Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama + Springfield = <3

Obama is coming to Springfield on Saturday.

This is very exciting news. If anyone hasn't caught on, Obama is sorta a big deal.

The event is planned for Saturday evening. It is going to start at 6:00 pm over at JFK stadium at Parkview High School.

My plan is to get into town early Saturday morning and keep an eye on the site until people start lining up, and then assume position in the line. I am pretty sure that the rest of Teh Juggernauts will be there vibrating with excitement. You will probably also see a whole array of other honorary team members, assorted Pastafarians, and a few radical parents. =)

This is a first-come-first-serve event and I would encourage getting there early if anyone wants to join into the fray!

Bus Campaign in England

Oh, My!

Ok, so, here's the lowdown, an atheist group in England raised some money to buy ads on the sides of buses that say "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

They've raised more than double what they needed are are plastering both the insides and outsides of buses all over London.

Atheism ftw!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This isn't political or (a)theological... it just makes the geek in me happy.

Just in time for Halloween...

Zooilogix, over on ScienceBlogs, posts this National Geographic video:

Monday, October 27, 2008

America the Gift Shop

America the Gift Shop

Photography by Phillip Toledano

(It's political.)

One more week...

There is a great post over at MudFlats.

The Sarah Palin fairy tale...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Death and Taxes 2009

You all know I have a love of all things visual. Well, check this here thingy out!

It's a huge, mapped out web of government spending.

From their website:

"Death and Taxes:2009" is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2009. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.

The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster."

Best Commercial Evar

I know what you're thinking, 'Bringing back Wassup?! Totally dumb.' But, seriously, watch this commercial. It's great.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I <3 Fruit Flies

Yesterday Sarah Palin visted Bass Pro Shops headquarters, nestled in the heart of Springfield, Missouri. Filled with statues of dead deer and growling grizzly bears, it is the literal meca of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

Considering Springfield’s position as a college town, it is reasonable to note that Palin choose not to speak at an academic arena, when there were five highschools, the state university, the private university, and several smaller religious colleges around.

Reading the transcript of the event you begin to understand why she might not go over well with a crowd that follows world events and follows the scientific literature.

As every politician is doing right now, Sarah Palin spent time talking about the budget, where we could cut spending. And she starts talking about pet projects. You know, the pet projects that have "little or nothing to do with the public good".

And you have to ask yourself, where does all that money go? It goes to projects
sometimes having little or nothing to do with the public good, things like fruit
fly research in Paris, France. And I kid you not.
Wait.... fruit fly research in France? That doesn't sound like something American tax dollars should be going to, right? Yet the scientificy-political-sort-of-blogs are getting pretty riled up.

The assumption is that the reference was aimed towards olive fruit fly research based in France. The bill came from a democratic senator out in California. California grows olives, and is being torn apart by a plague of the little critters. According to University of California’s Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program the fruit flies “poses a severe economic threat for the state’s commercial olive growers. The olive fruit fly is considered the most devastating insect pest of olives in the Mediterranean region, where it has occurred for over 2000 years.”

So… democratic representative Mike Thompson directed $742,764 to research on the prevention of infestation. Preventative research that could save an entire agricultural base, considering that 100% profit losses are visible in some table growers, while oil manufactures can suffer 80% losses.

If she was attacking the methodology of the allotment of funds, it would be reasonable. That is not what she is doing. She is attacking the science. “It goes to projects sometimes having little or nothing to do with the public good, things like fruit fly research in Paris, France.” She does not understand how scientific research can have anything to do with the public good.

The focus of the research was on the species Bactrocera [Thanks, anonymous poster, for the information on the fruit fly subspecies, and correcting my attempt to lump them all together]. There is something even scarier underlying this message, however. It is Palin’s complete intolerance for the idea that scientific research is invaluable to our future as a society.

It is especially odd that she would show such intolerance for fruit fly research, considering the importance of fruit fly research in our understanding of human genetic variables. Drosophila... one of the most useful animals for laboratory testing out there... is a subspecies of the fruit fly. Their short lifespan, mapped genomes, and propensity to breed like mad are all things scientists love.

Moments before Palin attacked the funding of fruit fly research aimed at Bactrocera, she spoke about her quest to understand the purpose behind Trig, and her sister's struggles with an autistic son.
“Every child is beautiful before God and dear to Him for their own sake and my
sister Heather who has an autistic teenage son she and I we know that we have
been so blessed with the large and strong family that helps us out, but not
everyone is lucky enough to have that strong network of support and their
experiences then point the way to a better policy in the care of children with
special needs. In a McCain-Palin administration we’ll put the educational
choices for special needs children in the right hands. The hands of parents.”
The odd thing about this overlay of comments is that highly promising leads on the genetic mutations leading to many diseases is coming from drosophila fruit flies. This research survives off government grants, is starting to lead us to a better understanding of many diseases. Diseases like.... you know it is coming... autism. I have an idea. Perhaps her problem isn’t with pork barrel spending. (I mean... Palin doesn't exactly have a history of avoiding pet-projects.)

Perhaps the problem is that Palin is so backwoods-evangelical-nutcase-crazy that she thinks we should all be on our knees instead of out spending our days in laboratories doing research. Perhaps she thinks that God will protect us, so there is no reason to attempt to prevent global warming. With the impending resurrection, do we really need to worry about a pest infestation on of California’s major agricultural crops? We need to be praying for the ill, not actively pursue scientific answers. Actually, lets throw another quote in the fray...
"When I learned that Trig would have special needs I to be honest with you I had
to prepare my heart and I had to do a lot of praying and asking for
understanding and for strength and to see purpose... "
You know what? Prayer, as a placebo, may help the parents but it isn't going to do as much good as the scientific research. Period.

We need to be pouring funding into scientific preventative research.Palin's complete disrespect for science, for our understanding of the human genome, our understanding of evolution, our understanding of genetics, is astounding. If Palin had the best interest of those children, of our entire culture, at heart, she would be pumping money into the research. She would be pumping funds into the scientific community, filling the universities with grants.

Instead she has shielded herself into a cocoon of idealogical fluff. She can't imagine that fruit fly research can have any real world impact. She stands next to McCain as he mutters about the useless "three million dollar overhead projecters". She ignores the National Academy of Science when it openly criticizes her states barbaric practices.

She is bad news for science, bad news for research, and bad news for special needs children. Just because she is able to get up there and rally a crowd doesn't mean she has the credentials to lead our country, or steer us in the right direction.

Watch the clip... Get pissed. Vote against this loon.

[Thanks, again, anonymous poster!]

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sometimes you are just left speechless...

I don't even know what to say about this one...

The One Million Signatures Campaign is a project by the Iranian Women's Movement in an attempt to gain equality.

Esha Momeni is a graduate student from California who is doing her Master's thesis on the project.

She was recently arrested, and is currently detained in the Iranian intelligence prison.

People tell me that religion does no harm.

Tell me that her arrest has nothing to do with religion. Tell me that this has nothing to do with the blind faith of the Iranian leaders.

My heart goes out to her, and her friends and family.

Photo, and initial heads up, from

Muslims Ruin Everything

Little Big Planet's soundtrack had a song that had a couple of expressions found in the Qur'an. A Muslim got angry, and Sony decided to take it out.

Apparently Muslims don't like their holy work in pop music.

Muslims ruin everything.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

More and more this is becoming a political blog... only two more weeks, kids...


A counter balance to the liberal feminist agenda?

Can someone please explain to me

a. What the liberal feminist agenda is?

b. Why it is hurting America?

**goes to bang head against the wall**

Sarah Palin was on SNL last night

And she was...okay. I give her props for making fun of herself, but that surely doesn't make it any better than she is dumber than a rock.

I fear that people will think her being on SNL was beneficial for her campaign and that they will wrongly think she is super hip and cool for being on the show.

She didn't really do much other than her usual shit. The cast definitely had to carry her.

I don't know. Crap.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Good Ol' George in Art

Why I Will Never Get Married, Part One

Would you allow your husband to name your baby girl Sarah McCain Palin and live?

I certainly wouldn't.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Funny, Yet Frightening

Ever wondered what Palin's Oval Office would look like? Well, now you know. *shudder*

Monday, October 13, 2008

Know what day it is?

Happy "America has a long long history of oppressing other cultures" Day!!

Remember what our forefathers did to get here.

I love this country. It is because of my love of this country that I believe that we shouldn't forget the blood that was shed to gain this land, the cultures that were displaced, or the atrocities that our country has committed.

The only way we can avoid making mistakes in the future is to understand our sins of the past.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

McCain calls Obama "That One"

This comment...disturbed me. I don't really know why...but it was a very, very powerful. It was like McCain was trying to pull some kind of weird grade school bullying but ended up just coming off as super creepy. Check it out for yourself:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Live Blogging the Second Presidential Debates


Tension mounts as we anticipate seeing McCain get pwned like a mofo. In the meantime, Bigfoot for president!

I think we need to elect Maddox for President. He's the man - and he would own this debate if he were running.

Ryan is 97% erect. (This means that his one inch penis is "erect.") He also wants Lauren to stop transcribing. She won't. Bitch.


We've caught the last few minutes of 8 Mile. Yay. (Sarcasm from Lauren and genuine from JT and Ryan.)

Jt and Ryan say that Eminem is a poet. One of the greatest of our times.


KEITH OLBERMAN RULES! Right now he is pwning McCain. I think it's safe to say we would all do him.

Face off in 22 minutes!

JT predicts that McCain will say 'maverick' 14 times overall.
Ryan predicts that he'll say it 15 times and will be horribly offensive.
Lauren predicts that McCain will blow goats. 16 times.


We're back to watching 8 Mile. Joy. (Sarcasm from Lauren and seriousness from JT and Ryan.)

Best scene in the movie! End scene! ZOMG! Transformation from boy to man! *splooge*

Questions that we hope are asked:
  • In your personal opinion, do you believe that Yaweh will damn all non believers to an infinite afterlife of pain? -Ryan
  • To Obama-Most economic experts agree that the foundation of this economic crisis began in 1995 with Democrats and Republicans, but mostly Democrats, implementing policies that allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to lend to essentially anybody. I realize that the plan was muddled by the Bush administration, but can you at least accept, on behalf of your party, at least some culpability? -JT
  • To McCain-You say that we cannot take Barak Obama's word on what he is going to do. You say we need to look at his record (of course, his record confirms what he will do). You, on the other hand, are now running on a campaign of change as well, after you have voted with George Bush 90% of the time and 95% of the time on economic issues which have run our economy into the ground. Can you defend your record against your promises of change? -JT
  • At what point is violence towards the American government an acceptable means of political change for the American public? -Ryan
  • Why did you choose your VP candidate? Are you fully confident in their abilities? -LA

Debates starting! Omgz!

The moderator kind of looks like a corpse. He says that I don't have to be constrained at home! Hah.

McCain looks intense. But that's probably because his arms don't ever move. Like a robot's.

Obama looks smexy.

First question is a softball for Obama, he's gonna rock faces! Obama is dodging the question and attacking McCain. Schwoops. Oh....ok, he eventually got around to it. He's starting off on the offensive, good work, Obama!


McCain looks awkward and is being super creepy. He started with platitudes....gah. He talks about accountability in the same breath he says we are going to fix the economic crisis by lowering taxes on *everybody*. Wow.

McCain: "I know how to do " No real explaining how...just saying he knows how. Lower taxes? Affordable houses? I like all these things! are you gonna do it?

McCain's overall speech seems vulnerable and shaky while Obama seems pretty calm and confident. Bones!

Obama has finally grown some claws. Good job, Barrack. They're both using a LOT of fluff, and I hate it.

McCain: Bailout = Rescue. Symantics. Tries to justify suspending his campaign.

Lauren reminds JT that having a laptop on your lap lowers your sperm count. Protect your nutjuice!

McCain wisely calling Obama on the Democrats culpability for subprime loans. Doing so dishonestly though, and still not answering the question. I hope Obama bites back - he has more ammunition.

Same as above - we're gonna have to stabalize home values.

Obama - Demonstrating a solid understanding of the subject matter, ignoring attacks, answering the question. Kudos to Obama.

Still no "Mavericks". JT is likely to beat Ryan's prediction at this point.

Obama calling McCain on the Republican's deregulation (which fucked up Clinton's plan on subprime mortgages). Again, good. Obama has facts at his fingertips and is speaking less in platitudes at this point. This is the Obama I'm excited to vote for.

Brockaw: Are you saying it's gonna get worse?

Obama: Going back to fluff. Damn. Also, it IS going to get worse. Stop telling them what they want to hear and tell them how it is.

McCain - Talks about buying up bad loans. This is a bad idea.

Lady asked how she can trust either of them when both parties are culpable. Seems like an easy response for Obama: "I wasn't there. He was though." Instead, he's hitting talking points on solutions. He's also shooting down McCain's counterarguments before McCain gets the mic. I like seeing that.

McCain: "I've taken on special interests" Bullshit. No senator has received more from oil companies. Also, McCain is terrible with bipartisanship. He's not defending his involvement or responsibility. "Liberal spending record". Good god, please use more buzz words.

Please, everybody - research what this jackass is saying. owns McCain, and you'll see it all tomorrow.

omg, Obama wuntz a planutareeum - scienz is teh wtf devul - ask Palin.

McCain: "I know how to fix the economy." - THEN WHY HAVEN'T YOU BEEN DOING IT YOU LYING SON OF A BITCH!?!?!?!

McCain resembles some sort of cross between a turtle and Jabba the Hutt.

"I know how to reach across the aisle." Wow, something else he knows how to do but, strangely, hasn't been doing. Weird!

Obama - Admits that being free of Middle Easter oil is a goal without a plan. Ug. At least he's honest. Obama says we need to dump money into education. I like him more now.''

Ryan and Lauren are going to attempt to shoot a fly on the wall with his air soft rifle. This can't go wrong, right? Lauren totally hit its wing! Suck it, Ryan!

Stupid Obama wanting to support science, doesn't he know science is just supported by the Devil? Geez...

All kinds of none-to-subtle implications about Obama and Democrats conducting business in the middle of the night.

"We'll get to work right away" WHY NOT GET TO WORK NOW!?!

Obama - He is winning. Hands down.

Brockaw - How would you beat bad financial habits?

Obama - Empty speaking. We have to fix the problems. Yes, we know

On to attacking McCain. Not answering per say, but doing so eloquently and with the force (ie facts) as his ally.

McCain - "Last President to raise taxes in economic difficulty was Herbert Hoover". Bullshit. Remember "No new taxes" Bush Sr.?

"I've got some news Senator Obama, and the news is bad" What's the news, jackass?

"I don't support reducing taxes for the wealthy." Bullshit. Click here.

Brockaw should have let Obama respond. McCain knew he had the last word and flat out lied.

Obama throws a straight-talk express dig. Good. Obama talking about how he's going to provide health care now. Using facts, explaining HOW. That makes me happy. In the pants.

McCain - "It's not that hard to fix social security. We know the problems and we know the solutions" WHAT ARE THEY?

McCain still using buzz words - primarily "liberal" Those kids who are playing drinking games are probably halfway there to being under the table. MAVERICK!

Holy shit..."We have to get smart people together and come up with solutions" Three sentences ago you said we KNEW the solutions!

"We'll get our economy going again" HOW!?!

McCain seems to get more dishonest and bitey when he knows he has the last word. He is flat out insulting the moderator as well. Cockbite.

"We can...clean energy...millions of jobs...we as workers...etc" HOW??? HOW YOU MERITLESS SACK OF ROBOTIC SHIT!?!?!

Obama just had a home run! Yays.

Ohhhhh....they're getting feisty. This 60 second time limit is tough to enforce. Kind of makes me feel bad for Brockaw.

McCain keeps pulling petty punches against Obama, which he seems to be handling with grace. Wootz.

McCain - "Obama voted for the alternative energy bill loaded down with goodies" Yes, it was - Obama tried to get them stripped, and tried to get them stripped in a subsequent bill. Ultimately, it was too good for alternative energy not to vote for. So this claim is disengenous.

Obama is super awesome. Orgy! Butt orgies!!! (These last two words have been the only two that Ryan has written this entire time!)

McCain keeps giving the people who ask questions blowjobs....Ohhh you're sooo smart! Thanks for the zomg awesome questions! *splooge* ...Puh-lease.

Yup. Companies who can afford to give their employees healthcare do so. Like Walmart.

I'm worried that Obama's pushiness on time, in contrast to John McCain's overemphasized passivity, may work against him.

"How will this current economic hardship affect America's ability to act as a peacemaker in the world?"
Well, first we'd have to do that in the first place, which we don't. Then we'd have to get the UN's approval, which we don't have.


Man, I wish Lauren's "2" key wasn't so fucked up. I also wish that we could have a 30 second per round freestyle battle rap instead of debate. That would be much more entertaining. Maybe they'd come up with something original, instead of just paraphrasing their speeches.

We're cookin' a pizza! WOOOO!

Ryan is not trying to get JT to play hoops with him tonight. It ain't workin'. Sucka!

You know, just 'cause we have this fuckin' laptop doesn't mean that you can't turn your goddamn head and just fucking say whatever the fuck you want me to understand.

I am super cool and can type really fast so FU!

Jt says that's true.

Ohhh the nominees are getting all schoolgirl bickery again! Follow ups, follow ups, follow ups!

P.s.-Obama is kicking McCain's ass. Oh snaps!

Ryan and JT just fist bumped hardcore after seeing Obama's reply to McCain's "speak softly and carry a big stick" shenanigans.

Oh no. Oh HELL no. McCain did NOT just say that he knows how to get Bin Laden. Blackmailing your country into voting for you because you "know how to get him" is fucking unethical! See Keith Olberman's eloquent spiel on the whole thing here (fucking brilliant!).

Look, Iraq is a clusterfuck! We have not won there! Gah.

The fly is back! We're shooting at it with the airsoft gun! Take that, bug eyes!


We're running out of blogging steam....this live blogging stuff is tough business. No joke.


Looks like Claire McCaskill is sitting next to Michelle Obama, cool!

We is eating pizzas now....yayyyy....

Well hot damn, McCain can't predict the future! Who knew?

McCain's wife is super young, yikes.


End of debate comments:

McCain handled himself as though he were a high school bully. Obama handled the debate well and was agressive only when necessary. I think McCain spoke primarily in platitudes and fluff while Obama yeilded facts with ease. Obama easily won this debate. -JT

Obama was obviously better than McCain. Between the two, he won. However, it was not his best speech. While he provided lots of substantive facts, he spoke in political rhetoric. Fuck his international policies (Then he threw up the double deuce). -Ryan

Obama did very well in the debate. He was articulate and offered his stance on the issues. I liked how he was agressive and blew apart McCain's obviously unsound arguments and blatant lies. I was a little worried getting into this but he totally pwned McCain's face. Plus, McCain insulted the damned moderator, what a fuckface. -LA

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