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Midday Swine-Flu Panic Thread

While you’re sealing all the seams of your house with silicone caulk and duct tape, fill the bath tub with water, and put on surgical masks- what’s on your mind?

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em?

Ah, Arlen Specter. I figured I had to write about this one.

Kudos to our man Arlen, for violating that most sacred principle of American honor: jumping ship when the going gets tough. Let me just go through a few historical examples of how unbelievably selfish and ridiculous Specter’s “change of party” is:

Arlen Specter's Impact on Al Franken Before Arlen Specter’s Party switch announcement yesterday, the Senate’s Democratic caucus stood at 58 members.  Senator-elect Al Franken represented Democrats’ 59th vote toward cloture, still short of reliably ending Republican filibusters.  But now, with Specter joining the Democratic caucus, Senator-elect Franken represents the big 6-0, which is why Republicans will redouble their efforts to delay Senator-elect Franken’s seating – and why we in the netroots must redouble our efforts to send obstructionist Republicans a message and also provide them with adequate disincentive from delaying Senator-elect Franken’s seating any further.

Since the “One Dollar a Day to Make Norm Coleman Go Away” effort started just a couple weeks ago, about $40,000 has been raised to remind the Republicans funding Norm Coleman’s endless appeals that, for every single day that they delay the implementation of the will of Minnesota voters, progressive voters will raise money to use against these Republicans on Election Day 2010.

Your support will strengthen that message!

The Last of the Bonus Tubes…for now

This really is it for a while. It looks like I got an extra day or so with the service at the old place. I am checking outa here on Friday morning and I cannot think of a better thing to happen for us. Yay and on with the new.

I am figuring on holding out for a day or two to get service started. Then it will take a few days for the intertube tech to find my house. Give me a week, as I am weak…and lame;~) In the meantime, I thought I would share a couple of odds and ends I found while rummaging around in the Youtube closet.

Headzup shows the true face of republican hypocrisy.

A sweet moment for all of us.

The republicans are talking Banana Republic points, whilst I am reminded of Nuremberg.

Some things are just plain wrong, no matter how hard you try to justify them. I am quite certain that people quit their jobs, rather than torture another human being. We are Americans for crying out soft. That actually means something to me.

Cliff May's Full Interview

The Daily Show had Cliff May on last night, and the full interview puts an interesting light on the torture debate.

"You wouldn't have wanted to be in the room."

Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison – on Morning Joe this morning was asked about the incident that saw Airforce One (or more accurately: “the 747 that is called Airforce One when the President is on board”) flying low and slow over lower Manhattan with a fighter trailing it.  “The president was furious,” she said.  “You wouldn’t have wanted to be in the room.”

Yes, we would have.

Daily Tubes: April 27 and 28, 2009

Someone seems to have screwed up and left my internet running. It was supposed to be turned off this morning. Not that I am complaining, as I am glad for the moments of surfing bliss I experienced today. The house is cleaned and the last of our things will be departing tomorrow for the new digs.

For now I am a bit bored and put together one last regular daily tube diary. Today was very interesting!

Tuesday April 28, 2009: The day in 100 seconds.

Holy crap! I remember hating Arlan Specter in the 1980’s. What is this world coming to?



Monday April 27, 2009: The day in 100 seconds.

Jesus. Thank goodness Arlan switched today. Otherwise the entire country might have exploded with pig fear from the lunatics on the news.

Pig Panic!

(cross posted at kickin it with cg)

For the last few days I have been glued to my TV, washing my hands compulsively and been trying to stand a safe distance away from people.  Not that its helped much since, in my city there are 4 confirmed cases of swine flu today.  

At the same time as the Toronto cases were confirmed, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, was busy suggesting that President Obama was to blame for the swine flu crisis. Bachmann implied that swine flu epidemics are a Democratic phenomenon that date back to President Carter.

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

Sadly Bachmann’s facts are not quite right. As Republican President Gerald Ford, not Carter, was in office during the last outbreak of the virus.

In the meantime, before you get back to stockpiling water, vaccinations and food, you may want to take a look at this.

George Carlin – 7 dirty words remembered


Reading the news today, like this WaPo piece; Supreme Court Rules that Government Can Fine for ‘Fleeting Expletives’, and blogger responses, brought back memories of Pacifica radio, when WBAI-FM aired George Carlin’s “7 Dirty Words”

In 1973, New York listener-supported radio station, WBAI-FM (owned by the Pacifica Foundation), aired Carlin’s routine which brought a complaint from a father whose son had heard the broadcast. The Federal Communications Commission was notified, an investigation ensued, and eventually WBAI-FM was fined for broadcasting obscene content. WBAI-FM appealed the ruling and it eventually went to the highest court in the United States.