Archive for July 5, 2012

Watching Fox: Obama Suggests PA Bar Patron Change the Channel

Uh oh.  Shots fired:

President Barack Obama’s bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio made a stop at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio this evening where he mingled with the patrons. According to the press pool report filed by The New York Times’ Mark Landler, the president suggested one of the bargoers ask for the channel to be changed on a pub TV that was showing Fox News:

“As he thanked the group for their support, one of them, Jeff Hawks, gestured to one of the TV’s and said, ‘You’re in a building that has Fox news on.’

Obama suggested that Hawks ask for it to be changed. ‘The customer is always right,’ he said.”


I can see the headline on Fox and Drudge and Rush and you-name-it in five minutes:  Proof that n-word Wants to Control Your Mind.

July 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM Leave a comment

A Guy Responds to His 12-Year-Old Self — Is This Real?

This YouTube video is making the rounds tonight

but I smell a rat.  I don’t trust it.  Is it real?  Is that 12-year-old kid really the younger version of the older guy?

One thing I know for sure is that I love the last line:  “Don’t blink.” Don’t blink because before you know it you’ll be 40 and then 60 and then 70 and then you’ll be dead (if you’re lucky).


July 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM Leave a comment

Mitt Romney’s Flip-Flops in One Simple Chart

Huzzah.  And the list will only grow:

See an easier-to-read version here.

July 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM Leave a comment

Democrats Miss Their Millionth Opportunity to Make Some Noise

Democrats should wrap this guys picture around Mitt Romney’s head:

Limbaugh – ‘When WOMEN Got The Right To Vote Is When It All Went Downhill’

Recently on his radio show, Limbaugh took a call from a man who wanted to blame Obama’s 2008 election on uninformed youth. Limbaugh interrupted him and said……drumroll…..

“Ehhh, I can do one better than that. When WOMEN got the right to vote is when it all went downhill. Because that’s when votes started being cast with emotion and uh, maternal instincts that government ought to reflect …….”

All of a sudden, Rush stops talking mid-sentence as if he’s realized what a horrible mistake he’s just made. His caller took advantage of the silence and continued talking about how young people are the ones ruining elections. Limbaugh interrupts his caller, who he was clearly not listening to, as he tries to figure out how to extract his foot from his BIG MOUTH and said:

 “Yeah…I…Look, I’m joking about the women’s vote. I just got a little frustrated here…”

Given Rush’s record — remember Sandra Fluke — I don’t think he’s “joking.”

As if that isn’t enough fodder for some major noise on the part of D. C. Democrats, this happened yesterday:

N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage

A New York state lawmaker has canceled a feminine etiquette class after it incited outcry from his colleagues and constituents.

Republican Sen. Marty Golden’s website advertised a July 24 class that would teach women from his Brooklyn district to “sit, stand and walk like a model” and how to “walk up and down a stair elegantly,” according to CBS Station WCBS.

Other goals of the “Polished Professional” summer series were to teach women “posture, deportment and the feminine presence,” as well as how to “correctly introduce self and others to: religious leaders, politicians, military and other socially prominent officials.”

Come on Democrats — are you in a coma or what?  ACT UP!


July 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM 1 comment

The Flagstaff Fire is 100 Percent Contained

Woohoo!  I am so happy to get this news.  Last I heard there was a little area immediately southwest of town that they were having trouble with:

The Flagstaff Fire spreads through the trees in Boulder on June 26, 2012. (Image via

The Flagstaff Fire is now 100 percent contained, nine days after it was started by a lightning strike near Bison Drive, according to officials.

Firefighters were able to reach total containment on the 300-acre blaze Wednesday, according to Kim Kobel, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Fire Department.

The Boulder Fire Department took command of the fire at 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials.

Kobel said Boulder fire Chief Larry Donner took a tour of the fire perimeter today (July 5, 2012) and crews will continue to monitor the fire lines until the fire is completely out.


July 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM Leave a comment

Taco Bell to the Rescue

OMG, this has got to be my Break Time! post for the day.  I know, I know, I’m doing exactly what Taco Bell wanted but I can’t help it, it’s a fun story:

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Taco Bell took the notion of delivery service to a whole new level recently, helicoptering in a truck laden with 10,000 tacos to a small Alaskan town after learning that residents had been teased with false hopes of a restaurant opening.

What began as a feud between two area residents morphed into a full-fledged PR marketing opportunity on Sunday, when the world’s largest Mexican-style fast food chain deployed a helicopter from Anchorage to airlift in a truck full of tacos to the town of Bethel, population 6,200, according to local newspaper the Alaska Dispatch.

Throngs of local residents watched from the sidelines as a full-sized truck harnessed to a chopper was dropped gently in a community center parking lot. As soon as as the all-clear was given, thousands of people — adults and children — rushed the truck and gorged on the chain’s wildly popular Doritos Locos Tacos.

Last month, feuding pranksters papered the town with flyers and banners advertising the arrival of Taco Bell — what would have been a milestone for residents given that the only fast food chain is a Subway.

Read more and watch a video of the helicopter bring in the truck here.
I can kind of relate.  When I was a kid I loved, loved, loved Taco Bell.  My family vacationed in Colorado where they had Taco Bells, but we lived in Flint, Michigan were, at the time, they didn’t.  I craved Taco Bell all winter.

July 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM Leave a comment

Make Love, Not War

This is my Tweet of the Day and hey, it’s a great question:


July 5, 2012 at 4:37 PM Leave a comment

Woman Waits Until She Qualifies for Medicare Before Having 51-Pound Cancerous Tumor Removed

This is just awful.  I can only imagine how terrified this woman must have been:

New Jersey surgeons removed a rapidly growing, 51-pound (23-kg) cancerous tumor from a woman who had delayed treatment for more than a month until she became eligible for health insurance, her doctor said on Tuesday.

“She was a skinny lady with a huge belly. I mean it looked like she was literally pregnant with triplets,” said Dr. David Dupree, who led the surgery on the 65-year-old woman, at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey.

“She was just all belly,” he said in describing his first meeting with the patient, a homemaker from nearby Union Beach, New Jersey, who asked to be identified only as Evelyn, her first name.

About six to eight weeks before she showed up at the hospital, Evelyn noticed discomfort in her abdomen and that her normally 120-pound frame was rapidly ballooning.Dupree said she sought medical help on June 4, just days after her 65th birthday, when she would qualify for Medicare, the U.S. healthcare program for seniors.

The reason she didn’t go earlier was because she had no insurance,” he said.

By now, she weighed more than 170 pounds, her legs were swollen with trapped blood, she was badly dehydrated, and, scans showed, the tumor – a malignant sarcoma – was crushing her inferior vena cava, one of the main veins returning blood to the heart, and putting her life in danger.


But after she became short of breath on Sunday evening, Dupree brought the surgery forward.

“I knew that she wasn’t going to make it through the night,” he said.

“Either she goes now or she dies tonight,” he recalled thinking.

Opening her up, Dupree and his team found the tumor, which appeared to have originated out of the fatty tissue around her large intestine, had engulfed many of her internal organs, and had to be sliced away “millimeter by millimeter” over the course of the five-hour surgery.


Evelyn had surgery Sunday night and now faces the possibility of future treatment for any remaining cancer.

I would have been both terrified and furious.  There is no reason why, in the richest country on Earth, this has to happen…oh, wait, yes there is.  The insurance companies own Washington.

Good luck Evelyn!



July 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM Leave a comment

Will the U. S. Presbyterian Church Vote to Divest in Israeli Companies?

I have been following this fairly closely because I am totally opposed to the Israeli occupation of Palestine; more specifically, to its continued encroachment into Palestinian territory with their “settlements:”

This afternoon promises a defining moment in Pittsburgh, when the US Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly votes on whether to divest from three companies that do business in the Israeli occupation. Here are updates via Twitter and we’re liveblogging the assembly, keeping you updated on developments. 

Click on the link immediately above to go to the liveblog.

I hope they vote to divest and I hope if they do, it will start a wave of divestments by universities and towns and companies everywhere.  Maybe at some point the U.S. will actually cut the billions and billions it gives Israel every year if they don’t stop terrorizing and blockading Palestine.


July 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM Leave a comment

Mind-Blowing: Waldo Canyon Burn Scar

This is an image NASA released today of the Waldo Canyon fire “burn scar” in the mountains immediately west of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

(NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon.)

That thing is huge.  Note the city of Colorado Springs in the lower right-hand corner and the Air Force Academy (see the landing strip) in the upper right.  The Air Force academy is gigantic; it sits immediately alongside I-25 and you drive for miles before passing it.

More info and larger version here.

July 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM 1 comment

Imagine Listening to This Kind of Thing for the Next Four Years


Someone should put some tequila in that lemonade.

I think he’s absolutely petrified of pissing anyone off, even when it comes to talking about freakin’ lemonade.






July 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM Leave a comment

Media Omits Mention of Climate Change in Wildfire Coverage





While numerous factors determine the frequency, severity and cost of wildfires, scientific research indicates that human-induced climate change increases fire risks in parts of the Western U.S. by promoting warmer and drier conditions. Seven of nine fire experts contacted by Media Matters agreed journalists should explain the relationship between climate change and wildfires. But an analysis of recent coverage suggests mainstream media outlets are not up to the task — only 3 percent of news reports on wildfires in the West mentioned climate change.


On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, when we here in south Boulder were under a pre-evacuation order due to the Flagstaff fire, my husband and I had the television on from the moment we woke up to the moment we went to bed, and we woke up early and went to bed late.  We probably watched 17 or 18 hours of local fire coverage on each of those two days.  (The Waldo Canyon fire was happening at the same time so the local channels were covering both fires with occasional mention of the then-dying-down High Park fire.)  I can attest to the fact that climate change did not come up.  It was amazing.

Our local weather people have been yammering for a year about the lack of snow, the unusually warm temperatures and then the all but nonexistent spring rain and the heat.  The extremely dry and warm weather we’ve had around here for months and months and months is on everyone’s mind.  But climate change from the people who bring us the “news?”  Nada.

It’s a crime.

July 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM 2 comments

San Diego’s 20-Second Fireworks Display

You’ve probably heard that Garden State Fireworks totally blew its production of the city of San Diego’s fireworks display last night by having all the fireworks to go off at the same time.  Today Garden State says it happened because of a “computer glitch.”  (The modern day version of “my secretary did it.”)

One would think 15 or 20 seconds worth of 30 or 35 fireworks going off at the same time could be pretty darn spectacular but well no, not so much:

July 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM 2 comments

Ready for Halloween?


I just got back from a Michaels craft store (needed a cheapo picture frame) and — are you ready for this? — their big display is for Halloween stuff!


July 5, 2012 at 12:17 PM Leave a comment

Crazy Weather Forecast for the U.K. This Weekend

Tell me this isn’t spooky:

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More than a month’s rain is expected to fall over just two days in parts of the UK this week.

A severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, with fears of flooding and disruption tomorrow and Saturday.

Central and northern England is expected to be worst affected, with an amber alert – the second most severe category that can be given – in place for north-east England.

Up to 100mm (3.9 inches) of rain could fall in 36 hours during the downpours. The average UK rainfall for July is 69.9mm (2.8 inches), and 64.4mm (2.5 inches) for the north of England.





July 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM 3 comments

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