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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Daily Drift

The Daily Drift
Today's horoscope says:
Get a fresh start today!
You can leave the small stuff for later -- for now, try to focus on getting your plans off the ground and getting to know the people who share your goals and might help you later on down the road.
Go for broad strokes and general outlines.
Write down all the fine details that you need to take care of later, and then your conscience should be clear.
Some of our readers today have been in:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Petach Tikva, Hamerkaz, Israel
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Coffs Harbor, New South Wales, Australia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Saint Mande, Ile-De-France, France

as well as Scotland, Bulgaria, Wales, and the United States in such cities as Westmont, Kingsland, Kingsport, Inez and more

Today is Monday, May 24, the 144th day of 2010.
There are 221 days left in the year.

Today's unusual holidays or celebrations are:
Morse Code Day
Brother's Day

Mark Twain's autobiography to be published

This should be a lot of fun. Not to mention teach us a few things we've forgotten 

The Independent:
The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.

And I Quote

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
~ Robert Frost

Which side of history do you want to be on?

Times Union:
Government is not a four-letter word. Yet, at every turn, we hear a knee-jerk negativism, a shotgun rage charging that the country is going to the dogs.

Yet, if every forward-looking measure, like assuring people of health care, is branded a socialist or, worse, a communist plot, we are simply substituting slogans for thinking.

Just ask any of those people over 65 who are fuming over socialized medicine if they are ready to give up Medicare -- which is wholly run by the government. Ask them if they are ready to end Social Security -- which is wholly run by the government. Ask any politician if he or she proposes to abolish these government-run programs. That would be political suicide.

And ask people who are complaining about government spending intended to stimulate a depressed economy, would they prefer the approach of a Herbert Hoover, who stood by as the country slipped into its worst depression in history?

War Is Making You Poor Act

Today, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) introduced legislation called the “War Is Making You Poor Act,” which aims to call attention to a) how much money is being spent to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and b) how budget gimmicks are used to pay for them. Grayson’s legislation would slash the $159 billion request for supplemental war funding and use that money to deliver a tax break for all Americans.

A brilliant idea, that is going to be drowned out by the howls of stupidity and rank corruption that is Washington DC. What Grayson is proposing is a common sense solution — let people see the stupidity of what's going on, and the people won't stand for it. But just as seriously, that's why Grayson's proposal has less of a chance than a fart in a windstorm of staying together — the powers that run the government and the media are all about making sure people never see the stupidity of what's going on.

Oh, and where are the teabaggers screaming for this - an end of a big government boondoggle and making the super-rich even richer ... oh, yeah, that's right, they're too busy calling the president a nigger ... my bad sorry, had a lapse and for moment thought teabaggers had brains.

Black box recovered from India crash site

Investigators find the black box in the wreckage of the Air India plane crash that killed 158. 



On The Job

On The Job
By one estimate, some 40 percent of companies hire someone to read and review email.

It's The Economy Stupid

It's The Economy Stupid
Some so-called deals will cost you a bundle in the long run if you're not careful.  

Wall Street continues to thumb nose at Obama and American voters

J.P. Morgan Chase awarded its chairman and chief executive, Jamie Dimon, $91,000 in personal travel on the company jet in 2009, up from about $54,000 the previous year. His total perks increased 19 percent, to $266,000. Dimon, along with Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein and McLean-based Capital One chief executive Richard Fairbank, also received sharply higher perks related to personal and home security.

"Marie Antoinette could fit into this crowd without missing a beat," said Nell Minow, co-founder of the Corporate Library, which found in recent studies of several thousand U.S. companies that more chief executives received club memberships than a year earlier, and companies paid more to cover executives' personal use of corporate planes. "Many people would think the solution would be not to be so provocative of unrest and unhappiness, but no, they're saying, 'Go ahead and do that, just build bigger walls around your house.' "

A review of the 29 largest publicly traded financial companies that received federal aid found that nearly one in three increased fringe benefits for their chief executives. Those raises contrast with the belt-tightening that many Americans have experienced during the recession.

Oil company given cleanup ultimatum

Frustrated by the lack of progress in the gulf, the U.S. government may push BP out. 

Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic Fringe
When dealing with wingnuts ... Remember the rule: 
If they accuse someone of something, then they're already guilty of it.
Michael Steele wasn't pleased with the Senate nominee's views on civil rights.  
Liars and Fools
Newt Gingrich (reptile-Georgia) says his comparison of Obama administration to Nazi Germany and Soviet Union is "reasoned and compelling".
Reasoned and compelling for a NAZI trying to deflect attention from themselves you mean, right?

Faux's Glen Brick preaches the "good news" that a "blaze is coming" that will "burn everything down".
You mean you finally are going to stand at the stake and take you punishment  as the flames purify you?

Faux's Shewan Handjob lies: Obama's world view seems to be "diametrically opposed" to government "of, by, and for the people".
Nope, that'd be your false idol - the shrub and the rest of the cabal.

Faux's Glen Brick suggests that Obama administration will declare tea parties to be terror groups.
Really no need to - the entire world already knows.

And Yet Another Repugican Sex Scandal
And in South Carolina no less.
Just as state Rep. Nikki Haley (r)[pictured] was beginning to gain momentum in South Carolina's competitive four-way June 8 gubernatorial primary -- especially after winning Sarah Palin's endorsement -- this story has the potential to dramatically alter the race to succeed Gov. Mark Sanford (r).

Will Folks, a moronic South Carolina repugican blogger who was Sanford's former press secretary, admits to having an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley "several years ago." Haley has been married to her husband, Michael, for 13 years, and they have two children.

Folks suggests that he's revealing his past relationship with Haley because it's being leaked to news organizations.

"It is what it is, and aside from the Haley family – Michael, Nikki, Rena and Nalin – I feel no need to apologize or explain myself to anyone. People are human. We make mistakes. And as I have learned from experience, the key to life isn’t the mistakes we make, it’s how we choose to handle them."

Haley denies any infidelity. "I have been 100% faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage," she said in a statement, per NBC affiliate WIS-TV. "This claim against me is categorically and totally false." Haley added that Folks' allegations was "South Carolina politics at its worst" -- although Folks' blog reportedly has been very favorable toward Haley's candidacy.

In the June 8 repugican primary, Haley is taking on state Attorney General Henry McMaster, Rep. Gresham Barrett, and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Of course, it was the term-limited Sanford's affair with an Argentina woman that essentially rendered him a lame-duck governor.

VA and Healthcare ... yeah, right

So where exactly are the teabaggers and the repugicans when our vets are suffering from an overbloated government health care system?

Improvised bombs rattled former Army Spc. Adam Pittman a dozen times in his three tours in Iraq, most severely when his Bradley fighting vehicle ran over one hidden in the dirt in 2005.

Now, part of Pittman's brain has gone dormant, and on most days he can't think straight.

He leaves the room and forgets what he was searching for. He gets migraines so piercing that his right eye sometimes curls away from his left. Anger comes easily, inspiring rages that sometimes have his wife terrified for herself and their 3-year-old daughter.

Although Pittman, who lives in Lillington, N.C., left the military in July 2008 complaining of headaches and memory loss, it took nearly a year for him to get a brain scan and another five months to start getting temporary disability benefits.

Vitamin D

First female priest ordained in Italy

Don't hold your breath that we will see more of this elsewhere, though. Maria Vittoria Longhitano belongs to a small church that separated from the Roman Catholic church a few hundred years ago.

Mrs Longhitano, who will now be known as Mother Longhitano, said she hoped to break down what she described as prejudice in the Roman Catholic church.

"We are talking about an extremely hierarchical system; a male caste with a strong instinct of self-preservation," she said.

"And this is why there is this general attitude against ordaining women in the Church."

The Roman Catholic Church says it obeys the directives of Jesus Christ, whose 12 Apostles were all men.

America's top 10 road trips

Some are well-known destinations, and others are definitely off the beaten path.  

Odds and Sods

Odds and Sods
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