Saturday, February 5, 2011

on rewriting history

Barack Obama as Jimmy Carter? GOP establishment resists comparison - Josh Gerstein - "Some Republicans are itching for the chance to attack President Barack Obama for fumbling the Egypt crisis in much the same way they say Jimmy Carter allowed Iran to slip into the control of Ayatollah Khomeini and his Muslim theocrats when he was president three decades ago."

GOP arguments?

They all seem to remind me of this

on Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A controversy shines light on restaurant's Christian DNA – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs: "“If you have a faith-based corporate identity and you want to function in the national marketplace, you’re going to continue to encounter resistance to those values because not everybody is going to share them,” says Lambert. “The only other option is some sort of secular identity and that’s not where Chick-fil-A is going.”"

On the GOP SOP

Barefoot and Progressive: Rand Paul calls Republicans cowards, plays Tea Party History: "That would be a great point, if it actually had any basis in reality. The United States didn't sell or give any aircraft to Iraq. Iraq never had F-14's. I get the 'point' he's making here, but this once more shows either an incredible lack of understanding of history, or a willingness to make stuff up in order score political points."

on superbowl results

A Close Super Bowl? Don't Bet on It. - "Here, then, is a bet that you might be able to sucker one of your friends into, especially after a couple of pregame beers. Offer to bet him that the game won’t be especially close: one team will win by at least 7 points. He may think the bet is too good to be true, but you have a 60 percent chance of winning."

Light Bulb Clarity: New Electric Politics

Light Bulb Clarity: New Electric Politics:
"2. Look at your light bulb.
No, let me correct that: If you are not a politician, look at your light bulb.
Does it give off any CO2 gas?
Compared to say combustion engine cars, there is a fundamental fact about electrical products:
They themselves don't give out any CO2 gas."

The rest of the site is every bit as dishonest as this. It relies on a magic pony of a better way to generate electricity than we currently use.

Silly Zandar using logic again

Zandar Versus The Stupid: It Depends On How You Define Extremist: "I'm sure that's news to the Republicans. They fail all four of Cameron's questions, having voted against women's rights and calling America a Christian nation, doing everything they can to disenfranchise gays and other minorities legally, wanting to get rid of the 17th Amendment allowing people to elect Senators, and well, they're not real big fans of integration, either."

on being reality based

Daily Kos: State of the Nation: "It's an alternate reality that any Republican with presidential aspirations, as Thune is generally perceived to have, has to perpetuate. There's no other way to appeal to the 'messianism and passionate intensity' of the teahadist base. It's an alternate reality that they have been able to force into the mainstream, by virtue of taking over the Republican party and gaining control of one House of Congress, partly because too few in the traditional media have been willing to point out that the Republican party has been taken over by people who are batshit insane."

WTF - Abortion Rghts edition

Is Providing Abortions Creating a "Nuisance"? | Mother Jones: "The first doctor to try to offer abortion services in Wichita, Kansas, since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in a church in May 2009 has been blocked from doing so—by her landlord, who has claimed this would create a 'nuisance.' And groups opposed to abortion rights are hailing this development as a major win on a prominent frontline in the national war over abortion."

Jamie Dimon - WATB

Special report: Jamie Dimon wants some R-E-S-P-E-C-T - Yahoo! Finance: "It was at least the 12th time since the start of the financial crisis that Dimon has complained about Wall Street critics painting all bankers as cut from the same cloth. But the timing of his latest outburst seemed odd."

I do love me some Dr Who

Working Daze

On Christianity in America

Yglesias » Efforts To Discriminate Against Muslims Dragging Others Into The Mix Accidentally: "Not super-closely related, but it seems to me that many Americans of Christian ancestry, both those who are observant and those who aren’t, tend to walk around blind to the extent to which Christian religious law influences American public policy. The United States Postal Services delivers mail 6 days a week, and it’s not a coincidence which day is the exception. The calendar of federal holidays celebrates four individuals, three of whom (Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Martin Luther King) are major figures in American history and it’s not a coincidence who the forth one is."

No offense but ...

Atlas Shrugged Movie - About:
"Ask yourself: What would happen, if our producers disappear - Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin and other industrialists fall off the radar, their companies shuttered and their creative genius no longer powering America? The answer lies in Atlas Shrugged Part I."

Calling Sergey Brin and Steve Jobs industrialists in the old style meaning of the word so distorts the meaning as to make it incomprehensible

Atlas Shrugged Movie - About

Atlas Shrugged Movie - About: "Dagny Taggart is one of the finest female heroines in modern literature: intelligent, courageous, and as beautiful as she is strong. She is a rare screen example of life lived on one's own terms, for one's own values. Steel magnate Henry Rearden says, 'My goal is to make money' with pride. He is an industrialist who improves the quality of life for all - and values his reward. Atlas Shrugged's villains are evil, but as familiar as our local neighbor - as they undercut and subvert talent and achievement."

On the little things

5 Minor Screw-ups That Created The Modern World | "Today we continue our crusade to convince the world that most of the truly important events in history happened due to some kind of ridiculous accident.

It should be no surprise that some of the best examples of this have occurred during wartime. War, after all, combines mankind's most lofty ambitions with its deepest stupidity. That means that some of the most crucial moments in warfare have played out like ridiculous slapstick."

My new favorite site for the crazy

Welcome to the Gulag:
"Keep coming back and you will find this timely information. There is much we have learned about the Marxofascist insurrection — from Maurice Strong and George Soros, down to the pervasively Marxist Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, and the latest moves to take advantage of the Gulf crisis for the sake of the global plan dubbed elsewhere as “Crime Inc.”"

The Stupid is strong on this site. Enter at your own risk.

On that Bible Quote

Oh, For God’s Sake | Religion Dispatches:
"Heh, indeedy, as they say, if for no other reason than that the NIV is one of the most popular scriptural translations for Evangelicals. That's worth a double facepalm in my book."

It is actually better than that. the NIV is published by a subsidiary of News Corp

video - another Gather Storm Parody - KKK version

Via the same Facebook friend.

What Bill Gates Said

Bill Gates: Anti-Vaccine People “Kill Children” | Oliver Willis: "Gates: Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important."

On Fox Fearmongering

Hannity and Bozell bash media -- especially Chris Matthews -- for insufficient fearmongering over Egypt | Crooks and Liars: "And what happens, Brent Bozell, if the government remains standing but reconstitutes itself as a democratic republic? What happens when the violence subsides? Will you and Hannity be going on the air and abjectly apologizing to your audiences and the American public and President Obama and to your media colleagues for needlessly fearmongering and spreading panic?"

GOP Strategy - Win The Past

ThinkProgress » Calling For An ‘Innovation Economy,’ Rep. McCotter Makes The Case For 19th-Century Technology: "The larger point, however, is that McCotter’s idea of “innovation” in the 21st century is holding on to a 19th-century product with an iron grip. McCotter is undoubtedly correct that the incandescent bulb was “one of the greatest innovations in American history.” But the entire premise of innovation is that we keep improving instead of resting on our laurels. That’s precisely what is happening with modern upgrades to the incandescent light bulb. The New York Times reported last year that “the incandescent bulb is turning into a case study of the way government mandates can spur innovation.”"

On Bill and Ben

In many companies Bill Clinton would have been fired for fucking someone that worked for him. In many others he would most certainly have been written up by HR and his promotion possibilities would have been curtailed.

I have come round to the opinion that his being impeached but not convicted was probably about the correct outcome. Yes, I know that the articles of impeachment were not for the sex, I am saying that it would have been OK with me if they were.

And yes, this is due to me pondering the superbowl and a certain qb

on hotlinking

The Weinerworks » N.O.M. N.O.M. N.O.M.: "NOM is a group whose major function is lobbying against gay marriage. They were made notorious for this video. They seem to have construed the comic to have some stance in favor of traditional sexuality. Apparently they don’t read my comics regularly.

My first response was to ask my followers to post some ascii dicks to their comment board. Unfortunately, they moderate their comments there. Then, someone told me that they had hotlinked the image. In case you’re not aware, “hotlinking” means the image they display is accessed directly from my database. That is, whatever image their computer requests from my computer, their computer gets."

Video - The Gaythering Storm

A Facebook friend of mine pointed me at this.
I love it

NOM are assholes

Yeah, they really are this idiotic

On Ginni Thomas

Ginni Thomas as Lobbyist? Really? | Crooks and Liars: "Is it just me, or is there something deeply unethical about the spouse of a Supreme Court justice being paid by conservatives to lobby against things like health care reform, and financial regulatory reform, and just about anything that might be called progress? In some ways, this is even more blatant than Liberty Central was. Liberty Central was astroturf advocacy aimed at ordinary people. This is another hack lobbying firm aimed at shaping legislation toward conservatives corporate persons, not citizens. You know, those people Justice Thomas legitimized in the Citizens United decision?"

2.5 million?

Daily Caller hires Mickey Kaus - On Media -
"Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran journalist, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President DIck Cheney, The Daily Caller is a 24-hour news publication providing its audience with original reporting, thought-provoking commentary, and breaking news. Since its launch on January 11th, 2010, The Daily Caller has grown to over 2.5 million visitors per month."
You will forgive me if I find it a sign of the apocalypse that  2.5 million people a month read The Daily Caller

on health insurance

Daily Kos: State of the Nation: "These people have no connection to reality. How many of them bragged on themselves as being 'small business owners' and the like while on the campaign trail, I wonder? Small business owners who forget that employers pay a giant chunk of the cost of employee health insurance premiums, somehow?"

On: Ben Roethlisberger

The Sports Daily: Ben Roethlisberger: Rapist? Perhaps. Charming? For sure: "Yes, this means the best case scenario for the owners of any Roethlisberger jersey is that he merely used his size and stature to intimidate and coerce a properly liquored-up coed into a heavily guarded bathroom for the purpose of less than consensual sex. That's the best case scenario for the evening."

Monday, January 31, 2011

Conor Friedersdorf is concerned.

Turnabout Is A Terrible Idea - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: "The right and the left aren't mirrors of one another. The strengths and flaws of both sides are different, as are the people who make up the ideological coalitions. For this reason, I very much doubt that the left is capable of building its own talk radio empire or Fox style news channel even if it wanted to do so. But I want to explain at greater length why liberals shouldn't envy the right for its blowhards."