Archive for October 24, 2011

Herman Cain Releases the Worst Political Ad in the History of the World

Look at this pitiful thing:

(Video via TheHermanCain, Now is The Time for Action! campaign.)

Smoking a cigarette?  What’s with that?  And the look on Cain’s face at the end?  OMG.

October 24, 2011 at 8:31 PM Leave a comment

Horse Drops Dead on NYC Street

“A healthy horse doesn’t just die on the street. We are asking for an investigation.”

So said Elizabeth Forel, of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, regarding the sudden death on Sunday of a horse pulling a hansom cab in midtown. The tragic incident occurred shortly after the animal began its shift at 9:30 a.m. It was being directed along West 54th Street near Eighth Avenue, on its way to Central Park, when it keeled over and died.

Forel’s coalition, a New York City animal rights activism group, has called for a ban on the use (abuse?) of horses to cart passengers, mostly tourists, along city streets. The horses, the group maintains, deserve a better life.


The Forel Coalition’s website is here.

Could there be a more unnatural life for a horse than pulling tourists through the paved, exhaust-filled, taxi-clogged streets of NYC?

This is their natural habitat:

October 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM Leave a comment

Bob Beckel — Fox’s Badass “Liberal”

This is Bob Beckel, the guy who Fox tout as their badass “liberal:”

[B]ut can I just make one point about this principle, besides [inaudible].  Um, the idea that somehow kids can’t, ah, the whole idea of dressing up, yeah, it’s good.  The whole idea of dressing up at Halloween; what’s wrong with that.  I mean, I don’t, I don’t get it.  First of all, if you go past any high school today they all look, they look like a bunch of hookers hanging outside, a lot of these girls, so maybe they have costumes [on?] all the time…

(Video here.)

Excuse me Bobby boy.  The” girls” you ogle in front of high schools aren’t hookers, or as you imply, whores.  You are.


October 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM Leave a comment

MTV to Air Occupy Wall Street Special

I hope this doesn’t get Hollywood-ized or TMZ-ized:

Though networks typically dispatch embeds during campaign season, MTV took a different approach to the tactic when it dispatched youth into the Occupy Wall Street protests for its show “True Life.”

“True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street” will premiere on Saturday, November 5, at 6 p.m. et. Four MTV embeds protested in Zuccotti Park with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and immersed themselves in the cause.

The special will take viewers to “the front lines” of the Occupy Wall Street protests and follow the four embeds as they become “swept up in the cause.” The special will focus primarily on the point of view of the younger demonstrators whose anger is seemingly focused on the concept that they graduated college and expected to find employment, but have been having difficulty in finding steady jobs during the recession.

MTV please, please do right by the Occupy Wall Street protesters!


October 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM Leave a comment

The Natural Disaster Americans Aren’t Hearing About

Thailand is a poor, low, county of 67+ million people.  It is roughly the size of Texas (population 24+ million).  A disaster is unfolding there that we American’s aren’t hearing about.

The corporate media in the U.S. thinks the only “news” that’s fit to report is “news” that happens within its border.  Then again, this might ping thoughts of global warming so we can’t have that!


Ugh.  I’ve been following this for almost a week and while things looked good mid-week last week, they’re deteriorating.  My thought are with you, people of Thailand.



October 24, 2011 at 6:16 PM Leave a comment

Crazy Weather

It is 79º here in Boulder at the moment.  The sky is clear as can be (the sky is a gorgeous blue) and there is no wind.  The hubby and I are raking leaves…anything to be outside!

But look at Wednesday’s forecast:

Yikes!  Crazy.

October 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM Leave a comment

God I Love Dogs

If you have 90 seconds, take a break and check out this delightful slide show from the WashingtonCityPaper titled “Other People’s Pets.”  It includes approximately 12 photos of dogs in the D.C. area.

Here’s my fave.  This sweet thing (well, I assume he’s sweet) — “Jacques” — looks so intelligent:

Jacques /Photo: Darrow Montgomery, Washington City Paper


October 24, 2011 at 3:47 PM Leave a comment

Alabama Deli Owner Who Defended Latinos Gets Huge Outpouring of Support

Hey, here’s some more good news:

Last week HuffPost told the story of Steve Dubrinsky, a Birmingham deli owner who was pilloried by strangers for defending his Latino workforce in an interview with the Birmingham News. Dubrinsky had told the paper that even documented Latinos were scared of Alabama’s sweeping new immigration enforcement law, and that many legal workers would end up leaving the state because they no longer felt comfortable there.

Outraged by Dubrinsky’s support of immigrants, strangers flooded his inbox with threats to boycott his restaurant, Max’s Delicatessen. Typical of the missives Dubrinsky received: “I hope your unamerican establishment closes down!!!!” His restaurant suddenly received dozens of negative one-star reviews on Google, mostly from anonymous first-time posters.

But since late last week, Dubrinsky has witnessed an outpouring of support from a different set of strangers. After reading of Dubrinsky’s plight, opponents of the new law have rallied around his deli, leading to one the busiest stretches at the restaurant that Dubrinsky can recall. He tells HuffPost that new diners have been driving from up to forty miles outside the city just to try his reuben and thank him for standing up for Latino workers.

“I’ve shaken more hands in the last two days than in the previous two years. It’s been amazing,” Dubrinsky said. “The restaurant has been pretty darn busy.”


Another reader from Georgia told HuffPost that she and a group of friends were putting together a caravan to travel to Max’s from Atlanta just for lunch.


The corporate media won’t cover this, of course, but I’ve got to say, it’s so nice to see the other side pushing back.  The anti-Latino crowd has gotten too much attention for too long.  Far as the media would have us believe, the anti-Latino crowd is the only crowd there is.


October 24, 2011 at 3:31 PM Leave a comment

Albany, NY Police Refuse to Arrest OccupyAlbany Protesters

Wow, I’m loving this!

In a tense battle of wills, state troopers and Albany police held off making arrests of dozens of protesters near the Capitol over the weekend even as Albany’s mayor, under pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, had urged his police chief to enforce a city curfew.

The situation intensified late Friday evening when Jennings, who has cultivated a strong relationship with Cuomo, directed his department to arrest protesters who refused to leave the city-owned portion of a large park that’s across Washington Avenue from the Capitol and City Hall.

At the Capitol, in anticipation of possibly dozens of arrests, a State Police civil disturbance unit was quietly activated, according to officials briefed on the matter but not authorized to comment publicly. But as the curfew neared, the group of protesters estimated at several hundred moved across an invisible line in the park from state land onto city property.

“We were ready to make arrests if needed, but these people complied with our orders,” a State Police official said. However, he added that State Police supported the defiant posture of Albany police leaders to hold off making arrests for the low-level offense of trespassing, in part because of concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.

“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” the official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”

A city police source said his department also was reluctant to damage what he considers to be good community relations that have taken years to rebuild. In addition, the crowd included elderly people and many others who brought their children with them.


Wise, sane, good people prevailed.  What a refreshing thing, given the half-cocked, totalitarian attitude of so many police departments around the country.


October 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM Leave a comment

The World is Leaving America Behind

This would be our Tweet of the Day:

It sure frees a country up to do other things when it isn’t spending something like 58¢ out of every dollar on the military, like the U.S. does.

October 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM Leave a comment

Wacky Fair Food

Check out the slide show over at Food & Wine featuring some of the crazy food served at state fairs.

Here’s what I want:  Fried mashed potato balls with Ranch dipping sauce.  Sounds so good!



October 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM Leave a comment

America For Sale — Going, Going, Gone

So, Senate Republicans and Democrats have finally found something they can agree on — coddling the energy industry, polluting our air and giving us cancer:

Five Republican and five Democratic senators, mostly from coal-rich states, introduced a bill that largely mirrors recently passed House legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating disposal of coal ash for the first time.

The bill, whose main sponsor is Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., would block the EPA rule and instead let the states regulate the ash like municipal solid waste. Last week the House passed a highly similar bill fronted by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.

The EPA has proposed to classify coal ash under federal hazardous-waste management law, or let states regulate it as a non-hazardous waste. The proposed rule comes in the wake of coal-ash facility spills, including one in Kingston, Tenn., in 2008 in which 1 billion gallons of ash-containing liquid flooded the nearby area.

For more on the horrors of coal ash, watch this, posted by Tennessee Riverkeeper:

October 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM Leave a comment

What a Great Idea

Hey, let’s put these up on every single roof in the country:

Dow Solar company has started mass marketing solar shingles. Solar shingles are roof shingles with solar cells (electricity generating material) integrated into them, so the shingles are the solar panels. The solar shingles plug into each other and help to hold each other down very securely during strong winds.

Dow’s shingles incorporate thin film solar cells, which are printed onto the shingles which permits some extent of flexibility, and have been in the works for awhile. We first wrote about the solar shingles back in 2009. Thin film solar cells may sound flimsier to some people, but they are actually more durable than traditional silicon wafer cells, because silicon wafer cells are very brittle. Both types of cells, however, are encased in protective solar panels (which is the complete product that you purchase). Thin film cells are more durable primarily because they can withstand more shock than traditional cells.

Solar shingles also have potential aesthetic benefits, because they resemble ordinary shingles, and the aesthetic appearance of traditional solar panels is a problem for some people.

October 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM Leave a comment

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