Archive for October 31, 2010
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.
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:
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.
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.
Wow. Wow. WOW.
This ad should have been on every channel in every city in every state for the last six months.
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:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ft. Worth, Texas
San Francisco Bay Area
San Antonio, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Checkout this slide show of signs seen at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
I love these:
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.
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 ColorOfChange.org asking ABC not to put him on on Tuesday.
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!
Tweet of the day:
How many thousands of people — soldiers, Iraqis, etc. — are disabled or dead because of Bush’s lies?
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?