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Matt
Boulder City, Nevada
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From The New York Crank: Don’t envy the super rich. After they’ve stolen all your money … their lives, and their spouses' and their children’s lives will be in grave danger. Some years ago when The Crank’s Beautiful Girlfriend was still alive, the two of us went down to Ecuador. Our intention was to see the Galapagos Islands, but we also let some travel agent talk us into spending four days in mainland Ecuador, escorted by a private guide. It turned out that we needed our own guide because the experience was not pleasant. As we soon discovered, Quito is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From The New York Crank: Stupid Savings Vs. Priming The Pump: A Cranky Fable For Our Times In the tiny village of Wingnutia, the people went to the village pump one day. They intended to pump up their daily rations of water from a well that was dug deep into the earth. But even when they pumped as hard as they could, no water would come out of the pump nozzle. And to make matters worse, they were all were running low on the water they had taken home from the pump a day before. “That pump needs priming,” declared... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Brilliant at Breakfast: Maybe it was ALWAYS a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing Posted by Jill | 5:46 AM It's always seemed odd to me that when hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets in early 2003 against going to war in Iraq, we were dismissed by the press as a "fringe element", out of touch with "mainstream America." But when hundred people started yelling at legislators' town hall meetings and adopted a name that has connotations of patriotism, the press and the media fell immediately in love and decided that the teabaggers were a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Oliver Willis: The Founding Fathers Weren’t Gods 3:27 pm EST April 18th, 2011 | Politics | 14 Comments Rep. Lamar Smith (R – of course) makes this silly argument against gay marriage: “No one can seriously believe that the constitution’s authors intended to create a right to same-sex marriage.” That’s probably true. The majority of the Constitution’s authors also probably didn’t believe that non-whites and/or non-landowners had a right to vote or were human beings either. But we didn’t let that constrain American progress, did we? The Constitution is easily the greatest legal document in world history, but it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog: The Racist Tea Party How many more examples of tea party racism do we need to discover? Here's an image being circulated by Tea Party Republican and member of the Orange County Republican Party central committee Marilyn Davenport. The caption? "Now you know why —- No birth certificate!" The civility meme is still alive, but come on! The tea party is ruled by race-baiting and outright racism. The examples are numerous: racist rally signs, former Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams publishing racist remarks, tea party leader Dale Robertson brandishing a "niggar" sign, tea party... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Brilliant at Breakfast: They Have a Dream: If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a Republican Posted by jurassicpork | 2:04 PM The Pentagon's Chief counsel, Jeh Johnson, and the (snicker) National Black Republican Association keeps insisting that Dr. King, who'd preached and practiced nonviolent opposition throughout his entire life, was actually a closeted Republican and would've been happy to see us go to war with Iraq and Afghanistan. Actual Republicans just loves them dead liberals and Democrats like Dr. King, FDR and President Kennedy when it suits them. So let's theorize what a Martin Luther King... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Boulder Blog
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Boulder Blog
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Zaius Nation: Second Amendment Solutions Solve Nothing I don't think that you can blame the recent tragedy in Arizona directly on the violent and hateful rhetoric that has been generated by the the right. I also don't think that said rhetoric is above scrutiny and criticism. The violence that we have seen lately is not happening in a vacuum. July 2008: A gunman named Jim David Adkisson, agitated at how "liberals" are "destroying America," walks into a Unitarian Church and opens fire, killing two churchgoers and wounding four others. October 2008: Two neo-Nazis are arrested in Tennessee in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From The Borowitz Report: Fox News Reports No Link Between Matches, Gasoline and Fire Beck Busts ‘Mainstream Media Myth’ NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – The Fox News Channel today attempted to bust what it called a “mainstream media myth” by reporting that there was no link between matches, gasoline and fire. “Gasoline and matches don’t start fires,” said Fox host Glenn Beck. “People start fires.” Mr. Beck went on to say that there was no link between “oxygen, hydrogen and water.” Elsewhere, Verizon trumpeted its new iPhone, announcing, “For the first time, consumers will have a choice of which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Politicus USA: Sarah Palin’s Camp Says Depraved Liberals Blame Sarah Palin for Mass Murders Posted on January 9, 2011 by Sarah Jones Sarah Palin Isn't a Responsible Leader You might think that certain political leaders would be feeling, at the very least, chagrin this morning, waking up to the picture of Faces of Hope 9 year old Christina Taylor Green who is dead, the innocent victim of political messaging gone crazy. But if you thought that political leaders like Sarah Palin could think of how a tragedy like this impacts anyone other than themselves, you would be wrong. Christina... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: Insurrectionism Timeline On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court embraced the National Rifle Association's contention that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to take violent action against our government should it become "tyrannical." The following timeline catalogues incidents of insurrectionist violence (or the promotion of such violence) that have occurred since that decision was issued: June 26, 2008—The case of District of Columbia v. Heller is decided by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. The opinion not only endorses the National Rifle Association’s “individual right” interpretation of the Second... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Hullabaloo: Rhetorical Excess by digby I couldn't help but notice Arizona Representative Trent Franks all over television lugubriously bemoaning the horrible events of yesterday. He just appeared on Candy Crowley's show and said this in response to Sheriff Dupnik's comments yesterday about "the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country that is getting to be outrageous." Franks: Even in these circumstance, first of all I think our focus should be upon the tragedy that occurred here and I think it's unfortunate to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at Boulder Blog
Happy Yet? By Justin “filthy liberal scum” Rosario Was the body count high enough for you? You got a federal judge, a Congresswoman, a little girl and four other people. I mean, sure, Giffords isn’t dead but she might not pull through. Would that be the icing on the cake for you? What? You’re shocked, SHOCKED by this act of violence? C’mon! Don’t be so modest. You’ve been working towards this day since that black guy got sworn in! Bask a little in your success. I know you’ve been disappointed by low body count until now. Beck’s Tides Foundation assassin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at Boulder Blog
From Oliver Willis: Dick Cheney + Sponge Bath: Unsee This 3:23 pm EST January 4th, 2011 | Republicans | 40 Comments Too much information. Mr. Cheney’s pump was placed near his heart. With most patients, a power line emerges about waist level and connects to a controller, a minicomputer that plugs into a pair of one-and-a-half-pound, 12-volt batteries. Patients wear a black mesh vest over their clothing that holds the controller and batteries. They usually cannot shower and have to be satisfied with sponge baths. Also: Mr. Cheney, who has participated in some of the nation’s toughest decisions for decades,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Boulder Blog
In my opinion, our police department has been ineffective and compromised for a long time, but the actions of our chief in the Vicki Mayes affair along with this disgraceful episode leads me to the conclusion that our chief of police should either resign or be fired. It's bad enough that our town is regarded as the speed trap capital of Nevada, but his actions in this matter have further tainted our town's image in the public's eye. Any city official who was aware of the police department's actions should likewise be sent packing. I'm sure that there will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Boulder Blog
As Americans we tend to be uber-nationalists, screaming "My country, right or wrong" and other idiotic expressions of national pride. But there's nothing patriotic about waving the flag while your country is falling apart. I found this article to be an eye-opener. I'm sure that others will regard it as anti-american. Hey, the truth hurts. From Alternet: America in Decline: Why Germans Think We're Insane A look at our empire in decline through the eyes of the European media. December 26, 2010 | As an American expat living in the European Union, I’ve started to see America from a different... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Boulder Blog
From The Borowitz Report: Goldman’s Massive Bonuses ‘Totally Deserved,’ Says Satan Prince of Darkness Praises Wall Street Colleagues NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – The gargantuan year-end bonuses paid out to Goldman Sachs executives have received howls of protests from the banking giant’s legion of critics, but not from its most ardent defender: Satan. In a rare press conference, the usually reclusive Prince of Darkness defended Goldman’s bonuses today, welcoming reporters at his apartment in New York’s Trump Tower. “I don’t doubt for a minute that my friends at Goldman deserved those bonuses,” Satan said, adding that “buying their souls... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Boulder Blog
Posted Dec 11, 2010 at Boulder Blog
From Down With Tyranny: At this point do we have to be hoping for a revolution? Are they starting the revolution without us? First there were the French workers, now the British students. "It’s clear at this point that America is only the shell of a democracy, and instead is run by a self-perpetuating oligopoly whose only law, whose only imperative, is its own survival and aggrandizement." -- Ian Welsh, in his blogpost "An American Future" by Ken Last night Howie shared his airport's-eye view of the confrontation between British students and the police agents of the burgeoning British-coaliltion security... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2010 at Boulder Blog
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Posted Dec 11, 2010 at Boulder Blog