Michael Cook at Talk Business reports on the warm reception a speaker received at a recent Ozark Tea Party rally June 9 in Mountain Home for telling this “icebreaker” joke in her approximation of black dialect:
A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’
“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’
“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’
“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”
The Baxter Bulletin, which covered the event, captured audio of the episode and reported that the crowd laughed heartily at Tea Party Board member Inge Marler.
Former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was sentenced Thursday to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over 20 years in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.
Yes, everything you know about economics is wrong. Dead wrong. Everything. The conclusions of economists are based on a fiction that distorts everything else. As a result economics is as real as one of the summer blockbusters like “Battleship,” “The Avenger” or “Prometheus.”
The difference is that the economic profession is a genuine threat, not entertainment. Economics dogma is on track to destroy the world with a misleading ideology.
Why? Because all economics is based on the absurd Myth of Perpetual Growth. Yes, all theories and business plans based on growth are mythological.
When economists predict, insurance companies get nervous.
Imagine a 9 year old kid posting this picture on her weblog:
What do you do as a school council? Indeed, you make taking pictures in the lunch room illegal, based on the “distress and harm” the picture caused.
UPDATE: Ban lifted
Officials dismiss claims silver iodide was used to dampen protests in Moscow, saying Russia wanted no rain at all
A row has erupted in Moscow after a member of parliament accused the Kremlin of using chemicals to induce the torrential downpours that soaked protesters at an anti-Putin demonstration this week.
Rain on Tuesday drenched tens of thousands of people as they gathered for the biggest opposition event since Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president last month. A thunderstorm in the afternoon caused protesters to disperse more than an hour before the rally’s scheduled end.
The weather may have been manipulated by the authorities seeking to disrupt the protest, the opposition leader and Duma deputy, Ilya Ponomaryov, wrote on his blog. “An anomalously high content of silver iodide” was found in rainwater collected during the day and analysed by chemists, he said.
Experts countered there was little evidence to suggest authorities could induce rain at specific places and times.
Thundery showers were forecast well in advance, pointed out the deputy director of Russia‘s Hydrometeorological Centre, Dmitry Kityov. While he said it was theoretically possible to artificially induce rainfall, he said “this sort of thing has never been seen before”.
“If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it,” she said according to the Free Press.
“Regardless of their reasoning, this is a violation of my First Amendment rights and directly impedes my ability to serve the people who elected me into office,” Brown added in a statement released by her office.
Brown was not the only woman silenced on the floor today. Rep. Barb Byrum was also not allowed to speak on the floor.
“Byrum, D-Onondaga, caused a disturbance on the House floor Wednesday when she wasn’t allowed to introduce an amendment to the abortion regulations bill banning men from getting a vasectomy unless the sterilization procedure was necessary to save a man’s life,” the Detroit News reports.
Assuming that half the population of Michigan is female, how is it possible that there will be a single Republican in office after the next election?
Every once in a while, advertising is amazing. World champion sand sculptor JOOheng Tan was recently asked by ad agency Lowe in Singapore to help create these impressive backdrops for an OMO washing detergent ad campaign. In an age when something like this could have been created digitally, they asked Tan to physically build three 18-ton sand sculptures to be used as backdrops in ads encouraging kids to get dirty.
An Indonesian man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail and fined $10,598 for professing his atheism on the internet, Al Jazeera has reported.
Alexander Aan, a West Sumatran civil servant, was sentenced in court on Thursday with blasphemy and violating internet laws.
Aan was arrested earlier this year for posting “There is no God” on the social networking website Facebook.
Perhaps he should have pleaded that FB cut off the last part of his remark, which read, “…but God.”