Saturday, April 30, 2011
Separated At Birth?
And me when I was 17...
My sister e-mailed that old pic of me to me a few years ago...
Labels: funny stuff
skippy's saturday night music club
Do, Re, Mi...
it is irresponsible
the breakers palm beach
the spa at the breakers
as stressed out as i am, this is one type of place i could get into...real quick.
oh, man. forget calgon...spa at the breakers, take me away!
ok...back to our regularly scheduled snark sessions...
afterbirth lives on
scientist points out monster tornadoes and climate change probably go together
Friday, April 29, 2011
congrats to the new couple, wills and kate
it is certainly a vintage vehicle. and now prince charles's beloved aston martin db6 is running on vintage too.
a nice little white from a vineyard in wiltshire, to be precise.
as part of cutting his carbon footprint, the prince has converted the 38-year-old classic car - a 21st birthday present from the queen - to run on 100 per cent bioethanol fuel distilled from surplus british wine. - the daily mail
friday why day
bob scheiffer calls a racist a racist
and the trump sponsor backlash begins
why not call macy's to complain about their own trump line of clothing? call 800-264-0069
get your royal acronyms straight
hoppy kangaroo blogging friday
Sharing an Anniversary with Adolf Hitler
Thursday, April 28, 2011
thanks for a great show capitol steps
let's just cut to the chase, shall we
show us your birth certificate = you are not one of us. or, as they used to do to african-americans in our southern history, "show us your papers."
there are racists being allowed on the airwaves. time we start calling them out.
Now We Know Why Joe Strummer Died
maybe it won't matter: 'celebrity apprentice' ratings dropping like a lead balloon
and here's the 10 most ridiculous responses to obama's birth certificate
keith olbermann comes to current tv june 20
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A Bitter Note on Long-Form Birth Certificates
The reason, Andrew, is because he already did everything he needed to do, and he did it in 2008:
In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).
When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That’s because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question. [emphasis mine]
But the White House declaration misses a significant side point.
In recent memory, there have been two adoptee Presidents: one never elected, the other elected twice. I can’t swear for the rules in either of their states, but I do know from Pennsylvania, and I suspect Nebraska and Arkansas, respectively, are as draconian.
As adoptees, neither Ford nor Clinton would necessarily have been able to access their long-form birth certificate, let alone make it available for review by others. Adoptees need the permission of their birth parents to see the “long form” certificate.
Have we now reached the point where an adoptee cannot be President?* (Or, at least, a Democratic adoptee?)
*In fairness, Clinton was adopted by his stepfather and therefore could probably access his long form if necessary. So long as his mother is still alive at the time of the request.
tweet of the day
catching up on my podcasts
one segment of particular note:
diane ravitch was assistant secretary of education under george bush sr. and a strong proponent of charter schools and the no child left behind program. she has a new book called "the death and life of the great american school system" which reflects a change of mind. she tells steve paulson there's a political agenda behind all the recent school cuts.
while the corporate media salivate
voting is overrated.
especially for democrats.
that must be the thinking of florida's republican-led legislature, which is doing its best to invent new ways of keeping democrats from voting in next year's general election.
making it tougher for college students to vote. check. making it tougher for groups to register new voters. check. finding new ways to hassle low-income people who changed addresses. check.
and finally, derailing the success of early voting. - palm beach post
less than a year before the 2012 presidential voting begins, republican legislatures and governors across the country are rewriting voting laws to make it much harder for the young, the poor and african-americans — groups that typically vote democratic — to cast a ballot.
spreading fear of a nonexistent flood of voter fraud, they are demanding that citizens be required to show a government-issued identification before they are allowed to vote. republicans have been pushing these changes for years, but now more than two-thirds of the states have adopted or are considering such laws. the advancement project, an advocacy group of civil rights lawyers, correctly describes the push as “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.” - nytimes
the political elites continue their assault on working americans
house lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.
the 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in ohio, wisconsin, and other states. but unlike those efforts, the push in massachusetts was led by democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights. - boston globe
blaming unions and working folks is. on both sides of the aisle.
the wisconsin state supreme court election recount begins today
ron paul, rand paul, paul ryan, who can keep them straight? whatever, one of the is running for president - again
get ready for some good old fashioned big government voter suppression
california condor back from extinction
the inventor of the telepromter has died. president obama had no words
and we at skippy international are pleased to see this: kangaroo courts for real kangaroos
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
haley barbour will not run for president
a florida process server found out she was a robo-signer for bank mortgages, much to her surprise
the women behind the opposition to so. carolina's immigration bill
usatoady poll sez trump would make a lousy president
Monday, April 25, 2011
You Can Travel On Ten Thousand Miles...
abc formally apologizes per legal decree to crenshaw christian center for misleading video report by john stoessel
what's next for breitbart? could it be andrew sullivan?
austrian man finds centuries-old treasure in his backyard
Sunday, April 24, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
And Now, More Lemmy...
I Got My Feet On The Ground...
i'd like to make myself believe
but everything is never as it seems
What Kind Of Fool Is He?
Where The Morn...
environmental news stories sunday
s.f. chronicle adds beehives to rooftop garden. - although some apiarists say new research into fungus and viruses is starting to give the bee the upper hand against colony collapse disorder, no one is ready to declare a comeback for the pollinator, responsible for about $15 billion worth of nuts, fruits and vegetables consumed in the united states each year - sfgate
increasing levels of mercury found in rare pacific albatross. - levels of mercury in an endangered pacific seabird species have increased substantially in recent decades largely due to industrial emissions from asia, harvard university researchers have found. - honolulu star advertiser
more evidence linking pesticides and malformations. - concern about toxic chemicals in the environment has erupted into the mainstream media again, with new reports tying pesticides to disruption of male hormones, birth defects and cancer. - miller mcune
the long-term effects of in utero exposures — the des story. - the lessons learned from the des story are powerful. endocrine disruptors may cause alterations in the reproductive tract that have severe consequences and form the basis of disease in adults decades later. - new england journal of medicine
study spots high level of fire retardant chemicals in california kids. - a california safety standard intended to prevent furniture from catching fire may be having the unintended consequence of exposing children to large amounts of harmful flame retardant chemicals. - fair warning
common weed killer atrazine is showing up in public water supply. - apopular weed killer that's been suspected of causing frog deformities is turning up in drinking water systems throughout the country including some in missouri and illinois, according to a report by the natural resources defense council. - st. louis post ledger
chemical in soft drink cans comes under fire at coca-cola. - it's about as inconspicuous as a chemical can be: it coats the insides of soft drink cans, a barrier against spoilage and contamination. but to some critics, bpa is itself the health risk. now, a group of coca-cola shareholders want to strike a blow against the substance - atlanta journal constitution
atlantic turtles threatened by man-made chemicals. - a team from the college of charleston, south carolina, found travelling turtles picked up potentially deadly pesticides, pcbs and other organic chemicals linked to cancer and brain problems. - bermuda sun
our 'toxic' love-hate relationship with plastics. - we all know that plastics are common in modern life, but science journalist susan freinkel says they are really literally everywhere — in our toothbrushes, hair dryers, cell phones, computers, door knobs, car parts — and of course in those ubiquitous plastic bags we get it seems every time we buy anything. - npr
critics: state deptartment's latest oil pipeline review 'superficial'. - advocacy organizations are as disappointed with the u.s. state department’s revamped version of its environmental evaluation of a much-disputed canada-to-texas oil sands pipeline as they were with its first iteration - solve climate news
farmers should be conservationists. - the central valley regional water quality control board will take up the questions of fertilizer use and groundwater contamination June 8. here's a suggestion for farmers: instead of belly-aching about another regulatory burden, support monitoring and new rules so that the people who pick your crops get clean water from their taps. - contra costa times opinion
gov. rick scott to u.s. epa: we'll take care of our own water. - the day after the florida house passed a bill to ban implementation of water quality standards set by the u.s. environmental protection administration, gov. rick scott on friday asked the agency to rescind a january 2009 determination that the federal rules are necessary for florida - st. petersburg times
muddy waters: silt and the slow demise of glen canyon dam. - lake powell is the second-largest artificial reservoir in the united states - and is the seeming endpoint for four rivers. but these rivers aren't dead, and their persistent dynamics are slowly, steadily driving lake powell toward its demise. - high country news
time is running out for the grand canyon. - on july 21, a moratorium on staking new uranium and other hardrock mining claims on over one million acres of public land near the grand canyon national park will end. unless the department of the interior makes a decision on the land withdrawal prior to that, it will once again be open season. - high country news
common weed killer atrazine is showing up in public water supply. - a popular weed killer that's been suspected of causing frog deformities is turning up in drinking water systems throughout the country including some in missouri and illinois, according to a report by the natural resources defense council - st. louis post dispatch
workers become ill and die at ogden superfund site. - ling seager is dead. so is jim sproul and chris jensen, who sat next to her in an office in the utah national guard’s joint language training center. across from seager sat mike chen; he survived a brain tumor. a few feet away was mark hepper; he’s dying. others are sick. none of them knows why. - salt lake tribune
tobacco firms used diet-aid chemicals. - british and american tobacco companies deliberately added powerful appetite-suppressing chemicals to cigarettes to attract people worried about their weight, according to internal industry documents dating from 1949 to 1999. - london independent
spring may lose song of cuckoos, nightingales and turtle doves. - some of britain's most cherished spring visitors are disappearing in their thousands. ornithologists say species such as the cuckoo, nightingale and turtle dove are undergoing catastrophic drops in numbers, although experts are puzzled about the exact reasons for these declines - london observer
let my parody go
ten things i hate about commandments
beck to huckabee: you are thin-skinned and shoukdn't run for president"
republicans shred their "seniors' bill of rights"
Saturday, April 23, 2011
centralia, a ghost town on fire since 1962
in 1962, a landfill site in centralia, pennsylvania was set on fire. the rubbish was located in the pit of an abandoned strip mine, and although it was believed to have been extinguished at the time, the fire actually remained burning in the lower depths and eventually spread to an eight-mile seam of coal, where it has now been burning for 46 years.
as you read this post the underground fire continues to burn, and it is now estimated to underlie around 160 hectares (400 acres) of land.
furthermore, it seems that this fire will continue to burn for some time to come; there are no current plans to extinguish it and the eight-mile coal seam constitutes enough fuel to last about 250 years.
read more about centralia at wikipedia, explore a photo gallery of the area, or see some before and after shots of a previously inhabited area. - google sightseeing
tweet of the day
when you think the gop can't get any crueler
under a new budget proposal from state sen. bruce casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.
...under his plan, foster children would receive gift cards that could only be used at places like the salvation army, goodwill and other second hand clothing stores. - michigan messenger
i am also, not a foster child, where an underlying, unspoken message of "you are different"..."you are not one of us"..."you are not wanted" often permeate a psyche.
this state senator wants to codify those messages with this law. this is unconscionable. this is cruel and, unfortunately in these days of social darwinism run amok, is not all that unusual.
Hurry On Sundown...
tornado rips through st. louis airport
susan collins is the firat announced gop senator who will vote against the ryan budget
Friday, April 22, 2011
Quote Of The Day...
happy earth day
friday fray day
with any luck at all, john ensign will resign today
politifact sez: if you destroy medicare and replace it with something entirely different, but still call it medicare, you haven't destroyed medicare
Thursday, April 21, 2011
we need cuteness - part 2
was it out of shame that sen ensign is resigning
embattled sen. john ensign (r-nev.) announced thursday night that he will resign from office in early may, a move that comes amid an ethics investigation into his conduct. - wapo
when sen. john ensign announced last month that he would not run again for u.s. senate, he said the move was to protect his family from an ugly campaign in which opponents would be sure to spotlight his marital infidelity.
that might have been true, but federal records released this week suggest another reason the nevada republican might have called it quits: ge could not raise money. - las vegas review journal
kloppenberg asks for a recount
and why not send a than you note to all the wisconsin volunteers who collected enough signatures for recall elections?
medicare not millionaires
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Cue The World's Smallest Violin...
Labels: it is what it is
Cause And Effect...
teabaggers boo paul ryan over not raising taxes on the rich
We Need Some Cuteness...
wednesday wins day
one year later the bp oil spill is still wrecking havoc
proesser states he willfight a recount even tho it's wisconsin law
did any one notice that last night was the night that skynet became self-aware?
one year ago
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
skippy's tuesday night music club
may they go to hell.
rip sarah jane smith
elisabeth, in her character as sarah jane, traveled with two of the best doctors, jon pertwee and tom baker, as well as appearing with several others, including david tennant and most recently matt smith. she was also recently given her own spin-off show, the sarah jane adventures. sarah jane was among the pluckiest, bravest and most resourceful of whovian companions, and elisabeth played her with grace and aplomb. who fans everywhere are morning her loss.
“sarah jane smith was everybody’s hero when i was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories,” steven moffat, the series’s lead writer, said in a statement. “many years later, when i met the real sarah-jane — lis sladen herself — she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be.”
doctor who centers on a time-hopping alien known only as the doctor, but sladen turned his sidekick into a star, playing opposite jon pertwee and tom baker for three-and-a-half seasons.
she would return to the role numerous times over the years, and when the series was resurrected in 2005, she was brought back as well — as the star of her own alien-busting television show.
“i left sarah jane a great many years ago, but she never left me,” sladen said in an interview when the series was launched.
school with 90% graduation rates and 100% college acceptance rates
on the heels of the shocking announcement last month by detroit public schools emergency financial manager (efm) robert bobb to close up to eight schools and sell up to 45 schools to charter companies, he slated the highly successful and unique catherine ferguson academy for closure. the school, which has been featured in the film grown in detroit documenting the school’s urban farm and in o: the oprah winfrey magazine, boasts a 90% graduation rate and 100% college and higher education acceptance upon graduation. the award winning school is specifically for pregnant and parenting teens and their children, offering a wide range of classes and child care. it is the only school of its kind in the nation. - shirleyujest's diary over at the great orange satan.
kudos to this brave republican
while the anti-planned parenthood amendment passed 36 to 13, one republican state senator — sen. vaneta becker — actually noted an all-too-common hypocrisy in republican anti-choice efforts:
sen. vaneta becker, r-evansville, said she didn’t understand why legislators would take a step of reducing women’s access to health service at [the same time] the state is cutting funding toward programs for mentally disabled children.in an interview with thinkprogress this afternoon, becker said that a lot of people share her view but are too intimidated by the political climate to voice their opposition. noting the state and federal laws already banning abortion funding, she said the bill “is an attempt to politicize the issue.” in doing so, republicans will deny thousands of hoosier woman access to vital health services, she said. - think progress
“if we are so concerned about pregnancy before children are born, why are we not as concerned after children are born?” becker said.
tuesday tease day
what? you're looking for a visual representation of word clouds as to why fox fired beck? ask and ye shall receive
the real death tax
vatican: gay rights opponents are the real victims
Monday, April 18, 2011
Question Of The Day...
this should be an olympic event
105 years ago today
donald trump leads the public policy poll for republican nominees
a gay former player responds to kobe
how the koch brothers money put scott walker in office
help! i'm being scammed by life alert and i can't get up!
and this is what happens when you tickle a baby penguin
and happy birthday, dr. who! (number 10, that is!)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Coming Quickly To Terms Of All Expression Laid...
But You Can Say Baby...
The World's A Subway...
tweet of the day
sunday fun day
deepwater horizon one of 6500 fossil fuel explosions and spills last year
5 state death toll from storms at 21
supporters donatw $238,000 to gabby giffords campaign
Saturday, April 16, 2011
the unsocial network
skippy's saturday night music club
Was reading an article earlier, I forget what, and it had the word “hermeneutics.” Here is a brief list of words which, every time I read them, my eyes glaze over:
I’m sure there are more, and you might have some, as well, but these were ones I thought of right now.
Oh, I have some as well, all right. Here are some of the words and phrases that make me want to zone out:
worse than Bush
Very Serious People
Westboro Baptist Church
we are all (whatever) now
the liberal media
That's just some of them. I could go on, but I think this is long enough...
Labels: it is what it is
in a recent interview on nbc today show, donald trump, the creator of "celebrity apprentice" said, “a certificate of live birth is not even signed by anybody. i saw his. i read it very carefully. it doesn’t have a serial number. it doesn’t have a signature.” he also claimed that the kenyan step-grandmother of the president obama observed his birth in kenya. these statements have been proven bogus by the hawaii state officials who have consistently stated that president obama was born in hawaii.
sarah palin, mistress of public speaking
saturday seeker day
michele bachman pisses off a national eyeglass chain in about an hour
"we begin bombing the republicans in five minutes"
and rip rip charles laufer, founder of tiger beat
Friday, April 15, 2011
skippy's friday night music club
friday free day
tale o' the tape: compare and contrast the budget plans of obama vs. privatising ryan
scott walker he's a weasel (not in so many words)
sick of trump's birtherism? why not let nbc know how you feel?
sarah palin coming to madison this weekend? you betcha!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
listen to me don't listen to me
talk to me don't talk to me
dance with me don't dance with me
skippy's thursday night music club
Born To Lose...
Labels: it is what it is
quote of the day
It's Your Turn Now, Tea Party Man...
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gauging what the Tea Party thinks about any given topic is always difficult, since there is no real centralized leadership and even the nationally known groups have limited connections to the grassroots.
But the reaction to the budget deal being voted on in Washington Thursday--from Tea Party activists organizing at the local level here and in other places around the country--was universally negative.
"The [continuing resolution] was Washington as usual. We elected Republicans because we were tired of the behind-closed-door antics of the beltway boys and four months in we are right back where we started," Andrew Hemingway, a 28-year-old small-business owner and the chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, told The Huffington Post...
You see that little dot below, Andrew?
watch for some "violence" in bolivia
bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. the law of mother earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.
the country, which has been pilloried by the us and britain in the un climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. they include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.
controversially, it will also enshrine the right of nature "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities". - the guardian
37.3% of californians
thursday refers day
unpaid blogger sues huffpost for not paying him
is political conservatism a form of mild insanity?
someone call andrew sullivan! professor agrees palin probably hoaxed america about trig's birth
boy, that sen. inhofe is one one bad pilot
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
skippy's wednesday night music club
All Right, Let's Talk This Over...
did you know that there was a "trump university?"
in june 2010, the institution officially changed its name from trump university to the trump entrepreneur initiative, after the new york state department of education took the view that it was "misleading and even illegal" for the institution to call itself a university
wednesday wins day
many consider obama's compromise on budget cuts historic. liberals know better
oliver willis gives conservatives 4 palin the win for headline of the day
so who's using "psycho killer"? charlie crist apologizes to david byrne for using "road to nowhere" without permission
scott walker's challenger has a slogan: hands off my grandma,"
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
tweet of the day
whatever happend to the land of the free?
san francisco's entertainment commission has proposed that all bars, clubs, and venues should be required to photograph and collect id from everyone who comes in for a drink or a show. the photos and personal information would be retained so that police could get a list of every person who was in the club on any given night. leaving aside the (obvious) fourth amendment issues inherent in governments collecting massive databases of presumed-innocent people's lawful activities and movements, this is also a security nightmare, in which thousands of club staff and their friends would have access to personal information that would be of great interest to stalkers, creeps and identity thieves.
the electronic frontier foundation will present their critique of this proposal to the commission at a public meeting tonight (april 12). you can also attend and let the commission know what you think. - boing boing