Thursday, March 26, 2015

3 Times the Old Ted Cruz Contradicted the New Ted Cruz | Mother Jones

3 Times the Old Ted Cruz Contradicted the New Ted Cruz | Mother Jones

What do you know, Ted Cruz is a lying sack of shit. Very shocking for a politician. In particular, one hailing from the most corrupt and amoral group of elected criminals since [pretend that there is a relevant and amusing historical example here].



"Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks a good game as an uncompromising conservative. But before he vowed to destroy Obamacare only to admit he may use it, before he forsook rock'n'roll—back when he was a private appellate lawyer charging $695 an hour, Cruz forcefully argued positions that contradict what he now espouses. Some examples from the Ted Cruz Wayback Machine:FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY
THEN: In 2009, he wrote a brief arguing that giving federal stimulus money to retired Texas teachers "will directly further the greater purpose of economic recovery for America."
NOW: Obama's economic program is "yet another rehash of the same big-government stimulus programs that have consistently failed to generate jobs."
THEN: As a lawyer, Cruz defended a $54 million jury award to a severely disabled New Mexico man who had been raped in a group home, asserting that "a large punitive damages award is justified by the need to deter conduct that is hard to detect and often goes unpunished."
NOW: Wants to spread Texas-style tort reform—which caps punitive damages at $750,000—to the rest of the nation.

THEN: Cruz worked on the Supreme Court case of a Louisiana man who'd beenwrongfully sentenced to death, stating that prosecutorial misconduct undermined "public confidence in the criminal-justice system."
NOW: "I trust the criminal-justice system to operate, to protect the rights of the accused, and to administer justice to violent criminals.""

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Do You People Have Any Idea How Hard It Is To Put Letters In A Particular Sequence In Order To Express A (more or less) Coherent Though?

"Not very, but I can't handle much." -francine smith

Quote of the Month: Rick Perlstein

My vote at least. Consider yourselves informed of my opinion. Your're welcome, Earth. (De nada.)

“Apocalypse is right around the corner”: Rick Perlstein unloads on Mike Huckabee-style conservatives -

SALON: It always seemed to me that the rhetoric you’re talking about is often removed from any policy goal; it’s more of an affirmation of identity.
RP: Well, ultimately, conservatism is about a tribal identity and not any particular policy goal. It’s about dividing the world into the saved and the damned, and policies are secondary or tertiary to that project.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Now You Know (If You Read This): How Has Stephen Hawking Lived Past 70 with ALS? - Scientific American

How Has Stephen Hawking Lived Past 70 with ALS? - Scientific American

[Journalist] Hawking obviously has quite the active mind, and previous statements that he has made seem to indicate he has a pretty positive mental outlook, despite his condition. Is there any evidence that lifestyle and psychological well-being do much to help with patients' outcomes? Or is the disease usually too quick for that to make a difference?
[Scientist/Doctor] I don't believe that adds to longevity.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Great Clinton Mystery: Why It Matters

Jeepers Wally, I can't imagine why it matters

When Pigs Have Wings (2011) - IMDb

When Pigs Have Wings (2011) - IMDb

This looks to be the kookiest madcap religion-based comedy since "The Adventures of Rabbi Schwartz". It's a nonstop ride to wackiness!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Harry Mantle And The Magical Choice Machine

Welfare Queen Sighting
On KPCC's Airtalk with
Larry Mantle
Great fantasy tale broadcast on a local NPR outlet, KPCC in Los Angeles. Wasn't aware that there was a large young-adult demographic listening to the public radio on a weekday, but you just never know. I mean, these people in radio must know what they're doing, or they wouldn't be in radio. Makes sense if you think about it.

"Many people can't feed their children!" cried the woman, who claimed to be some sort of social services employee. Harry, however, could easily guess that she was in fact a subversive apparatchik of COMINTERN. He always knew, because any mention of social injustice always triggered his magical supply-side ring. It now glowed eerily, warning of the presence of the worst demon of them all: The welfare queen.
Harry knew that there was only one thing to do, which he had never successfully done before: Cast the long, difficult CHOICE spell!
"You know what?", asked Harry of the woman. "These poor miserable wretches could simply use
the magical power of CHOICE. Look at my choices: I chose parents who would spend money and time to educate me, never knowing that the product of their investment would choose to be a self-centered tub of lard who uses his 'show' to give completely ignorant advice and opinions about nutrition and the cost of healthy food, or the global warming, or economics, or pretty much anything that hasn't been part of the Republican party line since the Social Security Act of 1935. I maintain my employment by exercising my choice to have no original thoughts of my own but simply use my show to create a patina of centrist moderation over the same old brutal policies. You don't think the the establishment here at KPCC actually wants to change anything for the unwashed masses, do you? Needless to say, none of those choices involve riding a bicycle."
Harry Mantle went on: "I also exercise my prerogative not to have been born an African-American or a non-native speaker. That makes it much easier to remain blissfully unaware of the advantages of my generation had during the rise in equality following WW2 and the inequality voted in by people of my generation as we decided to do anything but worry about ourselves and screw the future generations and uh oh here comes global warming and we're all fucked. I'm old and nearly dead so screw you future kids, hey I got mine and I'm out of here, but first you get to pay an immigrant to diaper my ass the last 30 years of my life, you're welcome."
And just like that, the subversive equality demon vanished, and the imbalance of supply and demand was restored.