Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Let's see... obvious violation of child labor laws.

Kid's not wearing gloves... probably an OSHA violation.

And Michelle's wearing a 80 bazillion dollar designer top to do yard work.

Partial credit for at least wearing sensible shoes.

Exit question:

Will Michelle be baking Barack a sweet potato pie?

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Now if this were a Tea Party picture, would it be fair to ask where the heck all the people of color are?

I count 3, including Obama, and 2 of them are WAAAAAAY in the back.

This picture does NOT look like America.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How To Peel A Potato

Not that I've ever actually peeled or boiled a potato, but if I did, I'd use this method.

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Also, gotta say, not many women do 70 this well.

Finally, A Rational Argument Against Irrational Beliefs

Nice one by XKCD:

I notice that the "because nobody's making a fortune on it" argument doesn't preclude the existence of God, though.

Actually, It Sounds Pretty Good

Via the Awesomer (and thanks again, Leslie, for turning me on to that site) comes a video misleadingly titled "The Worst Pizza Ever":

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Wherein a couple guys take various & sundry fast foods, put them on a pizza & eat it.

Thing is, most of those foods are normal pizza toppings anyway: chicken, hamburger, tomatoes, bacon, onions - heck, even the buns are basically fluffy pizza crust.

The only items I'd question are the french fries. The lettuce, pickles, & sauce on the Big Mac probably didn't go well either.

But since they didn't top it with a fish sandwich, ice cream, or an apple pie, the end result was probably pretty good.

*I'd* try a slice, anyway.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blogrolling Dies on November 1st

If you used Blogrolling to manage your links, it's going away on November 1st.

If you have any important links there, get 'em ASAP.

And no, there's no easy way to do it. Just copy & paste one at a time.

Oh, and dump their stupid code from your template, too.

BlogRolling will be shutting down November 1st, 2010.

If you are not using BlogRolling code on your site anymore, you don't need to do anything.

If you are using BlogRolling code on your site, you'll want to follow these simple steps before the end of this month.

Get Your Links

If you want a list of the links in your BlogRoll, you have two options

1. Sign in to your BlogRolling account to cut and paste links out of your control panel.
2. Go to a page on your site that contains your blogroll and click on each link in your blogroll and copy down or bookmark the links you end up on.

Sorry, there is no "export" option in BlogRolling.

Clean Your Code

1. Remove the blogrolling JavaScript code from your site.
2. Not sure where the code is? "View Source" on your pages and search for "blogrolling" in the code.

Thanks for your support and patronage these many years! Happy blogging!

Everybody Wants Me

NunyaB of Why Sarah Palin Is So Freaking Awesome sent me this:

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Just thought I'd mention it, because if you stumble across a Harvey page on Facebook, that's not me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yes, Really

Honestly, I have no interest in owning a phone that does a single thing besides make phone calls, but if I ever gave into peer pressure and bought a portable time-suck, I'd buy a Microsoft phone just because of this commercial:

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It's my favorite since this classic from Vault:

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Grammar Rules

Learn these. Master these. And when you compose any sort of formal or business-related communique, obey these.

Once you know why they're there and what they do, you can break them on purpose when it's called for.

Maybe This Isn't An Improvement

People used to worry that the existence of candy cigarettes would encourage kids to take up the habit, causing people to scream that they should be banned.

Now there's candy blood. What's THAT going to encourage?

By the way, candy cigarettes didn't teach me to smoke. That would be my older brothers.

Pwned: Explained, Defined And Illustrated

Back before computers, people would set traps for other people, then when the other person was caught, the catch-er would gloat by saying "gotcha!"

After computers - and more specifically online computer games that involve killing your opponent's player - the common term became "owned!".

Then one day, someone missed the "o" key, and spelled it "pwned!", which - for no explicable reason - caught on, and is now common parlance in some circles. Still, it means the same as "gotcha!": a sudden, total victory over someone who didn't see it coming.

This is what it looks like in the real world:

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The Party of Just Don't Get It

The Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare.

Then they promised to replace it with... Obamacare.
We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick.
This isn't a business model, this is a suicide pact.

Insurance companies make a profit the same way that casinos make money on roulette: They can afford a few large payouts because they continually make up for it with tiny, regular losses from everyone else.

By elimating pre-existing condition exclusions, they're allowing people to place their bets after the wheel stops spinning.

The Pledge To America: Just The Promises

Your checklist to see if they keep their word.

There are a lot of policy and intention statements included in the Republicans' 48-page "Pledge to America" document. Here is a list, from that document, of just the real, verifiable, specific promises that we will actually be able to say they kept or broke. The rest is just meaningless, feel-good patter, full of fog and weasels:


* We will help the economy by permanently stopping all tax increases, currently scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011.

* We will allow small business owners to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their business income.

* To provide stability, we will require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more.

* The Democrats' government takeover of health care requires small businesses to report to the Internal Revenue Service any purchases that run more than $600. We will repeal this job-killing small business mandate.


* Congress should move immediately to cancel unspent "stimulus" funds, and block any attempts to extend the timeline for spending "stimulus" funds.

* With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels,

* We will set strict budget caps to limit federal spending on an annual basis.

* We will make Congress do more with less by significantly reducing its budget.

* Over the course of nine weeks, YouCut produced proposals to save taxpayers more than $120 billion. We will continue to hold weekly votes on spending cuts.

* We will cancel the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)

* We will reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by ending their government takeover, shrinking their portfolios, and establishing minimum capital standards.

* We will impose a net hiring freeze on non-security federal employees

* More than 20 states have addressed this problem by requiring that programs end - or "sunset" - by a date certain. We will adopt this requirement at the federal level to force Congress to determine if a program is worthy of continued taxpayer support.

* Requiring a full accounting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, setting benchmarks for these programs and reviewing them regularly, and preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities.


* The new health care law kills jobs, raises taxes, and increases the cost of health care, we will immediately take action to repeal this law.

* We will enact common-sense medical liability reforms to lower costs, rein in junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine.

* We will allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live.

* We will improve HSAs by making it easier for patients with high-deductible health plans to use them to obtain access to quality care. We will repeal the new health care law, which prevents the use of these savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicine.

* We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage. We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick.

* We will establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion. We will also enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals.


* We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

* We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.

* We will let any lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — offer amendments to reduce spending.

* We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass" legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time.


* No more troop funding bills held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects.

* We will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil.

* We will work to ensure foreign terrorists, such as the 9/11 conspirators, are tried in military, not civilian, court. We will oppose all efforts to force our military, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel operating overseas to extend "Miranda Rights" to foreign terrorists.

* We will work to ensure critical funding is restored to protect the U.S. homeland and our allies from missile threats from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea.

* We will work to ensure the government aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions [on Iran] with the tools Congress has provided.

* We will ensure that the Border Patrol has the tools and authorities to establish operational control at the border and prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands.

* We will reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws.

* We will require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Irony Meter, It Is Pegged

Well, God bless Netflix.

For the last while, I've been working my way through the entire South Park canon. Tonight it was "About Last Night...", the episode they made right after Obama's election.

They perfectly captured the obnoxious celebrationism of the Obama voters, and I drew sustenance from the delicious irony of it all, knowing how Obama has fallen since then.

And the seeming prescience of the closing lines, as Stan's father awakes with a horrid hangover to discover he no longer has a job.

Kudos to you, Trey & Matt.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Right Wing News Blogger Poll: Conservatives' Preferred Candidates

I played. This is how I pay.

If you had to choose today, which of the following candidates would you be most likely to support for President in 2012?
Haley Barbour
Scott Brown
Jeb Bush
Herman Cain
Eric Cantor
Chris Christie
Mitch Daniels
Newt Gingrich
Rudy Guiliani
Mike Huckabee
Bobby Jindal
John McCain
Sarah Palin
Ron Paul
Tim Pawlenty
Mike Pence
Condi Rice
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum
John Thune

Chris Christie - Don't get me wrong, I loves me some Sarah Palin, but she's full of metaphors & rhetorical flourishes & fluffy boilerplate. I like Chris because I find it unutterably refreshing to be spoken to like a rational adult, using a minimum of chaff.

If you had to choose from this list, which of the following candidates would you be most likely to support for President in 2012?
Haley Barbour
Mitch Daniels
Newt Gingrich
Mike Huckabee
Sarah Palin
Tim Pawlenty
Mike Pence
Mitt Romney
John Thune

Sarah Palin - Told you I loves me some of that.

Now, let's change direction: which of the following candidates would you be LEAST LIKELY to support for President in 2012?
Haley Barbour
Mitch Daniels
Newt Gingrich
Mike Huckabee
Sarah Palin
Tim Pawlenty
Mike Pence
Mitt Romney
John Thune

Mitt Romney - Romneycare. 'Nuff said.

Nope, You're Wrong

Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC said the following about RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who is black:
As the first congressional election during his party chairmanship approaches, Michael Steele is dancing as fast as he can trying to charm independent voters and Tea Partiers while never losing sight of his real master and paycheck provider, the Republican National Committee.
What O'Donnell's trying to say is that, as Chairman of the RNC, Steele has to diplomatically balance various factions - cranky social conservatives, penny-pinching fiscal conservatives, and apolitical independents who won't even start paying attention until after Halloween. Meanwhile, the RNC itself is mostly headed by unprincipled RINO's whose goal is political power at any cost, and THEY control the Committee purse strings.

Now, Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller had this to say about O'Donnell's comment:
Anybody with a lick of common sense could’ve told him how racist this is
No. It's not.

Here's why.

The phrase "dancing as fast as I can" is a well-established and popular figure of speech. As a movie, it was a story of a woman's addiction to valium. As a metaphor, it means to engage in a lot of frantic activity without necessarily making any progress.

Which certainly seems to apply to Steele's situation.

The second metaphor, about Steele's "master" being the RNC, is a little dicier, what with it being the traditional term for a slave-owner, but it's not necessarily out of place. It's usage here seems more an allusion to the Biblical admonition against serving two masters.

My point being that O'Donnell could just as easily have said what he said about a white man, and it wouldn't have sounded strange.

Yet because Steele is black, Treacher reflexively presumed that the choice of terms was motivated not only by race, but more specifically by O'Donnell's hatred of that race.

Pish-posh and folderol.

Now, if O'Donnell had said something about Steele "singing 'Mammy'" for his "owner", then Treacher might have a point.

But he didn't.

So he doesn't.

Please stop hallucinating racism that isn't there.

Whoda Thunk It?

Frank J. & SarahK of IMAO proudly announce the birth of their daughter.

The picture's here.

Not sure why they've got her rolled up like a burrito. That's just kind of weird.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Explain This

If one guy shows up at a Tea Party rally with a sign that makes even the vaguest, tangential reference to Obama's race, the whole organization is branded "racist".

When hundreds of proud Socialists show up at a liberal Democrat rally, how come nobody calls Obama a "socialist"?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Like Tolerance, Brevity is Also a Virtue

From here:
"The R-word, which I will not spell out because I, unlike you, have class and sohpistication"
You just used 15 words to avoid saying one, and had a typo in the process.