All I wanted was some hot water…

Something happened to us this past month that has me fuming, partly at myself.

In March of 2010, we got a new water heater, replacing one that had to have been pushing 50 years old. All told, the experience cost about $750, but it was time, so we pulled the trigger.

Late last fall, our water started smelling really foul, like rotten eggs. That sulfurous odor, it turns out, is a reaction of the sulfur and other components in our high-sulfur, high-iron well water with the magnesium anode rod in the tank. The anode rod is a sacrificial stick of metal that corrodes instead of the internal parts of the hot water heater.…

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Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity enters NITC/DRIC bridge fight in Michigan

The battle between backers of a new, publicly-owned bridge to Canada (including Governor Rick Snyder) and those who oppose it (including Manuel “Matty” Moroun, the owner of the current bridge, the Ambassador Bridge) just took a turn for the weird and expensive with Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity entering the fray:

A pro-business, anti-government group known as Americans for Prosperity plans to launch a campaign Monday to oppose a new publicly owned bridge to Canada.

The group is a Michigan chapter of a nationwide group founded by former Texas congressman Dick Armey, a conservative Republican who had promoted various tea party efforts.

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As the lefty commentator Chicken Littles run around, President Obama piles up the wins

Oh. My. Lord.

To read the lefty pundits today, you would think that President Obama had changed parties overnight, handed over the keys to the Oval Office to the resurrected body of Ronald Reagan, and hitchhiked back to his hometown in Kenya/Moscow. After stepping in and helping to broker a deal to keep the government from shutting down, something members of Congress appeared unable to do without his intervention, we are now being told by these Chicken Littles that he gave away the farm and the Democrats are sure to lose everything.

Funny thing is, according to a CNN poll out today, Americans think what he did was pretty danged awesome and they credit the Democrats with averting a shutdown, not the Republicans.…

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It’s not that Sarah Palin is a birther…

It’s not that Sarah Palin is a birther, not that she’d admit in public anyway. It’s that she thinks President Obama is a liar. And she’s cheering on The Donald from the sidelines for resurrecting questions about the mythical Obama birth certificate.

I think that he was born in Hawaii because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper. But obviously there is something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate, that he sees going to great lengths to make sure it isn’t shown. And that’s perplexing for a lot of people,” Palin told Judge Jeanine on Sunday.…
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Being “in it for the long haul” and why it matters

Like many of you, I am truly frustrated with many of my liberal compadres who hoped for nearly instant gratification after Senator Barack Obama became President Barack Obama. I don’t have to tell you how absurd it is to expect years and years of conservative damage to be repaired, reversed and rejected in just a couple of years, particularly in the face of perhaps the most daunting headwind of political opposition ever experienced by a new president bolstered by an historic use of the filibuster. Add to that the rather surprising (at least to me) hostility from so many vocal people on the left and it’s nothing short of a miracle that President Obama has gotten done all of the things he has achieved.…

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Michigan Militiamen display hilarious lack of knowledge about the Constitution

Hoo boy. THIS is absolutely hilarious.

Most people are aware of the Michigan Militia, a very disorganized group of separatists who believe the government is the enemy and that there’s a conspiracy behind every tree. Timothy McVeigh spent time with them before he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and they have been in and out of the news since then with their anti-government shenanigans.

Well, there’s a remake of the movie Red Dawn coming out soon and they are PISSED about it. In the original movie, a band of Americans fights back as America is invaded by Russia.…

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Can the GOP win in a hostage situation without vulnerable hostages?

Last December the Republicans in Congress held unemployed Americans hostage in order to secure tax breaks for the nation’s über-wealthy. It was a strategy that worked because Democrats, including President Obama, were unwilling to sacrifice the welfare of our most-vulnerable citizens simply to win a political battle.

Once again the country finds the GOP in a hostage-taking situation. In order to exact draconian, harmful cuts to the budget, they are turning away from big ticket items like defense and away from bringing more revenue into the national coffers by raising taxes on the rich and on corporations that exploit huge tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share (or anything in the case of General Electric!) Their threat is that they will shut down government until they get their way.…

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GOP aide sends email blast announcing female colleague’s availability, “She’s a dem, but she’s hot.”

A legislative aide to Michigan State Representative Jeff Farrington, Bryan Brandenburg, sent an email this week announcing a female colleague’s recent break-up, saying, “She’s a dem, but she’s hot.” Instead of sending the email to a small group of Congressional associates, he ended up sending it to every member of the Republican legislative staff.

Subject: 25/F/Capitol Building.

“Hey guys,

“I know it’s slow today so I thought I’d help a friend out. [NAME DELETED] broke up with her man yesterday and is now single and looking. She’s a dem, but she’s hot. Go visit her in [HER EMPLOYER'S NAME] office or send her a message on Groupwise.

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