Thursday, July 30, 2009
Stanley's legislative proposals were largely focused on pro-business issues, but he also sponsored failed measures to ban gay couples from adopting children. He also spoke out against funding for Planned Parenthood because he said unmarried people should not have sex.
Apparently, he doesn't realize married people need Planned Parenthood too. He also tried to ban gay adoption. Because, you know, kids are so much better off in the home with a daddy who dicks around with young interns than they would be with a gay couple who love and respect and remain faithful to each other.
The good news is we don't have to do anything to defeat these hypocritical assholes. They're screwing themselves out of power.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
One of the smartest things I've read lately is a reader's comment on an LA Times article on the subject:
All the pronouncements about the so-called "obesity" epidemic linking it to rising healthcare costs illustrates the "bandwagon" effect. Everyone wants to find someone to blame for rising costs. Since the powers that be really don't want to come to grips with waste and inefficiency in our healthcare system, phony billing practices, pharmaceutical companies raking in excessive profits for drugs sold in the US (as opposed to Canada, for example), paperwork requirements that require doctors to hire staff members just to fill out forms, and so forth, it is convenient to set up a paper tiger (fat people) to take the blame.
Taxes to selectively penalize certain food purchases are regressive taxes--they disproportionately hurt the poorer members of society more than the wealthy or middle class.Some quickies:
• The headline on Fark: Horse lover once again found in a stable relationship. The story: A guy in South Carolina misunderstood the whole concept of animal husbandry. It was the second time he got caught having sex with a horse. At least she wasn't underage. And it happened in Horry County, so you know she was a slut.
Also, did you know Americans still use the word buggery?
"That stable was my getaway, my stress relief.'' So said the horse's owner. You thought the buggerer said it, didn't you?
• Get these motherfuckin' snakes outa my motherfuckin' pants: A guy in Connecticut says he crashed his minivan because his 2 baby snakes escaped from his pockets.
Meanwhile, the Feds are planning to ban texting while driving. Might as well ban playing with the snake in your pocket while they're at it.
• Assault with a potato peeler: Two women in Canada got into a fight and one attacked the other with a potato peeler. You might expect something like that to happen in a kitchen, but it happened on the street outside a nightclub. How many chicks do you know who carry around potato peelers?
• Henry Gates, the Harvard professor arrested for being home while black, and the cop who arrested him are both descended from the same 4th century Irish warlord, Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Millions of Americans and one in 12 men in Ireland are direct descendents of Niall.
• Speaking of police officers acting stupidly: A guy in Alabama wouldn't come out of a store's restroom even though the cops kept knocking, so they tased him. Turned he was deaf and mentally impaired. They arrested him anyway but the magistrate refused to accept the charges against him.
Damn those activist judges.
• Fark headline of the day: New taser can fire three shots before being recharged. This development solves one of the greatest challenges facing law enforcement: more than one person riding in the car of a driver who's not getting his license out fast enough.
• Glenn Beck says Obama has "a deep-seated hatred for white people." Glenn Beck has a deep-seated hatred. Unfortunately, the doctors didn't remove that when they took his hemorrhoids.
Otty Sanchez. 33 years old, schizophrenic, off her medication, suffering from postpartum depression serious enough that she was taken to the hospital less than a week before the incident. She was released a day later.
The day before the incident, she took her 3 week old baby to visit the baby daddy. She got mad at him and drove off without securing the baby in his car seat. Cops were called, all they did was make a report.
The incident? She attacked her baby with a steak knife and 2 Samurai swords, decapitated him, ate part of his brain and bit off 3 of his toes, then stabbed herself in the abdomen and tried to slice her own throat.
As in the case of Andrea Yates, the father of the child(ren) and other family members knew she was schizophrenic and severely depressed but they left her alone to care for a tiny baby. Babies cry. They demand round-the-clock attention. Even a sane person has moments when they get overwhelmed and want to smack a crying baby.
As in the case of Andrea Yates, the mother is being charged with capital murder but the father will never be prosecuted for his negligence.
All I had to do was tell the maintenance guy I was taking stuff to Goodwill and planned to move by September 1st. Who knew?
In other news, my doctor's office called this morning. My A1C was lower than usual (test for diabetes, lower is good) but my cholesterol was the highest it's ever been.
Since I'm keeping score, this all means I will be choking down 7 more pills every day (including the calcium she recommended for my charley horse), for a total of 15.
Also means ice cream and french fries off the menu again.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
• For all those people who thought Naomi Wolf and others were total nutjobs when they warned that Bush might declare martial law to prevent Obama from winning the election, read this. In 2002, Cheney was pushing for Bush to send the military into Buffalo, NY, to arrest suspected al Qaida conspirators. The Constitution prohibits using the military that way but Cheney argued that a Justice memo overrode the Constitution.
• The oldest living man, age 111, died this week. He was the last remaining UK veteran of WWI. The man deserves some honor but I'm too crass for that. I'm only mentioning him because his name was Harry Patch. Harry. Patch.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Gates says the white cop walked into his home without permission and arrested him because he got mad about it. The director of Institute for Public Safety at Central Ohio Technical College says it's not against the law to yell at police, especially in your own home, and once the cop realized he made a mistake, he was responsible for defusing the situation. Instead, the cop put Gates in handcuffs and charged him with disorderly conduct.
Last night, Obama got involved when a reporter asked him about the issue at a press conference. Gates happens to be a friend of his. Obama said he doesn't know all the facts but:
"I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three — what I think we know separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."
For years, Harvard students and professors have accused the Cambridge and campus police of racial profiling.
What I find interesting is that the AP article on the subject identified the governor and the mayor as black when it noted that they objected to the way Gates was treated. The article didn't identify the race of the guy from the Public Safety institute, who also objected to Gates' treatment. And guess what - that guy's white.
I can just hear Pat Buchanan complaining about Obama's statement now. He and all the other right-wing nutjobs are already up in arms over "reverse discrimination" because of Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor's reference to herself as "a wise Latina woman."
When Buchanan appeared on Rachel Maddow last week, the overt and ugly racism he displayed was mind-boggling. I was shocked - and I already knew he was a racist. He said that Sotomayor is "an affirmative action appointment" and that she's no more qualified than Harriet Miers.
Sotomayor was a federal judge for 17 years, graduated from Princeton with the highest honors and worked on the Yale Law Review. Miers was Bush's personal attorney and a White House secretary before she became White House Council. A federal judge is less qualified than a secretary? Oh Pat, please.
Buchanan then went on to explain that it's okay if more than 108 of the 110 Justices have been white and 108 of 110 have been men because:
"White men were 100% of the people who wrote the Constitution ... 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy ... This has been a country built, basically, by white folks."
This week, Maddow followed up on what Buchanan said on her show:
I feel an obligation just to correct the factual record as we would with anything else that was stated as fact on this show that was not true ... The White House [was] built by slaves ... The US Capitol [building] was built by slaves ... It's not even conceivable how the US could have competed in global economy in the 1800s, say, without plantation cotton and tobacco and sugar and rice and the other industries that were so thoroughly dependent on slave labor ...
[The country was built by white folks] is only true if you don't consider anyone other than white folks to be folks. Even if you only consider slave labor, even if, for example, you somehow imagine the railroads magically building themselves without Chinese laborers - the idea that only white people built America is a fantasy and it shouldn't have been maintained on this show as fact.
As for who has died in this country in combat, more than 200,000 black Americans fought for the Union in the Civil War. Thousands even fought for the Confederacy. 1.2 million African Americans served in World War II and yes, they were among those who stormed the beaches at Normandy. The Defense Department says almost 10,000 Americans fought for the Union in the Civil War and hundreds of thousands of Hispanics served in the armed forces in World War II ...
Pat has said over and over again that he is against affirmative action [but] Pat actually suggested an affirmative action program to Nixon's White House. It was an affirmative action program for Catholics.
By the way, Rachel is white.
Turn ons: Rachel Maddow, Henry Gates and President Obama
Turn offs: hypocrisy
• Fark headline of the day: Bear breaks into the office of a community TV station, eats everything in the fridge, overturns a trash can, knocks over a filing cabinet, and poops and pees all over the place before leaving. MTV considers giving him his own show.
• An Amway convention, a broken nose, breast implants, Batman collectibles, and photos of nude women with artificial limbs - somehow it all adds up to murder.
• Actual line from an Aussie news site: The robber was left with torn genitals and a Viagra hangover.
The guy tried to rob a hairdresser. She knocked him out with a karate chop, stripped him naked and cuffed him to a heater with fluffy pink handcuffs. She had her way with him for four days but at least she fed him well.
• "Your rat's at a drive-in in Maquoketa!" The story is complicated but it has a happy ending.
• Speaking of rats, the Taco Bell chihuahua has died.
• Why do you have 2 hammer heads up your butt, Mr. Firoiu? Well, I was constipated, you see, and I thought maybe I could use a hammer to unclog things. And when that hammer head got stuck up there, I tried to use a second hammer to get it out.
Only in Romania, kids. Only in Romania.
Turn ons: Yo quiero Taco Bell
Turn offs: trashy people on trashy shows on MTV
But I wanted to link it anyway. It's from "So You Think You Can Dance" and it's about a woman with breast cancer. The judges and the audience were all in tears by the end of the dance.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I am so burned out from taking care of everybody else's problems. All the demands I'm facing right now are probably what normal people deal with all the time. But I AM NOT NORMAL! I'm fucking bipolar. I have mood swings, anxiety and mild paranoia on a good day. Toss a little stress at me and the moods are all over the place, along with suicide thoughts, urges to cut myself, panic attacks, insomnia and mounting paranoia.
I do not handle stress well.
On top of everything else, I overslept and missed my psych doc appointment today. Ironic that the 15 minutes I should have been seeing the doc happened to fall in the middle of the only 2 hours I slept all night/day.
It was the 3rd appointment I've missed in the last couple of months, and the fact that I missed them all is a symptom of being overstressed.
The clinic has a policy that if you miss 3 appointments, you can't see your doc or your therapist again until you attend group therapy for people who miss their appointments. Their way of punishing you, I guess. Shame and humiliate you in front of other patients, lecture you on why it's important to keep appointments, "educate" you on time management.
Yeah, no thanks. I'm not going back. Guess I can say no after all.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Clement was carrying a backpack when he stepped off a bus from New York City and was quickly confronted by investigators who suspected he may be carrying drugs ...
[He] was handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was strip-searched. No contraband was found, so Clement was taken to Albany Med, where doctors forcibly sedated him with powerful drugs against his will ...
While Clement was under sedation, a camera was inserted in his rectum, he was forced to vomit and his blood and urine were tested for drugs and alcohol. Scans of his digestive system were performed using X-ray machines ...
The final insult? The hospital diagnosed him with hemorrhoids and sent him a bill for $6,792.
• Great pictures: The Most Alien Landscapes on Earth
• Fark sums up the story this way: "So, we're all settled then. You murder my parents and I'll let you bite my penis off."
And that really is the story.
• The picture above is Julia Roberts from a gallery of Celebrities in Art.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
• Gang of Sickos: Six US Senators Sell Out Constituents for $11 Million from Health Industry
• Senators who say Obama's health care bill is too expensive voted for Bush's tax cuts, which cost more
• Thinking about buying a Kindle? Not so fast. Amazon sneaks into customer's Kindles and erases books they purchased
• Does the US Constitution Already Make Gay Marriage Legal?
• From Clay Aiken's blog (yes, that Clay):
In debating the School Violence Prevention Act during a legislative session, NC General Assembly Minority Leader Skip Stam (R*-Wake) said that "explicitly protecting gay kids from bullying would lead to pedophilia and gay marriage," The man, who has obviously come unhinged from reality also argued that gay parents are "more dangerous than second-hand smoke."
• An Egyptian woman is suing a hotel because they have too much sperm in their pool. She says her 13 year old daughter got pregnant from swimming there. Because, you know, obviously the girl is still a virgin.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
He got married this weekend in Germany. He's 72, she's about 20 years younger. They've been together for years. The picture is the way he was with Sidney Pollack and Barbra Streisand - back when he was the #1 box office figure in the world. Looks a little cocky, doesn't he? He grew out of it.
The suspect told the officer he went to the cemetery to check on his in-laws’ grave. He said he had been golfing in Middlebury all day, and after getting back in the truck from visiting the grave, he took off his underwear because they were wet.
While driving in the cemetery, the suspect said he saw some flowers he wanted to look at. Because he did not have his glasses on, he got out of his truck — naked — to get a closer look, he told police.The story speaks for itself. More quickies:
• Good advice from Fark: When your old lady yells, "I WILL KILL YOU" and bites the marriage mediator, let her go. 'Cause man, she's gone.
• A woman in Florida was killed while riding in a pickup with her head stuck out the window. Her head hit a mailbox. Link complete with photos of the mailbox and the head.
• Top 10 Grossest Ice Creams. Just reading the names left a bad taste in my mouth.
• He might have Parkinson's but Michael J. Fox didn't let that stop him from pursuing a new career.
• Hay! Spontaneous combustion!
• Everything's a dollar. Except the dry humping - that's free.
• When they named it Fort Dix, they should've known there would be guys who act like, well, dix.
• Slideshow of celebs who've had plastic surgery. I've never seen a group of people look so surprised.
• Speaking of celebrities who look like corpses, here's a game for you: Guess if the celebrity is dead or alive. I got Lassie's mother wrong.
• Penis. A really, really old one.
• Twinterns: Young employees hired by companies like Pizza Hut to promote their products on Twitter
Turn ons: This
Turn offs: That
Monday, July 13, 2009
A day camp had paid for a group of black and hispanic kids to use the pool, but when they arrived at the private swim club last Monday, they overheard members making racist comments. Then the club staff told the kids they'd have to leave, cancelled the contract and refunded the camp's money.
At the time, the president of the swim club said, "There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club."
The club claims they have "a diverse, multiethnic membership" but one member says she hasn't seen a black person there all year.
Of course, the club didn't decide to (maybe, possibly) let the minority kids come back until after the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission started an investigation and Sen. Arlen Specter asked the U.S. Department of Justice to get involved.
In case anyone forgot, that's not the good ol' boy Bush Department of Justice. The new guy changed the complexion in the White House.
For those who who have better things to do than read celebrity gossip, RP plays the sexy teenage vampire in the Twilight movies. He's the new hottest heartthrob on the scene.
Since Niece likes to snoop, I figured it was time to hide my folder full of naked celebrities. So I set up a user account for her to use on my computer and password protected my own. Then I went searching for a Twilight picture to use as her wallpaper.
Guess what I found? A naughty pic I won't share with her. It's from an indie movie he did awhile back.
Don't get too excited. All you can see are his pubes.
When I was her age, I had David Cassidy posters on my wall. He showed his pubes in Rolling Stone.
Ah. Sweet youth. Raging hormones, twinky fantasies, and those oh-so-embarrassing bumps growing on your chest.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I've lived in this same apartment for 22 years. I have always paid my rent on time every month, I take care of my apartment, I don't cause problems with the neighbors, I rarely call the manager to complain about anything. Once or twice a year at most, and most of the time he's grateful that I let him know about a problem.
In all the years I've lived here, the only maintenance that's ever been done in my apartment was ordered by the city inspectors during their annual visits. Minor stuff like fix a leaky faucet, paint the windowsills, patch some cracks in the ceiling.
My carpet is 30-40 years old. It was stained when I moved in and the owners at the time promised they'd replace it for me. Tick tock, tick tock. Picture the pages of calendars being torn off like they do in old movies to signal the passage of time. Same carpet, same stains, plus a few stains I added myself through the years.
My walls have been painted once, about 10-15 years ago, and I did that myself. The refrigerator is at least 30 years old. The gasket doesn't seal properly and the freezer door is broken. I have to defrost all the time because of it, plus for the last couple of months, my dairy products have been going bad before the expiration date. I don't think it's staying cold enough, but everything freezes if I turn up the thermostat.
My stove is even older than the refrigerator. The pilot light blows out every time I turn the oven on. The wiring in the kitchen and dining room is bad. About once a month, a light bulb blows out with a loud pop when I turn the switch on. It usually trips the circuit breaker too, which means trudging down 3 flights of steps to flip it back on.
I've asked repeatedly to have these things taken care of. The landlord and/or the manager never tell me no. It's usually "I'll think about it" or "Okay, we'll take care of that," but it never gets done.
Last month, my next door neighbors moved out. The owner remodeled the apartment, as he's been doing for all the apartments since he bought the place three years ago. Fresh paint, new carpet, new appliances, new light fixtures, new sinks, etc.
I asked the manager if I could move in there. He hemmed and hawed and said he'd have to ask the owner. They didn't even have the decency to tell me no. They just rented the place to someone else.
It is now 5 a.m. and those new tenants have been playing their stereo full blast all night. The tenant across the hall from them has had his TV on loud. For months, other neighbors have complained about him. The manager has told me a couple of times that he's going to evict him but he's still here.
The funny thing is, the manager seems to think we're friends. He's always confiding in me about problems with the boiler, the plumbing, deadbeats not paying their rent, hellraisers making too much noise.
Meanwhile, here I sit. A tenant most landlords would kill for. And this guy won't even fix my fucking refrigerator.
They've redone some of the other apartments 2 or 3 times in the last 3 years because people move in, trash the place and move out. I've offered to paint my apartment myself if they'd just buy the paint.
Tonight I couldn't sleep. About an hour ago, I went into the kitchen for a snack and when I flipped the switch, the light bulb blew. A loud pop and the circuit breaker tripped.
I don't care if I have to pay someone extra to get them to hold an apartment for me while I give notice here. I don't care how much I have to pay the movers. I will be out of here by September 1st.
The asshole will be sorry to see me to go. And I can hardly wait to say, "Fuck you!"
Thursday, July 09, 2009
• A guy in South Carolina who didn't like his estranged wife's new boyfriend. So he put the boyfriend's 8 year old daughter in a headlock and killed her with 2 shots to the head.
• "I'm 80 years old. What's wrong with you?" That's what the Florida woman said to the guy who tried to rape her while she was raking her yard.
• A 75 year old woman in Ohio didn't take kindly to Bambi raiding her flower garden. She beat the fawn to death with a shovel.
• One of the runways at JFK was closed for 35 on Wednesday because of horny turtles. It's mating season and the rainy weather drove them out of the nearby swamps. Workers collected 78 turtles from the runway.
• Caution: Greasing your goat with cooking spray won't help you get him unstuck from a tree.
• There's a run on TV stars from the 70s getting popped for DUIs. Janet from Three's Company was arrested on the 4th of July in California. Carmine, The Big Ragoo from Laverne and Shirley, got arrested in Vegas. (I guess that didn't stay there.) It was at 12:30 in the afternoon and the mugshot looks like a hardcore alcoholic.
• A word to the wise: Showing up five days late and naked is not the way your dentist wants to see you.
• Maybe that guy read this headline from the UK: "Millions of Us Have Poison in Our Pants." The poison comes from a toxic pesticide sprayed on cotton.
• That whole segregation thing? It is so not over, at least not in Philadelphia. A group of black kids were banned from a swim club's pool. The president of the club explained:
"There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club."
• Yesterday, the House voted to put a plaque in the Capitol Visitors Center that recognizes the slaves who held construct the Capitol. The vote was 399-1. The one? Steve King of Iowa. His explanation:
Our Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation and should not be held hostage to yet another effort to place guilt on future Americans for the sins of some of their ancestors.
That's about as clear as Palin's explanation for why she resigned as governor.
• Speaking of Sarah, some pundits are speculating that this Vanity Fair article that may have been a factor in her resignation as governor. It came out a few days before her impromptu press conference. McCain insiders ripped her to shreds.
• The state of Massachusetts is suing the federal government over the Defense of Marriage Act. The suit argues that it's the state's right to define marriage and same sex couples who are legally married in MA are being discriminated against by being denied federal benefits that are available to hetero couples.
Take that, President Obama, you fierce defender of gay rights you.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
• She mixes religion and politics like I mix gin and tonic but then calls for less government involvement. Freedom from government is her battle cry until a vagina gets involved and then watch how much involvement she wants. Show me a woman who is making a private medical decision to end a pregnancy and I'll show you a Palin screaming for more government involvement.
• You can't deny the right to marry to some and then cheat on your spouse. The right to happily marry belongs to all no mater how unhappy it makes you.
• You can't tolerate the atrocities of one President for eight years and then assign the consequences to one who follows. From this day forward everything was Reagan's fault.
• Margaret, whatever happened to common sense? I eat a lot of pie. I have a fat ass. I get the connection. You hardly eat anything, walk everyday and a strong wind could blow you over. Again, I get the connection. So why is it so hard for Bill O'Reilly over at Fox News to understand the connection between what he says and how someone responds to what he says?
• An anonymous source says he took 50 pills a day for real and imagined health problems. He had a secret hiding place where he kept his stash.
• Another anonymous source says Elizabeth Taylor introduced MJ to dermatologist Arnold Klein and that was the start of MJ's prescription drug habit. She had her own pill problem and was one of MJ's chief enablers.
• The dermatologist that gossips say prescribed many of the drugs says he didn't. He also says "to the best of my knowledge I'm not the father" of MJ's kids. Strange that he would need to qualify that answer. Did he jack off in a cup or not? Did he have an affair with Debbie Rowe? He wouldn't need the disclaimer if neither of those things are true.
• Various sources - none of which I can find now and none of which I thought were reliable when I read them - say his body was covered with needle marks.
• The Jackson family is fighting over where to bury him.
• MJ's brain is still at the coroner's office. They have to wait for it to harden to conduct tests to determine the extent of his drug use.
Nothing happened to set me off today. I'm just depressed.
Now for some thoroughly depressing quickies:
• An 11 year old Oklahoma girl died but her parents didn't feel it was necessary to do anything about it until her siblings started kicking and stomping her body. They wrapped her in a sleeping bag and stuffed her into a plastic tub and stored her in the shed. Then she started to smell so they buried her under the front deck of their house.
When they moved a few months later, they dug up her body and took her with them and stored her in the garage. A few months after that, one of their other daughters ended up in the hospital so they moved the dead one into an old chicken house. Then they moved her to a storage facility where she remained until a niece finally turned them in.
• Former AG Alberto Gonzalez will be teaching a class at Texas Tech next fall. One TPM reader commented:
Please tell me there's at least one Texas Tech political science student with the guts to answer "I do not recall" to every test question. Maybe even "I do not recall remembering."
• Cat like typing detected? In this Australian case, the cat peed on the lap top and set the house on fire.
• Speaking of piss, a guy in Wisconsin has been arrested for stalking as a result of his habit of breaking into his neighbor's house and peeing on her laundry. It went on for 2 years until she installed a surveillance system and caught him.
• The Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus. They were formed to protest the Bozeman, MT, Tea Party. Because gay loggers know a thing or two about tea bagging.
• Stop me if you've heard this one: A guy walks into a chip shop carrying his severed penis ...
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Obama promised to close Gitmo, but he's just shuffling people off to a different prison. He promised open government but he's keeping the same secrets Bush kept. He promised to work for gay rights but they're still asking, they're still telling and they're still being kicked out. Universal health care? Nice dream while it lasted.
I celebrated by staying home and watching Shut Up and Sing, a documentary about how the right wing nutjobs persecuted the Dixie Chicks for criticizing Bush leading us into Iraq.
Happy fucking fourth.
• Former crack-smoking D.C. mayor Marion Barry has been arrested for stalking a woman.
• A new study has shown what I tried to tell my therapist a long time ago: When people with low self-esteem repeat positive phrases to themselves, they end up feeling worse. That whole positive thinking bullshit only works if you're already feeling positive.
• Fark says: "If you've ever wanted to laugh at the misfortune of others completely guilt free, have we got the perfect story for you."
The story is about how the housing crash is finally hitting luxury neighborhoods.
• An elderly Scottish woman died five years ago. Unfortunately, nobody noticed because she received a monthly pension and all her bills were paid by automatic debit. My nightmare scenario is dying home alone. My cats would eat me.
• More from the department of horrible ways to die: In one region of South Africa, 31 boys have died in the last month alone from botched circumcisions. The surgery is performed by people with no medical training, without anesthetia, using traditional tools as part of a ritual for entering manhood. One boy was admitted to hospital "with a nearly severed rotting penis."
I guess some boys just weren't meant to be men.
• Did you know that July is Cankle Awareness Month?
• Cracked has a list of the 6 scariest national anthems. Ours didn't make the list.
Grassley refuses to support universal health care.
Some links about the story:
She Learned from the Master
Sarah Palin Outsmarts the Left ("Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska is a brilliant liberating move for her career, and a potential turning point for the national conservative movement.")
No Quit in the Hagiographers
Can I Get a Witness? ("As Noam Scheiber explained in one of the earliest and perhaps most insightful profiles of Palin, victimhood and resentment are Palin's twin touchstones. They define who she is.")
My favorite quote on the story came from Palin's own spokesperson:
"Palin remaining as governor is not good for Alaska."
Saturday, July 04, 2009
An op-ed writer from New Mexico has something to say about that:
Mr. Rayburn and his attorney shouldn't get that upset. Sure, his establishment may be faced with a liability lawsuit or possible closing for a shooting at his restaurant, but the real question here is Americans' right to kill others in a setting of their choice.
Tennessee must know that a lot of shootings occur at home and maybe this is also the government's way of trying to slow the rate of domestic shootings and violence. If you can get people shooting each other more in bars and restaurants, then they will be less likely to kill each other at home.
But, there is also a constitutional issue. Tennessee should go further in their new law.
They should pass a law granting citizens the right to bear their guns at airports, on airplanes, around highly explosive material, and at political inaugurations. Danger is not the issue here.
It is a matter of Americans' constitutional right to be stupid.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
• This makes me cringe and I don't even have a penis: A guy in the UK tried to circumcise himself with nail clippers. A medic said: "This is something we would advise men never to attempt."
I'm pretty sure most guys don't need to be told that.
• In other penis-related news: A new study shows that having sex every day improves the quality of a man's sperm. Frequent sex decreases the volume of semen but the sperm is fresher. Doctors used to advise people who were trying to conceive to avoid sex for a couple of days before ovulation. Oops.
• In other sperm-related news: Doctors in Sweden accidentally performed a vasectomy on a man who didn't want one. He was supposed to get a biopsy on his prostate. Oops.
• Sometimes karma bites you in the ass. Sometimes it bites your neighbor before it turns on you. Last fall Sioux City, IA, city councilman Aaron Rochester campaigned for a new ban against pit bulls - which has resulted in several pit bulls being killed even though they'd never bit anyone. Now his own yellow lab is about to be put to sleep because it bit a neighbor.
Sioux City used to have a "first bite free" clause and an option for owners to relocate their animals out of the city limits. Rochester helped overturn that. Oops.
• Sioux City has also recently activated red light cameras. This in spite of studies that show the cameras are actually dangerous. At one Alexandria, VA, intersection, the number of accidents serious enough to cause injuries increased by 18% after the cameras were installed.
• Fark headline of the day: Annapolis alderman that was cured of homosexuality and stopped beating his wife has suffered a setback in both areas.
• Actual line from an Australian news story: "The security guard approached the 44-year-old yesterday at a Dapto supermarket and demanded he produce the meat from within his pants."
I wish I could get away with that. There's this really cute bag boy at Fareway.
• Great article by Roger Ebert about the "reign of terror" we live in where kids aren't allowed to be kids and the Nanny State tries to protect everyone from everything.
• Speaking of the Nanny State. From a guy in the U.K.: "I really want to put out the message that cows can't be trusted ... Farmers and landowners [should]put signs up it could make people aware of the dangers."
Turn ons: Terrell Owens apologizes for everything
Turn offs: cattle feed lots
Last week, one of the directors of Duke University's Center for Health Policy was arrested for trying to pimp out his 5 year old stepson to an undercover cop. A suspected child porn user informed the cops that he'd watched the guy have sex with the boy on webcam.
Stepdaddy Dearest drugged the kid with allergy medicine so mommy wouldn't find out.
• Would you take your husband back after he cheated on you? What if you found out it wasn't the first time and you kept catching him in more lies? What if he told the Associated Press the other woman is his soul mate but he's going to try to fall back in love with you? Those are the questions facing SC Governor Mark Sanford's wife. If it were me, his ass would already be bruised from landing on the curb.
• Francine Busby is a Democrat running for Congress from San Diego. Last Friday, she was holding a fundraising event at a supporter's home when the sheriff's department raided the reception. Seven deputies, a sergeant and a helicopter were dispatched. They doused the guests with pepper spray and arrested the host.
Still don't think we're living in a police state?
• Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people elected me. Senator Al.