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This blog is semi-retired.

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Unfortunately, unemployment is taking up too much of my time and there are too many things to write about in this crazy world. So, this blog is taking a break while I search for gainful employment.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully, GL will be back up soon.

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July 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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Sarah Palin: Today’s Braindead Megaphone

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Sarah Palin tweets and people follow. That’s because she’s a braindead megaphone who people are forced to (or worse, willingly) listen to. So when she makes up words like “refudiate” to promote her bigoted views on a proposed Islamic mosque near the the World Trade Center site, she is especially scary because her views actually influence people.

First, Palin tried audacity by combining compassion with braindead bigotry:

Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate

Almost realizing the error of her ways, Palin took out “refudiate” which doesn’t exists in English, and changed her tweet to:

Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.

Still not realizing that the true error was promoting bigotry, but apparently getting some grammer advice, Palin then changed this tweet to:

Peace-seeking Muslims pls understand. Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing

Now Palin is adding to the bravado by comparing herself to Shakespeare. Telling her nearly 200,000 twitter followers:

“Refudiate,” “misunderestimate,” “wee-wee’d up.” English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!

What’s truly disturbing is 200,000 people listen to this braindead megaphone tweet every day.

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July 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Braindead Megaphone in Congress

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George Saunders wrote an essay called “The Braindead Megaphone” in which he describes how media is making us stupid. Sadly, I would add that many of our elected officials are doing the same.

This post is the beginning of a series on those who trumpet the braindead megaphone to disseminate idiocy. As Saunders said, these are the people who “put an intelligence-ceiling on the party.”

For today’s installment, we have US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson (Dem.) of Texas’ 18th District.

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July 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

This week in odd international news

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It’s been a slow news week for some. But in parts of the world it got interesting. Here’s a short roundup of some of the oddball news stories going on throughout the world. Feel free to fill me in on any stories I might have missed.

  • The front page absorbing spy saga finally comes to an end with completed “spy swap“. Hopefully, our newspapers will cover important news now, so we don’t have to get lame James Bond references and pictures of the red-headed femme fatale who infiltrated the secret world of the Manhattan party scene.
  • Foreign Policy magazine examines the “sleaze factor” of five politicians from democratic countries to see if there is “an epidemic of corruption in the world’s democracies”.
  • And perhaps this is the most uplifting news story: Female members of the Czech parliament posed for a provocative, yet classy calender to highlight the growing presence of women in Czech politics. Below my favorite.

Lenka Andrysova shows off her legislative body of work and toothbrushing

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July 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom

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Just so everyone knows, that headline doesn’t belong to me. It’s from the cover of [reportedly] al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine “Inspire,” which the group is using to recruit and propagandize Westerners. Bear in mind, this rag doesn’t have to reach a wide readership to be effective. Instead, it only has to find the mind of a lone self-starter such as Fort Hood attacker Nidal Hasan or attempted Time Square bomber Faizal Shahzad.

The magazine is available online for downloading but I didn’t want to post a link from my website for two reasons. 1) I’d rather not propagate this kind of message. And 2) speculation is the document has become a cyber-battleground between jihadists and cyber-attackers using the platform to infect terrorist networks with trojan viruses. But for those interested, supposedly the magazine includes an interview with Abu Basir (formerly Nasir al-Wuhayshi), a leader of AQ in the Arabian Peninsula. And a message from Ayman al-Zawahiri. Stimulating reading, I’m sure (sarcasm).

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July 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm