Moon Rains on Saturn, Wu Resigns and Crazy Candidates… SDB Evening News Reads for 072611

Good Afternoon, having been gone most of the day seeing a lawyer about foreclosure…I am not sure what has been covered today on the blog.  So if some of these links are repeats, I apologize…

This is good news, at least I think so, Wu resignation improves Democratic odds of keeping seat – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs

Oregon Rep. David Wu’s resignation announcement Tuesday has most likely provided relief to national Democrats worried about holding onto what should be considered a safe seat.

The seven term Democratic congressman said that he will resign from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser’s daughter. In a statement issued by his office, Wu said he would step down once the current standoff between Congress and the White House over raising the U.S. debt ceiling is resolved.

Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement soon after Wu’s announcement that “Congressman Wu’s resignation is the right decision.”

Yes, it is the right decision, hopefully this seat sticks with a Democrat…although I don’t think the Dems are really Dems anymore.

Check this out, when I read the title of this article, the song The Payback by James Brown came to my mind.  “I don’t know karate, but I know crazy.”

Ted Strickland: ‘Crazy’-sounding candidates can’t beat Barack Obama – Alexander Burns –

Former Ohio Gov Ted Strickland sees little chance for any Republican to win his home state in the 2012 election, except perhaps for Mitt Romney, and dismissed the bulk of the GOP field as sounding like “crazy” people in an interview with POLITICO Tuesday.

In a visit to the POLITICO newsroom, Strickland named Romney as perhaps the one Republican who might be a credible challenger for President Barack Obama in the Buckeye State. He blasted other candidates – specifically naming Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann – for their down-the-line opposition to raising the debt limit, despite the risk of economic “destruction for the country.”

“The one who seems to be the most rational is Romney. I don’t want him to be president, but at least he doesn’t sound like a crazy person,” Strickland said.

Strickland, a trained psychologist, clarified that he wasn’t using “crazy” as a clinical term.

And for those of you who now got the Godfather of Soul singing in the back of you mind…

Get mad yet?

Well, this may get you riled up a bit:  Pat Buchanan: Norwegian Right-Wing Terrorist ‘Breivik May Be Right’ | ThinkProgress

Today, in a World Net Daily op-ed, failed presidential candidate and conservative pundit Pat Buchanan offers an example of the ethnic bigotry and racial insensitivity that has come to define him.

Offering his take on the horrendous terrorist attacks in Norway, Buchanan joined the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post in arguing that the far-right extremist perpetrator Anders Breivik may have had a valid point. Arguing that Breivik was bringing attention to his cause, “a Crusader’s war between the real Europe and the ‘cultural Marxists’ and Muslims,” Buchanan declares that, on the “climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world…Breivik may be right“:

Oh, yes…what an ass…

Of course, Muslims are just the most recent group of people on Buchanan’s enemies list, which already includes Latinos, African-Americans, and gay people. As Buchanan said, he “prefers the old bigotry.” And he’s bringing it back to the mainstream.

In Florida mother, Casey Anthony gets acquitted, and in Georgia a mother gets jail time, with the same end…both kids are dead.  Ga. mom is spared prison in son’s jaywalking death  |

A woman who was arrested after her 4-year-old son was struck and killed by a van as they were jaywalking across a busy street was spared a prison sentence Tuesday following an outcry over her arrest.

Raquel Nelson, 30, was convicted by a jury earlier this month of vehicular homicide and other charges for not using a crosswalk and could have gotten three years behind bars — far more than the six months the hit-and-run driver served.

Instead, without explanation, Judge Kathryn Tanksley gave the suburban Atlanta mother a year’s probation, ordered 40 hours of community service, and took the unusual step of offering her a new trial — an offer Nelson is considering.

A crowd of supporters broke out in applause.

Yes, the driver, a hit and run driver at that would have gotten less prison time then the mother.

And lastly a couple of science news links for you.

Is generosity an evolutionary trait? | Human World | EarthSky

According to evolutionary psychologists at the University of California at Santa Barbara, generosity – acting to help others in the absence of foreseeable gain – emerges naturally from the evolution of cooperation. This means that human generosity is likely to rest on more than social pressure – it is built in to human nature. Their findings appear in the July 25, 2011 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


The simulations, which are mathematical tools for studying how natural selection would have shaped our ancestors’ decision making, show that – over a wide range of conditions – natural selection favors treating others as if the relationship will continue – even when it is rational to believe the interaction is one-time only.

According to John Tooby, co-director of the Center for Evolutionary Psychology, economic and evolutionary models both predict that humans should be selfish in one time only situations. Yet, experimental work – and everyday experience – shows that humans are often surprisingly generous:

People who help only when they can see a gain do worse than those who are motivated to be generous without always looking ahead to see what they might get in return.

Bottom line: UC Santa Barbara evolutionary psychologists used computer simulations to show that generosity likely emerges naturally from the evolution of cooperation.

I wonder if being an asshole is a genetic trait for tea party politicians as well? I will lump Obama in that a-hole group too.

This next link is just amazing, especially the photo:  Saturn’s moon rains water onto Saturn | Space | EarthSky

Once again proving that the universe is not only curiouser than we suppose, but curiouser than we can suppose, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced today (July 26, 2011) that water expelled from one of Saturn’s moons rains onto Saturn.

ESA’s Herschel space observatory – a large infrared space telescope, stationed at the second Lagrange point of the sun-Earth system – helped make the discovery. It found that water from Enceladus forms a giant torus of water vapor around Saturn.

Here’s what we already knew about water from Enceladus. In 2009, the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera found at least four distinct plumes of water ice spewing out from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, as shown in the awesome image below.

Plumes of water shoot out of Enceladus: NASA

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Cassini obtained this view of Enceladus in 2009 from a distance of approximately 617,000 kilometers (383,000 miles). In this image, light reflected off Saturn is illuminating the moon while the sun, almost directly behind Enceladus, is backlighting the plumes. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Enceladus (504 kilometers across). North is up.

Well, hope everyone has a pleasant evening…now to catch up on your comments.

26 Comments on “Moon Rains on Saturn, Wu Resigns and Crazy Candidates… SDB Evening News Reads for 072611”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I got something to say about the title of this article: Housing bust, recession hit minorities hardest: study | Reuters
    No Shit!

    Victor Castro Jr. grew up in a modest, three-bedroom house in the heart of a middle-class neighborhood in suburban Phoenix.

    But when his father lost his job three years ago in the recession and their property’s value plunged, the Castro family had to walk away from the cherished home where they had lived for 12 years.

    “You don’t realize how much a house can mean to you,” said Castro, a professional boxer, who turned 19 years old on Sunday. “There were so many memories.”

    The Castro family are among U.S. Hispanics and other minorities whose wealth slipped further behind that of white households during the recent housing crash and economic slump, according to a study released on Tuesday.

    The Pew Research Center found whites’ median wealth was a record 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanics in 2009 — the largest gap in the 25 years the government has been keeping records.

    Want more:

    Black households’ wealth, meanwhile, plunged by 53 percent during the same period.

    That compared to a 16 percent drop among white households, researchers said.

    “Everyone took a hit as measured by their net worth, it’s just that Hispanics and blacks took a bigger hit than whites and fell farther behind … than at any time in recorded history,” said Rakesh Kochhar, one of the report’s authors.

  2. dakinikat says:

    This is one helluva fascinating read on the butcher of Oslo:

    He is the vivid, brutal, expression of a bubbling right-wing political movement of the post 9/11 era, emerging not from fascism or neo-fascism or from “revolutionary nationalism”, but from the unholy marriage of Austrian School economics and paleo-conservative cultural identity Romanticism – think Goethe, Scifi/Fantasy novels, and von Mises spawn a child.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Yes, thanks for that link.

    • dakinikat says:

      Glenn Beck, in the United States, has used formulations from this scene, in particular when he decries “progressives of both parties” and talks of “political correct multiculturalism” and “cultural marxism” and adopts the liberal-left’s mis-guided ideas on totalitarian equivalencies of Fascism and “Communism” to use them against neo-liberal globalisation, “cultural suicide” and multi-cultural nanny states.

      The difference between the populist libertarianism of Beck and the ideology which Breivik represents is that in the United States, this movement is indeed fundamentalist Christian, populated by sects of millions that would seem strange to an Europeanist of the sort Breivik is. Those people are the actual mirror image of Al Qaeda, or more correctly the Taliban, and they don’t need to go around putting car bombs and driving planes into buildings because they have the US Armed Forces do that for them.

    • northwestrain says:

      Interesting perspective.

      Early on I thought I saw parallels between McVeigh and the butcher of Oslo. But then I remembered Charles Manson. One of Manson’s reasons for directing his followers to murder in grotesque ways was because of his racial hatred of blacks. Manson wanted to start a race war.

      I have a feeling that Behavior Scientists will be arguing for a long time about the motives of this monster. Then I’m thinking were these thrill kills — merely to see if he could get away with mass murder? Everything else he says and myths he builds are to hid the fact that he is just a plain old cold blooded killer. The look on his face — he is proud of what he did. He is among that select group of mass killers. He has zero empathy for the victims or their families.

      Manson was culturally bond to a time and place that no longer exist. Oslo’s Monster is more of an International creation — sort of like he was absorbing all of the hate and prejudice of the whole world.

      My husband is Scandinavian — so I’ve been exposed to this culture for a very long time.

  3. dakinikat says:

    30 of 53 economists surveyed by Reuters expect US to lose AAA credit rating.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Dak, do you think they will default? I honestly thought and agreement would be met at the last minute…but now I don’t know.

      • dakinikat says:

        I sold off all my treasuries and money markets last week. I think there is greater chance of that than not. I took my money out because I think they’ve already done the damage and they are doing more. Drives me nuts because all of this is in my retirement fund from the state and I haven’t contributed to social security since I started working for the state. The policy of this country since about the year 1998–Fugging Greenspan and his damned bubbles–and then Dubya et al is driving all of my hard earned savings into the ground. I’m going to either die at the podium or in a tent in a swamp.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    Oh, this is something you all have to see:

    Stephen Colbert | Media Called Norway Terror Suspect Muslim | Video | Mediaite

    The mining of this unspeakably tragic event for comedic material so early after it has occurred is, without question, a very tricky wicket to navigate without looking like an insensitive jerk. But Colbert somberly opens the segment with a rare, out-of-character moment of genuine empathy for the people of Norway. Its also worth noting that Colbert’s comedic target is the mainstream media who hastily and irresponsibly raced to offer insight that now makes them look ridiculous. Enter Colbert for delivering what appears to be just the appropriate amount of ridicule, delivered in his own, celebratory way.

  5. Minkoff Minx says:

    Colbert was on fire last night:

    Stephen Colbert | Summer’s Eve Ad | Styleite

    Stephen Colbert tackled those racially-targeted Summer’s Eve ads featuring talking vagina hands. But while we took issue with their ethnic stereotyping and vagina-shaming tactics, Colbert complained that there aren’t any equally insulting ads made for men. So he did what any self respecting news comedian would do and made one himself.
    But before revealing his ad, Colbert let fly a few zingers regarding Summer’s Eve, noting that the brand had done something really special with these commercials, because “usually when a lady ad comes on, I fast forward to give it its privacy.”
    As for the ethnic talking vagina hands, Colbert took a more educational tone: “Now, not a lot of people know this, but even minorities have vaginas. It’s true! It’s one of the things Dr. King was fighting for.”
    And of all the versions, Colbert took the most issue with the Latina one. Why? “This is America. Our vaginas speak English.” Touche.

    I swear it made me tear up I laughed so hard.

    • dakinikat says:

      He did a funny one a few months ago on how Dove had created a new plight for women by having ads on ugly armpits.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Yes, I remember that one now that you mention it. But this is really something. Has anyone seen these Summers Eve commercials on TV? Unbelievable…a talking hand vagina…

        • dakinikat says:

          haven’t had TV on recently actually, trying to grade projects and finals right now …. I read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Girl who played with Fire this week. I found out that you don’t want to start the second one of those unless you’re prepared to go immediately into the third one and I basically can’t do that until all this stuff is done and in.

      • dakinikat says:

        Anders Breivik, Stieg Larsson, and the Men with the Nazi Tattoos:

        and la voila!

    • WomanVoter says:

      The stupid ad asserting that women are dirty, and sleep with everyone, as the Latina vagina, says she has been ‘everywhere’ in a pretend accent… all in all the ad campaign was horrid, and I think Colbert showed just how dumb and sick it was via humor.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Rep. Gutierrez arrested outside White House protesting deportations: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) was arrested …

  7. dakinikat says:

    Boehner’s office: Don’t know if House vote tmow on plan after CBO discounted $150b in ‘savings:’

  8. northwestrain says:

    That moon peeing on Saturn is great!! I’m going to steal it and do a pastel — moon peeing on earth — sort of blame it on the MOON message.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Ha! I love it…actually the title of my post was” in the shadow of a pissing moon” but then I changed it. When you get that pastel completed, you have to post a picture of it!

  9. northwestrain says:

    Someone asked about how the “Knights Templar” played in the Monster of Oslo’s “thinking”.

    Well the blog “Man are we screwed” (link at right in blog list) had this link — which I followed:>

    “Why?  The Knights Templar is an historical model that is a ready made formula for manufacturing fictive kinship.  Fictive kinship is the “glue” or “cement” that holds together tribes.  Manufacturing fictive kinship enables the formation of a tribe/gang/cult that is able to defend itself and its interests.
    In the case of religiously grounded historical examples like this, it allows the group and its members to believe they are special.  So special they can transcend the laws, customs, and morality of the outside world without remorse/pause.  The result is a group that will often kill in a far more aggressive way than what is seen with groups that are glued together only through economic ties (al Qaeda used this approach).”

    So nutjob Oslo Monster using some of the same global/Internation logic as the hated Islamic nutjobs al Qaeda — connects with his “brothers” — the Crusader Knights Templar.

    I’m wondering how much Porn and violence against women games the Oslo monster has on his computer?????

  10. dakinikat says:

    Why This Woman Chose Abortion—at 29 Weeks

    A few weeks later, Weinstein understood. On June 26, 2009, she went in for a routine sonogram to check the progress of “Baby W.”

    The sonogram detected abnormalities. The technician noted that the ventricles in the baby’s brain were enlarged and that the fetus seemed to be having difficulty swallowing. An MRI several weeks later confirmed that the baby suffered from multiple malformations of the brain. The connections between the right and left brain had not formed, a condition called agenesis of the corpus callosum. The baby also had polymicrogyria, a severe brain condition where the ridges don’t form properly, which can cause intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as seizures that are “difficult or impossible to control with medication,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

    “We noted a number of different brain malformations,” explains Rhonda L. Schonberg, the coordinator at the Center for Prenatal Evaluation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where Weinstein was given the diagnosis. “Her fetus was really at a significant risk for developmental delay and seizure disorder.” It was a rare diagnosis, and it’s unclear what caused it, Schonberg says. It is also a condition that was not clear in Weinstein’s 20-week checkup; most brain development occurs in the third trimester, so it would have been difficult to foresee this earlier in the pregnancy.

    Weinstein was faced with the prospect of giving birth to a baby that was expected to suffer from nearly constant seizures, could have required feeding tubes to stay alive, and could have been in a vegetative state, if it survived at all. She decided to end the pregnancy rather than continuing for another two months and prolonging the suffering. It was a very personal decision, she says, one made between her, her family, and her doctors. “We wanted her and loved her,” Weinstein says. “In some ways I feel a little bit lucky, in that she was so sick that the decision was almost made for us. I don’t wrestle with guilt.”

  11. northwestrain says:

    Button of Hillary Clinton — told you so — Clinton 2012 — mid way into the article at link below.

    At this link — click on the image and you get a larger image. I think I want to wear this button.

  12. bluelady says:

    Last Sunday, I happened to turn on the HBO special documentary “Citizen USA, A 50 state Road Trip” showing naturalization ceremonies across the country. Being sentimental at heart and already teary about the Norway murders, I wept several times during the program at the poignant stories of our newest citizens and even with pride at what our country means to them. While the filmmakers edited the responses, it still is heartening to hear people admire and strive for the freedom which the USA can provide.(It’s also useful to be reminded that conditions can be horrific where some folks came from ,and we need to cultivate more gratitude, but that’s another issue…. and obviously one can’t forget horrific conditions here, but anyway….) My point is that the melting pot of America is a great thing. Our country can only be stronger as a result. And while some people may resist the influx of new cultures and people, it’s a tide that can’t be stopped.
    I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here but I’d recommend the program if you have a chance to see it.