Friday, July 13, 2007


Thanks Alan!


DEN said...

Upside; It's Friday.

Downside: It's Friday the 13th.

For all you non-superstitious types, just in case don't walk under any ladders or walk across a black cats' path.

My luck ran out years ago so I essentially cannot have any more bad luck, no wait, if I did not have bad luck, I would not have any luck at all.

There's a song in that somewhere.

One foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel!! Whoopee!

micki said...

There once was a young fellow named Den,
Whose luck didn't always run to the Zen,
He had some bad luck,
Had plenty o'pluck,
Because he lived in the now, not in the "then."

DEN said...

Good one!!

DEN said...


micki said...

Those guys have a LOT of time on their hands!


micki said...

Rube Goldberg is smiling.


Alan said...

I went 'n seen Sicko yesterday. Wow. Several times I had to dab at my eyes. You guys should see it if you haven't already.

DEN said...

Alan, you old softie.

For-Profit Medicine has brought many to tears.

Get sick and lose your life savings, your job, and who knows what else, (your mind?) that is unconscionable in this land of plenty.

Alan said...

One of those times was when a sick lady 9/11 first responder was charged the equivalent of 5 fkn cents in Cuba for the same inhaler she pays $130 for at home. She was overwhelmed and started to cry. You can't watch stuff like that and not be affected... unless you're a fkn repugnican.
Another was when they stopped by a firestation in Cuba and the guys there were standing in line at attention to meet/greet the American 9/11 'brothers'. They 'connected' through diff languages but common beliefs and goals. Hugs from strangers and all that...
My eyes get misty thinking about it again.
K, I'll shuddup.

º¿carol said...

Den, that video was wonderful! I LOVE that kind of stuff. What a job they had making that work. Wow! I'm going to be sending it off to a few people later on. Thanks.

DEN said...

Carol, i admire Rube Goldberg type mechanisms 'cause they are usually well thought out.

There was a Honda commercial a year ago like that, it was cool too.

David B. Benson said...

All of Micki's hot air is blowing over here today.

Unless it originated within the Beltway to blow clear around the world...

erling krange said...

I'm still here. I've just been so damnd busy with our fight against the Norwegian government. It's interesting to follow the news from the US, where I can see that your socalled "president" are loosing ground always every week. We are somewhat enlightened here in Norway about what's happening at your side of the Atlantic.
Take care

DEN said...

Hey Erling!! Glad to hear from you!

When you get some time give us an update on how your battle is going.

Yup, the chimp is sliding in the polls, now if we could get some regime change and rejoin the World arena again.

It is tough being the scourge of the planet.

Take care!

David B. Benson said...

Erling --- Pleased to see you are around again.

Did you have to row a boat to get to the computer?

Or has it stopped raining now?

micki said...

...All of Micki's hot air is blowing over here today.


micki said...

Erling, nice to hear from you!

micki said...

After being urged by thousands of FoE activists to stop Planktos' (a for-profit firm) planned iron dump near the Galapagos Islands, the International Maritime Organization's Scientific Group of the London Convention expressed concern about such dumping in late June. The Scientific Group said that the potentially negative environmental consequences of iron dumping must be considered and that the full convention should take up formal restrictions on iron dumps at its November meeting. Congratulations Friends of the Earth activists!

DEN said...

Micki, iron dump? what is an iron dump?

I hate to be a wet blanket but didn't iron come out of the ground(Earth) anyway. Painted iron is another matter, but bare iron seems rather benign.

Link to info?

Gerald said...

Erling, it is good that you checked back with us. I thought that with your posts and the Nazis who follow the posts at Dancing With Fools and Alternate Reality that you may have tried to visit Nazi America and you were placed in some European concentration camp by Hitler's gestapos. While you were away, there is a feeling that Americans no longer have freedom of speech. Negative words related to Hitler can put a person on the Nazis list of enemy combatants.

º¿carol said...

Den, I saw that Honda thing. I might even have it saved somewhere.

Erling! I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering where you've been. I'm happy to see you posted and are well.

º¿carol said...

BuzzFlash Hypocrite of the Week

July 13, 2007

Bob Allen
(this one is hilarious! Woo hoo!)

Welcome back to the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

Oh, yes, it would have been as easy as slicing bread to pick David Vitter as our BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the week. Heck, a U.S. senator who sponsored a Constitutional Amendment asserting the sanctity of marriage and was a regular customer of prostitutes in at least two cities is certainly a GOP role model of repressed, perverse sexuality.

In fact, before he was in Congress, Vitter penned an op-ed in the daily New Orleans paper advocating the impeachment of Bill Clinton because violations of marriage vows, Vitter argued, were sufficient cause for being forced from public office. Not to be outdone, Vitter's wife warned at the time what she would do if she caught her husband committing adultery, "I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbit than Hillary -- I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me." Either Vitter's not sleeping at home now or he's locked up the kitchen knives.

But we bypassed Vitter this week, because the mainstream media is so titillated by another Capitol Hill sex scandal that they've got him "uncovered" already.

Instead, we are bestowing our BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award on a more unheralded soul: Florida Republican State Representative Bob Allen.

According to Florida media, Allen was arrested on July 10 "and charged with soliciting an undercover male officer for sex at a park in Central Florida, according to police."

The report goes on to note, "Investigators said Allen was acting suspicious and went in and out of the men's restroom at Veteran's Memorial Park [in Titusville, Florida], located on East Broad Street. Minutes later, authorities said, Allen solicited the male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform oral sex for $20." *lol*

Allen is not only accused of being a pervert. He goes down cheap too!

And did we mention that he is married with a daughter? While Allen cooled his feet in a jail cell, BuzzFlash checked the bills that he sponsored or co-sponsored in the Sunshine State legislature this past year, and we discovered a treasure chest of hypocrisy:

HB 1475 Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition
CS/CS/HB 41 Sexual Offenses
CS/HB 269 Lewdness and Indecent Exposure
CS/HB 531 Internet Predator Awareness
HR 597 Sexual Solicitation and Abuse
CS/HB 449 Criminal Offenses

Larry Flynt, who played a key role in slowing down the Clinton impeachment by exposing the man nominated to replace Newt Gingrich as Speaker as a serial sexual adulterer, was the guy who nailed Vitter.

Flynt observed, "Republicans are more fun because they get caught so easily," Flynt said. "They've been living a repressed life all their life. Democrats are liberal -- they wear it on their sleeve. Their sex life is what it is. They don't spend their whole life trying to cover it up."

Hey Larry, you ought to share your wisdom with Bob Allen, but it might be a little too late for that.

Until next week, remember our motto: So many Republican hypocrites, so little time.

Catch up with you soon.

* * *

This is Bob Allen's first HOTW Award. Welcome to the Club.

Jeanne said...

I lost my little posting. Anyway I was going to comment on how greasy the Bush administration keeps getting. And that's why they aren't getting caught.

And my mother says I'm and eternal optomist but I think the winds of change are bringing in those that have the strength to bring that change about. I see some good years ahead.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- The plan was to dump lots of small bits of iron in the ocean to increase algae growth.

Many oceanologists viewed this as a bad plan, since so little experimentation has been done.

DEN said...

Yes, the newest thing is "Executive Privilege" now the best tactic they have in their tiny tool box.

Claiming it buys them time and, neener, neener, neener! you can't touch us!

Time for "Executive Privilege" to be defined a bit more clearly by the court and quickly.

Not just there to hide behind while being criminals.


DEN said...

Doc, I just don't get how iron sinking to the bottom of the ocean can cause algae growth on the top of the water with iron being native to the ecosystem.

Salt water eats iron as my fenders on my Minn. cars could attest.

DEN said...

So much to learn,

so little time.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- As you put it, the salt water eats the small bits of iron and the rust disolves into a form that the algae can use.

Iron availablity is considered to be a important limitation on algae growth.

micki said...

Den, I'm glad Dr. B is addressing your concerns.

I'm too full of hot air to react.

micki said...

But JEANNE! -- hello!

Friday the 13th is a good day -- we hear from YOU and ERLING!

Welcome back!

DEN said...

Algae is the primordial soup of life, at least so I thought, until I read THIS

Take your minds off political BS and check it out, some interesting thought.

micki said...

World Wildlife Fund Warns Against Dumping Iron Dust Into the Ocean

Differences of Opinion of the Effects of Dumping Iron

Dumping Iron

Ecohacker Michael Markels claims he has a megafix for global warming: Supercharge the growth of ocean plankton with vitamin Fe and let a zillion CO

More hot air from Micki....

DEN said...

Micki, read the wired article and this idea definitely deserves more attention.

There is already tons of toxic crap in the oceans, adding iron creating phytoplankton growth to perform the basic plant photosynthesis function and absorb CO2 sounds like one good alternative to planting on land parched by drought.

Natural solution.

DEN said...

I will read the others tomorrow, time to turn in.

DEN said...

I could not resist one more,

"There are much safer and proven ways of preventing or lowering carbon dioxide levels than dumping iron into the ocean," said Dr. Lara Hansen, chief scientist, WWF International Climate Change Program. "This kind of experimentation with disregard for marine life and the lives of people who rely on the sea is unacceptable."

PULEEZE!! where were you when they were dumping in toxic waste by the barrel, those darn naysayers!

Nite now!

Jeanne said...

Ok..lets see if I can remember how to do this...

Kucinich: Clinton, Edwards are rigging the '08 election>

It is a "conspiracy to rig the presidential election," says angered Democratic presidential contender and Congressman Dennis Kucinich, after hearing a verbal exchange between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Edwards suggesting that future debates should include fewer candidates.

Says Kucinich, "[I]n a democracy people get exposed to ideas and they make the decision for themselves."

Why can't the liberal candidates debate? Is it because they bring change? Is it because those candidates know it's an uphill climb for them to win so they aren't afraid to debate the real issues and in doing so perhaps begin to look like winning candidates? I want the real issues out there, not the tired half baked half hearted attempts at a "health care solution" or "future of education". The real debate should be how much this war is really costing us.