Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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GOP Hypocrisy:
Outraged Over Benghazi--Silent on Iraq
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Adding up the billions wasted by the House Republicans

Sept. 1, 2014--How much have the Republicans cost the taxpayer, directly Adding up the billions wasted by the House Republicansand in terms of hindered economic potential, since they took over the House in 2010?

A few days ago, the price tag was announced for the Republican lawsuit against the president. House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said the firm Baker Hostetler has been contracted to represent the Republican House in the district court civil suit. According to the contract, the lawsuit will cost up to $350,000, billed at a rate of $500 per hour.

TOTAL: $350,000

In 2011, the House Republicans engaged in a prolonged showdown with the administration over the raising of the debt ceiling, a procedure which, up till then, was largely considered a formality.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated that the delay in raising the debt ceiling increased government borrowing costs by $1.3 billion in 2011.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence index plunged from 59.2 in July 2011 to 45.2 in August in the wake of the debt standoff and credit downgrade. The index didn’t recover to its July level until December.

TOTAL: $1,650,000

From October 1 through 16, 2013, the Federal Government entered a shutdown and curtailed most routine operations after the Republican led Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014.

During the shutdown, approximately 800,000 federal employees were indefinitely furloughed and another 1.3 million were required to report to work without known payment dates.

The financial services company Standard & Poors estimated that the shutdown, which lasted just over two weeks, cost $1.5 billion per day, took a total of $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, and shaved 0.6% off fourth-quarter GDP growth.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the economic cost:

About $3.1 billion in lost government services, according to the research firm IHS.

$152 million per day in lost travel spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

$76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, according to the National Park Service.

$217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers bore the economic brunt of the shutdown.

But small businesses also suffered from frozen government contracts and stalled business loans.

Tourism suffered from closed national parks, and military families had to cope without childcare and other services.

TOTAL: $25,000,650,000

Almost continuously, since 2012, the Republican controlled House has been investigating the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

“The Department has devoted thousands of man-hours to responding to the numerous and often repetitive congressional requests regarding Benghazi,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Elizabeth King said in a letter to Congress in March.

That estimate included “time devoted to approximately 50 congressional hearings, briefings, and interviews which the Department has led or participated in.”

King estimated that total cost of compliance with Congress’ requests to the Pentagon and other agencies runs “into the millions of dollars.”

TOTAL: $25,002,650,000

In May, the Republicans formed a special committee to re-investigate Benghazi–the recently released budget for the house committee is $5,650,000–bigger than the budgets for the committees on Veteran’s affairs, Intelligence and the budget itself.

TOTAL: $25,008,300,000

When House Republicans voted on a resolution calling on the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel for the IRS investigation, House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) responded by saying, “The IRS has spent more than $14 million in taxpayer money accommodating Republican requests, turning over more than 600,000 pages of documents, none of which substantiate the GOP’s wild attempt from the get-go to tar the administration.”

GRAND TOTAL: $25,022,300,000

Its amazing that a fiscally conservative party has contrived to spend or waste this much money.

Would anyone seriously suggest most of it had been well spent?

This is without factoring the economic impact of 1.6 million jobs threatened by the Sequester.

We could even look further, and factor in the amount forfeited by Republican run states that have rejected the medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

One of the most important provisions of the Act is the expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program.

20 states have decided to opt out of the Medicaid expansion.

The Urban Institute, Lewin Group and Rand Corp. have issued reports showing these states will lose billions by not expanding Medicaid.

States that refuse to expand Medicaid under the law not only will deny health coverage to poor residents and lose access to a huge influx of federal dollars, they also will see increased spending on uninsured people’s unpaid medical bills.

Many of the states refusing to expand Medicaid under the ACA cite potentially harmful fiscal impacts on their state budgets, although expanding Medicaid coverage costs less than 1 percent of state budgets on average, according to a December report by the Commonwealth Fund.

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the net loss of Federal medicaid expansion funds:

Alabama: -$943,000,000
Alaska: -$229,000,000
Florida: -$5,038,000,000
Georgia: -$2,862,000,000
Idaho: -$297,000,000
Kansas: -$950,000,000
Louisiana: -$1,655,000,000
Maine: -$294,000,000
Mississippi: -$431,000,000
Missouri: -$2,249,000,000
Nebraska: -$738,000,000
North Carolina: -$2,591,000,000
Oklahoma: -$1,264,000,000
South Carolina: -$807,000,000
South Dakota: -$224,000,000
Texas: -$9,217,000,000
Utah: -$719,000,000
Virginia: -$2,839,000,000
Wisconsin: -$1,848,000,000
Wyoming: -$166,000,000

This totals more than 30 billion in rejected funds.

Republicans have squandered money on hubristic, base-rousing engagements and re-investigations, and forfeited money available for a wholly legitimate and beneficial expansion of health coverage for low-income families. Sadly, it’s not them who are left counting the costs.


Monday, October 20, 2014

There is a right-wing conspiracy in this country, and, if we're not careful who we vote for, we're in serious danger of losing our democracy.

The "Supremes" virtually gutted the Voting Rights Act, further suppressing the vote.

We've become the new Mississippi...and I don't mean that in a good way.

Brennan Center for Justice

The Voting Rights Act:
A Resource Page
 
August 17, 2014

The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure state and local governments do not pass laws or policies that deny American citizens the equal right to vote based on race.

As the leading democracy of the world, the U.S. should work to keep voting free, fair, and accessible.

That’s why the Voting Rights Act is so important.

It makes sure every citizen, regardless of their race, has an equal opportunity to have a say and participate in our great democracy.

On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, removing a critical tool to combat racial discrimination in voting.

Under Section 5 of the landmark civil rights law, jurisdictions with a history of discrimination must seek pre-approval of changes in voting rules that could affect minorities.

This process, known as “preclearance,” blocks discrimination before it occurs.

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Court invalidated Section 4—which determines the states and localities covered by Section 5—arguing that current conditions require a new coverage formula.

On January 16, 2014, Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others, introduced a bill to strengthen the Voting Rights Act.

The bill would, among other changes:
  • Require jurisdictions with a recent record of repeated Voting Rights Act violations to pre-clear election law changes.
  • Expand the current “bail-in” procedures, which allow courts to subject jurisdictions to preclearance.  
  • Create a uniform requirement to inform voters of certain pending voting changes.
  • Enhance the ability of lawyers to halt discriminatory election measures before they can harm citizens.
  • Allow federal observers to monitor elections to ensure compliance with laws protecting the rights of Americans who speak limited English.

Friday, October 17, 2014

US to 'right-size' embassy in Iraq but denies it will halve diplomatic staff

By NBC News and msnbc.com staff
The United States will "right-size" its Iraq embassy staff, which has grown to nearly 16,000, but contrary to a media report it will not halve its diplomatic presence there, State Department officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

Where's Osama when we need him?


"There is no consideration being given to slashing our diplomats by half," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told NBC News in response to a New York Times report.

Vicky, what is this monstrosity costing us poor Americans to operate every year and aren't we afraid of looking obnoxious?

A review process, being led by Deputy Secretary Thomas R. Nides, is looking at ways the U.S. can "right-size" its $750 million embassy and how it can shift away from contractors to local Iraqi support staff, Nuland said.

What the phuck does “right-size” mean?

"We're trying to do our best to save the American taxpayer money in the way we support our diplomatic personnel," she said.

Why start now?

The majority of the 16,000 people under the American mission in Iraq are contractors; 1,700 are diplomats.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

The New York Times story said that life has become hard for embassy personnel since the military left in December and that food formerly escorted by military escort is often delayed at the Kuwait border as Iraqis demand documentation.

Chef Bobby Flay, ever been to the embassy in Iraq? I hear Iraq's nice this time of year.

It cited a dwindling salad bar and lack of sugar and Splenda at the cafeteria
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No salad bar? No Splenda? We're outta here!

Nuland said she had seen the story and that this was "some whining that was inappropriate ... on the part of the embassy employees, with regard to the quality of the salad bar."

Thankless embassy employees! Be grateful you got croutons!

The Times also said that U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey will step down "in the coming weeks." Nuland said Jeffrey is "on a regular diplomatic assignment. It was of a particular duration."

Besides, he misses a quality salad bar.

When Jeffrey's tour is completed, President Barack Obama will nominate a new ambassador for Iraq, she said.
"We're not at that stage yet, but this is normal and in keeping with the commitment that he made when he took the job," Nuland said.
The Times said the expansive Baghdad diplomatic buildup was seen as necessary to nurture a post-war Iraq.

Bulls**t!

However, it said, Americans are frustrated by Iraqi obstructionism and are mainly confined to the embassy because of security concerns.

It's their sand! Where do the Americans want to go...the beach? Shopping? Disney World?

The inability to interact with Iraqis makes it tough to justify a $6 billion annual operations cost at the embassy, the Times said.

Wow! Detroit, eat your heart out!

Michael W. McClellan, the embassy spokesman, said in a statement to the Times, "Over the last year and continuing this year the Department of State and the Embassy in Baghdad have been considering ways to appropriately reduce the size of the U.S. mission in Iraq, primarily by decreasing the number of contractors needed to support the embassy’s operations."

That's gonna be difficult since we've already pissed on their hydrant.

McClellan said the number of diplomats was also "subject to adjustment as appropriate."

Appropriate to whom?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why Pat Robertson is responsible for Ebola

By aaraujoFollow

Some right-wing Christian preachers are blaming gay marriage and abortion for Ebola as divine punishment from God.
A Baptist preacher says the biblical "End Times" are upon us thanks to a federal judge striking down a ban on gay marriage in North Carolina. According to Ron Baity of the Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., God is so angry over the decision that He's about to send something even worse than Ebola.
"You think Ebola is bad now, just wait," Baity warned during his sermon on Sunday.

However, a certain right-wing Christian preacher bears responsibility much more than any gay wedding or abortion clinic ever did.
Ebola was able to take hold and become an epidemic in Liberia because that nation virtually has no healthcare infrastructure.  Sick people with no access to doctors and clinics because there are none available.
Liberia found itself in this dire predicament because of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor.
During his term of office, Taylor was accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity as a result of his involvement in the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002). Domestically, opposition to his regime grew, culminating in the outbreak of the Second Liberian Civil War (1999–2003). By 2003, he had lost control of much of the countryside and was formally indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. That year, he resigned as a result of growing international pressure and went into exile in Nigeria. In 2006, the newly elected President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf formally requested his extradition, after which he was detained by UN authorities in Sierra Leone and then at the Penitentiary Institution Haaglanden in The Hague, awaiting trial.[8] He was found guilty in April 2012 of all eleven charges levied by the Special Court, including terror, murder and rape.[9] In May he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Reading the sentencing statement, Presiding Judge Richard Lussick said: "The accused has been found responsible for aiding and abetting as well as planning some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history.
http://en.wikipedia.org/..._(Liberian_politician) 

Taylor had a influential advocate in the United States: Pat Robertson.
Robertson repeatedly supported former President of Liberia Charles Taylor in various episodes of his The 700 Club program during the United States' involvement in the Second Liberian Civil War in June and July 2003. Robertson accuses the U.S. State Department of giving President Bush bad advice in supporting Taylor's ouster as president, and of trying "as hard as they can to destabilize Liberia."[39] Robertson was criticized for failing to mention in his broadcasts his $8,000,000 (USD) investment in a Liberian gold mine.[40] Taylor had been indicted by the United Nations for war crimes at the time of Robertson's support, and was found guilty of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, slavery and the use of child soldiers.[41]
Prosecutors also said that Taylor had harbored members of Al Qaeda responsible for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. According to Robertson, the Liberian gold mine Freedom Gold was intended to help pay for humanitarian and evangelical efforts in Liberia, when in fact the company was allowed to fail leaving many debts both in Liberia and in the international mining service sector.
http://en.wikipedia.org/...

Robertson was supporting Taylor for access to gold mines.

Don't blame gays and abortion:
                  blame Pat Robertson!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hey, Tea Party Weirdos!

Do you now understand why an established country such as the United States has national institutions?

You know, like the NATIONAL INSTITUTES of HEALTH!

It's called a "civilized nation," you morons.

Y'all better pray Ebola doesn't bite one of you “rocket scientists” in your bloomin' arse!

In case you've forgotten, let me remind you, you've REDUCED funding to NIH with deep budget cuts. No funding...no research!...No research...no treatment for Ebola! Get it?

Wanna reconsider what you've done to the Post Office, or are you good with that?

Unrelated: I don't think Mitt will run again...he'd have to update his binders full of women.

Aarrggghhh!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Watchlist Program
The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." Both "known" and "suspected" suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Other factors that can justify inclusion on the watchlist include postings on social media or having a relative already deemed a terrorist. We are joined by investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept. Last week they published the secret U.S. document along with their new article, "The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist."

Khorasan
As the U.S. expands military operations in Syria, we look at the Khorasan group, the shadowy militant organization the Obama administration has invoked to help justify the strikes. One month ago, no one had heard of Khorasan, but now U.S. officials say it poses an imminent threat to the United States. As the strikes on Syria began, U.S. officials said Khorasan was "nearing the execution phase" of an attack on the United States or Europe, most likely an attempt to blow up a commercial plane in flight. We are joined by Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept, whose new article with Glenn Greenwald is "The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria."

Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus. She survived and continued to campaign for the rights of girls to go to school. Satyarthi, age 60, has been a leader for decades in the international movement against child slavery and the exploitation of child workers. In a statement, the Nobel committee said it "regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism." Last year on July 12, her 16th birthday, Yousafzai appeared at the United Nations and delivered her first speech since she underwent surgery, saying she was undeterred by the Taliban’s efforts to silence her voice. The event marked a global day in her honor. We broadcast an excerpt from her address. "Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons," Yousafzai says. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution." and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus. She survived and continued to campaign for the rights of girls to go to school. Satyarthi, age 60, has been a leader for decades in the international movement against child slavery and the exploitation of child workers. In a statement, the Nobel committee said it "regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism." Last year on July 12, her 16th birthday, Yousafzai appeared at the United Nations and delivered her first speech since she underwent surgery, saying she was undeterred by the Taliban’s efforts to silence her voice. The event marked a global day in her honor. We broadcast an excerpt from her address. "Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons," Yousafzai says. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution."

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Greetings, folks -

Dot Calm's shadow here to tell you that Christopher Columbus was JUST AWFUL.

Sorry to make you click through,
but the piece below is worth it:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

Christopher Columbus was a greedy, inhumane man.

He condoned not only slavery but also sex trafficking in girls as young as 9 and 10.

Hey, as long as they didn't look European,
it was fine, right?

Friday, October 10, 2014

TOUR THE WHITE HOUSE
No Waiting!
No Tickets! No Pesky Secret Service!
No Olympic Capabilities Necessary!
Just Scale The Fence...A Short Romp...
Voila! You're In! 
That's All You Need To
Tour The Family Residence!
Leave Your Gun At Home...
Bring Your Favorite Knife
SHAKE HANDS
WITH THE FIRST FAMILY
OR SLAUGHTER THEM!
Get Your Name In History Books
For KillingThe First Black President-- 
Bigots Will  Rejoice!

Hive and Seek:
Where Have The Honeybees Gone?

Although theories abound, no smoking gun has emerged and the cause of colony collapse disorder remains a mystery

Are the bees still disappearing, and if so do we know why and do we have a solution?

—David, Grand Rapids, MI


The topic of disappearing honey bees first cropped up in 2004 and by the spring of 2007 was all over the news.

Thousands of commercial beekeepers across the U.S. and beyond were reporting in some cases that as many as two-thirds of their honey bees were flying away from their hives, never to return.

What made the problem—dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD)—so unusual is that most traumas to bee colonies leaves bees dead in or around their hives, not mysteriously gone altogether.

Strangely enough, there was no concrete evidence pointing to disease or predation or of mites that tend to attack bee hives.

Some beekeepers reported that moths, animals and other bees were steering clear of the newly empty nests, leading to speculation that chemical contamination due to widespread use of pesticides might be to blame.

But no smoking gun emerged and the mystery remains today.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), which last year convened a multi-agency steering committee to assess the problem and find solutions, several factors could be combining to cause CCD.

“Pesticides may be having unexpected negative effects on honey bees,” reports ARS, adding that as yet unknown parasites, pathogens or viruses could also be wreaking havoc on bee colonies.

Studies have also indicated that poor management of populations of commercial honey bees—including inadequate diet and long distance transportation—may play a role.

In one study, researchers from Columbia University isolated the presence of a virus—the so-called Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus—in upwards of 96 percent of the hives studied that were affected by CCD.

Other studies point to widespread use of Imidacloprid, a common grub-control chemical used on lawns and farms and which has already been banned in France due to its alleged effect on bees.

But finding a single cause of CCD seems unlikely, and ARS researchers point to the possibility of “a perfect storm of existing stresses” weakening colonies to the point of collapse:

“Stress…compromises the immune system of bees…and may disrupt their social system, making colonies more susceptible to disease.”

Whatever the cause, CCD remains a real threat to agriculture.

About a third of all American farm production is dependent upon the pollination efforts of commercially-raised honey bees.

While diversifying the stock of insect pollinators beyond just one species of honey bee would certainly represent a step in the right direction, re-jiggering the nation’s agricultural system represents no small challenge.

Not surprisingly perhaps, organic beekeepers have not experienced CCD, leading to speculation that overall greener management practices could be the answer even if direct causes are not determined.

Meanwhile, efforts to genetically modify bees that are resistant to predators and pathogens could also prove fruitful, although such high tech solutions are still untested and could open up other cans of worms.

CONTACTS:
USDA Agricultural Research Service, www.ars, usda.gov;
CCD Steering Committee Q&A;
www.ars.usda.gov/is/br/ccd.
Scientific America

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Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean
they're after me. 
  Woody Allen
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Thursday, October 09, 2014

TOUR THE WHITE HOUSE
No Waiting!
No Tickets! No Pesky Secret Service!
No Olympic Capabilities Necessary!
Just Scale The Fence...A Short Romp...
Voila! You're In! 
That's All You Need To
Tour The Family Residence!
Leave Your Gun At Home...
Bring Your Favorite Knife
SHAKE HANDS
WITH THE FIRST FAMILY
OR SLAUGHTER THEM!
Get Your Name In History Books
For Killing
The First Black President--
Bigots Will  Rejoice!  

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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If you're going to do something tonight that
you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late!
Henny Youngman
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Examples of Malapropism

Malapropism is the act of using an incorrect word in place of one that is similar in pronunciation. The word comes from a character named Mrs. Malaprop in the play "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Malapropism is also referred to as Dogberryism, named after Officer Dogberry in Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing." Both characters made these speech errors.

Malapropisms In Sentences

Here are some examples of malapropisms:
  • Mrs. Malaprop said, "Illiterate him quite from your memory" (obliterate) and "She's as headstrong as an allegory" (alligator)
  • Officer Dogberry said, "Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious persons" (apprehended two suspicious persons)
  • Rainy weather can be hard on the sciences. (sinuses)
  • Alice said she couldn't eat crabs or any other crushed Asians. (crustaceans)
  • I have no delusions to the past. (allusions)
  • You could have knocked me over with a fender. (feather)
  • You lead the way and we'll precede. (proceed)
  • Unfortunately, my affluence over my niece is very small. (influence)
  • A rolling stone gathers no moths. (moss)
  • Good punctuation means not to be late. (punctuality)
  • Having one wife is called monotony. (monogamy)
  • The flood damage was so bad they had to evaporate the city. (evacuate)
  • Dad says the monster is just a pigment of my imagination. (figment)
  • Everybody in the company has their own cuticle. (cubicle)
  • Tom is the very pineapple of politeness. (pinnacle)
  • I remember because I have photogenic memory. (photographic)
  • Flying saucers are just an optical conclusion. (illusion)
Here are some examples of malapropisms made by well-known people:
  • "The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder." - Richard Daley, former mayor of Chicago
  • "He was a man of great statue." - Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston
  • "Texas has a lot of electrical votes." (electoral votes) - Yogi Berra
  • "Well, that was a cliff-dweller." (cliff-hanger) - Wes Westrum
  • "Be sure and put some of those neutrons on it." (croutons) - Mike Smith
  • "It's got lots of installation." (insulation) - Mike Smith speaking about a new coat
  • "Create a little dysentery among the ranks." (dissension) - Christopher Moltisanti from "The Sopranos"
  • "This is unparalyzed in the state's history." (unparelled) - Gib Lewis, Texas Speaker of the House
These are examples of malapropisms spoken by Archie Bunker in "All in the Family":
  • "A witness shall not bear falsies against thy neighbor."
  • "The hookeries and massageries…the whole world is turning into a regular Sodom and Glocca Morra."
  • "Last will and tentacle…"
  • "Patience is a virgin." (virtue)
  • "A menstrual show." (minstrel)
  • "Buy one of them battery operated transvestite radios."
  • "A woman doctor is only good for women’s problems…like your groinocology."
  • "I ain’t a man of carnival instinctuals like you."
  • "Irene Lorenzo, Queen of the Women’s Lubrication Movement."
  • "In her elastic stockings, next to her very close veins."
  • "In closing, I’d like to say Molotov!" (Mazel Tov)
These are examples of malapropisms made by former president George W. Bush:
  • "It will take time to restore chaos and order." 
  • "The law I sign today directs new funds... to the task of collecting vital intelligence... on weapons of mass production." 
  • "They have miscalculated me as a leader." 
  • "I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well." 
  • "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." 
  • "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."

OMG! Is This What We've Come To?

Washington--Attorney General Eric Holder sneaked in a diss against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, referring to when the conservative member of Congress said that Holder cast "aspersions on my asparagus."

Last May's malapropism, in which Gohmert likely used the vegetable instead of the like-sounding "character," became a viral moment.

After an intense back-and-forth with Gohmert at Tuesday's hearing, Holder quipped, "Good luck with your asparagus." Holder was visibly angry after Gohmert said that being held in contempt was "not a big deal" for the attorney general.

Gohmert was one of the legislators who pushed for a vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress in 2012, allegedly due to his refusal to turn over documents relating to the flawed federal operation known as Fast And Furious.

Holder said Tuesday the vote was "all about the gun lobby." He commented last year that he didn't have any respect for those who voted to hold him in contempt.

It must have been close to lunch time.

Monday, October 06, 2014


What, me worry?

Forgive me...I just love Alfred.