Archive for July 2, 2012

Move to Canada — Get Away From Obamacare!

The end could be better but calling all Obamacare haters — here’s your ticket to ride:

July 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM Leave a comment

God Rules in Egypt. Republicans Want God to Rule in the US Too

Per Juan Cole — the go-to guy when it comes to everything happening in the Arab world — this is what the ahem, balance of power looks like today in Egypt after last week’s election:

So sad, after all the work they did, to see the Egyptian electorate at the bottom.

Oh wait.  Ron Paul wants to take US there too:  Paul Ryan: ACA Law Should Be Repealed Because Only God Can Grant Rights.

Vote Republican.  Vote for the American Taliban, i.e., the GOP Brotherhood.

July 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM Leave a comment

CNN: It’s Amazing You Still Aren’t Listening

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) was on CNN today.  They posted video.  Check out the headline:  “Could climate change be wildfire cause?”  Really?

Fortunately, Nye didn’t mince words:

“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”

“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”


“It is because of the heat ultimately,” Nye told Costello. “Just two years ago, it was was wet in Colorado and there was a lot of growth in forests. And then you can say they should have responsibly cleared that growth — it’s a difficult thing. So then two years later when it’s especially dry and the forest flora gets especially dry and then there’s a lightening strike, the fire is that much more intense than it would have been.”


Undoubtedly CNN is receiving tweets and emails as we speak from “scientists” who want to refute what Nye said and undoubtedly CNN is thinking about being “fair and balanced” and putting them on.  That’s the problem with he said, she said “news.”  Some things are irrefutable.  Too bad “the most trusted name in news” doesn’t get that.  Thousands of scientists have been screaming about climate change for 20 years.  It’s time for CNN to stop asking question and to start reporting the facts.

There will always be someone who argues that rocks aren’t hard or that fish are terrible swimmers.  Are we going to argue about those kinds of things ad nauseum?

Enough already.


July 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

Mother Nature Does it Again

I have a small orchid collection so a friend of mine sent me a link to this photo today.  It’s a Malaysian Orchid Mantis which I’d never seen or heard of before.  It looks exactly like part of an orchid flower:

Malaysian Orchid Mantis {Hymenopus coronatus} camouflaged on an orchid where it waits to ambush its insect prey. Captive. Originating from Malaysia.

What a beautiful photo via Alex Hyde Photography.

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.

(H/t Dave B.)

July 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM 1 comment

Mitt Romney’s $10 Million New Hampshire Cabin

Apropos of the post below, this is what the Romney’s New Hampshire cabin looks like.  You know, the place where they’re going to hang over the July 4th holiday.

Luxury pad: Romney brought the estate in picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee for $2.5 million in 1997. The home is now valued at more than $10 million. (Photo: AP)


Oh, and in case you’re interested, this is his little place on the beach in Southern California

July 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM Leave a comment

Mitt Romney Goes Jet Skiing

Remember during the 2004 campaign when the neocons criticized John Kerry for windsurfing?  Elitist.  He staged it.

Me too.

Can’t wait to hear what they have to say about this:

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann Romney ride a jet ski on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Monday, July 2, 2012, where Romney has a vacation home. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


July 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM Leave a comment

Newt Gingrich Speaks to Terrorist Organization

This is pretty self-explanatory (oh, and don’t you love seeing Grigrich bowing!):

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At a rally in Paris last Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich expressed his support for the MEK, an Iranian opposition group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.


Gingrich disagrees with the MEK’s (an anti-Iranian regime organization) terrorist designation but the fact remains that it is.  Imagine if a Democrat did this.  Republicans would be peeing their pants.

July 2, 2012 at 2:49 PM 1 comment

Ireland Scraps Electronic Voting Machines

Sanity across the pond:

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A scrap firm yesterday [June 28] forked out €70,000 for the job lot, ending an eight-year fiasco that began when Bertie Ahern ridiculed the use of “our stupid ol’ pencils”.

His Government paid €51million for almost 7,500 of the hi-tech machines for local and European elections in 2004.

Then Environment Minister Martin Cullen boasted they were the way to vote in the 21st century.

But after being found to be unusable, they have since been gathering dust — at an extra cost of €4million in warehouse fees.

Last night, Cullen’s Fine Gael successor hold how he was “glad to bring this sorry episode to a conclusion”.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said: “From the outset, this project was ill-conceived by my predecessors and, as a result, it has cost the taxpayer €55million.

“While this is a scandalous waste of public money, I am happy to say that we will not incur any further costs in the disposal of the machines.”

Earlier he signed a €70,267 contract with Co Offaly based KMK Metals Recycling to scrap the lot.

The Tullamore firm is expected to beginning removing the White Elephants from 14 storage sites around the country in the coming weeks.


Would love to read that last sentence and have it apply to the U.S.

July 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM 2 comments

Airbus Prepares to Exploit Desperate American Workers

I just got a tweet from the shysters at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce jumping up and down about Airbus building a manufacturing plant in Alabama:

Here is the press release you go to if you follow the link in the tweet.

What the Chamber fails to mention — natch — is this:

The Airbus plant advances the company’s strategy of expanding production outside its home base. The company, jointly run by French and German management and with plants in several European countries, wants to expand in China and India as well as the United States.


The Mobile operation will join Airbus assembly plants in in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.

The southern region of the United States is traditionally unfriendly to unions, which will likely mean lower labor costs compared with the company’s other factories in France and Germany.

Translation:  The United States has become as attractive a place as China and India due to the willingness of its citizens to work for low wages. I.e., to be exploited.

July 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM Leave a comment

Fox Nation Hate Squad Having a Field Day With Anderson Cooper’s Announcement

Anderson Cooper officially came out of the closet earlier today via a letter he sent to Andrew Sullivan.  Not surprisingly, the folks at Fox Nation are being respectful and supportive.

Check out the comments on this thread:  Anderson Cooper Comes Out of the Closet.

A good number of them go something like this:




Disgusting but exactly what I’d expect of a Fox viewer.


July 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM Leave a comment

Where Did the Phrase “Drawn and Quartered” Come From?

Have you ever wondered where the phrase “drawn and quartered” came from?  Me neither but I just came across this and man-oh-man is it gruesome:

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François Ravaillac stabbed [King Henry IV] to death in his carriage in 1610 and was immediately caught by police and arrested. As punishment for “regicide” (that is, the killing of a king), Ravaillac was tortured and then “drawn and quartered”. You’ve probably seen the phrase “drawn and quartered” before. In case you were wondering, the “quartered” part means to be split into four pieces. This would be accomplished by having the prisoner tied to four different horses who travel in opposite directions until he is split apart.



July 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM 1 comment

The Washington Post Has Its Head in the Sand

You may have heard that Washington, D.C. experienced a horrific wind and rainstorm on Friday evening.  I heard the mayor there say it was like a hurricane without the warning and the ability to prepare.

Power is out to thousands of homes.

Climatologists are linking the storm, known as a derecho, to climate change so the irony of these two side-by-side Washington Post headlines couldn’t be more profound:

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On the left,  “AN OIL RUSH UP NORTH” and on the right, “Outages could last for days.”

Our kids will see this as an iconic example of how the powers that be were silent even while evidence of climate changed slapped them upside the head.


July 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM 2 comments

Anderson Cooper Comes Out

Bravo to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for making it official:

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I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.

I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.

The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.

I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.


July 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM Leave a comment

Take the Health Care Quiz

One of the peeves I have with Democrats is that they haven’t fully owned “Obamacare,” particularly some of the good things in the bill which, polls show, most people don’t know about or understand.

To that end, test your knowledge of some of the broader aspects of the bill here at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The quiz consists of ten questions.

FYI, to my own surprise, I answered 7 of the ten questions correctly.

July 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM Leave a comment

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