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A happy/funny update.  GirlHead and Hellboy both have lung/sinus/ear infections.  Typical kid diseases.  The girl has been saying “I’m trying not to cough.”

Now, I know she’s trying in her own sweet-natured way to be polite, but I had to make sure she knew it was OK to cough.  I told her “I better hear some coughing in there.  I command you to cough!  Heck, one time your mother coughed so hard she coughed up her toes… and then her toenails, and then her shoes!”

She says “Daaaaa-aaaad.”

Later, Cruel Wife comes in and says quietly that GirlHead asked her:  “Mom, did you really cough up your toes?”

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Okayyyyy… (there’s a lot more information if you follow the link)

Obese Woman Dragged From Home, Hauled Away After Death

The Marion County Coroner’s Office has come under fire after it was revealed that an obese woman was dragged from her home and hauled away on a trailer in front of family members following her death.  Teresa Smith, 48, who weighed 750 pounds, died Tuesday in her apartment on Indianapolis’ northeast side.  Officials at the scene told 6News’ Jack Rinehart that the deputy coroner made the decision to call a towing service to remove the body from the home.

It is tempting, but the coroner is still going to have to face the music.

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Note:  An Astute Reader has informed me that *I* may be in the wrong here.  While it is *technically* possible I could be wrong, I still have to argue that it is highly unlikely because my ego would never allow me to make an error, and also the point could be made that a reporter’s job is to report – that is, communicate in an effective manner, which hasn’t quite happened here.

All right, lets do some addition.  In the panicky article titled “US Swine Flu Deaths Hit Double Digits”  (TEN, which is a ginormous shift of ten percent from yesterday’s NINE deaths).

Swine flu has sickened more than 10,000 people in 41 countries and killed 80, according to the World Health Organization, whose figures often lag those of individual countries. Mexico has reported 75 deaths, the U.S. 10, and one in both Canada and Costa Rica.

“Killed 80” the article says.  Then says Mexico has 75, the US 10, and Canada and Costa Rica 1 death each.

75 + 10 + 1 + 1 = 80

Last time I checked 87 did not equal 80.  I’d say “Oh, well, reporters focus on getting grammar, spelling, punctuation, and facts right rather than worry about math” … but I can’t.

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You mean minorities can be racist, too?

A Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate the city’s black residents through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday.

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UPDATE: Oooh, yet another reason why you should vote for Obama… OR ELSE.

UPDATE #2:  Obama’s answer to those of us who don’t want higher taxes:  Selfishness.

Lemur King’s Note: What?  I’m selfish because the level I think I have a right to keep as the fruits of my labors is different than yours?  Well effin’ bite me, Obama.  I could at least look at you without sneering but now I’d probably spit on you, you arrogant creep.

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This from Drudge:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states -- and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs -- and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters -- and possibly others -- will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama's historic campaign to become the first black American president.

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Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES' Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain's Straight Talk Express airplane.

And Fox…  Three Reporters Removed from Obama Plane:

Journalists from three major newspapers that endorsed John McCain — the Washington Times, the New York Post and the Dallas Morning News — have been booted from Barack Obama’s campaign plane for the final leg of the presidential race.

Well, I gotta say that on one hand I’m not surprised.  On the other hand, if you really did have space problems, who you gonna ditch?  Are you going to get rid of the people that fawn over you and stroke your ego or the ones that you don’t like because you think they don’t like you?

Here I want to point out –

  1. Obama is about change.  No idea what kind of change or how he plans to do it, but he’s about change
  2. Obama is already setting up his election party, so sure is he that he’s going to win
  3. Obama’s actions from being evasive to hiding his past to throwing out folks he doesn’t like to arrogant moves like #2… expect more control because he’s not going to change when he gets in power except to become even more like himself
  4. Nancy Pelosi says that control of both the house and senate by the Democrats will be a much more bipartisan thing and we should not worry
  5. Supreme court seats may be up for grabs
  6. Obama is the most liberal member out there
  7. If Obama wins it is because we’ve moved beyond race, but if he loses it is because we are not beyond race.  Just who is it that hasn’t moved beyond race again?  This kind of thinking that is so prevalent among Obama supporters frankly scares me
  8. Socialism is what the Democrats are after
  9. We can’t afford Social Security – do you really think that adding national health coverage is going to help anyone in the long term?

Even if you’re democrat, do you really want a bunch of people with that much power?  Any bunch of like-thinking people with that much power?  What happens if they all decide to embark on a really bad idea?  What kind of checks are there against it?  Think long and hard before you answer.

This election is about Control, not Change.

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