Remember the Alamo! - Serial adulterer and self-proclaimed smartest blow job aficionado in the room Newt Gingrich didn't know how to file to run for Virginia's Goat Rodeo. Then Newticles compared his failure to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then Newticles declared that his campaign will hold the mother of all write-in campaigns. Then Newticles learned that write-in campaigns are against the law in Virginia. Then Newticles learned that dimwit theocrat secessionist Rick Perry had the same problem. (Think Progress, TPM)
One of the most difficult problems faced by Newt Gingrich in appealing to religious voters is his record of adultery and three marriages. His campaign insists that it was his first wife, Jackie, not Gingrich, who wanted the first divorce. However, recently released papers contradict that claim and indicate it was Newt Gingrich who wanted the divorce.
Good news everyone, one of the fastest trains in the world was launched today. Unfortunately, it wasn't in America.
Despite experiencing a number of issues earlier this year, China launched a new super-rapid test train this past weekend.
The new high-speed train can travel as fast as 500 km/h (about 310 mph), and was made by a subsidiary China's largest train provider CSR Corp Ltd. It launched over the weekend and was created to resemble an ancient Chinese sword. [...]
China's $1T USD high-speed rail bid hopes to build 13,000 km (8,078 miles) of high-speed rail network by 2012, and about 20,000 km (12,427 miles) by 2020.
While China's primary motives for developing high-speed rail include energy-efficiency, economic growth, and convenience, George Will reminds us that the primary motive for promoting high speed rail developement in America is the liberal agenda to collectivize and brain-wash everyone.
Governors John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Rick Scott of Florida have all rejected federal funds for high speed rail projects, costing their states thousands of jobs in the process.
Drill baby drill.
TIME's "Person of the Year" Cover: The Photo You Didn't See
TIME magazine has used a photo of Sarah Mason, a 25-year-old Occupy L.A. activist, photographed by LA Weekly's Ted Soqui as she stood in a line, arms linked, during a November 17 protest at Bank of America Plaza, for its cover. The TIME image - created by Shepard Fairey, the L.A. artist also known for his Obama "Hope" poster is a sanitized version of the original photograph. The 99% insignia on the bandana masking Mason's face has been removed. CW/RSN
"The President and his bullish administration are fighting us every step of the way," Haley wrote. "It is outrageous, and we plan to look at every possible option to get this clearly political decision overturned so we can protect the integrity of our electoral process and our 10th amendment rights."
Wow. "Our Tenth Amendment rights"?
Can someone ask Governor Haley why she believes "our Tenth Amendment rights" trump federal civil rights legislation that was reauthorized by a huge Congressional majority as recently as 2006? Can someone ask Governor Haley if she knows that former President Reagan said this when he signed the 1982 reauthorization of the portions of the Voting Rights Act that she objects to on "states' rights" grounds?
On signing the 1982 extension of the Act, which passed the House by a vote of 389 to 24 and the Senate by a vote of 95-9, President Reagan called the right to vote the 'crown jewel of American liberties.'
What happened? We went from the "crown jewel of American liberties" when Reagan was smiling for the cameras to a Facebook post babbling something about the Tenth Amendment?
Because those fuckers are not only rich, but while most of the rest of us have lost ground, those asswipes have only gotten richer. It will probably be no shock that some of that increased wealth comes from borderline corruption and insider trading.
If we've told you once, we've told you a dozen times -- It's China's turn at bat. Believe us yet? "Afghanistan has agreed to sign a deal with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for oil exploration and extraction, the president's office said in a statement Monday. ... The state-owned Chinese oil giant will develop three oil fields, along with Afghan company Watan Group, located in the Amu river zone in Sar-e Pol and Faryab provinces in northern Afghanistan, the statement said. ... "This is the first big contract for exploration and extraction of oil in Afghanistan," the statement said. ... "There are 87 million barrels of oil in the area." ... Six oil deposits have been discovered in Afghanistan, including in Herat, in the west, Helmand in the south and Paktia in the southeast. ... Afghanistan's natural resources could theoretically generate billions of dollars in tax revenue. But exploitation of these resources faces massive hurdles due to ongoing instability, woeful infrastructure and endemic corruption."
Another tale of outrage from the war on voting. "A 93-year-old Tennessee woman who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor's office, says she won't be able to vote for the first time in decades after being told this week that her old state ID failed to meet new voter ID regulations. ... Thelma Mitchell was even accused of being an undocumented immigrant because she couldn't produce a birth certificate: Mitchell, who was delivered by a midwife in Alabama in 1918, has never had a birth certificate. But when she told that to a drivers' license clerk, he suggested she might be an illegal immigrant. ... Thelma Mitchell told WSMV-TV that she went to a state drivers' license center last week after being told that her old state ID from her cleaning job would not meet new regulations for voter identification. A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus insisted that Mitchell was given bad information and should've been allowed to vote, even with an expired state ID. But even if that's the case, her ordeal illustrates the inevitable disenfranchisements that result when confusing voting laws enable state officials to apply the law inconsistently. ... The incident is the just latest in a series of reports of senior citizens being denied their constitutional right to vote under restrictive new voter ID laws pushed by Republican governors and legislatures. These laws are a transparent attempt to target Democrat constituencies who are less likely to have photo ID's, and disproportionately affect seniors, college students, the poor and minorities."
Seriously, anyone who denies global warming is too stupid and/or evil to be allowed to drive, much less vote. "The Nepalese Himalayas have been warming significantly more than the global mean temperature in recent decades. Glaciers in much of the region are showing signs of shrinking, thinning, and retreating; and this is producing a lot of melt water. On Ngozumpa, some of this water is seen to pool on the surface and then drain away via a series of streams and caverns to the snout of the glacier. There, some 25km from the mountain, an enormous lake is growing behind a mound of dumped rock fragments. This lake, called Spillway, has the potential to be about 6km long, 1km wide and 100m deep. The concern is that this great mass of water could eventually breach the debris dam and hurtle down the valley, sweeping away the Sherpa villages in its path. The threat is not immediate, but it's a situation that needs monitoring, say scientists."
Police Block Protesters From Bringing Food To Zuccotti Park For Christmas Celebration | Occupy Wall Street protesters convened for a Christmas celebration at their old campsite in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan yesterday, but when volunteers showed up with bags of cookies and food for a planned afternoon potluck, New York Police Dept. officers prevented them from entering the square, Manhattan news site DNAinfo.com reports. An NYPD spokesperson offered no comment on why the volunteers, who instead distributed the food along the sidewalk outside the park, were not allowed in. The protesters, meanwhile, celebrated the holiday by taking communion and singing Christmas carols. Here's a picture of five-year-old Aidan Ortiz playing his plastic trumpet to celebrate the holidays in Zuccotti, courtesy of DNAinfo.com: