Friday, September 25, 2009

Headlines - Friday

Gone for a couple of days. Talk amongst yourselves.....
I guess massacres, arms smuggling, over charging, war crimes and tax evasion are okay
Jeremy Scahill: Where is the Defund Blackwater Act? 
Democrats joined Republicans in voting to "Defund ACORN," yet have done nothing to stop Blackwater's ongoing taxpayer funded crusade in Iraq and Afghanistan.
h/t Dick
Bill Sparkman was a single father and non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor. He was working two jobs, as a census worker and a substitute teacher, while he waited for a permanent teaching position to open up.
 Of the various types of protesters, police hate the boneless type the most.


New Jersey police officer Robert Melia Jr. will not face criminal charges for allegedly having sex with five calves under a perfectly bizarre ruling by Judge James J. Morley. Morley dismissed animal cruelty charges on the grounds that the cows may have enjoyed having sex with Melia.


Mmm, Chinese flesh

Sarah Palin attacks president Obama on foreign soil during wartime:


political pictures for your blog


Michele Bachmann's wheel is still spinning, but the hamster is dead.

Margaret, I know it has been a few years since we last made the trip across the pond, but I was wondering if  anyone is still alive in Europe?   I watched a little bit of Fox News this weekend and I'm afraid everyone in Europe might have died from lack of access to healthcare.  What a shame.  They had such delicious food and beautiful art.

I am not sure when it happened but the base of the Republican party either got lazy or stupid or both… or maybe they always were.   It took me only a few minutes of research on the internet to learn that America spends more on healthcare than any other wealthy nation and yet we don't live longer or have better health outcomes. So unless we just enjoy making health insurance companies rich, all those tea party morons  need to use the internet for something other than ordering their penis enhancement pills.

Exactly how expensive does healthcare have to get before we decide to have an honest, meaningful conversation about this?   Rush is out there talking about how this will keep you from getting your next raise.  I've got news for you Rush.  Maybe not for you, but for the rest of the world it already has.  Sixty-two percent of all bankruptcies filed in 2007 were linked to medical expenses and almost all of those individuals had health insurance. About 1.5 million families lose their homes to foreclosure every year due to unaffordable medical costs.  Over the last few years, health insurance costs for small businesses have increased by over 100%.

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Fairbanks newspaper in hot water with Sarah Palin over terrible pun

Asshole Stands Near Ice Thing

The notoriously frivolous Fairbanks Daily News-Miner appears to have been caught Making Fun Of Trig, and the managing editor has written an epic apology: "Today I must apologize to Mrs. Palin personally and on behalf of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for the choice of words used on the bottom of Wednesday's front page regarding her speaking engagement in Hong Kong this week to a group of global investors. We used offensive language — 'A broad in Asia' — above a small photograph of the former governor to direct readers inside the newspaper to a full story of her Hong Kong appearance." MORE »


This must have been a day to remember for the amateur. After years of searching, he found what many consider one of the greatest modern historical finds in the UK.


Telegraph UK

An Indonesian woman has given birth to an 19.2-pound (8.7-kilogramme) baby boy, the heaviest newborn ever recorded in the country, a doctor said on Wednesday.

The baby, who is still unnamed and is 24.4 inches (62 centimetres) long, was born by Caesarean section on Monday at a public hospital in North Sumatra province, a gynaecologist who took part in the operation told AFP.

No kidding? Caesarean, you say?

"This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum's womb. His legs were so big," Binsar Sitanggang said.

"And he had his kung-fu death-grip on her uterus, too," he did not add.

"He's got strong appetite, every minute, it's almost non-stop feeding," he said.

Junior is going to suck her dry.

"This baby boy is extraordinary, the way he's crying is not like a usual baby. It's really loud."

It's freakin' Paul Bunyon and his damn mule Blue all rolled into one! Are you really surprised this kid can wail like a Keith Richards in withdrawl?

She had to be rushed to hospital due to complications with the pregnancy, which had reached nine months. The baby, her fourth, was the only child not delivered by a traditional midwife.


Rove says Obama 'doesn't need any more tv time,' but he argued Bush 'needed to be out speaking every day'

Karl Rove needs to be in jail.


Is McCain risking overexposure? Senator to make his 13th Sunday show appearance since January:


Condi: Either We Stay In Afghanistan Forever, Or Every American Dies Again, Just Like On 9/11

Peter Huestis, a legend in his own time 
Hey did you guys know that Condi Rice is a dipshit still? It's in the latest news information! "The last time we left Afghanistan, and we abandoned Pakistan … that territory became the very territory on which Al Qaeda trained and attacked us on September 11th. So our national security interests are very much tied up in not letting Afghanistan fail again and become a safe haven for terrorists … It's that simple… if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan." So… the Bush Administration wanted another terrorist attack in the U.S. between 2002 and 2008? This is the last time we ever trust that Karl Rove. Crooks & Liars
500,000 troops over five years? Forget it. Nothing in Afghanistan is worth 20,000 casualties.
Forget the Afghanistan troop debate:  Stop sending billions to fucking Pakistan!  "The U.S. Senate approved legislation Thursday to triple civilian financial aid to Pakistan to $7.5 billion over five years, underscoring the country's vital role in the war in Afghanistan and the broader fight against international terrorism." Uh, no.  Every dime of foreign aid to Pakistan goes to support the Taliban.  Been that way for about 15 years now.
It's fine, Obama will just make do with Bush's vintage fake legal rationales for torture

A choice bit of news today for terrorists and people who just seem like terrorists: Obama and his legal pals have decided that they will not be giving themselves any more pretend legal authority in order to detain suspicious people indefinitely. It turns out Bush and Cheney did a pretty comprehensive job of back in 2001 rounding up all the authority on Earth and renditioning the shit out of it in Gitmo and Bagram.

"Mark D. Agrast, deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, and Brad Wiegman, a principal deputy and chief of staff in the National Security Division who heads an interagency task force on detention policy, told a group of about 15 activists that the government has all the detention authority it needs and will neither propose nor support any new legislation, according to several people who attended the meeting."

This is considerate, because of the recession.

Washington Post


Alaska's power not what it used to be. Senate rejects Lisa Murkowski's attempt to block EPA on carbon emissions.


David Broder not so sure about this 'thinking' approach to governance

David Broder at his most outraged

Soulless demented fish-carcass David Broder has recently discovered why Obama is awful and will fail: "But Obama has made it even more explicit, regularly proclaiming his determination to rely on rational analysis, rather than narrow decisions, on everything from missile defense to Afghanistan — and all the big issues at home." How calculating that Obama is. This is not the proper way to govern! What he should do instead of "rely[ing] on rational analysis" is take a poop and see which direction it spins, in the toilet. Counter-clockwise would tell him, "build insane untested missile-krusher dongle in Poland." Washington Post


House Liberals stand their ground and demand a public option They are standing together and holding their ground and maintaining that they absolutely will not vote for any bill that doesn't have a public option. So can we ignore the Baucus Bacchanalia and wait for what comes out of conference? The House has an equal say, and enough real Liberal Democrats to make a difference.



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