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The authors, Allan Uthman and Ian Murphy, use some choice words and pictures in this piece so if you’re a wimp, a prude, or have a fragile constitution,  you probably don’t want to read the whole article.

15. Michele Bachmann

14. Bernie Madoff

13. Mark Penn

12. Dina Lohan

11. David Addington

10. Michelle Malkin

9. Rick Warren

8. Ashley Todd

7. Joe Lieberman

6. Rush Limbaugh

5. Dick Cheney

4. George W. Bush

3. Sean Hannity

2. John McCain

1. Sarah Palin

Bruce Falconer of Mother Jones-Get ready. There’s a battle brewing in Virginia over gun rights, and if the comments to my recent piece on assault weapons are any indication, it’s not going to be pretty. After years of trying, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee last week voted 8-7 to pass legislation closing the so-called “gun-show loophole.”

While commercial sellers are already required to perform instant background checks before completing a sale, small-time, amateur dealers (who, according to the Washington Post, make up an estimated 35 percent of sellers are Virginia gun shows) are not. The fear is that this opens an opportunity for the mentally insane or criminally minded to bypass safeguards meant to keep weapons out of their hands.

The bill’s provisions are modest at best. It does nothing more than extend the intent of the law to cover all gun transactions. Gun show operators would be required to ensure that all dealers, including amateurs, have the ability to conduct instant checks. In practice, this would amount to the small inconvenience of strolling across the aisle to use computers already maintained by professional dealers.

The law would not apply to black powder or antique weapons, nor would it affect buyers with permits to carry concealed firearms.

The bill must now pass the full Senate, before moving on to the House of Delegates, where Republicans are expected to fight fiercely to defeat it.

Masturbation!

(Illseed News) A recent study will have men shaking in their boxers if they choked the chicken a bit too much in their younger years.  Researchers at the University of Nottingham have determined that men who masturbate often in their 20s and 30s are far more prone to developing prostate cancer. The scientists surveyed 800 men and about half of them had suffered from prostate cancer. The same data could be attributed to gentlemen that got their mack on frequently with the ladies, but the higher sexual activity was generally credited the act of self-love. Ironically, men over 40 that masturbate or shag a lot of babes can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Could this be why republicans have twice the prostate cancer rates of democrats?

U.S. News recently consulted RetirementJobs.com to determine the best cities for retirement-age job seekers. The analysis took into account employment growth, the unemployment rate, housing costs, the cost of living, and proximity to high-quality healthcare. Other factors: the prevalence of job opportunities in industries that tend to welcome older workers, such as healthcare, higher education, government, and service-industry jobs.

Cities with well-diversified economies are thriving despite the recession. More than 145 companies are headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., including well-known names like Expedia, T-Mobile, Microsoft, and drugstore.com. The area, which includes nearby cities Seattle and Tacoma, added 19,900 jobs in the past year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Oklahoma City, Okla., earned bragging rights in November 2008 when it tied with Washington, D.C., as the city with the lowest jobless rate in the country. But the cost of living is far lower in Oklahoma than in D.C., making it a better spot for retirees looking to cut expenses. Although it was founded as an oil town, Oklahoma City today boasts an economy that also includes information technology, healthcare services, and the restaurant chain Sonic.

Many of the best places to find enjoyable work in retirement are college towns like Lubbock, Texas, and Charlottesville, Va., both of which have major universities and hospitals that provide plenty of jobs.

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The attention, hope and excitment of Barrack Obama’s Inauguration is awe inspiring and  breathtaking.  After years and years of GOP divisivness, hatred, partisan politics and anti-american rhetoric, the people of this great nation are excited again.  It’s amazing, something I have wanted to feel for 2 decades but never could until now.  What is truly amazing, and an american trait that we saw during WWII, is that we have this optimism despite the record economic failures that confront us.  Human beings want hope, security and prosperity, and after 8 years of abuse, lies, hatred, arrogance and preferential treatment for the rich, americans are optimistic for change and a return to greatness and being a respected world leader,…. that is what makes America…America.

I have been researching dozens of websites covering the inauguration and it boggles the mind as to the significance of the event.  America needs this right now.  A country is only as strong as the feeling of nationalism that the citizens feel.  This is a fundamental concept that goes back to Machievelli’s “Prince.”  The GOP, in a power grab, has tried to erode this nationalism…and they have been successful…until now. 

Now is not the time to be a hatefilled partisan, now is the time to be an american. Turn off the Limbaugh, the Hannity, the Coulter and the FOXnews , their rants have become old, sad, desperate and comical. You’ll be amazed at the effect on your outlook and the lowering of your blood pressure.

The Washington Post is pre-selling commemorative copies of their newspaper on inauguration day and the day after.  Also offered is a photographic journal compilation of the train trip, inauguration and balls.

Here’s your chance to get a piece of history!

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Based on their latest estimates, congressional officials organizing next week’s presidential inaugural expect 2 million people to brave extra-long security lines in the bitter cold to witness Barack Obama being sworn in as the first African-American U.S. president.  Hopefully, people will be of good temper and willing to go through the lines it will take,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who chairs the congressional committee organizing inaugural events on Capitol Hill. “Because they are going to have to go through magnetometers and they are going to be wanded. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the time.”

Forecasts show the high temperature on Inauguration Day will be 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 Celsius).

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The National Gallery of Art is joining the Lincoln exhibition bandwagon by showing the heaviest and tallest artifact of them all.

The gallery plans to announce today that it will display the 1,000-pound model of the statue that sits in the Lincoln Memorial. Created by Daniel Chester French in the summer of 1916, this plaster form became the basis of the marble statue, now the iconic backdrop to speeches, concerts, movie scenes and family snapshots.

Starting Feb. 12 and continuing for one year, the gallery will show the six-foot-high model of the statue, and also the original wood model of the Lincoln Memorial by Henry Bacon. The exhibition, called “Designing the Lincoln Memorial: Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon,” will be in the West Building and contain illustrations about the objects, the artists and a history of the memorial over the years.

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WASHINGTON — Barack Obama plans to open his White House doors to the public on his first full day of his presidency, Jan. 21.

Obama aides on Friday announced plans to have an open house at his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The idea is to keep Obama’s administration the “most open and accessible” in history by inviting hundreds of supporters inside and encouraging them to stay involved.

Tickets  are limited and interested residents can sign up on Obama’s inauguration Web site.

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The man who bought it, did not use it…the man who built it did not want it….and the man who used it did not know it…what is “it?”

Here’s a link to an interactive map detailing the inauguration parade route.  Maybe you can find a good spot to celebrate with 400,000 of your newest friends!

“Bud” Abbott-comedian, Roy Acuff-“King of Country Music,”  “Buzz” Aldrin-Astranaut, Eddie Arnold-singer,Prince Arthur-son of Queen Victoria, John Audubon – American ornithologist, Gene Autry– American actor, Count Basie-composer, Lloyd Bentson-politician, Irving Berlin-songwriter, Mel Blanc-voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and many others, Daniel Boone-US Pioneer, Ernest Borgnine-actor, Jim Bowie-Pioneer, defender of the Alamo, Omar Bradley-Army General,William Jennings Bryant-famed attorney and former Sec. of State, Richard Byrd-Navy Admiral, 1st to fly over north pole, Eddie Cantor-famed vaudevillian, “Kit” Carson-frontiersman, Joshua Chamberlain-Union General Civil War, won Battle of Gettysburg, Walter Chrysler-founder of Chrysler Corp., Winston Churchill-Prime Minister, Lewis AND Clark-explorers, Mark Twain-author, Ty Cobb-baseball player, “Buffalo Bill” Cody-guide & showman, George M. Cohen-famed composer,Nat “King” Cole-singer, Samuel Colt-firearms inventor, Davy Crockett-frontiersman, Norm Crosby-comedian,Cecil B. DeMille-director, Bob Dole-WWII veteran, senator, presidential candidate, James Doolittle, WWII General famous for his impossible raid on Tokyo, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-Sherlock Holmes creator, King Edward the VII &VII, Duke Ellington-composer, Bob Evans-restaurateur, Douglas Fairbanks-actor, David Farragut-Union Admiral, WC Fields-entertainer, Sir Alexander Fleming-discoverer of penicillin, Gerald Ford-former US President, Henry Ford-car maker, Benjamin Franklin-american founder, Frederick II “The Great”-King of Prussia, Clark Gable-actor, James Garfield-former US President, King George VI-father of current Queen Elizabeth, John Glenn-astronaut, Senator, Barry Goldwater-conservative politician,David Goodnow-CNN anchor, Curt Gowdy-famed sports announcer,”Gus” Grissom-astronaut, Dr. Joseph Guillotin-french physician who developed the execution device bearing his name,John Hancock-signer of Declararion of Independence, Warrren Harding-former US President, Oliver Hardy-comedian of Laurel & Hardy fame, Franz Haydn-Austrian classical composer, Jesse Helms-politician, Patrick Henry-patriot, Edgar Hoover– former FBI director, Frank Hoover-vacuum inventor, Sam Hornish, Jr.-racecar driver, Roger Hornsby-famed baseball player, Harry Houdini-escape artist, Sam Houston-Texas frontiersman. politician, Burl Ives-entertainer, singer, Andrew Jackson-former US President, Rev. Jesse Jackson-activist, Edward Jenner-founder of small pox vaccine, Andrew Johnson-fromer US President, Al Jolson-vaudevillian entertainer, John Paul Jones-American Revolutionary Naval hero,Kamehameha (s), King (III, IV, and V)-Monarchs of Hawaii, David Kalakaua-last King of Hawaii, Rudyard Kipling-poet, Henry Knox-Revolutionary Hero, gave his name to Fort Knox,Sebastion Kresge-founder of K-Mart, The Marquis de Lafayette-French noble friend of George Washington, helped win the revolutionary war, Charles Lindbergh-american aviator, Trent Lott-former Senator, Douglas MacArthur-US General WWII, Rowland Macy-founder of Macy’s department store, George Marshall-author of the “Marshall Plan”, Thurgood Marshall-1st black Supreme Court justice, Hart Massey – Massey-Ferguson farm equipment, Dr. Charles Mayo-co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, Fredrick Maytag-washing machine inventor, William McKinley-former US President, Andrew Mellon-founder of Gulf Oil, philanthropist, James Monroe-former US President, Amadeus Mozart-composer, Audie Murphy-actor, most decorated WWII veteran, Sam Nunn-Senator, Brad Paisley-country singer, Davis Patterson-visually impaired current Govenor of NY, Robert Peary-admiral, 1st man to reach north pole, JC Penney-department store founder, John Pershing-US General WWI, George Pickett-General CSA, led final charge at Gettysburg, James Polk-former US President, Israel Putnam-Revolutionary hero famed for saying “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes,” Paul Revere-patriot, Michael Richards-“Kramer” on the TV shoe “Seinfeld,” the Ringling Brothers (all 7)-circus founders, “Sugar Ray” Robinson-boxer, Roy Rogers-actor, singer, Will Rogers-amercian humorist, Franklin D. Roosevelt-former US President, Theodore Roosevelt-former US President, Telly Savalas-actor, Peter Sellers-actor, Red Skelton-comedian, Jonathan Swift-author “Gulliver’s Travels,” Carl Switzer-actor, “Alfalfa” in the “Little Rascals” series, William Taft-former US President, Sylvanus Thayer-founder West Point US military academy, Danny Thomas-entertainer, founder of St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, Dave Thomas-founder of Wendy’s restaurant, Strom Thurmond-conservative, long serving Senator, Mel Tillis-country singer, Harry Truman-former US President, Francois Voltaire-french essayist, Honus Wagner-” The Greatest Shortstop of all Time,” Lewis Wallace-Civil War General, author of “Ben Hur,” Jack Warner-half of Warner Brothers Pictures, Earl Warren-former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Booker T. Washington-educator and author, George Washington-founding father and former US President, John Wayne-actor, “The Duke,” Charles Wilder-father of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of “The little House on the Prairie,” Ed Wynn-actor, comedian father of Keenan Wynn, Brigham Young-led Mormon’s to Utah, Cy Young-great baseball pitcher, Col. Harland Sanders-founder of KFC.

That’s 9 signers of the Declaration of Independence

13 signers of the US Constitution

 a minimum of 26 US Supreme Court Justices

Over at LEAST 125 former or current Presidents, Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Members, Senators, Congressmen and Ambassadors

Over 30 former or current Archbishops, Bishops, Priests,and Ministers

Countless Generals, Admirals, officers and enlisted military personnel, and at least 4 US Congressional Medal of Honor recipients

Dozens, if not hundreds of famous actors, artists, musicians, composers, sports figures and entertainers

Dozens and dozens of Industry leaders, corporate CEOs, and University presidents….

Do you have a guess?

For the 1st time in 30+ years Peter Yarrow, the author of  the great children’s classic, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” has authorized an illustration of his classic  song.  I love it, and more importantly my children love it!  I just spent the last hour singing the song at the top of my lungs while turning the pages for my kids.  I’m hoarse, they are ecstatic.  It’s times like this that makes me realize more than ever that I need to move to another country where the value system is not about corporate america but  about,…..well….my life. 

 

full disclosure: Paul Stucky(Peter, PAUL, & Mary) lives a few miles from where I grew up, I’ve been to his house a few times.  The point here is “get to know your local musical talent.”  They have an amazingly perceptive and poetic insight into social mores and mainstrean pop-culture.

If not, you’re not alone.  It is an unfathomable amount of trash, approximately the SIZE OF CANADA, made up of millions of tons of garbage, mostly plastic, floating in vortex currents in the western Pacific Ocean.  It is estimated that it causes the death of about 1,000, ooo sea birds and 100,000 mammals each year.  Scientists are also watching another garbage patch (albeit smaller) off of Antartica, and a recently discovered one off the coast of Chile.

Wonder we we don’t hear about this in those TV commercials by the Plastics Council touting the wonders of plastic products…

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has reached the end of the road in his effort to reverse his conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting, one of his lawyers said Thursday.

Attorney Tom Kelly said Craig had decided against asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to void the conviction. The decision means the legal wrangling in the case is over.

“We’ve concluded that the Supreme Court would not accept this for review,” Kelly said. “It would be a futile exercise.”

Sorry Larry, denial of your sexual preference just doesn’t work as a legal defense, does it? Perhaps you can find some solice in the arms of pastor Haggard or Rep. Foley.

 

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