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The Right’s Etch A Sketch Imperative

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 20:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


Rep. Paul Ryan made absolutely clear that he is not now and never was interested in deficit reduction. After a couple of years of being lauded by deficit hawks as the man prepared to make hard choices, he proposed a budget that would not end deficits until 2040, but would cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over a decade while also extending all of the Bush tax cuts, adding another $5.4 trillion to the deficit. Ryan would increase military expenditures, and then eviscerate the rest of the federal government.

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Microsoft apologizes over ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ controversy, offers winner laptop and phone

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 20:37 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft


Microsoft’s working quickly to counter backlash it’s receiving after denying a user who won a Windows Phone challenge his just reward. Yesterday, Sahas Katta won a “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge when his Galaxy Nexus displayed the weather of two different cities faster than the Windows Phone he was up against, but the Microsoft store claimed that he had to show weather from two different states. Microsoft has been roundly bashed for this technicality since then, so Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph has just taken to Twitter to apologize and offer Katta a new laptop and Windows Phone, as well as an apology.

You could see this coming miles away. I mean, what marketing genius thought it was a great idea to set up a rigged “contest” where the whole point is to ridicule your potential customers one at a time? How is this supposed to make your potential customers feel good? And why do you thing that, in the age of the Internet, you can get away with cheating potential customers?

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Herman Cain and Republican economic policy: Developed and best explained by sadistic children.

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 18:44 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Indecision 2012, What were they thinking?

Well, many questions, actually.

Let’s start with What the Fuck?

And to think this guy was a supposedly serious candidate for President..

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  1. Second Video “removed”, find here:

  2. Isn’t Cain the dude that murdered his brother Abel?

  3. Crikey! (Wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of that little moppet.)

    However, all that “raven’s o’r the ruined land” stuff is a bit much guys. Especially if the U.S. economy isn’t quite tanking just yet.

Angry Birds Space flings 10 MILLION downloads in 3 days

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 18:36 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


The latest outing of Angry Birds – this time in spaaaace – has been downloaded 10 million times since it launched three days ago. The catapult-pinging galactic avian game was unveiled amid huge publicity on Friday. Rovio announced the expectation-smashing numbers on its Twitter feed this morning.

No wonder console builders are worried by iOS and Android.

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Why Don’t Young Americans Buy Cars?

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 18:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


Auto makers are worried about the Millennials. They just don’t seem to care about owning a car. Is this a generational shift, or just a lousy economy at work? 

Kids these days. They don’t get married. They don’t buy homes. And, much to the dismay of the world’s auto makers, they apparently don’t feel a deep and abiding urge to own a car.

This week, the New York Timespulled back the curtain on General Motors’ recent, slightly bewildered efforts to connect with the Millennials — that giant generational cohort born in the 1980s and 1990s whose growing consumer power is reshaping the way corporate America markets its wares. Unfortunately for car companies, today’s teens and twenty-somethings don’t seem all that interested in buying a set of wheels. They’re not even particularly keen on driving.

The Times notes that less than half of potential drivers age 19 or younger had a license in 2008, down from nearly two-thirds in 1998. The fraction of 20-to-24-year-olds with a license has also dropped. And according to CNW research, adults between the ages of 21 and 34 buy just 27 percent of all new vehicles sold in America, a far cry from the peak of 38 percent in 1985.

At a major conference last year, Toyota USA President Jim Lentz offered up a fairly doleful summary of the industry’s challenge.

“We have to face the growing reality that today young people don’t seem to be as interested in cars as previous generations,” Lentz said. “Many young people care more about buying the latest smart phone or gaming console than getting their driver’s license.”

The billion-dollar question for automakers is whether this shift is truly permanent, the result of a baked-in attitude shift among Millennials that will last well into adulthood, or the product of an economy that’s been particularly brutal on the young.
The War on Bikers coming soon.

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  1. Hell’s Pedal Pushers?

  2. I would have picked this as the only sensible part of that story:

    The billion-dollar question for automakers is whether this shift is truly permanent, the result of a baked-in attitude shift among Millennials that will last well into adulthood, or the product of an economy that’s been particularly brutal on the young.

    There are plenty of reasons to suspect the latter.


    It’s not like public transit suddenly got better in the U.S., or something.

  3. What the article should have said is they don’t seem to be buying “new” cars. I’m not surprised though since a new car can often cost more than a house.

How Legal, Medical Marijuana Got One Couple’s Children Violently Snatched Away

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 18:02 by Paul Jay in category: News


Law enforcement forced entry into the home of Daisy Bram, then violently ripped her three-week old newborn from her arms because she is a medical marijuana patient.

At 8am on the morning of September 29, 2011, the Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force (BINTF) forced entry into the home of Daisy Bram and her husband Jayme Walsh. Law enforcement officers arrested the couple and working jointly with Child Protective Services, seized their children — including their 3-week-old suckling newborn, Zeus, who was violently ripped from his mother’s arms.   He and his 15-month-old brother, Thor, were snatched and placed in a stranger’s home. Neither of these nursing babies had ever been away from their parents.

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Former NSA Employee Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack on Obama Admin. Whistleblower Crackdown

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 17:48 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Woman demanding care at St. Mary’s hospital is arrested for trespassing, dies in jail

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.
She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.

A compassionate society cannot have a free-market health-care system.

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  1. I thought, hmmm, St Mary’s hospital, I wonder who owns that. This is from the parent company’s website:

    Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, SSM Health Care – St. Louis is committed to delivering quality patient care to the St. Louis area as embodied in its mission statement:

    “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.”

  2. If a doctor said she could be locked up, he’s liable.

Dat ass!

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 16:15 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Goliath v. David, AAC style

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 16:12 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Intellectual Property


Last week a large, profitable company sued a small start-up business for patent infringement. As a non-legal person, I can only guess that this sort of thing must happen fairly often. I would also guess that the large companies, which have the means to hire crackerjack legal teams and drag cases out, must often win. And while I guess I feel bad for the small businesses, I’ve never really cared before now.

Because this time, the stakes are high.

This time, it’s my daughter’s voice on the line. Literally.

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  1. I actually observed while my stroke-victim friend tried one of the antique devices in his speech pathologist’s office at the Rehab Centre. (He is a fanatical Apple fan-boy, poor lad). It was horrible. Clunky, stupid, 1980’s, (he said).

    Then she told us the price. Nearly $10K. He wasn’t buying it.

    Apparently they sell mostly to schools, hospitals and the like. Institutions that don’t know any better, imo.

Fox’s Rivera: Fla. teen’s hoodie had role in death

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 15:48 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera said Friday that the hoodie an unarmed black teenager wore when he was killed in Florida is as much responsible for his death as the man who shot him.

The veteran TV personality, speaking on “Fox & Friends,” waded in with an opinion on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a story that has attracted national attention over the past month. He later acknowledged that his comments were “politically incorrect.”

People wearing hooded sweatshirts are often going to be perceived as a menace, Rivera said.

“I’ll bet you money that if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way,” Rivera said.

We’ve heard this before. Blame the victim. “If she hadn’t worn that short skirt, I wouldn’t have raped her.”

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  1. Where was Rivera when the Unabomber was imposing his reign of terror? Remember this picture?



Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 15:34 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon

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Stockholm with Charlie Caper and Erik Rosales

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 14:41 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Nicely done!

  2. This looked somuch better on paper…