Yearly Archives: 2009

Glory, Glory Halliburton

From POLITICO:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) offered an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts to companies who prevent victims from filing lawsuits against sexual assault and harassment.

Franken proposed the amendment after hearing the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, who alleges that she was brutally raped while working a contractor for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq.

But Jones was unable to press charges in court because her defense contract stipulated that any such allegations can only be heard in private arbitration.

Franken’s amendment, which passed 68-30, received the support of 10 Republican senators. However, most Republicans opposed the amendment because it went against the wishes of the Defense Department, and argued it gave Congress too much influence in altering defense contracts.


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Betsy and the Bubbleheads

From TALKING POINTS MEMO:

In a heated and sometimes vitriolic debate Monday night, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) repeatedly called out former Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey for lying about health care reform. He said debating her was like “debating a pyromaniac in a straw man factory,” prompting intense and immediate reaction from the audience.

“Debate like a man!” hollered one bespectacled, middle-aged man. Another quieted the ensuing shouts with, “This is his speaking time, not yours!”

Weiner and McCaughey arguably represent the furthest ends of the health care reform spectrum. Weiner is a progressive Congressman who wants a single-payer, government run health care system. McCaughey, who recently posited that reform may lead to government-mandated euthanasia, helped kill the Clintons’ health care plan in the 90s.


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Betsy Bubblegum and some of her gal pals: Michele Batshit Bachmann, Virginia Gummint’ll Kill Ya Foxx, Ginny Drop Dead Brown-Waite, and Princess Sarah Death Panel Palin
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Supremely Different

From HispanicBusiness.com:

During her debut performance on the Supreme Court bench Monday, Sonia Sotomayor asked more questions in one hour than Clarence Thomas did over the course of several years, according to McClatchy News Service.

The famously taciturn Thomas went for two entire years — or 144 consecutive cases — without making a single statement, the AP reported in 2008.

By contrast, Sotomayor on Monday asked as many questions as Chief Justice John G. Roberts, according to the Washington Post.


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Faces Only a Mother&*¢#@$ Could Love

Well, kids, last night my internets connection crapped out, and I couldn’t do a lot of research. I did, however, watch The Colbert Report, and I heard a story about a company that offers celebrity look-alike sperm.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to have a baby whose genes come from someone who looks like a celebrity can now have their wish fulfilled. That’s thanks to a company that is coming under fire for offering sperm from people who may resemble your favorite celebrity.

A California-based fertility company called Cryobank is offering prospective parents a range of celebrity look-a-like sperm donors.

The firm, which will soon open an office in New York, allows customers to search through a database according to characteristics such as ethnicity and eye color without revealing donors’ photographs.

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Scott Browne, a spokesman for Cryobank, told BioNews, “The intention is not to suggest the child will look like one of the celebrities. It’s just to personalize the donor.”

That got me wondering what some famous people looked like when they were babies and whether people would really want their offspring to look like them, so when my crappy Comcast internets connection fired back up, I did some digging and found a few baby pictures of people you might know. First, here’s Rush Limpdick Limbaugh being held by his father:

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Of the stupid people, for the stupid people, by the stupid people

From Leonard Pitts, Jr. at The Miami Herald:

Perhaps you are familiar with an old saying: Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’ve found that maxim valuable as I wade through the recent hand-wringing and recrimination among journalists and their critics over the fact that most mainstream media were slow to pick up on the story of corruption at ACORN.

New York Times ombudsman Clark Hoyt (a former colleague) and Andrew Alexander, his counterpart at the Washington Post, are among those who have asked whether that laggard performance reflects an unfortunate deafness to conservative media.

As one of my readers put it, “There is a lot wrong with ACORN, and Fox was the only channel talking about it.”

I might join this pity party if I thought Fox a credible news source. I do not.


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(from not as right to far right) Greta I’m In Love With Todd Palin Van Susteren, Glenn Blechhh, Kimberly Inflate Lips to 32 lbs. Guilfoyle, Bill Falafel O’Reilly, Gretchen Wanna See My Tiara? Carlson, Sean Insanity, and Rupert Murdoch as Uncle Scam)
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I know he’s telling the truth–his lips are moving!

From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS News Blogs (September 30, 2009):

Democratic Representative Alan Grayson of Florida, who has come under fire from Republicans for suggesting on the House floor Tuesday night that “Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick,” said in an interview with CBSNews.com Wednesday that the response to his comments has been “overwhelmingly positive.”

“People are calling us from all over the country to congratulate us for telling the truth,” he said. “People are happy to see a Democrat with guts.”


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Power Has Its Privileges

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From The Washington Post:

GOP Leader Tight-Lipped on Ensign

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) repeatedly refused to answer questions Friday about a New York Times report that embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) negotiated a cover-up of his extramarital affair with a campaign staffer, with his friend Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) serving as a financial intermediary.

How can Mitch McConnell be tight-lipped when he has no lips?
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