A Standard & Poor's director said for the first time Thursday that one reason the United States lost its triple-A credit rating was that several lawmakers expressed skepticism about the serious consequences of a credit default — a position put forth by some Republicans.
Without specifically mentioning Republicans, S&P senior director Joydeep Mukherji said the stability and effectiveness of American political institutions were undermined by the fact that "people in the political arena were even talking about a potential default," Mukherji said.
"That a country even has such voices, albeit a minority, is something notable," he added. "This kind of rhetoric is not common amongst AAA sovereigns."
It's the North Sea; they'll never figure out how much leaked. "Oil giant Shell is battling an oil leak in a North Sea pipeline off the British coast, a company spokesman for the Anglo-Dutch company said. It was not immediately clear how much oil had leaked into the sea, Wim van de Wiel told AFP news agency in The Hague on Friday. "We have discovered a leak in a flow line between a well and a production platform" in the North Sea van de Wiel said. The leak was discovered on Wednesday after an oil sheen was spotted on the surface near the Gannet Alpha production platform, around 180 km east of Aberdeen."
It's becoming cliche — the anti-gay crusader, who spends his time in office legislating against gays, turns out to actually be gay himself.
One may begin to wonder just how many of the anti-gay crusaders currently occupying public office are similarly self-loathing and repressed.
All of them? 80 percent? 50?
You may also notice this phenomenon is almost entirely exclusive to the Republican party.###
White House photo sparks protest
All of modern politics in one chart.
A new study of homicide and suicide rates over a 107-year period shows that murders and suicides shoot up under Republican administrations, and drop significantly during Democratic presidencies. It's an interesting read, and the conclusion seems to lie in the disparate policies the two parties put into place. In other words, the socio-economic stress caused by conservatism is very bad for you.
Here's a Daily Mail article, with spectacular pictures, about snorkling with sperm whales.
Wisco: Voter ID solves nothing.
There were many memorable moments during last night's Clown Car Debate, but none were quite as important as this particular moment.
The candidates were asked if they would walk away from a deficit-reduction deal that raises revenue, even if the deal carried a cuts:revenue ratio of 10:1, and every single candidate raised their hand to say yes.
Regardless of what happens in Congress between now and next November, every single Republican presidential candidate has officially signed on to the "No Compromises; No Revenues" bandwagon.
Regardless of which candidate eventually goes on to become the nominee, they will have emerged as the nominee by strictly adhering to a non-compromising platform with a pledge to never raise taxes under any circumstances.
If you watched last night's debate, and you weren't left feeling immensely grateful that Barack Obama is our president rather than one of these lunatics, there may be something wrong with you.
"Levi Johnston, who got Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol pregnant, has a sister Mercede, who just posed for 'Playboy' and said some very unflattering things about the Palins. She said Track Palin, who she dated, used cocaine and oxycodone, that Sarah Palin forced him to go into the military to protect herself, and that if Palin became President she'd have a mental breakdown. Then the photographer asked her to turn a little so he could get both nipples." –Jimmy Kimmel
"Congress has the lowest approval rating ever. 82 percent of the American people say Congress sucks. But to be fair, these are the same idiots who voted these people in, so they can go suck it as far as I'm concerned."