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Greetings on this beautiful Monday!
This video is for all the 8-bit and lego lovers out there. Not only are the lego-animated features 8-bit in this video, but the music is as well. Also, there is a special appearance from Karate Mario and a brief cameo from Bubble Bobble (10 points for anyone who remembers Bubble Bobble). Enjoy the video!
Compare and contrast.
Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter (whose job it is to enact legislation): "I have a fundamental problem with any 1,000-page bills."
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart (whose job it is to make us laugh): "I've read the bill." [Read more]
He's the Senate majority leader. He's up for re-election next year. He also might as well be a ghost in the healthcare debate.
Where is this dude?
We've got a tiny cabal of Senators from states with a collective population smaller than Los Angeles gumming up the works in the Place Where Legislation Goes To Die. Where is the majority leader in all of this? Shouldn't we be seeing a united front here? Pelosi, Reid and Obama all on the same page, all getting the message out?
UPDATE: Ah, apparently he's having his threats ignored. Good times.
The town halls are all the rage nowadays, now that people are bringing weapons to them and healthcare is assumed to be synonymous with Socialism.
I remember the days when the Iraq war was still important and you couldn’t drag or pay the community to these things in any significant numbers, and there was always a seat. A friend of mine you know as DF on some of them bloggin’ sites people are reading nowadays for their crazy ideas, and I went to the recent Dan Lungren Town Hall in Citrus Heights with the intention of getting into a fake fight about Socialism and platitude.
I was always under the impression that inbreeding was a bad idea. Not only is it creepy, but a diverse gene pool is desirable – at least that’s what I thought. Until I read about the Italian town of Stoccareddo. Just as a narrowed gene pool can increase the probability of a bad trait becoming overly prevalent, it can also do so for a good trait.
The Italian town of Stoccareddo, where 380 of the town’s 400 residents have the same surname Bau (bow-ˈooh), is an example of the positive effect of inbreeding. It feels creepy to type the phrase “positive effect of inbreeding.” I kind of feel dirty for typing that.
If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation (sic) unless dealt with quickly and aggressively.
This according to an article at the BBC Web site that reports on a scientific paper written by researchers in Canada. It’s almost as if Bob and Doug MacKenzie were unleashed on an unsuspecting university math department.
The researchers say that, although they realize that zombies are not real, their findings could have real world applications in fighting infectious diseases. They also say “the key difference between the zombies and the spread of real infections is that ‘zombies can come back to life.'” [Read more]
I'm loving Rep. Weiner on this issue. Straight and to the point, he asks a subsequently stunned Joe Scarborough what value health insurance companies are adding to the equation. Watch (awesomeness occurs at the 5:00 mark, culminating in a lovely pregnant pause at around 5:30): [Read more]
Last week, I wrote about Glenn Beck's paranoid theory that Obama's health care plan would covertly deliver slavery reparations by redistributing health care to African Americans. It turns out that black people aren't the only undeserving minorities after grandma's health care. Filling in for Rush Limbaugh, Mark Steyn of the National Review earned his airtime by inventing a whole new health care persecution fantasy: [Read more]
When I first heard reports of the armed man outside of Obama's townhall in Portsmouth, NH, I had a feeling that we would see an escalation of this behavior. Today there were estimated to be a dozen armed outside of his appearance in Arizona.
It's a tricky situation. Technically, these people are acting within their rights. Realistically, they're bringing loaded weapons to incredibly tense gatherings. As the tension and the number of weapons increases, so does the chance that something unwarranted occurs. [Read more]
A long time ago, I worked on a statewide political campaign for fifteen months. It’s hard work for very little pay and it requires an intense level of commitment.
I loved my candidate. She was smart and experienced. And honest—which is probably why she lost. When the campaign was over, I swore I was done with politics forever. Politics is gross. Even with the best of candidates, people who make careers in politics would eat their young to advance themselves. That includes politicians and all of their staff over the age of about 25, once idealism has hardened into calculated self interest.  [Read more]
That's what we have in America today in terms of the casualties caused by our corrupt insurance regime. About 18,000 deaths occur annually in America due to lack of health insurance. That's 1,500 deaths per month, or a casualty total equalling all of the casualties of September 11th, 2001, every two months. [Read more]
Boy, what a disappointment.
According to published reports, the Obama administration is willing to give up a plan to create a government-run health insurance company - the so-called 'public option' - in order to get some sort of reform passed. Instead, they are now touting the creation of cooperative health insurance agencies, which would be non-profit and owned by their members. [Read more]
"...it is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"
I was livid when I first saw video from the health care town hall meeting that took place last week in my hometown St. Louis. I had already seen enough similar footage from other cities, but the fact that these were in some ways 'my folk' infuriated me.
Ignorant rednecks, I thought, the whole lot of them. [Read more]
Last night, Ann Coulter was a guest on Hannity. During her appearance, in typical Coulter fashion, she made the over-the-top claim that she was just fine with "death panels", which in her interpretation sound more like execution panels, so long as she was a panel member. Oh, and she apparently has a list of people she'd like to kill, Zeke Emanuel being among them. Watch:
Yesterday, I blogged about Sarah Palin's fear of "death panels" (which sounds like some kind of Indiana Jones booby trap, you know the kind that always impale his intemperate Indian/Arab assistants). In the post, I quoted from the Christian Anti-Defamation Committee website which in turn quoted from an Investors Business Daily editorial. Did you know that the IBD is a hotbed of right wing paranoia? [Read more]
Obama is Literally Hitler
So should we call him Obitler? Hiltama? Seriously though folks, this is funny stuff.
The website http://obamaisliterallyhitler.tumblr.com/ observes Godwins Internet Law which basically states the longer a discussion lasts on an internet forum the more likely it is that someone is going to draw a parallel between the person/issue and Hitler. This site is completely facetious and is meant to make fun of people who are extreme enough to draw those parallels. [Read more]
Words pop in and out of the cultural vernacular all the time. I heard a reporter on NPR use the term “bling” to describe a recent fashion trend. Bling? I wonder if the NPR reporter had any clue who invented that word. I bet he doesn’t, because I doubt he listens to Master P and his No Limit Soldiers (uuuuhhhh-tena-neh-nah). Master P first used the term to describe his grill (teeth, for you whiteys out there) and jewelry. There are snooty middle aged NPR listeners having highly intellectual conversations about bling, or the new kicks they just purchased, or the new crunk ringtone they just bought.
Credit where credit's due: Sarah Palin knows how to capture headlines. She also knows how to speak the language of America's most persecuted demographic: white Christian conservatives. Many in her audience believe in a secret plot by liberals to enact a radical secular agenda, and they view all progressive policies through the lens of this alleged conspiracy.
Obama is about to hold his first town hall meeting to help sell his health care reform plan. Will it be a more controlled affair than the disasters that have taken place in other similar meetings throughout this great nation of ours?
When I saw what happened in my own hometown city of St. Louis last week, where protesters shouted down a town hall meeting being held by Russ Carnahan, it made me sick. You can't even hear the politicians talk, and the shouters from the audience are just as incomprehensible. It ended in arrests and scuffles.
i will have a more detailed posting on the Decibelization of Politics later today (hopeully) but for now I want to watch the Obama town hall. Here's hoping he's allowed to speak and answer tough questions without being drowned out. [Read more]