After watching this clip you really start wondering just that. Lawrence O’Donnell make Buchanan look like such a huge fool. Well more so than he already is.
Rasmussen has put together another one of their idiotic polls. This one they ask if you think the U.N. is an ally of the United States:
Just 27% of U.S. voters regard the United Nations as an ally of the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Seventeen percent (17%) say the U.N. is an enemy of the United States, and 49% see it as somewhere in between an ally and an enemy.
One of the biggest problems with the U.N. today is that so many in the world already view it as an ally of the United States. The U.N. should be an ally of their charter/mission and no one else. Of course Republicans will jump on this as a reason to get rid of the U.N.
Reuters is reporting that 5 soldiers and 2 Iraqi police officers were killed in a suicide bombing in Mosul today. You sure wouldn’t know about it watching the news. Instead they are on the 100% coverage of a high speed chase in California.
They just love their tea bagging, and Rachael is taking them to town on it.
That’s exactly what Congress is doing. The new tobacco bill will give the cigarettes the appearance of being safer by simple saying “FDA approved”:
The bill will place tobacco under the authority of the FDA. However, writing in the New York Times, Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health, worries that by persuading smokers that cigarettes are safer, they will encourage smokers to smoke more.
She also points out that the bill gives the FDA authority to reduce nicotine in cigarettes. As it is the smoking that does the damage and not the nicotine, and as smokers tend to draw more heavily when they smoke, this would only increase the damage done to smoker's health.
The article also points out that the bill received heavy support from one tobacco company. Now why would a company champion more regulation on themselves, unless it could mean an increase in sales?
E-Cigarettes also receive a great bit of support in this article:
One of the new alternatives is the electronic cigarette. Despite highly publicised criticism of the electronic cigarette, some tobacco experts argue that it removes 99% or more of the risk of smoking traditional cigarettes.
In one interview with us David Sweanor, who has previously advised the WHO on tobacco control, argued that: "If there is anyone who believes cigarettes are no more hazardous than e-cigarettes I'd recommend a remedial course in basic sciences."
For the past couple of weeks I have noticed very slow loading times on some of my favorite blogs. It turns out the slowness has been Haloscan. Its taking up to 20 seconds for my browser to even connect with them. This has to be killing their traffic. If any of those bloggers read this, I hope you seriously consider moving over to Disqus. They offer so much more and don’t try to get money out of you – plus the site loads a lot better.
That’s my blogger friendly advice of the day ;)
The real Levi Johnson is something altogether different. The left, when it decided Bristol Palin was fair game, went after Levi Johnson for being a thug and redneck. He was not interested in college — only in scoring with the Governor’s daughter. The classic tale of the high school jock who is, in essence, a low life loser in it for a good time. The left and media regaled the rest of us with tales of what a loser the Palin kid slept with.
The left was right. Now, though, they can’t be bothered by it. Below is the actual Levi — no preppy clothes. No polish. Just good old boy who knocked up the Governor’s daughter. Not exactly the image Tyra Banks and he would like you to think about.
What’s even more creepy is that the other person in the picture is his sister. And, as if lifted from the pages of Deliverance, she has his name tattooed on her
backfinger. Think about that one for a minute.
Yup Levi – you better watch out or Erik might get ya! Hell he’s already starting with the implications of inbreeding.
How this is going to be fun and hey Erik – how’s “Operation Leper” going?
Here is another great moment in A.P. history. In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.’s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness. A country radio station in Tennessee, WTNQ-FM, received a cease-and-desist letter from an A.P. vice president of affiliate relations for posting videos from the A.P.’s official Youtube channel on its Website.
You cannot make this stuff up. Forget for a moment that WTNQ is itself an A.P. affiliate and that the A.P. shouldn’t be harassing its own members. Apparently, nobody told the A.P. executive that the august news organization even has a YouTube channel which the A.P. itself controls, and that someone at the A.P. decided that it is probably a good idea to turn on the video embedding function on
So the AP is going after people for embedding videos that the AP puts on YouTube and makes embeddable. Forget the down right silliness of this, but there’s something even more interesting. How can they dictate how YouTube’s service is even used? Here’s section 6c of YouTube’s Terms of Service:
There is a lot of discussion about the blogosphere and a lack of advertising right now. Most of it has been sparked from a post by Greg Sargent, in which some of the top liberal bloggers voice their displeasure with progressive organizations not spending advertising money on blogs.
I know first hand that running these blogs carry a huge financial burden. Of the four bloggers Greg talks so, Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos carry the highest monthly costs just in terms of equipment. I don’t know Kos’ expenses first hand, but can only guesstimate from what I know of his server infrastructure. I do know Crooks and Liars system first hand, since I am the site’s developer. I am not going to give out the exact expense, but I can tell you that our monthly internet bill alone is more than many make in a month. Pushing out videos is an expensive business.
But now we are at a point of stagnation in the blogosphere. Traffic spiked during the election last year, then it fell off drastically. It has been slowly creeping back up, but not like we would like to see. Perhaps its time to look for new ways to promote our product and offer our readers a sense of involvement.
There has been talk about this for weeks now, but it looks more and more like the FTC is going to put some regulations in that could effect bloggers:
In the new proposed rules, The Federal Trade Commission also addressed advertising in new media (Web 2.0). Essentially, if an advertiser pays a blogger to write a review endorsing a product or service, the advertiser and the blogger must disclose the financial relationship. In addition, both blogger and advertiser both will be liable for any false or unsubstantiated claims regarding results of products or services.
At first you think this wouldn’t effect our niche of the blogosphere that much, but then you see the ongoing discussion over Greg Sargent’s post yesterday talking about advertising in the blogosphere, and you stop and think again. Basically the whole argument is over liberal (sorry – progressive) organizations and if they should purchase advertising on blogs who help promote their causes. If that becomes the case, then this could very well fall under the new regulations of the FTC.
And for the record, I only really push e-Cigarettes and I in no way get any financial compensation from that, well except the money I save from buying real cigarettes.