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The Artist = The Best Picture of the Year in 2011

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The Artist is definitely the Best Picture of the Year…maybe ever! Top 10 movies of all time for sure!

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President Barack Obama = Clean-up Hitter

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment

“Hey Barack,” the Republicans say. “We got a few things we need you to clean up.”

“Yeah?” answers the tall, Democratic man. “What is there to clean up?”

“Well, there’s the banking system,” they say. “And Iraq…and Afghanistan…and Osama bin Laden may still be out there…and there are  a whole bunch of unemployed people in the U.S.”

Three years later…

– The financial system is functioning, banks are lending more than before, and the stock market is off its Great Recession low of below 7,000.

– We are ending the war in Iraq.

– Osama bin Laden is dead.

– Unemployment decreased to 8.6%.

– Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re still working on Afghanistan.

Four out of five ain’t bad for a clean-up hitter. Albert Pujols is just like Barack Obama, except one plays baseball and one is President of the United States. But they’re both consummate clean-up hitters.

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Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/03/business/economy/us-adds-120000-jobs-unemployment-drops-to-8-6.html

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CEOs and stock traders are lazy, and the productive workers of America have been getting robbed for 30 years

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

CEOs and stock traders are lazy, and the productive workers of America have been getting robbed for 30 years, according to Rutgers University history professor, James Livingston.

source: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/spend-baby-spend-ru-prof-makes-case-income-140953958.html

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Christopher Hitchens

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Christopher Hitchens was a sinful sage, an eloquent provocateur, and an inimitable intellectual. I heard him introduce Salman Rushdie at the 92nd Street Y in New York, in 2005. Mr. Hitchens also moderated the Question and Answer segment with the audience after Mr. Rushdie read from his novel, Shalimar the Clown. Thank God, the Universe, Time & Space, that Christopher Hitchens was here.

Watch and hear:

http://www.jewishtvnetwork.com/?bcpid=533363107&bctid=802338105001

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16212418

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/books/review/arguably-essays-by-christopher-hitchens-book-review.html?_r=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/books/10-best-books-of-2011.html

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Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Jon Stewart deserves an award for his parody of the news; and Stephen Colbert deserves an award for his satire of the news.

“The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain

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source: http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=Twa2Huc.sgm&images=images%2Fmodeng&data=%2Ftexts%2Fenglish%2Fmodeng%2Fparsed&tag=public&part=2&division=div1

EXCERPT:

“WE went tiptoeing along a path amongst the trees back towards the end of the widow’s garden, stooping down so as the branches wouldn’t scrape our heads. When we was passing by the kitchen I fell over a root and made a noise. We scrouched down and laid still. Miss Watson’s big nigger, named Jim, was setting in the kitchen door; we could see him pretty clear, because there was a light behind him. He got up and stretched his neck out about a minute, listening. Then he says:

‘Who day?’

He listened some more; then he come tiptoeing down and stood right between us; we could a touched him, nearly. Well, likely it was minutes and minutes that there warn’t a sound, and we all there so close together. There was a place on my ankle that got to itching, but I dasn’t scratch it; and then my ear begun to itch; and next my back, right between my shoulders. Seemed like I’d die if I couldn’t scratch. Well, I’ve noticed that thing plenty times since. If you are with the quality, or at a funeral, or trying to go to sleep when you ain’t sleepy — if you are anywheres where it won’t do for you to scratch, why you will itch all over in upwards of a thousand places.” – Mark Twain

source: http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/projects/kiernan/FlorenceItaly.html

“The situation of the villa was perfect. It was three miles from Florence, on the side of a hill…to see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature and make a sympathetic one drunk with ecstasy.”- Mark Twain

1-2-3…easy steps for success in the U.S.A. in 2012

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

(1)  Vote out Grover’s Gang

(meaning vote out 98 percent of House Republicans who signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.)

(2) Back Bernie

(meaning pass the Saving American Democracy Amendment.)

(3) Re-elect President Obama and vote in a Democratic-majority Congress

(meaning that the Republicans – who gave away $1 Trillion in tax cuts to mainly benefit the Superwealthy; and who pushed the unnecessary $1 Trillion Iraq War; and whose anti-regulation doctrine enabled the $9.7 Trillion Subprime debacle when you add in TARP and all of the emergency FED loans –  are still crazy intent on tax cuts for the Superwealthy while stiffing the average American.)

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Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/grover-norquist-a-misleading-accounting-of-recent-history/2011/11/27/gIQAAhER2N_blog.html