Archive for January 1, 2012

Think Twice Before You Click on the Huffington Post

Heads up:

AOL and Huffington Post CEO, Timothy M. Armstrong is a Romney supporter currently at the maximum allowed contribution of $2,500 for the current cycle.

January 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM Leave a comment

Drunk Shopping on QVC

Apropos of my post of a few days ago about stores targeting people who are drunk-shopping, check out what QVC is hawking as we speak  (at 9:12 p.m. ET / on 1-1-12):

$1,000 for a camera?  Someone, anyone, please, is QVC’s audience as a whole in the bracket of those who can afford to spend that kind of money on that kind of thing?

I don’t think so.

Heck.  I wouldn’t pay that much either.  I looked at a camera the other day that was going for something like $84, and I nixed it.

It’s just sad.  Sad that ten days from now good, well intentioned good people will open their credit card statements and wonder WHAT THE HELL DID I DO?  QVC, on the other hand, will smile all the way to the bank.

Ugh.

January 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM Leave a comment

Homes of the GOP Presidential Candidates

Time to be a voyeur — meow — and to take a peek at the homes of the GOP presidential candidates, like Rick Santorum’s home in Great Falls, Virginia:

Or this one; Mitt Romney’s home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire:

Far as I know, Romney also has a home in Massachusetts and one in La Jolla, California.  One would think he has one in Michigan too but I don’t know that for a fact.

Anyway, see the rest of the pix here.

January 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM Leave a comment

What’s With Ezra Klein?

If you’re a news junkie like me you know who Ezra Klein is. And you probably think, like me, that he has the potential to be an up and coming liberal, soon-to-be star.

Photo: Via Twitter

But I must admit that when MSNBC signed him on as a “contributor” a month or so ago, I wondered why.  I mean, you don’t get to be a “contributor” on MSNBC if you’re a true radical lefty.  You have to have kissed some corporate a** somewhere along the line.

I’m not saying that this is the be all, end all article about Mr. Klein but I think it’s an enlightening glimpse into what he’s about: Ezra Klein’s Shine Job on the Kochs:

Ezra’s shine-job, headlined “How powerful are the Koch brothers?” does its Beigeist best to muddle the reader’s head into believing that, yeah, the Kochs are kinda bad ‘n stuff, but hey, it’s just how things are.

That ain’t good.

Just sayin’.

 

January 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM Leave a comment

Does Tim Tebow Expect God to Do ALL the Work?

I live in the Denver area and I can tell you that the local sports shows aren’t at all happy with the Denver Broncos tonight. This is the kind of thing I’m hearing (as in a lot of irritation):

Whatever swagger the Denver Broncos had following their six-game win streak has flown out the window. The offensively offense-less Broncos lost 3-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17, dropping their third straight game to finish the 2011 season 8-8.

Tim Tebow‘s fourth quarter magic has been noticeably missing of late. …  His fumble in the second quarter within striking distance of the Chiefs’ end zone was an even larger game-killer. Tebow finished 6 for 22 for 60 yards and an interception.

6 for 22? In one game? Really?

Is the guy even trying?

Does he expect God to do all the work?

January 1, 2012 at 7:50 PM Leave a comment

Rupert Murdoch Joins Twitter?

The big news about Fox today is that Rupert Murdoch has supposedly joined Twitter.

Yes, there is a Twitter account under Rupert’s name and it has his picture on it but even if it’s his “officially sanctioned” account, who in the world thinks an 80-year-old guy with Alzheimer’s disease is capable of sending out tweets like these?

Did you see him testify before the British inquiry investigating telephone hacking at News of the World?  I loathe the guy but I actually felt kind of sorry for him.  It was painful and pitiful to watch.

No way is he composing those snappy things.

January 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM Leave a comment

The World’s Coming to an End!

Don’t forget, according to the Mayan calendar, the world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012 so, to that end, this would be our Tweet of the Day:

January 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM Leave a comment

Victim of Romney Layoff to Give Details on How Bain Capital Destroyed his Job

This could be juicy:

Randy Johnson, who was one of the victims of layoffs by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, is set to hold a press conference today in Iowa about Romney’s record in the private sector.

Johnson was one of the workers at American Pad and Paper’s Indiana plant bought by Bain in 1992. Romney’s company then laid off the plant’s workers, cut their pay, reduced health care benefits and destroyed their retirement plan. In response, workers went on strike and Bain shuttered the entire plant and laid of the remaining 250 employees.

Romney and his partners at Bain made $100 million off of the deal, as workers lost their jobs and retirement security.

Good for him.  Of course, we can predict in advance that Romney will blow him off as a guy with a chip on his shoulder.

I’ll follow up.

January 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM Leave a comment

Teeny Tiny Fake Foods

I love looking at things like these teeny tiny fake food figurines.  It must take the patience of a saint to create them (something I definitely don’t have).  And look at the detail.  Incredible:

These dishes look good enough to eat – but they wouldn’t make much of a mouthful.

Remarkably these amazing creations of ‘finger food’ are so small they are the same size as a pound coin.

Gail Tucker, 61, from Bath, and her mother Aileen, 84, use special magnifying glasses to create details such as the pips in fruit and the blue veins running through the tiny cheeses.

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She started to make her tiny dishes 20 years ago when she suffered a back problem in her late 30s, which meant she had to spent weeks lying down.

Her mother Aileen wanted to find a hobby which would keep her occupied, so she bought her some modelling clay, and Miss Tucker started to make her tiny dishes.

She said: ‘I became more and more interested in making these tiny dishes. We started with modern food, such as pies, jam tarts and cakes. But we decided that we would start to make food from different periods of time.‘

Now the pair make their tiny creations from Tudor, Georgian and Victorian times. They spend hours researching the different foods of the times using the internet, historical documents and recipes, to finalise every minute detail before they are sold to collectors worldwide.

More photos here.

January 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM 2 comments

How We Got Into Iraq — One Lie After Another

The good folks over at Mother Jones have put together a timeline of the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq — from August, 1992 through March, 2003.

I found it rather upsetting to be reminded of the lies and deceit but it is interesting nonetheless.  How we got there and the web our Dear Leaders wove in order to convince us an invasion was necessary is something we should never forget, lest it happen again.

For example, this is the second to last entry, dated March 18, 2003:

Washington Post article headlined “Bush Clings to Dubious Allegations About Iraq” notes, “As the Bush administration prepares to attack Iraq this week, it is doing so on the basis of a number of allegations against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that have been challenged—and in some cases disproved—by the United Nations, European governments and even U.S. intelligence reports.” Story is buried on Page A13.

Makes my heart ache.

Baghdad -- March 19, 2003

Anyway, here it is if you’re interested.

(Photo via.)

Oh, and P.S. — Al Jazeera has a post up (video) titled:  US Post-Iraq Legacy:  The War is Finally Declared Over After Nine Years , but What are the Experiences and Lessons Learned by US Soldiers.  I haven’t watched it yet but here’s a link, FYI.

January 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM Leave a comment

Kim Kardashian Wants to Be “More Simple” in 2012

There’s nothing like waking up and beginning a brand new year with a good ol’ belly laugh:

Kim Kardashian yesterday morning:

“I wanna be more simple in 2012?”

This would be Kim Kardashian just hours later, arriving in Las Vegas to ring a bell at a party at midnight for more than half a million bucks.

Simple huh?  I’ll believe it when I see it.  As with all things Kardashian, this sounds more like a marketing ploy than anything else.

January 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM Leave a comment


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