Archive for March 22, 2012
It’s March. It’s only March! If this is what’s happening now, I can only imagine…
Uh oh. Foot in mouth, unforced error alert:
Mitt Romney has been a target of Jay Leno jokes, and now he’ll get the chance to give the late-night comedian a few jabs in return.
NBC announced Thursday that the Republican presidential candidate will be the lead guest on the “Tonight Show” on Tuesday. It’s the former Massachusetts governor’s first visit to Leno’s stage during the 2012 presidential season.
Should be fun?
I just got this message from WordPress:
On Friday March 23, 2012 you surpassed your previous record of most likes in one day for your posts on Say It Ain’t So Already. That’s pretty awesome, well done!
Love you WordPress but far as I know, Friday, March 23 hasn’t happened yet.
FYI — a heads up and a quick post:
The headline alone makes me crazy. Cows are fed metal to prevent them from ingesting metal?
Gosh. I wonder if that metal is absorbed into the body of the poor cow and then into ours.
I’ve been reading about this 47 minute documentary for several days now. It’s about deforestation in Indonesia as experienced by an orangutan named Green whose world — the forest she lives in — is entirely destroyed. In the end she dies.
I haven’t been able to watch it yet but I will eventually. I feel a moral obligation to do so insofar as I’m a human being and human beings are responsible for what’s happening there.
There is no narration. As a matter of fact, no words are spoken at all.
I thought I’d post it FYI. I’ll post again after I’ve had the strength to watch it.
For break time! today folks we have Riley the Corgi taking a walk up Runyan Canyon in Los Angeles set to the catchy tune, Here’s to Now by Ugly Casanova.
(H/t Liz. Via.)
…so the obvious thing to do is hire a crisis management firm. Makes sense, right?
While [Rush Limbaugh] publicly scoffed at the notion that the reaction to his misogyny [and his three-day rant against "slut" Sandra Fluke] is having an impact, he’s quietly hired an expert in crisis management to handle the fallout.
Brian Glicklich has been acting on Limbaugh’s behalf since at least March 8. Glicklich is a former vice president at Premiere Radio Networks, and currently heads the firm How Handy Is That, which specializes in reputation and crisis management and “gadfly defense.” He previously worked as counsel to a firm that provides crisis management to clients like David Copperfield and Paris Hilton. Glicklich also has an extensive relationship with Glenn Beck, and is thanked in the acknowledgements of several of Beck’s books.
Repeat after me: This is having no effect! This is having no effect! This is having no effect!
Man, there’s no end to the lying coming from the right these days.
This is hilarious. I think it’s fair to say Etch A Sketch has never, ever, in its 52 year history, had the kind of publicity it’s had over the last 36 hours:
On the heels of a viral Etch A Sketch comment from one of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s senior advisers, Amazon sales for the $11.50 Classic Etch A Sketch Magic Screen have increased 1,556% within 24 hours.
And the stock price of Ohio Art, the maker of Etch A Sketch was up over 100+% today per CNBC:
Ohio Art’s [OART 0.00 5.65 (+141.25%) shares, which trade over the counter in thin volume, soared well over 100 percent on Thursday and at one point reached a 52-week high.
"It kind of caught us by surprise," said Larry Killgallon, president of Ohio Art, the manufacturer of the Etch A Sketch, in an interview with CNBC.com. He came back from a trip to Chicago to be greeted by a deluge of emails about the incident.
The Media Map: Who’s Reading What And Where
We worked with Bitly and its data on millions of Web clicks to find the most influential media outlets in the country. This map shows which news sources are read and shared at above-average levels by state.
Go to the map here. Roll over the various news outlets to the right (not shown in this screenshot) to see where they are the most popular.
A couple surprising things: (1) Fox isn’t as pervasive as I would have though, particularly in the south, and (2) Idaho is a big MSNBC state? Interesting.
Former John Locke Foundation blogger Tara Servatius has issued the statement below about her use of an image of President Barack Obama dressed in gay fetish wear and high heels with a bucket of fried chicken.
Servatius, a former conservative radio host in Charlotte, resigned from the Locke Foundation’s Meck Deck blog this morning.
“I am genuinely sorry my inclusion of the photo along with my blog post has caused controversy for the John Locke Foundation.
“If it has offended anyone, I sincerely regret that. That was certainly not my intention and I would feel awful if that was the case. It was meant to illustrate Obama’s southern political strategy, nothing more. An honest reading of the piece itself shows there is nothing offensive in it.”
“Regrettably, I didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms. Unfortunately some people do. To me, fried chicken is simply a Southern Cuisine.”
This is the image:
She “didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture” because she doesn’t “think in those terms?” What? We’re supposed to believe she doesn’t have a speck of racism in her body? In all seriousness: Is she blind?
Karl Rove is trying to rewrite history while simultaneously making President Obama look like an empty suit:
As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.
Excuse me. George W. Bush was president for eight years while bin Laden was on the run and he didn’t get him. As a matter of fact, Bush blew a huge chance to do so:
And that’s the one big chance Bush blew to catch or kill bin Laden that we know of. There could have been many others over the course of Bush’s two terms.
So again, for Rove to claim “any president” would have done what Obama did — when his guy had eight years to do so but didn’t — is just typical Rove slime.
Check out this graph:
The proliferation of these laws is part of a deliberate lobbying campaign by the NRA. In 2005, at the NRA’s urging, Florida became the first state to pass a “stand your ground” law. Before that, most states required you to retreat from a confrontation unless you were inside your own home. Now 24 states have these “stand your ground” laws, which critics call “shoot first” laws (Gawker’s pseudonymous blogger ”Mobuto Sese Seko” calls the laws “a great, legally roving murder bubble”) because they authorize citizens to use deadly force even if the person who makes them feel threatened is, like Martin, unarmed.
Prosecutors hate “stand your ground” laws because they make it much harder to successfully prosecute people who claim self-defense. In Florida, a defendant doesn’t have to actually prove he acted in self-defense—the prosecution has to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that he didn’t do so, a very high bar to clear. The upshot? In 2010, the Tampa Bay Times reported that “justifiable homicides”—i.e., killings that were deemed legitimate—have skyrocketed in Florida over several years since the “stand your ground” law went into effect.
What motive do the NRA and the Koch brothers funded ALEC group have for pushing this law? Is it as simple and viciously selfish as fishing for higher gun sales? Or are the Kochs hoping we’ll all kill each other so they can possess the whole country and everything in it?
I just don’t get it.
They are so ripping us off:
Easy luxe with a silken touch. Scoop neckline. Mid-hip length. Modal rayon and polyester. Machine wash. Imported. [As in: Made in China.]
This is outrageous. Show me a Savers and I’ll show you a soft 100% cotton boyfriend-style top for $2.00.