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Armed and ready to "Resist"

19 Aug

This man is angry because of taxes, healthcare reform, and the dangerous world surrounding him. If this doesn’t instill fear in you as to what the current climate of anger could lead to, then I would want to be you.

Iowa is quite the contrarian

24 Jul

Any explanations out there for this?

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Congresswoman blames economy on gays, abortion, and Obama

29 Jun

They say you need a big head and broad shoulders to make it in politics. Maybe the head doesn’t necessarily have to contain anything.

Representative Sally Kern (OK) has finally figured out how we can get out of this economic downturn: stop gay things from happening, quit allowing abortions, and pray a lot.

She issued this proclamation from ther voter-funded desk:

WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the Creator of the Universe; and

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and

WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery; and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned elected officials of the people of Oklahoma, religious leaders and citizens of the State of Oklahoma, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, solemnly declare that the HOPE of the great State of Oklahoma and of these United States, rests upon the Principles of Religion and Morality as put forth in the HOLY BIBLE

For a good time, listen to her here. Enjoy.

Burger King Plays With Your Subconscious

23 Jun

In times of recession, subtlety is a luxury.

Hmm News of the day: Cocaine-stuffed sharks

17 Jun

The mother of invention is necessity, isn’t it?

Due to the massive crackdowns across Mexico, drug cartels are thinking of different, and increasingly inventive, ways to get their product into the US. Newest mode of transportation? Sharks. Shark carcasses, to be exact.

When caught with poor sharks packed with cocaine like twinkies, the man in charge of the shipment claimed the drug was used as a “conserving agent.” That guy should be in politics.

More here.

Sotomayor & Spanish Adjectives

10 Jun

A rule in column writing, which is also applicable to almost any other sort including blogging, is that there is really nothing worse than insincerity in your writing. Insincere outrage is doubly shameful.

Exhibit A: the newest right-wing attack on Sonia Sotomayor, and a clear indication that they are running out of creativity, centers around her use of the Spanish language. Sotomayor has been known as a stickler for proper grammar, meaning she would probably cringe if this blog she came upon. (Yep, I ended on that).

She’s on record saying:

“Go back and read a couple of basic grammar books. Most people never go back to basic principles of grammar after their first six years in elementary school. Each time I see a split infinitive, an inconsistent tense structure or the unnecessary use of the passive voice, I blister.”

So when she said the following statement, seemingly going against her passion for proper sentence-crafting, this of course affected some people’s delicate sensibilities:

“When my first mid-term paper came back to me my first semester, I found out that my Latina background had created difficulties in my writing that I needed to overcome. For example, in Spanish, we do not have adjectives. A noun is described with a preposition, a cotton shirt in Spanish is a shirt of cotton, una camisa de agodon, no agondon camisa.”

This has caused a bit of an uproar. From a National Review Online blog:

The proposition that “in Spanish, we do not have adjectives” is risible in the extreme.  I haven’t counted them, but surely the language has literally thousands of them.  The current (i.e. 22nd) edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish Language (“Diccionario de la Lengua Española”), of the Royal Spanish Academy (“Real Academia Española”) — i.e., the official dictionary of the Spanish language — offers many classifications (with examples) of Spanish-language adjectives under the term ‘adjetivo.”

And from Discriminations:

Excuse me, but after all that self-taught grammar, etc., could 1976 Princeton summa Sonia Sotomayor really still believe, in 1996, that “in Spanish we do not have adjectives. A noun is described with a preposition”?

The blogger actually goes on to give Sotomayor a lesson in Spanish adjectives. Queeeeee?

If this outrage is to be taken seriously (quite a magic trick), it fails as an argument. It’s clear that she was not really saying there are NO adjectives in the Spanish language, but that they are used differently. As a native Spanish speaker, I will second her statement.

If this point of contention catches fire, it strengthens a damaging possibility: the right-wing has thrown in the towel on Sotomayor. With no serious argument to make against her confirmation on the eve of the formal process, they have essentially given up and decided to nit pick at her, hoping she will enter the Court weathered and weak.

At the very least, this is another example of the Republican party finding its most prominent mouthpieces oustide of the party. They continue to be without a partisan leader, as a recent USA Today poll showed, and rely on having talking points fed to them by propagandists and bloggers.

What if this outrage is actually sincere?

Most Dangerous Food Book on the Market

24 May

Who ever said green peas weren’t controversial?  

Washington State University has removed, essentially banned, Michael Pollan’s Ominivore’s Dilemma from their reading list for incoming freshmen. They claim it has to do with the budget, but they already had 4,000 copies bought and ready to distribute.

Some people cry fowl (yes, I went there):

But some people on the campus say that the university faced political pressure after selecting the book. “What we were told is that when the committee picked The Omnivore’s Dilemma, because of the politics of the agriculture industry, we would not be having a common reading, and that President Floyd decided that this was not a battle he wanted to wage,” said one person who had knowledge of the program and asked not to be named because of fear of job loss.

Jeff Sellen, an instructor at the university who sat on a committee in charge of implementing the reading program, says members of that panel were told “we could not call it a ‘common reading.'”

“I think that was important because it would be less official and would maybe fly underneath the radar,” he says. “It was obvious that it was political.”

He says that there was never a substantial budget for events around the book—certainly not enough to bring in Mr. Pollan as a speaker—so he dismisses the idea that there was a financial rationale for the changes in the program.

Mr. Pollan’s incisive criticism of agro-conglomerates might have had something to do with the drop. Goes to show how nothing is above politicking.

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