Archive for February 2012

Video Overnight Thread- Human mattress dominoes attempt breaks world record



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Video- Orrin Hatch: "Obama has traded in the hard hat for a hipster fedora"


Oh, he is dancing so hard to beat his teabagger primary competition it makes me laugh. Via BuzzFeed.


“In one hour, Mitt Romney showed why women don’t trust him for one minute."


Please go to Livewire for the entire statement, but this was an effective and rapid response coming from President Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutter, regarding Willard Romney's latest flip flop. This time it was about the Blunt Amendment, which would "allow any employer to deny an employee health coverage of anything they found morally objectionable":

In one hour, Mitt Romney showed why women don’t trust him for one minute. It took little more than an hour for him to commit his latest flip-flop. Even worse, he ended up on the wrong side of an issue of critical importance to women.

The Obama campaign just won a battle of words in the War on Women.


Mormon church posthumously baptized slain journalist Daniel Pearl


Here are a few people who the Mormons recently baptized, or almost baptized, posthumously:

  • President Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham
  • The parents of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal
  • Three dead relatives of Holocaust survivor Elie Wisesel (were almost baptized)

Now you can add Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, with whom I feel a bit of a kinship because we attended the same high school, so this particular inappropriate baptism makes me even more livid than usual.

Pearl was kidnapped and executed by his captors in 2002, not all that long ago. I can't begin to imagine the pain this is causing his family.

Not only is it another embarrassment for the Mormon church, but it's also "a serious breach of church protocol."

Via The Salt Lake Tribune:

According to records, Pearl, who is Jewish, was baptized “by proxy” last summer in a Twin Falls, Idaho, temple — much to the surprise of his parents, who learned of the event this week.

Reached by phone, Pearl’s mother, Ruth, said she and her husband were dismayed when informed of the ceremony by a reporter from the Boston Globe, which first reported the news.

A little respect for others would go a long way, Mormon ministers, because good intentions just aren't enough.


Happy 6th Anniversary! The man Dick Cheney shot re: his X-rays: "They say my chest looks like New York City at night."


Via Getty Images


How thoughtful of Dick Cheney to share a hobby with his friend in a way that will stay with him for the rest of his life. He's always been such a giver, especially for someone without a beating heart.

Or a conscience.

Via The Daily:

Six years after the incident, Whittington, 84, is still riddled with the bird shot Cheney accidentally hit him with. Some 30 odd pellets are lodged in the lining of his heart, his gums, his hand, his forehead, and the bridge of his nose.

They say my chest looks like New York City at night,” he said, of doctors looking at his X-rays.

You know how he celebrated the sixth anniversary of his being a human Cheney shooting target? With a "ceremonial consumption of a quail snack."




California Poll-itics: 59% FOR marriage equality, only 34% against, plus one great VIDEO


Via Think Progress


I am so happy to share some great news about marriage equality, and it comes from right here in California.

Via Think Progress:

...59 percent of residents backing same-sex marriage and just 34 percent opposing it, a new Field survey finds. This represents “the largest margin of support for the issue in the three-plus decades the Field Poll has been asking the question” and shows a big increase for marriage since voters approved Proposition 8 in 2008. Significantly, support increased among all groups, including Protestants, Catholics, African Americans, Latinos and older Americans...

So if Prop 8 were to be voted on today, it would have a tough time passing.

Now check out this Moment of Happy video, "Grandparents for Marriage Equality" (H/t: Maddow Blog):


AUDIO- Rush Limbaugh: Student Denied Spot at Contraception Hearing a "Slut" and "Prostitute"


First, here is the  testimony Chairman Darrell Issa doesn’t want you to hear from Sandra Fluke, who Rush Limbaugh refers to as a "slut" and "prostitute".

Yes, she's clearly hanging out at the corner of Yucca and Las Palmas, birth control pills in hand, fish nets torn ever so-- just to entice-- and flaunting her anti-religious fervor via a tattoo that reads, "Let's show Jesus who's boss! Pay me for sex!"

Or... she's calling for health care assistance and women's equality on behalf of a desperate friend and a whole lot of others in similar (excruciating) circumstances.

Media Matters sent us the video to share with you, in case you hadn't seen it yet. It's from the February 29 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:

"What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex."

Oh, and Rush? Her name is Sandra. Not Susan. Sandra.

And she's a law student, not a prostitute, unlike yourself.

Fluke's heartbreaking appearance on The Ed Show here.