including income other than bonuses) in excess of $250,000.

The good news there, I guess, is that the new tax covers Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. That shows it's bipartisan, right? Because it would apply to the more than $50 million in bonuses that Fannie Mae paid to Obama adviser Franklin Raines, right? Not quite:

The bill applies to payments received after December 31, 2008.

So much for Fannie and Freddy. I'm guessing the only company that fits the statute's description is AIG. It's pathetic, but it shows how desperate the Democrats are getting, no doubt in part because they've seen these numbers.


 
 

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Dodd Admits Bailout Tweak



 
 

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-umbass), in a stunning display of ignorance, p...



 
 

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Pelosi: Enforcing American immigration law is un-American



 
 

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via Hot Air » Top Picks by Allahpundit on 3/18/09

Spectacular Hispandering (as Kaus calls it) from Madam Speaker, coinciding with The One's decision to toss yet another hot-button issue that he doesn't have to deal with right now onto his already crowded plate. [...] Read the rest »


 
 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Great news: ACORN helping hire workers for U.S. Census



 
 

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via Hot Air » Top Picks by Allahpundit on 3/17/09

Not a huge deal, I think, given the sheer numbers we're talking about — the Census Bureau has 250 organizational partners soliciting one million applicants for 140,000 jobs — but combine this with The One's tentative efforts to assume greater control of the census and we're looking at hours and hours of rich bloggy goodness next year when the inevitable stories about lost forms and miscounts start to appear. [...] Read the rest »


 
 

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Obama’s Fearmongering Has Damaged The Economy - FOXNews



 
 

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Obama's Fearmongering Has Damaged The Economy
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By John R. Lott, Jr. Last Friday, Lawrence Summers, the White House Economics adviser, blamed a fearful public for dragging the economy down and said that there was an "excess of fear.
Obama defends progress in economic war Sydney Morning Herald
White House: Economy Fundamentally "Sound" U.S. News & World Report
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o hai ur



 
 

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o hai ur up early

iz teh pillo's fawlt.

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Two Angry Camels in a Car

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Obama Continues Bush-Era Extremism on Liberties, Secrecy



 
 

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via Boing Boing by Dan Gillmor on 3/15/09

Dan Gillmor is a BoingBoing guest-blogger.

secret dg15.jpgThe Obama administration has undone a few of the Bush administration's worst policies, true. Yet when it comes to Obama's increasingly clear disdain for some core civil liberties and his administration's penchant for secrecy despite cheerful rhetoric to the contrary, Salon's Glenn Greenwald arrives at a dismal -- but sadly, logical -- conclusion:   

After many years of anger and complaint and outrage directed at the Bush administration for its civil liberties assaults and executive power abuses, the last thing most people want to do is conclude that the Obama administration is continuing the core of that extremism. That was why the flurry of executive orders in the first week produced such praise: those who are devoted to civil liberties were, from the start, eager to believe that things would be different, and most want to do everything but conclude that the only improvements that will be made by Obama will be cosmetic ones.

But it's becoming increasingly difficult for honest commentators to do anything else but conclude that. After all, these are the exact policies which, when embraced by Bush, produced such intense protest over the last eight years.  Nobody is complaining because the Obama administration is acting too slowly in renouncing these policies. The opposite is true:   they are rushing to actively embrace them.  And while there are still opportunities to meaningfully depart from the extremism of the last eight years, the evidence appears more and more compelling that, at least in these areas, there is little or no real intent on the part of the Obama administration to do so.

Democrats in Congress and much of the political left have been silent or nearly so despite the evidence. You expect cowardice from Congress, which spent the Bush presidency in a perpetual bent-over posture. The Netroots folks who did so much to elect Obama should be screaming bloody murder by now. Too few are even slightly audible. A shame.

Maybe the Republicans will re-discover civil liberties at some point. Nah.

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Is President Obama Considering Taxing Health Care Benefits? - ABC News



 
 

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Is President Obama Considering Taxing Health Care Benefits?
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The New York Times today reported today that the "Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for ...
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits New York Times
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100+ Funny Photos Taken At Unusual Angles (PICS)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes this ain’t exactly right. Distance overlapping, positions, and timing can sometimes create a brand new perspective of a photo.

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Halo Kitty Action Figure Can Be Yours for $50 [Things You Can't Unsee]



 
 

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Hey, you got your Hello Kitty in my Master Chief! You got your Master Chief in my Hello Kitty! Two great tastes that ... eh ... perhaps not.

Yessir, that's a custom pink Master Chief with Hello Kitty tattooed/embossed on his ass, kneepads, "HK47" rifle and shield. In other words, it looks like the kind of eye-gouging abomination that only an eight-year-old kid sister could create out of her big brother's action figure collection. And then some. You can Buy it Now! for $49.99 on eBay.

The action figure is deliberately gender ambiguous, according to the seller (who also advises: "Please be aware that with all paints there is always a chance of wear and tear (especially in the jointed areas of an action figure, so please remember to be careful!)"). Holy shit, I just went punctuation, close parenthesis, quote mark, close parenthesis and punctuation and it was correct.

Check out that Emma Frost Hellfire Club fireplace behind Chief. Unfortunately, you don't get it with your 50 bones.

Meowster Chief [Hawty McBloggy]


 
 

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Intimidate Neighbors And Cook Their Food With Uber Manly Imperial Grill XL [...



 
 

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via Gizmodo by Jack Loftus on 3/15/09

It's a balmy 58 degrees in Boston today, and spring is just around the corner. Time to talk grills. What better place to start than the Imperial Grill, which is held together by pure testosterone?

Housed within this stainless steel propane-devouring beast are two separate ovens and two cooking surfaces that erupt with up to 60,000 BTUs. The looks are pretty pedestrian (where is Leonidas, screaming with fury on the facade?), but the sound of all those burners charring the food inside will probably make up for that minor quibble. Hope your neighbors like a little side of "wet their pants" with their steak.

The rig costs $1,800, which is also the amount of money you'll need to keep this thing running all the way through spring and summer. Keep an extra propane tank or ten handy. [Born Rich]




 
 

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Pelosi claims she’s not partisan?



 
 

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Pelosi claims she's not partisan?

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Pelosi Denies She's Partisan, Accuses GOP of 'Process' Politics

For anyone who is making House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., out to be the leading purveyor of partisan politics, she has a bone to pick.

"There seems to be a market for saying that I am very partisan, and that I don't give the Republicans their opportunity. That simply is not true," Pelosi said in an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose. "They know in this recovery package that we had, we ask them what they wanted."

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And in other news, members of Congress sidled away from the House speaker as they anticipated she was soon to be struck by lightning for fibbing about not being a partisan.

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Classic Ad Watch: Test Drive a Yugo, Get 50 Bucks!



 
 

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Classic Ad Watch: Test Drive a Yugo, Get 50 Bucks!



 
 

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End of Obama's Honeymoon



 
 

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Two months into his presidency, it is far too soon to make any judgments about Barack Obama's prospects. All we really know is that he has assembled the rudiments of an administration and launched a batch of ambitious but unproven initiatives.

 
 

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Muslim Council of Britain Spokesman Arrested in Stabbing Incident



 
 

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via Little Green Footballs on 3/14/09

Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain, who worked at the same Reuters News Canary Wharf office from which we received a death threat in 2006, has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at his home.

A Muslim who advised the Government following the July 7 London bombings has been arrested after an alleged stabbing.

Inayat Bunglawala, 39, was held on suspicion of attacking another man at his £300,000 home.

Mr Bunglawala, who also briefed former Security Minister Tony McNulty on the threat posed by Islamic radicals in the UK, was arrested two weeks before Christmas last year.

The identity of the alleged victim is unknown and it is not clear what circumstances led to the alleged attack in the early hours of December 13 last year.

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This kitteh's all up in yo' grill



 
 

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CNBC Is Furious at Jim Cramer for not Defending The Network

As if it wasn’t bad enough, that CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer took what is widely perceived to be a beating at the hands of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday. Now word comes out that some at CNBC are furious with Cramer for not defending the business network.

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A flashback to October 15, 2004, the day that Jon Stewart destroyed Crossfire.


 
 

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Fair Use Massacre: Now Warner Music is Going After Babies

First they came for the teenagers. Could toddlers be far behind? Nope. Warner music is sending takedown notices to YouTube over videos in which babies and toddlers interact with music in adorable ways

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Obama Wants Troops To Pay For Own Injuries-CNN

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance, but was told by lawmakers that it would be “dead on arrival” if sent to Congress.

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24 hrs later, Jim Cramer already back to his old tricks

After promising to reform on the Daily Show, Cramer is back to his old slash and burn style on his own show Mad Money. Before one commercial break, he stopped and said, "Oh, and memo to one of the Stewarts out there: I'm so sorry about having some fun and entertaining."

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Knock off the baby talk!



 
 

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Knock off the baby talk! You sound like an idiot!

y doz hoominz fink we talk liek dat?

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