Archive for November 25, 2011

The 1% — $277,500 For a Car

Last week Mr. SayItAin’tSoAlready and I agreed not to spend more than $70 on each other for Christmas.

A decision like that can be both daunting and challenging when it comes to selecting unexpected, useful (well, not always) and fun gifts while trying to stay within budget.

And then there’s this:

Paris Hilton didn’t have to brave the lines at Walmart or Best Buy for her Black Friday purchase … of course, neither of those stores sell Ferraris that cost $277,500!

Paris had the sweet red ride delivered to her home in the Mulholland Estates just before noon today.

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Wow. No question about it. There’s no way I’m a 1%-er and I never will be.

It would take me and my hubby roughly 23 years to make — much less spend — that kind of money.

November 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM Leave a comment

The World Rejects Obama’s Cluster Bomb Insanity

For the back story, read this.

For an update, read this:

U.S. Rebuffed in Push to Head off Cluster Bomb BanA U.S.-led push to regulate, rather than ban, cluster munitions failed Friday after 50 countries objected, following humanitarian campaigners’ claims that anything less than a outright [sic] ban would be an unprecedented reversal of human rights law.

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A senior U.S. official said cluster munitions were a military necessity and were needed to hit targets spread over wide areas, while using alternative armaments would cause more collateral damage and prolong conflicts.

Opponents want them banned because they are indiscriminate weapons, raining bomblets that may fail to explode on impact and lie dormant, ready to kill or injure anyone who picks them up or touches them by mistake.

A “senior U.S. official said cluster munitions were a military necessity?”

HOW THE HELL MANY BOMBS DOES THE UNITED STATE NEED?  One for each and every scenario imaginable?

ENOUGH!

(Filed under:  Our Tax Dollars.)

 

 

November 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM Leave a comment

An Occupy Wall Street Credit Union

Via ABCNews:

Occupy SF protesters to launch credit union

Occupy SF protesters want to launch their own credit union and say they need $7 million to start it.

What a great idea.  I would put my money (such as it is) in an Occupy credit union in a heartbeat. There couldn’t be a better way to support the movement and to diss Wall Street than this.

I’m in.

November 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM Leave a comment

Jeremy Scahill Confronts Paul — Bush Era War Criminal — Wolfowitz

These would be my Tweets of the Day.

Oh, and P.S.:  Jeremy Scahill, you’re my badass hero of the month. Maybe of the year.

Thank you for saying exactly what I hope I would say if I ran into that war criminal (he’s the personification of a coward).

My jaw dropped last week when I saw the liberal media CNN legitimize Wolfowitz by allowing him to ask a question at their Republican/Heritage Foundation/American Enterprise Institute debate.

It was a sad, tragic moment but moving on, bravo to you!

November 25, 2011 at 6:52 PM Leave a comment

Vitamin Donuts?

The National Archives in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibit (through January 3, 2012) titled, What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Here’s what it’s all about:

Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it.

We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans.

From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.

The exhibit is broken down into four categories:  Farm, Factory, Kitchen and Table.

You can see an overview at the links above.

Some of the messages from way back when were pretty darn prescient, like this one (a message my mother never got):

World War II era nutritionists encouraged military chefs to preserve vitamins in vegetables.

And some of them were ridiculous, like this one.  I would say the fat content in a donut outweighs, in a bad way, the addition of vitamin B1 (look at the exaggerated rosy cheeks on the kids):

The Doughnut Corporation sought endorsement from the Nutrition Division of the War Food Administration for its Vitamin Doughnuts campaign.

I guess the “Doughnut Corporation” won that one.

Anyway, I had fun poking around the site.

November 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM Leave a comment

Posters From the Occupy Movement

Take a look at these posters from the Occupy movement.

Here are two of my favorites:

Creator: Alexandra Clotfelter

Larger version here.

 

Creator: Dave Loewenstein

Love the colors in that one.  Larger version here.

 

November 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM Leave a comment

Pepper Spray May Seem Quaint in the Not So Distant Future

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens [Without Being Charged or Tried] in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

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American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really?

What is going on around here?  Why is this under consideration?!  How did this come to be even remotely acceptable?  This is a notion straight out of the old U.S.S.R. or Communist China.

To learn more about this chilling, unAmerican bill go here.

November 25, 2011 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment

TIME: Dumbing Down America

TIME magazine (1) either thinks Americans are idiots who don’t need or what to know what’s going on in other parts of the world, or (2) given the Occupy Wall Street movement, they don’t want to give us any ideas.

Here is the cartoonish cover of the December 5, 2011 issue of TIME that will be released in the U.S.:

And here is the cover of the same issue that will be released in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific:

What a radical difference.

November 25, 2011 at 3:06 PM Leave a comment

Gov. Sam Brownbeck (R-What’s the Matter With Kansas?) is Against Free Speech

Is freedom of speech dead in Kansas?  I ask because Governor Sam Brownback (R) sicked the authorities on a high school girl who sent a tweet he didn’t like.  Yes, unfortunately, you did read that right:

A Kansas teenager got in some trouble with her school for comments she posted on her Twitter account — in which she claimed to have trashed Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to his face during a field trip.

Emma Sullivan, an 18-year old high school senior, was at an event in Topeka this past Monday for Kansas Youth in Government, which was addressed by Brownback. During the event, Sullivan posted to her Twitter account:

Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalotBut as it turns out, Brownback’s office watches Twitter for comments about him. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag told the event organizers about the comment, “so that they were aware what their students were saying in regards to the governor’s appearance,” the Wichita Eagle reports, also adding: “We monitor social media so we can see what Kansans are thinking and saying about the governor and his policies.”

Brownback’s office flagged the tweet to the event organizers, who in turn passed the complaint on to Sullivan’s school. This got her called to the principal’s office.

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Is Brownback so insecure he’s willing to trample a high school senior’s First Amendment rights in order to intimidate people into only saying nice things about him?  Apparently so.

November 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM Leave a comment

Ah, Christmas

Nothing sadder than watching people in a Walmart store tear each other apart so they can buy cheap s**t made in China:

This video was taken at the Walmart in Porter Ranch, CA on November 24th, 2011 during the store’s Black Friday sales.

What you’re seeing is a clip taken of a group of shoppers ripping and tearing at each other and a kiosk to get their hands on discounted Xbox 360 games. During the mayhem, one woman thought she was going to be robbed, so she pulled out her pepper spray and blasted the crowd. From my understanding another girl was shot directly in the face with the spray.

You can see the Security guards escorting the girl in a white shirt away from the area at the end of the video.

All this for a few video games….

(Via.)

The corporatists who run the country have some of us right where they want us to be.

 

November 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM Leave a comment

Let the Shopping Begin!

I turned the TV on this morning intending to head to my local channel to catch the weather.  I don’t know which channel the TV was when I turned it off yesterday but the first shot I saw was an aerial view of a shopping mall in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  The anchor was excitedly noting that the parking lot was packed.  And yes, there, before my eyes were acres and acres of pavement and parked cars.  Woohoo!

Then I began to wonder whether the New York Stock Exchange was going to be open today so I turned to CNBC.  They were live inside a mall.  It was packed too.  Another woohoo!

I finally landed on my local channel for that weather report but it struck me that the media seems happy and relieved that that unfortunately placed, pesky orphan of a holiday — Thanksgiving — is finally out of the way and it can concentrate on the real business of life here in these United States of America –  “consumers” (God I hate being called that) buying stuff!

November 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM Leave a comment


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