May 3rd, 2012

Lion

Help me count?

Ok, so I'm here asking you for help.
Crowd-sourcing, if you will.

Many months ago, I made a charity-bet with a member of this comm about whether Occupy Wall Street would have an event that got over 8,500 people to show by May1. The precise details of this bet were never too clear; however, the lose gives $20 to charity. If OWS doesn't gather 8,500 by May1 I pay up to an animal shelter in Chicago, if OWS does, this member gives $20 to Planned Parenthood.

May1 has come and past, and by God, there were large crowds on May1. But it is surprisingly difficult to find a way to count the crowd sizes. (this also requires that the individual I bet with is willing to include May1 in our bet; the language when we spoke, I think, was somewhat vague; was it before May1 or was it before May1 was over?)

I saw some fairly massive crowd shots from the NYC OWS marches. Heard it stretched for 15 blocks at some points. The OWS twitter-feed at one point told folks that the crowd was 30,000 people big. Now, even I, supportive as I am of OWS, acknowledge that they aren't unbiased and that they might have been playing up just how big it was.

Yet, finding reliable sources that give estimates of how big the marches were is, as I said, difficult. So here I am, asking all y'all to help.

Play for your favorite team, if you like, I'll bet there are news stories on both sides of this one.
So, help? Maybe you can make me lose some cash, or maybe you can help fund Planned Parenthood.

...GO!
obamaflip

Obama is up to his Chen: a blind date gone horribly wrong

From an opinion piece Did Obama betray a Chinese Hero? 

I am sure most of you have been following the story of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist served up as the current victim du jour in the Human Rights Wars™.

not the Chin we are talking about, Sir.
Um, sorry sir, this is not the Chen we are talking about

Here is the basic liberal's point:
Frankly, I was not surprised that the US would turn him over to the Chinese and then lie about him wanting to go back. After all, the ChiComs practically own us. Who wants to piss off the Landlord?
Obama has forgotten his grass roots as an activist. He now plays with his children on a well manicured lawn.
I am too old to learn Mandarin. Our hearts bleed! We are the 99, etc...

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Should the POTUS personally apologize to the Chinese government for giving a blind guy some shelter? Or should we give him and his family a ride to The Land of The Free™ on Hillary's jetplane? What did we do anyway that deserves a forced bow to Zog?



This is Chin Chin. It has nothing to do with this post.
cross posted from conservatalk at the suggestion of a person I really respect.


Mic

War on everything... but women?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzxU2fDcrp0

Daily Show: Fox Denies War On Women But Finds Wars On Just About Everything Else

O, behold! Some classic stuff from the amazing Fox News, here summarized by Stewart. The mind-bending hypocrisy and stupidity of the Fox hacks who erroneously call themselves a "news" organization.

So, according to Fox News, there's no war on women... BUT there's a war on... watch out...

Christmas...
Easter...
Fall holidays...
Halloween...
Fossil fuels...
The Constitution...
Ladies Night...
Fishermen...
Salt...
Chocolate milk...
Sugary drinks...
Food...
Spuds...
...and of course, where without it, the War on conservative Women!

Well, that at least means some women are included!

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