January 25, 2010

Morning Coffee: News and Abuse as It Happens

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First, who says there's no good news? 'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq Majid was "executed by hanging until death."

Good News #2: One Biden out, one more to go: Beau Biden not running for Senate. Rats. Sinking ship. Rinse and repeat.

Drain Bamage: Your stimulus dollars sort of at work:

U.S. military veterans are sorting through a massive government archaeological collection that has been neglected for decades, with the hope of archiving the stone tools, arrows and American Indian beads that were found beneath major public works projects.... In recent weeks, U.S. veterans — many with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder — have begun processing, cataloguing, digitizing and archiving the collection as part of a one-year $3.5 million project, funded with federal stimulus money.

Admit it, you want even more Obama than you got. Wait, wait! Come back! Don’t all stampede for the hills! He only gave (according to CBS News’s Mark Knoller) 158 interviews and 411 speeches in his first year. That’s more than any previous president — and maybe more than all of them put together.

Dem lawmaker: Congress could pass health reform if men were 'sent home' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room That would be mouth-breather Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of NH.

"God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your support for the Israelis continues," bin Laden said in the recording, which was released to the Al-Jazeera news channel. Obama to Israel: "You're on your own."

Jackpot in Las Vegas: ABOUT $2 MILLION A MONTH: More illegal immigrants getting emergency dialysis treatment at UMC

The new and regrettable blog style of writing very long and often tedious headlines merging into items via an ellipsis regrettably continues with the latest offender being the otherwise admirable and lucid law professor of the female persuasion whose initials are an A and an A.... Althouse: What to do about those science classes at Berkeley High School — where the classes that don't require science labs are full of black and Latino students... ... and it's mainly white students who get the advantage of all the money spent on all those great labs.

It's impossible to avoid the apocalypse these days. And yet, the End has never been so much fun.

Turns out the only thing cooking in the Global Warming kitchen were the books.

Wet-tail. Lileks' hamster's got it and when you google up.... then all webpages about hamster ailments should just play a midi file of Chopin’s Funeral March when they load.

"The president ...will come in with a plan -- and it will be bogus... . " Curmudgeonly & Skeptical presents Boned Jello

Sartorial advice from Howie Carr: Hey, Mr. President - the first thing you have to do is figure out where somebody hid all your ties. That Ahmadinejad look didn’t go over big here in Boston a week ago, and it certainly didn’t cut it in Elyria, Ohio, on what you must have figured was “casual Friday.” You wanted to be The Man? Well, The Man wears a tie, OK.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 25, 2010 6:38 AM
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Why are we so in love with the apocalypse? My guess comes in two parts:

(1)is that our lives, in America, are so generally safe and predictable that there is a need for drama and excitement, and that need is met through these stories. (See just about any adolescent boy.)

(2) is that there are those out there that hate, hate, hate American society for being so wealthy and overpowering and produce these movies to rid themselves of the desire to scourge americans for that sin. (See James Wolcott and how much he loves hurricanes.)

Posted by: Mikey NTH at January 25, 2010 7:53 AM