Archive for December 16th, 2008

Wanker Of The Month

Shorter Frank Gaffney: 4,000 dead American troops is AWESOME!

You probably think I’m exaggerating.

December 16th, 2008 at 11:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Republicans,Wankers

Commodo Dragon?

It’s… Toiletosaurus!

A peculiar amphibian that was clad in bony armor prowled warm lakes 210 million years ago, catching fish and other tasty snacks with one of the most unusual bites in the history of life on Earth.

The creature called Gerrothorax pulcherrimus, which lived alongside some of the early dinosaurs, opened its mouth not by dropping its lower jaw, as other vertebrate animals do.

Instead, it lifted back the top of its head in a way that looked a lot like lifting the lid of a toilet seat.

“It’s weird. It’s the ugliest animal in the world,” Harvard University’s Farish Jenkins, one of the scientists who describe the mechanics of its bite in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, said in a telephone interview on Friday.

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With a special adaptation of the joint between its skull and first neck vertebra, Gerrothorax could raise its head relative to its lower jaw by as much as 50 degrees, giving it the wide gape necessary to swallow its prey.

Bizarre.  It sounds like a cross between a crocodile and Fernando Valenzuela.

December 16th, 2008 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Weirdness

Cheney On Obama & Executive Power

Cheney thinks Obama will want to keep it:

Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President-elect Barack Obama will “appreciate” the expansions of executive power achieved during the Bush administration and is unlikely to cede authority back to Congress.

“Once they get here and they’re faced with the same problems we deal with every day, then they will appreciate some of the things we’ve put in place,” Cheney said during an interview on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

Translation: “We have fucked everything up so thoroughly that only a dictator could even hope to fix it.”

2 comments December 16th, 2008 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Obama,Republicans,Wankers

Irony Of The Week

You just can’t make this stuff up:

A U.S. anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunmen in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become.

U.S. security consultant Felix Batista — who claims to have helped resolve nearly 100 kidnap and ransom cases — was in Saltillo in Coahuila state to offer advice on how to confront abductions for ransom when he himself was seized, local authorities said.

Not much I can add to that, really…

(h/t dakine)

December 16th, 2008 at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness


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