"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." --Bishop Desmond Tutu

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pretty funny ad from the RNC

While I don't agree with the message, I think this is pretty funny.



Clearly they're flailing around for a message and, like a room full of monkeys and typewriters working on a play, they managed to get something funny out of it. Too bad their party smells so much like monkey dung...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

We hatez teh gaiize! We hatez teh gaiize!!!

Direct from the cereberal cortex of some of the nation's most rabid wingnut haters, MediaMatters has compiled this little clip I like to call "We hatez teh gaiize!!!"

Secession-a-palooza

Looks like it's not just Texas that wants to secede from the US. Long Island wants a divorce from "tyrannical" New York state. Yes, that's right, the sand bar just south of Connecticut is tired of supporting those slackers in upstate New York and want out now!
Suffolk legislators approved a home rule message Tuesday calling for a study and referendum on the merits of Long Island seceding from a "tyrannical" New York State government, though they are unlikely to be taking up muskets for an armed revolt.

The dormant Long Island secession movement awakened by presiding officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), who, angered by the regional payroll tax imposed by state lawmakers to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bailout, called for a vote on the matter to register his anger about the new tax.
Where are the teabaggers when you need 'em?

She'll never hear this...

But you will!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Richard Cohen on Torture

Richard Cohen has an OpEd piece in the WaPo today that asks the question "What if Cheney is right?" Meaning, what if we did get useful intelligence information through the use of torture on suspects?
Still, every dog has his day, and Cheney is barking up a storm on the efficacy of what can colloquially be called torture. He says he knows of two CIA memos that support his contention that the harsh interrogation methods worked and that many lives were saved. "That's what's in those memos," he told Schieffer. They talk "specifically about different attack planning that was underway and how it was stopped."
That's some twisted logic. The ends justify the means. In a nation of laws, that's a very slippery slope. Imagine I decide to rob a bank but donate the money to breast cancer research. While the act of donating the money to charity is good, the means by which I arrived at the funds to provide that donation was illegal. Same goes for torture. Torture is illegal. No matter how much good information was gathered does not abrogate the Bush Crime Syndicate from answering to the law.

Still searching...

...for that elusive "Liberal Media bias." Take the recent discussions on the appointment of a supreme court justice. Not a lot of balance here...

Even the "ultra-left" MSNBC had more GOPers than Dems.

Friday, May 08, 2009

MDS: Mustard Derangement Syndrome

Conservatives are officially insane... Cheeseburgers without ketchup are some sort of socialist / Stalinist / Fascist conspiracy.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Where did my river go?

This could be a problem in the coming years. Global climate change is impacting the flow of rivers in some very populous areas.
Some of the developing world's largest rivers are drying up because of climate change, threatening water supplies in some of the most populous places on Earth, say scientists.

Researchers from the US-based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) analysed data combined with computer models to assess flow in 925 rivers — nearly three quarters of the world's running water supply — between 1948 and 2004.

A third of these had registered a change in flow and most of them — including the Niger in West Africa, the Ganges in South Asia and the Yellow River in China — were dryer.
Before they melt, maybe it's time to start hauling icebergs down from the arctic to build reservoirs for these soon-to-be parched areas.