Santa's red nose says he may have been drinking with Ted Kennedy.
We sure are fortunate to have brave elected leaders who are focused on the important things in life. The below attached legislation was introduced to Congress this week by Rep. Henry Brown of South Cackalacky and co-sponsored by several other Republicans. It essentially says that our pansy liberal country has been misappropriating Christmas and preventing people who observe Christmas from celebrating its true meaning.
Of course, Christmas, like Chanukah, is an observance of convenience and commercialism, and not really one of religion. If it were of the Christian religion, it would not be celebrated as a continuation of harvest and pagan festivals that preceded Christianity and surrounded the Winter Solstice.
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A while back I featured a local Fox affiliate’s news info graphic dividing voter support among Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin (also known as magic underwear crazy, young earth crazy and just plain crazy) in a manner that added up the pie chart to 193% (as opposed to the normal 100%). I cracked that FoxNews would be likely to do the same, even though this was just an affiliate.
Yeah, well the FNC has proved me right.
FoxNews: Fair and Balanced and completely incapable of arithmetic... 120% of the time.
My big questions are whether 1) your inability to count to 100 disqualifies you from complaining about science and 2) presenting a poll where the sum of the percentages is 120% means that you are a) somewhat likely, b) very likely or c) not very likely to be a redneck.
But what strikes me most about this video from the Palin book tour is how much I hate people from Columbus, Ohio. CNN constantly insists that Columbus is the face of America, but I don’t buy it for the following reasons (among others):
They like THE ohio state university [new rule is that only the "THE" is permitted to be capitalized further to emphasize that Tosu is THE state university... also to emphasize what jackasses Buckeyes are];
They prefer Skyline Chili to just about anything and yet somehow didn’t originate the This Is Why You’re Fat Tumblr;
They are fat and content with it — your obesity is the reason healthcare (universal or not) won’t work in our country; and
They are the only soccer fans in America.
Mind you, I love soccer… it’s just that I find it depressing that Columbus is the only place it can catch on as a professional sport.
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All 193% of Republicans Support Palin, Romney and Huckabee
Whatever, their math is still better than their science. You’ve got three different upcoming books out of that lineup a) Praying Yourself Thin, a Governor’s Tale; b) You Betcha: Creationism and other things which can only be explained by my stupidity; and c) Magic Underpants and Several Other Things I Totally Won’t Bring Up on the Campaign Trail.
Admittedly, this is a local Fox station’s InfoGraphic, and not from FNC itself. But it might as well have been.
This may have been one of the better pieces of satire that SNL has done of late. Fred Armisen’s President Obama isn’t as good as his Governor Patterson (see, e.g., below), but this sketch just nails it both on humor and reality.
via hatethefuture – While 94% think Attorney General Eric Holder is a poorly disguised Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
And I’m sure more than half of Democrats felt that the Supreme Court acted in bad faith in stealing the 2000 election for George W. Bush. I still don’t understand why this is any more disturbing than the fact that only 39% of Americans believe in evolution, on the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (which will be observed on Tuesday).
Yes, there are serious issues regarding the perception of legitimacy of American elections (even if those issues are largely perception-based, and not substantive). I still believe the greater threat to our government’s legitimacy is that our standard-bearing representatives are largely or commonly a) incompetent (see, e.g., Congress), b) corrupt (see, e.g., Jefferson and Trafficant), c) closeted but willing to deny civil rights to the people they sleep with on the side (see, e.g., pretty much every hard right wing religious righter), or d) crazy/stupid (see, e.g., Palin).
Of course, my true hope is that Palin will choose the TV talk show path, now that Oprah has announced her retirement. I think America misses Jerry Springer and there is a place for her on the CW. In the meantime, I’m going to go back to worrying about the fact that CafePress thinks its OK to sell mugs and bumper stickersthat advocate the assasination of a sitting president.
Sure enough, in her picture book entitled Going Rouge (oh, wait, that said Rogue?), the biggest blow to American political legitimacy since Monica was on her knees admitted that she doesn’t believe in evolution.
Elsewhere in this volume she talks about creationism, saying she “didn’t believe in the theory that human beings — thinking, loving beings — originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea” or from “monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees.” In everything that happens to her, from meeting Todd to her selection by Mr. McCain for the Republican ticket, she sees the hand of God: “My life is in His hands. I encourage readers to do what I did many years ago, invite Him in to take over.”
Sometimes I really doubt this country and am incredulous that so many of our citizens (and, sadly, many of our leaders) cannot reconcile science with faith. It’s not complicated, it’s just accepting that religious texts are written by men and framed by their understanding of how things operate. Whether a God inspired them is not vitiated by accepting that the Bible is not the actual, specific words used by God.
Heck, if you’re reading the Bible in English you’re reading a translation which, in and of itself, means necessarily that there is a human influence beyond the initial text. That is incontrovertible.
For those unfamiliar with C. Vernon Mason, he and Alton Maddox engineered one of the great media, race baiting hoaxes of the 1980s by aiding and directing young Tawana Brawley in her fraudulent accusations against members of the police force in Newburgh, NY. Most of the backlash from the incident and the discovery of the hoax fell on Al Sharpton, who was the more public face of the Brawley accusations, but it was Mason and Maddox who closely guarded access to Brawley and who guided Sharpton’s accusations.
Well, new Manhattan DA Cy Vance (who was so woefully under-qualified relative to Leslie Crocker Snyder that I was ashamed of Democratic primary voters in September) has given voters what they deserve… disappointment. The Daily News reports that he has appointed to his transition team Mason, who was both humiliated and made famous by the Brawley affair and then disbarred after abusing and swindling poor clients. Yes, the Manhattan DA elect has chosen to take advice from a man so egregious that he is no longer permitted to practice law. Good work NYC voters.
It’s the one year anniversary of the election of Barack Obama, a great day for most New Yorkers. We’re celebrating it by reelecting a rich white Republican over an African American Democrat… and we’re going to feel good about doing it.
President Obama himself endorsed Thompson with such fervor and intensity that he forgot to use him name and instead endorsed the “Democratic candidate for Mayor.” The subtext there is that even Democrats are only doing just enough to show party solidarity while winking at Mayor Mike and noting that they too think he’s doing a stand up job.
At somewhere between 5′ and 5’3″, it can sometimes be difficult to discern when Bloomberg is standing, but there’s little doubt that he’s the finest Mayor since Laguardia. He’s sheparded the City through a joint security and economic catastrophe upon taking office and an economic meltdown of epic proportions in the past 18 months. He’s strengthened schools and improved on the run of great crime numbers despite two economic collapses. Most importantly, he’s taken a stand against both obesity and smoking and has followed in Giuliani’s footsteps as a national leader among US Mayors.
All of this is why Bill Thompson’s only argument against electing Mayor Mike is that he’s only able to run because he subverted “the will of the people” in respect of term limits. He doesn’t even attack Bloomberg for being a dictator because he knows that Mike is a benevolent dictator and one who the City perhaps even needs at this point. There is no doubt that Bloomberg would be the better Mayor, so Thompson is just hoping that New Yorkers will cut off their nose to spite their face.
Ultimately, I will battle the knowledge that Mike will probably win by 20 points over Ruth Messinger… err, I mean Bill Thompson. I’ll get out to my polling station and pull my lever around 8:30 tonight and proudly vote for our Lilliputian Supreme Commander. Not only because he’s the better candidate, but because he’s the best candidate for Mayor that I’m likely ever going to be able to vote for.