Terror From the Deep

So a cursed fisherman hauled in this monstrosity while fishing  off the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin:

So the obvious question is: What the fuck is that thing!?

According to Discovery News, it’s likely a basket star, an invertebrate related to a starfish. Basket stars start out with five arms, from which smaller appendages sprout over over time. The creatures can re-grow their limbs which have small sharp hooks on them to capture prey — if someone or something breaks them off.

Not that I’m going anywhere near that thing.

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Caturday Post

Sherman’s first day at his new home.

 

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Shepard Smith Wins Ebola Coverage Forever

On Wednesday, Shepard Smith stepped up to the plate and by virtue of a calm and authoritative demeanor, took a punishing swing at the panic-stricken response by the mainstream media to the Ebola situation. He provided the facts on the virus as they now stand, free of irresponsible hype and implored everyone watching and listening to ignore the alarmists and react to these latest developments logically and reasonably.

It’s lamentable to have to say that what Shep said and did was extraordinary, but it is. Every news organization and journalist should be delivering the facts on Ebola in this way and yet very few have been. Shep’s own colleagues at Fox News are guilty of some of the most irresponsible and cynical panic-incitement we’ve seen over the past two weeks regarding Ebola. Maybe this is why, when Shep wrapped up this segment, he called out the media specifically, saying about that Ebola alarmism, “It’s not worth ratings and it’s not worth politics and we need to stop it.” We. His own network included.

Credit where credit is due: Bravo Shep.

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NFL Picks: Week 7

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Last Week: 11-4 (.733)

Season Total: 61-30 (.670)

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Duck Dynasty Warriors

Zach Dasher, the nephew of “Duck Dynasty” star and American Taliban chief Phil Robertson, is running for Congress and he’s pledging to stand up for your Second Amendment rights because you never know when we might have to overthrow the government (witch again, he’s actively campaigning to be a part of).

“You take away a person’s right to defend themselves, then guess what, you can do whatever you want to them.”

“It’s important to recognize that the Second Amendment is not just the right to bear arms so we can go duck hunting or deer hunting or shoot skeet. This is a right to defend yourself, and not just against criminals but against a tyrannical government as well.”

It’s confusing to me why someone who believes in the fantasy of armed rebellion is even running for government office, but I suppose it’s no more confusing than running for office on a platform that says government is the source of all our problems.

The idea of overthrowing the government with arms really hasn’t been a plausible reality since at least the 1860s and it likely never will be again. It’s aslo not clear what Dasher and others like him are referring to when they claim that government can do ‘whatever it wants to’ if they aren’t able to defend themselves. What exactly do they believe the government will do that it can’t already?

It’s also not clear what the threshold is. At what point does armed rebellion become necessary?

When same-sex marriage arrives in Louisiana, will that be the last straw? If a Democratic woman is elected president, will that be the final insult? I ask because those are the only scenarios I can imagine that have any chance of happening in the near future that Republicans such as Dasher would view negatively. What else do they envision?

Talk of armed rebellion against the US government is masturbatory confederate fan-fiction and Civil War reenactment is the closest anyone who speaks of it will ever come to the real thing.

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