Saturday, March 28, 2009

Headlines - Saturday

Turn off the lights tonight!

It's that time again: Earth Hour! Don't forget to turn out the lights wherever you are at 8:30 p.m. (your time zone) and keep them off for the next 60 minutes.

h/t Dick
Nice to know hard times haven't hit everyone
Breguet diamond-encrusted "double tourbillon" watches that cost about $710,000 are selling within days of their delivery to the U.S - a sign that demand for the most-expensive luxury goods still exists.
Cool astronomy website:
Brazilian president:
"This was a crisis that was fostered and boosted by the irrational behaviour of people who were white and blue-eyed, who before the crisis they looked like they knew everything about economics, but now have demonstrated they know nothing about economics," he said, mocking the "gods of wisdom" who had had to be bailed out. "The part of humanity that is responsible should be the part that pays for the crisis," he added.
And I would add white and blue-eyed 'men.'
671 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

In addition to the 17,000 troops President Obama has already committed to add to the war effort in Afghanistan, his new "comprehensive strategy" will include another 4,000 troops and hundreds of "civilian advisers," bringing the US military presence in Afghanistan to nearly 60,000.

h/t Dick
A new study shows that crabs feel pain when they are boiled alive: 
Wow. Who knew?

When it learned it shared approximately 97% of its genetic makeup with Glenn Beck, the orangutan lost its appetite and began to gradually waste away.
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"Take Michelle Obama...please. Every time I turn around, there she is on a magazine cover. If the First Family gets a female dog, will she be the First Bitch or will she have to settle for second place?" Bert Prelutsky, writing for The Christian Radio Network Link 


An update on that charming Dallas cop who prevented Ryan Moats (black) from seeing his dying mother-in-law ...

The Dallas Police Department has placed Mr. Congeniality on administrative leave, ripped up the ticket and formally apologized to Moats, none of which will give him back that moment in time.

Moats plays for the Houston Texans, and rushed for 94 yards last season, a paltry sum by NFL standards. And yet thanks to those 94 yards, millions of citizens were able to see an injustice that might otherwise have been ignored. This exchange is likely to get at least one bad cop off the street, reinforce the notion that we don't tolerate crap like this as a society and perhaps get us to take one more look at the issue of race, even if it's just for an instant.

For Moats, however, that must be small consolation as he woke up this morning, screwed over.


GOP Budget Theater: 


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Greg Gutfeld: The Ultimate Young Republican

Greg Gutfeld
Fox Redeye


Well, your apology hasn't worked. Our northern allies are
still angry with you for mocking the sacrifice--the lives of one hundred and sixteen Canadian fathers, sons, husbands, and brothers--they've made in a war Our Former Leader waged as if it were a mere hobby, a distraction from other more important things.

Part of your problem is due to your lack of credibility as a war supporter. Many would argue that you have no standing to criticize the service of those who fought and died in Afghanistan, because you've limited your own participation to simply telling jokes about those who fail to express a sufficient degree of blood lust. Your phony pro-war chauvinism, your Potemkin patriotic fervor, is seen as an affront to those who feel the loss of each young man or woman in their guts and mourn each sacrifice made in the name of saving the Bush legacy.

But hey, who cares? We love you (in a heterosexual kind of way). You're almost as big as Joe the Plumber.

Heterosexually yours

Gen. JC Christian, patriot
For two years, German police have been stalking the most prolific serial killer in its history — a rare female serial killer connected to 39 murders with DNA traces to Germany, Austria, and France. They offered 300,0000 euros to anyone who would help find her and hundreds of detectives interviewed 800 women convicted of crimes in the country. They have finally found her. Story here.
After all the attention Texas got for their creationist curricula, Florida must have been feeling neglected, so they slipped in another creationist education bill. It's like this is a competition for craziest, most ignorant state in the union.


The Pope, under the spell of infallibility and religious delusion, recently declared that condoms "increase the problem" of HIV transmission in Africa. This would be news to the CDCAnd now the Lancet speaks out.


Fred "The Rotting Cryptkeeper" Phelps and his band of christian zombies now seem to have a problem with Walt Whitman.

They're planning to demonstrate next month outside Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda because the school, which opened in 1962, is named for a man who may have been homosexual.


Hmmm, lots of Republicons made the Boston Phoenix's list of the top 100 unsexiest men of 2009
The Vulgar Pigboy made #1!
GOP budget
Democratic leader tells Democrats to shut up
Wow. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that liberal groups targeting moderate Democrats with ads should back off, saying pressure from the left wing of his party won't be helpful to enacting legislation.
Also not helpful? The Democratic Leader going to a newspaper to complain about Democrats exercising a benefit of living in a democracy."
Why do I know more than Harry Reid does? 
I knew there was no massive program of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but Harry Reid didn't - and voted to authorize our invasion of that country. I knew that John Roberts was an extreme right-wing conservative, but Harry Reid didn't. And now he's bemoaning the fact that we're stuck with him.
Perhaps Sen. Reid should read something other than the crap written by the Beltway press corps that slavishly serves the interests of the GOP. Then perhaps he might not also be saying in the same article that he hopes the Republicans don't filibuster all of Barack Obama's judicial nominees.

I already know they will do just that. Why doesn't Harry Reid? 
Pro-choice christian group fires back at Obama protesters
Rev. Dr. Carlton W. Veasey, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, said:
"It's unacceptable that so-called pro-life groups should try to set the agenda for a noble academic institution. Our nation was founded on religious tolerance and the separation of church and state. People of all faiths and no faith are citizens of this country. The protest over President Obama speaking at Notre Dame because of his views on abortion and stem cell research shows a weak understanding of the nature of our democracy and an intolerance for diverse viewpoints."
Amen to that.
What can brown do for you, Bill O'Reilly? It can stop advertising on your show:    
Michele Bachmann appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show on Wednesday, and sharply reiterated her calls for revolution in America, warning against the imminent dangers of tyranny under Barack Obama.
Matt Taibbi: "You know it's funny this morning outside of Penn Station I saw a guy huffing glue out of a paper bag, and he was making more sense than Michelle Bachmann was making. I can't believe it. You need to pass a written test to drive a car in this country but I bet this woman can't even write her name in the ground with a stick. I mean it's just unbelievable to me that this person is in the Congress."

"You owe the American people every penny of your fortune and your family's fortune."  CNN's finance guru Suze Orman, to Bush, telling him to take responsibility for his economic crisis, Link  

Suze, don't forget he owes Hitler, too, for giving the family fortune their start.



Bush's big victory in Iraq - by Boston handjob Jeff Jacoby Link

Excerpt: "Markets without bombs. Hummers without guns. Ice cream after dark. Busy streets without fear." 

So began ABC's Terry McCarthy in his report from Iraq as the war reached its sixth anniversary...

Paging Jeff: 

Iraqis sell kidneys to survive:

Twenty-Five Killed in Suicide Attack on Iraqi Funeral - Link

Hey Jeff, if Iraq is safe and Bush gets the credit for victory, why don't you and Bush take an announced trip to Baghdad and walk thru the streets and go shopping at the bazaar? Mike Pence says it's just like an Indiana market, and Lindsey Graham says you can get a really good deal on rugs there.

If you do that, I'll write "Iraq is a safe place to visit, thanks to Bush."  

Of course, it was much safer to visit before Bush invaded and stole their oil...

And don't forget about the 4,261 American soldiers and 1+ million Iraqis killed.


Dear children of the eighties and nineties,

Tuesday, the President gave a press conference. He has spoken to the press many times since he was elected. Believe it or not, this used to be what most every President did. They didn't have handpicked crowds who had 
signed loyalty oaths, they didn't confine most speeches to military bases, and most of them were pretty decent orators. They gave speeches, the press asked questions, and we had some idea of what was happening.

The thing I want you to know is that this is the way it should be. 
Government gets pretty rotten when it is conducted in dark rooms. 
President Obama is allowing some sunshine in. He has a long way to go,
but give him a chance. At least he is talking to you. 
Steve in Montana

Bartcop says: And did you notice Obama was able to answer questions with precision and clarity. Bush generally would reply, "I'll have my people look into that," because he was so stupid.

If Bush managed to remember the name of the Prime Minister of some land, he'd smirk and puff his chest out like he had just hit a home run - and the whore press coddled him and told him he was great. 


"Obama inherited an ungodly mess: a $1.2 trillion deficit, an economy that was careening from recession into depression. That's not to mention Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and the Mexican drug war.  If this were "Sesame Street," the announcer would be saying, 'This program brought to you by the letters G, O and P.' "  Paul Begala Link


"Crime can only be alleviated by a noose and a stout tree limb."  
George Lambus, a black, pro-lynching Republican mayoral candidate in Jackson, Mississippi, Link 


"Too many Catholic bishops are treating parishes as if they were Starbucks franchises. It's about more than money." Christene Schenk, a Cleveland-area nun, denouncing a spate of church closures due to depopulation and rape-related financial strains, Link  

Bartcop says:

Ma'am, I hate to break this to you but it IS all about money. The difference between Starbucks and the Vatican is Starbucks would get shut down if they ran a worldwide, organized system to rape little boys.

If they closed a Starbucks every time a priest got caught raping a kid
you wouldn't be able to get a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha anywhere.



Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, Gaza, and now Sudan. The T-shirt design possibilities are endless!


Israel has conducted three military strikes against targets in Sudan since January in an effort to prevent what were believed to be Iranian weapons shipments from reaching Hamas in the Gaza Strip:  


AP: more than 100 people reported getting sick after eating at an Applebee's restaurant near Syracuse. They ate something contaminated with fecal matter and got Shigellosis.


funny pictures of cats with captions


Shorter David Broder:

Although I didn't criticize President Bush for running up a huge deficit to give tax cuts to the wealthy, it really, really worries me if Democrats do it.


Bill Kristol launches sequel to PNAC that will be the same thing as PNAC


Rep. Darrell Issa (Republicon-CA) and his conservative allies are pushing for legislation that would limit the first lady's ability to do substantive policy work. Issa had originally proposed the bill last year, in fear of Bill Clinton moving back in to the White House. But he insists the bill is only about ensuring "transparency" for the work of first ladies, adding, "We are trying actually to protect the historic role of the first lady." Or, as Gawker summed up Issa's proposal in its headline, "Congressman Wants Michelle Obama To Shut Up And Look Pretty." 


Fried chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles!

More delicious food here:


A romp through the Republican budget

Here's a snip from a piece by PM Carpenter in response to their tone-deaf, hysterical presentation yesterday:

What difference would numbers have made? I mean, just how does one quantify, "We haven't a bloody clue"? How does one numerically characterize, "Jesus, this just dawned on us - We can't believe we fell for this trick"? Just how, in heaven's name, can one slap a cold, impersonal figure on the red-faced human realization, "Oops, we're more stunningly hapless than we - even you - thought"?

I'll also offer Republicans a little sincere advice: Go away. Just go away for a long, long while. Grab whatever cash you have in the RNC account and hasten thee to a faraway exotic spa, or go on a year-long drunk, or simply hide yourselves at home, shutter the blinds, and STFU.

It's not your critics doing you harm. It's you and your non-budgeting budgets which advocate spending freezes during a deep freeze. It's Dick Cheney running around defending torture and denouncing social progress. It's Sarah Palin babbling about deficiently prayerful McCainites. It's your Cantors and Pences and Boehners looking and sounding so insufferably goofy. It's Michael Steele strategizing with God but genuflecting before Rush. For those fond of reifying brevity, it can even be just two words: Michele Bachmann.

Come on, boys. Give it a merciful rest.
Amen to that.




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