Saturday, July 28, 2012

Around the Internets

Friday, July 27, 2012

Quote of the Day

Fathom the irony: the man who beats up Mexicans, had a school teaching how to beat/kill Mexicans & 'protected the border' of AZ and Mexico...fled TO Mexico with the teen girl he was previously arrested for iacts of pedophilia last spring. AZ Start news only talks of him as "former coach" . . not as a loud, proud, Minuteman for some strange reason. 

"Sahar In the Morning," referencing this C&L post.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Greenland Is Melting


Greenland ice, it seems, can vanish in a flash, with new satellite images showing that over just a few days this month nearly all of the veneer of surface ice atop the island's massive ice sheet had thawed.

That's a record for the largest area of surface melt on Greenland in more than 30 years of satellite observations, according to NASA and university scientists.

The images, snapped by three satellites, showed that about 40 percent of the ice sheet had thawed at or near the surface on July 8; just days later, on July 12, images showed a dramatic increase in melting with thawing across 97 percent of the ice sheet surface.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Republican Senator Doesn't Know What "Middle Class" Means

How Fox News Works

Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Riddle Me This

If "corporations are people" and "money is speech" does that truly mean the rich have (quantitatively -speaking) more rights than the non-rich?

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Conan O'Brien Backs Up Rush Limbaugh

Well, kinda.

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With Kobe Leaning Towards Retirement, The Lakers Gert Serious

Sure, Antawn Jamison was never a defensive expert, but his unique scoring ability and rebounding skills will certainly make the Lakers a force to be reckoned with.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No Main Topic

  1. Even the Kiss Cam can play into the political scene.
  2. Bale lets go of the Bat.
  3. Don't hold your breath.
  4. FDA approves anti-HIV pill.
  5. A man walks into a bar...


Monday, July 16, 2012

Mitt Romney's Bain Problems Lead Him To Attack John Kerry's Wife

Seriously. There's  a few ways to look at this:
  1. Romney's attacks on Obama on this issue isn't working, so he's going after someone who's not really involved in the 2012 Elections.
  2. Romney is attacking the wife of the guy who lost the election in 2004. What good comes from that?
  3. Spouses don't run for office, so unless Romney's insinuating that Kerry's wife was hiding money for Kerry, who cares if she didn't release her tax returns?
  4. The more excuses Romney comes up with about this, the less his "experience" at Bain will count as a strength. He can't just use the simple line of, "I ran Bain, it was successful, and I'll run the country in the same manner." There's too many nuances and moving parts to make a straight-forward, positive narrative. 
  5. I've probably one of the few people who've said that Romney is, in many ways, the Republican version of John Kerry: an uninspiring, rich guy from Massachusetts who fumbles his words when he has to explain something. Kerry was labeled a flip-flopper to the point where many just didn't believe anything he said; stories are already piling about regarding Romney's fabrications. Does Romney really want to make the comparison more vivid by using this "attack?"  

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quote of the Day

"He's one of those nincompoops who think running a government is just the same as running a business. But now his business-running is starting to look a bit dodgy, so what's he got left besides a couple of years managing the Olympics? Being governor of Massachusetts, during which he implemented the prototype of the Affordable Care Act (and bragged about it all day - until Obama started pushing the ACA), and during which MA was #47 in job creation.

So, Mittens, what have you got? A business you don't want to talk about. And a health care plan you now hate. And a really shitty jobs record. That leaves being an Exalted High Muckitymuck in the Mormon Church, which you also don't like to talk about, and the Olympics.

The Olympics. That's it."

-- "The Velveteen Ocelot," commenting on this DU post about how the Obama campaign has essentially taken Mitt Romney's strongest selling point away.

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That's Not a Political Ad; That's a Pimp-Slap

Saturday, July 14, 2012

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I Want Everyone To Remember What The Tea Party Nation Said About Condi Rice Potentially Being Mitt Romney's VP When Jeb Bush Tries To Run For The White House

Via C&L:

Rice is a consigliore of the Bush family. She worked for both of the Bushes. She is associated very closely with the Iraq war, which in case anyone has forgotten is one of the main reasons why the Republicans lost the House and Senate in 2006.

We do not need anyone else named Bush leading the Republican Party and we don’t need one of the Bush team players as a part of the future of the GOP.

Condi Rice is a RINO establishment Republican.

There's no doubt in my mind that in 2016 (or 2020) the Tea Party (or whatever version there is at the time) will embrace a Jeb Bush like he's the second coming of Reagan. The question is: will the press keep track of this hypocritical bullshit?

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Memo To Those Who Say, "Get Over It!" About Romney's Bain Days...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Picture This: A Summary of Mitt Romney's NAACP Visit

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

No Main Topic

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Picture This: The Tea Partier and The Taliban

Saturday, July 07, 2012

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Friday, July 06, 2012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Is Awesome...For Anyone Who Never Saw The 1st Two

Let's just dispense with the usual format here and rundown how "The Amazing Spider-Man" is better/worse than it's three predecessors:


How TASM is better: The background is given a little more substance; this helps us recognize some of Peter's character traits as well as motivations for his actions. Raimi wanted to jump right into the action, but Webb (who did direct 500 Days of Summer, after all) recognized that digging a little more could be beneficial. Overall, we get a better Peter Parker from this.

How TASM is worse: Quite frankly, involving the parents didn't have the impact on this Peter as you would think. And sadly, as a consequence we lost some of the characterization that Uncle Ben and Aunt May would have gotten, not to mention the "development" of Spider-Man (outfit, web-shooters) has to be rushed as well. As a result, we essentially get Peter Parker cos-playing in a Spider-Man suit until the Lizard-bridge scene.

Spider-Man 2

How TASM is better: Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) plays a better love interest. Curt Conners going to the dark side is more convincing than Otto Octavius.

How TASM is worse: The fight scenes in SM2 still hold up. The overall pathos of the sequel is superior, especially in how it leads to Peter resolving both his personal and super-hero related issues.

Spider-Man 3

How TASM is better: One villain (thank God). When Peter is acting like a jerk in this movie, it doesn't become unintentionally humorous. The sewer scenes a way more dramatic (read: better).

How TASM is worse: Sandman's characterization and Harry Osborn's character development are the best things about SM3. Everything else is based on your feelings about Raimi as a director and the whole "multiple villains = awesome!" theory. Unfortunately, that's enough to create a broken fan base, which led to this new Spider-Man movie being made.

All and all, we get a better Peter Parker and slightly snarkier Spider-Man in this reboot. As far as action scenes go, well, lets just say that if they had cut out the origin story and slapped "Spider-Man 4" on the opening credits few people would know the difference.

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The GOP Jobs Strategy