Archive for February, 2007

Democrats are tacking on another $10 billion in such things as aid for children lacking health insurance and better levees in New Orleans to the President’s $100 billion dollar Iraq spending bill.
The $10 billion is getting less attention than the debate over Iraq in general, but it could reveal a lot about how much Democrats […]

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Powerball Is Not a Retirement Plan

Maine’s economy is so-so according to a new report. If you live here? You can probably guess… blah blah forests are better but yada yada we’re all poor.
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From a Pentagon memo: “to ensure that warfighters and taxpayers receive maximum benefit from on-going initiatives, it would be highly desirable to complete current projects by the summer/fall of 2008.”
What projects are they referring to? The “War on Terror.” When is the war on terror supposed to end? October 2008. Just in […]

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Real+ID On Hold in Maine

The National Governors Association is offering snaps to Senator Collins her legislation that would delay the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005.
Real ID is another under-funded mandate to create a single national ID for every American. The Department of Homeland Security’s plan to outsource the whole thing ensures that your most sensitive/private […]

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Al Gore will deliver a message with your name to Congress but only if you visitAlGore.com and sign up.
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Give your eyes a break with Maine Democrat’s weekly podcast, The Week That Was February 19, 2007. Meet Mitt Romney - Mormon. Honeybees Dying Across 22 States. Jim Zumbo: You’ll Never Kill in this Town Again… Subscribe to the RSS Feed via iTunes for the enhanced podcast:
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Jim Zumbo is an avid, lifelong hunter. His website includes such lifetime achievements as “hunting deer in all 50 states.”
I grew up in hunting-happy rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. The hour long school bus ride to school during hunting season meant driving by dozens of deer suspended from trees or tied to the hoods […]

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“This process has become to a great extent about money. A lot of money,” Vilsack told reporters in Des Moines, Iowa, as he dropped out of the 2008 Democratic race.
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Exorcising Marriage

In the State of Maine, you can get married — for life — with nothing to stop you. But if you want to fish? Don’t even think of just heading to the nearest lake, river or stream with a pole and a can of worms. Prepare to buy a license on a […]

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Senate Democratic leaders intend to unveil a plan next week to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq in favor of narrower authority that restricts the military’s role and begins withdrawals of combat troops.
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Cheney Criticises China

Vice President Dick Cheney criticised China’s recent anti-satellite weapons test and a rapid military buildup as “not consistent” with China’s stated aim of a peaceful rise as a global power. China responded to Cheney that he could stand to lose 40 pounds.
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Mitt Romney, the man who saved the Salt Lake City Olympics and a 2008 Presidential hopeful, is a Mormon. How big a deal is that? America’s version of religious tolerance is a thin diet. Being a Catholic is no longer going to kill your presidential bid, but 17 percent of Americans have […]

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Offset your carbon footprint at www.drivinggreen.com and get a groovy sticker for your car.
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Blueberry growers in Maine are feeling edgy as they prepare to open their hives this March. Honeybees across 22 states are dying off. There is a tiny parasitic mite that attacks hives, but usually that results in dead bodies. But in this case? These hives are empty.
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Governor Baldacci’s proposed 26 regional school districts instead of the current 290 local districts would throw into chaos the decision to call a snow day…
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Baghdad Bombings

Iraqis have killed more than 90 people in the past 24 hours in a series of bombings in Baghdad and an assault on a U.S. combat post north of Baghdad that killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded 17 others.
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Republican State Representative Ben Bridges of Madison County, Georgia, former barbershop owner and Georgia State Patrol Driver’s License Examiner turned politician, sent a memo to lawmakers in California and Texas. It was an appeal to ban the teaching of evolution as derived from “Rabbinic writings” and other Jewish texts and declared that “tax-supported […]

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John McCain: Easy to Be Hard

Straight talk? The Real McCain offers this compilation of flip-flopping, waffling, and pandering.

It should be noted that McCain, a staunch supporter of sending more troops to Iraq, skipped the Senate vote on the war Saturday to campaign in Iowa while other candidates rearranged their schedules…
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Give your eyes a break with Maine Democrat’s weekly podcast, The Week That Was February 12, 2007. Maine’s Imprisoned Native Americans Sue for a Sweat Lodge. Iraqi Relocation Program Brings Iraqis Over Here So We Don’t Have to Fight Them Over There? Non-Binding Resolution Defeated by Senate Republicans Covering the President’s Butt. […]

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Finding NEO

Apophis is an asteroid with a 1:45,000 chance of striking the Earth in 2036 (the year of the Iraq withdrawal.) Apophis is just one of “many more and potentially much more dangerous asteroids” to be found/tracked/destroyed by an aging Bruce Willis under a special mandate for NASA by the US Congress.
The Association of Space […]

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The Democrat-controlled House passed the non-binding resolution aimed at putting the breaks on the Iraq war. The more-evenly divided Senate rejected the resolution, despite Republican defections, sparing the President “embarrassment.”
The Senate vote was 56 - 34, falling 4 votes short. Virtually all Democrats voted to end the escalation. The one […]

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Icaro Doria is Brazilian, 25 and the author of the flags campaign “Meet the World” - an artistic project defining national statistics by the colors in their flags.

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Now that’s cold! An hour of snowthrowing in gusty winds leads to eyebrowcicles…

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As seen from the kitchen door. Tune in for a similar videos in April, May… possibly June. Maine, of course, has been declared a disaster area… or state of emergency… or just damn chilly:

QuickTime video of the Gorham Plow
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The Flat Earth Society is still around. Holocaust denial is alive and well with Hutton Gibson. Dennis Miller doesn’t believe in global warming. Kansas doesn’t believe in evolution…
You can always find someone willing to debate even the most commonly-held beliefs.
The thing they all have in common is one frequently tiny […]

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