The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes of the Year That Was 2011—#10-#1

10) You miserable son of a bitch, Rumsfeld! You miserable, murderous war criminal! sending people to die…sending American soldiers to die with your flip comment, ‘You go to war with the army you have!’ Sending people over there overprotected you slime ball! And you call Krugman’s post repugnant? You should be in the dark, put on trial and if the same laws applied to you as we applied to the German high command your ass would have been hanged months ago! You found Krugman’s column repugnant – the balls you people have – you and Cheney and Bush and all of you! —Mike Malloy

9) We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.

…Same with the name, Operation Geronimo. The imperial mentality is so profound, throughout western society, that no one can perceive that they are glorifying bin Laden by identifying him with courageous resistance against genocidal invaders. It’s like naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk… It’s as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes “Jew” and “Gypsy.” — Noam Chomsky

8) My last word here out in the hallway just outside of [Lawrence O’Donnell’s] studio is that the police need to join us. In the same way the Egyptian army joined the people in Freedom Square there in Cairo. This is my appeal to the New York Police Department, the police departments all over the country. You are working class people. You’re not paid enough. You have the most dangerous job in the country, and these rich bastards on Wall Street they have ruined your 401(k)s, your pension funds, your future, your children’s future. Money that should be going to having better law enforcement has gone to needless wars in other lands. So, my appeal to the police is you are us and we are you, and join us. It’s fun. We’ll even let you beat on a bongo drum. That’s my last word. Thank you. — Michael Moore

7) You know, if a ballplayer threw a game and they get caught, they go to jail. Well, what are we going to do to the Republicans who are throwing the country?

“They’re throwing our country, and they all should be put in jail for what they’re doing, because they’re destroying our country, because they said at the beginning our one mission is to get rid of President Obama. That was their mission. They don’t care how much they destroy other people. They don’t care whether you go to work. They don’t care about anything.

“All they want to do is destroy the president. And in destroying the president of the United States, you destroy our country. They should be put in jail, each and every one of them, for throwing the country. — Palm Beach County Commissioner, Burt Aaronson

6) I wish they (Republicans) were all f*cking dead! — Dan Savage

5) You know what, man? I am going to literally — if (Palin) gets elected president, I am going to hang out on the grassy knoll all the time, just loaded and ready — because you know what? It’s for my country. It’s for my country. If I got to sacrifice myself, it’s for my country. — Christopher Titus

4) I’m prepared to keep an open mind and propose another stunt for climate sceptics – put your strong views to the test by exposing yourselves to high concentrations of either carbon dioxide or some other colourless, odourless gas – say, carbon monoxide. You wouldn’t see or smell anything. Nor would your anti-science nonsense be heard of again. How very refreshing. — Jill Singer

3) (Palin) did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn’t even know it’s in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don’t think anybody will want her near the White House. — Larry Flynt

2) So when does SEAL Unit 6, or whatever it’s called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn’t he, or am I wrong here? — Mike Malloy

1) Glen Rice is a wonderful man. He’s a wonderful guy. You want (Sarah Palin) to be with somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up … in there. Pushing her guts up in the back of her head! …Glen Rice is a nice, mellow, docile man, non-threatening guy. You want someone like Rodman — yeah baby! Let’s get that donkey in here now. [laughter] Just imagine Palin with a big old black stallion ripping. Yeehaw! [I]n life in general you know … everybody got to get that out of their system when they get out of college,” he said. “If you’re a black man, every white girl, every uppity middle class … everybody got to get their share of love. She could always get boned out by a black person, a vote to bang her. Other than a vote to run office, the only thing she can do … she’s not a bad person because she likes black people at least in her. Sarah Palin … she met the ‘wombshifter.’ — Mike Tyson on ESPN radio

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The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes of the Year That Was 2011—#20-#11

20) I get out of all of these things that many of these candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous. — Thomas Roberts

19) I will never stand for a national anthem again. I will turn my back and I will raise a fist. — Jesse Ventura

18) The dead in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania were used to sanctify the state’s lust for war….Because few cared to examine our activities in the Muslim world, the attacks became certified as incomprehensible by the state and its lap dogs, the press….Our brutality and triumphalism, the byproducts of nationalism and our infantile pride, revived the jihadist movement. We became the radical Islamist movement’s most effective recruiting tool. We descended to its barbarity. We became terrorists too. The sad legacy of 9/11 is that the assholes, on each side, won. — Chris Hedges

17) L. Ron Hubbard himself was and is trying to civilize white people and make them better human beings and take away from them their reactive minds … Mr. Hubbard recognized that his people have to be civilized. — Louis Farrakhan

16) I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid. Just think to yourself–they paraded Saddam’s dead sons around to prove they were dead–why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea? This lying, murderous Empire can only exist with your brainwashed consent–just put your flags away and THINK! — Cindy Sheehan

15) And don’t any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican. I’m not supposed to say, this isn’t political. …don’t come to me if you do! You’re on your own, Jack! — Joe Biden

14) Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree. Some of them right now in Congress are comfortable with where we were 50 and 60 years ago but it’s a new day with a black President and a Congressional Black Caucus. — Andre Carson

13) All of you are white. Go to hell! Go to hell! Go to hell! Go to hell! — Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price

12) This is all about (Chris Christie) being a bully and a punk. I wanted to punch him in his head. — Senate President Stephen Sweeney

11) [Andrew Breitbart]…I want that bastard destroyed. Now.[…] when I say I want him destroyed I am not kidding. I want to see him penniless, homeless, begging on the street for money to buy food[…] he can die on the street so far as I’m concerned[…] let you and your rich ass Brentwood family suffer. — Tim Wise

Today’s News-Friday January 6, 2012

1. Glad to be of assistance.

2. Who saw this coming?

3. The force wasn’t so strong with that one.

4. What a waste of skin. Who listens to this chic anyway? (Is chic sexist?)

5. I love Roku.

6. Oh boy. Don ‘t they know you don’t laugh at dictators?

7. And yes, he’s becoming a dictator and most people don’t even realize it. Or care. Or are in denial. All not good things. I’m sorry, this guy is dangerous.

 

Jesse Goes Down

The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes of the Year That Was 2011—#30-#21

30) I just want to tell you a little bit about what it’s like to not have Planned Parenthood. You have to add water to the formula to make it stretch. You have to give your kids Ramen noodles at the end of the month to fill up their little bellies so they won’t cry — Democrat Gwen Moore

29) I am loathe to bring up what is in our head because we don’t like to talk about it so much. But on this particular day, on Martin Luther King Day, I think this needs to be said. That imaginary person that’s going to break into your home and kill you, who does that person look like? You know, it’s not freckle-faced Jimmy down the street, is it really? I mean, that’s not what really, that’s not what really people, we never really want to talk about the racial or the class part of this, in terms of how it’s the poor or it’s people of color that we imagine that we’re afraid of. Why are we afraid? What is that, and it’s been a fear that has existed for a very, very long time. — Michael Moore

28) [I]f you go back to the year 2000, when we had an obvious disaster and – and saw that our voting process needed refinement, and we did that in the America Votes Act and made sure that we could iron out those kinks, now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally – and very transparently – block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. And it’s nothing short of that blatant. — Debbie Wasserman Schultz

27) My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. — Lupe Fiasco

26) Herman Cain is probably well-liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican Party, conservative movement and tea party movement. People like Karl Rove like to keep the racism very covert and so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so he can say, ‘Look: This is not a racist anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look: We have a black man.’ And look he’s polling well and he won a straw poll. — Janeane Garofalo

25) You have what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party…. At the end of the day, there’s a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, ‘Can we just lynch him?’ — Sean Penn

24) What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. [The] atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neo-cons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons….The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it. — Paul Krugman

23) President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday, but you know what they’re talking about? Like this right-wing slut, what’s her name, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over. — Ed Schultz

22) Herman Cain’s shtick is a version of race minstrelsy where he performs “authentic negritude” as wish fulfillment for White Conservative fantasies. Like the fountain at Lourdes, Cain in his designated role as black Conservative mascot, absolves the White racial reactionaries at CPAC of their sins. This is a refined performance that Black Conservatives have perfected over many decades and centuries of practice. — Chauncey DeVega

21) The issue here is not gonna be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln. — Barack Obama

Today’s News-Thursday January 5, 2012

1. Have you ever seen a marriage proposal at a sporting event. Pretty romantic, right? Ever seen a rejection? No? Well now you have.

2. The guy is a dictator. Yeah, I said it.

3. Well duh. He should have 7 more to go.

4. Recovery?

5. I’ve got $5.00 on the Broncos.

6. That’s just a little over $1500.oo per dead baby. 

Today’s News-Wednesday January 4, 2012

1. NNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. These stories suck.

3. I always thought snuffaluf…snufaluffag…..snuffalluffa, whatever, was a free loader.

4. Uh huh. She “jokes”. Sure.

5. Well if the Grand Warlock says it, it must be true.

6. That’s one state down, 56 to go. (Let’s see how many of you get this one)

Today in American History

1896 – Utah became the 45th U.S. state.

1935 – Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of “The Intimate Revue.”

1962 – New York City introduced a train that operated without conductors and motormen.

1974 – U.S. President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota’s 37th governor.

2006 – Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold the position.

The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes of the Year That Was 2011—#40-#31

40) We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money. — Energy Secretary Steven Chu on banning incandescent lightbulbs

39) If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they have been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart. — Rick Perry

38) They’re sitting on the money, they’re using it for their own — they’re putting it someplace else with no interest in helping you with your life, with that money. We’ve allowed them to take that. That’s not theirs, that’s a national resource, that’s ours. We all have this — we all benefit from this or we all suffer as a result of not having it. — Michael Moore

37) It [the Republican successes in the 2010 elections] happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery. In this case, I believe, a lot of people in the United States don’t want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is liberal, who wants to spend money and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society…. — Democratic Congressman Jim Moran

36) Millions are in an uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is available online at http://bit.ly/kcairo – KC. — Kenneth Cole

35) On so many levels (S.E. Cupp’s) a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work of Planned Parenthood does. — Keith Olbermann

34) Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system. — Louis Farrakhan

33) One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me. —Karen Finney

32) I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn’t help, then being beheaded. —Roseanne Barr, estimated net worth: $80 million

31) Our president is committing war crimes. What does that make him? A war criminal.– Cynthia McKinney

Today’s News-Tuesday January 3, 2012

1. Boy, times are tough. I wonder what they would do if a business owed $75,000 in fees?

2. I wonder why?

3. I think someone should lose a job over this. That, or let’s hear a Tea Party song.

4. Lord help us.

5. Because he has lots of experience winning re-elections. That’s why.

6. What is wrong with people?

Today in American History

1951 – NBC-TV debuted “Dragnet.”

1959 – Alaska became the 49th state.

1961 – The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

1967 – Jack Ruby died in a Dallas, TX, hospital.

2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s final original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers.

2004 – NASA’s Spirit rover landed on Mars. The craft was able to send back black and white images three hours after landing

The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes of the Year That Was 2011—#50-#41

50) Take the vehicle, I have 10 more. Police don’t have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me. Do you know who I am? — Allen Iverson

49) Storms Kill Over 250 Americans In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers — ThinkProgress Headline

48) I’m in, like, dating Babylon. Like, I go on dates with men and, literally, like Sarah Palin will come up in like the first 20 minutes, and that doesn’t put me in the mood. Like, talking about Sarah Palin. And they just want to know gossip, and I’m just kind of taking a little hiatus from dating right now, because I just don’t want to talk about Sarah Palin. —Meghan McCain

47) I can’t say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted. — Anthony Weiner explaining away the crotch shots he sent out to women on Twitter

46) Look at, look, the Tea Partiers, who are controlling the Republican Party….Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’… It is a racist thing. — Morgan Freeman

45) Do you think this Constitution-loving is getting out of hand? — Joy Behar

44) A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform. The bill, titled the “Repeal the Job Killing Health Care Law Act,” was set to come up for a vote this week, but in the wake of Gabby’s shooting, it has been postponed at least until next week.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not suggesting that the name of that one piece of legislation somehow led to the horror of this weekend — but is it really necessary to put the word “killing” in the title of a major piece of legislation? — Chellie Pingree, Congresswoman (D-ME)

43) We’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America. —Barack Obama

42) The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss? — Lawrence O’Donnell

41) I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Fla., after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that (Gardasil) vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter. — Michele Bachmann spreads a vaccine conspiracy theory

Today’s News-Monday January 2, 2012

1. Cee Lo should have known you don’t touch John Lennon. He’s a saint to…………………hippies.

2. The Donald is going to make things interesting isn’t he?

3. Yeaaaah. Sure you won’t.

4. What a snot.

5. I don’t think I want to shop on Facebook for new internal organs. Maybe I’m weird.

6. Uh, she was married to Russell Brand. Not exactly a model for stability.

Smart Things to do With $100

This from Business Insider.

1. Open a college savings plan. 

2. Pay down debt.

3. I like this next one. Stock up on frozen food.

4. Make minor home repairs.

5. Start a rainy day fund.

They have 1o more suggestions on what smart things you can do with $100. Click on the link above to check them out.

The Top Viral Videos of 2011

There are too many to list here so here is the link to the top viral videos of 2011. One of my favorites is the honey badger.

Today’s News-Sunday January 1, 2012

1. It’s good to see that our tax money is being used to put people back to work. In Finland.

2. It’s good to see Santorum making a move up.

3. Benny, Benny, Benny.

4. Other than Bill Mahar and Joy Behar, is there anyone more obnoxious than Kathy Griffin?

5. Talk about cheapening the Presidency.

6. I mean seriously. How dumb do you have to be to think this will work?

7. Yeah, we’d like her to retire too.

 

 

Dawson City Council Meeting Agenda for Jan. 3, 2012

Get the agenda before it hits the Sentinel (and before the meeting is done).

Meeting at 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm Public Hearing regarding modifications to our existing Urban and Rural Service District Ordinance.

Agenda

1. Meeting called to order.

2. Approve agenda.

3. Approve consent agenda items 4 & 5.

4. Approve December 6th & 20th council minutes.

5. Designate the Dawson Sentinel as the official newspaper for Council announcements and publications. Designate Minnwest Bank Central, Dawson Co-op Credit Union and United Prairie Band as the official depository and investment agencies for the City of Dawson.

6. 10 minute public forum.

7. Parcel adjustments

8. Property assessment reduction-New owners of property the City assessed for clean up are requesting the City to forgive part or all of the assessment. New property owners will be present.

9. City Assessor payment

10. Street Project engineers payment.

11. Fire Service Fee Ordinance.

12. Water/Sewer Capital Fee Ordinance.

13. Urban and Rural Service Ordinance.

14. City Maintenance Superintendent Brent Powers report-Street light replacement on 6th street bridge.

15. City Manager Dave Bovee’s report-1. 2011 committees 2. EDA minutes 3. EDA commissioner appointment. Morrie Schacherer was the only interested pary who applied for the open member posit6ion.

16. Adjourn meeting.

Today’s News-Saturday Dec. 31, 2011

1. I wonder if they are going to take it home and teach it how to fight with swords? (Sorry, Dane Cook joke)

2. So there has been a sign for the last decade that things were going to get bad but we ignored it.

3. Cry me a river. Forget the Obama stuff for a second and focus on the 18 to 29 year olds. There is nothing wrong with working at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart, or shoveling crap if that is the only job you can find. Don’t whine about your student loans. It’s not like you were the first to have them. Toughen up and get a job. There should be nothing “beneath” you.

4. Please stop. We don’t want Newt.

5. Shut up. Next thing you know they’ll want seances at every Burger King.

6. GOOD! What a bunch of frickin’ losers. When will they start protesting the President? Ya don’t think he is part of the “problem”.

7. OK. Walking in the pole is kinda funny, but seriously, don’t they have something better to do? It’s hard to pay off you student loans if you’re on the road all of the time protesting. Don’t ya thing?

8. Uh, couldn’t you do the same thing without the costume? I’m not sure if I get this one.

 

Hippies

Today’s News-Friday Dec. 30, 2011

1. This just doesn’t seem right.

2. Is someone pandering for votes? I think so. (you know he doesn’t believe in this)

3. And the problem is the banks. Yeah, right.

4. OR the it could be that some people are just crappy human beings. But I could be wrong.

5. Does two cases make a trend?

Today’s News-Thursday Dec. 29, 2011

1.  Oh yes, she is one of us. She is no different from you and me. She can relate.

2. I think I just went blind for a second. Help us all.

3. I was working on a joke about corn and poop, but I thought better of it.

4. I’m not sure what to think of this.

5. Bambi vs. a golden eagle. Who will win?

6. I’m pretty sure I’d be dead. BUT, my fingers would be clean.

7. Oh the irony.

 

 

11 Things That Will Be More Expense This Year

1. Domestic and International Airfare

Greater demand and fewer available airline seats will likely lead to higher ticket prices for flights next year.American Express predicts prices within North America will increase up to 5% for economy seating, depending on the length of the flight, and up to 7% in business class. Things look more bleak for European travel. A new “green tax” implemented by the EU is aimed at reducing emissions, and it will levy a fee of roughly $15 per passenger, each way, for flights to the U.S. Fees on shorter flights within the EU will be taxed slightly less.

2. New Digital Camera Models
Smartphones have quickly replaced budget friendly point-and-shoot cameras, so manufacturers and retailers are focusing more on higher-end digital SLR’s. This year, consumers may have a hard time finding a newly-released digital camera with an inexpensive starting price, as the market is moving towards more feature-rich products. “Lower cost products just won’t come to market and those that will be out there, will be priced more and more for profitability,” says Stephen Baker, Vice President of Industry Analysis at the NPD Group.

3. Hard Drives
There’s been a shortage of hard drives thanks to epic flooding in Thailand in 2011, and some retailers have actually been rationing hard drive–based products. As a result, we’ve seen fewer hard drive discounts. Expect continued shortages throughout the first quarter of 2012, which is when experts predict that production will begin to catch up to demand.

4. Desktop Computers
The consolidation of desktop features into monitor-integrated units — many with touchscreens — will drive desktop prices up in 2012, according to Baker. Expect average selling prices to increase roughly 30% on new desktops.

5. Food for Home Preparation
If your grocery bill seemed higher in 2011, you weren’t imagining things. Most retailers have reported that food prices are rising and those increases are being passed along to shoppers. Food costs rose 6% last year and will likely go up at least 2% more in 2012. Increases are likely to affect food eaten at home, rather than restaurants where those costs are easier to absorb when combined with sales of liquor, says Harry Balzer, Chief Industry Analyst for the NPD Group.

6. Mobile Device Data Plans
Data plans in the past have had a tendency to decline, but as carriers build out 4G services, and move away from unlimited plans, data is set to become more expensive in 2012, according to Ross Rubin, Executive Director of Connected Intelligence at the NPD Group.

7. City-Enforced Fees
As municipalities look for ways to make up for budget shortfalls, fees for everything from dog licenses to vehicle registration and parking rates are going up, as is enforcement of fine-related infractions. In Chicago for example, a non-registered dog can elicit a $500 fine, while parking fines in Portland are going up 18% as the city tries to make up a $16 billion transportation budget deficit.

8. Water
Most communities in the United States will face water rate hikes this year, even places that are rich with the natural resource. Water rates in the greater Chicago area will increase by as much as 25% next year, while the parched high desert Denver market is set to rise an additional 5.5%. Like the above-mentioned fees, this increase is mostly a result of cities needing to increase revenue to balance their budgets.

9. Gas
Fuel prices began inching up just before the holidays, and 2012 is looking to be another budget-breaking year at the pump, with prices once again topping $4 per gallon.

10. Gold
The precious metal is poised to achieve its 11th straight year of growth. Gold prices bounced around a lot in the second half of 2011, but analysts expect it to rise roughly 12% in 2012. It’s a conservative estimate and a lot lower than the 17% annual growth rate of the past decade, but most believe gold will be more expensive. Take that to the bank.

11. Shipping
Unfortunately for avid online shoppers, the U.S. Postal Service will raise rates by an average of 4.6% next year, while both FedEx and UPS are hiking small package rates by 4.9%. Personal shipping will certainly cost more and it’s anybody’s guess how long retailers can continue the ubiquitous free shipping offers as rates rise.

Today’s News-Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011

1. And I quote “Taking the pulse of marine life in stressed seas.”

2. Could it be this administration has no respect for the troops? Maybe.

3. I can’t stomach stories like this. I can’t imagine how anyone could do this.

4. Good customer service is hard to find.

5. This could get ugly.

6. Yeah right and Oswald acted alone. Wait, what?

7. That’s a big croc, mate!

Today’s News-Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011

1. Yeah, I don’t think he would. Newt, you’re done.

2. What a bunch of thugs.

3. Why not? Things aren’t totally destroyed yet. Who am I kidding, yes it is.

4. All is well in the world now. No global meltdown for us.

5. I just don’t think I’d want to be on this cruise.

6. So the ones helping to create a revolution are now preparing us for said revolution.

7. Hey guys, look who is on the market again.

Today’s News-Monday Dec. 26, 2011

1. This after surviving a suicide bomber.

2. Happy New Year!!!

3. Again, Time Magazine’s People of the Year.

4. Interesting.

5. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bill Mahar is a nitwit.

6. Yeah, like they need more power.

 

Today in American History

1783 – George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.

1823 – The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore (” ‘Twas the night before Christmas…”) was published.

1913 – The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.

1930 – Ruth Elizabeth Davis, an unknown actress, arrived in Hollywood, under contract to Universal Studios. Universal changed her name to Bette Davis for the movies.

1941 – During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.

1997 – Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 168 people.

Christmas….Did You Know?

Did you know that…

There is a distinction between a Christmas carol and a Christmas song. A Christmas Carol has a fairly rapid, regular beat, which would, therefore, exclude a meandering, crooning song such as “White Christmas”.

The world’s most famous Christmas carol is “Silent night”.

“Jingle Bells” was originally named, “One-Horse Open Sleigh”, and was written for Thanksgiving, not for Christmas.

Charles Dickens’s story, “A Christmas Carol”, is the world’s most read Christmas story.

In 2003, the Austrian Trade Union Federation, representing 100,000 workers, claimed that the non-stop playing of Christmas carols in shopping malls was “psychological terror”.

Today’s News-Thursday Dec. 22, 2011

1. I like Matt Damon and I hate Matt Damon. I like him here, but I hate what he really is looking for. Shut up and act.

2. Ah yes. This is government working at it’s best. (sarcasm)

3. To think, this story wouldn’t have happened on the 24th. (not a creature was stirring….)

4. He used golf balls but he had a wicked bad slice.

5. I know we’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution but it is an old document; times have changed.”

New Poll

Today’s News-Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011

1. Sean Penn is a communist ***hole!

2. Fingers crossed. Yes, for real.

3. But I thought he WAS the messiah?!?

4. Maybe he should worry more about the rights of Americans which he is taking away.

5. If Obama were to be elected again I can’t say I’d be totally against this.

6. I don’t know. This may be someone to keep your eye on. By the way do women get 72 virgins too? I don’t think so.

7. Oh, this is comforting.

8. Oh, I think you’re right Mr. Clinton.

9. You’re right Whoopi, until millions of people are killed. Too bad that’s not on paper though. Shut up and act, would ya!?!

10. Whew….At least I used electrical tape. Moron.