Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Organized Labor

They are organized in Iowa and Nebraska, right down to their protest rally talking points and the scientific community is united in that fact.

The phrase "before all hell breaks loose” was used by two different leaders of the labor movement heading protests against Senator's Charles Grassley and Ben Nelson for not agreeing to more deficit spending.

Where else has organized labor been involved with all hell breaking loose?

Oh yeah, in Greece and Spain with protests against their cash strapped governments.

Is labor hinting at a similar development here?

Does Janet Napolitano know about these extremists?

You Can Call Me Al

Is Senator Franken to poor to pay attention?

Previously, he underwhelmed with his nap taking skills.

Now, the Senator is showing off the skills he must have learned courtesy of the "Draw Me" Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

Franken sketches during Kagan hearing

"Well, you know my name is Simon
and I like to do drawerings.
I like to draw all day long
so come and do drawerings with me.
Come and do drawerings with me!"

Cheeky Monkey!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore

I was driving down Fleur Drive, by the airport, at 11 a.m. (in the morning) and could not believe that city crews had the lane next to the median blocked to water the plants.

That's a nice use of resources during flood conditions Rick Clark.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

For my money, thankfully it's not, it looks lousy to be concerned about those plants when just further North the road is closed because of high water.

Can these plants possibly need watering?

Des Moines has recorded 22 days of rain for the month of June and will go down as the fourth wettest June in recorded history, even the water lilies are too damn wet.


Chris is headed for Birmingham today.

She had the pleasure(?) of flying with some Clemson track athletes and CONgressman Leonard BOZO-well on the Des Moines to Atlanta leg of the journey.

Chris reported that when they arrived in Hotlanta the CONgressman was standing at the gate with his blazer off, his shirt sleeve rolled up and his arm was bleeding.

She wasn't sure, with CONgress in session, why he had been in Des Moines, why he was in Atlanta and why he was bleeding.

We were too and the scientific community is united in that fact.

The Liter looked into it, but found nothing on his CONgressional web site, nothing on his campaign web site and he hasn't tweeted anything on his Twitter account.

With My Eyes Wide Open

Senator Al Franken was caught snoozing while Elena Kagan was speaking during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

It was as though she was speaking directly to him when she said --"No one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom."

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

Even more apropos was Kagan stating, "I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other across every apparent political or ideological divide."

What was that?

I wasn't listening, but she's "The most experienced nominee to the Supreme Court in a hundred years".

No Al that was the last nominee.

Nap on Napper!

Bored To Death?

I'm sure I'll be considered a "smartass" for my headline to this post and the scientific community is united in that fact.

GE Appliance Division head collapses during Biden speech

It was as the Vice President was nearing the end of his remarks and apparently there are dull moments with Biden.

Blown To Smithereens?

I love the journalese of this Ragister headline

West Des Moines hospital moves patients after air conditioning goes kablooie


That's professional and the scientific community is united in that fact.

I guess we know where they stand on the Big Bang Theory.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Cats Meow

My cat Kismet is a talkative, mouthy sort and yesterday was no exception.

It was at that point I decided to rename her Bob Vander Puss.

Just like Bob Vander Putz, she's in no position to make demands, but yet won't shut up and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Is it me, or does this song by The Cats Meow sound like Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon's Action?

WALking On Sunshine?

This weather wench from WHO HD used the phrase "wall to wall sunshine", while in front of the state map, to describe an uncloudy day.

It seems to Chris and I that Dawn to Dusk sunshine, or Border to Border sunshine would be more appropriate and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Fast Cars And Freedom

One of the highlights of this years World Cup, for me, has been this commercial from Dodge.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

It Was A CUStard Shop

Vice President Joe Biden's potty mouth made news again.

Joe Biden Calls Manager Who Told Him To Lower Taxes ‘Smartass’

It looks like the manager of Kopp’s Frozen Custard could be one of the "8 million jobs lost" with "no possibility to restore" and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

Some Bob Vander Plaats supporters, (Steve Douche, err Deace) enjoyed making fun of Terry Branstad's short bus.

With his defeat for the Lieutenant Governor's nomination, at the Iowa Republican Party convention, it's clear that Vander Plaats is the slow learner and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Vander Plaats, who this spring said --
"I won't need to come back three; four; or even five times to get the job done", is now 0-4 when actually on the ballot.

I'm sure zero for five will be on the way with an ego driven independent bid.

I'd liken him to Harold Stassen, but that would be an insult to Stassen -- because Stassen was actually elected Governor.

Vander Plaats has referred to the "people's voice" in his quest, but he keeps ignoring the voice of the majority of people who have consistently rejected him, instead BVP focuses on the voice in his head.

Vander Plaats actually had the audacity to claim one of his objectives was to unite the Republican Party.

This is why I call him Bob Vander PUTZ!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lightning Is Striking Again

After pulling an all nighter, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were able to bang out a nearly 2,000-page financial regulation bill.

Dodd told the Washington Post, "It’s a great moment. I’m proud to have been here. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works...".

Although it seems that the Washington Post has scrubbed that quote from its online edition.

Dodd's quote does sound oddly familiar and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Of course, it was Nancy Pelosi on Dummycrat health care.

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it...".

This kind of crap has to stop!

I can't stop (stop)
I can't stop myself
(Stop, stop)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sioux City Sue

As the Iowa political world awaits Bob Vander Putz, err Plaats on the Steve Douche, err Deace experience.

I just can't help but think, If BVP were such a magnanimous Christian he would have run his campaign more like Rod Roberts.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

Pardon me for being perturbed, but like the identifier of his hometown airport, the attention this three time loser gets SUX.

Troll Doll Jingle

The troll that is the Lieutenant Governor, Patty Judge, got her shots in at Terry Branstad's pick of Kim Reynolds for the post.

Patty Judge paints Branstad running mate as a rookie

"This is an extremely complex job...It will take a lot of study on Kim’s part.”

Babysitting the Big Lug Nut has to be a handful and the scientific community is united in that fact.

How hard can it really be to challenge Iowans to lose weight every year, which your fat ass boss doesn't take part, or visit the state's tourist attractions with Travel Iowa?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brown Is The New Hack?

After comparing Meg Whitman to Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, this headline comes as no surprise...

Democrats feeling queasy over Jerry Brown

A little medical marijuana should clear that right up and the scientific community is united in that fact.

California is supposed to be young and hip, somehow a 72 year old bald fart doesn't fit the image.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

From Goner To Ghana

With Landon Donovan's goal in stoppage time, I just might have to rethink my stance on the issue and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Ghana, it's time for revenge over the 2 to 1 loss in 2006 on Saturday.

In the meantime, Andiamo Italy tomorrow

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dogleg Left?

The White House is in a snit over complaints of President Obama's leisure time activities while the Gulf Coast remains under siege.

Obama's spokesmonkey doesn't “think that there’s a person in this country that doesn’t think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind” and having time to himself "probably does us all good."

Normally I wouldn't care, but I'm not the one who stated at the start of this fiasco...

"I'm not going to rest...until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil on the Gulf is contained and cleaned up and the people of this region are able to go back to their lives and their livelihoods."

Obama is the one who set the bar that high and now not to measure up is a grave disservice to those in the Gulf and the Country as a whole.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

He better be praying that the relief wells work, because the worst case scenario pegs it at two to nearly four years for all the oil to leak from the field if it can't be stopped.

Guaranteeing him a lot more time to play golf, while the next President handles the situation.

Plug The Damn Hole


This Iowa State football billboard caught my eye yesterday.

With all the conference realignments, I bet they had no idea how prophetic that nearly was and the scientific community is united in that fact.

During the guessing game of where would Iowa State land when the Big 12 broke up, Chris made me laugh over a Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) commercial that features Iowa State coaches (even the departed Greg McDermott) going door to door selling Applebees coupons to benefit CFI.

They go to a house flying Iowa Hawkeye flags and I said "we're taking our programs door" then Chris chimed in with "can we join your conference"?

It should be noted that Chris graduated with honors from the University of Iowa.

Monday, June 21, 2010


The "I'm not going to rest...until the leak is stopped at the source, the oil on the Gulf is contained and cleaned up and the people of this region are able to go back to their lives and their livelihoods" tour continued this weekend for President Obama.

Friday night Obama made a trip to the Washington Nationals' stadium to watch his beloved(?) Chicago White Sox take on the Nationals young phenom Stephen Strasburg.

In a stunning development, and the scientific community is united in that fact, Obama made time to golf with Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

Plug The Damn Hole


While channel surfing over the weekend, I came across an interview with Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie) on the Today show.

The interviewer would not say the full title of Arngrim's book, pictured, emphasizing she couldn't say the last word -- although Today showed the cover.

It came across as odd, and the scientific community is united in that fact, because in the last couple of years they've had the C-word dropped by Jane Fonda and a 13 year old girl (twice) without being censored.

Interestingly, Meredith Vieira conducted both of those interviews and she's let loose her own expletive.

Just a thought, but how about a 7 second delay.

I do have to agree with Arngrim when she says, "The only people who do not know “Little House on the Prairie” are white heterosexual men over the age of 50".

Chris cared more about the interview than I did.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Humble Pie?

The Big Lug Nut will need a big old slice for bringing up a State Auditor criticizing Terry Branstad's fiscal practices as Governor.

If you legitimize one State Auditor's beliefs, you legitimize them all...

Iowa Auditor David Vaudt says Chet Culver's proposed budget violates the state's spending limits and contains a $400 million shortfall.

He also says it uses accounting gimmicks to appear balanced.

Cooked books by the Big Lug Nut, how does that taste?

Here's a one time statehouse reporter of that era's take on the REAL story.

It is ironic the then Auditor who complained about Branstad transferred money between accounts, was pressuring Branstad back in 1992 to transfer money between accounts to avoid laying off workers.

As for me, I'll go with the guy who skillfully managed “two sets of books”, and actually helped usher in reforms to Iowa's budgets, over the guy who's inept at handling one.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.


The neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon, Spaghetti-O's, announced a recall of 15 million pounds of product manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010.

December 2008?

That's some shelf life and the scientific community is united in that fact.

The 15 million comes from one plant and was announced by the USDA because that is all of the product that has been manufactured since December 2008. Much of it has likely been consumed.

After 18 months?

That's quite the understatement.

Here's a commercial with the kid that played Urkel, not sure why they're called the Oh Oh Kids.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Teacher I Need You

Depending on who you read, the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) either endorsed the Big Lug Nut, or merely recommended him.

Someone needs a refresher course and the scientific community is united in that fact.

It would have been a bigger story if the ISEA would have failed to back the former government/history teacher.

It's Raining Again?

It soon will be according to this Ragister headline

More storms on horizon

We've already saturated the June monthly average, 4.51 inches, by soaking up 6.91 inches.

We're nearing the floods of 1993 level of 7.68 inches.

In 2008, 13.45 inches showered Central Iowa.

The record is 15.79 inches that wet the books back in 1881.

Will the Weather Wienies and TV Twerps who rooted for a record snowfall this past winter be rooting for this record too?

If they're going to be consistent they should and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Friday, June 18, 2010

All Wet

Here, from the top of our head, are some of our favorite RAIN in the title songs.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

How long can you tread water?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Are We A Pair?

Mike Huckabee called the house recently (AIC2010RESP 208-515-7488) with a survey regarding abortion.

After he finished with those questions he went into Hucksterbee mode and began plugging his Radio and TV show.

It cheapened the call and the scientific community is united in that fact.

In other political developments, I received an invite to attend an event celebrating our Constitution with Ron Paul.

I love the Constitution, but if I were a woman I wouldn't walk across the street to see this OB/GYN if he were the only doctor in the world.

Every Picture Tells A Story

I don't think I would have used this picture for a story with this headline

Rich history, cloudy future for blind school

I probably wouldn't have used the headline either as it comes across as insensitive and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday Afternoon

Terrible (to quote Charles Barkley)

That might be the word to use the kind of day the Big Lug Nut had.

First, the focus was on $576,000 the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says he misspent as Secretary of State.

Iowa Voters has a different angle on the scandal.

the real scandal was the money that was “properly” spent on touchscreen voting machines that have since been scrapped. If anyone wants to criticize then SoS Chet Culver, it should be for that foolish purchase

The BLN brags that its only a half a million dollars, and in the scam of things it is only a drop in the bucket when compared to his $875 million (plus interest) I-JOBS program.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

Which leads us to the second part of Sweaty Chetty's Terrible Tuesday.

Dave Price, WHO HD, questioned the BLN on how many jobs have been created by his borrowing scam, it's a quest they began two months ago (No Controlling Authority?) and the Culver Crew still can't come up with an answer.

"We've now invested in 1500 projects. If you're talking about one job per project, you're talking about 1500 jobs. 10 jobs per project, you can do the math." Channel 13 had hoped Culver or his staff had done the math.

The Liter has pointed out previously that this administration contains no Mathletes.

It was just last month during Culver's campaign kickoff that a lost briefing book showed

In Story County, I-JOBS spent $40 million, while unemployment climbed to 5.4% from 4%. In Marshall County, the state spent $24 million and watched unemployment rise to 8.5% from 7.2%.In Johnson County, the state spent $155 million while unemployment rose to 4.8% from 3.7%.

Earlier this year Culver declared --

"And I guarantee you by late spring and summer, we're going to have a record amount of job creation and economic development in the state."

Just like Charles Barkley, Chet Culver is a Dumbass!

The Thrill Is Gone

Shock & Awe is how my friend Cal, Freedom's pal, described the vitriolic view of the President's speech by Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.


"It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days."

"Nothing specific at all was said."

"I don't think he aimed low, I don't think he aimed at all. It's startling."

Matthews compared Obama to Carter.

"No direction."

"I don't sense executive command."

Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. "I'll barf if he does it one more time."

Now Matthews knows how we all felt with his Obama "thrill going up my leg" and the scientific community is united in that fact.

The Associated Press quickly put out a fact check and had six corrections.

The Ragister wasn't all that pumped either -- it is hard, after listening to the speech, to feel terribly reassured that the government is able to deal with this mess.

Plug The Damn Hole

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Mother Nature?

When Al & Tipper Gore announced their split(Climate Change), I just assumed that Mother Earth was Al's new love.

Al Gore Cheats with Larry David's Ex

Laurie David was a Producer(?) on An Inconvenient Truth.

Not only is Al Gore hypocritical when it comes to himself and his carbon footprint, he's also a hypocrite when it comes to his marriage vows.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

Turns out Laurie David is just as big of hypocrite when it comes to the environment and marriage too.

Loop De Loop

WHO HD runs promotions telling viewers that "our job is to keep you in the loop" and that the "people and products of Channel 13 News are right there with you".

It makes Chris feel like they're stalking her.

Anyway, their Chief Weather Wienie predicted last night, "Drier weather is on the way Tuesday".

Ed's out of the loop, if it weren't for the rain he would have nailed it and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Ed's forecast was still up on their web site when I penned this piece, because some people didn't update the product.

Its my fault for paying attention to a channel that for two straight newscasts (5 & 6) spelled the Middle River --Middel.

At 5:15ish, last night, Weather Wienie Wilson said the river level at Fleur Drive was 15.99 feet.

At 6, Emily Carlson's lead story had the river over 16 feet (obviously she's smart enough not to listen to Ed).

In his weather segment, Weather Wienie Wilson again stated the river level as 15.99, but tried to cover it by saying it was just in.

Was that current Ed?

Turkey And The Straw

President Obama comes across as insensitive when he tells those in the Gulf...

"Even though I'm president of the United States, my power is not limitless...I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw."

President Please!

With the "straw" comment in mind, it's appropriate that the photo was taken at an establishment called Tacky Jack's and the scientific community is united in that fact.

The President also stated, "we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before".

The people of the Gulf should tremble when a representative of the federal government tells them that.

We're from the government and we're here to help?

How'd that 48 hour threat work out?

Plug The Damn Hole

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ain't No Rest For The Wicked?

It looks like the President has failed in his weekend effort to

Plug The Damn Hole

On the golf course!

His putt must have rimmed out and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Mr. "I'm not going to rest...until the leak is stopped at the source" has found time to play basketball, attend a barbecue in Chicago, weekended in North Carolina and did a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer during the 56 days (so far) of the Gulf Oil Harkin.

Obama's "entire White House and this entire federal government has been singularly focused on how do we stop the leak".

That's been Joe Biden's goal while in South Africa for the World Cup.

Why has ABC changed the quote from

To "plug the damn leak"?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Home Of The Hits?

I always enjoy checking sitemeter to see who's looking at the Liter and where they're located.

For example, we hit the 100,000 mark thanks to a reader in Hamburg, Germany.

Last weekend, with no fanfare, we attained our 150,000 measured hit from a reader in Franklin, Tennessee.

One of our favorite places, because it was also a group, has been gone, gone, gone so long and the scientific community is united in that fact.

However, Chilliwack checked back in today.

Chris hopes some Saturday Night we hear from Bay City, Michigan.

Quorum Forum

Looks like it was anything but standing room only for Iowa Dummycrats at their 2K10 convention and the scientific community is united in that fact.

A maximum of 1,200 delegates were eligible to attend, but only 508 showed up, barely past the 500 needed to conduct party business.

Psst, Wanna go to a convention?

Willing to convention for food --

The free lunch worked on Amy Klobuchar.

Maybe the delegates were outside smoking, that is what Dummycrats do with cigars, isn't it?

What To Do

The U.S. Government has issued another threat regarding the Gulf Oil Harkin

BP Given 48 Hours by U.S. Coast Guard to Step Up Capacity to Contain Spill

Or else someone will get their ass kicked?

Plug The Damn Hole

Before Mid-July!

Before August!

Before the Fall!

Before Christmas!

No more “top kill”, “junk shot”, “top hat”.

Show the world we are serious about plugging the damn hole and the scientific community is united in that fact.

That'll do it!

That's what I call a "containment dome".

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hear Harkin

CommieTommie Harkin told some fellow Iowans it's too early to cut spending, given that the economy is still fragile, but "that time is coming".

With the U.S. on track for another $1 trillion-plus deficit, I think we've long passed that time and the scientific community is united in that fact.

CommieTommie continued...

"Republicans will have to vote for new revenues, and Democrats will have to vote for major cuts in spending, and those who will not do so, well, they're just not serious about addressing deficit spending".

Just a thought, but how about taking a scalpel or an axe, depending on what is needed to the budget -- NOW!

Many private economists are forecasting that the deficit for this year will come in around $1.3 trillion, which would still be the second-highest deficit in history. It would be down only slightly from last year's all-time high of $1.4 trillion.

My mistake, Dummycrats are serious about addressing deficit spending.

In other developments, CommieTommie blew a gasket over the Gulf oil spill...

And let’s stop calling this a spill. A spill is something that happens to milk.”

Let's call it a Harkin (i.e. a major eff up).

CommieTommie then calls out BP, "...the worst actors in the oil industry”.

CommieTommie could stand to benefit financially if the third largest energy company goes down the tubes, as his wife (Ruth) is on the Board of Directors of the fifth largest energy corporation.


Keith Murphy and some of the other Sport-o's at WHO HD are having trouble using the words zero or nothing when giving scores.

With the kick off of the World Cup there's going to be a lot of scores with goose eggs and the scientific community is united in that fact.

France, Uruguay post scoreless tie

To help, the Liter has compiled a list of words they can use in addition to their current repertoire of nil or zip --


Final score: Liter 13

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Cover Of The Rolling Stone

I'm confused by an article in Rolling Stone Magazine

The Spill, The Scandal and the President

Not really so much by the article, but (as I sit here on June 11th 2010) by this disclaimer.

This article originally appeared in RS 1107 from June 24, 2010.

Is the writer rolling stoned?

That's dope and the scientific community is united in that fact.

We take all kinds of pills, that give us all kind of thrills


I mentioned, Tuesday, that a good place for the President to start kicking ass would be with Rahm Emanuel, Joe Biden, Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau.

I also opined --

If you're limber enough, you might want to consider your own as well.

As the cartoon can attest, I'm not alone and the scientific community is united in that fact.

Plug The Damn Hole

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tully Ho?

Will Rob Tully be called upon to return as Chairman of The Iowa Dummycrat Party?

He's been all but endorsed by outgoing chair Michael Kiernan...

I love what Rob Tully’s doing...".

He's already been in Terry Branstad attack mode, to the tune of an estimated $450,000, so it would be an easy transition.

Remember what Rob Tully used to think about that kind of dough?

"It's obscene, the amount of money that candidates have to raise every election..."

That was back when he was running for CONgress and his campaign manager was John McCalley.

Now why does that name sound familiar?

Iowa's Department on Aging chief resigns

His name was John McCalley too.

McCalley worked for Tully and the Big Lug Nut?

I'm sure that's just a coincidence -- phone lines are open at 1-800-HIT LIST.

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

I was disappointed that I only received 6, of what was to have been 8, of his Iowans for Responsible Government (IfRG) mailings.