Jan/28
2015

There's a state of emergency in Massachusetts right now. Anyone caught driving could get a ticket of $500 for ignoring the warning. Most companies sent their employees home early, called a snow day and told everyone to be safe.

Not L3 though. They said: "You're expected to be in work, but USE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT." Nice. How do you like that for weasel words? That way it's on the employee of they get into an accident and L3 can just deny they forced people to come in. But wait it gets better! They also said: "If you feel it's too dangerous to come in you can take PTO (Paid Time Off aka vacation)."

Like it? State of emergency and employees have to burn their vacation time because L3 Comm cares more about its profit than employees.

Nice.

Jan/27
2015

Dear Pompous Twit. You fail.

The traditional service was interrupted by a lone protester, the Rev. Paul Williamson. He stepped forward and objected when the congregation was asked if it was their will that Lane be ordained. Williamson said "No!" and asked to speak, arguing there was no precedent in the Bible for women bishops.

Lane remained stoic. The archbishop of York, John Sentamu, seemed prepared and answered with a prepared statement, a nod to the controversy that led to this moment.

Sentamu then simply moved on, asking the packed church once again if they approved. This time, the response was a thunderous "Yes!" (AP)

Pompous Twit (aka Paul Williamson), did you really think that you would change everyone's mind? Hardly. You were merely grandstanding for your own ego. No one stood with you. I doubt very much you learned from the experience, while everyone else affirmed what they already knew: change, when right, is a force to be reckoned with, unifying and gratifying at the same time.

You, on the other hand, are merely a fool.

Jan/26
2015

Well the Greek Syriza has won. Yes Greece is tired of budgets, austerity and taxes. They want a return to the older, livelier days of the past. But. But, but, but there's a little problem of credit. Greece spent itself into a hole, overspent one might say, and found that they could not pay back all the money they'd borrowed in the good times. And their neighbors, leery that Greece hadn't learned a lesson, said: "Show us you know how to be thrifty if we're going to let you borrow more". And therein lay the rub.

A majority of voters in Greece have essentially rejected a core policy for dealing with the eurozone crisis as devised by Brussels and Berlin, our correspondent adds.

In Germany, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said he hoped "the new Greek government will not make promises it cannot keep and the country cannot afford".[..]

Alexis Tsipras will now try to lead an anti-austerity revolution, backed by a strong democratic mandate.

He said in his victory speech that he is willing to negotiate with Greece's European partners. The question is: how much are they prepared to compromise with him?

One suspects the answer is "not a hella lot". Just because a new owner has taken over a deeply in debt business doesn't not mean all the problems will go away. There's still the little issue of the money that was borrowed and the unlikelihood of those loans being just forgiven. Forgiveness needs to be earned, and yes there is a theory that you can spend your way out of a recession but given that the vast majority of greek income is from services and not goods it's hard to see how that theory applies.

Still the people have bought into the theory that Syriza has a magic solution. They'll have about 8 months to a year to produce their rabbit, and it had best appear with a stack of bills in it's buck teeth. Otherwise all trust, nationally and internationally, will be destroyed and Greece will be one step closer to pure anarchy.

Good luck Syriza, you're sure the fuck gonna need it.

Jan/25
2015

I can't stand looking at them. A single glance on the page and I know I'm going to regret it. It seems that news agencies take special glee in showing images of metal objects embedded in the worst possible places. Honestly, I don't even want to go into the pictures I've seen and the level of effort I've gone to try and look the other way.

Please! Enough! I'm sure these events were horrifying enough in real life. I don't need to see the XRays in all their gory detail.

Yuck!

Jan/24
2015

I must be slowing down because that's a pretty weak pejorative for me.

Not in Georgia. In a devotional delivered to newly convened lawmakers, the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention urged them to defend the freedom to act on religious beliefs, though he stopped short of endorsing legislation that supporters say would do precisely that.

"We are a living in a society that is on a collision course with a choice between erotic liberty and religious liberty," the Rev. Bryant Wright told lawmakers. "... Your role in government is about restraining sin." (AP)

Government is about restraining sin? You must be fucking KIDDING ME. Government is all ABOUT sin: grabbing cash, taking trips, boffing interns. In fact if government is about anything it's about helping change the laws to ENABLE sin for the people who paid to get their person elected. I'm guessing Bry-bry doesn't read the news much: "State Senator Charles Walker (D), was convicted of 127 felony charges related to various schemes. Walker paid $698,047 in restitution and another $200,000 in fines and court fees." (Wikipedia) DID'JA NOT NOTICE THAT? So, giving the foxes policing responsibilities isn't really the issue here, rather Bry-bry couldn't care less about money or laws, what he really cares about is SEX.

Sex, sex, sex. That's the real issue isn't it? I'm sure someone in Georgia must have referred to desegregation laws as being immoral too. Ooooo, lookey there, the Southern Manifesto of 1956 with the signatory from Georgia, one Richard B. Russell himself. That took maybe, hmm, 60 second to find? And rife with the exact same rationale and quotes that we hear today (only without the stupid-ism "erotic liberty".)

We decry the Supreme Court's encroachments on rights reserved to the states and to the people, contrary to established law and to the Constitution.

We commend the motives of those states which have declared the intention to resist forced integration by any lawful means. [..]

Even though we constitute a minority in the present congress, we have full faith that a majority of the American people believe in the dual system of government which has enabled us to achieve our greatness and will in time demand that the reserved rights of the states and of the people be made secure against judicial usurpation.

Richard was wrong. The majority of US citizens didn't support their views. A return to segregated "separate but equal" never happened. Bryant Wright needs to get a grip on his own privates. Your views on morality are in the national minority and these days it's not the best thing for clergy to be using the phrase "erotic" in ANYthing.

In other words: don't throw stones, mother-fucker, because you live in one fragile glass house yourself.

Jan/24
2015

I don't know which is worse: the GOP with evil intentions that get nowhere or the Dems with good intentions that get nowhere.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation restricting gay rights even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether same-sex couples can marry.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.

Returning to the classic whipping-bitches of the previous decades the GOP has determined that the "same 'ol, same 'ol" is good enough. On the one hand I'm good with that, as it hasn't ever been a successful strategy, on the other hand as a daily-blogger it gives me little or nothing new to rant about which is, quite frankly, BORING AS FUCK.

Beat on women. Beat on gays. Beat on immigrants. Beat on the poor. Beat on the Palestinians. Same old shit. EXACTLY what Jesus would have done. Not.

Ffs, why not use some imagination and pick on someone new for a change?

Jan/23
2015

What's Russian for "an ignorant fuck"?

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support.[..]

"When a Russian feels any foreign pressure, he will never give up his leader," Shuvalov said. "Never. We will survive any hardship in the country - eat less food, use less electricity."

It's funny right? Russia, like every other place in the world, loves winners and hates losers. Little Napoleon-wannabe is too busy with his wars and empire building to care about his people. Yes, Russians are accustomed to suffering, their ancestors are built of strong stuff. But Russia isn't special when it comes to leaders falling from power. From the murder of their royals to the destruction of their legendary leaders Stalin and Lenin, the Russian people KNOW a fraud when they see one. Putin will be forced to rule with an iron hand, something he's had to resort to more than before and a clear sign of national discontent.

Don't be a fool Igor, you could be next. Putin is a dictator in the mold of all your previous dictators. Praise him all you want, but don't expect that to mitigate YOUR fate when it comes to it.

Jan/22
2015

Feminists declared victory when they were allowed to go topless on beaches in NY State. Now they're declaring victory that women AREN'T going topless in a daily paper.

Make up your fucking minds ladies!

LONDON (AP) -- Feminists are rejoicing at the disappearance of bare breasts from the British tabloid The Sun - though the newspaper is not saying whether the decision to ditch its "Page 3 girls" is permanent.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid has featured topless models on its third page for almost 45 years, but since Friday they have been replaced by models wearing bras or bikinis.

So it's not exploitation when women decide to go topless on their own, but if they get a dollar for it then it's bad? Ffs. Seems more like a victory for conservative prudishness rather than feminism. Unless that's what feminism is today? OH I'M SO CONFUSED!

Jan/21
2015

Because they are our Charlie.

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- "The honor of Paris has been prejudiced" by Fox News reporting and the city is contemplating a lawsuit, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday.

The mayor cited stories on Fox that some neighborhoods in Paris and other European cities are controlled by Muslim extremists who enforce religious law with police afraid to operate there. Some Fox pundits described those neighborhoods as "no-go" zones.

The network issued an unusual apology Saturday.

The first thing you must know is that Fox is not "news". Perhaps this spelling will help you better: Faux News. It is opinion and comedy, nothing more nothing less. Between brainless bimbos vacuously "discussing" current events with B-rated personalities and rancid, unclean and worm-ridden "news facts" it must be clear to anyone with even marginal intelligence that the network exists as a mental pacifier for those less capable of forming their own opinions.

In other words Faux News is the equivalent of journalism printed on toilet paper. Thin, easily seen through and best used to wipe your ass with.

Sorry for the confusion. Don't feel bad though, some in America still don't get the joke. But we avoid them also.

Jan/20
2015

SME stands for Sony Music Entertainment.

WMG stands for Warner Music Group.

Both have determined that the music you wanted to listen to, or the video you wanted to see was theirs, not for you. So they took the ball, called it theirs, and went home. Now it may not have actually been theirs, but they make so many claims it's hard to verify so Google needs to do as they're asked.

Oh, and if you live in the EU? Well, keep in mind that you asked for this. After all, Google can't post anything that someone protests about.

Have a nice day!

Jan/20
2015

Francis is at it again and the conservative wealthy who have hitched their carts to religion-wagon are hopping mad. So mad that their gravy train is drying up.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change - and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

For months, Francis has been drafting an encyclical on the environment and global warming which he hopes to release by June or July. [..] "I don't know if it (human activity) is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face," Francis said. "We have in a sense taken over nature." [..]

"Pope Francis - and I say this as a Catholic - is a complete disaster when it comes to his public policy pronouncements," wrote Steve Moore, chief economist of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. "On the economy, and even more so on the environment, the pope has allied himself with the far left and has embraced an ideology that would make people poorer and less free."

Let me help translate that last sentence a bit: "the pope [..] has embraced an ideology that would make [rich people] people poorer and [fat-cat industry] less free." There, that clears it up quite well doesn't it?

Back in the holy-days of Regan the religious right teamed up with the wealthy, industries that made lots of money but didn't necessarily give up or clean up. Energy and finance are probably the two biggest horsemen in that brigade, and both have their hands tightly woven into the reigns of the GOP. Just about everything the party does is guided by the principle: MONEY = GOOD = GOD'S WILL = PATRIOTISM. And this pope has constantly and deliberately broken those ties. For him money is only good if no one starves, because humans' who actually DO god's will care about their fellow man. Not just their wallet.

Thus fuck-nuggets like Steve Moore are in a total bind, worse-even than supporting the right to abortion or contraception. Religion is being forcibly and visibly divorced from wealth and true faithful reminded that profit, at the cost of humanity, is a sin. I'm sure this smarts like a sonofabitch because after having claimed religion all to themselves for so long it's doubtful that there's a Plan-B.

"For the most part, they are conservatives who have criticized other Catholics in the past for disagreeing with definitive statements in papal encyclicals." said David Cloutier, a theologian at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland who specializes in the environment. "They're scared that the document is going to say something definitive that they can't agree with. That will put them in a very difficult situation."

Mmmm, yes, definitely a difficult situation and one that will deserve extra-special thought. One does not merely repudiate The Pope. He was God's chosen. So the best they can muster is a rending of clothes and bitter lamentations of his "policies".

I remember someone saying the Apocalypse would hit some time in the 21st century. Maybe that apocalypse was the re-jiggering of the status quo as lead by a visionary Pope who couldn't stand to see the 1% own most of the world in the name of Jesus. It certainly seems to be having apocalyptic results.

Go Francis! You rock dude.

Jan/19
2015

Hey Julie! Guess who's *not* coming to your son't next birthday? Probably EVERYONE.

Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas.

An invoice for 15.95 was sent by his schoolfriend's mother Julie Lawrence, who said Alex's non-attendance left her out of pocket and his parents had her details to tell her he was not going.

Alex's father Derek said he had been told he would be taken to the small claims court for refusing to pay.

Alex's parents, from Torpoint, had accepted an invitation to the party at a dry ski slope in Plymouth, Devon, just before Christmas.

However, they realised their son was double-booked and due to spend time with his grandparents, which he did. (BBC)

Was it impolite for the parents to reverse their RSVP? Yes. Especially if they didn't provide much notice, but proper hosts around the world will tell you: LIFE HAPPENS and sometimes guests don't arrive. The notion that a host would produce a bill though? And expect the unattended to pay? Oh please.

One imagines that your 16 is worth all the negative publicity you've gotten now isn't it? After all who wants to attend a party thrown by an uptight bitch? I'm guessing you're the type of Mum who doesn't live for her kid but the other way around. Everything Junior says and does is your credit otherwise you'd see that the real loser in this sorry story is your kid. He's going to be known as the "Kid with the Greedy Mum". Other kids will avoid him because who knows when they'll get a bill for not showing up at the playground?

Dumb twat.

Jan/18
2015

The quote is completely as is, just as Kathy Katerman of the North Miami Beach Police Department said it.

I'm guessing she has no fucking clue as to how bad that sounds.

MIAMI, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A soldier at a shooting range in South Florida found that police officers had just used for target practice the mugshots of several black men -- including the soldier's brother.[..]

North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis said his officers should have used better judgement but denied racial profiling had occurred. He said using real photo targets helped in facial recognition training and that none of the officers would face disciplinary action.

Maj. Kathy Katerman of the North Miami Beach Police Department told the Miami Herald, "We have other targets, too. We don't just shoot at black males."

Dennis noted that the department was "very concerned" that the targets would be of actual citizens on Miami streets and that he could see how shooting the photos of six black men could be taken out of context.

I'm not sure how shooting at actual pictures of living people could be misunderstood. The police used citizens as targets to shoot at. You have to imagine that this could condition the shooter to feel less intimidated when actually shooting at a real person. Especially THAT person shown in the target.

So, Ms. Kathy, how do you think police should feel if citizens used public photos of police officers to shoot at? Would that be ok? What if only pictures of white police officers were used? "We have other targets too, not just white police officers."

Yeah, you can "imagine" how THAT could be taken out of context too right?

Jan/17
2015

John Nienstedt is a special guy. In fact he's an archbishop, that makes him extra special. He's also demonstrating that special charm of putting church money totally out of reach when faced with a lawsuit. Now THAT's good Christian principles in action, you betcha!

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying the move will help the local victims of clergy sex abuse.

Archbishop John Nienstedt said the bankruptcy "will allow the finite resources of the archdiocese to be distributed equitably among all victims/ survivors."

"It must be pointed out that this action will not in any way avoid our responsibilities to those who have been affected by clerical sexual abuse." Nienstedt said in a written statement. "This is not an attempt to silence victims or deny them justice in court. On the contrary, we want to respond positively in compensating them for their suffering."

The St. Paul-Minnesota archdiocese is the 12th in the nation to file bankruptcy under the crushing load of clergy sex-abuse lawsuits. The bankruptcy protects the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese from creditors while freezing the 20 lawsuits against the church. Another 100 lawsuits are pending.

So let's look at the numbers shall we? 100 lawsuits, an additional 20 frozen aaaand... a limited pool of money because now that the church has declared bankruptcy only SOME church money will be made available while the rest will be squirreled away for better times.

Nice move dildo, way to protect church interests with a diligence that wasn't shown to the kids who were harmed. I mean hell, they were just kids right? If they got molested it was god's will, wasn't anyone to blame, certainly no one in the church, your church, that's for certain. Now it's just a feeding frenzy and the poor church can't be held responsible. It wasn't a deliberate act. It's just that kids make up stories, for attention, you know, and so how did your bureaucracy know it was true? And who's to say it actually is?

Fuck, it's hard to write this stuff, even as a farce. Fact is that John knows full well that declaring bankruptcy protects his organization at the cost of the victims. He also knows that kids were molested and that a good portion of these lawsuits are legitimate. But HE feels that the damage done was accidental and since everything that happened was done in god's name, well, the lawsuits have no merit right? Because who the FUCK CAN SAY WITH A STRAIGHT FACE "bankruptcy protection will help everyone get paid equally". Equally out of the money the church isn't protecting, right? A penny for everyone, since it's only symbolic.

You're a scumbag John. You know those words don't add up. You also know that the church is only trying to hide its assets and shirk the penalties it deserves. Way to uphold your principles, money first, morals... well not so much.

Jan/16
2015

Because restoring the wins stripped as a punishment for ignoring a pedo-rapist is far, far more important than learning any sort of lesson. Basically other than Sandusky being in jail nothing was learned from the pain and suffering of those young men. Well, other than money talks.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The NCAA agreed Friday to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history.

The agreement, swiftly approved by the boards of the NCAA and the university, lifts the last of the sanctions imposed in 2012 and wipes away the black marks that had hung over one of the nation's most celebrated college athletics programs.[..]

"Hopefully, today we'll begin to make right the damage that has been done," said Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, who had sued the NCAA with state Treasurer Rob McCord. "Today is a victory for due process, which was unafforded in this case. Today is a victory for the people of Pennsylvania. Today is a victory for Penn State nation. The NCAA has surrendered."

I'd like to see Jakey-boy say those words to the victims who suffered from Jerry Sandusky. I'd like to see him say that with the same pride right in their faces. I'd also like him to explain why those wins are more important than the childhood that was robbed from them. And why it's ok for a giant like Penn to look the other way when a kid is getting raped in the showers.

Yay, you got your wins back! Hurray! Does your victory taste like semen? It probably should. Because it sure the fuck leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Jan/15
2015

Sad, but true.

Around the world, news organizations took different approaches to illustrating stories about the Charlie Hebdo cover. In the United States, CBS programs and The New York Post ran images of the cover, while the ABC network didn't. The New York Times also didn't publish it, but included a link to it. CNN didn't show the cover online or on the air. The Associated Press had not run previous Charlie Hebdo cartoons showing Muhammad, and declined to run the latest one as well, based on its policy to avoid images designed to provoke on the basis of religion.

In Europe, Spain's leading daily newspapers published the image online and the state broadcaster showed it on news bulletins. In Britain, The Times of London, the Guardian and the Independent went with the image, while The Daily Telegraph didn't. The BBC showed the new cover on news programs. Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung all used it on their websites. (AP)

So firmly in the CHICKEN column we have: ABC, CNN and (imho) the AP.
In the "FUCK ALL Y'ALL" column we have: NY Post and CBS.
And in the WAFFLES-R-US column we have the NY Times.

All this from a cartoon that France now has plastered all the fuck over. As does Germany (no surprise there). Of course you can argue that the UK was equally confused about how strongly to respond, but then again three of four still isn't a bad go. Of course even if you see the cartoon you need to know french if you want to get the joke.

If you haven't seen it yet, or even if you have I'll let you in on a little secret. It's not funny. It's revealing. That's the real joke.

Jan/14
2015

Actually it's NOT news.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Conservative U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a tweet lambasting Obama for not going to Paris.

While British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany joined Sunday's march in Paris, the United States was represented by an assistant secretary of state and Jane Hartley, the U.S. ambassador to France.

"Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons," Weber said via Twitter on Monday, misspelling the German dictator's first name.[..]

"I need to apologize to all those offended by my tweet," he said in a statement. "It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate."

You know it's pretty much expected that the stupid shit in the nation will come either from Florida or Texas (they're different qualities of stupid btw) but ya gotta love how it just never stops and they JUST KEEP ELECTING THE SAME COCKTARDS. Says a lot about the voting demographic. More than a few genes short of full hand.

What's even more hilarious is the weakest sauce attempt at denial. First Dandy Randy compares the President to Hitler and then says "uh... wasn't me". Oh and also he never new that the Holocaust was a 'bad' thing that makes people sad. Can he really be that stupid? CAN HE REALLY?

I guess so. Because, you know, Texas!