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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Susie nails it

I have this idea. It's pretty simple and I think it will appeal to a lot of people.

Here it is.

I want every uninsured man and woman who comes down with swine flu to go sit in the waiting rooms of their elected representatives.

That's it. Just sit there- coughing. Throwing your used Kleenex in their trash receptacles. If they want us to suffer, they should have to look at at the logical consequences of their inaction. Tell them you're going to keep coming back until they manage to pass something that's actually going to help people instead of lining the pockets of the insurance companies.

If the weather gets cold, set up a tent in the parking lot, put a sign on it that says "Waiting Room: Waiting for Affordable Health Care." Set up your lawn chairs and invite everyone who passes to sit there with you. Be sure to call your local media.

With apologies to Arlo Guthrie:

If you're in a situation like that, there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into the congressman's office wherever you are, just walk in say "Congressman, we just want affordable health care". And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's nuts and they won't pay attention. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're just odd and they won't take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in saying "We just want affordable health care" and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in, coughing their heads off and saying, "We just want affordable health care" and then walking out. And friends, they may think it's a movement.

(Susie Madrak on Crooks and Liars)

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Quote of the day

This is all just speculation, you know. We don't know any of this actually happened and we won't be certain that the baby belongs to John Edwards until we see how the child's hair responds to blow drying.
-Jimmy Kimmel

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I don't think you'll hear it on the radio, though...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lawn ornament of the week

Sure beats those stupid plastic pink flamingos. "There's something terribly, wonderfully wrong here. Two open-jawed aliens are tromping off with your helpless, hapless garden gnome. It's a sure-fire laugh for gardeners and weed-cultivators alike. Utah artist Fred Conlon uses recycled and found metal to make the whimsical, fun and weather-safe accent. Ceramic gnome included. Creatures are 8"H including gnome."

From the good folk at the What On Earth catalog.

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I'm thinking impure thoughts

So the BP Oil in South Park has this deal where you get a free orange juice with any hot breakfast item. Notice the attractive looking bottle of Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice. Certainly a delightful beverage to wash down the microwave irradiated lukewarm starch and fat they're obviously having problems moving...

Except, you can't have that nice pure pulp-free orange juice so prominently displayed in the photo. Nope. No Premium for you, you bleary-eyed, gas-pumping cretin. Go on back to the case and get some of that pulpy stuff that came in with the egg-encrusted mystery meat croissants.

I could assume an air of righteous indignation, call BP's corporate offices, and give them a stern talking-to. Except the display advertising folk are probably all stroked out from eating this crud.

Never attribute to malice that which can be blamed on stupidity.

Or poor nutrition.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hypocrisy 101

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quotes of the day

Autumn truly is what summer pretends to be: the best of all seasons. It is as glorious as summer is tedious; as subtle as summer is obvious; as refreshing as summer is wearying. Autumn seems like paradise.
-Gregg Easterbrook

Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But of course, like autumn, it doesn't last.
-C.S. Lewis

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy birthday, H.G.

H.G. kinda sounds like Droopy.

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