“Is it the wretched and touching fact that no one, not Repubs, not Dems, not animals or bacteria or flowers or rocks or the very air itself, no extant entity anywhere trusts George W. Bush as far as they can hurl him back to Crawford, Texas, in a quivering lump of historic failure?”
You know, if the country wasn’t in such bad shape I’d be enjoying the antics of the hapless republicans and their savior flailin’ Palin so much more than I am. $150,000 for the Alaskan nitwit’s wardrobe is actually pretty funny.
The Titan Arum has one of the largest flowers in the world. It is pollinated by flies and smells like rotting flesh to lead the insects to it. The flower alone can reach a height of ten feet. Here’s a web cam so you can follow the annual growth and flowering event.
McCain, fraud and the Keating Five. If you don’t remember this mess involving congressmen and Lincoln Savings and Loan, watch this report featuring an actual ’90’s banking regulator’s story. And McCain was never “exonerated” for his role, as the press and wingnut sites would have you believe. The facts are here.
Krugman (who won this year's Nobel prize in economics) sees McCain’s health care plan as the destruction of health care it is. Let’s look at this from the perspective of a small business owner: If I could provide my three employees with health care, I’d do it in a second. I tried a few years back, but even with the payments being tax deductible, I can’t afford it. Take away the employer tax deduction and I wouldn’t even consider it. And neither will many other small businesses.
And the undecided voters can’t figure out which guy looks more presidential. And Americablog has already posted a photoshop contest. Seriously, how anyone can be undecided at this point seems pretty bizarre. Of course, how anyone could actually want four more years of Bush is just as pathetic.
Trivia (5 Biomes points): What was the last ship to be sunk by a U-boat in WWI? It happened on this day in 1918.
The New York Times explains derivatives, examines Alan Greenspan’s disastrous tenure as fed chairman, and once again proves that those in this country who voted for flightsuit boy because, even though they knew he wasn’t very bright, they thought he would surround himself with smart people, were wrong once again.
The Codex, the oldest known copy of the bible, is being translated and will be available online next year. For biblical literalists, there are thousands of changes that have been made to what they believe is the inerrant word of god. Should be fun.
If I had to pick my all time favorite animals, bats would place pretty high on the list. Still, I can’t help but be very impressed with this orb weaver spider kicking some serious bat butt. Oh, and here’s a proud mama.
“Apathy is the new polyester. Ennui is the new smoking. Willful belly button-pickin' ignorance of world events, environmental issues, energy policy is no longer considered cute and obvious and painfully American. Can you imagine? “
“Another important aspect of McCain's plan is to deregulate health insurance. Now the states regulate it and provide consumer protection, solvency and other regulations. McCain says he will deregulate as``we have done over the last decade in banking.'' We see now how that turned out. It will be a huge mess.”
“What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it
was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and
I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence. The next few years are
going to be very, very tough.”