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Friday, November 12, 2010

News Roundup for 11/12/10

Still from the movie 'Them'
Gov. Rick Perry, shown speaking with a Texas constituent

-Headline of the Day-
"Revealed: Texas officials covered up dangerously radioactive tap water for years."

So that's what's wrong with GWB, Rick Perry, Louis Gohmert, Joe Barton, and the rest of the Texas crew -- they're radioactive monstrosities, like Godzilla or the giant ants in Them. I guess the comic book industry takes a little hit here as we have proof that radiation doesn't give you super-powers, it gives you anti-super-powers.

All kidding aside, this is pretty bad. According to the report, "Texas officials charged with protecting the environment and public health have for years made arbitrary subtractions to the measured levels of radiation delivered by water utilities across the state, according to a series of investigative reports out of Houston.

"Those subtractions, based on the test results' margin of error, made all the difference for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): without the reduction, demonstrated levels of dangerous radiation would have been in excess of federal limits for years." Apparently, Texas needs to add "good" in front of "environmental quality," so the TCEQ knows which way they're supposed to be going with this whole quality thing.

And wasn't Texas Gov. Rick Perry just on The Daily Show recently, bragging about the state's brilliant approach to environmentalism?

Why yes. Yes, he was. (Raw Story, with video)

-I don't think you're quite finished with that yet-
This ad showed up on my other blog, Griper Blade, today:

Ad with 'Lorem Ipsum' text

If you're not seeing the funny here, look up "filler text" and "Lorem Ipsum" on Wikipedia. Good thing they didn't go with "Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood." (Griper Blade, I guess. It's really Google Adsense -- or maybe Politics Daily -- but I'll take the plug myself)

-Bonus HotD-
"Study Finds That 100,000 Latinos Have Left Arizona Since The Implementation Of Its Radical Immigration Law."

Mission accomplished, I guess. (Think Progress)

-Bonus Fun-
FAIL Blog finds this bit of fail in a victory speech from election night.

This is my new senator, so yay for me! I think Ron Johnson may make the roundup with some frequency -- because he's just such an idiot. We're talking Bachmann-Palin-level idiocy here. And I'm not saying that just to be mean, I'm saying that just to be accurate. Thanks Wisconsin voters!

Now you Johnson voters go vote this video up at Funny or Die and you may yet redeem yourselves a little. But just a little. (FAIL Blog)

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