Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wedgie-Proof Underwear

On the road again today. Going to check out the Atlantic Waters. Coast to coast, baby.

The Republicans solution to the drought in the SE? De-regulation and tax breaks for corporations.

Ummmm, right.

"I don't know nothin' about birthin' no water resources".

The Strange Destiny and Sudden Death of Atlanta, Georgia

After 18 months of drought, a dim environmental awareness is dawning over the Republican states of the Old South. You can see it in a few sad headlines here and there: No plan if water runs out. But the heroic virtues of big business are also celebrated: Business big in fighting water crisis. Coca-Cola has turned off the fountain in front of its Atlanta headquarters!

Although some pointy-headed tree-huggers want to pin part of the blame for the impending disaster on the unregulated growth of the fastest growing city in the United States, Republican Governor Sonny Perdue identifies the real villain as over-regulation.

What to do? Georgia's favorite son Newt Gingrich recommends desalinization of ocean water as part of his Contract with the Earth, which would also cure global warming with... wait for it... tax breaks for auto makers.

"I'll think about that tomorrow," as Scarlet O'Hara used to say, and that famous phrase still fits the pitiful, anti-regulatory, tax-break "environmentalism" of the New South, even as it merges irresistibly with the Old South among civilizations Gone with the Wind.

How convenient.

Daily Kos: Oh, NOW they're Democrats?:

"My wife's Cuban grandparents were lifelong Republicans (as is usually the case in that community). My grandfather-in-law used to forward to me Republican direct-mail pieces to tweak me. Then he got sick, his medicines were costing over one grand per month, and suddenly, the whole family was railing about the costs and expecting the government to pick up the slack. He'd spent his lifetime sending money to the GOP -- the same GOP that claimed the government has no role in making people's lives better and which had enabled the pharmaceutical industry's egregious business practices -- yet suddenly he expected the government to bail him out, and was outraged that more help wasn't available!

Everyone has stories like this one.

Now, it's never a bad thing when people realize that government can play a positive role in our society. And while it would be nice if such conversions could happen like John's and mine did -- based on reason and analysis and not personal hardship -- fact is, a lapsed Republican is a lapsed Republican. And the more of those we have, the closer we are to a solid, generational, progressive majority."

Two little super geniuses:

Twins Develop Wedgie-Proof Underwear - Geekologie:

"8-year-old twins Jared and Justin, tired of being bullied, have developed wedgie-proof underwear, the Rip-Away 1000s. This may be the greatest internet video of all time, those poor little bastards. It may also be the saddest. You just have to watch. The only problem is, I failed to hear any mention of swirlie-proof heads, indicating these kids still have plenty years of torture to look forward to. Video after the jump, along with my favorite lines."

Holy Cow! or.... It's raining Cows. or.... Free steaks.

Cow Falls Off Cliff and Hits Van:

"Charles and Linda Everson were driving back to their hotel when their minivan was struck by a falling object — a 600-pound cow."


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