I cannot imagine that this will go over well, but if a tech gazillionaire wants to spend money paying signature gatherers to get something stupid on the ballot like splitting California up 6-ways, he (and it is always a he) can. Better than spending it on minimum wage signature gatherers to try to recall the $15/hr. minimum wage (which is really going on in Seattle).
Former Republican candidate for Senate Todd Legitimat-Rape Akin is back, and he has retracted his whole apologia, just in time to have an impact on another election:
Two years after the Missouri Republican’s comments on rape, pregnancy and abortion doomed his campaign and fueled a “war on women” message that carried Democrats to victory in the Senate, one of the few regrets he mentions in a new book is the decision to air a campaign ad apologizing for his remarks.
“By asking the public at large for forgiveness,” Akin writes, “I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said.”
And when it comes to his infamous line about rape and pregnancy, that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he writes defiantly: “My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss,” Akin writes. “Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”
You know what, Todd? If I Google ‘Jackalope’ I get whole library of research on that subject too. And pictures.
Warning: Racism ahead… and stupidity
For those of you who don’t follow CSPAN much, they have two phone lines (one for Wingnuttia and one for Dims), and the big tell is always when someone says that s/he is “an independent” that something untoward is about to happen. And remember all the Teabaggers in the beginning claiming to be Independents because they couldn’t say that they were Chimpy’s base: they burned their uniforms like the Germans at the end of WWII, and they put on their funny hats.
So Screwie Louie is going to offer $1M Ameros—our tax dollars at work—to anyone who can recover Louise Lerner’s collection of dancing cat videos?
I cannot imagine anything could go wrong with this plan.
Fox resident psychiatrist Keith Ablow (who may or may not have a license to practice) says that The World Cup is conspiracy to distract the masses from, you know, The Kenyan Usurper’s many impeachable offenses.
Remember those commercials where someone gets chocolate in someone else’s peanut butter? Whoopsie:
Saudi Arabia has withdrawn Cadbury chocolate bars from the market for tests to ensure the products do not contain traces of pig DNA, after the banned substance was detected in Malaysia.
Pork is strictly banned in Islam and traces of pig DNA were found during routine checks for non-halal substances in Malaysia, also prompting Indonesia to test Cadbury chocolate.
Nothing like having all of your products banned from entire countries and regions of the world to get your attention. Cadbury is currently owned by Kraft Foods, and I think we can speculate how pork DNA ended up in the chocolate.
Fox went looking for outraged Americans and found their own employees. But what makes this so delish is that Petunia blows it and IDs them as Fox employees before ¡Geraldo! can cut Gretchen off. Whoopsie!
…are really f***ing stupid:
Example A is Teabagger Marilinda Garcia, who is a candidate for Congress from New Hampshire.
Gosh, you know, as a student of history (OK, it was one of my undergraduate majors), I kinda-sort know that the people of Jamestown did not starve to death because they lacked private property. They starved to death from because they did not grow food.
So why, you ask, did they not grow any food? They were being good little capitalists, and trying make it big in the mercantile economy by growing exotic crops to export to England (and presumably to return as rich as kings); they were not trying to grow subsistence crops.
So, you could say that Capitalism killed the Jamestown Colony, or the Invisible Hand killed them, or even that they all went Galt with greed. But you cannot say that they died from collectivism. That’s just stupid.
The Death of the Media
“So, what, it took us 100 years to find the Titanic? It took us 2,000 years to find Noah’s Ark. Do we ever find flight 370?”
–Fox News host Bill Hemmer
Varney, of course, is against an increase in the minimum wage because, as he says, it makes employees greedy. And then, of course, he decides to give an example of how increasing the minimum wage will drag dowm innovation:
“Let me take you back to Google,” Varney opined. “In the earlier days of Google, they had all kinds of youngsters, up and coming strivers, who would work day and night. That’s how they built the company. Tech startups with really a drive to succeed and climb that food chain.”
“Now if you bring this in, those high tech workers who started all these brilliant companies, they’ll be on the clock,” he insisted. “Instead of these overnight creative meetings, they’ll be saying, ‘Oh, I just exceeded my 40 hours, I’m due overtime. And if I don’t get it, I’m going to sue.’”
I assure you: none of the engineers at Google worked for minimum wage or were hourly. I assure you none of them are hourly to this day.
What an assrocket.