Tuesday, August 10, 2010

On The Internets 08.10.2010

  • I hadn't heard this, but apparently Einstein's theory of relativity (E=MC squared), is a liberal conspiracy. According to Andy Schlafly, son of wingnut pioneer Phyllis Schlafly, all that science-y stuff is just a trick. "The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world." Hmmm, and I thought it had something to do with defining the laws of physics and obtaining a deeper understanding of the power of mathematics. I guess being intelligent is a liberal conspiracy after all.

  • Most people outside of the media know that the "tea party movement" is very much over-hyped. It is little more than the far right fringe of the Republican base, and thus far, have had little electoral success. In fact, some have argued that when the tea party gets involved in a race, it actually helps Democrats since the teabagging candidate is completely out of the mainstream and virtually unelectable (see Nevada Senate race). But according to a new article in Politico, the tea party is out of cash, and many activists worry that could damage the "movement's" ability to shape the outcome of the 2010 elections. "Some leading tea party activists are concerned that their efforts to reshape American politics, starting with the 2010 elections, are being undermined by a shortage of cash that’s partly the result of a deep ambivalence within the movement’s grass roots over the very idea of fundraising and partly attributable to an inability to win over the wealthy donors who fund the conservative establishment."
  • Speaking of the conservative establishment, Politico also has a story of financial problems with the Republican Party, and wonders if it will affect the gains the the media tells everyone the GOP will make this November. "While embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele and a top aide sought to use the party’s summer meeting here to publicly put the best face on the cash shortage, senior Republicans expressed grave concern behind the scenes that their fundraising deficiencies may be the difference between a good election year and a great one."
  • I have to admit that after the horrors of the 90s ended in Rwanda, I, like most Americans, stopped paying much attention to that African nation. The genocide was over, and there was a happy ending, right? Well, maybe not. The genocide may be a thing of the past, according to an article in The New Republic, the hero of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has become little more than a despot. His political enemies all seem to meet unfortunate demises. "In truth, the Rwandan leader presides over nothing more than hollow democracy. He has attacked and exiled any and all viable political opponents. The local press, as well as international journalists, have been bludgeoned and harassed. The regime uses the Stalinist crime of 'divisionism' as a pretext to silence and prosecute any critic who dares question its policies or the state sanctioned version of the 1994 conflict."
  • R.I.P. former Senator Ted Stevens (1923-2010). Stevens was a long serving Republican Senator from Alaska. He died today in a plane crash. Talking Points Memo has written an obituary and a look at his lengthy career.
  • The Daily Beast has an entertaining column up today written by porn star Aurora Snow called Confessions of a Porn MILF. Ms. Snow details how she went from being a college student studying business to being one of the top porn stars in the industry to being pushed aside for being too old...at 24. "I guess that’s what happens when you turn 24. I thought 24-year-olds were supposed to play college girls. I knew that I hadn’t aged in dog years, but that’s how it felt when producers would read my age on paper and pigeon-hole me without even bothering to see what I looked like. Because I was 24, I was immediately slotted into the 'older woman' category. My days as a barely-legal actress were forever over."
  • If you want to take a listen to the brand new Weezer track "Memories," head over to Stereogum. The band has left its major label home and signed to indie Epitaph for the new record. The next album will be called Hurley, and will feature a picture of actor Jorge Garcia (who played Hurley on Lost) on the cover. I've been unimpressed with the last two Weezer albums, but I kind of like this new song.


Snave said...

Ahhh, Conservapedia! What a load of hooey. I guess anything that is based on the word "relative" has to equate with "relativism". Andy, you need to look at it just a bit more closely! LOL

If I was a wealthy donor, why would I want to donate to the "tea party"? Why would anyone?

Too bad about Rwanda, and also about Ted Stevens. I never liked Stevens at all, but I believe nobody should have to go like that when it's their time.

Too old at 24? Scheisse...

Chuck Klosterman has an interesting take on Weezer in his book "Eating the Dinosaur" (a GREAT read), and I liked what he said enough that I might have to re-examine some of Weezer's stuff. If you like the new song, I will take that as a positive and I will give it a listen!

T. Paine said...

That's just what the right needs... some idiot that denies a scientific theory for spurious reasons.

All that does is give liberals justified ammunition to use against us. (And of course, it makes them think that they are the only smart ones.) (Of course that can easily be countered by offering Dennis Kucinich and Obama as examples.) :)

Dave Splash said...

You had me up until you implied the president is not intelligent. Considering your side worships at the alter of a blithering idiot from the tundra, I'm not sure you guys have room to be questioning anyone's intelligence.

Dave Splash said...


RE: Weezer. Start with their 2nd album, Pinkerton. That is, hands down, their best work.

Snave said...

Thanks for the tip, Dave! I will have to check that one out!

T. Paine said...

Actually, I want to apologize for the Obama comment. He is indeed very intelligent. He is crooked and decidedly devious and lazy, but he is not dumb.

His arrogance does blind him to certain realities though.

Dave Splash said...

Well, admitting he is not dumb is a nice first step. Now, how about let's admit that 1) Obama is not like Hitler 2) Health Care reform will not kill grandma 3) Obama is not a socialist, communist, or Maoist 4)Obama does not seek the destruction of America 5) Obama was born in the US and is not a Muslim. That would be a nice second step.

Lazy? He has accomplished more in his first 1 1/2 years than nearly any president in history.

T. Paine said...

1.) Obama is not like Hitler except with some of his socialist policies. Instead of blaming Jews though, he blames the GOP and Bush.
2.) Healthcare reform will not kill grandma. The rationing of it, that will inevitably happen, most certainly will kill her though.
3.)Nope. Can't agree with you on this one. Unless you have changed the definitions of socialist, communist, and Maoist, the terms very much fit Obama. Facts are stubborn things, my friend.
4.) I think Obama is doing what he is because he thinks it will be best for the world, and therefore America too. He is dead wrong and destroying the country, but that is not his intention, I believe.
5.) Obama was born in America and is not a Muslim. I would also suggest that neither is he a true Christian.
6.) Yes, lazy. He tells what he wants done and then lets Pelosi and Reid do all of the heavy lifting with health care, stimulus packages, cap & trade, financial reform etc. He is not intimately involved in the process. He is a cheerleader. He is too damned busy golfing most of the time.

Lastly, we as a nation are on the verge of utter economic collapse on the scale of the Weimar Republic thanks to Obama. Yeah, hell of an accomplishment in only his first 1 1/2 years in office!

Dave Splash said...

It is far from "fact" that the president is a communist, so I'm not sure what planet you live on, my friend. Yes, facts are stubborn things, but Glenn Beck is not a source for actual facts.

And isn't it the job of the legislative branch to write the laws? How is it a bad thing if they do that?

And by your logic, then are Ronald Reagan and George W Bush like Hitler? They both blamed Democrats for all the nation's ills. I think we've made news here...T Paine says Reagan is like Hitler. Interesting.