Although it is impossible to prove one way or the other, I am not persuaded by the notion that Mr. Obama could not have delivered a better result to Democrats had he done more to stand his ground. Despite the dissent in the Republican caucus, which had originally seemed like a tactical victory for Democrats, the compromise wound up looking more like Mr. Boehner’s original bill than Mr. Reid’s.

-Nate Silver

This makes me disappointed in the Democratic party as a whole. They tend to be disorganized, and often appear much too willing to back down. 

I think the republicans are going to sweep the 2012 elections. Not because people are exactly thrilled with them…it’s just too many democrats are REALLY frustrated with Obama right now. Unless something significant changes, I don’t think he’s going to be able to mobilize the base enough. I think I’ll survive, so long as it’s not one of those tea party asshats that takes office. 

 I was literally laughing out loud…at my work..in a doctor’s office…

The Challenge: Make Grey’s Anatomy Funny
The writing staff on the comically deranged Children’s Hospital offered a few edits on this “trauma room” scene.

 I was literally laughing out loud…at my work..in a doctor’s office…

The Challenge: Make Grey’s Anatomy Funny

The writing staff on the comically deranged Children’s Hospital offered a few edits on this “trauma room” scene.

(Source: gq)

"Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera in his viral video lecturing Obama on the need to get the nation’s finances in order."

Rep. Joe Walsh: I Can’t Complain But Sometimes I Still Do - The New Republic (via brooklynmutt)

Forget what I said before; hypocrisy IS the problem, apparently.

(via brooklynmutt)

Note: Most of this doesn’t really apply to Wu. ‘Cause he seems like a special breed of shitbag; hitting on his fund-raiser’s young daughter and apparently having a violent side.

I know this is nothing new or original and pretty much everyone remotely interested in politics asks the same thing. But still…

WHAT in god’s name is wrong with men?!?!?!??!

But something probably more worth contemplating… why is it everyone rags on politicians specifically?  "Oh, big surprise, another scum bag politician has an affair". I would actually make the argument that these affairs are not about working in politics, per se. Yes, politicians are more in the public eye so their blunders are more noticed…but I really think this type of behavior is fairly pervasive throughout the male gender in general (stick with me here; I’m not a bra burner).

I work in a doctor’s office and, without getting into specifics, let’s just say there have been a few dr’s  in the community that have completely ruined their lives (and their family’s)…to the point they actually ended up in the local papers (and in one case, jail). And we all know actors cheat! Difference is, while they share the public eye, people don’t tend to have any sort of moral expectations for entertainers (we seem to keep forgiving Charlie Sheen & Lindsay Lohan?)…  And we all know that business men can be as sleazy as they come- a mistress and some hookers AND a wife. And then there is the worst of the worst- athletes. Bret Favre? Tiger Woods?  

Actually, from where I’m sitting, in my most humble of opinions, it really seems like whenever a man has a little bit of power or money, he’s gonna run with it and get him some ass. I’m really not saying that to condem men. I just get a little tired of hearing people whine about how corrupt politicians are, when I really don’t think they’re deviating too much from the norm of powerful men (speaking to adultery, in particular- they suck balls in so many other ways) <—I realized the irony of that using that particular phraseology only after the fact hahah.

Has anyone stopped to consider that maybe monogamy just isn’t the right fit for a large portion of the male population? If SO many of them are cheating- even ones with amazing wives at home- isn’t it possible that we’ve forced a social construct down their throats for no particularly good reason? But why stop there? I would thinkknow there are women that are no more inclined to be monogamous than their male counterparts.

I’m not saying this to rain on the marriage parade (gay or straight). I know marriage/monogamy makes some people extremely happy. I guess my point is, why does EVERYONE have to adhere to that same standard?? Shouldn’t we- in 2011- have the right to express ourselves sexually? Think about it; really. How many single men/women make it to positions of high power in politics? Very few. We want our politicians to be married family people. So people with political aspirations make the leap, whether it’s the right personal decision or not. Inevitably, they are going to cheat.  Or at least do something really stupid on Craigslist late on night.

I think as a society we’re a little too caught up in making sure our leaders fit into a predefined box- married with children, Christian, straight, etc, etc (having hair and being tall also help). Bill Clinton was a terrible husband but, (again, IMHO) he was a very good president. From what I’ve heard, Anthony Weiner was very well liked by his constituents, because he did right by them. He just wasn’t really digging the whole marriage gig. I’m not defending Anthony Weiner at all. I think he’s a scumbag- he lied way too much to be forgiven. But I guess I wonder- would he ever have gotten married if he didn’t feel like he had to? If not, it would have saved his poor wife a whole lot of heartache.

Haha to be completely honest, I’m not 100% sure where I’m going with all this. Guess we should just spend more time focusing on someone’s policy-making abilities rather than his/her sex life (again, not so much in Wu’s case-he sound like a legitimate bad guy). And we also need to stop pretending that people are all moral and lovely and monogamous except in Washington. Good & bad exists everywhere.

Breaking: Shit Seemingly Blowing Up

Sigh….

newsweek:

(via negevrockcity)

Amy Winehouse dead, Egyptian military has opened fire on new wave of protesters, heat waveNorwegian terrorist attack.

Goddamn. 

Add: Chinese bullet train falls off bridge, injuring 89. 

(Source: journalofajournalist)

Tags: news

Really, really scary. 
And also should serve as a reminder to people that are so ardently anti-Islamic: someone don&#8217;t have to believe in Allah to be a terrorist. Quite the opposite, actually. It&#8217;s ironic in the saddest sort of way that this guy&#8217;s biggest beef was probably stopping the immigration of Muslims to his country. 
Anyway&#8230;I don&#8217;t want to make too much of a rant out of something so tragic. Just thought re-posting the below info was worthwhile. 




thedailywhat:

Follow Up of the Day: The 32-year-old man arrested in connection with today’s twin terror attacks in Norway has been identified by local media as Anders Behring Breivik — a 6ft tall Norwegian with alleged ties to “right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway.”
Breivik was arrested after opening fire on attendees of the annual Workers’ Youth League summer camp on the island of Utøya, killing dozens in the single deadliest shooting spree in modern history. Breivik has also been linked to the bombing of the Prime Minister’s office building that killed at least 7, having been reportedly spotted near the area two hours prior to the explosion. Police say he is not affiliated with Islamist organizations and likely acted alone.
Breivik has a Facebook page [UPDATE: Page has been deleted, PDF copy here (via)] on which he lists his religious views as “Christian” and his political views as “Conservative.” He also mentions his finance degrees, and the fact that he owns a company called Breivik Geofarm, which, according to government business records, specializes in the “growing of vegetables, melons, roots and tubers.”
Several days prior to the attack, a tweet was posted to a Twitter account associated with Breivik which states “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.” It’s worth noting that both Breivik’s Facebook and Twitter accounts did not exist until a few days ago.
Though his exact motives remain unverified at this time, it appears Breivik left a comment on “a Norwegian web site noted for criticism against the current immigration policies” recommending a post by well-known anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller.
He is currently being interrogated by police, and charges are expected to be formulated shortly.
[msnbc / telegraph / dailymail / lgf / image: tv2.]

Really, really scary. 

And also should serve as a reminder to people that are so ardently anti-Islamic: someone don’t have to believe in Allah to be a terrorist. Quite the opposite, actually. It’s ironic in the saddest sort of way that this guy’s biggest beef was probably stopping the immigration of Muslims to his country. 

Anyway…I don’t want to make too much of a rant out of something so tragic. Just thought re-posting the below info was worthwhile. 

thedailywhat:

Follow Up of the Day: The 32-year-old man arrested in connection with today’s twin terror attacks in Norway has been identified by local media as Anders Behring Breivik — a 6ft tall Norwegian with alleged ties to “right-wing extremist groups in eastern Norway.”

Breivik was arrested after opening fire on attendees of the annual Workers’ Youth League summer camp on the island of Utøya, killing dozens in the single deadliest shooting spree in modern history. Breivik has also been linked to the bombing of the Prime Minister’s office building that killed at least 7, having been reportedly spotted near the area two hours prior to the explosion. Police say he is not affiliated with Islamist organizations and likely acted alone.

Breivik has a Facebook page [UPDATE: Page has been deleted, PDF copy here (via)] on which he lists his religious views as “Christian” and his political views as “Conservative.” He also mentions his finance degrees, and the fact that he owns a company called Breivik Geofarm, which, according to government business records, specializes in the “growing of vegetables, melons, roots and tubers.”

Several days prior to the attack, a tweet was posted to a Twitter account associated with Breivik which states “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.” It’s worth noting that both Breivik’s Facebook and Twitter accounts did not exist until a few days ago.

Though his exact motives remain unverified at this time, it appears Breivik left a comment on “a Norwegian web site noted for criticism against the current immigration policies” recommending a post by well-known anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller.

He is currently being interrogated by police, and charges are expected to be formulated shortly.

[msnbc / telegraph / dailymail / lgf / image: tv2.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

Bill Maher was, as always, being careful to show tact while giving his opinions on Michelle Backman & Sarah Palin…

MAHER: It’s not because they have breasts. It’s because they are boobs.

MAHER: But we can’t throw around the word “sexist” just to stop people like me pointing out that Michele Bachmann, now running second for the Republican presidential nomination, is a dangerous nincompoop. And when I point out that Sarah Palin is a vainglorious braggart, a liar, a whiner, a professional victim, a scold, a know-it-all, a chiseler, a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp…

And then Hannity’s guest comes out with this gem….

BILA: Yes, it’s because he’s a liberal, also and they get away with murder when it comes to — and I know they’ll probably attack that, that I just used violent rhetoric — but they do get away with murder when it comes to particularly conservative women. They’re very much threatened by strong, powerful, conservative women (Yes..that sounds about right. Sarah Palin is just so brilliant, she makes me sad and afraid).

 HANNITY: Why do you think that is?

BILA: Because someone like Sarah Palin, who has strong executive experience, you can’t pick on her policy (I’m sorry- what?!?!?!?). He would look ridiculous if he did because she has strong, sound policy, so he picks on ridiculous things (He picks on ridiculous things as to not look ridiculous?). The latest thing is to go after her family and her child, which I think is disgusting. I would like to see some of the strong men in the GOP on the right stand up and say enough is enough.



HA! I don’t know who is more ridiculous, to be honest. I tend to be fairly liberal, but I do think Bill Maher can take it a bit far sometimes. If anyone talked about Hillary Clinton the way he talks about Bachmann & Palin, I’d be PISSED.


Here’s the thing though. Maher is a comedian at heart…he’s got a late-night show on HBO for christ’s sake! His job is to say offensive, ridiculous things that will get a rise out of people. Fox news is acting like he’s representing the liberal party line.

MORE importantly! If you read the trascript, Hannity & co. start going off on the hypocrisy of liberals. I get SO GOD DAMN SICK of the word “hypocrite” being thrown around. For whatever reason, it really seems to be a favorite of dogmatic conservatives (to be fair, I see it used on liberal blogs as well). In this context, it is just ridiculous. People on both ends of the political spectrum say and do innappropriate things. People on BOTH sides can be sexist, racist, etc. My god, Bill O’rilley and Ann Coulter and The One Whose Name I Cannot Remember That Just Left Fox Beacuse They Thought He Was a Little Tooooo Crazy and Rush Limbaugh have all said so many offensive things it makes my head spin. And yes, sometimes liberals pitch a fit over it. But not all the time.

The fine folks over at fox seem to be under the impression that every time they even fart a little liberals raise a stink (ha-ha); meanwhile the liberals are taking big shits all over everyone and republicans just bend over and take it (sometimes I like to come up with brilliant analogies for things, btw). ‘Tis silly (the situation, not my analogy. That, my friend, is completely serious).

Anytime and democrat messes up, you can be sure Fox will be jumping down his/her throat. Liberals typically hold Republicans to the same high standard. So, yes- there is a lot of nastiness and name calling and incompetence and sexual deviance and most likely some racism and sexism on both sides of the aisle. I just don’t think hypocrisy is really the main problem?

This is not the sort of thing I typically like to post- I like fashion, but I love politics. But! I was looking at the blog Face Hunter and fell in love with these women from Iceland. Love all the knits, and the way they all have hardly any makeup on. Just a very different type of beauty than what one runs into stateside. Enjoy =)  









I love bad TV.

I was slightly horrified about the bird, but all’s well that ends well, I suppose.

If you read one thing today:
thepoliticalnotebook:

abudai:

Things Are Not “Normal” In Benghazi
That’s my uncle in the photo above (on the right) at the Libyan people’s answer to Gaddafi’s Million Man March (which reports say didn’t exceed more than 10,000). Demonstrations broke out in Benghazi (where my uncle is), Misrata, Tobruk, Darna and other liberated cities. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, NTC leader, also took the time to address crowds and reminded them not to allow our revolution devolve into a violent cycle of revenge and vigilantism. 
The mood in Benghazi, which has been liberated from regime rule since February 19th, is mercurial. DSL internet was finally reinstated a few days ago since it had been cut off by Gaddafi back in February, so we’ve been seeing increased internet activity, particularly on Facebook and Twitter, from the Libyans there and in other rebel-held cities. I got to talk to my uncle for the first time since my cousin Hamadi passed away in March at the hands of Gaddafi forces. 
“You can’t describe the fearless feeling,” he wrote me, “after people started dying. Everyone felt like has (sic) to do something and felt fearless. [We] just wanted to stop them.”
My uncle was engaged to be married before the revolution, but the celebrations for his impending wedding have been postponed. They’re going to have a small modest ceremony in the Fall - nothing big, he says, because they’re still mourning the death of Hamadi. 
I don’t know if I ever talked about the details of Hamadi’s death on this blog. He was shot in the head, unarmed, by Gaddafi forces. Him and some other young guys in their early 20s from the neighborhood had learned that a group of pro-Gaddafi soldiers were occupying the school across the street from my grandfather’s house. They heard that the soldiers were preparing for an attack on the neighborhood, and my cousin, among others, headed to the school to confront them. My cousin was instructed to kick down the door. The soldiers stormed out and shot him in the head. 

This is the school where he was shot. A dedication to him has been painted on its walls - “The hero Ahmed Ali Herwees: you have left us in this physical world, but you are still in our hearts.”
Things are still not “normal” in Benghazi. I get irritated sometimes with some of the cutesy articles that emerge from there because they rarely reflect the gloomy malaise to which many of my family members in Benghazi have felt themselves prey. The stench of death and grief permeates the walls of every household. Not one family, says my cousin, hasn’t felt the cold sting of loss. A young man who’d come asked for her hand in marriage a few months ago had died in battle. One cousin’s entire group of friends were killed. They bitterly await the end of this war, this war that was never meant to be a war, this war that had its birth in revolution. 
They won’t give up, though. They’re willing to fight until the end. Back in March, my aunt told me they were willing to fight for years if that’s what it took. She still stands by that.

Beautiful. Important. Read it.

If you read one thing today:

thepoliticalnotebook:

abudai:

Things Are Not “Normal” In Benghazi

That’s my uncle in the photo above (on the right) at the Libyan people’s answer to Gaddafi’s Million Man March (which reports say didn’t exceed more than 10,000). Demonstrations broke out in Benghazi (where my uncle is), Misrata, Tobruk, Darna and other liberated cities. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, NTC leader, also took the time to address crowds and reminded them not to allow our revolution devolve into a violent cycle of revenge and vigilantism

The mood in Benghazi, which has been liberated from regime rule since February 19th, is mercurial. DSL internet was finally reinstated a few days ago since it had been cut off by Gaddafi back in February, so we’ve been seeing increased internet activity, particularly on Facebook and Twitter, from the Libyans there and in other rebel-held cities. I got to talk to my uncle for the first time since my cousin Hamadi passed away in March at the hands of Gaddafi forces. 

“You can’t describe the fearless feeling,” he wrote me, “after people started dying. Everyone felt like has (sic) to do something and felt fearless. [We] just wanted to stop them.”

My uncle was engaged to be married before the revolution, but the celebrations for his impending wedding have been postponed. They’re going to have a small modest ceremony in the Fall - nothing big, he says, because they’re still mourning the death of Hamadi. 

I don’t know if I ever talked about the details of Hamadi’s death on this blog. He was shot in the head, unarmed, by Gaddafi forces. Him and some other young guys in their early 20s from the neighborhood had learned that a group of pro-Gaddafi soldiers were occupying the school across the street from my grandfather’s house. They heard that the soldiers were preparing for an attack on the neighborhood, and my cousin, among others, headed to the school to confront them. My cousin was instructed to kick down the door. The soldiers stormed out and shot him in the head. 

This is the school where he was shot. A dedication to him has been painted on its walls - “The hero Ahmed Ali Herwees: you have left us in this physical world, but you are still in our hearts.”

Things are still not “normal” in Benghazi. I get irritated sometimes with some of the cutesy articles that emerge from there because they rarely reflect the gloomy malaise to which many of my family members in Benghazi have felt themselves prey. The stench of death and grief permeates the walls of every household. Not one family, says my cousin, hasn’t felt the cold sting of loss. A young man who’d come asked for her hand in marriage a few months ago had died in battle. One cousin’s entire group of friends were killed. They bitterly await the end of this war, this war that was never meant to be a war, this war that had its birth in revolution. 

They won’t give up, though. They’re willing to fight until the end. Back in March, my aunt told me they were willing to fight for years if that’s what it took. She still stands by that.

Beautiful. Important. Read it.

(via thepoliticalnotebook)