Saturday, July 18, 2009
'Less politically correct' Tweets soon, Palin threatens
Will she be Tweeting nekkid photos of herself like Boston rocker Amanda Palmer?
The Associated Press "reports" that "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to stay in touch using Twitter even after leaving office on July 26" and "The governor also promises to post "less politically correct" messages."......................
sarevil, please please please just promise to be more articulate(and what with your racist insightful duchebaggary, when the fuck were you EVER pc??????????????????)
By David Edwards
To the surprise of many observers, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) read anonymous comments about Judge Sotomayor in her confirmation hearing Tuesday.
“ABC’s World News and NBC’s Nightly News reported Lindsey Graham’s citation of anonymous criticism of Sonia Sotomayor published in the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary without noting that Sotomayor’s 2nd Circuit Court colleague reportedly called such criticism ’sexist,’” Media Matters complained.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart found some anonymous quotes from the Internet about Graham to read on the air Thursday.
Some choice examples:
“Lindsey Graham takes it up the cornhole.”
“He is a sad sack of shit and is an embarrassment to the state of South Carolina.”
“He’s such a white Southern pig racist idiot douchebag.”
The audience roared in laughter after Stewart also revealed that Graham is “actually featured on the ‘men who look like old lesbians dot blogspot site.’”....................
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Twitter's security breach: a reminder to choose and use web passwords wisely.
Posted by Xeni Jardin
Someone who goes by the name of "Hacker Croll" breached the cloud computing accounts of one or more Twitter employees, and obtained access to extremely sensitive personal and corporate documents. I won't link to the documents, but they're floating around. I first read about the breach on the New York Times "Bits" blog.
This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone about choosing and managing passwords wisely. The New York Times' Gadgetwise blog has a helpful post up today along those lines. Snip:The lesson Twitter employees are learning the hard way is a lesson for us all. If you use cloud services for personal or work purposes, you need to:
NEW VOICES: georgie boy
We continue to madly work on The Book, with a brief trip to Vegas last weekend for The Amaz!ing Meeting. To keep the cocktail party lively in our absence, Alex Morgan, budding science writer extraordinaire, is back with a fascinating historical account demonstrating the efficacy of case-based reasoning.
In 1877 in the well-to-do London suburb of St. John’s Wood, a sixteen-month-old infant is dying. Georgie has cried for weeks, but now he doesn’t have the energy to cry. Too feeble to sit up, he won’t move at all, if he can help it. He can’t bear for anyone to touch his legs, which are covered with bruise-like spots. His face is ash white. His gums are inflamed and spongy. His breath smells like a corpse.
The pediatrician, Dr. Sumner, has prescribed chlorate of potash and quinine bark – strong general-purpose medications – and later syrup of iodide of iron and cod-liver oil. For the inflamed gums, he orders alum and glycerin applied locally. But Georgie’s condition only worsens. The swelling of the gums grows still more extensive, until the whole of the mucous membrane of the upper and lower jaw seems to be involved, and the bleeding becomes more profuse. Georgie begins to have spasms in his throat that cut off his breathing.
Children die in Victorian England. In the upper-class areas of Liverpool, according to an 1899 report, 136 out of 1000 newborns die before they reach the age of one. Working class districts maintain a rate of 274 infant deaths per 1000, and 509 slum children die for every 1000 born, all within the first year after birth. A very sick child like Georgie, not responding to treatment, unable to eat, having difficulty breathing, is expected to die. But he gets a lucky break.
His pediatrician asks Dr. Walter Cheadle from London’s Hospital for Sick Children to consider the case. An unusually shy man, Dr. Cheadle avoids the clubs and dinner parties of his social class, but he is appreciated by his students and patients for his courtesy and concern..........
VA GOP delegate candidate may 'resort to the bullet box'
Update: Candidate defends fiery words to Washington Post
Meet the latest GOP clown: She may not be able to shoot a gun, but she's willing to lead a revolution if she loses her election evidently.
Political blog Not Larry Sabato reports on an astonishing statement by a Virginian running to become a Republican Party delegate.
"We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box...That's the beauty of our 2nd Amendment rights," Catherine Crabill, the GOP nominee for Delegate in Virginia's 99th District said Wednesday, as the video posted by the blog shows.
Crabill adds, "Our 2nd Amendment right was to guard against tyranny."
Huffington Post notes, "Crabill, who proclaims on her campaign website that "America was founded by right-wing extremists," has already drawn fire for her controversial views. Among other things, she believes the U.S. government played a role in the Oklahoma City Bombing."........
instead of spending money trying to bring someone else DOWN, shouldn't they be spending their money trying to promote one of their own? goddess knows they are NOT going to be spending THEIR money helping those in need
GOP's 'Obama card' is unintentionally hilarious
-- Stephen C. Webster
This may be the worst online political ad ever conceived.
The "Obama card" campaign, found here, was launched on Thursday to very little acclaim. It resides on GOP.com and is paid for by the Republican National Committee.
It's something of an interactive feature that lets users ring up a sale on the "Obama card," which apparently makes everything free. (This is the level of discourse offered by a major political party?) The fun comes in when you get to take your "Obama card" through an online shopping spree, right from the GOP's own product portal.
As pointed out by John Aravosis over at Americablog, the GOP store contains many, many questionable items, ranging from the anti-Semitic to pornographic. Aravosis searched for "jew" and got "Jews and Their Lies" as a result, among others. A search for "latino" rendered "The Latino Threat." A search for "gay," however, resulted in a GOP scolding. "Bad Word!" the "Obama card" search proclaims.
Inspired by John's findings, I did a little searching around of my own, checking for every odd thing I could think of.
i have NO issues with being spied upon IF IT'S DONE WITHIN THE LAW. if you (the government) think i'm a bad bad bad person (i'm really not by the way), then get a judge to sign a warrant and wiretap me. THAT is acceptable to me. what isn't acceptable to me is spying on your own citizens for NO REASON and with NO warrant. what isn't acceptable to me is the united states of america torturing people. what isn't acceptable to me is the united states of america holding prisoners with NO charges, NO rights, NO contact with the outside world. what isn't acceptable to me is our government being friends with some terrorists (let's just use gaddafi as an example) yet accusing OTHERS of being terrorists and having no contact with them. what's not acceptable to me is believing in the rapture. what's not acceptable to me is letting your citizens go hungry, go without shelter, go without education, go without health care.
what was in NO WAY acceptable no way at all acceptable to me was the king george administration period. i want them to be held accountable for ALL OF THEIR CRIMES
Illegal, and Pointless
We’ve known for years that the Bush administration ignored and broke the law repeatedly in the name of national security. It is now clear that many of those programs could have been conducted just as easily within the law — perhaps more effectively and certainly with far less damage to the justice system and to Americans’ faith in their government.
That is the inescapable conclusion from a devastating report by the inspectors general of the intelligence and law-enforcement community on President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. The report shows that the longstanding requirement that the government obtain a warrant was not hindering efforts to gather intelligence on terrorists after the 9/11 attacks. In fact, the argument that the law was an impediment was concocted by White House and Justice Department lawyers after Mr. Bush authorized spying on Americans’ international communications...........
Thursday, July 16, 2009
via boing boing
Posted by Marina Gorbis,
......Guestblogger Marina Gorbis is executive director at Institute for the Future.
Whenever you are tempted to feel superior about our unique status as humans in the animal kingdom and our extraordinary achievements in building a sophisticated civilization, it is worth reading Frans De Waal, a Dutch primatologist who has studied apes for almost 40 years. Several years ago when I picked up his book "Our Inner Ape," it quickly occurred to me that this is probably one of the best management books I've ever read...........
perhaps the end IS near...............is there something you're not telling me?
New military robots 'could feed on corpses'
Wonderful: your most horrible military-death-cyborg-synergy dreams come true. A Maryland company under contract with the Pentagon is developing a robot that can burn organic material and use collected debris as fuel -- including, but not limited to, things like sticks, grass, debris -- and dead bodies. Fox News reports....................
.........Robotic Technology Inc.'s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that's right, "EATR" — "can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable," reads the company's Web site..............
BUT let us NEVER stop working to end domestic abuse EVERYWHERE. wipe it out in every corner of the globe. we CAN and must do it
New Policy Permits Asylum for Battered Women
By JULIA PRESTON
The Obama administration has opened the way for foreign women who are victims of severe domestic beatings and sexual abuse to receive asylum in the United States. The action reverses a Bush administration stance in a protracted and passionate legal battle over the possibilities for battered women to become refugees. In addition to meeting other strict conditions for asylum, abused women will need to show that they are treated by their abuser as subordinates and little better than property, according to an immigration court filing by the administration, and that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in their country. They must show that they could not find protection from institutions at home or by moving to another place within their own country.........
they're ugly and people make fun of them and they're ugly. oh, they're ugly. i have several pairs and i LOVE THEM. whatever ugliness they possess they far outdo it in comfort. if you haven't tried wearing them, DO NOT MAKE FUN
oh well i guess i'm going to have to run out and buy as many as i can afford before they go the way of the pappagallo (i was NEVER a flowered flat wearing pappagallo grrrl. i'm making a joke here!)
see I CAN BE FUNNY
Once-Trendy Crocs Could Be on Their Last Legs
Crocs were born of the economic boom.
The colorful foam clogs appeared in 2002, just as the country was recovering from a recession. Brash and bright, they were a cheap investment (about $30) that felt good and promised to last forever. Former president George W. Bush wore them. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler wore them. Your grandma wore them. They roared along with the economy, mocked by the fashion world but selling 100 million pairs in seven years.
Then the boom times went bust, and Crocs went to the back of the closet.
The company had expanded to meet demand, but financially pressed customers cut back. Last year the company lost $185.1 million, slashed roughly 2,000 jobs and scrambled to find money to pay down millions in debt. Now it's stuck with a surplus of shoes, and its auditors have wondered if it can stay afloat. It has until the end of September to pay off its debt................
pic: As the economy boomed, Crocs became a huge seller. But now cash-strapped consumers have decided they don't need a second pair. (By Charlie Neibergall -- Associated Press)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
First, Do Harm
Doctors were involved with torture from the start. Can the medical profession redeem itself?
THE MEMORY OF detainee No. 173379 still haunts Andrew Duffy. The 24-year-old prisoner showed up in March 2006 among a truckload of captures at Abu Ghraib, where Duffy was stationed as a medic. His job was to treat new arrivals in an overcrowded, sweltering tent suffused with the stench of human waste and vomit. There, Duffy, then 19, handled everything from common diseases like tuberculosis to festering gunshot wounds.
But the new prisoner stood out. He was belligerent, yelling gibberish and staggering like a drunk. Having witnessed this kind of behavior before with detainees in diabetic shock, Duffy checked the man's blood-sugar level. From 70 to 140 milligrams per deciliter is normal; his read 431. The prisoner explained that Iraqi soldiers had held him for five days without his insulin. Duffy called the compound's hospital to request an immediate transfer. It was denied. Duffy's medical supervisor ordered him to just give the guy water..............
this dude really is something else. really he is.
here is your wednesday morning humor:
controversial — musings on Twitter. But not only does he have a Twitter feed in English, but he has also started one in Spanish.
He posted his first tweet in Spanish at 1:08 pm on July 9, noting that he would be on Neil Cavuto’s Fox show at 4:05 to discuss Pelosi’s $16 million “mouse” project. He also asked his readers what he should say about the subject. While some of his tweets on the Spanish-language feed are the same as on the English version, others are original content.
More importantly, why would Gingrich even want a Spanish-language Twitter feed? He has fiercely opposed bilingual education, even going so as far to call Spanish “the language of living in a ghetto“:
The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. … We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.............
here's my posting on the idiotic and evil comments by buchanan
at first i only saw the name and thought a woman wrote this. a woman didn't. a man did. a former lawyer. a person of color. someone just like buchanan WHO EFFING SHOULD KNOW BETTER
and oh and mr mystal says todd has every right to kill levi because levi put it where it didn't belong and impregnated first dude's daughter without the benefit and sanctity of marriage. well toddsareveil's first kid was born BEFORE their 9th month marriage anniversary and i do not believe he was premature. so sarevil's father had every right to kill todd as well? hmmmmmmm when would that stop i wonder?
when will people see we CANNOT allow this to go on. violence and the making light of violence?
Pat Buchanan Shows Fathers How To Deal With Family Issues
Today, I’m here to defend and agree with Pat Buchanan.
On Morning Joe this morning, Pat Buchanan joked that Todd Palin should drown Levi Johnston.
I don’t often (ever?) agree with Mr. Buchanan, but he was obviously right on this point. Levi has violated “the rules,” he continues to violate “the rules,” and as a father Todd Palin has a right to enforce “the rules” in whatever Mountain Man fashion he deems best...............
Afghanistan to outlaw violence against women: US official
Afghan President Hamid
"We've learned in the last 24 hours or so that a bill that's been pending in the parliament in Afghanistan and been reviewed by the ministry of justice to eliminate violence against women is going to be signed by President
Under the bill, men who bar women from getting an education, working, or obtaining healthcare could face six months in prison, said Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health Sayed Mohammed Amin Fatimie, who was at the briefing along with Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said Tayeb Jawad.............
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
i wanted to post it because this happens in every state and it happens far too often (this morning i read about a man in connecticut beating up his pregnant girlfriend. nice, huh)
there have been a lot of incidents of domestic violence in connecticut of late. two within the past few weeks. one woman died, the other escaped.
we need better protection and we need better laws.
we cannot continue like this
we will NOT be victims
Kristin Maxwell's Lonely Death
By KELLY THORNTON
Friday, July 10, 2009 | After San Diego County sheriff's Deputy Lowell "Sam" Bruce shot his wife in the face in front of their 4-year-old son, Kristin Marie Maxwell-Bruce was able to walk to the kitchen phone and dial 911.
As she waited for medical help on that December evening in 2006, Kristin was alert and talking -- but it was with some difficulty because the bullet had destroyed half her tongue and the left side of her jaw.
She told her mother she was worried about her teeth; her mother assured her they could be fixed. Upon arrival at the Alpine home, medics found that Kristin's vital signs -- pulse, body temperature, blood pressure and respiratory rate -- were within normal range.
The evening was capped by a violent encounter between deputies and Kristin's distraught father -- a sequestered witness who was pepper-sprayed, clubbed and handcuffed when he tried to leave sheriff's custody to tell his wife that their only child was dead, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed in December 2007 by Kristin's parents, Jim and Kay Maxwell.......
this is the LAST place you would expect a fugitive kkk member to run to. you'd also expect them not to have brains either. i'm guessing someone TOLD him to go to israel. he couldn't have thought that up himself. well i hope he's brought to justice (and brought home to face the music). appears he's not been convicted of anything yet so i can't call him guilty or the like. as i said, get his ass home SOON. bring him to trial.........then we'll see
tel aviv. i still can't believe that
Senior KKK member arrested in Tel Aviv
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
A high-ranking white supremacist on the run from US federal authorities was arrested on Monday night in a south Tel Aviv hideout. 33-year-old Micky Louis Mayon, one of America's 100 Most Wanted criminals, and a member of the Ku Klux Klan, was arrested in a Florentine apartment by the National Immigration Authority's newly formed Oz enforcement unit.
Mayon is wanted in the US on charges of racist assaults, setting fire to vehicles belonging to federal agents, and a host of violence incidents.
The Oz unit was acting on intelligence relayed by Interpol, which informed authorities here that Mayon had entered Israel illegally. ..........
Wanted fugitive Micky Louis Mayon
for wearing pants. i weep for those that think this is god's will
By Sandhya Raman
Several Sudanese women, including well-known journalist Lobna Ahmed al Hussein, face lashings for wearing inappropriate attire to a restaurant in the nation’s capital, Khartoum. The lewd attire, however, was nothing more than a pair of trousers.
“I was wearing trousers and a blouse and the 10 girls who were lashed were wearing like men, there was no difference,” said Hussein in an interview with the BBC’s Arabic Service...............
HOWEVER, i'm not on television. i don't have a following like this asswipe (why? I SURE AS SHITE DO NOT KNOW. not the me having a following part of course, but people liking PAT). yet he thinks it's funny to wish death on someone. sure levi is a jerk, but aren't we all at some point or another?
some videos at the link below as well:
By David Edwards and John Byrne
Conservative pundit and onetime Nixon aide Pat Buchanan suggested in an interview Monday that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband should murder her daughter’s ex-boyfriend for speaking unfavorably about her campaign and decision to resign.
“Well, first, with regard to Levi, I think First Dude up there in Alaska, Todd Palin, ought to take Levi down to the creek and hold his head underwater until the thrashing stops,” Buchanan quipped............
Monday, July 13, 2009
points us to a judge who is judging a judge
i don't normally copy the WHOLE article i link to, but i did this time:
Senator Jeff Sessions, hypocritical racist moonbat
Posted by Cory Doctorow
A reader writes, "In his opening statement of the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, Senator Jeff Sessions lectured the nominee about 'prejudice' in the legal system. The problem? He was rejected by the very same committee twenty years ago for 'racially insensitive' statements asserting that he thought that the Klan was OK until he found out they smoked 'dope' and calling white civil rights lawyers 'race traitors.' Here's a collection of the media coverage at the time scanned in on Flickr. [Ed: Scan above from Newsweek]"
about halfway through, there's a tape of the head preacher dude from 'the family' (by the way, isn't that what manson called HIS gang?) saying what i believe hitler was a LOT LIKE JESUS (listen and see if you don't agree). granted, it's only bits and pieces of his sermon. didn't hear the whole thing. i'd like to
lavena johnson's parents NEVER got one word of truth (much less a partial one). she was so very obviously raped and murdered then set on fire. they told her parents (her father is a doctor mind you) she killed herself. they're STILL saying she killed herself. we CANNOT allow the heroes of our armed services to die then surround their families with LIES and untruths. we OWE them at the very least the truth
now another cover up. they told seaman provost's mother he collapsed in the guard shack then died. they forgot to tell her HE WAS SHOT AND SET ON FIRE (whoops, that's quite a lot to forget). his mother HEARD THAT INFORMATION ON THE NEWS. shite. that is NOT right
i don't care if someone is gay or straight. a woman or a man. black, brown, yellow, red or green. THEY ARE OUR HEROES WE ALL DESERVE THE TRUTH
Jackson Lee wants deeper look into sailor death
Family says he was harassed because he was gay
By JENNIFER LATSON
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee called Sunday for an investigation into the death of a Houston sailor who was shot to death while on duty in California last month.
Navy Seaman August Provost III, 29, was killed June 30 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California, where he was standing watch at a base compound. Navy officials said Provost, who grew up in Houston's Acres Homes neighborhood, was shot to death and his body burned.
Provost's family has speculated that the shooting might have been a hate crime, because the sailor was gay.
“I am requesting a full investigation into the murder,” Jackson Lee said Sunday. “This death appears bizarre, and more facts need to be uncovered.”...........
Palin’s Route to Resignation: Missteps and Ignored Advice
By JIM RUTENBERG and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
This article was reported by Jim Rutenberg from New York and Serge F. Kovaleski from Wasilla and Anchorage, Alaska. Jo Becker reported from New York and Kim Severson and William Yardley from Wasilla and Anchorage.
ANCHORAGE — In late March, a senior official from the Republican Governors Association headed for Alaska on a secret mission. Sarah Palin was beset by such political and personal turmoil that some powerful supporters determined an intervention was needed to pull her governorship, and her national future, back from the brink.The official, the association’s executive director, Nick Ayers, arrived with a memorandum containing firm counsel, according to several people who know its details: Make a long-term schedule and stick to it, have staff members set aside ample and inviolable family time to replenish your spirits, and build a coherent home-state agenda that creates jobs and ensures re-election..............................
Sunday, July 12, 2009
oh i really DO love it
they are soul-less. they care not for anyone but themselves. they convinced themselves myths are real and only THEY are the chosen. ah wait till they find out the TRUTH (as mulder would say, it's out there)
By Muriel Kane
The powerful and secretive group known as the Fellowship Foundation or the “Family” is quickly gaining notoriety, due to its links to two scandal-plagued Republicans, Senator John Ensign of Nevada and Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
According to the Washington Post, however, the Fellowship Foundation is itself linked to an even more secretive religious organization — Youth With a Mission (YWAM), whose Washington, DC branch owns the “C Street House” where Ensign has lived and where Sanford has participated in Bible study.
A diarist at Daily Kos points out that “YWAM founder leader Loren Cunningham has publicly outlined a vision for Christian world-control,” which involves establishing domination over government, education, business, the media, and other areas.
The last time YWAM came to notice was in 2006, when Loren Cunningham’s son, David Cunningham, gained attention as the director of ABC’s bitterly anti-Clinton “docudrama,” The Path to 9/11. According to Talking Points Memo, the younger Cunningham’s ties to YWAM were discovered by Digby and discussed at length on both Daily Kos and Democratic Underground..........