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calendar   Monday - November 08, 2010

Greatest Car Commercial Ever

Ferrari Theme Park Opens In Abu Dhabi



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and as it will be soon when all the out buildings are completed



The aliens have landed! Looking like a cross between a sports car and an alien star cruiser, the world’s largest indoor theme park has opened today. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi has to be the greatest car commercial ever made. Painted Ferrari Red of course, the 2 million square foot double curved roof was inspired by the car company’s F1 race car, and the prancing horse company logo it sports is 215 feet across. Shopping, car parks, and theme park attractions “ride” behind the “starship” looking like some kind of pulsating other worldly power source. Built smack dab on top of the brand new Formula One racetrack, the theme park has opened on Yas Island barely a week before the final race of the 2010 Grand Prix circuit will be held there.

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the Ferrari theme park which is located on Yas Island between the coast and city of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, will include the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Travelling at speeds in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph), it is said to emulate the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car as the passengers go over 62 m through the roof and back down again.

The roller coaster is said to accelerate from 0 to 100mph in just 2 seconds, and will hit top speeds of 150mph. Safety goggles will be issued to all riders. 20 other attractions inside the park all carry on the grand Ferrari theme:

Featured attractions include:
o The world’s fastest roller coaster emulating the feeling of being in an F1 car
o G-force experience taking passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62m, through the roof and back down again
o State-of-the-art racing simulators using a similar system as those used by the Ferrari racing team
o Flume ride journey through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine
o Driving and Racing school for junior drivers, with expert training
o Aerial voyage over Italy following a Ferrari

Another attraction is rumored to be a pit crew simulator, where people can try their hands at gassing up a race car and swapping on new tires as fast as they can. There will also be a go-kart track for the less speed-obsessed, with brightly colored karts all wearing Ferrari shaped body shells.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—In a country where speeding seems to be the national pastime, a theme park devoted to one of the world’s fastest cars doesn’t seem too much of a stretch.

The sprawling Ferrari World opened to great fanfare this weekend on Yas Island, near the newly opened Formula 1 racetrack in the capital city of Abu Dhabi.

imageEncased in a red shell measuring 200,000 square meters (2.2 million square feet), the park includes the world’s fastest roller coaster—reaching speeds of 240 km per hour (150 mph).

“It brings motor racing. It brings together beautiful GT cars. It brings nostalgia,” said Andy Keeling, park manager at Ferrari World in a statement. “It’s not a museum. It’s not a car salesroom. You ride great roller coasters.”

Ferrari World, which also includes a 4D simulator and the opportunity for visitors to participate in an authentic Formula 1 wheel change, is the largest indoor theme park in the world.

It follows in the footsteps of the launch of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, also on Yas Island. The city’s second race will be held on Nov. 16.

Other attractions include multi-format high tech theatres, sophisticated driving schools, Ferrari automotive displays, participatory learning centers, and roller coasters. Moreover, there will be a motor racing circuit designed to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009, posh hotels, apartments, villas, a golf course, marina, and a range of restaurants and shops.

Anticipated construction cost back in 2009 was £300 million, but the final price tag is likely to push half a billion pounds. Yas Island is a 2,500 hectare leisure, entertainment and lifestyle development, being undertaken by Aldar Properties, featuring the Yas Marina Circuit race track. Assuming this park starts making money, there are a host of other projects in the wings, waiting to start or re-start building on nearby Saadiyat Island. Two art museums - a Louvre and a Guggenheim, a performing arts center, and an office park where the building have Venice-like canals between them ... all of these are the playground of the most gifted and extreme architects out there. Stunning designs, whether they are at all practical or not.

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Abu Dhabi’s government-owned investment fund Mubadala has a five percent stake in Ferrari whose Formula One team has won more championships and races than any rivals. The theme park, built by Abu Dhabi property developer Aldar Properties and is managed by a joint venture of Aldar and international leisure company ProFun Management Group.

“It is an indoor thing with an outdoor feeling,” says Claus Frimand, the general manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

“You forget that you are inside a building because the roof is between 35 and 50 meters above you and there are no support structures, except the funnel in the middle and one row of columns,” he adds.

Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital, hopes the park will help to draw tourists from around the globe along with several other ambitious projects including state-of-the-art branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums.

Ferrari World spreads over 86,000 square meters, while the red roof bearing the world’s largest logo of Ferrari’s prancing horse stretches over 200,000 square meters. Among its 20 attractions are two roller coasters, including the F1-themed Formula Rossa which is set to be the fastest ever reaching a top speed of 240 kilometers per hour.

The second of the roller coasters, which stretch beyond the building’s perimeter, features two tracks with Ferrari-shaped trains. “The unique feature is that it has two tracks, two trains side by side and depending on the weight of the passengers, one will cross the finish line first,” Frimand says.

Right in the center of the building, out of a big funnel which is the only area with daylight, visitors can experience the space-shot G-force Tower.

Elsewhere, a Ferrari California Spyder convertible takes visitors through Bell’Italia, a reproduction of the Italian countryside with model villages and tourist highlights like the lagoon of Venice, the Colosseum, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A large replica of the Maranello factory demonstrates the manufacturing process from the design stage to the finished product. Motoring enthusiasts will even be able to experience the inside of a Ferrari V12 engine in another ride.

Abu Dhabi hopes such features will boost tourism in the desert emirate.

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under the big top: a view of the central inverse funnel during construction

Two million square feet, and just one “post” in the middle holding it up. And that one, the funnel, is mostly light and air. Lets hope the building doesn’t take flight when the wind blows.

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a view down the side during construction

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/08/2010 at 09:00 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - November 07, 2010

sorry I checked my inbox tonight. rcob!  can’t we please drop the damned UN?

Damn it I really thought I was outta here earlier.  Checked inbox before shutdown and found this bloody £”!!&^*%* thing.  Who are these foreign god damn effin jerks to tell my country how to do things in our own back yard.

United States Placed In Human Rights Hot Seat

The United States has been defending its human rights record before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council.

A 30-strong US delegation was grilled by more than 80 states on issues ranging from the Guantanamo detention centre to racial discrimination. Switzerland called for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

The US was the 136th UN member state to be scrutinised by allies and adversaries in the UN rights body, as the Obama administration opens itself up to a council that was shunned by his predecessor.

US Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer, head of the high-level delegation, said she was honoured to present the first US Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

“We take our place in the UPR process with pride in our accomplishments, honesty in facing continued challenges, and a commitment to using the international system to elevate and advance the protection of human rights at home and abroad,” she told the packed meeting room in Geneva.

Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and Iran, some of the US’s fiercest critics, were among the first to speak during the three-hour meeting.

The Cuban ambassador, Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez, called on the Americans to end their embargo against his country.

Iran’s delegation urged the US to “halt serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law including covert external operations by the CIA carried out on pretext of combating terrorism”.

Many countries raised similar issues such as the death penalty, failure to ratify key human rights conventions, the treatment of migrants, racial discrimination, US prison conditions, the closure of the Guantanamo detention centre and related abuses allegedly committed during the war on terror.

Death penalty

Switzerland, like Ireland, France, Britain and a host of others, called on the United States to bring in a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

Ireland? where they’re throwing bombs again. France? Britain?  Oh that last one is a gas. Britain?  Where most burglars even with a record do not see the inside of a jail?  Britain, where the average man on the street and women too, favor the death penalty. But hey, that’s just the law abiding ppl and who listens to them anymore. Britain? Where more then a thousand VIOLENT criminals are walking the streets free as birds cos the jails are crowded?  Switzerland?
I have a message for all you stupid hand wringing, bunny hugging, bed wetting, butt fuck ass wipes.
GO FUCK YOURSELVES!!!!!!  DROP FUCKIN DEAD SHIT HEADS!  DO IT NOW so we don’t have to listen to your pious bullshit.
Switzerland ... Tell ya what dip shits.  We’ll end the death penalty if all of you holier then tho overpaid fat cat stuffed shirts take ALL the violent prisoners we have waiting on death row, into your country.  With no possibility of return to the USA.  You house the miserable bastards. At your expense.  Or don’t you love mankind quite that much?  You only love em removed by some miles where you won’t have to put up with the problem.  Oh woo-hoo. The Swiss took a few Gitmo prisoners. How thweet you are. Kiss,kiss.  Wait till they turn on ya, and they will.  You gonna send em back?

You guys can flame me if ya want to but I’d be very happy if somehow some way some terrorist found a way to bring down the UN building. I hate the idea of that false money grubbing place on our shores. I’m tired of listening to Russia give us advice on rights.  I’m tired of all the human and civil rights groups messing about and really, really would just love to gun ALL the bastards down.  It’s become an industry we don’t need meddling in state affairs. And, most are foreign based as well, with offshoots operating in the USA.

Oh yeah ... please notice our not so glorious president has allowed this latest UN forum where President Bush (for all his faults) ignored it.

There’s lots more to read and get steamed about. 
I really don’t think I need this damn newsletter. Do I?  Jeesh.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2010 at 01:14 PM   
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SOME EYE CANDY FOR A SUNDAY EVENING

Gotta go ... will leave you with beautiful people to look at. 

KATHARINA WAGNER
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JERI LYNN
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KIRSTY GALLACHER:  is what they call a TV Presenter in Scotland. I guess that means she does the news.
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Here she is by the beautiful seaside ...

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THE END

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2010 at 11:44 AM   
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If the Three Stooges tried to carry out their own Islamic jihad….

Late Sunday afternoon and here I am cos everybody has to be someplace. Good one Christopher. Reminds me of old Myron Cohen joke. Woman is having affair with this guy while husband out of town. But ... he comes home early while they’re at it. They hear him coming up the stairs and he’s frantic for a place to hide and so runs nude into the closet. Husband opens that door and sees the guy and asks what the hell he’s doing there and the guy says ......

Anyway ... speaking of funny things I just found this.  The subject is a sensitive one but damn if it isn’t funny.  Have any of you seen this movie? I’m only now discovering it isn’t even a brand new one but found it while going through The Canadian Press, with a resent dateline.
This is some very funny stuff.  I never thought I’d see humor in this but .... well, it is funny.  There more at YT. Naturally.

Movie review: Stooges for Allah: ‘Four Lions’ spins hilarious jihadist comedy

By David Germain (CP) – 3 days ago

If the Three Stooges tried to carry out their own Islamic jihad, the results could not be funnier than “Four Lions,” director Chris Morris’ wonderfully absurdist nightmare about terrorist wannabes.

Unlike the Stooges’ slapstick, “Four Lions” comes with terribly real consequences as a group of phenomenally incompetent British Muslims aims to carry out a round of suicide bombings.

This is a movie that will have you gasping in horror even as you choke on your own guffaws. It’s just that hysterical, often at the same moments when the film is at its most horrifying.

British TV veteran Morris, who shares screen writing credit with Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, developed the idea from research into the buffoonish side of extremism: Terrorists who lose their train of thought while recording martyrdom videos, bombers aiming to blow up a warship with a boat that sinks under the weight of the explosives.

As deadly as terrorists can be, Morris found they also sometimes are just a “bunch of blokes,” as prone to petty bickering, posturing, whining and wavering as the rest of us.

The blokes Morris presents are as clueless as most people would be if they set out to build homemade bombs and make a statement against the establishment.

Omar (Riz Ahmed) is in charge, not necessarily because of superior brain power but because he, unlike his accomplices, at least has some faint grasp of reality (if you recall Homer Simpson watching a Stooges episode and pronouncing, “Moe is their leader,” you’ll have a sense of the hierarchy in “Four Lions").

Challenging Omar at every turn is Islam convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a hilarious blowhard ("I am the most Al-Qaeda one here!") who would be down the pub cursing about the shortcomings of the home football team if he weren’t plotting revolution.

READ THE REST HERE AT CANADIAN PRESS. THEN SEE THE VIDEOS

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/07/2010 at 10:15 AM   
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The ‘Terry Pratchett’ effect

I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett. I’ve read most of his Disc World series. I spend much time, normally while delivering the mail, listening to the audiobooks of the Disc World.

I find that ‘pratchettisms’ are creeping into my normal life.

Just this morning, I was standing in the middle of the living room. I was thinking about the fact that we had three bananas that were too ripe to eat, but just ripe enough to make banana bread. I was considering converting the bananas to banana bread. My wife came down the stairs with a load of laundry.

She asked: ‘Do you have to stand in the middle of the room?’

I answered: ‘Yes’

She asked: ‘Why?’

I answered: ‘Because I have to be somewhere.’

She just looked at me, said that I was ‘nuts’ and proceeded to the laundry room.

At that point it occurred to me that I’ve been reading too much Terry Pratchett. That’s exactly the sort of answer that a Pratchett character would give.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 11/07/2010 at 09:21 AM   
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Conservatism means…

Conservatism means we like the good stuff! Even if performed by flaming liberals.

Example? I direct you to this YouTube video of the following: The Smothers Brothers (okay, I don’t know that they are/were liberal), Donovan, and Peter, Paul, & Mary (three flaming extremist liberals. Only such could make a fire-breathing dragon seem ‘cute’.)


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 11/07/2010 at 03:00 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - November 06, 2010

Close The Damn Border

Mexico’s drug war is within inches of spilling over into the US. Close the border, send in the Army, and let Mexico solve it’s own problems. Failing that, invade and create a 100 mile wide burnt out buffer zone.


Mexico kills top drug lord at U.S. border



Mexican marines killed drug baron Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cardenas in a ferocious gunfight at the U.S. border on Friday, a fleeting victory for President Felipe Calderon that is unlikely to quell raging violence.

Around 150 marines backed by helicopters and soldiers fought running battles with members of the powerful Gulf cartel for hours in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas, terrifying residents and briefly shutting border bridges.

Dodging grenades and coming under heavy fire from gunmen hidden in houses and shooting from trucks, the marines moved in on Cardenas, one of Mexico’s most-wanted traffickers, and killed him on Friday afternoon, the navy said.

“He died in a shootout with us,” a navy spokesman said.

Three marines and four gunmen were killed, the navy said. A reporter was killed after being caught in crossfire, local media reported.

Cardenas, 48, was the brother of former Gulf cartel leader Osiel Cardenas, who was extradited to Texas in 2007. He had a $5 million bounty on his head in the United States and ran the powerful gang with his partner, Jorge Eduardo Costilla, known as El Coss, who is still at large.

Gunfire broke out in Matamoros Friday, leaving at least 47 people dead and causing the closure of all three bridges between Brownsville and Mexico. The fighting reportedly involved members of the Gulf Cartel, the Zetas and Mexican federal police and military.

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College closed the Fort Brown campus and moved the soccer games scheduled for Friday night to the Brownsville Sports Park.

Gunfire was reported in Matamoros in a number of incidents beginning Friday morning, with at least 30 people dead by around noon, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition that his name not be used. In the afternoon, a major confrontation near city hall killed at least 17 more people, the source said.

One of those killed around midday was identified as Carlos Alberto Guajardo, 37, a reporter for the newspaper El Expreso. Sources with knowledge of the incident said Guajardo apparently was killed by soldiers who were chasing narcotics traffickers.

The gunfire was heard by UTB-TSC officials, who were at the men’s and women’s soccer finals of the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament at the campus.

“At first we were not sure if they were fireworks,” said Ronnie Zamora, sports information director for UTB-TSC. “But you could smell the smoke of the gunfire.”
His assistant, Cynthia Hernandez, a junior at UTB-TSC, said she was terrified when she heard the noise.

“I was shocked that this could happen so close to campus,” said Hernandez. “I don’t think the other (out-of-state) teams realized how close we were to the border, what we are dealing with down here.”

Hilda Silva, vice president for student affairs, said she believed the situation had been handled quickly and properly.

As soon as something like this happens, the campus police, Brownsville PD, everybody comes together to decide what needs to happen to keep our students safe,” Silva said.

The first bulletin sent out about 5 p.m. alerted the campus community to stay indoors. About 30 minutes later, all classes were canceled, and faculty, staff and students were asked to leave the campus immediately.

I’d certainly call this situation too close for comfort. What the hell is the government waiting for? 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/06/2010 at 12:22 PM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/06/2010 at 12:19 PM   
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17 pirates captured by two navies get day in court. court lets em go. bruthas stick together ..

Some news briefs with no links ....

SOMALIS ACQUITTED OF PIRACY CHARGE

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Mombasa. Seventeen Somalis accused of launching an attack on an Egyptian vessel in the Gulf of Aden have been acquitted by a Kenyan court; the first setback for Western states which signed a deal with authorities in Nairobi to try suspected pirates.  The men were originally arrested by USA and South Korean navies.

[ Drew: I gotcha links right here! ] “The prosecution has not proved its case against the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt as required by law,” said Magistrate Michael Kizito at a court in Kenya’s Mombasa coastal city.

“Consequently, I find that the accused persons are not guilty of the offence with which they were charged and acquit them,” added Kizito.

The magistrate did not say whether the suspects would be deported to Somalia.

They denied the charges of attacking the MV Amira and putting the lives of its crew in danger. The prosecution had brought in nine witnesses.

Immediate execution on capture is reasonable. Why can’t ppl in charge see that?

Here’s another news story I don’t understand. Hey … it’s in Joisey.

RAILMAN SUES

NEWARK,NJ. Derek Fenton, a train conductor, is suing to get his job back on the grounds of free speech after being dismissed for burning pages from the koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11.

Well hell. He didn’t burn it on his train I hope.  And I fail to see the free speech issue. Isn’t it more likely free expression that’s being denied?  Whatever, even if he were an atheist and burned a bible, which I wouldn’t approve of, I don’t see how that impairs his ability to do his job. 

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Two authors, one post, four stories: Drew adds an addendum to the pirate part of the post:

Largest Ship Ever Hijacked Released For Largest Ransom Ever Paid To Pirates

A whopping $9m ransom has been paid to pirates onboard a hijacked South Korean VLCC which has been freed on Saturday morning. The vast sum reportedly paid out to free the 319,400-dwt Samho Dream ... is believed to be a record amount for a hijacked ship and crew with some reports indicating it is in excess of $9m.

The ransom drop all but brings to an end the seven-month ordeal of the 24 crew members onboard the Samho Shipping-owned vessel which was snatched in the Somali Basin on 4 April while en route from Iraq to the US with a full cargo of crude.

There is no word on the welfare of the crew although there are no reports of any injuries or casualties. The condition of the cargo is unknown but it is likely the ship will put into port for a crew change and inspection as well as to pick up supplies and bunkers.
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The Samho Dream was the third VLCC to be seized by Somali pirates and was by far the longest held with the ransom amount appearing to top that paid out for the other two.

Nine million dollars cash is going to fund a whole lot of terrorism in eastern Africa.

Meanwhile, the Chinese have managed to capture and release the MV Golden Blessing, a smaller tanker with a cargo of ethylene glycol that was hijacked in late June. No real details available yet.

A Singapore-flagged cargo ship with 19 Chinese crew that was hijacked in June by pirates off the coast of Somalia has been rescued, the Chinese transport ministry said.

The MV Golden Blessing, a petroleum and chemical tanker, was travelling to India from Saudi Arabia when it was hijacked in late June, maritime authorities said at the time.

“The 19 Chinese crew and the ship Golden Blessing were rescued safely at 1:03 am Beijing time,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

“The 19 Chinese crew are safe. At present, the Golden Blessing is heading to safe waters under Chinese naval escort.”

The statement did not say how the ship had been rescued, or if anyone was arrested in the process. Calls to the transport ministry went unanswered.

A spokesman for Golden Pacific International Holdings, which owns the ship, declined to comment when asked by AFP about the rescue.


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Posted by peiper   United States  on 11/06/2010 at 10:42 AM   
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america for sale?  this guy says yes it is.  I suspect he may be a liberal of some kind. although ..

Mr Hari thinks America is now officially up for sale.
I guess he doesn’t like the election results? Just a wild guess.
To be fair and honest about it as well, I don’t know the facts or truth of what he says about Boehner.  He doesn’t have entirely kind words for the Democrats either I want you to know.

I think after last night’s radio panel show, I’ve become overly sensitive and perhaps thin skinned re. the T.P. It feels like we’re being ganged up on.  And to make matters even worse, some idiot commenter online in the Mail said my favorite president (Reagan) wasn’t a good president. How the hell would he know? The commenter wasn’t even one of us.  Just gets to me sometimes. Critiques by foreigners who think they know all about us. nuts!

Johann Hari: America is now officially for sale

It’s the Tea Party spirit distilled: pose as the champion of Joe America, while actually ripping him off

The laws and policies of the legislature of the United States of America are now effectively on e-Bay, for sale to the highest bidder. Are you a Wall Street boss who wants to party like it’s 2007? Are you a Big Coal baron who wants to burn, baby, burn? Are you an insurance company that wants to be able to kick sick people off your rolls? Meet John Boehner, the most powerful Republican and soon-to-be Speaker of the House. But – of course! – you already have.

Here’s an example of how you have worked together. In 1995, the House was going to finally repeal subsidies for growing tobacco, because an addictive cancer-causing drug didn’t seem like the most deserving recipient of tax-payers’ cash – until Boehner walked the floor of the House handing out checks from tobacco lobbyists to his fellow elected representatives. They changed their minds. The subsidy stayed. Explaining his check-dispensing, Boehner says: “It’s gone on here for a long time.” So get your bids in: the House is open for business.

Cancer or no cancer the product is legal.  And there are other ‘addictive’ products out there also. How about a total ban on everything Hari doesn’t approve of?

As for Ins. companies kicking ppl off their rolls, well, um ... that is probably true. I say that cos it happened to me long ago.
okay now ...  here come some more Tea Party slams. Get ready.

To understand what has happened in the mid-term elections, the best guide lies in an unexpected place – the dusty vaults of Hollywood. In 1957, Elia Kazan directed a film called ‘A Face In The Crowd’ that read the tea-leaves of the Tea Party back when Sarah Palin was merely a frosty zygote.
One morning a poor wandering Arkansas chancer named Larry ‘Lonesome’ Rhodes is lying passed out on a jail cell where the local sheriff has detained him overnight.

Lonesome Rhodes becomes one of the biggest stars on US television, he starts receiving offers. Advertisers say that if he endorses their lousy products, they’ll shower him with millions. He knows how to sell to ordinary people – and he is pushed to go further. They ask him to sell the political causes that will make them richer too. He starts railing against social security and the old age pension and anything that taxes the rich to help the rest. He uses the tunes and slanguage of working class Americans to get them to emotionally identify with the people who are screwing them over. He’s brilliant at it – a gurning hyperactive huckster, saying that support and security for ordinary Americans is a betrayal of America. He makes himself rich by lying to the people he came from.

Fast-forward to 2010. John Boehner came from a poor family of twelve children, and heroically worked three jobs (including as a janitor) to put himself through business school. But when he got to elected office, it turned out that there was alot more money to be reaped from serving the interests of rich people than serving the people he came from. He took money from the insurance companies, and voted to deny healthcare coverage to sick children and to the people who hurried to the World Trade Centre on 9/11 to try to dig people from the wreckage, exposing them to deadly toxins. He took money from defense contractors, and supported every war going. He tirelessly champions the overdog, while hoovering up their cash and flying on their private jets to some of the most luxury resorts in the world.

Beck and other on-air promoters “are either the worst financial advisors around or knowingly lying to their loyal viewers.” It’s the Tea Party spirit distilled: pose as the champion of Joe America, while ripping him off.

There is, however, one significant difference from ‘A Face In The Crowd’. At the end of the film – spoiler alert – Lonesome Rhodes is finishing a show and, as the end credits roll and the music swells, he rants against his viewers, believing they can’t hear him. But in the control box, a producer deliberately flips a switch. Suddenly millions hear him say: “Those morons out there. I’d give ‘em dog food and make ‘em think it’s steak. Good night you stupid idiots. Good night you miserable slobs. They’re like a bunch of trained seals – I toss ‘em a fish and they lap it up.” John Boehner and Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are ridiculing their followers just as crudely. Can’t somebody at Fox flip the switch?

Above all very much edited so you might want to go here for the whole editorial comment.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/06/2010 at 09:11 AM   
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hurray for our side and SCREW our critics on Any Questions in Scotland. Brits will understand.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/06/2010 at 08:59 AM   
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calendar   Friday - November 05, 2010

Ray Stevens predicted November 2nd!

Y’all are out on your ass…


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 11/05/2010 at 11:06 PM   
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It is to laff!

US TV anchorman Keith Olbermann suspended

for donating to Democrats

MSNBC journalist held to be in breach of company rules after he admitted giving money to three candidates in midterm elections




A prominent US television anchorman, Keith Olbermann, was suspended today for making donations to three Democratic candidates in this week’s midterm elections, in breach of company rules.

US journalistic ethics are extremely strict, barring media employees from donating to political parties or any other political involvement that might cause a conflict of interest.

Although Rupert Murdoch contributed $2m (£1.23m) to the Republicans and commentators from his Fox News network also made donations, papers such as the New York Times, National Public Radio and television channels such as CNN and MSNBC seek to maintain strict neutrality.

Olbermann, host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, made contributions to two Democrats standing in Arizona and the Democrat Jack Conway, fighting for a place in the US Senate in Kentucky against the Republican Rand Paul, a Tea Party favourite.

Olbermann confirmed in a statement to the Politico website that he had given each of the candidates $2,400, the legal maximum for donations.

The MSNBC president, Phil Griffin, said in a statement: “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC news policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.” Olbermann has a contract with MSNBC until 2012.


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No, Crazy Oblie getting suspended isn’t funny. Nor is MSNBC’s “no campaign donations” policy ... and I’m not entirely sure it’s even legal. What cracks me up is the line “CNN and MSNBC seek to maintain strict neutrality”.

ROTLMAO.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/05/2010 at 05:05 PM   
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Balancing Act

Ok, so it was a slow week for archeology and anthropology. Maybe something neat will happen this week, so we can post on it next Thursday, before we crash the hard drive from too many pictures of gorgeous redheads. [ yeah, sure, cry me a river ]

So to balance that, here’s the next Weekend WhatsIt, a day early.



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This one comes in a few slightly different styles, but they all do the same task.

CLUES

1) This WhatsIt posting would have been more appropriate on Halloween, but Halloween came at the end of the weekend this year.

2) Dude, it’s a spoon. Yes, but this one is special. It truly is the Spoon of Last Resort.

3) If one ever comes at you, it will be the last thing you ever see.

3b) No wait, let me correct that. If one ever comes at you, you’ll never even see it coming.



I’m trying to make these easier, so I’ll accept the usage instead of the proper name. But the proper name is a good word to know, for those rare occasions when the subject comes up. After all, how often do you get to use “defenestrate” or “defenestration” conversationally? But when you need to toss something out the window, you’ve got the vocabulary to go with it.


Once again, free caulk to the first winner who demands it.

Is this one too easy?



what, you’re jonesing for jingers? But there’s no archeology this week!! Well, fine, I give in ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/05/2010 at 03:15 PM   
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