Archive for February 4, 2011

Dumbed Down America – a New Low

America, one of your most popular television stations thinks you’re really, really stupid — and maybe you are.  This show premieres on TLC on Monday.

No, not in the morning so the kids can watch it while mommy and daddy are getting ready for work, but during primetime!

Unbelievable.

I hope for the sake of the country it fails.  If it doesn’t — wow — what a statement.

February 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM Leave a comment

Obama — Get it Through Your Head: Everything’s Your Fault

Yo, White House — grow up.  It’s time to start laughing this stuff off:

President Barack Obama’s team wants the world to know his environmental policies had nothing to do with the rolling blackouts blanketing Texas this week.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer swung back late Friday at conservative media and lawmakers who have pinned the blame on Obama for the lights going off across the Longhorn State amid extreme cold temperatures and high winds.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the lead regulatory agency in the region, says that weather was to blame for the mechanical failures at more than 50 power plants around the state.

Photo: Chernin/AP

When will Obama et al. get that he’s the new Clinton?  Wingers blamed Clinton for every, every, everything during the eight years Bush was in office. Obama’s the new guy for that.

February 4, 2011 at 9:05 PM 2 comments

Tweet of the Day

From CynthiaBoaz:

 

February 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM Leave a comment

Pro-Mubarak Demonstrations Tomorrow in Cairo

I’m watching Al Jazeera/English.  They are reporting that pro-Mubarak demonstrations are planned tomorrow in Cairo’s Tahrir/Liberation Square.

Ugh.

Tahrir/Independence Square 2-1-11. Photo: AP

Pray for calm.

February 4, 2011 at 7:47 PM Leave a comment

Hawaii Tours: Find Obama’s Birth Certificate

Inevitable:

This is the perfect tour for those who are interested in helping put an end to the mystery of whether or not President Obama’s birth certificate exists in Hawaii.

Travel arrangements will be made by our team of native Hawaiian tour guides, certified as some of the best on the Island. Activities include island hopping, volcano exploration, a visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial, a 120-mile journey around the island of Oahu and a traditional luau at Paradise Cove. If the missing Presidential documents are to be found, these are the perfect tours to uncover them on.

Should be a hit with the WingNutOSphere.

February 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM Leave a comment

Fish Swarm to Avoid Shark Attack

It’s break time folks.

It’s so cool the way fish swarm en masse when they’re in danger so they will appear as one large oganism.  Talk about working together:

(Via.)

February 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM Leave a comment

The GOP Wants the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Come Between You and Your Doctor

This is the American Taliban at work folks, and I’m dead serious.  If this bill, the deceitfully named “Protect Life Act” passes, pregnant women won’t have a right to life in the United States anymore:

One hundred members of Congress (so far) have cosponsored a bill introduced by far right Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) called the “Protect Life Act.” (See if yours is one of them below.)

They want to “protect life” so much that they have written into the bill a new amendment that would override the requirement that emergency room doctors save every patient, regardless of status or ability to pay.  The law would carve out an exception for pregnant women; doctors and hospitals will be allowed to let pregnant women die if interventions to save them will kill the fetus.

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In short: Fertilized eggs are people; women are not.

So, even if the “baby” is a mass of cells the size of a grape, doctors will be allowed to let a pregnant woman die if interventions to save her will kill it.

I have a feeling things are going to get really, really bad before they start getting better.  I just hope it doesn’t take 30 years like it did in Egypt.

February 4, 2011 at 3:27 PM Leave a comment

Something Worrisome Going on in the Amazon

Pray for rain:

Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon basin in Manaus, Brazil. (Photograph: Rodrigo Baleia/LatinContent/Getty Images)

 

Billions of trees died in the record drought that struck the Amazon in 2010, raising fears that the vast forest is on the verge of a tipping point, where it will stop absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and instead increase them.

The dense forests of the Amazon soak up more than one-quarter of the world’s atmospheric carbon, making it a critically important buffer against global warming. But if the Amazon switches from a carbon sink to a carbon source that prompts further droughts and mass tree deaths, such a feedback loop could cause runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences.

More…

So I suppose the climate deniers would say people are making this up?

February 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM Leave a comment

Rand Paul Votes Against Shining Laser Beams in Pilot’s Eyes

I don’t know how Rand Paul can justify this:

Like father, like son. Libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) is known in the House as a frequenter lone dissenter on bills. Today, his son, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), voiced the only “nay” vote on a measure that outlaws aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

The amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill passed 96-1.

The younger Mr. Paul said he thought it was a bad idea to point lasers at pilots, but “there are a lot of states that already have laws, and I think the states ought to take care of it.”

So, faced with an opportunity to clamp down on this once for all, Paul’s “libertarian-leaning” philosophy compels him to wait who-knows-how-long for all the states to enact laws against it?

Sadly, the people who voted for Paul are unlikely to hear about this vote.  Too bad because this is ridiculous.

 

February 4, 2011 at 2:17 PM Leave a comment

Cool New Tool for Writers

Check out this new “Visual Thesaurus.”  It’s fun.

This is what I got when I typed in “dog:”

February 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM Leave a comment

Space Junk

I knew there was a lot of junk in space but “an estimated 370,000” pieces?  370,000?!

Japan is going to attach a “thin metal net” to two satellites and “launch the pair into space.  Once in orbit, the net will be released at which point it will start picking up space junk in its path during a journey that is expected to last several weeks.”

Wow.  We humans sure know how to trash a place, don’t we?

February 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM Leave a comment

What is “Recorded Earlier?”

Back in the day, television news organizations made a distinction between live TV and  not live TV.

“Live” TV was announced as such — with a big, bold “Live” somewhere on the screen.   Not live TV didn’t have a “live” banner anywhere so you knew it wasn’t.

The new, new thing these days in dumbing-us-down-land is the “Recorded Earlier” or “Earlier” TV.

“Recorded Earlier” or “Earlier” means what you’re watching was recorded between 1 second and 96  hours ago and — good luck to you — it’s up to you to put it in context.

 

 

February 4, 2011 at 12:56 AM 2 comments


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