“Ella Fitzgerald – Isn’t it Romantic? (Verve Records 1957)”


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Truth in advertising

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To be compliant, the FOX Newsslogan should read: Unfair, unbalanced and proud of it. On second thought, that could be the slogan of both the TEA Party and the GOP. For our two-party system to work, we need two sane parties. Both the TEA Party and the GOP are several sandwiches short of a picnic.

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“A Lot Of Homework To Do”: Rand Paul’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week


It’s probably safe to say Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has had better weeks. Just over the last few days he started to lose his cool on NPR when asked about a neo-confederate he co-authored a book with; he was caught making ridiculous boasts about his record on minority rights; and he repeated a bizarre conspiracy theory about George Stephanopoulos that’s already been debunked.

And then, after all of this, the Kentucky Republican sat down for a chat with Businessweek‘s Josh Green.

Green: A recent article in the New Republic said your budget would eviscerate the departments of Energy, State, Commerce, EPA, FDA, Education, and many others. Would Americans support that?

Paul: My budget is similar to the Penny Plan, which cuts 1 percent a year for five or six years and balances the budget. Many Americans who have suffered during a recession have had to cut their spending…

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No disrespect to President Reagan.

“Sean Sasser Dead: ‘Real World’ Star Dies Of Cancer At Age 44”




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Have a great weekend.

Late Night Laughs: The 5 Best Comedy Clips of the Week

How to cope

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How to cope with rising food prices. Eat less.

How to cope with rising healthcare costs. Don’t get sick. If you do, die quickly.

How to cope with high gas prices. Drive less.

How to cope with rising insurance premiums. Self insure.

How to cope with usurious credit card interest rates. Pay cash.

How to cope with high and rising costs of travel. Don’t travel.

How to cope with high ticket prices for entertainment. Don’t go out.

How to cope with high utility bills. Use less.

How to cope with high rents. Downsize or double up.

How to cope?

It’s called chained CPI and it is how some in Washington want to deal with those of  us on fixed incomes.

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The Failed Saudi-Russian Talks: Desperate Diplomacy as Syria Implodes


Correction appended: Aug. 12, 2013, 2:05 a.m. E.T.

You could call it the Hail Mary pass of diplomatic relations. In a desperate attempt to find some solution to the ongoing Syria crisis, now in its third year with no end in sight, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan reportedly offered Russian President Vladimir Putin a multibillion-dollar arms deal to curb Moscow’s support for the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad when they met in Moscow last week. The deal was rebuffed; on Friday the Kremlin responded to news accounts about the proposal with a terse rebuttal, telling Reuters that no deal had been discussed in detail. Earlier news accounts, including the one from Reuters, quoted unnamed Arab and Western diplomats describing a deal in which Saudi Arabia would buy some $15 billion worth of Russian weapons in addition to offering assurances that Gulf countries wouldn’t threaten…

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Best Vines of 2013 (So Far!)


Could this be the successor to America’s Funniest Home Videos? This eleven-and-a-half minute compilation of 6-second videos (otherwise known as Vines) features everything from a supermarket joust with jugs of milk to a cat dancing in the mirror to her own reflection. We especially love the “Girl’s face on a date/Girl’s face in real life” and “Girl at a restaurant/Girl at home” snippets, but we’ll let you choose your own favorite clips. Let us know which ones you like best in the comments section below.

p.s. Have a great weekend!

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