Jul/30
2015

If I were an athlete that had to swim or sail I would probably consider giving the upcoming Olympics a miss.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues - results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It was an impossible task. Given their infrastructure (or lack thereof) there was just no possible way that Rio could clean up its water, nor to tell the truth, did they try very hard. The fact is THE WATER IS DEADLY. Yes, people could actually die if they get any in the eyes, nose, or even a cut. Much less actually swallow some of the piss-water.

And what does the Olympic committee have to say?

However, Dr. Richard Budgett, the medical director for the International Olympic Committee, said after seeing the AP findings that the IOC and Brazilian authorities should stick to their program of testing only for bacteria to determine whether the water is safe for athletes.

"We've had reassurances from the World Health Organization and others that there is no significant risk to athlete health," he told the AP on the sidelines of an IOC meeting in Malaysia.

If that's really the case then I want to see Dr. Bullshit drink a big fat glass, maybe even two, of Rio water. Go on, asshole, those were easy words for you to say because you're not going anywhere near it. I mean wtf kind of answer is: "well just don't test the bad stuff?"

Dr. Richard Budgett is an asshole. Someone should void his medical license for violating his Hippocratic oath.

I know I'm going to cringe if I watch people swimming or sailing in Rio during the Olympics. Actually I probably just won't watch it at all.

Jul/29
2015

There's a noun for that.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady took the fight over his "Deflategate" suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying "I was wrong to put my faith in the league."

Brady got caught, and in typical Boston fashion he's proud of the fact that he cheated, got away with it and won. Now that the glow of winning has worn off and the season is restarting Tom McCheater wants to bully his way out of the penalty with bluster and bullshit.

Tom, you're a fucking pussy. You cheated. You got caught. And got nothing more than a slap on the wrist while the two lackeys that did your dirty work got fired.

Want faith? Go to church. Want a league where diva-players don't get to flout rules they don't like? Then suck it up and deal.

Jul/28
2015

If there was EVER a candidate to be thrown naked to the lions, this is the guy. And I want to be there to watch.

A US dentist who killed a lion in Zimbabwe says he regrets shooting the well-known animal and insists that he thought he was on a legal hunt.[..]

The American tourist, who is believed to have paid about $50,000 (32,000) to go on the hunt, is said to have shot the animal with a crossbow and rifle.

It was later skinned and beheaded, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), a local charity. (BBC)

Walter you are a fucking TURD. You're also a lying sack of turds.

Palmer, an avid hunter, pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he fatally shot in western Wisconsin outside of the authorized hunting zone, according to court documents. (AP)

So this asshole has lied in the past about legal hunting and now he "oopsie" went and killed a lion both unique and famous BY ACCIDENT. Bullshit. Pure bullshit. But hey, it's ok because "killing things" is his favorite hobby.

"Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion," he added.

The previous statement was a lie, A LIE.

The final lie is that he thought this was legal. Legal really? You knew full fucking well what you were doing because the lion was lured from the park and when it was killed IT HAD A FUCKING COLLAR ON IT.

Walter you're a shit. With any luck everyone and anyone you meet from here on will know you're a shit and treat you like one. You fucking tortured an animal with a poor shot from your crossbow for 40 hours and then shot it to death.

I wish I had the words to properly convey my loathing for filth like Walter. Like I said earlier, the just deserts here would be to dump Walter out on the savanna, naked and empty handed.

Actually it's a better fate than he deserves.

Sign the Daily Kos petition against this asshole: https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/1361

Jul/27
2015

No, this isn't about sending smoke signals. Or maybe it is...

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church - the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units - warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.[..]

Just two weeks earlier, Mormon leaders indicated they were comfortable with the pending policy change. But in a strongly worded statement issued after Monday's final vote, Mormon officials described the admission of openly gay leaders as "inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church."

As for the Mormons who flip-flopped, meh, who cares? They already have their own version of everything, so why not scouts? As I recall they already have a fundie-scout organization out there. Probably selling Jesus-jams and Mary-nated popcorn or some shit. Who cares? The same change will come to them, eventually.

Of course they still have to recognize women first. Frankly my money is on their recognizing gay men before they ever let a woman lead a service, but still, change is a step at a time. And BSA took a significant step to reclaim their position as an inclusive society. Bravo.

Jul/26
2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.[..]

"Squabbling and sanctimony may be tolerated in other venues and perhaps on the campaign trail, but they have no place among colleagues in the United States Senate," said Hatch, the Senate's president pro tempore. Cruz is running for president.

"The Senate floor has even become a place where senators have singled out colleagues by name to attack them in personal terms, to impugn their character, in blatant disregard for Senate rules," Hatch said. "Such misuses of the Senate floor must not be tolerated."

As easy as it might seem to the rest of us, being an effective politician is hard. Stupid brats like Cruz seem to think that talking the talk without walking the walk is enough. Worse, standards are being effectively lowered to the point of an elementary school cafeteria food fight with Trump playing the role of lunch lady in charge.

I'm glad to see that even in the hate-parade of the GOP outright tactlessness and stupidity have a threshold. And Cruz has passed it.

I can see how in Texas Cruz might be revered as a genius, but when you're talking the knuckle-dragging state it's not a terribly challenging achievement. Worse, emboldened by an election year the little idiot thought it was ok to bring his weekend mudslinging hobby back to work. But no, the big boys didn't think it was cute, funny or inventive and they called Lil'Teddy out. Sadly, he didn't get the message and continued to be an ass.

Cruz has no idea how politics works. He's in it purely for himself and his ego. He, like his only-slightly-smarter buddy Rand Paul, may be popular with the knuckle draggers in their states that pass as voters but America is still above sinking to the lowest common denominator.

At least for now.

Jul/25
2015

It's election time and once again the dead fetuses are flying.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two stealthily recorded videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. The videos have put the group and its Democratic allies on the defensive.

It's unclear how long the political damage may last or whether Planned Parenthood has broken federal law - as abortion foes contend.

What's clear is that Republicans and anti-abortion groups are giving no signs of letting the issue fade quickly.

Yes once again FrankenFetus is back on the rampage, filling the news with the rhetoric about how a handful of cells should have rights. Most abortions happen when the amorphous lump of protoplasm doesn't have much in the way or organs, so really it's pretty much a non-issue. Also note that no one seems to care that much about REAL organs or the GOP would be pushing for proper handling and donation of organs, many of which could save lives but get tossed or buried.

Nope, it's back on the Bitch Bashing Bandwagon again, something that happens with more zest than ever when it's a crowded field of contestants. Ya gotta love how conservatives "respect and admire" what women contribute, except when it comes to cunts. Then the nation needs laws to "ensure" women make the right decisions.

Fuck you. Fuck off. And fuck this stupid, bullshit, fetus-photo-factory crap.

DON'T LIKE ABORTION? JUST DON'T HAVE ONE. AND MIND YOUR OWN GODDAMN BUSINESS ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE.

Jul/24
2015

It's all fun and games until someone loses and eye... brain... chunk of skull.

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- The Pentagon asked Friday that armed citizens not stand guard at military recruitment centers in response to the deadly Chattanooga, Tenn., attacks that left five dead.[..]

"While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our recruiters from the American public, we ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.[..]

At the same time, Christopher Reed, 28, accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle while standing guard at a recruiting center in Lancaster, Ohio. No one was hurt. He was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, a misdemeanor. The property owner, U.S. Properties Group Portfolio Four LLC, ordered the volunteer army to leave.

Sure it may LOOK like fun to play army, and it might FEEL good to be protecting the people who protect us (or at least recruit for that reason) but you're not pros. You're not even police. You haven't even gotten the training a Mall Cop would have.

So really, stop trying to help. You're not qualified.

Want to carry a gun and stop terrorism? I have an idea. Why not go inside and volunteer? Now THAT might actually help.

Jul/23
2015

It's getting hard and harder to deny the crazy.

LAREDO, Texas (AP) -- Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a whirlwind visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him - "they already do" - because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally.[..]

"I'll take jobs back from China, I'll take jobs back from Japan," Trump said. "The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they're going to love Trump."

The people who think DumDum Donald is just acting are getting fewer and fewer. The awesome thing is that he's a conservative front runner. At his point I'm thinking even McGovern could win. Too bad he passed away in 2012. Actually heck, I'll bet he still could win.

Jul/22
2015

It's not going to help.

The U.S. military on Monday confirmed to Fox News it directed recruiting centers across the country to step up security measures in the wake of the deadly rampage at two Tennessee installations that claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor.

At the same time, a handful of governors have taken steps to beef up security measures at National Guard recruitment centers.

Governors in seven states ? Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin ? ordered their Guardsmen to be armed. (Faux "news")

The attacker never got out of his car. Instead he sprayed bullets haphazardly. Arming the guys standing in front of the office aren't going to do dick, other thank give the bad guys something to aim at AND increase the risk to bystanders if something does go wrong.

You can't stop bombs with guns. You can't stop a drive-by with guns. But you can kill more innocent people faster.

America won't learn, so we deserve to have the highest gun-death rate in the "civilized" world. Maybe we're just not civilized?

Jul/21
2015

46 years ago yesterday, Man walked on the moon. It's an accomplishment that I still consider unparalleled to this day. We've done many wonderful things since then, but it is somehow all the more amazing for the time period, the technology, the speed and the success rate that they achieved.

So, this morning, upon getting in my car, el douchbag radio DJ started my ride by talking about how the entire thing was a hoax.
Readers of my previous comment and posts might know my feelings for this particular conspiracy theory, but if you're new, here's the deal. It's bullshit. We landed on the moon. Multiple times. We can prove it beyond any shadow of a doubt.

The people that belief this lie are either really ignorant, really invested in it, or really gullible. In most cases, you can pick two.
They have a lot of 'reasons' for this: the pictures don't have stars (it's daytime so light reflection obscures them), the flag moves in the 'wind' (inertia from the astronauts contact), the pictures are well focused (technology and practice), the radiation would have killed them (minimal exposure during a period carefully selected to be low), and the dust doesn't bounce correctly (it does).

Every objection put forward has been debunked repeatedly. If that wasn't proof enough, we brought back fucking rocks. They're different from earth rocks in a number of easily discerned ways. If we try real hard, we can still see the fucking landers there. We left reflectors on the moon. If you know how, and have a laser, you can still bounce a laser off of one. It's an ongoing project so we can measure the moon's movement away from Earth. And finally? The soviets were watching us. If we'd faked it, they would have noticed. They tracked the radio signals, and radar. They would have said something.

So, dumbass radio jockey? fuck you. It is people with your combination of low intelligence and large mouth piece that helps keep this set of lies alive. I almost wish I had paid attention to which morning show crap fest you were on so I could call you out by name. But saying your name would still be some level of raising your profile. Either way, fuck you.

Jul/20
2015

He's like the Joker in the deck. Literally. Like the Joker.

After dismissing McCain's reputation as a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam and "I like people who weren't captured," Trump declared "I will say what I want to say." He insisted he would stay in the GOP primary field, despite rivals who say he's now shown he doesn't merit the presidency (AP)

Remember when people were begging Nader not to run because it would detract votes from the Dems? Well now the pom-pom'd shoe is on the other foot. The conservative one.

You always have the fringe loonies who like to vote for the most "out-there" candidate. Generally they're easy to find because they sport the tea party brand of approval. This time they've got a joker in their midst that's even farther out than Pluto and damn if he's not making things crazy-uncomfortable, if not just plain crazy.

Next thing you know he'll be taking pot-shots at St.Regan himself.

You know I typically detest pre-election hullabaloo but in this case it's: "Hot Damn, Martha turn up the volume, I don't wanna miss this!"

Jul/19
2015

If you call a pig a "prom queen" everyone will think it's beautiful when it's still just a pig in lipstick.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Supreme Court's ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.[..]

Overall, if there's a conflict, a majority of those questioned think religious liberties should win out over gay rights, according to the poll. While 39 percent said it's more important for the government to protect gay rights, 56 percent said protection of religious liberties should take precedence.

Bigotry and discrimination is NOT, I repeat NOT a liberty.

Let me break this down for the lowest common denominator: If the law prevents YOU from living your life then that's a lack of liberty, but if the law allows someone OTHER THAN YOU to live their life how they like then it has NOTHING to do with liberty and everything to do with learning to tolerate and live with your fellow human.

The bottom line here is that religious "liberty" is a bullshit brand. It's like saying "happy gun" or "diet bacon". It's A LIE, for the purpose of LYING and DECEIVING people who aren't smart enough to think about what they're being fed. A religious liberty is wearing a yarmulke in public without ridicule, or a turban without being threatened. A religious liberty is having Friday and Saturday off instead of Saturday and Sunday. Religious liberty even extends to stupid shit like wearing head scarves as a sign of your subservience to a woman-hostile religion. THOSE are examples of religious liberty.

Hating on homos is NOT a liberty, it's not a right, and most of all it's NOT OK in 2015.

If you have a job, business, service, you're obliged to deal with everyone the same way - regardless of race, creed, color OR sexual orientation. Saying you won't bake a cake or make flowers for one couple because they're the same gender has NOTHING to do with your religion and everything to do with the fact that you're a bigot that needs to get over themselves because guess what: gay money is just as good as every other money around. If you choose to serve then you choose to serve all.

So fuck this religious bigotry-liberty bullshit. Call a spade a spade. If you're open to the public then you're open to ALL the public. Or not to anyone at all.

Jul/18
2015

Even for Trump this is a jaw-dropper.

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Arizona Sen. John McCain's military record Saturday, saying he was a "war hero because he was captured."

Well damn. Talk about going big before going home. Fuck. Trump is going to wind up finding himself with some cement boots after insulting McCain with that kind of rhetoric. Actually that's a compliment calling it rhetoric. It's more like shit you find on a newspaper like the Weekly World News AFTER you wipe your ass with it.

Goddamn.

I gotta say, if Trump really is buddies with Clinton and doing this as a favor then fuuuuck, he's got my respect. If not, well, he certainly isn't missing the mark entertainment-wise. Hell I might actually watch the GOP debates this year.

Trump said he avoided service in the Vietnam War through student and medical deferments, adding that he did not serve because he "was not a big fan of the Vietnam war. I wasn't a protester, but the Vietnam war was a disaster for our country."

Jul/17
2015

Yes we have another Darwin Awards winnah... without the contest even being held!

DALLAS (AP) -- Authorities say a Dallas man accidentally killed himself while firing his gun in celebration at his 21st birthday party.

Joseph Perez was pronounced dead early Saturday after being taken to Methodist Hospital.

Police say Perez was celebrating having turned 21 years old on Thursday when he grabbed a gun and began shooting. His family took the gun from him, but Perez later retrieved it and accidentally shot himself.

Police spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez says alcohol is believed to have factored into the shooting.

More guns, more guns, more guns in the hands of idiots who don't respect what it means. This is especially true in a state like Texas where babes are weaned sucking on a 9mm.

You go Joseph Perez! It's your birthday! Oh yeah! It's your LAST birthday!

At least you'll make a good looking corpse.

Jul/16
2015

I'm really getting sick of celebrities and the LGBT community falling over themselves, gushing over how "brave" and "courageous" Caitlyn is. Sorry, I don't think she's "brave" or "courageous". I do applaud her for following her heart and finding herself. Too many people try to live their lives to make others happy while making themselves miserable. Telling society to stuff their norms isn't all that brave if their norms make you miserable.

Let's face it. The old Bruce Jenner had the resources to not only make himself a herself, but a beautiful woman. Not every transgender person (drag queens aside, they work really hard at it) can manage to look so hot. I've seen some transitions that make Julia Child lot like a hottie. Face it, Julia could cook, but beauty was not her strong suit. Caitlyn could afford the surgeries to pull it off splendidly.

Also, Caitlyn does not mix in a social circle prone ridicule LGBT folks. And if she felt threatened, she has the resources to hire a strong arm to lean on. In other words, she doesn't have to rub elbows with us dirty masses.

Money may not buy happiness, but it certainly can hire surgeons and body guards.

You know who is brave?

A 16 year old boy questioning whether he was put in the wrong body. He goes to school everyday wondering if he's going to be stuffed in a locker, get the shit kicked out of him, wind up wearing some jock's lunch, all three or worse. He muddles through and hopes to grow up just like Caitlyn, but he has a lot of money to raise before that can happen.

Brave is facing danger and ridicule without a safety net. Knowing what is right and facing wrong everyday. Caitlyn pointed out that it isn't fair at the ESPY awards. "If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is, I can take it," she said. "But for the thousands of kids out there, coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn't have to take it."

Stay brave kids, no matter what battle you are fighting. It will get better.

Jul/16
2015

To quote a recent phrase: "it's about fucking time."

Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.

Now, if only TLC could promote healthy and NORMAL relationships where women aren't breeding sows with a criminal desire to fill the world with their fugly spawn.

Jul/15
2015

And.... FIGHT!

Neither Alexis nor I created reddit to be a bastion of free speech, but rather as a place where open and honest discussion can happen: These are very complicated issues, and we are putting a lot of thought into it. It's something we've been thinking about for quite some time. We haven't had the tools to enforce policy, but now we?re building those tools and reevaluating our policy. - Reddit CEO Steve Huffman

What a statement eh? So where's the litmus test to determine free speech against "open and honest" discussion? Also, if you don't know, Steve is the kind of asshole who lets other people take the blame AND fall for his mistakes. Steverino actually hid behind the skirts of his interim CEO Ellen Pao. Pao was accused, WRONGLY accused of being behind the firing of a popular Reddit employee, Victoria Taylor. It was actually Steve who was behind her axing and he let Ellen take the heat because clearly he wasn't man enough, or HUMAN enough to take it himself.

This, of course, means that Steve Huffman is a fucking douche nozzle and it also explains his little diatribe on what Reddit really is or isn't. Oh and if you look behind Steve you also discover another gollum-like shadow hiding in the dark: Alexis Ohanian.

In a post on Reddit late Sunday, Yishan Wong, Reddit's former chief executive and Ellen Pao's predecessor, accused Alexis Ohanian, a Reddit co-founder, of firing the employee, Victoria Taylor.

In his description of the events, Mr. Wong said Mr. Ohanian, who at the time held the role of executive chairman, was trying to take control of the site's "ask me anything" forum, also known as AMAs. That popular section of Reddit was organized by Ms. Taylor and ran in conjunction with the volunteer moderators who govern the site.

"He had different ideas for AMAs, he didn't like Victoria?s role, and decided to fire her," Mr. Wong wrote. (NYT)

So here it is: two little boys who have a big ol' sandbox are unhappy that they're not able to kick people in and out as they please. Instead they would rather play games with people's reputations at the expense of the credit their sandbox has built. Infantile, demeaning, and of course stupid. See there are other sandboxes out there, and theirs isn't the only one.

As for free speech vs honest discussion, you can't have one without the other. That's the real answer.