Archive for July 19, 2010

I’m Going Blind

Glenn Beck:

“A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor because of my eyes, I can’t focus my eyes,” he said to a Salt Lake City crowd on Saturday. “He did all kinds of tests and he said, ‘you have macular dystrophy …you could go blind in the next year. Or, you might not.'”

My paternal grandmother had macular degeneration.  Her son — my father — had macular degeneration.  I “could go blind in the next year.”  Or, I “might not.”  So hey, I think I’ll obsess about it and make people feel sorry for me until I do, or don’t.

What a dolt.

July 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM 2 comments

Question of the Day

Who was the first person to look at a cow & say, ‘I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things & drink whatever comes out?’

(H/t N.A.)

July 19, 2010 at 8:52 PM Leave a comment

The “Department of Homeland Security:” Your Tax Dollars, Down a Rat Hole

Back in the day when I heard W. say he was going to create a “department of homeland security” I thought OMG, here we go — endless spending and endless bureaucracy.

Go to Top Secret America.  It’s about how Bush did just that.  He created a “Department of Homeland Security” that should be called the department-of-your-tax-dollars-going-down-a-rat-hole.

I love Katrina vandenHeuvel’s summation:

Exactly.

Go George!  Remember how he said he was going to tighten things up and coordinate those NYC police and firefighter communications devices and streamline the whole “terror” system?

Yeah.  Right.

So what did he do?  He farmed a whole bunch of our money out to his buddies and now we’re in a bigger mess than we were on 9-10-01.

July 19, 2010 at 8:30 PM Leave a comment

Pig Ears, Anyone?

The blog CHOW.com is out with its “7 Biggest Food Trends,” and one of the seven big new things is pig ears.  This is the second time in a week I’ve seen a reference to the popularity of pig ears so I guess the craze is real:

Pig Ears: Fried in strips at the Laxy Ox in Los Angeles; on a salad at Resto in NY; at Animal in Los Angeles with chile and lime.

The only pig ears I’m familiar with are the crispy, dried pig ears that are sold as dog treats.

Would you order a pig ear if you saw it on a menu?  I would.  I tried rattlesnake once (corny but true — it tastes like chicken) so I think I could handle a pig’s ear.

July 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM Leave a comment

Colorado Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Mark Udall (D) Were Against Capping Credit Card Interest Rates, Before They Were For It

If you’re a Colorado Democrat, you should that, at heart, Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, were against — against! — capping credit card interest rates at 15%:

C-Span caught on camera Colorado Democratic senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall appearing to switch their votes on a key measure back in May to crack down on credit card profiteering. Specifically, during a vote on an amendment capping credit card interest rates at 15 percent, both senators at first voted “no” on the idea when the outcome was uncertain, but then, when they were confident the measure would go down by a comfortable margin, both senators changed their vote to “yes.”

Bought.

July 19, 2010 at 3:23 PM Leave a comment

Another Wingnut Grabs a Gun and Starts Shooting

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A 45-year-old parolee, described by his mother as angry at left-wing politicians, opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers on an Oakland freeway early Sunday and was hit by return fire while wearing body armor, authorities said.

Byron Williams of Groveland (Tuolumne County) was taken to the emergency room at Highland Hospital, where he was in stable condition. Police did not describe his injuries. Two officers suffered minor cuts from flying glass.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for shooting at the CHP officers and Oakland police said he may face other charges.

[…]

Williams watched the news on television and was upset by “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items,” his mother said.

I’m willing to bet $100 that the “news” he watched was Fox.  And what is this, the sixth or seventh case of a winger shooting at people because they’re upset about “left-wing agenda items?”  How many incidents were there during the eight years of Bush’s reign where liberals went on shooting sprees because of his policies?  Zero.

July 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM Leave a comment

The News as He Said, She Said

This USAToday article — World Sizzles to Record for the Year — is a spectacular example of he said, she said “journalism” that is now known as news. I.e., statements made by Jay Lawrimore, the chief climate analysis at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center for God’s sake, are “balanced” by quotes from an admitted climate change “skeptic,” Marc Morano, who is a blogger.

July 19, 2010 at 2:55 PM Leave a comment

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