December 31, 2009
Since I believe in starting as you intend to go on, let's have some hotassery.
My second favorite quote? ""Not many people showed up because of the blizzard conditions," said organizer Clea Major, an international studies student at the University of Utah."
My favorite quote is this "As for the snow, it's not entirely new; a protest she attended last year in Washington, D.C., suffered a similar fate. "There is always the irony element," Major said."
It appears the Gore Effect is contagious.
Apparently we're not the only ones who think that Obama is a pretty pretty princess. Tina Brown of The Daily Beast is right on board with us.
BROWN: Well, itâ€™s got to be that incredible inauguration of Obama because, you know, you started the year with this huge festival of hope and renewal and everything is going to be so different now, and then, like the bad fairy at Sleeping Beautyâ€™s christening, Rush Limbaugh utters the words, â€˜I hope you fail.â€™ â€˜I hope he fails,â€™ he said, and from that moment, the sort of the Pandoraâ€™s box opened and the rest of the year has been just this big discord and toxic atmosphere in politics and partisan divide and people shouting at each other and the Tea Parties and death panels, and all of the stuff til we descend to the year where now, where we just got the health care bill probably about to be passed with no Republican votes at all. So, it was a real turn-around from the bank bonuses and bailouts onwards.
I'm sure Rush will be glad to know he wields so much power, to make an entire country's attitude turn toxic with four words. Especially since conservatism is going out of style and all.
Thanks to eddiebear for pointing out how mindnumbingly stupid Tina Brown is.
So this is a perfect opportunity to answer a very simple question: are kids whoâ€™ve never been spanked any better off, long term?But wait, it gets better. It turns out that not spanking your children is actually bad for them:
Gunnoeâ€™s summary is blunt: â€œI didnâ€™t find that in my data.â€
But Gunnoe went further. She also looked at many good outcomes we might want for our teens, such as academic rank, volunteer work, college aspirations, hope for the future, and confidence in their ability to earn a living when they grow up. Studies of corporal punishment almost never look at good outcomes, but Gunnoe wanted to really tease out the differences in these kids.
What she discovered was another shocker: those whoâ€™d been spanked just when they were youngâ€”ages 2 to 6â€”were doing a little better as teenagers than those whoâ€™d never been spanked. On almost every measure.
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Can I get an amen?
Spare the rod, spoil the child. Can I get an amen?
P.S. - My female cobloggers should feel free to comment often about spanking using lots of action words. The inclusion of stompyboots in the anecdotes is good for bonus points.
As the news of Rush Limbaugh's health situation broke and developed through the night, the unsurprising level of hate spewing forth from the left on their blogs or on other social media sites reached China Syndrome levels of sickness. Save a classy tweet from Rachel Maddow, the reaction from our "betters" was a case illustration of how nasty, mean, petty, cruel, and hateful their otherwise empty souls really are. They were reacting on a personal level to a man who holds political views opposite of their own. They were hoping for the death of a man who didn't engineer murders or try to kill our servicemembers on the field of battle. They filled thread upon thread on their sites with taunts and classless statements.
And to that, I say, "Thank You." Thank you, lefties. Thank you for dropping the mask of tolerance and revealing for all to see how nasty and sick you are. And thank you for allowing me to say the following to you:more...
Radio loudmouth Rush Limbaugh was reportedly rushed to a Hawaii hospital after suffering chest pains Wednesday night.What liberal media bias?
Ironically, Limbaugh chose the same holiday destination as his nemesis President Obama.
Another frequent target of Limbaugh's bile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also is vacationing in Hawaii this week.
December 30, 2009
Meanwhile, leftists around the world begin new contest to see who can offer the most ghoulish comments on this breaking news. Not that I'm Outraged!TM by that kind of conduct, you can't be outraged when you know well enough not to expect any better.
The NHTSA has launched a distracted driver website to point out that, hey, maybe not paying attention while you drive is a bad thing, m'kay? No! No! I did not know that! I thought that texting, eating, putting on makeup, reading a book, talking on the phone, getting a hummer, doing your nails and the rest make you a better driver! Thank you NHTSA! Thank you!
My wrath really isn't aimed at that. After all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is kinda responsible for keeping track of national highway traffic safety. My ragey rage is more directed towards things like this where the discussion is all about texting, using PDAs, using GPS devices and the like.
What's not on that list? Parents dealing with their screaming brats in the car. The guy and girl having an enormous fight and/or sex. The gaggle of 16 yos shrieking about how hot Count Sparkula is (sekrit to Sparkly Vampire Boy - shower. Haz one). The people who are car seat dancing along to Lady Gaga. Because that's not distracting at all.
Seriously, I would rather have someone texting away driving behind/alongside of me than a parent who is busy trying to deal with what the kids are doing. I cannot tell you how many times I've nearly been plowed down because Mommy has to help her Precious Child do something. Hell, yesterday there was a woman on the highway turned completely around in her seat reaching for her kid.
If there's a ban on texting while driving, then there should be a ban on driving with children in the car. I mean, the goal is to promote safety, right? Don't we want the children to be safe? To paraphrase the Southwest ads, why do they hate your kids? Why, it's enough to make one who is more cynical than I believe that this is all about making gestures and not actually thinking through a problem.
The nerd in me gets all giggly and happy at the thought of someone actually talking about sending a mission to an asteroid to knock it off course so it doesn't hit earth. The bigger nerd in me can't figure out why, when the calculated odds of the asteroid actually impacting earth are 1 in 250,000, a country would spend what will likely amount to billions of dollars on trying to deflect said asteroid from its path. The even bigger nerd in me is up in arms that it's a Russian idea and not an idea from NASA. (Of course, the pragmatist in me that doesn't want to waste NASA funding on a 1 in 250,000 chance is glad it's not NASA.)
So many conflicted inner nerds. I don't know what to do.
In October, NASA lowered the odds that Apophis could hit Earth in 2036 from a 1-in-45,000 as earlier thought to a 1-in-250,000 chance after researchers recalculated the asteroid's path. It said another close encounter in 2068 will involve a 1-in-330,000 chance of impact.
Without mentioning NASA findings, Perminov said that he heard from a scientist that Apophis is getting closer and may hit the planet. "I don't remember exactly, but it seems to me it could hit the Earth by 2032," Perminov said.
"People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would allow to prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people," Perminov said.
Scientists have long theorized about asteroid deflection strategies. Some have proposed sending a probe to circle around a dangerous asteroid to gradually change its trajectory. Others suggested sending a spacecraft to collide with the asteroid and alter its momentum, or using nuclear weapons to hit it.
Perminov wouldn't disclose any details of the project, saying they still need to be worked out. But he said the mission wouldn't require any nuclear explosions.
Hollywood action films "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon," have featured space missions scrambling to avoid catastrophic collisions. In both movies space crews use nuclear bombs in an attempt to prevent collisions.
"Calculations show that it's possible to create a special purpose spacecraft within the time we have, which would help avoid the collision without destroying it (the asteroid) and without detonating any nuclear charges," Perminov said. "The threat of collision can be averted."
Boris Shustov, the director of the Institute of Astronomy under the Russian Academy of Sciences, hailed Perminov's statement as a signal that officials had come to recognize the danger posed by asteroids.
"Apophis is just a symbolic example, there are many other dangerous objects we know little about," he said, according to RIA Novosti news agency.
If by a "Cross Section Of America", you mean Domestic Terrorists (Bill Ayers), Tax Cheats (Geithner), Fisters For Fifth Graders(Kevin Jennings), Truthers (Van Jones), Mao Lovers (Anita Dunn), Crazy Old Men (VP Biden), and now Identity Thieves.
Jide Zeitlin, the Obama administration's nominee to be America's point man for financial reform at the United Nations, has withdrawn himself from consideration for the job, an administration official tells The Cable.
Zeitlin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and telecom entrepreneur, had faced criticism for his business dealings related to Indian contractors and was also accused of identity fraud for an incident in which he admitted to sending an email to investors masked as coming from one of his competitors. Zeitlin testified before Congress that the email was a prank.
But concerns about his nomination grew as rumors swirled around Washington and New York that Zeitlin was engaged in other activities that called into question his overall character and also may have included elements of identity fraud.
Specifically, one woman contacted several government offices and multiple news outlets, including The Cable, with allegations that Zeitlin had used deception to lure her into what eventually she claims was a romantic relationship. Those allegations could not be independently confirmed by The Cable. The administration official declined to comment as to whether they had been investigated as part of Zeitlin's vetting process or afterwards.
You know, I get the feeling that Team Obama is a bit reckless in its vetting process. But that's just me.
Fuck you, you filthy hippies. Fuck you with your hemp sandals, a washcloth and the bar of soap you have been neglecting in favor of your bong water and patchouli stink. Fuck you for trying to force that whole peace, love, and vegetarianism bullshit on us. Fuck you for tie dye and hacky sack. Fuck you for your awful taste in clothing and Ravi Shankar music. And fuck you for your stupid rituals, especially this one.
Investigators found traces of anthrax on two African drums and an electrical outlet in the room where the event took place, Dr. Talbot said, and are theorizing that the woman swallowed spores that were aerosolized by the drumming. The state has not identified the woman because of privacy concerns.
Dr. Talbot said the anthrax detected on the drums was a naturally occurring strain that frequently appears in soil. Animals that ingest contaminated soil can pass the disease to people who handle their hides. Most of the drums at the session were made with animal hides, she said.
Although it is unlikely that others who attended the drumming session will contract the disease, Dr. Talbot said, the state is offering antibiotics and vaccines to all of them as a precautionary measure. It is also providing the treatment to about 20 students who live at the United Campus Ministry building, which is not part of the university but invites students to its events.
â€œThis is an unusual and highly complex investigation,â€ Dr. Talbot said, adding that the state was still awaiting results on other drums that had been tested.
The ministry advertised the Dec. 4 event on its Web site as a drum circle and pasta supper. Julie Corey, a drumming teacher who led the session, said the victim had danced that night instead of drumming. â€œShe was the first to get up and dance,â€ Ms. Corey recalled, adding that she thought the woman was a graduate student at another college. â€œSheâ€™s a vital young woman, from what Iâ€™ve seen of her â€” a strong-spirited person.â€
Not strong enough, I guess.
And yes, I am an awful person for laughing at the pain of a hippie. I am laughing at how fucking stupid they are. I am laughing at the fact that their stupid rituals lead to mishaps such as this. And I am laughing at their self-righteousness. And to absolve myself of my awfulness, I will eat an entire cow wrapped around a pig wrapped around a turkey that has been giving the Ass to Ass treatment to a duck. Then, I will wash it down with a gallon of whiskey, burn a few tires, and then have some "alone time" with my clean and drug free wife.
Based on on-line views, some yahoo over at Yahoo totalled up the top ten most viewed trailers of 2009. Sure, Twilight's stupid sparkly vampires took number one, Transformers took number two, and most of them are the big-budget blockbusters you would expect.
I have to imagine that at least a few of you morons contributed to Megashark vs. Giant Octopus getting all the way to the number eight viewed trailer of the year. Congratulate yourselves.
If you're going to give your viewers lawn tips from a severed head that's been attached to a a mower, could you at least make sure that it doesn't have such a douchey haircut?
December 29, 2009
No, but seriously, the LA Times is on its way to making Soviet-era Pravda writers look honest. I can't wait till I see an LA Times column or editorial angrily referring to middle America as a bunch of capitalist imperialist running dogs, and using that exact language and phrase.
Heh. I wonder why the Democrats are acting this way. Could it be this?
Naw. Couldn't be.
While he has his answer, I have a shorter one: The innocent don't blow shit up.
Does everyone remember Obama telling Poland to go fuck itself by cancelling the missile defense shield on the 70th anniversary of Russia's invasion of Poland during the second World War? I know, it's such a silly thing to talk about, right? Big O has said that we're going to be awesome and loved, and told all his dictator friends that's he's super-sorry that Dubya was so doggone mean, so why do we need a missile defense shield? Besides, we scrubbed it to keep those extra-nice Russians happy, because we've never, ever had any problems at all with the Russians.
Plus, when we scrapped the missile defense system, Teh Won said we were going to put one in the ocean and it was going to be the perfect compromise. The evil, war-mongering Americans get their defense system, and the Russians get to win in a diplomatic fight.
Prime minister Vladimir Putin said today that Russia would build weapons to offset planned US missile defences and urged Washington to share detailed data about its missile shield under a new arms control deal.
Putin's remarks, posted on the cabinet's website, set a defiant tone and signalled new difficulties in talks between the two nations on a successor to the 1991 strategic arms reduction treaty that expired on 5 December.
Moscow and Washington had hoped to strike a deal before the end of the year.
Putin said that the arms control talks were proceeding in a positive way and added that Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, and Barack Obama would eventually decide whether to strike an arms deal.
Putin warned that a missile defence system would give the US an edge and could erode the deterrent value of Russia's nuclear forces. "The problem is that our American partners are developing missile defences, and we are not," Putin said.
"But the issues of missile defence and offensive weapons are closely interconnected ... There could be a danger that having created an umbrella against offensive strike systems, our partners may come to feel completely safe. After the balance is broken, they will do whatever they want and grow more aggressive."
Obama removed a significant irritant in relations earlier this year by scrapping the previous administration's plans to place interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic â€“ deployments Russia treated as a threat.
The Kremlin has praised Obama for the decision, but Russian officials have also said they want to know more about the sea- and land-based systems the US plans to put in place instead.
Putin said that Russia had no intention of building its own missile shield. However, he added that it would have to develop new offensive weapons to offset a future US missile defence.
"In order to preserve a balance, while we aren't planning to build a missile defence of our own, as it's very expensive and its efficiency is not quite clear yet, we have to develop offensive strike systems," he said. Putin added that the US had to share information about its missile defence plans if it wanted Russia to provide data on its new weapons.
"They should give us all the information about the missile defence, and we will be ready then to provide some information about offensive weapons," he said.
Yeah, fuck you, Senator. Fuck you like you have been fucking those waitresses. Fuck you and your party for claiming the Republicans are at fault for the Crotchbomber story, despite the fact you and your deputy dickticklers of douchebaggedly disaster were involved in diverting TSA funds to your fucking pet projects. And while you are at it, go ahead and rape your soul with a fetid dildo covered in thorns and soaked in feline AIDS.
Enjoy your fucking retirement, Senator. Enjoy it while we try to rescue the country from the mess you have made.
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