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#1 Asinus Asinum Fricat is back to blogging and has a great post up at La Vida Locavore called Tales From The Larder Olive The Empress of Oil Part 1

Homer called it "liquid gold." Olive oil has been more than mere food to us Mediterraneans: it's our way of life. The olive tree, symbol of abundance, glory and peace, gave its leafy branches to crown the victorious in both friendly games and bloody war. Olive crowns and olive branches, ancient emblems of benediction and purifiation, were ritually offered to deities and powerful figures but it is only in recent times that modern scientific research has proven over and over what the peasant wisdom knew a long time ago: its wonderful taste and health properties.

#2 52% of people are wildly misinformed about who would win a fight between an army of bears and an army of gorillas. This made me LOL so hard the other night

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#3 Small Town To Liz Cheney: We Want Gitmo Detainees, Not Your Fearmongering

From Greg Sargent at the Plum Line
Officials in a small Michigan town featured in a new video about Guantanamo by Liz Cheney’s national security group want her to know that they’re not falling for her "fearmongering" — and tell us they want Gitmo detainees in their town.

ThinkProgress has more on that

#4 Alan Grayson was on the Ed Shultz show today

#5 New Birther Billboard New Birther Billboard In Colorado Features Picture Of Obama And Asks ‘President Or Jihad?’

Today, a new birther billboard went up above Wolf Automotive off I-70 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The sign has a picture of President Obama wearing a turban, asking, "President or Jihad?" and exhorting, "Wake up America! Remember Fort Hood":

ThinkProgress spoke with Phil Wolf, the owner of the car dealership. He said that the billboard is his personal project because he believes the American people have a right to know the facts about the president:

Wow, using Fort Hood to promote birtherism. That's pathetic Phil Wolf car dealership owner in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Another billboard asks Americans to prepare for war against their government

#6 Nancy Snyderman calls out Rep. Marsha Blackburn's fearmongering about bureaucrats getting between doctors and patients.

Way to go Nancy, don't take that crap! Her show is great she's honest and knowledgeable. ThinkProgress has more

#7 Poor Choice of Words. Utah lawmaker claims he doesn’t ‘mind’ gays, but ‘I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time.’

#8 Dick "Read the Bill" Armey didn't read the bill Chris Hollen called him on it. Classic!

#9 Cafe Press has dropped the whole line of Psalm 109.8 merchandise after they polled about whether it was offensive. Good move, but did they have to poll it to find out it was offensive and possibly criminal? The merchandise says Pray for Obama Psalm 109.8. That Psalm and the next few after it read.

8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Acts 1.20
9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

#10 White House Rebuke Angry Dems Shut Down Key Vote

Huffington Post Ryan Grim
"We will not be proceeding to passage today," Frank began. "I have been meeting with members of the committee, particularly the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who have informed me that they are troubled by what they believe is the lack of response to the economic situation that is confronting them on the part of the administration, and therefore do not feel that they could -- in deference to the various constituencies that they represent -- vote for passage."

#11 Want to read some teabagger tweets?
Some good news

Its over my friends. Health care will be passed with the help of our RINOS

F the GOP - we are taking over next year and turning all of this back to the people.

and here's some common ground

Its Nov 18th and I am already planning the veggie garden for next spring. Oh how winter sux.

Update On My Government Works project. I've got some leads on a couple of great projects close to me. Health centers, a solar company, a company that works with lasers, lots of construction. We took a few pictures today a site but the workers won't be there until tomorrow.

For now here are some pictures of Putting America Back to Work

Governor Patrick learns about Millipore Corporation's solar powered water purification system.

On Friday, April 17, 2009, as part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future, Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman John W. Olver in breaking ground on the Commonwealth’s first "shovel ready" stimulus project to move toward construction – a regional transit center in Greenfield
(Photo credit: Eugena Ossi/Governor's Office)

Governor Patrick tours the interior of one of the units in the Spencer Row development of Chelsea.

Recent News

Emergency Unemployment Compensation
The new legislation adds another 14 weeks of unemployment benefits. In states exceeding an 8.5 percent unemployment rate (currently 26 states), an additional six weeks of benefits are available, for a total of 20 weeks. In all cases, the $25 in Recovery funds added to each regular benefit payment also continues...

First Time Homebuyer Credit
Homebuyer Tax CreditThe original provision – a tax deduction of up to $8,000 – applied only to people buying their first homes between April 8, 2008, and December 1, 2009. The cut-off date has now been extended to April 30, 2010. Also, a similar credit – up to $6,500 – is now available to current homeowners who buy new principal residences in the same time frame...
Business Tax Credits
The new law also extends and expands tax benefits for businesses incurring net operating losses during the recession. Businesses of all sizes experiencing such losses in 2008 and/or 2009 are able to claim refunds on taxes paid up to five years earlier (expanded from two years). In the original legislation passed in February 2009, the five-year expansion applied only to 2008 and to businesses with annual gross revenues under $15 million.

The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) allowed Argonne to build and install an upgrade to their largest user facility, the world-class Advanced Photon Source. More on Argonne and ARRA here.
flickr source

These guys are hot cell techs. Agree/disagree?

Washington D.C.
The slope of the park and the astroturf are supposed to wick away dog urine, eliminating unpleasant odors.

The Solar Expansion Project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In March, the Forest was given $400,000 to add 250 additional solar panels to a facility that already had 50 previously installed. D.J. Group from Beverly, Ohio was awarded the contract. Photo by Alex Snyder

I can't approve of the Ohio State sticker. Go Stanford!!

This is the kind of crap were pushing back against with the Government Works project

That and all this nonsense about "SPENDING!!!" from the party that loves $680B/Year defense bills. Why don't we do a 10 year CBO on that?

Originally posted to CornSyrupAwareness on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 08:59 PM PST.


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