Archive for August, 2009

Jerry Nadler Also Speaks For Me

Jerry Nadler

…By stating the bloody obvious:

Former Vice President Cheney is essentially saying that any acts performed by members of the CIA – no matter how illegal or abhorrent – are ok, and must never be the subject of a criminal investigation. No matter what anyone in the CIA may do, it need not be subject to the law. This is outrageous, and violates just about every traditional American concept of liberty and justice.

It is remarkable that this even needed to be said. And depressing that it is seen as some kind of leftist fringe position.

August 31st, 2009 at 11:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Constitution,Democrats,Prisoners,Torture

WWJPFTDO? (Who Would Jesus Pray For The Death Of?)

This is just beyond appalling – I don’t understand how declaring that you hate Barack Obama and want him to die of cancer can be considered Christian in any way.

A Phoenix-area pastor has started to draw protesters to his congregation after he delivered a sermon titled, “Why I Hate Barack Obama,” and told his parishioners that he prays for President Obama’s death.

Pastor Steven Anderson stood by his sermon in an interview with MyFOXPhoenix, which reports that the pastor continues to encourage his parishioners to join him in praying for the president’s death.

“I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today,” he told MyFOXPhoenix on Sunday. He called his message “spiritual warfare” and said he does not condone killing.

(…)

In Anderson’s controversial sermon, delivered at his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe before Obama arrived for a speech in Phoenix earlier in the month, the pastor said he wants the president to “melt like a snail” with salt on it.

“I’m gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell when I go to bed tonight. That’s what I’m gonna pray,” he told his congregation.

(…)

The Anderson sermon also drew concern after it was reported that one man carrying an assault rifle outside the Phoenix arena where Obama spoke was a member of Anderson’s church.

Anyone recall any liberal pastors praying for Dubya to die of cancer?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Anyone?

August 31st, 2009 at 09:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Religion,Republicans

Paul Krugman Speaks For Me

It is a very telling indictment of our present-day political system that Richard Nixon was probably to the left of many Democrats:

[T]he Nixon era was a time in which leading figures in both parties were capable of speaking rationally about policy, and in which policy decisions weren’t as warped by corporate cash as they are now. America is a better country in many ways than it was 35 years ago, but our political system’s ability to deal with real problems has been degraded to such an extent that I sometimes wonder whether the country is still governable.

As many people have pointed out, Nixon’s proposal for health care reform looks a lot like Democratic proposals today. In fact, in some ways it was stronger….

(…)

We tend to think of the way things are now, with a huge army of lobbyists permanently camped in the corridors of power, with corporations prepared to unleash misleading ads and organize fake grass-roots protests against any legislation that threatens their bottom line, as the way it always was. But our corporate-cash-dominated system is a relatively recent creation, dating mainly from the late 1970s.

And now that this system exists, reform of any kind has become extremely difficult. That’s especially true for health care, where growing spending has made the vested interests far more powerful than they were in Nixon’s day. The health insurance industry, in particular, saw its premiums go from 1.5 percent of G.D.P. in 1970 to 5.5 percent in 2007, so that a once minor player has become a political behemoth, one that is currently spending $1.4 million a day lobbying Congress.

That spending fuels debates that otherwise seem incomprehensible. Why are “centrist” Democrats like Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota so opposed to letting a public plan, in which Americans can buy their insurance directly from the government, compete with private insurers? Never mind their often incoherent arguments; what it comes down to is the money.

(…)

Every desperately needed reform I can think of, from controlling greenhouse gases to restoring fiscal balance, will have to run the same gantlet of lobbying and lies.

I’m not saying that reformers should give up. They do, however, have to realize what they’re up against. There was a lot of talk last year about how Barack Obama would be a “transformational” president — but true transformation, it turns out, requires a lot more than electing one telegenic leader. Actually turning this country around is going to take years of siege warfare against deeply entrenched interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system.

In other words, both Republicans and Democrats used to be animated more by their competing visions of what was best for America than by blind loyalty to their corporate campaign donors.  The institutionalized corruption has become so deep and so pervasive that Congress is now almost totally incapable of putting the country, the Constitution, or even the planet ahead of the corporations.  And the results are as predictable as they are disastrous.

4 comments August 31st, 2009 at 08:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Healthcare,Media,Politics,Wankers

The Return Of Netroots Nation Convention Center Photoblogging

Okay, I think this is the last of the convention center photos – next up, the closing keynote.

Convention Center 28

Pretty damn cool, as elevators go.

Convention Center 37

A nice empty corridor.

Convention Center Ceiling 9

Close-up of the tubes and lights in the big hall.

Convention Center 40

The overpriced concession stand.

Convention Center 41

Umm… Ceiling thingy? Possibly the underside of the escalator.

Obama Cutouts

Hey, look who beamed in! Uh, twice, apparently.

August 31st, 2009 at 06:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Mummenschanz Muppet Media Blogging

What could be more awesome than Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show?

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August 31st, 2009 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

More Netroots Nation Progressive Impact Panel Photoblogging

Jane Jesturing Edition:

Jane 7

Jane 9

Jane 11

Bowers-Jane 5

Jane 13

Jane 12

As if!

August 31st, 2009 at 07:15am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Special Guest Post: Malibu Narwhal Shark Attack!

Narwhal!

In yet another Multi Medium exclusive, I have contracted with the shadowy and mysterious awesome awful movie reviewer Codename V. for a hard-hitting in-depth review of the SyFy instant classic, Malibu Shark Attack. Enjoy!

“Malibu Shark Attack” or “Why Does Eli Hate Me?”

I promised Eli I would watch this movie and snark on it. It is easily one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It would be super if I could get my two hours back, k thx bye.

So Malibu Shark Attack is presumably set in Malibu. It opens with a bunch of mediocre looking people having beach-type fun. I find myself wondering why beach movies always show people surfing and playing volleyball when I have never seen anyone doing either of those activities at any beach I’ve ever been to. Also, they show the same shot of a woman in a black bikini turning over at least three times. Production values in full effect.

I gather there has been some kind of geological event, like an underwater earthquake or something. Some CGI sharks of questionable quality are swimming around. They look kind of like narwhals, wtf. Ten minutes in, and I have already abandoned any hopes I had of there being a coherent plot.

So you have a bunch of lifeguards, and they all seem to have soap-opera love drama. There’s Lifeguard Doug, some other male lifeguard who looks like a low-rent version of Jack from Lost (complete with Japanese characters tattooed on his arm), a brown-haired lady lifeguard who looks about 45 years old, and a blond woman who I’m pretty sure is a man. Oh, and they have this younger girl hanging around who apparently got busted for shoplifting and has to do community service. She’s whining about it, and I’m thinking y’know, as far as community service goes, doing 100 hours at the beach isn’t half bad.

But I digress. Love Drama. Brunette Lady has a dumpy boyfriend. Blonde Shemale and Low Rent Jack used to date, but now she’s dating a construction worker (Note: Construction Workers are the mortal enemies of Lifeguards). Miss Whiner has her eye on Lifeguard Doug. All of this is EXTREMELY VITAL to the development of the story.

Meanwhile, a narwhal eats a diver. Someone else appears to be doing actual scuba diving whilst wearing a snorkel mask. Miss Whiner wears an iPod around her neck and sings some song while randomly dancing around. As best as I can tell, the lyrics to this song are “itchy bitchy, itchy bitchy” repeated over and over. Brunette Lifeguard gets awkwardly proposed to by her dumpy boyfriend, and then they sneak off to have sex in the lifeguard hut. Because that’s what you do.

Are you confused yet? I sure am. Moving on. Low Rent Jack hops on a jetski and cruises over to the construction site to have a macho standoff with his love rival, Construction Man. Did I mention that Lifeguards and Construction Workers can never coexist peacefully? It’s a law of nature or something. Back on the ocean, some asshole parasailers are drinking beer and enjoying the company of topless women. I have seen like a gazillion horror movies, so I know this is a harbinger of death. Sure enough, a CGI narwhal jumps out of the water and eats them, and they bleed all over Shemale Lifeguard.

(Note: I realize narwhals aren’t sharks. However while taking notes for this review, I seem to have written OMFG NARWHALS!! down about a dozen times, so I’m just rolling with it.)

At this point there is a commercial break, so I phone Eli to ask him what I’ve done in a past life to have karma this bad. He tells me that the Shemale lifeguard is actually Peta Wilson of La Femme Nikita fame. I don’t recall Peta Wilson being a man. Seriously, she has a deep voice and a stocky build. No way is this Peta Wilson. And yet it is. The mind boggles.

Back to the show. OMG TSUNAMI!! At this point a bunch of shizz starts happening all at once. Lifeguard Doug shoots a narwhal. Brown Haired Lifeguard Lady points out that the narwhals are actually goblin sharks, which are supposedly super rare or extinct or something. Whatever. TSUNAMI!! They’ve all been standing around gawking at the CGI shark and therefore only have time to take shelter in the lifeguard hut. Because that’s a great idea. The TSUNAMI!! hits and we actually get a shot from the TSUNAMI!!’s point of view. SRSLY. Miraculously these morons all survive.

It’s like 40 minutes in and I have officially stopped caring. We see a news clip stating that the TSUNAMI!! is bigger than the 2004 one in Indonesia, and there have been “hundreds of casualties.” (1) Is it just me, or does this seem in poor taste? and (2) if it’s all that big, “hundreds of casualties” just seems laughable. Oh wait, I am putting way too much thought into this. Screw that noise.

Oh yeah, Miss Whiner gets a pretty serious cut on her leg, and Shemale has to stitch it up without anesthesia. The whole time Shemale keeps saying “I have to do this, or you’ll DIE. You don’t want to DIE do you? Because you will. You’ll DIE.” Whiner cries through the whole stupid ordeal and then bitches because her leg looks like some kind of Frankenstein mess.

Everyone wants to kill the sharks except for Brown Haired Lifeguard. She makes this big impassioned speech about how they’re rare omfg and think of the contributions to science blah blah blah. And then she promptly gets eaten by a narwhal. HAHA. Serves you right, hippie. At this point, her dumpy boyfriend officially becomes That Guy Who Has Nothing To Live For So What’s The Point Of Any Of You Trying To Survive, We’re Doomed All Doomed And We’re All Gonna Die. That sums up the remainder of his role, so just go ahead and forget he even exists.

Meanwhile the Construction people are doing… something. I honestly don’t give a shit. One of them is going to swim for it and gets eaten by a narwhal. And then a narwhal jumps up and grabs another one off the dock. Who the hell are these people anyway?

The lifeguards get all stabby and kill a narwhal with some harpoons. I’ve stopped caring again. Geez, I have a lot of split ends. I should really get a good deep conditioner. I wonder how long it would take me to trim each one individually… Oh look, Low Rent Jack finds a flare gun and narrowly avoids being spotted by a narwhal. And the Construction guys have found a boat. Way to go.

Oh, my bad. I was texting my friend Hillary. She has the funniest love life. What? Now everyone is stranded in a tiny boat, lifeguards and construction workers together. How is this possible? They are rowing to… where the hell are they? Oh, back at the construction site. This is so f-ing tedious.

Stuff kind of happens: Lifeguard Doug maims a narwhal with a circular saw. Low Rent Jack and Shemale hide out in a half-submerged car. That seems like a bad plan, but whatever. What do I know, I’ve never been in their position. Then they get out and he chainsaws a narwhal to death. Someone delivers the line “there was a shark in the parking lot,” which strikes me as a kind of surrealist screenwriting genius.

Why does Shemale have two guys fighting over her? She’s a MAN, people. And how the hell many of these sharks are there? I am just counting the minutes until it’s over. And then… it’s over. Some people live, but some died, and I can’t be bothered to know who they are.

So there you have it. Malibu Shark Attack. I hope you’re all deeply appreciative that I suffered for your entertainment.

August 30th, 2009 at 07:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies

Netroots Nation Progressive Impact Panel Photoblogging

Pics from the how-can-progressives-have-an-impact-on-the-legislative-process? panel:

Progressive Impact Panel 1

Moderator Darcy Burner, Joan McCarter/McJoan, and half of David Waldman/Kagro X.

Kagro-Bowers 1

David Waldman and Chris Bowers.

Bowers-Jane 2

Chris Bowers and Jane Hamsher.

Jane 5

Jane looks skeptical.

McJoan-Kagro 3

McJoan looks skeptical.

August 30th, 2009 at 03:49pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Way Past The Last Straw

It’s not exactly news that both parties in this country are far too captive to corporate interests, but here’s yet another data point:

The FCC’s broadband task force is tasked with developing our national broadband policy. This is a project that FCC Commissioner Michael Copps ranks of the highest importance:

(…)

And so, because our government is run by corporations and for corporations even when it is controlled by Democrats, a telecom industry shill, Scott Wallstein, was named as economics director of that task force.  From a source close to the process, in the extended entry I proivde a thorough background on Wallstein’s industry connections and long history of fighting against American consumers:

[Exhaustive and depressing listing of pro-telecom wankery]

Snark aside, WTF?! Too many Democrats keep letting foxes into the henhouse. How many of our policies have to be dominated by bad-faith industry negotiators before we realize that continuing to give industry a seat at the policy table will never allow us to break away from our corporate kleptocracy? There better be a huge policy pay-off for consumers coming from this, but I am not holding my breath.

The legislative happenings of 2009 have brought the need for publicly financed elections and severe lobbying restrictions much closer to the forefront of my political thinking.  I don’t know how much support publicly financed elections might have in Congress, but there are good reasons to think that the situation will get worse before it gets better. The Supreme Court recently heard a case that could strike down the ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates.  As a party, we really need to start dumping bipartisanship and adopting a more populist attitude.

Amen on the need for publicly financed elections, but the trick is to get a majority (or supermajority) of incumbents to vote in favor of leveling the playing field for their challengers.  The campaign finance panel at Netroots Nation offered some encouragement, in that a lot of congresscritters are sick of spending huge chunks of their time begging for money instead of legislating or talking to their constituents (then again, a lot of them probably consider that a plus).

The public financing orgs like Change Congress and Public Campaign are also working on publicly shaming corporate mercenaries like Ben Nelson (it definitely got under his skin, but I’m not sure how much real impact it has either on him or his voters) and supporting public financing initiatives at the state level.

I think that last approach actually has the most promise, even though it’s a very long-term strategy.  I like the idea of building up a bench of progressive pro-public-financing state legislators who will be tomorrow’s senators and representatives, although there’s no guarantee that they won’t get corrupted as soon as they reach the federal level.

But until the money pipeline between corporations and elected officials is counterbalanced, our government is going to make the wrong decisions and hire the wrong people again and again.

August 30th, 2009 at 01:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Technology,Wankers

More Netroots Nation Miscellaneous Panel Photoblogging

Alas, due to the FDL luncheon, I just barely had enough time to catch the early afternoon panels.

Marcy 3

Marcy on the torture accountability panel.

Don Siegelman 3 BW

I just barely caught Don Siegelman on the DOJ accountability panel, who had to leave early to catch a flight.

Siegelman-Wecht BW

Saying his goodbyes to former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril Wecht.

Cyril Wecht

Cyril Wecht, all alone now.

Andrew Krieg

Andrew Krieg.

Gail Sistrunk

Gail Sistrunk.

August 29th, 2009 at 09:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

My Genius Sci-Fi/Horror Movie Idea

“Hell Toupee.”

‘Nuff said.

August 29th, 2009 at 06:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,Puns

Netroots Nation FDL Luncheon Photoblogging

Lunch with the FDL peoples!

Jane 2

Jane, of course.

La Lisa

La Lisa.

Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum.

Slinkerwink

Slinkerwink.

Attackerman

Spencer.

1 comment August 29th, 2009 at 03:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

When America Does It, It’s Not Illegal

Shorter Cheney: Laws are for the weak.

A CIA inspector general’s report released Monday documented how interrogators menaced “high-value” detainees with a gun and a power drill, threatened their families and used other methods that went beyond even the permissive interrogation rules set by the Bush administration Justice Department.

Cheney, who strongly opposes the Obama administration’s new probe into alleged detainee abuse, was asked in the Fox News interview whether he was “OK” with interrogations that went beyond Justice’s specific legal authorization.

“I am,” the former vice president replied.

“My sort of overwhelming view is that the enhanced interrogation techniques were absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives and preventing further attacks,” he said. “It was good policy. It was properly carried out. It worked very, very well.”

In other words, the ends justify the means, even when the means have nothing to do with achieving them.

August 29th, 2009 at 12:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Constitution,Prisoners,Terrorism,Torture,Wankers

Netroots Nation Miscellaneous Panel Photoblogging

There were some panels I just didn’t get a lot of photos of, due to either time or lighting constraints. Some photos from the campaign finance reform panel, and the “Building A 21st Century Economy” panel.

Lessig

Professor Lawrence Lessig. He gave a fantastic presentation on our corrupt finance system and the need for public campaign financing, but the house lights never came back up afterward…

David Donnelly 1

Dave Donnelly of the Public Campaign Action Fund.

David Donnelly 2

Dave again. The low light makes his eyes look like they’re almost all pupil, which is either kinda cool or kinda scary.

Burger-Baker

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, and economist Dean Baker.

Kevin Drum

Moderator Kevin Drum. Trivia: His old blog, Political Animal, was my introduction to the world of blogs and commenting. So you all have him to blame.

Baker-Corzine

Dean Baker and NJ Governor John Corzine.

1 comment August 28th, 2009 at 10:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Important Movie Alert

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This Saturday at 9PM, the Sci-Fi Channel SyFy will be showing The Greatest Movie Ever Made, Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus.

If you’re unsure whether this is worth two hours of your life, you should probably review my list of 11 reasons why Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus is The Awesomest Movie Of All Time.

You’ll thank me.

UPDATE: The 7:00 movie is Malibu Shark Attack, which is pretty hilarious in its own right.

2 comments August 28th, 2009 at 06:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Movies

Netroots Nation Valerie Jarrett Photoblogging

From Baratunde Thurston’s chat with Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett. To be truthful, Baratunde was photographically a lot more interesting…

Baratunde 2

Baratunde firing up the audience.

Baratunde 3

Heeeeere’s…

Valerie Jarrett 1

Valerie!

Baratunde 7

Baratunde asking a question.

Valerie Jarrett 3

Valerie answering.

Valerie Jarrett 5

Valerie cracking up a little.

August 28th, 2009 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Guinea Pig Blogging

This week’s quote is from Jacques Tourneur’s Night Of The Demon, with Dana Andrews:

She believes that she can see – she can.  She believes that she is alive – she is.  She believes that you will die tomorrow night – and you will.

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

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Guinea pigs like scritches, apparently.  Good to know.

August 28th, 2009 at 06:57am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Still More Netroots Nation Red-To-Blue Panel Photoblogging

In which I make all the panelists hate me:

Burner-Lambert 5

I. Love. This. Photo.

Burner-Lambert 4

Darcy is overwhelmed. Actually, I think she was cracking up. Adam is only mildly amused.

Eden James 3

Eden is skeptical.

Hasan-Hamlin 5

Holy crap, Matt is going to leap over the table and beat me to death. And Arshad is no help at all.

August 27th, 2009 at 08:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Attention Conservatives

It’s “R.I.P. Ted Kennedy”, not “Rip Ted Kennedy”.   Jebus.

Now I have to look at this and this again.  Ah, that’s much better.

(h/t WT)

August 27th, 2009 at 06:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Wankers

Still More Netroots Nation Convention Center Photoblogging

Yes, I still have more photos of the building…

Convention Center 17

For those of you new to this blog, I really like shadows.

Convention Center 19

Mystery Stairway!

Convention Center 26

I am fascinated by the upper reaches of the main halls.

Convention Center 29

Some say that NN warps your view of the outside world.

Convention Center 31

Looking right…

Convention Center 33

Looking left.

August 27th, 2009 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Obama On The Insurance Industry

Ah, if only he really did have this much of a clue…

health-insurance-industry

(From Superpoop)

August 27th, 2009 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Healthcare,Obama

More Netroots Nation Red-To-Blue Panel Photoblogging

Happy Panelists edition.

Darcy Burner 3

Darcy.

Eden James 2

Eden.

David Atkins 3

David.

Burner-Lambert 2

Adam.

Hasan-Hamlin 11

Arshad.

Hasan-Hamlin 9

And Matt.

August 26th, 2009 at 09:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

This is actually really cool and, I think, really real:

Fourteen years ago, Alex Queral was out looking for wood for a new sculpture, when he suddenly noticed all of the out-of-date phone books being thrown out. It dawned on him that these books could be put to better use, so he collected some and took them home to practice carving.

Queral has since made a reputation for himself for the uncanny portraits of celebrities he is able to find in the pages!

alex_queral2

So how does he do it? He sketches the person’s face on a piece of paper and lays it over the phonebook. Using a razor blade, he then begins to carve away at the thousands of pages to create the 3-D portrait!  Queral is now able to do about two per month.

alex_queral3

Queral has had three solo shows to display the phonebooks, as well as a recent joint Obama display for his new portrait:

alex_queral4

Wow.  Now that there is an artistic medium that never ever would have occurred to me.

August 26th, 2009 at 07:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Weekly World News,Weirdness

Netroots Nation Red-To-Blue Panel Photoblogging

The What’s-Wrong-With-My-Microphone edition (there was all kinds of mystery feedback that no-one could seem to get rid of):

Darcy Burner 1

Darcy Burner.

David Atkins 1

Moderator David Atkins/thereisnospoon.

Eden James 1

Courage Campaign’s Eden James.

Hasan-Hamlin 1

DFA’s Arshad Hasan and SEIU’s Matt Browner Hamlin.

Burner-Lambert 1

Darcy and Adam Lambert/clammyc. I don’t have any pictures of him playing with his mic, alas.

August 26th, 2009 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

RIP, Teddy Kennedy

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Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn.  The Kennedy family has lost its core, and the progressive movement has lost one of its heroes.

I really wish Ted could have had a chance to vote on healthcare reform, the issue that meant the most to him.  Frankly, I didn’t think he would allow Death to take him until after that vote.

August 26th, 2009 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare

Netroots Nation Forgotten Big Dog Photoblogging

I was in such a rush to start posting El Medico Dean photos, I forgot that I still had some Clinton ones left in the hopper:

Clinton 35

Expansive Clinton is expansive!

Clinton 38

…And we have lip-biting.

Clinton 41

My glasses haz a flavor.

Clinton 43

Ask not what your glasses can do for you – ask what you can do for your glasses!

August 25th, 2009 at 09:28pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging

My Secret Revealed

Tech Support Cheat Sheet
THIS IS EXACTLY RIGHT OMG

(From xkcd)

August 25th, 2009 at 07:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Technology

More Netroots Nation SCOTUS Panel Photoblogging

Yes, I have more.

Christy-Kendall 4

I. Love. This. Photo.

Christy-Kendall 9

Christy points, Doug Kendall listens.

Jerry Nadler

Rep. Jerry Nadler in action.

Don Siegelman 1

Don Siegelman is a very interested observer.

Don Siegelman 2

In profile.

August 25th, 2009 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Best. ATM. Ever.

Cockney ATM

This is totally awesome:

The young people laughed when the ATM asked them if they required “some moolah for ya sky rocket”. The machine, in Spitalfields, was one of five Cockney cash dispensers from East London to Barnet that began dispensing “moolah” yesterday morning.

Bank Machine, which runs 2,500 ATMs across the country, was aiming to amuse, but it has grander ambitions too. It hopes to follow the Cockney cash machines with Brummie, Geordie, Scouse and Scots ATMs. It hopes that ATMs will serve to keep these dialects alive in Britain.

(…)

John Strachan, 52, an IT worker from Dundee, found the experience troubling. When it offered to serve him in English or Cockney, he suspected a hoax. He selected Cockney.

“Readin’ your bladder of lard”, read the message on the screen. It asked for his “Huckleberry Finn”. Then more bewildering questions: did he wanted to see his balance on the Charlie Sheen? Did he wish to change his Huckleberry Finn or did he simply require sausage and mash, with or without a receipt?

After the concept was explained to him, he was so indignant that he resorted to slang himself: “It’s complete pants,” he said. “Using an ATM is a very sensitive moment.”

(…)

[N]ext to the Cockney cash machine in Hackney, Roy Parker, 62, a bona fide Cockney, was working behind the counter of a mini-cab firm. So, what did he think of the ATM outside?

“Real Cockneys don’t have bank accounts or all that palava,” he said. “They put it under the mattress.”

I would totally use the Cockney ATMs.

(h/t Yahoo, by way of Engadget)

August 25th, 2009 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology,Weirdness

Netroots Nation SCOTUS Panel Photoblogging

Talking about Sotomayor, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution.  No big whoop.

SCOTUS Panel 3

Christy is in her element, flanked by moderator Thomas Saenz and CAC founder and president Doug Kendall.

Kendall-Nadler 1

Doug watches Rep. Jerry Nadler explain stuff.

Christy-Kendall 1

Christy looks quizzical.

Nadler-Aron 2

Nan Aron is totally grooving to Jerry.

Christy-Kendall 6

Jerry’s not the only one whose voice is like sweet, sweet music.

August 24th, 2009 at 09:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

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