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Month: July 2011

Read The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

Read The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

You can read the whole novella online right here, or you can buy a printed or digital copy here. The story is set in Eseldorf, Austria in the year of 1590.  Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 9 where Theodor, the narrarator, and Satan, his mysterious new friend, are party to the stoning and hanging of a woman condemned of being a witch. One day when our people were in such awful distress because the witch commission were afraid to proceed against the…

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Rehab Killed Amy Winehouse

Rehab Killed Amy Winehouse

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said “no, no, no.” She should have stuck with that, because when she said “yeah, yeah, yeah,” things didn’t go so well… A source close to Amy’s family said: “Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.” The Rehab singer, found dead on Saturday aged 27, fell off the wagon three days earlier, sinking gin and Red Bull mixes at the…

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Hey Mr. Tangerine Man Tell some Lies to Me

Hey Mr. Tangerine Man Tell some Lies to Me

Jon Stewart rips Boehner’s budget speech and exposes the hypocritical Weeper of the House as supporter of all the budget busting policies passed during Bush’s reign of error. The Daily Show – Armadebtdon 2011 – The World’s Saddest TangerineGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

Obama’s Battle with the Boehner Tea Party enters the Fourth Quarter

Obama’s Battle with the Boehner Tea Party enters the Fourth Quarter

Today John Boehner presented the Tea Party’s deficit reduction plan that – in spite of President Obama’s passionate call last Friday for a bill that asks for shared sacrifice from the poor, the middle class, and the rich – still consists only of cuts in government expenditures that will hurt only the middle and lower classes.  Obama took the stage during prime time tonight to summarize the plans offered from both sides of the aisle, and again the president said all the…

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President Obama Fights John Boehner for a Fair Budget

President Obama Fights John Boehner for a Fair Budget

After seemingly agreeing to an awful budget plan presented by the Gang of Six that caused major discontent among liberals (like me, see two posts down), an angry President Obama provided a glimmer of “Hope” in his press conference yesterday evening: Now, if you do not have any revenues, as the most recent Republican plan that’s been put forward both in the House and the Senate proposed, if you have no revenues at all, what that means is more of…

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Obama Embraces the Gang of Six and Turns his Back on the Middle Class

Obama Embraces the Gang of Six and Turns his Back on the Middle Class

Who are the “Gang of Six?” When the media says “gang” of six, do they mean a gang of punks, a gang of robbers, or a gang of thieves? After reading the outline of the budget proposal put forth by the Gang of Six, they appear to me to be a gang of thieves who wish, with government approval, to steal from the middle class and give to the super rich. And what does Obama think of them? I’ll get…

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Seattle’s 78-Minute Summer

Seattle’s 78-Minute Summer

The weather in Seattle has been awful this year.  Not awful like what is going on in the midwest right now – stifling heat and humidity.  No quite the opposite – intolerably long stretches of cloud-covered skies and  much more rain than even soggy Seattleites are used to. Today’s Seattle Times featured an article by Danny Westneat that  quantifies the length of Seattle’s summer – in minutes: [Scott Sistek, KOMO meteorologist] decided to look back to June 1 to see…

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Ronald Reagan 21st Century Democrat

Ronald Reagan 21st Century Democrat

Who said: “Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinkmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets, and the federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations.” A. Obama B. Carter C. Clinton D. Reagan If you picked D, you are…

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Cantor’s Budget Proposal will Result in a Plutocracy and Great Social Tension

Cantor’s Budget Proposal will Result in a Plutocracy and Great Social Tension

“The more likely effect, it seems to me, of cutting taxes for the rich and social programs for the poor is to rekindle social tensions.” – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. That is the crux of the current debate about how to solve our long-term debt problem. Republicans think taxes are too high and that social programs are too generous, so they pledge on the Grover Norquist Bible to do everything they can to cut taxes and end social programs.  Their patron…

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