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Have You Ever Seen Bird Balls?

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Watching The Science Channel the other night, I learned where hiccups come from (a "theory" about it anyway), and as I was looking around for evolution stuff, I stumbled on this.



Here's the teaser for Mankind Rising:

It's Simple, Really

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Ramps Levers and Wheels.  That's all it is.

But y'know - they never had Legos like this when I was a kid.



(hat tip = Fail Blog)

Today's Pix

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Beware The Rage

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Road rage can take some unexpected turns.

God As Teacher

Why God didn’t get tenure. He’s had only one major publicationIt included no referencesIt was written in at least 3 foreign languages, one of which has been dead for 1800 years.It wasn’t peer-reviewedThere is some reason to suspect he didn’t write it himselfHe claims to have created the world, but his results can't be replicated, it was a least 6000 years ago, and he hasn’t done much since then anywayHe refuses to cooperate with, or even acknowledge his colleaguesHe never cleared it with the Ethics Board before using human subjectsWhen one of his early experiments failed, he attempted to cover it up by drowning all the subjectsSubjects not behaving as expected are often simply deleted from the sample (rumors abound that he expelled his first 2 students for their reluctance to attend class in the nude)He rarely shows up in his classroom (students are told “just read the book”), prompting allegations that he’s had his son teach his classHis office hours are irregular, there have been…

Emotional Terrorists

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I kinda get the feeling that in spite of the differences, all women seem to have a thing or two in common.

Working Class Hero

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Not.


Florida Gets Another One

Guns don't kill people - gun nuts kill people; with guns; because they're fuckin' nuts.

via Wonkette:

The shooting occurred last Friday after Michael Dunn, 45, stopped at a convenience store; his girlfirend went into the store to buy some wine, and Dunn found himself oppressed by the very loud stereo in the car he’d parked next to, according to the Orlando Sentinel:Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music, [Jacksonville sheriff's Lt. Rob] Schoonover said.Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice, Schoonover said. Jordan was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt.
After the shooting, Dunn and his girlfriend drove away to a motel, and Dunn only turned himself in to police the next day, after hearing on the news that someone had died. Because really, …

Today's Pix

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Changing Their Tune

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The rubes are showing what a bunch of credulous bozos they are.  And having been misled and cajoled and bullied into believing the weirdest bullshit any of these charlatans could dream up for the last 40 years, suddenly Ol' Gran-pappy Robertson wants to pretend he hasn't been punkin' the poor saps all along, and that (contrary to what he's insisted on in the past), the Young Earth thing is "interpretation" and not to be taken literally.  
Fuckin' phony.


So it all goes down The Memory Hole.  They wipe out the version of their own history that's now inconvenient, and they start fresh with, "No, no - I never said that.  Anyone who thought I would say that would have to be a foolish child, and you're not a foolish child are you?"
And so it goes - reset, reboot, repeat as needed.  
As driftglass says, "Always wrong but never in doubt."

It's An Ambush

So, is this maybe some kind of trial balloon?  Is somebody at DumFux News trying to move them off of their mission to promote GOP interests?  Or is it just another example of what happens when a Segment Producer (or an Anchor Poodle) decides to leave the joint anyway, so he might as well come clean about a coupla things?

This shit (almost) never happens by accident - it's a wonderment.



(hat tip = Addicting Info)

Say What?

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Here's Rand Paul, "pleading the case" for Personhood Legislation (actually, it's obvious he's just reading a script over the fucking phone - probably because he's getting lots of large donations from American Taliban organizations).



I have an idea, Mr Paul - how 'bout you guys stick to your "philosophy" and just leave people the fuck alone?  Isn't that kinda your whole "Libertarian" thing?

It's Broken

"The BS under the hood" - Andrea Seabrook at her new gig DecodeDC



We're losing something important here.

Why What Happened Happened

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...and what needs to happen now; and what to watch for.

From Rachel Maddow the day after 11-6-12.  She may have delivered this a little too soon after the election to make it stick in the collective consciousness - especially for the Repubs.  So here it is again.



And it's not exactly something nobody else is saying.  Here's Bruce Bartlett from a piece (that's a bit too long and way too poor-pitiful-me) in The American Conservative:
The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my recognition that Obama is not a leftist. In fact, he’s barely a liberal—and only because the political spectrum has moved so far to the right that moderate Republicans from the past are now considered hardcore leftists by right-wing standards today. Viewed in historical context, I see Obama as actually being on the center-right.At this point, I lost every last friend I had on the right. Some have been known to pass me in silence at the supermarket or even to cross the str…

The Krugman Speaks

I lifted the whole thing from from Paul Krugman's blog at NYT:
The Fake Skills Shortage

Kudos to Adam Davidson for some much-needed mythbusting about the supposed skills shortage holding the US economy back. Whenever you see some business person quoted complaining about how he or she can’t find workers with the necessary skills, ask what wage they’re offering. Almost always, it turns out that what said business person really wants is highly (and expensively) educated workers at a manual-labor wage. No wonder they come up short.And this dovetails perfectly with one of the key arguments against the claim that much of our unemployment is “structural”, due to a mismatch between skills and labor demand. If that were true, you should see soaring wages for those workers who do have the right skills; in fact, with rare exceptions you don’t.So what you really want to ask is why American businesses don’t feel that it’s worth their while to pay enough to attract the workers they say they need.…

Today's Pix

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The Un-War On Christmas

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Do you see it?  There on the side of the wagon and again on the banner under the picture of the wagon?  It says "White House Christmas Tree".


I'm serious - if you bring any of the usual shit about "anti-Christian this" or "holiday that", I can't guarantee I won't get all medieval on your dumb ass.

Here's the video:


Yeah - it's just that boring.  It's always just that boring.   Why is it ALWAYS the Little Stoopid that DumFux News and the wingnuts choose to make into a Big Stoopid?

Here's a tho't - what if DumFux News is actually helping Obama and all those Big Gubmint rascals by distracting our attention away from Torture and Murder-by-Drone and Domestic Spying and a hundred other bigger things by getting us to concentrate on a bunch of fanciful junk that isn't true and wouldn't fucking matter even if it was true?

Today's Toon

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And I'll Say It Again

No Dynasties.

No more Bushes, no more Clintons, No more Kennedys, no more Rockefellers - no more legacy candidates for anything anywhere anytime ever (unless of course, I change my mind because somebody comes along who's completely awesome).

Cleveland Leader linking to NYT
President Barack Obama's second term hasn't even officially begun, but already speculation is beginning to mount for the next presidential race in 2016. It is now rumored that former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the son of former president George H.W. Bush and brother of former president George W. Bush, is looking to throw his hat in the ring for the Republican ticket in 2016. Jeb Bush is not that completely awesome guy.  And neither is Hillary Clinton.  Look at who serves in any level of government, and you'll find way too many people whose number one item on the resumé is "born into a family of wealth and power".

Knock that shit off.

The Krugman

I don't like feeling I'm becoming kinda captured by a slanted narrative (just sayin' that one straight out), but I'll try to contain my discomfort (for a while anyway) because Paul Krugman seems always to be trying to talk some sense into us.

And he keeps coming up with real info about real events that we need to weigh against all the fantastic predictions of doom coming from the Austerity Freaks.
But what about the brief but nasty slump in 1927? That wasn’t caused by spiking interest rates; it was, instead, caused by fiscal austerity, by the measures taken to stabilize the franc.So even when we look at the closest thing I can find to the scenario the deficit scolds want us to fear, it doesn’t play out at all as described.It’s quite remarkable: our policy discourse remains largely dominated by fears of an event that the fear-mongers can’t explain in theory, and for which they can offer no historical examples in practice.

Music In Advertising

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Banishment

This one - from Rod Dreher at The American Conservative - is really fun.  And it's easily the most honest of what I've read since the Great GOP Meltdown.

(Fun Fact:  Laura Ingraham was heard recently saying she's convinced the GOP, in its current wingnut configuration - and in spite of being pretty well drubbed - is still a major-league thing because "conservative radio" is still so very popular.  Hang by a thread much, Laura?)

Anyway, Dreher starts with slamming Dick Morris:
Got that? Dick Morris believed it was his “duty” to go on TV and say that Romney was going to win this thing, because everybody on Team Romney at the time was depressed. It’s hard to know whether Morris really believed what he was saying, as he claims to, but there can be no doubt that he saw his role as cheerleading for the Republican candidate, not offering straightforward analysis.Dick Morris is a conservative figure who really ought to never be heard from again. He’s a hack. I say give hi…

The Tax Thing

I've seen and heard some whining going on about what a bitch it'll be for hard-working white-collar Dems who'll have to pony up on the tax raise because they're busy making money north of the magic $250k level, living in a not-very-fancy neighborhood with a coupla kids etc - and now they have to get ready to pay up on Obama's promise to hike taxes, and it's so unfair because gee, $250k just doesn't buy what it used to buy blah blah blah.

Please - get a fuckin' grip.  You're supposed to be the "smart ones", remember?

Obama's basic plan is to boost the tax rate on income OVER $250k, which means you'll pay exactly the same rate on the FIRST $250k; paying the higher rate only on the amount you earn after $250K.

You sit down and do just a tiny bit of arithmetic, and wow - look at that - if you're pullin' down $300k, your total rate goes up by about 3/4 of 1%.  Think you can handle that one, Mr Super-Genius?

What (prob'ly) Won't Happen

This is a list of some of the things that aren't going to happen - at least not at the Federal level - because enough of us found the good sense to vote for Obama.

(from Ol' Doc Maddow, via Addicting Info)
(1) “We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade. There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.”
(2) “We’re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody’s going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation — or any other generation — fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. We’re not going to do that.”
(3) “We’re not going to give the 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires, and expect [cutting] programs like food stamps and kids’ health insurance to cover that tax cut.”
(4) “We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control with the insurance plan that you’re on.”
(5) “We are not going to redefine rape.”
(6) “We are not going to amend the c…

Thankful

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For home.


For love and family.


For dreams of better things to come.

Turkey And Football Day

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Today's Pix

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Pushing Forward

The point is that The Market works, and when properly guided and regulated, it can do nearly exactly what we need it to do.  It's when we leave it completely alone or (more to the obvious) exclusively in the hands of "the elite" that we start to get real problems.



It seems we may be seeing more of a positive shift.  Where before, the Big User/Abuser could force us into thinking we only had 2 choices: feeding our families or starving to death while saving a few "insignificant plants and animals".

It's becoming clearer even for the rubes who hear nothing but what's on DumFux News that we have to ensure the overall health of our surroundings if we expect to have any jobs at all; and in fact, we can build an economy (that's almost outsourcing-proof) based on the principles of sustainability that all those "mush-brained hippies" have been trying to get us to understand for a very long time now.

I like thinking we're finally getting to where…

Rubio's Dodge

Marco Rubio's interview in GQ Magazine:
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?Marco Rubio: I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries. Horse shit.

Knowing s…

New Music

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Jon Gomm - Ain't Nobody (Chaka Khan)



(hat tip = Little Green Footballs)

I can't recommend him for his singing voice, but the guy plays the fuck outa that git-fiddle.




Little Red State Fundy

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A golden oldie from driftglass.


I'm not overly fond of the Scary Scenario.  Repubs use it all the time to spook people - trying to talk us into believing they've got answers to questions they're usually just yankin' outa their asses.  But I guess the difference here is that you can look at something like driftglass's Little Red State Fundy and see some real historical foundations for it.

So there's an element of "both-sides-do-it" - no denying that.  I just think it's important to remember always to test for False Equivalence.

Today's Cartoon

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How We Do Things

Have you watched "the Sunday shows" lately?  Meet The Press and Face The Nation et al?   Does anybody watch that junk anymore?  I mean anybody who doesn't live and work in DC, or anybody who has any kind of actual life outside of politicking and/or keeping an eye out for the general douchebaggery that politiciking almost always leads to.

I was just wondering because of a piece by Charles Pierce:

But, as they say around the cool kidz table, people like Ms. Dowd set the agenda, and because the whole Susan Rice episode involves intimately the sacramentalized oozing of The Sunday Shows, there was a whole lot of Benghazi-ing goin' on, beginning on Face The Nation where former Prince Henry The Navigator foreign-correspondent Bob Schieffer somehow managed to pry the reclusive Senator McCain out of hiding to appear on the program. McCain promptly proved he is as shallow and muddleheaded as Maureen Dowd. That little snippet makes it seem to me that David Gregory and Bob Schief…

Today's Time Suck

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Gun Control

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...you're doing it wrong.




Healthy People

A pretty good point (from Wonkette):
Here is a lesson on capitalism and profitability courtesy four companies that refuse — REFUSE — to make sure that their employees are not handling your food with their tubercular hands. Maybe next time you call ahead for a reservation, you should ask if all the chefs and wait-staffers have seen a doctor lately and if the owner of the joint is willing to guaranty you won't be infected because the pot washer working 29 hours a week at 8 bucks an hour couldn't afford to get a flu shot this year.

This whole stupid argument over Obamacare coming from some of these "conservatives" is just another great example of having people in charge of businesses who really don't understand the first fuckin' thing about business.

And this is what the first thing is:  If you don't take care of the people who take care of your customers, you won't have those customers for very long. (and I can't believe anybody would actually have t…

New(ish) Music

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Marc Cohn (yeah, I know - but try to ignore all the shit he's been known for)











The Krugman Speaks

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I like Paul Krugman's stuff because it all seems to be totally reality-based.  He's a "leftie" (whatever that means), but his ideology doesn't get in his way.  And since he's engaged in a little thing called "science", it's generally a good thing to let the evidence lead you to a rational conclusion rather than trying to make the numbers fit a particular expectation of how you think the world is supposed to work.

Here's Krugman's whole post from yesterday's NYT:
Transatlantic Divergence

Deadline pressure, so not much blogging this weekend. But pursuing the theme that America is doing the least worst among major economies, here’s a chart I find illuminating: In the early stages of the crisis, unemployment rose more rapidly in the US than in Europe. This mainly reflected differences in institutions: it’s much easier to fire people in America. From some point in 2010 onward, however, the US situation has gradually improved; initially some …