Sunday Reads: Don’t like spiders or snakes, you fool…

Good Morning…

Yesterday was a crazy day for me, our car broke down, and it cost more to fix it than it was worth…so we ended spending most of Saturday in a dealer showroom. It was excruciating.

Then last night we had a candlelight vigil for my friend Derrick, who was killed last year. That was both upsetting and emotional…

So I’m writing this post blind, and hope that these links are not repeats for ya.

The latest news out of Chicago: Thousands Gather in Support of Chicago Teachers

the first teacher strike this city has seen in 25 years, a rally — not quite victory party, not quite vitriolic protest — was roaring just miles away.

Thousands of people, the largest celebration of union force since the strike began nearly a week ago, shook homemade protest signs in the air and wore the signature red T-shirts of the Chicago Teachers Union as they descended on Union Park, just west of downtown. The city skyline rose behind a stage from which a lineup of politicians, teachers, students and activists spoke about union strength and the need for better school conditions in the city.

They may be close to an agreement, or at least getting down to the nitty gritty, according to the Chicago Tribune:  Teacher rally as lawyers labor over details

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis becomes emotional Saturday as she greets supporters at a rally at Union Park. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune / September 15, 2012)

Thousands of teachers from Chicago and beyond rallied at a Near West Side park Saturday as lawyers labored into the night at a Loop office to turn a framework for a new contract into finer points that can become a deal.

Parents can expect to wait until Sunday afternoon or later to find out whether their children will return to class Monday morning after missing a week of school because of the Chicago Teachers Union strike. Hundreds of union leaders are supposed to meet Sunday for a potential vote that could end the walkout.

While attorneys talked terms in private, the Saturday afternoon rally was filled with very public symbolism. Out-of-state teachers traveled to Union Park in solidarity with a city teachers union that has attracted national attention as organized labor looks for lessons in a fight with cash-strapped government.

After last night’s vigil, we went to eat at one of the local chicken joints…and Fox news was blazing away on the big screens. By the looks of all those “Fox News alerts” something big was going on.  Via HuffPo US orders some diplomats out of Sudan, Tunisia

The State Department on Saturday ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential U.S. government personnel from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the two countries due to security concerns over rising anti-American violence.

“Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel from both posts, and issued parallel travel warnings to American citizens,” said department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

In Tunisia, the warning advised Americans that the international airport in Tunis is open and encouraged all U.S. citizens to depart on commercial flights. It said Americans who chose to remain in Tunisia should use extreme caution and avoid demonstrations. On Friday, protesters climbed the walls into the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, torching cars in the parking lot, trashing the entrance building and setting fire to a gym and a neighboring American school that is now unusable.

In Sudan, the warning said that while the Sudanese government has taken steps to limit the activities of terrorist groups, some remain and have threatened to attack Western interests. The terrorist threat level remains “critical” throughout Sudan, the department said. It noted that U.S. officials are already required to travel in armored vehicles and to get permission to travel outside Khartoum, where crowds torched part of the German Embassy and tried to storm the U.S. Embassy on Friday.

They are reporting some holdup in deploying the Marines because of the Sudan Government.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton worked the phones on Saturday, calling top officials from seven countries to discuss the situation following a wave of protest and violence over an anti-Muslim film that has swept across the Middle East and elsewhere in recent days. An obscure, amateurish movie called “Innocence of Muslims” that depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile sparked the outrage.

I will post some updates in the comments below, it seems things are not cooling off any time soon.

The rest of today’s links will be on the human interest side.  Mars has been in the news a lot this week, check it out, from Geekosystem:

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Shows It Snows Dry Ice on Mars

While Curiosity has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention lately, it’s worth remembering that everyone’s favorite rover isn’t the only one doing cool stuff with Mars. When it’s not getting some glamour shots of its ground-based cousin, the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter (MRO) is still finding out all sorts of neat things about our nearest sibling in the solar system, like confirming the suspicion that Mars has instances in which it snows dry ice — carbon dioxide that has frozen at temperatures below -193 degrees Fahrenheit.

The super-cold snowfall takes place at the Martian poles, where solid dry ice has been known to exist for some time. It has never been observed as falling snow, though, so its origins, though suspected, remained uncertain. Not anymore, though. Analysis of clouds of CO2 imaged by the MRO in the Martian winter of 2006-2007 demonstrates that in addition to familiar, hydrogen dioxide snow, which was seen on the planet in 2008 by the Phoenix lander, the red planet gets snowstorms of frozen carbon dioxide.

Cool innit?

Also, from Mars, this time from the Opportunity Rover:

The above picture may not look like much, but it could be a huge deal. The photograph, taken by the Opportunity Rover at Mars’ Cape York site, shows iron spherules that researchers commonly refer to as “blueberries.” Similar formations are found here on Earth. The catch is that, here, they are formed with help from microbial organisms, suggesting that these unassuming iron marbles could be a telltale sign of ancient life on the red planet.

Typically just a couple millimeters across, iron blueberries are a pretty standard part of the Martian landscape, found on the ground of the Cape York site where Opportunity is doing its research or embedded in rock. They bear a distinct resemblance to the “Moqui marbles” found around the American southwest. Ranging in size rom BB pellets to cannonballs, Moqui marbles are not unlike geological M&Ms, consisting of a thin iron shell filled will sand.

A study published earlier this month in the journal Geology found strong evidence that the marbles are not a purely geological oddity, but were formed with an assist from microbes. That finding is a strong suggestion that the Moqui marbles’ Martian cousins may be a good candidate for indicators that Mars once sustained microbial life.

It looks like coral to me. ;)

This next history, archeology, science link is really interesting…King Tut Death: Epilepsy Killed Boy King Tutankhamun, New Theory Suggests Wow, as someone who suffers from epilepsy, it is strange to see how they have developed this new theory.

A British surgeon is touting a new theory regarding what killed King Tut, the Egyptian pharaoh who died at 19 and whose life and death have fascinated the public since his tomb was discovered in 1922.

[...]

People have attributed the cause of death to murder, a fall from a chariot that led to a fractured leg and even a hippopotamus attack. But according to Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon at Imperial College London, Tut suffered from a hereditary form of epilepsy, the Washington Post reports.

Ashrafian said Tut’s supposed feminine features — the king has been depicted in statues and renderings as having had breasts and wide hips — are signs that he had a form of epilepsy that affects the temporal lobe, which is known to be involved with hormone release. The disease might be to blame for Tut’s death in addition to the deaths of several of his predecessors who died at young ages, Ashrafian claims.

Ashrafian also points to King Tut’s broken thigh bone, which he argues may have come from a fall during a seizure. The religious hallucinations Tut and his predecessors reportedly experienced were further evidence of the disease, Ashrafian told the Post, citing that seizures starting in the temporal lobe can result in such visions after sunlight exposure. The doctor reportedly came to these conclusions after reviewing family history of the king.

DNA studies have show that Tut suffered from malaria and a bone disorder that comes from inbreeding. (I could make a comment out Banjoville, but I won’t.)

Since the chests of both Tut and his father were missing, the researchers couldn’t definitively say whether or not Tut and his father had feminine features, which could suggest the presence of a genetic disorder.

However, the scientists noted that the mummies didn’t have signs of gynecomastia or Marfan syndrome, conditions that would result in the development of breasts in males. Some researchers theorized that representations of Tut and his father with breasts could reflect the belief that gods were androgynous.

According to Discovery News, however, German researchers later disputed the conclusions, instead suggesting that abnormalities in Tut’s foot were indicative of sickle-cell disease.

In 2005, researchers ruled out the murder theory after conducting CAT scans. They concluded that a bone fragment found Tut’s skull was from the mummification process rather than a blow to the head.

With the conclusion of that article I have to post this:

King Tut

Yes, it is a link to Steve Martin’s performance on SNL back in the seventies….

On to another cool dude, this time he is not wearing “jammies” he is sporting a bow tie, I am talking of course about Dr. Who…this American Prospect article by Amanda Marcotte discusses women on the new Dr. Who series: Bowties Are Cool, but So Are Kickass Female Characters

(AP Photo/ Donald Traill)

Actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillian are seen on location filming “Doctor Who” in New York on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

For fans of the BBC’s reboot of the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, the beginning of season seven this September has a lot on offer so far: The Doctor in full badass hero form, a new potential sexy genius Companion, dinosaurs on spaceships, and Daleks, the villains that have been fan favorites since nearly the beginning of the series.

I wasn’t so crazy about the last remake, that doctor was too good looking and not “geeky” enough. I guess that is why I like the BBC’s latest version.  But as Marcotte points out, the role of women on the show is stereotypical female. The show is getting pushed into a new direction from Steven Moffat who took over the show this season.

has doubled down on tinkering with the show to make it more appealing to mainstream audiences. To do so, he decided to turn down the volume on sci-fi cheese and inject more story lines about love, family, and romance. While this idea appeals in the abstract to many feminists who want the world of sci-fi and fantasy to stop being so decidedly dudely, many feminists have strong objections to how Moffat went about it. His strategy was to take the Doctor’s new companion, a character role on the show that is traditionally all about wide-eyed curiosity and boundless courage, and turn her story line into one about getting married and having babies.

Ever since Amy Pond first set foot onscreen, feminist fans have complained that Moffat created a fun character, gave the role to off-the-charts charming actress Karen Gillan, and then turned her into a passive object whose main job is to be married off to her simpering boyfriend Rory Williams. To make it worse, the relationship fits neatly into what feminists have deemed the “nice guy” narrative: That if a man hangs in long enough and shows enough devotion, a woman is pretty much obliged to be with him, even if her heart isn’t in it. Last year, Sady Doyle wrote the definitive piece detailing feminist objections to any and all stories about the Pond marriage:

The moment the Doctor found out about Rory, the importance of time-traveling adventures decreased radically. Instead, the Doctor became a matchmaker and alien fairy godmother, single-mindedly devoted to making sure that Amy overcame her ambivalence about Rory and married him straight away. He referred to this process as “getting [Amy] sorted out.” From henceforth, both the Doctor and the show have been cramming every bony, whiny inch of Rory down our throats, in a doomed attempt to convince us that he is awesome.

Read the rest if you are a Dr. fan…or not. There needs to be some more kickass roles out there for women, obviously…no question about that, but I think you may find Marcotte’s take on the new female character interesting.

Finally, I hate spiders and snakes: Alien Snakes Help Spiders Overrun Guam

Yuk, this island is full of both!

he jungles of Guam have up to 40 times more spiders than do the forested areas of nearby Pacific islands thanks in part to the brown tree snake, according to a study published this week in the journal PLoS One.

The bird-devouring snake from northern Australia and nearby islands was introduced to Guam in the 1940s. The ravenous reptile became the dominant predator; bird numbers plummeted. By the 1980s, 10 of 12 native bird species had been wiped out, and the last two survive only in small areas, protected by intense snake-trapping.

Small-scale experiments show that areas without birds have more spiders – which makes sense, because birds eat spiders and the insects upon which spiders feed. But the sheer numbers of spiders found in Guam’s jungles were much greater than predicted by these small studies, suggesting the removal of birds from an entire forest can have unforeseen — and creepy — effects.

You can guess what those are, yes?

Study author Haldre Rogers, a researcher at Rice University in Houston, counted spiders throughout Guam’s jungles by counting spider webs (which correlate with spider population and are commonly used as a stand-in measurement).

The difference between the number of spiders Rogers and her colleagues counted on Guam and three nearby islands that still have birds “was far more dramatic than what any small-scale experiments had previously found,” she said in a statement from Rice.

“Anytime you have a reduction in insectivorous birds, the system will probably respond with an increase in spiders,” Rogers said. And she thinks this may be true elsewhere. “With insectivorous birds in decline in many places in the world, I suspect there has been a concurrent increase in spiders.”

That creeps me out, but it does lead me to the title of today’s post.

So y’all have a wonderful day, and please share what you are reading and thinking about this morning.

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61 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Don’t like spiders or snakes, you fool…”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Lots of interesting links this morning, JJ. Thanks.

    Latest poll shows Obama leading in New Jersey by 14 points.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/169934466.html

    • bostonboomer says:

      Support for the president is even stronger in the seven South Jersey counties, with Obama leading Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, 56 to 34 percent, compared with 51-37 percent statewide. Obama has a double-digit lead among unaffiliated voters, and he enjoyed a bounce in support from those who watched the Democratic convention on TV earlier this month.

      On the other hand, 32 percent of those who watched the Republican convention said they were less likely to vote for Romney, with 26 percent more likely to support him.

    • I just now was able to get online. I was helping a friend with her powerpoint and didn’t realize it was so late.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    From Politico, insights from brand new NYT-CBS News poll released last night, all interviews after DNC:

    –If election held today: Obama/Biden, 46%; Romney/Ryan, 45%

    –Add leaners: Obama/Biden, 49%; Romney/Ryan, 46%

    –Country going in right direction: 38%; wrong track: 57%

    –Most important issue in deciding how to vote: economy: 28%; jobs/unemployment: 13%; health care: 12%; budget deficit: 4%; Medicare/Medicaid: 2%; taxes: 2%

    –Congressional approval: 12%; disapproval: 78%

    –“The United States is more successful when the government emphasizes self-reliance and individual responsibility”: 41% … “The United States is more successful when the government emphasizes community and shared responsibility”: 51%

    –Obama favorable: 44% (unfavorable: 44%) … Romney favorable: 37% (unfavorable: 38%) … Biden favorable: 33% … Ryan favorable: 29% (26% unfave; 32% haven’t heard enough) … Michelle Obama favorable: 61% … Ann Romney favorable: 35% (12% unfave; 37% haven’t heard enough) .. Bill Clinton: favorable 64%

    –Which candidate would do more to help middle class Americans? Obama, 54%; Romney, 40% (In the full sample, 42% of respondents describe themselves as middle class.)

    –If Romney were elected, his policies would favor: rich: 53% … middle class: 8% … poor: 1% … treat all groups equally: 33%

    –If Obama reelected, policies would favor: rich: 12% … middle class: 26% … poor: 22% … treat all groups equally: 30%

    Lots more at link.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    NYT new public editor rejects false equivalency arguments by national editor and reporters on voter ID story.

    I wonder how long she’ll last?

    • janicen says:

      Thank you for that interesting read. I forwarded it to my daughter who has changed majors from History to Journalism/Communications. She’s also an Assistant Editor on her college newspaper. She’s just the type to bring it forward as a discussion topic in the classroom. Maybe we can change things a few students at a time!

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    A little “offbeat” but another lie heaped on more lies that seem to float out of the mouth of Mitt Romney.

    In an interview with Kelly Ripa, Mitt admits that he watches Snooki from Jersey Shore, likening her to “a sparkplug”.

    Now I don’t know if anyone here has caught a glimpse of this show featuring Snooki, but her entire “persona” is built around how hard she parties, how drunk she can become before landing on her face, or who she wakes up alongside the next morning after an evening of passing out cold. Factor in her language where most of her dialogue consists of “b*tch” and “f*ck you” and I ask: does anyone here believe for one moment that Mitt Romney watches this show? Seriously?

    This is the same guy who does not drink booze or coffee and considers a bowl of cereal the highlight of his day. Jersey Shore is a travesty from start to finish highlighting the hedonism of a group of illiterate braindead 20 something morons but in another race to pander to even that disgraceful demographic Mitt lowers himself to “admire” a woman with little dignity or self respect and has just become an unwed mother with no discernible values beyond drinking and partying.

    Come on, Mitt. Do you consider us all that stupid thinking we would be taken in by that lie?

    • bostonboomer says:

      He seemed most interested in her weight loss.

    • RalphB says:

      Since he seems sheltered from life, outside his family and his faith, maybe that’s where he gets his preposterous ideas about life in America. After all, they do call it “Reality TV” :-)

  5. janicen says:

    Here’s something interesting that happened to me that I’d like to share even though it’s not a linked article or post:

    By now everyone knows that I live in a swing state. We have been bombarded by TV ads but thanks to TIVO and DVRs we can skip those. I will say that I’ve forced myself to watch at least a piece of most of them just to analyze what’s going on and the claim that the Democrats are more negative is false. Of course both sides are running negative ads but I’ve seen a lot more positive ones from the Democrats. Honestly, I can’t recall a positive Romney ad. But that’s not what I wanted to share. Here in Virginia we are not only bombarded with ads we are double bombarded with polling calls. If you make the mistake of answering one of their surveys, you’ll be running to the phone for the next several days because the calls flood in. So I’ve learned to say, “No. Please take me off your list.” and hang up. But sometimes they get me. On Friday, after I was exhausted and discouraged by what happened up at the Board of Health, I agreed to participate in a poll because I wanted to scream loud and clear, “I’M VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA” to everyone and anyone. Here’s the interesting part…after answering two of the poll phone calls I got a third. It asked my opinion of Barack Obama’s healthcare plan; strongly approve, somewhat approve, etc. Obama’s handling of the economy; strongly approve, somewhat approve, etc. And then it asked my opinion of Bill Clinton!! Strongly approve, somewhat approve, or something along those lines. And then, wait for it, they wanted my opinion of Joe Biden, strongly approve, etc. This is a first. I’ve listened to a lot of polling questions and this is the first time I’ve heard Clinton or Biden mentioned. I’m wondering if they are putting out feelers for, dare I say it, a Hillary run in 2016??

    • bostonboomer says:

      Interesting. In the NYT-CBS poll I commented on above, respondents were asked their opinions on Bill and Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Ann Romney. I can’t remember if they asked about Biden.

      • janicen says:

        Hmmmm. This is a mistake. I remember hearing Bill Clinton say that you don’t start thinking about the next election until you have won this one. I hope the Dem’s aren’t counting their chickens too soon.

      • RalphB says:

        Those are media polls, not Dem polls. Though those questions could help in looking at what is moving people to vote in November.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Dems didn’t write the questions for the poll. Am I misunderstanding your point?

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think the popularity of Hillary, Bill, and Michelle could contribute to why people are voting for Obama.

      • janicen says:

        Ralph, how do you know they are media polls? They could just as easily be Dem polls.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The poll was sponsored by the New York Times and CBS News.

    • janicen says:

      My point is that I don’t know who asked the questions in my polls. It could have been the media but it could have been the Dems. They hire polsters too. Hell, it could have even been the Republicans.

      • RalphB says:

        Sorry but, from the questions, it sure sounded like that poll BB wrote about upthread. You’re right though it could have been anybody. ;-)

      • bostonboomer says:

        Oh now I see what you mean. You were talking about the call you got in VA. Sorry. When you replied to my comment above, I assumed you were referring to the poll I described in the comment.

        But even if Dems did your poll, why would it be a problem for them to ask about Bill Clinton? He spoke at the DNC, so it would be relevant to voter’s reactions. Biden also spoke at the DNC and is running for VP, so reactions to him would also be relevant to this year.

  6. ecocatwoman says:

    Bill Moyers’ shows get better & more disturbing, week after week. Today’s primary story was on a special issue of The Nation about the 1% Court (SCOTUS). Holy F**K. If you do nothing else today, PLEASE watch this: http://billmoyers.com/episode/the-one-percent-court/

    That segment was followed by the author of a new book, Boss Rove. As if I hadn’t lost all hope already, this just drug me further into the depths. HOLY SHIITE. Master Manipulator – Emperor of the Universe – I’m convinced that is the title this glob of pond scum sees for himself. The Revolution is here & it’s being led by the 0.01% & the corporations.

  7. RalphB says:

    Nothing that hasn’t been said before but another story of fear of the “other” driving conservative voters.

    politico: Obama ‘fear’ driving social conservatives

    “It’s not excitement, it is fear — fear of the other guy,” said Dolores Taylor, 69, of West Harrison, N.Y., explaining why she will vote for Romney over Obama in November. “Excited doesn’t seem to be the right word — I’d say energized, because I’m so angry about what’s going on.”

    Jackie Lewis, a woman from Ashburn, Va., echoed those sentiments, calling the motivating factor behind her decision to back Romney “total fear”of the incumbent.

    • dakinikat says:

      The weird thing is that if you ask them for specifics about what they don’t like the give you things that aren’t true. I’m reminded of Rachel Maddow walking around with a Mike asking Tea Baggers why they hate Obama so much. She gets answers like Holder and Obama are going to take away my guns. When she asks them to name one thing that Holder and Obama have done to do that … they are speechless. Completely. But, they go back to repeating it or they offer up something that never happened.

      That much stupidity should kill people.

    • dakinikat says:

      How’s this one for nutjob mania?

      For example, one recent e-mail claimed “Egyptian Christians in Grave Danger as Muslim Brotherhood Crucifies Opponents.” Of course, that claim has been thoroughly debunked, but the sender’s website still (as of Friday) claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has “crucified those opposing” Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy “naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others.”

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/15/my-take-its-time-for-islamophobic-evangelicals-to-choose/?hpt=hp_t2

  8. RalphB says:

    An ad done by a guy supporting Obama.

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Disco Dave apparently made a bigger fool of himself today than usual. Josh Marshall:

    On Meet the Press this morning David Gregory referred to Benjamin Netanyahu as “Leaders of the Jews” and in his role as ‘leader of the Jewish People” asked for his verdict on President Obama. “You are the leader of the Jewish people,” Gregory told Netanyahu.

    Helping matters somewhat, Gregory went on Twitter a short time ago and clarified that it would have been “better to say he’s leader of jewish state.” To which I would say, yes, much better. In fact, probably best to say, he’s leader or Prime Minister of Israel.

    • RalphB says:

      As a journalist, Disco Dave is a swell dancer.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      I caught part of McCain’s piece on MTP. I was screaming at the TV. He was basically saying that Obama should say, “whatever you want, Bibi, you got it.” Seriously I yelled at McCain that he should run for office in Israel if his loyalty is to Bibi & not the US Prez. When did Israel/Bibi start running our country? Jeebus.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    This is interesting. Politico says that Netanyahu “distanced himself” from Romney’s claims that Obama “threw Israel under the bus.” He indicated that both Obama and Romney are committed to preventing Iran from developing a nuke.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2012/09/netanyahu-wont-back-romney-on-israel-rhetoric-135674.html

    • RalphB says:

      To be honest, I was kind of expecting Bibi to back off because he doesn’t want to back a loser. It looks like Rmoney is losing to them as well I’ll bet now.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That makes sense. He doesn’t want to alienate Obama too much, and besides he’s been getting hammered at home for interfering in the election.

  11. RalphB says:

    SteveM has a question for Rmoney.

    FORCE MITT TO CHOOSE

    Well, this is tiresome: The talk of the blogosphere right now is an Instapundit rant titled Why Barack Obama Should Resign.” I’ll save you a click: Obama should resign because a repeat felon who was in violation of the terms of his parole was brought in for questioning, then released, on those parole violations. Oh, and because of the color of the uniforms:
    [...]
    It used to be that the principal pocket of mainstreamed paranoia in America was the gun-nut belief that every Democratic president would eventually go door to door and round up all the firearms; now the belief in creeping sharia is utterly mainstream as well. Wingnuts to America: We are all Ted Nugent and Pam Geller.

    So what I want someone in the campaign press to ask Mitt Romney is this: One of the people alleged to be involved in the making of that anti-Muslim has been brought in for question on a possible parole violation. What are your thought about that? He denounced the film in an ABC interview on Thursday, but his base has made the filmmakers into martyrs. I want him to be asked to take a stand: Does he think the government has the right to question a man who’s living under a parole agreement, or does he stand with the wingnuts and the hatemongers? Choose, Mitt.

    Lest we forget, according to Prof InstaDipshit…

    Torture, indefinite detention, surveillance: all constitutional.

    Probation violation check: unconstitutional.

  12. janicen says:

    All that up above, bb and Ralph, no problem. I’m sorry I sounded cross. I’m fighting off a cold, and right now it feels like I’m losing, and I’m not myself right now.

    Did anyone see MoDo today? Why is she suddenly making sense lately?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/dowd-neocons-slither-back.html

    • RalphB says:

      I didn’t think you sounded cross but you did have a good point :-)

      MoDo was dead on again. I hope it lasts.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Janicen,

      I didn’t think you sounded cross either. I just misunderstood what you were referring to. Sorry you’re not feeling well. Get lots of rest and drink fluids. You know the drill.

  13. dakinikat says:

    Deja Vu, 1988: Protesters Throw Bombs Over Religious Film

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/deja-vu-1988-protesters-throw-bombs-o

    Susie recalls all those violent protests on the Last Temptation of Christ that I listed on yesterday’s post …

  14. RalphB says:

    Blind Affection

    Stolen shamelessly from cheezburger.com. The generosity of a stranger. The love of a lifetime. I bawled for a several minutes, and then cheered up when I realized we live in a great world where someone can care so much, and a blind cat can still find your laptop and decide to place themselves right on the keyboard. All is right with the world.

    This heart-warming story just made my whole day!

  15. bostonboomer says:

    Nancy Pelosi to Candy Crowley: “Everybody knows” Romney won’t be president.

    “Bipartisan cooperation is on the ballot too,” she continued. “When President George W. Bush was president and we were in the majority and I was the Speaker, we had our differences, we fought, but also found common ground. There are so many places where we came together.”

    Crowley wondered if Democrats could also find common ground with Romney like they had with Bush.

    “Oh, Mitt Romney’s not going to be president of the United States ,” Pelosi said, rolling her eyes. “I think everybody knows that, right?”

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

  16. ecocatwoman says:

    Holy Torah – http://www.npr.org/2012/09/16/161239178/rabbi-shmuley-wants-to-bring-shalom-to-the-house?ft=1&f=1001 Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who is ultra orthodox, is running as a Republican in New Jersey. He’s studied Torah with that darling Eric Cantor. Oh, and Sheldon (let’s nuke Iran) Adelson donated $500,000 to the rabbi’s SuperPAC.

  17. RalphB says:

    Heh …

  18. RalphB says:
  19. pdgrey says:

    Cannonfire as a link today that has taken me all day to read about this film. The connections to Frank Gaffnety and Pam Geller. It is really worth the time but it is long and but the links are very informational.
    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2012/09/bombshell-article-about-true-origins-of.html