Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Think Progress has a factual story on it:
"Memo To Palin: Fruit Fly Research Has Led To Advances In Understanding Autism"
Pharyngula, which I love, has a MUCH MORE Poignant and angry version:
"Sarah Palin: Ignorant and anti-science"
Best ignorant statement by Palin on her impassioned subject of Special Needs research :
"Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."
Best reply from Myers:
"This idiot woman, this blind, shortsighted ignoramus, this pretentious clod, mocks basic research and the international research community. You damn well better believe that there is research going on in animal models — what does she expect, that scientists should mutagenize human mothers and chop up baby brains for this work? — and countries like France and Germany and England and Canada and China and India and others are all respected participants in these efforts.
Yes, scientists work on fruit flies. Some of the most powerful tools in genetics and molecular biology are available in fruit flies, and these are animals that are particularly amenable to experimentation. Molecular genetics has revealed that humans share key molecules, the basic developmental toolkit, with all other animals, thanks to our shared evolutionary heritage (something else the wackaloon from Wasilla denies), and that we can use these other organisms to probe the fundamental mechanisms that underlie core processes in the formation of the nervous system — precisely the phenomena Palin claims are so important."Every time this willfully ignorant and hypocritical woman opens her mouth, she digs herself deeper and deeper. "Ready to be President"? Not even of the Wasilla Rotary Club!
Dr. Desert Flower got a huge kick out of this. =)
The short Youtube video is worth a watch as well.
"It ends with McCain looking at the “Terrorists” mailer and a reporter asking him, “Are you proud of that?”
McCain answers, “Absolutely.”"
Friday, October 24, 2008
MSNBC link here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27343688
Brian Williams: Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist under this definition?
Sarah Palin: (Exasperated sigh.) There’s no question that Bill Ayers by his own admittance was one who thought to destroy our U.S. Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist. There is no question there. Now others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities that it would be unacceptable to, I don’t know if you’re gonna use the word "terrorist" there.
Youtube link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qty8kuS7Vo
DailyKos link here: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/24/2295/2310/113/640591
"Under the pre-Patriot Act definition of the law, William Ayers and many of his compatriots in the Weather Underground certainly qualify as terrorists. Unlike the abortion clinic bombers and assassins, however, subsequent to the townhouse explosion in which three Weathermen blew themselves up in March 1970, the Weathermen gave advance warnings of their attacks.
The anti-choice terrorists didn’t warn Dr. Barnett Slepian and Robert Sanderson (killed in 1998) or Dr. Jack Fainman and another unnamed physician (wounded in 1997) or Dr. Hugh Short (wounded in 1995) or Dr. John Bayard Britton, James H. Barrett, Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nichols (killed in 1994) or Dr. Garson Romalis and five others (wounded in 1994) or Dr. David Gunn (killed in 1993) or Dr. George Tiller (wounded in 1993).
Nor did they give warnings in most of the more than 200 clinic bombings and arsons since 1993, the most recent an unsolved case in Albuquerque, N.M., in December 2007."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"During an interview with the Times' editorial board, Bachmann said she walked into a trap and did not bring up the term "anti-American."" ... really? A trap? I'm trying to picture Chris Matthews... in a raccoon hat, speaking with a French accent, dressed in buckskin, setting traps...
"Matthews asked Bachmann if she believed Obama held anti-American views. Her response was: "Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views. That's what the American people are concerned about. That's why they want to know what his answers are."
Bachmann said Tuesday she probably should have watched "Hardball" to see what it was like before she went on it."No, rather, an unarmed opponent should not try and have a dialogue with a fully armed interviewer. She's clueless, unapologetic, and deserves to lose her election. Never even watched the show befoe she was booked on it? Where are the intelligent, informed, clueful Republicans? They used to exist, in days of yore... didn't they?
I used to not like Matthews, as I thought he was just a loud-mouth blow-hard, but he's quite intelligent, and passion to get an answer & his complete disgust with Republican dodgery - especially when they show split screens of him and the person he's questioning and they completely refuse to answer his questions - has won me over as an interested viewer. I've enjoyed watching "Hardball" when I'm in SC and working out at the hotel each evening. Bachmann should go back to the 1950s, where people like Joe McCarthy used to thrive.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Obama on the other hand, wants to redistribute the wealth, "spreading it around" from the richer few (over $250K) who can pay more to others who can pay less. Maybe someday, when I am a rich greedy S.O.B. making more than $250K / year, I'll feel differently... but right now... I don't like McCain's "free market" (LOL) paradigm that keeps making the rich richer, and the poor... more plentiful, poorer, more desperate, and more dangerous.
Truly despicable. Reminds me of W's "I'm a uniter" load of crap.
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Thought for the day: Back in 1990, the Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada and, as required by law, tried to run it. They failed and it closed. We are trusting this country's economic recovery to a government that couldn't make money selling sex and booze to drunk truckers."
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
It's asinine. Matt Taibbi states is very well here in refuting the National Review's Byron York:
"The CDS market, this market for credit default swaps that was created in 2000 by Phil Gramm's Commodities Future Modernization Act, this is now a $62 trillion market, up from $900 billion in 2000. That's like five times the size of the holdings in the NYSE. And it's all speculation by Wall Street traders. It's a classic bubble/Ponzi scheme. The effort of people like you to pin this whole thing on minorities, when in fact this whole thing has been caused by greedy traders dealing in unregulated markets, is despicable."
"S.3283, co-sponsored by Gramm, along with Senators Tom Harkin and Tim Johnson" ...and "the 262-page amendment Gramm tacked on to that bill that deregulated the trade of credit default swaps."
Look it up. It's despicable. Yeah, I'm just "a whiner". "Our economy's never been stronger". Grrrrrrrrrr.
Scott Horton writes this piece in Harpers this week.
"Here's rock-ribbed conservative, Bradford Berenson, remembering what Obama was like as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review:
I think Barack took 10 times as much grief from those on the left on the Review as from those of us on the right. And the reason was, I think there was an expectation among those editors on the left that he would affirmatively use the modest powers of his position to advance the cause, whatever that was. They thought, you know, finally there's an African American president of the Harvard Law Review; it's our turn, and he should aggressively use this position, and his authority and his bully pulpit to advance the political or philosophical causes that we all believe in. And Barack was reluctant to do that.
It's not that he was out of sympathy with their views, but his first and foremost goal, it always seemed to me, was to put out a first-rate publication. And he was not going to let politics or ideology get in the way of doing that ..."
"Joe the Plumber's story sprang a few leaks Thursday. Turns out that the man who was held up by John McCain as the typical, hard-working American taxpayer isn't really a licensed plumber. And court documents show he owes nearly $1,200 in back taxes.
"Joe," whose name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, was cited repeatedly in Wednesday night's final presidential debate by McCain for questioning Barack Obama's tax policy."
It's like a train wreck... or an auto accident. Hasn't McCain (and the RNC, and the White House) figured out yet, in this modern age, that statements WILL BE vetted?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
=) ....this, I can't explain or introduce. It's just something you have to see for yourself. Mouse over all the items twice at least. Some morph into other things, when clicked multiple times. Tip-o-the-hat to my buddy Matt for this one.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"The IRS likely also will want details about $43,490 the state paid Palin over 20 months for family travel, including commercial airline tickets the state bought for some of her children to join the governor. Bingham said taxpayers must show a specific business purpose for the state reimbursement, some actual work or duty performed for the expense."
Wow. How do I charge my employer for flying my son out to visit me?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"...created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league's chairman. "
So How does McCain tie into this?
"In two interviews with The Associated Press in August and September, Singlaub said McCain became associated with the organization in the early 1980s as McCain launched his political career. McCain was elected to the U.S. House in 1982. "
"McCain was a new guy on the block learning the ropes," Singlaub said. "I think I met him in the Washington area when he was just a new congressman. We had McCain on the board to make him feel like he wasn't left out. It looks good to have names on a letterhead who are well-known and appreciated. "
...names on a letter head, of an organization that was ' linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America'.
Sounds like "palling around" to me.
I guess it's okay if an American want's to kill lots of brown people in Central America for all sorts of "Patriot" causes, working with para military organizations to get the job done, but not okay if an American (any American, poor, or rich) ineptly plants nuisance explosives that cause property damage but whose detonations kill no one in the US except his fellow inept bomb makers.
Wow. Talk about mountains and mole hills. This way way way more important than the Free Market's banking system collapsing, or 1 out of 3 homes in my West Phoenix neighborhood are in foreclosure, or a $10 billion / week war in Iraq, or the resurgence of the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan, or the fact that one year from now GM will be Bankrupt at current rates followed by Ford a year after that while Japanese automakers are pumping out battery operated and hybrid technologies faster than anime. Not to mention the AIP, or Keating, or the American Voluntary Medical Team, or Lt. Col. John Dramesi's statements, or the fact that if you have pre-existing conditions the $2500 a year McCain wants to single parent family won't pay for their un-insurable illness once they try and enroll (5K is for a "married couple" - you know, one man, one woman, no exceptions), or that under McCain, my corporate health benefits would be taxed and Dr. Desert Flower and I would see an extra 3 or 4K out of our yearly pay gone to taxes on a healthy year and much more than that on a year when we happened to get sick.
Great. A proper focus is just great!
Amen Sister Sarah! Hallelujah Queen Ester!
Max Blumenthal, the guy who put this video together, has been hanging around Wasilla the last several days, seein what it's like doww on Wasilla main street.
All this talk of python spirits, and witchcraft, and being so hatefully anti-gay and religiously fundamental... reminds me of a different kind of Python =) This video is much more hilarious than the one above with Sarah and Rev Muthi and the other devoutly evangelical faithful in Alaska. And who can forget, "Theodoric of York - Medieval Barber" - perhaps one of the best SNL skits ever!
Friday, October 10, 2008
"Although political views have been thought to arise largely from individuals' experiences, recent research suggests that they may have a biological basis. We present evidence that variations in political attitudes correlate with physiological traits. In a group of 46 adult participants with strong political beliefs, individuals with measurably lower physical sensitivities to sudden noises and threatening visual images were more likely to support foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism, and gun control, whereas individuals displaying measurably higher physiological reactions to those same stimuli were more likely to favor defense spending, capital punishment, patriotism, and the Iraq War. Thus, the degree to which individuals are physiologically responsive to threat appears to indicate the degree to which they advocate policies that protect the existing social structure from both external (outgroup) and internal (norm-violator) threats."
A summarized "pop" version can be found here: "The Politics of Fear" and here (full text)
So our Republican friends are not stupid, or racist, or dimwitted, or selfish, or un-neighborly necessarily. They're merely very, very fearful. Statistically proven (P value = 0.05... that's purdy dern good!) Granted, the sample size was only 45 extremists (liberals and conservatives), and it needs to be replicated and verified in the wider population, but I do think it is representative of reactions seen in the last few months, and in the last several days as well.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Hey Sarah Palin, do you tell them in Wasilla
That 4,000 years ago we roamed the planet with Godzilla
Is it true
I am so make the beast with two backsing scared of you
As number 2
Hey Sarah Palin, I think Alaska's very pretty
But just 100,000 people more than Oklahoma City
Yes it's true
Go look it up, Im telling you
Oh man, were through
Oh, if you become VP, oh, its Canada for me (2x)
Its Canada for me
Hey Sarah Palin, did you really once inquire
Whether you could throw library books into a big bonfire
God, my eyes
This really might be our demise
This pack of lies
Hey Sarah Palin, just because you're good at shootin
Doesn't mean you have the ammo to negotiate with Putin
Are you on coke
This make the beast with two backsing countrys up in smoke
Oh what a joke
Oh, if you become VP, oh what will it mean for me (2x)
Just because I can see the moon
Doesn't make me an astronaut, you loon
Your foreign policy expertise is pooh
Do you really think a woman commits
To a candidate just because she has tits
Please tell me that this ticket is not true
I thought that there could be no worse
Than Cheney, but here you are, I curse
The madman who would cast a vote for you
And McCain too
Hey Sarah Palin, is it media distortion
Or would you tell a girl whos raped that she could not have an abortion
Its a new low
Who knows just how far you would go
Id rather vote for Ross Perot
Hey Sarah Palin I dont know
Where can we go
If you don't like "Robot Parade" (which I find hard to listen to) advance to the 3 minute mark, to see and hear "Shoe Horn with Teeth". I needed something to cheer me up after witnessing to all the Repugnican hatred and ignorance earlier.
Now the meaning of the quote is coming more clearly into focus...
Y- All is strange and vague.
-D- Are we dead?
-Y- Or is this Ohio?
Yakko and Dot Warner
"Here in Colorado Springs — the Vatican of evangelical political power, home to the Air Force Academy and a community where optimism usually matches the sunrise glow at the base of Pikes Peak – you can see what will happen in less than a month.
My friends: it’s not good for Senator McCain."
Crooks and Liars has this hilarious link to The Daily Show's piece on 'The Stupids', a detailed analysis of who the undecided voters are, and how they are distributed in society. I laughed so hard, I almost cried. "Cubs Fans" were included in that group.... LOL (I am, and have always been, a Cubs Fan myself).
I hope you enjoy it as well. TDS link, directly.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
- Not to be viewed or listened to with children in the room.
- Not to be viewed if permanent mental and psychological scarring is to be avoided.
I love October in Phoenix! 99F ambient, invigorating 76F pool temp, the sun not so blazingly hot that it's not trying to melt my feet to my yoga mat, screaming neighbor kids are in school, light breeze to prove warm-blooded cooling by evaporation works incredibly well at 15% relative humidity!
This Haircut100 song was one that I used to listen to my freshman year in Terre Haute when I would borrow my buddy Craig's car and drive into town for a supply run during Fall and Spring days with exceptionally good weather. The video frankly sucks, but the song is one I enjoy from almost 25 years ago.
The Republican party was founded by Abraham Lincoln, on the basis that states cannot secede when they want to - like my previous state of residence, South Carolina once did back in 1861.
This is a nice, factual video, that goes to the heart of character, and who someone "pals around with".
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Listening to Chris Matthews, and others spout off their perspective on TV following the 2nd debate tonight, I cynically said to myself... "what does Fox News show? I betcha they've got McCain winning, hands down!" So I go to Fox News and honestly... I am left dumbfounded.
At the top of the page, ok, they show both Obama and McCain's campaigns declaring victory. No surprise. Then they have their "make your own" electoral map (what a joke!) - all other NEWS sites have actual poll results, but since Murdoch can't show bad news about McCain, they leave the map blank.
Then... what really made my jaw drop... 25 thousand respondents, it showed 35% McCain, 65% Obama to the question "Who won the debate?" 2 to 1 margin, on Fox News! That's ridiculous! The Republican base, whose major source of "fair and balanced" news is Fox, are beating the crap out of McCain in their own poll... wow.
I checked again, 20 minutes later, and 39 thousand people have voted, and it's 31% McCain, 69% Obama.... I thought Obama did a little better than bitter old man McCain, but trouncing him? Wow.
McCain could not leave the room fast enough... he wouldn't even shake Obama's hand... AGAIN.
They're pretty irrelevant, as far as a domestic terrorist group with extreme ideology is concerned. Except, Sara Palin's husband was a card carrying member of the AIP, and she spoke at their 2008 convention via video recording (countin' on yer votes, you betcha)... and Palin's husband has been functioning as her Chief of Staff (approvin' travel vouchers for members of the state executive branch, plannin' meetins, helpin to block media access to his wife, handlin' all sortsa stuff, ya know, dat a Chief of Staff would normally do).
AIP was founded on very moderate principles. Don't get carried away now. Their founder, Joe
Vogler, started the movement in the early 1970s. Among the colorful Vogler quotes now famous are "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." Then there's "The fires of hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government." And "The problem with you John Birchers is that you are too damn liberal!"
Ohhhh, you betcha!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
It was produced by the "Defenders of Wildlife", one of the country's leading science-based, results-oriented, wild-life conservation groups.
"I guess she and her friends just can't wear enough of them".
Truly, despicable. I've hunted before. This is not hunting. This is wealthy red-neck joy-slaughter.
Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan's blog for pointing this out.
It's really worth the read. Thanks to my buddy Matt for pointing it out.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
as I took lunch around 1130am, I noticed the wire clothes hanger next to my back door, had a male hummingbird perched on it. On Tuesday, he was a little skittish, and darted away rapidly when I came up to the window, but by Thursday, I could open the door less than 3 feet from him, and he'd not fly away. On Friday, Archi (short for Archilochus colubris) was posing for me, and he and I exchanged those high pitched click-chirp-squeals that sound like a 'high-pressure-squeaky-kiss / saliva-squealing-through-teeth-and-puckered-lips'. In that tiny avian brain, maybe he wondered "wtf is that human trying to say? ...but at least he keeps the feeders filled".
Anyways... I hope Archi sticks around all winter. Now, if I can just get the salivas, ocotillo, and aloe to bloom again, there'd be awesome incentive for him to "possess" my yard.
Note: my pool is still warm enough to swim in(82F-ish), but the lows at night are getting down into the lower 70s, so that'll make the pool 'colder than Lake Michigan' within the next week or two, sadly. I'll try again this year, to swim in November like I did last year... but Man! That Was painful!
Friday, October 3, 2008
During the Debate, Biden admitted his "love" of John McShame at least 3 times, and used "folks" more times than I could count. Biden also created the work "Bosniac" (a maniac, in Bosnia?) and had 2 verbal gaffes, bashed Exxon Mobile no less than 4 times, and tied McCain to W or Cheney (the Dark Lord) on every statement he made, succinctly and straight forwardly. Now word twisting or circular arguements were necessary.
Biden did better than I expected.
Meanwhile, on the adorable folksy side of the stage, I counted
8 uses of "maverick",
1 "Joe six pack",
4 "you betcha's",
2 Main Stream Media bashes,
3 "up ders" (as in "up der in Alaska")
2 "Darn right!"s
2 "hurtin like it is" (eg, the "economy")
3 "that's for sure"s
at least 3 "bringin" s
2 "blame game"s
1 "I and the others in the legislature" (confusing executive, with legislature)
1 "takin politics out of the war issue" ("war issue" - really? ... really?)
1 "dog gone it",
1 feigned ignorance, and
5 true ignorances,
...by the former Mayor of Wasilla (population 6000), in my scrawled notes last night, while enjoying my delicious $6 bottle of Trader Joe's purchased Beneventano Aglianico, Epicuro 2006.
She could have done worse. With the Walmart / NASCAR / Rastlin crowd, I'm sure she "opened a whole can of whoop ass on that guy!"
My buddy Joe (in town on business unexpectedly) even joined Traci and I for debate watching hilarity and a Mexican dinner at Torta Rica.
My favorite quotes from the debate:
"I quasi caved in" - by Palin
"That's what were gonna do in Washington D.C. also" - by Palin, whose been there twice now!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
- you hear Palin non-answer, and talk around the question (eg: name one other SCOTUS decision you have disagreed with, other than Roe v Wade... and she answers "Roe v Wade" in a circular manner) you MUST take a drink
- you hear Biden talks for more than 30 seconds, you MUST take a drink (most people would be 60 seconds, but Biden is sooo long winded, he needs a shorter leash)
- you see Palin put her finger against her cheek, in an atempt to be adorable, you have to a) flip off the TV, and then b) call Bull Shit and then c) try to think happy thoughts while taking another drink
- you hear Biden mention anything about his "shot gun Beretta" you must finish your drink.
- you hear Palin mention not wanting the "Bridge to no where" you must do a) and b) and finish your drink
- you hear Biden tie McCain to W, nod and take a drink
- you hear Palin use the words "folks" or "6 pack" or "regular people" or where I am from" or "up in Alaska we..." you must empty your beer can, smash it against your forehead (to make the splitting pain of a CLEAR W comparison go away) and get another beer. If you are drinking from a bottle (as I will be, a Nice Puglia Italian red) PINCH your arm or leg really hard, until it welts. The welts (or forehead can circles) will help you remember tomorrow.
- you hear Biden talk about taking the train home each nice, get up and get another drink, finishing the one in your hand.
Other suggestions for drinking games are welcomed... I hope I am not too hung over tomorrow.
The list here is too long to excerpt. Hats off to Crooks and Liars for pointing it out.
...and when McCain is asked in Iowa yesterday, if he's had government supplied health care his entire life, he got all uppity and irritable, annoyed that ANYONE would ask him such questions. Video here at Politico.