Pope tells us not to be selfish…from a gold palace in gold clothes!

The traditional papal Christmas Day message “Urbi et Orbi” — Latin for “to the City and to the World” — usually covers the globe’s hot spots, but this year Benedict also addressed the economic conditions worrying many across the planet amid near-daily news of layoffs, failing companies and people losing homes.

The True Obama Coming Through, Cell Phone Cancer, taking the word awesome out of my vocabulary, and my lack of a dividend check

Remember when Obama said that within 18 months of being sworn in he would have the troops home? Well, that was just the kind of bullshit we hear from other politicians. Really, you should vote for Ralph Nader if you believe in change, here is what Obama says now. He says he wants to bring the troops home except for 50,000 of them! He says he wants to bring the other troops home to Afghanistan.

Barack Obama’s plan to build up U.S. forces in Afghanistan while keeping perhaps 50,000 troops in Iraq has triggered a deep rift among antiwar activists, a reminder of the difficult tasking facing the presumptive Democratic nominee as he tries to broaden his appeal.

The Illinois senator wrapped up three days of tours and talks in the war-ravaged nations Tuesday, stressing in a news conference that the “situation in Afghanistan is perilous and urgent” and that “we should not wait any longer” to provide additional troops.

In Iraq, Obama won a tacit Iraqi endorsement of a plan to withdraw U.S. combat troops in 2010, but he also said that he backs leaving a residual force in Iraq to help train military personnel, provide security for U.S. interests and thwart terrorist threats. The residual force might total up to 50,000 troops, his campaign advisers have told reporters.

And as if that isn’t enough, he stands firmly on the side of the war mongering Israeli government. Frankly, I’m tired of my government and my tax dollars going to support a police state that is guilty of flagrant human rights abuses. The Israeli government doesn’t even have the decency to pretend that they are ashamed of the children and families they are slaughtering, starving, and causing to die of disease. As long as our government continues to send untold billions (maybe even trillions all told) of dollars to Israel, we deserve whatever happens to us in the United States. Let Israel pay for their own genocide and let me keep the 1/4 of my taxes that go towards killing people I have nothing against.
O! Boy! O! Bama! O! Bah-humbug!

Meanwhile 1 in 20 homes were foreclosed on in Merced county this year (166,000 + in the past year in California alone!) Do all these foreclosures mean the banks are holding a lot of real estate now? Does anyone know the answer to this?

And at least one prominent cancer researcher is saying that cell phones may indeed cause cancer, so use those headsets and speaker phone. By the way, just stop driving and holding the cell phone to your ear. It should be illegal and the fine should be huge, but beyond that, it’s dangerous to everyone including you and on top of that…you look incredibly stupid talking on your cellphone while you drive your massive bulldozer of an SUV with one hand…so listen tiny asian lady that can barely see over the wheel and old white guy with super thick glasses and tattoo covered hipsters…just stop it. It’s embarrassing to see you degrading yourselves this way….besides, to us that new i-phone you are trying to show off looks like it might be a remote control…the thought makes you look even more ridiculous.

I’m going to stop using the word awesome. Here’s some pretty good reasons why I’ve made this choice.

I’m pissed that I didn’t get one of those $300 checks that the government sent out to everyone. I know, I filed $0 on my taxes, didn’t pay any taxes, and still got $50 back (That’s fifty dollars that doesn’t go to killing people, instead it goes to buying watermelon and pizza). They should of sent me a check, I would have bought an i-Phone! Or joined the Masons! Or bought more watermelon and pizza. Or donated some of it to Ralph Nader. Maybe it’s still on the way.

Bad Surgery, prison kingpins, the Air Force, lesbian kissing, and the international year of the potato.

I’m still terribly bothered by the fact that as soon as I get up the gumption to start running, my body responds with an injury, but I’m told by experts that running is just bad for the body no matter what and a brisk walk is better all around. At least I can be sure that my leg isn’t sore because someone left a surgical towel the size of a softball inside me 24 years ago when some minor surgery happened.

I guess the best thing to do is just take it easy and live the life of ease. Unfortunately I’m not as well off as Genilson Lino da Silva, a brazillian drug kingpin who recently had his prison cell raided. Police found a plasma TV, a DVD player, $172,000 in cash, gym equipment, two refrigerators and a couple of guns. I can’t get over the fact that they had to conduct a raid in prison…huh?

Not surprising though given how ineffective and troublesome government is. Take for example the U.S. Air Force, a huge bureaucracy that is sending nuclear parts to foreign nations when all they actually want is batteries for helicopters. At least the bosses got fired over this one. Meanwhile more than 20% of the armed forces are on Prozac.

And in the meantime oil is reaching new highs and the dollar is reaching new lows while foreclosures have reached a record high. Again.

And I have to admit to being bothered by the trash generated by ungreen Hawaii being shipped to very green Oregon and Washington. I guess it wouldn’t bother me as much if Hawaii had a decent recycling program, but we don’t, and I remember ten years ago having four different bins for glass, plastic, paper, and metal in Oregon and Washington. In Hawaii they gave us bins and then told us not to use them. That’s one thing I love about the Northwest, another is that when a couple of lesbians are asked to stop making out in public, it inspires outrage and a call for a kiss in.

And yet another is that potatos are cheaper than just about anything else there…here in Hawaii you have to pay more for potatos than I am comfortable with. How the hell am I suppossed to celebrate the international year of the potato when they are so expensive?

And just when you start to think that rich people are all assholes, in walks Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III who trafficked in cocaine, Ecstasy, and methamphetamine, spiked the drinks of business associates and employees, hired prostitutes for himself and others, and maintained several narcotics dens, including one in an underground lair at his Los Angeles mansion. Sadly, he is being charged with conspiracy before he can becom e my best friend.

Women are Stupid (from Salon.com)

This just in: Women are stupid!

If you failed to pick up a copy of Sunday’s Washington Post, you missed out on this original and compelling argument: Women are stupid. That isn’t hyperbole, that is the actual thesis of Charlotte Allen’s piece headlined “We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?” It includes gems like this: “I am perfectly willing to admit that I myself am a classic case of female mental deficiencies.” Oh, and this: “Way down deep, we are … kind of dim.”

But lest we be too harsh on Allen, she does present some evidence to support her thesis. Exhibit A: Women have fainted at Barack Obama rallies. Exhibit B: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is “by all measures one of the worst — and, yes, stupidest — presidential races in recent history, marred by every stereotypical flaw of the female sex.” Exhibit C: Women watch “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” buy Celine Dion CDs and watch “Grey’s Anatomy.” Case closed!

Allen doesn’t stop there, though. It isn’t enough to vividly illustrate women’s stupidity through their proclivity for baking cookies for their dog, diagnosing themselves with imaginary diseases or playing hooky just to stay in bed with “The Friday Night Knitting Club.” She notes that her theory is also “amply supported by neurological and standardized-testing evidence”; for instance, men’s brains are bigger (never mind that men and women have the same IQ on average, she says, because there are more men at either extreme!) and women are worse at driving and reading maps.

Now, maybe Allen is just playing dumb to support her thesis, but any decent Psych 101 class touches on the size and structural differences between male and female brains and concludes that, yeah fellas, size doesn’t matter. (For more on how a larger brain doesn’t translate to a greater intellect, check out this piece on Albert Einstein’s average-size brain.) We’ve also written plenty about these dubious “watch out, women are on the road” findings.

The kicker is that after the piece stirred up a blogospheric firestorm, the piece’s editor said it was all “tongue-in-cheek” — because joking about women’s stupidity and then framing it with scientific “evidence” is hil-arious! If the piece was truly satirical, it sure was poorly executed. But more important, what was the point? To shame women out of reading chick lit, watching “Grey’s Anatomy” or fainting at Obama rallies? Or was the point to make fun of those who make fun of women for doing those things by, um, making fun of women for doing those things?

— Tracy Clark-Flory

How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook? Just Try Breaking Free

Are you a member of Facebook.com? You may have a lifetime contract.

Some users have discovered that it is nearly impossible to remove themselves entirely from Facebook, setting off a fresh round of concern over the popular social network’s use of personal data.

While the Web site offers users the option to deactivate their accounts, Facebook servers keep copies of the information in those accounts indefinitely. Indeed, many users who have contacted Facebook to request that their accounts be deleted have not succeeded in erasing their records from the network.

“It’s like the Hotel California,” said Nipon Das, 34, a director at a biotechnology consulting firm in Manhattan, who tried unsuccessfully to delete his account this fall. “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook? Just Try Breaking Free – New York Times