More Idiocy from Rush Limbaugh

(via Eschaton)

Our “favorite” drug addict calls Paul Hackett (a Marine Reservist) a “Civilian affairs staff puke!


Limbaugh on Hackett: “a liberal Democrat” who served in Iraq “to pad the resumé”:

Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh repeatedly referred to Iraq war veteran and Democratic congressional candidate Paul Hackett as “another liberal Democrat trying to hide behind a military uniform” and accused him of going to Iraq “to pad the resumé.” Hackett, a Marine Corps veteran, re-enlisted last year. The New York Times reported that “Mr. Hackett spent seven months in Iraq leading a civil affairs unit in Ramadi and Fallujah before returning to Ohio in March.” On August 2, he narrowly lost a special election to Republican Jean Schmidt for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

Here’s Hackett’s Response:

That’s typical for that fatass drug addict to come up with something like that. There’s a guy … I didn’t hear this, but actually when I was on drill this weekend, I’ve got to tell you, he lost a lot of Republican supporters with his comments. Because they were coming up to me, telling me, “I can’t believe he said that! Besides that, he called you a soldier. He doesn’t know the difference between a soldier and a marine!”

So generally, the consensus is Rush doesn’t know squat about patriotism. He’s typical of the new Republican. He’s got a lot of lip and he doesn’t walk the walk. The fact of the matter is, I went to Iraq to serve my country. I left my nice house, my nice wife by my choice because I thought it was the right thing to do. And man, if I was good enough to be able to see into the future that Rob Portman was going to step down from Congress, I mean I should actually be running for something a lot more than Congress. I went to Iraq because I wanted to serve my country and be with my Marines.

I think it probably says more about Rush Limbaugh than it does anybody else that he comes up with those thought processes. And I think it’s indicative of today’s Republican party, which is patriotic lite translated to anybody who serves their country who truly who truly serves their country and demonstrates it by their actions as opposed to their flapping gums.

They want to attack us. But the fact of the matter is they can attack me, but I punch back just as hard as I get. Ask Rush how come he wasn’t taking phone calls for the two days when he was on the attack with me. Ask him why his phone lines were clogged up. That’s because he was getting thousands of calls from veterans from this war and other wars who were clogging up his phone lines, giving him an earful.

This one has been around for a long time

I’m sure there are versions of this joke that predate this one…

A businessman flew into Seattle for a meeting. Being somewhat of a bigshot, he was to be ferried from the airport to the meeting by helicopter. However, a thick fog had settled over the city, and the helicopter was soon lost. The pilot flew down into the buildings and hovered beside the window of a highrise, where a woman could be seen working behind a desk. The pilot quickly scribbled a large sign: “where am I?” The woman wrote back: “you’re in a helicopter.”

The pilot smiled, waved, took the helicopter up, turned 24 degrees right, flew two miles, and landed spot-on at the businessman’s meeting site.

“That was amazing,” said the businessman. “How did you do that?”

“Well,” the pilot said, “the information the lady gave me was both 100% correct and 100% useless. So that told me what building it was: Microsoft Tech Support.”

There will be no reason to listen to KMOX

(via KWMU)

ST. LOUIS, MO (2005-08-04) The Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals will move to KTRS after this season. That means they’ll end their 52 year stint on KMOX.

The KMOX vice president who’s been negotiating for his station told the paper he hasn’t spoken with the team in the past two weeks.

The reason for the move is money. The team or a team owner could buy a stake in KTRS and allow the Cardinals to have more of a say in programming. “For KTRS, they desparately, desparately needed something like this,” say Frank Absher, a Radio historian who runs the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame. “The station was sinking so fast in the ratings that they were having trouble selling advertising and nobody had given them any credibility in the market.”

KTRS doesn’t have as strong of a signal. That means people in more rural areas might not be able to hear the games as well, unless a local station there buys into the Cardinal radio network.

The Cardinals are the only reason I ever listen to KMOX…

Trace Evidence

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Elizabeth spent the five happiest years of her life as a forensic scientist at the Cleveland, Ohio Coroner’s Office; now she works as a latent print examiner for a Florida police department.

ISBN: 1-4013-0174-6  Hyperion Press     $22.95 Hardcover


“A smashing debut! This is grab-you-by-the-throat suspense, written by someone who has actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator. Elizabeth Becka roars onto the forensic thriller scene with all guns blazing. ”
— Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double

“The combination of a credible, likable hero and a bizarre, chilling story is rare in crime fiction, but in TRACE EVIDENCE, Elizabeth Becka makes the tumblers click perfectly. Protagonist Evelyn James, a forensic scientist, wins over the reader from the opening page, and the author’s ability to speak from different characters’ minds is truly astonishing. Expect comparisons to THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and a nomination for Best First Mystery of the year.”  
— Jeremiah Healy, author of Invasion of Privacy

“Get in on the ground floor of this series, which deserves to go straight to the top.  Elizabeth Becka isn’t just an expert in her field of forensic science, she’s a fine storyteller, and Trace Evidence should win her legions of fans.  Characters you’ll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and fascinating details that never slow the action — just a few of the reasons you’re going to love the Evelyn James series.”
— Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of Bloodlines

“Must-read forensic tale: A Cleveland-based mystery series makes a superb debut with Trace Evidence, a thriller about weary forensic expert Evelyn James and her quest to find a serial killer of young women.”
— Akron Beacon-Journal, July 17

The Space Shuttle doesn’t Work

(via What’s New — Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05)


Why is everyone afraid to say so? The real problem isn’t foam falling off the fuel tank. The shuttle was sold to Congress as a way to launch things into space more cheaply. On the contrary, it’s the most expensive way to reach space ever conceived. The problems we’re facing now result from the refusal to acknowledge that reality. Initially, anything that went into space, including commercial and military satellites, was required to be launched from the shuttle. With the total cost of the shuttle program at about $150B, the average cost/flight is about $1.3B. The shuttle was strangling space development before the Challenger disaster. Then it was declared to be a science laboratory, but no field of science has been affected in any way by research that has been conducted on the shuttle or space station. The last scheduled research mission was the final flight of Columbia in 2003. The shuttle’s only mission now is to supply the ISS.

An the the only mission for the ISS is to give the shuttle a place to go…

“Clonus” Director May Seek Injunction

(via Satellite News)

“Clonus” director says he’s seen this clone story before:

Here’s an irony alert — and a lawsuit alert: a new movie about clones appears to be an uncredited clone of another movie.

Director Michael Bay’s new science-fiction blockbuster has drawn comparisons to the ’70s classics “Logan’s Run” and “Coma.” But “The Island” looks so much like 1979’s “Clonus,” aka “Parts: The Clonus Horror” (available on DVD from Mondo Macabro, $19.95) that its director says he may seek a federal injunction to stop “The Island’s” distribution.

“Clonus” is an obscure cheapie with a fascinating premise, best known now because of the ridiculing it took in a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episode. Viewing one after the other will make you do a double take.

In Bay’s movie, the closely monitored, mod-clothed, naive residents of a futuristic colony win a lottery to go away to a promised land called “The Island.”

In “Clonus,” the closely monitored, mod-clothed, naive residents of a futuristic colony are chosen to go to a promised land called “America.”

In both movies, a male resident goes on the run when he discovers that the promised land is a lie, and that he’s part of a colony of clones being grown to harvest their organs when the rich human originals ail. Both feature an evil scientist keeping his project a secret from the public at all costs by sending assassins after the runner.

Press materials for “The Island” tout its “original screenplay,” which an enthusiastic Steven Spielberg sent to Bay. The story is credited to Caspian Tredwell-Owen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. There’s no mention of Bob Sullivan, who wrote the “Clonus” story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ron Smith, with an “adaptation” credit going to Fiveson and Myrl A. Schreibman.

Although he’s been talking with lawyers, Fiveson said he doesn’t know what he wants from “The Island” filmmakers or its studio, DreamWorks. “I’m not in this to make money, frankly.” However, he said, “I wouldn’t mind if this thing went to a jury trial at all.”


If there are lots of flashes and bangs, and smoke and fire, either your car has just rear-ended a Pinto or Michael Bay has made a new movie. Sometimes, both are disasters.
— James Berardinelli (on the film The Island)