Archive for October, 2009

Palin vs Johnston: Who’s Selling His/Her Body?

October 29, 2009

In a recent lash out at the father of her grandson, Sarah Palin accused him of selling his body in reference to his appearance in Playgirl. It’s ridiculous on its own but becomes hilarious if you remember how Sarah Palin got her first taste of (relative) notoriety:

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Shepard Smith Goes Rogue

October 29, 2009

FOX’s Shep Smith Apologizes for Fox News ‘Lack of Balance’ In New Jersey Governor’s Race Story – 10/27/09

Dolphin Jellyfish Soccer

October 25, 2009

Dolphins caught on camera “kicking” jellyfish in the air soccer-ball style. Found at Asylum Australia
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Five Certifiably Insane Cold War Projects

October 24, 2009

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Bronzulton Q over at Cracked.com takes a spirited look at some insane Cold War projects:

The upcoming movie The Men Who Stare at Goats tells the story of a military operation that attempted to create Jedi warriors who could teleport through walls and kill goats by staring at them. It all sounds pretty far-fetched … until you realize that it’s based on a true story, and it’s just one of many bizarre operations Cold War-era militaries pursued seriously.

They Talk. We Die

October 23, 2009

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Patrick Hennessey, who served as a Captain and Platoon Commander in the Grenadier Guards in Iraq and Afghanistan, argues for an immediate and sizeable increase in troops in Afghanistan and gives a moving account of the frustrations soldiers feel while politicians debate and delay.

I had friends who had no idea what was going on in Iraq and Afghanistan while London boomed and busted and everyone was more excited by who was being voted off Big Brother. It was incredibly frustrating realizing that people weren’t engaged. But it is similarly frustrating now that everyone is an armchair expert.

Steven Metz on the other hand argues that an increase in troops isn’t as clear while acknowledging the understandable frustration of the military

It is certainly true, though, that the U.S. military in Afghanistan needs better ways of reinforcing units under attack. But this could be done with far fewer than 40,000 additional troops. In fact, an increase that large would, as during the initial period of the Iraq “surge,” lead to more American casualties. Again, the lessons of Iraq are inapplicable. In Iraq the casualty spike was temporary as the insurgency crumbled. In Afghanistan it could be open-ended.

Yet even if there are no strategic or operational reasons for a quick change in strategy, the Obama administration does owe its military and the American public a clearer explanation of its decision process.

Athena & The Furies

October 23, 2009

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The Daily Beast’s Lee Siegel has a beatifully argued piece about the Cheney family’s blood lust:

Like the Furies, the Cheneys stand for unreason and emotionalism. Revenge is their milk and their meat. Obama’s Age of Reason—the advent of Athena—drives them into a rage, which in turn impels them to pursue Obama relentlessly to punish him for his crimes against what their hearts know to be true.

How’d My Oil Get Under Your Sand?

October 23, 2009

Spencer Ackerman puts some perspective onto oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens’ stupid declarations to Congress on Wednesday.

T. Boone Pickens, today:

They’re opening them (oil fields) up to other companies all over the world … We’re entitled to it,” Pickens said of Iraq’s oil. “Heck, we even lost 5,000 of our people, 65,000 injured and a trillion, five hundred billion dollars.

Osama bin Laden, 2007:

AL-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has accused the US of plotting to take control of Iraqi oil supplies and he urged Iraqis to reject efforts to rebuild a US-backed national unity government.

Stupid as a bag of rocks. If only Pickens was also as silent as one.

Cheney Helping Obama?

October 23, 2009

That’s at least David Corn’s opinion:

But by interjecting himself into the discourse, Cheney sends up a flare: Hey, don’t forget about me and Bush! And that reminder is great for the White House. If the issue is, can Obama succeed in Afghanistan, there’s reason for Obama and his aides to worry. If the debate is Obama versus the Old Gang, the president is the big winner. In the 2008 campaign, he ran against Bush more than John McCain, and that worked out nicely for him. Since taking office, Obama has justifiably noted over and over that he’s been cleaning up the mess left behind by Bush and Cheney. That argument will lose its oomph, the smaller Bush and Cheney become in the rear-view mirror. But here comes Cheney, jumping on the hood, pressing his face against the windshield, and proclaiming, “I’m here.” What could be better for Obama?

This is perhaps true from the Obama’s camp perspective given they can’t stand Dick Cheney and anything he might say against Obama is automatically seen as reason to rally around the President. From the other side however, former Bush/Cheney supporters will also be invigorated.
Difficult to say which of these two popular opinion wavelets is larger. What is sure is that unless either Cheney or the WH bring this up again it will only last a few news cycles.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain – New Britannia, 1990 – 2007

October 23, 2009

Final episode of this 5 part series.

Britain enters the uncharted waters of the post-Thatcher era. Many have done well in the end during the Thatcher years but now boom is turning to bust. Britain feels more vulnerable than ever to rapid international change – from the influence of powerful new global market forces to global warming. Just when many in post-war Britain are getting used to the good life, it seems we might have to start giving up our big cars and foreign holidays.

Palin’s Hatchet Man To Publish Memoirs

October 22, 2009

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Andrew Halco reports

Bailey, former Gov. Sarah Palin’s right hand man, has signed on with Releve Marketing of San Diego who anounced today that they are in in the process of writing their upcoming book “Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man,” which they say is from the unique perspective of one of Palin’s three inner circle confidants.

This is going to be juicy.