Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tony Curtis

I liked Tony Curtis. Late in life he battled many personal demons, but I think he remains one of the great movie stars of our time.

Ronald McDonald Won't Like This

Does anybody know what's in those hamburgers anyway?

Heath Reform Explained In Nine Minutes Really

Where was this video six months ago when we needed it?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

More Adventures With The Real Terror Babies

Who are the real terror babies the Republicans want us to fear? ABC Good Morning America interviewed a panel of American teens about their views on religious tolerance towards Muslims.

One of the panel members turned out to be the son of the Koran burning Florida Pastor. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as indicated by what he's been indoctrinated to beleive. "Kill all the nonbelievers" he offers us. Aren't the real "terror babies" the home bred right wing-nut kids like this little darling? I can hardly wait until he grows up.

Why Can't I Own A Canadian As A Slave?

In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them. 1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of t two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,

James M. Kauffman
Ed.D. Professor Emeritus
Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
University of Virginia

PS (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian)

Thanks Steven for bringing this to my attention

Are You Fat Because Your Eating Beef?

Recent studies show that Americans has become one of the fattest countries. Is there any connection between obesity and eating beef? Listed below are lists of the top 30 meat-eating countries followed by a list of the top 13 fattest countries.

I’m not a scientist of course nor is this observation very scientific probably, but I have long held the intuitive thought that meat from hormonally and antibiotic filled supercharged corn-fed feed lot cattle has a direct connection to why so many Americans are obese. It’s my personal theory that the use of corn and hormones to fatten cattle is simply pasted on to humans further down the food chain. In other words the process not only fattens the cattle faster but it fattens the humans who consume the meat produced in the unnatural process.

As you can see below 11 of the top meat eating countries are also found among the top countries when it comes to obesity. I think it certainly plausible that there a connection and "you don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows"

Top 30 beef eaters:

1. Argentina
2. Uruguay
3. *United States
4. *Australia
5. *New Zealand
6. Brazil
7. *Canada
8. France
9. Italy
10. *Czech Republic (Slovenia)
11. *Greece
12. *Belgium-Luxembourg
13. Denmark
14. Switzerland
15. *Mexico
16. Kazakhstan
17. Sweden
18. *United Kingdom
19. Netherlands
20. Costa Rica
21. Austria
22. Russia
23. *Ireland
24. Colombia
25. *Spain
26. Venezuela
27. Portugal
28. Germany
29. Ukraine
30. South Africa

* Also listed in top 13 in obesity rates

Top 13 countries by obesity rates:

1. Mexico
2. USA
3. New Zealand
4. Australia
5. UK
6. Ireland
7. Iceland
8. Canada
9. Chile
10. Greece
11. Slovenia
12. Luxembourg
13. Spain

Note: Only Iceland and Chile are not also in the list for the top 30 beef eating counties

Sources: Huffington Post, US census all other countries

Friday, September 24, 2010

Colbert Testifies Before Congress

Stephen Colbert testified before congress this morning in a ploy to draw attention to the need for immigration reform that could help the plight of farm workers. Apparently Republicans didn't get the joke.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Thoughts On HA Story About Seattle Times Union Bashing

Below is my comment about Goldy's story over at HorsesAss concerning the Seattle Times tendency to bash unions whenever possible.

As a resident of Vashon Island I depend on the ferry system. Though not perfect, I commend the ferry system and I feel that Washingtonians should be proud that we operate a marine system that is one of the largest, most efficient and safest in the world. The Washington State ferry system truly creates a “marine highway” for many commuters who depend on it when they live or work in the archipelago of islands that are scattered around the periphery of this state.

Frankly, I’m sick and tired of these news stories from the Times and other local TV media types basically reporting that there’s something wrong when ferry workers or other workers are paid well or have certain protections written into their contract that grant them a livable wage and good working conditions. Most ferry workers I observe are hard working likable people who are just trying to make a decent living.

It seems to me that in this age of union bashing there is a tendency by many people to vilified anyone who belongs to a union simply because their making more then $20 bucks an hour, are given a coffee break or have employer provided health insurance. Maybe these “go it on your own types” who are willing to let their employers exploit them on a daily basis by paying then substandard wages and providing them with poor working conditions and benefits should join a union and demand that they be paid more. But they have been duped, frightened or intimidated into somehow “carrying the employers water” by attacking other working people who presently are lucky and smart enough to belong to a viable labor union.

Generally speaking, I think it is simple jealousy or a form of misdirected rage at unions in most cases. KING TV, who often likes to attack ferry workers compensation, would better serve the public good by reporting excesses and actual crimes by billionaire business types, runaway corporations and banks rather than running so called “investigative reports” attacking ferry engineers or other workers for making too much money working overtime or being paid for their travel expenses, benefits that executives in most companies regularly receive.

Really, I think that someone should do a "report" on the wages and perks that these airhead TV types get paid for spouting the misinformation, nonsense filled infotainment fluff news stories and BS they give us each day. While Rome burns!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Memo Shows Why GM Went Broke

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Study Shows Quality Of Life And Social Values Fare Better Under Democrats

Dear Tea Party knuckle heads read this. Fact versus fiction collide in a new San Francisco Chronicle report that uses statistics to make the case that under Democratic Party governance people do better economically and maintaining social values that conservatives say are somehow eroded when Democrats are in power.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Which Side Are You On?

The battle continues in our effort to move America into the future:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Check List For WA State November Ballot Measures

Please support these ballot measures:

I-1098: Raises Money for Health Care and Education
  • I-1098 cuts the state property tax by 20%, eliminates B&O taxes for small businesses,and establishes a strictly limited income tax on the wealthiest 1.2% of households.
  • It raises $2 billion a year dedicated to education and health care.By law, the first $200,000 ($400,000 for couples) of income is exempt.
  • By law, the tax rates or who pays them cannot be changed without a vote of the people.

R-52 (referred by the legislature): For healthy schools

  • Many of our aging school buildings are riddled with problems like mold, rusty pipes, and asbestos filled walls, that are interfering with the learning environment.
  • R-52 would provide needed funding so that local school districts statewide could retrofit and renovate school buildings so that they are safe and energy efficient.
  • Retrofitting and renovation work will create 30,000 good jobs for Washington families, putting people back to work immediately.
Oppose these ballot measures:

I-1053: No to California-Style Gridlock

  • I-1053 would allow just 17 legislators to prevent the majority from taking action on a responsible, balanced approach to the budget.
  • California has the same two-thirds rule and it has caused a mess of partisan gridlock.
  • Special interests like BP and Bank of America are behind I-1053 because they want to keep their tax loopholes and giveaways.

I-1082: No to Insurance Industry Fine Print

  • I-1082 was written by the insurance industry, so it’s loaded with fine print that will help Wall Street giants like AIG unfairly profit from our workers’ compensation system.
  • It allows private insurers to set their own rates with virtually no oversight.
  • I-1082 will cost state and local governments $250 million over the next five years.
  • Small businesses would be left to pay skyrocketing rates after insurance companies had cherry-picked large and less risky businesses.

I-1100/1105: No these Risky Deregulation of Liquor Schemes

  • Because the corporations who want to sell liquor wrote these initiatives, I-1100/1105 are too risky and go too far.
  • Washington would become the most unregulated state in the nation for liquor sales.
  • Every gas station, mini-mart and convenience store would be allowed to sell hard liquor near schools, parks and in high crime areas until 2 am.
  • I-1100 will cost our state and local governments $275 million over five years and I-1105 will cost more than $700 million. That means more cuts to services like education, health care, police and firefighters.
I-1107: No to DC’s Big Soda Lobby
  • I-1107 would repeal the small, mostly temporary tax on non-essential items like soda pop, candy, bottled water and gum.
  • It’s worth a few cents more for a can of soda to raise more that $100 million per year to fund schools, health care and services for seniors and kids.
  • The American Beverage Association the national lobbying arm of the big soda companies is behind 1107 and they are running a highly deceptive campaign.
  • Don’t be fooled there is no food tax in Washington. Soda pop and candy are not food.
  • Too much sugar, which many of these beverage contain, can cause health issues, especially for children.
Via: Fuse

Friday, September 10, 2010

Main Stream Media Again Ignores Real News In Favor Of Bullshit News

While the economy sputters and the President holds a press conference to talk about what he's doing about it, the mainstream media remains caught up in a meaningless bullshit news feeding frenzy over the bat-shit crazy Koran burning redneck Florida pastor. Now they've moved the narrative about the kooky pastor to an introspective discussion of "why did this story get that much attention in the first place".

I always love that special moment when a bullshit news story turns to a story about the media's handling of the bullshit news story.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Stranger Does Something Right

Nice chart boys!

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Bill Gates Jr. Has Problem With Yes Or No Answer On Tax Cuts

In and article for McClatchey News Bill Gates Jr. splits the baby on letting tax cuts for rich expire. What kind of billionaire double speak is this Billy Boy? Gates makes the point that rich people tend not to spend or reinvest the tax cuts when they get them since their sitting on piles of money already. But then again additional taxes collected could help reduce the deficits should the tax cuts be allowed to expire on the wealthy. There is some filler in the story about income distribution that says the top one percent of the rich control nearly a quarter of the nation's wealth nowadays. So those piles of money that's not getting spent by the wealthy are apparently larger then ever.

Oh shit maybe that's the problem?

Saturday Burning Of Assorted Dino Rossi Holy Campaign Brochures Going Forward

That's if I can get a burn permit.

Every time I hear Dino Rossi in that goofy TV add talking about working as a janitor or busboy at the Space Needle I want to burn something. Someone sent me some bullshit filled lying sack of shit Rossi Campaign Materials in the mail. To show my anger for having to listen to him lie his big business ass kissing face off through both sides of his mouth on the TV and also for increasing my junk mail I'm going to burn his campaign shit in the good old 50 gallon drum in the front yard on Saturday. Don't try and stop me.

Whiny Progressives Act Like Rats Leaving A Sinking Ship

Barack Obama maybe a bastard but he's our bastard. Overly hairsplitting, whiny and sensitive progressives who's feeling are hurt because their pet special interest causes didn't get the support of some compromised back-boneless Democratic Party scaredy-cat pink state Senator have done a 180 on the President like a woman scorned.

This after only two years of a new Presidency. At least let the guy find out where the bodies are buried. Progressives apparently forgot how the hell the separation of powers thing works.

It isn't the President you pussies. In case you haven't noticed he just saved the economy from a depression and passed a historic health care bill. It's the fucking dumb-shit Republican Party and their nubile progeny the batshit-crazy, bible thumping, sexually suppressed tea party white trash. Better get off your ass and get your disgruntled fellow intellectuals off theirs and get them out to vote for Democrats in November our your going straight to political hell come January. Did you think changing this was going to be done in one election cycle you selfish little brats?

Now shut the fuck up and listen to the President as he lays into the old nut-bar angry white guy's party. He talks about building things with "sweat and effort". He not talking about sweat and effort like in your spinning class though. So turn that misplaced anger in the right direction and allow yourself to get freaking mad as hell and go out and dropkick some tea bag ass.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Old Testament God Sends Asteroids to Destroy Cuckoo Koran Burning Red Neck Preacher

Wired News reports that not just one but two asteroids narrowly missed the earth this week. Since 154,000 and 49,000 miles in considered close in space circles. I've got 87,000 miles on my Ford pickup so relatively speaking that's pretty close I guess. Two enterprising Italian astronomy nerds captured the event on video.

McFfiti I'm Lovin' It

Paris McDonald's tagged, Very nice!

Artists Build Kiddy Ride To Draw Attention To Gulf Oil Spill

Rich Person Thinks We Should Tax The Rich

Bill Gates Sr. does his thing.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

At Least European Labor Union Members F@#king Get It!

Meanwhile here in the US the American worker learns how to bent over and take it in the ass while conservative nuts and tea party members plan seriously to dismantle what remains of the social safety net in this country if they gain control in November. The dream of healthcare for everyone, that seems so close, social security, unemployment benefits, environmental protections, all on the chopping block. What in the fuck is wrong with this country?

We can't seem to move on into the future?

It's hard to listen to the high pitched whining coming from the media concerning this massive and apparently effective use of general strikes by workers in France and England. Workers protesting government austerity measure mainly aimed at cutting working class pension benefits and safety net social programs.

Meanwhile in America nothing to see here so just keep moving along. Have we become a nation of ignorant white trash half-baked tea party nuts and fancy pants progressives who rather wax on ad nauseam just to hear ourselves talk. It’s hard to believe that these mainly race based dido heads and tea party types are about to take over the levers of power in the US Congress according to the polls and prognosticators. Without so much as a whimper, it seems, from any progressive entity in this country. Un-fucking-believable!

Have we actually entered the Orwellian world of no is yes, war is peace.

Meanwhile most liberals are completely happy to jump on the Obama snob-fest bashing freaking bus. This man is not perfect and we certainly had our expectations rather high, but he has made significant progress in a number of key areas.

These strikes in Europe should be spreading around the world as far as I’m concerned. It may be a cry for help or a last stand against how sick and tired thinking middle class people are in some places after having their wages cut, pensions reduced, healthcare denied, working conditions lowered, and lives decimated through economic trickery by their corporate controlled governments. Who happily spend millions on war and billions on banks bailouts, but have no real relief for things ailing the middle class. The corporate controlled mainstream media tools rant about selfish overpaid union members and poor disrupted commuters. The really sad thing is most ignorant and uninspired Americans buy into this corporate controlled media bullshit machine message completely. Damn you for making twenty dollars and hour and wanting a pension.

The protesting strikers in Europe are of course a totally different breed from the biblically bullshit driven right wing tea party nuts in the good old USA, who'd have a hard time telling Saul Alinsky from Monica Lewinsky really. The workers in Europe value the solidarity they have with other workers and they stand up for their fellow workers as well as for social justice and programs that protect and enrich the middle class. They’re smart enough and conscious enough to recognize the real enemy. It isn’t Socialism or Muslims wanting to practice freedom of speech. It’s the BP's, Lehman Brothers, the greed driven corporations of the world and the unethical politicians who support them?

Viva la huelga!