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President now reduced to insulting twelve year old boys

Racine Post: Seventh-graders crawled through crowd to ask Obama a question: "The two 12-year-old seventh-graders got the opportunity to ask President Barack Obama a question during Wednesday's Town Hall meeting at Memorial Hall. Spencer and Gerald, trading lines, asked the president about financial aid for college students.

Obama, who had just talked at length about financial aid, took the question in stride. He first asked the students if they had spent so much time rehearsing their question that they forgot to listen to his answers. The comment drew laughs from the audience."

Really? Really Mr. President? These kids are probably very nervous and given how you drone on and on ceaselessly they probably couldn't remember your initial comments because it had been so long since you started. Plus, they're twelve. You need to spoon feed them sometimes. Instead of talking down to them and insulting them and showing just how petulant you are, you could have been more…

Cheerwine meets the Krispy Kreme

Cheerwine meets the Krispy Kreme

This abomination couldn't be any more Carolina unless it was shaped like Charlotte Motor Speedway and topped with pulled pork BBQ.

Krispy Kreme is meh. I never understood the mania around them. They're donuts and super super sweet at that. Cheerwine is the local cherry flavor soda. It is also poisonous to anyone who is not born and raised on it. Think of it as Carolina's answer to Vernors or Moxie . (Bonus points for anyone who's had all three) It's red, it's fizzy and very sweet. Cloyingly so. Now the idea that they've put two of the sweetest items ever created into one unholy alliance gets me this close to a diabetic coma just reading about it.

Put this a the top of my FOOD TO BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS list.

Sounds like me from 15 years ago

Riehl World View: My Warning To The Establishment GOP: "Today's�establishment GOP is a reasonable conservative's enemy. They are not our friends."

She essentially lays out my path to becoming libertarian. I agreed with the Regan GOP. They were much more focused on deficits, debts and foreign policy. More secular if you will. Then after Milquetoast Bush left office the GOP lost it's bearings. They cast about in frothing anger during the Clinton years and put up (God help us) Dole as the counter to Clinton. I can not think of a worse choice. I say that merely from a strategic point of view. I like Bob Dole and I think he's a good guy. But he has a severe charisma deficit against your average politician let alone the megawatt charm of Clinton. Just wasn't going to happen. After that fiasco, they picked George W. I didn't know much about the man but he seemed together and composed. Like a computer program that runs in the background and you ne…

And then the 10 year old inside me went bananas

Lightcycle!

Oh my dear sweet Lord. I never thought I'd live to see the day but lo, there it is. So wonderfully bizarre and geeky and awful and if I had the scratch you'd see me blasting up and down 301 on this thing.

Can't wait for this one

Loved the first one. I hope this one keeps to the spirit (pardon the pun) of the first one

Science historian cracks "the Plato code" (The University of Manchester)

Science historian cracks "the Plato code" (The University of Manchester)

This is all Dan Brown's fault. Crappy pulp conspiracy after crappy pulp conspiracy only feeds the fire of fools.

Comment Rescue

From Kavips:



Panic buttons often get pushed too early in the final analysis, primarily because they got pushed at all. Doing so, creates a rapid response that changes the course away from what could have happened had that panic reaction never occurred...


Fair enough, I'll agree that's one problem with reading tea leaves. It is, however, foolish to not prepare for the worst.



I think panic is a good thing; For one, I was never a believer in trusting self confidence... I only trust facts...


Except where those facts do not confirm his bias. He posted the other day about how things were going so well on all fronts there was nothing to blog about. If he truly believes that I don't know how we can possibly have a conversation. We're in the worst recession in 70 years, the market is weak and fluctuating, American diplomacy continues to be an abject failure, the oil spill threatens myriad more jobs, wildlife and on and on and on.


And all facts stack up to one conclusion... we …

Interesting read

The making of Thriller. The groundbreaking short film/music video shot in 1983. Read the whole thing from someone who was there. I was never an MJ fan (esp. wrt his personal life) but that video was undeniably awesome. As loathsome as his personal conduct was he was an amazing entertainer.

Fake Irish Passport

Russian spies using fake Irish passports

Mossad assassins using fake Irish passports

It seems that Irish passports are easy to fake. Perhaps the Dubai team wasn't Israeli after all. My guess is they were but you never know. (Why did they go to Iran when they left Dubai if they were Israeli. That seems awfully risky. Also, why such a large team? They never use those kinds of numbers but the KGB did.)

It seems almost quaint hearing about the arrest of Russian spies. As if there's nothing to worry about with Russian spies. Bah! Who cares, it's not like they're jihadists dropping vials of plague on the subway or anything.

My how things have changed.

Grounds for impeachment

Lawmakers guide Dodd-Frank bill for Wall Street reform into homestretch: "'It's a great moment. I'm proud to have been here,' said a teary-eyed Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), who as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee led the effort in the Senate. 'No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we've done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done.'"

Got that? This is now the second time that Democrats are passing a bill so they can see what's in it. This is insanity. The height of hubris and irresponsibility. They are passing laws that they openly admit they have no fucking clue what they do. This is totally indefensible. Any of Delaware's congrescritters that voted for this should be impeached. I am completely serious. Anyone who would vote in favor of a law or package of laws that the do not know what …

8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote

8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote:


"The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating eight lawmakers who held fundraisers within 48 hours of a major House vote on a Wall Street reform bill or received substantial donations from business people with a financial stake in the bill, according to congressional sources and letters."
(snip)
The office is scrutinizing five Republicans and three Democrats...


This is exactly the kind of bullshit I've been endlessly moaning about. Corruption is not, and never has been, limited to one party. If you have the idea that your party is the Good Guys and The Other Guys are the corrupt ones you're an idiot and a partisan hack. All of these men are drawn to Washington because they want power and money. They will use the former go get the latter. The longer they are in DC the more corrupt you become. I don't care what party they are with it's a function of time. They learn how to…

Why Mr. Anti-Bullshit Won't Call Out Islam or Scientology - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Why Mr. Anti-Bullshit Won't Call Out Islam or Scientology - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine: "Are there any groups you won't go after? We haven't tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn't want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I'm not sure. And we haven't tackled Islam because we have families.

Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back ... Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific. [...]

You do go after Christians, though ... Teller and I have been brutal to Christians, and their response shows that they’re good fucking Americans who believe in freedom of speech. We attack them all the time, and we still get letters that say, “We appreciate your passion. Sincerely yours, in Christ.” Christians come to our show at the Rio and give us Bibles all the time. They’re incredibly kind to us. Su…

Delaware falling down on the job

List of U.S. state tartans

That's right. We don't have an official State tartan. How on Earth have we survived this long? I suggest something blue and gold. Perhaps more gold than blue to make it distinctive. Oh, and we should require all members of both state houses to wear them when in session. That would rule.

"Extended?"

Gun rights extended by Supreme Court: "Gun rights extended by Supreme Court"

How about "upheld" or "restored"? If this were a First Amendment case and they were lifting a ban on blogging I doubt this story would be played the same way.

Biden's speechmaking claims another victim

GE CEO collapses during Biden speech
"Campbell, who was seated on a stool at the end of the stage set up inside a warehouse at GE's Appliance Park in Louisville, fell from a stool and off the stage as Biden was nearing the end of his remarks.
(snip)
Freeman says Campbell's collapse appears to be heat-related."


So Biden's speech was so full of hot air he nearly killed someone.

Good to know.

Must see of the day

First one is for Hube:




These guys are hilarious. Must see of the day. OK, this one and one more.


NB: Not all actors are morons

Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP: "It was treated as an oddball twist in the otherwise wrenching saga of the BP oil spill when Kevin Costner stepped forward to promote a device he said could work wonders in containing the spill's damage. But as Henry Fountain explains in the New York Times, the gadget in question — an oil-separating centrifuge — marks a major breakthrough in spill cleanup technology. And BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of the Costner-endorsed centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup.�"

The Right wing in this country continually derides the intelligence of most celebrities in the US largely b/c they're mostly liberals and if they're not on the Right side then clearly the must be morons. Meh. I've never been one of those. I've made fun of their dumb comments from time to time but I've tried not to throw a Blanket Of Stupid on them. Some of them are indeed, well educated. The ones who are famous who…

Aren't liberals against torture?

Oliver Willis: "I think many Americans would like the fingernails of BP’s fat cats pulled out if it meant relief for people in the Gulf."

I see. I'm sure he'd roll his eyes and say he was making a point or wasn't serious or whatever but I don't think he is. I honestly believe he absolutely would pull out this guy's fingernails to stop this thing. That's fine if that's his opinion. If however, he wouldn't do the same for terrorists who have information that would prevent the death of hundreds or thousands of innocent people then he's a hypocrite.

About that stimulus...

Biden: We Can't Recover All the Jobs Lost: "Vice President Joe Biden gave a stark assessment of the economy today, telling an audience of supporters, 'there's no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.'"

Translation: We knew we couldn't fix it but we needed to throw money at our voters so they'd stop complaining until the next election.

The stimulus failed, we all know it failed. Even lefties know it failed. The indicators may be turning around but that has fuck all to do with anything this Congress or President is doing or has done. The only thing government can do to an economy is throttle it. Up or down. They can lift the yokes of restrictions and taxes and watch it grow. Or they can pull harder on them and shrink it.

Crazed Teabaggers set fire to police cars, loot city

Oh, wait, it's just leftists at G20 again. Nothing to see here, move along.

F1 Valencia

Fernando Alonso calls foul over treatment of Lewis Hamilton in Valencia

The issue in brief:

1. Passing the safety car is not allowed
2. Lewis Hamilton passed the pace car
3. He was penalized and force to do a drive through the pit lane.
4. That is the standard penalty

Everything else is just noise. Mostly from Ferrari and Alonso. Essentially Hamilton passed the pace car when it was mighty close to coming on track and I think he knew when he committed to passing that he shouldn't have but it was too late. Because he made it past the pace car he was able to finish second and Alonso finished 11th, out of the points. Alonso is mighty pissed because it means that Hamilton is well on his way to another championship pulling away from the Spaniard.

Alonso's claim that he "always plays by the rules" however, is hilarious.

In Hungary in 2007 he stayed in the pit allegedly "discussing tires" or something while Hamilton sat behind him unable to refuel for further q…