Sunday Roast: March 17, 2013 – Including NSFW

So what is going on this Sunday, not much, and that’s not always bad. I picked a fews reads for you, I hope you all slept in 😉

President Obama will be in Israel next week. The so-called peace process, was there ever a real effort (?), is not only stalled, it is at it’s lowest point since I remember. The Economist picks up the topic:

IN 1942, as the Holocaust in Europe was entering its most horrific phase, a pacifist American rabbi called Judah Magnes helped found a political party in Palestine called Ihud. Hebrew for unity, Ihud argued for a single binational state in the Holy Land to be shared by Jews and Arabs. Its efforts—and those of like-minded idealists—came to naught. Bitterly opposed to the partition of Palestine, Magnes died in 1948 just as the state of Israel—the naqba, or catastrophe, to Palestinians—was being born. Decades of strife were to follow.(read more)

Cyprus needs a bailout. That’s not really news, but the account holders will get a haircut, oops:

Cypriots reacted with shock that turned to panic on Saturday after a 10% one-off levy on savings was forced on them as part of an extraordinary 10bn euro (£8.7bn) bailout agreed in Brussels.(read more)

Formula 1 is on, finally, The Lotus Effect:

Kimi Raikkonen proved he and Lotus have what it takes this year to become Formula One world champions after storming to victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.(read more)

And, kids, you look the other way now:

Close your eyes and ears,” warns an off-screen voice, “because here comes a sex comedy that’s all about bonking and banging.” Then Bavarian character Sepp appears on screen. As he assumes a wide-legged stance in an Alpine pasture, a cow gazes awe-struck at the fly of his lederhosen. Thunderbolts shoot out of his tight leather shorts, bulging with excessive man-power.( read more)

Again, there’s not much going on really, I could have brought you ‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ and her CPAC speech, but I am not cruel.

This is our Open Thread. All Yours!

50 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: March 17, 2013 – Including NSFW

  1. I hope you all slept in.

    I not only got up at midnight, (six hours behind you, EV), to watch the F1 race, I was back up before 7am when UP starts. If you’re eating lunch, I’m probably already awake, even on a Sunday.

    Nice for Kimi to win. As with any race with dodgy conditions in qualifying, the race usually goes to the best guessers as to setup that will produce a good spot on the grid, yet be quick during the race. Pirelli picking the wrong compounds didn’t help either. Webber hit a new low in shitty starts also.

  2. It’s Sunday so that means that it is ‘guns and god’ day at the gun club. Join the fun. Bring your bible and your AR 15 or any other high powered, semi-automatic weapon. Just be sure to aim at the hill of dirt and not at the other gun club members./sarc off.

    I live 2 miles up hill from the gun club. These high powered rifles are so loud that the sound easily travels 2 miles and further.

    Now back to the topic at hand.

  3. I could go for lederhosen but I do not think they are well suited to humid climates.
    Even if they were lined with silk so they wouldn’t chafe.
    This video could use a little more cowbell and perhaps Blue Oyster Cult backing them up.

  4. Good morning, all.

    This is my first St Patrick’s Day knowing that I have Irish and Scottish people in my family tree, so I’ve never celebrated the day.

    What’s the protocol here? 😉

    • I’m just cutting and pasting this earlier-today comment from “Ummm, who are the “takers” here…?” Paul Jamiol-itled thread as an adjunct to Wayne’s mention of CPAC (Conference for Permanently Asinine Conservatives? Conservative Pandering at All Costs? Conservative Pablum for American Cretins? Can’t Process Arguments Coherently? Canned Partisan Argument Conclave? Can Palin Acquire more Cash? Can’t Provide Any Coherence? Can’t Parse American Constitution? ) –because like the GOP, it was lonely and unloved.

      CPAC ‘Pandermonium’

      Trump is cued to the podium with his Celebrity Apprentice show theme.

      Well of course! Conservatives all imagine themselves in the ranks of a plutocracy and know that the most expedient way to “climb to the top” is not by a merit judgment of an actual free market, but by kneecapping any potential competition by whatever means is available whilst sucking up to whoever is already at the top—which is the essence of Trumps show, and thus the CPAC audience is primed to be a “Celebrity Apprentice” audience.

      The CPACers studiously choose to ignore the fact that Trump elbowed his way from occasional irrelevant punditry on Fox to frequent political grandstanding and pseudo-candidacy since 2008 (he may have learned the art of the tease from observing Sarah Palin’s ‘career’ in the same time period) and accept him as a representative of their selfish ideals and goals, when in fact he only represents his own selfish ideals and goals.

      Cameron Joseph @cam_joseph

      Donald Trump on Iraq’s oil reserve: “I say we should take it and pay ourselves back” #CPAC

      There’s more wrong and stupid in that comment than a galaxy of wrong and stupid inside a nebula of stupid wrongness.

      Mitch McConnell says the Democratic 2016 candidate field “looks like a re-run of the Golden Girls”—har har Hillary Clinton is soooo OLD you guys, she’d be like, totally older than Mitch McConnell if Mitch McConnell weren’t actually 6 years older than Hillary, for reelz! In fact Hillary is so old, she’ll be only one year younger than Reagan was in 1980!

      GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia isn’t stuffed in a closet, but doesn’t get time in the main hall either—he gets a side room in which to appeal to an audience of sad idiots like himself, telling them “There are a few in our movement who just don’t like gay people and in 2013 that is just not okay anymore.”—Failing to note that the “not okay anymore” part is entirely due to the long and bloody and deadly struggle of Democratic voting gays and the empathy and support of straight Democratic voters and Party politicians, and also failing to do the math and ignoring all the very public evidence that the GOP establishment would still rather allow gays to be denigrated, deprived, demonized and indeed dumped dead in a ditch, than lose one single Bible Belt vote.

      Michele “No Mistakes” Bachmann implied that students complaining about the cost of college are just lazy whiners expecting a government handout from Preznit Obummer whereas her obviously Republican college-age daughter is ‘pulling herself up by her bootstraps’ by raising her own money to take a volunteer trip to Haiti to help orphans “because she has enough and a little bit more. That’s what this country is all about”,

      She neglected of course to mention that her own professional career has been entirely contingent on political party (initially and briefly Democratic, but then Republican) and government employment (public funding for the schools and foster care she was involved with, working for the IRS, and as a State representative in Washington D.C—not to mention farm subsidies) and that all that publicly money provided the resources that benefited her daughter as well as herself.

      And of course never mind that raising funds for a volunteer project is entirely different from and has NOTHING TO DO-WITH GOING INTO MASSIVE DEBT FOR AN ORDINARY EDUCATION.

      And never mind that her daughter is “helping orphans” because “she has enough and a little bit more” is, by Replican definition, SOCIALISM! Why aren’t those Haitian orphans picking themselves up by THEIR OWN bootstraps? Because they don’t own bootstraps? Why don’t they make their own bootstraps (but not out of hemp, obviously!) and then sell those bootstraps on the open market so they can buy boots they need to allow the use of bootstraps by which they can pull themselves up?!” Because they are lazy godless blahs, is why, and they need good Christian charity and selfless white noblesse oblige so that Michele’s daughter can polish her Conservative Christian credentials, I guess, and conveniently so that her mother can use her as a nonsensical straw man example to whip the conservative image of Democrats.

      Well.. there’s so much more horror and insanity, so just go here for the best coverage (including videos) and comments on the 2012 CPAC that I’ve found,

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/15/cpac-2013-donald-trump-mitt-romney-live

  5. Danica had a OK day. She started 41st and finished 28th. Early in the race, Bobby Labonte checked up in front of her, due to contact ahead of him, and she creased her nose which affected her handling somewhat, but she managed 495 laps which was good experience for Bristol. Next week is Fontana, California, a two mile superspeedway, which should be better for her.

    Also next week will be the first Indycar race, at St. Petersburg, with Simone de Silvestro teamed up with Tony Kanaan at KV Racing. Kanaan had a lot to do with Danica’s success in Indycar when they were teamed up at Andretti, so I hope he can help Simona as well.

  6. A movie type jail break occurred today in Quebec. Details are sketchy at the moment, but a helicopter jail break is pretty ballsy!

    Oh and Happy St. Paddy’s day. My beer is in a green bottle so I think that counts.

    • Appears the inmates truly thought they’d get away with the escape.
      Quite a place – as it had a riot not so long ago and now this.

      Green beer bottles do count — Happy St. Paddy’s to the dyckers!

    • Aptly named! There was a great deal of infighting among the Repugnant/Teapottiers at that gathering. Even Karl Rove was thrown under the bus. Well sort of as it was S.P. so that didn’t really matter.

  7. I’m beginning to get angry and confused. On the left side of the intertubes I keep hearing some say Obama claiming social security is off the table Other people on the left are saying Obama is going to cut (reform) both social security in some grand bargain with the republicans.

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