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Dubious by DubiousForever
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Doggone Funny.
by DubiousForever
Aug 26, 2012 | 1939 views | 1 1 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Stirring the pot.
Stirring the pot.
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Tee hee hee.
Tee hee hee.
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Cats spell better than dogs.
Cats spell better than dogs.
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Dog's graffiti is not funny.
Dog's graffiti is not funny.
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Because it has been way to quiet in here lately...LOL!
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August 26, 2012
Have a great Democat day!

Democracy Under Attack.
by DubiousForever
Aug 21, 2012 | 1485 views | 6 6 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Added for DV2, and all women for that matter.
Added for DV2, and all women for that matter.
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Lord knows I do not agree with the statements of Rep. Todd Akin.  However, the GOP calling upon a legitimately elected candidate to step down in favor of another that may have a better chance of winning is a slap in the face of democracy.  Disenfranchising the voter's choice with the selection of a candidate by a "committee" is something I would expect to read about in some third-world country with a "ruling council".  Like it or not Akin won the GOP primary with votes from Americans.  To call for negating those votes is truly UNAMERICAN.  Akin has made his bed, now he should run in it.  And the GOP needs to stop trying to disenfranchise American voters.

Dubious

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Aug 21 (Reuters) - A deadline passed on Tuesday evening with no indication from Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin that he would bow to party pressure and quit the Missouri Senate race over his controversial remarks on abortion and rape.

Missouri election law gave Akin until 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. EDT) to take himself off the Nov. 6 ballot in the Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Party leaders including Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had strongly urged him to step down.

But the Republican has vowed to stay in the contest, saying he represents a conservative movement that must be heard.

A staunch opponent of abortion rights, Akin claimed in a television interview on Sunday that women could not get pregnant from "legitimate rape" when asked about his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

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August 23, 2012
Politico reports that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was in Tampa Wednesday night to meet with ”members of the Council for National Policy, a secretive coalition of powerful conservative and evangelical leaders.”

Founded by prominent Christian conservatives in 1981 as a conservative counterweight to left-leaning policy groups, the CNP according to a 2002 Atlantic article, serves as “a sausage factory for conservative ideas of a particular gout: strong affirmations of military power, Christian heritage, traditional values, and leave-us-alone-get-off-our-backs legislation.”

Regular CNP conventions are held, but little is known about them. Membership is confidential, discussions are not discussed publicly and guests can attend only with “the unanimous approval of the executive committee,” according to a memo obtained by the New York Times in 2004.

New GOP Convention Keynote Speaker?
by DubiousForever
Aug 21, 2012 | 1081 views | 2 2 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Gov. Chris Christie, replacing Sarah Palin, now replaced by Isaac as keynote speaker.
Gov. Chris Christie, replacing Sarah Palin, now replaced by Isaac as keynote speaker.
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MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters cast a wary eye Tuesday on Tropical Storm Isaac, which was looming in the Atlantic Ocean and poses a potential threat to Florida during next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.

It’s much too early to say with any certainty whether it will gain hurricane strength or make a beeline for Tampa, on Florida’s west coast. But it’s the type of weather that convention organizers knew was a possibility during the peak of hurricane season — and they have backup plans in place in a worst-case scenario.

It’s been 90 years since a major hurricane made a direct hit on Tampa. The last to strike Florida’s west coast was Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 packing 150 mph winds. The Aug. 13, 2004, storm was small yet powerful — and was initially forecast to strike the Tampa Bay area before it turned and slammed Port Charlotte, about 100 miles south.

National Hurricane Center computer models predicted Isaac would become a hurricane over the next few days, meaning maximum winds must be at least 74 mph (120 kph). Some models had the storm striking Florida, including the Tampa Bay area, after moving across Cuba or the Bahamas as early as Sunday morning.

Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at Weatherunderground.com, said long-range storm track predictions five days in advance are notoriously inaccurate, often off an average of 260 miles. But Masters said the climate situation has improved chances that Florida could be in the system’s sights during the GOP event that runs Monday through Thursday.

“It would take a perfect storm of a scenario where a bunch of factors all conspire together,” Masters said. “But we definitely have to watch this one.”

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Isaac had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (64 kph) but was expected to strengthen. The storm was about 500 miles (804 kilometers) east of Guadeloupe and was moving west near 17 mph (28 kph). A hurricane hunter plane confirmed the storm had strengthened.

GOP and state officials have contingency plans in place if the storm makes its way to Tampa, including an evacuation in a worst-case scenario. About 70,000 delegates, party officials, journalists, protesters and others are expected for the convention that culminates in the nomination of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president and Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president.

“We’re monitoring it,” said James Davis, communications director for the Republican National Convention. “We’re in close touch with all the federal, state and local agencies. We’re focused on preparing still and having a great event starting on Monday.”

A  f o u r-day mock hurricane drill was held in May featuring a pretend major storm striking the Tampa area during the second day of the convention. Under that scenario, planners canceled. A major hurricane is a Category 3 or above with winds at least 111 mph (170 kph) and devastating damage can occur.

“At this point, we’re prepared for everything,” said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor on Tuesday. “We’ve certainly factored that into our plans.”

Forecasters say that fortunately for Tampa, most Gulf storms emerge earlier or later in the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Florida, historically the nation’s top target for tropical systems, has not been hit by a major hurricane since Wilma in 2005. The new storm’s potential threat comes just as South Floridians are marking the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 monster that resulted in 26 direct deaths and caused some $26.5 billion in damage when it came ashore south of Miami on Aug. 24, 1992.

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August 22, 2012
Dubious,

I'm going to send you a bill for a new keyboard since most of my soft drink ended up there. You need to put a warning in either the title or the first sentence of the blog because that last image was extremely disturbing (and you know what has been posted online in the past).

For some reason, I guess that s/he probably didn't get an invitation to the prom. As I've previously posted on my blogs, it is difficult to find a good stylist and cheap creme rinses don't cut it. LOL!

Wiggling The Toes.
by DubiousForever
Aug 21, 2012 | 1368 views | 2 2 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
This little piggy went to Mars...
This little piggy went to Mars...
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Flexing the arm.
Flexing the arm.
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Target: Mt. Sharp.
Target: Mt. Sharp.
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First dig site.
First dig site.
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This futuristic black and white image was taken today by one of the navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab are wiggling front left wheel in the Mars gravel as vehicle gets ready to start out on its first drive soon. The dots on the wheel stand for JPL, because NASA won't let the lab attach its logo. And though the pic is low res, it's inspiringly beautiful. Who knew Ansel Adams was on board?

From gizmodo.com  By Leslie Horn
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August 21, 2012
So far the only thing not working is a damaged wind sensor. It was probably damaged by a rock during landing. Engineers are working on a work-around, it shouldn't be a problem. First drive coming up...

Beer beats out wine as Americans' booze of choice.
by DubiousForever
Aug 20, 2012 | 1551 views | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Beer cat wins!
Beer cat wins!
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Wine cat comes in second.
Wine cat comes in second.
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Tequila cat is third.
Tequila cat is third.
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A good reason to start drinking...LOL!
A good reason to start drinking...LOL!
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Score one for beer. The beverage is the favorite alcoholic drink among Americans, more popular than wine and liquor. A new report from pollster Gallup found that 39% of U.S. drinkers prefer beer, while 35% favor wine. Less than a quarter list liquor as their top choice. The majority of men go for beers, as do the biggest portion of drinkers under age 54 and those from the Midwest. But women, East Coast residents and older Americans all lean toward wine. Though beer shipments slumped last year, much of the weakness has been in major brands and companies such as Anheuser-Busch and Heineken USA. Craft varieties, however, have enjoyed double-digit gains amid the growth of beer gardens and a new consumer focus on premium options. In the last year, nearly one new brewery has opened each day – the sharpest spike since the end of Prohibition. Overall, a majority of Americans drink alcohol – 66% told Gallup they have occasion to booze up, compared with 64% last year. In a typical week, 12% said they had at least eight drinks. On average, respondents had 4.2 drinks in a seven-day period. Men tend to be the biggest floozies, downing 6.2 drinks a week on average compared with 2.2 drinks for women. Men younger than age 49 are the heaviest drinkers of all. White drinkers consume the most alcohol – throwing back at least one more drink a week than their non-white counterparts. An earlier study from real estate site Trulia found that the country’s biggest drinking regions are concentrated in the middle of the country. New Orleans as 8.6 bars for every 10,000 households, followed by Milwaukee and Omaha. From The Los Angeles Times By Tiffany Hsu
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August 20, 2012
What? No percentage for beer AND tequila shots?...LOL!

Science Corner.
by DubiousForever
Aug 19, 2012 | 2094 views | 2 2 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
One more, just to finish off the weekend...LOL!
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August 19, 2012
I told a chemistry joke. There was no reaction.

I created a beef additive out of iodine, calcium, nitrogen, hydrogen and arsenic. ICaNHAs C h e e z b u r g e r !

They told me to stop inhaling nitrous oxide. I said NO, NO, NO!

What do you do with a dead chemist? Barium.

LOL!

Eulogy.
by DubiousForever
Aug 19, 2012 | 12389 views | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
A toast to LiberatedWoman.  Some of my favorite graphics that she ever posted are included.  Good-bye old friend.  Gone, but not forgotten.
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August 19, 2012
These comments belong here...

DubiousForever

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2 Hours Ago

A final lament for LW?...LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXIuAz7aryo

DubiousForever

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2 Hours Ago

DV2,

$100 bet that's not the end of it...LOL!

DubiousForever

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2 Hours Ago

Bye-Bye!

Read more: mySouTex.com - entry Setting Sail

Setting Sail.
by DubiousForever
Aug 19, 2012 | 1240 views | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The USS Constitution sets sail Sunday across the Boston Harbor, commemorating the anniversary of her victory over a British frigate during the War of 1812.
The USS Constitution sets sail Sunday across the Boston Harbor, commemorating the anniversary of her victory over a British frigate during the War of 1812.
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The voyage marks the second time the USS Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," sailed on her own since 1881. The last such trip was in 1997.
The voyage marks the second time the USS Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," sailed on her own since 1881. The last such trip was in 1997.
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Some 285 people were on board the ship Sunday. She sailed for 17 minutes, traveling a distance of 1,100 yards.
Some 285 people were on board the ship Sunday. She sailed for 17 minutes, traveling a distance of 1,100 yards.
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The USS Constitution fires a 21-gun saulte toward Fort Independence on Castle Island.
The USS Constitution fires a 21-gun saulte toward Fort Independence on Castle Island.
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(CNN) -- The USS Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," sailed under her own power Sunday for just the second time in some 130 years.

The Constitution set out on Boston Harbor in Massachusetts to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her victory over a British frigate during the War of 1812. The battle earned Constitution her "Old Ironsides" nickname.

"I cannot think of a better way to honor those who fought in the war as well as celebrate Constitution's successes during the War of 1812 than for the ship to be under sail," said Cmdr. Matt Bonner, Constitution's 72nd commanding officer.

Some 285 people were on board the ship, which sailed under her own power for 17 minutes, traveling a distance of 1,100 yards.

Tugs were then reattached to Constitution's sides and she returned to her pier by early afternoon. The ship, which doubles as a museum, receives more than half a million visitors each year.

Sunday's sail marked the first time Constitution sailed on her own since 1997. Before that, the last time she sailed on her own was in 1881.

The ship, which is considered the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, is tugged into the harbor several times a year.

Constitution defended sea lanes from when she was first launched in 1797 to 1855.

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August 19, 2012
This song goes here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaHpHcCwMcc

Laser Tag (Martian Style).
by DubiousForever
Aug 19, 2012 | 1234 views | 3 3 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Artist rendition.
Artist rendition.
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Before.
Before.
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After.
After.
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Self-portrait.
Self-portrait.
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A small, flat rock known as Coronation suffered the wrath of Curiosity’s laser when the Mars rover finally fired up its ChemCam instrument and delivered 30 pulses of energy at the rock over a 10-second period.

The laser pulses, each delivering more than 1 million watts of power for around 5 one-billionths of a second, turn some of the rock’s atoms into a glowing, ionized plasma. By analyzing the light from the plasma, the ChemCam’s three spectrometers can determine what elements are in the rock.

“We got a great spectrum of Coronation — lots of signal,” Roger Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory, leader of the ChemCam scientific team, said in a press release today. “Our team is both thrilled and working hard, looking at the results. After eight years building the instrument, it’s payoff time!”

The rock formerly known as N165 was selected as a good target for Curiosity to test its laser on. Scientists are using the data to learn how ChemCam is working, but they were impressed with the quality of the data, which are even better than the data acquired during testing on Earth, and they may learn something about the rock as well.

“It’s surprising that the data are even better than we ever had during tests on Earth, in signal-to-noise ratio,” ChemCam scientist Sylvestre Maurice of the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP) in Toulouse, France, said in the press release. “It’s so rich, we can expect great science from investigating what might be thousands of targets with ChemCam in the next two years.”

From Wired Science By Betsy Mason

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August 19, 2012
Pass the catnip...LOL!

More Tea Party Intelligentsia (Or Foot-In-Mouth Disease).
by DubiousForever
Aug 19, 2012 | 1654 views | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Rep. Todd Akin, the newly-christened GOP (Tea Party) Senate nominee in Missouri, said in an interview airing Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.

Explaining his no-exceptions policy on abortions, Akin was asked why he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin added: “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Akin’s statement threatens to recast a Senate race in which he starts as the favorite, but national Republicans are concerned about his ability to execute a winning strategy. Akin won the GOP nomination two weeks ago — a result that Democrats hailed as a potential game-changer in a tough race for them.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and national Democrats actually spent money in the GOP primary to help get Akin through it. That strategy, at least in this case, appears to be paying dividends.

McCaskill said she was outraged by Akin’s claim.

“As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM,” she tweeted. Within an hour, her tweet had been re-tweeted more than 1,000 times.

Akin’s claim is one that pops up occasionally in social conservative circles. A federal judge nominated by President Bush in the early 2000s had said similar things, as have state lawmakers in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Politicians and activists who espouse this view often suggest that women who haven’t been raped will claim to have been raped in order to obtain an abortion. An Idaho state lawmaker apologized earlier this year after urging doctors to make sure women who claimed they had been raped were sure of that fact.

Needless to say, this is territory that GOP leaders would rather not have Akin wander into. Getting into the particulars of “legitimate rape” (as opposed to what?) and the female reproductive system has the potential to make this a headache for the GOP and take the focus off of McCaskill and President Obama, who is unpopular in Missouri.

According to a 1996 study, approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape annually in the United States, and about 5 percent of rape victims are impregnated.

Akin is also staking out some of the most socially conservative territory possible on this issue. Missouri is pretty socially conservative, but even many Republicans believe in abortion exceptions for rape and incest. A recent Gallup poll showed just 20 percent of Americans believe in no exceptions for abortion.

From The Washington Post  Posted by Aaron Blake

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August 20, 2012
See folks, it's not just about Bush tax cuts and Obamacare. It's about stuff like this. You put these right-wing,Tea Baggers into office and the next thing you know, they're protecting corporations, teaching intelligent design in schools, polluting the environment and outlawing freedom of a woman's right to choose.

I could say, "I told you so," but it keeps happening over and over, and yet we still don't get it. Where's the "Scarecrow" when we need him. At least he finally got a brain.


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