Friday, July 30, 2010

Ninja Thought

Mr. Ryan, you are mistaken. You are the cancer.

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Tony Hayward Sociopath


Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD or APD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as "...a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."[1]

Characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder may include:[2]

* Persistent lying or stealing
* Apparent lack of remorse[3] or empathy for others
* Cruelty to animals[4]
* Poor behavioral controls — expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper
* A history of childhood conduct disorder
* Recurring difficulties with the law
* Tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others
* Substance abuse
* Aggressive, often violent behavior; prone to getting involved in fights
* Inability to tolerate boredom
* Disregard for safety

Tony Hayward:

Tony Hayward, who is stepping down as chief executive of BP in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, has said that he was turned into "a villain for doing the right thing."

I rest my case.

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Redskins Season Tickets

Going to pick them up from FedEx (location not the field) on Monday. Can't wait for the Training Camp to end and the season to begin. Hail to the Redskins!

I have season tickets, but unfortunately my family fell on some hard times, like many during the recession, and I cannot afford to make it to every home game this year. If you or anyone you know are interested in seeing the greatest franchise EVER, the availability can be found here or you can email me at iwantskinstix at g They are club level and underneath an awning, so in case of bad weather you are protected. It has all the club level perks as well as an Orange parking pass. It is honestly an amazing experience...I am also tired of selling them off to Giants fans, true Hogs are much appreciated.

(Last year's Broncos game, a rare win for the '09 squad)

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Friday ya'll! It is a muggy day out and I am in a muggy mood. I had to drop off Lil Sis Frank at the airport before dawn. Swore I was going to get jumped by some Vampires. Didn't happen, but I saw a homeless guy sleeping on a bench near my lady's place. Close enough. I didn't get much sleep, so doubling up on the coffee is going to be key. I don't have much else to add that's how out of it I am...except RAGE THE EFF ON WEINER!!! More of this please! This is what gets Frank juiced and jonesing to punch out juiceheads for acting a fool on the boardwalk. RAGE against, lying and conniving Republicans on the House floor. Someone has to call out these asshats. Heading to the boat this weekend should be fantastic.

Here are your highlights:

A Democrat's Ethics Probe vs. A Republican's Criminal Probe...wonder which one you hear about more on teh oh so librul mediduh

What is going to happen to the Bush Tax Cuts? More importantly the consequence of keeping them.

Abortions are a privilege of the rich only

It's the ECONOMY stupids

Phytoplankton Dammerung. Another side of effect of the non-existent Global Climate Change. P.S. Al Gore is fat....we are doomed.

This weekend "Baby Bull" Juan Diaz goes to battle with Juan Manuel Marquez in highly anticipated rematch. I have followed Baby Bull's career since he was just a "chubby prospect" going to get his degree while going on a title run. Even then the kid seemed to have his head on right. I think it is too early to write him off, however his lead by example approach should be trumpeted by any writer, commentator or fan of boxing. A pugilist lawyer who held championship belts, not many can say they have accomplished either in their entire lives let alone at 26 years old. Gonna be a heckuva a fight!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brown is the New Yellow

A friendly reminder. I think I have posted this before, but part of my rage regarding the Arizona Immigration law is how deeply rooted it is in our history. Uhmerika hasn't changed a bit.

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882:

The Chinese Exclusion Act was a significant restriction on free immigration in U.S. history. The Act excluded Chinese "skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining" from entering the country for ten years under penalty of imprisonment and deportation.[7][8] The few Chinese non-laborers who wished to immigrate had to obtain certification from the Chinese government that they were qualified to immigrate, which tended to be difficult to prove.[8] Volpp argues that the "Chinese Exclusion Act" is a misnomer, in that it is assumed to be the starting point of Chinese exclusionary laws in the United States. She suggests attending to the intersections of race, gender, and U.S. citizenship in order to both understand the restraints of such a historical tendency and make visible Chinese female immigration experiences, including the Page Act of 1875.[9]

The Act also affected Asians who had already settled in the United States. Any Chinese who left the United States had to obtain certifications for reentry, and the Act made Chinese immigrants permanent aliens by excluding them from U.S. citizenship.[7][8] After the Act's passage, Chinese men in the U.S. had little chance of ever reuniting with their wives, or of starting families in their new home.[7]

And it got worse before it got better...

I hope the administration will continue to use the legal system to thwart such asinine and nativist laws, but this isn't going away and it lends itself to a rather ugly road ahead. However, the question "Where does this coming from?" should be rather simple, in times of change or uncertainty part of Uhmerika always returns to its most base instincts. And in 2010 we have a network (with various facilitators) all too willing to perpetuate ignorance.

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The Walking Dead Trailer at Comic-Con

Someone who is a true ninja, like myself, bootlegged the trailer for the Walking Dead series which will be on AMC. This is going to be epic and I can't wait. (h/t to the guy at I Watch Stuff who once punched a hole through three zombie heads with a single super sweet right cross)

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Ninja Thought

And with the View appearance, Burruck Obamer has finally destroyed Uhmerika.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

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So at the last minute the lady and I decided we are going to trek down to Central Illinois to go boating. On her third week of her new job it seems the stress of the new environment is getting to her and the best way to combat that is of course, a weekend at the dock. We will be hanging out with the family while hopefully getting some sun (why am I not Hawaiin now I don't know!) We have almost done with our first full week of the second month of Insanity and I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooore. It is like month one all over again. I get it now. The whole program makes sense. The first month gets you mentally prepared and helps you lose some lbs. The second month humbles the crap out of you and sculpts your body. In my case...not really sculpt, but perhaps a little definition...needless to say I am still gung-ho and still getting whooped.

Here are your highlights:

The unemployment flatline

Why does the GOP hate Uhmerika and 9/11 so much?

Chicago Public Schools cracking down on cyber bullies
- I honestly can't imagine how awful this can possibly be, being an awkward teenager is enough abuse by itself

Really? There are anti-UFO zealots too?

In Blueville

Yesterday a judge shot down major portions of the Arizona immigration law. Protests have sprung up and people are even being bused in from Los Angeles. Good for the judge and good for the protesters. The law itself is part of a nativist, xenophobic and extreme movement that has seeped into America's right wing. Someone somewhere has to put there foot down and say enough already.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ninja Thought

If we had a fair immigration system there would be less illegal immigrants.

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He Might Regret Saying That

BP's new whipping boy CEO Bob Dudley:

"With the cap in place, there's every indication the well has complete integrity," Dudley said. "I do not believe we will see more oil seeping into the Gulf."

How long before he retracts that statement? Mine my money is on the under. I do, however believe it was a good move for the gaffetastic Tony Hayward to step down. Dudley comes from the Fighting Illini, perhaps he and Chief Illiniwek can combat the oil with their bare hands...

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Last night was a great time. The Drinking Liberally folks came out to meet and hang out with Justin Krebs co-founder of Living Liberally. Krebs gave a short speech while explaining the inspiration for his book "538 Ways to Live, Work and Play like a Liberal." It was nice to hear how the organization began and what it inspires across cities large and small in our country. The overall feeling was that the DL is only getting stronger. It was nice to see the old gang as well. I hadn't been to DL since I began Insanity, so we caught up on things and mostly just joshed around. Little fire breathing even more less rage. Laughing Liberally is a week away. I will be in attendance, so for those of you who don't know it will be at the No Exit Cafe August 4th, show starts at 8pm and is FREE!

Here are your highlights:

Anti-Gay Bigots and the Killing of Teh Gay

Douchebag alert: Jeffrey Lord "Just Can't Shut Up"

Blago trail wraps up, the man is doomed

I told you it was healthy. Booze may help fight arthritis!

Elizabeth Warren is what America needs

Arizona Cowboy Joe Arpaio will arrest protesters of the Arizona Immigration law

The irresponsible "leaders" of the American right-wing are fueling Islamophobia. It is a disgusting display of Fear the Brown People at its most basest form.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Drinking Liberally Tonight

Eat. Drink. And Be Merry. I will be the guy with the water.


For Megan McArdle

Respect Warren's authority. Perhaps Meggy picked the wrong person to call a hack?

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Ninja Thought

A Republican Majority would attempt to destroy America as we know it, all in the name of "patriotism."

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

It has been a heckuva busy day today. So alas my Dunkin comes mid-day. Consider it a mid-day distraction. Drinking Liberally tonight, so get your butts to Sheffield's for some boozing and some liberal rage. Our trusting leader Justin Krebs will be in attendance and promoting his new book "538 Ways to Live, Work and Play like a Liberal." Should be a blast, plus I haven't been there in about a month and I FUGGIN RAGIN BITCHES!

Here are your highlights:

Boehner with a bonehead idea: No regulations

If only I had been at Comic-Con

Paul Ryan - Hooverism!

The Palin Touch

Major Nom Nom Nom - Sprinkles Cupcakes opens a store in Chicago

The Blago Trial gets interesting as his lawyer goes BIG and isn't going home


Monday, July 26, 2010


I have had a frustrating day. Not a good way to start out the week. The doldrums of the box better known as teh computer has been haunting me all day with stalls, putts and freezes. Nothing works. It is laughable, however this is not. One thing I have been saying beating my head on the desk over since the inception of this blog is that there is a grave disconnect between the haves and have nots. Outside of Wall St. and the Galters, us "little people" believe the Free Market Fairy can't fix a fucking thing.

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Blogs I Follow

I was unaware Blogger didn't take my "Blog I Follow List" and put it automatically in my Blog List. Apologies. It is now up to date and running swimmingly.

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

I have no desire to do anything today. It is Monday and Monday's have become such a dreadful experience at work lately, that I have considered taking vacation days each Monday of every month. This, of course, would backfire as I do not have enough vacation days and it would just lend itself to more chaos on Tuesdays. Aye there is the rub. This weekend was a success! The lady and me dredged through copious amounts of suburbanites and survived. We also purchased some much needed items (cologne and such) and a gift for Lil Sis Frank. We enjoyed the Frozen Sangria mixed with Frozen Margarita at the Avenue Ale House in Oak Park while treating ourselves to some decadent fried veggies, a shrimp salad and a BISON BURGER. Our stomachs have certainly shrunk, so we had plenty of leftovers. Today we start INSANITY MAX. It looks to be just as difficult as it sounds.

Here are your highlights:

Lt. Dan Choi gives Harry Reid his West Point ring. Asks for action and less talk on DADT. We need more people like Lt. Dan Choi.

Krugman: Who Cooked the Earth?

Bush Tax Cuts getting the CUT or so it seems. Not sure about this, but I think Ben Nelson really, really really cares about the rich, last time I checked...

Motorcycle helmets, Safety Second Novelty First

Enough Right-Wing Propaganda

Wikileaks has struck again. This time by releasing thousands of documents from the War in Afghanistan. I am not sure if they offer anything we didn't already know, but Adam Serwer provides sound analysis regarding the issue.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Weekend Fun

Pics from last weekend (I took angular ones for framing purposes). These were taken on a Sunday where it was overcast, however when we went into the wind there was a comforting breeze through the cabin. It is a different type of relaxation, like none other, on the boat. The lake seen in these pictures is called Shelbyville.

The lady and me are heading out for the rest of the day. The weather is odd right now. Humid, but it rained all night, so for lack of a better word it is "sticky." We are trekking to an outdoor mall today, gonna be a whole lotta sexy going on.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Ninja Thought

GOP Death Panels

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Update: It gets better. Good luck with that! It worked so well the first time...

History to the Back of the Bus

Adam Serwer:

FOX's singular focus on so-called reverse racism is but the latest iteration of this inversion of history, responding not to the racial shame provoked by a people demanding recognition of their rights and dignity but the political interest in weakening a president who happens to be black. But the deliberate attempt to reverse the historical roles so completely -- the NAACP are the "real racists" -- is the self-implicating fingerprint. When you try to photoshop yourself into the March on Washington, the only ones who won't notice are the ones who desperately want to believe you.

They have only just begun...

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

It is Friday. Thank the Lord or Jeebus or Allah or whoever. This week has felt rather long. Not sure why as I was busy, but it felt strung out and long winded. This weekend the lady and I have plans to be uber domestic. We are heading to the Oak Park area, she is going to get her shopping fix in, we will say hello to my extended family and then share some sweet Sangria. The idea is to get away from the city and enjoy each others company since most of the summer we have been with friends and family. Not like that is a bad thing, but apparently the lady likes me and wants to just hang out with this guy. WINNER! We start the next INSANITY workout on Monday. MAX EVERYTHING!! Looking forward to it as this recovery week has left me wanting. What plans do ya'll got? Yes I said ya'll!

Here are your highlights:

Is there anything Mark Kirk says that isn't a fabrication?

The Senate has priorities, WAR over domestic assistance

Climate Bill is dead and the reality is the problems that face planet Earth are not

- the latest in Faux News fear mongering

A Helpful Suggestion, "Tax Cuts for 98% of the people just not the top 2%" Sounds like a winning message to me...Dems...are you listening?

I think I am going to start writing about food more. I have fallen in love with cooking and making new dishes at home, so it makes sense. One of my inspiration for this added category of writing is Chicago Bites and great "foodie" blog who had the amazing experience of touring Rick Bayless' Garden recently.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

With A Shrug

How America deals with Climate Change and Energy Policy:

Light it on fire, and let its carbon pollution soar into the sky unrestricted: climate change legislation is dead.

At a press conference this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the Democrats' top climate and energy negotiator, acknowledged officially, and with obvious disappointment, that they lack the votes to pass legislation limiting carbon pollution, and that forthcoming energy legislation will be extremely narrow, in a bid to overcome a GOP filibuster.

"Many of us want to do a thorough comprehensive [climate and energy] bill that creates jobs, breaks our addiction to foreign oil, and curbs pollution," Reid said. "Unfortunately at this time we don't have a single Republican to work with in achieving this goal. For me it's terribly disappointing and it's also very dangerous. So the President, Senator Kerry and I and others, large numbers of my caucus will continue to reach out to Republicans and work with environmental and energy committees, communities, to garner the support we need to move forward on a much larger more comprehensive bill."

If the BP Oil Spill can't even get a half-assed bill through...we are fading fast...cue the outro music.

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Jobless Recovery

It's not a recovery of any sorts for the unemployed. Congress as well as the Fed could do something about this, but the rich are doing quite fine, so I guess I should get my panties out of a bunch. They bless us, everyone of us.

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Ninja Thought

Don't call it a comeback it has been here for years.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Wow. I was so out of yesterday I posted a Dunkin with the wrong day. Alas it is now corrected. Oh well, yesterday I was in traffic for two whole hours thanks to Google Maps which had me going the LONGEST WAY POSSIBLE! Does anyone know of a better directions oriented site? I need one because I am done with teh Google Maps. I won't go into detail where I was headed...yet...still...waiting to hear back from people, but if it's good news of course I will share it. This weekend should be chill and am looking forward to it. The lady and I planning on trying out a new joint near Oak Park. All you need to know is, it serves SANGRIA.

Here are your highlights:

Foreclosures in Chicago - cut off from any help

John Yoo deserves to be booed

Treating Muslims like Democrats

For the lazy cook, Shredded Salads

Tropical Storm might effect oil seal

Josh Marshall reminds us of the events that took place during the Shirley Sherrod story. And asks "Shame on Obama?" I am one of those who stated that I was disappointed and felt the knee jerk reaction by Vilsack was just plain stupid. I stand by that. Eugene Robinson points to the bigger issue at hand "Obama needs to stand up to the "reverse racism" ploy." Why? As Robinson says:

After the Shirley Sherrod episode, there's no longer any need to mince words: A cynical right-wing propaganda machine is peddling the poisonous fiction that when African Americans or other minorities reach positions of power, they seek some kind of revenge against whites.


P.S. Andrew Breitbart is still a dick.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The GOP Solves Unemployment

This is genius:

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

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I said my piece last night about the Shirley Sherrod story. The culprit in this is Andrew Breitbart, a sociopath who wants nothing but to divide this nation. The administration, however and the White House's handling of the situation has been disappointing. I was watching the Today Show this morning and instead of focusing on the dark deception of false equivalencies drummed up by the right wing noise machine they focused on the administration's mistake. Exactly what I feared. Hopefully this will pass as we have much more pressing issues, but damn if this wasn't avoidable. I want to say more about my own experiences. I want to tell you how I empathize with Sherrod. I want to give you examples, but that would play into identity politics that I know happens too often. The real shame of this is it is clear we can't talk about race like grown ups. Not in Uhmerika. I have a busy and hectic day up ahead. Rock on!

Here are your highlights:

Social Security Doomsayers are winning

To be honest, I don't think I will miss Facebook all that much


Byron Williams right-wing extremist offers a little bit of irony

Jeremy Lin to the Warriors

Quote for the Day
- Sullivan links to Joshua Green who puts this Sherrod story in the correct light.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Meanwhile Foreclosures...

HAMP was a complete failure. Things are not looking better by any means and everyone seems to have moved on. Not out of the woods yet, maybe even playing footsie with Bigfoot.

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The White House and Shirley Sherrod

Dear Barack Obama,

It's your White House and your administration and you should be embarrassed. Can you all do us a favor now and quit caving to every faux-controversy the right wing manufactures? We understand the media sucks and failed miserably in this case. It is, however worse to go along with it and lack complete barrs. If what Shirley Sherrod says turns out to be 100% true (which it certainly seems to be in this case) she should be given the job of the asshole who forced her to resign and get a huge apology with a bow on it.

I will now hit my head on my desk repeatedly until it turns red. This is that fucking stupid. Andrew Breitbart is an idiot, why do we have to explain this? And Eric Holder was right, Uhmerika is a bunch of cowards in regard to race. Case in point.

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Ninja Thought

Freedom of the Right religion.

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History Be Not Ignored

Bonddad provides an interesting correlation between the last three recoveries in the U.S. :

1.) From a GDP growth rate perspective, this recovery has printed stronger than the last two recoveries at the same point in the recovery.

2.) Post-recovery employment has been a big problem for the last three recoveries.

Then the question is, why when attempting to recoup the economy, do the powers that be consistently refuse to address the struggling unemployment rate?

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

This week is the "recovery" week of Insanity. I am still getting my butt kicked and am starting to worry that I am going to flat line. I have looked up ways to combat this, the consensus is to get plenty of sleep and to up my caloric intake which I feel like I have been on top of throughout. Perhaps it is because I am still fighting off a cold from last week? I wake up every morning groggy. My nose is stopped up. My right ear feels as if someone is living in it. It is a whole lot of awesome and by awesome I mean it sucks. Who gets a cold during the summer? This guy. On an unrelated note I was called out of the blue by a director I worked with last fall. She was kind enough to arrange an audition for me...for an indie film. I won't say more for fear of jinxing it. Wish me luck!

Here are your highlights:

Former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich to Testify

U.S. and S. Korea to conduct War Games next week
. Paging Matthew Broderick...

Question: Demonstrating their 2nd Amendment Rights or demonstrating their utter stupidity?

Breakfast of Champions

Protecting big business these days backfires. Example 1,000: The internet

DFH. Krugman for the win. The "sensible centrists" have made a living of being the "real" middle of America, however what good is being in the middle if you are proven wrong time and time again? Oh well at least they aren't hippies...or something...head...slam...on...desk.


Monday, July 19, 2010

When Extreme is Too Extreme


The bottom line is that you can't promote extremism and hope to control it when it comes to power. That's why it's wrong for Mississippi politicians to go to CCC rallies and that's why it's wrong to play footsie with the Tea Party. The mainstream Republican Party has been atrociously bad for a long time, but the party that shut down the government and impeached Clinton morphed into the party that knew no fiscal discipline and couldn't call torture by its true name. As bad as those versions of the party were, they were child's play compared to what's emerging out of the Republican base today. The party is getting Palinized and if we're not good at combating them, the whole country is going to get Palinized. At least Trent Lott agrees with me that that won't be good for anyone.

I doubt at this point there is any turning back. The Tea Party as far as I can tell IS the Republican Party. Obama is the anti-Christ and the NAACP is a racist organization. It is only a matter of time before the few "rational" people remaining within the conservative ranks abandon ship or follow suit. Then we can all party like it's the 1950's and go back to the good old days when drinking from separate water fountains was all the rage.

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Update: DougJ at Balloon Juice has more

Ninja Thought

It always amazes me how "real Uhmerika" can never admit their president was a complete fuck up. Even if it's as clear as crystal.

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Apologies for the late Dunkin. I had my computer updated and spent most of the morning organizing my desktop as well as my bookmarks. I had to download or re-install many of the most basic functions, but it is all cleaned up and ready to go! The weekend was relaxing and it was sad to leave the boat. Lil Sis Frank was able to come along and she enjoy the sun, the water and some grillin'. All in all a great weekend. I also finished the first month of Insanity! This week is technically a "recovery week" where the lady and I will take it easy, then wham, bam thank you MAX INTERVALS! Thus far my results have been fantastic, can't wait to start up the next month. Let's do this!

Here are your highlights:

Stimulus Now: Economists plead to urge our leaders to lead.

The GOP v Dem strategy. The Bush Zombie arguments

Five Reasons Why Green Tech has had such a Tough Time in America

Sign this, Let Elizabeth Warren Protect Consumers (h/t Digby)

The FAIL of Austerity

When the GOP gets a talking, you will almost always here about the Tax Cut Fairy.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Off for the Weekend

If I miss something let me read it on Monday. Have a great weekend!


Ninja Thought

We are turning Japanese, I really think so.

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

I have to explain. I am super incognito today and can't really say much beyond that. Heading to the boat this weekend, can...not...wait!

Here are your highlights:

Redo that Voodoo: Krugman "it’s not surprising that belief in the magical powers of tax cuts is a zombie doctrine: no matter how many times you kill it with facts, it just keeps coming back."

Comic-Con gets the Fred Phelps treatment

About that Financial Reform Repeal...not every GOP-er is on board

Tim Geithner = douchebag

The Great Recession's Psychological Fallout (h/t the Great Orange Satan)

I don't say this lightly, Jeremy Lin has a real solid chance of making an impact on the Mavericks. He has been holding it down in Summer League with the best of them and is an exciting player to watch. There are a lot of factors in play, but I am hoping he can make it on the squad and prove to people Asian-Americans can ball too. (on a personal note I wish when I was growing up there was a role model like Lin. It would have changed the way I thought about basketball without a doubt.)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

From the Mix Tape- Billionaire

Travie McCoy-Billionaire (feat Bruno Mars) [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from ultrashhr on Vimeo.

Seemed appropriate after Financial Reform passing. The lady and I have had this song stuck in our heads for about a week now. Bruno Mars is the man. Travis is aight. Enjoy!


A Little Birdy Told Me

You don't repeatedly piss off one of your own. They might go on teevee and read the whole playbook out loud. Of course the GOP and Teabaggers will label Inglis a socialist who is really a Democrat in disguise sent by the evil Burruck Obamer to destroy the party from within...

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Teachers Make Money

I have never understood why teachers don't get paid more, but apparently some get paid a decent wage in the Chicago area. The Tribune wants everyone to be outraged about that, but then when you look at the statistics of course it isn't outrageous:

—About 4 percent of teachers statewide earned $100,000 or more — 5,457 teachers — but the vast majority worked in the Chicago suburbs, with heavy concentrations in north Cook, DuPage and Lake counties. In all, 32 Chicago-area districts paid at least 20 percent of their teachers six figures — five times the state average.

—Six-figure teachers were unevenly distributed, with high school teachers making up 60 percent of the group — more than double their representation in the teaching force. Affluent suburban districts had the largest concentrations of six-figure teachers. Less than 1 percent of Chicago Public School teachers earned $100,000 or more in 2009.

A select few are paid relative to the community they are educating. How illogical indeed.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Oh Thursday how I loathe you right now. Not quite Friday, although it is around the corner and what do you bring? Cloudy, muggy, humid grossness. Yes grossness. Chicago this summer has been much warmer, but with every couple of warm days comes rain. Lots of rain and that overlapping sticky feeling. Let's just say no one likes sweating while it rains and that has occurred on more than one occasion. How does that happen? I would just like Chicago to stay around the 80 mark and then a light breeze. Is that so difficult? Climate scientists get on this please!

Here are your highlights:

Deficit Shocker

No surprise here, Politico doesn't get or doesn't care to understand the liberal blogosphere

Argentina passes gay marriage law

What kind of writer are you? I apparently write like Kurt Vonnegut...

Utah Illegal Immigration List - the epitome of Fear the Brown People. So much for the land of the free.

Feel Hopey people all is well. The Jobless Report decreased! Of course it is still at record highs, but who cares about that technicality anyway?

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes it so I don't have to, The NAACP is Right. As I stated yesterday the Tea Party's response to the NAACP was all the evidence one needed to deduce who is right and who is wrong in this matter. You can paint it any color you want, it's still racism and it is deeply seeded in the rhetoric of the American Right and in the forefront of the Tea Party.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010


The loud and incessant drilling going on in my building is even louder and more incessant today. It is rendering me useless and without anything to add to the daily nonsense. You would think the building management would have scheduled this work at a more apt time.

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Ninja Thought

Some people deserve to lose.

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Wooha! I got it all in check! Well I am on week four of Insanity and let me tell you, despite some lapses in my diet (had a friend in town, of course I drank) I feel great. I have gone down a size in my pants already, my face seems to be trimmer and overall I think I made a great decision. Now there are the drawbacks; constant soreness, eating sand and going to bed super early, however it is worth it. In other news we are heading to Central Illinois this weekend and this time I am taking Lil Sis Frank as well. Should be a happening time as she will get to experience the BOAT!

Here are your highlights:

Dems do have a strategy
. Doubt it is enough.


Justice perhaps might be happening in New Orleans

Pelosi still gets it

Ktown, the reality series. MTV attempting to extend the Jersey Shore formula. Not going to lie, this makes me die inside just a little bit.

There should be consequences for Economic Know-Nothings like the modern GOP

The NAACP and the Right - Separate and Unequal. On Twitter last night I was, for once, surprised of how vile the stream coming from Michelle Malkin was in regard to this matter. Supporting the statement that the NAACP is the "Ku-Klux Klan with a Tan" is all you really need to know about the Right and the Teabaggers. They are ignorant and embrace it wholeheartedly. And if it's not the racism they allow at their rallies, they certainly are extreme, that is factually undeniable.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ninja Thought

Black Jimmy Carter and the Socialists, still getting it done and the name of my new band.

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A Lesson in Numbers


Here's my two cents.

This new argument for "austerity" is bullshit. First, the US has had a severe structural deficit for the last 10 years. Here is the total debt outstanding from the Bureau of Public Debt for the years 2000-2009:

09/30/2009 11,909,829,003,511.75
09/30/2008 10,024,724,896,912.49
09/30/2007 9,007,653,372,262.48
09/30/2006 8,506,973,899,215.23
09/30/2005 7,932,709,661,723.50
09/30/2004 7,379,052,696,330.32
09/30/2003 6,783,231,062,743.62
09/30/2002 6,228,235,965,597.16
09/30/2001 5,807,463,412,200.06
09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86

Notice this started a long time ago. Yet suddenly everyone is up in arms about the deficit. Please.

Secondly, the complete denial about the important beneficial effects of government spending (especially infrastructure spending and unemployment benefits) is maddening. Regrettably, everyone now talks in sound bites instead of facts. So here's a few inconvenient facts.

1.) The US economy grew at a solid rate in the 1960s. Why? A big reason was the US government building the highway system. Now goods and services could move between cities in a far easier manner. If you think that wasn't a big deal then you obviously don't get out much.

2.) Since 1970, government spending has accounted for about 20% of all US GDP growth.

The "austerity movement" is complete and utter bullshit. Any questions?

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

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It is Tuesday which means tomorrow is Wednesday which means the next day after that is Thursday which means after Thursday there is FRIDAY!!! See how I did that? That's called positive thinking? Apparently no one in America is positive about a damn thing, so they blame Obama for everything. Well if you read the headlines and polls today. Grant it, America hates Congress much worse and the GOP worse than that, but want the GOP to run Congress. So what does that mean? Well we are all screwed. Or perhaps people need to call teh Congress and tell them to pass a jobs bill, a financial reform bill and oh how about some more stimulus? Throw in some immigration reform on the side why dontcha? The only way out of the democracy is to use it to its advantage.

Here are your highlights:

Hugging Asians

Don't Drill least for a lil while

Tea Party responds to the NAACP "I know you are, but what am I?"

Mediaite punching babies in the face

The fight for Playboy is heating up!

Eric Cantor the Biggest Wanksta thus far in regards to the Stimulus
. Can anyone, I mean uhnee1 be so blatantly hypocritical??!!! Look for those of you just tuning in the Stimulus worked. The GOP keeps saying it didn't, but then use the funds to promote jobs fairs and touts its success all under the guise of their own achievement. It's ridickelefuggous.


Monday, July 12, 2010

BP CEO: Apology Outtakes

This stars one of my favorite comedians Kyle Cease and provides a much needed laugh.

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Ninja Thought

Scott Brown, Captain Idiocracy.

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August is Just Around the Corner

And the leak doesn't seem to be stopping itself anytime soon. I wonder if BP will renege on their promise to stop any of the oil what-so-ever?

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Well what did I miss? World Cup? Boxing? Nope saw those and although the final was underwhelming Fight Night was fantastic! Juan Manuel Lopez puts on a heckuva show, even if it was only two rounds. In other news I started week four of INSANITY today. I woke up early and tried to do the morning workout thing. Not sure how people do it. I spent most of the workout trying to come to. The whole time I felt I was half awake, but I was sweating and huffing and puffing, so I assume I got my work in. I get to go in late to work today. Probably will do the following: nothing. LOL. The lady starts her new job today, send positive thoughts her way!

Here are your highlights:

Arne Duncan: Schools need funding

Shouldn't the rich pay higher taxes?

Teabaggers need training before they are let outside again

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

FACT CHECK! The sad state of the morning shows, thank god for Rachel Maddow

The Feckless Fed
: Bernanke I am told is a genius. I am still awaiting a single stroke of genius. Unemployment 9.7%, Private sector isn't hiring (except his Wall St. buddies), State budgets in disarray - all in all he is doing a bang up job. How someone can warn of Japan like deflation and then let it happen is genius beyond my simpletons don't get it. Still it's the economy stupid and millions of people are hanging by a thread. 1937.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

In Conclusion

They just don't care . Everything, everyone is a statistic and the ones that do "matter" are doing more than fine. Move along, nothing to see here.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Fashion Blogging

Pic courtesy of the Sartorialist

Junya Watanabe is one of the reasons why you look forward to runway shows. He simply is fantastic. To see the entire show click this link. I think this is his best work yet. That is all for now!


Ninja Thought

One can only earn pay if the collar is white.

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Inviting Something Awful

Beck seems to be tempting a race war. He might just get it from this group. I don't know what motivates such lunacy, but the Right is obsessed with faux scandals (which hums of the Clinton Era). The foaming at the mouth is sickening.

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The Rich Bless Us With Their Presence

We're all subprime now and forever. Well some of us anyway.

It shouldn't surprise at this point that when facts come out, like the foreclosure rates amongst the rich, that the Right collectively lose their minds. No wonder they embraced Joe Plumber, he is all of them wrapped up into one nonsensical overalled package.

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

I said my pieces on teh Lebron last night on Twitter. I am over it now and still think he took the easy way out. Oh well. We move on. This weekend should be nice and chill. The lady had a whole week off and did all sorts of projects about the apartment. I walked in last night to a brand new paint color in the living area. Quite lovely. Insanity week three is almost done! I am not as fit as I would like, but the results are...dare I say...awesome. Last night the lady and I rewarded ourselves with some Chili Mac's margaritas while dishing with our close friends. All in all a splendid occasion, but man are we lightweights. Finally above is a video of Chicago's own Mike Palascak who debuted on Jay Leno last night. Mike was one of the first friendly comedians I met in Chicago and has shot up quick through the circuit. He has earned every bit of praise and opportunity in his career. If you like funny, watch it. If you don't then you are Un-Uhmerikan!

Here are your highlights:

Homemade Pretzels make my mouth water

Not a surprise the GOP is not serious about cutting Defense Spending

Small businesses still struggling, what they don't need the Tax Cut Fairy, what they do need CUSTOMERS!

Welcome back Minority Militant

Our nation is teh stupid. 55% think Obama is a socialist and we have truly fallen off the cliff if teh media loves Mama Grizzly.

Oscar Grant, A Victim of American Fear by Adam Serwer - the best outward look I have read about the Grant case . This nation is complicated, some say a melting pot, but for all of our diversity and leaps in social acceptance; fear is our greatest enemy. In the last 10 years or so it has consumed our rationale, the Grant case is sadly a product of it.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sometimes The World Surprises Me


A federal judge ruled today that part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Judge Joseph Tauro, of U.S. District Court in Boston, issued rulings on two separate cases today.

"This court has determined that it is clearly within the authority of the Commonwealth to recognize same-sex marriages among its residents, and to afford those individuals in same-sex marriages any benefits, rights, and privileges to which they are entitled by virtue of their marital status," Tauro wrote in the decision for Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services.

This is undoubtedly part of the Obama-Gay Alliance that is set to destroy the very value of marriage and marriagisms. In all seriousness, this seems to be a win for equality.

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P.S. Activist judge in 3, 2, 1....

Ninja Thought

9% is the new 7%

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Living in a Neo-Con World


What I do know is that if you tweet that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is a "goat-fucking child molester" or that "Linda Douglass really is the Joseph Goebbels of the White House Health Care shop," you don't get fired by CNN. You get hired. But if you express qualified support for some of the positions of a cleric whose funeral Nouri al-Maliki just attended, you have no future in American journalism - even after twenty years of non-controversial work at CNN.

Our discourse is being chilled by those who are supposed to protect it.

Teh media is run by a bunch of scared kitties who just can't help but wallow in a corner every time neo-cons raise their voice. It is quite damning to our discourse indeed.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

TODAY IS LEBRON DAY!! ALL HAIL THE KING!! ALL HAIL THE NBA CONTINUING ITS B.S. DRAMA!! Look I get that Lebron James has earned his keep as one of the best players in the NBA and maybe of all time, HOWEVER an hour long special to announce he is going to Miami? MIAMI?! Really? WTF? So the roster would be Bosh, Wade and James with Chalmers and whoever else cruising through the East and then be smacked across the face once they realize they have no bench? Run on sentence much? The NBA has become increasingly difficult to watch of the years, but this would just be silly. Who wants to watch a super team? I would rather Lebron stay in Cleveland and try to do it the old school way. I am still holding out hope he does it, but I wouldn't mind him playing in Chicago either. Just don't do Miami Lebron, what are you going to do? Hang out with the cast of Jersey Shore on the weekend? This hour long special might be the worst tv to air in a long long long while.

Here are your highlights:

Spy-swap. It's like the Cold War all over again.

Someone made some poopie in his diaper. Vitter lies.

Not sure why the press really likes telling people Americans hate soccer. I, for one, am looking forward to the Final as the Netherlands and Spain is a heckuva match up.

2010 Strategy for the Right. Go Racist.

Self-Defeating Austerity

Another Chicago cop killed, this time with his own gun. The suspect ran away and fired at other cops as well. I know the SCOTUS thinks their ruling was right and gun advocates will hoot and holler, but there is a much harsher reality in Chicago. Perhaps they could read our headlines once in a while.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I am of the thought that the mid-term election strategy was quite simple for Democrats. Get together, pass some shit and point out the opposition doesn't have a single alternative; you know make the public believe YOU KNOW what you are doing. (Oh and Bush and his ilk suck) It has been my observation that not only do the Democrats not have a clue, they have yet to settle in on a way to combat the growing nonsense. How they are so incapable of seeing what needs to be done in order to avoid disaster in November is beyond me. Then again I would have never picked Tim Kaine to run anything.

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Ninja Thought

Teh Twilight is teh devil. It's ruining our children making them touch each others' private areas.

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

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I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. I am honestly so relaxed right now. The lady and her family were kind enough to let me tag along for another Fourth of July weekend. It included everything I needed; boating, sun and friends. I can't complain, although my diet did fall off the wagon a bit ( I am too weak for delicious cake and Fritos!) I am on week three of Insanity, the results thus far have been great and I am hoping to show everyone my progress by the end. Other than that not much to report like I said I am relaxed which is why I goes on teh vacation. Uhmerika!

Here are your highlights:

Arizona you have been served

Oh the blogosphere how I missed you

Free Agent Bonanza! Looks the Bulls are fishing for Boozer would make sense that a man with the last name Boozer would end up in the city with the best bars in the U.S.

No surprise here, Scientists did the right thing during "Climategate"

Reid 1 Angle - 1000

Stupid meet Stupider. Any Democrats agreeing to slashing benefits or changing the retirement age need a quick kick in the...

Want to know why our economy is still stagnant? Assholes, that is why. When an Nobel-Prize economist states fact and or shares his opinion it is prefaced with "he is so liberal." When a Wall St. insider doesn't want his bonuses touched because he wants to piss on the poor, it is treated as fact and wisdom. Our media doesn't help one damn bit.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Nothing Says Fourth of July Like

The Walking Dead.

I just picked up the first two trades of The Walking Dead series. I have heard nothing, but rave reviews about it and although I am about seven years late I can't wait to read it. The lady normally drives like a banshee, so as a means of distraction I am hoping The Walking Dead will suffice for the more hairier bits of the ride.

Evanston is gorgeous at the time being. There is a slight breeze, people are genuinely in a good mood and the sounds of the town are pleasant. I took a short walk to check out the local stores and almost pulled the trigger on a new American Apparel tee shirt. I decided on comics instead obviously, but I find my walks to be more enjoyable now that I am in better shape. I don't mind going farther. I have the energy to do it and I don't find myself taking shortcuts as much. All in all this lifestyle change has been a solid choice. Week two of Insanity is almost done. The second "fit test" is on Monday, I am sure I won't be gasping or at the very least, I will not get sick.

It's the little things.

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