The GOP is now seeking the advice of a druggie

Remember when a certain computer expert lost his mind and did weird things in Central America? This is what Fox News reported at the time:

John McAfee, the estranged founder of the antivirus firm that bears his name, is wanted by the Belize police in connection with a murder, FoxNews.com has confirmed.

McAfee, whose very name is synonymous with security, is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, a well-liked builder from Florida who was shot Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye, according to a series of exposes on tech blog Gizmodo. Vienne Robinson, assistant superintendent of the San Pedro police department in Belize, told FoxNews.com that police are actively searching for McAfee. …

McAfee’s life has turned in recent years from cybersecurity to drugs, guns, prostitution and violence, explained Jeff Wise, a freelance reporter who broke the story for Gizmodo. “He will tell you he moved to Belize for the good life, for the country, to rescue the Belizean people from poverty,” Wise told FoxNews.com. In reality, McAfee became embroiled in bath salts and the quest for the ultimate high, he said.

Wise visited McAfee in the Western Caribbean nation twice, once in 2010 and again this past April.

“It really scared the hell out of me,” Wise said. He wasn’t alone. A woman who went to visit McAfee to co-develop an herbal medicine ended up running from the country in terror, “fleeing for her life,” Wise said.

Although a one-time drug user, the computer expert had cleaned up his act. …

“Mcafee had been a hard-core drug addict in his 30s and 40s. He had a heart attack right around the time he sold his company for $100 million,” Wise told FoxNews.com. He moved to Belize and apparently pursued several lines of business, from creating a new form of herbal medicine to helping save the country from poverty.

He also became deeply involved with bath salts, Wise said, a dangerous drug notorious for its psychotic effects.

“Around the time his herbal drug plan collapsed, he started to get really heavily into this kind of synthetic, hallucinogenic hyper-aphrodisiac,” Wise told FoxNews.com. “Everyone was scared of McAfee. He was walking around the beach carrying a gun.”

I wonder what McAfee is up to today?

The House committee responsible for Obamacare oversight asked for expert guidance last week about the troubled launch of the federal Healthcare.gov site from John McAfee, the tech legend once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Central America, CNBC has learned.

That Republican-controlled committee wanted the McAfee Associates founder to “guide our oversight and review of” the implementation of the federal marketplace selling Obamacare insurance, according to an email obtained by CNBC.com.

The committee suggested that McAfee might discuss the technologically botched rollout with members of Congress.

Now, there are major problems with the online insurance website. And it’s inexcusable that it was rolled out with so many bugs. It’s a major screw up by the Obama administration, and somebody should be fired for such shoddy work.

But, for God’s sake, why is the GOP seeking the advice of a crazy person on how to fix the problem …

Oh, right. Republicans don’t want the problem fixed. They’ll take the advice of a nutcase to make sure it never works.

And yes, I quoted Fox News (which I go out of my way not to do) at the start of this item. Because I want to see how Fox puts the lipstick on this pig and says what a smart move it is now that the Republicans have added McAfee to the mix of their recent bizarre behavior.

 

I feel faint, Mr. President!

You’ve all heard about this fainting episode at the White House yesterday:

Karmel Allison could feel the sun beating down on her. She is pregnant, and she was worried about having to use the restroom while she was standing behind President Barack Obama during his speech Monday morning on the Affordable Care Act. So she didn’t drink much water before the speech.

But suddenly, she felt dehydrated. She began seeing stars. And next thing she knew…

“I was being caught by the President of the United States,” she said in a phone interview with Business Insider Monday afternoon.

In this instance, the woman is pregnant and diabetic. She was so worried about having to go to the bathroom that she dehydrated herself and almost passed out. (Actually, she was pretty out of it for a long time if you saw the whole video.) Probably shouldn’t have been standing around to begin with in her condition, but you can’t fault her for wanting the opportunity to meet the president.

It appears that President Obama has had lots of experience with fainting people.

Not to mention this from New Hampshire:

This happens all the time:

I wonder what the right-wing crazies make of all this?

Nevertheless, right-wing conspiracy theorists were quick to claim that the incident was staged. YouTube videos of the speech are full of criticisms of President Obama, with almost every single comment showing some variation of, “This was staged!”

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ website Infowars similarly went into a frenzy attempting to find evidence that the “Fainting Woman” incident was staged. One user claimed, “He used to fake these fainters and ask somebody to get them water. O has staged these fainters several times in the past.” Others pointed out that she was “looking toward the teleprompter” and that the people around her seem to be “in on it.” The phrase “I gotcha,” was said by several to be a manipulative line thrown to the American people to make them feel good about the Affordable Care Act.

Almost no one acknowledged that Karmel Allison was actually ill. Those who did unanimously decided that she was obviously drunk or high (because everyone knows, of course, that sick people always deserve it and somehow did it to themselves). These complaints included the accusation that Ms. Allison “may be one of Obama’s transgender o-bots.” (I’m not even going to try to figure out what that means.)

 

 

The crazy people in Congress

One thing you might not have noticed last week on the night the Democrats in Congress saved the country from going into default was this:

Amid all the chaos of the last-minute deal in Washington, there was an unusual moment on the House floor moments after the bill passed.

A House stenographer and well-known employee calmly took to a microphone and began screaming.
“Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand,” she said, according to a House GOP aide. After a few seconds, she was escorted out by the Sergeant-at-Arms, but an audio recording by Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International captured the rest of her rant.

“He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don’t touch me) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. it would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

House members and aides were surprised and unsettled by the scene.

“I don’t know, she just snapped,” said a GOP aide.

She was dragged away. But we all know if she had been a Republican elected from a Tea Party district, she’d still be speaking.

She wasn’t the only crazy person there. The vote to end the government shutdown and prevent a default was 285 to 144.

Voting yes  to end the shutdown and prevent a default were 198 Democrats and 87 Republicans.

Voting no were 0 Democrats and 144 Republicans.

A vast majority of Republicans voted to keep the government closed and to default on America’s debt. A default would have had a catastrophic impact on the world economy and America’s economic security. We would have faced a market collapse leading to an economic recession and higher unemployment. That’s what the GOP wanted.

But only one crazy person was escorted from the House floor.

‘Dancing the Dream’ at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington is currently hosting an exhibit called “Dancing the Dream,” which explores the relationship between the art of dance and the evolution of a modern American identity.

And since evolution is involved, it has to include this:

That Jimmy Fallon/Michelle Obama bit shows up as a QR code in one of the exhibit rooms, but there are posters, photos, paintings and videos of legendary dancers from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Dance forms range from ballet to ballroom and modern dance to video choreography. There are video clips from “West Side Story” and “The Firebird” ballet.

The clips include the last part of this Nicholas Brothers dance routine from the 1943 movie “Stormy Weather“:

You should have heard the groans (of admiration and the idea of torn hamstrings) as this clip played in the gallery. When you see the Nicholas Brothers in action, the dancing in “Saturday Night Fever” or “Michael Jackson’s Thriller” (which are also on display) seem as challenging as “Mom Dancing.”

(And by the way: Thank goodness the government shutdown is over. This exhibit was closed because of it.)

Caffeine madness

Anything interesting happen at your coffee shop recently?

(Of course, I’m going to see “Carrie.”)

 

Sandra Bullock’s delight

If you’ve seen the movie “Gravity,” you probably walked out at the end saying, “Well, that’s Sandra Bullock’s second Oscar.”

What you don’t know is that Sandra Bullock can (in the kids’ vernacular) throw down the beats. Here she is on a British chat show bringing back a rap classic:

And while we’re at it on movie stars’ doubling as rappers, here’s Anna Kendrick, from “Pitch Perfect,” with Dr. Dre‘s “No Diggity“:

A week’s worth of food: A life and death matter

Photographer Peter Menzel went around the world and visited households to see what a week’s worth of food looked like for the average family. Let’s start here in America.

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Now, using that as a baseline, here’s a week in Italy.

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I don’t think its going out on a limb to say the American diet really sucks. Tons of packaged and processed food. I feel my cholesterol levels rising and my blood pressure rocketing just looking at a U.S. table that’s accentuated by Burger King, Dominos and McDonalds. When I came back to the states after seven years in Europe, the overwhelming portions of fat and grease at the average restaurant literally made me sick. As in throwing up in the toilet sick. The only thing I can handle at a McDonalds these days is the Happy Meal: a cheeseburger, a half portion of fries, a small drink and a small package of apple slices. Can’t forget the toy.

And I’m not surprised when I look up the life expectancy for the two countries. Turns out Italy ranks 10th in the world at 81.95 years, according to the Web site geoba.se.

The United States comes in at No. 53, with an expectancy of 78.62.

Before we go, let’s take a look at a week’s worth of food in one more country: Chad.

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I figure the life expectancy here is going to be pretty bad, and geoba.se confirms that. Life expectancy in Chad is 49.07 years. Dead last at No. 228 on the planet. If I lived in Chad, I would have been dead for the past nine years.

The contrast between the three countries, and what we put in our mouths, should give Americans pause. The U.S. is the richest country in the world, and we’re dying because we eat crap. Chad is the poorest country in the world, and its citizens are dying because they’re starving. This is shameful.

For more photos from around the world, go to this link at Nutrition News. For the life expectancy figures, check out this link at geoba.se.

 

The deficit and the Grand Bargain scam

When the powers that be say the federal deficit is the most important economic issue of our time, keep this in mind: