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According to a recent story published in the Washington Post, Americans are less inclined to believe global warming is a problem now than they were a year ago.  

Unlike a gullible and poorly informed media, Mother Nature is not impressed by polling data.  Nature operates on physics, not popular opinion.  The laws of nature are strictly enforced and there is no court of appeal.  

When it comes to survival, ignorance is not bliss.  With that in mind, let me introduce you to an indisputable and critical fact about photosynthesis that deserves your attention.  Photosynthesis in leafy plants we depend on for oxygen and food will stop working if current trends continue.

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We are constantly told that "bi-partisanship" is a goal worth achieving at any costs.  It is the sine qua non of good governance.  If only this president were able to achieve that all would be right with the world.

In pursuit of that goal, he and his followers make all sorts of concessions and consider all sorts of proposals.  It doesn't matter that Baucus got no one to stand with him on his committee's version of health care.  What matters is he labored mightily with people to get a bipartisan solution.

By this standard, anything that has the support of John Kerry and Orrin Hatch should be considered a model of success, and a slam dunk when it comes to health care,right?

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On the front page of today's Washington Post is an article written by Brigid Shulte.  It is about the tragic shooting of a college student, Jessica Goode, in what appears to be a hunting accident.

According to Shulte's narrative:

Shortly after 4 p.m., a single pull of the trigger propelled a bullet into Goode's chest from a distance of 100 yards.  She was killed instantly.  After slicing through her, the bullet continued into the hand of her friend, Regis Boudinot.

Anyone who hunts knows you aim for the heart, it is the most ethical way of killing.  In this case the hunter did exactly that.  Unfortunately, at a 100 yards through a scope, the hunter mistook the young woman for a deer.  Now, one might argue that she was not dressed in blaze orange and thus it is possible.  That remains to be determined.  

Unfortunately, it appears Shulte is wrong in one critical detail.

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I know, that would be news if this wasn't a day ending in "y" but his latest mishegas goes way beyond garden variety chutzpah. It's a shanda.

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In the Bizarro World of Sarah Palin, she is kvetching about Newsweek's cover picture.  The former beauty queen seems to think the picture is "sexist" for some unspecified reason.   That complaint befuddles me.  One reason is she posed for the picture in the first place.  After all, this is a woman who exercises tremendous control over the presentation and packaging of her image.  

That brings me to a second point that I think is terribly problematic.  Why does Sarah Palin have so much disdain for the American flag?   This is not snark, satire or irony on parade here.  Disrespect isn't cool, even if you are cute.

The Flag Code is represented by laws in United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, (pertaining to the flag), Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 (criminal penalties for flag desecration), and Title 36, Chapter 3 (patriotic customs and observances).


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This photo by Brandi Simons accompanied a recent article by Mary Jordan profiling Sen. Tom Coburn for the Washington Post.  At the time I thought the piece smelled like PR.  Little did I realize this was an attempt to get ahead of the news cycle.  Mary Jordan's PR piece begins by noting:

Tom Coburn is a Southern Baptist deacon, a family man married to a former Miss Oklahoma, a white-coated physician back in Muskogee who has delivered more than 4,000 babies and sees patients free of charge every Monday.

As she notes in her next paragraph:

But there's a darker side of the story...

Unfortunately, that rhetorical flourish is used to obscure the true dark side.  I think we owe it to the men and women who serve this nation, and to the families and loved ones who support them, to honestly look at the dark side.  

Let me introduce you to Staff Sergeant José Pequeño, his family and friends.  These are some of the good, decent, God-fearing people Tom Coburn throws to the wolves.

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This is an object lesson for the hard-headed Democrats who don't realize they are playing with fire.  

Can you hear us now?  Please hold for an important message...

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I don't want my daughter or granddaught fighting the same fight my mother and grandmother fought.  I'm afraid we keep moving in the direction we are currently headed and that is where we will wind up.

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Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 09:10 AM PST

Children, like wet cement...

by henry porter

are forever changed by their earliest impressions.

While the reality-based community has rejected the Clown Prince of Beckistan and those who would follow him over the cliffs of insanity, the right-wing noise machine is still trying to gin up outrage.  Over what you ask?  

What else?  The children.... the have uncovered an EPIDEMIC... their word not mine.... an "epidemic" of undocumented, stealthy, growing, evil indoctrination  coming to a school near you, reaching out for your son, your daughter....

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I ain't too proud to beg.

Pretty please?
Oh baby, please baby, please baby, puh-leeze.
C'mon just this one time?  
I promise
I will respect you as much as I always have.
Show the world how strong you really are.  
Please baby, please baby, puh-leeeze

What will it take to get you to filibuster?  
I wanna know.  Tell me baby, and I will do it.
I'll be on it like a bonnet.
Like white on rice.

Whatever you want.  
Oh baby, please baby, please baby, puh-leeeze.  
The suspense is killing me. Don't leave me this way.  
Don't be cruel.  Don't get my hopes up with empty promises.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.  
Who wants to be the last senator standing in the way of universal health care?  

I wanna know where to send flowers.


Remember how we were going to rebuild Iraq?  
Remember how the money flowed like water?  
Remember how well Bremer accounted for it?  

Ok... if you don't remember that last part, you're not going senile.  You probably do remember the Bush administration shut down the office of Special Inspector General in 2006.  Well, guess what?  Turns out a lot of people were stealing a lot of our money.  We're talking billions and billions of dollars here.  

Here's the good news.  There's a new sheriff in town.  

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There is a white hot rage that has burned inside me for years.  

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