Friday, May 30, 2014

Oh, but he's no a creepy sociopath or anything

Bill O'Reilly sure does like "Killing" things.

Future books:

"Killing Gandhi" 

"Killing Franz Ferdinand" 

"Killing Caesar" 

"Killing McKinley, Garfield,  and probably Taylor and Harding" 

"Killing Tippecanoe and going after Tyler Too!" 

"Almost Killing Reagan"

"Digging Up Lincoln, just so I can kill 'em Again just for snorin'" 

"Killing Martin Luther King -- with a glass of Mothereffing Iced Tea" 

And, of course:

"Killing my audience...of natural causes"

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Trickling down works best when you stand below the privy

Freedom for all you proles!
...the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study. Last year was the fourth straight that CEO compensation rose following a decline during the Great Recession. The median CEO pay package climbed more than 50 percent over that stretch. A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker's salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.
Green shoots are the result of the one-percent's great dropping of fertilizer upon you. And how is it working for those of the rest of us?
The 8.8 percent increase in total pay that CEOs got last year dwarfed the average raise U.S. workers received. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said average weekly wages for U.S. workers rose 1.3 percent in 2013.
Why it's almost as if they are calling the shots, isn't it? [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Was he attending services at the Larry Craig shrine or something?

Oh FoxNews you never cease to entertain in a way "I Wanna Marry Harry" ever could.

Fox News anchor arrested at Minnesota airport

Could have been worse

When I saw that Jim Nabors was the top searched individual on Yahoo, I figured he was dead..

Nope...probably just wishes he was by now.

Our awful morons can only aspire to be this awful

Congrats, America, even our worst politicians (and they are near the bottom) can aspire to the disgusting machinations of France's asshole emeritus.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right Front National, has suggested the deadly virus Ebola could solve the global "population explosion" and by extension Europe's "immigration problem". At a cocktail party before an election rally in Marseille on Tuesday evening, days before the European elections in which the FN is leading the polls in France, Le Pen spoke of the "demographic explosion" in the world.
Let us pause to unpack one small blurb in that last sentence...
...before the European elections in which the FN is leading the polls in France
Ugh. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lovely person I'm sure

Because...of course, this is National Review.

In a May 19 piece, National Review Online contributor A.J. Delgado claimed that women are being "brainwash[ed] into believing they were raped." 

Yeah...even though consciously and overtly you said "no" -- you really wanted it.

National Review...where a club is good enough for both baby seals and women.

Will the last person without a recalled GM Vehicle

Please get in their 1963 Corvair and head on down to the dealership? Some people are going to need a lift.
General Motors’ recall saga continued Tuesday with the beleaguered automaker recalling another 2.42 million vehicles for four separate issues. The move also means GM will take a $400-million charge against second-quarter earnings. None of the four recalls is related to GM’s faulty ignition switches. That issue, which has been linked to at least 13 deaths and recalls of 2.6 million vehicles, has prompted federal fines and several investigations into why GM neglected to issue the recalls for more than a decade. Tuesday’s recalls bring the total number of GM recalls in 2014 to 13.7 million vehicles.
If only GM could get its cars to run on dog treats imported from China -- or something with a better reputation. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

But if you try some get what you need

As so often happens, the Glimmer Twins act as international relations prophets again. For example this happens:
Russia is close to signing a decades-long contract to supply natural gas to China at a price that would value the deal at about $400 billion, according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev’s boss Vladimir Putin arrives in Shanghai today to try and complete an agreement after more than 10 years of talks. The stumbling block has been price, but with Putin facing trade and financial sanctions from the U.S. and European Union after he annexed Crimea from Ukraine, a deal is seen as probable.
At about the same time, this happens.
President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops near the Ukrainian border back to base, according to the Kremlin, signaling a possible easing of tensions six days before Ukraine’s presidential election.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, May 19, 2014

Somebody should do...uh, nevermind

On story that sums up how modern 'Murica solves its problems (I mean "doesnt'").

If there's an image that starkly illustrates the threats of climate change, it's this photograph, which was included in the recent National Climate Assessment released by the White House. It is noteworthy because the flood is from exceptionally high spring tides – not heavy rains. Tidal flooding like that is relatively new. And scary. "People in Miami Beach are living climate change," said David Nolan, a meteorology and physical oceanography professor at the University of Miami. "They're on the frontline."
And the unfortunate subheading.
Politicians who refuse to acknowledge global warming should visit Florida where climate change is all too real
Yes, if only Florida Senator Marco Rubio would visit Florida. That'll learn him.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Friday, May 16, 2014

Yeah, that's a good look for you...

Old and stupid is one way to get through life, I guess.
A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town says he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word, and he sat with his arms crossed while angry residents at a meeting called for his resignation on Thursday.
And isn't this a look straight out of the "Lester Maddux" collection --

Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland listens Thursday May 15, 2014 in Wolfeboro, N.H. as town residents ask for his resignation after being overheard calling President Barack Obama the N-word at a restaurant. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Careful what you wish for part infinity

Oh the shirtless strongman might be popular right now...but so was the Czar in the August of a century ago.
Volunteers are recruited from western Ukraine and Kiev, and more quietly, within the east itself. A self-published newspaper in Donetsk gives the phone number where "Ukrainian patriots" can sign up for the volunteer battalions; its editor has gone into hiding to avoid being kidnapped by the separatist fighters. Volunteers undergo training in neighbouring Dnepropetrovsk region, and their battalions can be brought under the command of the interior ministry, allowing them to operate legally. Nevertheless, the training period can be as little as 50 hours, before the volunteers are put into real combat situations.
And in great examples of British understatement I present:
Arming troops with almost no real training and sending them into extremely sensitive situations where they may be shot at with weapons from within crowds, largely made up of angry but unarmed civilians, sounds like a recipe for disaster.
It smells, looks and feels like one too. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Well this is going to be interesting

So much embarrassment and hypocrisy coming down the pike. The New York Times for engaging in gender discrimination...and all the conservative publications (and competitors) who will pretend they do not do EXACTLY the same thing as they go after the paper because they are so used to calling it "liberal".

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Humanity...always seemingly lacking in the "human" part

If there's anything worse than being made a refugee, it may be actually being a refugee. Behold the "civilization" at work.
As the poorest member of the 28-nation European Union, Bulgaria has struggled to provide even rudimentary shelter to Syrian refugees, who began surging into the country from Turkey last summer...
Bad right? But what could make it worse?
...after neighboring Greece, previously a popular entry point to Europe, built a fence along its border and beefed up controls.
We kind of suck. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Great Moments in Self-Immolation

Shorter Donald Sterling.
"I am not a racist, I just think all black men look like Magic Johnson, and I HATE Magic Johnson, and all people who look like Magic Johnson having black person sex. BUT I AM NOT A RACIST!"

At least there is a metaphor

I fully expect Presidential aspirant and "base" Uriah Heep impersonator Marco Rubio to appear in Key Biscayne to hold back the sea...although King Canute at least believed the tides actually occurred.
The collapse of the western Antarctic ice sheet is inevitable and is already underway, scientists said on Monday. The melt will cause up to four metres (13 feet) of additional sea-level rise over the coming centuries, devastating low-lying and coastal areas around the world – from Bangladesh to New Jersey – that are already expected to be swamped by only a few feet of sea-level rise.
Oops, nevermind, still several centuries of lying ahead.
But the researchers said the sea-level rise – while unstoppable – was still several centuries off, potentially up to 1,000 years away.
Oh that will make consensus possible. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, May 12, 2014

Says the guy who's parents were so crazy they wouldn't name him Ayn

Pot calling the Kettle...well, certainly not black:
"Everybody's gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing," Paul said yesterday.

The Senator's comments come after meeting with a group of black pastors at a Republican National Committee meeting in Memphis, where they discussed the inevitability of voter suppression, intended or otherwise.

Paul acknowledged that the debates surrounding the issue took on a racial tone, and said it behooves Republicans to be sensitive not to offend, again calling his GOP colleagues "crazy."

"I think it's wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it's offending people."
Well, we cannot have THAT kind of crazy. But this kind of crazy on the other hand...
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," Rubio said, according to excerpts released by ABC "This Week," "and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy."
So says the soon to be Senator of the world's fastest shrinking peninsula.

That kind of crazy can help make you the Party nominee.

 [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Less a "Death Panel" than a "Death Convention"

One wonders just how craven one has to be when trotting out the blatent lie about "death panels" when the result is this...
If anything close to these results apply, the ACA is saving many lives every year. The new law is projected to cover more than 20 million adults who would otherwise go uninsured. The Massachusetts estimates imply that the ACA will prevent something in the neighborhood of 24,096 deaths every year (simply: 20 million divided by 830). That’s more than twice the number of Americans killed in gun homicides. It’s considerably more than the number of Americans who die from HIV/AIDS.
Time for what, the 837th attempt to repeal this law, rather than expand it?

Now that's some number crunching

And to think, I settled on becoming a lawyer because when push-came to show I could at least divide by three.
Researchers have created the most detailed simulation of the history of the universe, complete with exploding gas clouds, swirling galaxies, ravenous black holes and countless stars – born to die in violent supernovae that blast the chemical elements for planets and life out into the cosmos. Described as one of the most complex computer models ever created, the simulation was crunched on supercomputers that took six months to complete calculations that would have taken an average desktop computer 2,000 years to process.
Cool. I guess the next step is to ask those computers about Benghazi then? [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Get your Moias ready!

The evidence of Global Climate Change has been overwhelming for years, and a prominent subject of conversation since the late 20th Century before Al Gore grew obese for Limbaugh listeners taste from too many kale chips or something.

Meaning that this should probably not shock us.
The government’s newest national assessment of climate change, released early Tuesday, declares what a wide majority of scientists say is clear: Americans are already feeling the effects of global warming.
Yes...and apparently in the right-wing mind the effects were first felt in the "American" province of Benghazi!

Oh well, I guess that nuclear holocaust training we all ignored as a child will be just as handy now.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

"The National Our Heads in Our Ass Act"

Yes America, by all means put these assholes in power.
Titled the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014," the bill would put a variety of new restrictions on how funds are doled out by the National Science Foundation. The goal, per its Republican supporters on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, would be to weed out projects whose cost can't be justified or whose sociological purpose is not apparent. For Democrats and advocates, however, the FIRST Act represents a dangerous injection of politics into science and a direct assault on the much-cherished peer-review process by which grants are awarded. "We have a system of peer-review science that has served as a model for not only research in this country but in others," said Bill Andresen, the associate vice president of Federal Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. "The question is, does Congress really think it has the better ability to determine the scientific merit of grant applications or should it be left up to the scientists and their peers?"
Yeah, who needs Peer Review...let's leave science funding up to the typical FoxNews viewer. It will be all billions for boner pills and finding Noah's Ark.

Well...there's a story you do not read every day...

There's no good way to go I suppose, but there are some that are stranger than others.

Soccer riots in Brazil claimed the life of a man who was killed by a toilet bowl thrown from the stands at Arruda Stadium, the latest scene of fan violence that has plagued the country in the lead-up to next month's World Cup.
Well, that cannot be a good harbinger for this June and July.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Careful what you wish for...unless you just wish to stay out of it...

In the Ukraine I think it is becoming evident that no one is getting what they bargained for.
Two days of chaos and violence in east and south-east Ukraine appeared on Saturday to be pushing the country ever closer to civil war, as the death toll rose to 42 following a military counter-offensive launched by authorities in Kiev against pro-Russia rebels. An angry crowd confronted police outside the trade union building in Odessa where dozens of pro-Russia activists died on Friday night in a blaze started during clashes with pro-Ukraine protesters. Fighting continued in the east as the Ukrainian army continued to oust pro-Russia rebels.
It's clear that when Ukrainians toppled the Russia-supported government several weeks ago, they thought they could keep Russia from intervening too strongly. That did not happen.

Meanwhile against all recent experience the Putin government seemed to think they could manage an old-fashioned intervention with limited pain. That is not likely to happen.

And, of course, there are are usual round of geniuses in the American Right that thought a well-placed threat of carpet bombing would do..."Oh if only we could get involved in a foreign civil war?" Stand by on that one.

[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Friday, May 02, 2014

Well, he seems like quite a guy

Great at rallies.
Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson warned his congregation recently that birth control was not only turn(ing) women into “whores,” it was also destroying the country.
Curse you and your unpatriotic sexy times.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Laugh all you want man!

But you'll all be sorry when Nino Scalia freaks out over that War of the Worlds broadcast over the ol' Admiral Radio (which was invented by a guy named Macaroni with a feather in his cap!).

Or maybe he's just hangin' out with Rob Ford?

"Oh yeah...totally!"

Why I understand it also ruined Easter and will soon ruin another Christmas too!
Allen West: Donald Sterling’s racist remarks a distraction from Benghazi
Allen West may just be Donald Sterling's "black friend".

And the conservatives just nod their head and think, "mmmmm....softshelled clams"

I sure am glad climate change is one of those Nazi-like hoaxes, right?
In a troubling new discovery, scientists studying ocean waters off California, Oregon and Washington have found the first evidence that increasing acidity in the ocean is dissolving the shells of a key species of tiny sea creature at the base of the food chain. The animals, a type of free-floating marine snail known as pteropods, are an important food source for salmon, herring, mackerel and other fish in the Pacific Ocean. Those fish are eaten not only by millions of people every year, but also by a wide variety of other sea creatures, from whales to dolphins to sea lions.
Eh, "who cares, it's just the ocean", said some corporate lobbyist over his sushi. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]