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A Christmas Greeting from Your Congressional Representative December 26, 2009

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Don’t worry, be happy. You’re going to love ObamaCare.

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The Hostages Carolers At Brewfan’s House December 26, 2009

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Know Your Meme: Om Nom Nom December 26, 2009

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Quoting Lipstick from a thread below with a recipe for Aunt Mina’s peanut butter fudge:

Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom!

Here’s the history:

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OK, was anyone else distracted by the number of buttons that Elspeth left unbuttoned?

I’m serious. Did it occur to you that there might be some exposed boobage before this video was over, and you better keep a sharp lookout for it?

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The Bowen Beer Bottle Band December 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Man Laws.
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Merry Christmas! December 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in Humor.
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Thanks to Cousin-in-Law Charles for the link.

A Very Special Message from Linus December 24, 2009

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He could have scored more goals than Wayne Gretsky.  I mean, that’s so cool.

WWF Vatican Style December 24, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Crime, Ducks, Heroes, Literature, Man Laws, Philosophy, Religion, Sports.
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Some crazy woman jumped the fence and knocked down Benedict XVI during his Christmas Mass procession. But he managed to regain the advantage with a DDT and a fast chokeslam, and put the Popehammer on her ass with a Doomsday facebuster.

Which was pretty cool I bet.

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch December 24, 2009

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The song is only three minutes, by the way.  Then you can listen to Tay talk about it if you wish.

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Thanks to Doug for sending the link.

My Hostages Secret Santa December 23, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in News.
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Dropped dime for me, whoa.

At Last!! The Chart is Productized!! December 23, 2009

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Due to overwhelming demand (well, one guy asked), I have collaborated* with the illustrious S. Weasel to bring you an exciting series of products featuring this Weaselized version of The Chart:

Pretty spiffy, eh? Yes, friend, you have your choice of t-shirts, coffee mugs, postcards and greeting cards, all available here. It’s madness, I’m telling you – we can’t keep prices this low forever!!

And while you’re shopping, don’t miss the rest of S. Weasel’s offerings, including Zombie Reagan merchandise, weaselly stuff, and various other conservativish-type thingies, which you’ll find here.

*”collaborated” means I mentioned it to her and she did all the work.

“China is Here, Mr. Burton” December 23, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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I’ve written, oh, say 30 or 40 posts on the ascendancy of China and its foreign policy machinations via its alliance with Russia and leadership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. There has been a lot to write about – China has had a very busy decade: expanding and modernizing its economy and military; establishing diplomatic and economic relationships in the Middle East, Africa, and South America; and consolidating its control of Asia.

Not just a busy decade. A very successful decade. China was a nobody in the 90’s, but is now a leader in the international scene.

China’s publicly stated goal has been to create a multipolar world, where the US is not the world’s only superpower. And, as of the Copenhagen conference, they have succeeded (about 5 years before I thought they would).

At Copenhagen, China treated President Obama and the US to a taste of life as a 2nd tier country, essentially announcing their assumption of superpower status:

What I saw was profoundly shocking. The Chinese premier, Wen Jinbao, did not deign to attend the meetings personally, instead sending a second-tier official in the country’s foreign ministry to sit opposite Obama himself. The diplomatic snub was obvious and brutal…

It has now become so obvious that even the liberal press can perceive the power shifts:

China knows it is becoming an uncontested superpower; indeed its newfound muscular confidence was on striking display in Copenhagen. Its coal-based economy doubles every decade, and its power increases commensurately. Its leadership will not alter this magic formula unless they absolutely have to.

Copenhagen was much worse than just another bad deal, because it illustrated a profound shift in global geopolitics. This is fast becoming China’s century, yet its leadership has displayed that multilateral environmental governance is not only not a priority, but is viewed as a hindrance to the new superpower’s freedom of action.

To restate the title (taken, of course, from a line in Big Trouble in Little China): China has arrived.

A Video Message For Harry Reid December 23, 2009

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Enjoy your new job as a lobbyist in 2011.