Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Breast Bombs! I Think I'll Travel By Boat

British intelligence service MI5 has discovered that Al Qaeda female suicide bombers are getting explosive charges inside their breasts, using a similar procedure to breast augmentation. This makes bombs almost impossible to detect at airports. But there's something strange here. more

First the shoe bomber, then the crotch bomber, and now this?  The author of the referenced story does note some suspicious tidbits about this sudden discovery:
...I don't doubt that MI5's intentions are good this time—even while they weren't good at all back in the ramping up of misinformation before the Iraq invasion—but there's something here that smells a bit fishy. Actually, really fishy, since the "terrorism expert" quoted by the Sun and Fox News is none other than Joseph Farah, publisher of World Net Daily, Rush Limbaugh collaborator, and well known for questioning President Obama's origins. In other words, an extremist douchebag. [The Sun via Fox News and Wikipedia]

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Class War: Louisville to Replace Pool With "Spray Park"

While installing marble curbstones in downtown Louisville, giving millions of dollars worth of public property to out of state developers, and using tax dollars to build a fucking sports arena, our local government has declared it is short of money so it is closing public swimming pools.  The public pool near me is to be filled in and converted into a "spray park" (some sprinklers on concrete pads).  This is yet another example of how the class war is being won by the wealthy and lost by the poor.  Don't believe the people that say there is no class warfare, they are on the wealthy side of the equation (or the really stupid).  The pool and buildings will be demolished at a cost of $300,000 despite the fact the local neighborhood has raised over $75,000 to keep it open as a pool.  Who loses?  Poor people.  Who wins?  Rich people.

[update 3/22/2010:  Without bothering to see if the neighborhood could raise the remaining $150,000 to keep the pool open, the city has begun demolition.  The giant front hoes with crushing jaws and jackhammers have already cracked the pool and torn down the lighting.  God forbid we should raise the taxes on the ultra-megas to provide benefits for the larger community.]

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Glimmer of Hope: Orly Taitz Fines Upheld

Appeals court upholds $20,000 in sanctions against birther movement attorney Orly Taitz

California attorney and “birther” proponent Orly Taitz must pay $20,000 in sanctions, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
In the two-page decision, the appeals court states that after considering Taitz’ arguments, “we find them unpersuasive and therefore affirm the district court’s sanctions judgment.”
Taitz’ appeal stems from a suit filed on behalf of Capt. Connie Rhodes, who argued in September that Barack Obama’s presidency wasn’t legitimate and that she shouldn’t be deployed. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land dismissed that suit Sept. 16, telling Taitz that she could face sanctions if she ever again filed a “frivolous” suit in his court. Taitz then filed a motion for emergency stay, and Land gave her two weeks to explain why he shouldn’t sanction her $10,000.
 Here's what I'll never understand:  How can someone as dimwitted and insane as this bat shit crazy woman actually get a law degree?  Is it that easy?  I mean, seriously.  Why the fuck aren't I out there suing Mitch McConnell for being a lizard person?  Why am I not suing pretty much EVERYBODY for not being truly native? 

Single Payer

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fred Phelps, Closeted Fag?

The Supreme Court has decided to review the case against "Pastor" Fred Phelps, the lunatic preacher responsible for the ugly, hateful, and completely un-Christlike protests at military funerals.  The $5 million verdict was overturned by an appeals court.

I must admit to being torn on this one.  As you can see from the picture above, these people are full of hate and anger and their signs and chants are offensive on every level except that of the lunatic right wing Xtian fringe.  Even so, these worthless pieces of shit are entitled to free speech of some kind.  But should that free speech include disrupting a private service?  Should someone be allowed to cause severe emotional damage to grieving relatives?  Difficult questions, obviously, or this wouldn't have made it to the Supreme Court.

One thing I am not torn about is that Fred Phelps is a horrible man who deserves a long and painful death.  He and the people that support him are a waste of carbon.  When they die no one will protest because the people they have actually harmed (as opposed to the invented harm of homosexuality against them) are better people than they.  And as is always true with these people, Fred Phelps is obviously a closeted fag (see picture below).  Self hate is the ugliest type of hate, especially when it is aimed at the rest of the world.

"You can't preach the Bible without preaching hatred."

"God doesn't hate them because they're fags; they're fags because God hates them."
This is crossposted from the MOPod blog.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ah, Hypocrisy. Where Would the GOP be Without You? cont'd

The vocal opponent of health-care reform in the U.S. steered largely clear of the topic except to reveal a tidbit about her life growing up not far from Whitehorse.
“We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” [Sarah Palin] said. “And I think now, isn't that ironic?” more
Most of the times Republicans make my head hurt.  When it's Sarah Palin I just want to drown the stupid bitch out of pity for her and sanity.  Here she so clearly contradicts her own rhetoric and is utterly oblivious to it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Does This "Family Values" Republican Look Gay To You?

Ah, Hypocrisy.  Where Would the GOP be Without You? cont'd

It just doesn't get much better than this.  Gay bashing, homo hating California State Senator (R, of course) Roy Ashburn was arrested yesterday morning for drunk driving.  He had an unidentified male passenger in the car.  His blood alcohol level was 0.14 (0.08 is the legal limit).  Where had he been all night?  Turns out he had been partying hard in a gay bar.

[...] West Sacto's openly gay mayor, Christopher Cabaldon, called him a hypocrite, claiming he has spotted Ashburn at gay clubs, including Badlands. Cabaldon blasted Ashburn in a message he posted to Facebook a few months ago: "It wouldn't bother me so bad to see Roy Ashburn at Badlands with a boy if he didn't have such a bad voting record on gay rights."

As Cabaldon suggests, Ashburn['s] voting record on gay issues is less than stellar. The Bakersfield Californian reports he voted no an anti-discrimination bill, legislation on out-of-state same sex marriages, Harvey Milk Day, and a resolution declaring the Senate's opposition to Proposition 8. The Bakersfield Californian has more about his voting recordmore

"Too [F'ing] Lazy and Bigoted and Unimaginative to Prefer Peace to Hegemony and Terrorism"