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I’m really liking Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt.  Subscribe here.

In his “Addenda” bit, he notes that John and Elizabeth Edwards are separated.  It’s a shame- I had the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for E to give to J:

OK, maybe she could spring for an undetonated pair.  Gives whole new meaning to the phrase, “Blow job.”

Does “al-Qaeda’s Secret” have an 800 number?  Lemme ask Nadal Hasan.

Also, Mike Pence is not running for Evan Bayh’s seat because he thinks that Republicans will take back the House in November.  I like this on a number of levels.  Mike Pence has become one of my favorite pols because I trust a man who is all in for the team.  Mind you- taking the House will not be easy, but Mr. Pence is committed.  Excellent.

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Or, in this case, $1.35 million is on the line. Big Government call this the “Pet Goat” moment. I call it “Teleprompter Story Time.”

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What Are You Doing Tomorrow?

This is an informal poll. Tomorrow’s a big day: the first anniversary of The Rapture, a.k.a. the Shoah, and ironically, the first full day of Scott Brown’s tenure in a national office.

Speaking of health care, gazing at this makes me feel good.  I just may spend the day clutching a copy to my bosom, weeping with gratitude, and muttering “the people’s seat…”

Or, I may spend the day gloating.  Going to the courthouse and having my middle name officially changed to “Schadenfreude.”

One of the barometers of Conservative Happiness is how batshøt crazy Keith Olbermann gets on “national” TV (hard to call an audience of 200,000 people and two caged gerbils “national” but I’ll just go with the polite fiction.)  He called Scott Brown a “teabagging racist,” among other things:

“In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees.”

I dunno: by this description, Scott Brown has matches on 6 out of 8 dimensions of compatibility with Keith Olbermann.  We know for sure no one wants to see him naked (except maybe Chris Matthews) so one assumes that he wasn’t a nude model, and I’ll give him “homophobic” on a PC technicality that you can’t be truly phobic of yourself.  I recommend Pledge Multi-Surface for the getting the spittle off the camera lenses and desk tops at MSNBC after these outburst.  Nothing cuts through the ick better.  If I were a producer at MSNBC, I’d just have KO gargle with the stuff prophylactically.

But, fellow conservative teases, be warned: Dear Leader is going to get combative if Scott Brown wins.  I know somewhere Chris Matthews is a-tingle with anticipation at the thought of BO getting TOUGH.  Ooh, ruff-n-tuff: just smack those nasty teabaggers!  Then smack me! Please! But I’m with Jim Geraghty, back here in the real world:

Great to know, Mr. President, that Iran shot protesters dead in the streets and beat the hell out of young kids, North Korea’s firing off missiles so regularly you can set a clock to them, al-Qaeda tried to blow up a plane on Christmas, al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch is winning “Franchise of the Year,” China’s hacking Google until every search brings back at least one smiling Mao photo, Kabul’s blowing up, our southern border looks like a war zone, and after a year of outreach, reset buttons, “changing the tone” and 365 days of kumbaya we finally get to see a “combative response” from you . . . to a Republican winning a race.

I look forward to his Oval Office address announcing that the electorate has deeply disappointed him, and that he expects more of us.


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Stripe the Wonder Dog is just like this.  As a puppy in a household of 14 dogs (they were breeders and competition herders: not a puppy mill,) she was extremely cagey about hiding the chewies.  I even caught her glancing side-to-side furtively before she dug a hole for her rawhide in a nook against the side of the house.

And, file this story under “Dogs: Doing Jobs Cats Won’t Do.”

And, this is a fascinating article in FT about Moscow’s stray dog population.  It’s not what you think.  At about 35,000, the population has reached ecological equilibrium keeps the vermin population down and have adapted to various sub-niches within the urban environment.  The are truly “feral” but not a danger to humans, apparently.  As a group, however, they cannot be domesticated without the same selection process that our ancestors used to domestic wolves.

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There are many organizations asking for money to help the relief efforts in Haiti.  And many of them are very good, BUT: it is a fact that some agencies are in a better position to help than others, and that there are unscrupulous operators.  My personal preference is to give to organizations that already have some infrastructure on the ground, and I have confidence in Episcopal Relief and Development and Catholic Relief Services, both of which are up and running in Haiti.  The Sacre Coeur Hospital was recommended on NRO by a woman who has volunteered there.  What’s important in this case is that the hospital is up and running and will undoubtedly become very important as a locus for care since so many other places have been destroyed.

I’ve seen some newspaper articles that have compiled lists of agencies, including the Agency for International Development.  As an alumna, I can say with complete certainty that there are better ways to help the people of Haiti, and better places to send your money.  Monies sent to the government, even voluntarily, have a way of being redirected to the job security needs of the bureaucrats, not to the people that actually need the help.

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In reference to Barb’s post: I’m baffled about how a jerk like Peter Orszag attracts women like Claire Milonas, whom he dumped when she got pregnant, despite her wealth and beauty. Look at the picture of Orszag. Here’s Claire:

She’s pretty. She also looks nice. I can’t look at these pictures without liking her.

Here’s his new squeeze, Bianna Golodryga:

Power must be more of an aphrodisiac than I realized. Or is there another explanation?

Maybe it’s just something about Orszag. There is a blog devoted solely to his sex appeal!

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