devolution

Captive chimpanzees fail to help others in their social group, even when it causes no inconvenience, a behavioural study in Nature journal has found.

This may explain why GOPers hate the teaching of evolution. Maybe they are less evolved.

Just for the record, there is a difference between GOPers and real conservatives. I have a lot of respect for real conservatives like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Christopher Shays, David Dreier, etc. Its a shame that they have to take a back seat to the Texas Taliban.

12 steps

Bush apologists are like drunks who won’t stop hanging on to the bottle until they find out that what’s in the bottle is killing them. They could have a thousand bad days and nights, but they wake up every morning… or afternoon, and are willing to buy any twisted logic that says they can still drink.

12 steps to better government.

liberal french wieney

I bought a copy of The Truth, with Jokes yesterday…and got my copy signed by Al Franken. I’ve been listening to his show via podcast for a year now and can highly recommend his show as a few hours of entertaining news and political discussion somewhere between NPR and The Daily Show. Oh, and jokes. Funny stuff.

Which gets me to my point. During Franken’s reading, he mentioned the oft quoted liberal french wieney canard. While he was signing my book, I mentioned that technically, wieners are German. Also, Germans have the exact opposite reputation that the French do. Germans have a well earned reputation for hard work, serious take charge demeanor, drinking beer, and building great cars. So how the hell did wieney become an insult meaning ineffectual?

pork with a side of greed

Before adopting the $141 billion measure, 93 to 1, senators also defeated an effort to add more than $3 billion for home-heating assistance for low-income families. The proposal, by New England lawmakers who fear sky-high heating costs this winter, failed to attract the 60 votes that Senate procedures require.

This is why GOP terms like small government are total bullshit. When a GOPer says small Government what he really means is Government big enough to help me but too small to help you.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was personally insulted, however. Alaska, which ranks No. 1 in per capita federal spending, was being unjustly singled out, he argued. The 37-year Senate veteran threatened to resign and “be taken out of here on a stretcher” if the Senate killed off perhaps the most egregious example of wasteful spending in the massive highway bill.

Nice to know he is willing to stand on lack of principles.

Maybe someone will explain to me why this law; one which restricts the rights of the individual while empowering unelected judges isn’t and example of Big Government.

french bashing

I’m getting a little sick of the French Bashing from the right wing. I’ve noticed the following two themes:

  • When the French do something in their national interest that somehow conflicts with our interests, they are betraying us.
  • When we do something that is in our national interest but conflicts with French interests, we are asserting our independence

If you point this out as a double standard, you somehow hate America.