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:


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 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.”


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

Fox News Rejects Ad Advocating Saving the Lives of American Troops

Fox “News,” with its ubiquitous waving flags, claims it cares — it really, really cares — about “the troops.”  But it has refused, without comment, to air an ad submitted by the veterans group, VoteVets.  The ad features commentary by Brigadier Gen. Steven Anderson, who was the chief of logistics for U.S. forces in Iraq under Gen. Petraeus.

In the ad, Anderson tells viewers, “Breaking our addiction [to foreign oil] must not only be a military priority, but America’s mission, and why the Senate needs to pass a clean energy climate plan. It’ll put Americans to work developing new energy technologies that’ll save lives overseas, make us less dependent and more secure…. It’s time for our senators to choose: Pass a clean energy climate plan that makes us more secure, or let America keep paying the price.”

Here’s the ad itself:

So, Fox doesn’t like the notion that there might be a better way than fighting wars? Unreal.

July 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM Leave a comment

For the Love of a Dog

Kodi, 1997 – 2010”  — a sad but uplifting story about a beloved dog.

Kodi was a good dog for all of us, but it’s fair to say that while she loved me and Athena, she adored Krissy. I like to tell the story of how I went away on my book tour in 2007, and I was gone for three weeks, and the day I came back, Krissy went to the airport to pick me up. When we got out of the car and opened the door to the house, Kodi came out and greeted me in a way that translated into oh, hey, you’re back. Nice to see you. Then she went over to Krissy and greeted her in away that translated into OH MY GOD I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER SEE YOU EVER AGAIN AND NOW YOU’RE BACK AND I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH. And she had been gone for maybe two hours. I once told Krissy that the very best day for Kodi would be one in which Krissy came back home every ten minutes. Krissy was Kodi’s world, her sun and her moon, her waking thought and her dream.

July 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM Leave a comment

No New Taxes!

Are you a rah-rah, no new taxes kind of person?  Well, heads up.  You’re gonna love this:  Economic Crisis Forces Local Governments to Let Asphalt Roads Return to Gravel:

Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls.

In Michigan, at least 38 of the 83 counties have converted some asphalt roads to gravel in recent years. Last year, South Dakota turned at least 100 miles of asphalt road surfaces to gravel. Counties in Alabama and Pennsylvania have begun downgrading asphalt roads to cheaper chip-and-seal road, also known as “poor man’s pavement.” Some counties in Ohio are simply letting roads erode to gravel.

The moves have angered some residents because of the choking dust and windshield-cracking stones that gravel roads can kick up, not to mention the jarring “washboard” effect of driving on rutted gravel.

But higher taxes for road maintenance are equally unpopular. In June, Stutsman County residents rejected a measure that would have generated more money for roads by increasing property and sales taxes.

“I’d rather my kids drive on a gravel road than stick them with a big tax bill,” said Bob Baumann, as he sipped a bottle of Coors Light at the Sportsman’s Bar Café and Gas in Spiritwood.

As an added bonus, you might want to Google “Colorado Springs taxes.”  The place is an anti-tax paradise.  They’re turning off the street lights, designating cabbies as cops, letting the grass in parks die, and oh, if your house say, gets burglarized, you can phone in a report to the police but they don’t have the resources to try to catch whoever did it.

July 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM 2 comments

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