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"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ" --Gandhi

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." -Theodore Roosevelt

"A little revolution, now and then, is a good thing." -Thomas Jefferson-

"In my lifetime, we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in 12 years, we'll be voting for plants." -Lewis Black-

"When you're born in the world you're given a ticket to the freakshow; when you're born in America you're given a front-row seat. And some of us in the front row have notebooks and pencils." -George Carlin

Brian Williams | The Daily Show | Comedy Central
Topic: Media 7:01 pm EDT, Sep  3, 2008

Getting these guys together has been an absolute riot. More!

Brian Williams | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

Separated at Birth?
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:32 pm EDT, Aug 26, 2008

Clooney channels Cary Grant
Topic: Movies 12:41 pm EDT, Aug 26, 2008

I'm not sure how to say this, but I've decided Clooney is about the coolest guy working movies today. It's just a random paparazzi shot on a boat and he still looks cool. Damn.

Clooney channels Cary Grant

Regulation Proposed to Help Protect Health Care Providers from Discrimination
Topic: Politics and Law 4:16 pm EDT, Aug 22, 2008

While it would strengthen provider conscience rights, the proposed regulation would in no way restrict health care providers from performing any legal service or procedure. If a procedure is legal, a patient will still have the ability to access that service from a medical professional or institution that does not assert a conflict of conscience. For example, the proposed regulation does not affect the ability of private clinics to provide abortion services in accordance with the law.

This is of course, a steaming pile of crap. Having read the actual rule change, if you (meaning hospitals, doctors offices, clinic, whatever) receive funding from the government, be it research grants, medicare/medicaid payments, VA payments, or whatever, and ANY of your employees challenges on moral/religious grounds, you have to either cease whatever it is they object to, or lose funding.

And I mean ANYTHING. They took out the abortion parts people complained about making it now apply to EVERYTHING.

And I mean ANYONE. They make a point to mention even janitors as someone included.

This "administrative change" amounts to the complete elimination of federal funding for any and all health care.

And if you don't believe that, ask this; What happens when there is a Christian Scientist, who you can't discriminate against hiring because that's religion, working as a hospital janitor or secretary, who objects because they believe medicine is working against God? This isn't about abortion anymore, this is about medicine.

Regulation Proposed to Help Protect Health Care Providers from Discrimination

The Bulwer-Lytton 2008 Results
Topic: Literature 8:12 pm EDT, Aug 19, 2008

Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped "Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J."

The Bulwer-Lytton 2008 Results

War On Terror board game seized by police - Cambridge News
Topic: Games 1:35 pm EDT, Aug 15, 2008

In their cardboard version of realpolitik George Bush's "Axis of Evil" is reduced to a spinner in the middle of the board, which determines which player is designated a terrorist state.

That person then has to wear a balaclava (included in the box set) with the word "Evil" stitched on to it.

Kent police said they had confiscated the game because the balaclava "could be used to conceal someone's identity or could be used in the course of a criminal act".

I'm not sure if this qualifies as funny or stupid. I'm going to go with asinine.

War On Terror board game seized by police - Cambridge News

King penguin knighted by Norway - Animal weirdness-
Topic: Humor 12:30 pm EDT, Aug 15, 2008

Nils Olav already has medals for good conduct and long service. He made honorary colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King's Guard in 2005. And on Friday he was knighted.

Not bad for a 3-foot tall penguin — actually, three of them.

King penguin knighted by Norway - Animal weirdness-

ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: FAA Tapes Reveal Drama of Obama Jet Incident
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:26 pm EDT, Aug 15, 2008

As tension mounted and the pilot rapidly descended from 32,000 feet, he was asked how many were on the jet.

"51 souls on board," he responded.

Just as reference, when pilots or ground control refer to the number of passengers as "souls" it means they are probably praying to God they get them down in one piece because they may not think they can do it on their own. (Thanks to reading John Nance for that one)

ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: FAA Tapes Reveal Drama of Obama Jet Incident

We Are All Georgians -
Topic: International Relations 5:02 pm EDT, Aug 14, 2008

For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call.

To Senator McCain,
No sir, it comes as nothing of the sort. While I do not agree with the way the Russians have responded, they have done so in a far more responsible manner than we did in the invasion of Iraq, with understanding of the consequences of their actions and their goals in mind and achievable. We are NOT "all Georgians," unless you mean we willy nilly blow the crap out of people without concern for the results.

Let's keep some FACTS in mind here. What was a low level conflict between Russia and Georgia exploded when the Georgians blew the crap out of their own people because they wanted to be Russian, not Georgian. This would be similar to... Trenton blowing the hell out of Hoboken because they want to call themselves from New York, not New Jersey. That may be putting too nice a face on it, but less than 20 years ago, they were all part of the USSR.

Georgia started this and bit off more than they could chew. Iraq going after Kuwait? There are any number of parallels to be drawn, but the one written here is a study in blithe ignorance.

We Are All Georgians -

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Topic: Current Events 1:21 pm EDT, Aug 14, 2008

No dumbass, the flag goes the other way.

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