A gazillion interesting stories I didn’t get to

Kuwait plans to use its keen gaydar to stop gays from crossing its borders.  Seriously.

Japan wants helps with Fukushima.

The Republicans are upset that the media is focusing more on the shutdown disaster than the glitchy launch of the Obamacare exchange Web sites. Should have thought about that one before you decided to shut down the entire federal government on the day the exchanges launched. Oops.

Republicans say a national default on our debt wouldn’t be that big a deal.

Even more Republicans claim a default is no biggie.

Bloomberg media talked to actual experts who say a US default would be “catastrophic” to our economy and the world’s.

A profile of a cancer patient whose treatment is on hold because of the shutdown.

An excellent piece by David Frum on why Republicans keep losing:

The Republicans have always been the more disciplined of America’s two political parities, and today they still are. But whereas before, discipline used to flow from elected leadership down, today it flows from factional leadership up. An aide to Sen. Mike Lee told theNational Review: “The minority of the minority is going to run things until our leadership gets some backbone.” The Lee aide was specifically referring to the Republican minority in the Senate, but the language has broader implication. According to Robert LaCosta, a well-sourced reporter at NRO: “What we’re seeing is the collapse of institutional Republican power … The outside groups don’t always move votes directly but they create an atmosphere of fear among the members [of Congress].” Large organizations are inherently vulnerable to capture by tightly organized militant tendencies. This is how a great political party was impelled to base a presidential campaign on the Ryan plan—a plan that has now replaced the 1983 manifesto of the British Labour Party as “the longest suicide note in history.” It’s the job of leadership to remember, in the words of Edmund Burke, “Because half-a-dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.” That job is tragically going undone in today’s GOP.

The incredible shrinking America.

The Russians are stopping gay Swedish couples from adopting kids.

The FEC wants former Republican Senator Larry Craig (of the wide stance) to pay a $140,000 fine for using campaign money to pay for his defense in the now-infamous bathroom-sex case.

Dogs are people too, concludes the NYT after scientists gave dogs an MRI and found some really neat results.

Gun nuts behaving badly.

The daily routines of history’s most creative minds.

David Wescott on skewed conservatives deluding themselves into thinking the government shutdown is going their way with the public:

Erickson has looked at poll after poll saying the American people know Republicans are to blame for the latest shutdown of the government.  He sees the polls that show significant drops in support for his party.  He sees the guys at Princeton who accurately predicted the last election say if America voted today, Democrats would easily take back the House of Representatives.  And you can guess what he says:

Polling shows more Americans blame the GOP than Barack Obama. I think this means the GOP is winning. You’ll need to let me explain.No, I really won’t.

And finally, I have nothing to report on Sarah Palin. I just enjoy occasionally posting this goofy photo of her as a sportscaster back in the day:

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  • ArthurH

    I’m surprised at how little it takes and how often it occurs that Palin fanatics can work themselves into a fine froth. A week after the 2008 election I was told by an employee at the Route 66 Casino in New Mexico that they had to reshoot the video of the carhop on a swing on the casino’s website start page because Palin supporters thought they were making fun of her. And despite the video being up more than a year before anyone in New Mexico had ever heard of Palin. The blonde gal was replaced by a brunette at the time.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Excellent comment!

  • Monoceros Forth

    Damn. I couldn’t have put it any better. It is just that sort of remark.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “I can now look into a man’s eye and see his soul. Nothing else,” he said.” All vampires break the ice with that remark.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That pic of Moose breath is like eating random hairballs.

  • fletcher

    She looks like Harpo Marx throwing a “gookie.”

  • Monoceros Forth

    ““No one walks out of there and says, ‘It just doesn’t work for me.’ We walk out of there broken. People go in there unhealthy and come out
    unhealthier.””

    I can believe it. From what I’ve read one of the key methods of the “therapy” is to convince the victim that he already is broken, warped into liking other men by some childhood trauma. No doubt the requisite trauma can always be found–or, I wager, invented if necessary, as with unscrupulous “recovered memory” therapists.

  • Hue-Man

    It reminded me of that DeGrassi storyline where closeted Riley sees a “counselor” about getting a gay cure, then realizes that the “cure” could well carry on for years if not decades (with the counselor collecting cash at every session).

    From the Star: “Kyle was in Living Waters for the second year, and he drove more than two hours for our weekly sessions. He also attended additional counselling sessions with Barry Lee, the founder of the Toronto program.” And here’s Kyle’s SUCCESS: “By the end of the program, Kyle had taken significant steps. He no longer took anti-depressants and had stopped viewing Internet pornography.”

    From Part 2: “After a year and a half in the Living Waters program — the end of a 10-year journey of denying his sexuality — Squire left the program feeling ashamed.

    He said Living Waters indoctrinated him to believe that as a gay man he could be only three things: a prostitute, a pedophile or a recklessly promiscuous swinger.” ““No one walks out of there and says, ‘It just doesn’t work for me.’ We
    walk out of there broken. People go in there unhealthy and come out
    unhealthier.”” http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/10/06/former_participants_speak_up_about_gay_healing_program.html

  • Indigo

    I’m glad to see Janet Yellen nominated to the Fed. I have the impression that she understands that we’re in a Depression, even if she doesn’t say so out loud.

    [p.s., Thanks, Jimmy Carter, for breaking the ice on the obvious.]

  • Monoceros Forth

    I tried to read the Toronto Star article on the ex-gay program but I couldn’t get through it. The horrible emptiness of it all…do you know what it reminded me of? Nineteen Eighty-Four and Winston Smith, after he’d been broken in Room 101, his life and his soul a complete wreck, doing nothing and feeling nothing, deliberately smothering all memories of happiness, filling his empty life as best as he can with cheap gin and chess problems and wartime propaganda.

    This comment from one of the “ex-gays” filled me with horror:

    “I can now look into a man’s eye and see his soul. Nothing else,” he said.

    If anyone said that to me, anyone at all, I’d want to run away. It’s hard for me to explain just why this remark frightens me so much.

  • Hue-Man

    “A [gay Toronto] Star reporter goes undercover inside a gay
    conversion program in Toronto to uncover the controversial practice of
    “healing” homosexuality.” http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/10/05/toronto_christian_program_tries_to_heal_gays.html

    Part I of two-part long-form article. ““Any honest scientist will tell you that the idea that you’re born gay is not true. It’s not based on science,” said one of the leaders during a lesson on the “true”
    masculine.
    “It happens when, in the process of growing up, a young person becomes aroused by the same
    sex. They start to think this attraction is part of them, but this is a lie.””

    Tsunami debris on Vancouver Island’s west coast – junk, potential radioactivity, and deadly foreign species. http://www.theprovince.com/news/MysteryvesselwashedTofinoJapanesetsunamidebris/9008204/story.html

    Picture caption: “This vessel was found on Long Beach Sunday morning and could be related to the March 11, 2011, Japanese tsunami. Photograph by: Andrew Bailey, Westerly News”

  • pappyvet

    guffaw……cackle

  • cole3244

    she had high hair & bachmann eyes.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I hate to give her credit, but it appears so. Then again, perhaps she had an earpiece :)

  • pappyvet

    Sportscaster John? She could read?

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