Wednesday, December 31, 2008
"That's just the surface manifestation of the enormous amount of heat that's being released through the system,"
From Yellowstone.net: Although visitors to Yellowstone National Park in the immediate future may never experience such events, some hazardous events are certain to occur in the future. However, Yellowstone Volcanic Observatory scientists are monitoring volcanic activity in the region in an effort to alert the public well in advance of any major volcanic eruptions, to ensure public safety.
From The Associated Press:A park ranger based at the north end of the lake reported feeling nine quakes over a 24-hour period over the weekend, according to park spokeswoman Stacy Vallie. No damage was reported.
"There doesn't seem to be anything to be alarmed about," Vallie said.
Friday, December 19, 2008
There's no doubt that the next Supreme will be female. I doubt that she, whoever it is, will have had to put up with the same sexism that Sandra Day O'Connor did back in the conservative golden age of the 1950s. A quick review of Wikipedia shows that O'Connor graduated toward the top of her Stanford law class (and at one point dated class valedictorian William Rehnquist) but no law firm in California would hire her, although one firm offered her the opportunity to be a legal secretary. Young Ms. O'Connor had no choice but to turn to working for the government.
Johnny Carson repeated the claim in his monologue: "You know what's disappearing from the supermarket shelves? Toilet paper. There's an acute shortage of toilet paper in the United States." By noon the next day, most stores were out of toilet paper. Carson apologized for scaring the public, and retracted his quote. The full story is available from toiletpaperworld.com.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
1. Repeatedly refer to Christmas as "Revive Our Floundering Economy Day."
2. Have hot and nasty age appropriate consensual gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender physical expressions of unconditional positive regard under the mistletoe.
3. Establish full diplomatic relations with the Island of Misfit Toys without any pre-conditions.
4. At the office Christmas/Hannukah/Solstice/Ramadan/Indigenous People's Day party, prevent drunken co-workers from hooking up by continually talking about global warming and the plight of the people in Zimbabwe.
5. Watch It's A Wonderful Life and imagine what the world would be like if George W. Bush had never been elected president. Wait a minute...I mean if all the votes in Florida and Ohio had been counted.
6. Adjust the lights on your neighbors' Christmas displays to read YES WE CAN and CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!
7. Make sure that the Baby Jesuses in your local Nativity displays are infants of color.
8. Tell your kids that Obama is their Christmas present.
9. Today's phrase....just drop it in any conversation...."You know what the special ingredient is in egg nog? IT'S MAD COW!!! LOOK IT UP PEOPLE!!! IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP MAN!!!"
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I decided to read up on "The Twinkie Defense," since it's doubtful I'll be able to see the new Sean Penn film MILK anytime soon. I was disappointed to find that the "Twinkie Defense," (arguing that eating too many Hostess products wreaks havoc on the chemical balance in the brain) is an urban legend. A psychiatrist in court contended that junk food consumption was proof of "diminished capacity," not the cause of it, so I guess it doesn't matter what I eat before I start to blog.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The male gender is in danger, evolution is being distorted by pollution, which damages genitals and the ability to have children according to the latest research being sensationalize in the UK press.
This follows recent American research claiming that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I can't remember the titles or much of the plots of the Chesbro books that I read, but what sticks in my mind is that Chesbro's books seemed like guilty pleasures for liberals. The bad guys were crazed fundamentalist millionaires, the Shah of Iran's former body guards, and Stalinists posing as right wing politicians. If an enemy of the United States really wanted to mess this country up, they'd imitate Senator McCarthy or President George W. Bush, not Senator Obama.
Check out Chesbro at Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/georgechesbro
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Another recent article that received attention in the media associated uncertainty and threat management with ideological extremism or extreme forms of conservatism. This followed up an an earlier work that showed people traumatized by 9/11 were likely to become more conservative.
A liberal friend of mine forwarded this abstract to me last year:
Neurocognitive correlates of liberalism and conservatism
David M Amodio, John T Jost, Sarah L Master & Cindy M Yee
Nature Neuroscience 10, 1246 - 1247 (2007)
Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty. We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern.
It turns out a lot of the articles over the past few years exploring differences in liberal/conservative thinking were co-authored by John T. Jost. Check out his webpage at: http://www.psych.nyu.edu/jost/
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I was a mugwump. We, the mugwumps, a little company made up of the unenslaved of both parties, the very best men to be found in the two great parties--that was our idea of it--voted sixty thousand strong for Mr. Cleveland in New York and elected him. Our principles were high, and very definite. We were not a party; we had no candidates; we had no axes to grind. Our vote laid upon the man we cast it for no obligation of any kind. By our rule we could not ask for office; we could not accept office. When voting, it was our duty to vote for the best man, regardless of his party name. We had no other creed. Vote for the best man--that was creed enough.- Mark Twain's Autobiography (North American Review, Dec. 21, 1906)
Saturday, November 8, 2008
"Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start."
Conservative bloggers like Gateway Pundit see this as evidence that Obama will brainwash our youth with Marxist ideals and re-institute slavery. Other bloggers are urging their readers to stock up on guns and ammo.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Obama isn't a socialist, but check out the Op-Ed by America's only socialist congressman Senator Bernie Sanders. Here's an excerpt:
The current financial crisis facing our country has been caused by the extreme right-wing economic policies pursued by the Bush administration. These policies, which include huge tax breaks for the rich, unfettered free trade and the wholesale deregulation of commerce, have resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the very wealthy
...Since President Bush has been in office, nearly 6 million Americans have slipped into poverty, median family income for working Americans has declined by more than $2,000, more than 7 million Americans have lost their health insurance, over 4 million have lost their pensions, foreclosures are at an all time high, total consumer debt has more than doubled, and we have a national debt of over $9.7 trillion dollars.While the middle class collapses, the richest people in this country have made out like bandits and have not had it so good since the 1920s. The top 0.1 percent now earn more money than the bottom 50 percent of Americans, and the top 1 percent own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The wealthiest 400 people in our country saw their wealth increase by $670 billion while Bush has been president. In the midst of all of this, Bush lowered taxes on the very rich so that they are paying lower income tax rates than teachers, police officers or nurses...This is the most extreme example that I can recall of socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
It was Senator McCain who said last January that the "lesson of this election in Iowa is that, one, you can't buy an election in Iowa, and, two, negative campaigns don't work. They don't work there, and they don't work here in New Hampshire." Apparently Senator McCain's campaign thinks negative campaigns will work in the remaining 48 states.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I visited my new class of 9 African American teenagers with autism a couple days ago. One young man had to be removed from the room because he was inappropriately touching a female staff member. Another rolled around on the floor for half an hour, and another couldn't tolerate wearing his shirt for about 15 minutes. All this on the day "former Playboy playmate" Jenny McCarthy and actress Amanda Peet' feud over vaccinations suspected role in causing autism made the news.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
January 17, 2001 Issue 37•01
President-elect Bush vows that "together, we can put the triumphs of the recent past behind us."
"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."
Monday, September 8, 2008
The new French-Swiss supercollider goes into operation this Wednesday.
Rappin' scientists assure us that the device will probably not destroy the Earth.
"The underlying reason indeed why both parties have failed to take the people's side in the present crisis is that neither party can openly attack the real evils which are undermining representative government without convicting themselves of treachery to the voters during their recent tenure in office."
"Every nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely. It is commercial, imperialistic, ruthless. It tolerates no opposition. It is just as arrogant, just as despotic, in London, or in Washington, as in Berlin. The American Jingo is twin to the German Junker.... If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another."
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
For Immediate Release: Office of the Press Secretary January 22, 2004
President's Remarks to the Press Pool Nothin' Fancy Cafe Roswell, New Mexico
11:25 A.M. MST
THE PRESIDENT: I need some ribs.
Q Mr. President, how are you?
THE PRESIDENT: I'm hungry and I'm going to order some ribs.
Q What would you like?
THE PRESIDENT: Whatever you think I'd like.
Q Sir, on homeland security, critics would say you simply haven't spent enough to keep the country secure.
THE PRESIDENT: My job is to secure the homeland and that's exactly what we're going to do. But I'm here to take somebody's order. That would be you, Stretch -- what would you like? Put some of your high-priced money right here to try to help the local economy. You get paid a lot of money, you ought to be buying some food here. It's part of how the economy grows. You've got plenty of money in your pocket, and when you spend it, it drives the economy forward. So what would you like to eat?
Q Right behind you, whatever you order.
THE PRESIDENT: I'm ordering ribs. David, do you need a rib?
Q But Mr. President --
THE PRESIDENT: Stretch, thank you, this is not a press conference. This is my chance to help this lady put some money in her pocket. Let me explain how the economy works. When you spend money to buy food it helps this lady's business. It makes it more likely somebody is going to find work. So instead of asking questions, answer mine: are you going to buy some food?
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, good. What would you like?
THE PRESIDENT: Ribs? Good. Let's order up some ribs.
Q What do you think of the democratic field, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: See, his job is to ask questions, he thinks my job is to answer every question he asks. I'm here to help this restaurant by buying some food. Terry, would you like something?
Q An answer.
Q Can we buy some questions?
THE PRESIDENT: Obviously these people -- they make a lot of money and they're not going to spend much. I'm not saying they're overpaid, they're just not spending any money.
Q Do you think it's all going to come down to national security, sir, this election?
THE PRESIDENT: One of the things David does, he asks a lot of questions, and they're good, generally.
END 11:29 A.M. MST
Return to this article at:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040122-5.html
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
McCain tended to give shorter, less complex answers."
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
America the UncompetitiveAugust 15, 2008; Page A14
"The new international tax rankings are out for 2008, and congratulations to Washington, D.C., are again in order. Our political class has managed to maintain America's rank with the second highest corporate tax rate in the world at 39.3% (average combined federal and state).Only Japan is slightly higher overall, though if you are silly enough to base a corporation in California, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or other states with high corporate levies, your tax rate on business income is even higher than in Tokyo..."
(Yet somehow, the Japanese automakers still manage to manufacture more reliable cars than our Big 3. )
"The average European nation has tax rates on corporate income 10 percentage points lower than the U.S., but those countries on average raise 50% more as a share of GDP in corporate taxes than does the U.S., according to a 2007 study by the Treasury Department."
For a minute I was at a loss, thinking maybe it was time to re-evaluate my stance on taxes, but then realized I've lived in Germany and went shopping in France. There's no way Americans pay more in taxes than the citizens of "Old Europe." Do Americans want to pay $3 for a little liter of gas the way they do in Europe? Do American CEOs want to get paid what German CEOs or Japanese CEOS get paid? Does the Wall Street Journal advocate a French style government subsidized health care system? Do they want to raise the top income bracket to 42% like it is in Germany? By all means, let's copy the Europeans.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wed Aug 13, 6:54 PM ET
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, Bill Gwatney, died in a hospital after being shot by a lone gunman at the party's headquarters in Little Rock, officials said on Wednesday.
The recent shootings at the UU church and in Arkansas caused many liberals to protest the negativity by the likes of "right wing hate-mongers" and "Republican tools" Rush Limbaugh, Michell Malakin, Sean Hannity, etc.
Bloggers on the right were quick to take offense. One anti-ACLU site's comments described liberals as whining leftwing nutjobs, haters, baby killers, unhinged libtards, and clueless illogical bozos. The illogical, marxist, hate-inspired left is committing "ad hominem" attacks and suffering from paranoid delusions, so stop feeling persecuted you whining anti-American baby killers.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"The antichrist isn't going to be an American, so it can't possibly be Obama. The Bible makes it clear he will be from an obscure place, like Romania."
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
3. WHY DID NOAH PUNISH HIS SON HAM BY MAKING HAM'S SON A SLAVE?
A. Ham's son had stolen a swine.
B. Ham and his son ate pork.
C. Ham was lazy and didn't do as much work as his brothers.
D. Noah got drunk and passed out with his genitals exposed, and Ham accidently saw him.
The correct answer in both questions is d.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I am Sorry that i was Playing with people paper But I am sorry for runing With Lupe and Maria and Rebecca. You are the Best teacher thank you ok.
I am sorry for daring Govonie to go inside the girls bathroom. Next time I am not going to dare Govonie or dare people to do bad stuff.
I think you should be more stricted with us. I think you should punish us more. I am sorry for our bevaher in libary today. I think you Should give us harder work to do.
Monday, July 28, 2008
July 24, 2008
McCain Event Is Thwarted by Hurricane
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Senator John McCain had splashy plans on Thursday intended to steal at least a little attention from Senator Barack Obama’s big speech in Berlin: He was to take a helicopter to an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and meet with Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who is being mentioned as a possible Republican vice-presidential pick.
But Hurricane Dolly thwarted Mr. McCain’s plans to raise the issue of offshore oil drilling and the technology that he says has made it safe.
By midday Wednesday, just as blogs were trumpeting Mr. McCain’s coming campaign stop on the rig, the McCain team canceled the trip and postponed the meeting with Mr. Jindal.
The campaign blamed Hurricane Dolly, which had just crossed the Texas coast with winds reported at 100 miles an hour. It did not mention that an oil tanker had just collided with a barge near New Orleans, shutting down 29 miles of the Mississippi River and sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of heavy fuel oil into the water.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So why is Obama getting more media coverage than John McCain? Blame free enterprise and market forces. Put Obama on the cover of a magazine and it will sell. Show Obama addressing a rally of cheering Germans and people will stay tuned. Of course, if the unfair and unbalanced liberal media bias is so pervasive, we could always revive the Fairness Doctrine...
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