Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fat Ho Burgers - Really?

Charming Little Frat you have there Delta Upsilon

UCF Fraternity Allegedly Used Date Rape Drug In Game - News Story - WFTV Orlando:
"ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- University of Central Florida police are investigating a fraternity that’s accused of using a date rape drug on women as part of a game."

I am sure that headquarters will be suitably shocked at this.

Clayton State women win national title  |

Clayton State women win national title | "Clayton State's women's basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship Friday night, defeating Michigan Tech 69-50 in St. Joseph, Mo."

On Overzealous IRS Agents

No Mortgage Lenders in Jail, but a Borrower Lands There - "The film, “Running the Sahara,” was released in the fall of 2008. Eventually, it caught the attention of Robert W. Nordlander, a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service. As Mr. Nordlander later told the grand jury, “Being the special agent that I am, I was wondering, how does a guy train for this because most people have to work from nine to five and it’s very difficult to train for this part-time.” (He also told the grand jurors that sometimes, when he sees somebody driving a Ferrari, he’ll check to see if they make enough money to afford it. When I called Mr. Nordlander and others at the I.R.S. to ask whether this was an appropriate way to choose subjects for criminal tax investigations, my questions were met with a stone wall of silence.)"

On the GOP's Economic Plan

Worse Is Better - "As Wolfgang Pauli used to say, what we have here is an argument that isn’t even wrong."

Virginity Testing: What The Fuck?

WOMEN'S LENS - Un coup d'oeil féminin: Stop 'virginity testing' in Egypt!: "The Egyptian military may have just hit a disturbing, new low: at least 18 women who were arrested during a peaceful protest in Tahrir Square on March 9 said they were forced to take 'virginity tests'.

Those women were threatened with charges of prostitution if they 'failed' the tests. One woman, who said she was a virgin but whose test supposedly proved otherwise, was beaten and given electric shocks."

On Manly Men

Dumbass Quote of the Day : Dispatches from the Culture Wars: "Yes, because it's so much better to make stupid foreign policy mistakes at the behest of male moral pygmies like Henry Kissinger. That only killed a few million innocent people."

Stansberry's Investment Advisor - Bullshit on Bullshit

I don't have the patience to debunk all of the bullshit, logical fallacies and outright fiction that I see here.

I will save you some time...

"move your money offshore"
"Buy gold and silver (especially Silver)"
"Buy Farmland (especially in other countries)"

After an hour I gave up on this ...

QOTD: Matthew Yglesias Edition

Yglesias » Department of Fake Contradictions: "Not sure why popularity with Republican voters means someone’s not a kook."

Friday, March 25, 2011

On Paying for War

Want to go to war? Then show us the money. - Ezra Klein - The Washington Post: "Second, war has to cost money while it’s being fought. The way we decide whether something is worth it is to test whether we’re willing to pay for it. If a war is not worth a tax or spending cuts, then perhaps it is not worth engaging in. It’s understandable that the administration might need to act before offsets can be found, but only for the early days of a conflict. After that, it should have the money in hand."

I can't even laugh at the snark

Rick Scott’s extremely profitable policy proposal - Ezra Klein - The Washington Post: "Asked about the apparent conflict of interest, Scott said, “If you look at everything that I want to accomplish in health care in Florida is basically what I’ve believed all my life. I believe in the principle that if you have more competition it will drive down the prices.” And I believe him. But he could have sold his stake in Solantic when he got into government. Since he didn’t, the fact remains that Scott is pushing a policy his family stands to profit from immensely . Which is, for Scott, real progress. In the 1990s, he made his money off single-payer health-care programs by cheating them. Today, he’s making his money off single-payer health-care programs by running them. No matter how you look at it, it’s a step up."

Fuckwittage: Bryan Fischer Edition (1 of a continuing series I am sure)

The First Amendment Only Applies to Christians? PFAW Asks Candidates to Tell Bryan Fischer that the First Amendment Protects All Americans | People For the American Way: "“The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity,” Fischer wrote, “They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam… Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy.”"

A video in memory of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire - 100 years ago

Zandar has this slightly wrong

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Served With Canadian Fakin':
"As Canada's PM Stephen Harper's government gets fried up like back bacon this afternoon, it's important to note why Harper is really getting the axe, and the answer is that Canada's budget woes are directly the result of the fact that Canada did not escape the housing crisis like so many have been led to believe."

There is, sadly, no evidence that the other parties will actually be able to beat the Conservatives this time out. I will cheer them on (and I do after all get to vote in Canadian Elections -- Yay) but I just can't see the numbers breaking that way unless they get pictures of Harper BBQing kittens.

I also don't agree with the CMHC bashing that I have noticed lately a couple of places. I have to ponder the matter more and gather my thoughts but to compare CMHC with Fannie and Freddie is inapt.

My Liberal Identity

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.
Take the quiz at Political Humor
Oddly enough, this is what I would have guessed

Fuckwittage: John Kasich edition

On The Future of the GOP

Poll: Birthers Now Make Up a Majority of Republican Primary Voters - Robert Schlesinger ( "Or to put it another way, 72 percent of the people who will be choosing the next Republican presidential nominee are either birthers or birther-curious."

On Newt Gingrich's Problem with Consistency

Newt Gingrich's Libya Shift, Issue by Issue | TPMDC: "One important factor in evaluating Newt Gingrich's endlessly confusing explanation of his position on Libya is that it's not just one issue that he's apparently flipped on. While his direct demand for a no-fly zone and subsequent criticism of the move has gotten the most attention, there are several areas where he's taken at least as significant a rhetorical leap. Fortunately, we've compiled a handy guide using quotes from his public statements over the last several weeks. Take a look."

On Bush Preparing Us for war

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Exciting New Horizons In Obama Derangement Syndrome: "...the more that I throw my hands up and say 'Yes, America, Republicans are counting on you being stupid enough to forget that Bush prepared the country for war in Iraq by lying to you straight-faced for months.'"

On Homophobia and Hate in General

"Data Don't Cringe, People Do" - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: "But homophobia is only genetic in the same way racism is. People hate people from other groups. And everyone hates the Jews and the f***."

On Sarah Palin's Friends

"An Epidemic Of Not Watching" Ctd - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: "These neo-fascist laws have been promoted by the fanatic, Danny Danon, who, naturally escorted Sarah Palin around Israel."

On taking a stand

Blogging A Stand - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: "I guess my view is a personal one. I regard this blog as a constant bur to figure things out. As an opinion writer, it seems to me a professional duty to tackle issues in real time the way politicians responsible for them have to. Otherwise you can lapse into vague commentary to save yourself any embarrassment or error. A columnist has a few days to figure things out. On some questions, I have a few minutes, or a few hours. At least, that's how I distinguish blogging from other forms of opinion writing. It happens now. And now never ends."

How Long Will Greg Gandrud Last?

Right-Wing Activist Frets Over Gay Member Of The California Republican Leadership | Right Wing Watch: "The California Republican Assembly represents the state’s hard-right activists that Ronald Reagan called “the conscience of the Republican Party.” The group wants government guided by “moral law as expressed by the Judeo-Christian ethic and contained in the Holy Scriptures of these historic faiths” and said the “government is duty bound” to oppose marriage equality."

Ad Fail

I am hoping that this is a hoax

via Joe.My.God

On The reasonableness of the GOP

UW Prof. Cronon: I Wish GOP 'Could Have Spelled My Name Correctly' | TPMDC: "Can we all please give up on this pathetic fantasy that Republicans are reasonable and start hammering these bastards as the threat to democracy they really are? I'm getting a little sick and tired of watching Democrats act like victims in a god damned abusive relationship, hoping so hard that this time the Republicans will change and instead getting hit again."

Wis. GOP: Attacks On Our Open-Records Request Against Professor Are 'Chilling'

Wis. GOP: Attacks On Our Open-Records Request Against Professor Are 'Chilling' | TPMDC:
"The Wisconsin Republican Party is standing by the open-records request it has lodged, seeking the e-mails of University of Wisconsin Professor William Cronon, who has written critical things about Gov. Scott Walker's new law curtailing public employee unions. And furthermore, they say that the real villains here are the people who want to conceal important information about their government from the public."

Because FOIA requests were designed to be used by the party in power to intimidate their opponents.

Napster Founder to Buy Warner Music?

Napster's Sean Parker Rumored To Be Trying To Buy Warner Music Group: "Here's one of those stories that seems like a hoax but could be true: Sean Parker, the billionaire who worked at Facebook and helped found Napster, is rumored to be part of an investment group trying to buy beleaugered music label, Warner Music Group. Parker is apparently interested in the low selling price ($2.5 billion), and the vast back catalog of music"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fuckwittage: James O'Keefe Edition

O'Keefe Says He Racked Up 'Major Credit Card Debt,' Needs To Raise $50K | TPMMuckraker: "'But, now we've hit a wall. This has gotten a lot bigger than we ever imagined. The multi-billion dollar major media Goliath is embarrassed by their failure to make a meaningful impact like we have -- that's why they're attacking us,' he writes."

Very Cool Space Porn

The Red Square Nebula rips a hole in space-time: "Alasdair Wilkins — This might look like some weird cosmic gateway straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey or a particularly trippy old-school Doctor Who adventure, but the Red Square Nebula is completely real. Just don't ask astronomers to explain its bizarre shape."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cartoon - Over The Hedge - On being over the hill

Over the Hedge
Just one of those days...

Video - The Obama Deception HQ Full length version

Impressive in its ability to spew crazy shit

The Craziness Spreadhs

DARTMOUTH: Teen Accused of Planning Mass Murder-Suicide at High School | Crime | Southeast Massachusetts News: "Officer Arruda was advised by this student, that a 17 year old New Bedford male, identified as Sean DeAlmeida from 397 Rivet Street, sent a threatening Instant Message via computer to a friend of his ex-girlfriend. The threatening message allegedly sent by DeAlmeida stated that he was going to go to Dartmouth High School and shoot several people then commit suicide. It was stated that DeAlmeida was upset over a recent breakup with a girlfriend."

Video - DaVinci's Notebook - The Gates

Who can't relate to this?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rabbi Harold Kushner can STFU too

Finding faith amid disaster – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs: "

Natural disasters are acts of nature, not acts of God. God cares about the well-being of good people; Nature is blind, an equal-opportunity destroyer.

Where is God in Japan today? In the courage of people to carry on their lives after the tragedy. In the resilience of those whose lives have been destroyed, families swept away, homes lost, but they resolve to rebuild their lives. In the goodness and generosity of people all over the world to reach out and help strangers who live far from them, to contribute aid, to pray for them.

How can people do such things if God were not at work in them to lend a counterweight to a natural disaster?"

I don't know where to even begin with this tripe.

Step 1) Absolve God of all blame
Step 2) Grant to God the benefit of people doing their best to muddle by in a hopeless situation
Step 3) Assume that people are weak and useless animals and have no ability to deal with things except through God's grace.

This is disgusting.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Who could have predicted - Libya Edition

The Associated Press: Arab League criticizes allied airstrikes on Libya:
"CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths."

I will admit that I thought it would take more than 1 day for the Arab League to back off their support for this adventure.

On Libya

I am starting to think that I am wrong because I am agreeing with George Will and he is wrong about virtually everything.

Charlie Chaplin on the human condition