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Huffington Post has a poll to pick 5 of the years' biggest political disappointments of the year. Most of the picks center around Obama. Take your pick, Healthcare, Climate Change, Afghanistan, etc. Heck, they even threw in the Chicago Olympics. That got me to thinking about what some of my biggest political disappointments of the year were. I'm not going to do a list of 5, but I am going to list the ones that got me "Fired Up". So join me below the fold for a different interpretation.

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I think at this point, we all know where each other stands on the Health Care debate, so I'm not even going to attempt to sway anyone here on the merits or disadvantages of the bill. But what I would like to do is remind people of just what we should be focusing on instead of cannibalizing our own. The GOP continues to be the party of intolerence, arrogance, and just plain mean spiritedness.

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Obviously there is some "ahem" tension around here regarding Obama, Health Care, Jobs, Climate etc. I have seen it on the wreck list every day this week. But I wanted to step back this "wintry mix" Friday and fill you in on what you may have missed this week while all the fighting has been going on. The Republicans, GOP, teapartiers, Fox News, Sarah Palin are still around folks, and they have been very busy. Join me below the fold for a few items that we MAYBE should be paying attention to.

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Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 03:29 AM PST

ABC News on Stimulus - WOW!

by DJShay

I know the economy is still woefully underperforming and there is a new narrative that is starting to take hold that the stimulus hasn't done a thing except put us further in debt. Despite the fact that the CBO explicitly states that 1.6 million jobs were generated"

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Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 09:36 AM PDT

UPDATED: The New GOP.com: "What up?"???

by DJShay

Via Politicalwire and (sorry for the Politico link, but I got it from Politicalwire)Ben Smith comes word of the new beta GOP.com Republican website. Now, we've all had some good laughs at Steele's and the GOP's "hipness", but most of those have been relegated to sound bites or "Reagraham Lincoln" Daily Show parodies. Now comes something that can be a source of daily mockery, depending on how often Steele updates his blog. Or how often they cycle through the "faces" of the GOP.

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This is becoming a very nasty habit at Republican led town halls. Before it was just the Anti-Reformers being incredibly rude to those with real and heartbreaking Healthcare stories to tell. But now, it's the Representatives that are completely dismissing their contituents. And the nasty little habit has now seeped up into the chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele.

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Think back over the past 2 months to all the town halls that have been held by Democratic representatives all over this country concerning health care. Hundreds. Now think back to all the abuse these same Democratic representatives have taken from the Anti-Reform crowd.

At a Tampa forum, Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor struggled to make herself heard and eventually cut her appearance short as dozens of people shouted "Tyranny! Tyranny! Tyranny!" reports the St. Petersburg Times. Amid the crowd of about 1,500, the newspaper reported, other chants rang out like, "Tell the truth! Tell the truth!" "Read the bill!" "Forty-million illegals! Forty million illegals!"

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I had dropped Politico from my RSS feed a while ago, but happened to stumble across this
article by Ben Smith
which seems to lay bare all of the arguments the left has been making about the "astroturfing" of the Tea Party/Town Hall events for the last few months. I'm not familiar with organizing marches/protests, etc, but this seems too crass by half. This is the headline:

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As most of you know I'm "adopting" a once half feral stray that I decided to call His Majesty, Sir Snarklepants, or Snarkle for short. We've come a long way in the last 6 weeks and I post daily pictures and video on my my blog The Daily Snarkle. So here's the long and short of it. This has got to be one of the laziest cat I have ever seen. The evidence is below the fold.

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Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 02:37 AM PDT

For My Grandparents: I Get It Now

by DJShay

When I was growing up, I had 2 sets of the most wonderful, loving grandparents a child could have. And I was lucky enough to have then well into adulthood as well. Each set had large backyard gardens and were fond of shrubs and trees and flowers of every variety. I grew up on home grown vegetables and fruits and trust me, they are are much better than the produce at your local Food Lion, or maybe it was just the love :)  But both had a peculiar habit that I didn't understand until just recently, of just taking a chair under a tree outside and just sitting. Occasionally talking, but mainly just observing. But it was until recently when I, myself, started growing a garden and landscaping that I knew why they did it.

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Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 04:04 AM PDT

Sir Snarklepants First Vet Visit

by DJShay

As most of you know, I'm adopting a half feral stray cat Well, any way, he went to his first vet visit yesterday. And here are the results. A fun, frivolous Saturday Morning diary. Join me below:

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Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 02:26 PM PDT

My Amazing Day

by DJShay

I'm sure that there are a few of you out there that know that I've been struggling to get my Mother on disability for 2 years now. During this time, she's been hospitalized several times with minor heart attacks, pneumonia, and various other ailments. All while being diabetic and incontinent. And through all of this, NO HEALTH INSURANCE!

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