Archive for December, 2010

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How to Spend Your Bonus

December 21, 2010

Our vintage Land Rover auction is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, who bid $160,900 for the chance to own this one-of-a-kind Land Rover!

http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=3Y8E&dir_id=1686&group_id=9762&cat_id=16844&subcat_id=14542

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The Grinch Comes from Oklahoma

December 21, 2010

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a licensed physician long known as the Senate’s “Dr. No,” plans to block legislation that would provide additional aid to cover the health care costs of 9/11 first responders, one of the senator’s aides told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning.

Or perhaps it’s Scrooge…

PS Tom – shave.

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Given the New Looneys in Congress Expect More in 2011

December 14, 2010

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TIE for first place) “I’m not a witch.”
—Christine O’Donnell, television advertisement, Oct. 4. [Responding to this clip that Bill Maher aired in Sept.]

(TIE for first place) “I’d like my life back.”
—Tony Hayward, comment to reporters, May 30

“I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They’re saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?”
—Sharron Angle, radio interview in January

“They should never have put me with that woman. … She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.”
—Gordon Brown comments [into a live lapel microphone he forgot he was wearing] about a voter he met while campaigning for British general election, Apr. 28

“I apologize.”
—Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), apologizing to BP from his House Energy Committee seat after the oil giant agreed to set aside $20 billion to pay claims from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

“I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet.”
—Glenn Beck, on why he believes evolution is a hoax

“We had no domestic attacks under Bush; we’ve had one under Obama.”
—Rudy 9/11

“Before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say, ‘I’ll paint your house.’ I mean, that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system.”
—Sue Lowden, who lost her primary to the even crazier Sharron Angle

“Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays.”
—Alvin Greene, astonishingly…again, I say, astonishingly…the South Carolina Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

“I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it. I think that’s a great thing to do.”
—Failed West Virginia senate candidate John Raese

“Trust me. After taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money.”
—Michael Steele

“I’ll take you out, buddy!”
—N.Y. Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (another fine tea party darling) threatening a reporter for The New York Post or propositioning a gay guy, I forget which.

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We used to have a higher class of flag-waving bigots

December 13, 2010

Back in those golden days of 1955, our flag-waving bigots were dressed nicely, not in clown suits.  Their signs had correct spelling.  And they weren’t all sloppy-fat.

The flag-waving bigots of today ought to be ashamed of themselves – for more than one reason.

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Poverty Porn

December 13, 2010

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI (The Borowitz Report) – Just when Haiti thought it had suffered every disaster imaginable, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decided to visit.

In the disaster-torn nation’s capital, a leading government minister warned citizens to “prepare for the worst.”

“We have suffered earthquakes, flooding, and disease,” said Minister of Disaster Jean-Claude Mansaray. “But it remains to be seen whether we can withstand a disaster of Sarah Palin’s magnitude.”

Across Haiti, citizens prepared themselves for the possible devastation Palin might cause, especially to their language and syntax.

“We have seen what she has done to English, and fear that she could do the same to French,” Minister Mansaray said.

Upon her arrival, Gov. Palin seemed to get off on the wrong foot by repeatedly pronouncing the name of the country “Hades.”

Minister Mansaray said that he and his countrymen were fearing the worst, but hoping for the best: “Our only hope is that she does what she did in Alaska: leaves early.”

Sarah Palin and other celebrities’ visits to Haiti are nothing but poverty porn

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/12/10/2010-12-10_sarah_palin_and_other_celebrities_visits_to_haiti_is_nothing_but_poverty_porn.html#ixzz18093Tm00

She brought a Faux camera crew – imagine that. Shameful.

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America in a Real Crisis – and Michele Is There

December 13, 2010

Childhood obesity threatens economy and national security — The President and First Lady are making a rare joint speaking appearance at 10:25 a.m. today, at Harriet Tubman Elementary School, in Northwest D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, as he signs into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

–From Mrs. Obama’s prepared remarks: “We can all agree that here in the wealthiest nation on earth, all children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow and pursue their dreams. … And that’s why we’ve seen such a groundswell of support for these efforts … From educators working to provide healthier school meals … From doctors and nurses who know that unhealthy kids grow into unhealthy adults … From business and labor leaders who know that we spend nearly $150 billion a year to treat these diseases … From advocates and faith leaders who know that school meals are vital for combating child hunger …

“And from military leaders who tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight, childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat — it’s not just an economic threat — it’s a national security threat as well. These folks come at this issue from all different angles. But they’ve come together to support this bill … And they know that in the long run, it won’t just save money, it will save lives.”

–Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, American Heart Association: “With the implementation of this law, our nation’s kids will be less likely to grow up with early risk factors for heart disease and stroke.”

–HHS Secretary Sebelius: “By increasing the number of students eligible to enroll in school meal programs and improving the quality of food served, this legislation simultaneously tackles both hunger and the obesity levels.”

–Bill Frist, heart surgeon, and former Senate Majority Leader: “I join President Obama and the First Lady in celebrating the signing of … [t]his bipartisan legislation … As a physician, I know smart nutrition leads to healthy and productive lives.”

–Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, N.J.: “On behalf of Mission: Readiness and over 100 retired generals and admirals who support child nutrition legislation as a matter of national security, we are very pleased that the nation has taken this important step in addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic. Being overweight or obese is the No. 1 medical reason why young men and women are unable to join the military.”

–Mike Huckabee, Arkansas governor, 1996-2007: “Reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in a single generation – as First Lady Michelle Obama has called upon our nation to do – won’t be easy. … The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act makes great strides toward eliminating this threat to our children’s health.”

Go out in public and look at the kids – FAT! Look at thier parents – FAT! That’s not genetics – that’s bad eating.

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The Truthiness About the Tea Party

December 12, 2010