Friday, July 30, 2010

Oh snap!


My God, she's so jealous she can hardly stand it.  I believe her mean-girl brain might actually explode.

You'd better watch out, Mr. President; we heard Sarah's totally gonna kick your ass at recess!

Lessons in Hypocrisy -- Example No. 1

9/11 looms large in our present-day, political landscape, doesn't it?  What happened that day (four blocks away from my apartment, by the way) is the actual reason for one war we are actively fighting and the ostensible reason for another we are trying to wind down.  It has also become a rallying cry -- our generation's "Remember the Maine!" -- that continues to blow wind into the sails and money into the coffers of a certain kind of us-versus-them politician who need only pluck that heartstring for the desired, Pavlovian response.  For some, the towers that fell that day cleaved the world into innocent American heroes and murderous Muslim criminals...and the rest of the world was either for us or against us.

Fast forward to today, and it should be no surprise that politicians like Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich would invoke 9/11 to challenge a proposed Islamic community center in the same neighborhood.  How dare they!?, they cry.  It's an outrage!  Frankly, their deep umbrage strikes me as completely over-the-top and utterly opportunistic; but, for the sake of argument, let's take them at their word and assume it's real. 

How strange, then, to see so many of their political cohorts vote against health care funding specifically targeting the heroic first-responders now suffering directly as a result of rushing into the burning wreckage of that day.

Apparently, it's more expedient to lionize the dead than to take care of the survivors.  Cheaper, too.


[Hat-tip:  TPM.]

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wake me when it's over


Maybe it's a romance novel...??

[Hat-tip:  Wonkette.]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cousins, Explained.

Husband and I had a fantastic evening hosting two of my cousins from my father's German-American side:  Dale and Roger.  Dale, we had met before, though only recently...but Roger was brand-new!  All three of us are gay, and all three of us are into genealogy and family history/-ies.  Our shared background is traced back to two brothers who were part of a larger group of four brothers in all who emigrated from Germany in the late 1800s.  Roger and I both descend from the youngest boy (of 12!) who arrived  last in 1885, and Dale descends from one of a pair of twins who arrived in 1881. The oldest (the one with the ZZ Top beard) is the brother who established the initial beachhead in 1869.


In addition to sharing the fun photo, I thought this might be an excellent excuse to share a very hard-learned genealogical lesson that continues to elude many people:  the art of cousin relationships.

Cousins are relatives who share a common ancestor.  1st cousins share grandparents; they are, in other words, the children of a common ancestor's children and, as such, are two degrees away from the shared ancestor.  2nd cousins share great-grandparents, 3rd cousins share great-great-grandparents, and so on.  As long as the generational relationship stays symmetrical -- i.e., the same degree away from the shared ancestor -- things remain relatively straightforward.  The confusion comes into play when the cousins' generational relationship is skewed or asymmetrical.

For instance, Roger and I share Ferdinand as a common ancestor. Ferdinand is Roger's grandfather but my great-great-grandfather. Roger's mother and my great-grandmother are siblings (separated by many years, of course).  Roger and my great-grandmother's son (my grandfather) are 1st cousins.  Roger and my grandfather's son (my father) are still 1st cousin, but are "once removed"...that is my father is one generation removed from the last shared, symmetrical cousin relationship.  Add me into the mix, and the last shared, symmetrical cousin relationship is still 1st cousins, but now I'm two generations or degrees removed...hence Roger and I are 1st cousins, twice removed.

Dale, on the other hand, descends from Ferdinand's brother Fridolin.  To figure out how Dale relates to Roger and me, we need to step back one generation to locate our shared ancestor -- i.e., Ferdinand and Fridolin's parents, Franz and Maria.  (For alliteration's sake, let's stick with father Franz.)

Dale is Franz' great-great-grandson (via Fridolin).  Roger is Franz' great-grandson (via Ferdinand).  And I am Franz' great-great-great-grandson (via Ferdinand).  How's that for some asymmetry? The closest shared, symmetrical relationship Dale and Roger have is the "great-grandchild" generation.  As mentioned before, great-grandchildren are 2nd cousins.  Dale, however, is a generation younger/removed from this shared, symmetrical generation, so he and Roger are therefore 2nd cousins, once removed.  The closest shared, symmetrical relationship Dale and I have is the "great-great-grandchild" generation.  Great-great-grandchildren are 3rd cousins; however, because I am a generation younger/removed, Dale and I are 3rd cousins, once removed.

Clear as mud?  If so, check out the handy explanation on this website.  There are many other explanatory charts, but some of them (for me anyway) end up confusing more than helping.

Happy hunting!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tennessee - Is there something in the (dammed-up) water?

Following on the secessionist heels of Zach Wamp, and not to be outdone, fellow Republican-primary candidate for governor, Ron Ramsey, has now opined that Islam isn't really a religion...it's more of a cult.

Atta boy, Ron!  That oughta put some pepper in the pitches our men and woman have coming at them in Iraq and Afghanistan...well done!

Seriously, who allows these yahoos to walk around on the street, let alone run for public office?  Oh, ha ha, that's right...the Republicans do.

By the way, check out this picture of Ron:


That flag to the right of Old Glory is the Tennessee State Flag.


I don't know about the rest of "y'all", but this particular state flag design has always bothered me.  This is what Wikipedia has to say about the design.  Sounds reasonable enough, right?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ice That Tea!

Because the summer swelter is obviously frying the brains of Tea Partiers and the politicians who love/enable them.

Grabbing the baton from Rand Paul (who has apparently been locked in a room somewhere by his handlers) is Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, the Republicans' great white hope for unseating Harry Reid.  Whether it's birtherism, chucking Social Security, turning rape into "lemonade", the bailout, BP or ObamaCare, Angle appears to be snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.  And the grown-ups in the party are noticing.

Michele Bachmann, who probably -- and inexplicably -- has a safe House seat in MN, has been running around creating a new, congressional "Tea Party Caucus" and promising an endless stream of subpoenas and hearings...you know, because it isn't like there are more important issues to address.

Then there's TN Congressman Zach Wamp, a candidate in the Republican primary of governor (who, to my mind, has the awesomest name in politics).  Wamp, adopting a strategy from well-known sane person and Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has recently floated the possibility of secession if ObamaCare isn't repealed.  And truly, what says patriotism better than a threat to dissolve the Union?

Finally, and perhaps most alarmingly, the withering heat has caused at least one Republican politician to accidentally blurt out that Tea-Partier Birthers were "dumbasses".  Such refreshing honesty might easily be construed as a smart, if risky, move were it not for the fact that the politician in question -- Ken Buck, a candidate for the GOP nomination for Senate -- was (until now?) the Tea Party favorite.

Oops.


[Image by Simon Borst.]

Friday, July 23, 2010

Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Finally.  Now, was that so hard?

Deficit-schmeficit, when people are drowning, you throw them a life-saver...you don't stand there and argue about how you're going to get it back and who's going to pay for it.  For the love of Christ, people!

Don't get me wrong:  such arguments are reasonable FOR LATER. All this talk about The Bill we're going to leave for our children and grandchildren is all well and good, but I don't recall hearing anything about this when we whipped out the checkbook for toppling Saddam Hussein or when we gifted our wealthiest citizens with lower taxes.  Why?  Because the 2nd President Bush inherited a Treasury flush with huge Clinton-era surpluses.

What could possibly go wrong??

So, it is with this in mind that I would like to say the following to the johnny-come-lately deficit-hawks:  shut the hell up.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Saving Money and Energy...by Example

Novel concept, right?

Some of us are old enough to remember President Jimmy Carter installing solar panels on the roof of The White House to give some high-level support to a new idea born of repeated energy crises earlier in the decade.  We also remember President Ronald Reagan gleefully taking them down.

Looking back 30+ years, Carter's idea doesn't seem so silly, does it?  And Reagan's attitude looks reactionary and childish.

As far as I know, no one has installed any of the newest generations of solar technology on The White House roof (yet), but Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (the current leader of a department the Reagan Administration wanted to abolish, if you'll recall) is doing one better by calling for all new department building roofs to be white or reflective (rather than the traditional black or gray).  Anyone who has ever lived in a city is familiar with the "heat island effect" that raises the local temperature thanks to heat-absorbing roofs and heat-releasing air-conditioning units.  The cumulative effect of this can be easily imagined -- if not directly experienced -- when surveying a sea of tarred rooftops from any high perch on a sunny, summer day.  Just like those silver, folding panels people use in their cars to block heat-gain through their windshields, light or reflective roofs would help buildings do the same.

The idea makes tremendous sense and hopefully will be adopted by other government departments and agencies.  The next step would be to encourage the private sector to follow suit via tax breaks or other incentives (as if lower energy bills wouldn't be incentive enough) and then ultimately mandate it for all new buildings and renovations of existing buildings where possible.

[Hat-tip:  HuffPo; original story and image at Inhabitat.]

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sarah Palin's Ignorance

...is well documented.  So is her supposed piety, which by modern standards appears to be downright medieval.  Sarah's obviously a crusader, and her current target is the perceived assault on America's Holiest Site, a site memorialized by weeping bald eagles and ribbon-wrapped towers on the back of pickup trucks throughout this great land of ours.  Finally, Americans have their very own holocaust, something so raw and primal that no one is allowed to discuss what happened there in terms that do anything other than to further sanctify its sanctity.

This, of course, is especially true if you happen to live outside New York City.  Like Sarah.

Ignorance is one thing; it's lamentable but also understandable (unless, of course, you are considering national office).  Hatred, based on religion or race, is quite another.  Most New Yorkers (myself a former one with 16 years under my belt) know their city is the poster child for diversity.  When applying to host the 2012 Olympics, NYC boasted that every single competing nation was guaranteed to have a hometown cheering section.  Every nation, every ethnicity, every language, every religion in the world has representatives, if not a whole neighborhood, in the Big Apple.  So, as a result, no New Yorker has to be reminded that Muslims also were martyred at the towers on 9/11...or non-Americans.  It was the WORLD Trade Center, after all.  Additionally, it comes as no surprise to New Yorkers that Muslims are their neighbors, serve on the police force, tend the sick in hospitals, serve in the military, etc., etc...and, in short, are no less American than any other group that has come to our shores over our history.

Someone forgot to tell Sarah.  Or she forgot to ask.  Or, now that she is being told, she is forgetting to listen.

So she crusades on, because, to her, 9/11 isn't a lesson to be learned or a symptom of an underlying ill that needs to be treated; it's a rallying cry for vengeance which makes it perfectly acceptable to treat all Muslims as, if not our enemy, at the very least "the other".  She sees nothing wrong with appealing to "the peaceful ones" for help in thwarting plans for a Lower Manhattan community center that would no doubt (considering its location) promote peace.  Apparently Sarah believes Muslims are now persona non grata below Canal Street.

She should walk around Lower Manhattan in the neighborhoods surrounding Ground Zero.  I've lived there and you would be amazed at how much diversity there is in this relatively tiny part of Manhattan.  If she needs a little extra reminding, she can take the boat from Battery Park out to Liberty and Ellis Islands to refresh her memory and heart about the "huddled masses".  On the trip, she might notice that her fellow passengers look and sound like they are from all over the world.  They are.  These are the people who died in the towers on 9/11 -- Americans, yes, but also people from elsewhere of myriad tongues and faiths.  If the victims that day are to be called heroes, it means they are all heroes.

And no one insults a hero, do they Sarah?

[Hat tip and photo:  Shannyn Moore's post at HuffPo.]

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Heartland (and its smothering embrace)

Apple Pie, Chevrolet, Little Ditty About Jack & Diane, John Deere, the 2nd Amendment, Corn and Cowboys...The Heartland of the U. S. of A., Ladies and Gentlemen.  You know, real America, where real Americans still live -- boot-wearin', drawbridge-raisin', Muslim-hatin' patriots who pine for the country that has been taken away from them by the flag-burning, communist-sympathizing, multi-culti, coastal elites.  The same coastal elites who have obviously forgotten what happened to us on 9/11.  Well, The Heartland hasn't forgotten!  [With apologies to Mr. Zappa] it continues to hurt them in their heart!  They even have bald eagles literally in tears, people!

Heartlanders know deep down that New Yorkers don't even deserve to have Ground Zero in their Godless city, but even this they could overlook...until now.  The plans for a Muslim community center in an existing 13-story building, two blocks north with no view whatsoever of the World Trade Center site have gone too far!  It's a flagrant spit in the eye to all Americans!

Fortunately the prayers of those who have been dutifully raising the alarm like so many modern-day Paul Reveres have been answered by their new queen.  Previously the provincial princess of permafrost and pique, Ms. Palin knows that the tweet is mightier (for now) than the sword, so she has bravely called upon all peace-loving infidels to give up this outrageous sacrilege that so pains her people.  Never mind that Muslims and non-Americans also were killed the day the towers were attacked and destroyed, because, as everyone knows, their survivors have had the good taste to recede into the background so that the real victims can be properly honored and avenged.

[Hat-tip:  Daily Dish; more Palin tweets (and wordsmithery) on the subject at TPM or at the source.]

Friday, July 16, 2010

Banking in the new economy: a rant.

Ooooooo, this really steams my clams!

Despite Husband's and my sterling credit rating(s), and despite a spotless payment record of everything (student loans, mortgage, credit cards, etc.), including four years of the current lease (about to expire) of our beloved Gustaf the Volvo, no less than two banks -- Chase (where we have our mortgage) and our local (Northwestern University) credit union -- have given us a great big raspberry on a $10,000-loan request.

Granted, I currently have no monthly income (thank you, Congress), but Husband does.  Regardless, how exactly do they (the banks) get off telling us they don't think we can handle a monthly loan payment that would allow us to buy our leased car that is $80-100 less a month than we currently pay in lease payments!?  Especially when there is physical property (Gustaf) that could be repossessed in the heretofore-proven unlikelihood that we fail to live up to our end of the bargain!?  WTF!?

Our tax dollars at work, Ladies and Gentlemen!  Thank God the banks are back on their feet!

Let this be a lesson to you kids out there:  you can do everything right, play by the rules, fastidiously honor your debts, and you might still be deemed unworthy by the overlords who decide what is a reasonable calculated risk.  The old days of community banking (think:  It's a Wonderful Life) are long gone; now we deal with computerized underwriters, staffed by MBAs who look at "the big picture".

And, in case you were wondering, YOU are not in the big picture. You never really were, but at least -- once upon a time -- reason and your record mattered.  Not anymore.

The Mouths of Babes

Of course, he could have just made it all up.

Right?

[Hat tip:  Daily Dish; photo: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty]

It's Mourning Again in America

...for Reagan speech-writer Peggy Noonan, at least.  And, furthermore, it's Obama's fault.

In her "open letter" in the Telegraph to British Prime Minister David Cameron on his upcoming visit to the U.S., she flirts shamelessly and pines for the days when politicians were not so distractingly young and handsome.  She then goes on to explain why Obama should be a lesson for the new leader...on how not to run a country.

Can you imagine the geschrei we'd hear from the Dittoheads if a liberal commentator said as much during the W. Years?  Treason!!

Classy to the end, she finishes her missive by practically begging Mr. Cameron to whisper sweet nothings in our collective ear in the mellifluous English tones that make Anglophiles weak in the knees. Why?  We're terribly insecure, you see, what with that horrible man in the White House, and could use a hug from our "special friend" telling us we're still pretty.

:-|

Seriously, Peggy, get a grip. 


[Hat tip:  Ian Leslie's Marbury.]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jurisdictions Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages


This is what a slow, but inexorable march to inevitability looks like.

[From 538.com]

Is Jeb Bush scarier than Sarah Palin?

To my mind, no.  Waaaay, no.

But to the likes of Axelrod and Emmanuel, waaaay yes.

The Obama campaign was surely and quite understandably proud of their victory/-ies back in 2008.  Not only did he have some unique hurdles to clear (his race, his reverend, his hometown political machine), he also had to best a formidable opponent in Hillary Clinton.  Husband and I were not the only ones who preferred her to him; but we also knew that, if he emerged the victor, he would be stronger for it.

Then came John McCain.  And Sarah.

Obama did pull out a victory, but I find it troubling that he didn't completely slaughter them (electorally-speaking).  By all accounts, his win should have been a landslide of historic proportions.  As it was, "landslides" have been value-engineered down to 53% to 46%.  Reagan, on the other hand, mopped the floor with Mondale in 1984 -- 59% to 41%.  Nixon killed McGovern 61% to 38%.  Johnson humiliated Goldwater 61% to 39%.  FDR filleted Hoover  57% to 40% only four years after Hoover cleaned Al Smith's clock 58% to 41%.

Frankly, given McCain's inept campaign, the fact that half the party hated his guts and his monumentally-cynical, Pandora's-box-opening pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, the GOP's loss margins should have been colossal.  They weren't, and that fact should disquiet every Democratic political operative suiting up for Obama's reelection campaign.

Especially if Jeb decides to run.

My instinct (such that it is with a 20-year-old, undergraduate political science degree) is to discount any long-lasting Bush-fatigue if the party's elders and base really smell blood in the water and think dislodging Obama from the White House is actually possible.  Sure, they'll flirt with Palin and perhaps some of the parsley-around-the-pig types like Gingrich, Huckabee and T-Paw, but every single one of them knows Jeb was supposed to be the Bush son to carry on the family legacy and rehabilitate the Bush name...not W.  Jeb's the smart one; the one who has the "little brown ones", as G.H.W.B. affectionately called them, born of Jeb's Mexican wife...a wife who also perfected Jeb's Spanish-speaking abilities; Jeb's the one who Democrats even liked during his time as governor of Florida.  It was supposed to be Jeb, and Republicans will forget about W. in a New-York minute if they think he can win.

And he could.  Especially if Sarah brings her wingnuts along and Karl Rove is at the wheel.  This thought should knock the Obama people down a few (more) pegs and sober them up from the intoxicating thought that Sarah Palin will be the standard bearer. Two years from right now, the Republican field of contenders will either have whittled down to one person or soon will and the general election campaign will begin in earnest.  The Obama boys and girls better start praying now that it isn't Jeb they're facing (and have a damn good plan in place if it is).

[Hat tip:  HuffPo; image via:  Cynical-C Blog.]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Maine Ribs

Rib-ticklers, that is!

More than a couple of you -- my 10s of readers, whom I love individually and collectively more than my luggage -- are probably aware of my deep and unfathomable respect and admiration for a certain Daily Kos poster named "Bill in Portland Maine".  As you might imagine, it was the "Portland Maine" part that hooked me, but I ended up staying for the "Bill" part because the man's rapier wit is consistently tomato-slicing in its sharpness.

Do yourself -- especially your brain and funny-bone -- a favor and catch him daily, Monday through Thursday, for his post "Cheers and Jeers".  You'll be glad you did.

Here's a bit from today's post...just to prime the pump:

Oh! More Things I Know:
> One difference between liberals and conservatives is, liberals correct their mistakes to reflect reality while conservatives correct their reality to reflect their mistakes.
> The next government program I wanna see is Cash for Renters. That'd be swell. Just stuff a few Franklins in my mailbox, Geithner, and we'll call it good.
> You know what I have a lot more respect for since the Oilpocalypse began? Pounds of pressure per square inch.
> When you hear a pundit lament that "Washington is sooooo polarized," it really means, "Republicans are being obstructionist assholes."
> Look, I know we're all really excited about installing millions of windmills that'll generate power, but let's not lose sight of why we're installing them in the first place: to grind grain.
> Kossack "grog" is funny: "Jeers to the humidity.  When I was done [with my run], I could have wrapped myself in paper towels and absorbed myself to death."
> My octopus picked the Netherlands. Idiot.
> During the upcoming holiday season, the top-selling toy will be Barbie's Gulf Coast Oil-slick Observation Dream Blimp.
> By poo-pooing an extension of unemployment benefits while calling for more tax cuts for the rich, Republicans on Capitol Hill are acting as a de facto death panel, ruling unanimously in favor of killing the stability and solvency of countless poor and middle-class American families. Look up "heartless bastards" in the dictionary...
> Harry Reid accusing President Obama of not being forceful enough with Republicans is like a birther accusing a climate-change denier of being too "out there."
> The most amazing thing to me about the human body is that we don't shred our tongues when we chew food.
> I get occasional hate mail in which right-wingers call me a faggot. I always respond by thanking them for at least getting something right.
This is but a sampling...check out today's full post here.


Here's his profile pic from Twitter where, like me, you can follow his zaniness in bite-size chunks throughout the day.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sarah's New Brooch


Be very afraid.

[Image via TPM.]

Creating Unhealthy Children -- Your Tax Dollars at Work!

Get a load of this:  Kucinich Pushes To End Tax Subsidies For Junk Food Advertising.

Excuse me...we subsidize junk-food advertising!?!?

HuffPo's Lucia Graves sheds some light not only on Rep. Kucinich (D-OH) and his new crusade but also on the simple -- and, frankly, unbelievable -- fact that the American people subsidize the junk- and fast-food industries by allowing them to write off their marketing expenses.  On the face of it, this seems utterly laughable (then turning, a second or two later, steam-producing), but it's downright dangerous when it comes to marketing aimed specifically at kids where it can and does instill lifetime eating habits that have measurable health and economic consequences.

Wanna decrease the deficit and lower health-care costs, Senator Kyl??  How about cracking open a can of "top-kill" on this gusher!

Kucinich rightly credits First Lady Michelle Obama for calling our attention to this whopper jaw-dropper.  And, perhaps once this loophole is finally plugged, we can address the other allowable marketing write-offs...things like guns and cigarettes.

(You really cannot make this stuff up.)

[Image by Scott Ableman via Ezra Klein at The American Prospect.]

Monday, July 12, 2010

Long-term Unemployed

I am one of them.

My unemployment insurance benefits were cut off June 5th following Congress' failure to allocate additional funds for the program. I am, in fact, eligible for 16 more weeks, but the money has been allowed to run out.

The reason is short-term "fiscal responsibility" in an election year by those who fear being unemployed themselves by an angry (but, no doubt, employed) electorate if they add but one cent to the deficit.

This is perfectly understandable given our country's current debt load; however, it is also terribly misguided because I am not the only one hurt by my personal lack of funds. Also hurt is every business I patronize on a daily basis -- the grocer, the dry cleaner, the barber, the gym, the gas station, the movie rental, the internet provider, the dog groomer, etc., etc.

Don't even get me started on what it's doing to our nation's breweries and purveyors of wines and spirits! I refuse to drink the cheap stuff, so booze is now a luxury we can no longer afford. Husband and I will be teetotaling for the duration.

Congress can try to live with that on its conscience.

 [Image:  Toothpaste For Dinner.]

Marilynne Robinson

Once again, I find myself indebted to Andrew Sullivan for bringing something or someone amazing to my attention.  In this case, it is a someone.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson has a new book:  Absence of Mind, and I'll be running -- not walking -- to buy it today.  No less an authority than John Stewart recommends as much, so 'nuf said.

With his usual attention to detail, Andrew provides links to his earlier mentions of Ms. Robinson as well as a link to a 2004 interview of her conducted by a fellow writer at The Atlantic, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, following the publication of Gilead.  I'd like to share two quotes that struck me the hardest:

One of the things that I think churches do—one of the reasons people sustain them over thousands of years—is they make visible the things that are sacred in life. They bless babies, they bury elders, they sanctify marriages. Anything that might have a transcendent meaning is something that is reenacted ritually in a church. So in a certain way, they're simply raising up and making visible the fact of the holiness of life.

[On abolitionists and religion]  These people that I've been talking about, the abolitionists and so on, were very religious people. They knew scripture inside out. And they were very aware of the fact that the great burden of scripture is the call for justice, the call for openhandedness toward the poor and the alien. It's amazing, but I don't know if anyone's even reading the text anymore. It's been boiled down to two or three verses that are used basically to make other people feel bad.

[Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2010.]

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Schism versus Doing What Is Right

Ouch.

The truth hurts.


[Hat tip:  Diana Butler Bass.  Photo:  ACNS Rosenthal.]

Mark Twain's Autobiography

Volume One, that is, will show up in stores in November -- 100 years after his death, at the author's request.

Click here for some tidbits from Larry Rohter for The New York Times on why we all should be very excited.

[Cover image via The New York Times.]

RedState thinks Lying Levi has simply come to his senses...

...and thinks [hey, there's no harm in trying, right!?] you should too.

The incredibly ironic money quote from poster Lori Ziganto:

I also hope he finally realizes that he has a child and starts acting like a father and not a self-interested attention whore, craving publicity from people whom he is too stupid to realize have been using him and laughing at him, not with him.

Substitute Sarah for Levi and re-read.

Read the full stream of hopefulness here.

Levi, we hardly knew ye.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

BP Continues to Suck Mightily

And so, apparently, does The Economist.  For this, I have to come out of vacation mode:  clicky here.

Friday, July 2, 2010