We are almost at the weekend stretch.
Well, it’s almost the weekend for most of us, but my work week is just getting started. Hey, I party for a living, so I’m definitely not complaining (*wink*wink*).
I know some of you are planning your drinking games for the weekend, so let’s see what we’ve got on tap in this round-up:
- Um, you do realize that ENDA could still become law in the next year, right?:
I just got done reading an email from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force about yesterday’s passage in the US House of a bill outlawing job discrimination against gays. The email is odd in that it’s factually wrong about how a bill becomes a law. The email suggests that the battle over ENDA is now over until the next Congress, in 2009. That’s simply untrue. Yesterday’s passage of the bill in the House is the first step – we could get this passed in the next year.
- Chinese toys found to contain date-rape drug:
All we need now to make this even crazier is to listen to Republicans pontificate once again about letting industry self-regulate. Then they can tell us how “the market” will work out the problems. Just ignore those kids who are being rushed to the hospital and think of them as martyrs for industry and cheap toys from China. The worst of this is that the Democrats will probably just sit back and take punches like this, afraid to call out the GOP on their terribly failed policies.
(Dizzy sez: I got two little birthdays coming up in the next 30 days or so and I am not planning on buying any mass-marketed/manufactured toys, this year. Thankfully, books and video games are very popular around here, ‘cuz that’s all I’m willing to risk their well-being and my hard-earned money on, these days.)
- Dog Washing Machine:
Culture Buzz The French invent a doggie washing machine. This video will be hard to take if you’re a dog person. So check out the catwash video instead!
(Dizzy sez: Ummm…Alrighty, then!)
- Luxury Everyman Food:
Food Buzz The quest to make ridiculously expensive food items continues with $1000 bagels and $25,000 sundaes. After a while, these stories tend to sound the same: Take mundane cuisine (pizza, ice cream), add gold and truffle oil and multiply the price tag by a thousand!
(Dizzy sez: What was that about a fool and their money…?)
- Atlas Hugged:
An apparently true tale of overzealous idiotic school administrators (imagine!) putting an 8th-grade girl in middle-school Gitmo for the dread act of hugging a friend
(Dizzy sez: Hugs are totally allowed in my kids’ school. In fact, they are strongly encouraged!)
- Where Church vs. State Goes To Die:
Via Drudge comes news from Georgia that will likely produce not precipitation but a new round of inbred-idiot jokes
(Dizzy sez: Apparently, Georgia’s governor believes that God will save them from their drought crisis.)
From The Huffington Post:
- Chickens Come Home to Roost:
How’s this for ceding the moral high ground?Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a senior legal advisor to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and a guy who helped write that country’s (now suspended) constitution, defends the suspension of rights in his country by saying – that’s right – they learned it from us.
In response to a question from Michelle Norris on All Things Considered Wednesday, Kasuri was kind enough to remind Norris that “you have in your country a long history of a democratic tradition of values.” (Remember, Pakistan is a democracy, too.)
So what does the longest-running democracy have to teach the rest of the world?
Well, according to the Pakistanis, that it’s OK to suspend the constitution and dismiss the pesky Supreme Court in the name of “stability.”
(Dizzy sez: Isn’t that special? More proof that Bush has made this country a laughing-stock to the rest of the world.)
- As Oil Approaches $100 is Saudi Arabia Waging Resource Aggression Against The American People And The World Economy?!:
Saudi Arabia, given its enormous reserves, could readily produce significant additional quantities of oil in order to abate the steep run up of oil prices. At these price levels the fact they and OPEC are maintaining the major portion of their production cuts made at the beginning of this year (OPEC’s production cut of 1.7 million barrels/day altered by a production increase of only 500,000 barrels/day starting this month) is smoking gun evidence of their extortionist intent. By holding oil off the market, oil which they clearly have in ample supply, they are gouging the world’s economies, pricing their product at levels that have no market rationale whatsoever. They are preying on the world’s need for oil. It is an act of resource aggression against the world’s consumers much as Canada’s hypothetical interference with the headwaters of our major river ways would be an act of aggression against the United States.
(Dizzy sez: Yep…a laughing-stock…)
From The Omaha World-Herald:
- Sen. Hagel says U.S. draft may be unavoidable:
LINCOLN — Sen. Chuck Hagel, speaking to an audience of Lincoln High School students, warned Tuesday that the nation may need to turn to compulsory military service “or some kind of draft” to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)
Questioned after his speech, Hagel, R-Neb., said he is not calling for reinstatement of the military draft.
But he said the growing difficulty of maintaining an adequate volunteer military force is “a reality.”
“I’m just stating the obvious. At some point we’re going to have to make a decision on how to attract a quality force,” he said.
(Dizzy sez: The whole idea of a draft makes my head hurt and my arthritis flare up. I have a child old enough to be drafted and the idea that the “Bushliburton” wars could cause the draft to be reinstated makes me truly sick to my stomach.)
From Brilliant at Breakfast:
- Gee, ya think?:
This is about as close an admission as we’re going to get that the so-called “strong economy” of the Bush years despite anemic at best job growth and stagnant wages was a function of homeowners using their bubble-inflated homes as a piggybank
(Dizzy sez: Well, at least I got my one-way ticket to Hell. Still waitin’ on that Handbasket to get out of the shop. I’m planning on a truly turbulent trip.)
Thank goodness, I work tonight. I definitely need to indulge in a couple of Caramel Macchiatos and dozen songs of anything about anything but how effed up the world truly is. Keep in mind, it’s hardly complete escapism, since most of my companions, for the evening/weekend, are members of the Armed Forces, so there will be a lot of “real world” chatter. We’ll just be drowning our sorrows in song.
Take care and take it easy, today. Tomorrow will be here, soon enough.