Archive for July, 2012
This video was posted on YouTube today. It’s titled “Surreal Scene Elephant.” The caption reads: “This will probably never happen to anyone that sees this.”
No other information is available.
My take on it is that an elephant wouldn’t get this close to a human being if he or she didn’t have to. I’m thinking desperation, as in drought.
A priceless interaction (for the stunned humans) no matter the reason.
I’ll follow up.
I take it as a given you know about the faux wingnut outrage-that-will-end-life-as-we-know-it about the two busts of Winston Churchill that were or were not removed from the White House (I kid you not).
Please do the Google if you don’t.
Meanwhile, here’s the latest: The White House is taking it seriously and — smack hand to forehead — responding, and beyond that, APOLOGIZING. Again, this is about minutia dredged up by the right to try to make Obama look like a hater but, don’t tell anyone, at its heart it’s all about taking the heat off of Mitt Romney’s disaster-a-minute “foreign relations” trip to Europe.
This afternoon the White House got on its hands and knees and Dan Pfieffer, the Assistant to the President and the White House Communications Director, groveled to one of the loudest voices trumpeting the supposed “controversy,” Charles Krauthammer, thus giving Krauthammer legitimacy and codifying the insanity as a bona fide issue.
I take your criticism seriously and you are correct that you are owed an apology. There was clearly an internal confusion about the two busts and there was no intention to deceive. I clearly overshot the runway in my post. The point I was trying to make – under the belief that the Bust in the residence was the one previously in the Oval Office– was that this oft repeated talking point about the bust being a symbol of President Obama’s failure to appreciate the special relationship is false. The bust that was returned was returned as a matter of course with all the other artwork that had been loaned to President Bush for display in his Oval Office and not something that President Obama or his Administration chose to do. I still think this is an important point and one I wish I had communicated better.
A better understanding of the facts on my part and a couple of deep breaths at the outset would have prevented this situation. Having said all that, barring a miracle comeback from the Phillies I would like to see the Nats win a world series even if it comes after my apology
Are you kidding me!?
Filed under: Obama — Don’t Count on My Vote
Oh jeez. I just came across this photo on my Facebook page via Being Liberal:
When I was at the Newshounds monitoring Neil Cavuto for an hour a day for four freaking years (I’m still detoxing), I had to have emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. I literally told the folks in the operating room that if something happened and they had trouble waking me up, all they had to do was turn on Fox and I would sit straight up in bed, probably let out some sort of blood-curdling scream; I’d get up and CHANGE THE DAMN CHANNEL and that would do it.
There’s something wrong with Steve King:
If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not. You’ve got an ally in the United States Congress.
During a tele-townhall late last week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) fielded a question about his opposition to animal rights and recently introduced legislation that would undermine local standards preventing animal torture. “It’s wrong to rate animals above human beings,” he told the questioner. To make his point, King argued that “there’s something wrong” for society to make it a “federal crime to watch animals fight” but “it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.”
KING: When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.
Whut? That doesn’t make any sense.
This is what the Humane Society of the United States says about dog fighting:
1. What is dog fighting?
Dog fighting is a sadistic “contest” in which two dogs-specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight-are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators’ entertainment and gambling. Fights average nearly an hour in length and often last more than two hours. [Sounds horrible. Just horrible.] Dog fights end when one of the dogs will not or cannot continue. In addition to these dogfights, there are reports of an increase in unorganized street fights in urban areas.
2. How does it cause animal suffering?
The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dog fights are frequently severe, even fatal. The American pit bull terriers used in the majority of these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attempts to overcome their opponents. With their extremely powerful jaws, they are able to inflict severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones.
Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs.
So yeah, let’s do it, huh? The thought of spending a few hours watching two dogs kill each other or rip cats and rabbits apart sends a thrill up my spine. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Like I said, there’s something wrong with Steve King.
Oh, and talk about taking your eye off the economy.
Yesterday I posted about how Twitter had suspended the account of Guy Adams, a reporter from the London Independent, because he was sending tweets critical of NBC and its coverage of the Olympics. (Twitter said it suspended Adams because he included the corporate email address of Gary Zenkel, the President of NBC Olympics. Got that? Zenkel’s corporate email address.
The kicker in the story was that Twitter has a pretty darn cozy relationship with NBC when it comes to the Olympics:
Twitter’s Olympics hub, part of a partnership between the San Francisco company and Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA +0.05% NBCUniversal that will be announced as early as Monday, is one of the first times Twitter will serve as an official narrator for a live event. NBC will tout the website with on-air promotions and links to athlete interviews or video clips.
So it looked like Twitter was censoring Adams on behalf of not only NBC, but itself. I.e., the corporatocracy gone wild.
Anyway, long story short, Adams’ account has been reinstated:
I hope it was reinstated because Twitter and NBC got a boatload of sh*t over this. Pretty outrageous.
This is the exact opposite of what we should do right now in lieu of (1) climate change and (2) job creation:
Mitt Romney, a gentleman who is running for president of these United States, finally formalized his opposition to extending a key tax credit for the wind industry. The production tax credit, or PTC, provides incentives for growth in the wind industry and is due to expire at the end of the year. While his staff had previously suggested that the candidate opposed it, a spokesman was direct yesterday: let it die. From The Des Moines Register:
Shawn McCoy, a spokesman for Romney’s Iowa campaign, told The Des Moines Register, “He will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.”
The statement makes very clear what the game is here: politics. “Stimulus boondoggles” and “level playing field” are code words, shorthand for “corruption” and “fossil fuels come first” that need no explanation from the Fox News set. … It’s talking points.
Nationally, an expiration of the tax credit could cost 37,000 jobs.
Instead of talking points, I’d be more interested in seeing an economic analysis provided by the campaign that makes the case for why ending the tax credit is good for the country, the government, and local communities. It seems unlikely to happen, since evidence points to the contrary — that the credit has broad benefits to everyone except the easily spooked fossil fuel industy [sic].
A massive, national initiative to create wind farms all around the country (and to install solar panels on homes and office buildings) would put hundreds of thousands to work while helping wean us off fossil fuels. But no. The fossil fuel industry is simultaneous destroying the planet while keeping us from slowing the destruction.
They literally own the place. The whole place. As in, well, the planet.
Gotta have one: