redheadedfemme: (St. Bastard)
Charlie Pierce eviscerates Paul Ryan's Randian excuse for a budget.

Paul Ryan's economics are not economics so much as they are a statement of political philosophy. All political economics are based in political philosophy but, in Ryan's case, political philosophy is not the root of his notion of a political economy. His political philosophy is his notion of political economics. He believes that there are certain things that the government should not do for its citizens, and he would believe that if the balance showed a 20-gozillion surplus. His goal is to stop the government from doing those things. Everything else he does — every "budget" he proposes — is in service to that philosophy. His whole career has been made within the confines of that philosophy. It has blinded him to the very real human effects of what would occur if his "budget" ever was adopted, it also has blinded him to his own staggering hypocrisy — a man seeking to demolish the very safety net that got him through high-school and college, a man talking about the perils of government who's never had a real job outside of it. He is engaged in an extended act of camouflage through which he concocts disguises for policy preferences that the country has told him, over and over again, it does not want, and which the country has told him, over and over again, do not reflect the country's idea of itself.


I don't believe Paul Ryan is a sociopath (at least, not in the way Mitt Romney was) but I cannot understand how he lives with himself, proposing a horrorshow like this. Does he not realize that people will die if they're thrown off Medicaid? Does he not know that all of us will end up paying for the people who no longer have insurance, who go again and again to emergency rooms to get pain relief for those workplace injuries, or antibiotics for those rotten teeth, but who can never solve the underlying problems because they can't afford it? Does he not envision himself getting older, with the slow inevitable creeping malaise of arthritis or diabetes or heart disease coming upon him, with no way to avoid it because the voucher (excuse me, "premium support") he gets from the government does not provide enough to pay for the care and screenings that could prevent it? Does he not consider that poor women who can no longer get family planning services from Planned Parenthood will end up giving birth to children they did not want and cannot afford, and everyone else will support said children? (Texas recently ran into this conundrum, and is now considering restoring funding. Gee, reality wins again!)

Really, how can you look at yourself in the mirror each morning while pushing such immoral bullshit?

Speaking of morality, here's a lengthy commentary from faith leaders condemning the Ryan budget.

This budget, if pursued and passed, will send a message, in both tone and tactic, that our government is more concerned with protecting those who control wealth and privilege than supporting those upon whom that wealth and privilege has been built. 

It's getting to the point where, each time I see Paul Ryan on the tube, I'm looking for the rotting corpse of Ayn Rand shambling along behind him, attached at the hip.

Yet this smiling blue-eyed boy still advocates this nonsense, while ignoring, as Charlie Pierce said, the "staggering hypocrisy" of making sure other people won't get their Medicare and Social Security now that he's got his.

Just like Joe Biden said during the vice-presidential debate, "now all of a sudden these guys [pointing to Paul Ryan] are so seized with concern about the debt they created."

Yeah. They're so concerned they want to destroy the New Deal and all the progress we've made over the past century....all for our own good. 
redheadedfemme: (kick nuts)
 Seth MacFarlane says he won't return as Oscars host

 

Please. Pretty please, I beg thee, and implore Yahweh, Jesus, Buddha, Zeus, Allah, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Q, and whatever deities and supernatural beings exist in any dimension available, to make this happen.

 

redheadedfemme: (idiot followers)
Jay-sus Christ on a saltine cracker. These people must be talking about hidden aliens descended from the Roswell spaceship crash, because they're certainly not talking about female homo sapiens.

Swanson: I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.

I do not think that word--"birth control"--means what you think it means.

On a more serious note, how can people be so ignorant in the so-called "information age"? Thirty seconds on Google would disabuse them of their delusions.

I don't know which is the most depressing--the idea that these people are grifters, intentionally pushing such untruthful, unscientific nonsense to raise money, or the possibility that they might actually believe it.

 
redheadedfemme: (St. Bastard)
 "I'm an uncaring asshole and proud of it."  ~Chuck Palahniuk



Feel the contempt. Taste the scorn. 

America, do you really want to vote for this soulless, contemptible prick? 





redheadedfemme: (well...shit)
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."  ~Franklin Thomas 

I cannot believe a person like this would ever be considered for any form of elective office.

White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee

And what party elected him, pray tell? Need you even ask?

Read the accompanying article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. It's chilling.

In my darker moments, I think this country is headed for a second Civil War...one the South has a very good chance of winning.
redheadedfemme: (well...shit)
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."  ~Franklin Thomas 

I cannot believe a person like this would ever be considered for any form of elective office.

White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee

And what party elected him, pray tell? Need you even ask?

Read the accompanying article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. It's chilling.

In my darker moments, I think this country is headed for a second Civil War...one the South has a very good chance of winning.
redheadedfemme: (debatable facts)
So my Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, finally gave up his ridiculous "birther" crusade after Hawaii verified the facts of President Obama's birth. 

(If I had been one of those Hawaiian officials Bennett kept pestering, I would have told him to take a flying leap at a rolling doughnut. You can't accept established facts? Sucks to be you.)

The thing that gets me is that Bennett supposedly began this stupidity because of 1,200 emails from constituents.

Honestly, it would surprise me greatly if there were only 1,200 nuts in my state. Nevertheless, does that mean we have to pay attention to them? Ken Bennett certainly ignored the petition (signed by more than 17,000 people) asking him to investigate whether or not Mitt Romney is a unicorn, and rightly so; such a supposition is ridiculous on its face (although a rather clever response).

So is the idea that the President was not born in this country.  

Answer me this, Mr. Bennett. If 1200 of your constituents asked you to hunt down a Sasquatch, or drag Nessie from the murky waters of her loch, or dig up the alien bodies buried in Roswell, or open the old rusty hangar containing interstellar spacecraft in Area 51, would you sit up and hop to just because they're your constituents? 

No? Then why would you pander to the equally loony birther crowd? 

The proper response should have been this, a form email sent to all who questioned the President's birthplace. 

Dear Arizona voter,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the President's birth certificate. The answer to your question can be found here on the White House web site. As you'll see on the bottom of the PDF, Hawaii's state registrar on April 25, 2011 certified this is a true copy of the record on file. 

Of course, you are free to reject this evidence, and it is your right to believe whatever you wish regarding the President. However, if you insist on pushing these cockamamie ideas, you will have to do it without the State of Arizona's help. As Secretary of State, I will not allow our wonderful state to be dragged into this ridiculousness. 

I look forward to hearing from you on any other topic. Please do not bother me with this one again.

Sincerely, 

Ken Bennett

See how easy that is? 
redheadedfemme: (debatable facts)
So my Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, finally gave up his ridiculous "birther" crusade after Hawaii verified the facts of President Obama's birth. 

(If I had been one of those Hawaiian officials Bennett kept pestering, I would have told him to take a flying leap at a rolling doughnut. You can't accept established facts? Sucks to be you.)

The thing that gets me is that Bennett supposedly began this stupidity because of 1,200 emails from constituents.

Honestly, it would surprise me greatly if there were only 1,200 nuts in my state. Nevertheless, does that mean we have to pay attention to them? Ken Bennett certainly ignored the petition (signed by more than 17,000 people) asking him to investigate whether or not Mitt Romney is a unicorn, and rightly so; such a supposition is ridiculous on its face (although a rather clever response).

So is the idea that the President was not born in this country.  

Answer me this, Mr. Bennett. If 1200 of your constituents asked you to hunt down a Sasquatch, or drag Nessie from the murky waters of her loch, or dig up the alien bodies buried in Roswell, or open the old rusty hangar containing interstellar spacecraft in Area 51, would you sit up and hop to just because they're your constituents? 

No? Then why would you pander to the equally loony birther crowd? 

The proper response should have been this, a form email sent to all who questioned the President's birthplace. 

Dear Arizona voter,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the President's birth certificate. The answer to your question can be found here on the White House web site. As you'll see on the bottom of the PDF, Hawaii's state registrar on April 25, 2011 certified this is a true copy of the record on file. 

Of course, you are free to reject this evidence, and it is your right to believe whatever you wish regarding the President. However, if you insist on pushing these cockamamie ideas, you will have to do it without the State of Arizona's help. As Secretary of State, I will not allow our wonderful state to be dragged into this ridiculousness. 

I look forward to hearing from you on any other topic. Please do not bother me with this one again.

Sincerely, 

Ken Bennett

See how easy that is? 
redheadedfemme: (searching for fool)
"I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university."  ~Albert Einstein

I do not understand why anyone would think this is an appropriate joke to spread about the President.

Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

A little boy said to his mother; 'Mommy, how come I'm black and you're white?' " the e-mail joke reads. "His mother replied, 'Don't even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!

What is it about this President that makes people disrespect him so? Hmmm, let me think...

redheadedfemme: (searching for fool)
"I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university."  ~Albert Einstein

I do not understand why anyone would think this is an appropriate joke to spread about the President.

Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

A little boy said to his mother; 'Mommy, how come I'm black and you're white?' " the e-mail joke reads. "His mother replied, 'Don't even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!

What is it about this President that makes people disrespect him so? Hmmm, let me think...

redheadedfemme: (well...shit)
This is scary. A writer's contract with a major New York house is terminated--and they demand the return of her advance--all because of a self-published ebook of short stories.

Sleeping With the Enemy: A Cautionary Tale

I hope she has a good lawyer. Hell, I'd contribute money to that cause, if asked. 
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redheadedfemme: (well...shit)
This is scary. A writer's contract with a major New York house is terminated--and they demand the return of her advance--all because of a self-published ebook of short stories.

Sleeping With the Enemy: A Cautionary Tale

I hope she has a good lawyer. Hell, I'd contribute money to that cause, if asked. 
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redheadedfemme: (geeks will inherit earth)




Oh my God, I would move in there and frakking live.
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Oh my God, I would move in there and frakking live.
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redheadedfemme: (imagination)
From the "Believe It or Not" file:

Man Charged for Having Sex With a Bicycle

How, pray tell, would someone go about doing that? The article doesn't say if the bike was a man's or a woman's. It seems to me a woman would have a helluva easier time of it. Unless he inserted his weenie into the chain and started turning the pedals...

If anyone has any ideas, speak up.
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redheadedfemme: (imagination)
From the "Believe It or Not" file:

Man Charged for Having Sex With a Bicycle

How, pray tell, would someone go about doing that? The article doesn't say if the bike was a man's or a woman's. It seems to me a woman would have a helluva easier time of it. Unless he inserted his weenie into the chain and started turning the pedals...

If anyone has any ideas, speak up.
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redheadedfemme: (imagination)
Man with two penises loses wife

Would this fall under the category of "The Six Million Sperm Man?"

It reminds me of the Roddy Piper camp classic, "Hell Comes to Frogtown." A guilty pleasure if there ever was one; I plead temporary insanity because I thought (and still think, for that matter) Rowdy Roddy was cute. In this movie, the Frog King, Squidlips, had not one, not two, but three penises, and they all moved independently, like semi-sentient heads.

Oops. I guess that was a spoiler, wasn't it? (Snicker)

I think this also could be construed as "Be careful what you wish for." Heh.
redheadedfemme: (imagination)
Man with two penises loses wife

Would this fall under the category of "The Six Million Sperm Man?"

It reminds me of the Roddy Piper camp classic, "Hell Comes to Frogtown." A guilty pleasure if there ever was one; I plead temporary insanity because I thought (and still think, for that matter) Rowdy Roddy was cute. In this movie, the Frog King, Squidlips, had not one, not two, but three penises, and they all moved independently, like semi-sentient heads.

Oops. I guess that was a spoiler, wasn't it? (Snicker)

I think this also could be construed as "Be careful what you wish for." Heh.
redheadedfemme: (drama queen loser)
I cannot believe this.

Coach, 40, Weds 16-Year-Old Student
Anguished Parents Sign Consent Forms, Saying They Had No Choice


This is frakking statutory rape. Or just plain rape, without the statutory. Unfortunately, at the age of sixteen and up, statutory rape laws tend to be vague. In Arizona, with the scenario here described, the coach could have been arrested (the official charge would be "sexual conduct with a minor"). (This is an interesting, if very lengthy, PDF document describing the various state laws.) As far as I can tell, in North Carolina, the state of residence, the creepophile coach can't be charged. However, as a last resort, I suppose, the parents could have thrown the girl in the car, driven to the nearest airport, and taken her out of the country for two years.

At the very least, they could have refused to sign the consent forms, no matter how much she sulked. "No choice"? My lovely rounded tush.

Of course, I'm sure emotions were running high, especially with the relationship holding the lure of the forbidden. Nevertheless, if the parents had held firm, I think there would be a good chance in two years (or less) the girl would have come to her senses. Also, if in that time the parents had continued publicizing the all-around nastiness of a 40-year-old man professing interest in a teenager, perhaps the social stigma would have driven the coach away.

Ugh. The more I think about it, the more icked out I get.
redheadedfemme: (drama queen loser)
I cannot believe this.

Coach, 40, Weds 16-Year-Old Student
Anguished Parents Sign Consent Forms, Saying They Had No Choice


This is frakking statutory rape. Or just plain rape, without the statutory. Unfortunately, at the age of sixteen and up, statutory rape laws tend to be vague. In Arizona, with the scenario here described, the coach could have been arrested (the official charge would be "sexual conduct with a minor"). (This is an interesting, if very lengthy, PDF document describing the various state laws.) As far as I can tell, in North Carolina, the state of residence, the creepophile coach can't be charged. However, as a last resort, I suppose, the parents could have thrown the girl in the car, driven to the nearest airport, and taken her out of the country for two years.

At the very least, they could have refused to sign the consent forms, no matter how much she sulked. "No choice"? My lovely rounded tush.

Of course, I'm sure emotions were running high, especially with the relationship holding the lure of the forbidden. Nevertheless, if the parents had held firm, I think there would be a good chance in two years (or less) the girl would have come to her senses. Also, if in that time the parents had continued publicizing the all-around nastiness of a 40-year-old man professing interest in a teenager, perhaps the social stigma would have driven the coach away.

Ugh. The more I think about it, the more icked out I get.

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