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Try this yourself:
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Just for fun, add this script to the sphere with the waterfall texture:
Many years ago, when I was young and still stuck living in Utah, one of my guilty pleasures was reading the “Letters to the Editor” and shaking my head in wonder and disgust at some of the attitudes expressed there.
Once upon a time, the minor impediment of having to write a letter, stamp and address an envelope, and mail one’s important opinions to the editorial page address prevented all but the most highly motivated crackpots from weighing in.
In the Internet age, the filters are off, the chocks are away. You can fly into the wild blue yonder to engage your perceived spiritual or political enemies instantly, as soon as you read an item that gets your bile up and puts blood in your eye.
I occasionally glance at the modern-day SL Trib comments sections, which usually consist of crackpots doing battle with a few sturdy, blue-dot liberals. Every now and then, a crackpot rises, like slowly souring cream, to the top of the “thumbs up/down” crock and comes to the attention of the Trib editors.
Here’s a fellow named Terry Lee of Cedar City, a town in Southern Utah that’s closer to the vacation-friendly national parks and the fleshpots of Vegas than it is to relatively “liberal” Salt Lake. He’s quite adamant that President Obama’s policies are bad for business and the country, and he has a not-all-that-uncommon way of expressing this opinion. The word he uses is new to me, but probably not new to anybody that keeps an eye on the crazy.
Sour grapes on steroids » There are poor losers, pathetically poor losers, and then there is Terry Lee of Cedar City. Lee is so vindictive over the re-election of President Barack Obama and the passage and court victory of Obamacare that he fired two employees because they are Obama supporters. And he seems not to care who knows about it. He posted in the comments section following a Tribune news story:
"We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes. Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse, they reap the benefits."
Aside from his poor spelling and scurrilous, racist references to the president, Lee’s rant is inaccurate. Obamacare requires only businesses with more than 50 employees to insure full-timers or face penalties. Sadly, what Lee did isn’t illegal, just disgusting.
It’s a relief to see the Trib staffer call this Lee object out on its racist ignorance. That didn’t happen back in the old “letters to the editor” days, though I like to think that there were a few old-school lefties in the Trib newsroom who passed Skousen-inspired gems around for general mockery, before deciding which geniuses made the cut for that day’s publication. Nowadays the anti-Obama anti-healthcare conspiracy theorists take their cue from Skousen fan and TV grifter Glenn Beck, but there’s still a touch of that old-time Utah religion flavoring the crock of crackpot soup.
Forget going to the movies to see the remake of Texas Chainsaw Killer in 3D – THIS is truly a horror show:
Five years ago, Keller, 10 months behind on his mortgage payments, received notice of a foreclosure judgment from JP Morgan Chase. In a few weeks, the bank said, his three-story house with gray vinyl siding in Columbus, Ohio, would be put up for auction at a sheriff’s sale.The 58-year-old former social worker and his wife, Jennifer, packed up their home of 13 years and moved in with their daughter. Joseph thought he would never have anything to do with the house again. And for about a year, he didn’t.Then it started to stalk him.
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You’ve heard about the current national craze for secession coming from unhappy conservatives dismayed at finding themselves on the light end of the great scales of justice and democracy.
It’s a fad. A friend of mine somewhere in either Utah or Washington State (he has friends and family in both places) filed a petition asking that all the, ah, offensively stereotyped conservatives be allowed to secede as soon as possible. Texas and Louisiana’s petitions are subscribed enough to qualify for an official response from the Obama administration (Texas will probably hit 100,000 petitioners).
Out of curiousity, I checked the site and found that my own state, Illinois, has an active petition, filed by one “Illinois R” in Pekin, IL. R for…. RRRRRrrrrepubilican, maybe? Oy.
So the rest of the petitioners are listed by first name and last initial, and strangely enough, the first few I looked at are not from Illinois at all. It’s like the sort of person who thinks this secession thing is a good idea is, oh, I don’t know, wanting to force Obama’s home state to secede, because hurr, hurr, HURR! Funnneeeee laff!
Alternatively, a few unenlightented souls (most likely from “red” states) are going through the site and signing ALL the petitions, because it’s the LAW and IT WILL HAPPEN just like the Republican landslide did.
Um, yeah, just like that.
So how many actual people other that Mr Illinois R (who is probably a really annoying guy who dresses up in Revolutionary War garb at the local Rotary functions, or writes one of the downstate conservative blogs) are actually from Illinois? Let’s see!
Wow. The fix is in already, I just refreshed and the count went from 172 to over 400 in just a few minutes so I think my “jackoffs from some conservative nest of vipers trolling the site” theory looks pretty viable. I’ll just go back and count however many happen to be that are actuallly claiming to be from Illinois now…
And so here’s my totally unscientific count: there are currently 430 petiioners, and of that number there are just 53 people who claim to be from Illinois towns (mostly small Downstate ones, and a couple from Chicago, and a few from the northwest suburbs near us). I didn’t count the people who left their town or state blank, so there could be more.
So there you are: only about 12% of the petitioners are from illinois, so this petition totally won’t count because VOTER ID, BITCHEZ. Heh.
The Constitution gives the citizens of the United States of America protection from tyrannical governments, guaranteeing basic rights. When these basic rights of are threatened not only by legislation, but by the erratic spending of a government in debt, it is only natural that we, the citizens of the United States stand to defend them. As said by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence,"…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…" I pray the government of the United States of America peacefully allow for the State of Illinois and all others requesting to leave.
Which leads me to think that it might be nice if all the bullheaded intolerant people could be allowed to peacefully secede temporarily, in a kind of trial separation. The Texans claim to have the 15th largest economy in the world, so they could totally do it… just so long as they don’t do it with any US of A Gummint Property or resources. So no military bases, or Coast Guard facilities, or Federal public health support like the Center for Disease Control. They don’t want the EPA, so pollution from the refineries and oil terminals would totally be their little problem. There’d be no FEMA. In fact there would be no more tax subsidies from the blue states to any of the red states who currently take more than their share: Texas would have to pick up the slack for some of their red neighbors if they decided to hitch thei panties in a bunch to the same tired Religious Right ideological applecart. They can have their Confederacy and their fliag and their oppressive social policies, and they can expect to lose a whole bunch of migrant farm workers, entry-level workers, and their kids will have plenty of “want fries with that” non-union jobs to go around.
Yeah, that’ll work out well for everybody. Not.
What would that be like, just for a little while? It would be a mess. A total disaster. Meanwhile, the little city of Austin would be like a beacon of democracy, tolerance, and rationalism, because they’vee got their own petition up to secede from the rest of Texas and remain in the United States, so they could be just like West Berlin, except with alternative music and great Tex-Mex street food.
But think of the historic implications of an Austin Airlift: huge military cargo jets flying in over hostile territory, laden with textbooks, science fair kits, and Discovery Channel DVD sets of old Mythbusters seasons! The little children would scamper around the heroic airmen, clamoring for Elmo (he’s totally been cleared, yo) and forbidden Northern demonic Halloween candy, and then gathering in packs at the local library, happily reading Arthur story books and “Heather Has Two Mommies.”
It would be awesome, if only we could get Texas to actually secede for about 4 years, along with the rest of them. One condition of the trial separation, of course, would be that they could not come back until after Election Day 2016. Or make it even, and they couldn’t petition to come back until 2020, by when presumably theiir vision thing had cleared up.
That is, if they really want to come back – they might like all the fantastic new oceanfront land opening up every year along the coasts, and the Texans can certainly secure their long, long border with Mexico all by their little ol’ selves. Maybe they could work with Arizona to make a sort of “Mexicot Line,” with just that itty-bitty gap along there south of Albuquerque.
What would that be like, I wonder? Would a trial separation work better for them… or for us?
Martin Bashir and Luke (Not Your Father) Russert take a satisfying whack at Rep. Joe Walsh, Todd Aiken, and Allen West. Then Bashir bats around Michele Bachmann, who technically is not a boy, although she resembles the famous “Bat Boy” of “News of the World” fame.
As predicted, many of the more obtuse Republicans (okay, Tea Partiers) believe their Election Day losses are due to having a candidate who just wasn’t conservative enough. Some of them blame Karl Rove; others blame Republican leadership. They blame candidates who said stupid things about rape, but not the mentality that made them think that way in the first place.
By all means, Tea Potty-poopers! Keep the GOP on the run by forcing them into primaries with totally non-viable, lunatic-fringe TP candidates in the next election cycle. It makes them so much easier to pick off when they shoot themselves in the foot first.
I long for the day when we can have 2 reasonable, rational parties working together for the best interests of the country. That can’t happen as long as the religious Right and the alternate-reality paleo-conservatives have the GOP held hostage.
Bashir has a history with Walsh; he famously “called out” Walsh back in September 2011 over his refusal to attend President Obama’s speech before the joint Houses of Congress over the budget crisis “not even on behalf of your constiutents.”
As a soon to be former constituent of Congressman Joe Walsh, I’d like to thank Martin Bashir for this gem:
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More delicious schadenfreude, with extra red sauce, O Most Holy and Comforting Flying Spaghetti Monster!
Here’s a funny commenter at the Atlantic named slownews, replying to a religious lunatic person by pointing out the awesome truth behind her faith-based irrationality:
AULANDA replies (to slownews)
slownews – God’s word may have been rejected by some but not all. God will finish what He started with His creation and He will do it His way. Reject Him if you choose, He hasn’t rejected you. Remember that when you face judgement that is certainly coming.
The Creator is the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Not Yahweh. I have proof.
But sometimes, on the Internets, people get confused by attributions.
YOU CAN BELIEVE AS YOU PLEASE, BUT STOP SHOVING YOUR RELIGION DOWN MY THROAT, i CAN MAKE UP MY OWN MIND!! I DO NOT FEEL OBLIGATED TO YOUR RELIGION SO KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!!
Another commenter, not realizing who said what, blows up and yells at everybody to please stop shoving religion down his throat. Poor man, he is rejecting the Sacred Red Sauce of Righteousness, the Holy Meatballs of Truth, and the Almighty Dente Noodles of Humility.
The actual article, an analysis of the “shell-shocked” Romney coterie stumbling toward the stage trying to understand what was happening to them, is extremely satisfactory.
But now, we need to start hammering on the lame Republican ducks and later on the newly elected baby Dem ducks about passing some jobs bills and getting shit done that got obstructed (and sacrificed on the White Tablecloth Altar of Shameful Political Posturing).