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Me confused.

A few minutes ago the President came on the air to talk about the shooting at Fort Hood. And for the first two minutes or so I could hardly believe my ears - he was talking about some "very productive meeting" his advisers just had regarding some Native American problem and thanking them. Only after that (and a "shout-out" to a friend of his in the audience) did he say a few words about the tragedy.

We'll see how the fourth estate covers it.
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Sarah Palin's 'Rogue' book has a competitor: 'Rouge'
Sarah Palin’s book skyrocketed to number one as soon as it was announced it was ready to be released. ‘Going Rogue’ is expected to sell so well that her opponents have done a parody of it with a similar cover titled ‘Going Rouge’, undoubtedly in hopes of cashing in on this ‘cash cow’ that IS Sarah Palin. They hate her, but they aren’t above trying to get as much money as they can from her. [...]

The $1.25 million advance that Palin received is just the portion of the advance she received while she was governor. It is estimated that she received approximately $7 million as her total retainer for writing the book. (More...)

By Joe Kimball | Published Mon, Oct 26 2009 10:48 am

When Sarah Palin's big-bucks memoir "Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin" comes out Nov. 17, there'll be another book about her hitting the stores the same day: "Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, an American Nightmare."
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"I'm here for the free money."
"Where is this money coming from?"
"From Obama."
"Where did Obama get the funds?"
"Obama might have gotten the funds... I have no idea!"

There was another similar clip on the radio - in it, the interviewee theorized that "Obama ight have gotten the money from his stash" - but I can't find it...
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Obama's Lies Matter, Too
The president pushes back against health care misinformation, then spreads a bunch of his own.
Matt Welch | September 10, 2009

http://www.reason.com/news/show/135976.html
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Some time ago I started hearing mortgage ads on the radio. EastWest Mortgage is advertising FHA loans, including - get this - "no-income and no-asset verification loans".

Hmm... Where have we seen this before?
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By Lily Galili

In the past two weeks, in advance of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Russia, chapters of the Bible have become hot current events items in the Russian-language media in Israel. This is not necessarily a matter of an increasing link to the Jewish sources, but rather the use of verses found relevant to eroding the American president's legitimacy.

The Torah portion "Noah" has become particularly popular, and especially his son Ham. This Ham - whose name in Russian also means a very crude person - was punished in the Bible by having his skin turn black, with all his descendants doomed to be blacks destined for a life of slavery. Another very popular text lately is a verse from Proverbs: "Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up." The first of the heralds of evil, according to the verse, is "a slave who becomes king."

Each of these chapters is important in itself, but the real sparks are created by the connection between the two: Ham the black man who is doomed to eternal slavery and brings suffering to the world when a black slave becomes king - or in this case, ascends the throne of the presidency of the United States.

The large community of Russian-speaking Jews in America is not enthusiastic about the new president either. But here there is an interesting cultural difference. While Russian speakers in Israel proudly proclaim their rejection of political correctness, their colleagues in America have actually internalized what is politically correct. They are far less preoccupied with the color of the president's skin, and focus on his Muslim background. That is considered legitimate.

Full article at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1098069.html
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"I remember my shock the first time the federal government spent a billion dollars. Fortunately, most of it was wasted." - R.A. Heinlein, "To Sail Beyond the Sunset"

House Democrats Clear Budget Bill for Passage


House Democrats resolved an internal squabble over a $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 budget plan, clearing the way for final passage of the blueprint tomorrow, to mark President Obama's 100th day in office.
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Obama to get Hanuman idol

NEW DELHI: With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of
well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious.

Obama's representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol which she will pass it on to the Obama after it is sanctified.

The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.

An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was earlier organised at Sankat Mochan Dham and by Congress leader Brijmohan Bhama, Balmiki Samaj and the temple's priests.

"Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him," said Bhama.

Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, who is chairperson of Democrats Abroad-India, said, "Obama has extended his thanks for the support."

However, questions on Obama's religious beliefs elicited just a smile from Sauvage-Mar, apparently to avoid controversy back home where the Democrat senator is pitted against the Republican Party's John McCain in the Presidential polls.

The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 more days and then sent to US.

"We will perform the prayers for 11 days and then hand the idol to Carolyn who will send it to Obama," said the temple priest.

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