January 30, 2009
January 27, 2009
However, I was stunned when I began reading the vote in the Senate. Cornyn (R-TX)? Corker (R-TN)? Shelby (R-AL)? YES!??? I cannot believe that Geithner's tax cheating was dismissed as no big deal. It is insulting to every taxpayer in this country. Outrage doesn't begin to describe my reaction. Confirming him is the equivalent of confirming Ray Nagin as the head of FEMA. What were they thinking?
So I've been sulking all day about this, letting the reality of this sink in and then I read this. (I must be a glutton for punishment.)
In an age of bailouts, Geithner is the original Bailout Czar. It was Geithner, after all, who was the instrumental figure in arranging JP Morgan’s takeover of Bear Stearns, a deal in which $29 billion of taxpayer money was pledged as a backstop against illiquid and toxic assets.Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of what is left of your money being ripped from your wallets to pay for a nationalized banking system courtesy of the same man that certain Republicans thought just made a simple mistake on his taxes.
It wasn’t Hank Paulson, but rather Tim Geithner who put together the plan to have the government rescue AIG, to the tune of $85 billion and growing.
It has been widely noted Geithner was in favor of stepping in with taxpayer dollars to save Lehman Brothers. I guess it’s pretty easy to spend taxpayer dollars when you aren’t even paying your own taxes.
So perhaps a new movement is in order. Instead of sending bricks or bags of tea to Congress as a sign of revolt, perhaps we should start mailing them empty wallets that have an enclosed note that says "THIS is what's in my wallet, you thief!"
Meanwhile, I'm thinking of just ordering a bunch of these name tags to wear every day for the next four years. What do you think? Appropriate?
January 26, 2009
As many as one in three obese people may have become overweight after falling victim to the highly infectious cold-like virus, known as AD-36.
It is known to cause coughs, sore throats, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis but has now also been found to make fat cells multiply, leading to weight gain.
The shocking discovery will add to evidence that Britain’s obesity epidemic is not simply down to an unhealthy diet or lack of exercise.
Research suggests a third of UK adults will be grossly overweight within three years, with Britain even predicted to overtake the US as the most obese nation in the world.
The problem already causes 9,000 premature deaths in the UK a year and costs the NHS £1billion.
Many experts already believe that genes can make some people more susceptible to weight gain and now it seems that infections could also hold the key.
January 25, 2009
If He was born Brian Harrison O'Grady, a guy with a white mother from Kansas and, well, a white father from Kansas (or a white father from anywhere else, for that matter), and He had pretty much the same resume, He never would have made it to the Senate, much less anywhere near the Oval Office, right?
(And, yes, I'm fully aware that I'm a RACIST!!!!11!!one!1!! for even thinking this, much less committing it to teh internets.)
January 23, 2009
The only way to secure a computer is to turn it off and unplug it. - Old IT Saying
Still, hackers can plant malicious software on a BlackBerry from afar. One existing piece of software, for example, can transform the device into a mini-radio receiver, allowing eavesdroppers to hear any conversations near it.
Others can detect the phone's location by way of signals it sends to nearby cellular towers, turning it into a homing device.
In fact, according to a database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security, at least 16 potential chinks in the BlackBerry's security armor have come to light since 2004. "Of course, the president's location is usually fairly publicly known#8212;he's within the White House or a building," said John Pescatore, vice president for Internet security at research firm Gartner Inc., who worked on communications security for the Secret Service in the early 1980s. "However, somebody could have the ability to figure out he's on this floor or that floor," he said.
Ultimately, the biggest concern may not be someone hacking into Obama's BlackBerry but targeting the devices of people he's communicating with, said Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer for the SANS Technology Institute in Bethesda, Md., which trains network security and system administrators.
Obama probably would not lose his BlackBerry, with dozens of Secret Service agents around to keep an eye on it. But if one of his e-mail correspondents lost his or her device, agents would not be there to scoop it up.
Security concerns are not the only consideration for Obama. Work-related communications of executive branch employees could become public records after the president's term is through.
What the fuck is he thinking? Once again, his behavior forces me to believe he is just not a serious person. He doesn't, in any way, understand the gravity of the position he now holds.
But wait, it gets worse:
The newspaper said the Obama team, which ran a technology-savvy campaign, has been faced with a morass of security regulations, which bar private e-mail accounts and instant messaging.
Fuck. Me. With. A. Lubed. Hammer.
Are they fucking serious? Did it ever occur to them that the reason the previous administration didn't allow private e-mail and instant messaging is because those technologies are fundamentally and inherently unsecure.*
The previous administration didn't allow them because being able to share pictures of kittens in bowls of yarn and super fucking important virus alert information was just slightly less important than... I don't know... securing the communications and informational integrity of the world's most powerful nation. A nation, I might add, that is at war and has more enemies than any other entity in the history of Earth.
This is just sad. And stupid. And will lead inevitably to a major security breach or legal trouble for Obama or both.
Other things that are Obama's fault:
Not only closing Guantanamo but closing all overseas "secret holding facilities" and eliminating any interrogation techniques that aren't in the Army Field Manual. Verdict: Evil
Eleventy Billion Dollars to "stimulate" our debt shaft and massage our "economic prostate." Verdict: Dumb
Got sworn in again, making him the third president to take the oath twice. Verdict: Smart.
Running total -
Smart Things Obama Has Done: 1
Dumb Things Obama Has Done: 3
Evil Things Obama Has Done: 1
* - I don't mean insecure, I mean unsecure. Insecure is how you feel when you think your nose is too big. The use of private e-mail and instant messaging is the exact opposite of secure. Shitty hackers can violate the pathetic safeguards on AIM. World-class hackers will face-rape Yahoo's smiley face.
January 22, 2009
Murderer of tiny foreign fetuses?
Socialist in sheep's clothing?
Further suggestions are appreciated.
January 21, 2009
Hope and Change is sweeping through Guantanamo Bay:
In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.
Army Col. Patrick Parrish promptly put one of the cases on hold Wednesday morning, and the disposition of several others is expected to become clear later in the day. Parrish is overseeing the trial of Omar Khadr, a Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15. Khadr's trial was about to begin, but the defense did not object to a delay until May 20 and Parrish issued the necessary order.
I have a great idea. Why don't we have all the Guantanamo murdering terrorist scum detainees shipped to D.C. and let them live at the White House? Surely being surrounded by such innocent, upstanding members of the human race could only serve to enhance the One's glory.
Time to keep a running total -
Smart Things Obama Has Done: 0
Dumb Things Obama Has Done: 1
Evil Things Obama Has Done: 0
Fellow Bloggers, feel free to update these totals in any blog posts you may make.
January 20, 2009
Obama's fault today? I'm struck with an overwhelming melancholy after it became official. I think there are several reasons for this but the most striking is the feeling that a truly important and amazing era of my life and United States history is over and that the next era will bring with it much more terror and desperation than we have seen in half a century.
Our enemies are emboldened, our allies content with our self-castration and our fellow citizens apparently eager to bankrupt the treasury in exchange for a little Hope and Change.
It is imperative that we hound this man on policy and culture and in every other way that will lead to his defeat in 2012. While he cannot destroy a country in four years it is evident that by the next election he will have laid the groundwork for America's permanent removal from the pantheon of great and powerful nations. By then he will have had time to devestate our military, abandon any overseas commitments that may have racist overtones, start at least half a dozen pointless "humanitarian" conflicts in places no American should ever step foot and borrow our economy into a state of permanent recession.
What enemy wouldn't take a shot at the title after that?
I felt relief after the election. It was finally over. But now I realize that was the most false sense of contentment I could have experienced. This borderlng-on-open Marxist will use every dirty trick in the book to remain in power including turning the Government into a 24/7 campaign commercial until election day 2012. We will need all of our resolve, creativity and resources to compete with this.
I'm glad Obama's Ace HQ was able to have fun today because I fear we have a very grim four years to look forward in which the balance of a nation hangs.
Let's nail these motherfuckers to the wall.
P.S.: You cocksucking five-year-olds that taunted the President on his departure can throat-wrap the barbed cock of Satan and gargle his demon lava. I find it unbelievable that modern partisans could use lessons in decorum and class from the fucking hippies at Woodstock.
[Rage has removed ability to form sentences properly.]
January 19, 2009
Shockingly, that whole "sacrifice", "pain", and "spread the wealth" thing seems to be getting a lot of love from The Deciders, who have all but declared themselves cheerleaders for Obama. Not only that, but, ironically, they are claiming we can no longer afford dissent, and the "need to rise above politics" meme, what with The Arrival of The Messiah less than 24 hours away.
Well, I think more than anytime than I can remember in all the years I've been doing this, the country is paying attention. The phrase I've been using, "The nerve endings of the country are exposed." And now, after the election and given the magnitude of the problems that we're facing, even Republicans are cheering him on. They want this to work and they're willing to set aside, you know, a lot of what we've been through for the last eight years and beyond that in terms of the ideological food fights. And they're saying, "Look, we've got to get through this together." There is going to be some pain. The economic conditions, the objective reality is they're very, very difficult. And you can't even find a model that fits, in our lifetime, for what we're facing now. And what we've learned in the last four months, just when we think we've gotten to higher ground we go off the cliff again. And I think that has meant for the country not just a crisis of confidence, but sheer terror on the lot of a lot of people, and with good reason.
And Chuck Todd is pushing the angle that we all need s torturous visit to the doctor for our own good
this speech for the stimulus package last week, I thought it was one of his surprisingly weaker performances. It was very dry, it didn't ask for any sacrifice from the, the country, it was all about government. And it was an odd thing, because it was supposed to be a speech that was to the American people, getting them – to buy in on this, and he didn't ask for any buy-in. Now, maybe they were waiting till the inaugural address to do that, but I think that that is the number one thing a lot of Obama's supporters on the intellectual side of this are all wondering; "OK, Bush didn't do this after 9/11. We're counting on you to do this. How are you going to do it and how are you going to make that real?"
It's that the cigar companies, fearing S-CHIP will beat them into submission with their "floor tax" and other levies, sre selling many of their inventory at below cost just to get rid of items. That means great savings for cheapskates like me. In fact, I went to the online site for my favorite vendor and stocked up.
January 18, 2009
Gladden, in a video interview you can see here, told the intrepid political reporter, “It doesn’t matter if the state of Maryland is broke as long as Barack Obama is going to be President of the United States – this is great!”
Not so great if you’ve just lost a job, your home, your 401k or your health insurance.
But to Lisa Gladden, it doesn’t matter if we starve in the streets; nor does it matter that Maryland state workers are being furloughed; nor does it matter that crime in the city she represents is among the worst in the country; nor does it matter that her mayor (Sheila Dixon) has been indicted on charges ranging from theft to perjury; nor does the $1 billion dollar shortfall facing the state.
As long as Obama is president we can just put on our rose-colored eyewear, hold hands, and enjoy the ride to hell in our Barack-logoed handbasket.
Here’s hoping Senator Gladden heads the committee that oversees Obama’s historic Inaugural Day walk across the waters of the Reflecting Pool.
Here is a clip:
January 16, 2009
At the time of the pardons, Eric H. Holder Jr. was deputy attorney general. In considering his department's recommendation on clemency, he met with supporters of the terrorists but ignored their victims. He pushed staff members to drop their strong opposition to a presidential pardon for the FALN members and alter a report they had prepared for the president recommending against clemency. Today, although two turned down their pardons because they were unwilling to renounce violence, many of the convicted FALN members walk free. And a man who was instrumental in their release may become the highest law enforcer in the land.That's right. The guy who's about to become our Attorney General helped to get these shitheels out of prison. Thanks, Barry!
Make sure to read the whole thing, but try not to punch your monitor.
January 14, 2009
The younger man said when he got out of his car, the older guy “threw up some gang signs, pulled out his penis and swung it around.”
Not so, said older guy.
Noting an ongoing issue between the two, the officer suggested the two might want to consider a threesome with a mediator.
January 13, 2009
PETA plans to give away fur coats to the homeless while offering hot soy milk cocoa in cups that read: "Thank You for Not Wearing Fur!"Whoah, guys. Did PETA just do us Morons a solid? I know it sounds crazy, but think about it...if the hobos are the only ones wearing fur in DC, it'll make them easier to spot.
"We expect that the only fur on the streets on Jan. 20 will be on homeless people," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA vice president.
The furs, collected from people who don't want them anymore, will be marked with black paint before they are given away so that they cannot be sold.
Anyway, read the whole article if you're a fan of the thin line between amusement and contempt. This is shaping up to be the silliest inauguration in history.
January 06, 2009
Obama said: "Potentially we've got trillion-dollar deficits for years to come, even with the economic recovery that we are working on."(h/t Repurblican)
Officials in the northern city of Kano said they had stopped several people with "improvised helmets", following this month's introduction of the law.
Road safety officials said calabash-wearers would be prosecuted.
Thousands of motorbikes have been impounded around the country and drivers have staged protests.
Calabashes are dried pumpkin shells more commonly used to carry liquid.
Kano Federal Road Safety Commission commander Yusuf Garba told the BBC they were taking a hard line with people found using the improvised helmets.
"We are impounding their bikes and want to take them to court so they can explain why they think wearing a calabash is good enough for their safety," he said.
Fifty motorbikes had been seized so far in Kano city alone, he added.
January 05, 2009
What do you think Obama's trying to tell us, by appointing a touchy-feely civil-rights activist who's a professor at UC Santa Cruz as the person to oversee our foreign intelligence needs, and a former Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command with a history of disobeying orders that could save the lives of pro-independence protestors? This, combined with the "civilian national security force" Obama intends to implement, could spell some interesting times over the next few years.
January 02, 2009
Items found in a flat which police initially suspected could be homemade explosive devices turned out to be harmless "science fiction-style" equipment, officers said.
About 100 homes had to be evacuated after police arrested a man and called bomb disposal officers following a siege at the property in Harlow, Essex.
Officers were called to the third floor flat early yesterday after reports that a man had been spotted with a longbow.
Armed officers and negotiators arrived and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
A search of his home revealed a number of "unexplained" items, police said.Bomb disposal experts were called in and homes within a 100 yard cordon set up by police were evacuated.
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