Saturday, July 04, 2015

Gather round kids, Sarah Palin is going to tell us the meaning behind the 4th of July.

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue moron's Facebook page:

Happy Fourth of July! This day epitomizes what is unique and beautiful about the greatest nation on earth, our own America. Countries are normally based on geography or ethnicity, but ours is based on ideas that bind us together and were declared in writing on this day in 1776. On that day we were united. It is time for that unity again, so that we may stand again. (Does she mean the unity that she is always trying to undo with partisan political attacks against liberals, and our Commander-in-Chief?)

To explain to the next generation what those essential, exceptional ideas are, ask a child to look closely at a handful of loose change and read what’s written on our coins: E Pluribus Unum. In God We Trust. Liberty. These are the notions our nation was built on, and they are still true and necessary today. Divided from these precepts our nation will fall. (Actually E Pluribus Unum was only officially added to our coins in 1873, almost a hundred years after the country was founded.)

This Fourth of July, we celebrate our Founders making their desire for liberty plain by declaring their independence from Britain’s King and his burdensome government. May that same unifying desire and courage to fight for God-given sweet freedom be our driving force today. (Yeah God didn't give us our freedoms, our ancestors fought for them. That's actually what today is all about.)

God bless you all and God bless our United States of America! 

- Sarah Palin

You know the fireworks in Anchorage have been cancelled this year, and there are restrictions all over the state, but I bet there will still be a noisy display coming out of the Palin compound this evening fueled by alcohol, another unwed pregnancy, and long festering animosity.

All I know is that if I happen to be anywhere near Wasilla this evening, and I might be, I am going to keep an eye out for any flying wedding rings, or loud explosions of temper.

Personally I will be headed down to the parkstrip today to catch the 4th of July parade, and see if I can find that awesome corndog stand again.

Mitt Romney invites Chris Christie and Marco Rubio over for a pajama party.

"I'm going to have this man over for a pillow fight."
Courtesy of Yahoo News:  

2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney's property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. 

The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march in Wolfeboro's Fourth of July parade. 

Christie, who formally jumped into the race this week, told reporters in New Hampshire Friday that he was grateful for the invitation. 

"I suspect there might be a little politics discussed tonight with Mitt and Ann, but me and Mary Pat, and Andrew and Sarah are really happy that Mitt and Ann invited us to stay with them tonight," he said, according to video posted by

Well how adorable.

I wonder if they will stay up late braiding each others hair, telling scary stories about Obamacare, and playing Truth or Dare. (Though I think we all know they would choose "Dare" because Republicans are genetically incapable of telling the "Truth.")

Update: You know the Romney's like sports. Maybe they'll want to play baseball.

That should be fun.

Do you think when you spend the night at the Romney's they make you wear their super secret magic Mormon underwear?

Well I guess this would be a great opportunity for Romney to prepare Christie and Rubio for what it's like to be a political loser and national laughingstock.

Anchorage broke another record for snow. Well actually for the LACK of snow.

Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch: 

The outcome hasn't been in doubt for awhile, but on Wednesday, the National Weather Service made it official: The winter of 2014-15 was the least snowy on record for Anchorage. 

For record-keeping purposes, snowfall seasons end June 30. The following day, the weather service announced the new record -- 25.1 inches for the season -- in a public statement. That's about 5 inches less than the previous record set more than 50 years ago, in the winter of 1957-58 when only 30.4 inches fell. 

A chart tweeted out by National Weather Service Anchorage shows this year's record low snowfall was only about a third of the normal seasonal snowfall of 74.5 inches.

But remember folks, global warming is a liberal myth. 

BP reaches settlement for 18.7 billion over Deepwater Horizon spill.

Courtesy of NBC News:  

BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010. 

Roughly $18.7 billion in settlement money will be used to resolve the Clean Water Act penalties; resolve natural resources damage claims; settle economic claims; and resolve economic damage claims of local governments, according to an outline filed in federal court. The settlement involves Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. 

"If approved by the court, this settlement would be the largest settlement with a single entity in American history; it would help repair the damage done to the Gulf economy, fisheries, wetlands and wildlife; and it would bring lasting benefits to the Gulf region for generations to come," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

Yes 18.7 billion is a huge amount, but considering the damage the spill caused, the incredible impact on marine life, and the loss of revenue to the states affected, I still think they got off pretty lucky.

Yeah, very lucky indeed.

Still these five states did a hell of lot better than Alaska did after the Exxon Valdez spill

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Young Turks track the waning influence of Sarah Palin.

The Young Turks did a good job here, except that they failed to point out that the majority of Palin's Facebook likes are bought and paid for. Other than that this is quite well done.

Wisconsin man arrested for threatening to kill President Obama.

Courtesy of CNN:  

A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama. 

Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, "the usurper is here and if I get a chance I'll take him out and I'll take the shot," referring to Obama, who was in Wisconsin promoting his proposal for overtime pay reform. 

According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in an interview with the Secret Service that he made the remarks to the security guard. 

The warrant also says Dutcher posted on Facebook on June 30 "that's it! Thursday I will be in La Crosse. Hopefully I will get a clear shot at the pretend president. Killing him is our CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!" 

Dutcher also told a La Crosse detective that his threat was serious and that "he would not have said what he said if he didn't intend to carry it out."

He thinks killing the President is his "constitutional duty?"

I think that tells us all we need to know to understand where this guy gets his information.

Here's my prediction. If anything happens to our President, and there is ANY evidence to suggest that the killer received his inspiration from Fox News, conservative talk radio, or Right Wing internet sites, the lives of the people responsible for that misinformation will not be worth a plugged nickel.

I am not in the habit of making threats, but in my opinion the anger that would result from the death of this great man would burn across this country like a white hot flame. And woe to anyone who found themselves in its path.

The great George Takei calls Justice Clarence Thomas "a clown in blackface." Does not regret it. Update!

So as you can imagine the response to that utterance from the Right was both swift and aggressive.

However instead of walking back his remarks, Takei defended them:  

A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a "clown in blackface." 

"Blackface" is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country. 

I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better. 

I have expressed my full thoughts on the matter here.

First I have to say that I fucking LOVE George Takei who has done a great deal to support the LGBT community and equal rights in this country. 

Even if you are not a Star Trek fan it is all but impossible not to admire George Takei.

So I will say that while I personally would not have used the "blackface" comment, as a gay Japanese man who spent time in an internment camp during World War 2, I think that George Takei is one of the few people who can say it without losing a shred of credibility.

And yes Clarence Thomas is a fraud, and a disgrace to African American people in this country.

Update: It looks like Takei did end up bowing to criticism and apologizing

Jim Webb announces decision to run for President. Or as he is better known, "Jim Who?"

Courtesy of CNN:  

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Thursday that "after many months of thought, deliberation and discussion" he has decided to run for president of the United States. 

In an over 2,000-word blog post, Webb writes that he decided to run because the United States needs "proven, experienced leadership that can be trusted to move us forward from a new President's first days in office." 

Highlighting his experience as a senator, decorated soldier and and secretary of the navy under Ronald Reagan, Webb cast himself as someone willing to fight on issues he cares about, including criminal justice reform, education and economic fairness. 

Webb becomes the fifth Democrat to join the primary contest. 

Personally I don't think that many Democrats are really going to pay much attention to a Jim Webb candidacy.  Not with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sucking up all of the oxygen in the room at least.

Besides not only did Webb serve as Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, but he also recently came out in support of the Confederate Battle flag, which puts him at odds with virtually every other Democrat in the country.

I think that Jim Webb could be a valuable asset in a cabinet position, but I doubt he will receive serious consideration for the job of Commander-in-Chief.

However let me just add, Webb is still head and shoulders above any presidential choice on the Republican side of the aisle.

Ahh, Alaska's very own Independence Day. Has it been six years already?

"We're not retreating, we're advancing in another direction."

Apparently at the time she did not realize that the direction she was advancing was toward her own future irrelevance.

Dylann Roof's sister has a Go Fund account to pay for the wedding that was so inconveniently preempted by her brother's killing spree.

Courtesy of Radar Online:  

Amber Roof posted a photo of herself with her fiancĂ© Michael Tyo under the headline “A Fresh Start For Michael and Amber.” The page shows a goal of raising $5,000. 

“As many of you know Michael and I had to abruptly cancel our wedding day, due to the tragedy that occurred in Charleston,” she writes in a message on the page, referring to the day her brother gunned down nine people in their Charleston, S.C., church. 

“June 21st was suppose to be the happiest day of our lives. It is the day every girl dreams of, it was the day we dreamed of. We had each other, we have the perfect venue, and we had our vows ready to be read. We were ready! We had planned out every detail for months and months. It was going to be the PERFECT day!” she wrote. 

“Our day was the exact opposite. Our wedding day was full of sorrow, pain, and shame, tainted by the actions of one man,” Roof, 27, notes, saying her sibling’s sick actions were responsible for “destroying the first day of Michael and my life together.”

Gee, how sad for her. 

Here she is trying to start a life with her soon to be husband and her brother goes and slaughters nine people in a church in an effort to start a race war.

I can only imagine how much she has suffered.

Now if you will excuse me I have to step outside and do a little primal screaming.

Bernie Sanders continues to close the gap with Hillary Clinton.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:  

Hillary Clinton enjoys a 19-point lead among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the key state of Iowa over her nearest challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, but that advantage has shrunk 26 points since May, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. 

The former secretary of state gets the support of 52 percent of her party's likely caucus-goers in the state, which holds the nation's first nominating contest, while Sanders, a Senate independent and self-described socialist seeking the Democratic nomination, pulls in support from 33 percent. In May, the split was 60 percent to 15 percent. 

It is the first time Clinton has received less than 60 percent support in the poll, according to assistant poll director Peter A. Brown.

I don't necessarily think Hillary should be sweating this, but she should definitely take notice.