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White House Denies Planning Construction of Death Star

“The Administration does not support blowing up planets”
US News • Views: 28,611

Tonight the White House is denying reports that they’re planning construction of a Death Star.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.

The official denial:

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

[…]

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Gun Nut Statement of the Day: If Slaves Had Guns They Wouldn’t Have Been Slaves

These people are not right in the head
Wingnuts • Views: 27,782

The chairman of “Gun Appreciation Day,” planned for the weekend of President Obama’s inauguration, feels that if Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive he’d agree that if African Americans had been able to own guns right from the beginning of the US, they never would have been slaves.

Of course, that would have meant they needed to be armed while they were still in Africa, because that’s where they were enslaved in the first place.

(I know, I shouldn’t be trying to impose logical sense on this whacked out right wing attempt to enlist Martin Luther King, who died at the hands of an assassin with a gun, as an advocate for universal gun ownership. It’s an amazingly cynical and twisted argument, though. Where do they come up with this crazy shit?)

Video: Breitbrat Ben Shapiro vs. Piers Morgan

Shapiro: “You demonize people by standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook”
Wingnuts • Views: 28,532

Witness the spectacle, if you will, of human-weasel hybrid Ben Shapiro vs. Piers Morgan. Morgan has done more than anyone in mainstream media to publicize the Breitbart-style far right, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

The entire right wing blogosphere is giving Shapiro virtual high fives for this belligerent performance; it was a “takedown,” Morgan was “schooled” and “crushed,” “cut down” and “owned” and “humiliated,” etc.

Shapiro’s trying to emulate Andrew Breitbart, obviously, and I must admit he has the smirking self-satisfied assholishness down, yet somehow manages to come off as even more unlikeable than his dead idol.

Putting aside Shapiro’s obnoxious personality, what’s interesting is that he makes it very clear once again that the ultimate right wing rationale behind stockpiling semi-automatic weapons is a loopy paranoid fear that they’re going to need them in an uprising against the US government. Yes, really.

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Note to Republicans: Please Keep Talking About Rape

They just can’t help being cavemen
Wingnuts • Views: 22,277

It’s hard to believe that these Neanderthal morons haven’t yet figured out how incredibly bad they make themselves look when they start spouting off about rape, but once again a Republican is showing the world why the GOP should not be allowed near the reins of power: GOP Rep: Todd Akin ‘Partly Right’ on Legitimate Rape.

And this lunatic is chairman of the GOP Doctors’ Caucus.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, an ob-gyn and chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, explained to the audience at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday in Smyrna, Ga., that Akin wasn’t far off on the science when he said rape victims rarely get pregnant because their bodies have “ways of shutting that whole thing down.”

“I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true,” Gingrey said, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. “We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.’ So he was partially right wasn’t he?”

“But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak,” Gingrey continued. “And yet the media took that and tore it apart.”

Yes, that’s right — you just witnessed an ob-gyn doctor who advises his patients to drink booze in order to get pregnant.

And now, of course, he’s desperately trying to claim his idiotic remarks were “misconstrued.”

“At a breakfast yesterday morning, I was asked why Democrats made abortion a central theme of the presidential campaign. I do not defend, nor do I stand by, the remarks made by Rep. Akin and Mr. Mourdock,” Gingrey said, referring to the Indiana Senate candidate who lost after saying pregnancies from rape are “something that God intended.”

“In my attempt to provide context as to what I presumed they meant, my position was misconstrued,” Gingrey said.

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Up to 35% Off Select Gaming Accessories

Time to accessorize
Great Deals • Views: 20,135

Gold Box Deal of the Day: Up to 35% Off Select Gaming Accessories

Today only, enjoy special savings on select gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, and more to help you eliminate the competition. Various colors, styles, and setups make any serious gaming system complete.

This one-day offer is valid on January 11, 2013, or while supplies last. Discount is already included in the current amazon.com price. Applies only to purchases made from amazon.com and does not apply to products purchased from third-party merchants on the amazon.com website.

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