Saturday, January 28, 2012

On The irrelevance of Politifact

Daily Kos: PolitiFact devolves into absurdity:
"To acknowledge that there were Republicans on the ballot, but call Mitt Romney's claim "half true" because there weren't Republicans on the Democratic ballot Romney specifically asked for? That may be the single most ridiculous ruling among PolitiFact's growing history of ridiculous rulings."

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Dumbest Comment of the day - Balloon Juice Edition

Balloon Juice » The Evil That Men Do:

"But the Truth is that SAT, IQ or other objective test outcomes is the best predictor of intellect."

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I love that the person writing this is under the illusion that SAT and IQ tests are objective tools for measuring something other than the skills involved in taking tests and cultural norms.

On Ron Paul, Racist Douchebag

Ron Paul signed off on racist 1990s newsletters, associates say - The Washington Post:

"Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, said three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.


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Friday, January 27, 2012

On Kitten Nazis

"The best thing to do is just lie. Say that someone is always home and that they will never, ever go outside and that you won't ever feed them table scraps --- whatever they want to hear. These people's hearts are in the right place but they've gone terribly wrong somewhere. Best to thank them for their generosity, grab your kitten and run.

Recipe - Tortilla-less Tortilla Soup for the Sick Person's Soul

Tom's Kitchen: A Spicy-Hot Soup to Crush Your Cold | Mother Jones:
1 medium onion, chopped*
Olive oil for sauteing
1 head garlic, cloves separated and chopped fine
3-4 small hot chile peppers, chopped (fresh are best, but dried ones like chipotles and chiles de arbol work great, too. Just rehydrate them in hot water for a few minutes before chopping. )
1 tablespoon dried oregano and/or thyme*
1 28-32 oz can or jar of organic whole tomatoes or tomato puree (I use home-canned tomatoes)
1 can garbanzo beans (cook them from scratch by all means; but if you're doing poorly, don't be shy about opening a can), drained*
Sea salt

Limes—enough for half a lime for each serving
Some good but not fancy melting cheese—I use Organic Valley Sharp Cheddar—grated, about ¼ cup per bowl of soup
1 bunch of something green—preferably cilantro, but parsley works well too—chopped
Chopped red cabbage, about 1 cup*
Avocado slices*

* Optional ingredients

Sounds yummy, go on over to see how to put it together

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Is Larry Pittman A Bloodthirsty Fool?

Cabarrus lawmaker calls for public hangings ::

"A Cabarrus County lawmaker wants to bring back public hangings in North Carolina as a deterrent to crime, and he says doctors who perform abortions should be in the line to the gallows.

Republican Rep. Larry Pittman, who was appointed to the District 82 House seat in October, expressed his views in an email sent Wednesday to every member of the General Assembly."

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Survey says YES!

Mitt Romney might not be a disingenuous toad

Romney: Actually, I Kind of Pay 50% Tax | Talking Points Memo:
"Romney’s argument is that even though he pays only 13.9%, he’s really paying something like 45% to 50% because the investment income he lives on comes from corporations. And those corporates also pay taxes. The nominal corporate tax rate is 35%, though of course many pay much lower. But if you add Romney’s rate together with this completely unrelated corporate tax he doesn’t pay, you get 50%, which Romney is now saying is real tax rate. In other words, he’s claiming he pays both taxes.

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but it sure seems likely

tbogg on Sarah on Newt

Attack Of The Angry Attack Muffins Who Attack | TBogg:
"Gone to seed cougar Sarah Palin, who may be the next Mrs. Newt Gingrich if Callista gets a head cold or possibly her period at an inopportune time, is out defending Newt Gingrich from those mean old Republican elites who dated Sarah back in ’08 and then they never called or returned her long weepy drunken voicemails or angry texts and then there was the restraining order issued following that ugly scene in the Taco Bell parking lot…"
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and yes I need brain bleach to get the image of Sarah on Newt out of my head now

Why I am not worried about Twitter Censorship

How Not to Get Censored on Twitter - Technology - The Atlantic Wire:
"It seems Twitter made a simple work-around on purpose. This new policy is more about getting governments to leave them alone, than actually censoring tweets.
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Tyler Perry Might not be Hacktastic

Tyler Perry Defends Casting Kim Kardashian In His Film 'The Marriage Counselor' -

"And lastly, because I believe that my films speak from the inside out, why wouldn’t Kim Kardashian be invited into a film about Faith, Forgiveness and the healing power of God? What is wrong with that?
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Yeah, he is.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On Crime and Punishment

U.S. News - Man spends 2 years in solitary after DWI arrest:
"A New Mexico man who said he was forced to pull his own tooth while in solitary confinement because he was denied access to a dentist has been awarded $22 million due to inhumane treatment by New Mexico's Dona Ana County Jail.
Stephen Slevin was arrested in August of 2005 for driving while intoxicated, then thrown in jail for two years. He was in solitary at Dona Ana County Jail for his entire sentence and basically forgotten about and never given a trial, he told NBC station Tuesday night.
"'[Jail guards were] walking by me every day, watching me deteriorate," Slevin said. "Day after day after day, they did nothing, nothing at all, to get me any help."
Slevin's medical problems extended beyond his dental issues, he said. His toenails started curling around his foot because they were so long, he told And his countless requests to see a doctor for depression medication were ignored, he said."

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Joseph Maturo Might Not Be Clueless

 But he surely sounds like it

Monday, January 23, 2012

On Corporate Ownership of Campaigns

Daily Kos: RNC Decides to Finish Destroying Democracy: "I try -- I really try -- to be charitable to Republicans most of the time. But this is one of the most dangerous ideas any so-called political party has ever come up with, and it deserves to be shouted down by people from every side of the aisle.


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I believe Tim Thomas is a fool

Thomas statement on White House absence - - News:
""I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

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Remind me again about civility

Blue Arkansas » Blog Archive » Ken Aden’s Campaign Manager Comes Home To Find Cat Killed; “LIBERAL” Written On Its Corpse:
"Last night, I got the most chilling phone call I have ever received. It was Jake Burris, Ken Aden’s campaign manager. Last night, Jake and his four kids had come back to their Russellville home. As they were getting out of the car, one of his children discovered their family cat dead on the front porch. One side of the animal’s head had been bashed in and an eyeball was hanging out of its socket. But there was something even more horrifying to be found on the corpse.

Written across the animal’s fur in black marker was the word “LIBERAL“."

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Rick Santorum Might Not Be a Gutless Douchnozzle

At Florida Town Hall, Rick Santorum Cowardly Panders To Woman Who Alleges Obama Is ‘An Avowed Muslim’ | ThinkProgress:
"At a Rick Santorum town hall meeting in Lady Lake, Florida moments ago, a woman stood up to declare that she doesn’t like to refer to “President Obama as president because, legally, he is not.” While the audience gasped and clapped at the comment, Santorum restrained himself, refusing to utter a critical word.

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but damn he acts like one ...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

This About Sums Up Romney's Pitch

Mitt: I Can Dog Whistle Too | Talking Points Memo:
"So President Obama, the self-made man, has never had a job before, unlike Mitt Romney, the guy born into the highest realms of wealth and power. That’s where we’re going.


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On Behalf Of All Canadians I apologize for Mark Steyn

The Sinking of the West - Mark Steyn - National Review Online:
"Today the wealthiest nations in human history build cruise ships rather than battleships, vast floating palaces dedicated to the good life — to the proposition that, in the plump and complacent West, life itself is a cruise, sailing (as the Concordia’s name suggests) on a placid lake of peace and harmony. Since the economic downturn of 2008, the Titanic metaphor — of a Western world steaming for the iceberg but unable to correct course — has become a little overworked, the easiest cliché for any politician attempting to project urgency. But let’s assume they’re correct, and we’re heading full steam for the big ’berg. When we hit, what’s the likelihood? That our response will be as ordered and civilized as those on the Titanic? Or that we will descend into the hell of the Concordia?"

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On the Proper Place Of Banking


"If the chief executive turned down his bonus it would “demoralise” staff members and would send a signal that they now effectively “worked for an arm of the civil service or a utility, rather than for a bank”.

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I think we would be much better off as a society if banking acted much more like a utility.

On States Rights

A question to the followers of Ron Paul and other extreme States Rights believers.

If one of the states was to declare that it was ok to have slaves as long as they had never been  US citizens would that be ok with you?

Bon Gets The Immigration Question Right

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Local Stupidity: Ozark Minutemen:
"I don't need them to save me from the invaders. I need for our country to devise a strategy to allow immigrants to flourish here while setting (and enforcing) an expectation that they will contribute back to the system that supported them. That's right, that's fair, and that's worth working towards. The rest is bigotry barely masked with false concern.

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On the No Fun League and why we should Love Bill Belichick

Charles P. Pierce on the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos divisional playoff game - Grantland:
"For years now, the undeniable fact about the National Football League has been that the whole operation is grimly determined to combine the unpredictability of an Amway seminar with the giddy good humor of the North Korean army. This problem has grown especially acute under the recent stewardship of Commissioner Roger Goodell, who seems to imagine himself on a balcony in Buenos Aires, tossing money to the peasants. There was a time, and not so long ago, when the NFL was full to its gunwales with entertaining miscreants of all varieties. Then the Collective assimilated the American Football League, and the steady march toward corporate sports nirvana — i.e., authoritarian tedium on which you can bet — went to the double-quick. Which is why all those people who spend so much time complaining about the No Fun League should embrace Bill Belichick, because Bill Belichick is the NFL's last real anarchist.


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On The Death of Joe Paterno

Et tu, Mr. Destructo? // Joe Paterno Is Dead: Real Death Edition:
"Like the last decade of watching journalists and policymakers trying to decide if torture is “okay” or preemptive warfare permitted without evidence, this was one of those baldly self-evident challenges posed to an adult in society, and those who have refused to meet it should have the odium of their failure linger next to their name, into the grave and onward. Their winning percentage elsewhere is immaterial: when you add that loss to the equation, all else plummets toward zero. They failed."

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