Link roundup for 4 July 2009
A bubble is caught at the instant of popping (found via Mendip).
Cuteness break: baby otters!
These creatures are considerably less attractive, but they've achieved world peace.
More Iranian rap: Farinâz sings Be Nâm-e Zan ("In the Name of Woman"). I liked the comment by "Sheilamazhari" -- the Persian-language part means "No Muslim is Iranian, and no Iranian is Muslim".
Ranch Chimp sends news of two world-class idiots. One, here in Portland, called 911 over a botched hamburger order; the other, on RC's own home turf of Dallas, stole a truck and -- well, see for yourself.
In other idiot news, Oklahoma legislator and religious loon Sally Kern has introduced a proclamation blaming the recession on debauchery and ungodliness. Dissenting Justice and Forever in Hell have reactions.
Special bonus idiot: this must be the stupidest reason ever for wanting an abortion.
Some Americans don't want to learn the lesson of Iran.
Here's another egregious example of right-wing trolling. Notice how "Gideon" stomps onto someone else's turf, shits on everyone in sight, and then acts like the offended party when he gets called on it. (Normally I wouldn't link to a post just for the comments thread, but the point of this post is the stupidity of so much blog commenting. Besides, there's a cool blogging-chimp poster -- RC, is that you?)
It's not just the MSM that favor trivia over substance -- the Senate does too.
The evil of faith claims another child victim.
We should pay more attention to Vice Presidents.
More right-wing abuse of power: Bush used the Justice Depart-ment to target political opponents.
Palin has resigned as Governor of Alaska. The Brad Blog thinks there's a scandal about to break (found via Nancy).
Utter vileness: right-wingers hope for an attack on America.
Forty years after Stonewall, Police raid a gay bar in Fort Worth and attack customers, putting one in intensive care. More here and here (both sent by Ranch Chimp).
Better news from India, which has decriminalized homosexuality. The anti-gay law was a holdover from the days of British rule, but (predictably) was fervently supported by Indian religious leaders.
For Dominion Day, ManticoreWeb has a list of things to like about Canada.
Turkey doesn't seem to grasp the concept of free expression.
Iran news: The Tehran bazaar defied the theocracy Thursday and went on strike; major gatherings are planned nationwide for next Thursday, the 9th. The theocracy plans to murder 29 prisoners tomorrow. A friend of one arrested student describes the abuses being inflicted in detention. The doctor who tried to help Nedâ Aghâ-Soltân has escaped from Iran and speaks out here. The theocracy's British propaganda arm, Press TV (should be called "Mullah Haw-Haw") loses a spokesman.