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How Many Dead Americans Was Saddam Worth (in 1994)

Doesn’t this guy just give you the heebie jeebies?


The Impact of Immigration on Workers

Hysterical – from The Onion

Immigration: The Human Cost

Is It Any Wonder Our Presidente Comes from This State?

Texas crowd kills passenger in vehicle that struck child

A crowd attacked and killed a passenger in a vehicle that had struck and injured a child, police said Wednesday.

Associated Press
Last update: June 20, 2007 – 11:03 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – A crowd attacked and killed a passenger in a vehicle that had struck and injured a child, police said Wednesday. Police believe 2,000 to 3,000 people were in the area for a Juneteenth celebration when the attack occurred Tuesday night. The man who was killed had been trying to stop the group from attacking the vehicle’s driver when the crowd turned on him, authorities said.

The Austin Police Department identified the victim as David Rivas Morales, 40. The child was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hat tip to

And WTF is Junteenth?

Bush the Armchair Physicist

A friend recently brought this hysterically funny article in The Onion to my attention.

Laugh out loud.

Birds Dropping from the Sky – In Two Parts of the World

The story of birds dropping dead in Austin Texas about a week ago was weird enough, but thousands died in Australia just a few weeks ago too. Coincidence? Very bizarre.

The Man with the Famously Bad Hair, Splitting Hairs?

Trump keeps saying he’s going to sue Rosie O’Donnell because he has never declared bankruptcy. I gather he is saying he never claimed “personal” bankruptcy, because as far as I’ve read his casinos filed Chapter 11 a few times..

Is The Donald just following in the footsteps of our government (manipulating language to say something that is true but not really – like when we were kids and with pure juvenile logic swore we didn’t eat “all the cookies” because, well, we left one)? Maybe this Donald quote when interviewed about the 2004 Chapter 11 filing will shed some light:

“I don’t think it’s a failure, it’s a success,” he said in the interview. “In this case, it was just something that worked better than other alternatives. It’s really just a technical thing, but it came together.”

Then again, Rosie said four times and I can only find three – 1990, 1992, 1993. Now, these were his businesses, not him – haha. “Hundreds of millions of dollars” were lost by banks and bond holders in the 1990/1 bankruptcy, but poor Donald had to give up 50% ownership to the bondholders.

Samantha Bee Gives Al Jazeera’s English Station Some Tips for Success

If you haven’t seen the Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) interview at the new English Al Jazeera station – you have to watch it – unbelievable what she gets them to do!

Bitter Old Shrew (BOS)

The saga continues: my new nickname for the mean-spirited, greedy uncle is now bitter old shrew (BOS for short). My dad loves it: he says after decades of knowing this man, this phrase describes him perfectly. The latest shot across the deck was a supposed “synopsis” of events that occurred in the guardianship – filled with misrepresetations and paranoid meanderings (as well as a few funny childish insults about my weight). My dad and I had a good laugh, while I could hear my mom in the background stating the real truth: “It’s all about the money.”
My new idea for the book I plan to write on this experience: warnings to the current crop of Baby Boomers about how to protect yourself from self-serving, greedy relatives through iron-clad durable POAs and specifications about who you would want to be your guardian or make your health care decisions should you become incapacitated for any reason. This experience has taught me just how important this is. Imagine if my aunt had put one of the vultures salivating over her estate in charge of her welfare? I highly doubt she would get the kind of expensive care she is getting now.
Otherwise you could end up with someone making decisions based not on what is best for you, but what is best for their potential inheritance. I do not scrimp on my aunt’s care – because I don’t give a damn about her money.
It’s amusing to see what prevaricating fools supposedly intelligent people become when money is involved. And the paranoia! It almost seems pathological at this point. I suppose it is possible this person has a mental illness and cannot help it – I’m beginning to suspect there is something terribly wrong with him after reading this letter that seem to be written by someone suffering from delusions.
The most amusing part was his declaration that I would probably only contact one particular family member. Well, yes, that is the case. Right in front of my lawyer BOS stated he DID NOT WANT me to call him, but preferred the Geriatric Care Manager do so. I asked again to confirm that he did not want me to call – and he stated again that he preferred the GCM do so. Now he pretends he is upset I won’t communicate directly? That does sound a bit like someone who is not quite right in the head. Whatever might be wrong with his brain, there is nothing wrong with mine. Therefore, I will fulfill my fiduciary and personal responsibilities to my aunt and feel confident in the knowledge that she was smart enough to know not to trust these other family members.
There was a reason Vera picked me, and that reason becomes clearer as I “get to know” the people she denied this honor. It is an honor. I feel honored that she trusted me. And based on the last few encounters with BOS, she was right not to trust him.

Funny Take on Kerry Gaff


Iraq War Map

You can choose the countries to see the victims of the war – it simply shows red as it flies through the days from the beginning of the year.

Stark but effective reminder that war is hell.