Monday, January 21, 2013

Our Wacky World—1/21/2013

A note to all my fans: Christ What A Blog is now available at (the old address still works).

Paying taxes sucks, especially when you're not poor:

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My heart bleeds. The sound of one cheek farting.

Here's a real creep-fest—ST:TNG makeup and wardrobe test shots. I especially like the part where Levar Burton looks like Eazy-E. But that's what everyone will look like in the future.

Speaking of looking, have you been trying to find some gold? You're using the wrong wavelength. "See" how easy it is?

Tragically, the Obama administration has taken a pass on the construction of a Death Star:
  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Now that I have all the fun out of the way, the National Rifle Association has officially jumped the shark. Their paranoid bullshit is finally backfiring perfectly. When you get a reaction like this from Joe Scarborough you're done. Not that they're going anywhere but it looks as if things may have finally tipped against them. Meanwhile, the Sandy Hook shooting conspiracy theories are now in full swing:
"The crux of the theory is a photograph of Parker’s sister sitting on President Obama’s lap when he visited with the victims’ families. The girl is wearing the same dress Emilie wore in a pre-shooting photograph of the family shared with media, so she must be Emilie, alive and well. 'BAM! I cannot believe how idiot these people are [sic]… That’s her,' one YouTuber exclaims as he watches the two images superimposed on each other. (Apparently missed by these crack investigators is the possibility that the sister wore Emilie’s dress and that they look alike because they are sisters, after all.)"

"A Kentucky sheriff who refused to enforce any new gun laws that he deemed unconstitutional says that the Second Amendment is 'like the Bible' because 'you either believe it or you don't.'"

"Pepper spray cop" becomes an expensive meme:

"The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall"
I wonder if that's coming out of officer Pike's paycheck? (Yahoo)

Even with my eyesight I wouldn't make this mistake:
"A blind stroke victim has issued a compensation claim after he was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun by a police officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword."

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Just another day in America:
"Because her excruciating pain prevented her from lying down for an examination, hospital staff labeled her “noncompliant,” and called the police. The police discovered that she had two pain pills that weren’t hers. Still in pain, she was released by the hospital as “fit to incarcerate,” arrested for drug possession, and taken to jail, where she died two hours later from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy."
RH Reality Check

"Clearly, Chicago’s power structure remains on the wrong side of history. Until it fully admits to its enormous collective crimes, compensates all of the torture survivors, affords all of those still imprisoned full and fair hearings, and brings all of the torturers to justice, Chicago will remain the torture capital of the United States with its conscience painfully stained by systemic police torture and its brazen and unremitting cover-up."
The Nation

How unpopular is the US Congress? This pollster decided to make direct comparisons:
"Congress is less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams, and even Nickelback" The good news?--"by relatively close margins it beats out Lindsey Lohan"
Public Policy Polling

"The ambitious project, projected to cost over two billion dollars, has been heavily influenced by Walt Disney. ...Disneyland was originally intended to be a place where people would find happiness, inspiration, courage and hope. Over time, Walt Disney’s original vision has been lost.’s become commercialized and the big dreams and the heart have been compromised. 
"Glenn [Beck] believes that he can bring the heart and the spirit of Walt’s early Disneyland ideas into reality. Independence, USA wouldn’t be about rides and merchandise, but would be about community and freedom. The Marketplace would be a place where craftmen and artisan could open and run real small businesses and stores. The owners and tradesmen could hold apprenticeships and teach young people the skills and entrepreneurial spirit that has been lost in today’s entitlement state."
Glenn Beck dot com

This guy's in prison now:
"Prosecutors said that over the course of their investigation, Kinnucan made nearly 25 threatening phone calls to law enforcement officials. He 'made repeated references to genocide, sexual and other forms of violence' and also attempted to contact witnesses in the case"

The next stage in the radiological debate in the wake of Fukushima—The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation weighs in:
"This has had the unintended consequence of making people even more afraid of what they are eating, moving safe foods into the scary category and limiting food exports, causing even further economic and social damage. 
"Suddenly, all sorts of normally safe foods are now banned. Wild mushrooms from Aomori Prefecture are now banned because they have cesium levels of about 120 Bq/kg. This cesium has nothing to do with Fukushima, it’s the same type as is in everyone’s food around the world, and it wouldn’t have rated a second look before the accident "

What a great guy:
"Attorney For Christian Anti-Gay Group Arrested For Having Sex With Teenage Girl and Child Pornography"
Turley's Blog

Among other things, Michelle Bachmann is also a skinflint:
"It is sobering to think that a Christian member of Congress would betray her testimony to the Lord and the public by withholding earned wages from deserving staff"
Christian News Wire

She may be in serious legal trouble. What a shame.

Obama's signature, of all things, is now under suspicion:
"The Obama commission is startling in that the president's signature is so big, more than an inch and a half high at the B, which is an inch and a half wide. Reagan's first and last names could fit in the B alone. Obama's signature is dramatic, even theatrical: The O is cut almost exactly in two by the elongated b of Obama. Even in his signature he starkly divides...."
No More Mister Nice Blog

"In his post-priesthood, Wallin, 61, bought an adult specialty and video store in North Haven called Land of Oz that sells sex toys and X-rated DVDs. Investigators believe the shop helped him launder thousands of dollars in weekly profits."
CT Post

Linsay Lohan is back in court, blah blah blah...