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In the News, September 10, 2008

It's Lipstick Wars

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With a slip of the lip-shtick, Barak Obama equated the US presidential campaign of rivals John McCain and Sarah Palin as putting "lipstick on a pig" in his most direct attack on the Republican odd couple aiming to keep him out of the White House.
John McCain’s campaign said Tuesday Barack Obama’s reference to “lipstick on a pig” to describe the Republican’s vow to bring change to Washington was offensive language, and a slap at VP nominee Sarah Palin – despite the fact that the Arizona senator himself used the phrase last year to describe a policy proposal of Hillary Clinton’s.

Obama made the remarks at a Virginia campaign stop late Tuesday afternoon.
“John McCain says he’s about change too, and so I guess his whole angle is, ‘Watch out George Bush – except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics – we’re really gonna shake things up in Washington,’” Obama said.

“That’s not change. That’s just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

Within minutes, the McCain campaign announced a conference call focused on the remark, which they said was a deliberate reference to Sarah Palin’s line: “You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

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Ike to hit Texas
The National Hurricane Center Forecasters say Ike is likely to make landfall around Port O'Connor, Texas late Friday or early Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of between 111-130 mph.
Some Texas residents who have special medical needs in the Corpus Christi area were being told to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Ike as it steams into the Gulf of Mexico.
So much for an axis of evil...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il missed a public parade yesterday which has everyone speculating. Rumor has it that the one time member of the 'axis of evil' is believed to be recovering from recent surgery according South Korea's spy agency. Naturally, the communist nation of North Korea rejected reports questioning Kim's health as a "conspiracy plot."
Talk about messing up your luggage....

A man who tried to send his late wife's body to their native Ecuador for burial is suing American Airlines and a funeral home, claiming her remains were sent to the wrong country. The body was to be shipped to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 1, but the coffin wasn't at the airport when the shipper went to meet it. He also claims the body was badly decomposed because it wasn't properly embalmed.

"First, they didn't know where her body was. Then, they said maybe it was in Miami, and finally they said it was in Guatemala," the lawyer said Tuesday. "Instead of sending it on the flight to Guayaquil, American sent the body to Guatemala City."

The funeral director is blaming American saying that someone at American punched in the wrong airport code. She said they wrote GUA for Guatemala instead of GYE for Guayaquil.

"It was not our error," adding that the body was properly embalmed and "there was no decomposition." She said it was the first time in her 18 years of dealing with American that such a mistake had happened.

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