Rue the whirl

Spirit of 1776

Spring colors

Homeland Security Spring Colors

h/t Mark Frauenfelder @ Boing Boing.

Chromosphere v2

Quark metaphysics

[Zoom]

QED (the longer version)

Homeology

Red

Rapture

Harmala

Down by the sea

Wave

Thanks Eli.

G minor, moving to higher ground

What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light

No real than you are

Reuters has video.

Ego Leonard

Chickenings writes:

Seems like it is an actual thing:
http://www.egoleonard.com/

And just on the off-chance your Dutch isn’t quite fluent just yet, here’s a bit of what it says…

“My name is Ego Leonard and I greet you from the virtual world. A world which for me stands for luck, solidarity, everything green and blooming, and without rules and restrictions. Recently, my world has been flooded with luck-seekers and those who want power. Many new meetings in my virtual world have left me very curious as to your surroundings. I am here because I thought of your world and wanted to discover and understand it. Show me all of those beautiful things which your world has to offer. Be my friend, and tell me tales, take me on your travels to beautiful landscapes, show me your words and gestures.”

Hat-tip Doug Stych, who is now proud to be called a liberal though I don’t think he’s a parasite.

Looks harmless? Was it made in China?

Big Bird Fisher-Price Toy

MSNBC (hat-tip Bryan @ Why Now?):

WASHINGTON – Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.

The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores.

Poisoning Big Bird is not nice. Boo.

How many children have been exposed?

Related post:

7-7-7 Light show

Did you expect something more dramatic?

Today is OK.

Recommended listening:

Do you pledge allegiance to the flag of the Corporate States of America?

Hat-tip Tengrain.

Playing with food

Hat-tip Phydeaux Speaks.

Recommended listening:

And now for something completely different:

Pass the dutchie on the left hand side

Cannabis prohibition is institutionalized racism.

How does it make you feel?

Video by Demetrius, Renee’s husband (in Ohio).

Time to end “Most Favored Nation” status yet?

Children’s toys, above, poisoned with lead paint.

(Article from the Consumerist forwarded by my wife.)

As above, so below

Apologize to John Conyers

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI):

“Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.”

Hat-tip Josh Marshall.

Related post:

Update: Take 2.

Much better.

One world

And now, for something completely different

Make peace now.

Ricochet

Republican congressman quotes founder of Ku Klux Klan on house floor

The Carpetbagger Report has the story, Think Progress has the video, via Meme.

It wasn’t an accident, he cited to Nathan Bedford Forrest as a Confederate general. Somebody should also remind him that the Confederate military lost that war.

The millennium show

Comments enabled

From the CBS PublicEye (via Pam Spaulding, hat-tip Lindsay Beyerstein):

Today CBSNews.com informed its staff via email that they should no longer enable comments on stories about presidential candidate Barack Obama. The reason for the new policy, according to the email, is that stories about Obama have been attracting too many racist comments.

“It’s very simple,” Mike Sims, director of News and Operations for CBSNews.com, told me. “We have our Rules of Engagement. They prohibit personal attacks, especially racist attacks. Stories about Obama have been problematic, and we won’t tolerate it.”

CBSNews.com does sometimes delete comments on an individual basis, but Sims said that was not sufficient in the case of Obama stories due to “the volume and the persistence” of the objectionable comments.

Of course cutting off abusers makes sense, but blocking all comments about Barack Obama is just as much as giving the racists what they want.

John Lennon made lots of money too

John Edwards

John Edwards is a very rich man. He can afford a $400 haircut. He has made no secret of this.

He has not unjustly enriched himself, to my knowledge.

This cannot be said of Republicans who profit from human misery.

Found, or not found?

My wife found it, not me.

What do you get when you cross the Atlantic with the Titanic?

Hat-tip Skippy, again.

Recommended viewing:

First verse

Rush the flaccid dope fiend smelled like a pig, and wallowed in the deep crevasse that lay beneath his legs.

Related post:

Update: Here is what this is about.

Rush has the same first amendment rights as I do, but nobody pays me to be a racist.

Saturday Cartoons

My daughter found this one. What’s uncanny is I could swear Oscar is actually singing the song in places. Enjoy….

WWJD?

Which Jesus?

Hat-tip Multi Medium, with thanks to Charley.

Related posts:

Make way for an interspace bypass.

Claire Wolfe, driftglass.

Please handle with care. Not suitable for all audiences. There is nothing to see here, please move along.

Not Recommended listening:

Related post, which would be a good place to go instead of here:

And a totally unrelated post, which you should not bother with:

For my parents’ generation

And now, for something completely different

Hat-tip Mark Frauenfelder.

Roy Zimmerman has a whole lot of really funny songs.

Can’t you see the little light over there?

Right fucking now.

Did someone say Godwin’s Law had been suspended?

Hat-tip Len Hart.

Related post:

Yeah, it’s still early days… Soon everyone will say it.

Hat-tip Cookie Jill.

Recommended viewing:

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

Wear sunscreen.

Click.

Update: I have been hoaxed, as Ombudsben points out in the comments below. The commencement address was never given, and it was not by Kurt Vonnegut. Here is one account of the story.

Still, it’s good.

Pictures of beautiful women

Don Imus is more despicable than anyone I can think of. Not only does he have the need to be insulting and rude to his audience and guests, he thinks that in the life of a young woman who has achieved some accomplishment deserving praise, she ought to be cussed at with racist and sexually offensive terms. Don is a wealthy, wealthy man. He’s got everything money can buy, doesn’t he? And all he’s got for it is hatred and disgust for himself and everyone on the planet.

Yeah, I’m big pimpin’ alright. I’m telling you. These are women who deserve respect.

But you gotta go read the General, so you know what this is about. Inform yourself about the people you see on television and listen to on the radio, see the victims of their hatred, and be disgusted. I won’t demand anyone be fired, no. If his employers intend to convey the message he conveys, they should keep him on, and they should wear him as a badge of pride, such as cometh before the fall.

Update: MSNBC has reportedly fired Don Imus. No word on CBS yet.

Update 2: CBS has also canceled his contract. Hat-tip Waveflux.

Ten things I hate about commandments

Eurocentric, but good.

My generation remembers, and we do not forget the terrible price inflicted. We need a time to heal.

The times in which this was made and broadcast, we were children, they could say no more than this much. We can say more now. We need to learn to live in peace with one another and to respect our different traditions, while allowing our children to go outside our old traditions. We need to acknowledge that the sins of our forefathers are visited upon their victims, and make our own apologies for having the fruits of injustice. Yet the good that our fathers did may outweigh any incidental harm if we can all find a way to share the fruits of joy and love with one another.

I ask forgiveness of all who may think I have done them a harm by existing, or by accepting any gift which helps to sustain my life, if it ever occurred at your expense and without permission. I do not wish to be led astray from the truth by hopes of wealth, but I wish to preserve and protect that which is valuable to all of humankind.

If you feel I have done a greater harm, or if I have done one that could not be avoided that requires more explanation, I will ask that I be told. This is not the place for putting personal grievances which require knowledge of who I am, but to what you see before you. If you feel I am unjust or wrong, tell me so.

Save this city.

Hat-tip D.R. Scott.

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