Christmas Link-o-rama

Alrighty my little pinkos, Sisyphus has some shopping to do. Here's some links to tide you over the holidays when it is highly likely my yuletide will be free from electronic intrusion.

Boing Boing has posted some toys that never quite took off. Don't know why I think of the untamedshrew when seeing the game 'Ball Buster'.

Here's Barney Frank schooling a homophobe posing as a journalist who asks really stupid questions. Were you aware that congress has now mandated we shower with teh gay?

Here's the top 14 astronomical photos of the year.

A tutorial on what to do in the event of the zombie apocalypse over the holidays. You can never be too prepared.

Cue the Angry Gnome to ruin Christmas. Senator Jim Risch jeopardizes the planet in an attempt to derail the wildly popular START treaty with an amendment that made peace on earth contingent upon the Russians returning four Humvees. Maybe if they resurrected Rasputin he'd be happy.

And speaking of ruining Christmas, the Westboro Baptist Church goes a-caroling.

Here's a contest for awkward family Christmas photos. You're in there. You know you are.

And lastly, to the dogged persistence of Obama and congress to get things done, I say God bless and thank you. We've had a fantastically productive congress despite unprecedented obstructionism to benefit a tiny minority, breaking a record for beating filibusters, and achieving great things for the American people.

We are, after all, talking about a two-year span in which Democratic policymakers approved the Affordable Care Act, the Recovery Act, Wall Street reform and a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan reform, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, a critically important nuclear arms treaty with Russia, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the biggest overhaul of our food-safety laws in 70 years, new regulation of the credit card industry, new regulation of the tobacco industry, a national service bill, expanded stem-cell research, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, net neutrality, the most sweeping land-protection act in 15 years, health care for 9/11 rescue workers, and some other accomplishments I'm probably forgetting.

All of this was accomplished in the midst of multiple crises here and around the world, and for the first time in American history, with mandatory supermajorities in the U.S. Senate. And don't get me started on the disaster Dems inherited -- Great Recession, two deadly wars, a jobs crisis, a massive deficit and budget mess, crushing debt, etc. -- after the spectacular Republican failures of the Bush/Cheney era.

And for y'all grumbling about the executive and his unpalatable bargain, John Cole sums it up.

God bless us every one. Do you have any links to share?

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thanks for that present

of the (link to the) top 14 astrophotos. Awesome.

Cool Linkage

I am lame and have nothing to offer in return (don't diss my punnage there).

I am going to share the links you offered, because they're priceless. Enjoy your shopping and your weekend, Sis!

...searching for the truth...

Ouch!

Might not be the best idea to call the single girl a ball buster on Christmas Eve. Especially if she's a ball buster.

Purely a token of respect.

We were just talking about your propensity to drop ornamental balls when decorating.

(help)

I'm Tugging

with all the strength I have, and I can't seem to dislodge teh foot...

...searching for the truth...

That foot ...

... may be wedged somewhere close to those ornamental balls. Heh.