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Before we shut it down for the holidays, I want to express my appreciation to my patient readers. Thank you for putting up with me. Allow me to offer this screen dump as a gift to you, a year-end high colonic for your health and well being.

According to the latest polls, Barack Obama's approval rating has dipped below fifty percent. This bad news for the administration was offset somewhat by the subsequent question, asking likely voters whom they were rooting for to win the next poll.

Twelve percent were rooting for the Democrats, three percent were rooting for the Republicans, and eighty-five percent were rooting for "the Margin of Error."

Two bloggers walk into a bar. "What'll you have," the bartender asks.

The first blogger says, "It doesn't matter, whatever you give me, I'm against it."

The second blogger says, "I'll have what whatever he's not having."

If by some miracle the Democrats finally manage to pass health care reform, we're going to have trouble with the "mandate." Auto insurance is mandated too, but that requirement is gleefully ignored by a large segment of the driving population. So we good citizens have to purchase "uninsured motorist protection" to cover us if we get rear-ended by one of those jokers.

You know there will be millions of people who won't obey the mandate. Either because they can't afford health insurance, are young and think they're immortal, or are conscientious objectors like Keith Olbermann. What happens if one of those scofflaws gives us the scabies? Are we covered?

And what are they going to do to the mandate evaders? Say you don't buy insurance, get fined for it and refuse to pay the fine. What then? A stretch in the slammer?

"What're you in for?"

"I didn't buy health insurance."

Now, at first glance, you wouldn't want to be that guy in prison. It figures he's going to get passed around like a bad email joke.

But upon further review, maybe not. He hasn't had health insurance for a long time. Long enough to get caught, prosecuted and jailed for it. There's no telling what me'lange of microbes and toxins he's hosting in his unmedicated body.

I think that dude is probably "hands off" in the clink.

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