Archive for April 10th, 2009

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Val Lewton/Boris Karloff classic, Bedlam:

My heart is a flint, sir. It may strike sparks, but they’re not warm enough to burn.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…


My big brother with his new kitty, Zoom.  Aww.

2 comments April 10th, 2009 at 11:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Michelle Obama’s Garden Not Toxic Enough

Chemicals are Teh Awesome!!!

Michelle Obama planted an organic garden to promote fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, but some chemical companies are worried it may plant a seed of doubt in consumers’ minds about conventionally grown crops.

“Fresh foods grown conventionally are wholesome and flavorful yet more economical,” the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) wrote the first lady last month a few days after she and fifth-graders from a local elementary school planted the White House Kitchen Garden.

The garden is designed to produce fresh fruits and vegetables for the first family and White House staff and guests. The garden itself doesn’t give the group heartburn. The letter also congratulates the first lady “on recognizing the importance of agriculture to America!”

But MACA, which represents agribusinesses like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Crop Protection, is rather less thrilled about the fact that no chemicals will be used to grow the crops. The group is worried that the decision may give consumers the wrong impression about conventionally grown food.

“We live in a very different world than that of our grandparents. Americans are juggling jobs with the needs of children and aging parents,” the letter states. “The time needed to tend a garden is not there for the majority of our citizens, certainly not a garden of sufficient productivity to supply much of a family’s year-round food needs.”

Oh noes!  Michelle Obama’s organic garden will make the chemical companies look bad!  Methinks the Monsantos doth protest too much.

April 10th, 2009 at 09:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Obama,Wankers

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

Multi Medium is on the first page of search results for how to be hilarious.

Really, really, really did not see that one coming.  I must have the highest percentage of dissatisfied Google visitors ever.

1 comment April 10th, 2009 at 07:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Log Cabin Republicans Not Homophobic Enough For Gay Conservatives

No, seriously:

Gay conservatives have now officially moved to shore up their POV and credibility in the party by launching a 527. Ben Smith @ The Politico:

A dissident faction of gay conservatives is launching a rival group to
the traditional voice of gay Republicans, the Log Cabin Republicans.GOPROUD, the new 527 group, will launch next week, according to a media advisory. The contact given for the group is Christopher Barron,
a former Log Cabin political director who broke with the group.

…”Essentially, there’s no voice for gay Republicans or gay conservatives in particular in D.C. right now. Log Cabin has been completely and totally absent here in D.C. for months and months,” Barron said. “It has simply moved way too far from the left and is basically indistinguishable from any other gay left organization.”

Ben also notes that the LCR’s support of hate crimes legislation had also rubbed conservative gays the wrong way, further spurring the decision to spin off an effort to take matters into a different direction.

Only self-hating gays are welcome in the right’s tiny flea-circus tent.

April 10th, 2009 at 06:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay

“Fair & Balanced”: Still A Great Big Lie

Not that anyone’s really surprised…

Despite repeatedly claiming its coverage is “fair and balanced,” despite its attacks on anyone who dares claim or imply the cable outlet tilts to the right, despite encouraging viewers to “say ‘no’ to biased media,” Fox News has frequently aired segments imploring its audience to get involved with tea-party protests across the country — protests the “news” network has described as mainly a response to President Obama’s economic policies.

Organizers of these tea-party protests have no bigger cheerleader (or crowd-builder, for that matter) than Fox News, which has provided attendance and organizing information for the events on air and online dozens of times. You name it, they’ve likely done it. Fox has offered viewers and readers such vital organizing information as protest dates and locations and addresses of websites where people can learn more. It has even posted information and publicity material for the events on its own website. Tea-party planners are now using the planned attendance of Fox News hosts to promote their protests and listing Fox News contributors as “Tea Party Sponsor[s]” on their website.

You see, Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Greta Van Susteren are all scheduled to broadcast live from tea parties in different cities across the country, and they’ve wasted little time in diligently working to boost attendance levels for the April 15 events.

On his Fox program, Hannity has told his viewers, “And don’t forget, you can log on to our website to get all the details one week from tomorrow, our special, ‘Tax Day Tea Party’ show. You can attend. It’s live. It’s in Atlanta.” Cavuto struck the same note, telling his audience, “By the way, this tea party movement that’s going against largesse, it is growing. And folks are fed up with out-of-control spending. To that end, we are going to be broadcasting live from one of the biggest of these rallies on April 15, Tax Day. We are at California’s state capitol in Sacramento. This is the epicenter of this tax revolt beast, if you will.” Buried under the fault line of this “epicenter”? Cavuto’s integrity.

For his part, Beck, Fox’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief, managed to escape his “doom room” — Beck’s words — where he regularly hosts survivalist fringe characters prophesying our impending demise as a nation, long enough to encourage his viewers to come “[c]elebrate with Fox News” at any of four “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.”


They are simply fulfilling the charge of their boss, Fox News senior vice president Bill Shine, who, in an interview last month with National Public Radio, described the conservative cable network as “the voice of opposition on some issues.” Indeed.

Yeah, Fox is totally objective and not taking sides at all, ‘cuz they have Journalistic Integrity.

4 comments April 10th, 2009 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Republicans,Wankers

And To Think I Was Worried…

The banks aren’t in trouble at all!

For the last eight weeks, nearly 200 federal examiners have labored inside some of the nation’s biggest banks to determine how those institutions would hold up if the recession deepened.

What they are discovering may come as a relief to both the financial industry and the public: the banking industry, broadly speaking, seems to be in better shape than many people think, officials involved in the examinations say.

That is the good news. The bad news is that many of the largest American lenders, despite all those bailouts, probably need to be bailed out again, either by private investors or, more likely, the federal government. After receiving many millions, and in some cases, many billions of taxpayer dollars, banks still need more capital, these officials say.

Phew!  For a second there, I thought maybe the banks were in bad shape, but all they need is billions of dollars and they’ll be right as rain again.

2 comments April 10th, 2009 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Obama

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