Sunday, April 26, 2015

As you have probably heard former Olympian Bruce Jenner came out with some shocking news. He's a Republican!

Yes I know that Jenner came out as a woman, but seriously after some of the pictures that have been floating around the internet lately who could be surprised by that?

However this, this I found surprising: 

The revelation came when Sawyer asked Jenner for his reaction to President Barack Obama identifying trans Americans during this year’s State of the Union address. 

“He actually was the first one to say the actual word transgender, I will certainly give him credit for that,” Jenner said of Obama. “But not to get political, I’ve just never been a big fan — I’m kind of more on the conservative side.” 

“Are you a Republican?” Sawyer asked. 

“Yeah, is that a bad thing?” Jenner replied. “I believe in the Constitution.”

First off if you really "believe in the Constitution" then why would you side with the political party that does not seem to understand it?

And secondly, are you out of your freaking mind?

Anybody who is going through something as unconventional as sexual reassignment surgery, is certainly NOT going to find any support on the conservative side of the aisle.

Your people. whether you like it or not, are standing firmly with the progressives.

After all changing your sex is just about as progressive as it gets in 2015.

However I have to admit that this revelation helps to explain why a certain half term governor has raised her family, and made choices, that closely mirror the example set by the Kardashians.

Now apparently Todd Palin will have an announcement to make in the very near future.

Food for thought in a high school science classroom.

Clearly this is in a science classroom NOT located in the deep south.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

White House Correspondents Dinner open thread.

For my money this is the must watch TV for the evening.

The host tonight is Cecily Strong who I think really has her work cut out for her considering some of the amazing hosts of the past. (My favorite? Stephen Colbert in 2006. Still just about the bravest performance I have ever seen.)

Here is the list of invited guests. Which includes:

ABC - GWU Alumni and Scandal star Kerry Washington 

Christian Broadcasting Network - Newt and Callista Gingrich 

CBS News - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and TV’s Madam Secretary Sec. of State Téa Leoni. 

CNN - Actress (and ex-wife of CNN founder Ted Turner) Jane Fonda Fox News - Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, and reality TV star Brody Jenner 

Huffington Post - YouTube and Vine stars like Bethany Mota, Nash Grier, Marcus Johns, Jerome Jarre, and Tyler Oakley 

USA Today - Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Naya Rivera of Glee, and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty 

AOL - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick 

The Hill - Actresses Lucy Liu and Connie Britton 

The Washington Post - Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman of Case Foundation and Revolution, and Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy 

(Yes you're correct, she wasn't invited here either.)

Lately my favorite part of the night is Obama's comedy routine.

He was great last year and I have every expectation that he will be even better this year.

I will update this post as new material becomes available.

Update: Some tweets about the WHCD.

The President killed it tonight.

Update 2: Here is the President's entire monologue.

Just President Obama and Bill Nye discussing science in the Florida Everglades.

I actually found this exchange to be very enjoyable to watch.

The two men seem at ease with each other and have a natural rapport that comes across well in the video.

I liked it when the President called the Republicans out on their whole "I'm not a scientist" excuse.

"I'm not a scientist either, but I know a lot of scientists, I have the capacity to understand science, I have the capacity to look at facts and base my conclusions on evidence."

Excellent, and of course obvious, point.

I also could not help but notice that Nye was sweating like a prisoner in a Florida prison sweat box, while Obama looked cool and comfortable. (Must be from having grown up in Hawaii.)

As some of you might have read the conservatives decided to attack the President for wasting jet fuel to visit the Everglades on Earth Day.

This was Bill Nye's response to that: 

When Nye tweeted about the trip, political conservatives made a giant fuss about the amount of energy the trip consumed, and, Nye says, attacked him pretty personally. 

“That it uses a lot of fossil fuel for the president to move around is a necessary evil at this time,” Nye responds. “Earth Day is not ‘stay home from work’ day. It’s ‘let’s change the world’ day.”

It's kind of like watching intellectual fencing when one side has nothing but a limp noodle with which to parry and thrust.

Getting married in less than a month?


woot woot less than a month and i get to be your wife

Woot woot?

Wow Bristol is certainly not giving Dakota a chance to change his mind is she?

Do we start laying bets on how long this marriage will last, or is that just mean?

Today is the Faith and Freedom Summit in Iowa. Where conservative presidential candidates gather to give a reach around to Jesus.

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal:  

For Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum – who won Iowa’s last two caucuses on the strength of evangelical voters – doing well at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s gathering this weekend is a must. 

“Santorum and Huckabee are the two who really have the most at stake,” said Sam Clovis, a Sioux City social conservative who placed second to Joni Ernst in Iowa’s 2014 GOP Senate primary. “Between Huckabee and Santorum, they need to come back and recapture some of that magic they had in ’12 and ’08.” 

Altogether, nine Republicans likely to make 2016 presidential bids are scheduled to speak at Saturday’s Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-Off . The subtext for the event won’t be subtle: It is taking place at the evangelical Point of Grace megachurch in Waukee, a Des Moines suburb, and will attract the leading activists from Iowa’s social conservative community.

Well this is the can't miss event of the year for those Republican candidates who want to lock down that holier than thou vote. 

But wait, something seems amiss.

According to that announcement up above, Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum and Walker are all definitely coming. While Bush, Carson, Christie, Graham, Huckabee, Paul, Pence, Perry, Rubio, and Trump have all been invited to show up.

But somebody's missing.

Oh that's right.

But wait, even if she is NOT running why would she skip this event?

After all it has her favorite things. Faith, freedom, free publicity, and yet she is not only not a confirmed speaker, but it appears that she was not even invited.

Could it have anything to do with the fact that the last time she showed up in Iowa, this last January for the Freedom Summit (Just freedom, no faith.), that she made such an incredibly incoherent speech that she actually received thanks from the Democrats?

Is it possible that she has finally made herself such a laughingstock that even the Iowa freedom loving faithful cannot stomach her act anymore? And is that also why she bailed out of her NRA appearance in Nashville?

Could this actually be the end?

Oklahoma is having 600 times more earthquakes than they did in 2008. If you guessed the reason was oil drilling, give yourself a pat on the back.

Courtesy of Yahoo News:  

The onslaught of seismic activity in Oklahoma in recent years has captured the attention of the nation. 

State scientists say they have uncovered the root cause of the majority of the state’s earthquakes: the oil and gas industry’s disposal of billions of barrels of water underground. 

Now, as the public absorbs this information, Oklahoma’s regulatory bodies are keeping a watchful eye on these disposal wells and planning their next moves. 

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) issued its most strongly worded statement yet linking the oil and gas industry to the state’s earthquakes. 

State geologist Richard D. Andrews and state seismologist Austin Holland say the spike in earthquakes — particularly in central and north-central areas of the state — is “very unlikely to represent a naturally occurring process.” 

“The primary suspected source of triggered seismicity is not from hydraulic fracturing but from the injection/disposal of water associated with oil and gas production,” the report from the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) reads. 

The seismicity rate in Oklahoma is about 600 times greater than it was before 2008, around the time dewatering started in the state.

Just last year, 585 magnitude 3+ earthquakes hit Oklahoma — compared with 109 in 2013.

Interestingly enough I wrote on this same exact problem in Oklahoma back in 2014, at which time I pointed out that the 30 year average before fracking came to the state was two earthquakes that were 3.0 or higher PER YEAR.

So here we are a year later and the problem has become exponentially worse. In fact it is getting so bad that if things continue at this rate the state of Oklahoma will never stop shaking. 

But you know I am sure it's all worth it because, you know, cheap oil.

I think this might be a good place to point out that harnessing wind energy does not result in earthquakes, and harnessing the energy of the sun is unlikely to shake you out of your bed at three o'clock in the morning.

Just saying.

Baptist preachers go wild!

(Do not, repeat do not, have a mouthful of coffee while watching this video.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

Baptist pastors ranted, whooped, and stormed across the pulpit before a cheering crowd last week at a teen camp meeting. 

The event took place April 11 at Middle Tennessee Baptist Church, where the fired-up pastors bellowed gibberish and ran into the crowd, where they slapped hands with the congregation. 

Others chanted like auctioneers, danced jigs, or strutted around in exaggerated fashion, swinging their jackets over their heads.


Okay I admit it, I simply will never understand religion.

Not gonna happen.

Buzzfeed asks Australians some fairly basic questions about America. The results are a little troubling.

Gratuitously sexy representation of Australians. 
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:

Charlie Sheen? Well I guess he's not completely wrong.

Okay that one's pretty accurate so I will stop there. If you want to see more just click the link at the top.

Right now I am having trouble deciding if these answers are the fault of the Aussie education system, or essentially OUR fault for being who we are.

What do you think?