Mar/15
2011
Even the people posting comments had a hard time sympathizing with the premise of the post...
For Elderly Muslims, Few Care Options Outside the Home [..]Older parents who do come to the United States often live an insulated existence. “They don’t speak the language, so people can’t communicate with them,” said Ms. Nadir. For them, life in a majority of residential facilities would be an alien experience. “Many of the facilities are not equipped to provide the kind of care a Muslim elder needs — requirements for diet, for prayers, for things that would make a comfortable setting,” she said. “We can’t count on those things in most elder care facilities. They’re not used to us.” (NYT)
Before the Muslims came to the US there were Jews and Irish and Chinese and well, fucking everybody. At sometime in the history of America there were different waves from different nations that brought their own culture. Oddly enough those cultures didn't really have a problem assimilating. They learned, they adapted and still magically managed to maintain their cultural identity without imposing additional burdens on others. But apparently not Muslims, at least not the type discussed in this post. You see we're supposed to feel sympathy that when children brought over their parents they never enrolled them in English-speaking classes. They never tried to integrate them into the neighborhood. They kept their relatives isolated, insulated, away from what America really is: multiculturalism. So no, sorry, no sympathy for you as you take on the care of your aging parent. You don't get to lament the lack of tailored facilities because you never took the time to participate in the communities or businesses that could have sponsored them. If orthodox Jews could manage then Muslims can too, unless of course they're less capable?
Mar/15
2011
What's with the political gaffs these days? They're just getting more and more bizarre.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kansas apologized Tuesday for remarks suggesting that illegal immigrants should be shot like feral swine, but his statement didn't quiet the furor over what he said was a "regrettable" joke. The League of United Latin American Citizens' national office in Washington described the comments from state Rep. Virgil Peck, of Tyro, as "despicable" and called upon him to resign.[..] Asked whether he intended to resign, Peck said: "Nope." Peck made his comments during a Monday meeting of the House Appropriations Committee as it discussed whether the state should try to control the wild hog population by using gunmen in helicopters. He said, "If shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem."
So much for the "new civility". It seems as if lawmakers are actually trying to outdo each other in terms of rancid and vile commentary. Clearly the voting public, in their desperation for something new and different, has chosen poorly. They've elected imbeciles who can't even think before they blurt out comments that even kids would know was inappropriate. Virgil, if that really is your name, you're a fucking loser. Way to embarrass yourself, your party and your people.
Mar/15
2011
Her Op-Ed piece entitled "Let Kids Rule the School" is a fabulous bit of bullshit. The premise is simple: School is boring and kids who are bored will fail. Great. Fantastic. Our society has tremendous need for ditch diggers so really it's just fine if they fail. A few years on a road crew will do wonders for their desire to do better. Unless they get hit by a bus, then the problem is self solving. But no, Susan has a "better" idea...
We want young people to become independent and capable, yet we structure their days to the minute and give them few opportunities to do anything but answer multiple-choice questions, follow instructions and memorize information. We cast social interaction as an impediment to learning, yet all evidence points to the huge role it plays in their psychological development. That’s why we need to rethink the very nature of high school itself. I recently followed a group of eight public high school students, aged 15 to 17, in western Massachusetts as they designed and ran their own school within a school. They represented the usual range: two were close to dropping out before they started the project, while others were honors students. They named their school the Independent Project. Their guidance counselor was their adviser, consulting with them when the group flagged in energy or encountered an obstacle. Though they sought advice from English, math and science teachers, they were responsible for monitoring one another’s work and giving one another feedback. There were no grades, but at the end of the semester, the students wrote evaluations of their classmates.
So logically if there are no grades then no one can fail right? If the kids set the curriculum and standards then clearly they won't set themselves up to fail right? On the other hand how is this success?
During the first half, they formulated and then answered questions about the natural and social world, including “Are the plant cells at the bottom of a nearby mountain different than those at the top of the mountain?” and “Why we do we cry?” They not only critiqued one another’s queries, but also the answers they came up with...
Fan-fucking-tastic. And these skills help them with careers (other than in politics) how? They don't. That's not education, that's entertainment. Further it's doubtful that any of the students actually had the skills or the background to answer their own questions, other than with random musings. I note that while she says these questions were posed, books were recommended, problems created there is a gaping silence as to the work that was actually done, or scientifically correct answers provided. Wonderful, it's superb that these kids can spend their communities tax dollars on fanciful studies but tell me Sue, how did they do on the Massachusetts standardized testing, the MCAS? Susan is a dolt but it's in keeping with her character as author of a book entitled "Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become." Her piece, however, provides a public service. Stay the hell out of New Marlborough, Massachusetts if you want your child to have a good education. And. If your child is failing school either buy them a shovel now and send them out to the back yard or kick their ass and make them study. Either way they will learn genuine life lessons that will do them some good, and not breed a generation of welfare bloodsuckers who believe that the rules should be changed just for them.
Mar/14
2011
The day got shorter. Japan got wider. The Pacific Ocean got smaller. All due to the earthquake. For those of you who thought that the only changes happened in Japan, think the fuck again.
The magnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck northern Japan on Friday not only violently shook the ground and generated a devastating tsunami, it also moved the coastline and changed the balance of the planet.[..] Japan is “wider than it was before,” said Ross Stein, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey. Meanwhile, NASA scientists calculated that the redistribution of mass by the earthquake might have shortened the day by a couple of millionths of a second and tilted the Earth’s axis slightly.
For those that insist on thinking of themselves as living an insular life, untouched by the calamities happening in other nations, let this be a reminder that we are all human, all living on the same planet and that our brotherhood does not stop at arbitrary boundaries. It stops at the point at which we delineate Earth from Space.
Mar/14
2011
States are desperate and in their desperation they're willing to sacrifice long-term income for a quick buck. Take Texas for example...
“We play by the same rules as other retailers, as the national chains collect online only for states where they have physical stores,” Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for public policy, said in a statement. Meanwhile, last fall, Texas officials sent Amazon a tax bill for $269 million, after determining that the retailer’s Dallas-area warehouse, owned by a subsidiary, qualified as a local address under state tax rules. Amazon had argued for years that without stores and offices in the state, it had no obligation to collect sales tax there. The dispute is to be decided in a coming administrative hearing. In retaliation for Texas’s move, Amazon said last month that it would close the warehouse next month and cancel plans to build another.
I have to agree with Amazon, it's fucking sleazy as hell to demand millions in taxes because you have a warehouse, not a store, in the state. Texas is full of shit, and now they don't have their tax dollars, they don't have a warehouse and it won't have any future business from Amazon. Stupid? Yep. Blisteringly so. I know states are broke and desperate for ideas but they have to work within the laws. Making shit up as you go along will only drive businesses overseas or over the border. Small minded, small dicked, money grubbing retards are only trying to stop the gap for today, not solve the problem for good.
Mar/14
2011
It's been there since I started using the bathroom: an unusual set of stains that "adorn" the wall of the bathroom stall. When I use the term "unusual" think textured, think brown, think of a pattern about as wide and long as your outstretched hand. And while you're thinking about all that, imagine also that this decor is also less than a foot away, maybe less than eight inches even. I know the bathroom gets swabbed from time to time because they block off the entrance with a cart and you have to go elsewhere, in a hurry, to answer the call so to speak. Annoying, especially since the stairs aren't very close. Nevertheless somehow, even if the floors are mopped, the sinks polished, the toilets brushed this stain, or myriad of organic deposits, somehow persists... unwiped. Frankly I don't want to know its origin I only hope that someday, before it's been there long enough to have a name and refugee status through Amnesty, that it gets expunged from this dimension. Ffs! How do they keep missing and do I really need to stick a Post-it on the wall with a big fucking arrow saying "CLEAN ME"?!?!?!
Mar/14
2011
The brewing catastrophes in Japan have many saying "no more nuclear power plants!" What do I say? I say we need what ever alternative energy we can find to free ourselves from power generation that makes us beholden to countries run by dictators and terrorist. One of those options is nuclear power. However, we need to study the situation. Make the next generation better. Make the back-up systems better. Keep in mind that the power plants that are in jeopardy in Japan have been on line for four decades. Also keep in mind that the damage is the result of a natural catastrophy not seen in Japan in generations. We can certainly do better knowing what we know now. And my prayers continue to go out to the people in Japan.
Mar/14
2011
From when I was in college, I recall the dirty looks I received from townies when I went to the local supermarket. It was a state university in a rather snobbish area. The women with their well-done coifs looked down their possibly enhanced noses at me buying my ramen and store brand OJ. I was not there to cause trouble, just get some provisions. I typically scowled back in their direction until they looked away. Currently I am one of the "townies". I live in an area full of institutions of higher education. When I first moved to the area, I lived in the “SUNY slums” near the local state university. It was cheap and I could afford it. In those days, even though I could see “Draper Hall” from one of my apartment’s windows, I was seldom bothered by the students living around me (and below me). However, the kids (they appeared to be middle school age) from the ‘hood did damage my vehicle. I was still young enough to still be up at 2 am and possibly just crawling home, so perhaps because I was only a few years older the college students around me, their lifestyle didn't bother me, but the lawless brats without parental supervision did. Fast forward more than two decades, whether it is my age or the maturity level of those of an age that could be my children, I now find many of the kids that are college students to be a bunch of spoiled brats. I currently live near a couple of very pricey private colleges. The kids walk around town like they own the place. I’m sure I give them looks not much dissimilar to the looks I received when I was their age. Only difference is, I don’t look away if they give me a challenging glance (yup, I am that grouchy old bitch, wanna make something of it?). I know where they go to school. I know Mommy and Daddy have spoiled their pampered little asses. Fuck ‘em. I already have the degree they are “working” for and I know that nobody held my hand while I did it. They cause a ruckus around the town when their many frats have parties and the school covers their asses very well (but that is a topic in its own right). The private school kids might be brats, but recently, college students near my old neighborhood (in other words, state school) pushed the envelope too far. Several people were arrested during the Eggs & Kegs, a “celebration” prior to the local St. Patty’s Day Parade, documented on youtube and as commented on in a local blog. They damaged cars and homes. I'm sure some would say these are “good kids” from "good families". Sorry, if they treat their neighbors like that, or do nothing to stop it, they are not “good kids”. The kids breaking windows and throwing stuff are nothing but a bunch or lowlife hoodlums. They are little better than the drug dealers a few blocks away. I take that back, they are worse. At least the drug dealers are doing it to make money and might see it as the only way they can make money. What excuse does the college brats have? It’s “fun”? Trust me, it was not fun for their neighbors. I hope that the DA throws the book at them and every other self-entitled brat who looks down their noses at their less fortunate and struggling neighbors. I know the people in these neighborhoods and they only live there because they can't afford to live anywhere else. I don’t give a rat’s ass if the students are white middle or upper middle class kids from a well to do NYC suburb. I don’t give a rat’s ass that a conviction might ruin their “future”. I don’t give a rat’s ass if Mommy or Daddy might be their defense lawyer. Perhaps Mommy and Daddy should have taught them a bit of respect and responsibility before dumping their little darling into some poor schmoes neighborhood. If I had my way, these “kids” might get to share a cell with that drug dealer down the street. If you are a college student and I’ve pissed you off, tough shit. I’m not your Mommy and I don’t have to love you or be nice. I live here year round, year after year, so it is your job to prove to me that you aren’t like the rest. Remember I may be that grouchy not-so-old bitch that gave you a dirty look in the diner last week and I’m keeping an eye on you. P.S. Thanks dickheads for making me ashamed of originally being from Long Island. I'm not like that and never was.
Mar/13
2011
Not all of them, of course, but enough. The on-going tragedy in Japan has nothing to do with any of the following: Pay back for Pearl Harbor. The Republicans. The liberals. Coal power being better then nuclear. Abortion. Freeing slaves. Internment camps. People bringing the above into the discussion are idiots. Plain and simple. These topics maybe worthy of discussion, just not among the more than a thousand comments relating to the disaster. And directing jokes at a people suffering is just plain tasteless. Shame on you all.
Mar/12
2011
Probably not the story you think it's going to be but I promise you it's all true...
The Kinanes and 81 others found themselves floating downstream on the Ohio River during the dinner rush [at the Waterfront restaurant] Friday night when the restaurant broke from its moorings. All had to be rescued one by one with a makeshift gangplank of ladders and ropes after the boat came to rest against a bridge about 100 feet downriver.[..] Officials said the hours-long rescue was orderly and calm. Women were rescued first, then the men. One patron would climb down the gangplank wearing a life jacket, which would then be sent back up for the next person. Kathy Kinane said she had to take off her heels to make her way down. Among those rescued was former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth, Covington fire Capt. Chris Kiely said.[..] The barge started moving when a main cable came loose, leaving the remaining cables to handle more pressure than they could withstand, said Covington Fire Chief Chuck Norris.
I can only imagine the number of jokes poor Chuck must be subjected to. Of course what I really want to know is: does he know Kung Fu? Taking a humor break from the disaster in Japan. Still wishing them all the luck in the world.
Mar/11
2011

Wow What A Mess

8.9 earthquake in Japan, one of the strongest quakes in this century, has left one hella mess. Not that the 12 foot high tsunami that followed really helped any. Good luck guys, and good job on your architectural design that enabled Tokyo to ride it out. Yikes.
Japanese media reported that there had been more than 70 aftershocks in the hours after the quake. Some of them were of magnitude 6.0 or greater, strong enough to do significant damage on their own (NYT)
Mar/11
2011
Nice huh? The three guys who may have prevented a massive bloodbath are called heroes and then fired. Why? Because they "mishandled" a backpack that had a bomb hidden in it. Read the full text.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three workers who found a live bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane and were hailed as heroes say they later lost their jobs. The three were employed by Labor Ready and working under contract for the Spokane Public Facilities District when they found a backpack containing the bomb about an hour before the parade was to start Jan. 17. They alerted police, who were able to defuse the bomb. The three, whose identities had been withheld until Thursday for their safety, said they were criticized for not handling the situation properly and later lost their jobs. The head of the Spokane Public Facilities District told The Spokesman-Review there was concern that the men handled the bomb too much before calling authorities.
First, Spokane Public Facilities? You suck. Second, the bomb was *hidden* in the backpack it wasn't clearly labeled with "BOMB" across it. Third, please tell me how much training you provide to your employees pertaining to the proper handling of a potential bomb. And finally? Spokane Public Facilities, once again: you suck. I may have just repeated myself but it warrants emphasis.
Mar/10
2011
Well it sure is slash and burn time up on the Hill. I guess they're trying to pay back anyone and everyone that contributed to their cause while they still have a chance...
A House panel has voted to repeal a set of regulations from the Federal Communications Commission that prevent cable and internet providers from blocking access to the web. The Republican-dominated Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology voted 15 to 8 on Wednesday to overturn the FCC's rules.
Read it again: they are *overturning* rules that *prevent* censorship. That means that your ISP will be legally able to prevent you from getting to any site they deem unworthy, illegal, unsavory or even competitive. Imagine you're with Comcast and you want to check out Verizon. They could block you. If you live down south they could prevent you from reading about evolution. They could charge more for using YouTube, Voip, or Facebook (if it's popular and people are addicted why not make a profit off it?) It's stupid. It's criminal. It's simply enabling a hostage situation where ISPs can filter or charge at whim. Oh and did I mention that it sucks?
Mar/10
2011
At 91 you should have known better than anyone what to say and what not to say in this situation. Being older than most does not give you the right or allow leniency in belittling, impugning or insulting someone *or their child*.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 91-year-old freshman Republican state lawmaker suggested New Hampshire's mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia and said he is unapologetic about the comment. State Rep. Martin Harty of Barrington said he was kidding around with an unidentified woman caller who supported funding for the homeless when he raised the issue of eugenics and the world's population growth.[..] "I said maybe they can rent a spot in Siberia off of Russia," he said. "She called me an Adolf Hitler and hung up on me. I never mentioned Hitler."[..] Laurie McCray, a Portsmouth mother of a boy with medical needs who was testifying, told the House Finance Committee she was shocked when a friend told her a state representative from Barrington espoused shipping "defective people to Siberia to freeze." She did not name the friend or the lawmaker, who was later identified as Harty.[..] Republican House Speaker William O'Brien said he hopes Harty considers his comments more carefully in the future. O'Brien said that at Harty's age, he has earned the right to say what he thinks, but "he needs to appreciate that as a representative, he will be held to a higher standard."
You're a rotten, mean old man Martin. Maybe if you break a hip you too will become "defective" and we can ship you up to Alaska instead of Siberia. It's closer and we can save on postage. Don't worry though, I'm sure someone will poke some air holes in your box first.
Mar/10
2011
Georgia Representative Bobby Franklin wants to make it punishable by death if a woman miscarries. Even the Taliban never went this far...
Betsy had been trying to conceive for the first three years after getting married. Eventually she and her husband Nate decided to "take some time off" and focus on relaxing for a bit before another round of grueling fertility treatments. Life had been way too stressful, both at work and at home, so he and his wife take a leisurely cruise, drinking, dancing and enjoying some snorkeling. Near the end of the trip Betsy starts having some cramps and heavy bleeding. The day after she gets home to Georgia she goes to her doctor only to discover that she'd miscarried. After an emergency procedure to clear up the bleeding Betsy is visited by the Police who demand to know what kind of activities she was up to while on her trip. Did she take drugs? Did she know that she was pregnant? Had she left the country for an abortion? Betsy is already distraught over losing a baby she didn't know she was carrying. She says none of those things happened, they only swam and snorkeled, drank and danced. The officers who are investigating jump on the fact that she admitted drinking during her pregnancy. Excessive drinking might have caused the miscarriage they claim. They're going to talk to her doctor before they see her again, and she should try and find some witnesses to testify to her behavior because ignorance of the law, or a pregnancy, is no excuse. Betsy is hysterical now, having lost a baby she'd wanted very badly, she has no way, other than the testimony of her husband, to prove that her actions didn't lead up to a miscarriage which, in Georgia, is punishable by death.

It's fiction right now, but not if Bobby Franklin has his way. The bill he's proposing is just that vague and states that ANY human action that causes the loss of a fetus is tantamount to murder.
'Prenatal murder' means the intentional removal of a fetus from a woman with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus; provided, however, that if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be prenatal murder. Such term does not include a naturally occurring expulsion of a fetus known medically as a 'spontaneous abortion' and popularly as a 'miscarriage' so long as there is no human involvement whatsoever in the causation of such event. (c) The act of prenatal murder is contrary to the health and well-being of the citizens of this state and to the state itself and is illegal in this state in all instances. (d) Any person committing prenatal murder in this state shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1. (Huffpost)
The notion of "no human involvement" in a miscarriage is laughable. The mother is *always* involved. Further there is no definition, clarification or understanding medically as to why miscarriages happen in the first place so anything and everything can be blamed on the mom. Hypertensive and forgot to take meds? Her fault. Over stressed at work and not getting enough rest? Her fault. Poor life choices that endanger herself and the unborn? Her fault. Oh and in case you were wondering about subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1?
ARTICLE 1. HOMICIDE O.C.G.A. § 16-5-1 (2006) § 16-5-1. Murder; felony murder [..] (d) A person convicted of the offense of murder shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for life.
You have to wonder what happened to little Bobby as a child that makes him hate women so much. I'm sorry he's such an angry person, it must have been awful growing up with so much pain that he wants to take it out on all women. Poor pitiful Bobby. Maybe God loves you. That is as long as God isn't a She.
Mar/09
2011
I wanted to wait a while as this story sorted itself out, thus I didn't immediately jump into the fray.
Already under fire from Republicans who want to strip its federal financing, NPR was forced into damage-control mode on Tuesday after the release of a video that showed one of its fund-raising executives repeatedly criticizing Republicans and Tea Party supporters. In the video, the executive, Ronald Schiller, tells people posing as Muslim philanthropists that the Republican Party has been “hijacked” by the Tea Party and that Tea Party supporters are “seriously racist, racist people.”
Schiller quit. And then another Schiller (unrelated and also the chief executive) quit demonstrating precisely what is wrong with the American Left. You see the American Right when caught in this kind of situation, tricked into exposing their true thoughts and feelings, would simply have turned the situation around and used it as free publicity. "Yeah I said we should shoot the bastards! And I meant it! Damn but it feels good to finally speak my mind..." To be quite honest I don't understand where all the shame and self-loathing comes from. Most extreme liberals aren't Catholic so why the urge for self-immolation runs so strongly I haven't a clue. Perhaps it goes hand in had with the notion that the poor should be fed and the elderly cared for. Dunno. Regardless it's hard to effectively work for a cause if you've thrown yourself under a bus. The pancaking makes you pretty ineffective as a supporter. Also why the big todo? The ploy of lying about who you are to catch someone being themselves is as old as the hills. And you'd think, given some of the previous high-profile cases that everyone even remotely connected to politics would have strangers triple-checked to ensure their credentials were true. But no, a news agency executive didn't check it's facts. Sorry but that's downright pitiful. Finally the fact that James O'Keefe is a lying scumbucket in no way affects the job he does in uncovering stupid people. He's simply moving Darwinism along with righteous fervor. If you're dumb enough to get caught like that then yes, you deserve it.
Mar/09
2011
I can't see the people of Wisconsin being very happy about this. I suspect there will be a hella backlash.
The Republicans control the State Senate but had been blocked from voting on the issue after Senate Democrats left the state last month to prevent a quorum. Instead, they used a procedural maneuver to force the collective bargaining measure through: they removed elements of Governor Walker’s bill that were technically related to appropriating funds, thus removing a requirement that 20 senators be present for a vote. In the end, the Senate’s 19 Republicans approved the measure, 18-1, without any debate on the floor or a single Democrat in the room.(AP)
This actually plays well for the Democrats in the state. They're now free to return home, the pregnant lady can have her baby and see her doctor, and they can pick up their paychecks the deadlock is over. The Republicans forced their way through, never paying heed to the demonstrators, polls or news agencies that made much of the fact that this was *not* the will of the people.
“In thirty minutes, 18 State Senators undid fifty years of civil rights in Wisconsin,” said Mark Miller, the leader of the Senate Democrats who had fled to Illinois on Feb. 17 in order to block just such a vote from occurring. “Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten.” Mr. Miller continued: “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people. Tomorrow we will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.”
Nevertheless, the Republicans won this round. Now tell me. Do you know what a Pyhrric victory is?