Archive for December 22, 2010
Wow, this is so cool: a car that runs on air:
A company in the UK is developing it (see link above).
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, U.S. coal consumption rose 1.4% last week alone.
The DNC released a video today touting President Obama’s first two years of “progress.”
Here it is, FYI:
I don’t like it. Why use voices from the corporate media, who people don’t trust:
Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not trust the news media to accurately and fairly report the news, a new high according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday.
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah!
Congratulations to the 9/11 first responders who got in Dr. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) face yesterday and today over his attempt to block the health care bill designed to help them with the medical and living expenses they’ve been dealing with for almost ten freaking years:
A group of 9/11 first responders attempted to storm Tom Coburn’s office Tuesday to personally lobby the GOP senator to lift a block that he had vowed to place on legislation meant to help cover their mounting health care costs.
John Feal, head of the responders, told Think Progress that they had been prohibited from meeting the Republican opponents of the bill. He called the actions “rude,” and criticized Coburn directly:
“Mr. Coburn should be ashamed of himself,” Feal told ThinkProgress. “Because I think before he was a senator he was a doctor and he took an oath to help people that are sick. He’s going against his oath as a doctor. He can vote any way he wants as a senator, but as a doctor, he just embarrassed the medical profession.”
I’ve seen and heard Feal interviewed on both television and radio and the guy is so articulate and passionate and sweet, yet he’s one of us. A “regular guy.”
Thank goodness the bill passed. And thank goodness DADT was repealed, largely due to citizen activists as well.
Congratulations. We the People won on these two fronts.
I could get addicted to this doing-good trend. I like it a whole lot better than the one where we’re supposed to hate each other.
Anyway, bottom line: Let’s keep acting up and making noise!
Hate to break it to you Fox:
Given the option of saying they prefer that stores and businesses greet customers by saying “Merry Christmas,” use non-religious terms such as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings,” or that the choice of greeting really does not matter to them, a plurality (45%) choose this last alternative. Only 42% say they prefer “Merry Christmas,” while 12% prefer less religious terminology. Most striking is the age difference in preferences for holiday greetings. Only among those ages 65 and over, does a majority (64%) opt for “Merry Christmas.” That preference declines across younger age groups with only 28% of those under age 30 opting for the Christmas greeting while roughly six-in-ten say the choice of greeting doesn’t matter to them.
Okay. That settles it. Now, let’s move on.
From John Boner (who will become the Speaker of the House on January 5, 2011):
This sounds like a way to waste a whole bunch of time and to feed video of supposedly uber-patriotic Republicans to the media. I don’t think it will work. If members of the House don’t already have a grasp of what’s in the Constitution, they should read it on their own time. As a matter of fact, Boehner should tell them to read it over the Christmas break so they’ll be ready to hit the road running when they get to D.C.
I don’t think Nicholas Ballasy, a reporter for CNS News (“The Right News. Right Now”) knew what he was getting into when he interviewed Barney Frank (D-MA) about “the implications of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” The poor guy. Frank absolutely eviscerated him.
Check out the video here, or read the transcript below:
B — I have a question for you about the working group that Secretary Gates put into effect — he appointed — ah, the Defense Department Working Group. They recommended that straight military personnel will have to shower with homosexuals…
F — (Loud, sarcastic gasp.) Showering with a homosexual?! What do you think happens in gyms all over America? What do you think happens in the House of Representatives? Of course people shower with homosexuals. What a silly issue. What do you think is wrong with people showering with homosexuals? Do you think it’s the spray — makes it catching? I mean, people shower with homosexuals in college dormitories, in gyms where people play sports, in gyms elsewhere. It is a complete non-issue.
B — So, that recommendation you think is a, is a non-issue?
F – I, to accept the principle that homosexuals can’t shower with other people is a degree of discrimination that goes far beyond this. I mean, we don’t get ourselves dry cleaned. We tend to take showers when we go to the gym; when we play sports. The notion that there’s somehow anything new in the first place about showering and homosexuals — remember, under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, by the way, the policy was you would be showering with homosexuals, you just wouldn’t know which was which. So there was no change in that.
The notion that knowing that someone is gay or lesbian, as opposed to knowing there are gay or lesbian people but you don’t know who they are, and that somehow makes a difference, is pretty silly.
B — And if you think that is the case and they are a, they must shower with each other, do you, what do you think about, ah, female military personnel and male personnel? Should they be able to…
F — …Shower together? No. That would disrupt people And I know you’re looking for some way to kind of discredit the policy. Do you think that gyms should have separate showers for gay and straight people? I’m asking you the question because that’s the logic of what you’re telling me. You seem to think that there’s something extraordinary about gay men showering together. Do you think gyms should have separate showers for gay people and straight people?
B — I’m just quoting the recommendation.
F — Don’t be disingenuous. You’re quoting those that you think may cause some problems. You’re entitled to do that, but you shouldn’t hide behind your views. You’re trying to talk about the difficulties and I’m asking you, in response to your question, do you think that, there ought to be separate showers in gyms? If not, then why are you in the military?
B – So that’s the question you would pose to people who have an issue with that part of the actual report; the recommendation?
F — Well, it’s, it’s, no, I don’t have any problem with the recommendation. People who don’t want to shower with gay people then they’d better not play sports, they better not belong to gyms, they better not go to colleges where not everybody has their own bathroom.
In other words, gay people are everywhere, whether they announce themselves to you or not, so GET OVER IT!
(Was this supposed to be a CNS gotcha interview? If so, big fail there.)
I thought turning animals into clothing and accessories was out for good, but obviously I was wrong. I am seeing more and more real fur on women these days and it sure is disheartening. Take these for example:
FOR your mother: Instead of the ho-hum predictable scarf, spoil her with these lush hedonistic fox-fur mittens from Glamourpuss NYC (Foxy Mitten, $315).
A fox literally gave his or her life for those things. I don’t know how anyone could stand to wear them knowing that.
The food bank I volunteer at has to beg for 600 bucks
while as we speak, million dollar bonus checks are being handed out on Wall Street.
How screwed up a society is that?
An Irishman tells it like it is when it comes to the financial crisis. I couldn’t agree more.
We at xfm Dublin, Ireland, WANT this man to return home and run the country :-) Even if this man was in a fucking coma, he could do a better job than Fianna Fail and their wanker banker and developer mates. It will be a cold day in Hell, when another Banker / Builder / Property Developer / Speculator or ‘Fianna Failure Lizard’ wipes the eye of the Irish People. They should stick to shovelling shit ! That is what they are used to, that’s what they are good at.
This is heartbreaking all the way around:
“I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans,” says U.S. soldier who raped a 14-year-old girl before killing her and her family.
An Iraq War veteran serving five life terms for raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister says he didn’t think of Iraqi civilians as humans after being exposed to extreme warzone violence.
Steven Green, a former 101st Airborne soldier, in his first interview since the 2006 killings, claimed that his crimes were fuelled in part by experiences in Iraq’s violent ‘Triangle of Death’ where two of his sergeants were gunned down.
He also cited a lack of leadership and help from the Army.
‘I was crazy,’ Green said in the exclusive telephone interview from federal prison in Tucson, Arizona. ‘I was just all the way out there. I didn’t think I was going to live.’
Green talked about what led up to the March 12, 2006, attack on a family near Mahmoudiya, Iraq, that left him serving five consecutive life sentences.
The former soldier, who apologised at sentencing for his crimes, said he wasn’t seeking sympathy nor trying to justify his actions – killings prosecutors described at trial in 2009 as one of the worst crimes of the Iraq war.
But Green said people should know his actions were a consequence of his circumstances in a war zone.
When countries train young people to be killing machines, things like this happen. Mr. Green was and is as much a victim of war as the poor family he killed.
You probably heard about this survey that was released about ten days ago:
American voters were quizzed on their knowledge of issues and facts raised in the 2010 midterm elections, in a survey by World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.
Respondents were also asked where they get their news from: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, newspapers, network TV news, public broadcasting.
The survey found that “substantial levels of misinformation were present in the daily consumers of all news sources.” But Fox News viewers were significantly more likely to be misinformed than those who get their news from other sources. And, greater exposure to Fox News increased the degree to which viewers were misinformed.
So, do you think you’re smarter than the Faux News crowd? Take the survey and find out here. The questions are the same as those asked in the University of Maryland survey.
(I missed two.)
Faux News asks, in an article posted yesterday, “Which is Worse, WikiLeaks or Facebook?” (The answer? Facebook.)
Comparing the two is ridiculous but ridiculousness never stopped Fox so the question then becomes, what is Fox up to? Why is it trying to make the comparison? One can only guess that it’s because Rupert Murdoch, who owns Faux’s parent company, News Corp., also owns MySpace.