Saturday, February 28, 2015

Star Trek Cast Members Remember Leonard Nimoy

Legendary actor Leonard Nimoy died from complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy's Star Trek remember him.

"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

William Shatner

"Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport STAR TREK into television history."

Nichelle Nichols

The Washington Post Style Blog George Takei, William Shatner mourn the death of ‘Star Trek’ star Leonard Nimoy Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 7 By Emily Yahr February 27 Leonard Nimoy of ‘Star Trek’ dies at age 83 View Photos Actor Leonard Nimoy, most known for his role of Mr. Spock in the television show “Star Trek,” died. He was 83. Shortly after word got out about Leonard Nimoy’s death, his fellow “Star Trek” stars George Takei (Sulu) and William Shatner (Capt. Kirk) mourned the passing of their close friend. Shatner tweeted a photo of the two of them, with this caption: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.” [Obituary: Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at 83] Takei got on the phone with MSNBC during “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” as host Kristen Welker asked him to share what he wants the public to remember about Nimoy.

“You know, the word ‘extraordinary’ is often overused, but I think it’s really appropriate for Leonard. He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing as well as acting and photography. He was a very sensitive man. And we feel his passing very much. He had been ill for a long, long time. And we miss him very much."

George Takei

On a humorous note: checkout Nimoy's great guest appearance on SNL.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quote of the Day: Sean Hannity at CPAC

"I can look out in the crowd, I kinda have Fox X-ray vision, and I can see that some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant. It's not your fault. It's not his fault."

Sean Hannity, at CPAC.

I think this was Sean Hannity's attempt at humor. I'm not offended by it. It is fascinating that Hannity thought talking about sex to a conservative audience was the way to go.

No Love For Jeb Bush and Chris Christie At CPAC

Fake journalist Sean Hannity ran off names of potential presidential candidates to the crowd at CPAC. Scott Walker and Rand Paul got the biggest cheers. The crowd booed when the names of Jeb Bush and Chris Christie were mentioned. Christie has avoided talking about immigration reform. Bush has shown an openness to some dorm of immigration reform in the past. The crowd at CPAC is booing because Christie and Bush aren't racist enough for their tastes.

Friday Cat Blogging

Meet the new cheetah cubs at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Minor Threat - Salad Days

Minor Threat was only around for 3 years but they cast a huge shadow over the American hardcore punk scene of the early eighties.

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The Most Important Legislation Ever

Yolie Capin is running for a second term on the Tampa City Council. I find it amusing that she is bragging about this piece of groundbreaking legislation on her campaign website.

The committee I initiated The Economic Impact of Cultural Assets was behind making the “Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich” the signature sandwich of the City of Tampa. City Council members supported the designation as another way to celebrate and promote Tampa's heritage by leveraging our cultural asset. Resolution passed.

I don't have a problem with Capin. However, bragging about legislation for a sandwich is rather silly.

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Plugs of the Day

Check out Susan Smith's Facebook page "Jeb Fails Education. Jeb Bush's education record in Florida is atrocious. I wrote this post on the lowlights of Bush's education policies during his tenure as Governor.

On a lighter note: check out the Marco Rubio Facebook parody page "Dubious Rubio".

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Write A Caption: Bill O'Reilly Edition

I think Carly Simon's You're So Vain is the perfect soundtrack for Billo.

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The FCC Approves Net Neutrality

Great news. The FCC approved net neutrality by a 3 to 2 vote. In a surprising move, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler voted with the majority. Wheeler is a former Comcast lobbyist.

"The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one, whether government or corporate, should control free open access to the internet," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said prior to the vote.

"The internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules," he added.

The best explanation I have seen on the importance of net neutrality was done by John Oliver.

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Dick Cavett on Ayn Rand

Elon Green interviewed Dick Cavett. The famous talk show host shared this story about the silly demands made by Ayn Rand. The libertarian author would not appear on Cavett's show if all her demands were not met.

CAVETT: Oh, well, that’s so, too. You can piss away valuable hours of your life reading Ayn Rand—her wretched appeal to the young, her wretched writing, her wretched person.

She was supposed to be on my show; I was kind of sorry she wasn’t, because I was kind of laying for her. I did not succumb, as a kid, to being enthused by Ayn Rand, and that sense of power, as every kid was at one time until they outgrew it. The old bag sent over a list of fifteen conditions for appearing with me, or for appearing with anyone, I guess. One of them was, “There will be no disagreeing with Ms. Rand’s philosophy.”

GREEN: You’re kidding.

CAVETT: No! I wrote at the bottom of the list, to be sent back to her, “There will be no Ms. Rand, either.”

I find the demand of "there will be no disagreeing with Ms. Rand’s philosophy" to be hysterical.

That is the way television journalism should be done. TV journalists should ask people of all political stripes tough questions. Chuck Todd thinks his job is to bring John McCain on and have the Senator run through his laundry list of stale talking points.

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Write a Caption: President Bush & King Abdullah

The conservative blogosphere and Fox News would lose their collective shit if President Barack Obama took a photo like this with the King of a Middle East country.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Photo of the Day

NASA had the Mars Rover snap a selfie of itself.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kathleen Hanna on the Creation of Smells Like Teen Spirit

Kathleen Hanna tells a really funny story of spray painting an anti-abortion clinic with Kurt Cobain. Hanna got drunk during the course of events that night and spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit." Hanna was commenting of Cobain's girlfriend Tobi Vail, also Hanna's Bikini Kill bandmate, wearing the deodorant Teen Spirit.

Another interesting side note: Bikini Kill were big fans of the L.A. all girl band the Pandoras. Bikini Kill was very sadden about the death of Pandoras front woman Paula Pierce. Here is what Vail wrote about Pierce in a fanzine.

Hanna praised the Pandoras on her blog.

"Has anyone noticed that the title ‘Stop Pretending‘ was already used by perhaps the best all girl garage group of all time, The Pandora’s ??? So in addition to everything else, dude accidentally ripped off both a song and album title by an amazing all girl band. I mean it’s almost like a crazy psychedelic feminist musical nightmare."

Update: Kathleen Hanna professes her love of the Pandoras on Twitter.

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Quote of the Day: Ron Paul Edition

"I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here."

Ron Paul, in an interview with Lew Rockwell.

Ron Paul served in the House of Representatives. He could walk down the hall or pick up the phone to find out why the Black Caucus is against wars. Of course, that would require actual work on his part.

You know why Ron Paul had a racist newsletter? The reason is Paul has some incredibly racist views. This is what Paul told the Dallas Morning News in defense of an article he wrote for his newsletter.

“If you have ever been robbed by a black teenaged male, you know how unbelievably fleet of foot they can be.”

This guy is horrible.

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Police Brutality in Broward County

Fort Lauderdale police officer Victor Ramirez slapped Bruce Laclair, a 58 years-old homeless man.

What Ramirez said to Laclair during the incident.

"Relax," Ramirez said. "I'm telling you right now what is going to happen -- you're not supposed to go pee here."

The two men go back and forth a few times before Ramirez is seen trying to grab Laclair's arm and slapping him.

"I'm not fucking around with you," Ramirez is heard saying. "Don't fucking touch me. Don't fucking touch me."

Laclair came into the bus terminal to use the restroom. According to eyewitness Gerald Schorder, Laclair never posed a physical threat to officer Ramirez.

"The guy didn't raise his hand to the officer at all," Schorder said. "The officer just knocked him down with his hands. The guy was defenseless."

Ramirez has been relieved of duty pending an internal investigation. Laclair was arrested for trespassing and released yesterday. I highly doubt Laclair will see anymore time on the trespassing charge.

Another incident happened at the Broward courthouse. Officer Christopher Johnson was videotaped dragging Dasyl Jeanette Riosacross the floor of the courthouse.

Attorney Bill Gelin witnessed the incident and expressed outrage to WSVN-TV.

"This is really barbaric, and I'm just extremely disappointed," attorney Bill Gelin, who caught the incident on cellphone camera, told WSVN-TV. "We all work together in the court system, particularly in the criminal justice system, and this just gives everybody a black eye."

Chief Assistant Public Defender Lynn Desanti saw Johnson drag Jeanette. She wants charges pressed against Johnson.

As chief assistant public defender, Rios' case falls under Desanti's department. She said she wants more than an internal affairs investigation. "I think he should be arrested for what he did," she said. "He committed a battery on her, and the same way that people have to go through the criminal system and defend themselves, he needs to defend his actions, and I plan to go forward to the sheriff. This gentleman does not deserve to wear a badge."

The whole incident started because Jeanette didn't want to leave because she didn't get an opportunity to say goodbye to her mother. There are no reports of Jeanette posing a threat to the safety of Johnson or other officers.

Johnson has been ordered to have no contact with inmates. The incident is under investigation.

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Photo of the Day: Clinton Ends Deficit

Democrats should use this photo every time Republicans accuse Democrats of being tax and spend liberals. There hasn't been a Republican with a balanced budget since President Eisenhower.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

35th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice

The United States Olympic hockey team up achieved a historical upset 35 years ago. This is without a doubt the most exciting hockey I have ever seen.

Team USA would go on to defeat Finland for the gold medal.

Part of Herb Brooks's genius was putting together a younger and faster team. Team USA outskated the Soviet team.

Here is video of the classic game.

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Bill Clinton on the GOP Obsession With Obamacare

Via Addicting Info: Former President Bill Clinton appeared on This Week. Clinton remarked about the Republican Party's obsession with the Affordable Care Act.

“This bill [Obamacare] has already produced a lot of good results. Look, they are desperate for this bill to fail. Because, if it’s not a failure, everything they’ve been telling us since 1980, “big government’s bad,” is wrong. They so badly want it to fail. Can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was sitting around just begging for America to fail? I don’t know what’s going to happen. I would be shocked if it fails. I just think when all these dire predictions don’t come out, if they don’t, I believe that pretty sooOn, within the next several years, this will belie Medicare and Medicaid. It will be a normal part of our lives ad people will be glad it’s there.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that enrollment on has been extended. Go to to find out is you qualify.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Write A Caption: Rick Scott & Chris Christie Edition

"Chris, I watched this Marlon Brando movie and I got some ideas on how we can use butter."

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Friday Cat Blogging

Big Cat Rescue introduced the bobcats Max and Mary Ann to each other a year ago. The two cats immediately hit it off. You can see that Mary Ann exerts her dominance early on. She isn't being mean. In the cat kingdom females like to show who is the boss.

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