The Watering Hole: Wednesday, March 12, 2014: Blue Sky over Beijing

China has finally gotten serious in its efforts to combat the effects of air pollution so thick it blocks out the sky.

An internal memo distributed through wickieleaks reveals that coal burning plants and even oil refineries will soon be adding blue dye to their fuel. The effect of the dye will be to turn smog a healthy sky-blue color. The air will be just as bad, but no one will notice. A test burn was conducted in a small villiage in Mongolia last December, with no lasting ill effects. The villiager’s skin color returned to normal just three weeks after the end of the test.

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        • The police, despised for their corruption and repression, are returning to work. Their squad cars often sport Ukrainian flags and many have a “self-defense” activist from the protests with them. A Western ambassador told me that the activists were there to protect the cops from angry citizens. My uncle, who lives here, said they were also there to stop the police from slipping back into their old ways and demanding bribes.

          This! In a relatively short period of time they’ve come together and hopefully can maintain this peace in Kiev.
          Now EU and U.S. must stop and allow/make Putin to go back to Russia and stop attempting to annex Crimea…

          • Ukraine Interim PM Yatsenyuk is in the White House today he has this question for Obama:

            “Before he left home for Washington he spoke to Ukraine’s parliament.

            “A country which willingly gave up its nuclear arsenal… and received guarantees from the world’s leading countries, finds itself unprotected, one-on-one with a country which is armed to its teeth,” he said.

            “If you do not uphold these guarantees… then explain how you will convince Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear status.”

            This dude is no mug, that’s a good question….

  1. If Neil deGrasse Tyson was on a game show.

    Game show host: Complete this famous phrase. “May the force be…”
    Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Equal to mass times acceleration”

  2. Paul Ryan has finally revealed the guts of Amurkkka’s dilemma:

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/12/3394871/ryan-poverty-inner-city/

    House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America’s poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Wednesday, hinting that he would focus on creating work requirements for men “in our inner cities” and dealing with the “real culture problem” in these communities. “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” he said.

    Ryan also cited Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes African-Americans are, as a population, less intelligent than whites due to genetic differences and that poverty remains a national problem because “a lot of poor people are born lazy.”

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Makes me wonder if everyone with a widow’s peak hairline is equally as brilliant as each and all people with black skin are inferior!

    What an asshole.

    • Yassah, thems lazy shiftless Negroes don’ know nutthin about hard work. When theys in skool, them teachers make em do learnin an stuff but they don keep nuttin in dey brains, massah.
      Translation into stepnfetch provided for Mr. Ryan by Uncle Remus.

  3. O’Reilly: Obama shouldn’t have done funny Obamacare promo video because Putin is watching

    “The Affordable [Care] Act is dubious to say the least, and using a comedic website to enroll people is a little bit desperate, don’t you think?” O’Reilly said Tuesday on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” . . .

    “Putin is clearly testing the president. It looks like Putin believes the president is a lightweight, will a comedy video counter that? Just asking,” O’Reilly said.

    • And shooting a tiger which had already been snared and drugged with your shirt off is what? Exactly?

      Fook off BillO, dickhead.

  4. Evangelical Christians want access to more corpses … to hone their ‘raising the dead’ skills

    …[H]ealer, Ian Andrew in Somerset, Jenkins heard of a woman who got a new heart as a result of prayer.

    Literally, a new heart?

    Yes.

    What happened to the old one?

    It was replaced.

    These claims are, by any standards, implausible. But in the world of Pentecostal healing, no-one worries about that. In fact, the more impossible the miracle (and they use the term without embarrassment) the better, because it’s more effective for spreading their message.

    • Right……. yeah…… funny how you never see (amongst the wheelchairs and crutches) left behind at places like Lourdes…… glass eyes and wooden legs….

    • Are there any parameters to just how dead they can be?
      What about mummies? Mummies scare the shit out of me, I don’t want them coming back to life.
      Is there a vetting process? Who gets priority?
      What about Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Tammy Faye Baker.?
      Will this fall under the new health care law?
      Is death a pre-existing condition or can you claim to be born again?
      Do you have to get a new SSN?
      Does the company you worked for have to offer you your old job back?
      I see this as very complicated under our current laws.

      Or, are they really just a bunch of Necrophiliacs trying to justify their kinkiness?

    • But God still won’t heal amputees for some reason. Perhaps He figures that anyone who manages to lose a limb doesn’t deserve His help?

      There was an interesting comment though. How many people have been stoned and/or burnt at the stake for allegedly practicing necromancy?

  5. Further proof that Obama is a “Marksist-Facist”:

    President Barack Obama is taking advantage of another way to make life better for millions of workers by revamping overtime regulations, Michael Shear and Steven Greenhouse report. This is something the president can do without Congress, through the Department of Labor’s responsibility for setting the rules carrying out the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Under the new rules that Mr. Obama is seeking, fewer salaried employees could be blocked from receiving overtime, a move that would potentially shift billions of dollars’ worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers. Currently, employers are prohibited from denying time-and-a-half overtime pay to any salaried worker who makes less than $455 per week. Mr. Obama’s directive would significantly increase that salary level.

    In addition, Mr. Obama will try to change rules that allow employers to define which workers are exempt from receiving overtime based on the kind of work they perform. Under current rules, if an employer declares that an employee’s primary responsibility is executive, such as overseeing a cleanup crew, then that worker can be exempted from overtime.

    White House officials said those rules were sometimes abused by employers in an attempt to avoid paying overtime. The new rules could require that employees perform a minimum percentage of “executive” work before they can be exempted from qualifying for overtime pay

    • But, but…Job creators! My assistant burger manager needs 60 hours a week to learn the system! I’m doing him/her a favor by exposing them to the real world of slave, er management!

    • Why do I get the feeling that if the secret plan was to kill black children/people of any age that Brannon wouldn’t mind?

      And “Planned Parenthood has a secret plan to legalize . . .” — really? Planned Parenthood has the means to legalize stuff all on its own? Is there a way that anyone might join up and participate?

  6. Ok, so Reuters and the Beeb are also mentioning that the Ukranian MOD is saying that the Russian military is concentrating in daylight, on the border right opposite the large eastern Ukranian city of Kharkov. Following this tweet, I read the Pravda.ua article and the gist seems to be that despite Putin saying last week that the military exercises last week were concluded, the troops are still there:

    “Vikonuvach the defence minister of the Ukraine earlier reported that beside the North-eastern border of Ukraine already is concentrated 220 tis. viiskovikiv RF [220,000 Russian soldiers – TtT] of, 1800 Russian tanks and 400 helicopters.”

    This is all coming from the Ukrainian side…. I just dunno.

    • Oh, but don’t panic….. John McCain is on his way….. presumably Senator Butters will be there too.

      “On March 14-16 a delegation of U.S. Senators led by John McCain is to come to Ukraine,” director of the information policy department of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Yevhen Perebyinis said at the briefing on Tuesday.

      • Gramps saved Georgia, is now President of the United States, oops no he isn’t.
        Gramps is going to mess up ‘rescue’ Crimea.

        • No, but we’re going to parachute Billy Kristol with a rifle and a hard hat into Sevastopol …..

      • McCain: “Get off my lawn, Vlad”!
        Putin: “It’s not your lawn”.
        McCain: “Well. I have so many houses I just assume that all lawns are mine”.

      • Honest John will obviously have some Honest John nuke tipped artillery at his disposal…? What? Not? Oh well, he can always pout.

    • I’ll betcha when Putin saw Obama on comedy TV he suddenly realized just how weak Amurkkk really has become, and decided that he can do anything he wants — expose his soul to Dubya Bush, shoot a tiger, ride a horse, go shirtless, invade eastern Europe, allathat.

    • Dear Andy,

      You’re a dipshit.
      Change the channel.
      There are plenty of 700 Club reruns on.

      Sincerely,

      The Universe.

    • I know Moses explained where the universe came from, but can’t remember if he ever explained where god came from. Is that written down anywhere?

      • [this is how they rectify the omnipotent]

        “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,: says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

          • No explanation needed:

            Because I said so.

            is just good enough for the ‘followers’.

            • I think the Baptists meme runs something like, “There are some things we’re not meant to know.”

              Ignorance thrives, thanks to “god” and its “followers.” So do the charlatans that run it, that milk the money cow of ignorance ignorants.

    • Gotta love the nutwhack commenters lamenting the end of religion as we know it…Wishful thinking…..

      • If I thought it would help, I’d pray for just that, “the end of religion”. ALL of it. Better we be more like dogs and cats and wolves and tigers and giraffes and lions and even cockroaches, unbelievers all. One less really heavy bag to be totin’ around.

    • “Creationist slams Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ for ‘blind faith’ in scientific theories”

      — Well, to be fair, creationists are experts in blind faith.

  7. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday she will retire at the end of this term.

  8. FL teacher who routinely tweets ‘OBAMA IS A P*SSY’ upset at exclusion from Obama event

    “I’m a conservative Republican who uses social media to express my views,” he wrote. “At the last two faculty meetings our principal had strongly advised us not to post anything. As a citizen of this great country I chose to ignore her advise [sic] which now in retrospect seems more like a veiled threat.”

    “The next day,” he continued, “I’m suddenly excluded from a presidential event.”

    Someone had to be at the bottom of his college class.

    • He’s also sore about Pop Tarts.
      I’m glad to see that this man has his students best interests at the front of his agenda.

  9. Alabama Judge Dismisses Same-Sex Couple’s Divorce Petition

    A Madison County judge has dismissed a same-sex couple’s divorce filing.

    Judge Karen Hall’s order read, “This cause of action is hereby dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted pursuant to the laws of this State.”

    The same-sex couple, married in another state, filed for divorce in Madison County. Alabama does not recognize same-sex marriages from any state.

    According to the court filing, the women married in Iowa in 2012, then moved to Alabama.

    Is this being set up to be a test case?

    • It’s always amazing that the ‘glitches’ take place in the exact spot that has the controversial subject…

      The hard assed nosed Roman Catholic Billy D. claims Cosmos misrepresented the Church as being an integral part of the Inquisition; he also stated the Inquisition was needed and assisted in bringing order back to the world.

      • In other news, Billy D points out that herding 6 million Jews into a gas chamber helped the trains run on time in Germany from 1941-1945, which was patently necessary and good for everyone….. almost everyone.

        • Six million in five years. How many “undesirables” (read: non-whites) are there in Amurkkka, and how many years of “on time” stuff could we gain if/when the wingnut-Christer-Fascisti take control? Will fracking produce enough gas to run the ovens??

      • I’m sure that some sleepy tech just hit the wrong button or tripped over a cord. Although I will be a little surprised if someone doesn’t claim that God did it.

  10. Walter must’ve been some guy:

    “Walter George Bruhl Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach is a dead person; he is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker. He drifted off this mortal coil Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Punta Gorda, Fla. His spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe.

    He was surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years, Helene Sellers Bruhl, who will now be able to purchase the mink coat which he had always refused her because he believed only minks should wear mink.”

    The rest of it:
    http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/walter-george-bruhl-jr-dupont-co-retiree/1139838

    • It’s like Colbert’s loaded question to many a guest:

      “George W. Bush: great President, or the greatest President?”

  11. Honeybump Soaps will soon be sold in the gift shop of the Springfield Museum, and my Graffiti soap will be featured in the Ken Kesey exhibit next month. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. For the third time in six months I was ‘randomly’ chosen for a survey about Valley Medical (that’s where my PCP (primary care physician) and my specialists practice.
    The questions began
    “Dr.___, do you see this provider for all your medical appointments?
    Me: No this is one of my specialists.
    Phone: Ok so do you see this Dr. for all of your medical appointments?…

    (I realize some of these surveys are to assist in obtaining grants, etc and that’s the ONLY reason I choose to answer – however, there are some ridiculously worded
    How would you describe your health –
    Excellent
    Very Good
    Good
    Poor
    Very Poor

    Me: You are asking me questions about a Medical Health Clinic – I wouldn’t be going to specialists if my health were Excellent!

    • Frankly if the bigoted dicks are willing to Jehovah their way to murder to support Apartheid, they’d better be ready to stand on the front lines…

  13. QOTD:

    “Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.” — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-umbass, Texas)

    Off by a mere 173 years.

  14. I just realized that today would have been my 37th anniversary, had I stayed married to that dolt.

    OMG, 37 years.

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