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  George Takei Rules

He filled out his 2010 census form.

YouTube - BE COUNTED - George Takei & Brad Altman

From the Onion.

This is the best line:

While chronic leukemia was reportedly worried about how its association with the Republican Party would affect its public image, the destructive pathogen was ultimately swayed by language in the final bill that offers small business owners tax incentives to provide health care to their employees.

Republicans, Leukemia Team Up To Repeal Health Care Law | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Heheh. I wonder if Canadians are closer to the UK or the US.

YouTube - Reginald D Hunter compares racism in the UK to the US

Oh, this could go either way, folks...

We've finally made it to the Championship match-up of the 2010 Douchebag Tournament! It's going to be a vicious, no-holds-barred grudge match between two of the biggest douchebags the world has ever seen:

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2010 Douchebag Tournament: Championship Round

I'm shocked! Shocked! Well, not that shocked.

Early Wednesday morning, State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Calif.) was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving. Sources report that Ashburn -- a fierce opponent of gay rights -- was driving drunk after leaving a gay nightclub; when the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, there was an unidentified man in the passenger seat of the car.

Ashburn has issued an apology for the incident

Roy Ashburn ARRESTED: Anti-Gay State Sen. Got DUI After Leaving Gay Nightclub, Sources Say

  Awesome FOX News Poll


In answer to the question "What Is the Tea Party Movement About?", FOX News inadvertently learned what people really think.

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FOX News Poll: What Is the Tea Party Movement About?

This was much more exciting than the actual Bill-O show.

YouTube - O'Reilly Exposed - What Jon Stewart really said at Fox-news

Look at the actual numbers, and you will see two main discrepancies:

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[Liberals made up only 14% of the poll.]

And:
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[Liberals and moderates voted overwhelmingly against FOX]

Let's be clear: with 61% of Americans (liberals made up 14% of the poll, and moderates made up 47%), Fox News is the least trusted name in news. And they are the least trusted outlet by a decisive margin.

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

It's the end for the Dems in the U.S. The party is over for those left-leaning losers.

Oh, sure, you may hear someone say that "Democrats are back to a majority in the House, control of the White House, and 59 Senate seats" and "the Democratic Party continues to be more popular than the Republican Party" and "the President's approval rating continues to be over 50 percent," but none of that matters. The Republican Superminority completely controls the legislative process and they have veto authority over the president's appointees.

The Republican Superminority - Politics - Gawker

Oh, you think?

Horrific account of how inmates were tortured, killed, and their deaths faked to look like suicides -- suicides so fake that it's too bad that it took a whistle-blower to come forward with the truth.

According to the NCIS, each prisoner had fashioned a noose from torn sheets and T-shirts and tied it to the top of his cell's eight-foot-high steel-mesh wall. Each prisoner was able somehow to bind his own hands, and, in at least one case, his own feet, then stuff more rags deep down into his own throat. We are then asked to believe that each prisoner, even as he was choking on those rags, climbed up on his washbasin, slipped his head through the noose, tightened it, and leapt from the washbasin to hang until he asphyxiated. The NCIS report also proposes that the three prisoners, who were held in non-adjoining cells, carried out each of these actions almost simultaneously.

The Guantánamo "Suicides": A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle--By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)

Man, Limbaugh comes off looking like such a douche.

You should be horse-whipped for the insult you have paid to the highest office of our nation.


Having followed President Obama's suggestion and donated money to the Red Cross for relief in Haiti, I was offended to hear you suggest the President might be a thief capable of stealing money intended for the earthquake victims.

A Letter to Rush Limbaugh :: rogerebert.com :: Opinion

Fascinating look at some of Pixar's films. It really explains why The Incredibles reads a little like Ayn Rand's Anthem.

Obviously, as a film studio making what are nominally "family films" in a category that in America is traditionally pitched to children, Pixar's focus on the family should not be a complete shock. However, the imagination factory at Pixar is renowned for its work ethic and coherent creative vision, and the fact that their films consistently tackle anxiety about the family is more than just a quirk of their medium. It's part and parcel of their creative vision. The exceptions to this trend - most notably in the films of Brad Bird and in Wall-E - also remind us that Pixar, though it sometimes resembles an auteur in and of itself, is in fact a collection of artists with unique and separate visions, and not all of their films are going to cohere in some thematically satisfying way.

The House Next Door: Focus on the Family: Pixar's Small-c Conservatism

Having just gotten back from a grueling 4-leg trip to Hawaii, along with numerous air flights in-between islands, I have to say that security was less on my minds than was crashing from pilot error, mechanical failure, or flying through a thunderstorm (as almost happened out of Oahu). First on my list of concerns was the hassle of getting through security; I had nothing to hide, but I was nervous like a criminal about to be caught for smuggling a pound of blow in my rectum. And it was all about shoes, belts, laptops, SCUBA equipment, and shampoo containers in a Ziploc bag.

The best defenses against terrorism are largely invisible: investigation, intelligence, and emergency response. But even these are less effective at keeping us safe than our social and political policies, both at home and abroad. However, our elected leaders don't think this way: They are far more likely to implement security theater against movie-plot threats.


A "movie-plot threat" is an overly specific attack scenario. Whether it's terrorists with crop dusters, terrorists contaminating the milk supply, or terrorists attacking the Olympics, specific stories affect our emotions more intensely than mere data does.


Stories are what we fear. It's not just hypothetical stories -- terrorists flying planes into buildings, terrorists with explosives strapped to their legs or with bombs in their shoes, and terrorists with guns and bombs waging a co-ordinated attack against a city are even scarier movie-plot threats because they actually happened.

Is aviation security mostly for show? - CNN.com

Oh, yeah, well my mother has 80% support.

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Palin is at 70 percent, about a third higher than this past July. Mike Huckabee stands at 63 percent. Mitt Romney's 60.

Think Progress » Fox's Fuzzy Math: 193 Percent Of The Public Support Palin, Huckabee, And Romney

  Texas Bans All Marriage


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