Friday, July 11, 2014

Cheap shots: High whines and pissed demeanors

Governor Perry knew he was either being mocked or ignored, but which was it? These city folks talk so dern fast! Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/AP.
Speaker Boehner finally revealed what he's planning to sue President Obama over:
His office, releasing a draft resolution authorizing the suit, revealed Thursday that the crux of the case will be the Obama administration’s decision in 2013 to delay the requirement on certain employers to provide health coverage to workers.
“In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work."
Oh the humanity! You put off implementing a provision in the law I've tried to repeal 40-odd times in the last year largely because I hate that provision so much! How dare you do what I claim to want so bad without getting my permission?

Seriously, though, not quite sure where he gets his standing there. Shouldn't that be for people who voted for the bill? One thing for certain, he's totally entitled to try for damages for emotional distress:

Via Funny or Die.
Update: Bette Noir's everything-you-need-to-know about this idiocy is really everything you need to know. And funny too.

And in science fiction news

Reported at HuffPost:
During a Natural Resources and Environment Committee meeting Thursday, [Kentucky state senator Brandon] Smith, the Senate majority whip, said:
As you [Energy & Environment Cabinet official] sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I won’t get into the debate about climate change but I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.
According to NASA, the average temperature on Earth is 57 degrees Fahrenheit -- 138 degrees above Mars' average of -81 degrees.
To be fair, Martian forests are in terrible shape. And if the atmosphere is 96% CO2, why aren't they seeing some of that global warming, huh, Mr. Smartass Scientist?
Mars Research Facility. By Songyue Huang.

Unselective Service: Greetings

Remember the Y2K bug that was going to wreak havoc throughout the world, destroying our primitive computers that would be unable to distinguish between the years 1900 and 2000 and generally breaking down the entire information economy? It finally happened, 14 years later, as we learn from Talking Points Memo:
The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.
Aragorn meets the Army of the Dead. Lord of the Rings Wikia.

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