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26 November 2008


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Gates Stays at Defense -- George Bush's Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, will also be Barack Obama's SecDef. Although Mr. Gates would love to get out of DC and get to Seattle for some well-deserved rest, he will hang on at the Pentagon for another year or so. Some have called this a “rolling transition,” others an acceptance of the GOP's talking point that Democrats are lousy on defense. The truth is this makes the inevitable withdrawal from Iraq-Nam a bipartisan move and a stroke of brilliance.

ChiComs Ban New Guns N' Roses Disc -- Guns N' Roses is a metal band that always failed to live up to the hype even in the 1980s when they had some relevance. After 19 years, they have finally put out a new album “Chinese Democracy.” The Chinese Communists in Beijing have banned the record because the album “turns its spear point on China," or so says the official government rag Global Times. This action shows the ChiComs true colors. If a regime can feel threatened by has-been musicians, there's something fundamentally wrong with it.

US Third Quarter GDP Revised to 0.5% Decline -- Last month, the Commerce Department announced that the US economy declined by 0.3% in third quarter 2008. Yesterday, it revised that figure downward to 0.5%. This change is important because it suggests the economy is in a bigger hole that originally thought. That also means that when fourth quarter results are available early next year, the country will find that this situation meets the official definition of a recession, two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.

FSU Football Player Gets Rhodes Scholarship -- Myron Rolle is an exceptional young man. He's starting safety on the Florida State University's football team, and thus, a likely NFL player. He also graduated from FSU, a four-year college, in two and a half years with a 3.75 grade point average (4.0 being perfect) with a pre-medical degree. He has designed a curriculum to address obesity and diabetes at a Seminole tribe charter school in Florida. His next academic ambition is a masters degree in public administration. He also just won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. .

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