Saturday, September 1, 2012

Politifact, Fact or Fiction?

Inside the Star Chamber:  How PolitiFact Tries to Find Truth In A World of Make Believe

Pandering for the sadist vote

President Kill List, looked at his notepad, saw the names of some suspicious characters, then he called the CIA.  He checked off the names as the Drone Strike Killed 5 Suspects In Pakistan.   Good thing he didn't notice Tampa this past week.

Every drone strike reinforces, for those on the receiving end, that the U.S. is more akin to al Qaeda than not when it comes to terrorism.  This is not war.  Yep, as we continue to allow the ends to justify our means, we become our enemy.

Remember Thalidomide?

I do.  I also remember it was our government, the FDA, that kept that crap out of the U.S.  Our thalidomide babies were delivered to women who obtained the drug overseas.  What prompts this post?  Well --

Thalidomide victims reject 'insulting' apology from drug company

Run It Like A Business!

I think I'll vacation at a five star hotel instead

Okay tree huggers,  it's time to become one with nature.  Yeah, go ahead, book a tent, then go stay at Yosemite.  Now wallow in nature's wonder and contract hantavirus.  You have a 36% chance of death becoming one with you.  Aren't you glad we have parks?

Up to 10,000 Yosemite visitors at risk of mouse-borne virus

Is this your America?

The GOP did it, now it's the Jackasses turn.

DNC SECURITY RULES TRIGGER FREE SPEECH WORRIES

Will we turn the remaining snow black?

Shell Arctic drill ship gets pass on air emissions limits

What we forget

It's really not the bozo we elect that drives what the pols try to do in D.C.  It's the winning party that dominates the action.  We elected Obama.  He is a Democrat.   Beyond that, he didn't bring much to the  table other than cool unmemorable speeches and from day one, a passion to be reelected.

Now Willard is running to replace Obama.  So what?  Remember it's not Willard you'd be voting for, if you're so inclined.  If you vote for Willard, you are voting for the GOP agenda.  Is that what you want?  Where can you find out the Trog agenda?  Simple, it's all in their party Platform.

Here's Ezra Klein on this topic -- What’s ahead if the Republicans win?

Here's the GOP platform--We Believe in America

The Legacy Persists

Not the one in Iraq, the other one.  It's still a war.  It's still death and destruction.  It's still a war without a mission.  The revenge rationale has long been gone.  It's a war on auto-pilot.  Did you note that Willard did not talk about our war at all?  Hmm, it must be profitable for vendors, mercs, and the generals.  Since we don't give a rats about the war, who really cares about dead or mangled cannon fodder.  Where are the war protesters?

Double suicide attack near US base in eastern Afghanistan kills 12 people

Friday, August 31, 2012

I didn't know that

It’s Official: Coke and Pepsi are OK for Mormons

Facts

If you are a pol, you will do whatever you can to trivialize fact checking.  Let's face it, it's a whole lot easier to make shit up as you need it.  Your fans love it and don't give a dead raccoon's ass about truth anyway.  Others, well, who cares about them, they're dorks.  They weren't going to vote for you anyway.  Actually, pols love one sided fact checking since it's honest reporters who show their opponents to be liars.  It makes for great ads.

I think the reasonable conclusion one can come to is that in addition to being whores, pols are compulsive liars.  Votes really are determined by our orientation as contemporary Democrats or Trogs.   We pretty much vote as our parents voted.  About 5% of us really are neither, maybe fact checking helps them, but I have my doubts.

For all practical purposes, effectively, we're 45% Dems and 45% Trogs.  The 5% balance includes the baffled--they are independents and  assorted Don Quixotes--they are committed to a raft of impossible political dreams.  The 5% only affect elections in the minds of after the game pundits who can't otherwise explain a loss because they will not see the election as one giant game of GOTV.

The winner is the one who is able to motivate more of his side's voters to turn out than the other side.  All the convention and campaign noise are directed at getting your own potential voters to the polls.  Don't forget, only about 50% of us bother to vote.

Bitter campaign and its rhetoric bring fact checkers to the center of debate

Trogvention -- Willard's Night

Yesterday, I heard someone on TV say "today will end the RNC."  I had a moment of joy, then I realized they were speaking about the Republican National Convention and the not the Republican National Committee.

I had a momentary image of Trogs doing the right thing, disbanding and leaving the public arena as they found caves in which they could dwell and atone for their sins.  It was a very short but very sweet thought.

Last night the Trogs hauled out an over the hill actor who winged it for several minutes.  It was sad.  However, Clint Eastwood's performance captured the essence of the GOP--rambling, incoherent, crude and reactionary.

When Callista Gingrich and Mr. Pudge extolled St. Ronnie I watched to see if her hair moved.  It did not. Even in a Cat 5 hurricane, her hair would remain motionless.   I wonder how much hair spray she uses every day?

The Dems had best watch out the Rubio, he's, to borrow from Biden, clean and articulate.  Rubio intro'd Willard.

Willard gave his best Mormon conference rain-bird sprinkler speech ever.  Have you ever watched his head oscillate back and forth?  He's like a sprinkler.  He told us about himself.  He's sincere.  He told us about the nation.  He cares.  He told us about his goals for us.  He aspires.  Of course he did not tell us which Willard, if elected, we'd see in the White House.

Would he be the release 1.0 when he was a progressive liberal Republican that distanced himself from St. Ronnie as he was trounced by Ted Kennedy?  Would he be release 2.0  liberal Republican who gave Massachusetts  the state version of Obamacare?  Or would he be release 3.0 trounced by McCain in 2008 who learned that it takes reactionary politics to succeed in the GOP?  Or would he be release 4.0 we all came to know and despise during the primary season this year?

His speech was fine.   However, he and so many voters seem to forget, there's a Congress between Willard and his goals.  If Trogs rule Congress, don't listen to Willard to know what he will have to do. No, read the platform.


Romney draws battle lines in GOP acceptance speech

Describing Paul Ryan

What word, other than douchebag, nails Eddie Munster for you?

When I say Paul Ryan--

Describing Willard

Other than a coreless, self-seeking flip flopper, how have folks described that truth challenged cipher?

In a word, here's Willard:


Supremes Next Tour

The next tour will be the White Power tour as Roberts and the Robes take on the Voting Rights Act.   They pine for the good old days of the poll tax.  They can make it return.  Perhaps white power is a bit too much, so let's call it the Separate But Equal tour instead.

There would have been no Jim in Crow without Justices Brown, Fuller, Field, Gray, Shiras, White, and Peckham. The one sane voice, Harlan, dissented back in 1896.  With all the Voter ID bullshit today, does anyone seriously think the GOP dominated states are concerned over voter fraud?

Voting Rights Act: The State of Section 5

As we move towards November and the Prez election, think about what kind of justices you want to see on the Court. Do you want more of the Plessy v. Ferguson types? We already have four justices who would gladly recreate a legal foundation for Jim Crow and say that's exactly what the founders intended.  Ladies be cautious, y'all are next.  

From Bob Park

WHAT’S NEW Robert L Park Monday, 27 Aug 2012 Washington, DC 1.

1. EPIDEMIOLOGY: WORDS MEAN WHAT THE DICTIONARY SAYS THEY MEAN. Is epidemiology a science? Last week's WN said it's not – but a lot of people disagreed. I got far more mail than I could answer. This is my response. I’m a physicist by training, and a troublemaker by inclination; a lexicographer I am not. So I consulted a number of dictionaries; not one classified epidemiology as a science. However, they characterized it as a "branch of medicine." Does that make epidemiology a science? I don't think so, but I doubt if I will ever again say it's not. The distinction I wanted to make is that science is concerned with the cause-and-effect relationship between physical events. Epidemiology, by contrast, looks for correlation. That's important too. It guides scientists in the search for causality, but to confuse causality with correlation is a serious error in logic. It's also a very common mistake.

2. ZAPPED: WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THIS COSTLY MISTAKE? For nearly two decades staff writer Paul Brodeur performed a genuine public service by informing New Yorker readers of the health hazards of exposure to everything from asbestos, to microwave radiation. Brodeur, however, has no science background and no sense of what the numbers mean; radiation was radiation, whether it was power-line fields or microwaves. In 1979, when epidemiologist Nancy Wertheimer charged that 60 Hz power-line radiation is responsible for childhood leukemia, Brodeur wrote a series of supportive articles in the New Yorker about the dangers of power-line fields. They were gathered together in books with lurid titles like Currents of Death. Brodeur was not there in 1996 when the National Academy of Sciences released the results of an exhaustive three-year review of the possible health effects of exposure to residential electromagnetic fields. He had been fired by the New Yorker four years earlier. The unanimous conclusion of the NAS panel was that "the current body of evidence does not show that exposure to these fields presents a human health hazard." Why had it taken so long, and why had there been no comment from epidemiologists? Perhaps the scientific community should use more direct language in stating conclusions that are so obviously wrong and so dangerous.

3. SCIENCE: WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO DIFFERENTLY? We need to explain the basics of the electromagnetic spectrum to every literate person. It shouldn't be that difficult. Children are transfixed by the sight of a prism breaking sunlight into a rainbow. They need to understand that the visible rainbow is only a tiny sliver out of a spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that ranges from harmless radio waves to deadly gamma rays. The same spectrum should hang on the walls of every classroom and appear in every news article that talks about cell-phone radiation,skin cancer, and x-rays.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I have trouble believeing this, but...

Chocolate, Coffee, Bourbon, and Tobacco used to be my basic food groups with fat and salt for seasonings.  Needless to say, with age and medical advice, tobacco went away, chocolate likewise.  Bourbon, remained, but this moderation shit almost makes it not worth drinking.  I'm left with coffee.  Maybe chocolate can make a comeback.

Eating chocolate lowers men's stroke risk

Oops! Ramadan Made Him Do It!

One of the aces in command over in Lesser Rubblistan, or perhaps it's greater Rubbleistan,  is sure the attacks by Rubble forces on NATO's finest is due to Ramadan fasting.  Devout Muslims get so hungry they have to kill anything at hand.  It assuages their hunger.  Hey, it's Allah's will to boot.  Remember that ace is in charge over there.  Now as Australia mourns 5 victims of Ramadan, does anyone still wonder why we're still there after 11 years?

After 11 years of occupation, death and destruction, Islam is still the culprit?  I think we need some new aces in charge.  How much longer?

A Drone App -- Sound's Like A Good App To Me

Of course Apple is probably afraid of when those push pins will start popping up in Iowa, Kansas and other states.  I'm surprized that President Kill List has not had the App bagged and sent to secret prison for interrogation.  After all, he champions not allowing Americas to be privy to world wide common knowledge that after the fact violates U.S. national secrets legalities.

Apple Doesn’t Want You To Track Killer Drones From Your iPhone

Momons

All anyone needs to know about Mormons is that they are as equally batshit crazy as any other bunch of theists anywhere.   Yep, they all make it up, posit it as factual, call it Truth, and then get huffy with others who also made shit up.  Weird.

Spotlight Focuses on Romney's Mormon Faith

I didn't know we have a term for it

Hook-up culture

Full of Feces Award!

Who gets the FOF?  Why Paul, Eddie Munster,  Ryan of course.  I don't think the guy can speak for more than 30 seconds without sharing his made up world with listeners.

FACT CHECK: RYAN TAKES FACTUAL SHORTCUTS IN SPEECH

Trogvention Schedule -- It's Willard's Day

Thursday, August 30, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
National Anthem sung by SEVEN
Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (FL)
Reagan Legacy Video
Remarks by Newt and Callista Gingrich
Remarks by Craig Romney
8:00 p.m.
Remarks by Governor former Jeb Bush (FL)
Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
Remarks by Grant Bennett
Remarks by Tom Stemberg
9:00 p.m.
Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode
10:00 p.m.
Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned

God, will Willard speak for an hour? I hope not, he's a Mormon speaker.  Have you ever listened to those who use the Conference Weekend School of Oratory guidelines.  Drink liberally before listening and maybe pass out.

10th Fans, Take Note

The Nanny State is not just a bunch of zealous feds or state bozos determined to protect themselves from you.  No, Nanny is alive and well in your locality too.

Vienna church says county sign rules violate free speech

Soybeans do what?

Soybean cosumption caues homosexuality!  Where did that come from?  Todd Aiken's mouth?  No, it's bullshit from WorldNetDaily.

WorldNet Daily Continues to Pump Out Outrageous Propaganda

Rich Prick Info

Willard is a rich prick.  The reason he's not beating Obama is not that he's rich, it's that he's a prick.  However he is rich and his puckishness informs his finances.  That way most people have at least two bases to loathe him.  Want to know more about his rich side?  Here's a glimpse of what he does--

Mitt Romney’s Tax Mysteries: A Reading Guide

Why Wasn't it Chris Instead of Paul?

Gotcha--

How an Obscure Federal Rule Could Be Shaking Up Presidential Politics

Trogvnetion -- Eddie Munster Night

Paul, aka, Eddie, was supposed to be the highlight of last night's reactionary phantasmagoria.  However, the best speech, if you are a mindless, oh, that is the definition of Republican, so the best speech was from Huckabee.   He played loose with facts but at least he delivered a coherent, given his assumptions about life, the universe and everything else, speech from beginning to end.  His speech would have been even better if he did not have to occasionally remind his fellow Trogs that Willard is the rominee.

The second best bit of blather came from Condie Rice.  Her semi-speech had moments of oration and moments that reminded me of every lousy prof I had to sit there and listen to in college.  She needs to take a course in public speaking.  Her best audience response came when she reminded the Trogs that she really is black, from some cracker state  and became Secretary of State.  Her daddy told her she could be Prez.  The audience vented their collective guilt and cheered.  If she is considering a run for Air Force One, I hope she looked out over the 95% white audience.

Eddie Munster needs to take the same lessons as Condie.  He gave a Henny Youngman oration.  His lines were not bad, if it doesn't bother you that most of his facts were actually made up bull.  But, this is a convention of Trogs who yearn for some kind of political erotic stimulation.  Eddie stimulated them, one line at a time.  He delivered each line.  He's still running for Senior Class President.  He's cute and so sincere.  Why does douchebag come to mind?  If he's the hope for the GOP,  the Dems do not have much to fear except themselves.

I love the attention pols and pundits will pay what Eddie had to say.  No one really cares but it fills airtime between then and Willard's big speech tonight.  I can hardly wait.

Paul Ryan promises GOP ‘won’t duck the tough issues’

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Have you paid your poll tax?

Are you registered to vote?

Registering to Vote and Voting

Willard will lose, the Trogs know it and are trying out for 2016

Paul Ryan will speak tonight.  His speech will be a trial run for 2016.   Last night Chris Christie gave the keynote, but it was for his nomination in 2016.  Oh, the boys had best watch out, there's a new contender speaking tonight-- Condoleezza Rice and who is Nikki Haley?

Trog Brainwork

The 10 oddest items in the GOP platform

Trogvention

Bless my lies and deception, the Trogs can build an entire convention around a grammatical error! Oh, in their case no one helped, they built it all by themselves.

Fact checking the GOP Convention’s opening night

Ann Romney's Speech

Mrs. Rombot included the line, "I Love You Women."  I wonder how that line would go over if, for example, Bill Clinton said it?  That might be an ouch.  What if we substitute other groups for women? How would it sound if Jesse Jackson said "I love you blacks."  Okay, how about Haley Barbour screaming out "I love you white people?"  Gee, if Anderson Cooper said, "I love you men" how would the GOP men and women react?  What would be Todd Aiken's line?



Trogvention Schedule for Today

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Convention convenes
Call to order
Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST)
Pledge of Allegiance by Brigadier General Patrick E. Rea, US Army (Ret.)
National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown
Invocation by Ishwar Singh
Ron Paul Video
Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell
8:00 p.m.
Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)
9:00 p.m.
Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuno (PR) 
Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Bush 41, 43 Film
Remarks by Mike Huckabee
10:00 p.m.
Remarks by Condoleezza Rice
Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)
Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan
Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios
Adjournment