Thursday, August 19, 2010

Roy Blunt's campaign ad he doesn't want you to see

This is as distasteful as anything I've ever seen. Blunt's campaign created this and then pulled it from his web site.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

An humanitarian disaster of historic proportion

is unfolding in Pakistan as 20 MILLION people are displaced by flood waters with more rain coming.

I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon after flying over hard-hit areas with President Asif Ali Zardari. “I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.”

One of the most efficient charities in the world whose work is never political, AmeriCares Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid Organization is already on the ground in Pakistan delivering food and medicine. But Americares can't do their work without help from us.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

GOP determined to permanently bloc Ambassador to Turkey

Obama has nominated Foreign Service veteran Frank Ricciardone as Ambassador to Turkey. Ricciardone has served Clinton and Bush in Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan. GOP senators have decided to permanently block Ricciardone because they believe the career foreign service professional has been too close to host governments in past service.

Remember when Republicans believed in 'up or down' votes?

Remember when Republicans were people of honor?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bigotry rears it's ugly head in Grand Isle

I guess I'm just naive but this still shocks me. Via Kevin Drum and LA Times,
An influx of nearly 1,000 BP contract workers — many of them black and Latino — brings out an ugly side of tiny Grand Isle. Confederate flags go up: 'Our way of telling strangers to keep out.'

Theresa Brunies, 48, who has hung a large Confederate flag over the outside balcony of her home, said, "I'd hate for Grand Isle to become known as a racist community. But these flags are just our way of telling strangers to keep out."
Meanwhile, crime in Grand Isle is down this year compared to last year according to the Grand Isle Police Department's statistics.

The self-described 'resort town' defends itself by saying "we're not used to strangers". "Strangers" being defined in Grand Isle as all resort guests who are not white.

Monday, August 09, 2010

In the Sun

A fan made video.

The audio is Michael Stipe performing "In The Sun" with Coldplay in 2005.
The video is a mixture of videos from Fran├žois Truffaut's movie "Les Quatre Cents Coups" (a.k.a. The 400 Blows) released in 1959.