Read into it what you will…
Pope Apologizes To U.K.: Deeply Sorry, Ashamed Of Sex Abuse
I can’t believe how little this glaring fact plays in the general awareness of our little adventure in Iraq. As Glenn Greenwald rightfully points out: “It should be noted that on this chart the number of Iraqi deaths is the most conservative count”.
What is the real death toll in Iraq? (The Guardian)
Via Balloon Juice and Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter feed
Yesterday’s storm in the New York City area was pretty intense and these two guys got caught up in Mama Nature’s frenzy.
This coming Monday in Los Angeles, The International Documentary Association is presenting a special evening with satirist Harry Shearer at Cinefamily, showing clips from his new documentary on Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath:
One of the nation’s sharpest voices, comic or otherwise, turns his gimlet eye and informed mind on exposing the true facts around the flooding of New Orleans, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Employing an oft-ignored trope in conventional media—science!—Shearer and his impressive assemblage of engineers and whistle-blowers carefully and persuasively show audiences how this tragedy could have been avoided (disaster, yes—natural, no) while also warning of the rebuild, in which the very same mistakes are being made. In this special Doc U session, the multi-talented Shearer will screen extended clips from the film, and reveal the passion and persistence that went into making it, in conversation with Eddie Schmidt, IDA’s Board President and himself an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. This will be an honest, irreverent, eye-opening Q&A with a man who believed in a cause so much he independently set forth to spread the word to the public—keeping the true spirit of investigative journalism alive. For Shearer, a longtime New Orleans resident, this time it’s personal.
As expected, folks are pissed by the new ads from Antonio Federici, the world’s most blasphemous ice cream. From Campaign Live:
One ad created in-house shows a pregnant nun eating from a pot of Antonio Federici Gelato Italiano under the strapline “Immaculately conceived”.
Another ad shows two male priests apparently about to kiss, with the strapline “We believe in salvation”.
The print ads appeared in women’s weeklies Grazia, Look and The Lady, but were investigated by the advertising watchdog after it received a number of complaints about them.
Antonio Federici said the idea of “conception” represented the development of their ice cream, and its decision to use religious imagery stemmed from its strong feelings towards their product – the text also read “Ice cream is our religion”.
The Lady later said it regretted the offence that had been caused to its readers and said it would not publish the ad or anything similar to it in future.
The ASA told Antonio Federici that is was not to repeat the ads in their current form, as it was likely to be seen as distortion and mockery of the beliefs of Roman Catholics.
A post from Dan Amira on New York magazine’s blog about Delaware’s Republican Senatorial no-hoper, Christine O’Donnell, quotes from a transcript of a, uh, “debate” over evolution between the dotty, anti-masturbation church lady and an evolutionary biologist. The Tea party favorite, who has been accused of living off campaign donations by her former campaign manager, really tells him, doesn’t she?
CHRISTINE O’DONNELL: Well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.
No evidnece at all, Christine. Those dinosaur fossils were put here by God just to fuck with people, right?
And here’s what she said about not lying to Nazis if they wanted to know where the Jews were hiding on a Politically Incorrect appearance in the late 90s:
CHRISTINE O’DONNELL: A lie, whether it be a lie or an exaggeration, is disrespect to whoever you’re exaggerating or lying to, because it’s not respecting reality.
BILL MAHER: Quite the opposite, it can be respect.
EDDIE IZZARD: What if someone comes to you in the middle of the Second World War and says, ‘do you have any Jewish people in your house?’ and you do have them. That would be a lie. That would be disrespectful to Hitler.
CHRISTINE O’DONNELL: I believe if I were in that situation, God would provide a way to do the right thing righteously. I believe that!
And for a little perspective, here’s Eddie Izzard, her fellow guest on Politically Incorrect, on Creationists, dinosaurs and Jesus:
O’Donnell So Fervently Pro-Truth That She Wouldn’t Lie To Nazis Asking If She Were Hiding Jews In Her Home (Think Progress)
Warning: You may actually crap yourself while watching this video.
As a YouTube commenter so eloquently puts it, “Dear mother of god! Watching that made me shit myself.. Balls - they have huge ones!”
At the FreedomWorks 9/12 rally at the National Mall, conservative blowhard Andrew Breitbart asked this question of the mainstream media, “How dare you call these God-loving Americans, racists?” He accused Theresa Brewer of using Photoshop to doctor photographs to make Tea party, uh, “patriots” look like racists and homophobes.
But why bother, as you can tell from the above photograph of Mr. Breitbart, left, speaking with one of his admirers.
Nicely done whoever got that stellar snapshot!
I have never been able to get my head around Andrew Breitbart. Clearly he’s not an idiot, and yet he seems so freakishly resistant to the stark reality that he was speaking to an audience comprised entirely of idiots. How the fuck does that work???
Via Media Matters
Fascinating post from political pollster and superstar data analyst, Nate Silver on his FiveThirtyEight blog at the New York TImes yesterday about the precarious position the Tea party movement has put the Republican party in as the final primaries of the season take place today: If two surging-in-the-polls Tea party-backed candidates—Delware’s zany Christian conservative Christine O’Donnell and lawyer Ovide Lamontagnein in New Hampshire—win then the GOP’s chances of taking the Senate will fall dramatically. Why? Because they’re both going to be unelectable come November. Read Silvers’ analysis here.
Even atheists should be praying for crazy anti-masturbation spokeslady O’Donnell to take the GOP nomination today. For one, she’s a flaming nutcase, to the right of Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character on SNL and would no doubt provide some spectacular Sharron Angle-sized yucks along the way to the general election. And two, as Silver points out, there is almost no chance she’ll win it. To me, that adds up to a win/win situation!
This is the problem that the Republicans have going into the Fall with these Tea party-backed weirdos like Sharron Angle and Rand Paul dominating the party’s electoral line-up: During the primary election matchups with more moderate/electable GOP candidates, the vocal and highly-motivated Tea party-types have backed some seriously demented horses who will have next to no appeal to voters outside of Tea party circles or unrelated demographics. This is what the Democrats have been hoping for, obviously. an unelectable slate of Tea party-backed opponents in November. By and large, they are getting that.
So much for a resurgent GOP and so much for the influence of the Tea party. Having Sarah Palin’s endorsement during the primary season has been helpful for a few GOP candidates, but this same nod will be Kryptonite to moderate voters in the Fall. Unless voter turnout is low, and then it becomes meaningful. (Say what you will, but Sarah Palin fans are going to vote in force this year). Will the Democrats be able to bridge the apathy gap of their base? That’s going to be a very big factor also and so far, I’d have to say that it doesn’t look that way. Maybe losing in House in 2010 might be the best thing that could happen to the Democrats come 2012.
The media keeps pointing out that approximately 25% of the country sympathize with Tea party aims. So what. these folks are just the die-hards within the GOP that were there to begin with. The far more important information that never gets teased out of this equation is that 75% of the country is not in sympathy with Tea party viewpoints.
Below, then calling herself a “Christian activist,” a hapless Christine O’Donnell appears on a 1998 episode of Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect with Martin Mull, Eddie Izzard, and Jasmine Guy. What must O’Donnell made of Eddie Izzard?!?!
In Part II she makes a total fool of herself. How can anyone overtalk Eddie Izzard like this???