“Seeing this gradation and diversity of structure in one small, intimately related group of birds, one might really fancy that from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends.” – – – Chuck Darwin, 1845
“You are so proud to be Americans and you love your good hunting and fishing. Some of you clinging to your guns and religion like the rest of us.” – – – Sarah Palin, 2010
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FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
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A) Drill Baby, Drill.
Sarah’s recent reaffirmation of her unique and unusual positions on ecology, oil, animal hunting and rational thought have reached their logical limit:
The Galápagos Islands Hunt Club.
This incredible collection of 15 islands comprise a unique Ecuadorian national park and a biological marine preserve. Among its rare and beautiful wildlife are:
Galápagos land iguanas
Marine Iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus, the only iguana feeding in the sea
Galápagos tortoise (Giant tortoise),
Galápagos Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas agassisi, a subspecies of the Green Turtle.
Flightless Cormorant, Phalacrocorax harrisi
Great Frigatebird and Magnificent Frigatebird
Galápagos Penguin, Spheniscus mendiculus, the only living tropical penguin
Waved Albatross, the only living tropical albatross
4 kinds of Galápagos mockingbirds
13 species of tanagers
Galápagos Sea Lions,
(thanks to wikipedia)
Imagine what our Alaskan based Drill Baby could do to Galapagos with just one helicopter. Considering that most Galapagos animals simply ignore those excess humans . . . .
Sarah, not surprisingly, still supports drilling, as deep, as far, and as often as possible. The current itty bitty little tiny inconsequential Gulf spill was a oner. Like a 500 yr rain in Tennessee. LIke a her or himacane in the Gulf. I can understand why people ignore Rush. He’s drug addled, and will say anything to get people angry. Sarah’s position on the Gulf spill really bends the listener’s brain.
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B) GLENN BECK’S AWESOME YEAR
in the three months following January, 2010, the Glennster has lost 1/3 of his audience, assuming that Rupert Murdoch’s close friend who owns the rating business is being straight about the numbers, something that many more TV viewership studiers are beginning to question. Is the ratings game gamed? NeitherTime, Newsweak, nor will other MSM will tell, because that would take real journalists practicing real journalism.
If this trend continues, after six months, he will lose 66% of his former viewers. And after nine months, we will know whether the rumors of Glenn’s pregnancy are true.
Faux has already taken note of his collapse. It excluded him from its recently overhauled Ad campaign. Glenn, your real tears may now begin.
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C) when I grow up, I wanna start my own . . .
Three days before I complete my 53’d solar orbit, I finally realize what I want to do, if I grow up. Paint? Doing it. Sculpt? Ditto. Write books? Doing it. Practice law? I’ll keep practicing until I get it right.
Then it struck me. Gather some great bloggers and start my own cables news station and related website. Progressive, irreverent, anti-religious, scotch based, AND, I could call it Saloon!
At least I could expect a larger following than CNN. Many wiser and far better writers here have analyzed and dissected the rise and fall (mostly the latter) of CNN. As it tacks from political spin, to reich wing “experts” (Every self-loathing, ex-Bushie was apparently guaranteed a job at CNN, so they could continue their assault on America without any delays).
Years ago, the idea of a cable station dedicated to providing news was laughed out of dozens of boardrooms. Ted Turner ignored their catcalls and their insults, and eventually created a global network that had talented eyes and ears out everywhere, and as a result, they made the 24 hour news station a necessity. They were aggressive, they traveled far, and they broke stories that needed breaking.
Today? not so much. It is not only that their station is shallow, flashy, but content light, or misdirected, but that its sins run so deep, so consistently. I suspect that once the CNN board decided that besotted blonde bimbettes were far more newsworthy than hard news, or that the murder of a child beauty contestant, or worse, the OJ trial fiasco, deserved all the attention that CNN could give them, CNN’s future was set.
From a powerhouse cable and satellite provider of news, especially in emergencies, wars, or serious weather events, it has become a shadow, a shallow, pointless, waste of time.
What it needs is a top to bottom change, including the removal of many producers and editors, with a refocus towards what people really need: real journalism, real news, and a lot less spin, pseudo-debates between a neocon Bushista and some hack as being a serious discussion of policy. Or, they could rename themselves Saloon, hire me to tend the place, so long as their supply of Single Malt remained intact.
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D) Today’s Ineffably Stupid Stories
Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture alleging that the Judge Rotenberg Center for the disabled, located in Massachusetts, violates the UN Convention against Torture.
The rights group submitted their report this week, titled “Torture not Treatment: Electric Shock and Long-Term Restraint in the United States on Children and Adults with Disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center,” after an in-depth investigation revealed use of restraint boards, isolation, food deprivation and electric shocks in efforts to control the behaviors of its disabled and emotionally troubled students.
Findings in the MDRI report include the center’s practice of subjecting children to electric shocks on the legs, arms, soles of feet and torso — in many cases for years — as well as some for more than a decade. Electronic shocks are administered by remote-controlled packs attached to a child’s back called a Graduated Electronic Decelerators (GEI).
Constant shocking? Forced wearing of backpacks with shocking devices? Restraint boards? Food deprivation? Where the hell are the adults in this center?
Pastor Ag has an idea. The administrators who designed, applied and continued this program should deserve treatment, not legal fights. I say we use the best medical practices around . . . . say, like strapping each administrator to his or her very own backpack, insuring that the genital area is covered and connected. Then, whenever these administrators say one word, or make one noise, or raise the slightest protest, or move from the corner in which they will be ordered to stand or kneel, ZAP.
It has been only in this century, already a decade old, that mental illness has been far more acceptable, understood, and dealt with in mature and civilized fashions. After all, just look at our most recent president and vice president to see how far the mentally disabled can rise in our society.
I’d give this the Church of Ineffable Stupidity’s sAINT award, but for this story:
Lower Marion’s ineptitude
A team of lawyers and forensics investigators have found that the Lower Merion School District were in fact spying on their students, indirectly or directly.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, they were just “doing it wrong”.
Laptops lent out to students over the past few years had constantly-recording webcams that picked up nearly 60,000 images of students studying, chilling in their bedrooms and sleeping. The webcams also picked up screen shots from Facebook, Twitter, pictures of Edward from “Twilight”, a lot of “Chuck Norris Facts” and other websites teens like to go to.
Ineptitude? That’s like saying neither my dog’s nor my farts smell. Everyone downwind knows better. Seeing kids when they exit their showers, watching them sleep, and seeing how they interact with others online? That’s not ineptitude, that’s worth about 10-20 in the hoosegow. With no internet access in their cells.
What kind of perverted mind would get off on watching unsuspecting kids live their lives? Peeping Toms go to jail. So should every skule administrator who put their paws on this project.
Really! It was only ineptitude! Honest. Trust me!
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E) George Alan Rekers does Rentboy
Yet another story pretty much writes itself. Pity that so few journalists bother to even go that far.
First, some hystery:
Who is Rekers, and why should we care? Look up the The American College of Pediatricians. It is little more than a ultra-christian, conservative front. It has about as much in common with modern medicine and serious pediatrics as Sarah Palin has with her cousin Winston Churchill. It bases its positions on NARTH, (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality), run by this cretinous Rekers. If you dig deep enough, I’d bet that Rekers supports the use of backpacks to modify homosexual behavior.
Who decided to go on vacation by searching out and procuring the services ofRentboy.com.
If you do a rubdown of google, you find that Rentboy provides men who enjoy:
Anal Armpits Bareback Bears Body Hair FF and Toys Foot Worship Foreskin Kissing Jocks Latex Leather Mastrubation and Cum Muscle Nipples Oral Piercing PNP and Group Role Play Rimming Spanking Shaving S & M Smoking Socks Tatoos Tickling Verbal Wrestling Water Sports
The site also has fairly detailed disclosures, apparently. Here’s the story:
The pictures on the Rentboy.com profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin. The profile touts his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)” and explains he is “sensual,” “wild,” and “up for anything” — as long you ask first. And as long as you pay.
On April 13, the “rent boy” (whom we’ll call Lucien) arrived at Miami International Airport on Iberian Airlines Flight 6123, after a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe. He was soon followed out of customs by an old man with an atavistic mustache and a desperate blond comb-over, pushing an overburdened baggage cart.
Say, could you carry my luggage, please?
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F) Keystone Kops? or the Stooges?
The Times Square story just keeps getting better. First, it failed to work. Second, NORMAL POLICE WORK found the criminal, located him, and stopped him from leaving the country. (how’s them apples, Mr. Cheney?) Third, I do believe that Playskool and Toys R Us sell far effective bomb kits for ages 6-8, with easy to follow instructions, than the mess that this domestic terrorist managed to construct. Hell, even a demented village idiot like Tim McVeigh managed to make a bomb that worked.
So, we have the public reporting a possible problem, we have excellent police work, we have a mobilized and effective security apparatus, we have the miscreant domestic bomber captured, and we have international cooperation, with the arrests of 5 others in Pakistan. (apparently their hatred of the House of Saud, and Obama’s bow to the crown prince caused this attack)
And in response, the GOP is raising all the crap they can hold, as they fling it at the wall. Hell, if jesus was born a third time (the first two events are still debatable), the GOP would attack him as a socialist, fascist, communist, anti-American.
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SEE? I did it! Not once did I mention the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts to shut down reporting about its growing, global sex scandals.