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Archive for August, 2008

Glee overtakes GOP with Palin pick

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Oh, not so much, from a leading conservative website:

Terrible Choice

Waingro August 29th, 2008 at 7:48 a.m. (link)

Does anybody really think she’ll be able to win a debate against Biden?

Does anybody really think she has the requisite educational background — a journalism degree from University of Idaho???

Does anybody really think she’s a credible person to deal with Iran? China? Russia?

How is McCain going to argue that Obama lacks the experience to deal with all of these international threats when his own VP, a heartbeat away from the presidency, has absolutely NO foreign policy experience?

McCain just lost the election.

Close, skippy. He lost it when he had his nose surgically implanted in King George’s sphincter. But taking your biggest issue with Barack- his lack of experience- out of the picture by nominating someone even less experienced?

Da stupid. It burns.

Oh, and about that storm?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Defective pumps used to protect New Orleans
Corps of Engineers defends supplier, says pumps were better than nothing

NEW ORLEANS – The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush’s promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be mild, and the new pumps were never pressed into action. But the Corps and the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly.

Putin wears tin foil hat…or does he?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Vladimir Putin accuses Bush of provoking Georgia conflict to help John McCain

The Russian Prime Minister said that arming Georgia and pushing for conflict would give ’competitive advantage to one US candidate’

Vladimir Putin accused President Bush tonight of orchestrating the war in Georgia in a plot to get John McCain elected to the White House.

In his most explosive allegation since the South Ossetia crisis erupted, the Russian Prime Minister said that the United States had provoked the conflict to aid the Republican candidate, who is an outspoken critic of the Kremlin.

“It is not just that the American side could not restrain the Georgian leadership from this criminal act. The American side in effect armed and trained the Georgian army,” Mr Putin said.

“Why spend years holding difficult negotiations and looking for complicated compromises in ethnic conflicts? It’s easier to arm one of the parties and push it to kill the other party, and the job is done.

“The suspicion arises that someone in the United States especially created this conflict with the aim of making the situation more tense and creating a competitive advantage for one of the candidates fighting for the post of US President.”

This is the sort of utter nonsense you gotta expect from some commie nutcase. I mean, just how crazy do you have to be to think that our President would slaughter innocent civilians and start a war just for political ends?


Oh yeah, that. Nevermind…

So which stooge is McCain gonna invite on the Titanic?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Will it be Tim “how in the hell do you pronounce your name?” Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, who you’ll remember from this:


Last year, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty—often mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate for Sen. John McCain—vetoed a $6.6 billion transportation spending plan that included money to replace the I-35W bridge and inspect and repair other bridges. The state legislature overrode the veto.

Or this utterly repugnant, flip-flopping Mr. Moneybags, Mitt Romney, who graced us with this little pearl of intellectual jisim:

Romney: McCain earned his homes; Obama didn’t

Dumping your disabled first wife to hump a beer heiress in the hopes of a joint checking account isn’t “earning” shit, as anyone other than your typical amoral GOP “leader” could tell ya.

And to top it off, just to prove he has a wicked sense of irony, the big guy upstairs has decided to remind everybody of just what GOP “leadership” stands for:


Just in case you guys ain’t picking up on it yet, because you’re sorta dense? Other than the news media and the uberrich, everybody f’n hates you guys. Hates.

Wha? You can’t offer to trade girls for fattening hogs anymore?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Who knew?

Otis ‘Bullman’ Hensley says sex charges are result of a misunderstanding

HARLAN — A two-time candidate for governor who is charged with attempting to “entice” a 13-year-old girl and her 11-year-old sister to engage in “illegal sexual activity” says the allegations against him stem from a misunderstanding.

According to the complaint, the father of the two sisters contacted the county attorney about the incident, which allegedly occurred on Monday. The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hensley on Monday.

However, Hensley said during an interview Tuesday at the Harlan County Detention Center that the incident was a misunderstanding.

Hensley said he was grocery shopping at Don’s Supersaver in Harlan when he saw the two girls and their grandmother.

“The one girl turned around and looked at me and smiled,” Hensley said. “I said ‘Ma’am, do you want to trade them girls for a good fattening hog?’ and then I went on into the meat department. That was all that was said.”

(The phrase may be a reference to the long-ago practice of giving farm animals as part of a dowry.)

Hensley said the grandmother became upset and went to tell the girls’ father about his comment.

He said he followed the family out of the store and then to the courthouse trying to apologize.

He meant nothing sexual, he said, and uses the phrase often as a joke and a means to “cut up with people” in the county, where he is well-known for his unorthodox campaign style. Just before going into the grocery store, he made the same comment to a woman and young girl in the bank, he said.

When asked what the phrase means to him he said: “It was a joke. I was just being friendly, having fun. I meant nothing by it.”

Harlan County sheriff’s deputies arrested Hensley about 6 p.m. Monday. He is charged with first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class B felony that can carry a sentence of 10 years to 20 years.

All kidding aside, this is insipid. If you raise your daughters to pee their britches anytime an adult cracks a joke around them, you’re sentencing them to a life, at best, on an analysts couch.

Bush: Let the rabble eat Chinese poison

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The Chinavore’s Dilemma

For a while last year, it seemed the reports of tainted food, drugs, and toys flowing in from China would never cease. First came the pet food scare, in which a toxic additive killed thousands of animals. Summer brought vast recalls of lead-tainted Thomas trains and other name-brand toys, counterfeit Colgate containing antifreeze, salmonella-infected toddler snacks, and ddt-contaminated seafood. In the fall and winter, dozens of patients died after receiving bad batches of heparin, a blood-thinning drug produced in China by US firms.

At the height of it all, President Bush offered lip service. “The American people expect their government to work tirelessly to make sure consumer products are safe. And that is precisely what my administration is doing,” he declared that July. He then issued an executive order directing Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to seek solutions. Two months later, Leavitt promised that US agencies would pinpoint the riskiest imports and step up enforcement. And then nothing happened.

William Hubbard, a senior Food and Drug Administration official who retired in 2005 after serving under seven presidents, had seen it all before. In response to the 9/11 attacks, staffers at the fda—which oversees some 80 percent of food imports (the usda handles the rest)—had developed an Import Strategic Plan that revealed perilously weak controls on food imports. Unveiled in 2003, it was intended to boost inspections of risky cargo and slap greater penalties on importers of dangerous goods. It would have cost a paltry $80 million, but the administration had already made its wishes clear: No new programs. As Hubbard recalls, then-deputy fda commissioner Lester Crawford “told us there’s no money for this, and the White House wants to cut it.”

Ah yes, GOP governance in full bloom. Why do something, when just talking about it is so much easier and cheaper?

Just ask bin Laden. He’s eating a big plate full of Sweet and Sour Antifreeze at a diner in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans.

So why did we shoot down that satellite?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

New Evidence Contradicts Official Explanation for U.S. Spy Satellite Shoot-Down
Newly released documents show that officials knew a satellite falling towards Earth posed no threat

When the Pentagon ordered a Navy ship to shoot down a crippled U.S. spy satellite last February, it claimed the operation was necessary to prevent a harmful fuel from being dispersed in the atmosphere. At the time, critics charged that the Bush administration was using the toxic fuel as an excuse to demonstrate missile-defense and antisatellite capabilities.

Now, there is new evidence that the critics were very likely right.

Astrophysicist Yousaf Butt obtained U.S. government documents showing that NASA’s own analysis concluded that the satellite’s fuel tank was expected to burn up completely during re-entry—even though NASA probably overestimated the tank’s chances of survival. “Despite its optimistic oversimplifications, the released study indicates that the tank would certainly have demised high up in the atmosphere,” Butt, a staff scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, writes in an article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Oh, I think we all know why it was downed. To show everybody we could.

And now, a fish story

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Ain’t this the cutest damn thing?

Man Uses Barbie Fishing Rod to Make Record Catch

ELKIN, N.C. (AP) — David Hayes’ granddaughter just asked him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.

Alyssa’s father had bought the pink Barbie fishing rod for Christmas and she had caught a few bluegill before her grandfather hauled in the catfish.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported the catch Aug. 5 in eastern Wilkes County has been certified as a record by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Hayes and his granddaughter have been fishing in the pond behind his house since she was big enough to hold a pole.

Hayes said his granddaughter worried he would break her rod. He landed the 21-pound fish on a 6-pound test line. It was 32 inches long, 2 inches longer than the rod.

Oh yeah, the picture really makes the story:


Is this guy still tax-exempt?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Made the mistake of flipping around cableland last night (shudder…) and stumbled upon the Texas Twisted, John Hagee, pimping this:


Which deals with the following “issues”:

Vote the Bible. It is a 3 part sermon series that covers the following:

* God’s Purpose for the Church
* Should Christians get involved in the Political Process?

* The Bible’s Position on Abortion
* Defending Religious Freedom…Is It Ever Right to Defy the Government?

* War: Is It Ever Justified?
* The Crisis of Education
* The Coming Economic Crash
* The Immigration Crisis
* The Marriage Crisis
* Global Warming: Fact or Farce?

I want you to get this series, listen to it until this oasis of truth becomes a part of your knowledge base and then give it to friends and family. This series can make a difference as America prepares to select our next President.

So between this political advocacy, and his endorsement of McCain, how does this swindling behemoth keep his tax exemption?

Or phrased another way…why am I paying this gasbag of hate and stupidity against my will?

Uh McCain? He ain’t singing about oil, you moron

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I’m John McCain, and I approve this song:

Da – ddy Yan- kee !
shake it mambo so that my cat (cat = babe) can turn on the engine,
shake it mambo so that my cat (cat = babe) can turn on the engine,
shake it mambo so that my cat (cat = babe) can turn on the engine,

Get ready, because whats coming is to give it to her, (hard!
Mamita, I know that you aren’t going to take away (hard!)
What I like is that you let yourself get taken away (hard!)
every weekend she goes out to have fun (hard!)
my cat doesn’t stop hanging out because

She likes gasoline (give me more gasoline!)
How she loves gasoline (give me more gasoline!) 2

From the online Urban dictionary:

gasolina: New spanish slang meaning Sperm (Skeet)

Thank you, John McCain, for providing further examples of this. You really, really don’t want this job, do ya?