s skippy the bush kangaroo: January 2011

skippy the bush kangaroo

Monday, January 31, 2011

for sail

the freeway blogger tries something new: putting a sail on a bike and riding his message across america
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these kids today with their x-box and ipods

we can't tell from her tweet if this girl is just being snarky or really this stupid
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breaking good

fans of breaking bad will get this:

do us and our friend trixie con queso a favor, go to the youtube page and leave a message, plus a "like" for her efforts...maybe she'll actually get on the show!!
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monday musings

it's rich v. poor in egypt

giving makes the brain physiqcally happier

targeting planned parenthood

and finally, don't be timid, gop
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

environmental news stories sunday

i know...i know...a little late, but i have been busy this weekend at the edible institute, an amazing conference for those involved in all things food. (for some live blogged highlights...huffpo had a blogger there. i was too busy working it...although, i did find some time to tweet.)

today, in "honor" of 1/2 governor 1/2 wit sarah palin's visit to the santa barbara area soon, a few stories involving alaska.

one bear's long swim illustrates sea ice shortage. - in one of the most dramatic signs ever documented of how shrinking arctic sea ice impacts polar bears, researchers in alaska have tracked a female bear that swam nine days across the deep, frigid beaufort sea before reaching an ice floe 426 miles offshore - latte times

alaskan chronicles polar bear's 9-day swim. - one of alaska's own polar bear experts is making headlines this week with a new revelation about the toll climate change is taking on polar bears as a result of melting sea ice. scientists recently documented a mother bear's "epic nine-day swim in search of ice" in the waters of the beaufort sea. - anchorage alaska dispatch

fairbanks' pollution levels could hinder federal money. - commissioner larry hartig told the alaska house finance committee on friday that the decision by residents could have statewide ramifications for federal road dollars to alaska, which depends on a federal order that the city reduce pollution levels by 2014 - ap

arctic waters are warmest in 2000 years: study. - water flowing into the arctic ocean from the north atlantic is now the warmest in at least 2,000 years, reports a new international study that's bad news for climate change as well as polar bears needing sea ice for survival. - ustoady

alaska seeing impact of climate change in its infrastructure, villages. - climate change has already begun to make life difficult for state transportation managers. and they expect it to become a bigger and more expensive challenge if warming trends continue as predicted - fairbanks daily news miner

fairbanks borough follows ballot measure weakens air quality regulations. - the fairbanks north star borough assembly passed an air quality ordinance thursday that eliminates emissions fines but keeps penalties for prohibited fuels. - fairbanks daily news miner

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More Soundgarden...

Because I felt like it.



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Saturday, January 29, 2011

rip charlie callas

charlie callas, the manic old-school comedian who made robin williams look like a zen monk by comparison, died thursday @age 83. la times:
a former drummer for the tommy dorsey orchestra and other big bands who switched to comedy in the mid-1960s, callas once described himself as being "like a little kid running loose in the living room."

a 1982 article in the tmes said callas "will strut, stroll, fall down or drape himself over anything handy to get laughs during his routines."

"somebody once told me, 'You look like a cartoon that somebody just drew,' " callas recalled in a 1991 interview with new york's newsday. "and that's what I am, a cartoon come to wreak havoc, like a wild kid. i'm silly."

the whippet-thin callas, whose visually oriented brand of humor included celebrity impressions, was a regular guest on tv variety and talk shows in the 1960s and '70s, including "the merv griffin show," johnny carson's "tonight show" and the "dean martin celebrity roasts."
callas was a regular in mel brooks' films, and a favorite of frank sinatra.

read the comments on this ac club piece for further tidbits about this amazing man's career.

rest in peace, charlie callas
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Times Are Gone For Honest Men, And Sometimes...

Far too long for snakes.



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Friday, January 28, 2011

dorothy surrendered to the big bad wicked witch

well, it's more like the organic "elite" surrender to monsanto and their genetically engineered crops, alfalfa specifically.

but...why? apparently because of friends in "high places."
according to informed sources, the ceos of whole foods (wfm) and stonyfield are personal friends of former iowa governor, now usda secretary, tom vilsack, and in fact made financial contributions to vilsack's previous electoral campaigns. vilsack was hailed as "governor of the year" in 2001 by the biotechnology industry organization, and traveled in a monsanto corporate jet on the campaign trail. perhaps even more fundamental to organic inc.'s abject surrender is the fact that the organic elite has become more and more isolated from the concerns and passions of organic consumers and locavores. the organic inc. ceos are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. several of them have told me this to my face. they apparently believe that the battle against gmos has been lost, and that it's time to reach for the consolation prize.  the consolation prize they seek is a so-called "coexistence" between the biotech behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and greenwash the unpleasant fact that monsanto's unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of u.s. (and 1/10 of global) crop land. - organic consumers association
well..actually just the american dorothy has surrendered... the european dorothy has a spine.
there can be no such thing as "coexistence" with a reckless industry that undermines public health, destroys biodiversity, damages the environment, tortures and poisons animals, destabilizes the climate, and economically devastates the world's 1.5 billion seed-saving small farmers.  there is no such thing as coexistence between gmos and organics in the european union. why? because in the eu there are almost no gmo crops under cultivation, nor gm consumer food products on supermarket shelves. and why is this? because under eu law, all foods containing gmos or gmo ingredients must be labeled.- organic consumers association

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friday fare

james o'keefe pal admits involvement in acorn-like (failed) sting on planned parenthood

bomb found @ mlk day parade may have contained poison

reports of police massacres of civilians in egypt

and it's always good to remember...
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

skippy's thursday nite music club

in honor of the opening night of the santa barbara film festival, one of my all time favorite "movie stars" doing what he does best...making motion poetic.

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Open Up...

Begin again...



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this financial hell was avoidable

avoidable. need we say more other than why aren't these guys being fired and charged with financial terrorism?
the 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by wall street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry. 

...“the greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done,” the panel wrote in the report’s conclusions, which were read by the new york times. “if we accept this notion, it will happen again.” - nytimes

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thursday things

the mentally ill over-crowd our jails

the unbearable whiteness of being pro-life

surprise! ted haggard is bisexual

but these russian tourists, while researching weird american laws, had sex w/a porcupine
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More Gen Xer Goodness...



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tweet of the day

keith olbermann
greetings! foknewschannel is on the air. well, on twitter. well, it'll be on as soon as we pay the electric bill

"deviltry and mahem"...i'm diggin' it.

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happy australia day

let's hope they have a break in their natural disaster to "celebrate what's great" about their wonderful country.

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j.p.morgan crooks

like this surprises us.
former bear stearns mortgage executives who now run mortgage divisions of goldman sachs, bank of america, and ally financial have been accused of cheating and defrauding investors through the mortgage securities they created and sold while at bear. according to e-mails and internal audits, jpmorgan had known about this fraud since the spring of 2008, but hid it from the public eye through legal maneuvering. last week a lawsuit filed in 2008 by mortgage insurer ambac assurance corp against bear stearns and jpmorgan was unsealed. the lawsuit's supporting e-mails, going back as far as 2005, highlight bear traders telling their superiors they were selling investors like ambac a "sack of shit."

news of internal whistleblowers coming forward from bear's mortgage servicing division, emc, was first reported by the atlantic in may of last year. ex-emc analysts admitted they were sometimes told to falsify loan-level performance data provided to the ratings agencies who blessed bear's billion-dollar deals. but according to depositions and documents in the ambac lawsuit, bear's misdeeds went even deeper. they say senior traders under tom marano, who was a senior managing director and global head of mortgages for bear and is now ceo of ally's mortgage operations, were pocketing cash that should have gone to securities holders after Bear had already sold them bonds and moved the loans off its books.- the atlantic

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with a future that depends on science

ours isn't looking so good.
just 1 out of every 100 u.s. schoolchildren excels at science, while less than a third of their peers reach grade-level proficiency in the subject, according to the nation's report card released tuesday. - sfgate

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wednesday wares

conservative christians divorce more

91% of americans approve of obama's sotu

gop roadmap would dynamite social security and medicare

dems don't have cooties
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state of the yoga

a most excellent interview

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

sotu stfu

obama is scheduled to call for a ban on earmarks and for a spending freeze tonite

by airing michelle bachmann's "tea-tuttle" tonite, cnn will provide 2 gop views to obama's one dem view

the prez will not endorse social security cuts in the speech

and of course, tradition holds that we all gather @ the first draft crack van to live blog sotu tonite!

[addendum: and let's all play sotu buzzword bingo while we do!
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tuesday tidbits

watching tonite's speech? try pop-up sotu

laurence o'donnell pays tribute to keith olbermann

media mostly ignores domestic terrorism bomb found @ mlk day parade

kevin smith protests the protesters protesting his film red state
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Monday, January 24, 2011


This song turned up on my supervisor's iPod today. Have you ever heard a song you haven't even thought about in so long, and then once you finally hear it again, you're all but speechless and frozen?

I've gone through that, probably, close to a hundred times. But this is the first time I've gone through it based on a song written and performed by fellow Gen Xers. "Release" will turn twenty years old later this year -- which means that Pearl Jam is officially a classic rock band now, and not only do I clearly remember the days when they were young, fresh, and full of that wonderful grunge-scented musk only us Gen Xers will ever fully appreciate, I think it's about damned time my generation got some well-earned recognition on some of these classic rock radio stations.

I was listening to one of these for a couple hours last week -- not because I wanted to, but because that's what the radio happened to be tuned to. The "youngest" song I heard was Journey's "Separate Ways." I got nothing against Journey being in the classic rock category -- though personally, I think Journey sucks. But what about Bruce Hornsby? What about Tracy Chapman? What about the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Hell, what about Prince? I have never heard any of these artists played on any classic rock station. Why is that? They all qualify. What's the damn problem?

My 2 cents...


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bye bye blackbird sang the usda

apparently they had a hand in the aflockalypse.
it's not the "aflockalyptic" fallout from a secret us weapon lab as some have theorized. but the government acknowledged thursday that it had a hand in one of a string of mysterious mass bird deaths that have spooked residents in arkansas, louisiana, alabama, south dakota, and kentucky in the last month. - christian science monitor

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tweet(s) of the day

citizens of the free world: greetings! ........ (more to come)
my humble thanks to all friends of keith for the many kind words. the reports of the death of my career are greatly exaggerated

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The Right Man for the Job?

I said something like this in comments at Brad DeLong's, but it's short and worth repeating here.

Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, is leading the Jobs Initiative for the Obama White House. He has been at GE for about a decade now, so let's see how he has done.

If you look at the GE Annual Reports, you can see the staff growth under Immelt. 2000 Annual Report (PDF; the last one with "Neutron Jack" as head of the company), GE had 131,000 U.S.-based employees and 92,000 non-domestic ones.

For the 2009 Annual Report (also PDF), there are 134,000 U.S.-based employees and 154,000 non-US ones.

So the man charged with solving the greatest level of U.S. unemployment since July of 1983 is someone who has added jobs domestically for his own firm at the rate of 0.25% (just to be clear:0.0025) per year.

Or, to put it another way, a man whose firm has added less than one domestic job for every twenty added elsewhere.

One of the reasons that is perpetually given for the high level of unemployment is a poor fit of the "skill set" required to do the job. It's a pity the Obama Administration doesn't follow the lead of the private sector.

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out and about

bath salts provide high similar to cocaine

keith olbermann removed from msnbc site

7 reasons the right will have a tough time defeating obama

happy birthday michelle obama!
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Dare Not...

laugh at the madman...


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A Northeast Philadelphian Explains It All to You

As echidne has been documenting, the Internet has become less and less fun as it panders to views over facts.

In honor of my being homesick for an area I left more than forty years ago, the following is offered as the source of all the commentary at Redstate.com.

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breaking: jane hamsher detained @ quantico

according to jane's twitter feed, jane and david house are being detained @ quantico even as we speak:
jane hamsher is with david house who is trying to visit pvt. bradley manning at quantico today while carrying a petition with 42,000 signatures requesting humane treatment for manning. the military isn’t making it easy at all and detained jane and david for two hours. we’re publishing her tweets as well as david house’s tweets here as a post in case you haven’t been able to follow them on twitter (@janehamsher and @davidmhouse
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environmental news stories sundays

for those stories you won't hear bandied about on the talking head shows this morning...nor, in all likely hood, on the front pages of american corporate media.

i apologize for neglecting my editor status duties last sunday, however, i do have a good explanation. i was in baghdad-by-the-bay for the winter fancy food trade show held at the moscone center.

so..that being said..lets get down to bloggin' "dirt" about mother nature and our "battles" with her, shall we?

frankenfish or super salmon? - controversial salmon research pioneered at memorial university decades ago is in the final stage of the u.s. approval process. if the fda gives it the go-ahead, the salmon will be the first genetically modified animal species ok’d for sale to americans - a move that could open the floodgates to other engineered animals - st. john telegram

california's 'big one' might be a megastorm. - california's "big one" may not be an earthquake at all, but a devastating megastorm that would inundate the central valley, trigger widespread landslides and cause flood damage to 1 in 4 homes in the state - latte times

fish threatened by global warming to be moved north. - fish from the lake district will be moved to cooler waters in scotland under radical plans – which will be unveiled this week – aimed at coping with climate change. - london independent

europe begins to run short of water. - half of the czech republic’s population could face water shortages because of climate change, a top climate change expert has warned - inter press service

climate-change secrets in foam. - the mountains of foam which coat coast beaches after wild weather could provide more than hours of fun for youngsters. scientists believe they might also provide indications about global climate change and pollution. - marochydore sunshine coast daily

the world is warming and waiting for science. - most of the major discoveries in climate science have not been reported by the major media. Instead, mainstream media continue to focus on climate scientists at the expense of climate science. - orlando sentinel

changing climate means changing oceans. - from acidification and warming temperatures to sea-level rise and sea-ice loss, ira flatow and guests look at how the oceans are changing with changes in climate - talk of the nation npr

and then there are poor deluged australia, brazil, sri lanka and south africa

more natural disasters on australia's radar. - an expert says australia will see a higher incidence of extreme weather events like the flooding in queensland. - australia abc news

the great avoidable flood: an inquiry's challenge. - for reasons now highly controversial, on january 13 australia's third-largest city was devastated by a major flood in the brisbane river. at first it was put down to the wrath of mother nature. but, as engineers and hydrologists model data on the performance of the dam, a very different picture emerges. - sydney australian

reefs reeling from queensland floods. - researchers say the recent queensland floods are carrying tonnes of fresh water, nutrients and pesticides to the ocean, placing enormous stress on the great barrier reef. - australia abc news

anxious wait for moreton bay . - queensland environmentalists are anxiously waiting to see how much of moreton bay's "unique playground" will be destroyed by the unprecedented pollution that is still gushing down the brisbane river. experts say turtles, dugongs and various fish species are certain to die as toxins kill their main food source, sea grass. - brisbane times

report reveals flooding's massive impact on farms and mining. - the devastation from recent floods will cost the australian agricultural sector $500-600 million, while coal exports will take a $2-2.5 billion hit in 2010-11, according to a new report. - sydney australian

new victorian flood front ruins farm sector. - victoria's flood disaster will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, delivering a second crippling blow to the country's economy in weeks, after rampant floodwaters devastated the state's farming sector and rural infrastructure - sydney australian

brazil tallies destruction in deadly floods. - in brazil, officials are tallying the dead and missing after last week's floods and mudslides. nearly 800 people have died; 400 more are registered as missing. It's one of the deadliest disasters on record for brazil - npr

sri lankan floods could leave 400,000 children without enough food. - the worst floods in sri lanka's recent history have destroyed homes, schools and agricultural land. up to 1 million people, including 400,000 children, are facing a food crisis, a children's charity has warned - london guardian

food appeal for sri lankan flood victims. - record monsoon rains driven by an unusually strong la niña weather pattern in the pacific have caused devastating floods in sri lanka, killing dozens and driving more than 300,000 people from their homes in recent weeks, the united nations said in an urgent appeal for relief funds on Wednesday - nytimes

floodwaters rising across southern africa. - as south africa declares a national disaster due to flooding, other countries in the region hold their breath while water levels continue to rise. with dozens dead and damages exceeding $50 million across eight of its nine provinces, south africa is experiencing its heaviest floods in years. - inter press service

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sunday potpouri

mrs. clarence thomas got $680,000 from the heritage foundation, but her hubby failed to disclose it

message from corporate america: work longer, harder, faster

ministers attack billboard depicting black gay men in church

the making of glenn beck
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In The Old Days...

There was the practice of exorcism. Today, we call that $#!+ therapy. If you're possessed by demons, then therapy just might be the solution for you. I'm not possessed by demons, though; I'm haunted by ghosts. There's a major difference...


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

skippy's saturday nite music

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exit stage left

i admit. i have a big crush on keith o.
handsome. intelligent. witty. well read. natty dresser. leans to the left. my kind of man. usually when i see mention of keith, my heart skips a beat, but, alas, last night when reading my twitter feed, the mentions of keith brought about my heart to sink. low.

as i wait to have the countdown episode from last night to download onto itunes, i'm taking a look at some of the articles that are out about his announcement and it's making my heart sink even further.
yeah, it's been a big day at msnbc...at least it's been a big 15 minutes...i know very little about it, all i know is that it was between keith and the company and it didn't involve any of the rest of us and he was really gracious and nice when he left. - businessinsider.com

bill carter just told anderson cooper that part of whatever deal they struck will likely keep olbermann of tv "maybe not for two years" but for an extended period of time. - businessinsider.com

the virtual war in which olbermann was engaged with his bosses at msnbc and nbc news could not have been something that comcast wanted a part of. and while thus far there is no specific evidence that comcast had a direct hand in this development there no almost no question that comcast provided some sort of support to nbc to end olbermann’s contract, an action that jeff zucker might not have supported. - mediaite

whether or not the recent comcast-nbc merger has anything to do with it, we may never know. but, the timing does seem, well, a little too "conveeeeeeeeeenient" for the comcastic company and way too inconvenient for viewers who appreciated a tall, dark and handsome american who called out to the "emperors" that they had no clothes.

speaking truth to power. more often than not, the "power" wins.
so, keith. so long for now (i'm hoping that it is not goodbye)...and good luck.

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blogging around

before palin-free february kicks in: australia promises to arrest palin for inciting violence if she comes to that country

roll back citizens united

can harry reid save social security?

birthers twarted: obama's birth certificate declared private
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Friday, January 21, 2011

bad news for modern man

ko has been ko'd:
keith olbermann, the highest-rated host on msnbc, announced abruptly on the air friday night that he is leaving “countdown with keith olbermann” immediately.

the host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time, especially since he was suspended for two days last november, came to an agreement with nbc’s corporate management late this week to settle his contract and step down.

in a closing statement on his show, mr. olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. he offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.

in a statement, msnbc said : “msnbc and keith olbermann have ended their contract. the last broadcast of ‘countdown with keith olbermann’ will be this evening. msnbc thanks Keith for his integral role in msnbc’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
oh, no, there's no problem with the nbc-comcast merger at all.

[addendum: dave neiwert, the best writer in blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase, gives us keith's farewell starement.]
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for one thing, it's the shortest month of the year

we're tossing in w/dana milbank, and pledging to make february a palin-free month!

it's going to be hard. we are, after all, comedians at heart, and it's a little like saying "here's a gun, there's a barrel of fish, no shooting!!"

but we figure that if mr. milbank, someone who actually gets paid for rendering his opinion, can go 28 days w/o mentioning sarah palin, we can too.

we like this line from milbank's essay:

but if we treat her a little less like a major political figure and a little more like ann coulter - a calculating individual who says shocking things to attract media attention - it won't matter. sure, we might lose some web traffic or tv ratings, but we might also gain something. remember the "seinfeld" episode where george costanza, by giving up sex, suddenly frees up brain power to learn portuguese and euclidean geometry, to teach derek jeter the physics of batting, to become a "jeopardy" whiz and to solve a rubik's cube? if we stop obsessing over palin, we might suddenly become experts in the federal budget or medicare reimbursement rates.
no, we're sure we won't become experts in anything.

but maybe, at least, the lack of attention will piss her off.
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they get letters

i wrote to my democratic congress critters about the upcoming state of the union address.
if president obama mentions cutting social security during the state of the union addrees then the only reasonable thing for you to do is walk out of the chamber immediately.

please write to your representatives as well.

find your senators
write your representative

[editor's addendum: more here]

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

morning round up

is anybody wondering what wikileaks has on the b of a?

ny schools chancellor jokes school overcrowding could be fixed by birth control; parents not amused

change tea baggers can believe in: house tea party caucus requested over $1b in earmarks

fox: the most distrusted name in news

and another radio station drops beck and hannity
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ask not what your country can do for you

but what you can do for your country. 50 years ago...
we were a different country then. we were a different people. we dreamed of a better world. we vowed to make it a better world. we were inspired.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

they just don't want the general public

"educated" not in a certain "class" of people...you're sh*t out of luck in wanting to attend a uc campus.
the university of  california will shut out tens of thousands of qualified students over the next decade as deep budget cuts force the nation's premier public university to become more exclusive, uc president mark yudof told the regents today in san diego. - sfgate

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This Jared Kid (Part Three...)

You know, the more I learn about this m@*&!rf%$k#r...

The more I want to see him beaten to a pulp.

Yeah, I do. I'm looking forward to seeing him go to prison. His fellow inmates are liable to kick his ass for shooting that little girl, and the guards are liable to kick his ass for shooting that judge. Fine with me.

Anyone else read this $#!+ yet?

F%@k this kid.

Like I've said, I've stood on the edge of the same cliff he has and looked down. Should you come to that point, you are supposed to back away, turn around, keep going, and find some way to make peace with the universe. I still have a bad day now and then, but deep down, I know I'm going to get through it -- I have many times before, and I don't consider myself a particularly strong person. Hell, I just went through a bad weekend, and I'm doing all right now, all things considered -- I'm just venting some more, it doesn't amount to anything.

But if I could ask Loughner just one question, it would be this: Why on earth would you want to shoot a little girl?

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Hell, This One's Easy...

Ex-Republican John Cole's take on the GOP having gotten a lot dumber over the last five to seven years:

...I’m sure many of you will want to say “They were always this dumb.” They just weren’t though. It’s been a noticeable shift in both stupidity and meanness. Somehow or another they’ve managed to take the old stupid/evil continuum and figured out how to get stupider and more evil.

Cole is partly right. The Republican party, as a whole, has probably never been anywhere near as mean and brainless as it currently is. The thing is, it's had a small but enduring mean-and-brainless bloc for decades, going back at least as far as Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential run. And unfortunately, this is the one bloc within the GOP that has been growing in recent years -- all the rational and decent people have either left the party, are leaving it, or have been marginalized.

That's one of the key differences between Democrats and Republicans these days. I'm pretty sure the Democrats have as many or almost as many lunatics as the Republicans do. But the Democrats will try to keep their lunatics on as short a leash as possible -- the Republicans have gone and let their lunatics take over the damn asylum...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 6:57 PM | 3 comments

travelin' memes

no, ezra, joe lieberman is no democratic hero

house gop members explains why they won't give up their govt-sponsored health care

palin unfavorability ratings at an all time high

new alabama gov says only christians are his family

(thx to memeorandum for the links!)
posted by skippy at 9:33 AM | 0 comments

blogging around

sc ethics reports reveals gop contribution violations

feel the joe-mentum! lieberman will not run for re-election

but operation rescue's randall terry will!

and rip peace corp founder, special olympics organizer, former vp candidate and maria's dad sargent shriver
posted by skippy at 5:37 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

oh no there's no right wing violence

police disarmed a pipe bomb found at the mlk day parade route in spokane:

a suspicious backpack left along a martin luther king day parade route in spokane, wash., held a radio-controlled pipe bomb that could have sprayed shrapnel at marchers in the parade.

three parade workers spotted a backpack with visible wires on a bench at north washington street and west main avenue in downtown spokane about 30 minutes before the parade was scheduled to begin monday. authorities rerouted the parade while officers from the spokane police department's bomb disposal unit worked on the bomb.

fbi special agent frank harrill, the supervisory senior resident agent in spokane, told abc news that the backpack was "a viable device."
posted by skippy at 6:21 PM | 4 comments

the prattle hymn of the she-public

you can't make this stuff up...

sarah palin battle hymn
posted by skippy at 5:30 PM | 4 comments

stuff n' nonsense

all 50 states ranked by tolerance

tim pawlenty wants to undo don't ask don't tell

america's biggest persecuted minority: republicans

78% approve of obama's response to the tucson shootings
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Monday, January 17, 2011

goldman sachs, the great vampire squid of the american financial industry

has decided it will block american investors from investing in an american company.
goldman sachs has decided to block u.s. investors from getting in on its big investment in facebook. the decision comes after a wave of media attention when goldman invested $450 million in facebook, a privately held company, as reported by our sister blog money & company.

excluding american investors will keep goldman and facebook from having to fall in line with some u.s. securities laws -- such as having to report certain financial information when a cap of more than 500 u.s. investors is broken so that investors can have an idea of the risk they face in the stock. - latimes

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:36 PM | 0 comments

Martin Luther King, Jr...

What he said. Everything he said.

This struggle didn't end when Obama became President...


posted by Jim Yeager at 12:57 PM | 2 comments

"Sing, O Goddess, The Anger Of Achilles"...

I went to the library Saturday afternoon. Ended up checking out The Iliad by Homer. Something I read by Chris Hedges gave me the idea -- basically, whenever Chris Hedges speaks, I listen, long story short. And I started reading it.

Now, I already know how the tale ends. I read it years ago, back when I was too young and naive to grasp what Homer was saying, and more interested in getting enough credits to graduate. But this time around, I didn't even get past the first chapter before muttering "Jesus Christ," and rubbing the tears from my eyes.

For years, I've considered free will the name of a song by the band Rush, and little more. And I love Rush -- unlike one particular marsupial and the majority of his readers. But now that I'm re-reading The Iliad, I have to say, Rush is full of $#!t. There is no free will.

The ancient Greek gods may be dead, but the hopeless human condition is alive and carries on...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 3:59 AM | 10 comments

monday miscellany

obama rebounding in the polls would beat all gop rivals and crush palin

new rhetoric from the tea party dissing both obama and mccain

eric fuller, victim of tucson shooting, says palin should be incarcerated for her incendiary speech

progressive activists protest koch bros. face-to-face
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

This Jared Kid (Part Two)...

I want to slap this son of a bitch upside the head as hard as I can. Hell, I want to crush his skull.

That's right. I want to crush his skull.

I've stood on the edge of the same cliff he has and looked down like he has. We saw the same thing. I backed away from the edge of that cliff frightened out of my wits; he jumped right on into the abyss. Now six people are dead, simply because he jumped.

And for no other reason. Therefore, I have no use for him.

Because you don't go out and kill people just because you don't like reality. You grow up and find ways to deal with reality -- without hurting anyone else.

Got that last part? Without, hurting, anyone, else.

That is what kept me from jumping into the abyss years ago. It is what compelled me into embracing Christianity quite recently. Granted, I tend to suck at being what I think of as a good Christian, but I do not want to hurt anyone else. I tend to think that this is the central point of what Jesus had to say. Call me crazy, but that's what I think.

This Jared kid, on the other hand... he wants to die. No question about it. He wants to die.

Fine with me.

But I'm not done with him yet...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 7:56 PM | 5 comments

take a bad flow chart and make it better


via i love charts (original here)
posted by skippy at 5:25 PM | 1 comments

Fools Must Pretend To Be Wise...

We've a faith that we use as a heavy disguise.



posted by Jim Yeager at 10:37 AM | 1 comments

morning miscellany

cherish the constitution (except the onconvenient parts)

activists protest anti-gay pastor's book-signing in el paso

now is on bill o'reilly's enemies list

teabaggers: welcome to washungton
posted by skippy at 10:32 AM | 0 comments

sunday headlines

tennessee morphs into texas with slavery censorship textbooks

holiday sales up but outlook still poor

dadt dead enders dig on

rip superman's mom suzannah york
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

This Jared Kid (Part One)...

It's been a week since Jared Lee Loughner went completely off his nut and shot twenty people, killing six. When I first heard about that, I initially thought it was some good-for-nothing lay-about who spent more time reading articles from the Whirled Nut Daily website in his mother's basement than he did looking for a job to pay for room and board. Then I heard about that cross-hairs map Sarah Palin tried to erase from everyone's memory, and even though there was, and is, no evidence that Loughner was motivated by her or that map, I jumped on the Palin-bashing bandwagon like nearly every other left-leaning blogger.

As for that "blood libel" remark Palin made in her pathetic defense later on, my best guess is that she was speaking in code to the Bible-believing Republican base, and not anyone else. George W. Bush did that throughout his presidency -- and it took those of us who were paying the most attention to him, but at the same time were unfamiliar with the lay of the Bible-believing fundie fantasy land, about six years to figure that out. So far, I haven't seen any other left-leaning person who correctly pointed out that "blood libel" is a demonstrably false claim that non-Christian people use the blood of Christian children and babies in their own religious rituals make the same guess -- and, of course, my guess could be flat-out wrong. But the vast bulk of the people who do believe the "blood libel" claim are hard-right Christians -- the same group that most strongly supports the likes of Sarah Palin. For all I know that was her way of telling her base, "They want your blood" -- "they" being everyone who criticized Palin for that crosshairs map and called for the likes of her to tone down the vicious-minded rhetoric. (Don't hold your breath on that one.)

But I was just wasting my time on Palin -- basically, she's an easy target, and I was just venting at her expense. The real challenge for me is Loughner. I sensed that he was buggier than batcrap about the same time everyone else did. But when I first saw his mug shot, my heart damn near skipped a beat: looking at that picture, I instantly saw a younger, slightly chunkier version of me.

And since then, I've learned that he and I have quite a few things in common. I find this humbling and disturbing, and it's been eating away at me for most of this past week.

Sooner or later, I have to explain why...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 3:40 PM | 7 comments

the $1 billion dollar fence goes nowhere

the virtual fence to keep out those pesky folks who pick our crops...is a no go.
the department of homeland security on friday canceled a project to build a technology-based “virtual fence” across the southwest border, saying that the effort — on which $1 billion has already been spent — was ineffective and too costly.- new york times

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:06 AM | 1 comments

tidbits...a week later

tucson tea party founder says giffords to blame for getting shot

jon stewart takes on fox's take on the memorial

sign the letter, tell arizona lawmakers "don't turn the tucson tragedy into an arms race"

"glenn beck has been responsible for three twarted assassination attempts"

joe scarborough says palin's political career is over. and this is coming from a man who had a dead intern found in his office
posted by skippy at 5:09 AM | 1 comments

Friday, January 14, 2011

this should be the new nra motto

words don't incite guns to kill people. words incite people to kill people:

"how many other demented people are out there? It looks like palin, beck, sharron angle and the rest got their first target. their wish for second amendment activism has been fulfilled—senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by john boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even nine-year-old girls." there was a little girl named christina green, nine years old, who is one of the deceased.

- eric fuller, 63 yr old disabled vet, who was a victim of jared loughner's shooting rampage last saturday
posted by skippy at 4:58 PM | 1 comments

tweet of the day

according to the new zodiac sign dates, i am now a kitten.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:25 AM | 1 comments

banks want to "take back" capitol hill

i think the banksters already own capitol hill...and its inhabitants.
it's time for america's banks to turn around the conversation about the financial system and retake their position as enablers of economic recovery.

that's the message richard davis, the chairman, president and ceo of u.s. bank, brought to santa barbara on jan. 13.

during an interview with the business times just a few hours before a major speech to the california bankers association, davis said it's time for the nation's bankers to "take back the hill" and reshape the political dialogue about banking and the future of the economy.

davis, named "banker of the year" by the trade publication american banker, leads the fifth-largest banking enterprise in the country, and one of the healthiest. In addition to his talk at the bankers’ group, he was in santa barbara to open a new private wealth management operation on state street.

...but he also meant banks need to literally take back capitol hill, where bankers have faced tough questions about their role in the near-collapse of the nation's economy. in part, he said, smaller community banks, medium-sized banks and large banks such as u.s. bank must speak with one voice on key issues. - pacific coast business times
we have already seen a little of the future the banks want for us...what do they want next, debtors prisons?

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:55 AM | 3 comments

the half-term half-baked governor from alaska

will be delivering an address at a "surveyors" convention. looks like she is retreating from dog whistles to "lone wolves"...she's reloading.
former alaska gov. sarah palin (r) will deliver a keynote address to a gun convention later this month. palin will speak saturday, jan. 29, to the safari international club (sci) in reno, nev.,  according to the group's website.

the organization bills itself as "the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide." - the hill

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:17 AM | 1 comments

out and about

new gop gov of oklahoma swears to "offend" the constitution. we bet

republican national committee raises on debt ceiling

rush limbaugh's billboard depicting bullet holes

new jersey cuts bond sale after christie's "bankrupted state" remarks

the hardly-ever-right wing is so desperate, they (incorrectly) parse the meaning of "open her eyes" to call obama a liar

anti-palin posters appear in sf

is this irony? newspaper w/"christian science" in its name calls astology "a big load of nonsense"
posted by skippy at 1:35 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, January 13, 2011

sarah palin facebook scrubbing in real time

watch the total number of comments vacillate up and down
posted by skippy at 3:42 PM | 3 comments

tweet of the day

"and in we see all of our children. so curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic." ~ pres @

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:00 AM | 1 comments

stochastic terrorism

the highly accurate meme.

read over at open left and the agonist and refer to the diary of g2 over at the "great orange satan" about it...so we can call people out on it.

(tip o' the kangaroo tail to thom hartmann)


posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:33 AM | 4 comments

various n' sundry

praise for obama from right and left

white house thinks this is "interesting": sen. mark udall suggests dems and gop sit together @ sotu speech

and the prize goes to adam serwer for being the first one to correctly predict the wingers' outrage @ the cheering crowds @ last nite's obama speech

was threat against rep. mcdermott inspired by bill o'reilly?
posted by skippy at 9:34 AM | 2 comments

stuff n' such

politico agrees: obama 1, palin 0

palin's callous indifference to violence: it's not a bug, it's a feature

the cable news networks on obama's speech

not sure if we believe this one: palin aides says death threats against her at an "unprecendented level"

joe gandelman @ the moderate voice has a nice round-up of opinions on palin v. obama speeches
posted by skippy at 9:11 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

They Called It Off...

The Westboro Baptist Church will not be picketing the funerals for Christina Green and John Roll after all.

Instead, WBC will get what an attorney for the church calls "substantial air time" on two radio stations. So these folks will still have a venue to express their toxic views, but if it'll keep them away from the funerals, fair enough. It's not like they're not going to win a bunch of new converts over the radio, either -- virtually everyone who first comes into contact with Fred Phelps's racket in any way, shape, or form is left appalled and disgusted by it...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 7:01 PM | 2 comments

they are never happy unless they are miserable

the hardly-ever-right wing are frothing themselves into a lather about tonite's memorial service in tucson. apparently it's unseemly of americans to celebrate people's lives rather than mourn their deaths.

(we won't link to michelle malkin, the biggest complainer of all, even tho that would bring in the traffic hits. instead, read tmpdc's account)

well, if the rightists hate tonite's celebration of the good that the shooting victims lives created, they would abolutely burst a blood vessel had they been at this funeral:

posted by skippy at 6:47 PM | 3 comments

there goes the jewish vote

half-baked term gov. palin, we do not think those words mean what you think they mean

plus, w/6 people dead, including a 9 yr old girl, and w/several people in the hospital fighting for their lives, including a sitting united states congresswoman, leave it to caribou barbie to make it all about her.
posted by skippy at 11:23 AM | 1 comments

oh no, there's no violent rhetoric on the right


dave niewert, the best writer in blogtopia (y!wctp!), lists over @ orcinus some of the egregious examples of hate speech from accepted leaders and pundits (ie, not anonymous bloggers) speaking for the right wing:

rush limbaugh: "i tell people don’t kill all the liberals. leave enough so we can have two on every campus -- living fossils -- so we will never forget what these people stood for."

stop the aclu [post since removed]:

rope + tree + aclu lawyer = pinata

ann coulter: "i think our motto should be, post-9-11: 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'"

ann coulter: "we need somebody to put rat poisoning in justice stevens' creme brulee. ... that's just a joke, for you in the media."

glenn beck:

with that being said, you are a democrat. you are saying, "let's cut and run." and i have to tell you, i have been nervous about this interview with you, because what i feel like saying is, "sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."

and i know you're not. i'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way i feel, and i think a lot of americans will feel that way.

bill o'reilly:

everybody got it? dissent, fine; undermining, you're a traitor. got it? so, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. will you have that done, please? send over the fbi and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care, couldn't care less.

michael reagan:

"howard dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the iraq war!"
posted by skippy at 9:23 AM | 4 comments

blood libel

when the failed veep candidate, 1/2 governor from alaska uses this phrase in her "un-apology", you know she just doesn't freakin' "get it."  next she'll claim that representative gabrielle giffords wasn't jewish and didn't know what blood libel actually means.
former bush speechwriter david frum, writing on politico’s arena, notes “now is not the time to use words like “blood libel” or to attack those who seek to lessen the use of violent words or deeds.”

indeed, jewish groups are taking offense to palin’s choice of the term. noting that accusations of blood libel have been “directly responsible for the murder of so many jews across centuries,” the national jewish democratic council condemned palin’s use of the term. - think progress

sarah. you're not amongst the victims here.

representative james clyburn puts it succinctly.
"you know, sarah palin just can't seem to get it, on any front. i think she's an attractive person, she is articulate," clyburn said on the bill press radio show. "but i think intellectually, she seems not to be able to understand what's going on here."- the hill

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:20 AM | 4 comments

mad about tom in prison, no delay!

mad kane, that is!
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update on the queensland flooding

from kryten42, one of bryan's frequent commentors over at why now"
twelve people are confirmed dead, with one other possible. the qld. police commissioner stated that they expect that to rise. the loss of animals, including livestock and pets, is unknown but very high. the fed. government has said that the expect that cost of this disaster to be at least 1% of australia’s gdp for the next year, and that prices of food and commodities globally will rise significantly. qld. was the largest exporter of thermal and coking coal, and several mines are completely flooded. coking coal is used primarily these days to manufacture steel worldwide, so steel prices are going to rise.

a large area of qld. is without power as utilities were forced to shutdown supply to flood areas. several sewerage & treatment plants have been flooded, and much of the flood water has been contaminated, which has then contaminated catchment areas, dam’s and river systems. so clean drinking water is a big problem ironically. some outbreaks of gastro problems have been reported primarily caused by e. coli. outbreaks of dengi & ross river fever are expected also. emergency hospitals and medical centers have been setup where possible near affected areas, and the army medical corps have setup at least one rapid deployment field hospital with staff experienced in tropical disease control.

as well as sanitation issues, and dealing with hundreds of annoyed critters like red-bellied black snakes and assorted spiders looking for a dry place, a bull shark was spotted swimming up the main street of goodna, a suburb of ipswitch. though the street was under 6m of water at the time. ;)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:39 AM | 0 comments

susie quotes rfk jr.

i find this posting at suburban guerilla very compelling and insightful:
Neither Beck, Hannity nor Savage not the hate merchants at Fox News and talk radio can claim to have invented their genre. Toxic right-wing vitriol so dominated the public airwaves from the McCarthy era until 1963 that President Kennedy, that year, launched a citizen’s campaign to enforce the Fairness Doctrine, which required accuracy and balance in the broadcast media. Students, civic and religious groups filed more than 500 complaints against right-wing extremists and hate-mongering commentators before the FCC.

go read the whole thing. then consider sending some complaints to the FCC yourself. demand a return to the fairness doctrine.
posted by DBK at 7:03 AM | 0 comments

blogging around

juan cole snark: naw, there's no right wing extreme rhetoric"

americans are five times more likely to die of gun shot in arizona tha hawaii

blowback for palin?

and here's palin's response

rip david nelson of "ozzie and harriet"
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser..

Here's thinking of you.



posted by Jim Yeager at 9:49 PM | 0 comments

the rains in australia...keep coming...and so do the waters

just heartbreakingly horrible these massive floods in australia. the raging waters are now sinking suburbs in brisbane, the capital of the state of queensland and the third largest city in the country.
up to 40,000 properties are expected to be impacted by flooding by thursday based on the latest flood modelling.

of these, 19,700 are residential properties which will have flooding across their entire property. a further 12,000 are expected to have flooding across part of their property.

about 3500 commercial premises will have flooding across their entire property and a further 2500 will have flooding across part of their property.

a further 2300 properties such as parks and vacant land will also be flooded.

the depth of flooding on individual properties is not known because this flood event is expected to exceed all previous records. - courier mail
 some are managing to keep their sense of humour, as some tweets can attest.

squirrellykoala‎ rt @kollektor: me, to mate in brisbane: "you ok? need anything?" him: "send the biggest shamwow you can find." bless.

nasa has some images.

please consider donating to aid them in their hours(s) of need.

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various n' sundry

we never thought we'd ever agree w/roger simon

remember the 2009 report that warned that something like tucson could happen in today's extreme climate?

hardly-ever-right wing deperately tries to prove loughner is a liberal

"shoot the unemployed"
posted by skippy at 11:51 AM | 3 comments

Monday, January 10, 2011

skippy's monday nite music club

some soft...relaxing music to help ease the psyche. charlie haden and pat matheny with the love theme to one of my favorite movies, cinema pardiso.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:30 PM | 0 comments

our hearts go out to our aussie global neighbors

the flooding in queensland is just devastating. if you have a little money, please consider donating to the queensland flood relief.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:24 PM | 0 comments

Somebody Please Tell Me This Is A Hoax...

Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket the funeral of the six people who died in Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson -- including the nine-year-old girl. The mass funeral for all of the victims is Tuesday; there will be another funeral for Christina Green on Thursday. I hope the people of Tucson turn out in droves to thwart these WBC assholes. And yes, I've known Phelps is a pitiful excuse for a human being for many years. But for the love of God...

Not even the funeral for a nine-year-old girl is off-limits to him?

What happened to that man to make him that way? I occasionally have really bad days, too, but come on...


posted by Jim Yeager at 7:57 PM | 4 comments

matt taibbi asks...

is the media partly at fault for the tragedy in az?

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 3:18 PM | 0 comments

nothing says "stop the violence"

than posting a photo of yourself with a gun.

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:45 PM | 0 comments

murdoch gets letters

and let's hope he takes action on this one. david brock calls on murdoch to tone down the violent rhetoric.
...you have the power to order them to stop using violent rhetoric, on and off of fox's air. if they fail to do so, it is incumbent upon you to fire them or be responsible for the climate they create and any consequences thereof. - media matters


posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:20 PM | 3 comments

thank you sheriff dupnik

the sheriff of pima county is getting carpet-bombed w/negative comments about his opinions he expressed yesterday.

why not leave a message of support for sheriff dupnik?
posted by skippy at 11:30 AM | 6 comments

just a taste of the violent rhetoric

rush limbaugh: "i tell people don't kill all the liberals. leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for."

senator phil gramm: "we're going to keep building the party until we're hunting democrats with dogs."

rep. james hansen on bill clinton: get rid of the guy. impreach him, censure him, assassinate him."

john derbyshire intimated in the national review that because chelsea clinton had "the taint," she should "be killed."

ann coulter: "we need to execute people like john walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too."

ann coulter: "my only regret with timothy mcveigh is he did not go to the new york times building."

bill o'reilly: "if those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. will you have that done, please? send over the fbi and just put them in chains."

radio host glenn beck said he was "thinking about killing michael moore" and pondered whether "i could kill him myself, or if i would need to hire somebody to do it," before concluding: "no, i think i could. i think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and i could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong?"

fresno city council member jerry duncan in 2003 wrote in an email that police should "cap" members of the human relations commission and wrote, "if i had one dirty bomb and i could eliminate all the liberals in fresno at once."

vandals hit at least five dem offices nationwide, threaten to ‘assassinate’ children of pro-reform lawmakers.- think progress

severed gas line found at home of perriello brother - daily progress

with his kew gardens office still closed after a white powder incident yesterday afternoon, pep. anthony weiner (d-brooklyn/queens) blasted sarah palin for sending out a tweet that he says could be interpreted as a call for violence. - gothamist

quotes collected by commonplace book:

"i would have no problem with [new york times editor bill keller] being sent to the gas chamber." -- melanie morgan

""[t]he day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of stupid liberals and it's going to be very amusing to watch." -- lee rogers

"and if al qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. we're going to say, look, every other place in america is off limits to you, except san francisco. you want to blow up the coit tower? go ahead." -- bill o'reilly

"howard dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the iraq war!"-- michael reagan

"let's start with the following new york times reporters and editors: arthur "pinch" sulzberger jr. , bill keller, eric lichtblau, and james risen. do you have an idea where they live? go hunt them down and do america a favor. get their photo, street address, where their kids go to school, anything you can dig up, and send it to the link above. this is your chance to be famous -- grab for the golden ring." -- "the political insight"

orcinus has quite the collection, too...

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:45 AM | 7 comments