Monday, July 26, 2010

Mad Men


I just checked my recorded television, and horry clap!  Mad Men premiered a new season last night.  Just watched it.  I love that show, and you should too.

Pistol Mama

Pistol Packin' Mama

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An 81 year-old woman (with the voice of a 35 year-old) called Rush today, and she was pissed. (Click pic to listen to audio).

Not much of a head

The beer stinks Too

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Cuzzin Ricky

Making numbers dance

Numbers Schmumbers

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The NY Times Saturday compared the cost of America's wars, and concluded the combined Iraq/Afghanistan campaigns against fascist Islam are the second most expensive in history.  Daniel Halper (Weekly Standard) puts things in perspective.
But the real story is in the chart, not the accompanying article. The actual cost of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is extraordinarily low, when seen as a percentage of GDP. Whereas World War II constituted 35.8 percent of GDP spending, and whereas World War I made up 13.6 percent of GDP spending, the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (or what the Times calls "Afghanistan/Iraq/post-9/11) made up only 1.2 percent of GDP in 2008. The chart helpfully compares this to other wars: It falls in between the Mexican War (1847) and the Spanish-American War (1899).

Now, in these comparative terms, it seems that spending for these wars is not nearly high enough, considering the enormous consequences of defeat in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

I'm calling the wedding off

The Worst Website of All Time

I've seen this claim made before.  This is the real deal.
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via Doug Ross

Lose Lose

Racism Test


smart peoples what run things

“Private schools and nonprofit museums and community organizations benefit the town in lots of ways,” Mr. Logalbo said, “except that they don’t contribute to the cost of running the town.”  We need money.  Sell the kids.


Allen West


Allen West is running for this guy's House seat.  The link gos to his ADA rating, 

Video tip - SondraK

Digital Bitch Slapping in New Orleans

Federal judge says you can break  DRM
if you're not doing so to infringe copyright

So this ruling is pretty interesting news, as it constitutes a circuit split with pretty much the rest of the nation's courts, which is often a precursor to a Supreme Court challenge. What's more, the defendants here are General Electric, not hackers in black t-shirts or sketchy offshore Xbox-modchip vendors (theoretically the law shouldn't care if the defendant is a hobo or a billionaire, but in practice, billionaires usually get better precedents, and not just because they can afford better lawyers).  (BoingBoing)

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DRM (Digital Rights Management ), as codified in the US by the  Digital Millennium Copyright Act is the spawn of Hollywood money copulating with lawmakers.  This comment to the parent Boing Boing article nicely sums things up for us regular people, so hooray for that judge.

Given the extremely restrictive DMCA wording, there are only two possible outcomes:

1) Nothing gets reproduced, ever, under any circumstances, even for promotion, except with the express payment of the promoter (in practice, promoters don't want to pay for every placement, and don't want trailers to be illegal)

2) Movie trailers become legally equivalent to pirating a whole movie, at which point everyone becomes a criminal, and ignores this silly law. (Anon)

And stay out

Mexico braces for effects
of Arizona immigration law

Across Mexico, radio talk shows, blogs and the news media have turned Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer into a household name.

On Friday, a morning show on Televisa aired a comedy skit in which an actor dressed as the Republican governor rampages through Mexico City with a stun gun, zapping people.

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Depression era reminder

  • That Mexico is feeling overwhelmed in getting their own citizens back gives us a real sense of magnitude of the problem our border states have endured. 
Mexico's government has added more workers to its consulate in Phoenix to assist detained Mexicans. Migrants who have been deported say they're watching to see how the law is enforced before deciding whether to try again to cross the border illegally into Arizona.

"On the plane, everybody was talking about the law," said Ernesto González, a deportee who arrived here last week on a U.S. government flight from Tucson. "Everybody knows it's coming."

Arizona's law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It requires police to check a person's immigration status when the person has been involved in another offense and the officer has reasonable cause to suspect the person is in the country illegally. The check can be made only during the course of a lawful police action, such as a traffic stop or investigation of a crime.

The law also allows Arizona citizens to sue police departments if they feel the new law is not being enforced — a provision related to "sanctuary cities," where local government officials refuse to enforce anti-illegal-immigration laws.

The Obama administration and several rights groups have sued to stop the law from taking effect. The Mexican government has filed a "friend of the court" brief supporting the lawsuits. (USA TODAY continued)
  •  That Mexico has filed a  "friend of the court" brief supporting our so called government's lawsuti against Arizona says "Remove that government!"

Our Motto

I'd start picking up my
clothes if I was you kiddo.

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Found this on my conservative parent's fridge. It is real.

I see your unde - whoa!

'Flying Pasties' Attempt to Hide Your
Nakedness from Full-Body Scanners

Coning in 2000!

Astounding Future

Silly Quotes

Stupid Pol Tricks
 breathing and talking at the same time

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1. “Queen Elizabeth Taylor.” – Thai Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa, referring to the Queen of England.

2. “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country." – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, referring to the USA while addressing Columbia University.

3. "I would never approach a small-breasted woman." – President Clinton, denying that he had sexually harassed Kathleen Willey.

4. “Life has become better, life has become more fun!” [«Жить стало лучше, жить стало веселее!»] Josef Stalin. The irony of this phrase is that he said it at the peak of mass repressions organized by him at the end of 1930s.

5. “I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.” – Fidel Castro. But he also said: “I am a Marxist-Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.”

6. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." – Washington, D.C., August 5, 2004 – George W. Bush.

7. "This is a great day for France!" – President Richard Nixon at French President Charles de Gaulle's funeral.

8. "I've now been in 57 states – I think one left to go." – Barack Obama at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon.

9. “We are not without accomplishment. We have manauged to distribte poverty equally.” – Nguen Co Thatch, Vietnamese Foreign Minister.

10. "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." – Barack Obama attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

11. "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed." -- Barack Obama on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

12. "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened'." Joe Biden in interview with Katie Couric, September 2008. However, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929 and televisions were still experimental. Couric didn't blink.

13. "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." -- Nancy Pelosi about Obamacare during a speech she delivered for the National Association of Counties.March 10, 2010

14. "I have to confess that it's crossed my mind that you could not be a Republican and a Christian." - Hillary Clinton in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1997

15."My first pledge will be to restore integrity to the White House. And I'll fire anyone who has lied to the American people or the United States Congress" -- Al Gore, 1988