Thursday, January 31, 2013



The world is not ending; it is just beginning. 
We are lurching awkwardly out of our growing pains toward "enlightenment" an annoying term. 

2013 is going to be a great year. I used to say that we were snowballing toward excess and chaos — but it had to happen this way..  that the insane greed, porn and violence in this country have gone so far over the top that there is only one way to go: UP.  We have made the taboo all too thrilling (and profitable) because of our Puritan ethic. We are a nation of masochists: criticizing each other, shaming each other, chastising each other for our "sins" and lusts —  which helps sales of porn and guns and the "forbidden." Death has become sexier than sex, as I wrote in my article about 'extermination speaker' Ann Coulter, aka "Dragon lady of Hate Speech." 

At home December 29, 2012

And we impose so many harsh punishments for innocent mistakes. I just ran out to my car to put another quarter in the meter, in the rain and saw a $53 parking ticket on my car for being THREE MINUTES late. Are we a fascist state?  If this is the kind of government people are against, I'm against it too. But these exhorbitant crimes started with Congress witholding a living wage and proper taxes for the common good. Cities are hungry and desperately imposing higher fines because of the corruption and greed. It all started with a certain trickle down mindset. 

Like debauched piggy teenagers speeding toward our own demise, we've seen too much, done too much, been too naked. We've raped, pillaged, invaded, coveted, envied, forced ourselves on nations, started false wars and generally lusted after excess. We praised "selfishness" as a vitue, We made preteens sexy as a form of advertising pedophilia and pretended it was freedom of speech. And everyone blamed the artists for the loose morals of Hollywood, when in fact, it was the opposite: it the people making huge advertising profits by over-sexualizing teens and objectifying the young. It was all about ratings. It has always been about the dollar, the bottom line.

The filmmakers and artists I know loathe homogenized pop culture and are almost allergic to high ratings for ratings sake. NOt fans of the middle, the lowest common denominator or the bell curve, most artists are too sensitive to withstand The Jerry Springer Show. Someone is buying it: lovers of red meat in the modern gladiator forum. The best "liberal" filmmakers like Spielberg, Payne, Stone, Soderbergh, Affleck, Damon love films and TV shows with heart, depth and social justice.

But it had to happen this way. We had to reach a chaotic, criminally insane breaking point. And it might get worse before it gets better. We are so immature; we thrive on style over substance. And though we've had too much too soon, reason and sanity are returning, despite appearances. The physical picture, the so-called "reality" we see with our senses has very little to do with reality. Like the software inside a computer, it's what's invisible that counts: the underlying harmony, love and hope we all hold in our hearts. Our desire for justice, equality, peace and the common good. These are the principles that hold mankind together. These are spiritual qualities. It's a "thought universe" and thoughts make the world, as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it. 

After we've had all the perversions, all the sex, drugs and rock and roll.. the excess crap and  materialism -- where else can we go but to the real, the love that runs all things, feeds all things, forgives all things?  

Christmas with Chazzy, Mom and Jack
LydiaCornell ~ Los Angeles, December 29, 2012

Lydia Cornell ~ Los Angeles, Dec. 29, 2012

Lydia Cornell, Stacy Patrick, Elisa

Kathryn, Lydia at home
Ldyia Cornell with Poppy and Paul at the Hollywood Christmas Parade  in the 80s

Christmas 2012: Chazzy, Jack and Grandma (my mom)

We have had countless miracles. Every day, focus on the good around you and if you are suffering expect a miracle. Miracles are actually natural laws. God is LOVE, not an anthropomorphic (man-like being) sitting in the sky. Prayer is the invisbile transfer of love to another. This has nothing to do with religion. Religion can be soothing and kind and wonderful, but it's still a man-made institution that is flawed and corruptible. But GOD is in every heart. The Kingdom is within you. Love one another. There is no power greater than LOVE.
At Jeff Franklin's Party with the Beach Boys, October 2012


  1. Why am I suddenly in the mood for a cup of Swiss Miss Cocoa?

  2. AWARD for BEST COMMENTS from the prior post on Gun Control:

    From Clif, a military combat veteran Marine:

    "each American must ask themselves the question, "am I brave enough to live without a gun?".

    I do ... since Desert storm I haven't carried a weapon on my person.

    I had my fill of death and dying from the barrel of a weapon.

    I go where I want, and do as I please, with out the fear filled need to fondle a weapon at all, times. Sorry dummytron, just because some people demand the right to live in total fear, so much fear they need numerous guns to make themselves feel better, it does not mean the rest of us have your deep personal mental affliction.

    A simple fact dummytron.

    In homes with guns, the homicide of a household member is almost 3 times more likely to occur than in homes without guns. A gun in the home is twelve times more likely to result in the death of a household member or visitor than an intruder. Guns in the home are also associated with a fivefold increase in the rate of intimate partner homicide, as well as an increased risk of injuries and death to children.

    Like the State Trooper in Oklohoma who left his weapon on his bed, where his three year old nephew found it, and killed himself.

    Or end like this tragedy did;

    A 20-year-old man shot and killed Veronica Soto, a young mother of two, in an apparent road rage incident on Thursday. Soto and her husband had gone out to a nearby Jack in the Box in the Houston area when they became involved in a confrontation with drivers in two other cars. The accused killer Mark Trevino, and the victim's husband pulled guns.

    "Investigators said Mark Trevino came to a stop, ran into his home on Addicks-Clodine, grabbed a rifle and started shooting. Soto was shot in the head. Her husband also pulled out his gun. 'They started shooting back and forth and the bullet went through the windshield, hit her and went out the back windshield,' said Matthew Soto, the victim’s brother-in-law," reported a Houston television station.

    The station continued: "Soto’s distraught husband drove to his sister-in-law’s house on Las Brisas near Plaza Libre for help, but it was too late. The mother collapsed and died at the scene."

    Soto had two daughters, ages 7 and 14. She just turned 30.

    But keep convincing yerself, if ya fondle yer gun enuf, yer safe; dummytron.

    11:34 AM

    And from Worf, resident computer expert and history scholar:

    WORF said...
    They had an armed guard at Columbine.

    And off duty Sheriffs deputy, who even exchanged fire with the shooters.

    It didn't work.

    4:35 PM

  3. And BEST COMMENT #2 from WORF resident computer expert and history scholar:

    WORF said...
    They had an armed guard at Columbine.

    And off duty Sheriffs deputy, who even exchanged fire with the shooters.

    It didn't work.

    4:35 PM

  4. No besmirch to Clif's comment, but the part that says

    "each American must ask themselves the question, "am I brave enough to live without a gun?". "

    was mine. He was quoting me. But yes his comment was a winner.

  5. And I heartily agree. It means a lot to hear a combat veteran say what he said about it. It carries so much more weight than I could ever put behind it.

  6. Typical right wing republican after he didn't get his way.

    Just doing what comes naturally to them, destroy after losing.

  7. You gotta be kidding? Slashing tires? They're tire slashing now?

    Its beginning to get bizarre.

    Meanwhile they're slashing the economy tonight by failing to reach a deal.

    They're crashing the Asia markets as we speak. Ours will crash hard tomorrow as well. BILLIONS will be lost.


    I'm not sure the worlds going to be too happy with us in the morning, seeing American politicians and their petty bickering causing GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN.


  8. Never in history has congress threatened to not raise the debt ceiling until this TEA PARTY trash started controlling the House.

    Now suddenly, our credits been ruined once and they're trying to do it again.

    Just to make Americans pay, for not voting for their candidate.

    Its sickening, but worse its real and its costing me and a lot of other people, a small fortune.

  9. Just think worf, a few more votes and that clown could have been just another right wing congress critter.

    Up there with the clown from Illinois who lost this year but was elected to congress as a teatard congress critter, who was also a dead beat dad.

    GOper teatards ,LOW LIFES all of them.

    I wonder how many of the GOper low lifes who slandered Hillary Clinton as faking her injury, will now publicly admit they were wrong, and then stfu for a few weeks while the rest of us try to undo the damage they have done to the country.

  10. This is from TPM;

    frasca • 6 hours ago

    There isn't much more information other than the above. I am a physician; here is my speculation, which should be taken with a grain of salt. (I also posted this on DailyKos)

    The doctors said that her "blood clots" were related to her concussion. The blood clots were being treated with anticoagulants.

    It is possible, but unlikely, that she has a subdural hematoma- a blood clot that forms between the dura mater (the outer lining attached to the skull) and the arachnoid mater (the inner lining adhering to the brain).

    A subdural hematoma is usually caused by relatively minor head trauma which causes a tearing of small veins. The gradual accumulation of blood causes headaches and neurological symptoms.

    I doubt that she has a subdural hematoma because this is NOT treated with anticoagulants. Usual treatment is observation for small clots -or- surgical removal of the clot if the patient has significant neurological symptoms or rapid growth of the clot.

    More likely is a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the veins of the leg.

    Secretary Clinton has several risk factors for a "hypercoaguable state;" a situation where her blood is more likely to clot in low-flow blood vessels like the veins her legs.

    Her risks factors include:

    - a recent viral gastroenteritis
    - dehydration
    - bed rest due to the concussion
    - and most importantly, prolonged air travel.

    The treatment for a DVT is anticoagulants.

    If she does indeed have a DVT, the prognosis is good. The biggest danger is that a large part of the clot would break off and travel to the lungs, where it would block blood flow through the lungs.

    Another danger is the risk of anticoagulation- either not enough, leading to growth of the clot -or- too much causing dangerous bleeding. With proper monitoring (which I am sure she will get!) the risk is low.

    After several days of an injectable anticoagulant, she would be sent home on an oral anticoagulant.

    We wish her well!!

    An interesting note is that a very similar thing happened to Richard Nixon during his 1960 campaign for the presidency.

    Wanna bet none of the blabber mouths who publicly attacked her for faking it, apologize?

    You know people like Florida Rep Allan West, John Bolton, Monica Crowley, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Charles Krauthammer, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the brain dead propagandists at fake news.

  11. If you go into Yahoo the right wing trolls are still claiming she's faking.

    Its pretty twisted to see.

  12. clif said...

    "Just think worf, a few more votes and that clown could have been just another right wing congress critter."

    Its incredible but a handful or right wing dominated states keep "sticking" it to the country by putting in these Tea party goons to throw a wrench into our govt and try to cause it wreck.

    Here let me say that again.

    They are TRYING TO WRECK OUR GOVT, so they can say "see govt does work".

  13. If I were Obama I'd enact some "extraordinary measures", even going so far as to institute some sort of executive protection or wartime powers to override these clowns and get a budget going so our bills are paid.

    NEVER BEFORE has Congress INTENTIONALLY RUINED our credit rating.

    This is sabotage and a clear and present danger to our country.

  14. Happy New Year to everyone.

  15. Happy New Year everyone.

  16. It's nice to see the President didn't give up, and worked out a deal that passed the US senate by a large bipartisan majority, 89-8.

    Three Democrats voted against the bill: Tom Harkin of Iowa, Tom Carper of Delaware and Michael Bennet of Colorado.

    Five Republicans voted against the bill: Charles Grassley of Iowa, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Richard Shelby of Alabama.

  17. So its done? They did it? They have a bill?

  18. Oh, I see it hasn't passed the house yet.

  19. WORFO_20131:38 AM

    THIS, Clif and Lydia, is why I liked Jon Huntsman, so much.


    Jon Huntsman: GOP 'Devoid Of A Soul'

    The Huffington Post | By Luke Johnson

    Posted: 12/31/2012 9:40 am EST | Updated: 12/31/2012 10:53 am EST

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, had harsh words for his party in an interview published Sunday in Britain's Daily Telegraph.

    "The party right now is a holding company that's devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place," he said.

    "We can't be known as a party that's fear-based and doesn't believe in math," he added. "In the end it will come down to a party that believes in opportunity for all our people, economic competitiveness and a strong dose of libertarianism."

  20. "The party right now is a holding company that's devoid of a soul" - Jon Huntsman (R)

  21. Good thing we passed laws to permit guns in bars, huh? Because we all know GUNS AND BOOZE, ....great bedfellows.

    Sacramento New Year's Eve Shooting: 2 Killed In Violence After Fireworks

    Posted: 01/01/2013 11:06 am EST | Updated: 01/01/2013 11:06 am EST

    A deadly shooting broke out in Sacramento killing two people and wounding three others during New Year's Eve festivities.

    Police arrested a 22-year-old suspect who allegedly opened fire during an argument inside a bar in Old Sacramento, CBS reported.

    A 35-year-old patron and a 20-year-old employee were killed, police said. A woman who was with the 35-year-old man was injured, too. Hearing the gunshots shortly after a 9 p.m. fireworks display, a security guard brandished a firearm. He exchanged fire with the suspect and both men were injured.

    "I saw the gun in his hand," a witness told CBS. "He was just screaming and shooting."

    Another woman told KTXL that she saw the gunman fire 10 rounds into one of the victims.

    The shooter fled the bar, but was apprehended by police.

  22. The bill is passing the house, currently 165-107 with 58 republicans voting yes, the number they thought they needed for passage

  23. Bill passes. 257 yeas, 167 no's

    John Boehner, Paul Ryan even voted yea.

    Fiscal cliff averted by bipartisan COMPROMISE, something teatards hate, but the founding fathers built into the way the federal government is supposed to work.

  24. Finally, start the work week (and new year) with some good news.

  25. Me thinks, the wingnut crazy just lost a bit of steam,

    Grover Norquist twisted his pledge into a pretzel, to allow wingnuts his blessing to vote yea.

    Paully Ryan voted to raise taxes on the uber rich, not the batsh*t insane crap he was pushing during the losing wingnut campaign to destroy America last year.

    Looks like the wingnuts have to fight the GOpers beholden to wall street and the bankers.

  26. Finally our govt is starting to work again.

  27. Well the republicans in the house aren't completely done being total dickheads.

    They adjourned with out taking up the Hurricane Sandy relief bill the senate passed. Simply incredible how cruel and heartless they really are.

  28. What? They're going on vacation and leaving the hurricane ravaged states on their own?


    So nice to know they're their "working for us".

  29. The one country the right wings pushed since the Conn shooting as having assault rifles in every home "without problems", was Switzerland.

    Well, so much for that argument.

  30. Three dead in Swiss shooting, suspect wounded, arrested

    Reuters – 1 hr 33 mins ago

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two wounded late on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire in the Swiss village of Daillon, Swiss police said on Thursday.

    The suspect threatened police when they tried to arrest him, and officers shot and wounded him before taking him into custody, police of the Swiss canton of Valais said in a statement. No police officers were wounded.

    Swiss website reported that the gunman was a resident of the village aged about 30 who was armed with an assault rifle and had been drinking heavily.

  31. Well at least I pretty sure voltron hasn't slipped so far as to becoming an internet spammer. I hope he is doing better than that, but the above comment is the normal spammer mode.

    Back on topic it looks like the north eastern republicans ain't too happy with how the House screwed over the people of their states who contribute much more to the federal budget then the GOper welfare receiving red staters who refused to approve relief for Hurricane Sandy.

    First time the house has walked away from helping US citizens in this dire a need, from a natural disaster.

    How NON-Christian of them, especially at this time of year.

  32. "The Republican Party has said it's the party of 'family values.' Last night, it turned its back on the most essential value of all, and that's to provide food, shelter, clothing and relief for people who have been hit by a natural disaster," King said in an interview with CNN.

    "Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined," King said. It's very rare for a lawmaker to call on anyone not to support his own party.

  33. "There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims," said the Republican governor, "the House majority, including its Speaker, John Boehner."

  34. Looks like the permanent republican majority dreams of Rove have turned into the GOpers worst nightmare.

  35. What comment Clif? Was it deleted?

    I don't see any comment above yours other than mine on the Swiss shooting today.

  36. Some spammer left a short incoherent comment with the obligatory spam link.

    Used the anymouse pseudonym.

    Didn't even look at the link, just made a comment before posting what I had come to post, the pending divorce between the wingnut republicans and teatards.

    Except for the damage they do to the country with their childish shenanigans, it will be entertaining watching them stab each other in the back, and try to claim to be the true brain dead Reagan cult worshipping conservatards.

  37. Sounds like Volty.

    Either that or its quite a coinkydink that shortly after he "left" anonymous user suddenly pops up spouting the exact same rhetoric he did.

    And you know me Clif. I'm a believer in causality.

    There are no coinkydinks.

  38. Worf it wasn't volty, unless he is a paid spammer, The comment was some dribble about surfing the blog, liking the content, and then linking to the website the spammer was paid to put here.

    It is the same tactic I see on some science blogs I read, same dull dribble then a link.

  39. oh, well I never actually saw the comment. Guess it got removed since it was spam.

    Like "buy handbags cheap" or something? lol

    maybe volty had to take a second job.

  40. Maybe, BTW check out the link I posted, truly an inspiring story.

  41. Want to know what is a large part of the problems we as a country face from violence?

    1. GOper wingnuts do not take violence seriously;

    Like refusing to renew the Violence against women act, for purely partisan political reasons. and kissing El Rushbos fat arse when he demeans women for asking for medical health care many NEED.

    Politically support people who attack minorities, like in the Trayon Martin Case.

    Defending corporations from lawsuits when their products directly contribute to the violence.

    But another reason is the crux of this very disturbing story;

    Hackers produce disturbing video evidence in Ohio gang rape case

    a minor teen girl is raped by two local football team stars.

    and the community like the local sheriff and head coach don't do a honest investigation, defends the criminals,

    Coach Saccoccia regularly breakfasts with the county sheriff.

    One of the boys accused of suppressing the crime is the son of a county prosecutor.


    A freakin football trophy trumps a violent felony???????

    Typical redneck wingnut thinkin' here folks.

  42. Yea, that is an inspiring story Clif.

    We could use a few these days.

    : |

    I could use to hear a few of those these days.

  43. I keep watching the news.

    America's response to 20 executed 6 and 7 year olds and half a dozen teaches by an assault rifle, is to run out and buy more assault rifles.

    This totally deflates my belief in the decency, goodness or even sense of the American people.

  44. The FBI is reporting more gun sales (checks) than ever before in US history. Gun manufacturers are reporting 3 years of sales in 3 weeks.

    I'm getting sick, to my stomach.

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  46. Seems the evidence of wingnut welfare from billionaires to their propagandists is becoming clearer.

    FreedomWorks Board Report Leaked; Rush Limbaugh Subsidy Revealed!

    So some billionaire is subsidising both Beck and Limpballs?

    Looks like the actual grass roots movement to get corporations to stop spending money to run commercials on the crap these two clowns push on their hate radio programs were more effective them people thought at the time,

    Isn't true democracy and true open capitalism where people get to express their wishes great.

  47. The really sad thing is those who need to see where the money's coming from, never will because they don't care.

    They say "oh its a grass roots movement", and then when you show them exactly where the "grass" is coming from, they just shrug it off as "Librul lies".

    The whole Tea Party movement was funded this way yet ask any Tea Bagger and they'll tell you "oh no, we're grass roots".

  48. By the way, I see what you mean by the spammers. I guess in a way that's a nod to the blog. After all if the spammers are finding us, then we must be doing something right, lol.

  49. I pulled out my old "The West Wing" DVD collection last week and have been watching it again from the beginning.

    I actually get a little misty at times watching it, seeing what Govt is supposed to be like, and how great it can be when those elected to run it actually CARE. Its an amazing show (I own the whole series on DVD). Takes me back to the good old days.

    I hope President Obama can get us back there. I was looking at a photo of him in the Oval office taken when he was informed of the Conn shooting and his face and posture just say it all.

    I might not agree with everything he does, but one thing no one can argue about President Obama.

    At least he actually cares.

  50. Which is the exact opposite of Dubya.

  51. Funny, the spammers post survived, but my commenting on the spammers post is deleted?


  52. clif said...
    Funny, the spammers post survived, but my commenting on the spammers post is deleted?


    That's weird Clif because I did see your comment on the spammers, remember I asked you about it because I didn't see the spammers comment.

    Now I see the spammers comment and yours is gone. Weirdness.

    I think whoever's administering the blog messed up.

  53. And yes that comic strip is the truth.

    I was arguing with a Tea bagger in another blog a few days ago who was claiming the US was number 1 in math and science. I laughed, then posted this.

    "We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending;"

  54. Also they laughed when I said if we need more money we can just print it, (or mint it) and sure enough, that's starting to look like a reality.

    White House Petition Pushes For Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coin

    The Huffington Post | By Bonnie Kavoussi

    Posted: 01/04/2013 1:42 pm EST | Updated: 01/04/2013 1:49 pm EST

    There's a push to have the president create a special weapon to avert another debt ceiling crisis. That special weapon is a trillion-dollar platinum coin, and it's a proposition the Obama administration may be forced to soon consider.

    The movement is gaining steam, and the latest indication is a new White House petition calling for the measure. Created on Thursday, the petition already has gained 2,067 signatures as of 1:17 p.m. Friday. Any petition that garners 25,000 signatures requires a White House response. From the petition:

    With the creation and Treasury deposit of a new platinum coin with a value of $1 trillion US Dollars, we would avert the absurd-yet-imminent debt ceiling faceoff in Congress in two quick and simple steps! While this may seem like an unnecessarily extreme measure, it is no more absurd than playing political football with the US -- and global -- economy at stake

    Thanks to a quirky law, the government can mint a platinum coin worth any amount. It then can deposit it at the Federal Reserve to pay off $1 trillion in debt, which would swing the government far below its debt limit.

  55. I think that's a fantastic idea. Just screw the congress.

    They're playing games with the US economy, and global economy because of idiots like Grover Norquist and the right wing extreme IDIOT TEAT PARTY.

    They're stupid. Just ignorant treasonous rubes who'd crash a GLOBAL ECONOMY to make a point. Personally if I were President I'd send out the Dept of Homeland security to round them up and have them shot for treason.

    They're purposely damaging the US economy for their own political gain, and worse they're crashing the global economy too.

    They're doing it on purpose, and they're lucky I'm not President because I'd show the world how we deal with treason.

    Line em up in front of the Washington Monument, and have them shot for conspiracy to commit treason and sabotage to the United States of America.

  56. Anyway the Trillion dollar coin is a great idea. The small drop in our global currency value would be well worth the savings to our overall economy.

    We'd bypass Congress and get on with the business of growing the country which in turn would raise our international currency in response to an increase in our GDP.

    As long as the US is investing in its own country, infrastructure, technology, housing, science, medicine, etc ....our dollar will always be strong.

    It's when we stop, ...and start sitting on our money like hoarders, that we start to sink.

  57. The Tea Party wants us to "bury our talents" in the ground and sit on them.

    You know what the good book, says about that.

  58. The debt ceiling being raised is ROUTINE. Its been done under every US President in modern history.

    EIGHT TIMES it was raised WITHOUT A PEEP from the republicans under Bush.

    But now,.....under Obama? Oh well now suddenly we can't raise it.

    This is pure TREASON.

    Not paying our debts is what the TEA PARTY DEADBEATS call "fiscal responsibility".

    Really? That's what they call responsible? Not paying our debts? wonder voltron crawled into his hole. Because probably even he sees what they're doing to us and the world, for their own PETTY SPITE.

  59. Um Worf you left out one other area we lead the planet.

    Violent gun deaths by civilians against other civilians.

    But of course we own more guns as a civilian population then any other country also.

  60. ...good point.

    Actually that was from Jeff Daniels speech on "Newsroom".

  61. Republicans have never been about paying the debt,

    Reagan wasn't, he created the whole problem of getting the whole country into debt to bankrupt the county so poor people couldn't get any government help at all,

    Remember his welfare Queen lies?

    Bush Sr ran us deeper in debt,

    Clinton tried to turn the country around, and pay off the debt, but when Bush got into office they threw that idea out the window, just started running up more debt while screeching about the poor, and the wing nuts have never stopped ever since.

    R-money and the wingnuts wanted to return and double down on Bush's stupid idea of never paying for the price of the government they want to operate.

  62. And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there's some things you should know, and one of them is, there's absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world.

    We're 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. 25 of whom are allies.

    Now, none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student. But you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period.

    So when you ask, "what makes us the greatest country in the world?" I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. Yosemite?

  63. Clinton tried to turn the country around, and pay off the debt, but when Bush got into office they threw that idea out the window, just started running up more debt while screeching about the poor, and the wing nuts have never stopped ever since.

    That's what drives me crazy. (at least one of the things, lol)

    Clinton handed Bush a SURPLUS.

    Bush took it, and instead of paying down debt, investing in our country, he DIVIDED IT UP into TINY INSIGNIFICANT SUMS and handed it out! I got 300 bucks. Married people got 600 bucks. Corporations got huge tax breaks.

    Then it was all gone.


    Where was the tea party then? Where were all the republicans who are complaining now, THEN?

  64. Where were all the republicans who are complaining now, THEN?

    Cheer leading from the rear, like chicken hawks always do.

    Remember how freedum fart, dummytron, tiny the liar and crusty were all for the war,

    just as long as they didn't have to pay for it;


  65. clif said...

    Cheer leading from the rear, like chicken hawks always do.

    Remember how freedum fart, dummytron, tiny the liar and crusty were all for the war

    Absolutely I do.

    I also remember Duncetron saying he was going to "sign up and go over to Iraq".

    He never did. Just ran his mouth about it.

  66. Of course, in all fairness maybe it wasn't his fault.

    After all the military isn't too keen on having to grant "Section 8" to enlistees from what I hear.

  67. You know the GOper extremists are setting themselves up bigger then when Hitler forced the German army to stand fast at Stalingrad.

    Their demands are simple screw the old and poor, many of which vote republican, or we will trash the planets economy hurting business people and investors.

    At the very same time they are telling soccer moms to send their kids to schools where they want armed patrols.

    .... and refusing to compromise at all.

    Not a good recipe for future electoral gains at all.

    Cause if they lose even a fraction of the soccer moms and older white people they ain't a majority party in 2014, and they lose the power to stop the President from completing his agenda of righting the country after the 8 years of mis management of Bush and the right wing extremists.

    Oh yea and that supreme court nomination thingy, they will probably lose their right wing majority on that also. Especially if they remain as brain dead the next four years as they have been the last four.

  68. Here's a simple idea,

    Have the right wingers propose the cuts they want, and democrats propose how to fix the tax code so the rich don't get off as easily as they do with their rich guys deductions.

    Then let the American people weigh in as to what they want their REPRESENTATIVES to actually do.

    Me thinks screwing old and the poor won't be so popular.

    but forestalling the richer among us the ability to skip out on taxes through loop holes and special rates for their main sources of income might be on the chopping block.

  69. I'm betting that if you forced the right wing tyo put their desired cuts in an actual bill,

    it would fail,

    but the changes to the tax code that allows extra rich guys like R-money to pay less than 10% in taxes, (he already has sent in the updated returns for 2012 after he lost), if put into a bill,

    it would pass by a larger margin than the Biden-McConnell deal did.

  70. and on guns, IF the membership of the NRA actually could influence the congress instead of the gun manufacturers like, Ronnie G. Barrett, Buz Mills, Steve Hornady, or Pete Brownell and extreme right wingers like Grover Norquistr, Ted Nugent, Ollie North, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, David Keene, Jim Gilmore, Tom Selleck, R. Lee Ermey, John Sigler, Wayne Anthony Ross, Joe Allbaugh, Bob Barr, Ken Blackwell, John Bolton, Bob Brown, Cleta Mitchell, Graham Hill, Matt Blunt , Chuck Norris, John Burtt, Rep. Don Young, Rep. Dan Boren. who all are currently board members of the NRA,

    We would have waiting periods, background checks for 100% of sales, and enforceable effective laws.

    As the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence points out:

    One only has to look to the NRA’s Board of Directors to discover that the organization is operated by a group of individuals who promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-immigrant animus, religious bigotry, anti-environmentalism, and insurrectionism. Some active board members have even had close relationships with brutal dictators in outside nations. Put simply, members of the NRA leadership no longer make for polite company.

    Moreover, while superficially bipartisan, the NRA is closely aligned with the most extreme elements in the Republican Party and has brought a number of the GOP’s most influential operatives into positions of power within the organization. The GOP and NRA are now locked in a symbiotic relationship where Republican legislators advance the NRA’s extreme agenda while the NRA musters its hardcore supporters to serve as attack dogs for a wide range of conservative causes.

  71. on guns...

    Four dead after police standoff in Colorado

    By By P. SOLOMON BANDA | Associated Press – 8 mins ago

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A gunman barricaded inside his Colorado home fired shots at police from a second-story window before he was killed as SWAT officers stormed the home Saturday. Once inside, they found the bodies of three other adults, authorities said.

    The suspect, whose name was withheld by police, held officers at bay for nearly six hours after neighbors reported gunfire at 3 a.m. inside the modest townhome in the Denver suburb of Aurora, said police Sgt. Cassidee Carson. It wasn't known if officers shot the suspect or if he shot himself.

    Investigators said two men and a woman appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

    The suspect shot at police who approached the front of the home with an armored vehicle and who fired tear gas around 8:15 a.m. He was killed when he fired at officers from the second-story window about 45 minutes later, Carlson said.

    "After we arrived on scene, there were no more shots fired up until he fired at us," Carlson said. "During this time he was all over the house. He moved furniture. He was throwing things. He was agitated. He was irrational."

    A large front window was missing in the modest two-story townhome, the window's mini-blinds in

  72. and now back to the worst problem we as a planet of living creatures face;

    2012 Saw 362 All-Time Record High Temperatures In U.S. But Zero All-Time Record Lows

    But the right wing trolls screech it is all a liberal conspiracy.

    Too bad mother nature doesn't give a damn what they think, or how much they lie.

    Especially if you live on this planet.

  73. The irony being they're always worried about spending, yet their refusal to "believe" in science is costing us TRILLIONS in damage from the global warming they don't "believe" in.

  74. Climate change won't wait

    Societal change usually happens slowly, even once it's clear there's a problem. That's because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in leisurely currents. Change often requires going up against powerful, established interests, and it can take decades for those currents to erode the foundations of our special-interest fortresses. Think civil rights, gay marriage, equal rights for women.

    With climate change, however, there simply isn't time to waste. It's not a fight, like gay marriage, between conflicting groups with conflicting opinions. It's a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is entirely uninterested in human timetables. Physics couldn't care less if precipitous action raises gas prices or damages the coal industry in swing states. It couldn't care less whether putting a price on carbon slowed the pace of development in China or made agribusiness less profitable.

    Everyone of the children who survived sandy Hook shooting are being damned to a very bleak future because of the greed and ignorant ideology that runs this country.

    Their children's future is in some doubt.

  75. This is why;

    Global Heating Revisited

    We have zero years to solve our addiction to hydrocarbon energy.

    How many times have we heard: We have a decade, or we have three years, or we until 2020? In the 1980s, ecologists used to say, “We have to solve this by 2000”, which is now a decade behind us. We don’t have 10 years or 3 years, or any years. We are already far behind any sort of timeline that might have kept Earth’s temperature from rising +2°C from the pre-industrial era. We are now gambling our progeny’s future with runaway heating that could ravage human agriculture, devastate the remaining forests, increase extinctions, and flood every coastal city on Earth.

    A comprehensive study of future temperature increase, the MIT Integrated Global Systems Model (A.P. Sokolov, P.H. Stone, et. al., American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, 2009) doubled the earlier 2003 estimates.

    The MIT group ran 400 variations of the model, changing certain input parameters, including variations in physical conditions, human activity, economic policy, and so forth. The projections indicate a median probability by 2100 of CO2 concentration reaching 550 ppm and a median probability of Earth heating by 5.2 degrees Celsius (°C), with a 90% probability range of 3.5 to 7.4 °C, compared to the 2003 estimates of 2.4°C.

    The lower bound, or minimum projected heating, is now + 2.4°C by 2100, with a “very small probability” it will be this low, and only with drastic, immediate, global policy changes that reduce our reliance on oil and gas.

    We had time when Reagan was spreading the myths and lies about climate change the ideology of extreme right wing American exceptionalism and free market capitalism demanded he spread to maximise short term profits no matter the cost to future generations.

    We squandered it.

    We had time while the US Congress wasted years going after a president because he won and their party lost.

    wew squandered it.

    we had time while Bush and Cheney did everything they could to help the oil corps and their bankers to keep the party roilling, but they decided to invade Iraq for its oil, and squandered the time we had left.

    Time is up, the changes have begun, and given the simple fact 30 years of more and more extreme changes are already baked in, with no political will to do a damned thing because too many people don't want to give up their cushy life styles, is going to damn the next two generations to a life nobody would want to have to live through, and generations after that very little chance at all.

  76. BTW when the climate unleashes it's wrath directly upon you, no gun can save you.

  77. Just thought I would include that little fact for the gun fetishists.

  78. Maybe we can pile all the guns up and use them as sandbags.

  79. I wouldn't want to be around a pile of handguns if hurricane was hitting the area near me.

    They would become very dangerous objects for an entirely different reason.

  80. lol..yea...I guess that's not such a good idea.

  81. Maybe we could melt them down and print some coin?

    Nickel, right?

  82. Actually nickle plated steel, probably a good grade, so they would make fine hand tools melted down and reformed into something that is constructive and not the destructive weapons they currently are.

  83. "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks.

    Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

  84. I'm all for it. Lets melt em down.

    I never understood those who spend their days fascinating over weapons, practically worshiping these tools of death, then call themselves "men", thinking that makes them manly.

    I always felt men like my father were manly, who used tools of creation, who built things with them, rather than tools of death.

  85. Nothing wrong with owning a gun in your home if you want. But you don't need an AK47. No one does except the military.

    A hunting rifle, a shotgun or pistol for home defense. Fine. I don't keep one but if I wanted one I wouldn't have a problem with it. Its fine.

    But these assault rifles, body armor, "cop killer" ammo, ...they don't need it. We're not an army, we're a society.

  86. White House mulls broader gun control:

    Washington Post
    Reuters – 12 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
    A working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers and track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, the newspaper said.

    The measures would also strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the Post said."

  87. Don't "mull it", DO it.

  88. Anonymous8:56 PM

  89. Funny dummytron tries to use a russian right wing hack to attack science.

    The right wing hack publishes in a on line paper calling itself Pravda;

    But the truth is;

    This article by “Stanislav Mishin” was originally published in the author’s blog (see below) and later by the unaffiliated site online. Readers should note that, despite the name, the latter is NOT the official organ of the old USSR, which was closed by order of Boris Yeltsin in 1991. While runs many interesting articles, it is often an instrument for the expression of Murdoch-style yellow journalism and Great Russian chauvinism. In any case, since the piece appeared on it has been picked up by wingnuts in the Anglo-American sphere, where it’s enthusiastically circulated as “proof” that even Russkies think true capitalism —that mythological fount of so much human happiness in Ayn Rand land—is kaput in the US. (N.B.: All typos, bad grammar and non sequiturs have been left untouched.)—P. Greanville

    So dummytron is pushing a hit piece on science by a hater of the USA to prop up his anti-science extreme ideology.

    BTW the foole is also wrong, ... actually both of them are in fact.

    Keep searching for the kooks and lunacies on the extreme right even when they HATE the USA to prop up your illogical dumb as a box of rocks propaganda dummytron, it just shows what a traitor to the principles the founding fathers used along with their blood sweat and tears to found this great country you seem to hate now if your fellow travellers you espouse like you did here are any character witness for you.

  90. BTW dummytron he re-quotes most of the top hits of disproved crap you clowns ran by us in the last decade.

    But keep pretending the crap he says is true, cause he hates the USA, like you seem to do.

  91. Only a brain-deadender, like you would think this destroys decades of real science,

    but then again you seem to believe lots that isn't true.


  92. The funny thing is he doesn't have the confidence any more to use his own name. He has to slip these anonymously in.

    Ever since the election, he just isn't himself anymore....or at least can't "be" himself. lol

    poor thing....

  93. So now President Obama nominates a REPUBLICAN to his cabinet to be Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, and the republicans are STILL NOT HAPPY?

    Does anyone see a pattern here?

  94. Clearly he could nominate Jesus Christ himself, and the republicans wouldn't like it.

    Probably have a problem with the beard....

  95. ..... and all thou shalt not kill,

    and of course,

    ..... blessed are the PEACE MAKERS.

    No the republicans surly ain't fer Jesus at defence.

  96. Our resident spammer is back, not very subtle this time though.

  97. and that was quick.


  98. "I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine," he said. "And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second.

    When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It's designed to do that. And that's what our soldiers ought to carry.

    I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America.

    I believe that we've got to take a serious look.

    I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we've got to protect our population

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal - Ret

  99. hmmm, middle of January. .....been in the high 40's and mid 50's all year so far, and next weeks going to be in the 60s.

    December it was in the 40's all month. November it was in the 50's and 60's all

    : |

    ...this means global warming can't be real...right?

  100. I mean,just because it used to always be down in the TEENS throughout December, Jan, Feb...etc....being the SIXTIES doesn't mean its global warming...right?


  101. ...I mean...just because the globe is can't be global warming...right Johnny Moo Moo?

  102. Worf in Australia, they are experiencing a continent wide unrepresented heat wave.

    Australia Climate Change? New Colors Added To Forecast Maps To Track Potential Record Heat

    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology amended its interactive weather chart Tuesday, adding the colors deep purple and pink to indicate a temperature range of up to 54 degrees Celsius, or 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The previous range had capped at 50 Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

    According to the current model, the forecast for next Monday will bring a "Tasmania-sized" area of heat in excess of 50 degrees to South Australia.

    "The air mass over the inland is still heating up. It hasn't peaked," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Australia's heat could hit 'purple' zone

    The current heat wave is unusual due to its extent, with more than 70 percent of the continent currently experiencing heat wave conditions," John Nairn, South Australia's acting regional director for the Bureau of Meteorology, told the Australian Science Media Center.

    "This event is ongoing with significant records likely to be set," a bureau statement said, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday that more than 140 fires continued to burn in sweltering conditions across New South Wales.

    "It's shaping up to be a very difficult day. You don't get conditions worse than this," said NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, who said at a news conference that the crisis had reached a "catastrophic level."

    Australia has faced a stream of erratic weather. In 2011, the state of Queensland was hit by flooding and cyclones, and last year a decade-long drought that had affected the country's farms was declared over. Firestorms in 2009 claimed hundreds of lives.

    Just for the first seven days of 2013, six were among the top 20 hottest days in the past century and the last four months of 2012 were the hottest on record for Australia.

    If this is their summer time, doesn't bode well for our next summer time.

    Remember 2012 was the hottest year on record, until 2013 comes along that is.

  103. Might be why dummytron has gone into hiding;

    Tea Party Brand Now Toxic: Only 8% of Americans Identify As Members

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.

    By comparison, 36% of Americans have a favorable view of socialism.

    Less popular then socialism???

    That must hurt.

  104. BTW happy b-day Tricky Dicky.

    He would be 100 today ....

    .... and not allowed in the GOper party of kooks, scam artists, and loony ranting nut cases,

    because he was sane and willing to put the country ahead of party.

  105. NOAA: 2012 Was Officially The Warmest Year On Record For The U.S., Second Most Extreme

    Where's dummytron when ya need him, and his fake Pravda loony extreme right wing USA hating nut job to rewrite the facts of science to fit his loony toons ideology?

    After all the facts say Global Warming is getting worse, much worse for many many people now a days.

  106. Last year was officially the hottest ever recorded for the lower-48 states. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric tallied weather and temperature data for 2012, and found that the year was both the warmest and the second-most extreme for weather ever recorded for the contiguous U.S.

    According to NOAA’s latest “State of the Climate” report, the average temperature for the lower-48 states was 55.3°, which is 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above the previous record-year of 1998.

    Oops there goes the right wing LIE the planet ain't warming.

  107. That Swiss Miss sure is tasty. :P

  108. Clif is absolutely right. Here's more on that from the Lookout.

    Australia’s weather is so hot, new colors added to weather map

    By Claudine Zap | The Lookout – Tue, Jan 8, 2013

    The forecast in Australia: Hot, hot, hot—and getting hotter.

    As a record-breaking heatwave hovers over many regions and territories (which are in their summer months now), the continent’s Bureau of Meteorology has added two new colors to the weather map to reflect the rising mercury.

    The map currently shows the weather in orange tones at the top, which indicate temperatures 40 to 48 degrees Celsius. But forecasts are predicting off-the-charts weather. As a result, pink and purple will now cover temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius—should it climb that high.

    For those rusty on the temperature conversion, that is a sweat-inducing 122 degrees Fahrenheit. (The record-setting temperature of 50.7 set in 1960 has, thankfully, still not been broken.)

    "The forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," said David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a "dome of heat" over Australia is contributing to the record-breaking weather, which has gone on for six straight days with average maximum temps above 39 degrees Celcius (102 Fahrenheit). The trend seems likely to continue.
    Adding to the misery, the searing heat is also fueling wildfires that continue to rage in southeastern Australia.

    "You don't get conditions worse than this," Shane Fitzsimmons, New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner, told the Associated Press.

    Australia isn’t the only place battling record high temperatures. Last year, the United States had its warmest year on record.

  109. Who needs terrorism, when we've got the Tea Party and the anti science republican party?

    Global warming is doing more damage to the planet than any terrorist ever could.

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  111. What's with the spammies lately?

  112. Ok, it was in the high 50's today. Tomorrow its going to be 69 degrees. Sunday its going to be in the mid 70s.

    : |


  113. So it can't be global warming, right?

    Because those are typical January temperatures in the northeast....right?

  114. I mean....when I think balmy mid 70s....I think mid January in the North East.


    Don't you?

  115. I mean....isn't January usually the peak of Tourist season for Ocean City?

  116. Anonymous1:22 PM

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  117. Anonymous1:25 PM

    The weather is warm all over the country.

  118. Clippy1:31 PM

    The weather right now is warm, but it will change.

  119. Every year out country is warmer than the year before, we're breaking heat index records each year, ...and "clippy" (aka Voltron), wants to pretend a steady documented increase over a decade equals "conikydinks".

  120. Worf did you hear about the terrorist from Tennessee, who openly claimed to want to shoot innocent people if sensible gun legislation passes?

    Well the terrorist lost his Handgun Carry Permit in Tennessee.

    The state of Tennessee has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, who recently said he would "start killing people" should President Obama take executive action on gun control.

    State officials explained they revoked the permit because of Yeager's "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," according to a local TV station.

    Tactical Response plays camp counselor to grown men with little boy mentalities who like to go out in the woods for the weekend and pretend they're learning guerilla warfare for "the revolution" or a "race war" or "socialist invasion" while running around in WalMart fatigues and dropping the n-bomb every third word in between sips of warm Schlitz and circle-jerking in the bushes.

    You know unhinged wingnut rednecks and their guns.

  121. Yea, I was blogging about that online and some gun nut came in and threatened to kill me as well as cops.

    The funny thing was when Yeager found out, instead of "grabbing his backpack and heading for the woods to start killing people"....he called his lawyer.

  122. ..go figger...

  123. If you go out on all the sites there are all sorts of tea baggers talking about how the only way they're taking their guns is from their "cold dead hands". Its wild.

    They're their own worst enemy for why THEY should not be allowed weapons. They're clearly mentally unbalanced.

    No ones threatening to take anyones regular guns, just implement better sane restrictions and controls that even gun owners agree with.

  124. There's also a lot of talk about "secret meetings" of these brothers of the revolution, etc, some sort of uprising being planned.

    Its all over the internet. I'm not worried about them taking over the country, but I am worried for the innocent people they'll end up killing when they try.

  125. I've never understood people who obsess over this stuff, rather than building and creating. For me life's about work. I get up in the morning, and think about work. Then I start working. I focus on work, development, earning money, paying bills, helping people I work with, then I work some more. Then I eat lunch, and think about work I have to do after lunch. Then after lunch, I work some more. Then when I'm done with work, I do other work, pay some bills, think about some more work and the work I have to do after work. Finally I get tired, and go to bed, where I think about the work I have to do the next day, and fall asleep, until I get up the next day and get back to work.

    So I'm confused, and perhaps someone can help me understand, because honestly it eludes me. Who are these people, who can spend their days obsessing over killing, and death?

    How do they do it?

    Why do they do it?

    And why would they want to do it?

  126. I can understand soldiers on active duty doing it. I can understand cops doing it.

    But what I can't understand, is the guy who spends his time obsessing over guns, ..playing with them, cleaning them, STOCKPILING them....shooting them, thinking about shooting them, showing them to others, going to gun shows to get more, always working to focus on how good at "killing" he can get.

    Then goes to work at his job at Burger King, or the local hardware store.

    It just makes no sense, and I don't understand it.

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  130. Anonymous3:02 PM

    Johnny Moo Moo, has disappeared.

  131. Yea, both him and Voltron apparently finally figured out they were beaten, beaten badly in their attempts to spread right wing propaganda here in this blog.

    Now they've finally run off as we always said they would.

    They chased off a lot of sincere liberal bloggers and others but in the end, it was Clif and I who chased them off.

  132. And it looks like times running out for the big mouth that is Michelle Bachmann.

  133. Bachmann Campaign Staffers Claim They Aren't Getting Paid Because of Leaks

    By J.K. Trotter | The Atlantic Wire – Fri, Jan 11, 2013

    On Thursday a high-level staffer for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's failed presidential campaign issued a press release alleging that Bachmann's finance chairman refuses to pay a number of former staffers because they declined to sign a non-disclosure agreement that "prohibits any discussion of any criminal, moral, and/or unethical behavior witnessed during Mrs. Bachmann's campaign in Iowa."

    That's a not-quite-veiled allusion, Salon suggests, to allegations that the Bachmann campaign illegally accessed a list of Iowa-area homeschooling families and emailed them solicitations.

  134. We all knew Bachmann was not a good person, and also was batshit crazy.

    Now we see she's apparently a criminal to boot.

  135. So not only did she commit a crime in Iowa illegally accessing records of home schoolers (funny, she at least knows the only people stupid enough to actually vote for her), but she also committed a CONSPIRACY with others in trying to cover it up.

    Additionally, she used strong arm tactics and EXTORTION, to try to coerce others into withholding information of a crime.

    This falls under the RICO act, and it looks like Bachmann's days of running her mouth outside of prison, are about over.

  136. If one of the staffers can produce a copy of this document they were given to sign, it would be more than enough to put Bachmann and anyone else involved in attempting to cover up a crime in prison.

    Had she left well enough alone, then merely the act of accessing school records illegally wouldn't have been likely too big of a deal. She probably would have gotten effectively a slap on the wrist, a fine and no jail time whatsoever.

    But when she CONSPIRED with other senior members of her staff to try to coerce, intimidate and extort others into withholding information of a crime, she crossed the line from a simple crime of illegally accessing school records and now falls under the guise of the RICO statutes which make conspiring to conceal a crime a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.

    So I can see why guys like Voltron and Johnny have given up.

    Combine the fact Voltron got his ass kicked in the election, along with the fact that his party is coming apart at the seams live on national television, and now this, from the love of his life the batshit "cure a queer" lady Bachmann who looks to be headed for a few years in a Federal Orange jumpsuit,.....well...who could blame them for crawling into a hole and giving up?

    The days for the chest beating, racist, hate filled war mongering people screwing self proclaimed Christian Right, are coming to an end.

  137. A new era is dawning in America, and either your on the train, or under it.

  138. Anonymous6:38 PM

    so like a little child who doesn't understand, you just make up a rationale for these people then hate them for your imagined rationale...

    if these others left it's probably because they got tired of arguing with you idiots.

    the know it all presumed soldier boy claimed bush was spending us into a weimar republic. the current junta spends quadruple that amount or more and he's silent on the subject.

    you used to decry bush and cheney's rules of engagement and interrogation methods, non adherence to the geneva conventions, yet the current junta maintains a kill list and kills american citizens by drone without due process and you cheer him on...

    as you say: go figure...

  139. Anonymous6:43 PM

    and didn't obozo vote NO on raising the debt ceiling under bush?

    and didn't he say that bush's level of spending was UNPATRIOTIC?

    why, cause he didn't spend enough?

  140. Hmm, I wouldn't be running your mouth about the quality or lack thereof of us in here Doltron, given you don't even have the self respect or integrity to use your own handle and have to hide under your little pipsqueak "anonymouse" handle.

  141. Voltron the anonymous mouse squeaked;

    "if these others left it's probably because they got tired of arguing with you idiots."

    Yea....tired of getting their asses kicked.

  142. Bush's level of spending was far beyond any president ever before, and he was squandering it on a war that didn't need to be fought.

    Obama too has continued many of the policies of "Dubya"..which is why I didn't vote for him.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke, squeaky.

  143. Unlike Bush however, Obama's focus has been on ending the wars Bush started.

    Bush wanted to keep our forces in Iraq permanently. Obama's wound down the war, and is now working on the Afghan withdrawal.

    Those are good things, because both of those wars, were Bush's crimes against Humanity.

  144. And unlike spending trillions on war, Obama chooses to spend on AMERICA and AMERICANS.

    I know in your little fuel ticket counting world, with your mediocre life, mediocre job and mediocre wages, you have no sense of business, but those of us who do know it TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY.

    Sitting on your money, or SQUANDERING it on war, is not the way to drive industry and our GDP. Most of the equipment we sent to Iraq's being dumped in the sea. Oh sure there's a temporary surge in manufacturing for the military going to specific military contractors, and that does create some jobs, believe me I know a little about that, pal.

    But, it's temporary and short lived. Just like temporary programs for infrastructure, only the difference is we're CREATING a BETTER AMERICA, not blowing the shit out of some 3rd world country and squandering American lives doing it.

    Obama's not perfect. You betcha, big mouth. Not perfect by any stretch.

    He may not be a rocket scientist, but compared to Bush he's Werner Von Braun.

  145. I figured pointing out the criminal acts of your Queen Bee, Michelle Batshit Bachmann would mean you'd have to pop your head up.

    Figured right.

  146. WORFYSAYSFU211:30 PM

    Also figured you'd have to respond by trying to change the subject, since the crazy fruitcake looks like she might have screwed herself this time.

    After all, its one thing to illegally access school records, but its another thing to CONSPIRE to cover it up, not to mention using extortion and strong arm tactics, or if you want, bribery ("we'll give you your pay if you help us cover up a crime").

    Can you say "RICO"?

  147. ♬ ♬ . ♪..RICO..... ♪..oh oh..♬ .oh oh oh ......RICO. ♪..♬ ♬

  148. the know it all presumed soldier boy claimed bush was spending us into a weimar republic

    Never said that dummytron.

    I said he was wasting hundreds of billions in off book accounting to fund his two wars which have done nothing to stabilize the US strategic position, and failing to correct the dire economic conditions, that lead directly to;

    stay with me now;

    The economic meltdown that both Mike and I were warning about as early as 2007.

    President Obama did not inherit a balanced budget and path to paying off the debt created by Reagan and Bush Sr.

    President Obama did not inherit a very robust intelligence establishment that was focused on Bin Laden before ripping it apart and ignoring warnings of an eminent attack on the United States in Aug 2001.

    No he inherited two optional wars of thew neo-cons and trillions of debt with more written in the pipeline.

    The ACA is set to SAVE taxpayers money unless the brain dead-enders in DC rip it apart.

    Finally after four wasted years part of the stupid bush era give the middle class $300 while piling trillions of debt on their children's future act has been repealed. You know the one where billionaires got to pay less as a percentage of their income then the people who did the actual physical work creating all that wealth in the first case.

    Not to mention the stupidity of cutting a special rate for those who do nothing but gamble on wall street for a living destroying good paying middle class jobs like R-money did for years.

    I'm all for a tax on each and every transaction, with all income from said transactions being taxed as INCOME, not some special for the rich rate that allows them to avoid their true tax bill passing it to the people who actually do the physical labor in the country.

    So dummytron quit lying, which I know means quit posting, but then again I digress.

    BTW if my mere presence here gives your pink panties an extra special twist, that irks you to no end;





  149. Oh and dummytron, here is one more thingy to get your pink panties all twisted up over;

    Official White House Response To Death Star Petition

    Yes some dummy thought wasting $850,000,000,000,000,000 to build a death star was a good idea ......

    Most likely a wingnut teatard or possibly a military contractor wanting to pad their bottom line.

    Neither have ever seen a war of weapon they didn't like especially if the wingnut teatards don't have to put their yellow bellies on the line for it.

    But since the petition got enough signatures the white House was kind enough to respond;

    OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

    The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

    The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.

    Oops there goes that they want to spend like there is no tomorrow, unlike Reagan's waste of over a trillion on star wars which still doesn't work

    Or the way wingnut teatards cannot get enough of throwing money into dumb weapons and even dumber wars for others to fight.

    However that wasn't the only reason stated.

    The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

    The neo-cons wet dreams aren't gonna be realized, they must be soooo bummed.

    Now the wingnut teatards can start their lies about being soft on defense, after all the Martians of maybe the things that hide behind Jupiter are really, really planning on those long delayed invasions after they KNOW we cannot stop them now.

    However this is the best reason, which will fly over the heads of war mongering neo-cons and wingnut teatards every where.

    Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

    Too bad Reagan's band of merry militaristic money wasters never asked that question about their dumb ideas for wasting dollars on every defense program they ever saw.

    Or Dick Cheney when he was pushing for wasting more and more money on dumb ideas about nation building in the middle east, and secret torture chambers for his special collection of home movies(till the CIA burned them that is).

    Sucks when an intelligent question gets in the way of brain dead-ender GOpers, wingnut teatards and war mongering neo-cons doesn't it?

  150. PS here is the rest of the White House's statement,

    However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts -- American, Russian, and Canadian -- living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs -- one wielding a laser -- roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

    Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

    Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

    We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

    We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

    If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

    Rather intelligent snark if you ask me. And what intelligent uses of money in space can accomplish, instead of the wing nut teatards fascination of blowing up things and having others out killing people they don't like.

  151. Remember this article the next time some brain dead-ender wingnut teatard wants to destroy the EPA;'

    Beijing choked by pollution at dangerous levels

    Dense smog shrouded Beijing on Saturday, with pollution at hazardous levels for a second day and residents advised to stay indoors, state media said.

    The municipal environment warning centre issued an alert advising the elderly, children, and those suffering respiratory or cardiovascular illness to avoid going out or doing strenuous exercise, Xinhua reported.

    Those who did venture out wore facemasks for protection, with visibility low, the skyline shrouded, and the sun hidden in the smog.

    Air quality in Beijing showed airborne particles with a diameter small enough to deeply penetrate the lungs at a reading of 456 micrograms per cubic metre, the warning centre said.

    The quality is considered good when the figure stands at less than 100.

    But a reading shown on the United States embassy website in Beijing was above 800. Beijing only measures up to a maximum value of 500, with the US embassy tweeting that their own readings were “beyond index”.

    Last year Beijing said it was illegal for foreign embassies to issue their own air quality readings, but the US said its diplomatic missions in China would not stop tweeting levels, which were useful to its citizens living abroad.

    The heavy pollution is expected to last another three days, with weather conditions preventing pollutants from dispersing, the warning centre said, according to Xinhua.

    Fog also covered vast swathes of east and central China also closed numerous highways and delayed flights in several provinces, it added.

    China’s air quality is among the worst in the world, international organizations say, citing massive coal consumption and car-choked city streets in the world’s biggest auto market.

    This is the America the anti EPA clowns would have you and your children living in.

    More pollution for more profits, even if the environment ends up being almost unlivable. and we all know how they want to maximize profits ........... over people.

  152. BTW just so's our resident anymouse trolls know,

    they still get all the pollution,

    they just have to wait for a week or so,

    for it to float across the pacific,

    and it is diluted a little,

    so they have to breathe deeper,

    for the benefits of the polluted air,

    they are fighting for,

    when they attack the EPA.

  153. THIS IS THE HORRORS China is trying to hide,

    and the teatards who fight against the EPA unwittingly (yes I am being generous here) want to bring back to the USA.

    And before any of your wingnut teatard clowns want to spout off showing your lack of intelligence,

    Remember we actually had rivers catch on fire,

    The Passic in New Jersey in 1918 due to the extreme pollution.

    The Rouge River in Dearborn, Michigan caught fire in 1969, and many times before.

    So did the famous Cuyahoga River in Cleavland.

    Fires on the Chicago River were so frequent they were community events. Spectators gathered on bridges like it was a Fourth of July celebration.

    This is not to mention the industrial pollution that ,made water not safe to drink or the fish safe to eat in many of the rivers and lakes in the USA and Canada.

    As for SMOG, LA gave it the name but many many Cities used to hold daily smog alerts in the summer in the 1960's and 70's.

    Major incidents in the US

    1948, October 30–31, Donora, PA: 20 died, 600 hospitalized, thousands more stricken. Lawsuits were not settled until 1951.

    1953, November, New York: Smog kills between 170 and 260 people.

    1954, October, Los Angeles: heavy smog shuts down schools and industry for most of the month.

    1963, New York: blamed for 200 deaths

    1966, New York: blamed for 169 deaths

    Are the worst examples of what life in the big city in the USA used to be like.

    This chart shows how even in the 21st century we haven't fully cleaned up the air yet;

    Counties in the United States where one or more National Ambient Air Quality Standards are not met, as of June 2007.

    I really wouldn't want to see China's chart right about now.

    But for some reason wingnut teatards want to turn back the clock in the USA, so river fires, no fishing signs due to pollution and SMOG become as prevalent in the USA as it is in China right about now.

    PS: Next time your buying the cheap plastic crap in "wally world", remember where it came from and what the people who live there go thru, so you can have your cheapo plastic "wally world" throw away crap.

  154. Clif said...

    "BTW if my mere presence here gives your pink panties an extra special twist, that irks you to no end;




  155. I'm in shorts and T-Shirt today, just came in from splitting wood. Sweating pretty bad, ....need a shower.

    : |

    That's normal, right Clif? I mean, when you think "Short and T-Shirt" weather, you always think mid-January in the North East, .right?

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