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  • U.S. Government Keeps Dropping Dead Poisoned Mice on Guam

    If this story doesn't lift your spirits for the weekend, I don't know what will:

    Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy. They are scientists' prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake.

    Most of Guam's native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines.

    How polite! We terrorize Guam's ecosystem by introducing these horrible snakes, then we try to remove the horrible snakes by airbombing them with dead mice.

    The best part is, we've done this before. Twice.

    But this time, the strategy can't fail. Even if the snakes don't die off, Guam's residents will eventually just move away.

    Problem solved.

    Previously
    Indecision Delegates: Guam at the RNC [VIDEO]

    Photo by Karl Gehring – Contributor/Denver Post/Getty Images


    Tags: Animals, Guam
  • Official Logos for President Obama's International Trips

    Obama will make his first presidential visit to Israel next month, and his hosts are so excited that they made this official logo for the occasion.

    Everyone knows Israel and the U.S. are like two peas in an aerial bombardment-loving pod. Still, other countries should get to have their own logos when the president visits.

    So we made some:

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Israel
  • Sarah Palin Is Ready for You to Listen to Her Talk Again

    She hasn't been away from Fox News long enough to shake the smell of Neil Cavuto's hair gel, and already Sarah Palin is rushing back into the spotlight.

    In what will probably be a more subdued affair than last year's, the former governor will speak at the Group Strategy Session for Not Being So Bad at Politics, otherwise known as the CPAC

    The American Conservative Union on Monday announced that the former governor and vice presidential contender will address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month.

    Is this a signal that she may seek the presidency in 2016? If it were any other high-profile politician, I'd say yes. But it's Sarah Palin, so it could just mean she thought up a new synonym for "going rogue" and wants to give it a whirl.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: CPAC, Sarah Palin
  • Your Taxes Are Paying for Michelle Obama's Skis

    How out-of-touch can one person be? First she lives in a house whose annual income is $400,000 (plus whatever Biden makes selling counterfeit Rolexes), and now this?

    First lady Michelle Obama may be hitting the slopes this weekend in the Aspen area — leaving her husband to hang out alone with friends in Palm Beach.

    Skiing and golf. Next they'll want to tax you for things like education and infrastructure.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Colorado, Michelle Obama
  • Will Nemo Make Chris Christie Invincible?

    Chris Christie's sitting pretty, joking with David Letterman about his weight and generally being liked by most of his constituents. Here's why

    Much of [his] approval is linked to his handling of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Eighty-six percent of voters approve of his handling of the storm's aftermath, and only 11 percent disapprove.

    It can only mean one thing. If winter storm Nemo shuts New Jersey down for long enough, he'll get enough political capital to cancel public schooling altogether.

    Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Chris Christie, Weather