Archive for February 17, 2011

Drones the Size of a Hummingbird

Insofar as we’re talking about ways to cut the deficit, I wonder how many millions went into this hummingbird-sized drone:

Backed by the Pentagon’s research arm, Monrovia firm AeroVironment has developed the Nano Hummingbird, an experimental miniature drone that could one day do reconnaissance by landing on a window ledge.

Video and more info here.

If a former “liberal” presidential candidate stands by while a protester —  a former CIA agent — is arrested and assaulted by the police, nobody’s immune to those little hummers.

Still, you gotta be thankful that these big clunkers are a thing of the past:

Your tax dollars at work!

(H/t Thom Hartmann who talked about his on is radio show today.)



February 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is “Channeling Mubarak”

Kudos to David Obey (D-WI):

Former Rep. David Obey (D-WI), a 41-year veteran of the House, the former chairman of the Appropriations Committee and an icon in Wisconsin politics, assailed Gov. Scott Walker for engaging in “political thuggery” and accused him of channeling toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before his fall.

“All I know is that last week, when people were asking where Mubarak was — whether he had gone to Sharm el-Sheikh or Paris — I was saying he was ensconced in the governor’s mansion in Madison.”

Get down!

Walker as mini-Mubarak:



February 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM Leave a comment

Pro-Lifer Fred_Phelps Says “Let’s Kill Some Fags!”

UPDATED below.

Fred Phelps tonight:


Thanks to commenter M.J.D., I realize that I’ve been dooped. No. It’s worse than that.  I was lazy and didn’t follow up.   M.J.D. is right.  This “Fred_Phelps” account is fake.  The real Fred Phelps Twitter account is here: GodHatesFags.

Here’s their last tweet:

I apologize to anyone I’ve offended.  I know better.

February 17, 2011 at 9:29 PM 2 comments

What’s Lawrence O’Donnell Doing Giving Ann Coulter Airtime?

As if Ann Coulter doesn’t get enough media exposure already, the “liberal” Lawrence O’Donnell gave her a good four minutes tonight on his “Last Word” show on the commie socialist network MSNBC.

There are a thousands of articulate, interesting liberals out there who never see the light of day.  The fact that O’Donnell gave time to the ubiquitous Coulter — today of all days, what with Wisconsin — confirms to me that he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


February 17, 2011 at 8:57 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin: Where are DC Democrats?!!

Hello?  Anybody home?

Tweet of the day via Dave Zirin:

Where are the Democrats?  Cowering in the corner, as usual.

Why don’t they get that this is a huge opportunity to separate themselves from anti-worker, anti-average Americans Repubs?

Oh.  Wait.  Gosh.  Wake me up.  Slap my forehead.  They’re one in the same.

February 17, 2011 at 8:38 PM Leave a comment

John Kasish — Cop is “An Idiot”

Governor John Kasich (R-Corporation) says a policeman who stopped him “was an idiot.”

AP photo: Doug Mills


Listen to the tale Kasich tells.  Sounds to me like he deserved to be stopped but of course, he plays dumb:

“When people who are in the government don’t treat the client [Kasich? Corporations?] with respect, maybe that’s another thing we have to think about.  Right?”

Remember when wingers fell all over themselves cuddling up to cops and firefighters for photo ops?

UPDATE:  My, my, my.  Kasich got caught so he apologized today.

Geezus.  Wingers are pissing people off left and right.  They live in a closed loop.  Fox, Newsmax, Drudge.  They think the whole world agrees with them.  When something leaks out that isn’t met with a roar of approval, they’re gobsmacked.

What?  What the hell happened?  Where am I?  Oh, shit.

February 17, 2011 at 7:43 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin, Now

This is the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol as of a few minutes ago (7:22 p.m. ET):



February 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM Leave a comment

Brown Shirts USA

You think we have freedom of speech in the United States?  Think again:

American human rights defenders are leading a public outcry throughout the nation since Tuesday, February 14 when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her talk on freedom in foreign countries during which U.S. Veteran Ray McGovern was forced from the audience, brutalized, and jailed after standing peacefully wearing a Vets for Peace t-shirt with his back turned on Clinton. National organizations are demanding that Secretary Clinton apologize for the rights violation.

Moments after agents forcibly removed the 71-year old McGovern from the audience and handcuffed him, Clinton hailed the need for human rights related to respecting different points of view and freedom of expression.


If this can happen to a former member of the CIA who worked with the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administration,

McGovern was a mid-level officer in the CIA in the 1960s where his focus was analysis of  Soviet policy toward Vietnam. McGovern was one of President Ronald Reagan’s intelligence briefers from 1981–85; he was in charge of preparing daily security briefs for Reagan, Vice President George H. W. Bush, the National Security Advisor, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Cabinet. Later, McGovern was one of several senior CIA analysts who prepared the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) during the first Bush administration.

it sure as hell can happen to you and me.

February 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM Leave a comment

Joe the Plumber Gets an Online Show

Watch the trailer — here —  (or not) for Joe the Plumber’s new online show, “Whaddya Know Joe.”

Here’s a screen grab.  Quite a set, huh?  Wonder why he isn’t sitting on a toilet or sticking his head out from under a  sink.


February 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM Leave a comment

Follow What’s Happening in Wisconsin

Follow what’s happening in Wisconsin on Twitter at SolidarityWI and here at wiunion.

February 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin State Democratic Senators Disappear

I love the second paragraph here:

So now we have at least one report from local TV in Wisconsin that the state’s Democratic senators have left the state entirely, putting them out of the reach of the state police who have been ordered to round them up so that Republicans have a quorum and can take up Gov. Walker’s union-busting budget bill.

As for whether the Democratic senators have in fact left the state, the spokesperson for the state Democratic Party tells TPM: “I know the whereabouts of not a single Democratic senator. I do not know what latitude they’re on, or know what longitude they’re on. I assume they’re in this hemisphere, I’ll say that.”


February 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM Leave a comment

Americans: No to Another Bush Presidency

Looks like W ruined it for the whole family, at least for the foreseeable future:

There’s been a lot of talk in the last few weeks pushing Jeb Bush as a candidate in 2012 but there’s just one problem: a plurality of Americans say they would definitely not vote for another Bush for President in the future.

44% of voters in the country say there’s no way they’d support another Bush Presidency. Only 14% say they’d definitely favor one, and 39% say they’d consider it. The Republican base is decently open to the idea of another Bush- only 10% distinctly rule out the possibility. But a majority of Democrats at 73% and most notably a majority of independents at 50% shut the door to another President Bush.



February 17, 2011 at 2:06 PM Leave a comment

Foreign Companies Staking Mining Claims at The Edge of the Grand Canyon — We Get Nothing

Why in the world would the United States government even think — even think — about selling mineral rights on U.S. soil to foreign companies?  And why in the world would it even think about doing that without charging a huge fee?  And why would it even think about letting foreign companies drill at the edge of our Grand Canyon?  And why would it even think about potentially polluting the Colorado river, which provides drinking water to millions of Americans downstream?

I’m flabbergasted but that’s exactly what’s happening:

The natural beauty and unique species of the Grand Canyon are “in the crosshairs” because of renewed interest in the region’s uranium reserves. That is the warning from critics of the mines, ahead of the release of a government report on Friday on the potential impact of fresh mining.

Mining has been banned within the Grand Canyon National Park since President Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908. But since 2003, foreign companies have submitted 2,215 claims to prospect on the edge of the canyon.

Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, temporarily withdrew 1m acres of land from exploration in 2009 to allow time for an environmental assessment. Salazar must decide by July whether to ban “mineral entry” for two-thirds of the claims for the next 20 years.

Uranium deposits mineralise in 2,000-feet deep “breccia” pipes, a geological feature common to the world-famous golden brown sedimentary rock in the canyon. When left alone, the uranium is not harmful. But once dissolved in water, it can leach into springs and aquifers that then feed into the Colorado river, which ultimately supplies 18 million people in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The water can remain contaminated for decades after a mine shuts.


Roger Clark, air and energy director at the Grand Canyon Trust, said the post-gold rush General Mining Act of 1872 allowed the exploitation of public land to provide energy security in other countries and for foreign profit, while providing very little economic benefit to the US economy. He said: “We’re not building new nuclear power plants in this country and we haven’t for 20 years.”

“It’s a net loss to the federal government. In these [tough] economic times, when hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on this report, the mining companies are getting a service that they’re not paying for. It’s a rip-off.”


February 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM Leave a comment

Donald Trump for President?

Wow.  Expect a ton of media coverage on the popularity of a 2012 Donald Trump presidential run.  After all, the “Draft Trump 2012″ Facebook page has 104 followers!

(H/t Noah J.)

February 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM Leave a comment

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