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Politics?  There is another life out there:

Deep Inside the Milky Way

This artist’s impression shows how the Arches star cluster appears from deep inside the hub of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hidden from our direct view, the massive cluster lies 25,000 light-years away [think about that for a minute] and is the densest known gathering of young stars in our galaxy. The illustration is based on infrared observations from Hubble and with ground-based telescopes, which pierced our galaxy’s dusty core and snapped images of the luminous cluster of about 2,000 stars.

October 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM Leave a comment

Tea Partiers — Pull Thy Head Out of Thy Ass

Tea Partiers, I’m not on your side but I feel for you.  I really do.

Bill Clinton took me for a fool like the Tea Party is taking you for a fool.


You really should start using “the Google” instead of trusting Fox to give you the ah, “facts.”  Fox is on the GOP/corporate/establishment side and they’re playing you for fools:

Next for GOP Leaders: Stopping Palin.

Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.

There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.

Many of these establishment figures argue in not-for-attribution comments that Palin’s nomination would ensure President Barack Obama’s reelection, as the deficiencies that marked her 2008 debut as a vice presidential nominee — an intensely polarizing political style and often halting and superficial answers when pressed on policy — have shown little sign of abating in the past two years.

“There is a determined, focused establishment effort … to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin,” said one prominent and longtime Washington Republican. “We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her.”

So yeah, bet everything you’ve got on Fox and the Tea Party and get freakin’ screwed.

They ‘re telling you what they’re going to do to you.  It’s right there.  Don’t be surprised when you’re surprised.

October 31, 2010 at 9:09 PM Leave a comment

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Half of our trick-or-treaters tonight are trick-or-treating for UNICEF.


I did that when I was a kid and I still feel good about it.

Again, Happy Halloween everyone.

Make it about more than candy.


Oh, and speaking of the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, the Republican candidate for governor in Colorado — Dan Maes — thinks that riding a bicycle is a commie UN plot to take over the country.

He’s nuts.

October 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

I’m Not Voting Republican This Year Because I Have a Memory

Wow. Wow. WOW.

This ad should have been on every channel in every city in every state for the last six months.

October 31, 2010 at 7:47 PM Leave a comment

Vote Republican — Kill the Planet

One of the big, big goals the wingers have if they win on Tuesday is to block any legislation having to do with climate change.  They hate all that climate change stuff because corporations might have to spend money modifying their smoke stacks or their drainage systems (for example) and hey, they should be allowed to do whatever the hell they want because they “create jobs.”  (Yeah, like all the jobs they created over the last ten years.)

So yo, people, vote for Republicans so we can have more of this:  The Ten Biggest Cities That Are Running Out of Water:

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Tucson, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada

Ft. Worth, Texas

San Francisco Bay Area

San Antonio, Texas

Phoenix, Arizona

Houston, Texas

Los Angeles, California



October 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM Leave a comment

Barack “Who’s Sane” Obama

Checkout this slide show of signs seen at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

I love these:




October 31, 2010 at 7:02 PM 1 comment

Andrew Breitbart, Sign the Petition Asking ABC News Not to Include Him in Their Election Night Coverage

I assume you heard that ABC News hired right wing propagandist Andrew Breitbart to be an “analyst” on Election Day.

Breitbart is the guy who edited and leaked the Shirley Sherrod video and the bogus ACORN pimp video.

If you think news organizations should hold themselves to a higher standard and that it’s wrong for ABC “News” to legitimizing this scumbag, please consider signing the petition at asking ABC not to put him on on Tuesday.


October 31, 2010 at 6:35 PM Leave a comment

There Was a Huge Rally in D.C. Yesterday

There was a huge rally in D.C. yesterday — not held by the Tea Party — but what is the “liberal media” talking about today?  The Tea Party.

As I post this, CNN is airing — live — as speech by Christine O’Donnell who has zero chance of winning but hey, she’s a Tea Partier!

October 31, 2010 at 4:13 PM Leave a comment

War Criminal Bush to Throw Out First Pitch Tonight

Tweet of the day:

How many thousands of people — soldiers, Iraqis, etc. — are disabled or dead because of Bush’s lies?

October 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM Leave a comment

David Broder Thinks a War With Iran Would be Good for Obama and the Economy

This, from David Broder, the “Dean of the Washington press corp” and a Democrat, on what Obama should do to get re-elected in 2012:

Look back at FDR and the Great Depression. What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II.

Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran’s ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.

What an irresponsible and simple-minded point of view.

If war is so good for the economy — hey, we’ve got two going right now — we should be rippin’ and tearin’.

And even if it is good for the economy, it’s time we moved away from that and found other things that are “good for the economy.”  What, we’re going to go on, year after year into infinity fighting wars in order to keep the engine rolling?  What kind of an insane society is that?

October 31, 2010 at 1:56 PM Leave a comment

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!


October 31, 2010 at 5:56 AM Leave a comment

Jon Stewart Rally Draws Roughly 215,000 People

I hate tit-for-tat fights about how many people attended such-and-such a rally. We’ve got more important things to talk about — so I’m not going to get down into the weeds here — just putting out the most scientific info available:

Jon Stewart Rally Attracts an Estimated 215,000 people.

An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.

The company based the attendance at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which took place on the Mall in Washington. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent.

CBS News also commissioned to do a crowd estimate of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August…


Glenn Beck Rally Attracts an Estimated 87,000 people:

An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.

The company based the attendance on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which stretched from in front of the Lincoln Memorial along the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument. Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at the rally.

Of course, the Foxbaggers will immediately blow this off because the estimate was commissioned by the “liberal” CBC News.

What they don’t get is that’s the plan.

Winger media has convinced its followers to distrust all media, other that it, so viewers don’t believe anything other than what it tells them.


Low information voters.



October 30, 2010 at 10:26 PM Leave a comment

Stewart and Colbert are “Comedians?”

Over and over today I saw references in the MSM to the Restore Sanity and/or Fear rally in D.C. as one spearheaded by two “comedians.”

The “liberal” American media didn’t know what to make of the rally, in its typically corporate-centered, out-of-touch way.

Thankfully, Al Jazeera still has an idea of what it means to be a journalist as opposed to a corporate hack:

Political satirists. That’s what they are.  How hard is that?

October 30, 2010 at 9:41 PM Leave a comment

CNN Airs Tea Party “Special” on the Eve of the Election

To all of you who say CNN is a stark raving mad liberal network, think again.

As we speak, they’re airing a special report:  “Boiling Point:  Inside the Tea Party” (on the eve of the election, no less).

When was the last time — er, the first time — they aired a special about the “boiling point” inside a liberal group (on the eve of an election)?

Huh?  Huh?

I’m waiting…

October 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM Leave a comment

Memo to Republicons and Tea Partiers

Charlie Cook to the GOP:  People don’t like you, you’re not victors:”

Cook predicts the House will flip but his message to the GOP is blunt: “This is an unearned win. You’re not victors. People don’t like you and they don’t like what you did the last decade…

And, Frank Rich:  The Grand Old Plot Against the Tea Partiers:

But whatever Tuesday’s results, this much is certain: The Tea Party’s hopes for actually affecting change in Washington will start being dashed the morning after. The ordinary Americans in this movement lack the numbers and financial clout to muscle their way into the back rooms of Republican power no matter how well their candidates perform.

Maybe a time will come when we citizens — MoveOners and Tea Partiers alike — will come together in the realization that it isn’t about us versus us, it’s about us versus the corporatocracy.

October 30, 2010 at 7:47 PM Leave a comment

CNN Is So Liberal It Blows My Socks Off

To all of you brainwashed people out there who think CNN is a raving, liberal, loony, commie network, check this out:

“Rally:  ‘Peace Train’ meets ‘Crazy Train’?”

Wow.  CNN couldn’t be more supportive could it (not)?

The libs are in bed together.

It’s a conspiracy!

They’re trying to take over the country!

My God.  Wake up people.

October 30, 2010 at 7:14 PM Leave a comment

Speaking of Yemen, Thank God Obama’s in the White House

On Friday, President Obama “vowed to ‘destroy’ al Qaeda in Yemen after two explosive devices were found aboard U.S.-bound cargo jets.”

If a Republican was in the White House right now, I’d be sweating bullets that we were staring down the barrel of another war — which we clearly can’t afford.  There are ways to “destroy” an organization like al Qaeda other than to invade an entire country and I think Obama knows that.

While I have a lot of problems with what Obama has and hasn’t done during his first two years, I sleep pretty well knowing that when he says he’s going to “destroy al Qaeda in Yemen,” he doesn’t mean invading and occupying the country for a decade or more.


October 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Howard Kurtz Reveals How Out-of-It He Is

Check out this tweet from Howard Kurtz, the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” which pretends to be a media watchdog show:

When the only “expectations” you hear are from conservative D.C. insiders whose only contact is with one another, of course you’re going to be surprised.  But if you get out of the bubble once in a while, you aren’t.

October 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM 2 comments

Cat Stevens Freaks the Wingers Out

I’m readings headlines around the net about wingers going bonkers that Cat Stevens, a/k/a “Yusuf,” was invited to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in D.C. today.

Well of course they’re freaking.  What’s the big surprise?  They (1) want to keep fear and hate alive, and (2) discredit the event and the attendees with a thing, any thing, no matter how trivial.  If Cat Stevens hadn’t been there they’d be barking about something else.

October 30, 2010 at 2:25 PM Leave a comment

Favorite Sign at the Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear

I’m watching the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on C-SPAN.  So far, my favorite sign is:

Every word on this sign is spelled correctly.


October 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM Leave a comment

So, is Fox Covering the Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear?

No, no, no, no.  The “fair and balanced news” network is covering a Tea Party rally in Philadelphia.

October 30, 2010 at 9:54 AM Leave a comment

Why is Sean Hannity Afraid to Go Live?

Why doesn’t Sean Hannity air his show live?


Because he a scared.  He’s a wimpy ass chicken.

I challenge Sean Hannity to take “personal responsibility,” to “man-up,” and to air his show live.

Oh, BTW, in April of ’09 Sean pretented he had balls; he said he’d be waterboarded:

A year and a half later, it hasn’t happened.

Yep.  He’s tough alright.

October 29, 2010 at 8:49 PM 4 comments

Inside Cable News: Mary Hart is a “Hard Corps Republican”

Check out this tweet from InsideCableNews:

Yep.  Love them Republicans.  Ignorance chic is the new, new thing.

Don’t get it?  Hint:  Hard core.

October 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM 2 comments

Andrew Breitbart as an ABC News Election Day Talker?

I don’t think so.

If you agree, go here.

Oh, and here’s more about ABC’s ah, “bipartisanship.”

It’s laughable.

October 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM 1 comment

No, Palin Isn’t Qualified to Be President

What’s with the endless polling on this question?  The answer has been the same for two years:  Behind the Numbers:  Most Still Doubt Palin’s Presidential Qualifications, Poll Finds.

Wow.  Breaking news!

October 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM Leave a comment

ABC News — Bring Noam Chomsky on For Election Night Coverage

This shows how mainstream the radical right has become:  Failing Upward:  Breitbart to be Featured in ABC’s 2010 Election Coverage:

Media Matters has confirmed that noted propagandist Andrew Breitbart will provide analysis for ABC News during their election night coverage.

ABC:  Noam Chomsky isn’t a “noted propagandist” but if you want to balance Breitbart, he’d be the one to do it.

Oh, and if I hear the words “liberal media” again, I’m going to explode.


October 29, 2010 at 5:49 PM Leave a comment

Tiny Things — Break Time

Jessica Hlavac — who makes tiny replicas of food — has produced a 2011 calendar featuring photographs of her work.  Really amazing, like these three “tacos” sitting on a slice of jalapeno and some “pancakes” next to a blueberry:

More here.

October 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM Leave a comment

Anyone Know Sharron Angle’s Position on the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

No, no one knows where Sharron Angle stands on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and she ain’t tellin':

It’s outrageous that anyone would vote for a U.S. Senator without knowing her position on such an important issue.  If Angle wins on Tuesday, all I can say is that Nevadans were blinded by hysteria.

October 29, 2010 at 3:49 PM Leave a comment

Sorry But Julian Assange is Not a U.S. Citizen

How do people who make fundamental and huge mistakes get and keep positions in high places?  Case in point:  The New York Sun editorialized yesterday that Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, should be tried for treason.  Ah, Assange would have to be a U.S. citizen for that to happen, but he isn’t.

October 29, 2010 at 3:23 PM Leave a comment

Fascism U.S.A.

Another step toward fascism in the United States of America:

Here’s a truly horrific story that shows the state the United States of Corptocracy circa 2010. A McDonald’s franchise in Ohio sent a note in the paychecks of their workers urging them to vote for Republicans in next Tuesday’s elections. And they implicitly threatened to stop all wage and benefit increases if those Republicans do not win, essentially tying the future economic fortunes of their employees to their vote.


But this behavior, as Allen Schulman says, [is] an outgrowth of the arrogance of corporate interests in the wake of Citizens United, to think they can bully and purchase their way to electoral glory. The intimidation of workers here reflects the intimidation of politicians they don’t like by donating heavily to attack them.

It might be time to boycott McDonald’s.

October 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM 6 comments

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