I realize this is the CPAC we’re talking about here, but you’d think they’d be a little a leery of handing a suspected fraudster like Dinesh D’Souza the fucking microphone.
Then again, if you’re willing let Chris Christie speak, you may as well give all the other criminals a go as well.
And Dinesh’s time wasn’t wasted. Here he explains his theory of taxation:
For the record, Dinesh D’Souza isn’t a dumb man. He just plays one on TV.
Governors Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie aren’t happy with the national GOP, chiefly their unwillingness or inability to be proactive.
“Republican governors have stood up and done things, not just talked about them,”
Yeah. Just look at all the “things” Christie has managed to do. Like barking insults at teachers and veterans, traffic-fucking opponents and using hurricane relief money to extort political favors.
Well, the 2014 CPAC is well underway, and the GOP’s top minds — men like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — have taken center stage to share with us all their well-conceived plans for a better America.
Utah’s junior senator Mike Lee has it all worked out:
“It’s time to stop talking like Ronald Reagan and start acting like him,”
In other words, “Let’s do the same shit we’ve been doing for the past three decades and hope for different results!”
Bengt Holst is having a bad month. The death threats, the incessant media requests… you kill one giraffe, and the world goes absolutely apeshit.
I like animals. I willingly share a house with at least two, of whom I am aware at least. I understand why people are mad about this. But seriously. People need to sit down, shut the fuck up, and listen: Continue reading
This is my cat, Pollux:
Let not the little pink nose and the googly eyes fool you: he’s a ticking time bomb.
In a three-year retrospective study published in the February issue of The Journal of Hand Surgery, researchers reviewed records of 193 people who came to Mayo Clinic Hospital with cat bites to the hand.
Thirty-six victims were immediately admitted to the hospital, where they stayed an average of three days. Another 154 were treated with oral antibiotics as outpatients, although 21 of them eventually had to be hospitalized. Complications included nerve involvement, abscesses and loss of joint mobility.
While canine bites are more common and more immediately traumatic, as dogs are able to tear flesh, and in some cases break bone, feline bites pose a much greater risk of infection. The cat’s narrow teeth create cavities in skin, muscle and tendon that are not easily cleaned.
The most common cause of infection was Pasteurella multocida, an aggressive bacterium found in the mouths of many animals and up to 90 percent of healthy cats. Amoxicillin is commonly used to treat it.
“Redness, swelling, increasing pain, difficulty in moving the hand and drainage from the wound are all signs that there may be an infection and that treatment should be sought,” said the senior author of the study, Dr. Brian T. Carlsen, a hand surgeon at the Mayo Clinic.
“The tendon sheaths and joints are superficial in the hand, and cat bites penetrate easily, seeding those spaces with the germ, ” he added. “Once it’s in there, it can grow quite rapidly in fluid-filled spaces that don’t have blood circulation, and surgery is often required. That’s an important message: don’t ignore a cat bite.”
Looks like I’ll be sleeping with one eye open tonight…
Writing for The New York Times, “third year law student” Jacob M. Vitter provided to one and all his solution to ending gay conversion therapy for good:
Despite the nearly universal consensus — including the professional associations that represent America’s pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, school counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists — that “conversion” or “reparative” therapy is ineffective, harmful or both, its practitioners, many of them affiliated with religious groups, continue to advertise messages like “change is possible.”
Under commercial law, this is the very definition of a deceptive trade practice. Victims could sue practitioners for damages in state courts. With support from the Southern Poverty Law Center, several former patients did just that in 2012, seeking damages under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act from an “ex-gay” group called Jonah (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing). The plaintiffs cited Jonah’s false promise that it could “cure” their homosexuality — for which it charged $100 per individual therapy session. Last July, a state judge refused Jonah’s request to throw out the case, which could soon go to trial.
Lawsuits? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me…
If suggesting the mere possibility of results in the face of scientific evidence to the contrary is enough to justify a false advertising suit, then what’s stopping skeptics from suing the snot of out every acupuncturist, chiropractor, and Mona Vie peddler in the lower 48? Couldn’t we do the same to preachers who promote prosperity doctrine, or the power of prayer? Can’t the same rationale apply to any peddler of woo?
It isn’t often I extend a congratulatory hand to the likes of Texas Senator John Cornyn. But today is a special day, and everyone — left, right or middle — should be prostrating themselves before Cornyn, thanking their lucky stars for his intestinal fortitude. If it weren’t for him, the United States government would have defaulted for the first time in history.
But it didn’t. The debt limit was raised, we paid the bills, and it is back to business as usual. All because Senator John Cornyn of Texas, his grim face belying the apoplectic rage brewing beneath his brow, changed his vote from “no” to “yes”.
Virtually no one — Democrat or Republican — wants the United States to default, so raising the debt limit is par for the course. It should have been an easy vote. With a slim majority in the Senate, the Democrats could all vote “YES” and pass the bill, even with every Republican voting “NO”, if only to placate their austerity-pushing bases. Everyone could have walked away happy. Continue reading