TGIF/Weekend edition - September 18-20, 2009


Teen birth rates highest in most religious states

MSNBC - 9-17-09
Link may be due to communities frowning on contraception, researchers say

U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests.


Study links 45,000 U.S. deaths to lack of insurance
Reuters – 9-18-09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday..

Putin Applauds 'Brave' US Decision on Missile Defense
New York Times - 9-18-09
MOSCOW - Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin praised President Obama Friday for canceling a plan for an antiballistic missile system in Eastern Europe that Russia had deemed a threat, suggesting that the move would lead


Mississippi better buy more condoms and less Ding Dongs.


"Well, listen to this. Here's some good terrorist gossip. According to a Sudanese novelist who once lived with Osama bin Laden for four months, Osama bin Laden is a huge Whitney Houston fan which is surprising. I mean, considering the way those people treat women, you'd think he'd be a bigger Bobby Brown fan." --Jay Leno



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

Slipper Thrower Shot


American Marines shot and wounded an Iraqi man in the former flash point city of Fallujah believing he was throwing a grenade at them, the U.S. military said Thursday — but local police and witnesses said the object was only the man's slipper.



"Osama bin Laden has released yet another new audiotape. See, they're audiotapes. I don't think he quite gets the Twitter thing. He can't — he doesn't have the opposable thumb, I guess." --Jay Leno




Disturbing News

No Protection For Journalists


A bill to give journalists a limited right to protect confidential sources from disclosure was sidetracked Thursday, after senators from both parties said the current version could damage national security.



"In Connecticut — this is weird — one of the Republican candidates running for Congress is the former CEO of the W.W.E. wrestling organization, which could be good. Congressmen will be less likely to scream out, 'You lie!' if they could get hit with a folding chair." --Conan O'Brien





Republican-Shenanigans News



Values Voters Summit



Nearly 2,000 social conservative activists from 49 states gather for a Values Voters Summit in Washington Friday and Saturday, but movement favorites former Gov. Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not be addressing the throng.

Beauty queen Carrie Prejean - whose defense of California's referendum against gay marriage cost her the Miss USA crown earlier this year - will be a featured speaker, but a planned 2012 presidential straw poll lost a bit of luster after conservative Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry took his name off the mock ballot for summit participants.



"Wait, have you heard about this? Oh, I love this. They have new House rules saying members of Congress cannot call the President a liar. They cannot call him a hypocrite. They cannot say he is dishonest. Today, President Bush said, 'Hey, where were these rules when I was President?'" --Jay Leno

Rock-The-Voter News




"I've always been a Republican for the traditional principles that have been associated with the Republican party since I became a Republican, when I registered to vote. And that is limited government, individual opportunities, fiscal responsibility, and a strong national defense. So I think those principles have always been a part of the Republican party heritage. And I believe that I reflect those views and I haven't changed as a Republican. I think more that my party has changed."- Senator Olympia Snowe



Cuba/USA Mail?


 U.S. and Cuban officials met on Thursday to discuss the possibility of resuming long-suspended direct mail service in a first round of talks that Cuba described as "broad and useful."



"Hey, if they start banning hypocrites and liars from the floor of Congress, there won't be anybody in the building." --Jay Leno



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Biz-Tech News



 Swine Flu


Airline employees who report to work ill are more likely than sick passengers to spread infections such as the H1N1 swine flu virus aboard airplanes, with low-paid workers posing the greatest danger, a U.S. government expert said on Thursday.



'Yesterday, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said it is 'very likely' that the recession is over. I hope this isn't like when President Bush told us the war in Iraq was over.' –Jimmy Kimmel



Bush-Prison-Torture News


The Tea Party Express is aiming for a billion-person turnout. Thanks to Photoshop, I'm sure they'll get it. - Grant Gerver,


The New Gitmo



Now it looks as if Congress is trying to derail health care reform on a bipartisan basis. So nice to see them working together. – Will Durst


Go-F**k-Yourself News


Actually, priests in the Catholic Church don't take a vow of poverty, they saved that for the nuns.



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Odd News

To Help You Deflate Photo



Buddha shaped pears are seen in an orchard in Weixian county, Hebei province, China, September 10, 2009. Hao Xianzhang, a local famer, spent six years to perfect the process by growing the pears inside molds, local media reported. The pears cost around 50 yuan (7.32 USD) each. Photo/Pillar Lee


I wish you all a peaceful weekend.



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