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boogey manOsama bin Laden is dead, or so we're told. May I see his death certificate?

(I hear they threw his body in the ocean. I figured they'd cremate him and bury the remains next to Ken Lay.)

What this means is that the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars to kill a man who bombed the U.S. embassy in East Africa in August of 1998.

What? 9-11? Sorry, OBL was never formally charged by the FBI with that crime. No matter how many times he claimed responsibility for the attack on the Twin Towers, in various audio and video tapes of dubious authenticity, that's not the same thing as real proof.

Bin Laden is simply a boogeyman whose death is now convenient fodder for all sorts of U.S. propaganda, but it's not going to substantially change our military presence in the Middle East. We're staying, because that's where the oil is.

His death is primarily an excuse to gain a few brownie points for this administration, while simultaneously raising the level of paranoia and xenophobia among the more gullible of our citizens who actually believe that tiny bands of fundamentalist Muslims are determined to "take their freedoms", something they happily handed over a decade ago to the fascists that actually own and operate this country.

I leave you with this:

“Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are we learning anything, or simply spinning harder in the cycle of violence?” - Brian McLaren

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Little bit of found comedy: Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) recently claimed that he's a small businessman, a struggling small businessman.

Mr. Rehberg is actually worth $31 million dollars. He's the 14th richest member of the House of Representatives. He's also a major scumbag.

=Lefty=

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john boehnerFebruary 10, 2011: "We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner.

So far the list of GOP accomplishments for 2011 is:

(1) Attempted curtailing of abortion rights.
(2) Attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood.
(3) Attempted defunding of NPR.
(4) Investigating Muslims.
(5) Declaring English as America's Official Language.
(6) Reaffirming "In God We Trust". Yawn.
(7) Challenging AARP's tax-exempt status.
(8) Approved defunct funding for failed religious schools.
(9) Attempt to destroy Medicaid.
(10) Attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood
(11) Shutting down the government
(12) Attempt to destroy the EPA.
(13) Attempting to eliminate financial counseling.
(14) Passed a House budget that gives $4 trillion in tax cuts to the rich.
(15) Spend $500,000 to discriminate against gays.
(16) Continued toadying for the rich.
(17) Pretending the deficit is to blame for slow job growth.
(18) De-funded SETI. (ARGH!!!!!!!)
(19) Tried to kill Chrysler two years ago... which is now going to pay back all its government loans.
(20) The Judicial Branch of the GOP, the Supreme Court, votes 5-4 to deny consumer class-action suits.

Nope. No job creation here. Move along. Move along.

I'll keep adding to this list until the Republican House does something to create jobs. I unhappily predict this is gonna be one lonnnnng list.

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Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? That the government funds abortions. (It's against the law to do that, folks.)

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.


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Today's Google Chow.

Life was a lot different back when I was young.
Back then there was no such thing as DVDs.
Back then the newspaper was delivered twice a day.
Back then all children went to public school. No one heard of charter schools or vouchers.
Back then travel was easy. You could hop on a plane and fly anywhere. No questions asked.
Back then our TV's came in big plastic boxes and we trusted the people who told us the news.
Back then we used paper ballots so we always knew who got our vote.
Back then we fought wars against other countries. Now we fight wars against ideas, like terrorism.
Back then we all dreamed of doing better than our parents.
Back then the national debt was one-third the size it is now.
Yes, things have changed so much over my lifetime.
And I'm not even old enough to vote.