Noting that he’s “disgusted” with homeless people, [Hawaii state Representative Tom] Brower told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about his own personal brand of “justice”: “If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets.” Brower has waged this campaign for two weeks, estimating that he’s smashed about 30 shopping carts in the process.
It should be noted that Brower is a Democrat. Here's video of his crusade:
This is way flashier than, say, investing money in mental health programs, or making sure that Hawaii has plenty of low-cost housing. Maybe next Brower will address teen pregnancy by lighting fire to a big pile of tube tops.
This toaster is a metaphor for the following:
The Oregonian's website
The I, Anonymous Blog
Fox and Friends
This blog post
A network of think tanks across the country is quietly pushing the agenda of right-wing groups with funding from Koch brothers-affiliated organizations, a new report alleges.
The study, by the liberal Center for Media and Democracy, is aimed at the State Policy Network, which describes itself as “dedicated solely to improving the practical effectiveness of independent, nonprofit, market-oriented, state-focused think tanks,” which are operating in all 50 states. The tax-exempt group seeks to “enable these organizations to better educate local citizens, policy makers and opinion leaders about market-oriented alternatives to state and local policy challenges.”
But that’s not the full story, according to the Center for Media and Democracy, which bills itself as a nonprofit watchdog group. CMD alleges that rather than a loose coalition of locally focused think tanks, SPN’s organizations are using “dark money” — a term for money donated for elections without disclosing its source — from conservative and corporate donors like the Koch brothers to push a cookie-cutter conservative agenda at the state level...
You should go read the whole thing. The Koch brothers hate taxes so much that they're willing to spend a ridiculous amount of money to fight taxes. Could you imagine what could've been achieved, had they decided to donate that money to charity, instead? Or if, heaven forbid, they actually paid a reasonable tax rate?
Remember Ashley Madison, the social networking site that promises to bring married people together for secret affairs? Seems like it may not be as full of sexy un-singles as advertised:
A Toronto woman named Doriana Silva says she was hired to help launch the Brazilian version of the adultery-themed dating service, but soon realized her duties were to seed the new platform with fake female profiles. "The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website," the lawsuit alleges. All told, she created over a thousand profiles, which she now claims left her with debilitating repetitive stress injuries.
If you're looking to have a secret affair, you might have to do it the old-fashioned way: Take off your wedding ring and spend way too much money a nightclub that's demographically way too young for you.
Yes, I know that card-carrying homophobe Orson Scott Card won't make a ton of money off his movie, and I know that Enders Game didn't have a spectacular opening... but I'm still giving Card and his movie a BOOOOOOOO! because of this from Variety:
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said Friday during a conference call with analysts that the studio will “wait another week or two” before it decides whether to make another film based on the Orson Scott Card series of 13 novels.
He also said that an “Ender’s Game” TV spinoff was under consideration.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (Unless of course it stars a shirtless Tom Welling... and no, I don't care that he's 84 years old now!!!)
Next week, former President George W. Bush is scheduled to keynote a fundraiser in Irving, Texas, for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a group that trains people in the United States, Israel, and around the world to convince Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The organization's goal: to "restore" Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.
George W. Bush's post-presidency is just as terrible as his presidency was. Everything he does makes me hate him a little more. He's just the worst thing to happen to America. Check that. He's just the worst, period.
(Via Christian Nightmares.)
Remember Republican outrage queen Randy Neugebauer's insane rant at a park ranger during the shutdown?
Two days after voting for the shutdown, Texas congressman Randy Neugebauer tried to lead a group of teabaggy veterans into the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, but it was closed, because the WWII Memorial is a federal park. When a Park Service employee tried to stop Congressman Neugebauer, whose American flag on a dowel stuck into his breast pocket gave him the appearance of a burger served in a TGI Fridays on the Fourth of July, he lost his shit on her: "How do you look at them... and deny them access?" Neugebauer said, indicating the veterans. High on the fumes of his own hypocritical outrage, he added, "The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves."
The employee responded, "I'm not ashamed."
Neugebauer replied, "You should be."
Over the weekend, Neugebauer quietly issued an apology to the Park Service:
In the letter, Neugebauer admitted that he put the park ranger in an "uncomfortable position" with a tone that was "inappropriate."
"I regret how I handled that situation, and I would like to offer you my apologies," he added, according to CNN.
Now that nobody's paying attention, it's time to try to act like a human being again. Christ, what an asshole.
Andrew Sullivan wants you to watch this asshole's speech:
This is a fascinating speech from today’s rally at the World War II veterans’ memorial. It’s fascinating because it’s a riveting, candid insight into the forces that are behind the government shut-down and the debt-ceiling blackmail of the country and the world. They do not believe this president is a legitimate president. It is beyond their understanding that he was re-elected handily, or that he commands, even during this assault on our system of government, far more support than the Tea Party. Let’s not be mealy-mouthed. This speaker, Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, accuses the president of treason in this speech, of deliberately pursuing policies to kill members of the armed services, because he is an Islamist, and allegedly “bows to Allah”. What he is saying is the president is a deliberate mole of foreign agents determined to destroy the American way of life. And there is no pushback from the crowd and no pushback from GOP leaders.
This is what we’re dealing with.
The only thing that could sink Congressional Republican approval ratings even lower would be if they moved to impeach President Obama. So, naturally:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that President Obama has “committed impeachable offenses” and that the House could hold a hearing to impeach.
“We can have an impeachment hearing in the House, and in my mind the president has committed impeachable offenses,” Bachmann told conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries in an interview first detailed by Right Wing Watch.
Say what you want about Michele Bachmann, but I think "in my mind the president has committed impeachable offenses" is maybe the most honest thing she's ever said. In her mind, the president has done a whole bunch of things.
ThinkProgress says that Republican Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton stuck her foot in it on a Facebook post complaining about parks being closed during the shutdown:
Barton minced no words, calling Obama “De Fuhrer [sic]” and urging local sheriffs to arrest park rangers who enforce rules keeping people out of National Parks that are closed due to the federal government shutdown...Asked about it by the Arizona Capitol Times later that day, Barton stood by her Adolf Hitler analogy. “He’s dictating beyond his authority,” she explained.
Yesterday, Barton denied the whole thing, releasing a statement that indicated she wasn't calling Obama Hitler, she simply "used the German phrase for emphasis, Der Fuhrer." Uh huh.
Politico is saying that in addition to lifting the debt ceiling for six weeks, John Boehner might be trying to delay the shutdown for six weeks, too:
If Thursday night’s meeting with Obama goes well, senior Republican sources say that Boehner could have enough internal political capital to move a bill next week to reopen government until Nov. 22 — the end of the negotiating period.
The temporary relief would be much appreciated, but it doesn't resolve the greater problem. Until Republicans are willing to show some willingness to shift their goals to something that reflects reality, we're going to keep dancing on the edge of disaster.
Speaker John A. Boehner has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal default as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday.
Speaker John A. Boehner stood his ground on Sunday alongside the most conservative Republicans in Congress, insisting that the House would not vote to finance and reopen the government or raise the nation’s borrowing limit without concessions from President Obama on the health care law.
Which is it?
Is Boehner willing to default on the nation's debts if he doesn't get the "concessions" he wants on Obamacare? Or is he going to end this concession obsession before October 17, when the debt limit has to be raised or else?
The federal government officially shut down at midnight Eastern time, you know, just because. Previous government shutdowns have tended to be expensive and painful, but brief. This time though, I'm not so sure about the brief part.
A couple weeks ago somebody asked me if I thought House Republicans would follow through on their threat to force a shutdown, and I responded with a question of my own: "In what world do you live?" Of course we were headed for a shut down. The whole goal of the Tea Party is to dismantle government. How could a shut down be anything but a win-win for them?
Even scarier is the looming debt ceiling crisis, just two and a half weeks away. Not that they understand it or anything, but Teabaggers hate the national debt. And what better way to rein in the debt than by defaulting on it? Nobody would lend us money then, right? Of course, global financial markets would collapse in the process, but who needs global financial markets?
These people aren't just incredibly stupid. They're fucking crazy. And they're driving the Republican Party.
So this only ends one of two ways. Either President Obama caves on what even he now calls Obamacare—which I'm guessing (hoping?) is not going to happen. Or House Republicans defy the Tea Party and risk the wrath of the their idiot base. Don't hold your breath.
Bad things at first, and then worse things down the road:
A prolonged government shutdown — followed by a potential default on the federal debt — would have economic ripple effects far beyond Washington, upending financial markets, sending the unemployment rate higher and slowing already tepid growth, according to a wide range of economists.
A shutdown of a few days might do little damage, but economists, lawmakers and analysts are increasingly bracing for a shutdown that could last a week or more, given the distance between Republicans and Democrats. Such an outcome would suck money out of the economy and spread anxiety among consumers and businesses in a way that is likely to hold back economic activity.
Which is why even Republican-leaning business groups don't want this to happen. But, as things currently stand, the shutdown begins tomorrow.
John McCain, according to the Huffington Post, was especially not amused by one of Cruz's crazier moments:
"If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany," Cruz said. "Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'"
"I resoundingly reject that allegation," McCain said. "That allegation, in my view, does a great disservice. A great disservice to those brave Americans and those who stood up and said, 'what's happening in Europe cannot stand.'"
The Huffington Post also quotes McCain as saying that the fight on Obamacare was over, that Republicans "fought [Obamacare] as hard as we could in a fair and honest manner and we lost."
In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, Dr. Delroy L. Paulhus explains the results of experiments designed to identify people predisposed to revel in others’ suffering—like those who cheer at sports games when people get injured. People he calls "everyday sadists." The experiments involve crushing bugs and white noise:
In the study’s first experiment, to learn if everyday sadism correlated with the questionnaire, researchers recruited 71 psychology students, ostensibly to understand “personality and tolerance for challenging jobs.”
The students chose among tasks that stood for jobs: killing bugs (exterminator); helping the exterminator (exterminator’s assistant); cleaning toilets (sanitation worker); or enduring pain from ice water (a worker in cold environments). Among the participants, nearly 53 percent chose to be bug assassins or assistants, 34 percent chose toilet-cleaning and 13 percent pain tolerance. Gender was evenly distributed among those choosing various tasks.
Students who chose to be bug-killers were presented with three cups, each holding a live pill bug. To anthropomorphize the bugs, each was given a name: Muffin, Ike, or Tootsie. Bug-killers had to drop a bug into a modified coffee grinder, force the top down, and grind the bug up.
... During the execution of the assignment, some bug-killers quit after one or two. But some asked for more bugs.
In other news, every five-year-old I know is an everyday sadist.
A couple of weeks ago, I was driving down 99 next to the river, when a hawk or something comes flying about fifty feet over the roadway with a struggling fish in its talons. I have since tried to imagine what that fish was thinking: Was it "Holy Shit, I've lived my entire life under water, and I never knew there was an entire world above me, and now I can see it all and understand everything and oh my god, I'M FLYING!!" Or was the fish thinking: "Well, okay then. I guess I'm fucked."
Now it's time for you to play, "Guess What This Fish is Thinking!" Watch the following video of some bros from Virginia Christian college Liberty University watching another bro catching fish with his hair.
In the comments below... "Guess What This Fish is Thinking!"
While you're watching this video of a dog trying to catch a Furby, I'd like you to consider the following metaphor: You are the dog. And the thing you hate most in the world is the Furby. Maybe the Furby is your boss. Maybe the Furby is your inability to secure a steady, lasting relationship. Maybe the Furby is your attempt to find some meaning in your life, or overcome some insurmountable obstacle. Or maybe? The Furby is just a Furby.
Whatever the Furby is to you? If you keep trying and exhibit enough patience, you'll receive the same outcome as this dog. Remember: YOU'RE THIS DOG.
Demonic possession. (Don't worry, he can help!)
Thank you, Right Wing Watch.
I swear, I've read this story before.
ObamaCare is at the center of a rapidly escalating fight that threatens to shut the government down this fall...Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
How many times do Republicans have to threaten to shut down the government before voters register their disgust at the polls? Or has gerrymandering basically made voting meaningless on a congressional level?
...but sometimes I can't help myself. An ongoing email exchange:
Hope you get AIDS Fagget
Best illiterate than a cock sucker with AID. Hope you get AID fag.
Let me help you with that: "Better illiterate than a cocksucker [one word!] with AIDS. Hope you get AIDS, fag."—Dan
University of Oregon's Daily Emerald has the story—U of O tight end Colt Lyerla has been using his Twitter feed to push the notion that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was actually "a government conspiracy."
If you have a half hour you should watch this and enlighten yourself.youtu.be/VrngdgUixYg
— ..::⚡C⚡::.. (@ThaRealCL) March 21, 2013
Naturally he got some pushback from other Twitter users over his opinion, and tweeted the following—which has since been deleted (but recovered by the Daily Emerald):
Regardless, Lyerla continues to stubbornly stand by his opinion with tweets such as this:
My life will never be about status or money. I will never be a mindless drone. And that is what makes me, me.
— ..::⚡C⚡::.. (@ThaRealCL) March 21, 2013
And apparently, so are a few others. COLLEGE KIDS! Go figure.
@anhyzerroc is a real douchebag. The kids were killed by our government so talk shit to them, not @tharealcl
— Hayden Ptacnik (@HoneyBakdHayden) March 21, 2013
So said T.J. Lane, the 18-year-old convicted of killing three students at Ohio's Chardon High School, to the families of his victims at his sentencing this week. From the Associated Press:
T.J. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it.
Lane was defiant during the sentencing, smiling and smirking throughout, including while four relatives of victims spoke.
After he came in, he calmly unbuttoned his blue dress shirt to reveal the T-shirt reading "killer," which the prosecutor noted was similar to one he wore during the shooting.
At one point, he swiveled around in his chair toward the gallery where his own family members and those of the slain teenagers were sitting and spoke suddenly, surprising even his lawyer.
"The hand that pulls the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory," he said, then cursed at and raised his middle finger toward the victims' relatives.
Lane was given three life sentences with no possibility of parole, but I imagine his sassy mouth will get him slain in prison in no time.
Dr. Richard Land, who is in charge of addressing social, moral, and ethical concerns as president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says that dropping the ban on gay members and LGBT leaders will be a "catastrophe" for the Boy Scouts of America because excluding homosexuals represents the "heart and soul of scouting."
Huh. I can think of a few other organizations whose "heart and soul" consists of exclusion and bigotry. If you would like to watch video of Land saying this on Crooks and Liars' horrible, rickety proprietary video player, you should go check it out on their site.
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