When the New York Times reported on December 26 that the "advance care planning" benefit, deleted from last year's health care reform legislation, had been effected by regulatory decree, the nation's "paper of record" gave its readers a hint of things to come:

The stories of indecencies and humiliations suffered by air travelers at the hands of prurient and unfettered agents of the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have become legendary:

A three-woman television production crew approached the security line bordering President Barack Obama’s vacation home location in Kailua, Hawaii just before dawn last Wednesday, December 29. The women — host R.J. Hampton, journalist Sherri Kane and producer Sativa Jones — are part of  We Are Change, described on its website as "a citizens-based peace and social justice movement working to reveal the truth behind the events of September 11, as well as other suspected false flag attacks that have taken place around the world." 

Lindsey GrahamLiberal Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, known in conservative anti-immigration circles as Sen. Grahamnesty, says the United States must maintain a permanent “presence” in Afghanistan. He proposes this imperial outpost because he believes it will prevent the Taliban, the ruling political party in the graveyard of empires when Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorists struck the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, from returning to the country. Taliban fighters, however, who operate from bases in Pakistan with covert Pakistani support, are still in Afghanistan.

When Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin first used the term “death panels” to reference a provision of Obama’s signature healthcare law, she was mercilessly mocked. She even appeared in MAD Magazine’s Mad 20, which features the top 20 “dumbest” people of 2009, for her mention of what MAD called “imaginary death panels.”