Monthly Archives: November 2010

Penguin gets prosthetic beak

This is Tungo the penguin, whose beak was shattered when he was found in Rio de Janeiro. Veterinarians helped him out and fashioned an acrylic replacement beak for him.

 Penguin gets prosthetic beak

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Palin’s base

Which Republicans most want Sarah Palin for President? The answer is not surprising:

 Palin’s base

Via The Daily Dish.

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Eric Cantor and the Repeal Amendment

Bill Howell, the Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, wants to amend the US Constitution to give the States more power. His Repeal Amendment would let the States veto any federal law if two-thirds of state legislatures voted for repeal. Evan McMorris-Santoro at Talking Points Memo says this would “blow up the Constitution”, and he calls out Eric Cantor for supporting it.

I don’t know. I’m not against the idea. Maybe for no other reason than I don’t think it would ever actually be used. It would have to be an extreme law to get two-thirds of state governments to agree. And perhaps any such law should be repealed? Honestly, two-thirds of state legislatures is a pretty hefty bill. After the GOP’s very good 2010 election, they control both houses of only 26 states (I’m fudging on Nebraska’s “non-partisan” legislature). So if the goal is to, I don’t know, repeal healthcare reform, I still don’t see how this would accomplish that.

And maybe that’s also the best argument against the amendment: it’s irrelevant. It’s added cruft to our government, a useless check. Redundant too, as the whole point of the US Congress is to represent states.

In the end, this strikes me as part of a general Republican delusion that some unnatural plot has given Democrats control of the Presidency and part of Congress and that if they just find a way to give the American people a REAL voice, everyone will agree with them.

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Schrödinger’s cat is alive/dead

 Schrödinger’s cat is alive/dead

From Science Punk.

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Stevie Johnson tweets to God

 Stevie Johnson tweets to God

Via The Daily What.

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California isn’t a failed state

Brett Arends pushes back on the idea that California is a failing economy that will inevitably need the federal government to bail it out.

Californians are so productive that every year they send billions of dollars in surplus dollars to the rest of America. Year after year they have sent vastly more in federal taxes than they ever get back in federal spending. California isn’t our Greece, it’s our Germany. It isn’t Little Orphan Annie. It’s Daddy Warbucks. Fact. The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation, which tracks the data, calls this surplus a “fiscal transfer.” I call it a bailout.

Via Wonkette.

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Ripped Jesus Christ will be back

 Ripped Jesus Christ will be back

From The Daily Dish.

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Groucho has a mind to join a club

 Groucho has a mind to join a club

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List of Kim Jong-il’s titles

From Wikipedia, a list of titles applied to exalted maniac Kim Jong-il:

Center of the Party
Superior Person
Dear Leader
Respected Leader
Wise Leader
Brilliant Leader
Unique Leader
Dear Leader, who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have
Commander-in-Chief
Great Leader
Father of the People
Sun of the Communist Future
Shining Star of Paektu Mountain
Guiding Ray of Sun
Leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces
Guarantee of the Fatherland’s Unification
Symbol of the Fatherland’s Unification
Fate of the Nation
Beloved Father
Leader of the Party, of the country, and of the Army
Leader
General
Great Leader of our Party and of our Nation
Great General
Beloved and Respected General
Great Leader
Beloved and Respected Leader
Invincible and Iron-Willed Commander
Sun of Socialism
Sun of the Nation
The Great Sun of Life
Great Sun of The Nation
Father of the Nation
World’s Leader of The 21st Century
Peerless Leader
Bright Sun of the 21st Century
Great Sun of the 21st Century
Leader of the 21st Century
Amazing politician
Great Man, Who Descended From Heaven
Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven
Supreme Leader of the Nation
Bright Sun of Juche
Leader of the Party and the People
Great Marshal
Invincible and All-triumphant General
Beloved and Respected Father
Guiding Star of the 21st Century
Great Man, Who Is a Man of Deeds
Great Defender
Savior
Mastermind of the Revolution
Highest Incarnation of the Revolutionary Comradely Love
His Excellency

Via Kottke.

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Giant lizard mural

 Giant lizard mural

From Man-Made Creation, via Design You Trust.

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