April 30, 2009

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Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 03:17 AM | Comments (47)
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1

The US' gift to Iraq: Saddam lite.

The real irony is that the US thought he would be their Saddam. No such luck.

http://tinyurl.com/d4fkg3

Posted by: Tom Dubya at April 30, 2009 03:23 AM (a2h4u)

2 We just got the message below from our CEO.  I don't think he really expects anyone to do it, but I bet it's real.

Good news, found out last night at a Tax dinner, that I can pay each of you a non taxable $20 per month if you ride your bike to and from work.You must do this everyday for the month. Please let Judy know if you want to do this and remember May 1st is tomorrow never to early to start.

The whole concept is rather . . . Soviet.  "Comrades!  Dear Leader will bestow upon you 20 rubles if you denounce your capitalist automobile!"

(I don't think our CEO is Soviet in any way; I think it's probably an Obama "incentive" for the proletariat.  Can anyone confirm that?)

Soon, we'll receive similar "incentives" to drive a Government Motors "green" car.

So let's see:  $20 a month plus the $13 per paycheck from Dear Leader's "tax cut" . . . things are looking up!

Posted by: tsj017 at April 30, 2009 03:25 AM (TBwnU)

3 Confirmed:  The Bicycle Commuter Act, part of the original bailout bill last year.  Under Bush, not Obama.  It still sounds Soviet.

Bicycle commuters eligible for checks from employers Ingrid Stegemoeller, Herald staff writer var comments_story_id = 441833;

Amid the hundreds of pages in the federal bill bailing out financial institutions were a few dedicated to people who commute to work on two wheels.

Bicycle commuters are now eligible for a $20-a-month tax-free reimbursement from their employers to pay for bike-related expenses, thanks to the Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.


Posted by: tsj017 at April 30, 2009 03:29 AM (TBwnU)

4 How long til the fat tax?  Any guesses? 

Posted by: yinzer at April 30, 2009 03:29 AM (/Mla1)

5 http://tinyurl.com/e88bk  Has Wells Fargo gone nuts?

Posted by: ok ok at April 30, 2009 03:32 AM (zplc6)

6 Arlen, there is no honor among thieves. Or Democrats. But I repeat myself.

Posted by: AmishDude at April 30, 2009 03:58 AM (bZ9KY)

7

Good thing we got ourselves a smart vice president.

 

Vice president Joe Biden said today he would tell his family members not to use subways in the U.S. and implied schools should be shuttered as the swine flu outbreak spread to 11 states and forced school closures amid confirmation of the first U.S. death.

"I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said when asked whether he would advise family members to use public transportation.

About two hours after the interview, Biden's office issued a statement attempting to clarify the vice president's remarks.

"Today" show co-host Meredith Vieira and NBC's Chuck Todd discussed Biden's statement after he made the remarks, wondering if the vice president really had intended to caution the American public to stay off public transportation and airplanes. They noted his comments seemed to contradict public statements by other high-ranked White House officials.

 

 

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 30, 2009 04:03 AM (1Jaio)

8

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said the government in Pakistan is “very fragile” and expressed concern about security in the nuclear-armed nation, as Pakistani forces battled Taliban militants in the northwest.

The government doesn’t “seem to have the capacity to deliver basic services: schools, health care, rule of law and a judicial system that works for the majority of the people,” Obama said at a White House news conference last night.

 

I didn't know that health care was a basic service of the government.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 30, 2009 04:10 AM (1Jaio)

9 Haven't been paying attention, have you?

Posted by: Mama AJ at April 30, 2009 04:12 AM (X6Zdh)

10 Is America more Marxist than China?  Oh hell yeah.  We've seen the headlines in American papers - capitalism is dead, Marx is teh hawtness, Satan is your pal, etc. - now let's compare it to, say, the most commented on (!) editorial at the People's Daily, the house organ of the Communist Party of China and, for my yuan, one of the best newpapers on the planet:

Don't hate the rich, be one of them
By Li Hongmei People's Daily Online

A society without producing wealthy people is never progressing on the healthy track. Indeed, even the Bible says 'money is the root of all evils.' In this light, a highly commercialized society is not a noble one, either. But it is noteworthy that wealth in itself has nothing to do with guilt or innocence, and what matters most is how to manage it. Nevertheless, it will be beneficial to the general good of a society that, instead of bitterly envying the rich, more people are learning to become one of them.



Satire is obsolete.  You simply cannot write good satire in a world this fucking preposterous, it writes itself.

Posted by: Adriana Lima at April 30, 2009 04:15 AM (DJjeC)

11

Biden: Stay off the Subways

Run for the Hills!  Run for your Life!

Posted by: Iron Maiden at April 30, 2009 04:20 AM (wgLRl)

Posted by: andycanuck at April 30, 2009 04:30 AM (MGu62)

13 Maybe I'm paranoid (okay, yeah I'm paranoid) but Obama reminds me of Jim Jones.

Posted by: katya at April 30, 2009 04:40 AM (oRJZj)

14 "I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said when asked whether he would advise family members to use public transportation."Biden made his comments during a brief interview on NBC's "Today" show during an interview with Matt Lauer."I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. It's not that it's going to Mexico, it's you're in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation suggesting they ride the subway. " http://tinyurl.com/dd6jso

Posted by: ok ok at April 30, 2009 04:48 AM (zplc6)

15 Does anyone believe that Biden's family would deign to use the subway even in the best of times? I mean really, rubbing elbows with the great unwashed on public transportation?

Hell, I didn't know that Scranton (drink!) had a subway in the first place.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 30, 2009 04:53 AM (uwPRk)

16

Folks it is May and it is still snowing in Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Fox babe Megyn Kelly is making fun of the globull warming nuts now. hahahahahaha

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 04:53 AM (f6os6)

17 I'm always so glad Joe is on their side and not ours. 

Posted by: katya at April 30, 2009 04:57 AM (oRJZj)

18 Kelly McGillis: gayer than a Top Gun volleyball match.

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at April 30, 2009 04:58 AM (uOvAE)

19

Has AP been bought out by new owners?

 

They have actually called OBama on his outrageous lies about the deficit being Bush’s fault.

 

Yes, URL is back up again.

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 05:06 AM (f6os6)

20 Kelly McGillis:  Offered to buy Meg Ryan a beer and "just talk" after Goose died.

Posted by: reason at April 30, 2009 05:15 AM (5npD/)

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 05:17 AM (f6os6)

22

Specter Could Face Challengers in Democratic Primary

 

Wouldn’t it be awsome if he lost the primary?

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 05:19 AM (f6os6)

23 Kelly? Gay? God, what a waste. Unless I can watch her and Meg of course - maybe shout encouragement and instructions....never mind.

Posted by: teej at April 30, 2009 05:21 AM (QdUKm)

24 Last night Obama referred to an article he'd read about Brits refusing to use torture during WW2. The Huffington Post thinks it was one written by Sullivan, and they're probably correct. Sullivan bases his argument on a London Times article about Colonel Robin Stephens, the chief interrogator at a spy prison in Britain who, the article claims, got prisoners to talk without using torture.

Here's what Sullivan didn't mention. Three years ago (and two months after the London Times piece cited by Sullivan) the Guardian ran a story about a British-run prison in postwar Germany:

For almost 60 years, the evidence of Britain's clandestine torture programme in postwar Germany has lain hidden in the government's files. Harrowing photographs of young men who had survived being systematically starved, as well as beaten, deprived of sleep and exposed to extreme cold, were considered too shocking to be seen.

As one minister of the day wrote, as few people as possible should be aware that British authorities had treated prisoners "in a manner reminiscent of the German concentration camps".

Many other photographs known to have been taken have vanished from the archives, and even this year some government officials were arguing that none should be published.

The pictures show suspected communists who were tortured in an attempt to gather information about Soviet military intentions and intelligence methods at a time when some British officials were convinced that a third world war was only months away.

The commanding officer of that prison was the very same Colonel Robin Stephens. And having overseen this torture, he was then cleared of any wrongdoing by the Brits. There was, after all, the small matter of a ticking time bomb - a potential Soviet attack.

Posted by: DB at April 30, 2009 05:30 AM (NcMCW)

25

Wasn't everyone in Top Gun gay? Wasn't the movie itself about going "the gay" way?

Posted by: 3rd_Bird at April 30, 2009 05:34 AM (zPK2W)

26

"Wouldn’t it be awsome if he lost the primary?"

Schadenfreude overdose.

Posted by: reason at April 30, 2009 05:35 AM (+hPIb)

27

"The commanding officer of that prison was the very same Colonel Robin Stephens. And having overseen this torture, he was then cleared of any wrongdoing by the Brits."

Thank heavens we will have the opportunity to learn from their mistake.

Posted by: reason at April 30, 2009 05:37 AM (+hPIb)

28

She's Fifty-frickin-One, f'Chrissakes. Are her grandkids upset that she's out? 'Cause other than that, her "new choice" just cuts the chance of a Downer.

IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted by: Iceman at April 30, 2009 05:40 AM (zFDqJ)

29

Oh shit, they just confirmed 10 cases of Swine Flu here in SC. Some douchebag at a high school in Newberry decided it would be good to go to Cancun for a senior class trip. (even when the State Dept was recommending no trips to Mexico.

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 05:45 AM (f6os6)

30

CDC spokes-asshole

 

The WHO has raised the alert level to 5 (pandemic)

 

“this is a good thing”.

 

Now that is some damn spin.

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 05:47 AM (f6os6)

31 hahahah. #12 jake tapper taken down by gibbs.  That's some funny. Helen like pudding. ahahhahhah. heh.

Posted by: Derak at April 30, 2009 05:52 AM (QIsMa)

32

Yeah Vic, one dead and we're at 5 out of 6. Wonder how they'd rate the Black Effing Death on that scale?

One thing's clear: this flu thing definitely causes some pants-shitting.

Posted by: Dr. Death at April 30, 2009 05:59 AM (zFDqJ)

33 What's the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic?

Posted by: katya at April 30, 2009 06:00 AM (oRJZj)

34

Fox is making a big deal of the upcoming Republican Town Hall meetings designed to improve their image. The AP story contains the following stuff:

 

the new group will operate outside the Republican National Committee and highlight conservative policy ideas and draw contrasts with Democratic President Barack Obama.

 

To that end, several groups have announced plans to illustrate GOP positions with real-life examples of how their ideas could help voters. The Congress-based group includes Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain. Leaders plan to have their first event this weekend in Virginia.

 

AP Story

 

What is missing from the story is the intent to stress that the Republican Party is a BIG TENT Party welcome to “Moderates” (RINOs). Looking at all the RINOs in the group above it should be obvioius that they are not going to stress “conservative” things.

 

The Republican big wigs, finding new ways to have an epic fail.

 

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 06:05 AM (f6os6)

35

katya - I tried to answer in another thread, but it probably got missed.

From what I understand, the difference is in the geography.

Epidemic - lots of people, in a single area, suddenly all get sick with the same thing.
Pandemic - lots of people, scattered all over the world, suddenly all get sick with the same thing.

Someone drop me some knowledge if I'm wrong here.

Posted by: reason at April 30, 2009 06:06 AM (F26eZ)

36 Shit, another damn El Duce speech.

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 06:08 AM (f6os6)

37

That Gibbs/Tapper link brings teh funnay.

GIBBS:  Besides, the President is furious.
TAPP:  So is Mayor Bloomberg.
GIBBS:  Let me assure you, the President is furiouser.

Posted by: reason at April 30, 2009 06:09 AM (F26eZ)

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 06:10 AM (f6os6)

39 Reason, thanks.  I figured it had to be geography or something.  Or I thought it might have been one of those nifty new words the media discovered.  Like "horrific" or something.

Posted by: katya at April 30, 2009 06:16 AM (oRJZj)

40 She's Fifty-frickin-One, f'Chrissakes. Are her grandkids upset that she's out?

And even for 51, if you've seen her latest photos, she hasn't aged particularly well.  Talk about crushed fantasies and then some...

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent at April 30, 2009 06:33 AM (PMGbu)

41

I'm a little surprised that they haven't come up with some sort of detached, PC phrase to describe Our Impending Demise By Flu.

terrorism man-made disaster
war contingency operation
pandemic unexpected global vacation opportunity

Posted by: reason at April 30, 2009 06:41 AM (XiVKO)

42 That Kelly McGillis news is quite a shocker. Any other headlines from 1987?

Posted by: Jim Treacher at April 30, 2009 07:25 AM (cvmgB)

43

Hahahahaha

Gibbs "what the vice president meant to say was...."

Reporter "that wasn't even close to what he said"

Gibbs "what he meant to say".

 

Posted by: Vic at April 30, 2009 08:04 AM (f6os6)

44 Fox had better script writers that Teh One, obviously.

Posted by: N.O'Really at April 30, 2009 08:48 AM (IwJlZ)

45 So at 51, she tells the world that she "has had enough of men". 

Tell me again how this is all genetic and most definitely not a lifestyle choice.  Tell me, because I want to learn.

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