Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We've been to the Liberty Science Center (#4) at least!
Friday, December 26, 2008
This is also known as the "Why Can't You Take a Joke" defense. Very 1993.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Given the state of the economy, there are many people who would be pleased to be making $40K/year without dependents or real health care costs.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I hope I'm not coming across as jealous (I'm really not). The gap between the super rich and poor (or even the moderate) is most accutely felt when normal people are really struggling to stay afloat.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here are some arguments to help in fighting the good fight.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
At first glance I think I agree with Josh Marshall that this was more of a bad business decision (or, a series of bad management moves combined with an unsustainable expectation of high profit margins) rather than a change in how newspapers are used socially and politically here in the US.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I suppose the feds might be taking notes on this. I would have hoped that the merger between Harcourt and Houghton Mifflin would have raised the same red flags that Cengage's acquisition of Houghton Mifflin's College Division did.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they're going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses," Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-New York, told the chief executive officers of Ford, Chrysler and General Motors at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee.
Let them fail, if that's what it takes.
-Truck drivers can stay on the road longer
-EPA doesn't have to regulate a rocket fuel contaminant in drinking water
-even more expansion of domestic surveillance
-the opening up of more parkland for oil leases (without the benefit of Park Service comment)
More here and here.
The Bush Administration long ago became that which it criticized. And it is going out the same way.
Politico asks if the rules are reversible (the answer: Maybe, but some might be hard to do).
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
30 Brilliantly Timed Sports Photos
Top 10 Least Densely Populated Nations
10 People Made Famous By Their Deaths
You're welcome. See you next week.
It would be one thing if there was a fledgling gay rights political organization that Andrew (and other HRC critics) are urging people to start getting behind. But that's not happening. So Andrew is essentially proposing a leadership vacuum in the hopes that from this vacuum an effective leadership will emerge (an argument that he is also proposing for the conservative movement in general, I should point out).
So my suggestion to Andrew is to help put into place the mechanism for a new political leadership first. Maybe that means a new organization entirely, or taking one already in place and promoting the hell out of it as the new leadership of these important civil rights. I realize that, despite his Catholicism, Andrew isn't ready to work within the HRC structure or try to reform it from within. But leaving gays without any real central political representation at this point is just silly, and is more a product of frustration with the HRC than any hope that having no centralized political voice is somehow going to advance the cause better.
In fact, a politically self-destructive gay rights movement, while mirroring the one the GOP is now undergoing, is far more likely to cause real damage to real people. So the approach needs to be much more positive. And I'm not seeing that from Andrew Sullivan.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Many on the Right have been pushed (or willingly gone) to the fringes, which is what you might expect after having a series of talking points over the last few months which have been increasingly unhinged. Many are now holding forth on watching for marxist-like moves by Obama, hoping to salvage some sort of pride out of what has been just an embarrasing list of proclamations by rightwing bloggers.
Even their singular achievement this last election (Prop 8 in California) has been under fire. I'll write more about this particular issue (and how many anti-Prop 8 folks are playing right into the hands of those who argued for its passage). But the Right, by and large, have marginalized themselves into a mixed up mumbling, grumbling, whiny group without any central guiding force other than the demands of their own self-certified crankiness.
RIP moderate Republicans. I suspect that some will come over to the Democratic Party (later rather than sooner) as people realize that Obama simply isn't a foam-mouthed marxist baby-killer, and never was.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Growing, the voice of Herb Score (along with Joe Tait) were the voice of the Indians. I grew up mostly in Lorain County, so I didn't get to many actual games at the Stadium, but listened as much as I could on the radio, through some awful teams in the 70's and early 80's.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Many have lamented the meager giving of American Christians. Others have questioned the data on which this criticism was based or pointed out that American Christians give more than those in most other nations. Now we have a careful, scholarly analysis of how much—i.e., how little—American Christians give, plus a sophisticated sociological analysis of why.
Chapter 1 hits the reader like a ton of bricks, spelling out in detail what American Christians could accomplish if they would tithe. If just the "committed Christians" (defined as those who attend church at least a few times a month or profess to be "strong" or "very strong" Christians) would tithe, there would be an extra 46 billion dollars a year available for kingdom work
In my own church, I see the same small number of people doing a lot of work; giving of their time all the time (teaching the children, doing readings, coordinating fundraising for the bell tower, etc). I have the sense that these same relatively small number of people are also the ones who donate the most.
This book looks to be worth a look.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
There are some fundamental differences between Michael Schiavo and Michael Schiavo. For example, Michael Schiavo has a moustache. Michael Schiavo does not. In fact, Michael Schiavo would not look good with a moustache. Some people, like Michael Schiavo, can pull off a moustache. Not Michael Schiavo; he looks pretty skuzzy with one.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Kanjorski should not have run this time around (as I've noted before): His health is an issue, and quite frankly he's been coasting for some time now. That all said, he's a damn sight better that Lou!!, whose only claim to fame is a race-baiting local ordinance which was never implemented and did not pass judicial scrutiny on constitutional grounds.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Through the FTC's site I was led to annualcreditreport.com, through which one can check all three credit reporting agencies. The first agency showed a Dell account that I thought was closed but was still open--no balance but showing a $5000 credit line. I got Dell to close it right away. The next agency showed four accounts which had closed 9-10 years ago and should have been off the report as being too old.
For the most part the information was correct, but it is a good idea to look over your free annual credit report and prune outdated information and correct errors.
Meanwhile, their new yard sign is out:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
More to the point: K-Lo uses as an example: "Remember Rush blasting McCain during the primaries?" This completely misses the point. The prime example of what the GOP has become isn't that Rush blasted McCain during the primary. It is that Rush came back to McCain when it was clear McCain was the GOP nominee, despite McCain not changing any of his positions.
In the not-so-distant past, the GOP laid waste against the federal government itself, saying that government was the problem (while simulaneously asking to be elected to federal government positions). The result is the inability of pretty much anyone on the Right to think about what goverment is good for (and, given the ineffective and dreadful efforts at warmaking, even the last bastion of goverment (the military) is being called into question.
Slamming the Press, and government, and voter registrants simply isn't a good long-term strategy.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Bryan/College Station (TX) Eagle
Every 20 or 30 years or so, a leader comes along who understands that change is necessary if the country is to survive and thrive. Teddy Roosevelt at the turn of the 20th century and his cousin Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan -- these leaders have inspired us to rise to our better nature, to reach out to be the country we can be and, more important, must be.
Barack Obama is such a leader. He doesn't have all the answers, to be sure, but at least he is asking the right questions. While we would like more specificity on his plans as president, we are confident that he can lead us ever forward, casting aside the doubts and fears of recent years.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Obama is a Black Muslim, Anti-Christian Socialist Plotting with an Evil Jewish Billionaire
Of course he is.
Ben Smith with some side-by-side hysteria.
Don't these people know that independents and moderates, who make or break elections, don't care about winger hysteria? A hard lesson that the Democrats had to learn from 2004.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It's true that the voter registration wing of the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now has run into trouble in several states. ACORN employees have been investigated and in some cases indicted for voter registration fraud. Most recently, more than 2,000 registrations in Lake County, Ind., have turned out to be falsified.
But does this constitute "destroying the fabric of democracy"? More like destroying the fabric of work ethic. There's been no evidence that the ACORN employees who submitted fraudulent forms have been paving the way for illegal voting. Rather, they're trying to get paid for doing no work.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Rob Horning with a nice post.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Courtesy of Andrew Sullivan, here's an awesome speech by the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka (particularly the first 3/4) where he confronts racism directly.
Monday, September 29, 2008
McCain takes credit for helping pass the bailout bill which didn't pass. Wonder if he'll take the blame like he tried to take the credit?
The GOP lost their balls, it appears. They are blaming hurt feelings about a Pelosi speech rather than own up to their own votes. Up or down doesn't matter, so long as you have a good reason and own up to it. The GOP can't get their own story straight on this bill.
Meanwhile, I got a flyer from Paul Kanjorski today, saying "No Bail Outs" in big letters on the front. He voted for the bailout bill today. Talk about losing political cover. He's probably going to be the only sitting Democrat to lose his re-election bid.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Administration has scared the markets and some key legislative leaders, but it has not laid out a coherent, specific and compelling need for this enormous proposal, which is the equivalent of a one-time 55 percent income tax surcharge. (Instead the money will be borrowed, so ask from whom and how this much can be raised so quickly if the credit markets are nearly seized up with fear.)
A very good question: If there is no credit going around and this is what is driving the crisis, how does the government expect to pay for this? Obviously the expectation is that the governement will borrow the money. But if this were commercial paper we're talking about a serious downgrade given that the entity will be using the money to take on huge amounts of bad debt. How high will the government have to set an interest rate to borrow the money to take on this debt?
I think much of this credit squeeze is manufactured--an emotional overeaction by a drama queen industry hoping to get stroked back into dreamland through the infusion of billions of dollars into their pillows.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I think Howard Zinn and others are right to concentrate on what the government was trying to do (apparently, they were trying to frame two guilty people). But the Left needs to stop running away from the fact that the Rosenbergs were, in fact, guilty.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Email from Randy Scheuneman referring to the Prime Minister of Spain as "President" and saying that McCain meant what he said (whatever that is)
Meanwhile, the interviewer believes he wasn't confused about Spain not being in Latin America, but just wanted to avoid the question. By way of background, George Bush is still pissed that Spain pulled its troops out of Iraq (they are still in Afghanistan) and has refused to meet with the Spanish Prime Minister despite several requests.
I think that this falls into one of those "gaffes on the campaign trail" areas. Happens in a campaign sometimes, and while I would have liked McCain to have boned up on Spain a bit before sitting down for the interview, this kind of thing happens. And Josh Marshall appears to exhaustively believe the same thing. But, like Bush, this refusal to admit a tiny mistake might end up giving much more play to a small thing and could nudge the news cycle in a direction McCain won't want it to go, and at a critical time for him.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
"I think the tone of this whole campaign would have been very different if Senator Obama had accepted my request for us to appear in town hall meetings all over America," the Senator from Arizona tells us.
Am I just losing my friggin' mind? Seriously. I keep looking around the room to see if I'm living in some suddenly altered state where everything we know is now called the opposite, and nobody notices. Or can stop it.
This seems to be an incredibly narrow interpretation of the law. So, despite Democrats taking over the office from Ken Blackwell, petty politics seems to hold sway in that office still.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Heh. Couldn't resist that title.
I don't know this guy but I know people who do, and they tell me he would have been right at home in the 60's with his confrontational political antics intended, more than anything, do draw attention to himself.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here's a long NYT article on Obama's economic policies and tendencies (the latter, IMO, more important than the former). Andrew Sullivan pulled out a good money quote already:
As anyone who has spent time with Obama knows, he likes experts, and his choice of advisers stems in part from his interest in empirical research. (James Heckman, a Nobel laureate who critiqued the campaign’s education plan at Goolsbee’s request, said, “I’ve never worked with a campaign that was more interested in what the research shows.”) By surrounding himself with economists, however, Obama was also making a decision with ideological consequences. Far more than many other policy advisers, economists believe in the power of markets. What tends to distinguish Democratic economists is that they set out to uncover imperfections of the market and then come up with incremental, market-based solutions to these imperfections. This helps explain the Obama campaign’s interest in behavioral economics, a relatively new field that has pointed out many ways in which people make irrational, short-term decisions. To deal with one example of such myopia, Obama would require companies to automatically set aside a portion of their workers’ salary in a 401(k) plan. Any worker could override the decision — and save nothing at all or save even more — but the default would be to save.
Monday, August 25, 2008
The USGS has a lot of data on the hurricanes. Here is a page with some images and maps, just to get a reminder of the awesome forces they were.
Friday, August 15, 2008
A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
This has gotten out of hand.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
While Sen Clinton pulled out of the race some time ago, the Clinton sense of entitlement is apparently still running hard.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
But apparently is was a bit of a joke, and has been pulled. A joke--like "hope you trip going on stage" or "look at her again and I'll knock your teeth in. Ha ha."
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
This'll either blow up or blow away--the next couple of days will determine which way it goes.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
But there appear to be clear divisions between states trying for statutory innovation in this area, and the ham-fisted federal government. Charlie Lynch, who apparently carefully followed all state laws regarding his business in this area, was busted by the feds anyway.
I guess "states rights" for the federales only applies to state efforts to expand gun rights and restrict abortions.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
"Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry."
Backers of Proposition 8 argued that they are not trying to eliminate anyone's rights but are simply seeking to restore the definition of marriage that existed in California before May 15, when the state Supreme Court struck down the law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Of course, eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry in California is exactly what they want to do. And if the prop somehow didn't do that, they would keep at it until their goal is realized. The title seems entirely truthful to me.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Progressive Policy Institute chimes in, including the interesting factoid: No Republican president has concluded a multilateral trade agreement since Dwight Eisenhower oversaw the Geneva II Round of the GATT in 1956.
Pejman Yousefzadeh at RedState.org is simple in his post: This is a disaster, and clears the field for new protectionist trade policies.
Yet another reason, IMO, to do away with the yearly porkfest that is the Farm Bill.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
TPM's rundown of Stevens' stories
Monday, July 28, 2008
Love the accompanying pick of Cheney.
Oh, the irony!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Obama's web site has, from day one I believe, been full of detail, and while McCain shouldn't be held to the standard of being as familiar with a web page as Obama, we can certainly fault those who advise and support him for not holding to that standard.
I suspect that the McCain campaign will start feeling some heat for the differences between the two, and start filling in more on their campaign site. At least, I hope so.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Begun, grown, and developed by a political party who came to power lamenting the size of government, including how bureaucracy can self-perpetuate. Irony, anyone?
Amazing how things have turned around in just a relatively short number of years. Next up: Removing the HIV travel ban, in which the chief sponsor of keeping it on the books apparently doesn't even have his facts straight.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Never? I've never gotten the whole "respect for the dead" thing, so maybe that's my problem. Respect for the survivors, sure. Absolutely. But Snow was a dick, and proud of it.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Mr. Parhat, a former fruit peddler who in recent years sent a message to his wife that she should remarry because his imprisonment at Guantánamo was like already being dead.
We've gone from the "city on the hill" to a "thousand points of light" to a country which claims a fruit peddler is an "enemy combatant."
Monday, June 30, 2008
Trabosh, a Barbie-esque blonde who teeters around the nearly 2,000 square-foot house in patent leather heels...
I see I've just lost half my readers...
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
I'm under the impression that debit cards are cheaper for the merchant, but I don't see any information on them in this article on the gas stations. Maybe even a lowered fee structure for debit cards is too much.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
As an excuse for his "gas tax holiday" McCain has been relying on inside-the-beltway anectdotes instead of the facts, it appears.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I think you are wrong when you insist that greens have to engage the dissenters and convince them of their errors. It is one thing to express scepticism as a result of sincere doubt; it is another thing entirely to use scepticism as a way to avoid changing your behaviour. One is capable of being convinced through providing evidence and coherent argument; the other is simply using that doubt as a socially acceptable way to continue on with 'business as usual' without paying the social penalty of blatant selfishness. The result is already locked in stone in the dissenters' minds; the arguments are merely the way to create that result, rather than sifting evidence to come to a conclusion that was not pre-determined.
You say that it is 'not a good sign when greens seem eager to discredit dissent rather than engage it', but what do you do when the 'dissent' is the public domain version of a filibuster - not meant to achieve anything on its own, but instead cause paralysis so that the status quo can continue unchecked? There is nothing there to engage - there is no possibility of changing minds or convincing those people otherwise. All that is left is to show how bankrupt their arguments are so that others will not follow along. That is why discrediting and debunking is the focus, not engagement.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Lots of oil went into the bottle, then more to get it to you. And even if you recycle it, this only saves a little bit of carbon since there is still all that energy that will go into making it usable again.
Use a recycled bottle, then use tap water. Save you big bucks, and it is better for the environment. And since many of those bottled waters use tap water anyway, you're just as well off in the end health-wise.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
The first time I cast a vote in a presidential election as an informed voter was in 1992, when, as a 22 year old college senior in
But four years later I had grown, and learned, and really explored my options this time, and what Bill Clinton promised seemed alright for me, and, at least in part because of my vote, the majority of my 20s were spent with
Bill, his wife Hillary, and their daughter Chelsea, were MY first family. I had put them in the White House, I felt that the
And now, it’s 2008. Twenty years since my first presidential ballot, and 16 years since I put
But then Barack Obama happened. It happened quickly, and suddenly, and it was as if a series of light bulbs went off over the heads of under 45, left-leaning Americans everywhere.
Suddenly, Hillary Clinton didn’t seem like a great idea. After eight contentious Bush years, another eight years with a president that clearly brings the bile from her enemies, had the potential to divide this country even further than Bush and his supporters had already done.
I switched over to being an Obama supporter early. Most of the people I know that lean left have also come over. My parents – in their 60s – are still ardent
It has pained me a bit to see those dreams of hers deferred, but that’s all it is.
But right now, I fear that Hillary Clinton is destroying her legacy, and the
When the odds against her becoming the Democratic nominee for President became long and nearly impossible, she refused to back down. While frustrating to those who want to see the Dems stop tearing each other apart, there is also a bit of respect for her tenacity.
Last night, however, Obama finally clinched the nod, gaining enough delegates. But instead of conceding to him and graciously accepting defeat, Clinton refused to do so, and now appears to be more than willing to divide the Democratic party and risk losing the presidential election to Republicans, in an effort to at least angle for a Vice President position, which is something that would excite her supporters, but leave a sour taste for many Obama supporters, myself included.
Her supporters appear to be rabidly angry about her not being the Presidential nominee. I can only imagine how much more anger they’ll have if Obama doesn’t pick her to the be the VP nominee, because it will appear as if he once again, “stole” something that she and her supporters believe are naturally hers.
For the sake of the Democratic party, and the chances of having a Democrat in the White House, Hillary Clinton must not only graciously concede, but also tone down her rhetoric, and must let Obama’s search for a VP take on a natural course, not a forced one that could send her supporters away from voting for a Dem in November.
The choice is hers. Hillary Clinton can earn her spot in history as an icon of mythical proportions, or she can go down in infamy as the person responsible for fracturing the Democratic Party, perhaps irreparably.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Finally a victory for the public in a copyright case.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
In order to make groupthink testable, Irving Janis devised eight symptoms that are indicative of groupthink (1977).
1. Illusions of invulnerability creating excessive optimism and encouraging risk taking.
2. Rationalising warnings that might challenge the group’s assumptions.
3. Unquestioned belief in the morality of the group, causing members to ignore the consequences of their actions.
4. Stereotyping those who are opposed to the group as weak, evil, disfigured, impotent, or stupid.
5. Direct pressure to conform placed on any member who questions the group, couched in terms of “disloyalty”.
6. Self censorship of ideas that deviate from the apparent group consensus.
7. Illusions of unanimity among group members, silence is viewed as agreement.
8. Mindguards — self-appointed members who shield the group from dissenting information.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Close or running under a large number of cities, this is good news, particularly those of us who use home heating oil as their primary source for winter heat.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It certainly is easier to point out how easy it is for the other side/how hard it is for your side than to confront their narrative directly.
Of course, given how poorly we're doing it, it should not be a surprise that we need more practice.
Meanwhile, SecDef Gates, after previously saying we need to close Gitmo, now says we are stuck right now, partly because if we return some of these people to their home countries they might be released outright,
Uh, Mr. Secretary? That's what we do to innocent people. Rather, that's what we used to do, before potential political embarrassment meant more than innocence or guilt.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
The calcifying of the Catholic Church around the abortion side of their pro-life stance is not new. As is their relative silence, in the US, on the death penalty. But denying communion for Catholics who support Democratic candidates seems to be using communion as a political weapon. There is a real tax liability, at minimum, for the Church, if true.