Lucky Cat Survives 19 Story Drop

Bet this cat will not be jumping out of open windows anymore.

A cat named Sugar used up one of her lives yesterday afternoon to survive a harrowing 19-story fall.

Sugar reportedly plunged from her owner’s Boston apartment, landing atop a small mulch patch that helped brace her impact.

“Whether cats can sometimes aim, so if it did it itself or if it was a combination of luck or both,” said Animal Rescue League of Boston asst. manager Mike Brammer. “[I]t managed to hit that small patch of mulch, so it was very soft ground.”

Also contributing to the cat’s survival was a “flying squirrel”-like ability to glide, and the oddly calming effect of reaching terminal velocity. “[The sensation of falling] kind of levels out so they don’t feel as stressed and they relax a little bit,” said Brammer.

Sugar’s 32-year-old owner Brittney Kirk, who was tracked down thanks to a microchip embedded in the animal, said she left the window open so the apartment wouldn’t get too warm for her cat.

She told MSNBC she was relieved to learn her cat would be all right, but not entirely surprised. “[I]f there were a cat to fall 19 stories and to be fine, I think it would definitely be Sugar, because she’s a pretty special cat.”


Pelosi outdoes her usual wacky out of it with this new one. Think she meant for her occupier buddies, but then they have yet to have a job to quit.

(CNS News) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Obamacare facilitates the type of “liberation” that the “Founders had in mind” because it allows you to quit your job and become a “photographer,” a “writer,” a “musician”–or “whatever.”

“As you hear from these stories, this is a liberation,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday.

“This is what our founders had in mind–ever expanding opportunity for people.

“You want to be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever — an artist, you want to be self-employed, if you want to start a business, you want to change jobs, you no longer are prohibited from doing that because you can’t have access to health care, especially because you do not want to put your family at risk,” she said.

The House Democratic Leader appeared alongisde House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), to celebrate the health care law that was passed two years ago Friday.


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Last summer, a brief stir was caused when a book published by New York Times reporter Janny Scott uncovered an uncomfortable fact about President Obama: He had been lying about his mother’s health insurance problems. During the 2008 campaign and throughout the subsequent debate over his signature health care legislation, the president used his mother’s experience as a cancer patient fighting to get coverage to pay for treatment for what her insurer said was a pre-existing condition as an emotional argument to sway skeptics. But as Scott discovered during the course of writing her biography of Anne Dunham, A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, it turned out that her correspondence showed that “the 1995 dispute concerned a Cigna disability insurance policy and that her actual health insurer had apparently reimbursed most of her medical expenses without argument.”

At the time the White House chose not to dispute Ms. Scott’s findings. But apparently the Obama campaign thinks the public’s memory is mighty short. As Glenn Kessler writes today in the Washington Post’s Fact Checker column, the president’s much ballyhooed campaign biography film “The Road We’ve Traveled,” narrated by Tom Hanks repeats the same line that Scott debunked. Though the film’s script tries to avoid repeating the president’s false claims from 2008, as Kessler says, any reasonable person would infer from the movie that the president’s mother died because her insurance was denied.



I’m sure you saw Michelle Obama’s appearance on David Letterman’s show. After all, it’s mandatory under Obamacare.

However, if you’re now a felon fleeing justice, I’ll recap a few of the highlights so you can squeak by with “reasonable doubt” during your trial:

* Her embarrasingly effusive praise for Frank J.’s “brilliant scholarly research” on her husband.
* The awkward silence after she joked that “America’s not ready for a white First Lady.”

* Her admission that she and Oprah are actually the same person.

* That whole “being carried onto the stage by shirtless Secret Service agents” thing.

* When she snuck out halfway through the interview because of an uncontrollable urge to shop at Target.

* Those clips of her in the Green Room, throttling interns while screaming “where the f@#$ are my tamales?”

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I never see this sight when I go to the gym. Dammit!


Troubling Things Obama’s Spring Break Story Reveal

Media: We normally wouldn’t bother writing about the president’s daughter, but the story of Malia Obama’s spring break deserves mention if only because it’s troubling on so many levels.

First you have to wonder about sending a 13-year-old to drug-war-torn Mexico to frolic with her friends. It doesn’t strike us as the wisest move, given the potential risk to her and those around her.

Then there’s President Obama’s indifference to the country’s perilous financial situation.

With deficits topping $1 trillion, you’d think he’d set an example by scotching a trip that required 25 very expensive Secret Service baby sitters. Surely there were less costly places for her to go.

If Obama had been a Republican, you can bet such profligacy would be the talk of the town. But when a newswire mentioned Malia’s trip, the White House demanded the stories be taken down from various sites where they had appeared, reminding them that the Obamas want their children kept off-limits.

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From the University of Oregon a clue as to why green energy isn’t making much inroads. For example, compare these findings to what we learned recently from Matt Ridley about the big fat zero of wind power in the bigger scheme of things.

Wind and other alternate energy is essentially no more than a rounding error.

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Okay, maybe she smokes crack? To come up with crap like this.


“They have more opportunities for coverage and employees — small businesses in particular will have an opportunity to get a 50-percent premium tax credit which they don’t have available to them now. So this is actually a boon to small businesses,” Chairwoman Schultz said.