Back after an inexcusable two-day absence! Time to get an intern, I think. But for now: onwards!
1WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH AMERICANS? As expected, Massachusetts voters hand Ted Kennedy's seat to a Republican who wants to kill health care. The Dems have now lost their 60-seat super majority. There are no words to describe how stupid this all is. But I'll try. First: you'd have to run a malicious, developmentally-delayed woodchuck to lose that seat. Apparently the Democrats did. Nice going, Dems. Second: after eight years of Bush and Cheney, there is no way, no waaay, that any sane person should vote for a Republican candidate federally. We all know that the Democrats are a compromised party with problems big enough to shut it down without anyone shedding a tear. But the Republicans? Two bogus wars and contempt for civil rights, the poor, the middle class, the enivironment, reality in general, yadda yadda yadda (see also: spying, torture, treason, hatred, abortion, gays, immigrants). They are VANDALS.
Here's the Washington Post on this fiasco.
Massachusetts, you are a TERRIBLE PERSON.
2 LINK'S OFF THE HOOK Remenber Waterhengate and the NDP leadrship vote scandal? Lingenfelter has been cleared of shenanigans. (CBC)
3 HAITI: STILL A DISASTER How bad is it? Here's the money quote: doctors they have to "buy their own saws to carry out amputations." Oh, and there's been another earthquake. Maybe it's time to take pull resources out of Afghanistan and help a country that wants and needs our help, eh? (Guardian)
4 WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLIMATE SCIENTISTS AND LIARS? One group admits it when they're wrong about something. Hint: not the climate liars. (Guardian)
5 NEW YORK TIMES WILL CHARGE FOR ONLINE ACCESS IN 2011Yeah, good luck with that. (New York Times)
6 IT'S NOT AGAINST THE LAW, IT'S JUST A RATTY LITTLE LOOPHOLE Conservatives score a win in court over Elections Canada's charges of spending monkeyshines. But even though he sided with the Conservatives, the judge says existing election spending rules have problems: "...this is a debatable issue, which is better left for public commentary and debate by all interested persons outside the courts.” (Globe And Mail).
And lets wrap up with more on Massachusetts, courtesy John Stewart and The Daily Show. No embed for the show in Canada, so you'll just have to click on the link. (The Comedy Network)