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Morning News – Mouse Found Near Cheesecake

Mouse found near cheesecakeSo, ew. That photo, from the website Brooklynian, is of the window display at Junior’s, a legendary Brooklyn eatery.

That’s a mouse. And it’s near the cheesecake. As the reader who posted the pics put it, “So, unless you like extra chocolate sprinkles on your strawberry cheese cake I would steer clear…”

I have never been so happy to be lactose intolerant.

The Health Department is investigating. Here are the pics full-size.

(Brooklynian via NY1)

A few more items that are, hopefully, less icky.

- Windows 7 launches today. Wow, do I not care about that. (CNN Money)

- Government officials don’t seem to be doing a great job dealing with a possible Swine Flu (or H1N1, or “heinie”) pandemic. Or at least, they aren’t doing a very good job communicating with the public. Now the CDC tells us that “flu predictions are often futile,” and, countering fears that the vaccine will show up too late to help anyone, they add that “belated vaccinations could help combat a possible second wave of H1N1.” So that means… what does that mean? (L.A. Times)

- New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg told CNN that the United States is “basically on the path to a banana-republic-type of financial situation in this country” because of the projected $1.4 trillion deficit. If you watch the whole 6 minute interview, most of what he says is less crazy-sounding than that soundbite.

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But this whole “you can’t blame Bush” trope that the GOP Conservative Hive Mind has been propagating lately is nuts. If you look at this chart, it’s easy to see that, in fact, the deficit increased dramatically under Reagan and Bush I, went down under Clinton (remember the surplus?) and then rose under Bush II (NOTE: the link has changed, per Eric’s comment below; the original link was to a chart of the National Debt). Obama has not even been in office for a full year. Is it fair to question the policies of his administration and what effect they may have on the future? Of course. Is it insane to place all of the blame for our current economic woes on the current administration, and to pretend that Republicans are the party of “fiscal responsibility”? Yep. Also, if you’re going to say “can’t blame Bush,” Rush Limbaugh et al needs to stop blaming Bill Clinton. Bush II has been out of office for less than a year. Clinton left in 2000. This is basic math, people. Adding to the hypocrisy is this quote from former Vice President Dick Cheney — “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.” Perhaps they only matter when a Democrat is in office? (CNN)

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