Cool Hand Luke is no longer just a movie

Read this article. Then tell me you’d be thrilled to have a job even if it meant working for the assholes at Watersaver Faucets. This is the email I sent them:

I heard about your policy to allow employees to only urinate or defecate during “allotted break times” and at most twice a day without being penalized. I don’t see what the fuss is all about. If you can’t “hold it in” you shouldn’t be working. It’s simple economics. The employees complaining should just go back to pissing themselves while watching daytime television and leaching off the rest of us by using welfare.

Despite what I wrote in the previous paragraph in order to hopefully get you to read this I think whomever wrote that policy needs psychiatric help. Do I really have to tell you how fucked up that policy is? I’m a white-collar male (a software engineer) and if you ever attempted to impose such a policy on me I’d shit on your desk and piss in your coffee.

Could We See a New Comstock Act?

I was listening to the American Freethought podcast and they mentioned the Comstock Act. I had read about those laws (enacted 141 years ago) in books about the history of secularism. The title of the act was “Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use”. In practical terms that meant contraceptive devices and information about contraception. In light of the Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court of the U.S., the behavior of Republicans in the U.S. Congress, and other disturbing trends at the state level I can’t help but wonder if we might not see something similar become the law of the land again.

If only there was a way to make religious puritans less concerned that someone, somewhere, might be enjoying themselves.

Who Is Bradlee Dean

You’ve got to watch this video:

The term braggadocio was invented for people like Bradlee Dean. Among other accomplishments he boasts about being a “national columnist” for the WorldNetDaily* (or WhirledNutDaily as I like to call it) which he says is the “number one news source in the world”. Holy shit. Talk about delusional. Notice too that comments and likes/dislikes are disabled for the video. Which is pretty typical for xtian fundies who think that only they can tell other people they’re awful.

Note also that he filed a defamation lawsuit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow and lost. See also FtB for more commentary on this video.

  • or “World Net Daily” as it is sometimes spelled

Republican Bob Frey brings the crazy

Minnesota Republicans are trying to out crazy Texas Republicans. Everyone knows Michelle Bachman. Now that she’s soon to be an ex-representative we have replacements lining up to take her place. Meet Minnesota Republican Bob Frey. A man who thinks humans have always lived with dinosaurs. He also thinks that sperm causes AIDS when deposited anally.

[W]hen questioned about his position on social issues, [Minnesota House candidate Bob Frey (R)] added that it “does certainly need to be addressed for what it is. It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle.”

Frey then explained his view: “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”

And people wonder why I think your average Christian evangelical is a danger to society.

Molly Ivans quote of the day

I was reading “Letters to the Nation” last night and this quote by Molly Ivans succinctly captures the essence of too many Republican legislators. Such as Louie Gohmert:

If his IQ slips any lower, we’ll have to water him twice a day.

Although to be honest I think Louie has already reached that stage.

Michelle Bachman makes no sense — again

The Girl With the Faraway Eyes (thanks, Charlie Pierce) is once again warning us about the dangers our country faces from invasion. Besides the usual wingnut problem with grammar (“”My tears are crying…”) she seems to honestly believe that because a single immigrant sometime in the distant past committed a crime that all of the children trying to escape the horrors of their home countries should be presumed to be hardened criminals. Using that logic I can only conclude she thinks all the Irish, Poles, Italians, etc. that recently immigrated should be deported ASAP.

See also Charles P. Pierce’s take and P.Z. Myer’s take on this loon.

Senator Harry Reid has got to go

Take a look at who voted for and against “Not My Boss’ Business” Act. Notice anything interesting about the right-hand column? Notice the only Democrat in that list of names? That’s right. The spineless, simpering, back stabbing Harry Reid. The only Democrat to vote against the bill. Here is a prime example why I tell the DSCC to fuck off when they call or send me mail begging for money. Senator Reid is worse than useless. The sooner he’s out and someone with a spine (e.g., Al Franken or Elizabeth Warren) takes his place the better. But first I’d like to see a transvaginal ultrasound probe shoved up his rectum and turned up to 11.

Death of a dog

There is a wonderful and sad story in pictures about the final day of a canine companions life. That prompted me to write about one of my extra special companions: Einstein the German Shepherd.

Einstein was born sometime around 1997-07-01. I say “around” because I found him as a stray when he was approximately six months old. The pictures below are from when he was roughly five years old. In his senior years he loved to lay in the front yard or on the sidewalk in the evening and observe the neighborhood. When people and other dogs walked by he just watched them. Even two years after his death neighbors still ask me about him. He was the only dog I’ve lived with that I would trust unattended with children of any age.

Einstein and I made that final trip to the vet on 2012-03-26. As with the dog in the aforementioned story Einstein suffered from cancer (an abdominal tumor). It didn’t seem to bother him until the last two weeks of his life when he started showing a lack of enthusiasm for going on a walk. When he stopped eating I knew it was time to grant him the final kindness of a gentle death. Too bad we can’t do the same thing for the humans we love. Yet another reason to despise religious dogma.

Einstein jumping

Einstein in bed