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Rick Perry — Strong, or Weak?

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 23:44 by Desiato in category: Funny!, Pastafarian News

Homophobic Rick Perry ad–apparently meant only for conservative corners of Iowa, but then went retroviral on YouTube. Watch it for context if you haven’t seen it yet:

I’m only posting that Rick Perry video so you’ll fully appreciate this:

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  1. I don’t know about Perry’s homophobia. It usually is an indication of what they most fear about themselves. I mean, how many homophobic preachers have we seen happened to have a wide stance on the issue themselves?

    Could somebody keep an eye out on the men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport?

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    The reaction has actually been so negative that the posting of the ad on YouTube has just achieved the record for the most dislikes on a single video. The clip surpassed Rebecca Black’s now infamous "Friday" music video to claim the top spot as YouTube’s most hated video.

    Currently, Perry’s video has approximately 300,000 "dislikes," while Black’s has a little over 253,000. However, at this point, while over 10 million people have viewed "Friday," only about 750,000 have viewed Perry’s ad, meaning a stagering 40 percent of viewers have not only disapproved of the spot, but openly expressed their dislike online.

    Needless to say, the Perry campaign isn’t happy. Their previous ad "Faith" is also posted on YouTube, doesn’t prominently display the "Likes" versus "Dislikes" count, and still has over 25,000 "dislikes."

    The video itself has been so controversial, that Perry’s own staff is divided over it.

  3. You know you’re running a bad campaign when W starts to sound reasonable:

    “I will be your President regardless of your faith, and I don’t expect you to agree with me necessarily on religion. As a matter of fact, no President should ever try to impose religion on our society. A great — the great tradition of America is one where people can worship the way they want to worship. And if they choose not to worship, they’re just as patriotic as your neighbor.”

    “In our country, we recognize our fellow citizens are free to profess any faith they choose, or no faith at all. You’re equally American if you’re a Jew, or a Christian, or a Muslim. You’re equally American if you choose not to have faith.”

    George W. Bush

  4. Who would have thought that GW was the “smart” republican.

  5. “God-fearing vagina penetrators” – oh, I wish I’d said that!

California Medical Association Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 20:45 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. When peer-reviewed research clearly proves harm to self or society from cannabis in excess of the harm caused by alcohol or tobacco (400,000 deaths per year!), then we can discuss restricting access.

    Until then, let freedom ring. Tell Big Pharma we don’t need the expense of their synthesized revenue streams.

  2. Hmm…consider tobacco. “Big Tobacco” provides many tobacco products, each with a careful blend and formulation to get the same flavour or effect. “Big Pharma” produces products like nicotine patches and gum which allow users to use without smoking. Consider alcohol. Breweries, vintners and distilleries produce quality-controlled products to which you can say, “This is X% ethanol by volume, no methanol, and I can drink Y drinks of this and still walk.”

    I think the same will be said for cannabis. There will still be a role for the “craft” growers and expert plant breeders, but when marijuana is legalized, big brands will rapidly build up market share and become ubiquitous.

    Then we can talk about banning 5 Loko; a ghastly blend of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, taurine, guarana and THC.

In basement of Romanian government building, CIA ran secret prison

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 18:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


In northern Bucharest, in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the center of Romania’s capital city, is a secret that the Romanian government has tried for years to protect.

For years, the CIA used a government building — codenamed Bright Light — as a makeshift prison for its most valuable detainees. There, it held al-Qaida operatives Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the mastermind of 9/11, and others in a basement prison before they were ultimately transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2006, according to former U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the location and inner workings of the prison.

The existence of a CIA prison in Romania has been widely reported but its location has never been made public until a joint investigation by The Associated Press and German public television, ARD Panorama. The news organizations located the former prison and learned details of the facility where harsh interrogation tactics were used. ARD’s program on the CIA prison will air Dec 8.

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Remains of 274 US troops dumped in landfill

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 18:13 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


The US Air Force dumped the cremated, partial remains of at least 274 troops in a landfill before halting the secretive practice in 2008, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The procedure was never formally authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials, who conducted a review of the cremation policies of Dover Air Base — the main point of entry for US war dead — in 2008, the Post said.

Nor was the dumping ever disclosed to the families of the fallen troops, who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a respectful and dignified manner, the Post said, citing Air Force officials.

Honoring the fallen….

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  1. Get the name of that landfill. If it’s takes human remains, let’s send them congress.

  2. Stupid. Top brass didn’t want to remind the public that war is a meat grinder. Any marketing type would have told them to solve this problem in the classic WWI fashion; a “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” with a nice “eternal flame” and a couple of sad-looking angels in bronze.

    Eventually technology may have something to add, many WWI “unknowns” are now identified.

Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 9:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat who won two terms in the governor’s office, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on his 18 corruption convictions, counts that include trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that became vacant when President Obama went to the White House. The sentence was just short of what prosecutors had sought, tougher than those for previous Illinois governors convicted of crimes, and was widely viewed as a particularly firm punishment intended to send a loud, memorable signal in a state that has been plagued with political corruption for decades.

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  1. 1 corrupt politician sent to prison, x,xxx to go…

Class of Homebuyers Claims BofA Found a New Dirty Trick

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 9:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


Bank of America found a new way to illegally extract money from customers, according to a federal class action: deduct taxes and insurance from mortgage payments, even though the homebuyers make those payments themselves, then call the mortgage in default for the unauthorized deductions, and charge late fees and penalties.

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  1. too big to fail? No, too corrupt not to simply nationalize and then dissolve – immediately. Corporate varken!

Oblivious Supreme Court poised to legalize medical patents

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 8:43 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


This should make the nation’s doctors extremely nervous. For two decades, the software industry has struggled with the harmful effects of patents on software. In contrast, doctors have traditionally been free to practice medicine without worrying about whether their treatment decisions run afoul of someone’s patent. Now the Supreme Court seems poised to expand patent law into the medical profession, where it’s unlikely to work any better than it has in software.

The case focuses on a patent that covers the concept of adjusting the dosage of a drug, thiopurine, based on the concentration of a particular chemical (called a metabolite) in the patient’s blood. The patent does not cover the drug itself—that patent expired years ago—nor does it cover any specific machine or procedure for measuring the metabolite level. Rather, it covers the idea that particular levels of the chemical "indicate a need" to raise or lower the drug dosage.

The patent holder, Prometheus Labs, offers a thiopurine testing product. It sued the Mayo Clinic when the latter announced it would offer its own, competing thiopurine test. But Prometheus claims much more than its specific testing process. It claims a physician administering thiopurine to a patient can infringe its patent merely by being aware of the scientific correlation disclosed in the patent—even if the doctor doesn’t act on the patent’s recommendations.

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  1. Huh? Since when has knowledge of the content of a patent ever been considered criminal in any context? There must be something more to this as the whole article makes no sense to me.

  2. A lot of U.S. patent law and practices don’t make sense to me, except in the most cynical terms that lawyers, not innovators, are earning rents from it.