Think harder, Dick

Dick Cheney doesn’t approve of the nuclear deal President Obama struck with Iran.

“It’s, I can’t think of a more terrible burden to leave the next president than what Obama is creating here.”

SiskoORLY

 

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Tickling Rand Paul’s Balls

Rand Paul is expected to announce his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the presidency today… which isn’t really news so much as it is titillation. The promise of Paul the Younger, whose perceived intelligence diminishes exponentially the longer he is allowed to speak, engaging in a political debate gets me positively giddy.

Him and Ted Cruz battling each other to become King of Mount Stupid? Pass the fucking popcorn. Continue reading

Does a movie deserve to be banned?

It’s a fairly stupid question to ask, but one that is sadly predictable given the state of modern journalism. We must be objective. We mustn’t take sides or show the slightest hint of bias. When Egypt bans a movie, we cannot be seen criticizing outright such an indefensible act of censorship. No, we must call Paul Krugman’s Very Serious People to the floor, so that they may have a very serious discussion and thereby reach no conclusion whatsoever. Continue reading

David Brooks gets paid to write this shit?

I really don’t know where to start. I guess here is as good as anywhere else:

The big Republican accomplishment is that they have detoxified their brand. Four years ago they seemed scary and extreme to a lot of people. They no longer seem that way. The wins in purple states like North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado are clear indications that the party can at least gain a hearing among swing voters. And if the G.O.P. presents a reasonable candidate (and this year’s crop was very good), then Republicans can win anywhere. I think we’ve left the Sarah Palin phase and entered the Tom Cotton phase.

Tom Cotton? The guy who said ISIS is in collusion with Mexican Drug Cartels to invade the good state of Arkansas? That guy is “reasonable”? That guy is “detoxified”? What the fuck are you smoking, David Brooks? Continue reading

The Esoteric Wisdom of Frank Luntz

The elections are over. We lost. They won.

But what does it mean?

To provide a meaningless answer to this meaningless question, the New York Times enlisted Frank Luntz, former adviser to Newt Gingrich (whom he describes, if I may digress, as “the smartest man I had ever worked for”; that should give you an idea of where this is going), and his asinine appraisal of the 2014 mid-term elections goes a little something like this: Continue reading

Forgetting something, Mr. Speaker?

“Does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush been president of the United States?” asked the Republican Speaker of the House. “No! Even Putin is smart enough to know that Bush would have bunched in the nose in about 10 seconds!”

And the crowd went wild, forgetting, of course, that one time when Putin sent Russian troops into Georgia while George W. Bush sat around with his thumb up his ass.

 

 

Ebola Outbreak 101: Why There’s No Vaccine

In an interview with the Huffington Post, National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins — the fine gentleman who led the Human Genome Project — explained why we don’t have a vaccine to protect against Ebola. The answer should be surprising to no one… except Republicans.

“NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'” Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

For medical and biological scientists, who most rely upon the NIH’s coveted R01 grant to support their research, have been warning us for years that cutting funding to the sciences is not without its consequences. It is pretty sad that only now, with a potential outbreak of Ebola knocking on our front door, that these warnings have finally reached the pages of a (somewhat) major news outlet. Continue reading

The only person who can stop a bad guy with a howitzer is a good guy with a howitzer

Unless said bad guy steals your howitzer and shoots at you from twenty miles away.

Which is, more or less, what ISIS intends to do.

The group is now firmly entrenched in their holdings and the Iraqi military, as before, is reluctant (or unable) to launch an offensive against them. The 52 American-made and supplied M198 155mm howitzers they captured ought to come in handy; they can park them up to 25 miles away from Baghdad and shell the city with pinpoint accuracy, thanks to the M982 Excalibur GPS-guided 155mm artillery shells they also happened upon in the pillaging. Continue reading