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Today’s a good day to buy one of our Made in the USA mugs—with the President’s birth certificate on the back: http://OFA.BO/HxKQbt

For only $22.50, you too can drink out of the official personal identification of another human being!

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, barack obama, birth certificate, election, mug, obama, obama swag, president

This is a Weird News Wednesday one day late.

Mug shots and story via The Daily Mail:

A university lab technician was arrested after he was found intoxicated with his pants down, surrounded by two monkeys who had been released from their cages.

Coley Mitchell was discovered by a co-worker sitting in a chair, half naked, in a locker room at Georgia Health Sciences University on August 13…

When police officers asked the 32-year-old to leave the facility, he was aggressive and uncooperative, according to WRDW-TV.

Good times, those monkey parties. Relevant Song.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday Tags: animated .gif, drunk, funny, GHSU, lab technician, laboratory, monkey, monkeys, weird news

WTF Wednesday – Webcomic Wednesday

In honor of me getting  job with benefits, and full-time hours, and an hour commute on public transportation…

Via Natalie Dee:


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On a sidenote: Google Chrome gave me a message that my site links to content from a site that distributes malware. That’s not cool. I deleted the image I hotlinked, so the problem should be fixed, but if you ever get that sort of message from your browser or antivirus, shoot me a comment with what exactly it says, so I can delete whatever is causing the problems.

Categories: Webcomic Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: adderall, amphetamine, drugs, job, morning, Natalie Dee, speed, webcomic

ElectoralVote: Akin’s rape opinion isn’t new. Earlier this year, every House Republican and 16 Blue Dog Democrats voted for a bill that would have redefined rape in federal statutes to be “forcible rape.”

Ah, America. And Europe wants to extradite Julian Assange because he didn’t wear a condom.

Categories: Viral Things Tags: legitimate rape, missouri, rape, rape song, todd akin

We all know that the Chick-fil-A last month was public relations nightmare, with their donations to the SPLC-defined “hate group” the Family Research Council being the cherry on the scandal.

The Family Research Council is one of those groups that lobby Washington to force “Judeo-Christian” values down our throats via legislation. And gets pissed off when people criticize them, because they don’t understand the First Amendment.

AMERICAblog has an excellent post about how terrible the FRC really is:

Let me give you a made-up example of a quote about gays to who you how [sic] the family research council did this.

“This study looked at 45 gay men, and 35 lesbians.  It was clear from the subjects that gay men and lesbians face greater societal pressures in their day to day lives… which makes gays and lesbians much more likely to rip the heads off small bunnies.”

Wow, rip the heads off small bunnies – that’s pretty bad.  But hey, it’s a real study in a real journal, so it has to be true.  Except of course that the real quote from the actual study ends at the ellipse, while the FRC added its own opinion after the ellipse, while “forgetting” to put the end quote, so it looks like the FRC’s opinion is part of the official quote from the reputable study.

Gosh, I wonder how that happened?

It went on and on like this, through hundreds of footnotes.  I went through the original research of the various studies they cited and found that the study reached no such conclusion like the FRC claimed it did.  And on and on and on.

These are not honest people simply expressing a contrarian view of politics, like Democrats and Republicans do every day in Washington.

Tony Perkins, FRC’s head, got on TV a few months ago to debate whether gay parents were as good as straight parents.  Perkins said “no,” and he had the study to prove it.  Perkins explained how studies have proven that kids need a mom and a dad.  What Perkins didn’t bother telling you was that those studies compared kids with a mom and a dad to kids with a single parent.  The studies never looked at the relative merits of gay parents.  Gay parents might have been just as good, or heck, even better than straight parents.  The study didn’t even look at it.  But Perkins cited the study as proof that straight parents were better than gay parents, when the study had nothing to do with it.

And again, Dana, if you actually go through the FRC’s “research,” you will find this kind of “mistake” happening again and again.  It happens so often, it’s happened for twenty years now that I’ve been tracking them, that you come to realize that lying for the Family Research Council isn’t a flaw, it’s a feature.

I don’t really have strong opinions about the shooting and whether it should be called a “hate crime” or not, since I’m not for criminalizing reasons behind intent. But if FRC isn’t classified as a hate group, then I don’t know what should be.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: chick-fil-a, Family Research Council, FRC, FRC shooting, gay, gay rights, hate crime, hate group, small bunnies

Props today go to Trojan for recovering from their permits incident that ruined their free vibrator promotion day.

See: “Police Shut Down Trojan Vibrations Free Vibrator Carts in Manhattan”

To my surprise the Trojan people collecting e-mail addresses after the crack-down weren’t just there to momentarily placate us in our times of blue balls and unrest, but actually did follow-up to get us our free vibrators!

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From: Trojan® Vibrations [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 12:47 PM
To: Me
Subject: Trojan® Vibrations Pleasure Cart Event Follow-up

Hello,
The makers of Trojan® Vibrations personal massagers thank you for participating in our vibrator giveaway. We are sorry you were not able to receive a vibrator on the day of the event in New York City.

Please click the link* below and provide us with your valid U.S. mailing address by August 22, and we will then ship you a free Trojan® Vibrations Pulse or Tri-Phoria® massager**. You can expect to receive your product within the next 3 – 4 weeks.

[Link for special people, only.]

Please note that your email address will not be added to the Trojan® Vibrations mailing list. And, as always, we will never share your information with a third party. To view our Privacy Policy, please click here.

Thank you for your patience.

Warm Regards,

The Makers of Trojan® Vibrations

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I’m not sure which one is coming (see what I did there?) in the next 3-4, so that’ll be a surprise. Yay, free vibrators!

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, New York City Tags: brokelyn, condoms, customers, free vibrators, gothamist, Manhattan, new york city, NYC, police, trojan, trojan vibrations

Via Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog:

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest Consumer Product Index (CPI) numbers, giving the most recent estimate of the rate of inflation. The short version: There isn’t any. The inflation rate for all products grew by a whopping 0.0 percent. When you exclude food and energy prices, as economists frequently do to get the “core” rate of inflation, inflation in July was just 0.1 percent. Indeed, inflation for the past 12 months was only 1.4 percent, well below the Federal Reserve’s target of 2 percent, and core inflation was only 2.1 percent.

My first post that ever got significant attention on the internet was “Fact Checking The National Inflation Association And its Hyperinflation Fear-Mongering.”

I actually wrote it as a response to the NIA video that I originally saw on my former boss’s Facebook wall. In hindsight, it’s probably not a good idea to post sarcastic blog posts on your former boss’s Facebook wall.

My style is more analysis-oriented than sarcasm-based these days, which is more boring, but more along the lines of the stuff I like to read. Hey, I was still right after two years. And Peter Schiff is still crazy.

Categories: Economics Tags: core inflation, economics, Ezra Klein, fiscal policy, Inflation, monetary policy, wonkblog