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  • Quote:"Seventeen of the 22 Democrats targeted by two prominent anti-abortion-rights groups will not return to Congress next year, doomed in part by their support for a healthcare reform bill that many Americans worried would open the way to taxpayer-funded abortion.
  • // Despite the fact that half of self described pro-life democrats lost their seats in 2010, only two didn't vote for healthcare (which will/has funded abortion). Democrats who stayed firm against healthcare did alright in 2010.
  • Quote:"When it comes to the battle against abortion, the law of unintended consequences may be the first lesson for the resurgent Republicans, even though the incoming Congress won't be seated until January.

    That's because the same wave that swept GOP candidates to a takeover of the House on Tuesday also washed away half of the 40 or so pro-life Democrats who had given the movement unprecedented influence in their party and in Congress.

    (tags: abortion)
  • Quote:"Price controls are like crack to an addict. You can’t live without them, but they will be the death of you. The recent healthcare overhaul legislation should have taken the first steps toward withdrawal, but did not. Let’s hope a Republican Congress will have the guts to start pulling the needle out of our arms.

    // There is no free lunch? Then how come we're all so fat?

  • Quote:"Then again, maybe not. The New York Times has just reported on a new trend towards what's sometimes known as soap-dodging. Among those who have cut down on daily showers, baths or hair-washing were a woman who swipes a sliced lemon under her armpits instead of deodorant, another who uses baby wipes to freshen up after her lunchtime runs, and a salesman who shampoos only once a month and gave up anti-perspirant for three years.

    Think this is only happening in the US? Think again. There are plenty of signs that this carefree attitude to cleanliness is popular in the UK too – and in some cases growing. Last year, a poll for tissue manufacturer SCA found that 41% of British men and 33% of women don't shower every day, with 12% of people only having a proper wash once or twice a week. (These figures place us behind Australia, Mexico and France in the personal hygiene stakes.) Around the same time, research by Mintel found more than half of British teenagers don't wash every day"

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