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Breakfast Scramble

DavidL's Breakfast ScrambleYou can do it.  We can not help:

May 1 (Bloomberg) [1] — Home Depot Inc., the world’s biggest home-improvement retailer, will eliminate 1,300 jobs, close 15 stores and scrap plans for 50 more as the U.S. housing slump cripples sales.

 Sixty-four more virgins needed:

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP [2]) — U.S. missiles destroyed the house of the man identified by the U.S. military as the top al-Qaida commander in Somalia, killing him and 10 others Thursday in a pre-dawn attack that analysts warned could torpedo peace talks.

 Where is Gladys Kravitz [3]when you really need her:

AMSTETTEN, Austria (AP [4]) — Carefree children in alpine costumes danced around a maypole, and parents crowded a churchyard to snap photos of sons and daughters making their first communion.

But an unmistakable melancholy settled Thursday over this town where police say Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her in a windowless warren of soundproofed cellar rooms.

Mrs. Clinton mends fences, Herald-Tribute: [5]

TEHRAN: Iran has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations about comments by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that the United States would “totally obliterate” Iran if it attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Thursday.

So who well undo the damage to our foreign relations done by Mrs. Clinton?

Hey BO, Spike can do the right thing, Guardian [6] (UK)

Director Spike Lee has waded into the ongoing controversy surrounding Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor whose provocative statements have proved a thorn in the side of Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama. Lee advises the preacher to do the right thing and keep quiet. “The more he opens his mouth, the more damage he does,” he told the Guardian yesterday.

BO doing the right thing is easy, if you but have courage.

Putting moose ahead of people, KTVU [7]:

[Mrs.] Pelosi rejected the idea of a gas tax holiday and Bush’s call for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

 She said there’s no energy scenario she can foresee that would convince her drilling in ANWR is a good idea. Instead, she wants Bush to stop fueling the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve and provide more incentives for renewable energy.

 She said the high gas prices present an “intolerable situation,” and that “it’s hard for President Bush to understand because he doesn’t identify with middle income people, or those who aspire to be middle income people.”

Alas if botox were but a petroleum by product.

See Cindy run, Luke Thomas, City Journal [8]:

Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan filed papers Friday at the San Francisco Department of Elections formally declaring her intent to challenge Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the 8th Congressional District seat.

Sheehan, 50, is required to gather 10,198 signatures by August 28 for her name to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate.

“I think even if you don’t agree with me and you’re not going to vote for me,” Sheehan told Fog City Journal, “it helps democracy to support as many candidates as possible to get on the ballot.”

Do the math: Shanelle Matthews, WeNews [9]:

Less than 1 percent of the adult population is transgender, according to the Washington-based National Center for Transgender Equality, although there are no reliable statistics. Most transgender people face intense discrimination because their outward appearance is not consistent with gender stereotypes.

Common sense ( which rare in the media)( tells us that given a choice between making one person in a hundred uncmfortaable or making ninty-nine uncomfortable, it it better to cater to the ninety-nine and not the one.