31 December 2011 · Comments Off on Happy Coordinated Universal Time New Year · Categories: First Looks

31 December 2011 · Comments Off on Republican Candidates in Twaddling Clothes · Categories: Political Theatre

Daniel Ruth considers the Republican field. A nugget:

In recent weeks, I’ve been obsessed with wondering how other Republican icons might react to this bunch of Bowery Boy dunces vying for votes.

Really now, can you remotely fathom Dwight Eisenhower, or Abraham Lincoln, or Barry Goldwater, or Teddy Roosevelt, or Bob Dole, or Ronald Reagan or even Richard Nixon sharing a debate dais with the current crop of GOP candidates and not thinking to themselves: “Holy Toledo! These people are certifiably full of twaddle.”

Read the rest.

31 December 2011 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics, Timeline Edition · Categories: Geek Stuff

What most users don’t know is that the new features being
The medicine show breaks in a new grift. Follow the link for details.

What most users don’t know is that the new features being introduced are all centered around increasing the value of Facebook to advertisers, to the point where Facebook representatives have been selling the idea that Timeline is actually about re-conceptualizing users around their consumer preferences, or as they put it, “brands are now an essential part of people’s identities.”

The name itself is cleverly designed to conceal the fact that your profile no longer arranges information chronologically. Yes, things are laid out by year and by month. But, when it comes to what’s displayed to your social circle at any given time, other metrics, including direct payments to Facebook itself, will now influence the ranking and placement of stories. This payola will be a crucial part of the graph rank, the new metric for placement that the social network uses to determine what appears on your profile.

31 December 2011 · Comments Off on Hooverism · Categories: Political Theatre

Mitt Romney defending vulture capitalism

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

31 December 2011 · Comments Off on The Entitlement Society · Categories: Political Economy

At SFGate dot com, the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, Leland Faust, a man who has gotten rich investing, considers what’s wrong with the Wall Street banksters. Using Jon Corzine’s ill-fated stewardship of MF Global as an example, he cites ten failings.

      1. The cult of a Wall Street superstar.
      2. Gambling disguised as investing.
      3. The bail-me-out syndrome.
      4. Enormous conflicts of interest.
      5. Leverage on a grand scale.
      6. Failure of regulators and the reform law.
      7. Misappropriation of client funds.
      8. Worthless rating agencies.
      9. Golden parachutes soaring high.
      10. Breakdown of morality: Even if something is legal, that doesn’t mean it is right.

Follow the link to see the examples supporting each point.

31 December 2011 · Comments Off on Retrospective · Categories: Political Theatre

If you like World’s Dumbest, this is right up your alley.


A news commentator in one of the snippets says that one of Mitt the Flip’s statements made him seem like Thurston Howell III.

This insults Thurston Howell III. Mitt the Flip has neither his humanity nor his sense of humor.

31 December 2011 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

P. J. O’Rourke:

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.

30 December 2011 · Comments Off on “An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” · Categories: Gunnuttery

Always be polite to the help at the coffee shop.

A teenage girl took her Christmas present to Starbucks with her and when she dropped her purse that gift fired a bullet.

The 17-year-old had received the gift, a gun, from her dad for Christmas. He encouraged her to carry it so she’d be safe.

30 December 2011 · Comments Off on The Ascent of Man · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

Via the Booman Tribune.

30 December 2011 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud: Moment of Schadenfreude Dept. · Categories: Republican Lies

30 December 2011 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Beyond Beyond the Fringe

The two girls — sometimes friends, sometimes not — were feuding. So in late November, one girl parked in the other girl’s spot at Osceola Fundamental High School. Then she suspected the other girl of keying her car. Then she went home and, without naming names, put up a couple of posts on her Facebook page, including this one:

“oh so you keyed my car? well your karmas gonna be a wholeee lot worse that that”

The next morning, the girl, 16-year-old Allie Scott, found herself in big trouble.

The Pinellas school district suspended her for three days. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office charged her with stalking.

The girl’s parents have hired a lawyer and are threatening suit.

“Stalking” does rather seem to be overkill.

No word on the search for the anonymous car-keyer.

30 December 2011 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Stock car twits spinning out on the curves.

30 December 2011 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Thomas Carlyle, from the Quotemaster (subscribe here):

The aristocracy of feudal parchment has passed away with a mighty rushing, and now, by a natural course, we arrive at aristocracy of the money-bag.

29 December 2011 · Comments Off on And Just How Do They Plan To Enforce This? · Categories: Political Theatre

The Republican Party has become a deeply anti-democratic party.

The (Virginia–ed.) state Republican Party will require voters to sign a loyalty oath in order to participate in the March 6 presidential primary.

Anyone who wants to vote must sign a form at the polling place pledging to support the eventual Republican nominee for president. Anyone who refuses to sign will be barred from voting in the primary.

Words fail me.

Via Raw Story.

29 December 2011 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud Fraudsters Come to Virginia · Categories: Republican Lies

I get mail about Republican attempts to keep out the vote.

The Republicans in the Virginia legislature are preparing to suppress the vote; a snippet from my mail:

The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice has reported that as many as five million Americans have been disenfranchised by statutes such as HB 9 and SB 1. In a December 9, 2011 commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch entitled, “Voter ID laws recall Jim Crow”, Neil Pierce notes a 2006 study by the American Research Corporation that found that 25 percent of African Americans, 18 percent of senior citizens, and 18 percent of young adults (ages 18-24) do not possess photo IDs. Senate Bill 1 and HB 9 would make it much more difficult for young adults, low income people, senior citizens, and people of color to vote.

SB 1 would eliminate voters from using their state issued voter registration card as an approved form of ID used to cast a vote. Both SB 1 and HB 9 would require voters to cast a provisional, not an official ballot if they did not bring an approved ID. Voters would have to later present the appropriate ID in order for their vote to count. Why are lawmakers making it harder to vote?

To echo the writer’s question, why do Republicans fear the electorate?

Learn more here. Sign the petition here.

Poster:  Democrats attempting to vote in 2012 will be arrested

Image via Balloon Juice.