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I finally turn on the TV only to see some of the same people who were aiding and abetting heavily armed tea party lunatics raving about Obama taking away their guns for the last three years scolding that lazy, shiftless Obama for never so much as lifting a finger to take away anyone's guns. But until an unusually supple wingnut playing right-wing Twister figures out how to start in Connecticut, step all over blame, and end up pointing both fingers at Time Mag's Person of the Year, the NRA-GOP nexus of evil may have to settle for an interim scapegoat. Take it away, John Cole!
[T]he Bushmaster rifle used to execute 26 kids and teachers was purchased in 2010. Grand Theft Auto’s last release was in 2008. But somehow, it was the 5 year old game and not the easy access to the weapon responsible for the massacre... I guess we should all just be happy that Lanza didn’t use an automatic crossbow like Van Helsing, because then we’d be blaming Demon Hunters in Diablo III and hunters in WoW and Blizzard would be in a world of shit.
  • World still here!? Well, for all you disappointed preppers, here's four ways it really could end.
  • Sorry Alice, resistance is futile, no one can resist the mighty super massive black hole, you will be incinerated.
  • The Panda's Thumb busts a creationist conman -- err conwomen I mean -- doing the usual creationist tricks, i.e., trying to fool honest if-less-than informed people about science.
  • Speaking of conpersons, I think I speak for millions when I say I am so, so tired of having my home state run by a collection of devious assholes and potentially dangerous lunatics. Check out what this great bastion of Small Government tm has cooked up for the new year.
  • A nearby star familiar to any stargazer or sci-fi reader, may be loaded:
    A planet with conditions that could support life orbits a twin neighbour of the sun visible to the naked eye, scientists have revealed. The world is one of five thought to be circling Tau Ceti, a star just 12 light years away that is almost identical to the sun.

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  •  Good Morning (11+ / 0-)

    I hope with a lot of pushing we can find away to get a assault weapon ban along with those clips they use.

    no clips with more than 10 bullets !

    Happy Science Saturday to all

  •  Point of order, John Cole: (4+ / 0-)
    [T]he Bushmaster rifle used to execute murder 26 kids and teachers was purchased in 2010.
    Just sayin'.
  •  I hope somebody saves Texas from Governor Stupid. (6+ / 0-)

    He can't even count to three in a debate, but he's already said he wants a fourth term as Governor. It's time to burst the FoxNoise stupid-bubble down there and get a real leader. Anyone know another Ann Richards they could loan to Texas?

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:15:21 AM PST

    •  An obvious pacifist wanting to get rid of the (0+ / 0-)

      Department of Energy

      The United States Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) was a United States government organization formed from the split of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1975. It assumed the functions of the AEC not assumed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

      The agency was created as part of the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, which was passed on October 11, 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. The act split the Atomic Energy Commission into two new agencies: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would regulate the commercial nuclear power industry, while the ERDA would manage the energy research and development, nuclear weapons, and naval reactors programs.

      The Energy Research and Development Administration was activated on January 19, 1975. The first Administrator was Robert Seamans, followed by Robert W. Fri.

      In 1977, ERDA was combined with the Federal Energy Administration to form the United States Department of Energy.

      The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

      by JML9999 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:44:02 AM PST

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    •  I know that we in New Mexico are starting to .... (4+ / 0-)

      get nervous.  The last two times Texas was not part of the united States they invaded us!  This could get to be a habit and we really did not like Texas rule!

      Even though Ann Richards is dead she would make a better governor than your current idiot, and when she was alive she was vastly superior. Heck a block of granite would be an improvement!

      •  In the ridiculous event Texas were ever to leave (0+ / 0-)

        the US somehow, they'd better worry more about being invaded by New Mexico or Old Mexico, then the prospect of invading either one of those two ;) The demographic transition is happening whether they realize it or not.

        Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

        by tekno2600 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:00:16 AM PST

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        •  We proved at the Battle of Valverde in 1861 ... (1+ / 0-)
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          that we were not fighters! It took the Colorado miners to rout the Texas Confederates at the Battle of Glorieta Pass in 1862 by capturing their supply train.

          •  Correction the Battle of Valverde was in 1862. (1+ / 0-)
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            I had originally used the Battle of Mesilla, but decided that Valverde, which involved the 1st New Mexico Volunteers, was a better example.  The Battle of Mesilla, such as it was, did take place in 1861.

            •  Too early in the morning! (1+ / 0-)
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              I can't get anything right.  I believe it may have been another group of New Mexico Volunteers -  anyway you get the idea.

            •  I don't know. I think NM has changed a bit since (0+ / 0-)

              then ;) I lived there for a while myself, and I think that the population has changed a lot over the years as well as the basis of military competitiveness. If Texas hadn't had people from all over the United States flowing in before the Mexican War to pick a fight with a weaker country, they probably would not have had a chance either. But, because they got lucky, the Texas warrior mythology will never die. However, talking about Texas secession is about as realistic as deciding when we will begin having the Hunger Games. It's just a dystopian fantasy...which sometimes masquerades as a semi-serious political issue.

              Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

              by tekno2600 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:26:49 AM PST

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  •  It is fascinating that humans know this.... (12+ / 0-)
    "The way that we are going right now, we're looking at an easily five- to seven-degree [global average temperature] change by the end of this century,” Weisman said.

    “It's utterly crazy. I’m not sure humanity can survive that.”

    ....and yet our politicians still run from the words "global warming".

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:16:18 AM PST

  •  I hate to say it... (4+ / 0-)

    ...but Texas has absolute NOTHING on Michigan's lame duck session.  They went places where even Alabama fears to tread, including effectively privatizing the ENTIRE state school system.

    Yes.  We're about to be the first state to find out what happens when you have no public schools at all.

    Besides the political ranting, that is one awesome picture of Saturn - almost good enough to be in the planetary version of the Uncanny Valley.  (I.e., it looks too good to be real).

    There is one thing I don't quite get, though - the round "shadow" behind the planet.  Is that an artifact, the planet's shadow on the rings, or what?

    •  When Republicans say crazy shit, believe they will (3+ / 0-)
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      DO IT. Too many working class people say they'll vote for Republicans on cultural issues but they never really believed they'd destroy all unions, privatize everything, and steal all the earned benefits you have worked a lifetime to achieve. Even if Republicans say they want to do some of these things, people think it's all rhetoric. They won't really follow through on it. Well, in the future, believe them when they say they will do it.

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:31:30 AM PST

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      •  It's actually rather like global warming. (2+ / 0-)
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        The denial is extremely strong in humanity, especially when there's a quick emotional fix (voting against the evil liberals and their agenda) right now.

        By the time people wake up, they've been marginalized from the political process and the crazies have locked themselves into power.  See: gerrymandering, state legislature.

        •  Yes, but this crop of loonies is losing even in (1+ / 0-)
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          Gerrymandered districts, ala Allen West. They are too extreme for prime time.

          Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

          by tekno2600 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:05:50 AM PST

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          •  Yes, and where they can't rig the game... (2+ / 0-)
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            They're getting their asses kicked.  How many contested Senate races did they win these last two cycles?

            Trouble is, they've almost totally rigged the game in the Midwest, at the state level, and the result is abominations like the wingnut lame-duck orgy here in Michigan.  Obama won Michigan going away - and we didn't come CLOSE to retaking either house of the state leg.  Obama won Wisconsin going away, and yet the Republicans once more have the trifecta at the state level.  Obama won Ohio by a wide margin, and yet the Republicans have veto-proof majorities in the Ohio legislature.

            They've gotten far too good at this game, and in the states we're really starting to get hammered in earnest.

            •  Then, people are now going to have to really make (0+ / 0-)

              up their minds to do something about it. No more of this idea that being a swing voter is a virtue. We need to start a campaign that says: Never elect another Republican to anything ever again.

              Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

              by tekno2600 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:34:15 AM PST

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              •  I prefer the tension (0+ / 0-)

                The tension between parties, and the balance provided by competing interests, keeps the nation from swinging too far either direction.  A person doesn't need to be a deep scholar of history to understand the danger of one-party rule.

                •  This turns out not to be the case (0+ / 0-)

                  We had effective one-party rule and relatively good government in the Era of Good Feeling under Monroe, after the implosion of the Federalists, the original Party of No during eight years of Thomas Jefferson's Presidency. Then we had two parties again, Democrats representing the slaveowners, and Whigs for the corporations, especially the banks and the railroads. Slaves, women, Native Americans, and men who didn't own property couldn't vote, and so could and did lose out at every turn.

                  Republicans later on were against slavery, but were and remained pro-corporate before all else. Lincoln was a railroad lawyer as much as he was an opponent of slavery.

                  America—We built that!

                  by Mokurai on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:23:13 AM PST

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                •  The real problem with so-called independents, or (1+ / 0-)
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                  swing voters, or other people who say they want balance and moderation between the parties is that they are hoodwinked into believing that any smarmy politicians who distance themselves from extreme positions in their parties are unique and precious snowflakes who can go their own ways. But, by the time they get to Washington the national party campaign committees and congressional leadership can force them to do just about anything they want. So party platforms really do matter, even if some lying politicians say they don't. A Republican is a Republican, i.e. an evil corporatist tool at the core.

                  Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

                  by tekno2600 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 04:48:43 PM PST

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                  •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

                    One way or another, Washington seems to do a damned fine job of destroying the best of intentions.  I'd add though, that the Dems, too, are corporatist tools as much as are the Reps.  

                    My point, though, was that with two parties vying for control, and neither able to freely accomplish its goals without interference from the other, we're better off.  I don't like what either major party wants for America, and so I'm glad they are constantly stalemating one another.  

      •  Some Jews voted for Hitler (0+ / 0-)

        telling themselves that the anti-Semitism was just to get votes, not something he could or would carry out.

        America—We built that!

        by Mokurai on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:15:23 AM PST

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      •  Sigh, (0+ / 0-)

        when you are a bought and paid for legislator, better deliver on  what you were elected to do.
        Screw democracy.

        What do we want? Universal health care! When do we want it? Now!

        by cagernant on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:09:11 PM PST

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    •  Could the shadow be a filter on the camera? (0+ / 0-)

      When I first saw the picture, I found it disorienting until I realized that the black shadow could be blocking the sunlight.  The sun is behind the planet - an angle which the Cassini does not often get with the rings tilted - which is why the picture was taken.

      "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

      by Most Awesome Nana on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:08:58 AM PST

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  •  (wakes up, looks around) well . . . . (9+ / 0-)

    the world seems to be un-ended.

    :)

  •  Tau Ceti (3+ / 0-)
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    THIS IS TAU CETI FIVE

    tau ceti six exploded 6 months after you left us here......

    mutter mutter mumble

    er what?

    mutter mutter mumble

    oh alpha ceti not Tau ceti

    er nevermind

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:40:47 AM PST

    •  of course Tau Ceti has planets and life (2+ / 0-)
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      isn't Tau Ceti III a member of the Federation?

      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
      Four More Years! How sweet it is!!!

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:59:56 AM PST

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      •  aka Kaferia (1+ / 0-)
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        http://en.memory-alpha.org/...

        Kaferia was an inhabited planet. This planet was the homeworld for the insectoid Kaferians. It was, also, home to the Kaferian apples.

        Prior to stardate 1312, Gary Mitchell visited this planet more than once. Each time he visited the planet, he always favored the apples. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", display graphic)
        Background Edit

        The image of the Kaferian seen in "The Big Goodbye" was from the FASA RPG module The Federation. The name was legible on the screen.

        According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (pg. 44, "United Federation of Planets I"), Kaferia was located in or near Federation space, in the Alpha Quadrant. Kaferia was the third planet in the Tau Ceti system. In the mid-22nd century, Kaferia was a destination on the Vulcan trade routes. In 2378, Kaferia was a Federation member.

        The Worlds of the Federation also referenced Kaferia as Tau Ceti III.

        The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

        by JML9999 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:15:33 AM PST

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  •  Someone should post that Muse song: (0+ / 0-)

    "Supermassive Black Hole" to go along with that story.

    It's running through my head now anyway, as it has been since I read the story last night. I like to share -- even earworms -- so everyone should have the pleasure.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:00:54 AM PST

  •  Very cool about Tau Ceturi those planets are close (0+ / 0-)

    enough to study in great detail. We should be able to get good spectographs off of the reflected sunlight fairly soon. The 3 outer ones will also most likely be some of the 1st Earth  sized extra-planetary object photographs.

    The back story on how they were found is very neat. Scientist were just working on calibrating some instruments. Since Tau is one of the most studied stars they put some false planet data in it's readings just to see if they could recognize it. While the computers were removing the false data they also "spit out" the "false data" for these other planets! Once the scientist realized it they took a second look at Tau, and "spotted" the planets.  

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:15:40 AM PST

  •  You're from here, huh, DarkSyde? (0+ / 0-)

    That's a pleasant discovery.

    It's so tempting to put the Lege and the Guv (in Molly I's terminology) on "ignore" but they don't let us. There are some great folks here but I do not understand how so many of them buy into the right-wing anger and stupidity.

    Naxet (a backward Texan as it were) in Foat Wuth

    •  Ah, a backslider! Good to hear from you eom (0+ / 0-)

      In the political sense, of course. Not the usual Christian version.

      How I Walked Away

      I confess it now, my sin, my crime, the cancer on my soul. I am a backslider.

      If you didn't wince, you aren't in the club. A backslider is an ex-Christian, one who accepted his savior and then fell from grace. One who stood on the threshold of his salvation, and walked away. Certain fundamentalist Christians equate backsliding with the Unpardonable Sin, the sin against the Holy Spirit, at which Jesus hinted darkly in Luke 12:10. Not to be outspoken, St. Peter compared it to a dog returning to its own vomit (2 Pet 2:20-22). Even the Old Testament gets in its dig; see Proverbs 14:14, "The backslider in his heart shall be filled with his own ways."

      There are other words: stray, lost sheep, prodigal, apostate.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:27:08 PM PST

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  •  I like the reality that we are being pulled... (0+ / 0-)

    ...into a super massive black hole. Nothing wrong with that.

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