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john KitzhaberThis is Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. Today he declared there will be no more executions in his state as long as he is governor.

As he explained about earlier executions under his watch, "I have regretted those choices ever since. Both because of my own deep personal convictions about capital punishment and also because in practice, Oregon has an expensive and unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice."

Gov. John Kitzhaver. Today's very best thing in the world.


As you might guess I follow comics of all stripe, but of the syndicated variety I read only a relative handful as, for the most part, they're too watered down to be entertaining. But lately I've been delighted by the off-the-rails dysfunctionality exhibited in Francesco Maciuliano's "Sally Forth".

I decided to Google Mr. Marciuliano today and found his web site, medium-large.com. I was thrilled and delighted to find it packed full of all sorts of comic and textual delights, including some savage Peanuts parodies. For example:

He's a writer of some note and even does commisioned work for The Onion. I invite you to go take a look at his site for yourself, especially "Yes, Virginia, There IS a Ted Forth". You won't regret it.


stay out, newtFrom the sublime to the truly ghastly, presidential contender and noted scam artist Newt Gingrich opened his big yap to complain about those mean old Occupiers at a Republican forum in Iowa this past weekend. One line that caught my ear was the following:

"They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for..."

Which means, I suppose, that Newt himself studiously avoids all public facilities of which he personally did not fund. (Now why do I doubt that?)

With this in mind I offer the image on your left. Feel free to place it on the entrance of any public bathroom you like just in case Newt forgets his position on the subject. At the very least it might mean you won't have to share Newt's butt heat the next time you visit the loo.


And now our "Chart of the Day":

effect of the stimulus

Click here for a larger version of the chart.

Yes, the Obama stimulus package had a profound effect on the economy, and that package was mostly tax breaks, yet it was still too small. (Thanks GOP!) The country desperately needs another round of this powerful economic medicine.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #112 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(112) 11-23-2011: Though Newt Gingrich couldn't be elected dog-catcher, much less Chief Executive, he's shedding light on the next Great Frontier in GOP job creation... child labor. Yes, according to dear old Newt the little bastards have had it too easy all these years. That's nuclear class-warfare, folks.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? Didja know we caught bin Laden because of waterboarding? (Actually, no, we didn't.)

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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