Wednesday edition - December 16, 2009
tourists attend White House breakfast
No boon for
US firms in Iraq oil deal auction
Polling shows Democrats losing health care PR fight
"Hey, last night I watched Oprah's
White House Christmas special. President Obama told Oprah he deserves a 'solid
B-plus' for his first year in office. That's a big improvement from our last
president, who for the last eight years received a 'WTF.'" –Jimmy Fallon
Insurgents kill 50 in car bombings in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq Dallas Morning News
"Hey, did you hear about those five American Muslims who went to Pakistan and tried to join up and become terrorists with al Qaeda? Well, they got rejected. Al Qaeda rejected them — this is true — because they lacked the proper credentials and references. Isn't that unbelievable? Do you realize it's harder to get into al Qaeda than it is to get into the White House? That is wrong. Ridiculous!" –Jay Leno
"Well, did you hear about this?
According to TMZ, you know, Congress was supposed to award Tiger Woods the
Congressional Gold Medal, our highest civilian honor, then had to withdraw it,
because of the scandal, which seems odd to me. I mean, what's it up to now?
Fifteen mistresses? That sounds like something Congress would give you a medal
for, doesn't it?" –Jay Leno
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Schwarzenegger slams Palin CNN Political Ticker
"The Obamas also said on that
Christmas Eve they will leave milk and cookies in the yellow room for Santa. And
today, Glenn Beck accused them of trying to bribe a foreign dignitary."
Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard
Dean argued Wednesday that the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the
Senate further empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice.
"You will now be forced to buy insurance. If you don't, you'll pay a fine," said Dean, a physician. "It's an insurance company bailout."
Dressing Down The President
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Dear Obama, your job is to lead.
You have failed. So has Senator Reid.
Seems you’d sign any swill
Labeled “health reform bill,”
And then brag that we’ve got what we need.
Yes, you’ve tragic’ly blown your great chance.
So spare us the song and the dance.
Though many will swear
You’ve done much for our care,
I am sorry — the prez has no pants.
In an early version of a Dec. 14 story, Al Gore told the U.N. climate conference that new data suggested the Arctic polar ice cap may disappear in the summertime within five to seven years. Gore's office later clarified his statement and said he meant the cap would be nearly ice-free.
As the health care debate continues, many Democrats are coming to the conclusion that Al Gore just might have made a worse choice for his running mate than John McCain.- Laugh Lines
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"Today at the White House, President Obama met with a group of the nation's top Wall Street bankers. And you know, these Wall Street bankers, they just don't get it, you know? Like, they walked into the White House and said to Obama: 'You live in this dump? What is this, the guest house? Please!'" –Jay Leno
Ventura's waterboard jab at Cheney gets listed in Yale anthology Minneapolis City Pages
Quotes of the Year from Yale
Fred Shapiro, associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School, is releasing his fourth annual list of The Yale Book of Quotations. His top quote: "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," by a speaker at a town hall meeting in South Carolina in July.
"That struck me as embodying the friction and polarization on the role of government," Shapiro said.
Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes aren't necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.
Here's the list:
1. "Keep your government hands off my Medicare." Speaker at health care reform town hall meeting in Simpsonville, S.C., commenting on the government-created Medicare program, quoted by The Washington Post on July 28.
2. "We're going to be in the Hudson." Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, responding to air traffic controllers asking on which runway he preferred to land US Airways Flight 1549 on Jan. 15 before he landed in the Hudson River.
3. "There's an app for that." Apple's advertising slogan for the iPhone.
4. "You lie!" Wilson's shouted retort to Obama's address before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9.
5. "The Cambridge police acted stupidly." Obama, commenting on a white police officer's arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass., at a news conference July 22.
6. "I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!" Kanye West, interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13.
7. "Um, you guys said that we, um, did this for the show." Falcon Heene, during an interview on CNN about his parents' balloon hoax on Oct. 15.
8. "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel.'" Palin, posting on her Facebook page on Aug. 7.
9. "The governor is hiking the Appalachian Trail." Spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford regarding Sanford's disappearance on June 22.
10. "You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders." Jesse Ventura, during a CNN interview May 11.
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To Help You Deflate Photo
In this Dec. 10, 2009 photo taken near
Indonesia and released by Museum Victoria, a veined octopus, Amphioctopus
marginatus hides in an coconut shell. Australian scientists have filmed the
octopus collecting coconut shells for shelter, unusually sophisticated behavior
that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an
Photo/Museum Victoria, Roger Steene