Speaker-designate [Sweet! 23 days ...] Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will create a new congressional panel to examine the administration's intelligence budget and to make sure the money is being spent properly.
Prepare to be creeped out:
Rick Lisko hunts deer with a bow but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers â€” and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs. "It was definitely a freak of nature," Lisko said. "I guess it's a real rarity."
UPDATE: NPR reported on Thursday's "All Things Considered" that Tim Johnson is responding to touch and to spoken language, appropriately. That doesn't tell us a whole lot, but I close friend of mine suffered a huge intracranial bleed when she was only 41, and she was in a comma for several weeks before she even woke up.
In comments, Tinfoil Hat Boy reminds me that as long as Senator Johnson is still alive, his absence in January will not in any way jeopardize the Democrats being in control of the Senate, since even without him they have 50 votes to the Republicans 49.
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Somalia. Now, I know they don't have oil or anything like that, but let's face it: this is a classic case of how Bush's war has sowed the seeds of future conflict, all because our leaders are too trapped in their own mythology about "Islamofascism." There was a chance for diplomacy and international aid to quell the Islamacist rise to power, and we blew it. Read more about Meet the Next Afghanistan
Sure, it was a giant humongous image of Mr. P-Niss--those crazy, lovable Brits--but what next? The Moonie wire service:
STOCKTON-ON-TEES, England, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Pranksters drew a willy on the roof of a top British prep school that was so big it could be seen from space -- and, in fact, was found on Google Earth.
Excellent! Clearly these British lads have no soy in their diet! Read more about Google to "consider" removing "offensive material" from Google Earth
If first you don't succeed, pick a weak Democrat and go in through the back door. That seems to be the plan for the anti-neutrality forces. I was just in MI, and what pisses me off about this story is that the voters rather soundly told Granholm's uberconservative challenger to get stuffed, so it's not like she has to be that worried. Worse, Google, who is actually on our side on this issue, is located in her state, but she doesn't seem to care, nor does she seem to think it's a good idea to give them a reason to be less in bed with Republicans. Read more about Granholm and Moderate Dems Suck: Net Neutrality by the States
Meanwhile, an individual mandate would be implemented, forcing every American to purchase one of the options offered by their state's newly formed Health Help Agency (HHA). The HHA's will have a menu of private insurance plans, all of which must provide coverage equal to or better than the Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Plan used by Congress. All plans will be community rated by the state, meaning an end to adverse selection and preexisting condition problems. The only acceptable variables for price will be geography, family size, and smoking status. Subsidies will be offered up to 400 percent of the poverty line, will full coverage provided to those below 100 percent. Employers will contribute through a set equation related to business size and yearly profits. There's quite a bit more, but that's the basic outline.
-The cost of equipping an infantry soldier tripled, from $7000 in 1999 to $24,000 today.
-The cost of Humvee's went from $32,000 in 2001 to a breathtaking $225,000 each today.
-The cost of training, feeding and housing Army recruits went from $75,000 per soldier in 2001 to $120,000 today. (The Army uses private contractors, largely Halliburton's Kellogg, Root & Brown, to provide most non-training services, such as food service and base maintenance.)