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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stories to Watch: 11/14/10

I don't know if you care about boxing, but even if you don't, this is impressive. Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao becomes the first person in history to win eight world boxing championships in eight different weight classes. That's just crazy. Pacman's also an actor and member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines. He's been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. Maybe next year, he'll win a Nobel Prize in chemistry or something. This is what you call a life of accomplishment. Now here's the news...

Frank Rich tells us who the biggest winners in the 2010 elections were; "those who take far more from America than they give back," AKA, the insanely wealthy. Good call.

The often hit or miss New York Times editorial board gets a hit, by urging the GOP to try governing for a change.

A collection of remedies from an assortment of economists. Some are good, some maybe aren't so, but they're all worth discussing. Which, of course, means Washington won't. Republicans don't do economics.

Cindy McCain becomes incoherent.

Let's go ahead and call Eric Cantor a traitor. He went to Israel, guaranteed a foreign government that he'd do what he could to undermine the goals of his own government, then came back home and bragged about it. Republicans -- including Cantor himself -- have used the "t-word" often and in a lot less fitting circumstances. Vote these stories up on Reddit and Digg (editors and reporters really do check these sites), write letters to the editor. Let's force this into a news cycle that's almost certain to ignore it otherwise.

If you don't like Nazis -- and I don't mean white-power hick idiots. I mean real, actual goosestepping German Nazis who worked for old Adolph himself -- then you aren't going to like this. The CIA provided safe-haven for Nazis in the US, according to a Justice Department report uncovered by the New York Times. I originally came across this story on Raw Story, where Daniel Tencer writes that the report "may be the most concrete account yet of the role that prominent members of Germany's Nazi party played in the early, formative years of the CIA, following World War II." Disturbing.

This is interesting. Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the highest ranking 'baggers in Washington, signals he's willing to compromise on Bush's tax giveaway. Sen. Jim tells Fox News Sunday that uncertainty over the fate of the cuts is hurting the economy, which is probably pretty true. He want's a temporary extension for the fabulously well-to-do of two or three years, which is still a bad idea. But cracks are showing in the armor...

Finally, just a thought after watching some snippets of Sunday yack shows: pundits live in some weird time frame where what just happened might as well have never happened. The subject of the day is whether Nancy Pelosi should still lead House Democrats. The majority opinion: no, she's too polarizing. Republicans will attack her and that will hurt Democrats.

Here's an interesting question -- which Democrat wouldn't Republicans attack? Barack Obama's a centrist and they've turned him into a secret Muslim terr'ist commie. Seriously, you have to wonder if these people all have Alzheimer's or something. It's like they can't even remember last week. Once again I tell you, TV pundits are dicks and morons.

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