Saturday, March 31, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell, The View and the Mainstreaming of Hateful Nonsense

Bernard Goldberg, visiting The O'Reilly Factor, distilled Rosie O'Donnell's bizarre rants with an incisive turn of phrase:

The real danger is that they're mainstreaming this hateful nonsense.

Hateful nonsense indeed. Her most recent diatriabe contained an allusion to a U.S. Government conspiracy to destroy World Trade Center 7:

...I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7—building 7, which collapsed in on itself—it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade [Center] 1 and 2 got hit by planes—7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible... To say that we don’t know that it imploded, that it was an implosion and a demolition, is beyond ignorant. Look at the films, get a physics expert here [on the show] from Yale, from Harvard, pick the school—[the collapse] defies reason.

Fortunately, Popular Mechanics has offered a scathing response to Rosie (hat tip: LGF). Using scientific data, engineering reports, analysis, and research, it has eradicated O'Donnell's sick meanderings. Read the whole thing; I've created an illustrated summary of the key facts.

"Initial reports from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) misunderstood the amount of damage the 47-floor WTC7 sustained from the debris of the falling North Tower—because in early photographs, WTC7 was obscured by smoke and debris."

"...Towers 1 and 7 were approximately 300 ft. apart, [a] small [distance] for structures that large. After further studies, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) told PM that debris from the 110-floor North Tower hit WTC7 with the force of a volcanic eruption. Nearly a quarter of the building was carved away over the bottom 10 stories on its south face, and significant damage was visible up to the 18th floor..."

"The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center weren’t knocked down by planes—they both stood for more than a half-hour after the impacts. But the crashes destroyed support columns and ignited infernos that ultimately weakened—not melted—the steel structures until the towers could no longer support their own weights... Ms. O’Donnell fundamentally misstates the case with her use of the word “melting”: Evidence currently points to WTC7 also collapsing because fires weakened its ravaged steel structure."

"Tower 7 housed the city’s emergency command center, so there were a number of fuel tanks located throughout the building—including two 6000-gal. tanks in the basement that fed some generators in the building by pressurized lines.. Steel melts at about 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit—but it loses strength at temperatures as low as 400 F. When temperatures break 1000 degrees F, steel loses nearly 50 percent of its strength. It is unknown what temperatures were reached inside WTC7, but fires in the building raged for seven hours before the collapse."

"Demolition experts tell PM that wiring a building the size of WTC7 for clandestine demolition would present insurmountable logistical challenges... there’s a clear-cut engineering explanation for why the building fell the way it did. Trusses on the fifth and seventh floors of the building were designed to transfer loads from one set of columns to another; with the south face heavily damaged... The entire building fell in on itself as the slumping east side dragged down the west side in a diagonal pattern. Still, damage to the Verizon Building... directly west of WTC7, and to Fiterman Hall... directly north, show that it was hardly an orderly collapse."

"NIST is currently preparing its final report on the collapse of WTC7, which is expected to be released this spring. In order to address concerns of conspiracy theorists, the organization added “Hypothetical Blast Analysis” to its research, according to a December 2006 progress report. The report also points out that 'NIST has found no evidence of a blast or controlled demolition.'"

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In other words, there's no credible evidence that the U.S. Government -- which has proven itself incapable of fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax or illegal immigration -- orchestrated a conspiracy of epic proportions. There's a word for folks who believe in this stuff, but I'm not allowed to say it in mixed company.

And consider the fact that Rosie O'Donnell is offered a forum on a major network to excrete these despicable concepts. And that such a venue provides these outrageous blatherings with a tenuous currency.

Rosie's vile secretions need to be excised from The View. ABC management should terminate her contract -- with extreme prejudice -- so that she can return to life as a magazine publisher.

Oven-baked good readin', just like Mama used to make:
Alphabet City, Dr. Sanity, Hot Air, Leaning Straight Up, New Quebec, What the Crap?, 7.62mm Justice

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Worst of Rosie O'Donnell, and that's saying something

Rosie O'Donnell represents a wonderful learning opportunity for children: shrill, stupid and wrong is no way to go through life.

Thanks to Lorie Byrd and the folks over at Newsbusters (hat tip: Larwyn), we've assembled a Rosie Hall of Shame. When put into the context of The View, it's no wonder ABC's rankings are sinking faster than Michael Moore's doughnut inventory.

• "And just one second, radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America."

• Claiming the U.S. Government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks: "...But I do believe the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved, World Trade Center Seven... Seven, miraculously, for the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible..."

• On 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: "Because you don't think terrorists, you don't think terrorists- you think that robs them of their humanity. That name "terrorist" makes them not human any more? ... But I just think, this man for whatever he did or didn't do, he is not the be all, end all of terrorism in America."

• On the British sailors held hostage by Iran: "But interesting with the British sailors, there were 15 British sailors and Marines who apparently went into Iranian waters and they were seized by the Iranians. And I have one thing to say: Gulf of Tonkin, Google it. Okay."… "In a no bid contract for 5 years Halliburton -- wait a second -- 16 billion dollars. You want to know why we would go into Iran? For the money. That's why we would do it."

• "Nearly everyone in this administration is under indictment or suspicion. Nearly every person. From Karl Rove to Rumsfeld to Gonzalez. What do you have to do to be impeached in this country?"

• On the U.S. Attorney firings: "Okay, Republican officials who supposedly called these judges that were fired and said, are you going to prosecute this Democratic, and they said, I can't talk about that because I'm actually a judge, and it's illegal. And they said "click," and they got fired."…That's mob tactics. That's Tony Soprano. We're going to lean on people. That's what the president's doing. That's scary.”

How did someone this ignorant land a co-host role on a mainstream morning news show? The answer is as much an indictment of the mainstream media as it is a testament to ABC's management abilities.

Dianne Feinstein's Billion-Dollar Culture of Corruption

Shockingly, there's no mainstream media coverage of Senator Dianne Feinstein's resignation from a sensitive post amid allegations of corruption. Instead, we've had to rely on grassroots news reports to find out that Feinstein just resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee:

...As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein. As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp...

Others covering the slime include Captain's Quarters, Hot Air, and Judicial Watch.

Billions of dollars are at stake. When Democrats mention a "culture of corruption," they know of what they speak. This is big-league sleaze at its worst.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Potential Gaffe o' the Week

The Broward-Palm Beach News Times reports that Hollywood, Florida will see an aerial marshmallow drop of epic proportions. On Saturday, children of all ages will revel as 30,000 marshmallows are dropped from a speeding aircraft into a park.

What could possibly go wrong with that?

My guess is that the aircraft will hit an altitude sufficient to freeze said marshmallows prior to dropping them. The sugary treats will transform themselves from squishy, delicious concoctions into rock-hard engines of destruction. They'll be fully capable of leveling the park and laying waste to swarms of kids.

Sounds like something Keith Olbermann might dream up.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

US Tests 15-Ton Bunker Buster

Global Security Newswire is reporting that the U.S. has tested a 15-Ton 'Bunker Buster':

In a tunnel under the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the U.S. military this month conducted the first test detonation of a massive bomb designed to crack hardened bunkers... At the helm of the $30 million project to develop what the Defense Department calls the Massive Ordnance Penetrator is the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Pentagon branch devoted to countering threats from weapons of mass destruction.

The 30,000-pound bomb could be deployed against the type of underground facilities in which Iran is engaged in uranium-enrichment work in defiance of tightening U.N. sanctions...

Perhaps the ratio is one ton to one kidnapped Brit.

The timing for the test is relevant, as Jules Crittenden reports that Britain's treatment of Iran will enter a “different phase” if negotiations fail.

Evan Sayet: How Modern Liberals Think

One of Bill Maher's old writers, Evan Sayet, opines. It's a must-watch.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sean Penn, Democratic Senior Foreign Affairs Adviser

Through an exclusive cross-posting agreement with The Stuffington Roast, we are pleased to offer an opinion piece authored by none other than Hollywood acting star and Democratic senior foreign affairs adviser, Sean Penn. He brought voice to his unique anti-war vision at a town hall meeting in Oakland, California.

Several years ago, I addressed the issue of war in an open letter to our President. Having not received a response -- and also having assumed a thought-leadership position in the Democratic Party -- I thought it was "past time at Ridgemont High" to revisit this outrageous conflict.

Sure, we could blame Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, or an incompetent Congress. After all, their diabolical evil knows no bounds. One only need recall that Cheney shot Condi in the tush during a recent so-called "hunting" trip, or was that just a cover story for a love affair that could result in a true spawn of Satan?

But I digress. America's evil and malicious military power should be in the hands of people like you and me. Instead, it rests in the hands of a so-called "commander-in-chief". What gives George W. Bush these ridiculous rights? Just one small piece of paper called a "constitution".

And since Bush has laid waste to said "constitution", I ask how can he be a real commander-in-chief? After the Dixie Chicks mysteriously disappeared, and Bill Maher was executed by a firing squad, and Keith Olbermann's tongue cut out, and American Bandstand canceled, what more needs to be said?

Bush has broken our country and our hearts. Wherefore art thou, Dick Clark? The blood is on your hands, oh evil administration, since you allowed September 11, 2001 to happen.

All the warning signs were there! President Clinton, in his infinite wisdom, provided you with all of the intelligence and proof you needed -- allowing our great country to be attacked eight times prior to 9/11. How could you not see what was coming?

Now you screech at us to "support the troops" and claim that we are hurting morale when we shriek "Abu Graib" and "Gitmo" or perform simple acts of civil disobedience. We burn troops in effigy and urinate on them because we support them. We call them Nazis and liken them to those who ran Gulags as a way of showing we're behind them.

You and your paid-off, monkey-boy pundits, those who soil themselves at the mere mention of Anna Nicole Smith or Natalie Holoway, you can take that noise and insert it into your septum. That is, if a septum is what I think it is.

We will be deceived no longer. Unlike you, Bush, we Democrats have never wavered in our anti-war direction.

You lied and connived our way into a war. There was never any "Al Qaeda in Iraq" or terrorists named Abu Abbas, Abu Nidal, or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. There was never any Boeing 707 used to train hijackers in a Baghdad suburb called Salman Pak. In fact, Saddam Hussein had no ties to terrorism whatsoever! All of these tales were lies! Lies, I say!!

And Mister Bush: why are your daughters not serving in Iraq right now? Other than the fact that we have a volunteer military, of course. Do they not support your policy? Or do they have minds of their own? Chickenhawks! They are chickenhawks! The Bush daughters are **squawk** chicken hawks!

Hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis due to you, Bush! And though that Lancet study of the number of Iraq dead has been utterly discredited, I will still harp on it! After all, Saddam Hussein was a saint who had no ties to terrorism... and had no WMDs whatsoever!

And now you dare to rattle sabers toward Iran? These so-called fifteen kidnapped British soldiers and Iran's threats to wipe the U.S. off the face of the Earth aren't credible!

So Iran wants a nuclear weapon? We have one! Why not them? After all, we're just as corrupt as they are! We are morally equivalent! They're just posturing when they say that they will eradicate the U.S., the U.K., and Israel. It's a simple joke, lost in translation, not unlike an Iranian Henny Youngman who speaks in Urdu, thus the confused punchlines.

We are told not to engage in the "politics of attack!" To "keep away from the negative!" Well, Mr. Bush, when speaking of your administration, that would leave us fuming... having even more temper tantrums than usual! We stomp our feet and wail... but you ignore us! Well, you do so at your own administration's peril.

In conclusion, I address my remaining remarks to the choir or at least the chorus: it is time, yes time, for impeachment. I do not know the legal basis for such an act, I just know it sounds good. It is a powerful word. Scary.

Unfortunately, even a so-called victory for fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives brings us no closer to retreat. We must pull out immediately from all wars: in Iraq and elsewhere. War is unjust and mean. By talking to our enemies, even irrational, fascist dictators with delusions of messianic grandeur we are certain to advance the cause of peace, love, and understanding.

There are presidential candidates who understand this. We do have candidates of conscience. As things stand today, I will be voting for Dennis Kucinich, who has fought this war from the beginning. You might say Kucinich can't win and you'd be right. But I don't give a crap. It demonstrates that I have a firm grasp on reality as evidenced by this entire speech.

Thank you for your attention and please help make "President Kucinich" a reality in 2008. It's our choice, dammit! Why can't you people understand this?? Dammit all to hell and back! You people are ridiculous! Hand me that bottle of Jack, will you?

Iran's Illegal Immigration Problem

Yes, the reports are true.

Fifteen illegal immigrants attempted to slip into Iran last week.

Fortunately, our border patrol agents were able to apprehend the intruders.

It's a common problem.

We call this our "mandatory guest worker" program...

...With a path to citizenship.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Democratic War Spending Bill: Defeat, Pork, and Discord

Ready to review the war spending bill? Just wanted to make sure it's got everything we talked about.


Does it micromanage the war?


Undermine commanders by setting an arbitrary date for withdrawal?


Let terrorists know how long they need to hibernate until we leave?


Tick off our Iraqi allies?


(Rubbing hands) Good... very good.

How much in bribes -- I mean, incentives -- did we have to pay to get those votes?

Ah, don't worry about it. Only about $24 billion.

Was any of it related to the war?

MWAHAWAWAHHHWAWHAW!!! Whoooo!! Hehehehehe! Good one, Jackie boy!

Well? What was it?

$283 million for a milk program.


It does a body good! And $74 million for peanut storage.

Peanut... storage?

Damn peanuts keep escaping. And we've got $60 million for salmon fisheries.

Uhm, salmon?

Omega-3, my unindicted friend - really pumps up your HDL! Oh, plus, $50 million for asbestos cleanup.

Nothing more urgent than the asbestos scourge. It's as bad as global warming!

And $13 million for lamb replacement.

That makes sense. Damn lambs need replacement, what with all of them... --er-- --uhm--- dying off.

$24 million for sugar beet producers.

That's because the sour beets have been taking their market share!

$40 million for tree assistance.

Those must be elderly trees. They need assisted living after the Bush health-care debacle.

$25 million for spinach growers.

Yup. After the e coli scare, those spinach growers need all the help they can get. You know, it's not just for breakfast anymore.

So, all of these --er-- extras were enough to convince our recalcitrant friends?

Yep, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said so. He's one of many... we'd never have gotten the 218-212 margin without our, uhm, incentives.

I can't believe these Republicans are calling this "pork!" What a bunch of hypocrites!

I know! Thank heavens we've ended their culture of corruption!