The Moonpranos

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One of the planks of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's campaign platform is the establishment of an inhabited American colony on the moon, within eight years of his election. Gingrich is apparently the only person on earth who doesn't think that's an absolutely crazy idea, but 384,000 kilometers above us, a few guys are taking the possibility very, very seriously.

Scorpions for Breakfast

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Governor Jan Brewer met President Barack Obama when his plane landed in Mesa, Arizona Wednesday, saying she had wanted to hand deliver an invitation to sit down with her to discuss state issues. Brewer was photographed wagging her finger at the president, and later said Obama "was a little disturbed about my book" [Scorpions for Breakfast] and called him "very thin-skinned".

Obama later said, "I think it's always good publicity for a Republican if they're in an argument with me." 

It certainly did prove good for book sales



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Based on a true story. [Thanks, Mom!]


Dear God

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U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials second-place finisher Ryan Hall is the United States's fastest marathon runner, and a religious man. So religious that God is his coach.

According to the New York Times, "Sometimes, God wakes him in the middle of the night and gives him training guidance 'that blows me away'".  

The Times report continues: “I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I know how to talk to God, and I know he wants to give me insight and be involved in the process and he loves it when we’re dependent on him.”

The New Yorker's Peter Hessler wrote a good profile of Hall before the 2008 Olympic Games that included this interesting admission by Hall: “I just have a hard time seeing Christ being competitive.” 

That's probably something Hall should clear up in his post-race debriefing with God.


The Skinniest Pirate

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For those whose knowledge of American gastronomy is woefully incomplete, Twinkies have been "tingling [American] tastes buds for more than 80 years".

And for those whose doctors have warned them that their blood is running a bit too freely through veins and arteries entirely devoid of plaque, Twinkies can be (and are) deep-fried.



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Rick Santorum was never going to have an easy time of it in New Hampshire, where the thinking is "live free or die", not "let homophobic evangelical Christians tell you whom you can and can't marry or have sex with".

And sure enough, college students at a town hall meeting in Concord Thursday booed Santorum off the stage after he tried to justify his determination to ban gay marriage nationwide.

Asked by a woman in the audience about the idea that all men are created with equal rights to happiness and liberty, Santorum replied, "Are we saying that everyone should have the right to marry?"

Way to read your audience, Rickster. That's exactly what they're saying.


Love the Bomb

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Iran has manufactured its first nuclear fuel rod, according to an announcement Sunday by the country's Atomic Energy Organization.

The news makes it worth revisiting the great Peter Sellers on the subject of nuclear armageddon.
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