You gotta be shittin' me

I'm just now getting around to my normal daily blog reading, and BAM! - the first bookmark I check is Ed Brayton's blog and find this little nugget that sent my already high blood pressure through the roof (my emphasis):

Asked to identify his religion, 58 percent of respondents correctly said Obama was a Christian. But a surprising 11 percent said he was a Muslim. And 22 percent said they did not know what his religion was.

Almost one-fifth of white Democratic voters polled also said they had an unfavorable opinion of Obama because of his name.

One-fifth? One-fifth of white Democratic voters have an unfavorable opinion of Obama because of his name? Ed says:

No, the American public isn't entirely ignorant - but enough are ignorant to easily swing an election. And yes, that bothers me. I don't have a solution to it, but it bothers me.

In my opinion, "ignorant" is to nice a word to use here. I would much rather discard these ass-hats as well, "ass-hats" - or fucknuts - wankstains, dickbags...you pick one. Whichever, this is completely unbelievable. How the hell can you call yourself a Democrat and still be uncomfortable with the name "Obama". For Maude's sake, he's been a national celebrity since the '04 convention. Let's call a spade, a spade here. If your reason for having an unfavorable opinion of Obama is his name, your either a racist or a xenophobe. (And yes, that is the first time I've called any Democrats racist throughout this whole debacle, and you can bet your ass that I mean it this time.)

And the sad truth is Brayton is absolutely correct in saying that this many voters could easily sway an election - whether it's staying home on election day, or even worse, doing the unthinkable and voting for McSame.

I am pissed about this. The direction this country is headed needs to do an about face. The train has already derailed. What started as a snowflake of disastrous leadership we've had for the last eight years is now a full blown avalanche destroying everything in its path.

No one, not even those of us who live and breathe the daily catastrophes of the current administration, can fully fathom the amount of damage that has been done to every single facet of this country's spirit - damage that may at this point be irreparable.

However, we can at least start the salvage operation this November. And the Democrats are the ones who have to get behind the wheel. It should at this point be clear that the majority of the Republicans don't give a shit about this country. What actually motivates them is beyond me, but I'll leave that for another post.

My point is this: The country's soul is broken. It's lost, but it hasn't disappeared. John McCain has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of trying to fix or find it. So that leaves us with the Democrats. So listen up and listen good. It's clear that Obama is going to be the nominee. (I admire Clinton's will to fight, but it's over for her.) In November, if you consider yourself a Democrat and don't vote or vote for McCain because you are "uncomfortable" with Obama's name, YOU ARE NOT A DEMOCRAT(!!!) and you don't deserve to call yourself one.

UPDATE: I wanted to better conclude this post, but I had to run off to another meeting. It's now about 0115, and I just got home not too long ago. PhD. work is good, great, grand...wonderful!


Sunday Night Funny

I need to start laughing again...it's been a hell of of a month (, which would explain that dearth of posts).

Added bonus (Angry German Kid vs. Numa Numa - find my something better and I'll post it - NO PRAIRIE DOGS ALLOWED!):

Wait...wait...wait. One more (not so much funny as absolutely horrible):

Schadenfruede is bad but sometimes necessary!



via C&L

F-F-F-Fuck It!

Kick his ass C-bass!


What a clown!

Finally, Chris Matthews does his job:

And if that assclown (i.e. Kevin James - not the comedian the radio talk show host) still has a job next week, the country is in worse shape than I could have ever imagined.



This is ridiculous...

How John? How? Maybe John Hagee has prophesied these events for Walnuts. It must be really nice to make predictions about the future when you are so out of touch with the present. If I were in any way shape or form able to record video and post it to YouTube (way outside of my ken), I think I could come up with my own such video...Here's the transcript that is running through my head:

The year: 2013

Global warming: We built giant freezers to refreeze the Arctic ice cap and most of Greenland.

Nuclear terrorism: We turned all nuclear weapons into cotton candy.

The Middle East: #1 U.S. tourist destination...jet fuel prices so low that the airlines are actually paying you to fly!

Border Security: Not necessary. Once McCain was elected the rest of the world bowed to the awesomeness of the U.S.

Health Care Choice: Again, unnecessary. McCain's tears cure all diseases. In that respect he can even kick Chuck Norris' ass, which he plans on doing anyway since Norris endorsed Huckabee.

Economic confidence: Put all of the economists in jail and just waived Bush's magic wand to solve the problem. Bush was very reluctant to give up his wand, but McCain gave him a hug and everything was copasetic.

Light speed travel: You can fly from NY to LA in less than one second. That's how we roll.

Yada yada yada.

McCain should see if Obama will let him be his Secretary of the Interior Imagination Land. That is my assessment of his political future.


Quick thought...

...regarding intelligent design. People who suggest that we teach ID as a scientific theory are really starting to chap my ass. Without going into a jeremiad about why this is so, let me just say this (actually Bob Parks said this):

You can believe anything you want, but you don't get to pick the facts.


From the files of Unfathomable Stupidity

No offense to Floridians intended, but your state is now officially the stupidest state in the U.S., on Earth, and any other planet in the universe for that matter. To everyone else: Be forewarned - read this article and you will lose the same amount of brain cell mass as you would huffing modeling glue for approximately five to seven minutes.

(via Pharyngula)

Magic trick costs teacher job

Well, another Pasco County substitute teacher's job is on the line, but this time it's because of a magic trick.

The charge from the school district — Wizardry!

Substitute teacher Jim Piculas does a 30-second magic trick where a toothpick disappears then reappears.

But after performing it in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land 'O Lakes, Piculas said his job did a disappearing act of its own.

"I get a call the middle of the day from the supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, 'Jim, we have a huge issue. You can't take any more assignments. You need to come in right away,'" he said.

When Piculas went in, he learned his little magic trick cast a spell that went much farther than he'd hoped.

"I said, 'Well Pat, can you explain this to me?' 'You've been accused of wizardry,' [he said]. Wizardry?" he asked.

Tampa Bay's 10 talked to the assistant superintendent with the Pasco County School District who said it wasn't just the wizardry and that Picular had other performance issues, including "not following lesson plans" and allowing students to play on unapproved computers.

Piculas said he knew nothing about the accusations.

Oh, not JUST the wizardy - thank heavens it wasn't just the wizardry. The principal is apparently fine with wizards, warlocks, witches, sorcerers, etc. teaching in his middle school so long as they use their magical powers to "follow the lesson plans" and force the kids to "play on unapproved computers".

(*head slams off desk*)

I rest my case.

But if you are still worried about the state of supernatural forces affecting the minds of Florida's children, I refer you to the General, who has possibly uncovered the greatest threat yet to these kids' futures: School pictures.



Via Digby comes what could probably be the most ridiculous headline I may have ever seen (at least in recent memory). It's actually a subtitle for a New York Magazine article written by Kurt Andersen, and damn, this is really fucking stupid:

If Barack is out of touch with America, then the media must be too.

What follows is a train wreck of an article that serves little purpose other than showing this American that the media is hopelessly out of touch with me. It did show me one thing: This is the kind of shit you can expect to hear for the next six months from the right if Obama wins. "Ohhh. The media wuvs Obama - they treat him with wittle kiddie gloves." Give me a break. Three words:

Reverend Wright coverage.


This just in...

...Walnuts McCain is crazy as hell. Here's the top story's headline from McClatchy today:

What's McCain thinking when he says boot Russia from G-8?

Like his buddy, George, I'm guessing he's not thinking. One, he's senile. Two, neocons don't think - they bomb. Thinking and rationale are both signs of weakness to these people. Only elitist democrats and liberals think.

I do love this quote of a public official speaking anonymously about McCain's idea:

"It's not even a theoretical discussion. It's an impossible discussion... It's just a dumb thing."

Yep. But what do the neocons themselves have to say about all this?

Ariel Cohen, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said McCain's proposal was "right on the money."

"It sends Russia a strong message to stop behaving the way it does," Cohen said. "As long as Russia doesn't behave like a democracy, why should it be in the G-8?"

For that matter, why should we be in? Hell, there is barely a semblance of Democracy anymore in this country. I say we make a proposal to kick ourselves out. That would send an even stronger message to Russia: The G-8 won't tolerate governments controlled by a small cabal of assholes whose lust for power is triumphed only by their insatiable greed.

That'll show those SOBs.


By the way...

... I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Bill Clinton's former Secretary of Defense Dr. William Perry and his lovely wife Lee Monday afternoon. He was actually in my office - my adviser was giving the couple a tour of the laboratory at which I work! I later attended a seminar he gave to my department concerning nuclear terrorism and global warming. If I have the time, I would like to write something about his answer to a particular question (asked by a Professor Emeritus from my department) about Iran's insistence that they be allowed to develop peaceful nuclear technology. Whether or not Iran's intention is peaceful is not something I care to get into at this point, but I would like to try and paraphrase his response to the question. It was one of the most intelligent and erudite statements I have ever heard made about American foreign policy and one of the reasons why I miss Bill Clinton so much. And for that brief moment during which Dr. Perry was answering that question, I felt like one of the most privileged people on the planet having been given the opportunity to not only listen to him speak in person, but for having gotten to meet him earlier.

I really hope I get a chance to write about this stuff, but as I've mentioned before, free time isn't something that I don't have much of these days. I did notice that someone was recording the seminar, and I'm sure that Penn State will have the video posted somewhere among the eleventy-billion web pages in the PSU domain - if I find it, I will put up a link.


Someone much smarter than I am made this observation yesterday (Hunter from DKos):

In a race that includes a former First Lady of the United States and a multimillionaire Republican senator rumored to share up to eight residences with his wife, the black guy from Chicago is unforgivably elitist.

Quite frankly, I can't believe that an uppity negro even had the wherewithal to make it this far. I was sure that by now he'd have surrounded himself with bitchez and hoes and be sitting at Sylvia's in Harlem screaming "Where's my mother-frackin' iced tea" while snorting coke off a hooker's ass. But that just me.

I think our country might still have some racial issues.