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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Updating Site

Hoping to have a new site by the end of the week. In the meantime, you'll notice "blogspot" is back in the http address. (Is that even what it's called?) You should still be able to get there by going through endpoliticsasusual.com.

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Obama to DC: "Toughen Up!"




President Obama went out of his way to make fun of Washington DC for canceling school because of "some ice." From the Huffington Post:
At a meeting in the Roosevelt Room with business leaders to discuss the economy, President Obama asked to make an unrelated comment -- on the weather.

"My children's school was canceled today, because of what? Some ice," Obama said, and all at the table started laughing.

"As my children pointed out, in Chicago school is never canceled," he continued. He said that in their old hometown, "you'd go outside for recess in weather like this. You wouldn't even stay indoors."

The President said he would have to bring "some flinty Chicago toughness" to Washington.

Asked if he was calling Washingtonians wimps, Obama responded: "I'm saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."

More on topic, President Obama said he is "confident" the stimulus package will pass.

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Paul McCartney on Colbert Report

Wednesday night Paul McCartney will go on the Colbert Report. He has a new album to promote! You can see him tonight at 11:30 ET.

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Colbert Calls Out O'Reilly



Colbert gets an "interview" with Bill O'Reilly and calls him out on rumors about Caroline Kennedy.

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Colbert: Al Arabiya Kidnaps Obama

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Daily Show: Qatar Hero

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama 'Mad'



Read more HERE.

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Obama Reaches Out to Muslims



"Americans are not your enemy" Obama tells Muslims.

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This is What Common Sense Looks Like

Wow. A President with real power. According to ABC News:

The high-flying execs at Citigroup caved under pressure from President Obama and decided today to abandon plans for a luxurious new $50 million corporate jet from France.

The decision came 24 hours after the banking giant, which was rescued by a $45 billion taxpayer lifeline, defended buying the state-of-the-art Dassault Falcon 7X -- one of nine to be flying in U.S. skies -- as a smart business deal.

The jet, the epitome of corporate prestige and privilege, can carry 12 passengers in elegant comfort.

ABC News has learned that on Monday officials of the Obama administration called Citigroup about the company's new $50 million corporate jet and told execs to "fix it."

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Daily Show: Guantanamo Baywatch



This is all great stuff, but you've got to go 2:15 in to where it gets really good. Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa offers the following scenario if the Gitmo detainees are moved to America:

"Let's just say that, that, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, is brought to the United States to be tried in a federal court of the United States. And on a technicality such as, let's just say he wasn't read his Miranda rights, he is released into the streets of America. Walks over and steps up into a U.S. Embassy and applies for asylum. What happens then if another judge grants him asylum in the United States and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is on a path to citizenship."

To which Stewart replies:

"Then, let's say Khalid Sheikh Mohammed runs for Congress. He wins because he's an expert on terror. Then a couple of years later a crazy Governor makes him a Senator and as Senator he hypnotizes everyone and takes over the army. Now he has access to Area 51 and here's where it gets weird. He uses alien technology to seduce Scarlett Johansson and only Will Smith can stop him."

Stewart then offers this advice to the Republican members of Congress who are scared:

"I know you guys are freaking out. But you know what we in these United States do better than anyone? Imprison people. But these detainees are the worst of the worst... they want to kill Americans! Yeah, unlike our current inmate population of jaywalkers, cream puffs and boy scouts who only want to hug Americans (see Charles Manson, Tim McVeigh, Unabomber, Jeffrey Dahmer). Look, I know you're Republicans so you don't watch MSNBC, but check it out on the weekends. They have this 6-10 hour block called "Lockup. " (Stewart shows a prisoner saying, 'I pulled his brain out and took a bite out of it'). We can't handle these piddly punks from Guantanamo? I'll put a good, old fashioned, USA born and raised, brain eater against any of those motherfuckers. Any of them. USA! USA! Let's stop pretending these Guantanamo guys are all super villains. They're thugs and jackasses not Magneto. If they had mutant powers we would've known by now. But you don't want them on our soil. I understand. We're safe as long as they're in Cuba with 90 miles of ocean between us. Yeah, nobody could ever make that harrowing journey, oh, except maybe a six-year-old with access to high-tech innertube technology. I know Janet Reno would like you to believe that Elian got here on the wings of a magical schnauzer but no! It might be comforting to keep these prisoners in legal limbo, but the thing is they're not actually in limbo. They still exist. So until we can come up with an actual limbo, a phantom zone so to speak, I'll take my chances with the system that's been able to contain the brain-eater guy."

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Daily Show: Scumdog Million-Hairs

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Generation O

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All Blago All the Time

Rod Blagojevich continued his non-book/impeachment tour on The View today and ended up getting a noogie from Joy Behar. Shockingly, he was intelligent enough to avoid doing the Nixon impression that Behar requested proving that he does have some sense that this is all being televised and thus avoiding the inevitable "I am not a crook" comparisons. I'll be he's loving life right about now.



From the Huffington Post:
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich continued his television campaign proclaiming his innocence on "The View" Monday and ended up getting his hair tousled by cohost Joy Behar.

After a segment of Barbara Walters, via satellite, one-on-one questioning Blago, the panel came back. Most of the interview consisted of Governor complaining he can't bring witnesses who would prove his innocence in the corruption scandal and impeachment trial.

At the end Behar got upset their time was over and asked him to do his Nixon impression, which she has heard is great. Caught off guard, Blago laughed but repeatedly refused, and earned a head rub from Behar.

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Oprah: News to Me!

Oprah was surprised to find out this morning that she was "considered" by Gov. Rod Blagojevich as a replacement for Barack Obama in the Senate.

According to TMZ:

Oprah told BFF Gayle King on her Sirius radio show she never was contacted by Guv Rod Blagojevich. It's a good thing, says Oprah, she wasn't watching "GMA," because "I would have fallen off the treadmill." video

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Blago Wanted Oprah as Senator

Sure he did...

You have to go about six - seven minutes in to see the discussion about Oprah.



From CNN:

On "Good Morning America," Blagojevich said he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey as Obama's Senate replacement. "She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president," he said. "She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators."

The governor said Winfrey was one of several candidates he had considered for the position.


Update:

Oprah's surprised to find out she was considered as a replacement for Obama.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama Sings Order to Close Gitmo


radosh.net grabbed this headline from the Huffington Post before they could fix it.

h/t: The Daily Dish

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High-Five Inauguration

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Daily Show: Fox News Fears Imbalance

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Daily Show: Obama Closing Gitmo

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Things You Don't Want to See Your President Do



I don't know... The bump? With a 14-year-old? Harmless. Kind of weird.

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Obama's First Air Force One Trip



This was Obama's first trip on Air Force One as President-Elect going from Chicago to Washington. He tells the captain he looks like Sam Shephard (a dated but cool reference)and orders a cheeseburger.

For more fascinating tidbits, watch the show "On Board Air Force One." It premiers Sunday at 8pm ET on the National Geographic Channel.

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New Video: Hudson River Landing

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Flu

So I'm out with the flu. Probably posting by Friday.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Live: Inauguration of Barack Obama

MSNBC provides live coverage:

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Oops on the Oath

A case of nerves got both President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts as they both administered/took their first oath of office. Obama messed up first by stepping on Roberts before he had finished saying the first line for him to repeat. Then, Roberts got some words out of order on the second line so Obama paused as he started to say them, realizing that Roberts had gotten it wrong. Roberts corrected himself and gave Obama the correct line. Obama ignored it and said the line as Roberts originally gave him. The rest went smoothly. If you'd like to see the swearing in just click HERE for video. Brian Williams, who I consider to be a constiutional scholar, assures me over on NBC that it's all legal and Obama is indeed our 44th President.

photo courtesy: Getty Images

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Inauguration: Video Highlights

Today's events courtesy CNN and MSNBC:

Obamas Walk Up Pennsylvania Avenue



Obama's Luncheon Speech after Kennedy collapse



Bush's Final Goodbye



Obama's Inaugural Address



Obama Sworn In as 44th President



Biden Sworn In



Rick Warren Invocation



Bushes Greet Obamas at White House


Obamas Leave for Church

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Jilly Reveals Biden's Choice



You have to go about 1:53 in to see the "oops."

From the Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's wife said Monday that he had his pick of being Barack Obama's running mate or the secretary of state nomination that eventually went to Hillary Rodham Clinton, a slip that the vice president-elect immediately tried to shush.

Jill Biden's comment came during an appearance with her husband on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," taped at Washington's Kennedy Center on the eve of the inauguration.

"Joe had the choice to be secretary of state or vice president," she said. Her husband turned to his wife with his finger to his lips and a "Shhhh!" that sent the audience into laughter. "OK, he did," Jill Biden said in her defense.

The vice president-elect blushed, grimaced and gave his wife a hug while the audience continued to erupt in laughter. "That's right," he finally said to his wife. "Go ahead."


President Obama says Joe was only offered one position: Vice President

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Letterman Delivers Final "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches"

Letterman aired his final "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches" Friday night. First, a montage of the best, and then the final moment.





Update: The final moment actually aired before the montage.

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SNL: Ann Coulter on Weekend Update

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Inauguration Day Schedule

I plan to stream live coverage of inauguration day tomorrow starting around 10am ET. Here is the schedule of events according to the Washington Post.

Musical Selections
The United States Marine Band

Musical Selections
The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

Invocation
Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection
Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court The Honorable John Paul Stevens

Musical Selection, John Williams, composer/arranger
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
• Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
• Gabriela Montero, Piano
• Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama
By the Chief Justice of the United States The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address
The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama

Poem
Elizabeth Alexander

Benediction
The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem
The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After the address, the new president escorts the outgoing chief executive to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Obama will then go to a luncheon at the Capitol. He'll then start the journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. It's not clear yet if he'll get out and walk at any point along the way. Once he gets to the White House he'll head to the reviewing stand to watch the parade.

The parade will start at 2:30pm ET and goes down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.

Later in the evening the President and Mrs. Obama will attend several balls. All the networks expect to have live coverage of their first dance.

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Daily Show: Goodbye to the Dubya Impression

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Daily Show: Obama's Path to the Presidency

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Obama's Speech at the Lincoln Memorial

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U2 Performs at Inauguration Celebration



Could they have played any other song? Their new single debuts today as well.

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Video Shows Plane Crash



The Coast Guard has released the video of the crash landing into the Hudson River by a US Airways Jet last week. Amazingly, no one was killed.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Bush's Farewell Address

In between news coverage of the landing of a US Airways jet in the Hudson river, President Bush gave his final address. (By the way, bizarre to see President Bush's presidency bookended by two instances of commercial jets "crashing" into New York City).

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Daily Show: Sloppy Joes

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Daily Show: President Bush Kept Us Safe



Stewart on Bush keeping us "safe" during his Presidency: "President Bush was our guardian angel. Even when we didn't know he was there, he was there. Sometimes literally hang gliding above us with an AK-47, keeping our enemies at bay. Nothing could tear him from that task. Not hurricanes or the economy. He was relentless."

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Daily Show Live Inauguration Night

The Daily Show will go live at its usual time Tuesday January 20th in honor of the inauguration.

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Obama's Legoland Inauguration

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CNN: Boy George Jailed for 15 Months

Oh, so many jokes....

I've seen people charged with murder who have to serve less time than that. They're pretty serious about not chaining up escorts and beating them over in England. That's a crime that hurts all of Great Britain.

Full details HERE.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Goodbye to Great Moments in Presidential Speeches

Friday night will be the last night David Letterman gets to do Great Moments in Presidential Speeches. Here are some of the best as complied by the Huffington Post. (See, there is something to miss about the Bush Presidency).





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Obama's Digg: Your Chance to Change Government

Barack Obama has set up a Citizen's Briefing Book. It's kind of like digg on steroids and is part of his change.gov website. It allows users to submit ideas about what they would like to see the government do. Then, other users vote on the ideas they like best. The best rated ideas get put into a "briefing book" that is then given to the President of the United States.

You can't tell me those ideas will be any worse than ones submitted by "Brownie" after Katrina.

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Daily Show: Head of State

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Daily Show: President Bush's Non-stop Press Tour

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Daily Show: Blamey Whinehouse

Daily Show dissects all of Sarah Palin's complaints.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ann Coulter Takes Anger to The View

I finally decided to go ahead and post this just because I think it's funny to watch one woman act as if she is the standard bearer for Republican women everywhere. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Here Coulter is yesterday getting into a fight with the women on the The View while there to promote her new book. At one point Coulter told Barbara Walters she was reading her book as if it were Mein Kampf. Ironically, the title Mein Kampf would accurately describe Coulter's press tour. I don't think she'd find that funny either. Hell, a girl's gotta sell some books so a girl's gotta get mad!

So if you'd rather spend your day in peace, don't watch. If you like tense situations, go for it!

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Live: Clinton Confirmation Hearings

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Colbert: President Bush's Last Press Conference

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Daily Show: President Goofus

Barack Obama has a lot to learn from President Bush.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

President Bush on his Mistakes

President Bush is obviously a guy struggling with his legacy who doesn't want to tear himself down before the historians do it. He admitted, again, today that he thought he could've done some things differently. This is newsworthy, but the comment that stands out to me was this one:

I've thought long and hard about Katrina; you know, could I have done something differently, like land Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

Yes, what you could've done differently about Katrina was to land your plane in a different place because that's what would've solved the food and water and stranded in the Superdome crisis. When I watched all those people begging for help and screaming for someone, like, oh, say the President, to order troops to march right into town and save them I thought, "The one thing that could really help these people would be to plop Air Force One down in the middle of New Orleans. Then they could all get on board and just fly away to happiness."

From Time:

QUESTION: Four years ago, you were asked if you had made any mistakes. And I'm not trying to play "gotcha," but I wonder, when you look back over the long arc of your presidency, do you think in retrospect that you have made any mistakes? And, if so, why is the single biggest mistake that you may have made?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Gotcha. (LAUGHTER)

Look, I have often said that history will look back and determine that which could have been done better or, you know, mistakes I made. Clearly, putting a "mission accomplished" on a (sic) aircraft carrier was a mistake. It sent the wrong message. We were trying to say something differently, but, nevertheless, it conveyed a different message. Obviously, some of my rhetoric has been a mistake.

I've thought long and hard about Katrina; you know, could I have done something differently, like land Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. The problem with that and -- is that law enforcement would have been pulled away from the mission. And then your questions, I suspect, would have been, "How could you possibly have flown Air Force One into Baton Rouge, and police officers that were needed to expedite traffic out of New Orleans were taken off the task to look after you?" I believe that running the Social Security idea right after the '04 elections was a mistake. I should have -- should have argued for immigration reform.

And the reason why is is that -- you know, one of the lessons I learned as governor of Texas, by the way, is legislative branches tend to be risk-adverse (sic). In other words, sometimes legislatures have the tendency to ask, "Why should I take on a hard task when the crisis is not eminent (sic)?" And the crisis was not eminent (sic) for Social Security as far as many members of Congress was (sic) concerned. As an aside, one thing I proved is that you can actually campaign on the issue and get elected. In other words, I don't believe talking about Social Security is the third rail of American politics. As a matter of fact, think that in the future not talking about how you intend to fix Social Security is going to be the third rail of American politics. And the -- one thing about the presidency is that you can make -- only make decisions, you know, on the information at hand.

You don't -- you don't get to have information after you've made the decision. That's not the way it works. And you're -- you stand by your decisions and you do your best to explain why you made the decisions you made. There have been disappointments. Abu Ghraib, obviously, was a huge disappointment, during the presidency. You know, not having weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment. I don't know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but they were -- things didn't go according to plan, let's put it that way.

And, anyway, I think historians will look back and they'll be able to have a better look at mistakes, after some time has passed. I -- one of Jake's questions -- there is no such thing as short-term history. I don't think you can possibly get the full breadth of an administration until time has passed. You know, where does a president's -- did a president's decisions have the impact that he thought they would -- or he thought they would, over time? Or how did this president compare to future presidents, given a set of circumstances that may be similar or not similar? I mean, it's just impossible to do and I'm comfortable with that.

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Daily Show Highlights

Here are highlights from last week's Daily Show as you get ready for another new week of shows.

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SNL: Maddow Interviews Blagojevich

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Golden Globe Highlights

Tina Fey's very funny Best Actress acceptance speech.



And Sasha Baron Cohen proves once again that celebrities don't know how to laugh at themselves.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

No Signature for You!

The Illinois State Supreme Court tosses up an interesting constitutional law question in denying Roland Burris' the signature he needs in order to be admitted to the United States Senate. It's a little complicated, but here's what's going on:


1. Arrested (and now impeached) Governor Rod Blagojevich appoints Roland Burris to fill Obama's vacated Senate seat after the Democratic leadership in the Senate, Barack Obama, all the politicians in Chicago, and anyone with a brain, tells him not to appoint anyone.

2. Burris accepts this "honor" but the Illinois Secretary of State says, "not so fast." Jesse White refuses to sign Blagojevich's appointment.

3. Burris says he doesn't need no stinking signature and asks the Illinois State Supreme Court to back him up, for gawdsake.

4. Harry Reid says Senate Rule 11, which has been around since, like, forever, says you need the Secretary of State's signature and don't even think about showing up for the swearing in ceremony.

5. Burris shows up for the ceremony and the Senate refuses to let him in. He stands indignant on the Capitol steps demanding they seat him saying repeatedly (as if that would make it true), "I am the junior Senator from Illinois!"

6. Barack Obama, already tired of the drama and wishing that he could take his blackberry and just go live on a secluded island, urges the Senate to resolve this Burris thing quickly and adds that Burris may not be that bad of a guy so just seat him.

7. Harry Reid, in a new role of saying "no" to anything the most popular President in recent decades has asked for, says he'll think about it.

8. Jon Stewart adds a little known fact to the fray that Burris already has a huge monument erected to himself for when he dies detailing all his accomplishments in life. Number one on the list, "Got corrupt Governor to show me some love and seat me as the JUNIOR SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS FOR GAWDSAKE!"

9. Meantime, the Illinois State Supreme Court says Burris can't have the Secretary of State's signature. BUT they add that they don't really think the Senate needs the signature to seat Burris and that they would be shocked (as in Florida Supreme Court shocked) if the Senate superseded the wishes of a sitting governor based on a Rule that doesn't really say what they think it says.

10. The Democratic "leadership" in the United States Senate decides to think about this one. We'll let you know when, and if, their brain kicks in and they quit making asses out of themselves. There's a "done being stupid" news conference scheduled by Dick "the other Illinois Senator" Durbin at 3:30pm ET today.

Stay tuned...

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