Friday, March 11, 2011

Republican Lawmaker Calls Republican Backed Bill, "The crazy, give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill." Video.

This is directly from Think Progress, and though I rarely cut and paste entire chunks, it's too good to miss.
In a “snafu” on the House floor yesterday, House Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Kaugmann (R) was caught privately acknowledging the danger of the bill while speaking near a microphone he thought was off, but was in fact turned on:
REP. STEVE LUKAN (R): The Alaska bill – what’s the Alaska bill? [...]
KAUFMAN: The crazy, give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.
AIDE OFF CAMERA: His microphone is on.
[Microphone goes dead]

Meltdown A Real Possibility In Japan

The earlier post about the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan having problems was an understatement.  The cooling system powered by batteries is not keeping up with the heat produced by the core of the reactor.

This story in the Los Angeles Times gives more insight including the following:
The six reactors at the site use some of the oldest nuclear technology, dating back to the 1960s.

The reactor uses a single cooling loop and does not have a containment dome, but rather uses a smaller containment vessel around the reactor core.

"These first-generation boiling water reactors have the least margin of safety of any reactor design," said Frank N. von Hippel, a Princeton University physicist and former White House advisor.

Without electrical power to circulate water inside the core, the cooling water would begin to boil off, he said. But operators still should be able to add new cooling water and keep the core fully immersed while it cools down.

"It doesn't sound like we are in meltdown mode," he said.

Nuclear Meltdown Possible In Japan

One of the damaged nuclear plants in Japan is unable to pump coolant. This is causing the temperature of the core to rise steadily and is causing some alarm.

From the Daily Planet Dispatch:
People living within three kilometers of the power plant have been evacuated as the engineers struggle to control the cooling of the reactor core. The nuclear plant automatically shuts down as the first line of defense in these kind of circumstances, but the failure of the water coolant flow to the core is supposed to be the second line of defense, and this appears to have failed, causing international concern of a vast scale nuclear accident.
Japan has long been sighted as a model of safe nuclear power, building their plants to withstand earthquakes, but apparently this one was bigger than expected and no one is sure what will happen.  A meltdown if it burns through the containment building, which is likely in that event, could reach the water-table and cause steam explosions.  These would send radioactive particles into the atmosphere and into the jet stream...which flows from Japan to North America.  Welcome to the global village!

Tsunami Video From Kamaishi - Amazing

I have only been able to see spotty coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but this video from Kamaishi looks more like a Japanese horror film than reality. Unfortunately, it is all too real. Reports are still coming in of casualties, but I expect this will be an epic tragedy for Japan.

Sendai City

John Cryer Responds to Charlie Sheen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Draconian Nebraska Abortion Law Forces Woman To Watch her Baby Die.

Say what? Yup that's just what happened to Danielle Deaver whose baby ran into complication at 23 weeks of her pregnancy. Her water broke early and, without amniotic fluid, the fetus would not develop lungs to survive outside the womb. She and her husban decided to ask the doctor to terminate the pregnancy to avoid the fetus and the mother suffering any more trauma.

Not in Nebraska. It is now a law that terminating a pregnancy after 20 weeks is a crime. The doctor could do nothing but tell her to wait. She did and when the baby was born it gasped for breath and died with under developed lungs.

Pretty frigging cruel if you ask me, but I guess if you are a holier than thou abortion foe you don't give a damn about suffering, just your self-righteousness.

Thanks "right to Life" idiots.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Drag Queen

I use the term Drag Queen because these girls are definitely dressed for a show not the street with the sequined cocktail dress and over the top wigs. The whole cat fight was caught on tape.  Apparently one of the group insulted the appearance of another and the rumble began.

The news report uses the term transvestite, but that sounds so clinical.  Those who wish to flame me may begin now.


Kinko's for Kidneys - Organic 3-D Organ Printing?

OK, it's really FedEx Office for Kindeys, but that doesn't sound as catchy.

This one falls somewhere between reality and sci-fi.  A company called NovoGen has created a 3-D printer which uses organic material to create copies of organs.  Right now they are printing blood vessels using cells from the recipients body to create the organs. 

If this actually works out it could change the face of organ transplants forever. For now I am skeptical but hopeful.

Tyler Clementi Scholorship for LGBT Youth Announced

The college student who committed suicide after his tryst with another man was broadcast by cyber-bullies will be remembered long after those idiots are forgotten.  Tyler Clementi now has a scholarship named in memory of him.

The Point Foundation a national  LGBT student organization, announced yesterday it is honoring Clementi's memory through the scholarship. Their aim is to further efforts to end the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

In an interview in Tyler's parents are quoted:
"Our son Tyler was a kind and gentle young man who enjoyed helping people,'' Joe and Jane Clementi said in a statement issued in a release by the organization. "This scholarship will help college students, and it will raise awareness of young people who are subject to abuse through malicious bullying -- and so it will help people in Tyler's memory. We are happy to be supportive of Point Foundation, and we thank them for establishing this scholarship.''

Newt Cheated On Wife On Patrictic Grounds - Best Lie Ever!

In an amazing demonstration of over the top rationalization Newt Gingrich actually says he cheated on his wife because of his patriotic zeal.  I am sure she forgave him after that explanation.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

AC 360 - Diagnoses Charlie Sheen - Mentally Ill? Duh! Losing!

Kansas Moves Backwards In Time - Refuses To Repeal Sodomy Laws

Like one of those mysterious tachyon particles, the state of Kansas has started moving backwards in time. According to Equality Kansas:
State Representatives Jan Pauls (D, Hutchinson), and Lance Kinzer (R, Olathe) said yesterday that being gay or lesbian should remain a crime in Kansas. Pauls made, with Kinzer’s support, the successful motion in the Kansas Legislature’s Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee to keep the criminalization of gay and lesbian relationships on the books. Their action removed key language from HB2321, proposed by the Kansas Judicial Council, which would have resolved inconsistencies in Kansas criminal code, as well as remove unconstitutional laws.
Nice to know that there is at least one state where I can still be a criminal just for who I love.  Ironic that Dorthy Gale, patron saint of gay men, was from this backwards moving place.

Ex Gay - There's An App For That

Exodus International, the discredited and highly controversial ex-gay organization has released an iPhone app so you can get podcasts and a calendar of ex-gay meetings and other such tripe delivered directly to your pocket.  I would love to see how many Exodus folks have Grindr on their iPhones as well.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

21 Priests Removed From Philadelphia Archdiocese - More Pedophile Priests!

If this were about any organization other than a church, people would have long ago shut the place down.  It is amazing how prevalent the problem is in the Catholic Church.  The latest news is the suspension of 21 priests in Philadelphia for suspected child molestation.

If I were the Pope, I would be doing some serious thinking about the organization and exactly what it is that attracts these predators to it. 

According to Huffington Post:
The two-year grand jury investigation into priest abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia resulted in charges against two priests, a former priest and a Catholic school teacher who are accused of raping young boys. And in an unprecedented move in the U.S., a former high-ranking church official was accused of transferring problem priests to new parishes without warning anyone of prior sex-abuse complaints.

Fixation With The Anus - Colorado Grandma Testifies Before Senate

The level of ignorance spewed by this old biddy is amazing. Rosina Kovar testifying at a Colorado Senate committee hearing on civil unions legislation, filmed March 7, 2011. The footage has been edited, but the words are hers!

Charlie Sheen Music Video

Ok, I promise this will be my last Charlie Sheen post, but damn he is such a mess I just can't turn away!


Monday, March 07, 2011

Charlie Sheen - Winning? Nope, Fired!

Warner Brothers announced today that they are officially terminating the train wreck that is Charlie Sheen.  CBS Television had no comment.

Considering "Two and a Half Men" is the #1 rated show on CBS, this decision was not taken lightly.  My regret is for the other actors and crew.  I hope CBS and Chuck Lorre can come up with a plausible plot line and keep the show going.  Though, without the morally bankrupt Sheen, it just won't be the same.

Donald Trump - A Chump! "No Civil Rights for Gays"

The Donald in what may be his greatest act of hubris yet is considering running for President.  In that vein, he has made a sharp right turn to appeal to the basest of the base.  He makes his opposit8ion to same-sex marriage in a recent interview with the Des Moines Register when he was quoted as saying, "they should not be able to marry."  He went on to say he hasn't developed a "fully formed" opinion on extending medical and civil benefits to gay couples, but he added: "As of this moment, I would say no and no."

So The Donald has spoken. Now I wonder what his hair/toupee dresser has to say?  It's time for this rich asshat to be out of the public eye.  His 15 minutes of fame were up years ago and had it not been for a tawdry "reality" TV show he would be off the stage.  It's time to ring down the curtain on him and let him play with his billions in private.  I suggest stop watching any chow with Donald Trump in it, and letting the networks know why you are turning to another channel.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Charlie Sheen Unplugged

The slow motion train wreck that is Charlie Sheen got even worse.  Saturday night he hosted a "webcast" of what he called Sheen's Korner.  As one commenter put it perhaps it should be called Sheen's Coroner.

Sheen rambled without making any sense for an hour and showed off his new tattoo.  Across his left wrist is the word, "Winning".  If his life is winning, I would hate to see what losing is.

Sheen and his cast of misfits, who I can only assume are paid staff and "buddies" who have attached themselves to him made fart sounds, laughed at non-jokes and generally looked like a room full of people who would much rather be boozing it up than talking on the internet. 

As Craig Ferguson noted, in England there used to be a mental asylum called Bedlam where for a penny you could peep through holes at the insane people inside.  Well Charlie Sheen is giving it away for free.

It's a sad journey he is on and he has decided to let the whole world watch as he self-destructs.  Having been around a whole lot more addicts and drunks that I would have ever imagined, I can tell you he is in a manic "dry-drunk" phase if he has indeed stopped drinking. The anger, megalomania and blather coming from him is a dead give away.  He is in trouble and I sincerely hope he can get help before it's too late.