Thursday, April 29, 2010

Drill Baby Drill!

Good thing President Obama bowed to Conservatives and big oil and wants to allow more offshore drilling.
Gulf Oil Spill of 'National Significance': White House
Government officials are racing to the scene, but time may be running out.

Offshore winds pushed a giant oil slick closer to the Louisiana coast Thursday amid a frenzied effort by authorities to contain what one official said had become a disaster of "national significance."
The White House pledged "all available resources," including the military, to avoid an environmental catastrophe, and the Defense Department said it was studying ways to help as officials revealed that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was far worse than believed.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

San Francisco Beware

I didn't have a horse in last night's Sioux Falls Mayoral runoff as I don't live there but it was sure fun to watch. On one hand you had Kermit Staggers, a career part time legislator who seemingly never voted "yes" on anything in his life (love the Dr No. nickname Todd) and on the other hand you have a career credit card industry executive, Mike Huether, who cut his teeth in the predatory lending division of First Premier Bankcard. Just that background alone made for must watch TV but when it was learned that Huether had hired Democratic super consultant Steve Hildebrand, it became almost comical.

Fresh off his success helping Barack Obama win the White House, Hildebrand, who might be the most hated liberal from South Dakota, joined Huether's campaign and the sparks began to fly. Did I mention that Hildebrand was Gay? That fact didn't get lost on Sioux Falls blogging pastor Steve Hickey and soon thereafter we have this:

Mike Huether a step toward Sioux Falls becoming a haven for gays nationwide?

A fascinating, and only recently disclosed "detail," is that former Obama campaign genius Steve Hildebrand is Sioux Falls Mayoral candidate Mike Huether's campaign manager. Who are we kidding, Hildebrand has never even hinted that he gives a rip about Sioux Falls economics. To quote the Washington Post a few weeks ago… "[Hildebrand] is especially frustrated about the lack of progress on gay rights". It's well established that he's all about gay rights and gay marriage and now gay adoption. And, good for him. I wish him well. Yet, friends tell me he's been heard on a conference call to have said something to the effect that he aims to see Sioux Falls become a gay-friendly mecca. Maybe he didn't use the word mecca, but the idea was that our city would become a place where homosexuals nationwide could come and live openly.

Of course as soon as Pastor Hickey went down that yellow brick road, the parrots in the homophobia flock began chiming in.

what’s next? city policy driven by the gay and lesbian crowd?
The gay community is puny compared to the number of values voters in town. Did you know Hickey is the president of the ministerial association? Obviously you are unaware that gobs of people are switching from Huether to Staggers right now because of the questions Hickey is raising. You should thank him for stirring them up by sending up this Giant Fireball warning. Giving gays the key to the city is economic suicide and Huether needs comment on any promises he has made to Hildebrand on gay issues.
So after the homphobic calls to action from the huge values voters block in Sioux Falls what happened? Exactly, Huether won going away.

I guess the only questions left to ask Mike Huether after his win last night are:

When will the gay and lesbian community in Sioux Falls get their key to the city?
When is the first annual gay pride parade?

Better watch out San Francisco, Huether is on the job.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Noah's Ark "Found"!

There are many things in the Bible that I find utterly ridiculous, near the top of that list is the fable of Noah's Ark. Putting aside the utter impossibility of fitting 2 of every species on Earth onto one boat, the fact that every one on Earth would have to be a decedent of Noah and his son's just doesn't pass the smell test (or DNA test).

Fast forward to a story posted today on World Nut Daily that claims that "evangelical archaeologists" (ok, I haven't stopped laughing at that either) have possibly found the remains of that mythical RV on Mount Ararat in Turkey.
A new claim is being made for the discovery of Noah's Ark, as evangelical explorers from China and Turkey believe they may have found the remnants of the legendary biblical vessel.

 So what makes these folks think that the remains found are from the Ark? (emphasis mine)

The team says it recovered wooden specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey at an altitude of 13,000 feet and that carbon dating suggested it was 4,800 years old. 

Yep that's right, the very same procedure many new earth creationists claim to be bad science whenever it is used to show that the Earth is in fact Millions of years old. Stay tuned for more when and if they can get absolute confirmation from Ark experts.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Drunken Sailor

A former squid tells us why Obama isn't really spending like a drunken sailor (being a former drunken sailor myself, I'd have to concur).


Monday, April 5, 2010

More Tea Bag Logic

Orlando Urologist turns away his patients who voted for Obama because of the new heath care legislation but then has to admit that he has no idea what is in it.
This week, Cassell's medical office posted a sign for patients and their families: "If you voted for Obama...seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
The ethically-challenged physician told the Orlando Sentinel he wouldn't deny care to patients who support the president, but Casell wants those patients to feel unwelcome and seek medical treatment from doctors who don't care how they voted.
And the rest of the story...
But perhaps the most important coverage was an interview between Cassell and Alan Colmes on the radio Friday night. The host tried to get a better sense of why, exactly, Cassell hates the Affordable Care Act so much. The urologist specifically argued that officials, in light of the new law, are "cutting all supportive care, like nursing homes, ambulance services."

Colmes: What do you mean they're cutting nursing homes?

Cassell: They're cutting nursing home reimbursements.

Colmes: Isn't what they're cutting under the Medicare plan what was really double dipping; they were getting credits and they were getting to deduct them at the same time.

Cassell: Well you know, I can't tell you exactly what the deal is. [emphasis added]

Colmes: If you can't tell us exactly what the deal is, why are you opposing it and fighting against it?

What a good question. Cassell struggled to explain himself, saying he'd seen some things "online," and adding that the information he needs to understand the law "should be available to me."

Of course, the information is available to him, and has been for months. Cassell chose not to do his homework before driving patients away -- patients who, it turns out, may know a lot more than he does about the law he claims to hate.

This is painfully common -- some of the loudest, angriest critics of the Affordable Care Act are also some of the least informed, most confused, embarrassingly ignorant observers anywhere. In this case, Cassell has become a national joke because he's repulsed by a health care reform plan that he fully admits he doesn't understand.
Another talking point Zombie exposed.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Teabonics


Flickr user Paragon puts all the pictures in one place documenting what happens when we cut education funding....Tea party rallies and the new language used in their protests now dubbed Teabonics. (h/t Dvorak)