Archive for October 5, 2011
Was Steve Jobs a Muslim?
Hey, I’m just sayin’ because this is the kind of thing Republicans would scream about if the deceased looked a little ah, darker and he wasn’t a 1%’er:
Jobs’ biological father is a man named Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian who was a political science graduate student when he met Jobs’ biological mother, an American named Joanne Simpson.
Jobs was later adopted and raised in the San Francisco area by Paul and Clara Jobs.
Reportedly, Jobs himself knew nothing about his biological parents until he was 27, so it’s doubtful that his part-Syrian heritage meant anything to him.
According to Yalibnan.com, Jobs’ biological father, Jandali, was born in Homs, Syria (ironically, one of the key centers of the anti-Assad movement in that country) to a traditional Muslim family.
Sarah Palin made a big, big announcement today (well, not so much because we know she loves the $$ she’s getting from books, speaking engagements and Fox):
I know for a fact, just because I do, that Palin was looking forward to a night (or ten) of being at the top of the heap news-wise but damn that Steve Jobs, he went and died on her parade.
And then there are those hippies in NYC.
Breaks my heart. (Not.) I’m thinking there’s some delicious karma going on here.
Steve Jobs is dead at age 56.
I had a feeling — didn’t we all? — that this was coming.
All that money but it couldn’t buy him what he undoubtedly wanted more than anything: Life.
Bravo to Jobs for leaving such an indelible mark on the world (never mind for now that he shipped thousands of jobs overseas) but, ugh, so sad.
I had a crush on him
for 30 years.
And now, back to the future:
Ed Schultz will broadcast his show live tonight from
Zuccotti “Liberty” Park in NYC, ground zero for the OccupyWallStreet (OWS) movement.
I sent him a tweet a few days ago suggesting that he get his ass down there because OWS is the new Wisconsin — which he was so supportive of — but he came off as timid and confused when he talked about it on his radio show, whining (like the wingers): What are their demands?
Hopefully now, now that Dylan Ratigan has been bold and super-supportive — Schultz ah, either cares about it or he wants to grab the ratings. My guess is he wants to grab the ratings but whatever. Coverage is good.
It’s break time people! Take a few seconds out here for a chuckle.
OMG, this is hilarious:
(Yeah, I know. We don’t know exactly what the dog’s thinking (wish we did) — if it’s REALLY afraid of a picture of Julia Roberts — but this is so cute nonetheless.)
This would be our (sigh) Tweet of the Day:
This is happening now (5:03 p.m. ET) just a few miles from my house:
Wildlife officers have tranquilized a mountain lion in the area around the University of Colorado’s Kittredge residence hall complex and now are waiting for the cat to fall asleep, according to Boulder dispatch reports.
The cougar was shot with a tranquilizer dart around 2:50 p.m., and wildlife officers now are waiting 15 minutes for the drugs to take effect.
CU police officers also are on scene in the area near the intersection of Broadway and Baseline Road in Boulder.
Students and members of the public are being kept away from the area.
We’re talking one amazing mountain lion here because it made its way into the heart of town — two, three miles from any open space. How it didn’t get hit by a car is a wonder.
They are so beautiful.
Look at this great picture of the New York City Labor Chorus singing union songs this afternoon at the NYC OccupyWallStreet rally:
Oh, and on his radio show today Rush Limbaugh referred to the people in this picture as, “a parade of human debris.” Got that? Look at those good people. A parade of human debris.
One more thing: Check out this photo of “We Are The 1%” signs hanging in the window of the Chicago Board of Trade:
Republicans have been on a crusade the last few years to, ahem, stamp out what they say is rampant “voter fraud.” Insofar as “voter fraud” is practically non-existent, it doesn’t take a whole lot of brain power to put two and two together and understand that what Republicans are doing has nothing to do with “voter fraud.”
Historically, African-Americans and Hispanics vote Democratic. So Republicans have been passing laws to stamp-out “voter fraud” in areas where those constituencies live, not to prevent fraud, but to suppress the Democratic vote. (Republicans can’t win an election unless they (1) lie about what they’re going to do or they (2) cheat. This would be the cheating part.)
And this is how ruthless that effort is becoming:
Dorothy Cooper is 96 but she can remember only one election when she’s been eligible to vote but hasn’t.
The retired domestic worker was born in a small North Georgia town before women had the right to vote. She began casting ballots in her 20s after moving to Chattanooga for work. She missed voting for John F. Kennedy in 1960 because a move to Nashville prevented her from registering in time.
So when she learned last month at a community meeting that under a new state lawshe’d need a photo ID to vote next year, she talked with a volunteer about how to get to a state Driver Service Center to get her free ID. But when she got there Monday with an envelope full of documents, a clerk denied her request.
“But I didn’t have my marriage certificate,” Cooper said Tuesday afternoon, and that was the reason the clerk said she was denied a free voter ID at the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center.
So folks, the real “voter fraud” going on around here is the effort Republicans are putting in to preventing people from voting. I.e., making registering or staying current in one’s voting status such a hassle, people give up trying.
But bravo to 96-year-old Ms. Cooper. She didn’t!
Find out — here – how rich you are compared to the other 7 billion people on the planet.
My husband and I are the 617,928,589th richest people in the world, which means we’re very rich compared to the world population. Talk about putting things in perspective. But this exercise also puts into perspective how totally filthy, stinkin’ rich the top 1% in the U.S. is. And they have the gall to whine about the possibility of their taxes being raised?
Shame on them. Stratospheric greed.
Here is a short video from my friend, Robert Greenwald, over at Brave New Foundation:
Heads up everyone:
Nearly 2,500 cartons of True Leaf Farms romaine lettuce have been recalled due to a possible risk of listeria food poisoning and nearly 60 pounds of Thorton’s Garden Salad and Chef Salad have been recalled over salmonella food poisoning fears.
The True Leaf Farms romaine lettuce recall(pdf) was announced by the FDA and Church Brothers, LLC. on September 29. The initial recall was for only 90 cartons, but that was quickly increased to 2,498.
The romaine lettuce was pulled from the market after an FDA random sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes organisms in one bag. However, there have been no illnesses reported in connection to the recalled romaine lettuce.
All 2-pound bags of True Leaf Farms chopped romaine with a bag and box code of B256-46438-8 are affected by the recall.
Yikes. Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready and I polished off a head of romaine lettuce yesterday.