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Dennis Moore is the subject of 'Onion' satire


Maybe this is what happens when you go from the minority to the majority.[The Onion,][1] a popular weekly satirical newspaper full of fake stories - think "The Daily Show" in print - has an op-ed piece this week supposedly (but not really) written by U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.The fake commentary is titled: "People Always Hate Politicians Until They Need One.""Let me tell you: It's not all being wined and dined by lobbyists and joking around with my pals on the floor, you know," the fake Dennis Moore writes. "It's long hours and hard work. But whenever I go home and do a little fund-raising, all I hear is: 'Shouldn't you be back in Washington earning your six-figure salary?' And you know whose in-box is filled with fawning e-mails the next morning when someone needs to get a last-minute clause attached to an appropriations bill before it gets out of the House Committee On Ways And Means? Mine. The 'sleazy' politician's. That's right, me."No word on what the real Dennis Moore thinks of his fake counterpart.Other headlines today:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][2][(Stop the ACLU commentary) Liberty Counsel Pushing For Public Expression Of Religion Act To Pass Current Congress:][3] Sen. Sam Brownback is urging his colleagues to allow a vote on the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA)a measure that sailed through the House 244-173. Passage of PERA would eliminate the awarding of attorney's fees to groups challenging the constitutionality of displays on public property. Groups like the ACLU have made millions of dollars using the threat of monetary awards to intimidate officials into removing Ten Commandment monuments, Nativity scenes, crosses, or the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. ... Sen. Brownback and others believe there is still time to pass PERA before Congress adjourns. [(AP) Where the potential presidential candidates stand on the Iraq war:][4] The Kansas senator has supported the war and maintained his optimism. "We are coming to a time when we can hand this, much more, over to the Iraqis," he said. "And I think we need to do that, for both the Iraqi public and for the American public."Rep. Jerry Moran (R)![][5][(Washington Post commentary) Serving the Nation in Sunny South America:][6] Feeling that blast of winter these past few days? Want a quick trip to sunny climes courtesy of the taxpayers? Then hurry, hurry, hurry. There may still be some seats on an excellent codel to South America right after Thanksgiving. There's chatter that even Rio, where highs are expected to be in the 80s, might be one stop. Outgoing House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is leading a group of about 10 committee members, plus spouses, military aides and assorted staff -- perhaps up to 40 folks in all -- on this fine journey with stops in several countries down there. ... Depending on the type of military jet being used, move quickly if you want to go. An early list showed that Goodlatte; incoming Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.); Republican Reps. Frank Lucas (Okla.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.); and Democratic Reps. Bob Etheridge (N.C.), Tim Holden (Pa.), Rick Larsen (Wash.), Leonard Boswell (Iowa), David Scott (Ga.) and Stephanie Herseth (S.D.) had made tentative bookings, but these things are fluid. There's always someone dropping off or hopping on, so get moving. [1]: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/55461 [2]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [3]: http://stoptheaclu.com/archives/2006/11/21/liberty-counsel-pushing-for-public-expression-of-religion-act-to-pass-current-congress/ [4]: http://www.forbes.com/business/services/feeds/ap/2006/11/22/ap3197010.html [5]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/97/Moran_Jerry.jpg [6]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/21/AR2006112101320.html


dlkrm 11 years, 4 months ago

Logrithmic, you meant 1972, but we'll forgive your mistake.

cutny 11 years, 4 months ago

Wow...satirized by the Onion. Dennis Moore must be doing something right, while Brownback's actions only look like satire. Yeah Sam, we're all really concerned about public display's of the nativity scene right now. Way to have your finger on the pulse of the electorate.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 4 months ago

Considering that I am not a Christian and one of my best friends is a Jew I guess having Nativity scenes shoved down my throat by my own government is the price I have to pay for living in America. When will people have the courage to dump this theocrat.

johnadavies 11 years, 4 months ago

Is it just me or does Brownback look more and more like one of the Brady Bunch? He's got that hair thing going there that could help him out a lot on the road to the Presidency. In fact it might be all he has; but Bush had less!

Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

From what I read Brownback is not drawing much interest around the USA and hopefully we can send him packing next time. He hates big government yet loves the pay/retirement package plus his automatic $4000 annual pay increase. How much has his pay increased? About $32,000.

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