Wednesday edition - December 23, 2009



US military: no change to Iraq pregnancy policy
Reuters - Missy Ryan, Myra MacDonald - ‎12-23-09
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A US commander in northern Iraq does not expect to order a court martial for soldiers who become pregnant, but has not rolled back a...


Iraq inks preliminary deal to develop southern oil field
Xinhua - Mu Xuequan - ‎Dec 22, 2009‎
Iraq is aiming to increase its crude oil output capacity, currently at roughly 2.5 million bpd, to 12 million bpd in six or seven years

Veterans oppose troop increase in Afghanistan
Veterans Today Network - ‎12-23-09‎
The vast majority of troops the President will deploy to Afghanistan have already endured multiple tours of duty there or in Iraq...


"Meteorologists are calling this a record blizzard, which makes sense if you think about it. Republicans have always said that the Senate would pass health care when hell freezes over, and apparently, it has!" –Jay Leno




The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without Saddam

Watching History Repeat Itself


Thirty years ago this week, the Red Army began its invasion of Afghanistan , a move that sank the Soviet Union in a decade of guerrilla war and hastened the collapse of the Cold War empire.

Today, as former Soviet soldiers watch American troops trying to pacify the same stretches of Afghan land they once fought for, aging Soviet generals and grunts alike are reminded of a war they'd rather forget.




Disturbing News


"The health care overhaul will extend coverage to 30 million people who are uninsured, or, as Walmart calls them, employees." –Jimmy Fallon

Palin Reacts To "Lie of the Year"



Sarah Palin rejected the notion that her claim that health care legislation contains "death panels in which bureaucrats can reject patients' life-saving treatments is the "lie of the year," as the site PolitiFact named it, or a lie at all.

She was talking about, she now says, the Medicare Advisory Board, in combination with forecasted declines in Medicare spending




Republican-Shenanigans News

GOH - Grand Old Homophobes



Is Lou Engle on the road to being the Republican Party's semi-official prayer leader ? That would be notable for many reasons - not the least of which is that Engle appears to condone, if not encourage, religious terrorism and has stated that homosexuals are gay because they are possessed by demon spirits.

Rock-The-Voter News


ACORN Update



A Congressional Research Service report commissioned by the House Judiciary Committee says ACORN hasn’t violated any federal regulations the last five years.

The report, released by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) staff Tuesday evening, also reports that the undercover filmmakers that allegedly caught employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now breaking the law may have violated state law in their filming operation.



"In Washington this week, of course, President Obama is expecting a visit from Santa Claus. Finally, an invited guest at the White House for a change." –Jay Leno



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"Over the weekend, the U.S. transferred 12 Guantanamo detainees to their homelands of Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Wait, we're sending potential terrorists back to Afghanistan? That's like dropping Roman Polanski off at a Jonas Brothers concert." –Jimmy Fallon


Bush-Prison-Torture News

The George W. Bush Institute For The Criminally Insane Will Produce Public TV Show



The George W. Bush Institute -- the "action- oriented think tank" that is part of Bush's Presidential Center -- will co-produce a public television show hosted by its executive director, Ambassador James Glassman, in a rare convergence of public broadcasting and a partisan research organization.



"I saw this today. President Obama said, 'The federal government can no longer spend taxpayers' money like it's Monopoly money.' Especially since now, Monopoly money is actually more valuable than the dollar." –Jimmy Fallon



Go-F**k-Yourself News


A Real War on Xmas, as Outrage Grows Over Excessive Bonuses to Santa’s Elves

By Don Davis



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Odd News

To Help You Deflate Photo



'Tantan,' a one-month-old male Francois' Leaf Monkey, relaxes with his parents at the zoological gardens Zoorasia in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.

Photo/Itsuo Inouye



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