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Bryan Fischer: Beware the Full Moon, Satan’s Gonna Getcha

Just how crazy is this guy anyway?
Wingnuts • Views: 24,571

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer helpfully explains that Satan chooses to activate his influence over mankind when the moon is full.

Snark fails me.

What’s This Weird Hunk of Metal We Just Found on Mars?

Metallic
Science • Views: 24,536
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We have another Martian Mystery Object — this one a thing that looks suspiciously like a hunk of metal. Curiosity detected it, through a high-res image taken from its Mastcam, on Sol 173 (January 30 in Earth days). Universe Today calls the object “a small metallic-looking protuberance” — it resembles a thick, bent nail, sticking out of the Martian surface — and it is visible in part because it projects a tiny little shadow on the rock below.

More: Um, What’s This Weird Hunk of Metal We Just Found on Mars? - Megan Garber - the Atlantic

UPDATE at 2/7/13 2:57:59 pm

For the heck of it, and because it’s a slow news day, I imported the original full-sized photo into Fireworks CS6, clipped out the metallic object, zoomed way in using the Bicubic smoothing algorithm, and here’s the result:

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Iowa Republicans Sponsor Bill to Jail Women Who Have Abortions for ‘Murder’ of Zygotes

Absolutely insane
Politics • Views: 25,498

A group of eight Iowa Republican legislators has introduced a bill that defines all abortion as “murder,” sending women and doctors to jail even in cases of rape or incest, and even if the abortion involves nothing more than a single-celled zygote.

Really! That’s what they actually said.

Iowa Republican Rep. Tom Shaw

State Rep. Tom Shaw says that he authored House File 138 to protect human life, whether “you’re a zygote, an infant, a teenager or an adult.”

The bill defines a “person” as “an individual human being, without regard to age of development, from the moment of conception, when a zygote is formed, until natural death.”

“Murder includes killing another person through any means that terminates the life of the other person including but not limited to the use of abortion-inducing drugs,” the measure states without making any exceptions for rape or incest.

Republican state Rep. Rob Bacon, who is co-sponsoring the bill, told the Ames Tribune that he wanted to “protect the life of the unborn” because “[t]here’s still some of us that believe life begins at conception.”

During a Wednesday interview with Denver Bible Church pastor Bob Enyart, Shaw explained that defining a fertilized egg as a “person” in Iowa’s murder statute “just simplifies everything.”

And forget about that “Republican rebranding” smokescreen; Rep. Rob Bacon isn’t having any of it.

Iowa Republican Rep. Rob Bacon

Bacon concedes the bill has no chance of becoming law. The bill was sent to the judiciary committee, of which Wessel-Kroeschell is a member. She said it could make it out of that committee but would never become law.

“It will never be brought up in the Senate, we know that,” Bacon said.

Despite that, Bacon felt it was important to send a message that some Republicans remain committed to ending legal abortions.

Bacon knows there are those that will question backing a lightning rod bill, especially one doomed from the outset. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, while speaking at the Republican National Committee meeting two weeks ago, said the GOP has to “stop being the stupid party.” He referenced candidates that “damaged” the party with “bizarre and offensive comments” like Senate candidates Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana who advocated for banning abortion in the case of rape or incest.

Republicans lost badly nationally in November’s election, and lost ground in the Iowa House.

“I know where Bobby’s at with this. I’ve felt long and hard after the last election that we need to change our message,” Bacon said. “Within our party, we’re going to differ on social issues. One of them is the right to life. There are some who say that we need to ease up on this because it’s not winning us anything. My thought is we can’t let this drop. Even if I’m in here screaming to empty walls, I will always be a voice for the unborn.”

Michigan Republicans Introduce New Invasive Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill

Making abortion more costly and difficult to obtain by imposing unnecessary procedures
Politics • Views: 23,123

On the heels of Virginia enacting legislation requiring women seeking abortions must have an abdominal ultrasound before having an abortion, Michigan legislators have jumped on the transvaginal ultrasound bill bandwagon. It was introduced by Reps. Johnson, Rendon, Heise, LaFontaine, McBroom, McMillin, Howrylak, Lauwers, Somerville, Haines, Haveman, Brunner, Brown, Hooker, Yonker, Muxlow, Kelly, Denby, Zorn, Franz, Potvin, Kurtz and Genetski.

All are Republicans.

This bill claims that because many abortions are performed in clinics devoted solely to providing abortions, these women might not have all the information they need (claiming a lack of informed consent). They’re using this as a cudgel to require additional time and effort to obtain an abortion. The language of the bill points towards the requirement of a transvaginal ultrasound

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California Police Look for Rogue Ex-Cop Suspected in Double Murder

Wrote long manifesto threatening his enemies
Crime • Views: 22,663

An ex-cop with a stockpile of weaponry is being sought by police in Los Angeles after being implicated in a double murder in Irvine, and the police searching for him seem to have pretty itchy trigger fingers of their own. I’m staying inside today.

Los Angeles (CNN) — A former Los Angeles cop who allegedly warned he would target law enforcement in retribution for being fired is now suspected of shooting three officers early Thursday, killing one, authorities said.

The shootings — which come a day after Irvine, California, police named Christopher Jordan Dorner as the suspect in a double slaying there Sunday — sparked a huge manhunt in Southern California.

It also left officers extremely jittery. According to a senior law enforcement source, two people were wounded when officers in Torrance, California, opened fire on a blue pickup truck after it pulled up in front of a house where they were guarding a fellow officer Dorner had allegedly named as a target.

The truck — which turned out to be a newspaper delivery vehicle — resembled the truck Dorner is believed to be driving, the source said. Police also shot at another blue pickup in that city, but no one was injured in that incident, the source said.

The right wing blogosphere immediately leaped into action on this news, desperately trying to blame this rogue cop’s violent actions on “liberals.” I won’t link to these morons; you can easily find them raving in unison all over the wingnut blogs this morning.

Amazon Deal: Valentine’s Day - FREE One-Day Shipping on Jewelry

Find something lovely for your sweetheart
Great Deals • Views: 21,506

Starting February 7, 2013, at 12:00 midnight Pacific time, select products will be available with FREE Expedited Shipping within the continental U.S. when purchased from amazon.com. Simply add a qualifying product to your Shopping Cart and select One-Day Shipping before completing an order. The shipping discount will be applied at checkout. Offer good through February 13, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time.

More: Valentine’s Day FREE One-Day Shipping: Jewelry

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And all the rest of whom for which to whensoever of partially indeterminate bio-chemical degredation. Seek the path to the sudsy yellow nozzle of their foaming nocturnal parametric digital whole-wheat inter-faith geo-thermal terpsichorean ejectamenta. -- From board tape at Zappa concert, outdoors, at Blossom Music Center, Akron, Ohio, summer 1984. This quote was in the middle of a spoken section of "The Mud Club" in which a dude walks into the club with a blue Mohawk and proceeds to "work the floor, work the wall, work the monitor system. . . ." The band was having monitor feedback problems at the Blossom concert, and there are numerous references to P.A. equipment throughout this ramble. Other than that, the quote is meaningless, I guess. But great imagery!