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Let's get this par - tay started with some music! :D

I don't want to deviate from the intended fun too much, but since this is the last Countdown diary of the year, I think it's appropriate to look back & remember who left this world in 2011 - some for the better (not exactly in the Christmas spirit, I know) but most for the worse. Feel free to comment on anyone listed or anyone in your life you'd like to remember.

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Now to return to the fun with SPARK! :D I love my household critters of the feline variety, but I don't love them this much. If you see this vittle on your holiday dinner table, RUN! Finally, when this lady told someone to get off her lawn, SHE MEANT IT! :D THAT deserves a Christmas treat. :)

Let's Countdown!

For those of you looking for more healthy food options, boy, are YOU in the wrong damn diary. :D

It's even in the shape of a Christmas tree in case "that woman" shows up! :)

Hey! Keith looks more like a whole person tonight with the lighter jacket against the dark background! :)

#5 "CaveMan" - Speaker Sobber finally gave into the increasing amount of pressure from fellow GOBP in Congress to pass the 2 - month payroll tax cut extention. Y'all think it was Mitchie the Turtle that finally got to him? And, how 'bout this idea that Rep. Eric Cantor helped to kind of sort of set all this $hit up to get the Speaker's seat?! Well, if/when (hopefully) the Dems regain the majority in the House in the 2012 elections, won't any shenanigans like this kind of be a moot point? Senator Olympia Snowe & a couple tea bagger Congress critters convinced Speaker Sobber to see the light! WOW! Is it just me, or is the Speaker Sobber a more pale shade of orange? ;D Here's what will be on the Speaker Sobber's Christmas dinner menu.

Andy Kroll gets spelunking duty tonight. :D What Rep. Slaughter said earlier in the week about changing from "concur" to "reject" is probably exactly what sparkin' happened to set this $hit in motion to begin with. The Keystone Pipeline language is still in the thing, but both President Obama & the State Department say 60 days isn't enough to make an informed decision. We have another sort of "super committee" to look forward to on this subject after the first of the year. OH GOODY! *&^%$#@! And, Our Great Orange Satanic leader gets to spelunk, too. :D He doesn't think Rep. Cantor had much to do with the potential setting up of the "Speaker." Something in the GOBP caucus meeting after agreeing to the 2 - month extension scared the orange right outta the "Speaker," which began the drama of the last few days. Yea Markos! He's earned a cookie. :D

#4 "Predators" AKA "Playing with House Money" - AG Holder announced a big 'ol restitution settlement today with Bank of America/Countrywide concerning sub - prime mortgages being given to minorities & the fact those minorities were specifically targeted for those mortgages. IL AG Lisa Madigan was 1 of the main forces behind this investigation. Matt Taibbi gets mortgage broker duty. The people responsible for these loans aren't going to jail, won't get fines, etc., but what happened today is a start - sort of. It's a symbolic act against a company that basically doesn't exist anymore. Actually preventing this stuff from happening is very difficult; we're still pretty much expecting companies to police themselves. Lovely. *&^%$#@!

"Time Marches On!" - Some Santas had a little race to get ready for Saturday night. :D Santas skiied in upstate NY. Check out that big 'ol mistletoe in the City So Nice They Named It Twice! Talk about your PDAs?! :)

#3 "James is a Giant Leech" AKA "Criminal Intent?" - Whoever came up with that segment title deserves LOTS of Christmas cookies; if Keith doesn't hand them out, I will! :D

So, Little Jimmy O'Keefe might have drugged a conservative blogger & forced her to stay in his parents' barn & is looking at a civil sexual harassment suit. I wonder what advice "Herb" Cain has to offer? :D She got lovely messages & phone calls from him after all was said & done. Chris Harris was the reporter in the courtroom who heard lots of this sparked up story. Little Jimmy didn't seem very phased by what was going on. There wasn't enough evidence to show criminal intent in the jurisdiction in which the case was presented. The judge made a point to mention the alleged victim could sue in civil court.

WPITW - A failed car - jacker in CO didn't know how to drive a stick shift. George Allen has made a perfect a$$ of himself on video again. However, only 35 people saw the thing. ;D A FedEx VP has tried - operative word being "tried" - to 'splain how a delivery went so wrong in so many ways.

All right...for those of you needing a break from the sugar high...;D

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#1 "All I Want for Christmas..." AKA "Turning Up the Heat" - Mark Foley's spilling dirty details about our current MENSA members seeking the highest office in the land. Donald the Trump thinks he could take a significant amount of the African - American vote away from President Obama because His Trumpness gets along so darn well with them. AND, if any of you - ANY OF YOU - get me this horrid calender for Christmas, I'm sending my favorite Santa to your house! I need a little "good for what ails me" before seeing images of the thing.

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Michael Musto gets calendar duty! What poor soul at Vanity Fair is responsible for this atrocity?!

Originally posted to CityLightsLover on Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 06:02 PM PST.

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