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Saturday, December 26, 2009

I’ll Take a Whiskey Sour…And Hold the Sour


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I窶冤l Take a Whiskey Sour窶ヲAnd Hold the Sour


Aunt Edna always makes for an interesting holiday.



More eggnog, Sarah A.


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Friday, December 25, 2009

Iran Bans Santa

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Iran Bans Santa

Ahmedinejad has declared Santa Claus a "Public Enemy" of Iran. In a
statement to the people he said that no violation of Iran's borders
would be tolerated.(satire)


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FOXNews.com: Passenger Ignites Firecrackers on Delta Flight Headed to Detroit

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Grandma gave 3-year-old grandson pot cookie


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Grandma gave 3-year-old grandson pot cookie

Family members say 44-year-old Erin Marcove gave the toddler at least one peanut butter cookie made with cannabis butter on Dec. 4. The next day, she had trouble rousing the boy and called an ambulance.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How Not To Respond To An Online Political Critic: Ask The Attorney General To Jail Her For Five Years


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How Not To Respond To An Online Political Critic: Ask The Attorney General To Jail Her For Five Years

When will they learn? Slashdot points us to the story of Congressional Rep. Alan Grayson from Florida. Like most any elected official, there are people who oppose him and are trying to convince people to support his opponents. That's part of the ballgame that you play as a politician. In Grayson's case, one of his critics is a woman named Angie Langley, who set up a website called MyCongressmanIsNuts.com, which is a parody of Grayson's own CongressmanWithGuts.com (not linking to either, as I don't wish to link to any political sites). Again, this shouldn't be a surprise. Now, it turns out that Langley is not actually a constituent in Grayson's district, but lives nearby. That is a bit misleading, but hardly a major issue.



Until, that is, Grayson turned it into one by sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder (pdf) asking for an investigation of Langley and the eventual jailing of her for five years over falsely representing herself as a constituent:

These matters were brought to Ms. Langley's personal attention
through complaint to the FEC weeks ago, but she and the Committee
continue to solicit contributions fraudulently, and have stubbornly refused to
return the contributions that they already have, received. Therefore, Ms.
Langley and the Committee should be fined, and Ms. Langley imprisoned
for five years.

Again, there is an issue with falsely soliciting political contributions, but the thing is, she wasn't getting much attention for her campaign, and the issue of where she lives is really quite minor. There are always people who oppose elected officials. But sending this letter and requesting five years in jail for Langley suddenly made this a national story -- and guess who that's helping? It's certainly not Grayson. But I understand that Langley has suddenly found a lot more willing donors to her campaign. Wouldn't Grayson have been better off just focusing on his "guts" and not why someone outside his district thinks he's "nuts"?



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FLASHBACK: Obama Repeatedly Touted Public Option Before Refusing To Push For It In The Final Hours


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FLASHBACK: Obama Repeatedly Touted Public Option Before Refusing To Push For It In The Final Hours

obamafrownIn recent days, there has been an uproar in the progressive community over the Senate's decision to drop the public option from its health care bill in order to reach the crucial 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. Given that many liberals backed a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system, the public option was seen as a political compromise.


"I didn't campaign on the public option," President Obama told the Washington Post. But he touted the public option on his campaign website and spoke frequently in support of it during the first year of his presidency, citing its essential value in holding the private insurance industry accountable and providing competition:


– In the 2008 Obama-Biden health care plan on the campaign's website, candidate Obama promised that "any American will have the opportunity to enroll in [a] new public plan." [2008]


– During a speech at the American Medical Association, President Obama told thousands of doctors that one of the plans included in the new health insurance exchanges "needs to be a public option that will give people a broader range of choices and inject competition into the health care market." [6/15/09]


– While speaking to the nation during his weekly address, the President said that "any plan" he signs "must include…a public option." [7/17/09]


– During a conference call with progressive bloggers, the Presid...



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Monday, December 21, 2009

Now how the hell

http://punditkitchen.com/2009/12/21/political-pictures-get-involved/



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