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can’t turn back now, i’m haunted.

While I can’t support T.Swizzle’s song from the 2010 VMA’s for reasons explained here, I can’t help but love her new album. No, it’s nothing new, but I love it for the reasons I love all of her stuff: It’s fluffy and great to sing along to and lets me indulge my inner 11-year-old girl.

But is it just me, or does “Haunted” sound a lot like Avril Lavigne?:

RIGHT? RIGHT?

In other news, I totally suck at trivia…I mean, I didn’t get a freaking MIGHTY DUCKS question tonight. But our team name was John Boehner’s Spray Tan, so that was fun. The fact that Boehner will likely be the next Speaker of the House? Less fun. The fact that Christine O’Donnell managed to get 40% of Delaware voters to vote for her? Downright mind-boggling. But that’s why God invented Taylor Swift. Back to listening to cheesy music and not thinking about real things!

[Posted by Mallory]

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joe barton would like to apologize…

I love it when people come up with these things.

http://joebartonwouldliketoapologize.com/

Here is one of my favorites:

Joe Barton Would Like to Apologize to BP, for soaking up all your valuable oil with our worthless pelicans.

Thank you GO(B)P, for showing your true colors right before the 2010 elections!

[Posted by Kathleen]

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youtube clip of today: a BFD.

Oh FINE.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen it (and certainly heard it) by now, but here is everyone’s Uncle Joe dropping the F bomb on live TV.

I think he’s the greatest.  He’s just so lovably inappropriate!  You know he was sitting there thinking to himself, “What powerful words can I say to B that he will remember for the rest of his life?” Well, he certainly found the words to say. Perhaps he just forgot that there were 250 hot mics around.  Regardless, I’m glad it happened, and here’s why: it’s been lightening up the health care debate and people have been having some fun with it.

Yup.  School House Rock got BFD’d.

But back to Biden. As Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted, “And yes, Mr. Vice President, you’re right“. Because he is.  It IS a big deal.  And it’s long overdue.

PS- Here is a great tool to see how the health care legislation will affect you.  Super easy– just put in your marital status, if/how you have health care and what you make.  Click here.

[Posted by Kathleen]

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just six words and a picture.

A note left by Rep. Patrick Kennedy on his father’s grave (Ted Kennedy). Warning: if you have a bleeding liberal heart, this may make you weep. This picture comes from the White House’s Flickr stream.

“Dad, the unfinished business is done.”

[Posted by Kathleen]

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hey health care, it’s about time.

President Obama’s health care bill, which will provide millions of uninsured Americans with medical coverage, was passed tonight by Congress after months and months of struggle.

FINALLY!

The bill was passed 219-212.

[Posted by Shannon]

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we hope. we despair. we hope.

If you are fed up with federal politics and just need some new faith in government (or want to see something clever and aesthetically pleasing), read this:

E Pluribus Unum

Out of many, one.

[Posted by Kathleen]

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senator edward kennedy dead at 77.

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Sad day, folks: Ted Kennedy is dead. From the New York Times:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died late Tuesday night. He was 77.

The death of Mr. Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer, was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family, which was already mourning the death of the senator’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver two weeks earlier.

The Kennedy Brothers

The Kennedy Brothers

Our dear Barry, of course, had kind words to say about Senator Kennedy:

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

As faithful bloggers trying to keep up with the times, Kathleen and I check Google Trends pretty regularly, to see what the kids are talking about. This morning, nine out of ten of the top ten hottest trends (most Googled items for the day, essentially) related to Ted Kennedy. Yeah, it’s nerdy and technological, but that’s huge. A lot of them relate to the Chappaquiddick incident that’s tarnished Kennedy’s reputation, but he did a lot of good and is widely regarded as one of the most effective senators in U.S. history. R.I.P., Teddy.

UPDATE: I really enjoyed/appreciated Gawker’s honest article about Ted Kennedy’s life. Take a look.

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