Archive for November, 2010

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Another Gift Seat From the GOP?

November 17, 2010

John, his wife, his mistress, his employee and cuckold

Nevada Sen. John Ensign said Tuesday he has been planning to run for reelection “for a long time,” suggesting that the ongoing fallout of his extramarital affair won’t doom him politically.

The Senate Select Committee on Ethics is investigating whether Ensign broke Senate rules in allegedly attempting to help the lobbying career of Hampton’s husband, Doug, after he learned of the affair. At the same time, the Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into whether the senator’s actions violated federal law in trying to cover up the affair.

Depending on the finding, the ethics panel could issue a range of sanctions, including potentially expulsion from the Senate, while the Justice Department could issue a criminal indictment. Either one of those actions could certainly end his political career.

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We Lie – You Decide

November 17, 2010

If you’re looking for confirmation that Fox News’ motto, “We report, you decide,” is a bit off base, you may not need to look any further than the company’s chairman.

In an interview published Wednesday with The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, Ailes says Obama’s trip to Asia was a failure because “his socialism was too far left for them to deal with.”

“The president has not been very successful,” the Fox News chairman told Kurtz. “He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with.”

“He just has a different belief system than most Americans,” Ailes added.

PS my apologies to Jabba.

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Life Chemistry

November 16, 2010

The newly released four and a half minute animation, “Powering the Cell: Mitochondria,” transports students into the three-dimensional microscopic world of mitochondria. The animation highlights the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) – mobile molecules which store chemical energy derived from the breakdown of foodstuffs. ATP molecules act as a kind of currency, imparting chemical energy to power most of the cell’s activities.

When I majored in chemistry biochem/biosci was a black art – with very little real understanding. With the knowledge and tools available now that is quite different. Nature is still reluctant to give up her secrets – but this is the most promising area of scietific research – bar none.

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I Solved the Budget – You Can Too

November 14, 2010

My plan here:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html?choices=5mwl05qv

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GOP-Teabagger Platform

November 14, 2010

The 2010 midterm elections were a mandate for the new GOP sorta-but-not-really majority in Washington. The American voter has clearly demanded:

1. Social Security reform that guarantees my current level of benefits, alters someone else’s, and cuts everyone’s Social Security taxes to boot.

2. A world-class national infrastructure that can be built and maintained without tax dollars.

3. A balanced budget that doesn’t sacrifice any of the government programs – especially the sacred military-industrial complex and the various old age benefits – that we like.

4. Clean air without pollution controls, clean water with a neutered and underfunded EPA, and businesses that do socially responsible things without any regulation whatsoever.

5. Consumer goods at Made in China prices that create high-paying jobs in America.

6. Giant trucks and SUVs that drive like Formula One race cars, look cool, fit into small parking spaces, cost under $18,000, and get the fuel economy of a Toyota Prius.

7. Complete freedom and complete security at the same time.

8. An America that acts like a swaggering, sociopathic asshole on the global stage yet is beloved by all the nations of the world.

9. Wars against every enemy, real or imagined, all of the time, with no U.S. casualties and no effect on the budget.

10. Incredibly rich and rewarding professional lives while supporting our employers’ right to do whatever they want to us without recourse.

11. A vibrant, consumption-based U.S. economy with good jobs for anyone willing to look for one resulting from free trade policies that encourage money and capital flows to cheap labor markets.

12. A highly educated workforce produced by a school system that requires no tax dollars to achieve excellence, students who have no interest in learning, and a virulently anti-intellectual society.

13. Closed borders and an endless supply of cheap labor to keep prices low.

14. To buy whatever we want irrespective of what we can afford while maintaining the drumbeat of personal responsibility.

15. Health care that is cheap, superior, and readily available to me without the danger of the same being enjoyed by anyone I deem undeserving.

It couldn’t be any clearer: we want a government that will resolve every problem we currently face with solutions that require no effort, no sacrifices, and no money. And I have no doubt that we have elected a group of people brave enough to promise exactly that.

And commenters added some other good ones:
16. No darkies.

17. A return to ‘old fashioned values’ when it comes to sex and relationships, so long as I still get access to infinite porn, premarital sex, and the occasional truck-stop blowjob.

18. America should always be at the forefront of science, medicine and technology, but we can’t have any tax money going to research, and have to teach young-earth creationism in every school.

19. The President and/or Congress need to be able to fix the economy whenever it falters, without resorting to regulation, stimulus spending or any other market interference.

20) Cheap food that is full of gravy, cheese, and sugar, but is a great source of Vitamin C and has 0 calories.

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Treason Is OK If You Are a REPUG – UPDATE

November 13, 2010

Last night, Netanyahu met in New York for over an hour with incoming House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is set to become the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in history. The meeting took place at New York’s Regency Hotel, and included no other American lawmakers besides Cantor. Also attending on the Israeli side were Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, and Netanyahu’s National Security Advisor Uzi Arad.

Israeli sources characterized a one-on-one meeting between an Israeli prime minister and a lone American lawmaker as unusual, if not unheard of. Cantor’s office did not think that Cantor and the Prime Minister had held a one-on-one meeting before.

Ever notice how Cantor’s forked tongue flicks when he talks?

UPDATE: Adam Serwer recalls that in 2007, Nancy Pelosi visited Syria — she didn’t pledge to side with them against her own country, just visited them — and Eric Cantor himself was one of the many Republicans accusing her of likely having committed a crime. Cantor wrote: “Several leading legal authorities have made the case that [Pelosi’s] recent diplomatic overtures ran afoul of the Logan Act, which makes it a felony for any American ‘without authority of the United States’ to communicate with a foreign government to influence that government’s behavior on any disputes with the United States.”

As Serwer writes: “Based on Cantor’s own standard, he’s just committed a felony.” For Cantor, the operative term distinguishing his conduct from Pelosi’s is presumably “foreign government,” which — in Cantor’s mind — applies to those with whom Pelosi met but not to those with whom Cantor met. Steve Benen correctly argues that “this is a legitimate scandal worthy of far more attention”; the fact that it won’t receive any real attention tells you all you need to know. Had Cantor done this with any foreign nation other than Israel, this would easily be the leading political controversy of the week.

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Tax Cuts for the Rich?

November 11, 2010