Thursday, March 26, 2015

shocker: ted cruz not entirely honest

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!