June 29, 2009
— Russ from Winterset Courtesy of your friends at Doubleplusundead, HERE is a helping of weapons-grade stupidity that could keep Hollywood awash in Lifetime Network Special Social Issue Movies of the Week for the next decade or two.
It seems that a Canadian couple gave birth to a premature baby this weekend in Hamilton, Ontario. Since Canada is just another Third World Hellhole where brain surgery is done with a 16" Poulan and a 6-pack of Moosehead, its not exactly a shock that NOT. ONE. SINGLE. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU for short) bed could be found for the child. I know what you're thinking: Russ, they couldn't find one single NICU bed available in the City of Hamilton for this baby? NO. They couldn't find one single NICU bed available for this baby in the entire PROVINCE of Ontario. You know, a PROVINCE? Sort of like a STATE, only 196% more ghey?
Luckily, Canada just happens to be the mildly retarded cousin of the United States of America; and like most families, we look after each other - even if the slow relatives are complete window-lickers who eat their own boogers in public. The baby was brought to Buffalo, NY, where she is enjoying the fruits of America's evil profit-driven health care system. If this was the end of the story, I'd be willing to smile and wish the happy hosers well with the addition to their family; however, as Paul Harvey used to say, there is ..... the rest of the story. more...
— DrewM Here's my thinking when it comes to women's sports...cheer for the American, unless the other chick is hotter. It seems that qualifies me to schedule center (centre for our UK friends) court matches at Wimbledon.
When it comes to choosing which women play on Centre Court, good looks count for more than big shots.
While a succession of easy-on-the-eye unknowns have appeared in Wimbledon's prime arena, the top women's seeds have been relegated to lesser courts.
...And last night, the All England Club admitted that physical attractiveness is taken into consideration.
Spokesman Johnny Perkins said: 'Good looks are a factor.'
..A BBC source said: 'It's the Wimbledon play committee, not us who decides on the order of play.
...'Our preference would always be a Brit or a babe as this always delivers high viewing figures.'
First of all, duh.
Second of all, I'm pretty sure the first rule of babe-centric scheduling is, "don't talk about babe-centric scheduling". This is the kind of thing everyone knows but the second you start talking about, it's over. Why the hell would Wimbledon admit this? Now there will be protests and they are going to have go the other way next year. Idiots.
The interesting thing is, attendance is down at matches with unranked hot babes. Either the jokes about Brits having teh ghey are true or they really are committed tennis fans. You decide.
Now if I were in charge, this is who I would schedule on Center Court, every day, all day. Even if she did get knocked out in the second round. more...
— Ace What, me meddle?
Odd that Obama's rich, nuanced concerns over perceived "meddling" fly out the window when he has the chance to support a leftist thug.
According to Fausta (and most others, apart from Obama and Hugo Chavez), Zelaya was the one attempting to illegally engineer a coup, attempting to re-write the Constitution through ballot initiative despite the fact that the Constitution disallows such maneuvers six months before a scheduled election. Like Chavev, he sought to erase term limits on himself and become, per the bad old Latin American tradition, El Jefe for Life.
Who opposed him? Well, the military, for one, which refused to distribute his ballots, because they were illegal. The courts, which ruled the ballots were illegal and the attempt to rewrite the constitution so close to an upcoming election impermissible. His own party, which similarly felt Zelaya was breaking the law, executing a "self-coup."
On the other hand, there's Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez.
Honduras's Supreme Court gave the order for the military to detain the president, according to a former Supreme Court official who is in touch with the court.
Later, Honduras's Congress formally removed Mr. Zelaya from the presidency and named congressional leader Roberto Micheletti as his successor until the end of Mr. Zelaya's term in January. Mr. Micheletti and others said they were the defenders, not opponents, of democratic rule.
"What was done here was a democratic act," Mr. Micheletti, who was sworn in as president Sunday afternoon, said to an ovation. "Our constitution continues to be valid, our democracy continues to live."
Mr. Micheletti is a member of Mr. Zelaya's Liberal party. But he had opposed his plans for a referendum that could have led to overturning the constitution's ban on re-election, allowing Mr. Zelaya to potentially stay in power past January, when his term ends.
Mr. Zelaya, a frequent critic of the U.S., has been locked in a growing confrontation with his country's Congress, courts, and military over his plans for the referendum -- planned for Sunday -- that would have asked voters whether they want to scrap the constitution, which the president says benefits the country's elites.
The Supreme Court had ruled the vote was illegal because it flouted the constitution's own ban on such referendums within six months of elections. The military had refused to take its usual role of distributing ballots. But Mr. Zelaya fired the chief of the army last week and pledged to press ahead.
Gee, I wonder what makes Obama suddenly pipe up with such enthusiasm and so few cares about being perceived as "meddling" in this case.
Whoops: I see Drew just posted this. Well, I'll leave it up, just for the additional quotes and links.
— DrewM Wow, so much for not taking sides as
This isn't some one man, tin pot coup against a democratically elected President. It's pretty much the entire government of a country standing up to a guy who wanted to trash their country's constitution in order to preserve his personal power.
Funny how Obama dithers to stand with those who fight for freedom in Iran but doesn't hesitate to buck up a wanna be thug like Zelaya.
America...on the wrong side of every foreign policy matter since January 20, 2009.
Thanks 52% for electing not a liberal as President but an out and out leftist.
Also..Remember how Obama kept using the word "justice' and not freedom or democracy regarding Iran? Well now, when justice seems appropriate (you know, stopping illegal actions like amending the constitution by referendum and getting rid of the head of the military) Obama doesn't seem that interested in "justice" anymore.
Obama pledged the U.S. to "stand on the side of democracy" and to work with other nations and international entities to resolve the matter peacefully.
"One man, one vote, one time" isn't democracy, Mr. Obama.
— DrewM Color me shocked, but Iran's Guardian Council says the partial recount shows Ahmadinejad won.
State television reported that the Guardian Council presented the conclusion in a letter to the Interior Minister following a recount of a what was described as a randomly selected 10 percent of the almost 40 million ballots cast June 12. Press TV said "few or no errors" were found.
...The recount conducted Monday had appeared to be an attempt to cultivate the image that Iran was seriously addressing fraud claims, while giving no ground in the clampdown on opposition. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Council already had pronounced the results free of major fraud and insisted that Ahmadinejad won by a landslide. And even if errors were found in nearly every one of the votes in the recount Ahmadinejad, according to the government's count, still would have tallied more votes than Mousavi.
Iranians do not seem to be impressed.
Clashes reported in Tehran after people take to the streets protesting the Guardian Council's ruling
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Iranian government faces a "huge credibility gap" with its people. Actually, the word she should have used is "legitimacy".
Of course the Obama administration can't talk about legitimacy because they want desperately to talk to the mullahs. You remember the mullahs, of course. They are the ones who made Neda's father go on TV and blame protesters for her death. Yeah, let's talk to those guys.
— Purple Avenger 100% survival rate in tests on mice so far.
Australian scientists have developed a "trojan horse" therapy to combat cancer, using a bacterially-derived nano cell to penetrate and disarm the cancer cell before a second nano cell kills it with chemotherapy drugs...Bravo mates, bravo!
...said they had achieved 100 percent survival in mice with human cancer cells by using the "trojan horse" therapy in the past two years...
— Gabriel Malor Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is on his way to Washington today to continue the "dialogue" between PM Netanyahu and President Obama on settlements. I think Israel is sending a message too:
Israel said Monday it authorized the construction of 50 new residential units in a West Bank settlement, defying rising pressure from the U.S. and the international community for a building freeze in territory claimed by the Palestinians as part of a future state.
The expansion of Adam, a settlement near Jerusalem surrounded by three Palestinian villages, is part of a defense ministry plan to relocate 300 residents of the unauthorized hilltop outpost of Migron.
In a speech earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that while Israel will not establish new settlements, construction in existing settlements should be permitted to allow for demographic expansion.
Obama has laid down a hard line on this, saying that Israel must not establish any new settlements or expand the existing ones. Someone has to blink.
— Ace Andrew Young was the aide who falsely took the paternity rap for John Edwards' love-baby. His family, and Reille Hunter, were moved to California (IIRC) and paid off/"helped" by Texas fixer Fred Baron.
Fred Baron is now dead and Andrew Young is disgraced. So he's shopping a tell-all book to publishers.
Allegedly, the proposal alleges that John and Reille made a sex tape.
It certainly seems plausible that the narcissist Edwards would make a tape of himself, in order to admire his own loveliness. But there's also a good chance this is all nonsense. There are two allegedlies here -- reports claim the proposal allegedly contains the claim, and the claim is only alleged by Andrew Young either way, who probably needs the money and needs as juicy a proposal as possible to get a decent advance.
Thanks to Edward.
— Ace The worst story you'll read all week.
— DrewM Today is major milestone in the battle for Iraq and not too many people seem to notice or care. At least that's the case here in the US. Understandably, Iraqis are pretty excited.
Iraqi government TV has been playing patriotic music to celebrate the U.S. military withdrawal from cities, towns and villages across the country, officially set to be completed by Tuesday June 30th.
Iraqi military vehicles were also covered with flowers to celebrate the event, and military parades, complete with band music, were organized in Diyala and Diwania provinces.
The government declared a "Day of National Sovereignty" to mark the event, and has invited ordinary citizens to join evening celebrations at Baghdad's Zawra Park for a festival of music and poetry.
Interior Minister Jawad Boulani told journalists the U.S. withdrawal is almost complete and Iraqi forces are capable of maintaining order across the country.
He says he believes Iraq's security situation is under control. "I do not think we need to declare a curfew," he insisted.
There's been an uptick in bombings, some causing substantial Iraqi casualties but that's not going to impact implementation of the security handover agreement. From the safety of my desk, I'd say that's the right thing. Any transition point is going to be an opportunity for the deadenders to do their thing (kill and maim) no matter when it happens. We all knew at some point the Iraqis were going to have to take on this responsibility. According to General Odierno, the Iraqis are ready and now is the moment.
In fact, the transfer has already taken place ahead of schedule.
"It's time for this partnership to have an Iraqi lead, it's time for this partnership to have the Iraqis out in front."
Odierno said U.S. troops still will be training and advising Iraqi forces and Americans will be conducting operations outside Iraqi cities after the deadline. U.S. forces are expected to withdraw from the country by the end of 2010 as part of a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement.
People always asked what victory in Iraq would look like, well this is another piece of that image. Two and half years ago a lot of people wanted to give up on Iraq and this kind of progress was thought impossible by many if not most. Yet, here it is.
We should never forget the hundreds of thousands of Americans who left their homes to remove a dangerous regime and then fight a bloody minded insurgency led by terrorists. Tens of thousands of them were wounded and to date, over 4,200 died in this effort.
Good luck to the people of Iraq, hopefully they will build a nation worthy of and their and America's sacrifices.
— Gabriel Malor Justice Ginsburg chose to read her dissent aloud this morning, something she does in cases she particularly feels have been wrongly decided.
There is still quite a gap between Right and Left when it comes to race issues. One side has firmly grasped the concept that discrimination on the basis of race is a bad thing in all circumstances. The other believes that discrimination is regrettable but necessary. The problem with this second view--the Left's view--is that the "necessary" justification never ends.
Says the Left: we must discriminate in favor of some groups because they were discriminated against in the past. Well, okay, but how long is the Left gonna ride that horse? Justice O'Connor, writing in a law school admissions race discrimination case six years ago, thought that the use of racial preferences wouldn't be necessary in twenty-five years. Twenty-five years! How did she pick twenty-five years? We will never know. It was, however, a safe bet that she would be long off the scene by then and so not resposible if the anticipated Day When Discrimination is Not Necessary never appears.
That was Justice O'Connor. Justice Ginsburg, even further to the Left on race issues, was not willing to even to go that far. Today it shows again, as she casually discards an objective test for promotion in favor of subjective measures of "command presence" which can result in more defensible decisions based on race. The objective test stands in the way of her preferred result, so it has to go. It is a "flawed test", not because of any proven deficiency in the exam, but because it fails to provide the necessary result.
Wise Latina Overruled 9-0? [ace]: Ed Whelan at Bench Memos argues the decision is actually 9-zip against Sotomayor -- because even Justice Ginsburg says (though only in a footnote) that the appellate court should have remanded the case back to the district court, not summarily affirmed the lower decision.
— Gabriel Malor The Court holds 5-4 that New Haven's decision to discard the test results because too few non-Hispanic minorities passed violated the Civil Rights Act.
Opinion is here (PDF). Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. The liberal four dissented in an opinion drafted by Justice Ginsburg.
Reading it now; updates to come.
More: Alright. As with the Section 5 Voting Rights Act case last week, the Court avoids the constitutional issues and attempts to resolve the dispute according to the existing statutory scheme. In this case that means resolving the conflict between two sections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Under Title VII, New Haven was prohibited from intentional acts of employment discrimination based on race. This is called disparate treatment. Title VII also prohibits policies or practices that are not intended to discriminate but in fact have a disproportionately adverse effect on minorities. This is called disparate impact. Disparate impact is often demonstrated with statistical analyses.
The facts of this case set the two types of prohibited conduct against each other. New Haven could either intentionally discriminate against the successful white and Hispanic candidates or its firefighter promotion policy (based on the test results) would have a disproportinately adverse impact on black candidates.
And more: Prior to this decision some lower courts--including the district court in his case--believed that actions taken to avoid disparate impact simply cannot be considered disparate treatment. But now the Court says:
All the evidence demonstrates that the City chose not to certify the examination results because of the statistical disparity based on racei.e., how minority candidates had performed when compared to white candidates. As the District Court put it, the City rejected the test results because too many whites and not enough minorities would be promoted were the lists to be certified. Without some other justification, this express, race-based decisionmaking violates Title VIIs command that employers cannot take adverse employment actions because of anindividuals race.
Whatever the Citys ultimate aimhowever well intentioned or benevolent it mighthave seemedthe City made its employment decision because of race. The City rejected the test results solely because the higher scoring candidates were white. The question is not whether that conduct was discriminatory but whether the City had a lawful justification for its race-based action.
Ultimately, the Court holds (borrowing from equal protection cases) that before an employer can engage in intentional discrimination to avoid disparate impact, the employer must have a "strong basis in evidence" to believe it will be subject to disparate impact liability if it fails to take the race-conscious, discriminatory action. That determination rests on the facts of the particular case.
In this case, the majority determined that New Haven had no strong basis in evidence to believe it would be subject to liability (not just litigation, but actual liability) had it certified the firefighter exam results. The test was objective, and taken for a job-related purpose (obviously). Fear of litigation does not justify disparate treatment. more...
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Also: The Supreme Court will be issuing its decision in the white firefighters' case, Ricci v. DeStefano in about an hour. Until then, check out Paul from PowerLineBlog wondering whether the Court will have the guts to pull the trigger this time.
June 28, 2009
— Open Blog [Sorry for the delay - genghis is out and asked one of us morons to post this for him earler, but we're all slackers so no one got around to it until now - Mætenloch]
Heres a couple of articles for you to compare and contrast.
Item #1: Ive gone out of my way to avoid most of the celebrity death stuff over the past few days (unless bacon was involved) but as always, the media has moved on to the next phase of grieving/exploiting which is the What Does it all Mean? phase. And why should this be any different, particularly since theyve got a two-fer going? But now, just in our time of greatest need for healing, comes a piece from the AP titled This is the Moment When Generation X Realizes Theyve Grown Up. So please settle back on your generational therapy couch and we can begin our session:
It all seems so quaint now, the fragmented dream memories of a fleeting micro-era that began with words like "bicentennial" and "pet rock" and ended with MTV, Atari and absurdly thin cans of super-hold mousse. The man-child named Michael Jackson and the luminous girl known as Farrah Fawcett-Majors jumped into our consciousness at a plastic moment in American culture - a time when the celebrity juggernaut we know today was still in diapers. When they departed Thursday, just a few hours and a few miles apart, they left an entire generation - a very strange generation indeed - without two of its defining figures.
"These people were on our lunchboxes," said Gary Giovannetti, 38, a manager at HBO who grew up on Long Island awash in Farrah and MJ iconography. "This," he said, "is the moment when Generation X realizes they're grown up." It was a long time coming. Cynical, disaffected, rife with ADD, lost between Boomers and millennials and sandwiched between Vietnam and the war on terror, Gen X has always been an oddity. It was the product of a transitional age when we were still putting people on celebrity pedestals but only starting to make an industry out of dragging them down.
Its memorable moments were diffuse and confusing - the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt, the dawn of AIDS, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It had no protest movement, no opponent to unite it, none of the things that typically shape the ill-defined beast we call an American generation.
So in other words, shit (Im sorry historical events) just sorta happened as it does during every time period but what apparently defines a generation is a protest movement. We were simply deprived of the opportunity to get out in the streets and march against something. Probably because we were mindless conformists and the Atari-Industrial complex had us too distracted with promises of endless rounds of Asteroids. Lets just go ahead and wrap it up with an epitaph:
In the 1990s, members of Generation X would often laugh in bars about how the time of the Boomers was passing - about how the quaintness and naivete that made up the 1960s was, finally, a grave being danced on by Kurt Cobain. Today, members of that same generation sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings of pop.
So If you happen to be a part of that lost generation it must be hard for you to hear that youve finally grown up. Personally I thought Id done so a dozen years ago when the first mortgage statements started appearing in my mailbox. But once weve finished sitting around on the ground and telling sad tales of the death of kings of pop we can all take heart in this next story, cant we?
Item #2: So heres the compare and contrast part. Its about a man who was trapped in a well for 4 days.
PORT ALICE, B.C. -- Robert Bennett doesn't understand the hoopla surrounding his survival story. Then again, hes not easily excited. The man was working on his property when he fell through a decayed well cover in his yard. Bennett felt some 12 feet down. Most people would panic, but not Bennett. Shaken but unharmed, he started plotting his escape. "I made many attempts to get out, and all I had was the pieces of the lid, the wood pieces. And of course, they had broken apart. I would build these various edifices, and I would get up and get so high. And then the (darn) things would crack out on me and so I would think, 'Well, we gotta try it again.
Wheres the angst in this story? There must be angst, right?
What began as hours took up an entire day. Then night fell. Then the sun came up, and so on. But if Bennett was distraught, he didn't show it. He exercised. He went over his to-do list. He had plenty of time and plenty to drink. "Be sort of a... fool if I suffered from thirst, sitting next to a six-inch water valve, you know," he said.
And mulled over the loss of pop icons Im quite sure, but the story doesnt mention that.
Rescuers considered it a miracle. But for Bennett, it was just another adventure along the road. "I fell 50 feet down a shaft one time and survived quite well. What the hell's a 9-foot fall?" he said. Not having eaten a thing, Bennett lost some weight during those four days. He told his rescuers all he needed was some soup and a sandwich, and he'd be all right. But he reluctantly went to the hospital to be checked out.
So that should restore a little of your faith in humanity and the survival of Western culture. Just knowing that we have tough and resourceful guys like Mr. Bennett around makes me think that the future of America is secure. Well, except that Mr. Bennett is Canadian. And 84 years old.
Oh well, whatever. Never mind.
— Dave in Texas A vote their Supreme Court declared was illegal. Hugo Chavez blames the "rich people".
Does that sound familiar?
The AP applies banana republic spin (shocka!). They're as dependable as the State Department.
The first military takeover of a Central American government in 16 years drew widespread condemnation from governments in Latin America and the world, and Chavez vowed to overthrow the country's apparent new leader.
President Manuel Zelaya was awakened Sunday by gunfire and detained while still in his pajamas, hours before an unpopular constitutional referendum many saw as a power grab. An air force plane flew him into forced exile in Costa Rica as armored military vehicles with machine guns rolled through the streets of the Honduran capital and soldiers seized the national palace.
Zelaya tried to pull a Chavez and was stopped. And yet, the State Department of the United States of America condemned it. The new interim President of Honduras, who was sworn in to finish out Zelaya's term and no more responded thusly: "I don't think anyone here, not Barack Obama and much less Hugo Chavez, has the right to come and threaten (Honduras)."
It's a sad goddamn day when central America teaches us lessons about controlling power grabs. Thank goodness we aren't meddling in the affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
— Purple Avenger Heh, these guys are giving "carbon footprint" data with their LED bulbs.
So if I replace all my CFL's with these, can I start cashing in on some of those phat Cap/Trade Obama-bucks?
Below the fold, my spies have located the prototype of the new Pelosi Motors eco-car that will go on sale next year. more...
— Open Blog Genghis may have come close to jumping the bacon shark, but I just wanted to point out that bacon is more than just a tasty food group - it's also an artistic medium.
Yes, nearly everything in this picture is made out of meat in one form or another but mostly bacon. Mmmm delicious bacon.
— Dave in Texas "it's a huge tax and there's no sense calling it anything else. I mean, it is a tax. So it -- and it's a fairly regressive tax."
Well no shit Warren.
In same, David Axelrod
explains lies about how this increase does not affect the poor. Because they'll pay less for energy or some nonsense, dissembling and ignoring the fact that we all pay x for a kilowatt and y for a gallon, promising they'll get help with their energy bill.
that reason. In 2020, and for lower income people, it actually will be a net gain because they'll get some help with their energy bill. So I think this is a phony issue.
And the real issue is, what is the Republican strategy for creating jobs? This bill actually, they call it a job killer, it will create millions of green jobs, the jobs of the future. We've lost millions of jobs in the recession that began last year and continues.
— Dave in Texas So are you stumbling out of bed with that awful fuzzy taste in your mouth, your hair stuck up all goofy and the cat hiding under the bed yowling at you about something you can't remember?
Good, good. Sunday morning in America again. Congratulations, you woke up on the right side of the dirt. The very same thing happened to me two weeks ago, and I have no idea where I found that cat or how I snuck it into my hotel room.
Commenter mpur put a Texas meetup signal out last night.
Ok, since this is apparently the ONT, here's a reminder for those who may have missed it: I've set up a yahoo group for Texas (and other interested) morons for coordinating meet up info. If you're interested, shoot me an email at mpur458 at yahoo. Put "meet up" in the subject line and let me know your AoS handle so I know who you are. Thanks!
Posted by: mpur at June 27, 2009 11:55 PM (0YXgd)
And Virginia too,
10 Moron meet up in central Virgina (Richmond area)Put "moron meet up" and "what are you wearing right now"? in the subject line.
dcore42 at gmail dot com
Posted by: Dave C at June 28, 2009 12:05 AM (WYRx/)
If anyone wants to add other places put em here. These things are an awful lot of fun, if somewhat hard on the liver. Also check back here later for important messages about lace wigs.
In newsy news of the day, genghis passes along this bit from Iran. They arrested some British embassy staffers. Nine or so involved, some released.
There's also a breaking bit about the arrest of the Honduran president by the military.
June 27, 2009
— Open Blog Oops. Sorry it's so late. I should've just bumped the bacon thread.
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