I Can See My House From Here!

There are now credible reports that Assad’s brutal regime in Syria is dropping Russian-made cluster bombs on civilian areas, a heinous war crime. One hit Tamanea last Tuesday, scattering anti-personnel ‘bomblets’ between two schools. More than 100 civilized countries have banned the use, stockpiling, transfer or sale of cluster munitions under a convention which became international law in 2010, but neither Syria, Russia, China nor the United States are signatories. We must be the “good guys“, right?

Geronimo! Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is attempting to break the high-altitude skydiving record in less than an hour. Jumping from the edge of space 23 miles up, he is expected to go fully super-sonic during his descent. Live feed here. Update: he made it and pulled off a perfect landing under the chutes. Way to go!

A sadder update: Arlen Specter, long-serving former senator from Pennsylvania, lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this morning. He was 82.

Tuesday is Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and math. Lady Ada was the first computer programmer, developing routines for the Babbage Engine, wayyy before it was cool and wayyyy before Microsoft.

The Nobel Prize in Quackpottery honors the surprisingly unscientific ideas of Nobel prizewinning scientists. Winners must have already won the Nobel Prize in a scientific field and must openly embrace some form of anti-scientific or pseudoscientific quackery.

Did they get fries with that? Scientist claims evidence that pre-historic humans snacked on giant panda in south-western China.

A review of “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Covering the rise and fall of Venice, with reflections on the self-destruction of our modern-day 1-Percenters. Might be a good companion read for Tuchman’s “A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century“.

Don’t let him touch your plumbing, he’s stimulated! Hypocrite Oklahoma congressional candidate Markwayne Mullin will give the GOP’s national address this weekend, bitching about the stimulus plan after siphoning off $370,000 of it for himself. He claims if he’d only known the money came from the stimulus he probably wouldn’t have touched it, but documents show his firm was well aware that the funding came from the stimulus before he lined his pockets with it. Markwayne Mullin: just another lying Bush-league ass-wipe.

Can you “Spot the Racist”?

“Biden laughed at Ryan constantly, and it pissed a lot of people off. Fuck them. It was the laugh of an old man who has heard enough bullshit to last ten lifetimes.” — The Rude Pundit

Meet the GOP All-Stars: Romney, Ryan, Rivard, DesJarlais and Akin. This Is Who They Are. This Is What They Do.

Happy Anniversary! It been a year since the GOP filibustered the American Jobs Act. No job? Blame the GOP for doing all it can to wreck the economy! It’s what the Koch brothers pay them to do. Desperate serfs are compliant serfs!

Speaking of just how much the GOP hates America, Sensata, one of the companies currently being pillaged and raped by Bain Capital, was ordered to take down American flags while they were training their Chinese replacements in preparation for their jobs being shipped over-seas. Oh that Mitt, he loves practical jokes even more than America!

Ready for another dose of the same Bush-Cheney economy destroying trickle-down policies? Just vote for Romney, you’ll get your wish.

Holy class warfare! Get a load of the Romney-Ryan plan to destroy Medicaid! Talk about a couple of bad apples!

Oh, look, another corporate “person” is born to replace the one caught filing hundreds of fraudulent voter registrations and other shenanigans. I’m not sure but the father appears to be the GOP and the mother is Nathan Sproul.

Here’s proof that crime just doesn’t pay at our level: former Morgan Stanley exec walks after “allegedly” attacking cab driver with a knife. He’s now forming a professional cabbie slashing league for the very rich.

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