Archive for May 11, 2011

Newt: Being a Patriot Makes Adultery OK!

Quickie:  Need a chuckle?  Check out the Twitter feed suggesting campaign slogans for the newly minted presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich.  (Hey, it ain’t gonna last so let’s have fun while we can.)


May 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM Leave a comment

What Republicans Did to Duck Us Today — 5/11/11


Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly Passes Bill Ending Requirement to Disinfect Municipal Water:

The Assembly has passed AB 23, which would, unless mandated by federal law, end a DNR requirement that municipal water systems be continuously disinfected.

The bill passed 58-35.  Lawmakers backed an amendment by bill author Eric Severson, R-Star Prairie, before turning away 21 Dem amendments.

Dems charged that the law meant the state was walking away from its commitment to provide clean drinking water to the public, listing a wide range of potential water-borne illnesses they said could result from reducing water standards.

Maine GOPers Roll Back Child Labor Laws:

Republicans in Maine’s legislature have been working for months to roll back the state’s child labor laws. Proposals set forth by the GOP include:

  • Establishing a 180-day period during which workers under age 20 would earn $5.25 per hour (as opposed to the state’s current minimum wage of $7.50 per hour).
  • Eliminating the maximum number of hours a minor over 16 can work during the school week.
  • Allowing children to work until 11 p.m. on school nights (current law lets kids go home at 10 p.m.).

Lawmakers in Tennessee Crafting Bill That Would Define Two or More Observant Muslims as a “Sharia Organization:

“Sharia organization” means any two (2) or more persons conspiring to support of acting in convert in support of, Sharia or in furtherance of the imposition of sharia…

That means, in Tennessee, a Muslim could not form a non-profit that operated a mosque, a religious charity, or any other organization that goes beyond practicing religion in solitude.

Ohio State Representative Wants to Ban Abortion Because China Has too Many Smart Kids, and if we banned abortion we’d have more kids and maybe some of them would be smart too and then we could compete with China.

You win a prize if you can find anything out there about Republicans working on doing what they campaigned on — creating jobs.

May 11, 2011 at 5:21 PM Leave a comment

Levi Johnston’s Book Cover


Check out the cover of Levi Johnston book, which will be released on September 27 (pre-order your copy here, now):

Ah yes.  The whole clan is getting rich off of being, ah, hateful and screwed up.

May 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM Leave a comment

FCC Commissioner Cashes in on Comcast Merger Vote

This — the Tweet of the day — is disgusting and it should be outlawed.  FCC (and other) commission members are supposed to be regulating companies, not voting with dollar signs in their heads, hoping for a cash reward:

I wonder if Comcast promised to make Baker a $enior VP five days before the vote or five hours.

UPDATE:  Oh, now we learn Baker will be a lobbyist for Comcast.  That’s even more nauseating.

May 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM Leave a comment

Get the Men Out of the Picture

Did you hear about the Brooklyn, New York-based Yiddish newspaper that photoshopped Hillary Clinton out of that photo of the honchos at the White House watching video of the invasion of Osama bin Laden’s house?

Here’s the photo as released by the White House:

Here’s the photo the newspaper published:

On Monday,

the Boro Park weekly issued an apology for altering the photo — but not for the policy itself.

“The readership of the Tzeitung believes that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite,” said Publisher Albert Friedman.

Fast forward to today and Feministe did what should have been done all along because after all, they want to respect men “for who they are and what they do” too, “not for what they look like:”

Love it.

May 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM Leave a comment

Diners, Dives and Drive-Thrus

Here’s a fascinating article about drive-thru restaurants in general and Taco Bell specifically — how they’ve become so fast and efficient.

Taco Bell and the Golden Age of Drive-Thru

Operational innovations at restaurants like Taco Bell rival those at any factory in the world. A view from the drive-thru window at how they do it

May 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM Leave a comment

All You Need to Know About Fox’s Hysteria Over Rapper Common’s White House Invite

You may have heard that the Obamas invited rapper “Common” to the White House tonight and the wingers, lead by Fox “News,” are apoplectic:

Michelle Obama Hosting Vile Rapper at White House?

First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.

Gosh.  I wonder if they’re making a mountain out of a molehill so they can trash Obama.  Naw.  They’d never do that (via Eric Hananoki):

As usual, Fox’s hysteria is faux.

Oh, and here’s video of a Fox News reporter praising Common (October, 2010).

May 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM Leave a comment

War Vets Struggling With Mental Health Issues

This is so sad.  Another reason we have to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq:

More than half of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans treated in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals since 2002 have been diagnosed, at least preliminarily, with mental health problems, according to statistics obtained by the advocacy group Veterans for Common Sense.

The data, which is released quarterly, also shows that the raw number of returning soldiers with psychological problems is rising. Nearly 18,000 new patients were treated for mental health issues at VA facilities in the last three months of last year—the most recent time period for which data is available— upping the total to more than 330,000.


There is a fair amount of mental illness in my family and really, it is almost worse than a “real” illness.  We know so little about how to treat it; the suffering can go on for years and years.  Decades.

It breaks my heart that so many of our soldiers are saddled with having to deal with it.

May 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM 1 comment

One Guess — Who Said This

Guess who said this (in 1989):  “If you’re not in the Washington Post every day, you might as well not exist.”

Yep, that would be  Newt.  Newt Gingrich.  The guy who is going to announce he’s running for president today.

(A few years ago I either heard or read that Gingrich is an absolute attention whore.  He can’t get enough of it.)

Go to the link above for a list of priceless Newt quotes.

Here’s another one of my faves:

“We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.  Two years later, Gingrich unveils a new Spanish-language website, The Americano.


May 11, 2011 at 9:47 AM Leave a comment

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