Thursday, August 26, 2010

Was it really that long ago?

Remember hearing a song in 1990?

Multi-planetary solar system found

And its not ours!

Sheep! And goats!

Trailer tips in NJ on I80.

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.

Got a blog? Cough up $300, please.

In Philly, anyway.

Talk radio listeners

A nice piece from Conor about how actually engaging in people can result in, well, dialogue.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cartoon of the day

Is your husband gay???

Well? Is he???

I felt like I should put that in all caps, given the link. Starts out with a fake statistic, then many many words later you realize you've journeyed through the mind of a writer really in a stereotypical groove.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Twitter isn't the universe? Whaat?

Caleb Howe has an insight into Roger Ebert. Unlike many online personalities (and ever fewer right wing political writers), he actually writes about a person he disagrees with being, well, human.

Know hope.

Monday, August 16, 2010

50 Greatest Saturday Morning cartoons

Most of these I either watched (Scooby Doo) or my kids have watched (Recess). A few I've never heard of! And there are some very early ones that didn't make this list. But there you go. Any you remember?

"Our Daughter Isn't a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn't Read Atlas Shrugged"

Brilliant.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

FOX & Friends gets one right.

Praises Obama for standing up for constitutional rights.

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."

New York City, Then and Now

A look back at some of the paintings of New York and photos of the same scenes now, via John Sloan.

Steps in interfaith understanding

Despite efforts on the Far Right to paint everything in black and white and to blame certain "others" in uncompromising terms as causing all our problems, some groups are taking baby steps toward interfaith understanding and moderation.

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.

Friday, August 13, 2010

More on the Senate

As a follow-up to the George Packer piece I linked to below, Michael Kinsley puts some more flesh on the bones of "Washington" dysfunction.

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

Cool wedding proposal

Stopping time. Nicely done.

"[Y]ou have a Senate that’s designed not to advance change but to slow it.”

An excellent piece in The New Yorker about the problem that is the US Senate. It really started coming off the rails, IMO, when Republicans started moving to the Senate and acted as it it was exactly the same as the House.

This is what the internet is for

Broadcasting cool ways that people quit their jobs. Like via whiteboard.

Poor Spencer. Outed as a Farmville addict.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

The GOP Economic plan?

GWB all over again, perhaps?

"We're against whatever he proposes" is really not a plan so much as a political strategy.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Prop 8 overturned--next stop SCOTUS?

Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional in US district court

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.

The Japanese keep losing their old people

Now the oldest woman might no longer be around.