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The M.A.N. F.R.O.M. H.A.P.P.Y. B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y.

Today is David’s birthday!  Let’s all wish him a happy birthday!

And here’s your cake!

Comfort

Michelle Obama echoes 2008 campaign:

Michelle Obama told high school students taking part in a mentoring program at Georgetown University on Tuesday that being married to the president can be scary at times, because he makes the family get out of its comfort zone.

The first lady urged students not to let fear guide them [...]

NPR: Nutty, Petty Rubes

NPR still has some of the best radio-news programming in the world.  However, like any other large organization, there are nutty, petty rubes.  Unfortunately, some of those are in the highest offices, as the recent NPR scandal reveals:

NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday in the wake of comments by a fellow executive [...]

Caught on Tape: Electoral Fraud in Afghanistan

Of course:

On the audiotape, two men are heard speaking in Dari, with the distinct accent of the western city of Herat, as they negotiate terms for rigging more than a dozen races in Afghan’s parliamentary elections.One of the men, according to the country’s Independent Election Commission, is Abdul Rashid Irshad, a low-level functionary in [...]

Holocaust Fund Defrauded, U.S. Says

OMG.

While fleeing the Nazis in 1941, an 11-year-old girl dodged airplane bombs as she crossed the Dnieper River in Ukraine, ultimately finding refuge in Donetsk, where she and her mother lived in hiding until the liberation of 1944.

[This tale was] among thousands of similar accounts given in the name of elderly immigrants who [...]

Critics of Stimulus Asked for Stimulus Money

What is the appropriate addage?  Is it do as I say, not as I do?

Rep. Pete Sessions, the firebrand conservative from Texas, has relentlessly assailed the Democratic stimulus efforts as a package of wasteful “trillion-dollar spending sprees” that was “more about stimulating the government and rewarding political allies than growing the economy and creating [...]

TERROR BABIES TERRORIZE THE STUPID

State Representative Debbie Riddle and U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, two incredibly, incredibly stupid politicians, are pushing the idea of “terror babies:”

Regular viewers of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ will recognize that term as referring to children born on U.S. soil to illegal immigrants. The children are automatically granted U.S. citizenship under the 14th Amendment and [...]

SOLARIS MAXIMUS

FOX News reports: “Solar Tsunami to Strike Earth“

Earth is bracing for a cosmic tsunami Tuesday night as tons of plasma from a massive solar flare head directly toward the planet. 

The Sun’s surface erupted early Sunday morning, shooting a wall of ionized atoms directly at Earth, scientists say. It [...]

Weird Things in the 2010 Russian Spy Story

Weird things in the story about 11 spies reporting to Moscow:

President Barack Obama last week took Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to his favorite hamburger joint, which turned out to be just blocks from the Arlington, Va., apartment building where one of the alleged Russian secret agents lived.

How do we know this is Obama’s [...]

To Stop (some, but not all) Abuses, Federal Government Changes Gift Card Rules

Weird fees, restrictions on use, and expiration dates for gift cards are to be federally regulated:

The Federal Reserve issued new rules on Tuesday to protect Americans from getting stung by unexpected fees or restrictions on gift cards.  Gift cards have grown in popularity — with more than 95 percent of Americans having received or [...]

Child Directs Air Traffic at JFK: “Adios, amigo.”

Safety is job one:

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a child directed planes from Kennedy Airport’s air traffic control tower.  A child’s voice can be heard on a tape making five transmissions to pilots preparing for takeoff on Feb. 17. The recording was obtained by WFXT-TV in Boston.In one exchange, the child can [...]

Pat Robertson Says Haiti Earthquake Result of “Pact to the Devil”

Pat Robertson, the venerated spiritual leader of some Evangelicals comments on the Haiti’s earthquake:

Officials fear more than 100,000 people have died as a result of Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti.

Robertson, the host of the “700 Club,” blamed the tragedy on something that “happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not [...]