Wednesday, August 26, 2009

12 "Dead Technology" Advertisements.


An interesting to look back at the ways that technology has advertised over the years.


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Nine Overhyped and Misleading Health Headlines Debunked.

Junk Food in Pregnancy Leaves Children Fat for Life

U.K. Daily Mirror July 1, 2008


The Studies“Offspring from Mothers Fed a ‘Junk Food’ Diet in Pregnancy and Lactation Exhibit Exacerbated Adiposity That Is More Pronounced in Females,” The Journal of Physiology, 2008
The HypeDoughnuts during pregnancy doom kids to lifelong obesity and diabetes.


The Subtler Truth
The media made a correlation that this study, conducted on rats at the Royal Veterinary College in London, did not prove. “We cannot be certain that what happens in the rat will apply 100 percent to humans,” says lead author Stephanie Bayol. The basic takeways: Good neonatal nutrition is important, but it alone won’t determine a child’s waistline. Bayol objects to “the message that someone is doomed to a lifetime of obesity because of their mothers’ bad diet and that nothing can be done. This was not supported by our findings.”

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They did this on Reno 911...Life imitates art...well ok, not "art" but you know what I mean.


SAO PAULO, Brazil – In one murder after another, the "Canal Livre" crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.

Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.

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H/T The Wife.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I guess it didn't fit the narrative...

Earlier in the week, MSNBC ran a story about gun-toting protesters outside an Obama rally in Phoenix. They zeroed in on a man's rifle (scary! threatening!) while omitting his face--watch the video here. Why? Because if they had zoomed out just a bit, the audience would have realized that--oops!--the rifle-toting white extremist is a black man.

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Ted Kennedy has died.

I met him in my youth when I was testifying on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. He was kind and gracious, even to his opponents and I think, a good Senator.

Unlike his brothers who always had eyes on higher office, Ted worked at being a Senator. He was a vigorous champion of the left in American public life...and that's a good thing. Too many people in Washington have no goal other than power itself. Not so for Senator Kennedy. He always knew where he stood, who he was for, and what he was against.

He was of course a flawed man. It's impossible to tell his story without mentioning his disgraceful conduct in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Other aspects of his personal life were less than flattering as well. In the end though, I think one has to acknowledge that he was truly a great (if imperfect) man. We will not soon see his like again.

Rest in peace.


His obituary is here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Liberal Friend of Mine of Facebook sent me this...

All the snarky comments in Bold are mine.

I don't know who made this but its right:

A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican (Annotated Edition)

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee(he’s able to afford something as exotic as coffee because of the Republican party’s commitment to free trade and it’s power to lift developing nations out of poverty more effectively than foreign aid). He fills his pot (made in Malaysia-free trade) full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards(He tries not to reflect on the fact that reason the water is so clean is that all the factories nearby had to shut down and move to China because of labor costs and environmental rules). He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised (His medication exists because liberals have failed so far in their efforts to take profits out of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry which creates 95% of all new drugs) .

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too(Joe is clearly a unionized government employee...btw when government employees “fight their employer”...that would be us). He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry (and it’s still affordable because conservatives have resisted liberal efforts to ban factory farming, pesticides, herbicides, and because he buys groceries at non-union Wal-Mart...not to mention the fact he’s running up future health care costs that all of us will have to pay once we get socialized medicine...how dare he eat eggs and bacon, does he know what heart valve replacements cost? He better get used to soy sausages pretty quick).

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained (which affects his purchasing decision not an iota, Joe cares about if his shampoo works, how it smells and what it costs, none of which are on a ingredients label that only a research chemist can understand. It does however insulate the manufacturer against failure to warn claims). Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air (and from having factories in the United States..I wonder if Joe’s brother in law who used to work at the plant will ever find work, maybe Joe can get him a unionized government job too). He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees (as long as he ignores the extra taxes he pays to support the public transportation system which losses money every year even in high density areas like where Joe lives, God only knows how they afford it somewhere like Los Angeles where everybody is spread out and nobody works downtown). You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor(if by affordable you mean more expensive than owning a car but we’ll collect it in dribs and drabs so you don’t notice).
Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards (Did I mention Joe is clearly a government employee?...which of course means all of his goodies come out of your pocket). Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union (I bet). If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune (if by liberal you mean a classical liberals who favored private insurance pools for injured workers as early as the 1700's. Today we call these people republicans and that their vision was co-opted by the government and turned into a bloated inefficient mess isn’t really much of an achievement when you think about it...though it is possible that’s where Joe works) .

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression (Gotta give liberals FDIC -though Republicans supported it too. Not so sure about the unscrupulous bankers though. Most economists think Roosevelt made things worse than they had to be with his seemingly random pricing of gold and his attempts at price controls).

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage (How’s that subprime lending crisis working out for ya?) and his below market federal student loan (the one form of debt immune to bankruptcy protection for the debtor) because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time (yep that’s why people with a Master’s in social work make more than plumbers and electricians...oh wait...).

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads (because public transportation doesn’t go there); his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards (of course his car would be even safer if some other liberal hadn’t demanded higher milage standards forcing the car to be made with lighter, less crash resistant materials). He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans (actually they started out as a New Deal attempt to collectivize agriculture along the lines of the Soviet Union. This failed largely because farmers wanted ownership of the land. It was a coalition of conservative Republicans and Democrats who transformed the program into a home ownership program). The house didn’t have electric (I’m assuming you mean electricity, god bless public schools and all who attend them) until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark) (Rural electrification was well underway by the 1920's, largely without the massive corruption and graft that you’s see in later New Deal era projects).

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to (If by “take care of himself” you mean instead of having to save for retirement, Joe’s Dad’s lifestyle is subsidized by current workers.) . After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home (Still no public transportation? What a shame. By the way how is this retired union member also a retired farmer? Maybe he could sell the farm, get a nice place in Florida and not have to suck cash out of my paycheck...just sayin).
He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day) (Yep, Republicans are responsible for all the evil in the world, no doubt about it) Joe agrees, "We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have". (I couldn’t have said it better myself).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Camille Paglia"s take on the whole healthcare thing...

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama's aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

Read the whole thing.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Let’s Face It: Obama Is No Post-Partisan.


Only last summer we were told that Barack Obama’s political appeal rested on his vision for a “post-partisan future.” The post-partisan future was one of the press corps’ favorite phrases. It served as shorthand for the candidate’s repeated references to “unity of purpose,” looking beyond a red or blue America, and so on.


Six months into the president’s term, you don’t read much about this post-partisan future anymore. It may be because on almost every big-ticket legislative item (the stimulus, climate change, and now health care), Mr. Obama has been pushing a highly ideological agenda with little (and in some cases zero) support from across the aisle. Yet far from stating the obvious—that sitting in the Oval Office is a very partisan president—the press corps is allowing Mr. Obama to evade the issue by coming up with novel redefinitions.


The redefinition started during the stimulus debate, but it really picked up steam late last month with David Axelrod’s appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” There the president’s chief strategist explained that a bill didn’t need Republican votes to be “bipartisan”; it was enough if Republican “ideas” were included. A few days earlier, Rahm Emanuel had offered reporters another redefinition, suggesting that a bill was bipartisan if people merely “saw the president trying” to get Republicans on board.


Read the whole thing.

Abandoned Houses.




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Depression-era landmarks in Southern California.


Cool pics here.

Liberal Suicide March.

It was interesting to watch the Republican Party lose touch with America. You had a party led by conservative Southerners who neither understood nor sympathized with moderates or representatives from swing districts.

They brought in pollsters to their party conferences to persuade their members that the country was fervently behind them. They were supported by their interest groups and cheered on by their activists and the partisan press. They spent federal money in an effort to buy support but ended up disgusting the country instead.

It’s not that interesting to watch the Democrats lose touch with America. That’s because the plotline is exactly the same. The party is led by insular liberals from big cities and the coasts, who neither understand nor sympathize with moderates. They have their own cherry-picking pollsters, their own media and activist cocoon, their own plans to lavishly spend borrowed money to buy votes.

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Banned Cartoons.


Between 1928 and 1950, America's premiere animators across the Walt Disney Corporation, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Merrie Melodies, Looney Tunes and R.K.O. Radio Pictures painstakingly assembled brilliant and offensive animated vignettes requiring no undue stretchery of the imagination.

Hundreds of reels, thousands of cartoons, millions of individual frames sketched and watercolored by hand - and more often than people care to admit, content which directly ridiculed the behavior and appearance of blacks, homosexuals, southerners, the mentally ill, Arabs, Candians, Eskimos, Italians, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Germans, Russians, Australians, Indians, the Scottish, the French, the Irish - and yes, even Martians.


Those were the days.

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2010.

Next year's elections are going to produce a political earthquake. That is because we currently suffer the most left-wing government in our nation's history. After just 6 months in office, the flower children that rule Washington in overwhelming numbers are already smashing through all records regarding federal taxes, spending, deficits, and debt.

Obama and his ultra-left Democrats adopted a so-called stimulus bill raising spending a trillion dollars that never had a prayer of actually creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth, because it was based entirely on old-fashioned, brain dead, proven to fail, Keynesian economics. Though we would have to double federal taxes to finance the entitlement promises we have already made, the ruling Washington Democrats completely ignore that and focus instead on adopting yet another entitlement -- national health insurance -- that would be the biggest of all.

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Clyde and Bonnie Died for Nihilism.


It was death for Clyde and Bonnie. Their bodies were so mutilated by high-velocity bullets that a coroner in nearby Arcadia didn’t even bother to count the holes. The autopsy pictures are easily accessible on the Internet: two scrawny bodies (“That little pipsqueak was Clyde Barrow?” a viewer asked) literally torn to shreds, frosted with blood, faces pathetically slack, eyes resolved into coin slots. And so Clyde and Bonnie entered history.


Or did they?


The full article is here.

Protest for Me, But Not for Thee.

What happens when the middle class feels even more victimized than the nation's poor? When American middle-class citizens feel that they are being steamrolled by a Changeopoly Blitzkrieg, engineered by the principalities and powers of overreaching government and corporate oligarchs? When the only answer they're given to their just concerns about unsustainable debt is "We won."?

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I Need to Keep a Closer Eye on my Cat.

Accused Florida man says his cat downloaded child porn, not him.

He is jail, with bail set at a quarter million dollars. His cat roams free.

More here.

My buddy Matt James has a new blog!

Having formally endorsed Matt James new blog, Diminished Expectations founder Mike Stajduhar explains that now it's time for him to go "fishing with Fredo".

It's a not so subtle blend of auto racing and right wing politics. He's just getting started but it's worth a look.


The blog is here.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Norma McCorvey is a friend of mine on Facebook...

we've never actually met...one of the things about Facebook is that you can rather easily acquire literally hundreds of "friends" that you don't know at all.

In my case, most of these "friends" are political conservatives or libertarians who are looking to network but there are others too. Norma's been more active than most. She's one of four famous people I've exchanged messages with on Facebook (the others are Corbin Bernsen [actor], Greta Van Susteren [newscaster], and Chasey Lain [porn star]).

For those who don't know, Norma was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case which enshrined abortion as a constitutional right. Later in life she came to regret her stance and has come to be a prominent pro-life activist. Anyway and she seems very nice.

This morning Norma changed her status on Facebook to "In an Open Relationship".

Umm...isn't that how she got famous in the the first place?