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By Nancy Morgan
As we come to the end of a turbulent year, a new poll pretty much sums up the state of our country: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are now the most admired man and woman in America, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Oh well, it could be worse. In Russia, mass-murderer Stalin was just voted the third most popular Russian.
Despite the appalling decline of civil and political society, there remains much:
The old media continue to ignore the impressive progress in Iraq as Baghdad celebrated its first public Christmas. The Iraqi government actually made Christmas an official holiday. Check out the huge hot-air balloon floating in the Baghdad sky, bearing a large poster of Jesus. Very cool.
More progress in Iraq: The IMF stated that improved security and a more stable political environment mean economic activity has “picked up” on the back of increased oil production and exports. You heard it here first. The silver lining to our current economic crisis: States are being forced to economize, and even sell off some state assets (privatize) in order to raise cash. Some states are even being forced to, gasp, downsize government.
The silver lining to the Bernie Madoff scandal: A begging letter just sent out by the American Civil Liberties Union reveals that the organization is a victim of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Cry me a river.
Exhibiting a firm grasp of the obvious, two-thirds of Americans think religion is losing its influence on U.S. life, a sharp jump from just three years ago when Americans were nearly evenly split on the question.
A same-sex couple in California has won a federal court ruling that their adopted son’s Louisiana birth certificate must bear the names of both adoptive fathers. Pretty soon, forms asking for name of father will have to be multiple choice. And forms asking for your sex will expand to essay length.
Cashing in on the fact that there is, indeed, a sucker born every minute: Environmentally conscious travelers flying out of San Francisco Int. Airport will soon be able to assuage their guilt and minimize the impact of their air travel by buying certified carbon offsets at airport kiosks
Forget bombs, missile launchers and AK47′s. Seems Viagra is the new tool in the war on terror. The CIA has started dishing this sex pill out to tribal chieftans in Afghanistan, causing many to rethink their loyalties. Pretty soon, 72 little blue pills may replace the 72 virgins in the minds of our foes. Hope springs eternal.
A Saudi court has rejected a plea to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty. Huh?
A woman gave birth this week to the first baby in Britain which has been selected to be free of a gene which greatly increases the risk of breast cancer.
Also in Britain: Hundreds of schools have banned teachers from marking in red ink just in case it upsets the kiddies.
The Internet has overtaken newspapers as the leading source for news. Just so.
The Vatican has endorsed new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones. Which, apropos of nothing, are now being sold by Wal-Mart.
Responding to news that Britain is counting the number of homosexual citizens it has, everyone’s favorite troublemaker, actor Tom Cruise, has called on the U.S. government to do the same.
President Bush has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time.
A rare white alligator has been spotted west of Vero Beach, Florida.
An attorney for convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko is listed as the owner and taxpayer for Barack Obama’s Chicago mansion. Hmmm…
Forget Viagra: scientists are working on an electronic “sex chip” that will be able to stimulate pleasure centres in the brain.
The new 2009 Sarah Palin calendar is a bestseller on Amazon.com
From the schadenfruede files, we add a link to the 10 worst films of 2008. Enjoy.
TOP IDIOT OF THE WEEK:
The winner of this week’s Top Idiot award is the Swedish man who tried to impress his girlfriend, with unintended results.
New idiots are springing up so fast, RightBias has had to add several new categories. Check out the new awards for ‘Politically Correct’ idiots.
Until next Monday, keep smiling,
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