Archive for January 30th, 2009

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the science-fiction book I am currently reading, River Of Blue Fire, the second volume of Tad Williams’ Otherland series:

NETFEED/NEWS: Pilker Calls for New Legislative House

VO: The Reverend Daniel Pilker, leader of the fundamentalist group Kingdom Now, is suing the United States, demanding that a fourth house of legislature be formed.

PILKER: “We have a House of Representatives, an Industrial Senate.  We have every kind of special interest group that there is making their voices heard.  But where is the representation for God-fearing Americans?  Until there is a Religious Senate as well, which can make and interpret laws specifically with God in mind, then a large part of the American people will remain disenfranchised in their own country…”

See, even in the future the religious right will wail about how powerless and oppressed they are.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee kittens:

Aww…

January 30th, 2009 at 06:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Cuteness,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Monday Media Blogging

And Now, Your Moment Of Awesome.

My only sorrow is that this was not captured on video:

A builder scared off a potential robber by running at him dressed as the Norse god Thor.

The terrified intruder leapt from a first floor window to escape Torvald Alexander, who was dressed as the Norse god of thunder in a red cape and silver helmet and breastplate.

Mr Alexander had just returned from a New Year’s Eve fancy dress party when he discovered the man in his home in Inverleith, Edinburgh. He said he acted instinctively to chase the intruder away, and believed his costume may have added impact.

Gee, ya think?

1 comment January 30th, 2009 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

Joe Lieberman Magically Rediscovers His Commitment To Oversight

This surprises… no-one:

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Thursday announced he is creating a new, ad hoc subcommittee to oversee federal contracting. Committee Member Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will chair the new Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight.

“Management of federal contracts is one of the greatest operational challenges facing the federal government,” Lieberman said. “Spending on federal contracts rose to an astounding $532 billion last year. And for years the Government Accountability Office has listed government contracting on its list of programs at high risk of waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or in need of comprehensive reform. This is a problem area that needs as much oversight as we can possibly muster.

“So, to more fully address the array of problems with federal contracting, I am establishing this new subcommittee with pride and great expectations. With her background as a prosecutor and state auditor, Senator McCaskill has unique investigative experience that will be crucial for this new subcommittee. I am certain that she will approach her new responsibilities with unmatched vigor to improve the value of all the taxpayer dollars devoted to federal contracting.”

Oh sure, now that Obama’s pushing a giant infrastructure spending bill, Lieberman’s suddenly very concerned about contractor fraud, after sleeping through Katrina and the Iraqupation.

Not that I’m against oversight, I just believe it should be universal, and not a tool wielded against Democratic administrations only.

January 30th, 2009 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Corruption/Cronyism,Lieberman,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


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