Archive for July, 2010
Tags: Afghan women, Afghanistan
Aisha, 18, depicted on the cover above, “was dragged from her home by the Taliban after running away from her husband. Despite her pleas that her in-laws had been abusive, that they treated her like a slave, that she had no choice but to escape, a Taliban commander said that she must be punished, lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. Aisha’s family members carried out the punishment: her brother-in-law held her down while her husband sliced off her ears and nose, then left her to die. She is now hidden in a secret women’s shelter, where she was taken after receiving care from U.S. forces.” Incredibly, after all these years we’ve been in Afghanistan this sort of thing is still widespread (here.).
Here is another story on this same subject.
UPDATE (Oct 12/2010): Afghan girl gets last laugh on Islamic taliban thugs. Here (Daily Mail).
Related: Here’s a HuffPo take on this Time article.
Related: “Part Oprah, part Hannah Montana, The Mozhdah Show is the latest sensation to hit Afghanistan’s television screens……The audience freezes. Divorce is a taboo subject in Afghanistan, one spoken of in whispers, if spoken of at all. Jamalzadah senses the mood and quickly ad-libs in her trademark no-nonsense style. ‘This is the truth. We should not run away from the truth.’ ” Here.
Related: Taliban hunting informants. Here.
Related: Past post–Taliban up the ante in the battle of the sexes.
Related: Should the weather leave Afghanistan? Monsoon floods kill 64 civilians. Here.
Related: What’s happening in Turkey? “Down a glum, dark back alley in Istanbul, I found a sinister sight. In a workshop two stern and bearded men were bent over sheets and patches of very black cloth, their sewing-machines whirring urgently. I was plainly unwelcome and they objected to the very idea of being photographed. I quickly saw why. They were making dark robes and masks for women to wear. They looked to me as if they longed for the day when every woman in sight was clad in their workmanship…” Here.
Related: Past post–The taliban, Spiderman, and Hannah Montana
Related: Past post–Quoting the taliban
Related: Past post–New rules
Note: Don’t panic but embedding has been disabled by evil remnants of the KGB so you’ll have to watch it on Youtube right here.
I must say that if war ever comes between the U.S. and Russia I would feel it an honor to be shot dead by one of these beautiful women (and you can quote me on that).
Then of course there’s the IDF women.
Tags: Beer, Dos Equis
Yes, it’s time to pay hamage to the funniest and most interesting commercial in the world.
As cool and collected as President Obama, but far more worthy of our admiration. “He once went four days straight staring at himself in his own staring contest–he wins every time.”
Try not to be too surprised by a judge’s political ruling (it was not really judicial) derailing the Arizona immigration law; what do you expect in a “country” where the Chief of Staff of the Army, for example, after the Ft Hood shootings, tells us that they’ll be no review of Islamists in the military because diversity is more important than soldiers’ lives.*
Multiculturalism is everything today; the federal government is set in a lockstep of insanity.
Related: Mex police now patrolling NY’s Staten Island for “anti Mex bigots” and sending human rights officials to border. Here and here (by the way did you know the Mex government is under investigation for its treatement of its own illegals?)
*“Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”–Gen. George Casey
Yeah, there’s new pimp in town (hint: it ain’t the Pope this time). The following excerpt within an excerpt is from here:
In order to elevate the spiritual atmosphere, create proper psychological conditions and tranquility of mind, the Province of the Quds’eh-Razavi of Khorassan has created centers for temporary marriage…for those brothers who are on pilgrimage to the shrine of our eighth Imam,…and who are far away from their spouses. To that end, we call on all our sisters who are virgins, who are between the ages of 12 and 35 to cooperate with us. Each of our sisters who signs up will be bound by a two-year contract with the province of the Quds’eh-Razavi of Khorassan and will be required to spend at least 25 days of each month temporarily married to those brothers who are on pilgrimage. …The period of each temporary marriage can be anywhere between 5 hours to 10 days. The prices are as follows:
· 5 hour temporary marriage — 50,000 Tomans ($50 US)
· One day temporary marriage — 75,000 Tomans ($75 US)
· Two day temporary marriage — 100,000 Tomans ($100 US)
· Three day temporary marriage — 150,000 Tomans ($150 US)
· Between 4 and 10 day temporary marriage — 300,000 Tomans ($300 US)
“…Pious pilgrimage just got more exciting at Imam Reza’s shrine in Iran, where for a reasonable fee (see price list below) a mullah can join any eager pilgrim in holy matrimony of “temporary marriage” with his choice of a lovely, fully hijabed, and properly veiled prostitute for a period between 5 hours to 10 days. Pedophiles welcome: girls as young as 12 years of age are standing by. Not to worry, the mullahs got them covered: all “temps” under 14 must show a written consent from their fathers or male guardians…” Here (Pajamas Media)
Tags: Justice system, Mexico
“…Laquita Mattox rubbed a finger along the victim’s butt crack, prompting her to clench her buttocks…” And we all know that clenching can cause the bed you’re sitting on to break…” We further know that clenching can lead to a terrible knife fight: “Are you ready to die?”. Here.
The Maldives island republic in the Indian Ocean where it is illegal NOT to be Muslim…so when a Maldivian named Mohamed Nazim renounced Islam during a lecture, he “was attacked by members of the audience, then led off under arrest by police. A few days later it was reported that he’d had a change of heart while in police custody and publicly apologized for his atheistic apostasy…” Of course we can only guess why he had a change of heart (but I think we get the picture). Here.
Here are a few examples (just a few, mind you) of the hazards of photographing in the GBR:
“So, there I was cigar in hand with camera in tote. I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, in the Georgetown section of the District of Columbia. After a fun and fulfilled day of taking pictures in DC, I was heading home and observed a traffic stop. I put out my cigar and started to take pictures from across the street.”
“A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo. The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn’t agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.”
Tags: Absurdity, Cops, Health food
These boys are sure on the ball: This is yankee doodle on code four, do you read, ranger?…go ahead code four, we copy…target in sight…code four, take it in, lock load, we’ll follow with humvees…This is code four, roger that ranger…roger over code four…Milk in sight…Roger, we have fix on yogurt…go go go……”Then, guns drawn, four officers fan out across Rawesome Foods in Venice [CA]. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they find the raid’s target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.” Roger. Over. Targret in custody. Cuffs on. Here
Hey, let’s get up closer now and “listen in” to the actual transcript of this police raid (but let’s keep our distance, shall we? These guys are trigger happy)…
RED ALERT…LEIUTENANT, SIR, WE HAVE A SITUATION IN THE RAW MILK SECTION… TARGET FOUND…IN SIGHT…SIR THERE THERE THERE…PERMISSION TO FIRE…ATTACK…ATTACK…COVER ME…GOING IN…CAUTION: YOGURT IS ARMED…MILK’S WEARING A VEST…YOU MILK AND YOGURT UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHERFUCKERS…SIR, CONTAINERS REFUSE TO ACKOWLEDGE…ROGER THAT GOFER…LOCK…LOAD…BAM BAM BAM…FULL AUTO…FULL METAL JACKET…COPY…SIR…ROGER THAT…WAR AGAINST MILK AND YOGURT IS HELL SIR…COPY THAT SARGE…ROUND THEM UP…ALL WOUNDED PERSONNEL REPORT TO REAR FOR EVACUATION…COPY THAT SIR…CASUALTIES? ONE MILK CONTAINER DEAD SIR, ONE YOGURT SPLATTERED WITH ITS FRUIT ALL AGAINST THE WALL…SHIT, WAR IS HELL SIR… COPY THAT. BRING IN THE COPTERS AND BLACK MILK AND YOGURT BODY BAGS–ROGER? COPY THAT SIR.
Oh no Oh no Oh no OHNOHONOHONOHONOHONOHONO…Here we all hunkered down in our bunkers, still recovering from the vast vile viral racist rant of Shirley Sherrod when here we are hit again: Paris Hilton photographed in a Nazi salute; she’s even wearing Joseph Goebbels’ old National Socialist hat she must have got on some German eBay auction. What the hell, is everyone going Nazi all of a sudden? Wow, wait till the white worm Keith Olbermann gets in a smoke-spewing a vent about this one: “…Paris Hilton joins Tea Party… ” He’s gonna to be slobbering all over himself (quick, get a bib). Here’s the whole stinking sordid story of this blue-eyed blond-braided girl in the funny hat (sure signs of being a Nazi). But don’t worry, Ms Hilton vehemently denies she’s a member of the National Soclialist NAZI Party Machine, and so there’s probably no need to worry she’ll invade Poland anytime soon.
Related: Paris fantasy.
Related: Some African-American magazine readers of Essence magazine go racist over hiring of white fashion director (diversity stops here). Here.
Related: Real racism: black thugs attack white man for listening to rap.
Tags: Diversity, Wall St Journal
“…Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the benefit of a fair chance at the future…” Here.
Chinese Red Guard talibanites cuff and leash prostitutes like dogs (here and here). Obviously, to a normal civilized person, this is a gross humiliation of these women, certainly a human rights violation; but in a country where during the next decade men will outnumber women by 24 million you can also condemn it on a cold utilitarian concern. Men already vastly outnumber women in China. I mean maybe men will increasingly be forced to spend their money on blowup dolls because of the lack of females. Clean, health-conscious prostitution (sex working) should be encouraged, not condemned and punished. But I guess you can’t expect too much from a country still reeling from the Maoist years, mandatory one-child rule (couples often abort or murder their female newborn), and that executes prisoners just to sell their organs.
Related: This government atrocity almost ranks up there with the barbaric and humiliating Islamic punishments of prisoners in Iran and Saudi Arabia and with American slave labor chain gangs here in the U.S.
Update: China progresses: “The Chinese government has called for an end to the public shaming of criminal suspects, a time-honored cudgel of Chinese law enforcement but one that has increasingly rattled the public.”
“…With Web sites like LOL Facebook Moments, which collects and shares embarrassing personal revelations from Facebook users, ill-advised photos and online chatter are coming back to haunt people months or years after the fact. Examples are proliferating daily: there was the 16-year-old British girl who was fired from her office job for complaining on Facebook, “I’m so totally bored!!”; there was the 66-year-old Canadian psychotherapist who tried to enter the United States but was turned away at the border — and barred permanently from visiting the country — after a border guard’s Internet search found that the therapist had written an article in a philosophy journal describing his experiments 30 years ago with L.S.D….” Here.
Tags: BP, Coast Guard, Oil cleanup
“…I hear about the race riot at Daddy’s Money almost as soon as I arrive on Grand Isle, Louisiana. My friend and I are going to the bar tonight to catch the “female oil wrestling” oil-spill cleanup workers have been packing in to see on Saturday nights. When we stop by the office of the island’s biggest seafood distributor, he tells us that two days ago a bunch of black guys and a bunch of white guys got into a big fight at the bar. It spilled out all over the street and had to be broken up by a ton of cops…” Here.
Related: Down in the oiled South coast no one trusts BP–or the Coast Guard (yes, Coast Guard is an oxymoron). Here.
“China’s most popular blogger recalls being baffled when a publisher told him he could not run an article because it mentioned a person ordering a dish of lamb. ”I did not get it. What’s wrong with eating lamb?” Han Han says. The publisher explained that by ordering lamb, the diner could be someone who did not eat pork And that could imply he was a Muslim…” Here.
I don’t agree with everything Alex Jones (see Info Wars) says but I just watched The Road (I read the novel last year) and found his review of it pretty interesting.
African-American journalist interviews “race realist” writer Jared Taylor.
JH: I’ve read that you describe yourself as a “race realist.” What is a “race realist?”
J[ared T[aylor]: Race realism is rejection of the agreeable fantasies about race that have become orthodoxy since the 1960s. ..” Read rest of interview here.
Speaking of race…Top Ten Race Incidents of the Week
Tags: Arab, Jewish
Latest Israeli legal logic: Arab man convicted of rape because he told Jewish Israeli girl he was also Jewish (and I thought just the Muslim states were weird). “…Handing down the verdict, Tzvi Segal, one of three judges on the case, acknowledged that sex had been consensual but said that although not “a classical rape by force,” the woman would not have consented if she had not believed Kashur was Jewish…” Here.
Tags: Border, Mexico
“…The enemy uses every terror means at their disposal: beheadings, dismemberment, feeding live captured prisoners to lions, slowly lowering live victims into tanker trucks filled with acid and worse. These tactics are extremely effective. There are no rules in this war. The targeted kidnapping of children and family members is now Standard Operating Procedure. The enemy has even twisted religion into a cult membership tailored to its warriors and assassins…” Here.
Related: Mexico is such a fun place: “A heavily armed hit squad arrived and cried ‘Kill them all!’ and they started shooting…” The fun just begins (aren’t you glad these people are coming across the border?) Here.
Related: Please, do not go to Mexico (you may regret it, gringo). Here.
Related: Border arrests yeild weapons cache. Here.
“Legally, it’s pretty much always okay to take photos in a public place as long as you’re not physically interfering with traffic or police operations. As Bert Krages, an attorney who specializes in photography-related legal problems and wrote Legal Handbook for Photographers, says, “The general rule is that if something is in a public place, you’re entitled to photograph it.” What’s more, though national-security laws are often invoked when quashing photographers, Krages explains that “the Patriot Act does not restrict photography; neither does the Homeland Security Act.” But this doesn’t stop people from interfering with photographers, even in settings that don’t seem much like national-security zones… Here.
You’ll be relieved to know an inventor in Iran is working hard developing a bicycle for women that will cover the bottom half of their bodies, thus evidently masking the sexuality inherent in moving legs. Here.
Well that’s in Iran, but when will it be introduced to the muslim women of the multicultural country of England? Here’s a testimonial: “…I am also a muslim woman from Pakistan who lives in the ultra muslim orthodox area of Bow and Mile End in London. I have lived in London for around ten years and this is my first experience of living in a majority muslim area as I lived in Clapham before. The problem I personally find with these radical talibanised muslims is that they don’t seem to approve of me going around on my cycle and not adhering to their code by covering myself up. I get all sorts of harassment by the “orthodox” muslim men even though I am not dressed like a prostitute but I might as well be one in their eyes as I am not covered up from head to toe. But for some reason I just have this feeling that even if I was dressed the way they think is right, they would still find a problem with me because I am a woman. The thing that makes me so angry is their confidence, this being England and not a muslim country, thank God!…”
Tags: Baseball, President Ahmadinejad, Stoning
In the U.S., during the start of the baseball seaosn each spring, the President comes to the stadium and throws out the first pitch. I wonder if they do this in Iran during the start of the stoning season, where President Ahmadinejad comes out and throws the first stone?
Tags: Illegal immigration
”…Regardless, local officials said they are required by federal and state laws to provide welfare to illegals – from court costs to health care – including a penis pump...” Here.
Note: A penis pump is a little implanted helper for men, in this case illegal alien men, whose erections are not strong enough, or not as strong as they would like, to fully enjoy sex.
Inception. For now never mind the storyline, I have to see this but I’m a bit jaded by poor CGI, i.e., CGI that doesn’t blend, the kind that ends up sticking out like a huge pothole on the Autobahn. Think of the cartoonish failure of CGI in, to use just a couple of eamples, I Am Legend, 2012, etc. For this kind of movie–sustained CGI action– the digital design must exactly mirror the visual reality of, in this case, the display of non dream reality. Sustained action CGI must be immaculate.
Related: Remember, CGI isn’t the only form of special effects– FXing it.
Tags: George Bush
Former president George W. Bush releasing new book: Decision Points. Can you believe it; a book from a guy who can’t read, write, or finish a sentence (and sometimes can’t even start a sentence). I wonder who gave him the crayons; or better yet, I wonder who actually wrote it? Hey, maybe it’s just a coloring book…
“When Laurie-Ellen Shumaker, 59, was laid off from her job as a lawyer for a shopping center in January of 2009, she assumed she would be hired again in no time. In addition to her impressive resume, which includes a degree from a top-tier law school and 23 years of legal experience, she has always been actively recruited for positions. But in the past year-and-a-half, Shumaker says she has applied to over a thousand jobs — everything from secretary to file clerk to daycare worker — and she has yet to be called for an interview…” Read rest of article here… Meanwhile, hordes of foreign workers, legal and illegal, insourced and outsourced, march in through the fake peraly gates of the GBR…
“When strangers met George Steinbrenner socially, maybe at a charity dinner or by chance at a restaurant, they would rave about what a nice guy he was, how pleasant and friendly he was, how he certainly was not the ogre they read about as the Yankees’ principal owner. And in a social setting with strangers, he was a nice guy, pleasant and friendly. But if you worked for Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80, in the three decades before his health deteriorated several years ago, as any Yankees employee of that era would confirm, you were an almost daily victim of his impatient bluster and bombast. He fired managers and public-relations directors and anybody who didn’t get his lunch order correct…” Here.
Update: Saw the memorial game. Fantastic (the game; not the memorial). Long live Nick Swisher.
“She was twenty or so, small and delicately put together, but she looked durable….She walked as if she were floating…Her eyes were almost slate-grey, and had almost no expression…She came over near me and smiled with her mouth and she had little sharp predatory teeth, as white as fresh orange pith and as shiny as porcelain…She put a thumb up and bit it…She bit it and sucked it slowly, turning it around in her mouth like a baby with a comforter…Then she turned her body slowly and lithely, without lifting her feet…’You’re cute,’ she giggled. ‘I’m cute too…” The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler).
Note: I have never read a novel I like more than Chandler’s masterpiece, and every once in awhile I like to quote from it (like some do the Bible).
OK the video tease isn’t that great but the book (Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History, by Mark Juddery) referenced here certainly looks pretty interesting.
The author’s blog on the subject.
Is baseball overrated? Now I love baseball but the author makes a case for its overratedness here.
Read the story here.
Note: Some of you may be surprised to know that FMCynic, a holder of a class-A black belt in atheism, has just converted to Islam (yes, because of this fatwa); I am presently looking for big breasted Saudi women to become their son…
“…While there was much that was disturbing about Raoul Moat, there was also something to recognise. Just like Derrick Bird, Moat seemed to embody the almost-nuclear frustration of the failed male. Ego-driven, soured, festooned with the trappings of cliched machismo (steroids, guns). And once they explode, that sense of quasi-cinema, as if everything that happens (hiding out, taunting police, blowing your own brains out) could double as a scene from a Bruce Willis action drama…” Here.
“…Research in the past few years has found that people develop a variety of psychological tools to manage what they express in social situations, and those techniques often become subconscious, affecting interactions in unintended ways. The better that people understand their own patterns, the more likely they are to see why some emotionally charged interactions go awry — whether from too little control or, in the president’s case, perhaps too much…Psychologists divide regulation strategies into two broad categories: pre-emptive, occurring before an emotion is fully felt; and responsive, coming afterward. The best known of the latter category, and one of the first learned, is simple suppression. First-graders will cover a smile with their hand when a classmate does something embarrassing; in time, many become far more adept, reflexively masking surprise, alarm, even rage with a poker face.” Here.
Will Barack Obama’s vision of NASA now include goat’s milk instead of Tang and the stoning of female astronauts? Turns out John Kennedy and Barack Obama weren’t and aren’t that much interested in space travel. While Kennedy, despite his “lifting” rhetoric on sending a man to the moon “before the decade is out”, really just saw the mission as a political coup, Barack envisions NASA as a multicultural plaything. Here. Please, bring back Kirk and Spock.
“…One evening, as the sun was setting, she was walking down a mostly desolate street not far from Dusit Thani hotel, and she was alone with that little camera. Soldiers were here and there, and I thought, ‘That’s a brave woman.’ She walked by and I never said hello. On another day, she walked by and I was talking with some journalist whose name I never got, and said that if she took off that helmet and body armor you might think she is just another pretty face, but she’s not just another pretty face, is she? The journalist said that he had once seen her at another time, and she was curled up on the ground, sleeping by a trash can, and he said she is a brave one indeed…” Read rest of this photographic dispatch here.
Tags: Lindsay Lohan
My god man they got Lindsay Lohan. Our court system really does work afterall. I mean there was all that getting away with criminal neglect from BP execs and all that criminal hijinks stuff from Goldman-Sachs and the other Wall Street mafia banks and all this corruption in government. But now we know the system works. Long live the great banana republic. Finally we have reached a state where people who deserve jailtime really do get it.
Note: hopefully the crack police forces in the case have enough tasers and club weights on hand to subdue this imp if, you know, if the bitch causes any securiy risks as she’s led away in those shackled ankles and wrists, in that bright orange jumpsuit to the prison van, surrounded by a SWAT team in full military style regalia. Why this is almost as dangerous a situation for the koppers as when, manifesting true courage, they rounded up that notoriously bad bawling Paris Hilton.
“The economy is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession,” said Robert Reich, former US labour secretary. “All the booster rockets for getting us beyond it are failing.”
“…Let us be honest. The US is still trapped in depression a full 18 months into zero interest rates, quantitative easing (QE), and fiscal stimulus that has pushed the budget deficit above 10pc of GDP. The share of the US working-age population with jobs in June actually fell from 58.7pc to 58.5pc. This is the real stress indicator. The ratio was 63pc three years ago. Eight million jobs have been lost. The average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks. Nothing like this has been seen before in the post-war era. Jeff Weninger, of Harris Private Bank, said this compares with a peak of 21.2 weeks in the Volcker recession of the early 1980s. ‘Legions of individuals have been left with stale skills, and little prospect of finding meaningful work, and benefits that are being exhausted. By our math the crop of people who are unemployed but not receiving a check amounts to 9.2m.’ ” Here.
Some corresponding references:
U.S. regional defaults rising faster than a litter box full of cat feces (and speaking of cat feces, something completely unrelated to the economy: Then she picked up a cat litter box and attacked).
“…Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately…” Here.
Related: NASA’s new grand mission:Not the moon, not Mars but to explore where no sane man has gone before: establishing better relations with–the ninth century! Time travel? Huh? Here.
Related: Should Islam be banned in the U.S? Here is a good case for this legal move. What is my personal view on this? I support treating all religions like we do the Mafia; churches, mosques and synagogues should be considered criminal sanctuaries (what we might call safe houses).
Tags: Corporatism, Free enterprise
” …Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’, published in the same year (1776) as the U.S. Declaration of Independence, expounded on the advantages of a free market economic system, while at the same time warning of the dangers of corporations. That seems ironic on the surface, since today’s right wingers constantly push their own version of the “free market”, while using Smith as their authority. But in reality, Smith was deeply antagonistic towards any view of so-called “free market” principles that favored corporations – the very opposite of the stance advocated by today’s right-wing movement. This is what Smith had to say about the effect of corporate power on free markets”: It is to prevent this reduction of price, and consequently of… profit, by restraining that free competition which would most certainly occasion it, that all corporations, and the greater part of corporation laws, have been established… This prerogative of the crown seems to have been reserved rather for extorting money from the subject, than for the defense of the common liberty against such oppressive monopolies. Here.
Info Wars has listed Fifty random facts that make you wonder what in the world has happened to America. Here’s sampling (and remember these are only fifty).
#46) Corexit 9500 is so incredibly toxic that the UK’s Marine Management Organization has completely banned it, so if there was a major oil spill in the North Sea, BP would not be able to use it. And yet BP has dumped over a million gallons of dispersants such as Corexit 9500 into the Gulf of Mexico.
#45) For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
#44) It has come out that one employee used a Federal Emergency Management Agency credit card to buy $4,318 in “Happy Birthday” gift cards. Two other FEMA officials charged the cost of 360 golf umbrellas ($9,000) to the taxpayers.
#43) Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo received $389,000 from the U.S. government to pay 100 residents of Buffalo $45 each to record how much malt liquor they drink and how much pot they smoke each day.
#42) The average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen to an all-time high.
Note: This could also be titled 50 random facts no one celebrates on July 4th. The banana republic gets more rotten every day.