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December 29th, 2009, 04:12 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments
  • Former Democratic Representative Parker Griffith continues to get less than a warm welcome from his new party — this is from one of his Republican primary challengers, on Griffith’s past political donations:

    We definitely believe these contributions are fair game. Dean and Reid want to socialize medicine, attack American values, raise taxes and capitulate in the war on terror. When Parker Griffith wrote these liberals big campaign checks, he told everyone that they represent his values. He can do that if he likes, but I can tell you this: Reid and Dean do not represent the values of the people of this district.

  • When psycho love goes bad — from Orly Taitz’s partner-in-crime and former “law clerk’s” blog:

    By mid-October, when we were in New York together and Lucas Smith published his “declaration”, I had wrapped my life around Orly’s and I guess I honestly believed she had wrapped hers around mine and she said over and over again how much she was committed to me and how she never wanted us to separate. Three weeks later she had abandoned me, and yet some people have the nerve to call ME mentally unstable …

    Orly’s lack of judgment in the handling of our relationship exactly paralleled her lack of judgment in handling the constitutional eligibility litigation. She needed me and probably still needs me in every possible way, but I don’t have her husband’s money and so she chose to DUMP me, to DUMP real love, for the illusion of piles of federal reserve notes and other credits, and she goes on with her reckless rage and fire.

  • From Kaiser Family Foundation, calculate your premiums and government assistance under the House versus the Senate health care reform bills.
  • What’s going to George W. Bush’s Presidential library? What’s described as “still evolving” American history, with items like cowboy hats, a surfboard, a gun — or as the library registrar put it:

    I like to think of them as a good time capsule that reveals everything that is going on during his eight years in office.

  • Is it time to declare a war on weather?
  • According to a Pew Research survey, Mississippi is the most religious state in the country — which brings to mind Proverbs 16:18.
  • Holiday spending was up compared to last year:

    Retail sales rose 3.6 percent from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, compared with a 3.2 percent drop in the year-ago period, according to figures from MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which track all forms of payment, including cash.

  • Going to a 3-D movie and wondering what kind of glasses will give you the best 3-D experience? Depends who you ask.
  • R.I.P.:

    A museum official says Knut Magne Haugland, the last of six crew members who crossed the Pacific Ocean on board the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, has died. He was 92.

  • Despite the protests, the round-up of wild horses in Nevada has begun.
  • The White House has issued a statement on new construction projects in East Jerusalem:

    The United States opposes new Israeli construction in East Jerusalem. The status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved by the parties through negotiations and supported by the international community. Neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally pre-empt, or appear to pre-empt, negotiations. Rather, both parties should return to negotiations without preconditions as soon as possible. The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important issue for Israelis and Palestinians, and for Jews, Muslims, and Christians. We believe that through good faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world.

  • Get. a. life.


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