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Archive for July 15th, 2008

Ok, kids… Listening again to NPR “Talk of the Nation” where the focus is on the latest cover of the New Yorker and the place where facts are rarely factors in decisions – the land where emotion and hysteria trump all.  The source page for the cover shown below is here.

Now, my first thought was – “Gee, that is kind of a slam but given Michelle Obama’s inability to feel pride in her country prior to her husband running for POTUS perhaps… eh, but the rest is clearly satire.”  (my reason for leaning towards satire was that Michelle’s AK-47 should be a Hello Kitty assault weapon)

There were opinions for and against it.  One gentleman called in and said it was great because it exposed the lies of corporate America.  ???  What?  ???  What the hell is he talking about?

Another gentleman, comedian Paul Mooney, called in and was very offended.  He thought that either way blacks win on this election.  Whether Obama wins or loses, blacks would celebrate because a black man has never gotten this far.  His take was that it was just wrong to take something that wasn’t funny and color people’s viewpoints (brainwashed, I think he said) with it.

The host (I think Neil Conan) asked him:  “So do you think that he should be excused from satire because he is a black man?”  (roughly an exact hazy estimate of the wording)

Immediately there was a short pause and then the whole question was avoided by rapid rhetoric.  And when pressed with it again, Mooney became agitated and made his stance above that satire “should be funny”.

Apparently many folks think that Obama should be treated like an endangered/protected species than a presidential candidate.  To crack a joke about Obama seems to be a “bad thing“.

So let me see, Constant Reader… satire is ok as long as you think it is funny, and you have the right to determine what is funny?  How odd, that stance coming from a comedian.

Just wanted to point out another double standard.  Because I don’t recall outcry over these…

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BTW… There was a link by over on DPUD… I want one:   http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/07/15/frakkin_cylon_toaster/

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Hey Bro… you’re like NUMBER ONE, you schmuck.  How does it feel to be a winner when thousands upon thousands of others did their duty regardless of their personal feelings?

(For which I owe them profound heartfelt gratitude, and why I think you are a schmuck.)

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Aw, come on… can’t we suspend free speech for just 30 minutes while we get downright violent with these snakes?

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California.  San Francisco.  Nuttiness and flaky.  Granola.

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Dammit I’ve been saying this for years.

It should be obvious to even the most causual of observers and Globular Worming will cause more kidney stones.  I have now been vindicated by the University of Texas.

I mean, they’ve written a paper on it and everything so it must be true right?  In fact, they rarely put their stuff up for critical review before releasing it to the news media because the odds of getting anything wrong (including the basic premises) is so infinitesimally small that it is smaller than Britney’s common sense.

Global warming may increase kidney stones: researchers
Jul 14 05:08 PM US/Eastern

More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas.

Kidney stones, which are formed from dissolved minerals in the urine and can be extremely painful, are often caused by caused by dehydration, either by not drinking enough liquid or losing too much due to high heat conditions.

If global warming trends continue as projected by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, the United States can expect as much as a 30 percent growth in kidney stone disease in some of its driest areas, said the findings published in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The increased incidence of disease would represent between 1.6 million and 2.2 million cases by 2050, costing the US economy as much as one billion dollars in treatment costs.

“This study is one of the first examples of global warming causing a direct medical consequence for humans,” said Margaret Pearle, professor of urology at University of Texas Southwestern and senior author of the paper.

God, I hope you noticed that my words were dripping with enough sarcasm to drown a Missouri mule.

I suppose it’s too much for someone to actually look at the hypothetical good things that could come out of a hypothetical Globular Worming?

But no, we have to scream to the rooftops all of the bad things – trenchfoot, suppurating brain lesions, necrotic eardrums, spontaneous tongue bifurcations, nasal polyps, rectal itching, bloodshot eyes, unibrows, arthritis of the sternum, giant sucking head wounds, narcolepsy, double-jointedness, mismatched earlobes, earwax deficits, alimentary canal reversals (liberals only), and chapped eyelids.

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More in the morning… I’m done working for the evening –

it’s 1:30AM – do you know where your cat is?

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