Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pentagon Wrong on Iraq, Afghanistan, and now, Gulf War Syndrome

Via The Dallas Observer's blog Unfair Park:

Gulf War Syndrome Is Brain Damage Caused By Nerve Gas, Not Psychological Issues, UT Southwestern Study Proves - Dallas News - Unfair Park:
"Gulf War Syndrome, characterized by memory loss, lack of concentration, neuropathic pain and depression, is a physiological illness, not a psychological one.
A UT Southwestern study, published in the journal Radiology, used a specialized MRI that specifically measures blood flow in the brain and detected marked abnormalities in the brains of those with Gulf War Syndrome."

Be still my restless heart, . . .

"As for Liasson, in 2009, NPR bosses reportedly approached her and urged that she reconsider her regular Fox News appearances, given how openly partisan the cable channel had become. She declined, insisting she appeared on Fox news programs (Special Report and Fox News Sunday), and not on commentary ones, and that she had not noticed any change in Fox News’ programming since Obama had been inaugurated.

But Liasson regularly appears on Fox as part round table discussions whose entire point is punditry. And most often she appears opposite conservative pundits, such as Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol. Meaning, on Fox News Liasson is seen as giving the ‘liberal’ perspective on the political events of the day, even though she’s paid to be a straight news reporter on NPR. Liasson’s role on the Fox shows also works to reinforce the conservative mantra that NPR is a left-leaning news organization."
I hope and pray that she makes more money from her FOX gig and Rupert offers her a job (FOX would be a perfect fit for her), then she'll no longer infect the NPR airways with her FOX talking points.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why Conservatives Hate Democracy

"Texas Governor Rick Perry – now considered the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination is taking some heat for “controversial” positions outlined in his recent book, “Fed! Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington.” One of those positions is that the people should not have the right to elect United States senators.

If Gov. Perry’s views on this issue are “extreme,” and “out of the mainstream,” as some writers and bloggers are charging, then the Framers of the Constitution must have been extremists as well. It was they who originally decided that senators should be chosen by the state legislatures."
Here's copy of The Dallas Morning News' guest column today (original behind pay-wall). I can only think the editors at the DMN are trying to make Mark Davis look less fringe by running absurd anti-democratic pro-corporate claptrap like this.

Mr. Wooley seems to have forgotten that the "Framers of the Constitution" believed that Black American citizens where 3/5th human, women had no rights, beating children was OK, and you could cure diseases with leeches.

Shorter Wooley: Ever sense they let Women, Blacks, and the not wealthy vote America's gone down the tubes.

At least it nice to hear a Winger admit they hate democracy, and want to return the country to the 18th Century, when nominally Christian wealthy white males controlled the government.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Texas GOP Caucus: Idiots On Parade, . . .

Political Correction: Rep. Gohmert Blames Obama For Corporate Tax Dodging, BP Spill
"Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on Frank Gaffney's radio program yesterday to discuss the ongoing conflict in Libya and the recent announcement by the Obama administration that it would prioritize deportation proceedings by focusing on criminals. Gohmert, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Gaffney that the change in policy is part of a larger push by the administration to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants in order to secure more voters for the president's reelection campaign, adding that "immigration is now one more thing where he is making us like a Third World, corrupt country, where the rule of law is tossed aside and it's not equal application of the law, it's who you know that gets you by."

This Aggie Thinks Climate Change Is Real

Editor’s Apologetic Resignation BlowsGaping Hole in Over-Hyped Media Story | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media:
Another intriguing angle of this story is the anticipated publication this week of Texas A&M University’s Andrew Dessler’s paper, which is considered to be a formal, scientific rebuttal to the Spencer/Braswell paper.

Nice Summary Who Owns Gov. Good Hair

Meet The Money Behind Rick Perry | TPMDC
"Texans don't like the government interfering with their business, especially campaign donations, where state laws allow contributors to fork over unlimited cash. No one has benefited more from this arrangement than Rick Perry, who has raised $100 million over the last decade, nearly half of which came from just 204 ultra-wealthy donors."