Monday, February 28, 2011

Ninja Thought

How about dumb jobs?

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

The Oscars came and they went. As I predicted the host combination of Anne Hathaway and James Franco was a dud. When will the academy learn you need someone up there with a stand-up comedy background? Oh well, as with every year the Oscars let me down. I don't know why I get hyped for them as by now I should know they always disappoint. Oh well at least Inception got a sound editing award...In other news Paddy K and I recorded the latest episode of TAT, should be up for your listening pleasure by the end of the week!

Here are your highlights:

Wisconsin protesters keep on ticking

Not sure what to think of this...Daily Dish gets a new home in April

The Sunday Come Down

Agricultural Prices/Situation Round-Up

Say it ain't so, Clinton Portis to go

Anonymous targets the Koch Brothers and does it for all the right reasons. Will be interesting to see what happens next, but a boycott is a civil and sound protest.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Future Not Done Won

Providence takes winning the future and takes a big ole stinky dump on it:

The Providence school board voted to dismiss every one of the city's 1,926 public school teachers, the Providence Journal reports.

They won't all ultimately lose their jobs, but the move gives the board "maximum flexibility" to make budget cuts.

"Teachers begged the School Board to issue layoffs rather than fire them outright because, under the layoff provisions, teachers are recalled based on seniority. There is no guarantee that seniority would be used to bring back any of the fired teachers. School leaders have been vague about exactly how seniority will play out in the case of terminations."

I xpect all childrn to teachs themselfs and dis countrie will turns outs just fine. Letts cut moor taxes! Alsew 2, itz the unyonz fallt!

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It's not like 1937, it's 1937 all over again

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

It's here, Friday is finally here! How is it that this week was a short week, thanks to our president's, however it felt like fucking the longest week ever. Also too, long sentence! I'm ready for the weekend and some relaxing. Lots and lots of relaxing. If only it weren't to snow all weekend...positive I have to be more positive. Um...TATPodcast tomorrow! Get ready for laughter, rock and roll!

Here are your highlights:

Wisconsin Republicans cowards till the end

Remember when it was treason to laugh about the president being shot?

PayPal freezes Bradley Manning account

The Politics of Envy
- what makes sense doesn't always happen nor is it believed

Economy watch...not as good as we thought?

Da Bulls Da Bulls Da Bulls Da Bulls.....DA BULLS DA BULLS DA BULLS!!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wisconsin Karma

Maybe you shouldn't be warring on unions after all jackass:

The threatened wave of layoffs of public employees -- which Republican Gov. Scott Walker has said will occur if his budget bill does not pass with its anti-public employee union provisions -- is now hitting home with a top Republican leader. As the Associated Press reports, the wife of state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has now received a preliminary layoff notice.

Lisa Fitzgerald works as a counselor in the Hustisford school district, where the school board has sent layoff notices to all 34 members of the teaching staff.

I know this guy will blame the Democrats for the layoffs, when actuality it's his own party's policies that are at fault...then again he is a Republican, so perhaps this is his way of making sure his wife stays at home all servant like. Women do need to be put in their place after all.

Would love to visit this happy go lucky home. Who wants to bet we find this guy trolling for SWF's on Craigslist soon?

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Ninja Thought

Scottie's got some explainin to do

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

I am spent. I need to get back on the Insanity track or something. I'm getting plenty of sleep, but not enough endorphins. It also doesn't help that I'm having to work late, didn't get home till around 9pm last night. FML. This weekend Paddy K and I are hoping to lay down another episode. We've had some crazy schedules of late what with a baby (Paddy K) and wedding planning (Frank C) and all that schtuff. Get ready to hear us chat up a ton of new records, Rahmbo and boooooze!

Here are your highlights:

U.S. Army Used Psy-Ops on Senators - umm what?

This guy is nuts Qaddafi speaks and Libya doesn't listen

Unlock Simple Math

It really does amaze me how many people don't get how things like benefits and workers rights came about.

Child Support Reform, Obama snuck in some good progressive stuff

Unemployment Report - getting better

In Chicago we did have the crowning of the Rahm, but on a positive note the city elected it's first Asian-American Alderman Ameya Pawar. Job well done!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Even Goldman Sachs

Thinks the GOP economic policies would be harmful to our economy:

A confidential Goldman Sachs report, which was obtained by ABC News, argues that the spending cuts passed last week by the House of Representatives would be a drag on the economy, cutting economic growth by about two percent of GDP.

The Financial Times quotes Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "This nonpartisan study proves that the House Republicans' proposal is a recipe for a double-dip recession. Just as the economy is beginning to pick up a little steam, the Republican budget would snuff out any chance of recovery. This analysis puts a dagger through the heart of their 'cut-and-grow' fantasy."

What Goldman nor Comrade Schumer understand is that the Tax Cut Fairy simply starts growth with the wave of her wand. It's just that wand has been broken the last ten years or so, but when she's got it back and working...BOP! Economic awesomeness with glitter, golden toilets and and and more money for rich people! Stupid morons and their numbers. GDP is irrelevant when the Tax Cut Fairy is involved.

Somewhere in this report are numbers which Fox News can fix...

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I absolutely agree that the Republicans should nominate a guy with a clear record of union busting. I’d love to see Michelle Obama in another stunning inauguration gown.

Here here!

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The streets will be full of rainbows and happy thoughts!

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Well at least it's Wednesday. We in Chicago held elections yesterday. And if you haven't already heard and you live in a cave Rahm Emanuel is our newly anointed mayor! Apparently Chicago desired more of the same...oh well at least it will be fun to mock the new king of Chicago on a regularly retarded basis. Fucking A! I'm gonna be off the grid for the next couple of days. The overlords have spoken. I will try to post when I can...

Here are your highlights:

Feingold weighs in on Wisconsin. I smell a future Governor...

In Ohio, protesters were locked out. How's that for Democracy?!

Opposition to Infrastructure Spending

Everyone should have one. A personal submarine boat!

Affordable Care Act ruled legal again

Simple Charts Explain How 90% of Americans Get Almost Nothing - we are losing and they are winning


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Today Has Been

So fucking annoying. I've answered over 40 voice mails. It still amazes me how awful people are at leaving messages. State Your Name (spell it, if it's fucking difficult to pronounce). Your Phone Number. Your Purpose. Then hang up. Why is this so difficult?


Ninja Thought

Flaccid Republican Columnists

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

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

Yesterday was a great day off. I was all over the place. I hit up the grocer (spent way too much money), then ran some other important errands followed by an epic journey to Chicago's diamond district. The fiance dinged up her ring and I've been on the search for replacement diamonds for weeks now. I was kind of baffled when I first got there as it was merely a bunch of different vendors with cases of diamonds and ring settings. It didn't seem to have a rhyme or reason to it. Luckily I found one I could trust, we worked out a deal and the fiance will have a brand spanking new setting in two weeks! Phew! In other news the above video is all you need to know about Wisconsin and Republicans in America today. It's simply unconscionable.

Here are your highlights:

Chicago Election day!

I don't get all this chatter, but blogging is not dead

Why Palin wears glasses....FAIL

If you didn't get to see it, Nonito Donaire obliterated Fernando Montiel on Saturday night. It was one of the most brutally fast and devastating knockouts I've seen. The Filipino Flash has arrived!

They're Just Bad People

New Polling suggests Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is not following the will of the people. He, however doesn't care. Why? He is simply doing the will of his rich overlords.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Get Your Dunkin Monday

Woah the weekend is over? Well it was jammed packed for the lady and I...and we're exhausted. Luckily I have today off, however the lady is working from home. So what did we do? We visited reception locations for our wedding, went to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba with friends (NOM!), went to ANOTHER church, met with a church lady (no really we did) and then the lady had a crazy bridal show to attend. I was fortunate enough to chill last night and relax...she's still running full steam ahead. I have today off, so light blogging will ensue apologies.

Here are your highlights:

Impasse over Wisconsin anti-union bill could end if 3 Republican senators broke from governor
and the Big Tell

DADT doesn't ruing families nor the military after all

Breast Beating

There's an App for that

Good news: Brandon Banks is out of the hospital

About that whole Earth thing...we need to start preparing for our future. It doesn't look we have the right guys in office for the job


Friday, February 18, 2011

Sex is Teh Bad

I've been busy all day, so forgive for being late on this, but Republicans don't get the birds and the bees at all. Also too, a woman's rights.

I guess the main thing they want to convey to the world is that teh sex is dirty and should be punished. Except of course when they solicit it at airport bathrooms and on Craigslist.

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Update: More on the GOP War on Women and Families

Ninja Thought

Too much pie

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

It's Friday ya'll! Heck yeah! Last night was spent working late designing web buttons. Yes, I do have such an interesting life. No I don't feel sorry for myself. Yes, I like creating and designing little things on website most people don't appreciate. LOL. In other news the lady and I are checking out reception locations this weekend. I'm actually looking forward to it. I can picture the party now! It's also the beginning of restaurant week in Chicago. Where is everyone going? We plan on hitting up Mexique...maybe stop in somewhere else if we feel adventurous! Have a great weekend ya'll!

Here are your highlights:

Wisconsin protest -- Walker says he won't be 'bullied'

NOT DEMOCRATS: Thirteen House Dems Vote With GOP To Defund Obama 'Czars'

Rick Scott's Train Wreck

Check it out: New Radiohead....thoughts? I'm so old I remember when they used guitars

Arsenal with the upset of Barca

Over at Balloon Juice E.D. talks about his ever evolving thinking on many issues

Q & A: Why the Deficit Doesn't Matter. Intriguing interview at TAPPED about how historically deficits have and will always be a part of our government. Oh and we shouldn't take people like Paul Ryan seriously


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reading the Headlines

About the internets, you could say shit has hit the fan in Wisconsin:

State Democrats absent for vote as Wisconsin budget protests swell

Dem Leader: Wisconsin Lawmakers Hiding in Place They Hope Is 'Hard for Them to Find'

Wisconsin Gov To Dems: Get Back To Work

Live Reporting from the Massive Protests in Wisconsin -- Over 30,000 Assemble at the Capitol

All the while the Orange-Faced Speaker supports the Governor who is trying to dismantle unions while covering up his terrible tax policies...

Obama on the other hand, takes the side of the people. History tells me he chose wisely.

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Baby, that was nothing

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

At least it's Thursday. I need a vacation. Like a long extended warm weather vacation. Yesterday was tough my for my lady. I'm hoping she gets a break from stupid people and can combat all the people trying to politic her. Me, I just need to start doing what I do and quit letting "being in limbo" get to me. Also too, Wisconsinites keeping fighting the good fight!

Here are your highlights:

Chicago to get a change? Navy Pier Flyover

The libertarian's 3-year-old brains

South Carolina Rep with so much FAIL. Not so Bright

Convincing: Why I Would Never Vote for Rahm

Pac-Man the "Punching Politician"

The man known as "Curveball" lied to the US. Colin Powell demands answers over false Iraq intel - I know we aren't supposed to look back and all, but this is a big middle finger to all the warhawks out there. The ones who questioned others' patriotism for speaking out against the Iraq war. We need to learn from this and grow. So yes we're looking back because it's what we have to do to regain our country's conscience.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Get Serious

John Cole says it and I'm in complete agreement:

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again. Unless your proposal includes a substantial increase in taxes and a substantial amount of cuts to the military budget as well as ending the farm subsidies and giveaways to big oil and big energy and big business, you can kindly just shut up about the deficit and the debt. Additionally, any cuts to entitlements need to include cuts to the CURRENT recipients, not grandfathering the boomers and then wondering why the cuts never materialize in the future.

If you aren’t going to do those things, just shut up. You aren’t serious.

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Darkest Hour

Is streaming their latest album "Human Romance" on their MySpace. \m/ Rock on!

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Ninja Thought

Hooray for boobies!

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Aww Hump Day. How you make everyone so relieved in a glass half-full kind of way. Today the fiance and I woke up early and attempted to work out. I have approval from my physical therapist to start trying out some light stuff. It felt good although I have a tall mountain to climb back. Some movements are simply too tough at this point and today I spent some time watching the fiance from the sidelines. Sad but true. Oh well it's a start which is what I need. This weekend is packed we're beginning to check out churches and reception locations. It's HAPPENING!!

Here are your highlights:

The assault on Lara Logan & the reality of rape

I'm one of those critics. Goldman should repay taxpayers

Your Questions Answered

Don't know how you sleep well in your own Anatomy...

Donaire prepares for Montiel with a cloud over his head

The Weak GOP Field for presidential candidates with math behind it. I still have my worries, but thus far they all seem to be a group of Dukakis like characters. Haley Barbour for example can't even denounce the KKK. LEADERSHIP!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Illinois Tourism Gets a Bone

Should have a big fat billboard that says "Illinois We Don't Piss on Workers, We Love Wisconsin Unions."

It's one thing to have Reagan-esque disdain for unions and organized labors (still unacceptable), but this Governor in Wisconsin is Xtreme:

Under Walker's plan, as TPM has previously reported, most state workers would no longer be able to negotiate for better pensions or health benefits or anything other than higher salaries, which couldn't rise at a quicker pace than the Consumer Price Index. According to the Associated Press: "The proposal would effectively remove unions' right to negotiate in any meaningful way. Local law enforcement and fire employees, as well as state troopers and inspectors would be exempt."

In addition, this asshat is threatening to call in the National Guard if you protest him and "disrupt services." You know what disrupts services? Not paying people, not accounting for rising health care costs, treating companies better than your citizens, and shitting on the people who teach your students and make your city run!

(Frank slams his desk on the ground and pummels it with his bare hands!)

Want to know why people join unions? Because of guys like Governor La La Land who think 40 hour work weeks appeared out of the Free Market Fairy's bunghole!

(Franks lets out a raging scream and body slams an ongoing truck! RAAAAGE!)

Wonder what the Wisconsin Governor would think about citizens voting on his health care? How about how he travels the state? Or where and when he takes a piss? Maybe they should vote on his raise, heck save the state some money and cuts his worthless salary?! And what's with all these Republican so-called freedom lovers hating on the freedom to negotiate rights and better benefits? How UN-FUCKING PATRIOTIC!! *Everything is smashed

(Frank calms down and picks up some of the shrapnel)

At least Illinois can reach out to the tax paying citizens and get them into a cooler, hipper, and less dickish state. We have these funds for rails that your governor was kind enough to pass along : )

All are welcome...okay not you Kenosha.

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Update: Even the Green Bay Packers think Walker is an asshat

Fixing teh Budget

Raise taxes. It would be an honest start.

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Jobs are teh stupid, so are teh ideas

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

Well Valentine's Day has come and gone! Last night we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Ceres Table. The service, food and ambiance was perfect. No really, normally we get stuck by an awkward couple or by the door and get the draft coming in...not this time. We had a center table and despite some early wobbling of the table (they came and fixed it) we had a great setting for two. And of course I had some gin, last night's G.O.C. (gin of choice) was Hendrick's. Today is going to be blah. In fact all of this week is looking to be blah...oh well, what's new?!

Here are your highlights:

Why the Stock Market sucks...

Holy WTF?! Mystery planet

Who elects these ass clowns? Another bigoted Republican this time in Kansas

Ross Douthat had sex for realz

The pro-life law that allows "justified" murder

Daily Kos gets a re-design
. Much welcome and it seems to be rather user friendly. I beta-tested a bit on the site. Three cheers for good design!


Monday, February 14, 2011

The Longest Season

In professional sports begins with high expectations for some. For us Cubs fans, we are glad to be back where we belong. Being surprised by playoff appearances...

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Everything With Republicans

These days is just one big "PENIS!" game.


Here's a fun exchange on CNN this morning that neatly encapsulates that culture. It starts with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) -- the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee -- attacking President Obama's budget proposal for not reducing the deficit by more than $1 trillion over 10 years. From there, Sessions dodges the expected questions about why his party doesn't take the first swing of the ax at Social Security. And after clumsily passing the buck back to Obama, Sessions admits that $1 trillion is a pretty good start ... when Republicans propose it!

"A one trillion reduction is insignificant," Sessions insists. "This is nowhere near what's necessary to avoid the fiscal nightmare that this nation is facing. ... It doesn't touch any of the entitlements, it only has some reductions in the discretionary accounts."

Read teh rest. If it's not clear to you by now that Republicans are NOT serious about the budget and the deficit, you have not been paying attention. No matter what the subject may be whether it's "entitlements", defense cuts or health care their response is simply to SCREAM LOUDER!

We should giggle every time one of these clowns opens their mouths.

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Update: The White House is giggling too

Update II: Jed Lewison at DKos (newly designed too!) charts the differences.

Ninja Thought

Belief in god shouldn't have to be on one's resume

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

What a weekend! The fiance and I took off Friday, she said she had a surprise for me, so of course I was down for taking off work. So what was the surprise? A class at Chopping Block, knife skillz (as a ninja I am rather proficient with a sword, however knife skillz for the kitchen I am not as ninja like). For two hours we learned about the proper knives to use in the kitchen, techniques and best practices for cleaning knives. I must say it was a heckuva a good time. I now feel way more comfortable with my prep work for cooking and I'm not afraid to knife some vegetables no matter what they may be. Two thumbs up! We spent the rest of the weekend together making some early wedding plans and checking out local restaurants we've yet to dine at including DMK Burger, and Hearty Boys Cafe. All in all a great three day weekend! We aren't much Valentine's Day people, but we will be getting dinner tonight at Ceres' Table. Yes we're a little cheesy being newly engaged and all (let a brother be happy willya?!)

Here are your highlights:

The fobby way to take pictures

A request for honest discourse in the Middle East

Rep. Giffords is speaking and singing along to tunes

Advocating on Valetine's Day for equality

CPAC a bunch of weak posers

The budget by the Obama administration has many skeptical. It doesn't seem progressive like previous budgets. Families will be hurt, especially poor families while we still have those tax cuts...bang up job! Now it doesn't look like Republicans will let it pass anyway, but we should expect and get better


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Not Even Trying

Paul "Galt" Ryan. The only children they care about are the rich babies with gold plated diapers.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Redistribution of Reagan

Wonder if that frosting will trickle down to some of the starving...I do appreciate the cowboy hat though as it was one of his better roles.

(h/t Bluegal at Crooks and Liars)

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Get Your Dunkin Friday

The fiance has made some plans that I am not privy to (it's a surprise she says), so for the rest of the day I will be out. If I snap a pic perhaps I'll upload it on this thing. Don't forget to listen to the latest TATPodcast, we'll be back to the regular program soon. Have a great Friday!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Truth Be Untold

Political Wire:

A Smart Politics analysis of more than 500 PolitiFact stories over the last year finds that statements made by Republican politicians have been rated as false at more than three times the rate of those made by their Democratic counterparts.

Leading the way for the GOP with the largest number of false statements: Sarah Palin with eight, Michele Bachmann with seven, and John Boehner, Mike Pence, and the National Republican Congressional Committee with four each.

Shocking. Just shocking.

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This ain't no '94

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Damn. I thought yesterday was cold. It's -Infinity out. Feet have lost all feeling at least I found my man tights. My legs aren't lifeless today, that's a plus (my lady is stating I need to be more positive). In other good news today is our Friday. The fiance has something planned for tomorrow and I have no clue what it is, HOW EXCITING! I thought it would be a chance to play with the penguins at Shedd Aquarium, but apparently they were all booked up. Oh well next time. It will still be great to hang out with the fiance and not have to drone through work like the monkey they expect me to be...oh yeah...positive, got the new James Blake and will be listening to it all day (nice accompaniment to the winter weather).

Here are your highlights:

Congressman Chris Lee resigns after Gawker breaks his embarrassing Craigslist encounter. Another principled conservative...they just can't help themselves

Twitter valuation = a lot

Chicago approves of city's response to the blizzard

UFC brains and science collide

He's way in the lead because he knows what he's doing. Rahm Emanuel are all but certain mayor

Jobless claims drop to lowest levels in almost three years. It is a good sign, not great. More can still be done and it doesn't look like the GOP cares to much to address it.


P.S. As you've probably noticed, I've started posting Google Ads. Later on there are probably going to be more of these from various agencies. I apologize if they annoy, but things are tight and I'm in need of additional income. Thank you for understanding. - Frank

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Amazing artwork for a Novartis ad campaign:

Simply stunning.

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Webb of Kaine

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GOP Will Tax You, If It Stops Abortions

The GOP is fitting to stop abortions by taxing!


The House GOP continues to place its heaviest emphasis on fighting abortion rights, and they've taken a lot of heat for it. Progressives, Democrats, pro-choice groups, and others have spared little criticism, but they've focused most heavily on three distinct lines: the fact that Republicans are ignoring job-creation as a priority; the fact that one of their pieces of legislation would allow hospitals to refuse to perform an abortion on a dying woman; and the fact that, until recently at least, the GOP wanted to limit tax-payer support for abortion to exclude incidences of non-forcible rape.

Here's another one: The GOP's plan to ban tax-payer money from funding abortions includes giant tax hikes for businesses.

More specifically, it would eliminate tax incentives on employer-provided health care benefits if those benefits cover abortion as a medical procedure.

No, hell hasn’t frozen over you read that right. The GOP is going to tax businesses to make sure women die and have motherless children born across the states! Family values indeed. They also want to make sure it’s even harder to have a "decent" insurance plan. I mean who needs those anyway? It’s not like women get pregnant and need care. We all know Jeebus went into their uterus and got all holy up in there. Care Bear Schmare!

And the best part is this move will create a million jobs. Using their Ryan Plan Math the GOP will create new jobs by offering abortion jelly beans. Yummy! Plant an abortion jelly bean and jobs will sprout out of the ground like Reagan’s soul.

Known hippie and tv personality (he played a gay guy once. we know he was gay because he wore turtlenecks) Al Franken:

"Before the health care reform, when your company bought health insurance for you and it was not considered income, and therefore you weren't taxed on it, and it did cover all reproductive services, you could make the exact same argument. So this is no change, right?" Franken asked rhetorically, before joking, "You don't have to agree with me, you're a journalist, but I think my logic is impeccable."

I don't know about you, but teh GOP is teh serious. Who's psyched?

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

It's fuggin cold. Like one of the coldest days I've experienced in a long time. That damn wind is biting. My legs ache. In other words, I LOVE CHICAGO! No really I do love Chicago, I just can't stand this weather. The wind is what gets me every time. I'll suck up the cold, but the wind makes me want to stay inside and wrap myself in a Cubbies Snuggie. In other news I think I have a sign on my back that says, "Hey overweight fella sit next to me on the CTA!" It happens all too often. Don't forget to listen to the latest episode of TAT, with my future best man Paddy K.

Here are your highlights:

U.S. finds no defects in Toyota electronics

Our failing education system includes the colleges and universities - I blame teh devil

On Being Black and Invisible in Punk Rock


Well isn't this nice for him to show up. Geithner says the U.S. Economy is "getting stronger", I agree. However there is one glaring issue that he keeps on ignoring. Housing.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Times They Have Come

Brad DeLong on the decline of NYTimes and journalism:

Peter Baker's article reads like Hollywood celebrity journalism: 95 percent gossip, and perhaps 5 percent policy. This, to me, is a big problem. Celebrity gossip is the wrong rhetorical mode for a story in the nation's leading newspaper about White House economic policymaking. If The New York Times does not share that belief, if it views decision making on matters of state in the same light as decision making on matters concerning the Academy Awards, that may partially explain the fix the paper is in. It may also determine whether The Times ever emerges from its troubles with its influence and dignity intact.

The whole retelling of the story is fantastic, my favorite is the list below:

Instead, what the Times Magazine piece tells you about Orszag and Obama is that:

1. Obama is unhappy with the menu of policy options his advisors have been giving him.

2. Obama is so focused on the economy that he cancels lunch breaks to continue conversations.

3. Obama is pragmatic.

4. The process of making economic policy inside the Obama administration was no fun and was "dysfunctional."

5. Talking to Obama's economic policy staff is like "picking through the wreckage of a messy divorce."

6. Paul Volcker felt ignored by Peter Orszag and others.

7. Peter Orszag "was considered... arrogant. When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood mentioned to a reporter that he had settled a dispute with Orszag by going around him to Emanuel, a peeved Orszag would not take his apology calls; LaHood ultimately sent a case of wine to make amends. Orszag also exchanged testy emails with Emanuel over the health care effort."

8. Other officials "tired of Orszag's refrain" about cutting the long-term deficit.

9. Orszag believes, "Unfortunately, I think the environment often brought out the worst in people instead of the best in people. And I’d include myself in that."

10. Of Larry Summers's replacement, Gene Sperling: "The selection of Sperling, who held the same job under Clinton, was telling. A onetime boy wonder who, despite his graying hair, still has the same whirling-dervish, work-till-midnight energy, Sperling... eventually won over Obama with his doggedness. As a champion of the payroll tax holiday, he proved critical to shaping Obama’s tax deal with Republicans and so many other issues that White House officials refer to him as B.O.G., the Bureau of Gene. Where Summers was a master macroeconomic thinker, Sperling is known for his mastery of getting things done, or at least waging the fight, in the place where policy, politics and media meet."

It's a thorough example of why so many are frustrated with our current established media (and not because it's oh so librul!). They fail us daily, especially on an economic front. My personal take is that economics is hard, so they prefer just talking about Peter Orszag in a Kate Gosselin kind of way.

He is dating a hotty and making millions!
(Frank fans himself incessantly)

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Don't blame the immuhgrants

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

I need a change. Not sure what they deal is, but I wake up every three hours. It's almost clockwork. I haven't been able to exercise for the past four months due to an injury I sustained, so that's out for another week at least. And hitting the bottle is a terrible idea lol. Going to bed early didn't work..Any suggestions? I just want a decent night's sleep. In other news decided to take a mental health day on Friday. The lady says she has plans NICE! Drinking Liberally tonight, don't forget you pinko scum!

Here are your highlights:

ACLU calls Chicago out for its shady surveillance

Verizon, there's always a catch

Olbermann headed to Current TV

For those who enjoy facts. For 3rd Straight Year Americans Taxed Less

War Criminal! Rumsy wants to re-write history

At least he's straight up honest with his bigotry. Montana lawmaker also seeks to separate schools, buses and have everyone who is poor eat Soma.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Real Life Angry Birds (Sort Of)

My commute would be far less amusing if it weren't for Angry Birds. (h/t the Nerdist)

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He'll get elected (and fit in) like a breeze

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

(best commercial of the night)

Well a formal congrats to the Green Bay Packers who staved off what looked to be an inevitable Steelers comeback. And thank god. The last thing I wanted to hear was the media talking about redemption for a misogynistic, jock, douchebag like Ben Roethliscrapper. Those headlines thankfully can be recycled now. It was a heckuva a game considering I really don't care for either team. The commercials were just ok, but the Groupon Ad is causing a bit of a stir. Their response seems to be a "hey not everyone gets our joke, sorry." I missed the beginning part, but it seems people are overreacting. More people should be concerned with Xtina's butchering of the National Anthem, the horrific half time yell fest by Black Eyed Peas and the hilarious fail of Jerry Jones. Some Super Bleh.

Here are your highlights:

Not New called New: Obama to visit Chamber of Commerce

Scientology has some explaining to do

Holy Cow! Harry Caray statue defaced

The right wing crazies have to always find something, OBAMA DIDN'T WEAR A TIE!!!

AOL buys Huffington Post and what it means for the Huff Post going forward. Damn Arianna is making off good!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Watching the Super Bowl

Two of the most annoying fan bases. Who do you pick, the guys who put cheese on their heads? Or the guys who think they invented the towel?

I'm going with the cheese heads. Mainly because no one is less deserving than Roethliscrapper.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jamie Kilstein on Conan

I wanted to post this earlier in the week, but couldn't get to it. This is a great step for stand-up comedy and a monumental step for Jamie. What Jamie does isn't easy and he has the stones to say what many comedians just won't dare. Much props to Jamie Kilstein. You can also listen to his podcast with Allison Kilkenny, Citizen Radio.

Special thanks to Conan for putting up comedians like Jamie.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

A Familiar Ring To It

This sounds about right.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bad Day

I would love love love to share how bad of a day I am having, but I better not. Just know there's one thing above all else that I fucking hate, "different rules for different people." It has come up over and over again in my life. It's frustrating to say the least.

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Time Lapse: The Blizzard


Since I don't feel like weighing in, more snow.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Gong Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year! Well if you didn't hear (cuz you live in a cave) Chicago was snowed in. We almost broke the record book, but looks like we'll come in at third place with 20 inches of snow! Blizzard bitches. So needless to say we did not celebrate the Chinese New Year downtown like our friends in LA. Maybe this weekend...anywho I was stuck waiting for a train today. It was nearly 45 minutes, I still don't have full warmth in my legs. Tonight it's another "don't go outside" night OH JOY! At least I got a day off (great photos here).

Here are your highlights:

Sen. Sanders: Pentagon paid billions to fraudsters

For those with Founding Father fetishes, The Mandate has a History

Jobless Numbers

Right-wing freakout, Obama & the Muslim Brotherhood

Only in Japan

Mother Jones has a What's Happening in Egypt Explained that's an interesting read

The Latest Absurdity From Kirk
. I tried to tell everyone about this guy. He's the worst kind of politician. No wonder he is buddy buddy with John McCain. Mark Kirk has no integrity what-so-ever.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Seemed Appropriate

Pew Pew!

I am Frank Chow and I am snowed in

White Out

View from our kitchen window. This is now the third worst snow storm in Chicago history. 19.5 inches and counting!

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

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SNOW MY GOD! Well it's still snowing. So far this is ranks number 5 in the all time list of snow storms in Chicago. Luckily the fiance and I still have water, heat and electricity. Others haven't been so lucky and the city along with ComEd are working diligently to fix that. We live right by Lake Shore Drive where a lot of chaos ensued last night. By 7pm last night we had lost visibility of the traffic. Apparently some were stuck for nearly 9 hours on the Drive. YIKES! Best part is I'm home and not at work. Probably won't be doing much; laundry, workout and zone out. Thank you SNOWPAC, come again tonight please and thank you! P.S. Groundhog can suck it.

Here are your highlights:

Clashes erupt between protesters, Mubarak supporters

The extreme consequences of GOP global climate change deniers


Hopefully something comes of this Ensign to be investigated...

How to save Health Care Reform


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mixed in America

Growing up biracial (I identify myself as Asian-American for similar reasons as the student who identifies himself as African-American) I would have benefited from an organization such as the one featured in this video. It's encouraging to hear college students brought together by their differences rather than separated by them. I don't know if my outlook is as rosey as these students, but that is due to my own personal experience. My hope is that I am wrong and that they are right.

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Ninja Thought

Old and 97

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

SNOW!!!! It's coming damnit, run!!!! Holy hell it's Hoth out here (that never gets old). Well we're all here in Chicago anticipating what may be the biggest snow in some 40 years. Or it might just be winter snow. Regardless that damn Groundhog doesn't have to tell us shit. We know what's coming. SNOW!!!!! I'm hoping just to get some days off work and be hunkered down with the fiance. Crossing my fingers and toes and I don't have any shame about it.

Here are your highlights:

South Dakota Considers Requiring Gun Ownership - Pew Pew!

Can't connect the dots, Glenn Beck to the Rescue

Spin away

A: for creativity

God Is A Bullet, Have Mercy On Us Everyone