Monthly Archives: December 2009


December 30, 2009

James Arthur Ray Sweat Lodge Deaths: ‘It’s a Good Day to Die’ – Andy Wibbels

The police report for the James Arthur Ray sweat lodge deaths is out

James Arthur Ray Sweat Lodge Deaths: 'It's a Good Day to Die' – Andy Wibbels

James Arthur Ray was one my favorites of all the Attractionbots. Too bad he's evidently an out-of-control maniac with a God-complex:The police report for the sweat lodge deaths at Ray's retreat is out. …

Dowd on Crotchbomber

Every so-often Marueen Dowd makes sense:

If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?


Why Candidate Lou Dobbs Would Be a GOP Nightmare

From Salon:

[Dobbs] has poured scorn upon the GOP and its free-market idolatry. His skepticism of open borders has long extended to trade as well as immigration, and he has fervently denounced the corporate greed that led to the outsourcing and offshoring of millions of American jobs. … He despises corporate lobbyists, complains about corporate tax evasion, and has supported public financing of elections. He blasted the banking and credit card industries for pushing through the bankruptcy “reform” that ruined families while fattening their profits. In the past he has even criticized Republicans for promoting cultural warfare over abortion and gay marriage, although he recanted last September with a groveling address to the Values Voters Summit (another possible signal of an incipient candidacy).

via Joe Conason

We’re All Ready in Yemen


In the midst of two unfinished major wars, the United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against Al Qaeda in Yemen. Yemeni protesters staged a demonstration in the southern part of the country on Thursday after a raid against Qaeda militants. A year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency sent several of its top field operatives with counterterrorism experience to the country, according a former top agency official. At the same time, some of the most secretive Special Operations commandos have begun training Yemeni security forces in counterterrorism tactics, senior military officers said.


Science Toys for Girls Pink, Weaker

From science blog Pharyngula:

Here’s another odd pink phenomenon. This is a page from a Toys’R Us catalog, illustrating some science toys, and note the odd distinctions being made. Both the telescope and the microscope come in special pink versions, just for the girl who is apparently more interested in getting an instrument that matches her nail polish than being functional, and note also (you may have to click through to see the larger image) that in every case the pink model is less powerful than the black and gray model. There is a message being sent here. Being feminine, being girly, means you belong in a separate category in the science world, and it’s a category that needs less utility and more concern about appearances.

via The powerlessness of pink

Ben Stein Calls Ron Paul Anti-Semitic

RON PAUL: If you dismiss motivations for why they hate us, we can never resolve this. There’s hate on both sides. You have to ask the question, why do they hate? And they usually come up with a reason. And we’re foolish not to take that into consideration.

KING: Ben?

STEIN: Well, that’s — I have never heard anything quite like that in my whole life. What he’s saying, basically, is we are doing something wrong by defending ourselves. Look, if these terrorists are trying to kill the government of Yemen, we’ve got to help defend them. They’re our friends. We can’t just let al Qaeda run wild. If we try to stop them —

PAUL: Why?

STEIN: Why should we stop them? Because they are terrorists and murderers and they’re very anti-American.

PAUL: Why are they terrorists?

STEIN: Surely congressman —

PAUL: Why are they terrorists?

STEIN: They’re terrorists and murders because they are psychos.

PAUL: They’re terrorists because we’re occupiers.


STEIN: No, we’re not occupiers. That’s the same anti-Semitic argument we’ve heard.

PAUL: Now that is a vicious attack. You —


STEIN: It’s not a vicious attack.

LEE: Larry, I’d like to respond to some of these points that are being made.

KING: Let’s go back to Sheila.

via – Transcripts.

‘Poltergeist’ Actress and Gay Activist Zelda Rubinstein in Failing Health

This makes her even more badass:

Zelda Rubinstein, who made a name for herself starring in the Poltergeist films [as the psychic little person Tangina Barrons] and has long been a vocal supporter of gay rights and AIDS research, is in failing health after being hospitalized in Los Angeles for more than a month. Sources close to the actress report to that the 76-year-old is in and out of consciousness and that both her kidneys and lungs are failing.Rubinstein spoke to The Advocate earlier this year about a 1984 ad campaign she starred in urging gay men to wear condoms and practice safer sex. The actress appears as a mother figure in the ads, which predated Elizabeth Taylor’s and Madonna’s AIDS involvement by at least a year.


Police Tased Man in Diabetic Coma 11 Times

From reddit:

A suburban Chicago police officer Tasered a man 11 times while he was having a diabetic seizure, and the 56 seconds of needlessly inflicted electric shock, “inflicted … while he was lying unresponsive on the floor of his bedroom, permanently scarred [him] and caused him neurological damage that has not abated,” the man claims in Chicago Federal Court.

via Courthouse News Service.

The Bechdel Test

From TV Tropes:

The Bechdel Test or the Bechdel-Wallace Test is a sort of litmus test for female presence in movies and TV. In order to pass, the film or show must meet the following criteria:

1. it includes at least two women,

2. who have at least one conversation with each other

3. about something other than a man or men.

via Television Tropes & Idioms.