Thursday, December 30, 2010
The idea was a book of poems on the idea of race. Not the strident stuff, or those that paint another race as merely "other," but an anthology of people who are really just trying to figure it out. We can't (and shouldn't) hide our race, gender, or other things that make us what we are, but how does racial differences affect, good and bad, how we interact with other people? The poems aren't answers to these questions, but are genuine grapplings with them.
I was very pleased when both Skinner House jumped on my idea right away, and recruited a book editor who was right on board with what I was getting at. They've done an awfully nice job on this--a great mix of new and old, known and unknown writers.
[BTW, the idea came out of a reading of Lucille Clifton's "my dream about being white" at a particularly receptive time].
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Obama recently pointed out that there were more cloture votes last year than in the 1950's and 1960's combined. Since many of the GOP House members from the 80s and 90s started moving to the Senate and continuing the back row bomb throwing strategies they perfected in the lower house, this is an issue with a long track record.
That said, Senate Dems are unanimous in backing filibuster reform. This is an interesting new development that might finally push through reforms that will ensure the long-term health of that body.
First step, IMO, would be to take up Sen Merkley's suggestion about filibuster requirements. There is, at present, no work involved in calling for a filibuster. Making the minority party actually work for the filibuster seems to be the minimum we can do.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
If reactions of this sort to the crap-makers on the Right were more common in the last election, we might have had people voting with actual facts on their minds. It is no surprise to me that we had such a high percentage of people wrong on the facts who helped put into office Republicans across the board.
Friday, December 17, 2010
This simple tool lets you know if your email address was included in the stolen information. If you utilize the same password, it might be prudent to change it on other sites if your email address comes up as being hacked.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
How would NASA rescue an astronaut floating away? Surprisingly, one option isn't "leave him."
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Anyone with some experience on this measurement tool? Useful in this economy, or statistical trickery? Or both?
Thursday, December 02, 2010
As noted in the comments, "It is called hitting the trifecta of bigotry."
If there is one thing Muslim sharia law is known for, it is the incredible compassion and tolerance for the members of the LGBT community...
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
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Monday, November 22, 2010
I rarely fly--maybe once a year or so. The humiliation of going through those security zones is enough to keep me away--sounds like I'm not going to be in a rush to go back.
UPDATE: My man Rush Holt is on the case.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Larrison rightly slaps them around. The START Treaty should be ratified. Now.
More on the START treaty. Like Josh Marshall, I hadn't realized that the old treaty had expired already, and that we have no way to verify or inspect Russia's nuclear weaponry and haven't for nearly a year.
Trust Putin? Then you should cheer on efforts to stall this new treaty.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
That hasn't proven to be an easy promise to keep, no matter what party the person saying it is.
Can't be challenging the diva, can we?
Monday, November 08, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Damn--story removed already. Basic story: Drunk woman living in a motel goes to her ex's room a few doors down demanding a certain, um, sexual act to be performed on her. He ex says no, but his friend says yes, but then changes his mind because she wasn't "fresh." She then grabs a knife and threatens to cut them if one of them doesn't proceed...
It is the kind of story for which the Internet was invented. Gotta love America.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Clearly they need an English-only law...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Some straight talk about the budget deficit.
Judge likely to deny government request to stay DADT order. We're going to look back on this in years to come and go "what was the problem here?" Just like we look back at the arguments about not having women serve on the front lines.
-Government is 2 of 3 against credit card companies.
-working from home myself, I'm a little envious of Jack Prelutsky, who leaves his house and takes a ferry to an apartment across the bay where he works. A work apartment would be pretty bitchin'.
-the most segregated cities in the United States. Love the discussions, especially about lily-white Portland.
-don't forget to listen and vote for entries in the Poets Walk, Rochester.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
-his healthcare plan would be lauded as a "commonsense, market-based solution."
-his educational policies would "reflect the reality that parental responsibility needs to replace expectations of entitlement."
-his shifting of troops and attention into Afghanistan would "continue the work to refine and learn from the lessons of the War on Terror that President Bush began."
-his decision to put the question of the future of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy to the military first rather than doing away with it by Executive Order "would demonstrate, again, his caution and procedural respect for the military."
-his work to support TARP despite the fact that it was extremely unpopular when passed would be a sign of courage and far-sightedness, and the fact that TARP will turn a profit for the government when all is said and done would be an indication of his being right despite the unwarranted criticisms;
-the inclusion of billions of dollars in tax breaks into the stimulus program and healthcare bills for nearly all small businesses would demonstrate his committment to those small businesses, who "are the economic engine of entrepreneurship and enterprise."
-his willingness to continue to reach across the political aisle despite getting his hand bitten off nearly every time merely reflects how shallow and un-ready to govern the other side really is.
-his amazing rhetorical ability would be sourced as coming from "both his ability to connect with ordinary folks, combined with the hard work necessary to convey difficult ideas in ways people of all political stripe can connect with."
-his continued insistence that, despite America's open hand to others, there is a distinct American exceptionalism that is both our birthright and our promise (and Obama's overseas speeches which continue to make this point time and time again) demonstrates "his commitment to our national identity and way of life."
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Would have liked to hear/have heard his reaction to this. I also would have like to have seen more than just the snippets of him in the role.
Germany pays off their WWI obligations. Here's how they did it.
Some solid advice on the budget deficit (and why it doesn't matter as much as the harpies on the Wacky right say).
One of those things you never knew you needed: Female character stereotype flowchart.
The federales are 2 for in settling suits with credit card companies.
Friday, October 08, 2010
-Not the best title "How to writer 85000 books"--should be more like "How to have a machine crank out books for you."
-J. K. Rowling plot spreadsheet. Looks like a relationship plot.... I hear she said she could write several more Potter books, no problem. So what's keeping you, J? Anne Rice found a groove and stuck with it, and look at her! So did Anne McCaffrey, for that matter.
-Ted Hughes poem about Sylvia Plath found. Seems to me this is one that should have been found long ago.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I guess when your job is to just make crap up while not pissing off your conservative media overlords, he's probably right.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I hadn't realized there was a puppy deficit in the middle class. I guess all the time I spent re-reading my marxists tracts has caused some things to pass me by.
Meanwhile, about 56% of the millions of dogs entering shelters are euthanized every year....
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
I'm not certain whether this is a good or a bad thing. But I'm certainly interested in seeing her superhero costume that goes with that.
His summary paragraph:
Forced to choose, I’d rather live in the ACLU’s idea of the perfect America than a country where we repeal Obamacare, eliminate earmarks, and persist in chipping away at civil liberties to fight drugs and terrorists. The former may be a “road to serfdom.” The latter is a shortcut to the same place
I know this speaks more to a sloppy and overwhelmed court system than anything else. But surely if we can react to Iran getting plutonium by pumping a billion more dollars into the Pentagon then we can react to the housing crisis by pumping more money into a court system before they make things worse.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Old enough to have fought in World War I
It is a platform with vague spending cuts, repealing some laws which actually save money for the government, and keeping the military spending machine cranked at 11.
The GOP must think the American people are as stupid as their hard-core base. They are simply unserious about addressing the problems that they themselves claim to be serious ones facing the country.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wonder how much editing is done to the library lists? I know if someone were to look at mine they would probably scratch their heads at my Leonard Nimoy poetry and kids books that have gotten mixed in ("'Dirk Bones"? What was Fred trying to say with that volume?")
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Where else would you find a video of a group of Canadian soldiers field stripping and rebuilding a jeep. In under 4 minutes?
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
[Don't mean that to sound like an unwanted child. Or do I? A fourth on the way here in January, so maybe I really do....hmmmm....]
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I know, I know--I shouldn't make fun of an accident, particularly one that is horrifying for many of the animals that later had to be put down. But that picture, combined with the comments about people seeing the sheep & goats grazing in the median before police arrived, did make me think of this book.
Monday, August 23, 2010
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
I maybe showing my partisanship here, but I just don't believe the old Burlington Coat Factory a couple of blocks from Ground Zero is "hallowed ground."
North American Muslim leaders praying at Dachau, for instance.
These days, it takes great courage to advance interfaith understanding and respect, despite the clear problems that arise when we label other faiths as completely evil. This kind of stuff needs to be spotlighted and encouraged.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Unfortunately the proper blame isn't being placed in the piece (hint: Which party benefits from a gummed-up Senate?). But awareness is being raised. And awareness is always beneficial.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Have only real about half of this decision. It is pretty much a slam dunk decision for the anti-Prop 8 folks.
I followed a bit of the trial, and the pro-Prop 8 people were really battered about by the lawyers for the other side. It was pretty silly at times. David Boies just destroyed them.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Of course, the Auto Tune folks went to town with this:
Friday, July 30, 2010
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
“It’s very hard for me,” she said. “I have to really, really focus to not slip back into it.”
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, an American priest with the Maryknoll religious order, said that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent him an excommunication letter within two months after he participated in a ceremony ordaining women, but that the Congregation had taken years while it considered the requests of bishops to defrock pedophiles.
“What I did, supporting the ordination of women, they saw as a serious crime,” Father Bourgeois said. “But priests who were abusing children, they did not see as a crime. What does that say?”
He added, “It’s leading to this ever-deepening crisis in the church in which so many people have left or are questioning how they can stay.”
They are all over those women-ordaining priests. But screwing kids--they got a process to follow....
I heard "Heaven is a Face" for weeks before realizing who the artist was (Stephen Curtis Chapman). Even then I thought this was one of those nice "daddy" songs by singer/songwriters discovering the pleasures of fatherhood. But after listening to it, I realized it was more of a psalm--a song prayer--about the loss of SCC's 5-year-old daughter.
I won't post about that horrible, horrible accident--look on Wikipedia for more. But in that light that song turns into a beautiful thing.
You tube has a video of him singing it live for the first time, lyrics in front of him as he's still working through the song.
Another youtube video:
Amazing that a young country like the US can still find itself finding its past among its midst. Imagine cities such as Rome, London, or Istanbul. You can't swing a cat there without hitting something historical.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
There really should be a better system against suing someone wrongfully than having the suit thrown out.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Meanwhile, Nate Silver estimates LeBron will lose $150 million, in the end
If he doesn't win multiple championships in Miami, he's likely to lost a lot more than that.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
My wife and I have only had rescues here (sometimes we foster dogs as well), and we were early volunteers for Petfinder as well. Almost enough to break your heart to see that dog wagging his tail through the van window.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The DLC has a good overview, and more links.
Monday, July 05, 2010
A bonus kick in the pants: Other employees who are not federally protected by minimum wage requirements, such as some of the state’s doctors and lawyers, will go without pay from California’s government for the month of July.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Friday, July 02, 2010
Saw this on The Daily What a few days ago and it is still funny stuff.
BTW, anyone else notice that Andrew Sullivan appears to be seeding his blog with TDW selections, but typically sourced to the original places rather than TDW? I think if someone (like myself, or you, for that matter) reads The Daily What every other day or so, about half of Andrew Sullivan's posts become deja vu.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
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Saturday, June 19, 2010
About the best I can spin this is that the GOP really, really is not good at politicizing this issue. One that begs to be spun, frankly.
Friday, June 18, 2010
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Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The overall conclusion of both these report is clear: the economy is expanding, albeit at a slower pace. Personal consumption expenditures are in an uptrend, business investment is increasing and real estate -- while not a hot bed of activity -- is not the drag it once was. However, there is still a long way to go. The unemployment rate is still incredibly high and initial unemployment claims need to start dropping soon.
There appears to be little discussion given to the fact that a flat housing market hinders mobility for workers, contributing to flat jobs numbers. Otherwise, we're about where we should be: Conservative purchasing by consumers (including paying down debt) and some green shoots in the economy in areas where we hope to see them.
It does appear that the worries of a double dip recession are behind us, but IMO the longer we are in a slow rebuilding phase the better it is for the economy long-term.