Archive for December 22, 2010

A Car That Runs on Air!

Wow, this is so cool: a car that runs on air:

A company in the UK is developing it (see link above).

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, U.S. coal consumption rose 1.4% last week alone.


December 22, 2010 at 10:55 PM 1 comment

Obama’s First Two Years

The DNC released a video today touting President Obama’s first two years of “progress.”

Here it is, FYI:

I don’t like it.  Why use voices from the corporate media, who people don’t trust:

Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not trust the news media to accurately and fairly report the news, a new high according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday.

Not good.

December 22, 2010 at 9:39 PM Leave a comment

Pat Robertson: Legalize Marihuana

I’m stupefied:

(Via belowthebeltway.)

Hallelujah.  HallelujahHallelujah!

December 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM 1 comment

Citizens Acting Up and Doing Good

Congratulations to the 9/11 first responders who got in Dr. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) face yesterday and today over his attempt to block the health care bill designed to help them with the medical and living expenses they’ve been dealing with for almost ten freaking years:

A group of 9/11 first responders attempted to storm Tom Coburn’s office Tuesday to personally lobby the GOP senator to lift a block that he had vowed to place on legislation meant to help cover their mounting health care costs.

John Feal, head of the responders, told Think Progress that they had been prohibited from meeting the Republican opponents of the bill. He called the actions “rude,” and criticized Coburn directly:

“Mr. Coburn should be ashamed of himself,” Feal told ThinkProgress. “Because I think before he was a senator he was a doctor and he took an oath to help people that are sick. He’s going against his oath as a doctor. He can vote any way he wants as a senator, but as a doctor, he just embarrassed the medical profession.”


I’ve seen and heard Feal interviewed on both television and radio and the guy is so articulate and passionate and sweet, yet he’s one of us.  A “regular guy.”

Thank goodness the bill passed.  And thank goodness DADT was repealed, largely due to citizen activists as well.

Congratulations.  We the People won on these two fronts.

I could get addicted to this doing-good trend.  I like it a whole lot better than the one where we’re supposed to hate each other.

Anyway, bottom line:  Let’s keep acting up and making noise!

December 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM Leave a comment

Seasons Greetings or Merry Christmas? Six Out of Ten Americans Don’t Care

Hate to break it to you Fox:

Given the option of saying they prefer that stores and businesses greet customers by saying “Merry Christmas,” use non-religious terms such as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings,” or that the choice of greeting really does not matter to them, a plurality (45%) choose this last alternative. Only 42% say they prefer “Merry Christmas,” while 12% prefer less religious terminology. Most striking is the age difference in preferences for holiday greetings. Only among those ages 65 and over, does a majority (64%) opt for “Merry Christmas.” That preference declines across younger age groups with only 28% of those under age 30 opting for the Christmas greeting while roughly six-in-ten say the choice of greeting doesn’t matter to them.

Okay.  That settles it.  Now, let’s move on.

December 22, 2010 at 5:57 PM Leave a comment

John Boehner Already Planning Ways to Waste Our Time

From John Boner (who will become the Speaker of the House on January 5, 2011):

This sounds like a way to waste a whole bunch of time and to feed video of supposedly uber-patriotic Republicans to the media. I don’t think it will work. If members of the House don’t already have a grasp of what’s in the Constitution, they should read it on their own time.  As a matter of fact, Boehner should tell them to read it over the Christmas break so they’ll be ready to hit the road running when they get to D.C.

Ridiculous but, let the games begin.

December 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM 3 comments

Barney Frank Eviscerates Conservative CNS News Reporter Over DADT

I don’t think Nicholas Ballasy, a reporter for CNS News (“The Right News. Right Now”) knew what he was getting into when he interviewed Barney Frank (D-MA) about “the implications of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”  The poor guy.  Frank absolutely eviscerated him.

Check out the video here, or read the transcript below:

B — I have a question for you about the working group that Secretary Gates put into effect — he appointed — ah, the Defense Department Working Group.  They recommended that straight military personnel will have to shower with homosexuals…

F — (Loud, sarcastic gasp.)  Showering with a homosexual?!  What do you think happens in gyms all over America?  What do you think happens in the House of Representatives?  Of course people shower with homosexuals.  What a silly issue.  What do you think is wrong with people showering with homosexuals?  Do you think it’s the spray — makes it catching?  I mean, people shower with homosexuals in college dormitories, in gyms where people play sports, in gyms elsewhere.  It is a complete non-issue.

B — So, that recommendation you think is a, is a non-issue?

F  —  I, to accept the principle that homosexuals can’t shower with other people is a degree of discrimination that goes far beyond this.  I mean, we don’t get ourselves dry cleaned.  We tend to take showers when we go to the gym; when we play sports.  The notion that there’s somehow anything new in the first place about showering and homosexuals — remember, under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, by the way, the policy was you would be showering with homosexuals, you just wouldn’t know which was which.  So there was no change in that.

The notion that knowing that someone is gay or lesbian, as opposed to knowing there are gay or lesbian people but you don’t know who they are, and that somehow makes a difference, is pretty silly.

B — And if you think that is the case and they are a, they must shower with each other, do you, what do you think about, ah, female military personnel and male personnel?  Should they be able to…

F — …Shower together?  No.  That would disrupt people   And I know you’re looking for some way to kind of discredit the policy.  Do you think that gyms should have separate showers for gay and straight people?  I’m asking you the question because that’s the logic of what you’re telling me.  You seem to think that there’s something extraordinary about gay men showering together.  Do you think gyms should have separate showers for gay people and straight people?

B — I’m just quoting the recommendation.


F — Don’t be disingenuous.  You’re quoting those that you think may cause some problems.  You’re entitled to do that, but you shouldn’t hide behind your views.  You’re trying to talk about the difficulties and I’m asking you, in response to your question, do you think that, there ought to be separate showers in gyms?  If not, then why are you in the military?

B —  So that’s the question you would pose to people who have an issue with that part of the actual report; the recommendation?

F — Well, it’s, it’s, no, I don’t have any problem with the recommendation.  People who don’t want to shower with gay people then they’d better not play sports, they better not belong to gyms, they better not go to colleges where not everybody has their own bathroom.

In other words, gay people are everywhere, whether they announce themselves to you or not, so GET OVER IT!

(Was this supposed to be a CNS gotcha interview?  If so, big fail there.)

December 22, 2010 at 4:41 PM 1 comment

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