Some kids aren't fortunate enough to have the grifting gene.
But I suspect he (or she) does know what the rest of the epithets in his threatening fax mean. He seems quite comfortable with the language.
Update: After voting to defund Planned Parenthood 240-185, the "concerned about out of control spending" House votes 241-148 to continue federal funding for NASCAR teams.
16-year-old Canadian person Justin Bieber is opposed to abortion but doesn't hate gays, as anybody who follows politics now knows, somehow. This does not sit well with Focus on the Family, which is worried he is being corrupted by the black people and their "grooving" black-people music. Here's their Chad Hillis: "Bieber's only a kid, and he's being swept directly into the center of the extremely profane, hyper-sexualized, violent and self-indulgent culture of R&B. Moreover, Justin's being 'mentored' by the very crude and sexually explicit R&B icon, Usher." Surely rhythm is bad enough, but rhythm and blues? That's dangerous. What exactly is this Usher ushering in? Focus on the Family is going to have to have to intervene if this kid continues to be part of our culture in such a way. And thus alienate preteen girls from the Christian religion forever. READ MORE »
Donald Trump is one of the most successful business leaders in the world; he would bring a unique perspective to a Republican primary field populated with has-been and never-were politicians eager to curry support with traditional political horse-trading and backroom favors. As a global manager and executive, owing no favors to any political boss or party, Trump would bring needed credibility and independence to a presidential campaign. His candor and honesty are never in question; Trump is famous for saying what he believes and has decades of phenomenal success in business to validate his judgment, eye for talent, and ability to manage people, which are the key qualities required in a Commander-in-Chief.No mention of his numerous bankruptcies or marriages.
Late last night, House Republicans voted to reverse the net neutrality rules passed by the previous House which never became solid law because of the ineffectual nature of the Senate. The measure to reverse the new rules was included in the Republican's draconian assault on the poor which they are referring to as a "budget." The reversal will open the door to Telecomms. throttling even land-line connections and grant them the power to charge for bandwidth priority.
Clearly the inability to charge people more money for lower quality service was an affront to the rights of freedom-fries-loving real 'merikans
Last night, the U.S. House voted to reverse the compromise Net Neutrality rules passed by the FCC in December. Today, the same politicians plan to vote to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the institution that distributes federal funds to some 1,300 local public broadcasting stations and other noncommercial media. The cuts were made as part of a larger budget bill that proposes to slash $100 billion in federal funding to numerous valuable public programs.
Even for this Congress, today's vote is a low water mark. The Net Neutrality rules are already a watered down half-measure that don't come close to preventing the largest phone and cable companies from censoring or blocking what you see and do online. Last night, phone company lobbyists got congress to vote down what was already a shell of what President Obama promised when he said he would "take a backseat to no one" on Net Neutrality.
John McCain (R-Old) suggested that the new rules simply inhibited free-market forces. Funny, because the country would be a much different place if the free-market actually existed. That's another topic though...
Remember all of the fringe wingnut screeching about "czars?" We learned rather quickly that all recent presidents have special assistants -- nicknamed "czars" by the press, not the White House. Crazy wingnut meme debunked.
But now, the Republicans have resurrected this ridiculousness. This time as an actual budget amendment.
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are ramping up efforts to hamstring the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One key amendment to the GOP's 2011 budget plan seeks to strip federal salaries from President Barack Obama's so-called "czars," effectively removing them from their offices -- as well as Elizabeth Warren, the consumer watchdog tasked with setting up the CFPB -- while another would prevent the bureau from hiring any staff at all.
Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) has authored an amendment that would prevent Warren and 24 other top administration officials from drawing a salary.
Thank you, sir, for the bottomless cup of 2012 campaign commercials.###
"Fox lies." Hilarious
Note the chutzhpah. New congress, they don't even wait before they pander to the far right that controls their party. And note how none of these amendments has anything to do with creating jobs - the thing the Republicans were supposedly elected to do (so they claimed right before the election, now they're less interested in the whole job thing).
And what does this all mean? It means that either the Senate needs take all of this extraneous garbage out of the spending bill, or the President will be forced to veto the bill and risk sending the government into a shutdown, all because the Republicans decided that their first month on the job had to pander to the Palin/Bachmann/Limbaugh wing of the party, rather than focus on the American people.
Fortunately, there is something you can do Click the link and make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's (or some Republican)name, even if it's just five bucks.
Congratulations to former Tucson city firefighter Mark Ekstrum, a 28-year veteran who retired last month as the world's worst firefighter because he, according to the Associated Press, refused to respond with his crew to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. He's officially the world's worst firefighter. Why? He said "he had different political views than his colleagues and 'did not want to be part of it.'" Yeah, if a group of people are shot, and your job is to save people's lives, you shouldn't be a part of it. Shooting victims should be very careful not to be political in any way, because if they are, they shouldn't expect any first responders to show up. Also: "Mark Ekstrum's insubordination may have delayed his unit's response because firefighters had to stop at another station to pick up a replacement for him." Always good when people are bleeding to death on the pavement.
This story is a bit more odd, however:
Ekstrum also said in the statement that he had no problem with Giffords and even voted for her in the last election.
Yes, no problem except for that problem he had helping her when she had a bullet shot through her head.
Capt. Ben Williams wrote in a report that when Ekstrum first said he would not go on the call, "he mentioned something about 'political bantering' and he did not want to be part of it."
What exactly does he mean by "bantering"? He didn't go because his crew mentioned something about politics on the way over? What if one of the shooting victims liked cats? "I will not be a part of this bantering about cats!" What if one of them was a fan of Star Wars? "Let them bleed to death! I'm not going to respond amidst all this talk about Wookies!"
Seems like perhaps somebody was just a little afraid to go to a shooting. But knowing Arizona, he probably shouldn't be surprised if a person angered by this story shows up on his doorstep and shoots him in approximately five minutes. Because most Arizonans aren't cowards. Just this guy and John McCain. [AP]###
WHO WILL RESCUE SCOTT WALKER FROM ALL THOSE PEOPLE STANDING AROUND PEACEFULLY? asks Ban Ki-moon, in a Facebook status update that doesn't actually exist. (Haha, we imagine that Scott Walker is probably just relaxing quietly at home, maybe even masturbating to his favorite Brooks Brothers catalog, the one with the dolphin tessellation neckties and fancy springtime Cashmere Depends or whatever.) Maybe that John Galt guy will pop out of a cake and save Scott Walker and Free Enterprise from the evil unions? (Sadly, no. John Galt is just a fictional rapist from one of Ayn Rand's horror stories, used during the CIA's MK-ULTRA mind experiments to give horrible nightmares to small children and woodland creatures.) Uh, how about that drunken oaf who is always touching us, "Andrew Breitbart"? Maybe he has a fake YouTube video that proves Wisconsin public school teachers are racist against white farmers? That or something equally retarded, yes! READ MORE »
Mark our words. Kansas will be the Mississippi of the Plains by the end of Brownback's second term. "Kansas legislators are now considering a bill that would make discriminating against the LGBT/GLBT community a legally protected right, so long as the individual can claim they are exercising a religious belief. ... [W]e have state legislators considering a bill that would make Fred Phelps' viewpoints a part of our state law. ... "
Today's required video: Chomsky: Wis. may be 'start' of US revolt
Just a brief comment for discussion: The way MSM framed this whole debate has back-fired. They basically are calling the union workers lazy, greedy parasites. Really? Police officers and firefighters? Garbage collectors and state park workers? Teachers?