Homophobes baffled as Warren backtracks towards Jesus.

As the Prop 8 vote drew near, Rick Warren eagerly pimped himself out to the Prop 8 movement (detailed by BarbinMD earlier last week). In a strange twist, though, he found himself on Larry King Live Monday distancing himself from none other than Rick Warren, as he denied supporting the anti-gay movement during last year's election. It was a purpose-driven waffle that contrasted starkly with his own words.

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Heroes reconstructing the faces of US and Iraqi heroes

To date, over 30,000 US troops have been wounded while fighting in Iraq. Many of them involved traumatic injuries that demanded intense, highly specialized medical care. While US forces benefit from the skills of world-class trauma surgeons, the high-tech hospital equipment these medical professionals depend on in the US doesn't accompany them to the Iraqi battlefield.

There, the operating rooms, which have come a long way, resemble the long metal bins used to collect trash at construction sites but with the added benefits of a roof and lighting:

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"Let me guess, your name starts with an A."

Yesterday, I made a new friend during a weekly celebration of Philly's beerliciousness. He worked in the same industry as me, had roots in the middle east like me, and was a damn interesting conversation (much like myself). Our highly-engaging discussion was only interrupted by the loud, unintelligible rants of some drunk guy two dozen feet away near the bar.

Brimming with a liquor-induced hunger for drama and confrontation, the token loudmouth stealthily emerged unannounced directly in my new friend's face. Completely out of the blue and sans introduction, he uttered the following to my friend:

"Let me guess, your name starts with an A."

(Incidentally, my name begins with an A; I'm Jewish). The bellicose harasser promptly moved on to "M" and several other letters before my new friend, mercifully, remarked that his name began with a "W."

But the drunk guy couldn't stop himself. He quickly and confidently declared, "It can only be Wassan. I have you pegged, don't I? I've been all over the world, and I know my shit." He didn't.  After painfully watching the inebriated bigot make a complete ass out himself for a few excruciating moments longer, my friend finally gave up his name. It was Arabic, which left the racist feeling vindicated.

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WaPo: Sputtering, visionless GOP now targeting President Obama

According to the Washington Post, the blundering GOP seeks to shift the target of their flailing desperation from Nancy Pelosi to President Obama. So far, their efforts include second guessing Obama's letter to the Russians (an act they would've decried as treason had the letter been written by Bush), hyperventilating over Obama's remarks on stock market fluctuations and denouncing Obama's tireless efforts to improve the sinking plight of American workers.

The GOP hopes their initial attacks on Obama help restore their facade as the party of fiscal discipline, but, in light of the astronomical debt they amassed during their reign, statements like the following brim with hilarious irony:

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WSJ Poll: America urges McCain, Limbaugh et al. to PISS OFF!

The Washington Post reports on the tragic effects of the Republican party's cognitive dissonance:

By more than a two-to-one margin, Americans believe the Democratic Party is better suited to getting the country out of a recession over the Republican Party, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll to be released today.

Almost half of all respondents, 48%, identified the Democratic Party, while just one in five, or 20%, said the Republican Party. Some 8% said both parties were equally qualified, while 16% said neither party was qualified.

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CPAHAHAC Conference: GOP's BRILLIANT self-caricature!

In three tidy paragraphs, Politico neatly packages this year's "hip-hop" flavored CPAC so far:

The Conservative Political Action Conference may not have A-list Govs. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) or Bobby Jindal (R-La.) this year, but it has Samuel Wurzelbacher.

Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," is getting the rock-star treatment at CPAC, mobbed by attendees seeking autographs, handshakes and photos.

"Oh my god, there he is," one flustered young woman shouted, holding her hand over her mouth upon spotting the McCain campaign icon.

Michael Steele's hilarious attempt at "off the hook" and Joe Wurzelbacher's meteoric rise into the Jindalsphere highlight this year's conference, which could mark the Republican Party's final, rigor mortis-generated hurrah. By all accounts, CPAC has been a circus befitting of the GOP's clownish efforts to remain relevant. From the plumber's own mouth:

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Arnold to obstinate colleagues: I'll take your money!

In a recent interview with Politico, California's Governor graciously offered to take the stimulus money that dingleberries such as Jindal, Sanford and Pawlenty (in direct conflict with the interests of their state's citizens) may or may not reject.

California, mired in a budget crisis of biblical proportions, could certainly use the money. So Schwarzenegger, revealing some of his former superhero glory, offered a deadpan quip worthy of "You're a funny man, Sully, I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last" status:


"Everyone has their own way of thinking," Schwarzenegger said of those governors in an interview with POLITICO at the National Governors Association's annual meeting. "I just hope they give me their funding."

Schwarzenegger supports President Barack Obama's $778 billion stimulus, but four Republican governors have said they may reject some of the stimulus funds.

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Socks, 1989-2009

Socks, the former first cat under President Clinton, has died of cancer. The Clintons have released the following statement:

Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere. We're grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend, Betty Currie, for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years."

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WTF

The abbreviated phrase reached the height of its prominence during the second Bush presidency. It came to describe a pointless, disastrous war. Americans relied on it to make sense of debacles such as Abu Graib and Alberto Gonzalez. And it was a collective reflex for the millions worldwide who witnessed Bush's gut-wrenching, chewwithopenmouth, expletive-dotted and incoherent diatribe courtesy of a G8-summit's hot mic.

The phrase reached its pinnacle thanks to the Bush administration and, now, it fittingly and succinctly defines the same catastrophic presidency.

But, since Obama entered office, he has been systematically overturning Bush's infamous acts of WTF. Here are just some examples from the past month, as chronicled by other Kossacks (disclaimer--I would've provided examples chronicled on MYDD, but, sadly, there's no search function here):

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NYT introduces Newt's mini-me, Eric Cantor

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