ThinkFast: December 23, 2006


Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC), who recently stated that stability in Iraq “depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ,” is now blaming bloggers for his remarks. “It’s interesting how these bloggers can distort the news,” said his spokeswoman.

A federal court struck down smog rules proposed by the Bush administration in 2004, calling them “too weak” and in violation of the Clean Air Act.

The right wing’s War on Christmas “has never been so profitable.” The conservative American Family Association has “has rung up more than $550,000 in sales of buttons and magnets stamped with the slogan ‘Merry Christmas: It’s Worth Saying'” and the Liberty Counsel “has taken in more than $300,000 with its Help Save Christmas Action Packs.”

76: Number of American troops who have died in Iraq this month, “making December the second deadliest month for U.S. servicemen in 2006.” With “nine days remaining in December, the monthly total of U.S. deaths could meet or exceed the death toll of 105 in October.”

After an “overwhelming negative reaction” from residents, the mayor, and a federal lawmaker, Clear Channel Radio has agreed to keep Air America on air in Madison, WI.

Shiites are remaking “Baghdad in their image.” At least “10 neighborhoods that a year ago were mixed Sunni and Shiite are now almost entirely Shiite, according to residents, American and Iraqi military commanders and local officials.”

And finally: While his brother likes to use “the Google” to “pull up maps,” Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is addicted to his Blackberry. Priding himself on being the first “E-Governor,” Bush’s official portrait unveiled at the governor’s mansion “shows him in his office standing next to a picture of his family with his trustworthy BlackBerry.”

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