| King of the Lunatics Rep. Steve King of Iowa, one of the fiercest enemies of the community group ACORN, is beside himself over being served a cookie in the shape of an acorn when he attended a Christmas soiree at the White House. Where is Freud when you need him to tell this jerkoff that sometimes a cookie is just a cookie?
We are rarely speechless, but this renders us so. Sarah Palin said that the speech President Obama gave yesterday when accepting his Nobel Peace Prize could have been given by her, you betcha. Like we said. Speechless. We are totally without words to express the depth of the gobsmackitude we are feeling reading that.
We fear that we will see much more of this People fed up with the greedy leeches who drove our economy off a cliff and robbed the bottom 90% blind in the process have faced little accountability before the bar of justice, and vigilantes have taken matters into their own hands and dispensed "frontier justice" in the absence of the government bringing them to heel.
We're in We are not spending a lot of money on crap that our loved ones neither want nor need this holiday season, but we have already thrown a few bucks toward Spay & Neuter Kansas City and their doghouse drive. They are looking for gently used doghouses and cash donations to buy Doggie Igloos for pets that stay outside but lack proper shelter and their owners lack the funds to buy or build a doghouse. Please help if you can by supporting this effort or one in your area. Thank you. (Yes, we read the comments. But being pet owners, we know the attachment and understand the unwillingness and inability to part with a member of the family, and many people justify leaving them out while they are at work or job hunting. We don't judge them, we want things to get better for them, and their four-legged family members.)
Timing is everything Fox must just assume that they don't have a lot of Jews in their viewing audience, otherwise they would not have chosen today, the date that Hanukkah starts at sundown, to bitch and wail about the Obamas sending out a card that says "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas."
Katherine Graham is spinning in her grave at what Fred Hiatt has done to the editorial page of her newspaper. Earlier this week there was Sarah Palin with an op ed about global warming, and now today John Boehner, who has a perfect track record of being 100% wrong on every economic issue that has confronted us, has 800 words on the republicans and their 'better plan for jobs' that boils down to still more tax cuts for rich people. Make sure to read some of the comments, where people from all over the country weigh in on the eternal question: "Is John Boehner an idiot, or a moron?"
The Magic Number 30 Go read The Security Crank right now. Don't ask questions, just do it.
Know your enemies They would be the members of the House who voted against reregulating the financial industry this afternoon. Twenty-seven Democrats (mostly 'Family' members) stabbed their constituents in the back and voted against it.
A literal body snatching in Cyprus The Greek half of the divided Mediterranean island is reeling after the body of former President Tasos Papadopoulos was stolen from it's grave during a thunderstorm as the first anniversary of his death drew near (he died December 12 of last year). The current president and a former rival of Mr. Papadopoulos pleaded for calm while investigators sought a motive and suspects.
This will not turn out well Turkey's Constitutional Court today banned the countries largest pro-Kurdish political party, the Democratic Society Party (DTP), accusing it of taking orders from the previously outlawed PKK. This is a development that could put a stumbling block between Turkey and the European Union which it desperately wants to join, and the EU's Swedish presidency quickly issued a statement expressing concern at the move. "While strongly denouncing violence and terrorism, the presidency recalls that the dissolution of political parties is an exceptional measure that should be used with utmost restraint."
State warns Latin American countries not to get too chummy with Iran Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cautioned countries such as Bolivia and Venezuela to "think twice" about the consequences of strengthening ties with Iran, following last month's visit to those nations as well as Brazil last month by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After the visit Venezuela and Bolivia expressed support for Iran's nuclear program. "I think if people want to flirt with Iran, they should take a look at what the consequences might well be for them. And we hope that they will think twice and we will support them if they do," Mrs Clinton said during a state department briefing on US-Latin America ties.
Conservatives threaten lawsuit over Atheist city councilman The head of a conservative weekly newspaper says city officials shirked their duty to uphold the state's laws by swearing in Cecil Bothwell, an atheist who was elected last fall. David Morgan, editor of the Asheville Tribune, said he's tired of seeing his state Constitution "trashed," and the state does have a provision that bars anyone who "does not believe in almighty god" from serving in elected office. Of course, Bothwell can't be forced from office for being an atheist because the North Carolina provision is unenforceable under the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution. But when the States Rights rubber hits the Constitutional road, it ought to present a conundrum that explodes a few teabagger heads in North Carolina.
Way to represent the Ugly American, fellas. Good fucking job. Dr. Peter Watts, the Canadian science fiction writer (Starfish, Maelstrom) was arrested at the US border and charged with "assaulting a federal officer" in a situation that should never have happened and quickly got out of hand. Here is Watts in his own words after he was released: "Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). Nor was I finally dumped across the border in shirtsleeves: computer seized, flash drive confiscated, even my fucking paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots. I was not left without my jacket in the face of Ontario's first winter storm, after all buses and intercity shuttles had shut down for the night...In some other universe I am warm and content and not looking at spending two years in jail for the crime of having been punched in the face."
Does this mean we can stop talking about Tiger Woods now? He issued a statement on his website tonight saying he is "profoundly sorry" and that he is taking an indefinite leave from golf and concentrating on "saving his marriage."
Totally unreasonable Tea Party activists in Virginia want freshman Representative Tom Perriello to move his office because they can't conveniently protest outside his office where it is now. After protesters opposed to Perriello were told they can't demonstrate in the private parking lot next to his building, the Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute, a far-right Christian civil liberties organization, best known for representing Paula Jones in her suit against President Clintin -- sent a letter to Perriello asking the first-term congressman to relocate to an office that would be more conducive to protests against him.
This only matters if the relationship ends. Redefining it doesn't count "CIA Director Leon Panetta has canceled a contract with the former Blackwater security firm that allowed the company's operatives to load missiles on Predator drones in Pakistan. Panetta canceled the contract earlier this year and the work is being shifted to government personnel, a person familiar with the contract said Friday."