Category: meltdown

Wingnuts: Doctor who treated Ebola patients an asshole

He saved a few lives then he went bowling. If that’s not treason…

A doctor who recently returned to New York City from a Doctors Without Borders mission in western Africa — and who also went bowling the night before – has tested positive for the Ebola virus after developing a high fever, according to ABC News.

Words fail to describe the damage this man has done to our country. But for these:

He’s a selfish, self-righteous, evil POS who deserves what he got but we don’t deserve him being back in this nation. This miserable sackOS put OUR LIVES on the line so that he could feel better about himself running off to Africa to do nothing for the poor black people who couldn’t get along without him. Spencer and everyone who was involved in letting his deseased azz back in the country ought to be imprisoned…

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 23, 2014 at 10:31 PM

The conservative crowd can’t stop unraveling over this Ebola thing. It’s astonishing. Here’s a dose of buck-up for the lot of you: Doctors who fly overseas to care for the victims of an epidemic sometimes come down with the disease. That’s right. Deal with it, pansies. Sometimes heroic actions result in dire consequences. You’ll never be a better American than he is right now.

So you can go on pants-crapping all you like, but no one’s interested in patting your widdle tum-tum. You don’t have Ebola.

Now we have a fresh case in the most populous city in the nation, and the potential for hundreds of contacts thanks to the subway ride, the cab, and the use of the bowling alley. Did he have a drink at the bowling alley? Eat food? Did wait staff handle any glasses or dishes? Did he use rental shoes and house bowling balls?

And you’ll never get it from a bowling ball. Grow up.


Social network marketing video turns Dan into a blob of goo

March 19, 2010

The nothing-thumpers
By Dan Popp

“By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes.”

— Shakespeare (Macbeth)
Dan 'goo' Popp

I saw something disturbing today. It’s a short video designed for the web. It uses no spoken language, just graphics and pulsating music . .



We’ll go around your mental defenses. We won’t try to persuade you with logic, with that old-fashioned “features and benefits” song-and-dance. We won’t even appeal to your emotions. We’ll just mesmerize you. You’ll never know how you came to be one of us. Why, you’ve just always believed this.

Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump,

Believe, Believe, Believe, Believe.

We’re just like you.

Exactly like you.

We are you.

And we believe.

Is this video a harmless piece of fluff, or an attack on reason? Doesn’t it ambush the presumption that we are rational people who make rational decisions? Do its creators believe that you’re nothing but an animal, and that your primeval limbic system will respond so powerfully to the beat and the flashing lights that it will render your more-evolved brain a quivering blob of goo?

Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump . .


And the most sober, stodgy Republicans react to the speech . . by the millisecond


Justice Alito mouths ‘not true’

“. . Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”

The shot of the black-robed Supreme Court justices, stone-faced, was priceless . .

Took me a couple of viewings, but it’s true, he doesn’t like it. I’ve never seen a Supreme Court Justice react to a SOTU speech, that’s bizarre.

McCain also didn’t like Obama talking about handling the towering deficits:

McCain seen mouthing ‘blame it on Bush’ when Obama outlines the problems he inherited.

UPDATE: McCain went on Fox News and talked to Sean Hannity after the speech, saying, “What we’re hearing tonight is ‘BIOB’ — let’s call it that from now on. Blame it on Bush. Whatever has gone wrong, let’s blame it on Bush. I think the people of Massachusetts last Tuesday pretty well rejected that line of conversation.”


CNN’s anti-immigrant blowhard Lou Dobbs is such a big deal that people are trying to shoot his wife and his vinyl siding

“…they’ve threatened my wife, they’ve now fired a shot at my house and, uh, while my wife was standing next to the car…uh, it’s become something else…and if anybody thinks that we’re not engaged in a battle for the soul of this country, right now, you’re sorely mistaken…”

“…my wife now has been, and I, have been shot at, uh, our driver, uh, my house has been shot and hit, uh, an investigation continues, I’ve had bodyguards now, and, you know what, I’m not in a mood to put up with little fools like Geraldo Rivera, uh, it’s time that we really awakened to what is happening in this country, it is ugly…”

NJ Law Enforcement Appear to Contradict
Dobbs’ Version
of Gunfire Incident

Interviews with the New Jersey State Police yielded a rather different assessment of the events described by Dobbs. In a phone interview conducted yesterday, Sgt. Stephen Jones, a NJ State Police spokesperson, chuckled out loud after he heard about Dobbs’ account of the gunfire incident. Jones commented that he “wouldn’t classify it [the gunfire incident] as very unusual.” He also confirmed that there are hunters in the area, and stated that, “at this time of year hunter [shooting] complaints go up.”…

Another New Jersey State Police spokesperson, Sgt. Julian Castellanos, noted that “it’s a wide open area and there are hunters in the area.” Castellanos explained that the bullet had hit the house in vicinity of the attic; it “hit the vinyl siding and fell to the ground” without penetrating the vinyl, he said…

When asked to comment for this story, Dobbs disputed the New Jersey State Police’s account, saying in an email that “there was no hunting season underway three weeks ago.” However, an official at the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Law Enforcement confirmed in a phone interview that state hunting seasons were underway at the time of the gunfire incident three weeks ago.

Asked what he thought of Dobbs’ version of the gunfire incident, Sgt. Jones stated, “I’m really going to leave Lou Dobbs’ assessment to himself.”


wigwam’s faq about the meltdown

This helps:

Q: Where did the money go?
A: To the people who sold houses during the bubble and to those who collected fees on those transactions.

Q: Where did the money come from?
A: Mostly, from those who financed those transactions, but only briefly.

Q: Where did the money ultimately come from?
A: From those who bought those mortgages after they had been “structured” into financial sausages called “Collateralized Debt Obligations” (CDOs).

Q: Who bought those CDOs?
A: Banks, mutual funds, pension plans, and foreign governments.

Q: Those institutions have professional advisors. Didn’t they realize that the housing bubble would eventually burst?
A: No.

Q: Why not?
A: They claim to have had PhD mathematical economists telling them that those investments were safe…

Q: What assumptions led to the ruin of this planet’s economy?
A: The assumption of the statistical independence of defaults.

Q: What does that mean?
A: They were assuming that you defaulting on your mortage and me defaulting on mine were totally uncorrelated random variables.

Q: So what?
A: If the bubble burst, those would be be correlated. So, by implication, they were assuming that the bubble would never burst. It’s just that they didn’t say it in those terms.


reality mugs reality show

A New York audition call for ‘America’s Top Model’ disintegrated into fist fights and panic.

It’s absolutely shocking, frankly, that the call got this massive–it looks like a Brazilian soccer crowd. Second, when times get tough, pie-in-the-sky fantasies can grow pretty intoxicating, real big, shiny and rigid. I have no doubt that there were quite a few boyfriends who were in ‘bodyguard’ mode. And is this the post-modern American version of a soup-line riot? Is fame now some sort of staple?

Last, Tyra Banks is a hideous human being. Just look up a couple YouTube clips of her show, like I did a few months ago, and you won’t believe what an oily bag of trainwreck she is.