Midday open thread

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 13-12-2011-05-2008


  • Today’s comic is Animation: Rick Perry’s ad (actual audio) by Scott Bateman:
  • Nag, nag, nag …
  • The ACLU is suing Gov. Scott Walker over Wisconsin’s new voter ID law. But if the past is any indication, the lawsuit probably won’t go anywhere.
  • Dick Cheney emerged to talk some more smack about President Obama. But at least he gave us this gift:

    He also said Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich should not be underestimated. “He was persistent and he was tenacious and he kept it up and kept it up and kept it up and finally by ’94 he’s the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives with the Republican majority. I wouldn’t underestimate him.”

  • Is Mitt Romney a closet member of the Klan? Just askin’.
  • Shocker:

    The American Petroleum Institute likes to share what average Americans think about Big Oil, except when they express real opinions. Unsurprisingly, despite API’s claims to feature Americans in favor of oil, their “authentic” commercials are entirely scripted, with casters feeding participants’ every word.

    And here’s the best part:

    The basic qualifications read: “You are willing to go on camera and state your beliefs” and “You are comfortable portraying YOURSELF! They want REAL PEOPLE not Actors!”

    Yeah, just go on camera and be yourself and state your beliefs the beliefs you’re being paid to express.

  • This is certainly a welcome (and overdue) development from Bill Keller at the New York Times:

    A number of readers have written or tweeted their objection to my use of the word “illegals” as shorthand for “illegal immigrants.” […]

    I checked the NYT style book, and found the guidance not terribly helpful. The entry is not explicit on “illegals.” It says only this: “Illegal immigrant is the preferred term, rather than the sinister-sounding illegal alien. Do not use the euphemism undocumented.” […]

    Well, vigilant readers, the good news is, you seem to have gotten the style book updated. And I’ll resist that particular shorthand in the future.

  • Here is a completely useless and irrelevant fun fact:

    In 2008, candidate Barack Obama carried 81% of counties with a Whole Foods and just 36% of counties with a Cracker Barrel — a record 45-point gap.”

  • No one wants to buy Sarah’s Palin’s crappy idea for a crappy TV show starring her lame husband and his stupid snowmobile.
  • FAIL of the day:

    Sandusky’s Lawyer: If You Believe Witness, “I Suggest You Dial 1-800-REALITY.” That’s A Gay Phone Sex Line.

  • George Takei wants Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans alike to shut their big wormholes, put aside their arguments about which is better (Star Wars, duh), and come together to fight a really, really bad common threat: Twilight.

    Sci-fi fans be warned, there are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be found in Twilight. No. In Twilight, the only message that rings through loud and clear is: ‘Does my boyfriend like me?'”

  • Do not let the pray-the-gay-awayers hear about this.
  • Christmas in Geneva? Close, says physicist Sean Carroll:

    What we’re seeing is pretty consistent with the existence of a Higgs boson around 123-126 GeV. The data aren’t nearly conclusive enough to say that it’s definitely there. But the LHC is purring along, and a year from now we’ll know a lot more. It’s like rushing to the tree on Christmas morning, ripping open a giant box, and finding a small note that says “Santa is on his way! Hang in there!”


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