Showing posts from June, 2016

Not For Nothing

via HuffPo:Still not convinced the Earth is rapidly warming? Consider this: The last time the global monthly temperature was below average was February 1985.That means if you are 30 years old or younger, there has not been a single month in your entire life that was colder than average.“It’s a completely different world we’re already living in,” Mark Eakin, coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, told scientists gathered this week for the International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu. He added it likely won’t be long before that same age bracket has experienced only above-average temperatures.“It’s happening that fast,” Eakin said.

Today's Weird Irony

I guess I'm only partly glad to be reminded that Stoopid is not exclusive to USAmerica Inc.
But - that clip also serves as a happy reminder that Monty Python's Life Of Brian continues to inspire some pretty great thinking. 

Something Of A Change

The story at HuffPo is that Trump's flipflops on his immigration "policy" pronouncements (aka: standard ranch stash bullshit) is confusing for his supporters.
Donald Trump has spent the week pedaling backward and forward on his immigration positions, leaving immigration hawks — and some of his biggest boosters — worried about the strength of his support for mass deportations and a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants.Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a prominent Trump supporter and immigration hawk, told HuffPost he was perplexed by Trump’s series of unfolding positions.
“He initially said he wanted to deport the 11 million people,” Arpaio said. “So you’re saying he’s now saying he’s not going to deport everybody who’s been here illegally?”Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an influential think tank that calls for stricter immigration laws, said he was similarly concerned.

“His instincts on a lot of these issues are correct. Unfortunately, since…

Today's GIF

hat tip = Facebook pal VW-E

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Warning: Do not pull cord indoors. — The Darwin Awards (@AwardsDarwin) June 22, 2016

A Short Musical

Springtime For Ammosexuals

hat tip = Little Green Footballs

Today's Quote

"For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."  --JFK 1963

Meme For A Day



The Guardian:
The US supreme court on Monday struck down one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country and potentially paved the way to overturn similar measures in other states that curtail access, in what might be the most significant legal victory for reproductive rights advocates since the right to abortion was established in 1973.The 5-3 ruling will immediately prevent Texas from enforcing a law that would have closed all but nine abortion clinics. But in a coup for abortion rights supporters, the court also in effect barred lawmakers from passing health measures backed by dubious medical evidence as a way of forcing large numbers of abortion clinics to close.Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose support was key to determining if the liberal or conservative bloc of the court would prevail, cast his key vote with the four liberal justices.To reiterate:
There's nothing going on in my daughter's uterus that's any of your goddamned business.
So butt out
and fuck off
you pi…

More Bad Signs

It's axiomatic that coming between a mama bear and her cubs got nuthin' on the danger of standing between a politician and a TV camera.  Apparently, the Trump Effect is making that last part quite a bit safer.

With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators, and House members to gauge their interest in speaking. Only a few said they were open to it — and everyone else said they either weren’t planning on it, didn’t want to, weren’t going to Cleveland at all, or simply didn’t respond.An interesting little tidbit:
Trump was slated to appear in 2012, "for some brief remarks", but that was scratched because "...inclement weather forced cancellation of that day's activities".  But - wasn't the thing indoors?  That's some pretty bad weather.

At 70% Disapproval, Trump is seriously poisonous to everybody except the diehards and the dead-enders who think they have nothing to left lose and no…

Today's GIF

The Terminator coulda been a completely different movie with banana peels.

A Short Film (NSFW)

Sara Benincasa

Focus Groups - all the satisfaction of overpaying for whatever foregone conclusion you desire, due to the pinpoint accuracy of throwing a bucket of rice at a bull's ass.
BTW - when can we expect the Hipster Bubble to burst?  And how do I go about shorting that one?

Today's Tweet

Muslim jihadi wears concrete shield to protect genitals for his 72 virgins. Why don't we honor Muslim inventors? — Jihadist Wife (@Jihadist2ndWife) June 26, 2016

Scammy McFlimflam

During sworn testimony in the Trump University lawsuit, Donald Trump repeatedly said he couldn't recall specific claims, documents or events related to the case, prompting a lawyer for the plaintiffs to ask if the real estate mogul considered himself to have “one of the best memories in the world.”In response, Trump said he thinks he has a “good” or a “great” memory, but doesn’t recall claiming it’s one of the world’s best, according to hours of previously unreleased testimony in which Trump was questioned by the plaintiffs' lawyer Jason Forge.“So you don't remember saying that you have one of the best memories in the world?” Forge asked.“I remember you telling me, but I don't know that I said it,” Trump replied.Three weeks earlier, during a conversation about 9/11 with NBC News reporter Katy Tur, Trump had said he had “the world’s best memory,” Tur reported.

The Most Beautiful Thing

Shit's been going on for a very long time.

hat tip = Democratic Underground

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And it's not because I have something against orange people - I love the oranges.

We should probably not let Trump back to the U.S. until we figure out what's going on. — Dave Stroup (@DaveStroup) June 24, 2016

Today's Podcast

The Professional Left

Main point: a theme is emerging - has emerged - that Trump isn't really a Republican. He's zomby-fied enough GOP rubes to get this far, but "we" hafta stop him before he destroys "our" beloved Republican Party.

'Scuse me?  Donald Trump has gathered more Republican Votes in the primaries than any other Republican candidate ever.  Donald Trump is going to the convention with more than enough committed delegates - he has 305 more than he needs.  He could wipe his ass with those 305 people, and Cruz plus Kasich would still be 200 delegates short.

Donald Trump is the GOP now, because all those GOP voters voted for him - see how that works?  He owns what the "Repub Establishment" has been building for the last 30 fucking years.

And also too - driftglass and Blue Gal have been saying exactly that for a long long time.

BTW - Trump read The Snake at a rally back in January, and it's been rattling around in my head ever since, and t…

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What's Up With That?

It's always the hair.  These guys show up and they look weird as hell, and it's always something about their hair, and we're like - "What? Look at his hair, man. Anybody lookin' that goofy has to be pretty harmless, right?"

It should be a dead give-away by now, but we still fall for it - 




Lupica Brings It

Mike Lupica on Morning Joe:

Coupla things:
Ari Melber: Dude - land the plane.  If you have a point to make, then make the fuckin' point.
Nicole Wallace: Among the pimpiest of the pimps. She sat there and heard Lupica say it very plainly; and she knew exactly what Melber was trying to say; but she tries to position it as a matter of law; or nothing more than a way to use a political issue to get votes.  
Which is where (I hope) the Dems should be able to find their leverage - the guns issue is about what we mean when we say "American Values".  It's about being willing to make a conscious decision to change something in our lives - even if it means having to sacrifice something near and dear to us - in an effort to make life here in USAmerica Inc a little better for most of us, not to mention making life simply fucking possible for the 700 or 800 kids who get blown away every year because gutless wonders in the GOP think their NRA paychecks are more important than the live…

Today's GIF

I guess I always thought some guys were sitting around doodling and noodling and think-tanking or whatever, and they eventually worked it out because they were trying to work it out.
This makes me think there might've been a coupla random stoners just chillin' by the side of the road, watching the oxcart traffic and, having nothing else to do and nothing to distract them, they started to notice something and yada yada yada - wow - Math, motherfucker!

Today's Quote

“Consensual sex” is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as “non-consensual sex”, which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You don’t say “breathing swimming” and “non-breathing swimming”, you say swimming and drowning.  --Anonymous 

Today's Tweet

One of those 'N's in CNN stands for "news"
The other one stands for "not"

Did you know that one 'N' in CNN stands for "news" ?

The other one stands for "not" via — Jason Hitchcock (@JasonHitchcock) June 23, 2016


Today's Poe Wannabe

This guy is Poe's Law in reverse Internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers for sincere expressions of the parodied views.
(CAUTION: I could feel the IQ points dropping off my intellect the longer I listened)

Yeah - and what kids today really need is a dose of good ol' American hardship.  So let's go back to the 1950s when we could count on knowing that at least one of the neighbor kids would be killed or crippled by Polio or Whooping Cough or Scarlet Fever or a car crash because seatbelts are for pussies.  Back when things were so much better here in God's Own USAmerica Inc, that the Death Rate for children was 10 times what it is now.
And no, of course he's not a raging bigot - he just liked it a lot better back when all those scary black people didn't have the same rights as the rest of us.
Fake Lord have mercy.
These assholes are serious about …

I'm So Un-PC

Sometimes, ya just gotta.

@SpeakerRyan Due respect, Mr Speaker - blow it out your ass. Publicizing your venal disregard for public safety is legit, and you know it. — Mike Roberts (@eVilleMike) June 23, 2016

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Today's Anti-Trump

Lil Donny recently tried to make a case for being "good to the gays" or some such - the usual clumsy left-handed shit that falls out of his face every time he opens his yap.  Anyway, he was trying to pander to LGBTQ, and this started making the rounds:
"If gay people felt the least bit friendly towards Trump, one of us would've already done something about his makeup, and fixed that ridiculous thing on top of his head."

Today's Tweet

Another American massacre took the lives of 49 innocent people in Orlando, Senate Republicans responded “So what?” — ✯bennydiego✯ (@bennydiego) June 22, 2016

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Today's Silly Sports Analogy

Donald Trump was born on 2nd base, got to 3rd because his dad paid the next two batters to wait for an inside pitch and lean into it, then wandered into foul territory beyond the dugout thinking he'd go ahead and make a pass at the Ball Girl since he was out there anyway, tripped over the tarp and was eventually tagged out by the slowest catcher anybody's ever seen play the game - and now he's bitchin' about how everybody's so spiteful and jealous he hit the double that they're all trying to keep him from scoring the winning run in a game his team is trailing by 8. 

The Ablative Absolute

I've done this one before - or one like it.
The sentence structure of our 2nd amendment is important, and too many of us are either willing to be bamboozled by the Ammosexuals, or we're not willing to risk sounding soft and Librul on the issue of Gun Control.

Here's a bit I dug up in The Denver Post from a few years back:
The main argument about the amendment has always been a semantic one: What is meant? What is the intention? I use the present tense, because grammatical deconstruction is done in the here and now. We are not trying to divine intentions from our personal beliefs of what the Founders “stood for” or what they “believed.” The Founders are dead, but their words remain alive in the present, and their words, as well as their meticulous grammatical construction, leave no doubt as to their intentions.

Read these sentences:
“Their project being complete, the team disbanded.”
“Stern discipline being called for, the offending student was expelled.”In both cases, the initia…

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Trumpty Dumpty Sat On A Wall

We take you now to live coverage of the Donald Trump Campaign. 

But it ain't over yet - not by a long shot. After sending out a tweet Monday dancing on ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's grave, top adviser Michael Caputo admitted the tweet was "too exuberant" and resigned his post with Donald Trump's campaign.When news broke that Corey Lewandowski had been ousted from the campaign following months of discord with other top staffers and Trump's adult children, Caputo tweeted, "Ding dong the witch is dead!", an allusion to the famed "Wizard of Oz" villain.

Today's Bullshit

From a good while back - some things just never change.

hat tip = FB pal VW-E

Colbert Explains

What - I gotta draw ya a fuckin' picture!?!

They Seem Like Such Nice Girls

My darling daughter got me to watch the opening episode of the new season of OITNB last night.  Here's the tune they chose to go with the closing credits. (NSFW)

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We were trained for, and fully indoctrinated into this mess.  

Barbie dolls and Transformers and GI Joe and all the rest.  

Here, kids - learn about accessorizing - so we'll be able to trigger that response a little later on, when we figure out the next round of putting Competitive Consumerism together with SocioPolitical Paranoia in order to synthesize a more-easily manipulated electorate.

Finally, thank you democrats for taking a stand against gun violence. 💥🔫 — Skook (@skookerG) June 15, 2016

The Co-Marketing and Cross-Branding and the blending of Government with Commercial Interest (which basically is nothing short of Proto-Fascist positioning) has to be stomped on every chance anybody gets.

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