Archive for April 16, 2010
Apropos of the right freaking out about the new START treaty and Obama ah, allegedly being “soft” on “defending America” (a commie) — hey, let’s drop some bombs!
From the wonderful Tom Lehrer:
First we got the bomb, and that was good,
‘Cause we love peace and motherhood.
Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s okay,
‘Cause the balance of power’s maintained that way.
France got the bomb, but don’t you grieve,
‘Cause they’re on our side (I believe).
China got the bomb, but have no fears,
They can’t wipe us out for at least five years.
Then Indonesia claimed that they
Were gonna get one any day.
South Africa wants two, that’s right:
One for the black and one for the white.
Egypt’s gonna get one too,
Just to use on you know who.
So Israel’s getting tense.
Wants one in self defense.
“The Lord’s our shepherd,” says the psalm,
But just in case, we better get a bomb.
Luxembourg is next to go,
And (who knows?) maybe Monaco.
We’ll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets the bomb.
Please sign the petition at Release and Rescue to free chimpanzees who have, literally, been in a cage for 50 years:
50+ Years in a Lab… and Still Counting[Wenka] was old and grateful for the small kindnesses, like good fruit and sunshine. … It would be nice if she could be retired and live out her days quietly with other older chimps, enjoying good food, soft bedding, and warm sunshine.—A former Yerkes lab worker
Wenka was born in a laboratory in 1954. The 1950s – a decade characterized by President Eisenhower, Elvis Presley, the birth of the Baby Boom generation, the introduction of the polio vaccine, and James Dean – are long gone. We all live in a very different world now. But not Wenka. Five decades later, she is still in a lab and still being used for research.
An elder now, Wenka is the oldest known chimpanzee in a U.S. lab. She is reportedly being used in aging and cognitive studies at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where she has been through a gamut of research. She has also been used to breed chimpanzees for research and has had all of her babies taken from her. Through the years, she has had myriad cage-mate friends or family who were eventually taken from her. She also has spent time alone. According to one lab caregiver, she has “spent plenty of time rocking in the back corner of her cage,” (an abnormal behavior associated with the stress of laboratory institutionalization).
Some lab caregivers have described Wenka as having a “1000 mile stare,” saying that her dissociation makes it difficult to reach her after all these years in a lab.
And we’re the “higher race” or whatever it is they say?
I don’t think so.
Republicans have been silent since RomneyCare was signed into law in Massachusetts by Mitt himself — in 2006!
But now that we’ve got “Obamacare” — whooah, what the hell?! — they race to retroactively hate RomneyCare.
Yep. Gotta love the ah, heh, staunch stand the GOP takes about stuff.
I was one of the researchers on the film.
It was released in June of 2004.
Finally, FINALLY, people are learning the truth about that network.
Per Media Matters:
In an interview to be published in the May 2010 edition of GQ Magazine, Lou Dobbs, the nationally syndicated radio host and former long-time CNN host, confirms he is “considering” a campaign for President.
Dobbs can either be a radio host or a candidate for office. I don’t think anyone would begrudge him the opportunity to explore running for public office but using his radio platform to further his political ambitions is entirely inappropriate.
Now that Dobbs has confirmed that he is “considering” a run for president, United Stations Radio Network — the company that syndicates his show nationally — should require he make a decision about his potential candidacy and if he chooses to run for office it should force him to take a leave of absence until the conclusion of any potential campaign.
But as for Lou Dobbs as a viable candidate? Haaaahhhhaaaaahhhhhha!