Thursday edition - February 25, 2009
Jeb Bush Suggests Sarah Palin Lacks "Depth of Understanding"
Palin says Obama's new health care bill is like putting
perfume on a pig
Rush Limbaugh rebukes Glenn Beck — for attacking
It was a fun day for the head of Toyota U.S.A. today. He had to appear in front of Congress to be yelled at by men who don’t do anything.- Jimmy Kimmel
Iraq May Turn Anti-American?
The political movement of Iraq's best-known anti-American cleric has emerged as a major contender in next month's national elections, raising the possibility that the next prime minister could be openly hostile to the U.S. and friendly toward Iran.
Oddly enough, I just read "Native Tongue" by Carl Hiaasen which had a eerily similar scenario to the Sea World tragedy, except in Hiaasen's novel, a performing whale, Orky choked to death after trying to swallow a biologist. And Orky had killed before, too, just like the SeaWorld Orca.
Senate leader Harry Reid says domestic violence is increasing because of U.S. joblessness. However, if you are Charlie Sheen, joblessness is increasing because of domestic violence.- Laugh Lines
Yet, Another ReBOOBlican
Less than a
year after dethroned Miss California USA Carrie Prejean stirred up controversy
with her remarks against gay marriage, a similar war of words is brewing in
Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne said Wednesday she is outraged over a Miss California USA contestant who is claiming to represent the city in the upcoming pageant and who spoke out against same-sex marriage in recent media interviews
Sarah Palin’s senior adviser and spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, says she’s resigning to spend more time with her 2-year-old daughter. Working for Palin was the perfect training for her new job. - Laugh Lines
Anti-Abortion Ad, Yes
Anti-Gay Ad, No
scoring a publicity coup with a 30-second Super Bowl ad featuring Heisman Trophy
winner Tim Tebow, conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is at the
center of another marketing tug-of-war — this time involving the major governing
body of college sports.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association removed a Focus on the Family banner ad from one of its Web sites this week, NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said Wednesday.
The NCAA made the decision after some of its members — including faculty and athletic directors — expressed concern that the evangelical group's stance against gay and lesbian relationships conflicted with the NCAA's policy of inclusion regardless of sexual orientation
ABC News will cut between 300 and 400 staffers. Many affected employees plan to get out of journalism entirely. They’ve already sent their resumes over to Fox. - Laugh Lines
Democrats have retreated from adding new privacy protections to the nation's
primary counterterrorism law, as Republicans refused to lend support and
portrayed the majority as willing to harm terror investigations.
Lacking the necessary 60-vote supermajority, Democratic leaders settled on a one-year extension of expiring surveillance and seizure provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
I have to say, it was actually refreshing to see a car company C.E.O. appear before Congress and not ask for $10 billion.- Jimmy Kimmel
Rising Distaste for Waterboarding: Poll Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo, fighting a suit by a prisoner who accuses him of approving unlawful detention and torture, is taking aim at his detractors, including President Obama's nominee to head the office where Yoo once worked.
In Manzha, China the Dai People gathered in their villages for a 3 days and splash each other with water in their annual, water splashing festival while the crowd celebrates. We have a similar tradition in America: The wet T-shirt contest. - Laugh Lines
Cheney and Bush, Together Again New York Times (blog)
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