Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has passed away from a stroke. She was 89.
Robin Williams was found dead. He was 63.
Gun control advocate and former Reagan press secretary died Monday at the age of 73.
ZURICH - Blues musician Johnny Winter is dead at age 70, according to Zurich police. Although no foul…
Mope gets points for being the first to send news.
This weekend brought news of a prisoner exchange brokered by the Obama administration. “Sgt.” Bowe Bergdahl was released as an Afghan POW in exchange for five top Taliban operatives who were being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The stories are coming out, and they ain’t pretty. Whereas the administration is touting this as a necessary operation due to Bergdahl’s health, and/or a triumph in diplomacy to bring home a hero, soldiers who actually served with him and were in country at the time have a different version of Bergdahl. Many military bloggers as well as others have written extensively on the matter, and much better than I can. But I do have one question that I haven’t seen answered anywhere.
If he was against the war, as his parents allege, if he was “disillusioned” with the war, why did he enlist in the first place?
I don’t wish to sound like I have a tin foil hat on, but his father’s comments and Bergdahl’s actions do not seem to add up to that of a soldier taken by insurgents. No soldier I know would take off his gear and pile it neatly even if they needed to relieve themselves, especially in a hot zone such as Sharana. I recall Hubby being in the Green Zone, an area that was supposedly “safe”, and no one was allowed to go outside without the full gear, for any reason. Add to this the fact that once again Teh Prez promised to close Gitmo by the end of 2014 and released these Taliban terrorists without notifying Congress, and you get your spidey senses tingling.
Oh, and what happened to the VA scandals? How odd that they are missing from the front pages of most major news outlets, eh?
This whole situation stinks like an asphalt-baked skunk in summer.
…. which means no one is.
I wish this was a joke. But this comes on the heels of another school cancelling Honors Night because they didn’t want other kids feeling “left out”. Thankfully, parents protested and the event is back on schedule. Since when is it a secular sin to achieve?? It is human nature to try and be the best one can be at what one does. The real reward is good feelings?? No, the real reward is EARNING SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU TRIED YOUR BEST AND BEAT THOSE WHO DID NOT. The good feelings come from achieving, not from Kumbaya. This is just another attempt to equalize misery. They have done away with the red pen for grading, they have done away with marking “X”s, all school supplies are placed together for equal distribution, and no child can have a nicer notebook than another: all must be the same BRAND.
My daughter was tossing out some of her awards from the past few years. When I asked her why she told me they meant nothing, since everyone got the same award. She gave them to me to recycle into art. A part of me was a bit heartbroken to see how callously she tossed them out, but I was proud of her for recognizing that SHE isn’t a special snowflake. Her personal achievements vastly outnumber the cookie cutter awards doled out for the masses, and she knows that. Giving every kid a trophy for participation and good feelings isn’t encouraging any self-esteem. It just discourages incentive.
And that’s the first step in breaking the human spirit.
Y’all remember Henny Penny? AKA Chicken Little? Apparently she got hit on the head with a chunk of Antarctic ice and is screaming about the eventual demise of Washington, D.C.
What will become of the nation’s capital?
The huge West Antarctic ice sheet is slowly collapsing, and two groups of scientists say the melting is now an unstoppable event.
Melting ice will cause sea levels to rise higher than initially projected, which is cause for concern for D.C.-area scientists and local urban planners.
The rising seas will affect local treasures, including the Chesapeake Bay and the country’s iconic monuments along the National Mall.
“We’ve reached the point of no return,” says Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “We can expect by the end of the century, according to the National Climate Assessment, anywhere between one and five feet of sea-level rise.”
That’s only the beginning.
I know, I know…y’all are out of shocked faces by now.
Global cooling G lobal warming C limate change Climate chaos is super happening over in Antarctica. The ice sheet is breaking!! ICE IS MELTING SO SEA LEVELS WILL RISE AND DOGS AND CATS WILL END UP LIVING TOGETHER!!! (Say it. You know you want to!) So as the sea level rises we are in danger of our so-called beloved national capital from being underwater. Weather peeps can’t possibly predict the weather for the workweek, but BY GOD they can sure tell when we are all going to die because of a nthropomorphic global warming CLIMATE CHAOS. Henny Penny is screaming that the sky is falling the water is rising, just so we can spend money towards…. barriers and raising bulkheads. But nothing TOO high because that may obstruct the aesthetics of Old Town Alexandria, and you can’t have that. And as for DC, they admit it is doable to enclose it, but it would be very expensive.
“The worry to our children is, not only will this continue, but it might accelerate pretty fast,” says [Bill] Boicourt, of the University of Maryland.
Well, y’all knew this was going to be plugged For the Children™. Yes, I’m out of shocked faces, too. They also give a shout-out to cutting emissions, too. Can’t let that tidbit be ignored. Never mind that ice breaks off when it gets too heavy, or that this past April saw record-breaking levels of ice forming in Antarctica, exceeding the past record for Antarctic ice cover by about 320,000 square kilometers. No, the ice breaking means dead polar bears somewhere and children who can no longer enjoy a trip to see the new AGW chart at the Smithsonian.
I don’t need to be a weather expert to call bullshit on this. If the possibility of DC being submerged in water were real, those Congress rats would have fled long ago.
Have we as a nation become so intellectually lazy that we believe a poster can change a virulent ideology?
Has diplomacy become a meme on the internet? It would appear so, from the look of this crap.
Frankly, I find this very troubling. What GOOD does a poster DO?? The people who abducted the nearly 300 girls in Nigeria DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT WE THINK. They want to kill, and maim, and rape, and abuse all in the name of their pissant of a god and for their own profit. Yes, profit. Slavery isn’t about subjugation. It’s about making money. And some stupid poster won’t do a damn thing to stop it. I have far more respect for Daryl Hannah, who has gone on her own fucking dime to hellholes in Thailand to rescue young women that have been sold for prostitution. Those metrosexuals pictured above want to “bring awareness” to the the global problem of the slave trade, but at the same time condemn their own fucking country for trying to stop the very fuckers that benefit from it. Sean Penn (net worth: $150 million) has no problem assaulting his (ex)wife, Ashton Kutcher (net worth: $140 million) has no problem cheating on his now-ex, and neither does Justin Timberlake (net worth: $115 million), probably because disrobing a female pop-star on TV sent him over the edge or something. Outside of their own personal demons, their political leanings tend to favor those who would turn a blind eye to this tragic practice.
Posing while you are on a set of your latest multimillion dollar venture does NOT impress me. It sickens me. All you have done is take five fucking minutes from your precious time and taken a vapid pic in all of your unshaven glory. It shows you for the intellectually shallow beings that y’all are.
You want to make a change? Make a difference? Then take your fucking money and GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!
UPDATE COURTESY OF TIBERIUS!!!
It would be hilarious if it weren’t true.
I was perusing Drudge Report this morning laughing over a shoe, a resignation, and a tantrum, when a certain link caught my eye.
University of Connecticut officials have suspended a sorority as they investigate allegations that its members forced men to drink booze, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women’s underwear and take alcohol shots off each other’s bodies.
Now, at first, I had to laugh. My first thought was, “Suuuuure…. the guys were promised the Land of Plenty in return for playing along.” After all, they were members of a fraternity, and most likely have experience in what I call “quiet hazing”, where pledges have to do some weird shit in order to get in, but nothing so auspicious that the members would get arrested for harassment and hazing. But then I re-read the article again, and it gave me pause.
What if they were threatened?
Greek mixers are a staple in colleges. One sorority invited one fraternity for a party, they make t-shirts and sell them to raise money to pay for the drinks and food. Happens all the time. But in this day and age, I can no longer assume that the guys were “promised” anything, especially when sexual harassment laws on college campuses have been twisted so much that now men carry the burden of being told they are guilty without due process, and can lose everything. I wouldn’t put it past the gals to have threatened them with rape and police enquiry if they did not participate. I am not saying that happened. But I do think that the possibility percentage has increased dramatically in the past few years.
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
As much as I love the guy’s storytelling abilities, I have to give kudos to the teacher for pairing people up to make sure hilarity ensued.
I wish my English profs had been this awesome
This weekend amid the heart wrenching hells of Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria, Thailand, and God only knows how many other countries, comes some good news. First off, Alec Baldwin is just plain givin’ up.
He’s just tired of being hounded by the “Gay Department of Justice”, y’all. He is tired of fighting TMZ photogs and wants to quit public life, so logically he is leaving NYC to move to LA, you know, home of TMZ and Hollywood.
Logic is not his friend.
On the heels of that bit of serendipity, comes the news that Piers Morgan’s show has been given the axe. And I don’t mean rank deodorant, which in hind sight would have been an improvement. I guess viewers of all political and ideological leanings got tired of his condescending schtick. Sure didn’t help that he came to a country that beat his own with muskets, either. And I am sure that being a know-it-all didn’t fly well, especially in view of his many phone hacking scandals during his time as a tabloid editor back in UK. Common manners dictate that you don’t shit on your host’s welcome mat.
As to the third, we can only speculate on who it could be. Personally, I’m kinda hoping it’s the entire cast of The View
Yes, I am thoroughly irked.
Some days ago, a celebutard whose career had stalled came out of the closet and declared her gayness over the media, and everyone went batshit. This right after some NFL hopeful came out of his closet to embrace his sexuality. These announcements dominated headlines for days, and in places they still do. And anyone who complains about the notoriety they are receiving gets shunned as an intolerant bigoted hater.
Meanwhile, protests in Ukraine, Syria, and Venezuela are beyond bloody, and most people remain ignorant and unaware. A bus of Korean Christians on tour in the Holy Land gets bombed by a suicide jackass, and no one hears about it. A co-pilot hijacks an Ethiopian airplane causing a mad scramble by several countries’ fighter jets, because he wanted asylum. Sweet Meteor of Death is going to zoom quite close to this planet, but not close enough. And in that other world we call Inside the Beltway, Republicans know that our Prez is violating the Constitution, but acknowledged they likely have no way to stop him, so they won’t even try.
Yes, I am irked. I do not care if you are straight or gay. If you are honest with yourself about your sexuality, good for you. Be proud, and move the fuck on. It is none of my business if you are gay or straight, or asexual for that matter. It is only YOUR business.You want me to cheer for you? Give of yourself, without thought of credit. I may get shit for this but in my opinion, coming out of the closet makes you look like an attention whore. You want it to be acceptable? Then be normal about it. No need to announce it to the fucking planet.
This celebrity cult we spawned is a death cult. We are ignoring the signs of our country’s demise in favor of who wore it best, or who vacationed where, or which bitch is the tackiest housewife of Beverly Jersey. It galls me that people know more about Charlie Sheen’s porn star fiancee than they do about their own country’s fiscal death spiral.
Today is the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. And it wouldn’t be the Games without some activism.
That is the G00000gle Doodle for today. Notice anything different about it? Me too. The colors of the Olympic Rings signify the colors of the flags of the countries being represented, and the number signifies the five regions of the world. This image shows the colors of the rainbow. To wit, the delegates representing our country were picked based on their sexual orientation as a jab against Russia’s stance against homosexuality. When Brian Boitano came out of the closet no one, and I mean NO ONE was surprised. At all. Gay athletes have been around since the very first Olympics. Why is this news?
I always thought it was your athletic ability and sportsmanship that mattered, not your sexual orientation. We gather at the Games to celebrate our differences and similarities. Putin is a dick and tater, no doubt, but if his countrymen are happy with anti-gay agenda, why should our country tell him to change it? Have we told the Middle Eastern and Asian Islamic countries to change their anti-gay laws?? Yeah, right. As if!!
I have given up on the Games. I hate Bob Costas and his political grandstanding, and any joy that I would have would be tainted by stupid commentators who think their views are written on stone tablets.
Except curling. I’m still watching that.
And how about y’all? Will you be watching?
I’m sorry but its gotten to the point that I do not currently have time to keep up with this. I hope that I can pick this up again once I have more time.
Since our host is extremely busy right now, I’ll just post some funneh I have found in the interwebnets for now.