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March 2, 2016

Karl Rove Strikes Again

per Crooks and Liars

Karl Rove Predicts Rubio Surge In Virginia Seconds Before Race Is Called For Trump

Oh, Karl! Will you ever learn? Obama-rMoney in Ohio and now Narco Rubio

Please Karl, PLEASE! Predict I will not win the lottery, tell me who will win the World Series so I know not to bet on them

Karl... it's time to get on your horse and ride off into the sunset
You've lost your touch you bastage

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March 2, 2016

Congrats to both campaigns on Super Tuesday

Not a lot of nail biters tonight; though Massachusetts was quite close
Each campaign walked away with a good amount of delegates.
I don't think either side can claim they exceeded expectations -- though there will be those who likely will try.
I saw reports on one side claiming they'd win all but one (one person thought all) and the other looking at 6 wins.
The campaign moves on
Celebrate the states you won. Console yourself with a drink over the loses and move on to the next races

Remember for those overseas voters, Democrats Abroad ballots are out. I've sent mine in.
If you aren't registered I think you still can do so. But, you only got a week to vote

To everyone out there whether your state has voted or not...

If you didn't vote and there were down ballot things to vote on
and WTF happened? If you couldn't get to the polls that's one thing. If you could have and chose not to, with house primaries, or state rep legislature primaries or propositions why didn't you vote?
If it was all uncontested... you have my sympathies

Oh, on a happy joy-joy note... The Great Swampies prediction failed (Herr Donald)... Forrest Trump did not run the table in the rest of the primaries and caucuses

March 2, 2016

So much for Swami Trump

He predicted he'd run the table after Nevada
But, he lost in at least 3 states on Super Tuesday -- not that Canada Cruz or Sweaty Rubio are any better

I guess he'll have to work on those powers of prediction a bit

March 1, 2016

Stoat Hypnotizes Rabbit

This is amazingly cool and weird

February 29, 2016

Excellent again

The Skeptical Hippo looks extremely skeptical
The leper cat was great

February 29, 2016

Top Ten Arms Exporters for 2011-5

1. United States
2. Russia
3. China
4. France
5. Germany
6. U.K.
7. Spain
8. Italy
9. Ukraine
10. Netherlands

The US and Russia together made up 58% of all international arms sales. That's up from 51% from 2005-10

Biggest recipients from the US are Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkey
Biggest recipients from Russia are India, China and Vietnam
China sells mostly to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar/Burma

As far as arms imports go
1. India (70% from Russia)
2. Saudi Arabia (Almost half from the US. Over two-thirds from the US and UK)
3. China (3rd in both. Interesting. Over half of all purchases come from Russia)
4. UAE (over three-fifths from the US)
5. Australia (About 3/4s from the US and Spain)
6. Turkey (3/5ths US. 10% from South Korea)
7. Pakistan (63% from China)
8. Vietnam (Almost exclusively from Russia)
9. United States (Ain't that a kicker? Germany, Canada and Norway are whom we buy the most from)
10. Netherlands (80% US, 13% Germany)



February 29, 2016

What itís like to live in - and leave - the ultra-Orthodox sect that banned women driving

Emily Green didn’t decide to leave the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community she grew up in, she decided to leave her husband. But that decision had consequences.

“I was pushed out in a sense,” she says. "One thing led to another, the way people in the community sided with him. I just felt more and more alienated. I was very respected, I’d been the wife of someone respected. It all changed very quickly."


After the rumours started, and when the Rabbi of the school she taught in threatened her job, Emily knew she and her children would no longer feel comfortable living by the strict codes of the Charedi ultra-Orthodox Belzer community, which recently hit the headlines after one of its schools threatened students with expulsion if their mothers drove. On some days there, Emily says “I felt like I was choking”.

Emily was lucky: she was eventually awarded custody of her children in the secular courts but leaving meant discovering an entirely new world and being shunned by her family and friends she grew up with. That she survived at all, Emily says, is a miracle.


February 29, 2016

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster just appointed its first 'Ministroni'

Two months ago we reported that the religious organisation, whose members worship a giant spaghetti monster (GSM) and wear colanders on their heads,had received approval to perform legal marriage ceremonies in New Zealand.

And just a few short months after that significant milestone on the CFSM's long battle for equality, another has come in the form of Karen Martyn, its inaugural minister, who's tasked with carrying out the services.

Martyn now has the power to bind church members - known as Pastafarians - together in holy matrimony.

Pastafarians often dress as pirates as they believe them created by their god. They first came to light back in 2005, when 'prophet' Bobby Henderson revealed his belief system - praising the 'Noodly One'.


interview with Stuff NZ at

February 26, 2016

The Winner of Tonight's Debate Was...

Those who didn't watch the debate. Their IQs did not suffer from the mind numbing ass-hattery that is Trump, Rubio, Cruz, Carson and Kasich

February 26, 2016

In Light of the NUmber of Polls that People have been posting

I present some levity

"Oh people can come up with statistics to prove anything Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that."

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