Sunday Reads: Missiles, Boehners, Blood Suckers and SNAPPosted: April 29, 2012
This is Sunday, April 29th…the last Sunday in April. What a whirlwind of a month!
Today is also my mother’s birthday, so if you would just let me take a moment to say, “Happy Birthday Ma!”
I have lots of links for you this morning, some are serious…some are funny…and some are just ridiculous!
We will go ahead and get the serious ones out-of-the-way first. Yesterday was the big White House Correspondents Dinner, here are some choice bits for you to check out…it looks like it was a good one.
Now that is a funny joke…if you would like to see Obama’s stand-up in full:
Another from CNN: TRENDING: 2012 race makes fodder for Obama, Kimmel
And one last link for you about the WHCD: Lindsay Lohan Would Rather Take a Nap than Meet the President. The only reason I mention this Jezebel article is because it gives me the opportunity to say that Lindsay Lohan should not play Elizabeth Taylor! That’s for dang sure!
From Addicting Info, two links:
A radio personality in Cleveland is facing tremendous backlash after telling a father that he should get one of his male friends to rape his daughter to force her to turn straight.
In response to an email from a father who suspected his daughter was gay after discovering her kissing another girl, DJ Dominic Deiter declared on the air that “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”
You read that correctly. An apparently anti-gay radio personality told a father that he should arrange for his daughter to be raped repeatedly until she magically turns straight.
And what radio network is responsible for such a revolting disc jockey? Take a guess…
After the disgusting remark, GLAAD received multiple reports about the incident, which was said during ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ radio program that airs on WWMS 100.7 FM radio station on Clear Channel Communications, which includes radio shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and several other right-wing radio shows. Clear Channel is also owned primarily by Bain Capital, the company that Mitt Romney began and is still involved with.
Yup, it makes me think of the perfect response…
The other link from Addicting Info, I will not post the photo, but if you click the link you can see it. Warning…it is graphic. Native American Blind Man Mutilated By Staff At Rapid City Hospital
As a country we have been mesmerized, sickened and disgusted by the shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. All eyes have been on this hate crime and emotions on both sides of the issue have run high.
But there are other stories out there, not so well publicized by the mainstream media. The most recent to come to light is the shocking mutilation of a 68-year-old blind man. His crime, it seems, is being a Native American living in South Dakota.
Vernon Traversie, a Lakota elder, suffered a heart attack last August and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for emergency surgery. Upon his return home after a two-week stay, he found that three Ks had been carved or burned into his abdomen.
I know that was difficult to read, but I felt I should bring it to your attention. More information about this hateful mutilation at the link.
More news reads after the jump:
Let’s take a gander at some world news, I will give you the first few paragraphs from each of the four links.
The Army could potentially station soldiers and high velocity surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of residential flats to ward off any airborne terror threats during the Olympics.
Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow, east London, have received a leaflet warning them that a team of 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building – home to 700 people – for the duration of the Games.
A senior US diplomat has arrived in China on an unscheduled visit, amid claims that a fugitive Chinese dissident has taken refuge in the US embassy in Beijing.
The issue, centring on Chen Guangcheng, a blind legal activist who escaped from home imprisonment, is threatening to eclipse a planned visit by Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, in the coming days.
Kurt Campbell, the assistant US secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was seen leaving a US embassy car in the underground car park of Beijing’s Westin Hotel shortly after 2:00 am local time (18:00 GMT) on Sunday.
Campbell did not answer questions about the purpose of his visit, but it follows claims from activists that Guangcheng had sought US protection from the Chinese government, after escaping from house arrest in his village.
Clinton, is due to hold two-day talks in Beijing, the Chinese capital, starting on Thursday. Timothy Geithner, the US treasury secretary, will be accompanying Clinton for the visit, during which talks will cover mainly economic issues, but also the crisis in Sudan and maritime claims in Asia’s seas.
And from Cuba:
Two Cuban actors who starred in a film about defectors have themselves defected to the United States.
Javier Nunez Florian and Anailin de la Rua emerged from hiding a week after they had gone missing at Miami airport during a stop-over on the way to a film festival in New York.
Speaking on a Spanish-language TV channel in Miami, they said they would seek political asylum in the US.
OUTSIDE the sun is blindingly hot, and in the immigration office 100 people are sweating profusely. But no one complains. A critical word, a demanding attitude, could end in punishment. So we all wait silently for a “white card,” authorization to travel outside Cuba.
The white card is a piece of the migratory absurdities that prevent Cubans from freely leaving and entering their own country. It is our own Berlin Wall without the concrete, the land-mining of our borders without explosives. A wall made of paperwork and stamps, overseen by the grim stares of soldiers. This capricious exit permit costs over $200, a year’s salary for the average Cuban. But money is not enough. Nor is a valid passport. We must also meet other, unwritten requirements, ideological and political conditions that make us eligible, or not, to board a plane.
With so many obstacles, receiving a “yes” is like hearing the screech of the bolts pulled back on a cell door. But for many, like me, the answer is always “no.” Thousands of Cubans have been condemned to immobility on this island, though no court has issued such a verdict. Our “crime” is thinking critically of the government, being a member of an opposition group or subscribing to a platform in defense of human rights.
Back in the USA, Boehner is being a boner according to this post from C & L: John Boehner Throws a Tantrum on the House Floor Over War on Women: ‘Give Me a Break!’
John Boehner believes that whoever yells the loudest wins, because he decided to throw another temper tantrum on the floor of the House this Friday — John Boeher On ‘War On Women’: ‘Give Me A Break’:
House Speaker John Boehner channelled his inner John Stossell Friday on the House floor when he sounded off on Democratic rhetoric pointing to the House GOP’s legislative agenda and finding a “war on women.”
“And now, now we are going to have a fight over women’s health,” Boehner said. “Give me a break. This is the latest plank in the so-called war on women. Entirely created, entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain.”
I don’t know, he sounds more like an asshole to me.
Speaking of which, check this out…Food Stamps In Crosshairs Of Republicans’ Plan To Save Military
The latest Republican plan to reconcile the budget and preserve defense spending extracts even deeper cuts from programs to help the poor and Americans still reeling from the recession.
Remember those automatic cuts to the military budget that were part of the Budget agreement last year?
Although spending levels for the budget were set in the Budget Control Act passed last summer in the deal to raise the nation’s debt limit, Republicans are pushing ahead with another plan that cuts more while trying to prevent the beginning of $600 billion in cuts over 10 years to the growth of the defense budget.
They are doing so because the Super Committee, which was supposed to find $1.2 trillion in cuts on which everyone could agree, failed, leaving the slashing up to a pre-agreed sequestration plan that extracts half the savings from the military.
Unless Congress acts, the sequestration begins at the start of 2013. Democrats in the Senate are arguing that the Budget Control Act counts as a budget, and therefore they won’t take up debate on a spending plan for 2013, much less address Rep. Paul Ryan’s House budget resolution.
So instead, the House has embarked on a seldom-used reconciliation process. Its aim is to have at hand an alternative to the sequestration on the theory that the Senate will not want to allow the defense cuts either, and won’t have its own plan.
In a memo sent to members Wednesday instructing them how to write their reconciliation bill, Republicans picked a number of targets, including extracting $80 billion from federal workers and $44 billion from health care. In all, it identifies $78 billion to cut in 2013, and details around $300 billion over 10 years.
But the memo spends the most time targeting the exploding cost of food stamps, on which more Americans rely than ever, at greater expense to the government than ever before.
Read the rest of this mess at the link. I should have guessed the GOP would try some crap like this…So many American’s are in need of these kinds of assistance. People are still being laid off, underemployed or have been unemployed so long, they don’t count anymore.
Families are still finding themselves in dire situations. My friend Jessica, who was a part-time rural postal worker in Fernandina Beach, Fl, recently lost her Saturday delivery route, and now her husband Orlando, who is a chef and kitchen manager at a country club on Amelia Island, is being laid off the day after Mother’s Day. (Yup, the country club will keep him through their busy holiday rush.) Now he is searching for another position…and under serious pressure to find a job.
Dakinikat has written about her employment situation as well. Even with her experience and Ph.D, she is having difficulty trying to find a teaching position. That’s two examples of families who are experiencing hard times…and that is not even mentioning those of us living in multi-family homes, pulling our resources together out of necessity.
It is all so depressing…sigh.
Okay…I have had enough of the news links, let’s get to the fun links.
Yesterday, Wonk the Vote posted a graphic of what a cat sees when they look at their “human pet.”
So this is something that Wonk, and lots of our cat loving readers will find interesting. CatCam Probes Philosophical Puzzle: What Is It Like to Be a Cat? There is…
The film tells the tale of Mr. Lee, a stray cat whom Juergen Perthold, a German engineer, and his wife adopted after moving to South Carolina in 2006. Curious about his cat’s wanderings outside the house, Perthold designed a camera, the CatCam, that hung around Mr. Lee’s neck and took photos and, later, video.
The photos show a snake coiling in grass, the inside of a drainage pipe, a tree-lined street on which a dog stands vigil, a bird feeder—all shot from several inches off the ground…The perspective is subjective, not objective, first person, not third person. It’s like a cat version of the 1999 film Being John Malkovich.
Next, a photo from vintage photography site Shorpy, check out the guys who are checking out the girl: Sweet Seventeen: 1922 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive
“Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest — August 5, 1922.” Seventeen-year-old Eva Fridell, last seen here and here, takes the loving cup from judge Isaac Gans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
From Minx’s Missing Link Files: This is an article from last week about the low populations of sharks from Scientific American. Mounting Evidence Suggests Sharks Are In Serious Trouble
Studying shark populations can be tricky. As David Shiffman explains well, while there are a number of methods that can be used to study shark populations, quantifying just how far their numbers have fallen can be difficult. However, recent research out of the University of Hawaii suggests that the presence of humans has a severe and strong negative impact on sharks, driving down numbers by over 90%.
Sharks play a vital role in coral reef ecosystems. Yet every year, millions are killed for asian delicacies and disproven cancer cures. There is no question our shark fishing habits have devastated their populations; the only questions that remain are how much of an effect are we having, and can the sharks recover.
In an effort to answer the first, the research team crunched data from 1607 surveys from the NOAA Coastal Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) to calculate the effect of human habitation on shark populations. The CRED team counted sharks throughout the Pacific using towed diver surveys, the most efficient and effective way to study open ocean creatures on a large spatial scale, and compared their counts with local human population numbers. Their results were clear – and sobering.
“Around each of the heavily populated areas we surveyed — in the main Hawaiian Islands, the Mariana Archipelago and American Samoa — reef shark numbers were greatly depressed,” said Marc Nadon, lead author of the study. “We estimate that less than 10% of the baseline numbers remain in these areas.”
Give the rest of that article a read, it goes into more details and has links to the original study results.
Easy Like Sunday Morning Link of the Week: Now, y’all know I am a huge Dark Shadows fan. I have counted down the days until the release of the new Tim Burton film on May 11th. So, I want to share some new clips that have me very excited: Dark Shadows News Page: Watch Clips From The New Dark Shadows Movie
Warner Bros have released nine short scenes from the Dark Shadows movie via website HollywoodTeenTV, all of which can be viewed in the windows below. Also included are three short interviews with Johnny Depp (Barnabas Collins), Chloe Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard) and Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman). Enjoy!
Go to the link to watch the clips. Oh, I can’t wait! I have this feeling of anticipation in the pit of my stomach…you know, it is nice to have something to look forward to.
What about you? What kind of things are you excited about? Let’s see what you are reading and blogging about today. Comment section is below…