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I'd like to take a moment to extend my most sincere condolences to the Kennedy family on the loss of Senator Edward Kennedy. He died much too young, at a time when we really really needed his strength and guidance. He will be sorely missed.

Medical Emergency

tom jerkface coburnAt a town hall meeting on Monday the 25th, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn was confronted by a woman who told a terrible tale about being unable to find medical help for her husband, who has a traumatic brain injury. One of the responses from Mr. Coburn was very, very interesting:

"The thing that's missing in this debate is us as neighbors, helping people that need our help."

"Neighbors helping neighbors" is exactly how single-payer health care works. We all chip in and donate our small part to fund a program that helps those who need medical aid when they need it.

Yes, Senator Tom Coburn, staunch opponent to the Obama health plan, is actually for the Obama health plan, whether he knows it or not.

Some of you may think that Mr. Coburn meant that friends should bring over a casserole, but all the tuna in the world won't treat a brain injury the way a skilled medical technician can.

We need single-payer health care in this country  and we need it now.


rachel maddowI loves me some Rachel Maddow, and the other day she did something terribly interesting. She added up all the votes for each Democratic and Republican Senator and you know what she discovered?

Americans vote for Democratic senators 2-1. Here are the exact numbers:

Votes cast for the 40 Republican senators: 44.2 million
Votes cast for the 60 Democratic senators: 82.3 million

You take out the millions of votes for Texas's two Republican senators and that comparative number shrinks to ridiculously tiny levels.

What this means is that the Senate is being held hostage by tiny fringe states, but that's by GOP design, just as it was installing the two Bush's, Jeb and George, as governors in two of the most populous states, Texas and Florida.

It's a very clever plan if your intention is to loot the U.S. Treasury for eight years. And because way too many Americans aren't very bright, it worked.

As philosopher Daivd Hume said, "Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few."

A-damn-men, brother.


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Bonus Hydration
Lewis Black on water. Terribly amusing.

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This is a creation of magician Harry Eng.
This incredible bottle has a bolt through 3 packs of playing cards.
It is so tightly packed that there is no room to get the nut on or off.

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Whoever you are, thanks for reading my peculiar little 'toon.

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Today's Google Chow.
Four guys peeing in the river.
The Upstream Bottled Water Company: "I can't understand why people buy so much of this bottled water."
The Even Farther Upstream Bottled Water Company: "You know, we were asking ourselves the same question."