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Saturday, January 23, 2010

South Carolina repugican Lt. Governor compares children getting free lunches to 'stray animals'

In yet another wonderful piece of South Carolina repugican wisdom ...

South Carolina repugican Lt. Governor compares children getting free lunches to 'stray animals'

Tax the rich? Oregon voters scratching their ballots

Here's an idea that is sure to catch on ...

If any Americans are willing to fork over more to state governments in 2010, it might just be those of Oregon, where voters are deciding the fate of two proposed tax increases that target the wealthy and corporations.

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Damn, right the rich should pay more taxes as should corporations, including churches!

Green Onions

Booker T and the MGs: Green Onions, Live in Oslo, Norway 4/7/67

The Happy Top Ten List

From the Late Show with David Letterman

Ah, the weather

How's this for a lovely weather forecast:

This evening skies are cloudy with temperatures in the low 40s.

A strong storm system heads our way Sunday. Rain will begin north of I-40 overnight and in the Charlotte area by sunrise Sunday.

As the cold front moves closer to our area, rain will intensify with thunderstorms possible. This is because the front is bringing up warm, moist air which could set the stage for strong to severe thunderstorms late Sunday afternoon and early evening. People north of I-40 will see around 3 inches of rain and 2 inches in the Charlotte metro region.

A Flash Flood Watch will go into place Sunday afternoon for most of our viewing area. The Storm Prediction Center has already placed the Carolinas in a slight risk area for severe storms Sunday. The main threat will be along I-85.

Cooler air will move into our area Monday afternoon with high pressure taking center stage most of our work week.


Yippee! I can't wait. Can you?

Homeless vet honored for last heroic act

Homeless vet honored for last heroic act

Ray Vivier is given full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Restaurants bet on low-calorie menus

Restaurants bet on low-calorie menus

Big chains are trying out healthier dishes — but are keeping their popular diet-busters.

Supreme Court ruling 'devastating'

Obama: Supreme Court ruling 'devastating'

The president says easing campaign finance limits is a blow to the public interest.

The dog who loves racing motorcycles

The dog who loves racing motorcycles

An Australian shepherd named Opee rides in big races, has his own sponsors and loads of fans.

Baby makes friends with boxer

Baby makes friends with boxer

Sometimes the strongest relationships begin with the simplest of gestures.

Things we're learning to live without

21 things we're learning to live without

In the recession, people are giving up more than just their lattes and newspapers.

The white stuff inside an orange peel

The white stuff inside an orange peel

What's the name for that spongy part of the orange, and is it good to eat it?

The amazing healing powers of soup

The amazing healing powers of soup

You know eating soup in winter can help fight off a cold, but the other benefits may surprise you.

Mystery beast and an amazing birth

Mystery beast and an amazing birth

The supposed body of a legendary chupacabra and a bear's birth stir the Web.

Man saved after 11 days under rubble

Man saved after 11 days under rubble

Rescues in Haiti are now very rare, but grocery store clerk Wismond Exantus beat the odds.

Seven clever ways to use a penny

Seven clever ways to use a penny

The overlooked coin isn't worth much — unless you can see past its cash value.

America's most expensive small town

America's most expensive small town

The priciest enclave in the U.S. used to be known for its dusty potato farms.

The World Spins Backwards

The World Spins Backwards

US Marine Corps ends role in Iraq

The U.S. Marine Corps is leaving Iraq.

The U.S. military says the Marines will formally handover control on Saturday of Iraq's western desert to the Army during a ceremony at Camp Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Baghdad.

Border inspectors in California smell something fishy, find 700 pounds of pot in sea bass container

A U.S. border inspector suspected something fishy about the truckload of white sea bass headed into San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.

Border inspectors in California smell something fishy, find 700 pounds of pot in sea bass container

The Week in Pictures

From Treehugger:

week in pictures january photo

From the news that a new 'super snake' python hybrid may be on the rise in Florida to new research revealing that about 20,000 gallons of Exxon Valdez oil still remains trapped in the gravel beaches of Alaska, a lot happened this week in green. According to Downstream Strategies' latest report, Appalachian coal is set for big declines in the coming decades due to market and legislative forces, Bill Gates argues that "We need innovation, not insulation," concluding that the world is distracted from what counts in terms of dealing with climate change "in a big way," and NPR brings to light how rigorous seed licensing is sticking it to the farmer--or their wallet for that matter. Find out what else happened in the world of green this week in our photo roundup of most popular, most important, and most oddball stories.

the week in pictures

Top Five (Less Sensational But More Dangerous) Things to Remember About Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson

2) Robertson’s 1991 book, The New World Order, recycled anti-Semitic conspiracy theories reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and stated that George Bush Sr. was part of a conspiracy to institute “an occult-inspired world socialist dictatorship” (through his work with the United Nations in the first Gulf War). This caused few of Robertson’s neoconservative allies to break with him in any decisive way—although one former neocon, Michael Lind, denounced him in a major exposé in the New York Review of Books.

Top Five (Less Sensational But More Dangerous) Things to Remember About Pat Robertson

The Big Picture

From BBC-Science:
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Liars and Fools

Liars and Fools today are:

Faux's Glen Brick deluded as usual lies saying "The republic and the progressive movement cannot coexist" and "are diametrically opposed to each other".
Wrong. The progressive movement is a continuation of the principles of the those who founded this country as a republic.

Paul Broun (reptile - Georgia) lies claiming the House of Representatives "is overrun by many domestic enemies of the Constitution, and the Senate's full of a bunch of them also".
He's absolutely correct on this one folks, only thing is it is he and his fellow mendicants in the repugican party that are the domestic enemies of the Constitution, though he is not referring to himself or his fellow troglodytes.

Lush Dimbulb lies claiming "leftists" want "every CEO in jail and every soldier in jail".
Just the ones guilty of crimes, you fat, boy ass plunderer.

Faux's Glen Brick lies yet again hinting that Obama is "a radical revolutionary" who is trying "to intentionally collapse the financial system".
Wrong, your fellow idiots have already done that.

Space pictures taken from garden shed

An amateur stargazer has stunned astronomers around the world with his photographs of the universe – taken from his garden shed.

Amateur astronomer Peter Shah who has taken astonishing shots of the universe from his garden shed
Amateur astronomer Peter Shah who has taken astonishing shots of the universe from his garden shed

'Lily The Bear' Gives Birth On Webcam

'Lily The Bear' Gives Birth On Webcam

Lily the Bear gave birth just after noon on Friday and it was all caught on camera from her den.

'Lily The Bear' Gives Birth On Webcam

President Obama's Weekly Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
Weekly Address
January 23, 2010

One of the reasons I ran for President was because I believed so strongly that the voices of everyday Americans, hardworking folks doing everything they can to stay afloat, just weren’t being heard over the powerful voices of the special interests in Washington. And the result was a national agenda too often skewed in favor of those with the power to tilt the tables.

In my first year in office, we pushed back on that power by implementing historic reforms to get rid of the influence of those special interests. On my first day in office, we closed the revolving door between lobbying firms and the government so that no one in my administration would make decisions based on the interests of former or future employers. We barred gifts from federal lobbyists to executive branch officials. We imposed tough restrictions to prevent funds for our recovery from lining the pockets of the well-connected, instead of creating jobs for Americans. And for the first time in history, we have publicly disclosed the names of lobbyists and non-lobbyists alike who visit the White House every day, so that you know what’s going on in the White House – the people’s house.

We’ve been making steady progress. But this week, the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence. This ruling strikes at our democracy itself. By a 5-4 vote, the Court overturned more than a century of law – including a bipartisan campaign finance law written by Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold that had barred corporations from using their financial clout to directly interfere with elections by running advertisements for or against candidates in the crucial closing weeks.

This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy. It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way – or to punish those who don’t. That means that any public servant who has the courage to stand up to the special interests and stand up for the American people can find himself or herself under assault come election time. Even foreign corporations may now get into the act.

I can’t think of anything more devastating to the public interest. The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in Washington, or more power to the special interests to tip the outcome of elections.

All of us, regardless of party, should be worried that it will be that much harder to get fair, common-sense financial reforms, or close unwarranted tax loopholes that reward corporations from sheltering their income or shipping American jobs off-shore.

It will make it more difficult to pass commonsense laws to promote energy independence because even foreign entities would be allowed to mix in our elections.

It would give the health insurance industry even more leverage to fend off reforms that would protect patients.

We don’t need to give any more voice to the powerful interests that already drown out the voices of everyday Americans.

And we don’t intend to. When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with Members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision. We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done.

A hundred years ago, one of the great Republican Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, fought to limit special interest spending and influence over American political campaigns and warned of the impact of unbridled, corporate spending. His message rings as true as ever today, in this age of mass communications, when the decks are too often stacked against ordinary Americans. And as long as I’m your President, I’ll never stop fighting to make sure that the most powerful voice in Washington belongs to you.

Today is ...

Today is Saturday, January 23, the 23rd day of 2010.

There are 342 days left in the year.

Today In History January 23

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

National Handwriting Day,
National Pie Day,
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Landau, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands
Antalya, Antalya, Turkey
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

It won't take much arm-twisting to talk you into a little recreation now -- yes, even though you have a huge to-do list, and even though you're ordinarily the very soul of discretion.
It will take even less strong-arming if you happen to be at the mercy of someone you find absolutely delightful -- someone who's just dying for a few quality hours alone with you.
Oh, go ahead, and don't feel guilty about it either.
You're due.

Damn, right!