To save people from the thinking comedy of Stephen Colbert, President Bush is forced to call upon the Superficial Friends: Paris, Nicole, Lindsey and the Olsen Twins. Quick to the Brittle Bones Mobile!
Friday, June 30, 2006
A better wall plug designed by a Notre Dame student Julia Burke. Burke won an Industrial Design Excellence Award... Next year she takes on the mouse trap.
PLUG-IN addresses the difficulty the elderly can have with electrical outlets. While the market is full of countless flush outlets and child-protection units, none address the unique limitations of the elderly. The PLUG-IN’s upward-angled faceplate allows users to better orient themselves and a cord’s prongs before bending over or reaching behind furniture. This creates a direct sightline from the human eye to the faceplate and minimizes the distance necessary for a person to extend. It also provides additional leverage when removing of a difficult plug. The PLUG-IN fits onto current outlet standards and is easily installed by the user.
via collision detection
Posted by steco at 5:33 PM
A look at 5 beliefs Americans hold. Excellent reading:
1. The US was founded on Christian principles
2. US Conservatives tend to be patriotic, ethical Americans; liberals tend to hate America and are immoral.
3. The US has a liberal media.
4. The US doesn't need improvement compared to other countries; it is the greatest country in the world.
5. The US government loves to help other countries
Posted by steco at 1:18 AM
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?
When immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before a Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions.
Take the test
Posted by steco at 1:22 AM
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Three Iraq Myths That Won't Quit
By Scott Ritter, AlterNet. Posted June 26, 2006.
"Election season has started, and the media won't stop telling us that Iraq is sovereign, that Zarqawi mattered, and that there were WMDs. So much for a debate about withdrawal."Here's my take:
Read the article
No the first myth is why we went in the first place. This is what angers the left. The right doesn't even argue that point anymore. First Saddam was a threat, then we were fighting them there so we didnt have to fight them here, and finally to spread democracy and free the Iraqi people. (It's not like there arent hundreds of other places worse off that we ignore.) We premptively invaded a foreign nation without just cause. Killing them into submission will never make that right.
No the smoking gun in this is the Project for a New American Century, the neo-conservative think tank who in their public position papers called for the overthrow of Iraq prior to 9/11. Many of the PNAC members that drafted that position paper became prominent players in the Bush Administration. (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al). It's not a conspiracy theory, its public information. None of the players deny it.
The major difference between Vietnam and Iraq is that while the country may be divided on the war, we are ( despite what the right thinks) united in our support for the troops. However I doubt that our "leaders" (that the
right so blindly follow) will treat veterans of this war any better then they did Vietnam.
What do you think?
Posted by steco at 5:20 AM
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
After posing pregnant and (tastefully?) nude for the cover of next month's Harper's she apparently came to her senses and is not allowing them to be used. Either that or its one hell of a photoshop job. Who cares?
More pics on (HateOn Spy) via (Attu)
Posted by steco at 8:44 PM
Portland, Ore. --- Hundreds of cyclists going as bare as they dared swarmed the streets of Portland June 10 for the largest naked bike ride in North America. As many as 500 nude or nearly nude cyclists rode for two and a half hours circling downtown to the cheers and jeers of spectators, motorists, and passersby. This year also marked the debut of Portland’s first daytime naked bike ride, which culminated in a group photo shot in the lovely Ladd’s Addition rose garden. Warning: This video contains nudity. (Duh.) Music and video by PDXK Productions.
Filmed by bike and in the buff.
For more info see this post here
Video link via (Miss Cellania)
Posted by steco at 12:22 AM
Monday, June 26, 2006
After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence
Watch the Frontline Documentary
Posted by steco at 11:43 PM
As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.
Read on....Via the Onion
Posted by steco at 4:19 PM
Preschoolers from the Hollywood Schoolhouse were asked to draw their favorite scenes from the Winnie the Pooh Storybook. These drawings were then handed off to some of the most promising up-and-coming artists, who were asked to render the child's drawing in their own style and vision.
The newly created piece by the professional artist will then be hung alongside the child's original concept and they will be sold as a set.
Moe on: Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight
Via (The Presurfer)
Posted by steco at 12:23 AM
Sunday, June 25, 2006
After a week of criticism by Republicans for trying to set a timetable for withdrawl from Iraq, the U.S. commander in Iraq sets a timetable for withdrawl from Iraq.
Democrats arent happy about the drubbing and the Republican hipocracy.
Senate Democrats reacted angrily yesterday to a report that the U.S. commander in Iraq had privately presented a plan for significant troop reductions in the same week they came under attack by Republicans for trying to set a timetable for withdrawal.
"That means the only people who have fought us and fought us against the timetable, the only ones still saying there shouldn't be a timetable really are the Republicans in the United States Senate and in the Congress," Boxer said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Posted by steco at 11:31 PM
State of emergency declared in Baghdad
The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Friday after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and fired on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered everyone off the streets of the capital from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Iraqi and U.S. military forces clashed throughout the morning with attackers carrying rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and rifles in busy Haifa Street, which runs into the Green Zone, site of the U.S. and British embassies and the Iraqi government. Four Iraqi soldiers and three policemen were wounded, police Lt. Maitham Abdul Razzaq said. The area was sealed and Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted house-to-house searches. The fighting was unusual in its scope and intensity. There have, however, routinely been clashes along Haifa Street, making it so dangerous that a sign at one Green Zone exit checkpoint warns drivers against using it."
Via (yahoo news)
Posted by steco at 1:32 AM
The top U.S. commander in Iraq expressed confidence on Thursday the military will be able to cut the U.S. force there over the rest of the year, as the Pentagon considered reductions of a few thousand troops in the coming months.Thats another problem with republicans, they can't agree on a plan.
"I'm confident that we will be able to continue to take reductions over the course of this year," Army Gen. George Casey told a Pentagon briefing after meetings with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Casey did not say how deep these reductions would be or when they would come.
via (yahoo news)
Posted by steco at 1:12 AM
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Petaluma animal control workers expected to find a horde of cats when they knocked on the door of a 67 year old man whose neighbor complained of stench. Instead, they stumbled onto a scene straight out the movie, "Willard."
About 1,000 pet rats -- ranging from 3-year-old adults to little, pink newborns -- shared the one-room house with Roger Dier.
Dier kept nearly all of his small furry friends in about 20 huge cages that he lined up around the room. About 20 of his rats were running around loose, said Nancee Tavares, Petaluma Animal Services manager.
He also shared the place with seven cats.
Full story and more pictures on SFGATE.com via (j-walk)
Posted by steco at 12:55 AM
Sometimes I’m amazed at the creativity of some people who earn a good living filling needs that anyone could do. I was at a gathering today when I struck up a conversation with a man who described his job as a “commute helper.”
“OK, what exactly is a commute helper?” I asked
“I help people have a smooth and quick commute,” he replied.
“How do you do that?” I asked
“I sit in their car, ” he said with a smile.
This is what happened. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the commutes in certain sections are absolutely horrendous. This guy was sitting in a traffic jam one morning watching all the people in the carpool lane drive by while he was moving at snail’s pace. He decided that he needed to get someone else in his car so that he could get to work in a timely manner using the carpool lane, and at first thought that his only option was to start a carpool.
As he thought about it more, however, he thought that he (as in himself and his body) was actually a valuable commodity and he could sell himself and that is exactly what he did. He walked to the freeway entrance and held up a sign that said,
“Traffic is bad. Spend 2 hours or pay me $10 and get there in 20 minutes”
He said the first day he was picked up within 15 minutes. When he got dropped off, he walked to the other side, held up his sign and got paid to go back the other way too. On a typical day he makes 2 to 3 round trips during the morning commute rush hour and 3 - 5 round trips during the evening rush hour. If there is an accident and traffic is really slow, his price doubles. He clears $100 - $300 a day sitting in a car so others can get to work and home faster!
I just had to laugh when I heard his explanation and how brilliantly simple it was.
Via (Personal Finance Advice)
Posted by steco at 12:13 AM
A Fort Lewis-based officer who declared that he would not accompany his unit to Iraq followed his promise this morning.
Lt. Ehren Watada was not present when his battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division, gathered at 5:13 a.m. Instead, Watada remained within his headquarters building.
Watada, who joined the Army in 2003, said he came believe the Iraq war was illegal and immoral, and he had a duty not to follow orders.
More on (Seattle Times)via (attu sees all)
Posted by steco at 12:03 AM
Friday, June 23, 2006
WATCH THIS!!!! Nothing new that we haven't already come to accept as true, but jawdropping to see it all in one place.
The War on Iraq, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration's determined quest to invade Iraq following the events of ... all » September 11, 2001. The film deconstructs the administration's case for war through interviews with U.S intelligence and defense officials, foreign service experts, and U.N. weapons inspectors -- including a former CIA director, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even President Bush's Secretary of the Army. Their analyses and conclusions are sobering, and often disturbing, regardless of one's political affiliations.
Posted by steco at 11:38 PM
THE world's oldest animal in captivity has died on the Sunshine Coast at the ripe old age of 176. Giant Galapagos tortoise Harriet has died of a suspected heart attack.
She was a star attraction at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo since the 1980s and even features in the Guinness Book of Records for her longevity.
It is believed Harriet was one of three animals naturalist Charles Darwin brought back from his trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and which led to his theories of evolution and natural selection.
Posted by steco at 6:55 PM
The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, bar none. It doesn't look any better when you include the countries you'd never want to be locked up in, ie Russia, Cuba, Iran etc.
Via (Crooked Timber)
Posted by steco at 2:21 AM
Get 3 days free at Ancestry.com, you can search the 1930 census. It's actually pretty cool, but I'd still use a throw away address to register. My great-grandparents owned a "radio set" In addition you can get ages at marriage, immigration info, education levels etc.. go do it
Posted by steco at 1:33 AM
Thursday, June 22, 2006
A Florida-based company called Oragenics may have found a way to rid our mouths of these acid-excreting organisms for good. This would make cavities a thing of the past, and put no small number of dentists out of business. Cool if it works.. read more on the oragenics site
Posted by steco at 10:27 PM
Republicans are all a twitter over this:
"We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon. referring to a recently declassified document.
However further examination of the article reveals this:
"Offering the official administration response to FOX News, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that the chemical weapons were not in useable conditions.
"This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991," the official said, adding the munitions "are not the WMDs this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMDs for which this country went to war.""
Wow 3 years, 2500 dead soldiers, $320 billion, and they finally found
some bloated cans of fruit cocktail past its "sell by date".
There's a smoking mushroom cloud for ya.
As this stuff was all pre 1991 any chance they had made in the USA stamped on em? (From 1983 to 1990, the U.S. government approved around $200 million in arms sales to Iraq,)
There's a reason they kept it classified... it's embarrassing.
Read it on Fox (If you must)
Posted by steco at 12:32 AM
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
"The topic was the largest defense procurement scandal in recent decades, and the two investigators for the Pentagon's inspector general in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office on April 1, 2005, asked the secretary to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth."Completly unsurprising given when you consider his boss and co-workers and the way things have been done for the past 5 years, but....
"Rumsfeld agreed but complained. "I find it strange," he said to the investigators, on the grounds that as a government official "the laws apply to me" anyway."
Read more of Rumsfeld's folly via (Washington Post)
Posted by steco at 2:35 AM
In a leaked memo, employees of the US Embassy in Iraq describe what it's really like living in Iraq
(Via Washington Post)
Hours before President Bush left on a surprise trip last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the situation there, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees. This cable, marked "sensitive" and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.
Full text of memo on WAPO site
Posted by steco at 2:22 AM
Via (MSNBC)Safavian found guilty on 4 counts of obstruction, making false statements
WASHINGTON - A jury Tuesday convicted a former Bush administration official of four counts of lying and obstructing justice in the first trial to be held in connection with the influence-peddling scandal of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
First in a long line I bet
Read the Rest
Posted by steco at 1:17 AM
Top contractor Lockheed got contracts larger than budget of Congress, Dept. of Interior
Read more Via (Raw Story)
Posted by steco at 12:53 AM
From: The Finanacial Times
The shrinking US “coalition of the willing” in Iraq has come to resemble more a coalition of the reluctant, as allies weigh up the costs of continued involvement in an unpopular war against the benefits of backing President George W. Bush for the rest of his second term.
Japan is expected to become the latest coalition member to announce a schedule for its withdrawal in a public statement on Tuesday. Italy’s new foreign minister, Massimo D’Alema, met Condoleezza Rice, US secretary of state, last week to discuss the Italian pullout by the end of the year, meaning in effect an end to operations by September.
Spain withdrew its 1,300 soldiers from Iraq in 2004 after a change of government. The Netherlands, Ukraine, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Honduras have also pulled out. Only several thousand foreign troops remain along side some 130,000 US soldiers.
Read More(Coaliton Of the Willing)
Posted by steco at 12:04 AM
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Bush has powerful incentives to pardon Libby, however. They range from rewarding past loyalty to ending the awkward revelations emerging from pretrial motions, a flow that could worsen in his trial next year.
One attorney familiar with the Plame case said Bush might find that it is in his interest to pardon Libby sooner rather than later.
A pardon before the trial could could cut off the disclosures and spare Vice President Dick Cheney from testifying as Fitzgerald's witness about Libby, his former chief of staff.
But the timing of a pardon, the attorney suggested, likely would depend on the outcome of the midterm elections.
If Republicans retain control of Congress, Bush could act swiftly. But if Democrats win control of the House or Senate, Bush might wait, and use Libby's trial as an excuse not to cooperate with any congressional investigations into the leak.
Read more about Libby's Pardon
Posted by steco at 11:55 PM
Generate a fake identity like this one:
William L. Peters
321 Walnut Street
Miami, FL 33128
Email Address: William.L.Peters@pookmail.com
(More information at PookMail.com)
Mother's maiden name: Tillman
Birthday: March 8, 1983
Fake Identity Generator
Posted by steco at 11:35 PM
China Profits From Our Patriotic Hearts, Soldiers' Blood
In 2003 the US imported six million dollars worth of flags from the rest of the world with the Chinese contributing $4.5 million to the imports. Another statistic of interest is that in 2001 flag imports topped out at $51.7 million with $29.7 million coming from the Chinese. In the four weeks following the tragedy of September 11th 2001 the US imported $34.8 million worth of American flags.
A question arises. Why is the United States allowing something so sacred to be produced by foreign nations? It is bad enough that American businesses are taking American jobs overseas but must we pledge an allegiance to the flag made in China?
For the past 10 sessions of Congress a bill has been introduced prohibiting the import of American flags, and for the past 10 sessions of Congress none of the bills introduced have ever been considered by any committee in the House of Representatives.
Representative Ted Strickland (D) from Ohio is the lone sponsor to H. R. 2410, a bill that prohibits the importation of foreign-made flags. Why no other elected leaders have endorsed this legislation poses a simple question.
Many of you are riding the wave of patriotism by supporting our troops with a ribbon magnet. Do you know where that magnet was produced? Once again the Chinese are making money off our patriotic hearts and our soldiers' blood.
(Read the Rest)
Posted by steco at 7:13 PM
10. Liger/Tigon (Tiger/Lion)
9. Wolf Dog
8. Iron Age Pig (Pig/Boar)
7. Zebroid (Zebra/Horse/Donkey)
6. Cama (Camel/Llama)
5. Grolar/Pizzly (Grizly/Polar)
4. Leopon (Leopard/Lion)
3. Hybrid Pheasant
2. Wolphin (Dolphin/Whale)
1. Ti-Liger, Ti-Tigon, Li-Tigon, Li-Liger
More details and pictures of all on Hemmy
Posted by steco at 12:25 AM
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Posted by steco at 12:31 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) realized an estimated $2 million dollar profit last year on an Illinois land deal that included acreage near a future interstate highway Hastert pushed to build.
The land was sold just five months after Hastert inserted a $207 million appropriation bill for the Prairie Parkway highway during a closed-door Congressional budget conference.
Via (ABC News)
Posted by steco at 11:01 PM
Posted by steco at 10:41 PM
Friday, June 16, 2006
The Senate Democrats are calling for the Iraq government not to release any prisoners who have killed or tried to kill American soldiers. The Republicans, I hear, are opposed to the resolution. Why? Apparently they have a soft spot for evil-doers who hate America and kill American soldiers.
Please tell your Senators to oppose giving amnesty to terrorists who kill American soldiers.
The Dems just issued the following press release:
DEMOCRATS FIGHT TO STOP AMNESTY FOR IRAQI TERRORISTS
Offer Senate resolution demanding reversal and retraction of reported Iraqi proposal
Washington, DC— Democrats today demanded an immediate retraction and reversal of the reported proposal that terrorists and insurgents who kill American soldiers in Iraq may be granted amnesty by the new Iraqi government.
“It is shocking that the Iraqi Prime Minister is reportedly considering granting amnesty to insurgents who have killed U.S. troops,” said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. “On the day we lost the 2,500th soldier in Iraq, the mere idea that this proposal may go forward is an insult to the brave men and women who have died in the name of Iraqi freedom. I call on President Bush to denounce this proposal immediately.”
Via (america blog)
Posted by steco at 1:12 AM
The Associated Press
SONGYUAN (Jun 14, 2006)
Qiao Yubo, pregnant with at least five babies, walks with her husband near their home in China's northeast Jilin province.
Qiao, who is 1.67 metres tall, has a waistline of 1.75 metres five months into her pregnancy.
She eats up to seven meals a day and her excessive bulk is causing difficulties in getting around with taxi drivers too afraid to take her.
Via (j-walk blog)
UPDATED!!!: see this post
Posted by steco at 12:37 AM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
The FCC recieved 4,211 complaints. Using the Freedom Of Information act, CBS learned that 100% of the complaints were generated by 2 right wing conservative websites. (The PTC and the American Family Association) None of the people complaining had actually seen the show. According to the complaint process, "FCC can only consider complaints from viewers in the station's broadcast area" CBS alleges none of the complainants saw the show, and the fines are invalid. Interesting to see how this turns out.
Btw, All actors were fully, (if not scantilly clothed).
A tree falling in the forest still offends, even if no one is around to see it.
More on the story and a link to the offending video on WFMU blog
Via (WFMU Blog)
Posted by steco at 11:19 PM
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, left, and White House Counselor Dan Barlett, ride in a military helicopter wearing helmets and flak jackets for a trip from Baghdad International Airport to U.S. Embassy in the Greenzone Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Snow and Bartlett traveled with President Bush who made a surprise visit to Baghdad. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Via (America Blog)
Posted by steco at 1:30 AM
Never one to let the facts or delicious irony stand in the way of a vicious political smear, today Karl Rove took a swipe at war heros Sen. John Kerry and Rep. John Murtha, stating, "They may be with you for the first few bullets but they won't be there for the last tough battles." Rove, of course, never served in battle, dodging the draft for nearly three years of the Vietnam War. He's in good company, though-- the Vice President received five deferments from going into battle himself.
"Unfortunately for the American military, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and their merry band of draft-dodgers won't be with you for the first few bullets, the last tough battles, or anywhere along the way," said Christy Setzer, Communications Director, Senate Majority Project.
Posted by steco at 1:27 AM
As if there was any doubt about republican tactics, Think Progress uncovered John Boehners confidential strategy memo for an upcoming Debate on Iraq.
1. Exploit 9/11. The two page memo mentions 9/11 seven times. It describes debating Iraq in the context of 9/11 as “imperative.”
2. Attack opponents ad hominem. The memo describes those who opposes President Bush’s policies in Iraq as “sheepish,” “weak,” and “prone to waver endlessly.”
3. Create a false choice. The memo says the decision is between supporting President Bush’s policies and hoping terrorist threats will “fade away on their own.”
Read it.. send it to your republican friends and let them know how stupid their leaders think they really are.
Posted by steco at 1:22 AM
Monday, June 12, 2006
NEW YORK (CAP) - After garnering headlines for calling 9/11 widows "witches" and "harpies" in her new book, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter announced today that she's launching a vociferous campaign against puppies and orphans.
Read the rest Ann Coulter
Posted by steco at 11:42 PM