Monday, November 14, 2005

Short break

I'm taking a short break, till the end of the week, to do some work around the house and some lab work.

See you then...

by Robster @ 11/14/2005 09:34:00 PM PERMALink

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Great lection results for the good guys (except texas and kansas)

But don't trust me, check the blogs I link to...

I'll be going through them soon to get rid of the links that have gone silent, but there are only a couple of them, while I add a few new ones I like...

by Robster @ 11/09/2005 08:17:00 AM PERMALink

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

FNC in trouble over harrassment. AGAIN!!

I just mentioned yesterday that FNC was cruzing for a bruising by the on air antics of their talking heads.

It just keeps getting better (via NewsHounds), from MSNBC...
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in federal court against News Corp.’s Fox News Network LLC.

A sexual harassment lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Fox News Network LLC contends that Fox retaliated against Kim Weiler, a former employee, for complaining about discrimination and that, as a result of the discrimination, Weiler and others at Fox were “constructively discharged” by the network. The suit does not state how many people were discharged.

The complaint contends that Joe Chillemi, a Fox vice president who supervised its advertising and promotions departments, sexually harassed and subjected Weiler and other women to a hostile work environment, routinely using obscenities and vulgarities to describe women or their body parts.

Article continued here.

You can read the lawsuit here.

by Robster @ 11/08/2005 07:51:00 PM PERMALink

A couple good reads

To wrap up for the evening, check out this great piece on Libby's dirty history, and learn a bit about the lies that are told about Clinton and the Chinese getting US missile tech.

Sir Oolius raises some pesky science issues regarding the avian flu (evian if you are on CNN) vaccine preparations and statements coming out of DC. This problem won't go away any time soon, either. H5N1 bird flu is now endemic in much of Asia, which means that we now get to fear it every year, and not just this one.

Does it look as bad as they say it does?

Depends on which strain develops, and what mutant we encounter here in the US. It probably won't kill more than a small percentage of those affected, but you won't hear that on the news... Its scare tactics 24/7!

O'Reilly just doesn't seem to get that being a rude asshole to women that work for him will get him sued.

From Media Matters (art 1, art 2)
On the November 3 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly called for "a full-body search" on his co-host, Lis Wiehl. During a conversation about a recent New York Sun editorial (subscription required) on a lawsuit over New York City's policy of subway bag checks, O'Reilly said: "Would you please -- would you please bring in some security to do a full-body search on ... Lis Wiehl." When Wiehl repeated, "I said my bags, not my body," O'Reilly responded, "Full-body search on Lis Wiehl right this minute. She asked for it." Wiehl is also an author, Harvard-trained law professor, and legal analyst for Fox News.
Fox News hosts Brit Hume and Bill O'Reilly recently turned their attention to their female co-hosts, remarking on their appearance, with O'Reilly asking the co-host of his nationally syndicated radio show, Lis Wiehl, to protest outside CBS studios in a bikini. Hume, appearing on Fox News' DaySide, told co-host Juliet Huddy that he dressed up for just for her, stating: "One more chance for a man my age to be on with Juliet Huddy."
I bet they think this is how to get the chicks without having to pay them. Make them uncomfortable on air. Class acts, those FNC boys.

Last on the list is the return of my Canadian Blog buddy, Andy at funcentral, scourge of the Canadian Right! And his very cute pupster, Dora.

by Robster @ 11/08/2005 12:04:00 AM PERMALink

Monday, November 07, 2005

Target pharmacies vs your uterus.

While I was away, Target put itself on the side of the republicultist TM and against women everywhere (including those who are republicultists TM themselves).

The concept is that a pharmacist should be able to not fill a prescription if they have a religious objection to it.

Here is the scenario: Customer A comes in to fill a prescription for the "morning after" emergency contraception pill. Target pharmacist says, "No. I don't believe you should have it, harlot."

Somehow, Target has decided that taking rights away from their customer equals protecting rights for their employees. Never mind that it means that it means that the pharmacist can refuse to do the job they are paid to perform.

I had been trying to get an address from Target to send my thoughts (support reproductive rights, or kiss my consumer dollars goodbye) and got the run around. Finally, I got a response that I could use.
We're always glad to hear what you have to say, so we make it easy to get in touch with us at Target Guest Relations. You can:

- Give us a call at (800) 440-0680. We're here Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time.

- Send a letter to:

Target Guest Relations
TFS 1A-X, PO Box 9350
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9350

Just tell us how we can help and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Thanks again for writing. We look forward to hearing from you!
Well, since they are so happy about hearing my comments, they will get them.

On the other hand, if you want info on getting the "morning after" pill you can go here.

by Robster @ 11/07/2005 11:30:00 PM PERMALink

Reason # 436 that I could never vote for McCain.


More on McCain's cuddling up to the far right republicultists TM from The Carpetbagger Report.


I haven't trusted McCain for a long time.

When I started paying close attention to politics, about 12 years ago, he seemed like a reasonable person. Since then, he has shown himself to have left his hero days behind, unable to stand up to the man responsible for dragging his family through the mud. McCain seems willing to play a seesaw game with real conservatives (that understand that the Constitution itself prohibits torture) and republicultists TM who are so closeted that their marriages would collapse if the GLBT community had the same rights as everyone else. Now he is cuddling up to the South's Crouching Bigot - Hidden Racist demographic.

And don't even think he might stand up against Bush over Alito. He will vote to screw the little guy to appease the republicultists TM and corporatists that he needs for his doomed 2008 run. The only way that would happen is Alito came out for torture, the only issue McCain still seems to care about.

If you ever consider voting for McCain, just think of this...

You'll come to your senses...

by Robster @ 11/07/2005 09:39:00 PM PERMALink

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

That's Dr. Robster to you!

I successfully defended my dissertation today, so now only have to make the corrections requested by my committee. I probably won't be posting regularly for a few more days.

I'll be having a couple beerverages, and I refuse to drink and blog...

OK, so that isn't quite true...

I'll just be taking a well earned break.

by Robster @ 11/02/2005 05:47:00 PM PERMALink