Saturday, March 10, 2012

It had to happen...

From the "Technology" section of the LATimes:

Man charged with bigamy after two wives find each other on Facebook
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The first wife was apparently totally in the dark about Faulk/O'Neill's second marriage until Facebook listed wife No. 2 under the "People You May Know" feature.

Wife No. 1 clicked through to wife No. 2's Facebook page, and that's where she saw the telltale cake picture.

Make up yer own tagline. Heh.

Why Ron Paul Took Up Politics

"Is this all there is?"

"Brain Dead Morons"

Quit holding back and say what you mean, dammit! Heh.

Thanks to oldfartrants.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

A pretty gospel tune.


Emmylou Harris - Who Will Sing For Me
Thanks to Mr2cuteHappy.

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's the Amurrikan Way

Why Can’t You Smoke Pot? Because Lobbyists Are Getting Rich Off of the War on Drugs


Yep. You are a criminal if you cut out Big Pharma's bottom line. Or the po-leece unions or the Prison Industrial Complex. Or the liquor lobby. I'm pretty sure the fix is in.

Thanks to YubaNet.

Selma Revisited

200 Marchers Carry on Selma-Montgomery Journey

You can no doubt watch it on MSNBC since Reverend Al is involved.

I passed through Selma AL just a few days after the original marches, maybe even in betweenst 'em since I'm not sure of the actual date, on my way to Camp Lejeune. The only reason I went through there was that it was on the road I was taking.

I must have gone through the outskirts of town because as I remember it there wasn't much to the place. I knew about the march and decided to send my folks a postcard so I stopped at a store.

The next person to enter the store was the biggest fucking cop I've ever seen in my life. His shoulder patch read "Alabama Alcohol & Beverage Control". They must have a lotta trouble controlling beverages down there because this guy had about the same weapons loadout as the average Marine fire team. And a lot more leather. Oooh...

Did I mention that I was driving a '48 Plymouth with California plates and a college decal in the back window? The cop musta thought I wuz another one'a them commies come ta free the Nee-groes and wanted ta nip it, nip it in the bud!

He must have seen the MCRDSD base sticker during his no doubt detailed inspection of my Kalifornia Krime Wagon because he took one look at my haircut and tan line that ended just above my ears and figured I wasn't the enemy and noticeably relaxed.

I don't remember if we exchanged any pleasantries. I sent my folks the postcard and was possibly the most well-protected motorist in the state of Alabama on my way east. The cop stayed in my rear view mirror for miles. Heh.

This Is What Prompted Laurens County’s “Purity Pledge”

Fitsnews - "Unfair. Imbalanced."

An embarrassing (and judging from Google, ongoing) national news story about a Republican “purity pledge” in Laurens County, S.C. had its roots in a small-town affair.
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So … South Carolina is now the butt of national jokes (again) because a bunch of rural Republicans wanted to prevent the reelection of a philandering cop?

Um … yeah. That pretty much sums it up.

Heh. The population density of Laurens County is 97 people per square mile. Kinda lonely. Anything for a laugh, I guess, even if it's on them.

The Revolutionary War's Battle Of Mud Lick Creek might have been the most interesting thing to have happened there, and they have to share it with neighboring Newberry County.

Headline of the Day

Arizona Senate approves lying to women to prevent abortions

Why not? The Repugs approve of lying about anything and everything to get their way.

"A Second Civil War is a real possibility"

From The Passing of Andrew Breitbart: Know Thine Enemies:

We are in a civil war folks. The corporatist state side (AKA the corporate power) knows it. Many on our side don't. They still think that it's politics as usual. They think that at some time the Republican Party will come to its senses and return to being the traditional center-right party it was until the Gingrich wing took it over. It's time that we all begin to wake up. The GOP is now a far-right party, in the context of what such parties look like in the other advanced capitalist nations. US capitalism has become increasingly less dependent on manufacturing and increasingly more dependent on the extraction and sale, at home and abroad, of fossil fuels, and on profits to be derived from purely financial transactions. Since the GOP cannot run on such a platform, it must run on such issues as racism, homophobia, misogyny, religious bigotry (abortion illegalization being based much more on the latter than the former), Islamophobia, and the drive towards Permanent War (although other words are used to describe it).

We've known this for years, but it seems to be dawning on folks thanks to the tremendous tin-eared ineptitude of this primary season and Obama Obssessive Disorder in the candidates, Repug gasbags, and the retard Dead End Quarter whom they think is a lot bigger than it is.

Republican presidential hopefuls have met the enemy...

This is good! NY Daily News snark-o-rama on the Repug primary flusterpluck. 1st and last ¶:

They stand up there, week after week, moving from state to state but somehow preaching to the same choir of angry whites, and it is as if Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and even Ron Paul — the one who actually seems to say what he means — are running for the President of Podunk, not the United States.
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They haven’t just run off women and kids and people of color with this slog of a campaign for President of Podunk. They have run off smart people. Dumbest campaign ever, getting dumber by the minute. I keep hearing they’re worried about going to Tampa without a candidate. Why? It might be their best option.

I hope so! Romney's going to get the nod, but the double-dealing back-room bullshit they have to use to get that might be the most fun of all.

Quote of the Day

Drifty:

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The modern history of American Conservatism [is] the story of the Right hitting the same slot machine over and over again, hoping that it will come up "Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ein F├╝hrer."

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Ha-ha!

Wonder when they're gonna shut the lights off:

Rush Limbaugh is in trouble. Two days ago he didn't have a single unpaid public service announcement on his flagship show on WABC in NYC. Yesterday, 56% of his ads in NYC were unpaid PSAs. Today, 90% were unpaid PSAs, and the show included three occurrences of 'dead air'.

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Good on ya, girls.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jaw, Meet Floor...

Pat Robertson Says Marijuana Use Should be Legal

He's old enough he's entitled to get one right before he croaks. Now he can croak.

Quote of the Day

Fez:

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Which one of The Four Horseman* of the Asspocalypse are going walk in the limo tracks of Ronald Reagan and be driven to Philadelphia, Mississippi so as to metaphorically if not literally piss on the graves of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner by praising state's rights ("stahts rats") while decrying affirmative action, or possibly even race mixing?

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Shopping Day

Big day! Spa Day for the pups and breakfast at Q's! I'll leave yas with Morford since it's Wednesday.

How about issues and ideas, politics and public debate? Is it your most favorite thing ever to take the most combustible, extremist stance imaginable on nearly every topic, no matter how grotesque or absurd, and then slam your way through the nuances and counterarguments with a sledgehammer made of phlegm and odium just to get attention, gathering enemies and antagonism like a spent nuclear rod gathers imminent doom and wrapping the whole thing in a glorious sheen of brazen douchebaggery?

Is this you? Very good. Let us call you Option One.

Enjoy! See yas later.

Hardons and Jerkoffs ...

Jill looks at the reasons behind the Republicans' limpness and the kind of porn they need to get it up again:

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The national security and economic agendas we've seen from Republicans during this election season are nothing new. But it does clarify just why the low-information voter -- you know, the kind who would applaud a candidate who thinks that a President who wants everyone to have access to education and job training is a "snob" -- responds to Republicans. Because there's something reassuring about seeing, year after year, election after election, a bunch of white guys out there talking about the same things over and over again: The answer to all our economic problems is to give more money to the rich, and the answer to our fading American empire is to find someone to bomb. Republicans may have felt emasculated when a black man defeated Sen. Bomb-Bomb-Iran in 2008. They may be feeling emasculated when the economy starts to show signs of life for someone other than those in Mitt Romney's income level. I KNOW they're feeling emasculated when women rise up in the face of blatant misogyny and say "Enough!" But creating a nice big conflagration in the Middle East? THAT gets the blood flowing to the Republican member again.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Shhh ...

Sandra Fluke is a secret agent lady ... or something. Thankfully, Thers spent more time on it than I did:

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Wow, that is some devestating evidence that Sandra Fluke is "being sold by the left as something she’s not." She was Cunningly Disguised by publishing an article under her name, and perfidiously hid her True Purpose by making the article available to anyone running a search using... her name.

OMIGOD, she published an article about a separate subject taking a position that a lot of people on the right might dislike, therefore, she is wrong about contraception, and a fraud! Also she believes things that people on the right don't like! How... something proof of something!

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I'm waiting for the conservatives to blame the slut prosititute woman for killing Breitbart.

Dear God, Please Blow Me

Pat Robertson: Prayer Could Have Stopped the Tornadoes

The equally ridiculous flip side is that some of what the phony Christians like Robertson pray for mighta caused them.

Springsteen takes aim at robber barons and bankers

Kos on Springsteen's new album, links at site.

But "Death to My Hometown" has company on Wrecking Ball as a political song. As on so many earlier Springsteen albums, Wrecking Ball is populated by characters speaking to us, telling their stories. Those stories were never as bright and hopeful as their often-anthemic settings made casual or careless listeners think, but they've gotten darker and again, point a finger at the causes of the darkness. In "Jack of All Trades," a man lists all the jobs he does in the effort to survive, assuring that "I'm a jack of all trades, honey, we'll be all right." But despite that reassurance, despite the comforting (or defeated? we can't quite tell) tone and the litany of work he can and will do, this struggle for survival has context—"The banker man grows fatter, the working man grows thin"—and, if at the time those lines are delivered they sound resigned, two verses later, the speaker voices his anger—"If I had me a gun, I'd find the bastards and shoot 'em on sight."

I will be getting this album.

Lakotas arrested halting Keystone XL pipeline trucks

the narcosphere

An action alert was sent out shortly before the arrests: "Calling all Lakota men on the Pine Ridge Reservation to come to Wanblee, South Dakota." The alert said "Pipeline trucks are being held there at the border by our Lakota Oyate, Oglala Sioux Tribal Police and State Troopers in an effort to keep them from entering our territory. Even the state troopers told the trucks they have to turn around and cannot bring their pipeline or other materials on to our reservation."

"Pipeline trucks are refusing to turn around claiming they have corporate rights that supersede any other law." Reports from the scene say that the trucks are being allowed to pass, as Lakotas are being arrested attempting to halt the trucks from entering their sovereign territory."

One sentence bears repeating:

"Pipeline trucks are refusing to turn around claiming they have corporate rights that supersede any other law."

There ya go. One of the biggest problems we've got in a nutshell.

"Must Read" of the Day



An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America

Sample:

You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don't know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.

Yes ...

This is what young Americans are fighting and dying for:

Women are subordinate to men, should not mix in work or education and must always have a male guardian when they travel, according to new guidelines from Afghanistan's top clerics which critics say are dangerously reminiscent of the Taliban era.

The edicts appeared in a statement that also encouraged insurgents to join peace talks, fuelling fears that efforts to negotiate an end to a decade of war, now gathering pace after years of false starts and dead ends, will come at a high cost to women.

"There is a link with what is happening all over the country with peace talks and the restrictions they want to put on women's rights," said Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi, who warned that the new rules were a "green light for Talibanisation".

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It's time to leave these goat fuckers in the 12th Century and get the fuck out. To quote the Chimp before we went into that god forsaken shithole "We are not in the business of building nations". Sorry, but these people had over a decade to get it together and they haven't made the effort. Loyalty can still be bought as easily as it was when the Soviets were there and these people don't want a central government; never have, never will. They don't want democracy, they don't want technology, and they don't want to know about anything but their parochial needs and their subservience to Allah (seems they have a different Allah than the Muslims I know but that's another post).

Fuck this shit. It's time to get out and let them go back to beating their women, raping their children, and killing each other over insults. It's 10 years on and if it was gonna happen, it would have happened already. It's never gonna happen.

Really?

How stupid do you have to be to come up with something like this? Did some idiot actually think it was a good idea to alienate everybody who might vote for them before November?

Before you can join the Laurens County Republican Party in South Carolina and get on the primary ballot, they ask that you pledge that you’ve never ever had pre-marital sex — and that you will never ever look at porn again.

Last Tuesday, the LCGOP unanimously adopted a resolution that would ask all candidates who want to get on the primary ballot to sign a pledge with 28 principles, because the party “does not want to associate with candidates who do not act and speak in a manner that is consistent with the SC Republican Party Platform.”

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Half these Republican guys can't get it up without looking at porn.

Monday, March 5, 2012

How to Make Siri Curse Like a Sailor

Heh. Gizmodo again, this time on the creepiest disembodied voice since HAL. With a decidedly NSFW video!

Getting bored with Siri? Us too. Finding out what the weather is, setting reminders and asking question gets old. You know what never gets old? Hearing a robot voice curse. I mean, we're all teenage boys at heart, right? Here's how to make Siri curse like a motherfucking sailor.
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Siri won't respond with an f-bomb if you curse at her but she will call you whatever you tell her to call you. So if you replace your name with Mr. Dickfuck Shitlicker Damnbitch Asshole, she'll call you just that.

More.

Here's a good one:

Have you all seen that annoying "Rock God" Apple iPhone commercial? I fixed it.

Thanks to 106.3 The Buzz.

From The Buzz:

When I first saw that commercial, I looked over at my wife and said, “So that’s now ‘Nickelback’ got started!”

Heh.

My sides, they hurt...

Gizmodo

The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff's Office had a big day planned. After becoming the first department in the country with its own aerial drone ($300,000!), they were ready for a nice photo op. And then the drone crashed into a SWAT team.
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"[The] prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it lost contact with the controller's console on the ground. It's designed to go into an auto shutdown mode...but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT team's armored vehicle."
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It's no wonder we're not able to find a video of this spectacular publicity failure.

No shit!

Good thing it didn't crash into the local Dunkin Donut shop. Woulda got a buncha cops with one one round. Heh.

Headline of the Day

Gingrich Bets Big Oil Will ‘Crater The Economy’ To Defeat Obama

They're trying. They will fail. Nice of Neutie to say it out loud though.

Bootstraps ...

And all that:

Despite the Republicans' continual insistance that climate change isn't a real phenomenon, the tornado season started a full month earlier than most years in the Midwest. To date, there have been 46 confirmed deaths.

Wide swaths of the Midwest have been destroyed, leaving American people to pick up the battered pieces of their lives and rebuild.

But Governor John Kasich has just made it that much harder for Ohioans to do just that:

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We don't need federal disaster aid. Look at all that busted up lumber laying around. All you need to do is buy some nails and a hammer and you can build some sort of shelter. Grab them bootstraps and start pulling, Ohio.

The stupid ...

It burns.

Since when ...

Did Israel become the 51st State?

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Is Netanyahu taking heat from U.S. legislators for publicly disrespecting Obama? Are you kidding? Congress is too busy bowing to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group, which just happens to be meeting in Washington this weekend.

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I tell ya, were I the President (or Emperor), I would do a "Kennedy-to-the-Moon" and demand a full conversion to renewable energy by the end of the decade. Then, I would kiss the Middle East off, Arab and Israeli alike, and tell them to settle it among themselves. If they all end up killing each other? Oh well ...

Update:

Yeah, let's start another war anyway. What the fuck is wrong with these people?

Repug talking points

Stolen from my own FB page after stealing it from several others.



Yeah, that oughta work...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The nation's business ...

My ass:


Stolen from the Being Liberal FB page.

Word ...

Drifty:

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If this is your first exposure to American Conservatism, what you must understand is that ever since they got bent over the barrel at Appomattox Courthouse and forced to surrender on terms set by the Union devils, Southern White bigots have made it a point of honor never to apologize for any of the loathsome, depraved, anti-American things they say and do, but to instead stand proudly up for their heritage as inbred, rage-drunk, racist shitbags.

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The Jukebox in my mind ...

What went through my head when I heard about Rush Lintball's 'apology':



Pat Benatar - Little Too Late

Quote of the Day

Michael Moore:


Thanks to the Americans Against The Tea Party FB page.