Monthly Archives: April 2010

Indiana Grandmother and Grandson in Love

So proud:

Pearl Carter is positively glowing with joy. She has a handsome new boyfriend, is enjoying an active sex life after many years of celibacy and, amazingly, is preparing to become a mother again. But the retired grandmother isn’t carrying the baby herself. She and her young lover have spent a staggering $54,000 hiring a surrogate to help them with their dreams of having a child. What makes Pearl's decision to become a mum again even more shocking is that her new boyfriend is her biological grandson, 26-year-old Phil Bailey.

via ‘I’m in love with my grandson and we’re having a baby’

Fraudonomics

From Smirking Chimp:

But what I’m saying is, no confidence means end of the confidence game. Thats what Lehman showed. Every single player in finance suddenly had to face the fundamental problem–this whole fucking economy is built on fraud and lies and garbage. So when Lehman collapsed, every single player panicked, going, If Lehman was nothing but a Ponzi scheme–and I know what Im running is a Ponzi scheme–holy shit, that means everyone else is running a Ponzi scheme too! Run for the exits! No one trusted anyone else, everyone pulled out, and the entire global economy collapsed just like that. And that meant your parents, my parents, every teacher, every fireman, every person in the country going into retirement, every price on every asset–wiped out.” [The] point is, the guy who destroys this economy because its the right thing to do will have to flee for his life, and whatever president or political party was in power when that decision was made will be out of power for the next 200 years.

via Confessions Of A Wall St. Nihilist

Andy

April 29, 2010

Top 25 Psychiatric Prescriptions for 2009

Vitamin X (Xanax) and Lexapro for the win!!

Top 25 Psychiatric Prescriptions for 2009

These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2009- according to IMS Health. I've also provided their 2005 ranking.

The Hypocrisy Trap

Washington City Paper walks through several Republican-side hypocrisy traps:

Bristol Palin:

At some point, we forgot about why Bristol having sex was funny to begin with. The insane glee that we all derived from a teenage girl having sex before marriage became counter-intuitive—and downright creepy. We had crossed the hypocrisy bridge. We were no longer making a point about how young women should be free to choose to be sexually active. We no longer joked to show how bogus abstinence was. We joked to show that Bristol Palin was slutty, and that was enough to make it funny.

Carrie Prejean:

Shaming Carrie Prejean—a woman we’ve elevated through beauty pageants—for taking topless modeling photos is a very short leap for shaming gays and lesbians for expressing their sexuality. That’s why this whole thing was hypocritical in the first place—but perhaps we’re all too distracted by Carrie Prejean’s boobs to remember. We may keep posting them in the interest of “revealing hypocrisy.” But we all know the real reason they’re on the Web: It’s not hypocrisy anymore; it’s hotness.

Larry Craig:

For [Conservatives], Craig reinforced the idea that homosexuals are sick and disgusting individuals just waiting to pounce on your unsuspecting bare penis. In other words, gays can pose a very real threat to their heterosexuality, and Craig proved it. And yet, those who railed against Craig’s institutionalized homophobia were the ones who took the most immense joy in the gay jokes. So—again—reveling in jokes about Larry Craig being gay began to lose their hypocritical anchor. On some level, the hypocritical construction allows people with pro-gay political views to indulge in some homophobic ribbing of their own. They see a rare window where making fun of gay sex is politically acceptable, and they sieze it.

via Sarah Palin And the “Hypocrisy” Trap

OK Measure Lets Doctors Lie to Women Considering Abortion

NYTimes:

A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb. Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion. But the bill’s sponsors maintain that it merely prevents lawsuits by people who wish, in hindsight, that the doctor had counseled them to abort a disabled child.

via Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma

Mississippi Disappears Gay Student from Yearbook

Mississippi and Arizona should date:

When Veronica Rodriguez opened Wesson Attendance Center’s Yearbook on Friday, she didn’t find a trace of her lesbian daughter Ceara Sturgis after a long battle with school officials to include a photo of her daughter wearing a tuxedo in the school’s 2010 yearbook.  Sturgis and her mother commissioned the Mississippi ACLU to protest officials’ October 2009 decision not to allow Sturgis’ photo to appear in the senior yearbook because she chose to wear a tuxedo instead of a dress. … What she discovered on Friday, when the yearbook came in, was that the school had refused to acknowledge her entirely.“It’s like she’s nobody there, even though she’s gone to school there for 12 years,” Rodriguez said. “They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she’s one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They’ve got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There’s even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school.

via Gawker via Queerty via Jackson Free Press

Andy

April 27, 2010

U.S. Senator Says 'Shitty Deal' One Million Times

Somebody send some strippers and pizza over to Levin's house. If he married? Send male strippers too.

U.S. Senator Says 'Shitty Deal' One Million Times

Goldman Sachs is spending today being harangued on Capital Hill. Senator Carl Levin read a Goldman email about the "shitty deal" it made- and felt compelled to repeat the phrase a dozen times. Watch in amazement! [Clip by Matt Toder!]

The New Declinism

From Alternet:

It’s not hard to persuade people these days that they’re doing worse than they were 10 years ago. This is the problem with the new declinism. With no compelling vision of the apocalypse that doesn’t involve zombies, cyborgs, or outlaw bikers, we tend to miss something obvious: The problem isn’t that things are collapsing. It’s that not enough things are collapsing. General Motors, AIG, and the government of California have committed enough errors to merit immediate extinction, but there they still are. Yet the political establishment continues to argue that the market needs to be prevented from delivering rough justice to sinners. President Obama, who one year ago gave us a worst-case scenario in which an unstimulated economy might hit 8 percent unemployment by this year, now presides over 10 percent unemployment but tries to bamboozle us with counterfactuals like this doozy from the 2010 State of the Union address: “If we had allowed the meltdown of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today.” It’s becoming increasingly clear that by not letting anything collapse, by not allowing sweet, beautiful failure to happen, the government is helping to drag out the pain. That may not be indicative of anything new, but it’s enough to make you want to bulldoze a house or two.

via Is America’s Problem That Things Aren’t Collapsing Fast Enough?