Saturday, February 19, 2011


I don't drink tea or kool-aid.

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Michelle Obama's remarks on breast-feeding draw criticism from Palin, Bachmann

Michelle Obama's remarks on breast-feeding draw criticism from Palin, Bachmann

By Anne E. Kornblut

Washington Post Staff Writer 
Friday, February 18, 2011; 9:29 PM

It began with a modest remark during a roundtable discussion with reporters: First lady Michelle Obamasaid she supports making it easier for mothers to breast-feed their babies, because "kids who are breast-fed longer have a lower tendency to be obese."

Within days, the sentence - and a new Internal Revenue Service policy offering tax deductions for breast pumps - had touched off a political firestorm. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) blasted the Obama administration for trying to impose a "nanny state" on mothers. Another potential 2012 presidential candidate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, mockingly said the first lady was trying to compensate for high milk prices. The East Wing withdrew, issuing a brief statement calling the subject "personal."

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A revolutionary idea...

The original artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick has been used on cola bottles, T-shirts and keyrings

The original artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick has been used on cola bottles, T-shirts and keyrings

The picture of the Marxist revolutionary, originally in red and black, became one of the most recognisable images of the 20th century and the artist who created it in 1968 has decided it is time to prevent it being used for "crass commercial purposes".

Jim Fitzpatrick originally allowed it to be be used copyright-free by revolutionary groups in Europe but the image has in recent years been appropriated by a host of businesses which would far rather make money than foment rebellions.

The Irish artist has applied for documentation to prove his ownership of the copyright of the image, showing a grim and determined Guevara wearing a beret with a single star, and said he intends to hand it over to the family of Guevara.

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Defund Kentucky

Defund Kentucky. Cut it off the federal dole. Kentucky is a welfare state to begin with. The conservative Tax Foundation says the Bluegrass State received $1.51 back from Washington for every dollar it paid in federal taxes in 2005 (the most recent data I could find on the Tax Foundation's website.)  We need to listen to the people of Kentucky. They don't want any more federal spending in their state—and they certainly must be appalled by the notion that they're a bunch of welfare queens, living off the taxes paid by blue states like California (which only gets 81 cents back on the dollar), Connecticut (69 cents), Illinois (75 cents) and New York (79 cents). 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win

Iranian Lawmakers Call for Death of Opposition Leaders

Raouf Mohseni/Mehr News, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Members of parliament shouted slogans calling for the execution of opposition leaders in Tehran on Tuesday.

I wonder if there is any correlation between vitriolic rhetoric and extremists perpetrating acts of violence?

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Without notifying even her family in advance...

Global Post:

The European Union, the United States and international organizations have long expressed outrage and alarm at Iran’s high rate of executions and lack of due process in death-penalty convictions. The volume of these protestations duly rose in recent weeks along with the spike in deaths.

But the events of Jan. 29 in the north-central Iranian city of Semnan may finally shock the EU into doing more than fruitlessly lecturing the regime on respect for human rights. One of the victims of executions there has not only a face and a name, but a Dutch passport.

Without notifying even her family in advance, Iran hanged 45-year-old Zahra Bahrami, a citizen of both Iran and the Netherlands, for what it said was drug possession. Bahrami had been arrested in the sweeps of anti-government demonstrations following contested presidential elections in 2009. Her family vehemently denied the drugs charges. Dutch diplomats were not allowed to visit her as Iran does not recognize dual nationality.

The Dutch government was outraged, as were many Dutch citizens and lawmakers, who also questioned whether their government had done enough to try to rescue Bahrami. That remains under debate in The Hague, but post-execution actions were swift and furious. Diplomatic relations were immediately frozen. Dutch Ambassador to Iran Cees Kole was called home and the parliament has voted to try to sue Iran in the International Court of Justice for both blocking diplomatic visits and, if deemed possible, for the spree of executions.

May spur action?  Well it is about damned time!!!

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Mindblowing techno-geekology

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