Today is the last day of the CPAC convention in Washington, DC. And while the C-Packers have been busy rubbing elbows at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel, they've been missing some of the most depressing headlines that a conservative could see .. headlines about how the President is making better progress in Afghanistan than Bush did, how the economy is recovering faster then Europe's under Obama's leadership, how the public option is roaring back to life, or even how Sarah Palin got an epic beatdown by an actress with Down Syndrome. Frankly, if it weren't for the thrill of seeing Ron Paul, the numbing effects of alcohol, and the readily available convention nookie, I imagine CPAC would look quite a bit like Jonestown right now.
But for us, the happy, proud liberals of this nation, it's been a hell of a week, and maybe the start of a turn-around. What better way to cap this week than with a glorious weekend that starts with a cozy blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a basket full of fresh-from-the-oven ITEMS!
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ITEM! QUESTION: how much is a child's life worth in Afghanistan? ANSWER: according to the Obama administration, about $1500.
Yes, he's doing a lot better in that conflict than Bush did, but that doesn't make that particular conflict any less messed up. If nothing else, the biggest problem with the Afghanistan war is the one that will never go away: instead of going to war, we should have handled this, and everything else coming out of 9/11, as a criminal prosecution.
ITEM! Hey, remember that thing that's still going on in Iraq? That's still actually pretty dangerous, and could end up blowing up after the March 7th elections -- from which the main Sunni party just dropped out today. Presumably, Obama has a plan to handle this in case things go really south....
ITEM! Howard Dean on health care: ""Republicans act like a majority because we act like a minority." More good stuff here.
They're surrounding us! Run!
ITEM! A quick primer on how to think about a fourth spatial dimension here. Note: this could break your brain.
You know what else makes the living envy the dead? Global thermonuclear war. How very appropriate indeed.
ITEM! The Tiger Woods boondoggle has people everywhere wondering the same thing: how do you avoid getting caught cheating? Esquire has a handy how-to guide here on the complexities and intricacies of cheating without being caught. Or you can just apply Occam's Razor and not cheat.
ITEM! Speaking of which, did you know that the golf world has been dominated by a Buddhist for over a decade now? I sure didn't.
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