January departs stage left, but not before the hearties of scenic El Puig, Spain, on January 26 held their annual Dead Rat Throw, heaving the lifeless creatures to and fro and attempting to slam one right down the chops of an inattentive reveler. “In El Puig, they say you aren’t a man until you pick up a rat during the fiesta and heave it with all your might,” said Señor Abel Flores, himself an accomplished rat thrower. Animal rights activists naturally objected, but they uttered not a peep two days later when President Barack Obama made his fifth annual State of the Union speech, and, boy, did he heave the rats. Hardly one of his claims was accurate, including the claim that he has created 8 million new jobs! On the eve of President Obama’s disjointed threat to take things into his own hands and rule by executive fiat, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 63 percent of those responding had little or no confidence that Mr. Obama would make the right decisions as president. The poll also showed the public evenly split over whether our president is honest, with 49 percent thinking he is and 48 percent thinking he is not.
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