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Dumbest Man on Internet Has New Bombshell Scoop: New Year’s Eve Photo-Gate!

Jim Hoft continues his groundbreaking work
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Fearless wingnut warrior Jim Hoft has an incredible bombshell scoop today — he’s caught President Obama in yet another heinous lie, a falsehood so monumental it threatens to bring down the republic. Can your heart stand the terrible truth of New Year’s Eve Photo-Gate?

Yes, the usurper in chief just can’t seem to help lying. He lies when he orders coffee, lies when he’s brushing his teeth, lies when he sings in the shower, and now he’s lying about New Year’s Eve.

Figures. Obama’s New Year’s Eve Picture Is Really From 4th of July, 2010 | the Gateway Pundit

It’s an Obama world…
The Obama White House tweeted this photo out on New Year’s Eve.

Sooper Mexican thought the photo looked familiar.

That’s because the photo was taken on the 4th of July, 2010.

Bombshell scoops like this one have made Hoft a superstar in the right wing blogosphere. I don’t know how Barack Obama ever thought he could sneak such an obvious fraud past the keen eye and even keener mind of the awesome Jim Hoft.

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220 comments

1 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:30:38pm

BENGHAZI!

2 calochortus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:30:49pm

I don't see where Obama says the photo was taken on New Year's Eve.
Positively diabolical!

3 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:32:03pm

re: #2 calochortus

I don't see where Obama says the photo was taken on New Year's Eve.
Positively diabolical!

Obviously a coded message to the Muslim Brotherhood.

4 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:32:07pm

OUTRAGEOUS OUTRAGE!!!11

5 lawhawk  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:32:22pm

Yawn. Absolutely riveting stuff Jim. Riveting.

6 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:32:25pm

re: #2 calochortus

I don't see where Obama says the photo was taken on New Year's Eve.
Positively diabolical!

Yeah, it's just a picture and Happy New Year written. Poor Jim Hoft. It must be hard being that dumb and looking for every little thing to whine about Obama for doing. It's a nice picture by the way too.

7 lawhawk  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:33:06pm

re: #3 Kragar

Absolutely right. When you trace the starburst behind 'em, you see a crescent. A crescent!!!!TY

8 ramex  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:33:12pm

re: #2 calochortus

You mean he lied without lying?! The fiend!

9 erik_t  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:33:29pm

THE CONSPIRACY DERPENS

THE PICTURE WAS PREVIOUSLY POSTED JULY 4 2010 BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN JULY 4 2009!!

10 lawhawk  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:34:01pm

re: #1 Kragar

Benghazi; the new First!?

11 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:34:14pm

Wait a second, I don't think the picture on Gateway Pundits banner is all one shot!

AHA! GOTCHA!!!

12 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:34:28pm

I think Jim thinks about the president in the shower way too much.

13 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:34:37pm

I didn't think it was possible but this, this is stupid even for Jim Hoft. And I know, I know, it's Jim Hoft but really making hoopola over the fact that a photo with fireworks from 2010 is being posted with Happy New Year written down? You choose to be this stupid and obtuse. It's like what can I find about President Obama to make me and my stupid readers angry? Oh I found it! Seriously Jim, just quit writing about politics and go back to writing Justin Bieber's songs though that may be unfair to Bieber.

14 Bulworth  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:34:54pm

That's OK. I understand why the wingnuts are upset. They got sent a two-year old picture from a different season.

The rest of us received lots of free stuff. /

15 erik_t  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:35:22pm

re: #14 Bulworth

That's OK. I understand why the wingnuts are upset. They got sent a two-year old picture from a different season.

The rest of us received lots of free stuff. /

I'm getting all kinds of use out of my Obamaphone.

16 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:35:24pm

re: #10 lawhawk

Benghazi; the new First!?

When in doubt, BENGHAZI!

17 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:36:31pm

re: #14 Bulworth

That's OK. I understand why the wingnuts are upset. They got sent a two-year old picture from a different season.

The rest of us received lots of free stuff. /

I need to get my free stuff free stuff.

18 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:36:42pm

Heat maps!

19 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:37:41pm

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to recycle stock photos past Jim Hoft.

His next mind blowing expose? Some of the girls on the "Meet hot girls in your town" blogads might actually not live near your town.

20 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:38:12pm

re: #19 Kragar

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to recycle stock photos past Jim Hoft.

His next mind blowing expose? Some of the girls on the "Meet hot girls in your town" blogads might actually not live near your town.

LIES

21 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:38:32pm
22 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:38:41pm

re: #19 Kragar

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to recycle stock photos past Jim Hoft.

His next mind blowing expose? Some of the girls on the "Meet hot girls in your town" blogads might actually not live near your town.

Nooooooooooo! Why. Thanks Obama. Thanks a lot.

23 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:39:30pm

re: #19 Kragar

You have to get up pretty early in the morning to recycle stock photos past Jim Hoft.

His next mind blowing expose? Some of the girls on the "Meet hot girls in your town" blogads might actually not live near your town.

And some might not be girls.

24 Dr. Matt  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:39:40pm

Fake meet outrage

25 erik_t  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:40:04pm

re: #19 Kragar

His next mind blowing expose? Some of the girls on the "Meet hot girls in your town" blogads might actually not live near your town.

Obama isn't from Kenya, he's actually a Nigerian prince! And that's why he's here to steal all of the gold from Glenn Beck!!!

!!!!!!!1

26 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:40:32pm
27 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:41:22pm

re: #25 erik_t

Obama isn't from Kenya, he's actually a Nigerian prince! And that's why he's here to steal all of the gold from Glenn Beck!!!

!!!!!!!1

We should have listened to his warnings and never mentioned him because that's how you get Nigerian princes to disappear.

28 Ghost of Tom Joad  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:45:58pm

re: #25 erik_t

Obama isn't from Kenya, he's actually a Nigerian prince! And that's why he's here to steal all of the gold from Glenn Beck!!!

What? Horseshit! He was supposed to deposit the sum of 1 million dollars in my bank account after I gave him my info.

29 Amory Blaine  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:49:12pm

re: #28 Ghost of Tom Joad

Me too!!!

30 Kaessa  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:49:30pm

OT: My sixth grandchild is being born today. Looking forward to meeting her soon!

31 Romantic Heretic  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:50:43pm

re: #30 Kaessa

Congratulations.

32 Kaessa  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:53:18pm

re: #31 Romantic Heretic

Congratulations.

Thanks! It's still surprising to me at times that I'm old enough to have six grandkids. When the heck did that happen? I don't feel that old!

33 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:55:34pm

*sigh*

34 CuriousLurker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:55:57pm

re: #30 Kaessa

OT: My sixth grandchild is being born today. Looking forward to meeting her soon!

Congrats! May she live long and well.

35 Ghost of Tom Joad  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:58:56pm

re: #33 Lidane

*sigh*

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Stupid fucking people.

36 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:58:58pm

re: #33 Lidane

*sigh*

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There is a difference between a voluntary buyback and confiscation. Some people do not seem to understand that.

37 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:01:48pm

Bryan Fischer explains the Jewish Bible to Rabbi

38 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:01:54pm

re: #33 Lidane

*sigh*

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Ah, it's like Columbine all over again.

39 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:02:42pm

re: #36 Dark_Falcon

There is a difference between a voluntary buyback and confiscation. Some people do not seem to understand that.

What I understand is this:

1. None of it will bring the Newtown victims back.

2. The video game publishers and developers already got paid, so all these morons are doing is destroying a bunch of plastic.

3. None of this solves the real issues at hand.

40 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:03:42pm

re: #39 Lidane

What I understand is this:

1. None of it will bring the Newtown victims back.

2. The video game publishers and developers already got paid, so all these morons are doing is destroying a bunch of plastic.

3. None of this solves the real issues at hand.

4. Dangerous Ping Pong balls, flatscreen TVs and credit cards are still on the streets.

41 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:05:31pm

re: #39 Lidane

What I understand is this:

1. None of it will bring the Newtown victims back.

2. The video game publishers and developers already got paid, so all these morons are doing is destroying a bunch of plastic.

3. None of this solves the real issues at hand.

I know. But I also know that idiots who work themselves into a dither over this story are only going to make things worse. Best to throw cold water on the loons.

42 Ian G.  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:05:34pm

re: #37 Kragar

Bryan Fischer explains the Jewish Bible to Rabbi

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Fischer really wishes he lived in the 14th century, where he could just burn Boteach as a heretic.

43 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:05:35pm

"Sir, why did you shoot your wife?"
"She had the visa card and I stood my ground."

44 CuriousLurker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:10:29pm

re: #25 erik_t

Obama isn't from Kenya, he's actually a Nigerian prince! And that's why he's here to steal all of the gold from Glenn Beck!!!

!!!!!!!1

So are you saying his whole presidency is nothing by a huge 419 scam?? Shit! The American people have been had!

45 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:13:36pm

re: #33 Lidane

*sigh*

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Screenshot with that article is from "Dishonored" excellent steam punk flavored stealthy assassin game. Funny they picked that one though, it is one of the few games that allows you to play through the entire thing without actually killing anyone yourself. Short game if you play-through like a "tank" but very challenging and time consuming if you try for maximum stealth.

46 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:13:51pm
47 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:16:52pm

re: #46 Lidane

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Name one.

48 erik_t  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:17:53pm

re: #47 Kragar

Name one.

Comrade Dole.

/

49 Charles Johnson  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:18:06pm

The guy that Hoft refers to in his post, "Sooper Mexican," is one of the obnoxious wingnut geeks who likes to jump into Twitter conversations and spew insults and inane right wing "humor" at you until you block him.

I don't even try to engage the wingnut crowd on Twitter - it's not worth the typing. Just hit the block button and add them to Tweetdeck's global filter. Too many weirdos, too little time.

50 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:19:38pm

Would you all please join me in downdinging this comment. "War on Music" has gone too far; He's openly expressing support for a woman who killed a state trooper.

51 Eventual Carrion  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:21:18pm

re: #32 Kaessa

Thanks! It's still surprising to me at times that I'm old enough to have six grandkids. When the heck did that happen? I don't feel that old!

I only have one. I'm a youngin'

52 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:21:57pm

re: #45 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Screenshot with that article is from "Dishonored" excellent steam punk flavored stealthy assassin game. Funny they picked that one though, it is one of the few games that allows you to play through the entire thing without actually killing anyone yourself. Short game if you play-through like a "tank" but very challenging and time consuming if you try for maximum stealth.

More and more games are becoming like that, adding additional challenge through stealth or "pacifist" runs.

53 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:22:02pm

re: #45 watching you tiny alien kittens are

Screenshot with that article is from "Dishonored" excellent steam punk flavored stealthy assassin game. Funny they picked that one though, it is one of the few games that allows you to play through the entire thing without actually killing anyone yourself. Short game if you play-through like a "tank" but very challenging and time consuming if you try for maximum stealth.

I got through without killing anyone other than those assassins in the original fight. Is there a way not to kill them?

54 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:22:42pm

re: #52 Targetpractice

More and more games are becoming like that, adding additional challenge through stealth or "pacifist" runs.

Also, in Dishonered, if you choose the violent option the world is more of a crapsack, things are darker, and people like you less.

55 Ian G.  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:23:42pm

re: #46 Lidane

Which are North Korea, Cuba, and, um, Laos? Yeah, that's quite a dangerous triumvirate there.

Jesus Christ, these people are hopeless. It's not 1979 anymore. Checkpoint Charlie is a tourist trap, and the Soviets lost to a bunch of unarmed Lithuanian protesters.

56 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:23:45pm

Scary Obama Shadow scares wingnuts!

57 Amory Blaine  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:24:46pm

re: #56 Vicious Babushka
Shadowy figures doing the terrorist head bump.

58 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:24:46pm

re: #54 Obdicut

Also, in Dishonered, if you choose the violent option the world is more of a crapsack, things are darker, and people like you less.

I know in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you get more experience points for a stealth/pacifist run than you do if you run through like a tank. Lot more time and strategy involved too.

59 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:24:49pm

But how many people here made it thru pre-DLC Fallout New Vegas without ever firing a weapon and having zero confirmed kills?

60 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:25:27pm

re: #56 Vicious Babushka

Scary Obama Shadow scares wingnuts!

Watch your back--Kaesa is horning in on your grandmother shtick.

61 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:25:36pm

re: #59 Kragar

But how many people here made it thru pre-DLC Fallout New Vegas without ever firing a weapon and having zero confirmed kills?

Never could do it. Stealth run I can do, pacifist run is beyond me.

62 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:26:16pm

re: #58 Targetpractice

I know in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you get more experience points for a stealth/pacifist run than you do if you run through like a tank. Lot more time and strategy involved too.

Yeah, I did that one stealth and pacifist (as you can-- the boss fights still require lethality sometimes) right up till that nice girl that flies the helicopter was getting whomped on, then I couldn't take them out fast enough non-lethally to save her.

63 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:26:36pm

re: #60 Decatur Deb

Watch your back--Kaesa is horning in on your grandmother shtick.

She has, what, 20 grandkids left to go?

64 Amory Blaine  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:26:49pm

re: #56 Vicious Babushka

Scary Obama Shadow scares wingnuts!

It's a rorschach test!!!

I think I see Stalin's Mustache!!!

65 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:27:01pm

re: #58 Targetpractice

I know in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you get more experience points for a stealth/pacifist run than you do if you run through like a tank. Lot more time and strategy involved too.

Tried playing Civ IV for a year as Ghandi with the Pacifist religious civic. Never won a single game.

66 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:28:17pm

re: #59 Kragar

But how many people here made it thru pre-DLC Fallout New Vegas without ever firing a weapon and having zero confirmed kills?

I have. Though I did get people killed by running the hell away and leading them into combat with each other, but not on purpose, more like "Shit shit raiders shit shit oh hi rangers."

I like trying non-lethal solutions.

67 JRCMYP  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:28:38pm

You know, my holiday card picture this year wasn't actually taken on Christmas day. Should I be worried??

//

68 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:29:01pm

re: #65 Decatur Deb

Tried playing Civ IV for a year as Ghandi with the Pacifist religious civic. Never won a single game.

Ghandi has declared pre-emptive war on me during every game of Civ I've ever played, except for the ones where he randomly decides I'm his best buddy.

69 erik_t  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:29:38pm

re: #68 Obdicut

Ghandi has declared pre-emptive war on me during every game of Civ I've ever played, except for the ones where he randomly decides I'm his best buddy.

Ghandi is a dick.

70 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:30:16pm
71 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:30:39pm

re: #66 Obdicut

I have. Though I did get people killed by running the hell away and leading them into combat with each other, but not on purpose, more like "Shit shit raiders shit shit oh hi rangers."

I like trying non-lethal solutions.

I freely admit that while I was strictly a non-combatant, I had no problem with Boone or ED-E engaging in a fire fight.

72 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:31:04pm

re: #68 Obdicut

Ghandi has declared pre-emptive war on me during every game of Civ I've ever played, except for the ones where he randomly decides I'm his best buddy.

re: #69 erik_t

Ghandi is a dick.

If you're long near the bottom of the food chain, AIs will do what an AI's got to do.

73 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:31:10pm

re: #68 Obdicut

Ghandi has declared pre-emptive war on me during every game of Civ I've ever played, except for the ones where he randomly decides I'm his best buddy.

I hate Ghandi in Civ. Total dick.

74 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:32:06pm

re: #69 erik_t

Ghandi is a dick.

Gandhi will kick your ass...and look good doing it.

75 Amory Blaine  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:33:44pm

re: #64 Amory Blaine

It's a rorschach test!!!

I think I see Stalin's Mustache!!!

See the similarities?

Image: stalinDM2109_468x551.jpg

Now here:

Image: A_e3Mg7CcAAeJJc.jpg_large.jpg

76 erik_t  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:36:28pm

re: #75 Amory Blaine

See the similarities?

YOU KNOW WHAT STALIN'S MUSTACHE IS MADE OF? TWO CRESCENTS!!!!!

77 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:37:22pm

Hello ladies...

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78 Amory Blaine  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:38:19pm

Super Hunk!!

79 Amory Blaine  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:39:35pm

Was that on the cover of Collective Teen magazine?

80 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:40:50pm

re: #79 Amory Blaine

Was that on the cover of collective teen magazine?

Komsomolskya Vogue

81 Kaessa  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:41:30pm

New Grandbaby!

They haven't given her a name yet, but she's SO CUTE.

82 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:42:11pm

re: #60 Decatur Deb

Watch your back--Kaesa is horning in on your grandmother shtick.

I'm way ahead, I'll wait for her to catch up. :)

83 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:42:18pm

re: #79 Amory Blaine

Was that on the cover of Collective Teen magazine?

Da, comrade.

84 Kaessa  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:43:21pm

re: #82 Vicious Babushka

I'm way ahead, I'll wait for her to catch up. :)

Hehe.. I still have a little way to go, I still have my youngest living at home. Though he swears he's never going to have kids.

85 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:43:30pm

re: #79 Amory Blaine

Was that on the cover of collective teen magazine?

Gulag Beat magazine.

86 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:45:28pm

re: #84 Kaessa

Hehe.. I still have a little way to go, I still have my youngest living at home. Though he swears he's never going to have kids.

That's what they all say till they fall in love. My younger brother got engaged a couple months back. This is his serious girlfriend too.

87 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:45:40pm

re: #32 Kaessa

Thanks! It's still surprising to me at times that I'm old enough to have six grandkids. When the heck did that happen? I don't feel that old!

Just wait till you have 31.

88 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:45:51pm

re: #74 TedStriker

Gandhi will kick your ass...and look good doing it.

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I prefer:

89 Kaessa  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:46:14pm

re: #87 Vicious Babushka

Just wait till you have 31.

I don't know if I'll ever be ready for that.

90 BongCrodny  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:47:02pm

re: #79 Amory Blaine

Was that on the cover of collective teen magazine?

re: #85 Kragar

Gulag Beat magazine.

Tiger Borscht.

91 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:47:33pm

re: #37 Kragar

Bryan Fischer explains the Jewish Bible to Rabbi

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Heh. Shmuley is grinning like he tied Bryan's shoelaces together.

92 Kid A  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:48:03pm

I can't even imagine how apoplectic the RWNJosphere went when that photo of Obama & Michelle hugging after the election became the most tweeted photo in history. That was a great photograph, too.

93 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:50:18pm

TYRANNY!!11!1!

94 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:56:42pm

re: #85 Kragar

Gulag Beating magazine.

FTFY

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95 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:59:22pm

"The Creation Science Hall of Fame believes that Kent is in jail out of principle, and not deceit as per our discovery.
Kent Hovind is a tax protester. His is only one of many tax protests that Americans, from time to time, have lodged in the federal courts. Did Kent make mistakes during his attempt to prove his point? Yes, and he admits to them. None of us are perfect."
[Link: creationsciencehalloffame.org...]

“I sincerely believe that I am not a person required to file a Federal Income Tax Return,” he said. “This belief is a result of extensive research that I have done.” Asked by the judge where he lived, Hovind replied, “I live in the church of Jesus Christ, which is located all over the world. I have no residence.”
[Link: sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com...]

96 Romantic Heretic  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:59:39pm

re: #81 Kaessa

Awwwww! Congratulations.

97 Charles Johnson  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:59:52pm

Awesome album cover of the day: Nick Cave's second Grinderman album.

Image: B003VQM2LU-lg.jpg

98 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:01:24pm
99 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:02:23pm

Labor Bureau report: Professional sports do little to help, may in fact worsen local economies

Even if the 2011–2012 season had been canceled, it likely would have had little, if any, effect on the economic health of the cities that host NBA teams. A 2001 study of past work stoppages found that, in 37 metropolitan area economies with professional sports franchises, there was no overall financial impact. Indeed, the cities appeared to perform better financially in years that games were canceled. There were other options that people spent their entertainment dollars on, in a substitution effect, while security needed for public safety at sporting events cost less because games were not played

100 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:05:07pm
101 jhrhv  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:06:29pm

re: #97 Charles Johnson

Awesome album cover of the day: Nick Cave's second Grinderman album.

Image: B003VQM2LU-lg.jpg

Kind of like my wife before the first cup of coffee.
/

102 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:06:41pm

re: #100 Lidane

On Twitter, I can talk to porn stars about comic books. Can Congress do that?

Advantage: Twitter.

103 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:14:57pm

Rep. Polis mocks ‘big spending’ Republicans over DOMA ‘lawyer stimulus’

“House Republicans in this rule are seeking to authorize lawyer fees for a costly federal takeover of marriage that would single out legally married couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law,” Polis said on the House floor.

Republicans directed BLAG to defend DOMA in 2011 after the Obama administration declared the law was unconstitutional.

Polis said Republicans were “sticking taxpayers with millions of dollars of unnecessary costs right on day one in the Rule of the House itself.”

“At least when Democrats spend money, we build roads and bridges, educate kids, provide health care,” he continued. “This Republican spending goes right into the pocket of lawyers. Big spending Republicans on day one spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on a federal takeover of marriage and a lawyer stimulus — wrong foot to start off on.”

104 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:15:51pm

re: #102 Kragar

On Twitter, I can talk to porn stars about comic books. Can Congress do that?

Advantage: Twitter.

And I can talk to comic book writers about porn. Score!

Heh.

105 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:15:57pm

re: #95 jaunte

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I'm not surprised that "creation science" and "sovereign citizens" would intersect; all of those fuckheads just need to GTFO.

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106 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:17:39pm

re: #105 TedStriker

I wish that the "sovereign citizen" fuckheads would just GTFO.
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Speaking of Sovs:

Bradlee Dean and the Sovereign Citizens

107 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:18:09pm

re: #106 Kragar

Speaking of Sovs:

Bradlee Dean and the Sovereign Citizens

Refresh my post.

108 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:18:19pm

BBL

109 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:21:24pm
110 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:23:51pm

re: #109 Lidane

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headdesk

111 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:24:54pm

re: #109 Lidane

ZOMG! ITS TEH CREEPING HINDUISM!!1!

112 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:27:23pm

re: #109 Lidane

Morons preaching the benefits of inflexibility.

113 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:27:24pm

re: #109 Lidane

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Bryan Fischer: "WE'VE GOT TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM HUNGRY BEARS!"

114 Kaessa  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:27:41pm

re: #109 Lidane

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Derp.

115 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:28:13pm

"Sports usually involves a ball of some type."

So that's what's been missing from skiing.

116 gwangung  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:29:56pm

re: #115 jaunte

"Sports usually involves a ball of some type."

So that's what's been missing from skiing.

And sprints and marathons.

117 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:29:59pm

re: #115 jaunte

"Sports usually involves a ball of some type."

So that's what's been missing from skiing.

Track and field, not a sport.

118 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:34:19pm

re: #117 Kragar

Track and field, not a sport.

Sports is a lie.

119 Pawn of the Oppressor  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:36:52pm

re: #37 Kragar

Bryan Fischer explains the Jewish Bible to Rabbi

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Well, at least Fischer remembers who wrote it in the first place. That's a start.

/trying to be positive

120 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:37:25pm

Sports involve a ball of some kind? So we have an admission that NASCAR is not a sport?

/

121 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:37:38pm

re: #118 Gus

Sports is a lie.

Professional sports, second only to organized religion, in the ridiculous overblown concepts department.

122 dragonath  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:38:18pm

re: #113 Kragar

Bryan Fischer: "WE'VE GOT TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM HUNGRY BEARS!"

Maybe Fischer's been reading about Elisha, Bolland style.

Image: ElishaAndTheBears.jpg

123 7-y (Expectation of Great Things in Due Course)  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:38:32pm

re: #117 Kragar

Track and field, not a sport.

Disc golf!

124 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:38:43pm

Larry Winget, known (only to himself and his publicist) as
The Pitbull of Personal Development®

is the author of
Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life (used price one cent)
[Link: www.amazon.com...]

125 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:39:57pm

re: #120 Targetpractice

Sports involve a ball of some kind? So we have an admission that NASCAR is not a sport?

/

It is to a sport, as long as you think the concept of rednecks driving in circles for hours at a time is a sport, but you can see that in a Walmart parking lot on a payday for a lot cheaper than NASCAR tickets.

126 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:41:30pm

re: #121 Kragar

Professional sports, second only to organized religion, in the ridiculous overblown concepts department.

Bowling!

127 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:42:21pm

re: #126 Gus

Ultimate Fight Bowling!

128 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:43:15pm

re: #127 jaunte

Ultimate Fight Bowling!

Full Contact Golf.

129 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:44:06pm

Wal-Nas-Mart-Car

130 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:46:30pm

Fun Fact: The worlds largest population of wild camels in the world is the Australian Outback, which developed from pack animals originally brought over by British explorers.

131 Bubblehead II  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:46:43pm

re: #125 Kragar

It is to a sport, as long as you think the concept of rednecks driving in circles for hours at a time is a sport, but you can see that in a Walmart parking lot on a payday for a lot cheaper than NASCAR tickets.

And probably see more fender bender as well. :-)

132 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:47:58pm

Ahahaha!

===SIREN===

Jim Hoft Reports:

Daughters of American Revolution Removes All References to God & Jesus Christ From Official Literature (Video)
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, January 3, 2013, 8:39 AM

The Daughters of the American Revolution, whose motto is “God, home and country”, removed all references to God and Christianity from all of its official books. Chaplains were told to stop using the name of Jesus.
The DAR even removed “America the Beautiful” from its official documents because it mentions God.

Todd Starnes reported this disturbing development on FOX and Friends this morning.

He provides a link to the DAR and lookie here!

Message Regarding NSDAR Ritual and Missal
January 3, 2013

NSDAR is disappointed to learn that false and incorrect information has recently been circulated regarding the 2011 edition of the DAR Ritual and Missal and the use of the name Jesus Christ in prayers and other ceremonial events of the National Society. The purpose of this message is to clarify NSDAR’s position on the matter for anyone who has not previously viewed the blogs written by President General Merry Ann T. Wright.

First, the question was posed by a national media group that if the motto of DAR is God, Home and Country, then “…why is DAR taking out references to God…” in its printed material. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as currently written, the 113 page Ritual and Missal contains over 300 references to “Almighty God,” “Great God our King” (America hymn), “Our Heavenly Father,” “Heavenly Father,” “God of Hosts,” “God,” “Lord,” “Eternal God,” “Your Holy Spirit,” “Lord your God,” “Gracious Lord,” “Almighty and Everlasting God,” “Gracious Father,” and similar variations.

Second, the allegation has been leveled that Chaplains and others have been told not to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Again, this is an absolute falsehood. Each Chaplain and other officers are strongly encouraged to create their own prayers into which they may insert the name of Jesus Christ as deemed appropriate for the occasion and the audience. This is what the President General wrote in her blog of April 10, 2012 when questions about the change to the Ritual and Missal first arose:

Continues.

Da derpity, da derp, de derp da derp.

133 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:52:35pm

re: #132 Gus

From the DAR:

"The Executive Officers believe that the new Ritual and Missal can be used by members of any faith, substituting words as they wish, changing the prayers to suit the needs of the meeting in which they are being used. At our Executive meetings, knowing that we are all Christian, we pray in the Name of Jesus. When those are present whose faith is unknown, we pray in God’s name. However, we all recognize that when Christians pray in God’s name we are, indeed, praying in Christ’s name because the Christian faith believes in the Trinity of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We also understand that our Jewish members know God as Jehovah or Yahweh, Muslim members use the name Allah for God and there are those whose spirituality may have a still different higher power or none at all.

We have in no way mandated that one must or must not use the name of Jesus Christ in the prayers. In our DAR rituals, prayers are included. Most of the prayers begin with “Our Father” or “Almighty God” and end “in Your Holy Name.” Christ’s prayer, known as The Lord’s Prayer, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Easter and Passover prayers and prayers for other religious observances are included."

Now that another season of the War on Christmas has faded, American religious pluralism is the new devil.

134 engineer cat  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:53:30pm

FTC ends long Google probe

long google probes are megahertz me

135 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:55:04pm

re: #115 jaunte

"Sports usually involves a ball of some type."

So that's what's been missing from skiing.

And hockey.

However, there are merits to a ball being added to NASCAR. Heh.

136 SpaceJesus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:55:40pm

[Link: www.huffingtonpost.com...]

well i guess i know what im doing with the rest of my day

137 dragonfire1981  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:57:32pm

re: #37 Kragar

Bryan Fischer explains the Jewish Bible to Rabbi

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You might want to take a closer look at that Bible Mr. Fisher. More specifically, Matthew Chapter 7:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

138 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:57:55pm

re: #133 jaunte

From the DAR:

Now that another season of the War on Christmas has faded, American religious pluralism is the new devil.

It's pretty amazing how a lot of right wing men turned into "church ladies" during the 1980s and continues to this day. Before that religion was a lot more private. This is all the result of the rise of televangelism during the 1980s.

139 dragonfire1981  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:59:47pm

re: #109 Lidane

Questions Fox News asks: Are children participating in yoga leading to the "wussification of America?"

Not necessarily...

YOGA FIRE!!

140 allegro  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:10:34pm

re: #138 Gus

It's pretty amazing how a lot of right wing men turned into "church ladies" during the 1980s and continues to this day. Before that religion was a lot more private. This is all the result of the rise of televangelism during the 1980s.

I think it was more the politicizing of religion, aka Falwell/Reagan's "Moral Majority." That is was neither moral or a majority is a whole nother thing.

141 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:11:00pm

re: #109 Lidane

[Embedded content]

Yoga makes you a wuss? Okay Fox............ Frankly, children who get forced fed Fox News as news wussify America more because Fox News teaches you that complaining is the solution to those you disagree with. As opposed to Yoga which actually has some physical and mental benefits for the person doing it.

142 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:12:08pm

re: #139 dragonfire1981

Not necessarily...

YOGA FIRE!!

He always was my favorite character in that series. Though I have to admit- I was a MK kid.

143 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:12:54pm

re: #142 HappyWarrior

He always was my favorite character in that series. Though I have to admit- I was a MK kid.

FINISH HIM!

144 jhrhv  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:13:54pm

re: #115 jaunte

Hunting no longer a sport.
Sorry I had to go there.

145 Renaissance_Man  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:14:34pm

re: #141 HappyWarrior

Yoga makes you a wuss? Okay Fox............ Frankly, children who get forced fed Fox News as news wussify America more because Fox News teaches you that complaining is the solution to those you disagree with. As opposed to Yoga which actually has some physical and mental benefits for the person doing it.

Whereas playing with guns makes you a Real Man.

146 dragonfire1981  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:15:43pm

re: #143 Targetpractice

FINISH HIM!

GET OVER HERE!!

147 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:18:20pm

re: #109 Lidane

[Embedded content]

Yoga

148 Mentis Fugit  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:19:38pm

re: #130 Kragar

Fun Fact: The worlds largest population of wild camels in the world is the Australian Outback, which developed from pack animals originally brought over by British explorers.

And the train that runs from Adelaide in the south, through Alice Springs to Darwin in the north, is named The Ghan after the Afghan camel drivers.

And I think I understand how this works: pool, a sport; boxing, not a sport.

149 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:19:43pm

Image: 071101-A-3922M-029M.jpg

Sgt. Gurdev Singh, a Indian Army master physical fitness instructor, leads Soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, in a Yoga exercise during morning fitness training. C Company is in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Fucking wuss! //

150 Killgore Trout  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:25:48pm

Another stupid congressional investigation
'Zero Dark Thirty's' torture implication prompts Senate inquiry

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said Thursday that they had sent two letters to acting CIA chief Michael Morell. In the first, dated Dec. 19, they requested information about what the CIA told the filmmakers. In the second, dated Monday, they asked Morell to clarify a statement he issued on Dec. 21 about the movie and its portrayal of torture.
...
“Given the CIA's cooperation with the filmmakers … and the narrative's consistency with past public misstatements by former senior CIA officials … the filmmakers could have been misled by information they were provided by CIA,” the senators said in a statement Thursday. They requested “all information and documents provided to the filmmakers by CIA officials.”

151 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:34:26pm

re: #150 Killgore Trout

Another stupid congressional investigation
'Zero Dark Thirty's' torture implication prompts Senate inquiry

Another dog and pony show that could be taken up by an internal investigation. Notice of course these are senior Senators who apparently have nothing better to do. Feinstein of course is known for her "security state" mentality. McCain and Levin are authors of the infamous NDAA which was passed without, ironically, a single hearing.

152 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:39:18pm

Gold Seen Rallying From Worst Streak in Three Years: Commodities

Gold traders expect prices to rebound from the longest weekly losing streak in three years as mounting concern that U.S. lawmakers are doing too little to control the budget deficit spurs demand for a protection of wealth.


[...]

BUY GOLD!!!

(just wait for it)

153 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:39:39pm

Oh noz we're doomed to be a country of wusses!

Image: 110914-N-SF704-044.jpg

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sep. 14, 2011) - Sailors aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) perform lunge stretches during a yoga class held on the ship's flight deck. George Washington held a sunrise yoga class on the flight deck at daybreak in an effort to promote a culture of fitness in a person's life. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Pittman)

154 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:40:32pm

Hmm, I knew that the 2013 NDAA once again included Congressional "affirmation" that the AUMF applies to U.S. Citizens and that they can be detained and tried by the military. I didn't hear that it included a statement to...

"take all necessary measures, including military action if required, to prevent Iran from threatening the United States, its allies or Iran's neighbors with a nuclear weapon."

Looks like the Hawks are still angling for a fight...

155 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:41:38pm

Discuss: Barack Obama is a Liberal Republican

I think BHO hangs ideologically well with the Gerald Ford/Nelson Rockefeller band of "liberal" Republicans.

156 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:45:03pm

re: #153 Gus

No one caught the ball!

157 Killgore Trout  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:45:23pm

re: #151 Gus

Another dog and pony show that could be taken up by an internal investigation. Notice of course these are senior Senators who apparently have nothing better to do. Feinstein of course is known for her "security state" mentality. McCain and Levin are authors of the infamous NDAA which was passed without, ironically, a single hearing.

It also seems to be over their heads that it's a movie. It's a fictionalized account based on a true story. Even if someone fibbed, as far as I know there's no laws against lying to movie executives.

158 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:45:30pm

More time-wasting from Texas:

Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.

Cruz is a Cuban-American and former state solicitor general. On Thursday, he became the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the Senate.

He has pledged that his first bill would seek to repeal “every syllable of every word” of the Obama administration’s health care reform law.
[Link: houston.cbslocal.com...]

Because thirty attempts just weren't enough.

Asked whether he will make another attempt to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, Boehner said "the election changes that" and "Obamacare is the law of the land." [Link: abcnews.go.com...]

159 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:46:54pm

Are they learning from the GOP?

The Palestinian Implosion

160 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:47:11pm

re: #157 Killgore Trout

It also seems to be over their heads that it's a movie. It's a fictionalized account based on a true story. Even if someone fibbed, as far as I know there's no laws against lying to movie executives.

That's just it. It's just a fucking movie.

161 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:50:23pm

re: #158 jaunte

More time-wasting from Texas:

Because thirty attempts just weren't enough.

So what kind of magic formula does he plan on introducing to overcome a veto from PBO if by magic it also passed the Senate?

162 dragonath  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:51:14pm

Toomey named to Senate Finance Committee

Appoint the guy who wants to shut down the government. That's good for business.

163 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:51:56pm

re: #161 Gus

I don't get it. It's a waste of time and he's already admitted it won't go anywhere.

164 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:55:02pm

re: #163 jaunte

I don't get it. It's a waste of time and he's already admitted it won't go anywhere.

Red meat for a low information constituency. Gosh darn it I seriously doubt many Americans even understand how their government works let alone breaking things up along the legislative, executive and judicial branches. This is not limited to the right wing either as we've seen with the belly aching from the professional left last week. I've seen some polling (based on quizzes and such) where even people with college degrees are clueless.

165 Killgore Trout  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:55:21pm

re: #155 freetoken

Discuss: Barack Obama is a Liberal Republican

I think BHO hangs ideologically well with the Gerald Ford/Nelson Rockefeller band of "liberal" Republicans.

There's been some bitching from liberals about that sort of thing lately. I see a couple problems. First is that our political definitions have changed. "Conservative" has come to mean hating gays, global warming denial, opposing any sort of environmental protections, etc. "Liberal" has come to mean peace at all costs, shutting down opposition radio shows, pointless protests and marches, etc. Neither of which has much to do with the defined political philosophies but it's more like the peripheral baggage each side carries with them.
Second is the partisans suddenly become shocked when confronted realistic and pragmatic leaders. Instead of making an effort to understand how/why the world functions like it does, they recoil in shock that their pet fantasies haven't become reality.

166 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:55:46pm
167 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:56:16pm

Meanwhile, looking at the slightly bigger picture:

Dwarf galaxies around Andromeda pose questions for astronomers

A discovery that many small companion galaxies surrounding Andromeda seem to orbit in concert — and aligned in a vast, thin disk — could change scientists’ understanding of how galaxies form, researchers said Wednesday.

[...]


The survey detected 27 dwarf galaxies in a region extending 114 to 1,305 light-years from Andromeda. Fifteen of the galaxies aligned along a single plane, and 13 of those 15 appeared to “co-rotate” in the same direction.

[...]

“The present detection proves that in some giant galaxies, a significant fraction of the population of dwarf satellite galaxies … are aligned,” the team wrote, noting that “the implications for the origin and dynamical history of dwarf galaxies are profound. ”

The team also wrote that “intriguingly” the band of co-rotating dwarf galaxies was also aligned with the Milky Way. That link could be a result of chance, they wrote, but was worth considering further as astronomers ponder how the current layout of our cosmic neighborhood might have come to be.

[...]

The scientific paper:

A vast, thin plane of corotating dwarf galaxies orbiting the Andromeda galaxy

Dwarf satellite galaxies are thought to be the remnants of the population of primordial structures that coalesced to form giant galaxies like the Milky Way1. It has previously been suspected2 that dwarf galaxies may not be isotropically distributed around our Galaxy, because several are correlated with streams of H I emission, and may form coplanar groups3. These suspicions are supported by recent analyses4, 5, 6, 7. It has been claimed7 that the apparently planar distribution of satellites is not predicted within standard cosmology8, and cannot simply represent a memory of past coherent accretion. However, other studies dispute this conclusion9, 10, 11. Here we report the existence of a planar subgroup of satellites in the Andromeda galaxy (M 31), comprising about half of the population. The structure is at least 400 kiloparsecs in diameter, but also extremely thin, with a perpendicular scatter of less than 14.1 kiloparsecs. Radial velocity measurements12, 13, 14, 15 reveal that the satellites in this structure have the same sense of rotation about their host. This shows conclusively that substantial numbers of dwarf satellite galaxies share the same dynamical orbital properties and direction of angular momentum. Intriguingly, the plane we identify is approximately aligned with the pole of the Milky Way’s disk and with the vector between the Milky Way and Andromeda.

168 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:56:34pm

re: #166 Gus

[Link: www.americancivicliteracy.org...]

MAJOR FINDINGS

A College Degree Fails to Promote Active Civic Engagement Beyond Voting
• Greater Civic Knowledge Trumps a College Degree as the Leading Factor in Encouraging Active Civic Engagement
• Civic Self-Education Increases Active Civic Engagement; Video Games Detract

169 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 4:58:51pm

re: #155 freetoken

Discuss: Barack Obama is a Liberal Republican

I think BHO hangs ideologically well with the Gerald Ford/Nelson Rockefeller band of "liberal" Republicans.

Looks like a bunch of flapdoodle.

170 kirkspencer  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:02:09pm

re: #168 Gus

MAJOR FINDINGS

Take with extreme caution. The organization is a part of the ISI, an organization that preaches Austrian economics and Randian libertarianism. I think a particularly telling datapoint is that ISI is the publisher for Robert Spencer's Did Muhammed Exist?

171 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:03:14pm

re: #170 kirkspencer

Take with extreme caution. The organization is a part of the ISI, an organization that preaches Austrian economics and Randian libertarianism. I think a particularly telling datapoint is that ISI is the publisher for Robert Spencer's Did Muhammed Exist?

Thanks. I guess that means off to wingnut gulag for me!!

//

172 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:03:17pm

re: #169 Gus

Looks like a bunch of flapdoodle.

It's more a way for Ritholtz to generate comments, I suppose.

Yet there is much to be said about Barrack Obama, and as was noted as early as 2007 the President is hardly a "leftist" and analyses at the time found him, outside of a few issues defined as "social" (but more fundamentally religious), to be very much a centrist.

All these wingnut sites the past 5 years have been creating a bogeyman that evidence clearly shows is wrong.

President Obama is pretty much a middle-of-the-road, easy-go-lucky type of guy. Hardly the leftist/marxist Manchurian candidate.

173 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:05:45pm

re: #165 Killgore Trout

There's been some bitching from liberals about that sort of thing lately. I see a couple problems. First is that our political definitions have changed. "Conservative" has come to mean hating gays, global warming denial, opposing any sort of environmental protections, etc. "Liberal" has come to mean peace at all costs, shutting down opposition radio shows, pointless protests and marches, etc. Neither of which has much to do with the defined political philosophies but it's more like the peripheral baggage each side carries with them.
Second is the partisans suddenly become shocked when confronted realistic and pragmatic leaders. Instead of making an effort to understand how/why the world functions like it does, they recoil in shock that their pet fantasies haven't become reality.

Oh, FFS, KT...you're so full of shit, your eyes are brown.

174 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:07:57pm

I thought being a liberal meant arguing with emoprogs on Twitter and then getting called an Obamabot.

//half

175 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:08:48pm

Human 2.0 is coming...


Bacterial “immune system” used to engineer human DNA in human cells

Precisely engineering the genome of human cells remains largely in the realm of science fiction. It's possible, with the right virus, to get new or modified genes into cells. But the regular collection of the genes in the cell are still there—we can't typically eliminate a gene that has gone bad or replace a broken copy with a working one. Although some progress has been made in creating proteins that target specific spots in the genome, it's tough to make these proteins both specific enough to only target a single sequence yet flexible enough to work on lots of targets.

Now, it turns out we don't have to make proteins after all. Bacteria have a system that targets the DNA of viral invaders, acting a bit like an immune system. And two teams of researchers have shown it's possible to direct that system so it targets specific locations in a mammalian genome. Once targeted, the cell's normal DNA repair system can replace the sequence with an engineered one of the researchers' choosing.

[...]

And...


Editing the genome with high precision

Researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute and Rockefeller University have developed a new technique for precisely altering the genomes of living cells by adding or deleting genes. The researchers say the technology could offer an easy-to-use, less-expensive way to engineer organisms that produce biofuels; to design animal models to study human disease; and to develop new therapies, among other potential applications.

[...]

And that other "potential application"?

The New Human, Homo novus , i.e., Human 2.0 .

176 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:09:40pm

re: #165 Killgore Trout

pointless protests

This is what Ted Cruz and the other tea partiers seem to be doing in regards to continuously 'repealing' Obamacare.

177 Bubblehead II  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:11:42pm

Night Lizards,.

178 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:12:08pm

re: #172 freetoken

It's more a way for Ritholtz to generate comments, I suppose.

Yet there is much to be said about Barrack Obama, and as was noted as early as 2007 the President is hardly a "leftist" and analyses at the time found him, outside of a few issues defined as "social" (but more fundamentally religious), to be very much a centrist.

All these wingnut sites the past 5 years have been creating a bogeyman that evidence clearly shows is wrong.

President Obama is pretty much a middle-of-the-road, easy-go-lucky type of guy. Hardly the leftist/marxist Manchurian candidate.

A lot of the bellyachers are ignoring many of PBO's accomplishments especially when it comes down to LGBT and women's issues.

179 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:12:59pm

re: #175 freetoken

Human 2.0 is coming...

Bacterial “immune system” used to engineer human DNA in human cells

And...

Editing the genome with high precision

And that other "potential application"?

The New Human, Homo novus , i.e., Human 2.0 .

Hey now, we've already seen where genetic engineering takes us: war, genocide, and rich Corinthian leather...wait, what?

//

180 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:13:29pm

re: #163 jaunte

I don't get it. It's a waste of time and he's already admitted it won't go anywhere.

It's a way to appeal to the knuckle-dragging morans in the GOP base. That's all.

181 Obdicut  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:14:15pm

re: #165 Killgore Trout

"Liberal" has come to mean peace at all costs, shutting down opposition radio shows, pointless protests and marches, etc.

By people who obsess over trivialities and feel a desperate need to appeal to the magical balance fairy on everything, sure.

Neither liberal not conservative have any real meaning. They just, in this country, stand for "votes for the GOP or the crazier parties on that fringe (note-- no actual difference in craziness these days)" or "Votes for the Democrats or the crazier parties on that fringe".

But it's demonstrably true that the GOP these days does in fact deny civil rights to gays, does deny global warming, etc. The actual conservative party of the US does these things. Meanwhilfe, the liberal party of the US, the Democrats-- who are the ones elected by 'liberals'-- do no such thing.

This is why those like you who have this absolute obsession with Manichaeism are so risible. You have to ignore so fucking much to make your comparisons work, it's insane. You have to consider only the far fringe of the left to be 'liberals', while comparing that to the mainstream of 'conservatives', and pretend you're comparing the same things.

182 Belafon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:14:23pm

re: #168 Gus

Having gone through college myself, and now helping my oldest determine where he's going to college, that's not what college degrees offer. You pretty much pick one or two things. You are not going to be trained to be more civic in a college setting. For that matter, though, I can't think of any time where a large number of people were trained to be civic minded.

183 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:15:03pm

re: #178 Gus

I note though that BO got onboard the gay marriage train after it had already left the station. The general mood of the country was already changing about gay marriage, and in this regard President Obama shows himself to be more of a consensus taker.

184 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:15:26pm

re: #180 Lidane

"Our man Ted, he's fighting the good fight."

185 Stanghazi  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:15:27pm

re: #181 Obdicut

You were missed dude. Welcome back! (Glad you had a good vacay)

186 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:16:14pm

re: #182 Belafon

Having gone through college myself, and now helping my oldest determine where he's going to college, that's not what college degrees offer. You pretty much pick one or two things. You are not going to be trained to be more civic in a college setting. For that matter, though, I can't think of any time where a large number of people were trained to be civic minded.

I mentioned that because sometimes people are quick to point out these deficiencies due to people being "ignorant."

187 Belafon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:17:50pm

re: #175 freetoken

So I was born too early to get teleportation or super speed.

188 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:18:44pm

re: #187 Belafon

So I was born too early to get teleportation or super speed.

Science should develop X-gene therapy any day now.

//

189 Lidane  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:19:44pm

re: #181 Obdicut

You have to ignore so fucking much to make your comparisons work, it's insane. You have to consider only the far fringe of the left to be 'liberals', while comparing that to the mainstream of 'conservatives', and pretend you're comparing the same things.

A+ post, would quote again.

THIS. SO MUCH. You can't hold up the mainstream douchebag crazy on the right and the far left fringe as equals, but some people are bound and determined to try anyway. It's obnoxious.

There are mainstream Democrats, who basically would have been centrist Dems or moderate Republicans a decade ago, and there is the current GOP, which has been completely consumed by the Bircher bigots, the religious whackaloons, and the ignorant Fox News viewer.

190 kirkspencer  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:22:22pm

re: #171 Gus

Thanks. I guess that means off to wingnut gulag for me!!

//

Meh, it happens. More important (IMO), sometimes you get good stuff from the trash. It's just that you should know when you're pulling it from the trash and do the extra diligence to ensure it's treasure and not pretty garbage.

191 Belafon  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:23:39pm

re: #186 Gus

What made me respond was a flashback to my most recent (and luckily successful) attempt at college. I did the "attempt college" - "join the navy" - "get out" - "finish college" route, and in my government class (2002 ish), the extra credit on the test was to name the SecDef, SoS, VP, and President. You could determine who got the points and who didn't by the age of the students.

192 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:31:50pm

re: #188 Targetpractice

Science should develop X-gene therapy any day now.

//

All I want is the same gene therapy as the Astartes and I'll be fine.

194 Four More Tears  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:36:23pm

re: #193 jaunte

Michele Bachmann introduces legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act for the 34th time

So what I'm getting is that these people can take neither yes nor no for an answer.

195 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:36:52pm

re: #193 jaunte

Michele Bachmann introduces legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act for the 34th time

Because Cthulhu knows they have nothing more important on their agenda than trying for the x-teenth time to repeal a law they already know they don't have the votes to touch.

Hows that jobs bill coming along?

196 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:37:52pm

re: #194 Four More Tears

If they just keep the right frame of mind, one day when they walk into the wall, they'll go right through!

197 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:38:05pm

We should have a nonpartisan group who is allowed to gut punch anyone who introduces a frivolous bill into Congress.

198 Four More Tears  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:39:39pm

re: #196 jaunte

If they just keep the right frame of mind, one day when they walk into the wall, they'll go right through!

The Men Who Stare at Votes.

199 SteveMcG  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:39:58pm

I must confess before Hoft dimes me out. The family Christmas picture I mailed out was taken on November 24.

200 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:43:35pm

re: #189 Lidane

A+ post, would quote again.

THIS. SO MUCH. You can't hold up the mainstream douchebag crazy on the right and the far left fringe as equals, but some people are bound and determined to try anyway. It's obnoxious.

There are mainstream Democrats, who basically would have been centrist Dems or moderate Republicans a decade ago, and there is the current GOP, which has been completely consumed by the Bircher bigots, the religious whackaloons, and the ignorant Fox News viewer.

That's me, in a nutshell.

201 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:43:45pm

re: #193 jaunte

Michele Bachmann introduces legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act for the 34th time

"We just took a lot of flak for working with Obama. We need to assure the base that we're not going to work with him anymore."
"I know, let's refuse to pass a debt limit increase!"
"We already did that."
"Okay, well how about cutting a tax he champions?"
"Gary, that was the payroll tax cut."
"Oh...well...how about we try to repeal Obamacare again?"
"Now you're thinking like a Republican!"

202 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:46:04pm

re: #189 Lidane

A+ post, would quote again.

THIS. SO MUCH. You can't hold up the mainstream douchebag crazy on the right and the far left fringe as equals, but some people are bound and determined to try anyway. It's obnoxious.

There are mainstream Democrats, who basically would have been centrist Dems or moderate Republicans a decade ago, and there is the current GOP, which has been completely consumed by the Bircher bigots, the religious whackaloons, and the ignorant Fox News viewer.

4 years ago, I was a solid Republican who would have laughed at you if you said I would ever be a Democrat.

Then the Tea Party happened.

203 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:46:49pm

re: #201 Targetpractice

And like magic, an example pops up on Twitter:
Arizona House Republican Michelle Ugenti wants to ban Twitter parody accounts.
[Link: www.salon.com...]

204 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:49:07pm

re: #202 Kragar

4 years ago, I was a solid Republican who would have laughed at you if you said I would ever be a Democrat.

Then the Tea Party happened.

Tea Party Happens.

205 wrenchwench  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:49:37pm

re: #203 jaunte

And like magic, an example pops up on Twitter:
Arizona House Republican Michelle Ugenti wants to ban Twitter parody accounts.
[Link: www.salon.com...]

Ooooh, there could be a real Twitter Gulag!

206 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:50:43pm

re: #205 wrenchwench

207 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:50:53pm

JUSTICE!

Appeals court: Motorist cannot be stopped for giving police the middle finger

A motorist cannot be stopped for “giving the finger” to a police officer, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

In a lawsuit against two police officers, the court held the insulting gesture did not constitute “reasonable suspicion that criminal activity or a traffic violation was afoot.”

The lawsuit was sparked by an incident that occurred in 2006 while John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were driving to their son’s house.

The couple saw a police officer using a radar gun to catch speeding motorists at an intersection. John, who was a passenger in the car, stuck his arm outside the side window and “flipped the bird” over the car’s roof. The police officer then followed the couple to their son’s home and stopped them. John was arrested for disorderly conduct after other officers arrived as backup.

208 freetoken  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:51:02pm

re: #205 wrenchwench

The globally recognized threat of Parodies calls for a new war.

WAR ON PARODIES!!

209 Four More Tears  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:51:04pm

re: #203 jaunte

And like magic, an example pops up on Twitter:
Arizona House Republican Michelle Ugenti wants to ban Twitter parody accounts.
[Link: www.salon.com...]

Jobs.

210 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:51:48pm

re: #209 Four More Tears

Jobs.

Laser-like focus on the economy.

211 Targetpractice  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:52:41pm

re: #208 freetoken

The globally recognized threat of Parodies calls for a new war.

WAR ON PARODIES!!

"Today's top story: fugitives from the 'parody' news service known as 'The Onion' were arraigned in court on over 100 counts of 'parody in the first degree.'"

212 Stanghazi  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:53:44pm

re: #203 jaunte

And like magic, an example pops up on Twitter:
Arizona House Republican Michelle Ugenti wants to ban Twitter parody accounts.
[Link: www.salon.com...]

She was totally fooled by Mexican Mitt Romney, and she's pissed.

213 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:54:00pm

re: #208 freetoken

The globally recognized threat of Parodies calls for a new war.

WAR ON PARODIES!!

I got a pair o' deez for the House GOP to check out.

214 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:55:03pm

re: #211 Targetpractice

"Today's top story: fugitives from the 'parody' news service known as 'The Onion' were arraigned in court on over 100 counts of 'parody in the first degree.'"

Piranha Brothers FBI's #1 most wanted.

215 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:55:44pm

re: #207 Kragar

JUSTICE!

Appeals court: Motorist cannot be stopped for giving police the middle finger

Good. America is prison crazy. I like the way they called back-up. Yeesh.

216 Kragar  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:57:18pm

re: #215 Gus

Good. America is prison crazy. I like the way they called back-up. Yeesh.

You never can tell. The couple might have had credit cards or ping pong balls in the car.

217 jaunte  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:57:24pm

re: #212 Stanghazi

She was totally fooled by Mexican Mitt Romney, and she's pissed.

218 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:58:35pm

Derp


Derp derp


hurr hurr derppppp!

219 Gus  Thu, Jan 3, 2013 5:59:02pm

re: #216 Kragar

You never can tell. The couple might have had credit cards or ping pong balls in the car.

Horse and bayonets. Maybe Ninja Stars cut out from credit cards.

220 Destro  Fri, Jan 4, 2013 9:52:29am

re: #13 HappyWarrior

I didn't think it was possible but this, this is stupid even for Jim Hoft. And I know, I know, it's Jim Hoft but really making hoopola over the fact that a photo with fireworks from 2010 is being posted with Happy New Year written down? You choose to be this stupid and obtuse. It's like what can I find about President Obama to make me and my stupid readers angry? Oh I found it! Seriously Jim, just quit writing about politics and go back to writing Justin Bieber's songs though that may be unfair to Bieber.

It is actually not about anything other than talking down a positive / good picture by Obama. This is done on purpose for 2 reasons, to keep the base from getting any positive feelings from such images and B) to prevent any new Obama fans from forming by poisoning the well. This is what is behind such attacks even on the most unimportant things like a photo used for holiday wishes. This is classic disinfo that is on 24/7 by the right.


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