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ComPost: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Paintings Boehner definitely wouldn't want at the National Portrait Gallery

A video installation in the Hide/Seek exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery (now on display at the Transformers gallery) ignited an uproar by including eleven seconds of footage of ants crawling on a crucifix. The Catholic Anti-Defamation League called...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 3, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Congress, Epic Failures, Petri, Top Lists, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  America, National Portrait Gallery, oops  
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Things more unpleasant than Rep. Rangel's censure by Congress

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) recently suffered censure by the House. This censure consisted of standing in the well of the House while Speaker Nancy Pelosi reprimanded him for forty-five seconds. Most people in this position have turned to face...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 3, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congress, Epic Failures, Petri, Top Lists  | Tags:  CSPAN, Nancy Pelosi, Rangel, turkey  
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Vote for the week's wackiest moments-- live chat Friday at 11:30 ET

From alien life to "The Liberal Claus," this week has been rich in bizarre episodes! Vote for the one you believe took the metaphorical cake! And to any extraterrestrials listening in, join us for a live chat Friday at 11:30...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 2, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Week's wackiest  | Tags:  quizzes, week's wackiest  
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Where's Quatar? The Qatar world cup and the death of spelling

Wait, Qatar's hosting World Cup 2022? Seriously? All I know about Qatar is that most Americans don't know how to spell it or find it on a map. This doesn't narrow it down much. It could be anywhere but...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 2, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  kids these days, spelling, spooky  
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Mulligans: John Boehner's metaphors

Oh no, he didn't! Politics Daily: John Boehner Calls Vote on Middle-Class-Only Tax Cut 'Chicken Crap' *** Even Arnold is making jokes about Meg Whitman's illegal-immigrant housekeeper. The retiring governator says he's California's second-most famous immigrant, after Whitman's maid. San...

By Dana Milbank  | December 2, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The big announcement: NASA finds alien life? In California?

New life! Or something like it! If NASA's big 2:00 p.m. announcement is what people are saying it is (Update, 1:08 p.m: And it is!) then scientist Felisa Wolfe Simon has discovered a form of bacteria whose DNA uses arsenic...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 2, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Big Deals, Petri  | Tags:  NASA, aliens, space  
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Scientists estimate three times the number of stars? I blame Snooki

Scientists suggested Wednesday that the estimated number of stars in the Universe might have to triple! I think this finding says a lot about our culture. (Image via AP/NASA) Ron Cowen at Science News reported that "Astronomers who examined eight...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 2, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Star Wars, space  
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I watched Mitt Romney talk Palin, 2012 on Jay Leno -- and enjoyed it

I watched Mitt Romney on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and boy are my jokes tired! (I'm sorry, I can't tell if that was a joke or not. After watching this I straggled upstairs demanding Metamucil and wondering...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 2, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television, That's awkward  | Tags:  Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, law of the jungle  
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Mulligans: Fed to McDonald's: You deserve a break today

Big Mac Bailout. Forbes: Banks Benefited From Fed's Lending, But So Did Caterpillar, McDonald's *** Readin', Ritin' and 'Rigs. State lawmakers in Utah want schoolchildren in the state to be educated on the virtues of mining and petroleum drilling. Salt...

By Dana Milbank  | December 1, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Hanukkah (Chanukah?) 2010 wish from your goy best friend

Happy, Ch--Han--Han?- Hanukkah! I have to admit -- I'm a goy. I don't celebrate Hanukkah, but to compensate, I refer to Christmas as "that holiday when we non-Jews get together to celebrate being passed over by Santa." Technically, I...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 1, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Epic Failures, From bad to verse, Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Hanukkah, apologies, holidays  
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Which top 2010 newsmaker is your soulmate? Take the quiz!

(Image via Alex Wong at Getty Images; hearts via yours truly.) Ah, December. Those lonely winter nights, forcing you to think back with nostalgia on the year that has passed and the increasing probability that you will not find a...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 1, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Quiz  | Tags:  The Year That Was 2010, quizzes  
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Mulligan: Buenos dias, Hezbollah

Hezbollah militants invade America! And they look like Mexicans! (But will Sharron Angle mistake them for Asians?) Talking Points Memo: Huckabee buys GOP rep's claim that Hezbollah is infiltrating the U.S. through Mexican border...

By Dana Milbank  | December 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mulligans: Eric Cantor's Confederacy

How's this for a rebel yell? Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the man who will be the next House majority leader, has put his weight behind an obscure constitutional amendment that would allow states to nullify federal laws. Cantor was identified...

By Dana Milbank  | November 30, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Google's buying Groupon? But Groupon is evil! Here's why

Groupon is worth $6 billion? That sounds inaccurate. Nothing that e-mails me every day suggesting we go buy furniture together could be worth $6 billion, or my friend Cliff wouldn't still be jobless and living in his parents' garage....

By Alexandra Petri  | November 30, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Google, Groupon, kids these days  
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Mulligans: Chinese, too, are 'scared to death' of Pelosi

Jeb Bush says Obama should "take, like, a three-month vacation" and "just chill." Come to think of it, that's pretty much what Jeb's big brother did when he was in the White House. Maybe George W. will let Obama use...

By Dana Milbank  | November 30, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Facebook isn't the only tool that leads to cheating

Suddenly, everyone's talking about Facebook cheating. First there was the hullaballoo with that pastor who said we should deactivate our Facebook accounts to forestall cheating, because nothing is more tempting than seeing pictures of people you didn't know that well...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 30, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  Facebook, spooky  
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Morning Mulligans: Ecuador offers Assange asylum

Will Julian Assange become the Josef Mengele of Ecuador? Does the Australian speak Spanish? Associated Press: Ecuador offers a home for founder of WikiLeaks. *** Looks as if Christine O'Donnell is back into witchcraft, because Hillary Clinton has got her...

By Dana Milbank  | November 30, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mulligans: Sarah Palin and the WikilLeaks terrorists

It was hardly a revelation to say that Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has a "penchant for partying hard," as it was put in one of the U.S. diplomatic cables released as part of the WikiLeaks dump. But Berlusconi felt...

By Dana Milbank  | November 29, 2010; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Wikileaks Cablegate is the accidental reply-all of international diplomacy

Don't worry, Hillary Clinton! Sure, people are calling it Cablegate, but I think there's a better way of spinning all these wikileaks. Something very similar happened to me earlier this week, when I accidentally hit "Reply-All" instead of "Reply" on...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 29, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  oops, wikileaks  
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Surely Leslie Nielsen can't be gone! Tribute to an American classic

All together now: He is gone, and stop calling me Shirley. Today we also lost Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back. This is the saddest I've been since I learned Pat Boone was still alive. Leslie Nielsen...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 29, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  America, Leslie Nielsen  
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Mulligans: Obama courts gentler opponents

President Obama's last basketball outing had him in stitches (12, to the upper lip), but now he's found some playmates whose elbows aren't quite so sharp: daughters Malia and Sasha. *** The incoming Republican House majority hasn't yet sorted out...

By Dana Milbank  | November 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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