Thursday, March 17, 2011

Headlines - Thursday March 17

Funny St. Patrick's Day Ecard: I wish drinking green beer on St. Patrick's Day wasn't the closest you'll come this year to eating a vegetable.
"I love the job I have and have no intention of running for the Senate." - Joe Scarborough, keeping his story of the murdered intern under the radar, Link

She died - alone - in Scarborough's office.
Regular medical examiner wouldn't do, so Jeb Bush hired a discredited medical examiner from out-of-state to do the "autopsy" that concluded Scarborough must have been innocent.

I wonder why Jeb shopped out-of-state?

Japan Nukes failed for BP reasons
The safety valves were just too expensive...
Report by Greg Palast 

The most inexpensive way to meet your Seismic Qualification is to lie.  The industry does it all the time.
The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. 
Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to
change the tests from 'failed' to 'passed.'
Has Beens
Even Republicans finally tired of Sarah Palin


Aging reality-show diva Sarah Palin is finally suffering the fate of all talentless "famous for being famous" people: Her popularity is rapidly fading, and her days as an A-lister are forever in the past. This doesn't mean she'll ever have to actually work for a living — there will be infomercials for adult diapers, live appearances at regional strip-mall openings and other low-rent ways to bring in enough money to keep her far more comfortable than she deserves. But even Fox News is about to drop Palin from a lucrative on-air contract, as her nails-on-chalkboard voice and jabbering nonsense have never translated into ratings for the cable channel, and her unfavorable rating with Republican voters is now at an all-time high of 37%, worse than any other Republican talking about running for president in 2012. It only took two-and-a-half years of the most venal, vulgar behavior to chop Palin down to nobody size again, but now there's at least the hope of seeing the Wasilla Grifter pushed off the national stage forever. READ MORE »

A lost dog refuses to leave the side of his wounded canine companion in the aftermath of Friday's earthquake.
Wisco: Nuclear plants run on tax dollars
Yesterday, I wrote that any new nuclear plants in the US would likely be shoddy. "Take an industry that needs government assistance to survive, add government spending cuts, mix in a whole bunch of deregulation, and you've got a half-assed nuclear facility," I wrote. "This is the way we do things in the new Republican reality -- half-assed, all the way, every time."
Japan's Earthquake Will Unleash Demonic Nazism On The United States
So says Pastor Rick Joyner, as America's Christianists continue to out-do each other in the Crazy Olympics. The gold medal still belongs to Cindy Jacobs. So far.
Good As You points us to more bigotry at yesterday's anti-gay marriage rally on the steps of the Iowa capitol building.

Cindy Jacobs: God Devastated Japan Because They Worship Dragons

Whackadoodle "prophet" Cindy Jacobs piles on the growing Christianist claims that God deliberately devastated Japan, where the residents are godless heathens because the country is shaped like a dragon! Or something!
This island, Hokkaido, looks like the head of a dragon with the body being the rest of Japan. The people of Asia have worshipped the dragon for 5,000 years. If one looks at the place where the earthquake took place, it looks like the soft underbelly of most vulnerable part of the dragon. Let's pray that the deep idolatry and the worship of hundreds of idols under the guise of Shintoism, Buddhism, and allegiances to being "sons of the dragon" will be broken and thousands will turn to the Lord. My interpretation of this is that while God did not want people to perish, He is going to use this to "pierce" the darkness surrounding the Japanese people if we will cry out to God for them in the midst of this crisis ... If we respond correctly, the darkness and the grip of idolatry of all forms that has blinded the eyes of so many in Japan will be broken off of them. The faithful believers in Jesus Christ will be strengthened as they are used for great harvest across Asia and the face of the earth.
May Gojira smite Cindy Jacobs with his mighty tail. 

Funny St. Patrick's Day Ecard: I'm excited for the one day of the year when green's meaning shifts from saving the environment to polluting our major organs.
UTAH: Gay Rights Come To Ogden.
Too bad the bigots in Torrey won't do the same.
WASHINGTON – High-priority Republican legislation aimed at curtailing abortion rights across the United States is on its way to passage in the House, having secured enough co-sponsors for approval on the floor.

Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 3, "The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," would eliminate employer deductions for health insurance if the plan includes abortion, effectively raising costs for employees' health insurance.

By Wednesday, hours before a Ways and Means subcommittee markup of the bill, it had gained 221 official co-sponsors, crossing the 218 threshold necessary for passage.

Just so we're clear -- We can't have tax deductions for employer provided health insurance programs that fund abortion, but it's ok if you simply dodge your taxes entirely in this country. And by the way, we're going to cut your future child's education and nutritional assistance too.

I would argue that such legislation could actually be damaging economically because paying for an abortion procedure is much cheaper than the costs associated with carrying an un-wanted baby to term, taking maternity leave, and ending with a delivery that on average costs $10,000 dollars.

Funny St. Patrick's Day Ecard: This is the one holiday where our full-blown alcoholism could possibly go undetected.
Here's an historical look back at Japan's second awful encounter with atomic energy. The bombing of Nagasaki.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA): "General Petraeus is giving us the Charlie Sheen counter-insurgency strategy, which is to give exclusive interviews to every major network, and to keep saying 'we're winning' and hope the public actually agrees with you."


Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to FBI Director Robert Mueller: "How is your outreach going with the Baptists or the Catholics?"


Somewhere in America, self-serving fat cats at Exxon are grinning like a clowder of Cheshire cats.

In a vote split cleanly along party lines, the Republican-led House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday rejected measures reaffirming climate change as a scientific reality, with every Republican on the panel voting "nay," Roll Call's Jennifer Bendery first reported.Committee Republicans rejected three amendments acknowledging the science of climate change, with every Republican on the committee voting against an amendment introduced by California Democrat Henry Waxman calling on Congress to affirm "warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.''

It's 1633 all over again and Congressional Republicans have become modern day Inquisitors as they strive to shut down scientific thought. The scientific community is cast in the role of Galileo while Republicans play the part of the anti-science, backward-looking and corrupt Catholic Church. It's money, greed, religion and blind ignorance over science and enlightenment. The village idiots who believe that Fox News is a real news station would rather follow the teachings of conservative and corporate con artists than listen to true scientists. But then, that's what makes them village idiots. Whatever. You've got to believe that science will win out at the end.

History is not going to be kind to the Republican party of 2011.


CIA contractor Raymond Davis has been acquitted and released in Pakistan for the shooting deaths of two men in Lahore -- after blood money was paid to the victims' families.


The March 24 issue of The New York Review of Books has a stunning article on the frequency of prison rape, and on Eric Holder's DOJ dragging its feet in correcting the problem. That's Barack Obama's Eric Holder's DOJ.



Jill: Welcome to teabag America

Also from Jill: How much money have YOU lost this week?


Is "Old Sparky" coming back?

Might happen, as one of the execution drugs, sodium thiopental is now unavailable in the United States. Georgia directly imported some from a garage lab in the UK, which resulted in a raid by the DEA.

So the states are switching to pentobarbital, which is mainly used to euthanize animals.
There is one company that makes it in the U.S., and the company is not happy with the drug being used in executions, especially since they are a subsidiary of a Danish company, so look for them to eventually stop production once the pressure on them builds.

Which may end up making it more difficult for your vet to put down your ailing pet. But hey, a price must be paid for Texas and the other states to continue executing people.


Creepy gun nut still creepy

Infamous loser, disgruntled and bitter second-amendment remedies queen, Sharron Angle, talks to us from her magic mushroom-accessoried kitchen to tell us about all the things that she wants to take away from us, America, and this is why she is running for Congress.

So while playing with her coffee mug full of Jeebus Juice, and while wearing–what?–a starched bathrobe so that we know it is morning in Casinoland again–Angle tells us that while she lost the last election, this time it will be different because, um, Obamacare and pictures of Nancy Pelosi? We'll go with that.

So while she flaps her lips over her strangely huge teeth, Angle never sips from her mug, (but she does play with it a lot, and what are those appendages?) nor does she reach into her mushroom stash, nor does she offer to share–no socialist she!–she tells us that she discusses with her children about how they are losing their homes, because of, um, we'll go with Harry Reid!

No, Nevada, you have not seen the last of Sharron Angle. She's a teacher and she's here to save you.


Callous doesn't begin to describe this -- she's eleven years old!!! You can just stop right there, because nothing else matters. A Florida republican state lawmaker, recently blamed an eleven year old girl for the fact that she was brutally gang raped by eighteen men on her attire. Apparently the little bitch was asking for it because she dressed "like a 21-year-old prostitute." To add insult to injury, the lawmaker who made the comments is a woman.


Why is it always us?

In the wake of what's happened in Japan this past week, most developed countries are beginning to at least think about the notion that Nuclear may not be the answer.

Of developed or "first world" nations, it appears to be only in the United States that we have pundits and politicians rushing to defend it for the sake of a few big companies like GE and indeed, the same companies that built those plants in Japan with their not so fracking safe after all "redundant" safety systems... which some are saying weren't even there in the first place... are chomping at the bit to build at least "six or eight" new plants in this country, some of them identical to those that are even now threatening that entire region.


Surprise: US wants more than just a no-fly zone in Libya! 

Invasion or GTFO

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Let's celebrate by bombing Libya: "The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. raised the possibility of 'going beyond a no-fly zone,'" but didn't specify when the United States would save all the oil from oppression — causing major blue balls in diplomatic circles. Remember two days ago when Barack Obama said he would wait and see if the Arab League supported a no-fly zone, before making a decision? Well … they support it now! And that means America has a mandate from Geezus himself to bring Freedom/Halliburton to Libya. It's just like Eisenhower said it would be, in his fabled "farewell suckaz" address: "This country is ruled by war merchants. Also, in fifty years everyone will be fat and unemployed." [CNN]


A Catholic church in Denver loves to bury the remains of aborted fetuses, no doubt to remind the priests of all the children they missed out on abusing. [Hyscience]


Hillary Clinton quitting as Secretary of State (in 2012)

Time to make money$$$!

Scheming frenemy Hillary Clinton tells the CNN people that she won't be Obama's secretary of state in his next term, assuming he wins, so this frees him up to nominate Sarah Palin or George Will or somebody. Really, Hillary's jumping off the rat-ship … READ MORE »


Joe Miller's Alaska Militia Friend Jailed For Trying To Murder Judges


Despite a sagging economy, corporate profits are expected to hit an 18-year high. The "third consecutive year of the bull market will see profits increase 8.9% in 2011, which would be the highest level since 1993."


The Newt secretly funneled $350,000 to anti-gay hate groups last year


What the frack: Ohio Gov John Kasich wants to open up state parks for oil and gas exploration




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