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Witt's End

Permalink01/31/09, 10:09:31 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 331 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

The Trickle Domino Theory

Permalink01/31/09, 02:01:36 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 164 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

McCaskill's Mad As Hell

Permalink01/30/09, 10:08:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 158 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Get Out The 3D Glasses

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Permalink01/30/09, 08:36:24 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 167 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Judd Gregg: Commerce Secretary?

This is interesting. Gregg has voted with Obama 7 of 8 times, so far. If he takes it a Democratic governor will choose his replacement.

Can you say 60 Democrats in the Senate? I knew you could. ;->

There is a strong possibility that Barack Obama will ask Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, Democratic Senate aides tell the Huffington Post. The move would fill a vacancy that has lingered since Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination. And provided that Al Franken emerges victorious in the Minnesota recount, it would give Democrats in the Senate a 60th caucusing member, as New Hampshire's Democratic governor John Lynch would appoint Gregg's replacement.

Asked for a response, White House spokesman, Bill Burton, in an email to the Huffington Post, said the "president hasn't made a pick yet."

The potential of Gregg leaving the Senate will almost certainly set off an intense lobbying effort from his fellow Republican senators to persuade him to turn down the Commerce post. Already, a GOP operative writes in to say: "No way that Gregg takes it."

Permalink01/30/09, 07:54:32 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 166 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

GOP Vote in Lock Step Against Stimulus

Permalink01/29/09, 09:28:28 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 306 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Secret Torture Memos Revealed

Permalink01/29/09, 07:40:18 pm, by oralloy Email , 174 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses ‘Shameful’

(I wonder what the Bushpublicans would have to say? "They NEED our taxpayer money if they want to retain GOOD PEOPLE"? Sounds about right.)

WASHINGTON — President Obama fired a warning shot at Wall Street on Thursday, branding bankers “shameful” for giving themselves $18.4 billion in bonuses as the economy was spinning out of control and the government was spending billions to bail out many of the nation’s most prominent financial firms.

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Permalink01/29/09, 06:39:13 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 286 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Panel backs Holder for attorney general

WASHINGTON - Eric Holder's nomination as the first African-American attorney general moved to the full Senate yesterday with broad bipartisan support, as Republicans who earlier criticized the nominee determined he was qualified for the job.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 17 to 2, to favorably recommend Holder for the post. The only senators who voted against Holder in committee were Republicans John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

The usual suspects. When considering who to listen to in trying to forge a "bi-partisan / post-partisan consensus" on any given issue, these two guys shouldn't be invited to the conversation. To borrow a phrase from Bush, margerineralize them as the extremists they are. Let 'em squeal and give them all the publicity they need to destroy themselves. The American people want and need action, not this kind of obstructionist bullshit.

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Permalink01/29/09, 07:41:15 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 280 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

I'm back

I haven't slept for 2 days and I'm planning on going to work tomorrow, but I'm back.

I may have some stories to tell...

Permalink01/28/09, 10:24:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 184 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

CIA Station Chief Accused of Raping Muslim Women

The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks with a knock-out drug, U.S. law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

http://abcnews.go.com/ Blotter/ story? id=6750266

Permalink01/28/09, 05:47:36 pm, by oralloy Email , 155 views, User Posts 1 feedback

House Judiciary chairman subpoenas Karl Rove

heh...heh...heh...

This didn't take long. John Conyers has been jonesin' for Fat Karl for a long time. As soon as Bush is out of office, Conyers subpoenas the unctuous bastard. I imagine Karl is having trouble sleeping. I hope so.

By LARRY MARGASAK (from Google News)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman subpoenaed former White House adviser Karl Rove on Monday to testify about the Bush administration's firing of U.S. attorneys and prosecution of a former Democratic governor.

The subpoena by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., continues a long-running legal battle with ex-President George W. Bush's former White House political director. Rove previously refused to appear before the panel, contending that former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

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Permalink01/27/09, 07:48:09 am, by billy b, 282 views, User Posts Send feedback

Donate used items to "non-profits"?

If you do, profits are being made on your donations.
From the Duluth News Tribune:

Washington-based Savers Inc., spends more than $117 million annually on purchasing items in bulk from nonprofits that collect donated items. What it can’t sell here — about 500 million pounds annually — is sold to developing countries.
For more information on the company, visit www.savers.com.

Here's a hot link to the how to donate page on www.savers.com. You can donate directly to them, if you'd like to, and they'll pay the non-profit. (That's what they claim, anyway.)
I bought a like-new windbreaker here for about $3.25 the other day, about a dollar less than I would have paid for a new one. The shop told me that it came from the USA, but the tag says it's Made In China.

Permalink01/24/09, 08:17:44 am, by lewagner Email , 130 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Rick Warren: Tax Evader

“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s" --Matthew 22:21

But not if you're Rick Warren...

How powerful is the mega-minister?

Take a look at his tax breaks, and who provided them.

Permalink01/23/09, 09:46:16 pm, by icy Email , 184 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Limbaugh Claims He’s Being Told ‘To Bend Over, Grab The Ankles’ Because Obama’s ‘Father Was Black’

On the day Obama was sworn in, Limbutt said he hoped that Obama failed as President, which means Limbutt wants the country to fail. The fat cracker redneck junkie really hates him some African-Americans. He was fired from ESPN back in 2003 for commenting on Donovan McNabb:

"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve."

He also referred to Obama as the "Magic Negro". Again, he's a fat cracker redneck.

From Think Progress.

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Permalink01/23/09, 08:11:15 am, by billy b, 280 views, User Posts 1 feedback

At Last

Obama addressed Israel and Palestine, today. Just as I knew he would, he did not signal a continuance of former policy. And just as I knew he would, he stayed within the confines of US policy just enough to keep attacks at bay, but avoided language that strongly cast Israel as a righteous victim and Palestinians the villians. Expedience required that he speak to Hamas shooting rockets and the natural response of Israel to want to protect itself, first, but then he went on to subtly make the case that the Palestinians have a right to all the things Israel has been denying them -- in essence -- reminding people why Hamas fires those rockets.

At last -- a US president called for an agreement respectful of the Palestinians. At last -- a US president acknowledged that Palestinians have a right to assurances of their security -- too. At last -- a US president made it clear that Palestinians cannot remain repressed and dominated if there is to be peace because as long as they have no hope for the future -- there will be no peace.

Transcript of remarks at the state department

Permalink01/22/09, 09:20:19 pm, by pnh Email , 173 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Racism Is Deeply Ingrained

........the contract between the city of Duluth and Bentleyville creator Nathan Bentley requires Bentley to provide an actor or actors dressed as Santa.
But it can’t just be any old guy off the street.
Old Kris Kringle, according to the contract, has to be “an individual whose physical appearance and costuming fully represents the character of Santa Clause (sic) in the traditional form of an elderly, rotund, white haired and white-bearded man, costumed in a red overcoat piped with white fur, black belt with silver buckle, red pants piped with white fur, black boots and red stocking hat piped with white fur.”
..................
Why so specific? Chalk it up to lawyerly caution. Deputy City Attorney Alison Lutterman said she had no doubts that Bentley would provide a traditional Santa, but she learned long ago to write up contracts free of ambiguity. So Lutterman described what she thought was the ideal Santa.
“If we didn’t specify, we could get a Biker Claus or a Rapper Claus or a Rasta Claus,” Lutterman said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “The goal in drafting a contract is to be clear.”
..................

Duluth is supposedly a "liberal area" in a "liberal state".

Permalink01/22/09, 08:29:19 pm, by lewagner Email , 187 views, User Posts Send feedback

Pretty Good First Day

- Beginning the process to close down Gitmo

- Getting rid of the gag order at abortion providers

- Opening up the FOIA to Bush-era documents

- Forcing a pay freeze for all of his staff

- Forcing new ethics standard on members of the executive branch

- Putting Grey Wolves back on the endangered Species list again

Pretty good first 24 hours, eh?

Permalink01/21/09, 10:07:59 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 213 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

Fox "News" Again

You really have to wonder how these guys can stay on the air.

FOX's Wallace: Is Obama Really Prez After Bobbled Oath?

Obama was President at noon according to the constitution (20th amendment, I believe).

He took the oath at 12:05.

If, and it's a big IF, there is a problem due to the mis-ordering of words in the oath it would just be given again, in a smaller ceremony.

What the hell is the matter with people who watch Fox?

Permalink01/20/09, 09:54:47 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 186 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Hooray!

Permalink01/20/09, 12:12:06 pm, by icy Email , 205 views, User Posts 20 feedbacks

Out With The Bad, In With The Good

The first thing you have to do is take your foot off the gas when the bus full of children is headed over a cliff.

The war in Iraq may be the worst thing that's happened in the past 8 years, but Alito and Roberts will last longer.

Congratulations to America. If Obama is half as good as we think he is, it's a huge improvement.

By the time I get home from work today our 8-year national nightmare will be over.

Permalink01/20/09, 06:57:03 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 137 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Twas the Night Before...

We're down to hours, now. Fear, saber rattling, and "go shopping, I've got this" have already been replaced with a concert on the mall and the sense that we're all in this together. You can actually feel the class returning to America after 8 years of hanging our heads in shame.

So far, my only real disappointment is that it's not a sure thing that Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld will be prosecuted, but then again it's not a sure thing they won't be.

My biggest joy is knowing that Dobson and Robertson won't be picking our next SCOTUS judge(s).

Check this out: Israel to pull out of Gaza by Obama inauguration

The adults are in charge, again, and I'm like a kid on the night before Christmas because of it.

Permalink01/19/09, 07:32:17 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 185 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Whattaya Wanna Bet...

...Bush has a hangover this morning?

Bush's Post-Presidency to Include More Than a Library

Permalink01/18/09, 08:57:42 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 144 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 01-18-09

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!

LIVE FROM THE ST GEORGE THE BLESSED CATHERDRAL IN CRAWFORD TEXAS ITS BUSH MASS FOR SHUT INS!

Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Gratefulness.

GRATEFULNESS CELEBRATION

Today we look back on the reign of George the Blessed and all the wonderful things he has accomplished. Just think where we would be today if he hadnt come along.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

I remember Sunday morning
I would meet him at the park
We'd walk together hand in hand
'Til it was almost dark

Now I wake up Sunday morning
Walk across the way to find
Nobody waiting for me
Sunday's just another day

Sunday will never be the same
I've lost my Sunday-song,
He'll not be back again

Sunny afternoons that make me
Feel so warm inside
Have turned as cold and grey as ashes
As I feel the embers die

No longer can I walk these paths
For they have changed
I must be on, the sun is gone
And I think it's gonna rain

Sunday will never be the same
I've lost my Sunday-song
He'll not be back again

I remember children
Feeding flocks of pigeons
I remember sunshine
And you were mine

Sunday will never be the same
I've lost my Sunday song,
He'll not be back again

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

And George the Blessed rode off in the sunset, the people reflected and knew they were so much better off today than they were 8 years ago and were eternally grateful.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that people reflected and knew they were so much better off today than they were 8 years ago and were eternally grateful. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink01/18/09, 08:14:59 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 181 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Which is the larger crime?

1. Some lower-middle-class people who don't really have a lot of money, under whose care a young horse got accidently left out in the cold, and died:

A South Range woman and her ex-husband have pleaded no contest to charges that they neglected a 9-month-old colt nicknamed Windchill whose poor condition and eventual death last year roused the sympathies of animal lovers across the country.
Pamela Kaye Javenkoski, 48, and Shane E. Javenkoski, 34, both reached plea agreements Thursday in Douglas County Court, five days before they were to go to trial on the charges. The agreements could allow Shane Javenkoski to purge the charge from his record, while Pamela Javenkoski, who had a boarding contract with Windchill’s owner, still could spend some time in jail.

Or,
2. THESE smart-assed animal abusers who are conniving for millions of dollars -- PLUS they're getting praise, from the cheery fascist rag, the Duluth News Tribune?

A touch to your face or the top of your head, or even pushing up a pair of glasses sliding down your nose — any place on your body that hasn’t been sterilized — would mean you’d immediately have to stop what you’re doing and put on a new pair of gloves.
That’s if you’re one of seven people in the world allowed inside the barrier: those who have submitted blood and fecal samples to prove they’re free of pathogens that could infect the 120 or so pigs inside.
In a year, Spring Point researchers and administrators hope the pigs will give birth to piglets that will be the first in the country to have their islet cells transplanted into humans, which could lead to a cure for diabetes. They hope to achieve the goal by 2014.
Producing a cure
Both the pigs and piglets will never see the light of day, another in a long list of precautions to ensure they remain free of pathogens that could be transmitted when their cells are transplanted. It’s one of several requirements by the Food and Drug Administration before clinical trials can begin, said Tom Cartier, a Duluth businessman and co-founder of Spring Point.
As Cartier helps position the program for the start of clinical trials, he also is preparing for its next research center, working to secure nearly $80 million to make it possible.
“But one virus, one strain of bacteria could get in, and we’d have to start all over again,” said Henk-Jan Schuurman, Spring Point’s CEO — who is not allowed inside.

Somehow, I'm waaaay more pissed off about the latter, which was planned and is being abetted, than I am about the former, which was an accident.
Your opinions? Mine is that I feel sorry for the people whose boarded horse accidently got left outside on a night not fit for man NOR beast -- and I'd be goddamned, before I would submit blood and fecal matter to prove I was sterile enough to climb into a pigpen.

Permalink01/17/09, 11:15:53 am, by lewagner Email , 195 views, User Posts 1 feedback

The Montage

Three days to go. Take the weekend off, George.

H/T to Huffpo

Permalink01/17/09, 10:00:23 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 134 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Say WHAT???

Bailed-Out Firms Use Tax Havens

WASHINGTON — Eighty-three of the nation's 100 largest corporations, including Citigroup, Bank of America and News Corp., had subsidiaries in offshore tax havens in 2007, and some of the companies received federal bailout funding, a government watchdog said Friday.

The Government Accountability Office released a report that said Bank of America Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley all had more than 100 units in countries that maintain low or no taxes. The three financial institutions were included in the $700 billion financial bailout approved by Congress.

Insurance giant American International Group Inc., which has received about $150 billion in bailout money, had 18 subsidiaries. JPMorgan Chase & Co. had 50 units and Wells Fargo & Co. had 18; both financial institutions received government bailout money.

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who requested the report, have pushed for tougher laws to fight offshore tax havens around the globe. Levin, who leads the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has estimated abusive tax havens and offshore accounts cost the U.S. government at least $100 billion a year in lost taxes.

"I think we should take action to shut down these tax dodgers and we will be introducing legislation to do just that," Dorgan said.

This is absurd. Why should patriotic American citizens go into debt to keep afloat companies that refuse to pay their own way? How much of their tax savings do you suppose goes to buying politicians.

Our system is seriously broken.

Permalink01/17/09, 08:58:56 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 167 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

8 years in 8 minutes

Permalink01/16/09, 11:36:44 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 152 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Nordyke v. King

Appeals court heard arguments for Nordyke v. King yesterday.

http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/ index.php/ Nordyke_v._King

The judges were extremely favorable towards the idea of applying the Second Amendment to state and local governments.

Permalink01/16/09, 11:19:37 pm, by oralloy Email , 171 views, User Posts Send feedback

That's What I'm Talkin' About

These are two words I like to see in a headline:

Republicans upset over children's health bill

snip

"That spirit of bipartisan partnership for low-income children appears to be disappearing before our very eyes. It's being replaced with partisan exploitation" said Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the usually collegial Finance Committee.

He called it "damn disgusting."

Grassley blamed Democratic leaders rather than committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, for producing a bill that he said omits a number of items sought by Republicans including provisions aimed at preventing the government run program from "crowding out" private insurance plans.

Leave it to the GOP to be "damned disgusted" by legislation that doesn't favor insurance companies over health care for children. It's no wonder they're wandering the wilderness.

Permalink01/16/09, 10:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 216 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Obama's AG pick on track for confirmation

"Waterboarding is torture," was his blunt response to the first question thrown at him.

That answer was one that many on the Senate Judiciary Committee had sought after years of frustrating non-answers on the subject from Attorney General Michael Mukasey and his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales.

BTW, Arlen Specter has lost any claim to being a "moderate", with me.

Permalink01/16/09, 09:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 146 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bush's Farewell Speech

Setting aside the tentative joy I feel whenever I type the words "Bush's final" anything, did anyone watch the speech?

I had the teevee on, but after hearing him confirm that he's a dirty, lying scoundrel by claiming he wishes Obama well in cleaning up his mess, I couldn't bring myself to pay close attention.

He seemed to go on to claim that the greatest failure to protect the country since Pearl Harbor never happened, and that torture should be a new American "value", but like I said I wasn't listening that closely. If he mentioned the role of his (and the GOP's) rigid ideology's role in the near destruction of the global economy I didn't hear it.

Normally, I'd say "good riddance to bad rubbish", but the damage this man has caused will be with us for decades, particularly in the form of Alito and Roberts.

What an utter disaster the phony rancher, who's retiring in a formerly all-white neighborhood in Dallas, has been.

Five days to go.

Permalink01/16/09, 07:29:36 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 192 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

What GOP/"Free Market" Policy Gave Us

Still think you'll benefit from a tax break on incomes over $250K?

Foreclosures up a record 81% in 2008

Filings continued to soar through the end of the year - and there's no relief in sight for 2009.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- U.S. foreclosure filings spiked by more than 81% in 2008, a record, according to a report released Thursday, and they're up 225% compared with 2006.

A total of 861,664 families lost their homes to foreclosure last year, according to RealtyTrac, which released its year-end report Thursday. There were more than 3.1 million foreclosure filings issued during 2008, which means that one of every 54 households received a notice last year.

Regarding 2009, rumor has it that Kerblammo is planning to spend a shitpile of the TARP money to bail out ... not Wall Street, but ... homeowners.

It's time we put an end to the national delusion that the more money shit stains like Lee Raymond and greedy companies like Exxon make, the better off we are.

Raise tax rates above $1 million in income to levels that make further increases less profitable to put companies into a position where creating more jobs makes more sense than serving peacock tongues as in-flight snacks on corporate jets.

You're damned right this is class warfare, and "we" have been losing since the 60s. (How can it be "creeping socialism" when tax rates have gone down every year since then?)

Permalink01/15/09, 08:07:01 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 168 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Antonin Scalia Speaks on the Environment

"Isn't it arguable that the best place for really toxic stuff is at the bottom of a lake so long as it stays there?" asked Justice Antonin Scalia.

From:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ wp-dyn/ content/ article/ 2009/01/12/ AR2009011200220.html

Permalink01/14/09, 06:55:40 pm, by oralloy Email , 154 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Supreme Court Clears the Way for Evidence from illegal Searches

Permalink01/14/09, 06:52:50 pm, by oralloy Email , 181 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Rick Sanchez haz a mad at Sam..

CNN's Rick Sanchez calls "Joe the Dumber" a bag of douche (In polite news speak terms). He even has Sammy's delivery style down .

Permalink01/14/09, 05:49:59 pm, by speedy Email , 195 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Bush Asserts Sea Power Over the Artic Straits

Permalink01/14/09, 03:30:11 am, by oralloy Email , 202 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

The Bush Doctrine

That 'Joe the Plumber' clip, a couple posts down the page, lets him off easy.

in The Longer Version, you see that Joe's actually in the war zone
AS A REPORTER, saying that reporters shouldn't be in war zones.

The longer version also features Joe the Reporter's dumbfounded interview skillz.

In a similar Ass Blast From the Recent Past, Sarah Palin (who?!?) has lobbed her intellect in Caroline Kennedy's general direction.

Palin complains that the media isn't scrutinizing Kennedy's lack of qualifications as closely
as they did Palin's. That's an impressive logic-pretzel.

First of all: it's not true.
Also: Is Palin saying that unqualified candidates should be scrutinized? No.
She's saying that it's 'not fair' that some potential dumbasses aren't vetted as thoroughly as others. Ugh.
Then Palin goes on incite 'class' war blaming media-elite elitism, and pro-Eastern USA bias as the problem.

Under the Bush Doctrine, Saddam Hussein Was A Bad Man;
therefore...

unprovoked, pre-emptive, mass-civilian killing, brain-dead, trillion-dollar war without end
was justified.

See the similarity? Start with an airheaded Republican and a thesis: Saddam's Bad, Reporters shouldn't be allowed in war zones, Caroline Kennedy lacks experience.

Then defend that thesis in such a way that any shred of truth is lost to friendly fire; while shoehorning-in justifications for whatever pet controversial policy you want, and seeing how many partisan potshots you can take along the way. Would you like Freedom Fries with that?

That's the Bush Doctrine in practice, by three of its master practictioners.

Permalink01/13/09, 11:38:09 am, by icy Email , 231 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

Best Job In The World

I think I could do this:

Australia offers 'best job in world' on paradise island

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls "the best job in the world" -- earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner's home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the "island caretaker" will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" -- and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

"They'll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they're doing so they can't be too shy and they'll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors," said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

"The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world."

Lucas said the campaign was part of a drive to protect the state's 18 billion Australian dollar a year tourism (more)

Permalink01/13/09, 07:22:50 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 188 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Take heart Tim.

Even though Bush is headed back to Texas to torture small animals and make up some more fabricated horseshit for his biographer , you'll still have Joe "The Hunk A Hunk of Burning Dumb" Weaselbiter to despise for the next 4 years.

If the really IS a God , a Hamas missile will hit Joe in the balls , castrating him and making him a candidate to sing in the Vienna Boy's choir.

Permalink01/12/09, 09:16:55 pm, by speedy Email , 188 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

From ThinkProgress:

Bootsy schools us on Katrina during his last presser.

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Permalink01/12/09, 06:31:53 pm, by billy b, 392 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

50 MOST LOATHSOME PEOPLE IN AMERICA, 2008

Peen won't like #50. I loved #1.

Here's #43:

You

Charges: You think it’s your patriotic duty to spend money you don’t have on crap you don’t need. You think Hillary lost because of sexism, when it’s actually because she’s just a bad liar. You think Iraq is better off now than before we invaded, and don’t understand why they’re so ungrateful. You think Tim Russert was a great journalist. You’re hopping mad about an auto industry bailout that cost a squirt of piss compared to a Wall Street heist of galactic dimensions, due to a housing crash you somehow have blamed on minorities. It took you six years to figure out what a tool Bush is, but you think Obama will make it all better. You deem it hunky dory that we conduct national policy debates via 8-second clips from “The View.” You think God zapped humans into existence a few thousand years ago, although your appendix and wisdom teeth disagree. You like watching vicious assholes insult each other on TV. You support gun rights, because firing one gives you a chubby. You cuddle falsehoods and resent enlightenment. You think the fact that 43% of whites could stomach voting for an incredibly charismatic and eloquent light-skinned black guy who was raised by white people means racism is over. You think progressive taxation is socialism. 1 in 100 of you are in jail, and you think it should be more. You are shallow, inconsiderate, afraid, brand-conscious, sedentary, and totally self-obsessed. You are American.

Exhibit A: You’re more upset by Miley Cyrus’s glamour shots than the fact that you are a grown adult who is upset about Miley Cyrus.

Sentence: Invaded and occupied by Canada; all military units busy overseas without enough fuel to get back.

Permalink01/12/09, 06:17:22 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 184 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Paul Krugman: Ideas for Obama

Krugman tells Obama what he thinks needs to be done.

Last week President-elect Barack Obama was asked to respond to critics who say that his stimulus plan won’t do enough to help the economy. Mr. Obama answered that he wants to hear ideas about “how to spend money efficiently and effectively to jump-start the economy.”

O.K., I’ll bite — although as I’ll explain shortly, the “jump-start” metaphor is part of the problem.

First, Mr. Obama should scrap his proposal for $150 billion in business tax cuts, which would do little to help the economy. Ideally he’d scrap the proposed $150 billion payroll tax cut as well, though I’m aware that it was a campaign promise.

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Permalink01/12/09, 08:15:19 am, by billy b, 369 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Will We Remember, Next Time?

Trickle down doesn't work.

(I'm guessing "no". Reagan was a moron, Bush was a heartless ideologue, and we elected both of them.)

Permalink01/12/09, 07:47:21 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 160 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Yeah, so...

I've been thinking about why I haven't felt like posting much, lately.

(Before I go on, this isn't a "GBCW" post, nor is there any chance that this blog will go away. Like I've said before, it's basically free, to me, and we're not even *close* to using up all the bandwidth.)

Anyhoo...

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Permalink01/11/09, 08:13:28 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 358 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Obama Says F&$k You!

Saw this on My Left Wing this morning. Definitely not "work safe".

Permalink01/11/09, 08:58:22 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 165 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 01-11-09

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!

LIVE FROM THE ST GEORGE THE BLESSED CATHERDRAL IN CRAWFORD TEXAS ITS BUSH MASS FOR SHUT INS!
Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Todays Bush mass is from the archives when we celebrated Conversion.

CONVERSION CELEBRATION

Today we celebrate the conversion to Bushianity by hittnrun and rep rat bastard. They converted Friday. They will soon be baptised in motor oil to complete the process.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

Bush is God, hear him roar
In decebels too big to ignore
And I know not too much so I like to pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
And I now they will keep me there again

Oh kneel on glass
And smile to the pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I will do anything
Bush is strong (strong)
Bush is invincible (invincible)
Bush is God

You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh kneel on glass
And smile to the pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I will do anything
Bush is strong (strong)
Bush is invincible (invincible)
Bush is God

Bush is God cant you see
See me on my bended knee
As he spreads his lovin' arms across the land
He'll protect an embryo
To stem cell research he'll say no
Until I make my brother understand

Oh kneel on glass
And smile to the pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I will do anything
Bush is strong (strong)
Bush is invincible (invincible)
Bush is God
.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ASHCROFT

Then Saint Ashcroft sent the Texas Inquisition througout the land, rounding up all who did not possess the proper toaster oven. They were sent to the camps and those who did not convert there died a cruel horrible death.
What is the the Saint Ashcroft trying to say to us? It is that after the election cancellation, which comes soon, there will be a purge across the land of the non-believers. Everything will be holy afterwards. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink01/11/09, 08:37:15 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 161 views, User Posts 1 feedback

War Criminal Nominated to Director of National Intelligence

Obama's DNI nominee has a history.

When then-president Clinton ordered him to pressure Indonesia to stop massacring civilians, Admiral Blair ignored the orders and instead gave full support to the massacre:

http://www.thenation.com/ doc/ 19990927/ nairn

Permalink01/09/09, 06:09:21 pm, by oralloy Email , 169 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

We Can't Quit W. Countdown

50 Reasons We're Sorry to See President Bush Go

#35: Because...Freedom Fries.

11 days to go.

Permalink01/09/09, 08:04:50 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 176 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Fox "News" Asserts "The New Deal Failed"

Nope, those retards at Fox aren't going to give up their dream of destroying America.

Summary: Brit Hume asserted on Your World that "the New Deal -- everybody agrees, I think, on both sides of the spectrum now, that the New Deal failed. The debate is over why it failed," later stating, "President [Franklin] Roosevelt waged what could only be called a jihad against private enterprise." In fact "everybody" doesn't "agree[]" that the New Deal failed; Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, among others, has said that Roosevelt did not go far enough to end the crisis and that his attempts to balance the budget hindered recovery.

Apparently, we've been in a depression for almost 80 years, now.

Permalink01/08/09, 09:53:35 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 163 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

The Greatest Greatness of George W. Bush

by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Columnist

Take the time to read this.

Permalink01/07/09, 10:59:25 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 169 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Sweet

The house is already working to end Bush's cover-up of his dad's and Reagan's crimes. (And perhaps a few of his own.)

Since he took office and made this one of his first executive orders, this has been near the top of the list of things Bush has done to show his contempt for the American people that I wanted to see overturned.

House overturns Bush order on papers secrecy

By Peter Szekely

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brushing aside a veto threat, the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to overturn a 2001 order by President George W. Bush that lets former presidents keep their papers secret indefinitely.

The measure, which drew bipartisan support and passed by a veto-busting 333-93 margin, was among White House-opposed bills the House passed that would widen access to government information and protect government whistleblowers.

"Today, Congress took an important step toward restoring openness and transparency in government," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman said.

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Permalink01/07/09, 08:31:43 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 331 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Subway Musicians

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

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Permalink01/06/09, 10:38:41 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 350 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Bush starts packing to leave White House

The White House said Tuesday that President Bush, never one to procrastinate, has started the process of packing his belongings for when he leaves the White House later this month.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said the president and the first lady do not have a lot to move to their newly purchased house outside of Dallas, and joked that reporters shouldn’t expect to “see a big Ryder truck pulling up to the White House.”

Perino noted that the president, first lady and current White House staff only have “14 days and about 18 minutes” until their time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. comes to a close.

Late night comedians are probably bummed...

Permalink01/06/09, 08:24:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 148 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Toss a shoe at Bush

Permalink01/06/09, 11:39:36 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 135 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 01-04-09

Bush mass for sahut ins is on the air!

LIVE FROM THE ST GEORGE THE BLESSED CATHERDRAL IN CRAWFORD TEXAS ITS BUSH MASS FOR SHUT INS!

Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Reflections.

REFLECTIONS CELEBRATION

Today we look back on the reign of George the Blessed and all the wonderful things he has accomplished. Just think where we would be today if he hadnt come along.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

The changing
Of sunlight to moonlight
Reflections of my life
Oh how they fill my eyes
The greetings
Of people in trouble
Reflections of my life
Oh how they fill my eyes
All my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home
All my cryings
Feel I'm dying, dying
Take me back to my own home
I'm changing, arranging
I'm changing, I'm changing everything
Oh, everything around me
The world is a bad place
A bad place, a terrible place to live
Oh, but I don't wanna die
All my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home
All my cryings
Feel I'm dying, dying
Take me back to my own home
All my sorrows
Sad tomorrows
Take me back to my own home
All my cryings...

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

And George the Blessed took up the machinegun of Jesus and did do battle with the doers of evil, thus saving the civilized world from sure destruction.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that if George the Blessed hadnt come along, surely we would be destroyed by now. This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you. Now for your listening enjoyment, once again we have the wonderful Bushmas Carolers here to sing you a Bushmas carol. Enjoy.

MERRY BUSHMAS

Have yourself a merry little Bushmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Bushmas,
Make the Yule-tide anti-gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more.

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Bushmas now.

Permalink01/04/09, 08:45:21 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 155 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Stupid Cops

I'm sorry I can't remember how to post pics. This is the 15th day of a four-month New Year's celebration in the Lao PDR.
But check out this pic. The airplane knows how to get off the fvcking road, and not block a driving lane. The SUV on the right knows how to get off the road, and not block a driving lane. The two-and-a-half-ton fire truck knows how to get off the fvcking road, and not block a driving lane.
WTF is it with the fvcking county cops? Are they incurably stupid? Are they fvcking TRYING to cause an accident??
Big show here, the cop is the hero!! Everybody slam on their brakes all at once, and look out!!
WHY hire the stupidest, most arrogant fvckers around, to be cops?
Sometimes I think I should go back to Minnesota and re-open my mouth, which I kept basically closed the last couple of years I was there.
I see they got black cars, now, too, the fvcking stupid Nazi pigs.
They've got a lot to be proud of, don't they?

Permalink01/03/09, 10:09:12 am, by lewagner Email , 161 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Happy 2009

(Forgive me. I'm going to abandon my self-serving rule against PWI and say this.)

20 days to go.

I've resolved to "do everything with love" and to "do it for the memories".

In years past my "new years resolution" was always to "resolve never to make anothe new years resolution".

But I have two sets of grandchildren, now. One I haven't known that well. My oldest grand-daughter is 14 going on 21, and she has no idea what I think about things. The other grand-daughter is 3.

I want to teach both of them not to be afraid to touch things.

I have two grandsons. One is 9, the other, carrying on the family name, is 2. I want to teach him that he matters.

I want to teach them all that it only takes one of us to change the world.

You're welcome to assess my life, as am I.

But we can change the world.

Each of us.

Don't ever forget that.

We can do this.

Permalink01/01/09, 01:54:33 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 163 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks