Cuppabits May 8th

Lots of stuff, all jumbled together.

Once upon a time there was a Republican president of the United States that was so well liked, his name was invoked about 150 times at the Republican debates that took place last week.[YouTube about 3 minutes into Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue]

Number of times George Bush’s name was mentioned? Once.

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Number of Republican candidates for President that admitted they don’t believe in evolution?


How long did it take their spin doctors to get these idiots to reverse their position?

A summary of the back peddling can be found here

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Statins, the drugs used to help lower cholesterol, also prevent lung cancer.[Newsweek]

It has to do with blocking a type of fat molecule that cancers need to get started growing with or something.

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Roger Clemens has gone back to the Yankees to prove that he can lose there but still make about $7,500 for each pitch he makes.

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Wear what you think. [Don’t Free Paris Hilton via Gawker]

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LOST is slated for three more seasons at ABC.

Unfortunately, this can only mean one thing.

Two and half season’s worth of filler.

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Some moms are boring and predictable

As you can tell from the header, I think some Moms are just awesome!

That’s Sarah Connor for those pop culture challenged, and in this pic she’s protecting her son from a big mean Terminator… or playground bully, the pic was cutoff, so I can’t tell.

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the show HEROES didn’t forget Mom, because they showed Syler killing his mom.

And then drawing a picture of a nuclear blast taking out New York City.

With her blood.

Now THAT’S celebrating Mom!

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Stuff You Already Guessed

The upcoming TRANSFORMERS movie will not have enough robots

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People who are treating their sensitivity to global warming like a fashion statement have decided to show it by only drinking local tap water.

That’s right. No more fancy French or Italian imported tap water for them!! That’ll save the planet!

Seriously. It’s getting easier and easier to make fun of these guys.

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Sold a sofa, picked up a wife. Is there anything Craigslist can’t do? [Forbes]

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The friendly folks at the Houston Hyatt pulled the promotional materials of an author in the “Goody Area” during the RT Convention some ten days ago. Of all the risque material being shown, the material wasn’t risque, but did promote a website that offered fictional romances — male on male lovin of the most carnal kind. [Sensual Writer]

RT was actually trying to get away on the cheap by putting the Goody Area in a public part of the hotel. If they had sprung for a separate display room, the hotel wouldn’t have been able to object in such a homophobic fashion.

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The big stink of the RT convention, however, didn’t really take place at the convention so much as it is with the publisher of Romantic Times magazine not knowing whether she posted a comment on a blog or not. [Smart Bitches] [Galleycat][more Galleycat]

There’s actually quite a bit more stinkifying going on here, but I’ll leave it at that.

Suffice to say to those not familiar with the goings on that a romance novel review magazine has not only taken sides of a particular publisher (of romance novels) but there looks to be some financial “advice” given between the person controlling said romance review magazine and that particular romance publisher. Which could very well taint the reviews in that magazine. Obviously the big name authors will still get even handed reviews, such as Nora Roberts, who severed her relationship with the magazine more than a decade ago [Dear Author] but one wonders about the pumping up of lesser known authors whose publisher has placed a lot of ads with the magazine…Nora Roberts dancing

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Speaking of Nora Roberts, she’s the only person on TIME’s list of the top 100 influential people that has done a QandA with Alison

And Nora is always the first person to get up and dance at the Harlequin party at the RWA. She has broken the dancefloor ice for shy authors for years now.

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I have an entry in the Smart Bitches contest for best “Splooge!” contest but I won’t tell you which one is mine. If you wish to vote, instructions are in the thread.

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And finally, here’s a story about how women are ruining things:

Sir Patrick, 84, made the comments in an interview with the Radio Times to celebrate 50 years presenting The Sky At Night.

He was asked whether television had got better or worse during his career. He replied ‘much worse’ and added: ‘The trouble is that the BBC is now run by women and it shows – soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays.

‘You wouldn’t have had that in the golden days.’ Asked about female newsreaders, he said: ‘There was one day (in 2005) when BBC News went on strike.

‘Then we had the headlines read by a man, talking the Queen’s English, reading the news impeccably. Oh, for the good old days.’

He also compared EastEnders to diarrhea, saying: ‘I suppose it’s true to life. But so is diarrhea – and I don’t want to see that on television.’

Such is Sir Patrick’s derision of women, he wants to create a gender-segregated corporation.

‘I would like to see two independent wavelengths – one controlled by women, and one for us, controlled by men.’

I think I’m going to buy him a DVD set of last season’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and give it to him for his birthday…

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6 thoughts on “Cuppabits May 8th”

  1. FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) – Six foreign-born Muslims were arrested and accused Tuesday of plotting to attack Fort Dix and slaughter scores of U.S. soldiers – a scheme the FBI says was foiled when the men asked a store clerk to copy a video of them firing assault weapons and screaming about jihad.

    The defendants, all men in their 20s from the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East, include a pizza deliveryman suspected of using his job to scout out the military base.


    I’m hardly a pacifist, but I was completely oposed to the United States bombing of Serbia during the Kosovo Crisis. Prior to the crisis, Al Queda trained Albanian terrorist had been conducting a terrorist campaign of ethnic clensing against Christians on Kosovo.

    Defying all commom sense, President Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars providing close-air-support to an organization that was a client of Al Queda. Since that time Serbians have been almost completely ethnically cleansed from Kosovo. Much of this done under the noses of US and UN troops.

    Now some of these KLA terrorists are here in America and…appearently…ready to repay us for helping them make Kosovo a religiously pure Muslim state.

  2. Half/Half: I don’t easily buy the “Clinton supported AlQaeda” line, but yes, the US/NATO did come down on the side of the Muslims that were being slaughtered. At the time, supporting Muslims that weren’t calling for the death of all Americans was thought to help bring Muslim countries in behind us as a way of showing American support for moderate Muslims.

    Kosovo has been a killing ground before — in the late 1800s, hundreds of thousands of Serbs were “cleansed” in Kosovo.

    Right now, Serbia is such a basketcase governmentally, Kosovo will most likely breakaway from Serbia before the end of June. And since Kosovo has traditionally had more Muslims than Christians, yes, Kosovo will be a Muslim country. Not an exciting prospect for Christians, perhaps.

    That said, I won’t personally blame Clinton for “aiding AlQaeda”. Radical Muslims were going to be there whether Slobodan Milosevic killed 300,000 Muslims or 600,000 Muslims. NOT stopping that slaughter could have been just as bad as anything that’s happening now.

  3. Anybody notice that Fort Dix is the largest federal prison in america?
    They were just going to shoot up the place?

  4. Walt:

    My point is that Kosovo was a clear example of a war that America DID NOT belong in. Not only didn’t we have a dog in that fight, but the dog we supported (the KLA) had clear links back to Bin Laden.

    To think of the KLA as moderate muslims is like thinking of the KKK as moderate racists because they aren’t as violent as Neo-Nazis. I know the powers in Washington knew of the KLA’s ties to Bin Laden when we started dropping bombs, because that’s what I was saying at the time.

    In terms of Serbia being a basket-case. That was bound to happen. The Serbs never really stepped away from socialism the way the Poles and Lithuanians did, so bad things were bound to happen to their economy. But I don’t think the USA destroying so much of their infrastructure helped.

    And I believe that in the past Kosovo had been a majority Serbian area, but has had large influxes of Albanians illegally entering. And I also believe that Tito promoted the Albanianization of Kosovo as part of his plan to keep everyone in their place.

    By the way… I’m not Serbian, and I don’t even know any Serbians. I’m just a guy who bothered to do a little research on the Yugoslavian situation before Kosovo broke. All I could come away from my research was “there are no good guys here. We should mind our own business.”

  5. H&H I really know less of this than Walt does, but I’m tired of folks who want to unilaterally blame Clinton for all of the current ills of the modern world. Surely while he wasn’t our best ever President, I think that most of us can agree that he was way better than the one whom we have now.

    The Perfessor

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