Archive for December 2, 2011
Don’t forget: Joe the Plumber is running for congress:
If the attention a candidate gets from from the media is any indication, ol’ Joe must be doing ah, really well:
The ABC Evening News w/Diane Sawyer just aired a piece about how great it is to work until you’re in your 90’s. The segment featured a 90-year-old hairdresser who’s still going strong and yes, she seemed perfectly happy.
Kudos to her but I can’t help but wonder what the point was. If I know the “liberal media” like I think I do, what I just saw was an opening salvo in a campaign designed to convince already-exhausted Americans that hey, if the corporatocracy takes away your Social Security, any pensions you might have, your health benefits, your accrued vacation time, etc., life’s a beach but you’re just too spoiled to notice how great it is. And if you don’t like it, strap your boots on, put a smile on your face and work into your 90’s, and if you complain or physically can’t do that, there’s something wrong with you, not with the system.
This would be our Tweet of the Day:
I can’t stand John King and sadly, I can’t stand CNN anymore. Liberal media my yas. They’re Fox News wannabees.
It’s break time!
I could learn a thing or two from Casper here about savoring every single moment:
This morning the Cain campaign launched a subsection of its website devoted to: “Women for Cain.” This is what the homepage looked like then:
See those four happy, young women? Think they’re rooting for Herman? Wait, before you answer, go HERE.
Oops. You’re busted! This is what the homepage looks like now:
You probably heard that Donald Trump will moderate a Newsmax-sponsored GOP presidential debate in Iowa on December 27 (six days before the caucuses). Donald Trump as moderator? The deranged Newsmax as sponsor? And they’re calling it a “debate?” I don’t think so. Let’s get real and call it a loon-fest.
Anyway, Jon Huntsman thinks the notion that this will be a “debate” is pretty funny too. This is what his campaign had to say today about whether or not he would participate:
Lol. We look forward to watching Mitt and Newt suck-up to The Donald with a big bowl of popcorn.
Katie bar the door! This is a campaign for President of the United States of America for God’s sake, not a reality show…or am I wrong about that?
OMG, you’ve got, GOT to read this delicious article from the German newspaper, Spiegel Online International. It says what the “liberal media” in the US is too timid and cowed to say:
Africa is a country. In Libya, the Taliban reigns. Muslims are terrorists; most immigrants are criminal; all Occupy protesters are dirty. And women who feel sexually harassed — well, they shouldn’t make such a big deal about it.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the US Republicans. Or rather, to the twisted world of what they call their presidential campaigns. For months now, they’ve been traipsing around the country with their traveling circus, from one debate to the next, one scandal to another, putting themselves forward for what’s still the most powerful job in the world.
As it turns out, there are no limits to how far they will stoop.
It’s true that on the road to the White House all sorts of things can happen, and usually do. No campaign can avoid its share of slip-ups, blunders and embarrassments. Yet this time around, it’s just not that funny anymore. In fact, it’s utterly horrifying.
It’s horrifying because these eight so-called, would-be candidates are eagerly ruining not only their own reputations and that of their party, the party of Lincoln lore. Worse: They’re ruining the reputation of the United States.
They lie. They cheat. They exaggerate. They bluster. They say one idiotic, ignorant, outrageous thing after another. They’ve shown such stark lack of knowledge — political, economic, geographic, historical — that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein and even cause their fellow Republicans to cringe.
Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
This happened last night on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley:
A December 1 CBS Evening News report about the Iraq War managed to mislead viewers about the start of the war and severely diminish the loss of civilian lives.
Reporting on the handover of the U.S. military headquarters to Iraqi forces, anchor Scott Pelley announced:What began in 2003 as an effort to overthrow Saddam Hussein became a vicious religious war, pitting Iraqi against Iraqi–with the U.S. caught in the middle.
Of course, the United States invaded Iraq with the stated aim of disarming Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, which did not exist. Any serious conversation of the war should include this fact.
And the United States, as the instigators of that war, cannot credibly be considered to be “caught in the middle.”
Ah yes, the poor United States. It got “caught in the middle” of a religious war so hey, the poor widdle country (the US) couldn’t help that it had to stay there for such a long time.
In Canada, lying during a newscast is illegal. I wish that were so in the US.
I found this picture on Reddit. I don’t know what the history behind it is but I can’t help but wonder if the polar bear is pushing on that ice breaker and thinking, get out of here!
Whatever’s going on, I think it’s a heartbreaking picture.
“Political insiders” have some pretty scathing and scary things to say about Newt Gingrich Ouch:
“With Newt, we go to bed every night thinking that tomorrow might be the day he implodes,” said another Republican. “Not good for our confidence – or fundraising.” A third Republican stated plainly, “Gingrich is not stable enough emotionally to be the nominee – let alone, the president.”
“Newt can’t take the scrutiny,” agreed a Democrat, “and he has the personality of an angry badger.”
“Bigfoot dressed as a circus clown would have a better chance of beating President Obama than Newt Gingrich, a similarly farcical character,” quipped a Republican.
“Come on,” sighed another GOP Insider, “the White House is probably giving money to Gingrich as we speak.”
I love that last one, that the White House is probably giving money to Gingrich as we speak because the line Republicans want us to believe is that the White House and the Democratic party are trying to undermine the likes of Gingrich and Cain because they “fear” them. Who are they kidding (everyone who watches Fox I guess)? These guys (and gal) are so looney, it’s like yes! We couldn’t have hoped for anything better.
One of the traditions my husband and I enjoy this time of year is opening an Advent calendar. We’ve had one every year for years and years. Some of the calendars out there are silly, but some — particularly those made in Germany — are magical.
That said, Alan Taylor over at the Atlantic is posting an online Advent calendar featuring a new photo from the Hubble space telescope every day until December 25 (can’t wait to see that one!). Follow it here.
This is the (gorgeous!) picture he posted yesterday:
A “Rose” of a Galaxy. In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute pointed Hubble’s eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. Pictured here is the larger of the two galaxies, known as UGC 1810. It has a disk that is tidally distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. A swath of blue jewels across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. These massive stars glow fiercely in ultraviolet light. A possible mini-spiral may be visible in the spiral arms of UGC 1810 to the upper right. It is noticeable how the outermost spiral arm changes character as it passes this third galaxy, from smooth with lots of old stars (reddish in color) on one side to clumpy and extremely blue on the other. UGC 1810 lies in the constellation Andromeda and is roughly 300 million light-years away from Earth.
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