A new investigation into the 'Climategate' controversy has exonerated U.S. scientists of any wrongdoing. The probe was conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general at the request of Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.).
Dan Quayle's idiot son Ben was missing during 56 votes so far, but he's not alone: 40% of Congress has been missing votes since it began 8 weeks ago; allegedly one of the Teabaggers has only voted Present. (WaPo)
Wisco: No, it's not a prank.
Yesterday Hawaii, today Maryland. Marriage equality by a vote of 25-21, baby!
UPDATE: A similar bill has just been re-introduced in Nebraska.
Hmmm. It seems women are fair game even in Canada. A judge just let a rapist off because the victim was asking for it, in the coded language that only rapists can read.
Judge Dewar listed several reasons for this misinterpretation [that the victim consented], including that the victim and her friend were wearing tube tops, high heels and makeup; that the two had implied they might want to go skinny-dipping in a lake nearby and that the circumstances of their encounter with Mr. Rhodes and his friend were "inviting."
That's it? That's all it takes? Except for the skinny-dipping part, then women have been consenting to have sex with me surprisingly frequently, and I've been missing all the signals and all the opportunities.
I'm thinking that maybe women just need to move out of the middle of the continent altogether. It doesn't seem to be a very friendly place.
"But now, my friend, I need to count on you. I absolutely must raise $107,372.19 in the next 25 days to pay past bills and keep programs going. I need to be able to count on you for a special gift of $50 or more. Can I count on you? If I am not able to raise the money, I don't know what I will do. I don't know how I can keep fighting. Without you, it will be impossible to hold off the Gay Bill of Special Rights, the Homosexual Classrooms Act or the Entry for Alien Homosexuals Bill. Without immediate help, how can Public Advocate fight to keep children safe in school from lustful deviants?" - Eugene Delguadio, Public Advocate for the United States, who says that if the evil homosexuals find out about his debts, they will destroy him. So send money.
Genius of the highest order.
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH): "Does anyone really believe that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington can successfully steer a multi-national corporation to economic viability?" [6/1/09]
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL): "It's basically going to be a government-owned, government-run company. …It's the road toward socialism." [5/29/09]
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC): "Now the government has forced taxpayers to buy these failing companies without any plausible plan for profitability. Does anyone think the same government that plans to double the national debt in five years will turn GM around in the same time?" [6/2/09]
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA): "Unfortunately, this is just another sad chapter in President Obama's eager campaign to interject his administration in the private sector's business dealings." [6/2/09]
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX): The auto company rescues "have been the leading edge of the Obama administration's war on capitalism." [7/22/09]
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ): When government gets involved in a company, "the disaster that follows is predictable." [7/22/09]
General Motors, which nearly collapsed from the weight of its debts two years ago before reorganizing in a government-sponsored bankruptcy, said Thursday that it earned $4.7 billion in 2010, the most in more than a decade.
If the Republicans had their druthers, GM wouldn't exist today.
The Center for Automotive Research has determined that the bailout to GM and Chrysler saved more than 1.4 million jobs in 2009 and 2010. If government had listened to Republicans in 2009, those jobs would have been lost forever…as would the American automobile industry.
So how will the GOP spin this one? I'm guessing it'll be along the lines of suggesting that the profit-sharing checks to GM's unionized workers are nothing more than government handouts. Socialists! Socialists! Kill the unions
In the Republican war against science and reality, no stone is left untouched. Tennessee lawmakers are now seeking to include the fact-free opposing viewpoints to evolution and climate change in course curriculum along side fact-filled reality, leaving children confused and skeptical.
Or as Sean Hannity would say, "its snowing! Its really cold! Where's the global warming?"
The Tennessee House of Representatives is debating a bill on Wednesday that would push teachers to frame evolution, global warming, and other science topics as controversial in their classrooms, creating the impression that their validity is open for debate. [...]
It's not clear what the efforts to "assist" teachers in framing science as controversial would mean; it would probably depend largely on the school district. But the second part of the bill would make it entirely permissible for educators to teach whatever they want to kids about these subjects as long as they frame it as "science" and somehow relevant to the "controversy." And the bill doesn't limit this to just the "controversies" it lists explicitly. The intent of course is clear—compelling teachers to include creationist or climate-change denying materials alongside of actual scientific lessons.
"Is our children learning?" - George W Bush
Then Kramer called the vote. Within seconds, the digital vote system on the wall announced 51 ayes and 17 nays, and voting was suddenly closed. With a total of 96 members, that got to a majority for the bill but left 28 members who hadn't had a chance yet to vote.
At that point, the Democrats got up, chanting "Shame! Shame! Shame!" and similar exclamations, as the Republicans filed out of the room.
There were many Democrats I spoke to and overheard in the chamber, who said they didn't get a chance to vote, or that they were pushing the "No" button at their desks as hard as they could -- keep in mind that a majority of their 38-member caucus was recorded as casting no votes at all. (Interesting to note there were also four Republicans who voted no -- after having joined every party-line vote against Democratic amendments. Some Dems speculated that the GOP leadership had allowed some Assembly Republicans in marginal districts to skip the vote or vote 'no' on the final tally.)
"And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States." ~ Barack Obama in 2007 on the campaign trail.
Out to organic lunch
Workers nationwide fighting for labor rights; Barack Obama invisible
Hey, leftists and liberals and Democrats, remember a couple of years ago how super-excited you were about Barack Obama, the Chicago community organizer? Nobody really expected unicorns and a fair tax burden for the richest of the rich, but we were enthusiastic, right? Barack Obama has remained completely invisible during the intense labor battles raging in Wisconsin and Indiana and Ohio and even Tennessee. We sort of remember being at the Democratic convention and lots of Democratic presidential debates over the long 2007-2008 campaign, and it sure seems like labor played a decisive role in Obama getting the nomination and then winning the presidency. But now, even the head of the AFL-CIO is relegated to a backroom handshake with Joe Biden, because multi-millionaire golfer "centrist" Barack Obama doesn't want to dirty his hands with the actual lives of the 90% of the country not living large. Rich people protect rich people, it's that simple. READ MORE »
What the hell, why not use the guys convicted of white collar crimes to teach grade school. We have an entire political party which thinks that teachers are parasites and that learning anything beyond the "three Rs" is a waste of time and resources.
The chairman of Fox News may have committed a federal crime, according to legal documents filed by attorneys for a former News Corporation employee.
Affidavits filed in a lawsuit against a former News Corporation employee say that News Corp. executive Roger Ailes advised former publishing executive Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators about an affair she had with Bernard B. Kerik.
Waste of Oxygen "Democratic" Governor Steve Beshear may be setting new records for uselessness, and our rethuglican state senate is trying to win some kind of teabagger award for me-too-ing every Reichwing bill of insanity that comes down the pike, but our state house Democrats still know where to draw the line.
Despite pleas from House Republicans to let the issue be heard on the House floor, the House Health and Welfare Committee defeated a Senate bill that would require a woman to have a face-to-face consultation with a doctor before receiving an abortion.
Senate Bill 9, which would also require a woman to be presented with images from an ultrasound before receiving an abortion, has repeatedly passed the Republican-controlled Senate in recent years but has stalled in the Democratic-controlled House.
After a more than hourlong debate, with several Republican legislators speaking in favor of the bill, the committee voted 9 to 7 to defeat the bill.
Describing this bill as "require a woman to be presented with images from an ultrasound" is like describing beheading as a "close shave."
This bill requires women to suffer having a camera shoved up their vagina against their will. Among civilized people, this is known as "forcible rape."
Among freakazoid rethuglicans and their conservatard DINO minions, it's making sure those penis-less creatures pay the penalty for daring to act as if they were adult citizens capable of making their own decisions.
After three straight days of debate, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly passed Scott Walker's erotic union-busting fantasy earlier this morning, "before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening." The bill now heads to the Senate, where it will probably stay for quite some time, since Senate Democrats are still eloping in Illinois. Anyway, here is what happened, according to the Associated Press: "Debate had gone on for 60 hours and 15 Democrats were still waiting to speak when the vote started around 1 a.m. Friday. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, opened the roll and closed it within seconds. Democrats looked around, bewildered. Only 13 of the 38 Democratic members managed to vote in time. Republicans immediately marched out of the chamber in single file. The Democrats rushed at them, pumping their fists and shouting 'Shame!' and 'Cowards!'" (Please consider donating to our friends at the Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants' Association, so that demonstrators can continue to "eat food" and enjoy other communist entitlements.) [AP]
One of the "friends" on the dearly departed "Lou Sarah" Facebook account, Kermit Ketchum, is mentioned multiple times in former Palin advisor Frank Bailey's leaked book. Who is Kermit Ketchum? According to Bailey, he's an elderly man and longtime friend of the family. Bailey's manuscript describes Ketchum as the one who saw a (presumably doctored) pornographic photo of Palin sent by email to the campaign. Later, Ketchum allegedly repeats gossip from Sarah's mother saying that Sarah had Lasik surgery and just wears glasses for show. They're not a prescription — they're there to make her look smart. READ MORE »
Clinton's blow job: Dylan Ratigan on dollars spent on investigations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shoPWQcgDHs&feature=player_embedded