Archive for April, 2006

Maine’s House and Senate have worked out a compromise measure that recommends a 20-year prison sentence for first-time child sex offenders, plus probation for life. Judges who wish to stray from the 20-year minimum would have to spell out in writing just why the longer or shorter sentence is warranted. See Bangor Daily News
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According to ABC News, “When the Rev. Jerry Falwell speaks from behind the lectern at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., there is a unique presence surrounding him.” It’s called cellulite.
Falwell has joined Pat Robertson on the short bus in recent years, proclaiming Teletubby Tinky Winky to be gay or waxing poetic about […]

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El Bandera Estrellado!

First America was referred to as a melting pot. A catch-of-the-day chowder of immigration. Somewhere in the 90s this was redefined as a “stew,” a delicious blend of interesting ingredients that all added something special and nutritious to the mix as a whole. Now? it seems we would rather think of our […]

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In response to questions about Iran’s unwillingness to curb their nuclear ambitions, President Bush, took the advice of his Secretary of Vocabulary this afternoon, asserting that while diplomacy has just started, “intransigence is unacceptable.”
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Maine’s Population Growth

More people are moving to Maine than fleeing across the border reversing an opposite trend in the 1990s. This is seen as a tribute to either (a.) how great it is here, (b.) how lousy it is elsewhere, or, more likely, (c.) broadband Internet access. Those arriving are older soon-to-retirees and those who […]

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Give your eyes a break with Maine Democrat’s weekly podcast, The Week That Was April 24, 2006 (mp3 format)
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Despite floods, washed out roads and bridges, and requests for emergency aid, Maine’s weather forecasts always say the same thing: we “desperately need rain.” This message doesn’t end until after the spring rainy season — which starts 2 weeks after you’ve planted your gardens and ends once your tiny poppy sprouts are floating around […]

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Snow in April?

Making the announcement that Tony Snow, right-wing FOX Newstainment pundit would be his new press secretary, Bush acknowledged that “he sometimes has disagreed with me,” adding, “but now that I’m signing his paycheck? I don’t think so… heh heh heh…”
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Having observed the proper mourning period for ethical behavior, lawmakers have re-embraced scandal with a fervor, attaching billions of dollars in special pork projects to the Iraq war spending bill, and ignoring any lobbying rules or restrictions.
The White House threatened a veto if the bill exceeds Bush’s request and a special point of objecting […]

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41% of working adults earning up to $40,000 a year were uninsured for at least part of last year according to a survey of 4,350 people conducted by a New York research group. That’s up from 28% the year before. The discovery that just under half of the middle class has slipped into […]

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Senator Snowe joined with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Carl Levin (D-MI) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to introduce legislation that would increase transparency and accountability in the energy markets to better track price gouging.
Said Snowe, “The American people are rightly demanding answers explaining why the price of gas is over $3 a gallon, a jump of […]

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Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld by a 6-1 majority a 1983 law, which bans tuition vouchers from being paid to parochial schools. The recent lawsuit was brought by a legal advocacy group on behalf of eight families from Durham, Minot and Raymond who sought to use the public funding to send their children to […]

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Happy Meals on Wheels

RenewUs.org offers a more positive view of an alternative energy future complete with converted McDonald’s selling BioDiesel McFuel!
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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran has offered to “harm US interests anywhere in the world” if the United States makes good on it’s threat to attack the Islamic Republic, adding “The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double the intensity.”
Threats that are fairly symbolic considering that they are still working […]

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El Gato Diablo

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