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Archive for March, 2006

Big Love, Big Waste

Posted by Greg on March 29, 2006

My UNCoRRELATED coblogger Mick has a good take on HBO's new exercise in Futility, Big Love:

Its really hard to take Big Love seriously since it has as much to do with modern polygamy as Sex in the City did with the lives of single women in Manhattan. If Americans really had an insight in modern polygamy, you simply couldn't expect an iota of sympathy for the practice, especially if you are a woman.

Its declining ratings at this point suggest that the Hollywood glamor can't quite mask the ick factor. 

Read it in full.

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The worst of all

Posted by Greg on March 29, 2006

Eddie on Film is encouraging readers to vote on the ten worst Oscar winners of all time.

Oh, this is tough…so many stinkers to choose from: 

10 Braveheart

9 Cimarron

8 Rebecca

7 Gigi

6 The English Patient

5 Forrest Gump

4 Chicago

3 Million Dollar Baby

2 American Beauty

1 Out of Africa

Mail your own submissions to eddiesworst@yahoo.com 

Go to his site for a complete list of all Oscar winners.

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Thieving bastards

Posted by Greg on March 28, 2006

Apparently the Associated Press doesn't think the blogosphere counts for anything.

From The Raw Story:

We contacted an AP senior editor and ombudsmen both and both admitted to having had the article passed on to them, and both stated that they viewed us as a blog and because we were a blog, they did not need to credit us. What we are or are not is frankly irrelevant. What is relevant is that by using a term like blog to somehow excuse plagiarism, the mainstream press continues to lower the bar for acceptable behavior. It need not matter where the AP got the information, research, and actual wording from. What matters is that if they use it in part or in whole, they must attribute properly. A blog or a small press publication or grads students working in the corner of a library all equally deserve credit for their work, period. 

Hat tip:  MyDD who observes:

This is stealing.  Raw Story invested the time and effort to investigate the story, and printed it.  The AP took that work, uncredited, and used it.  The AP should stop stealing from Raw Story.  It's that simple.

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Christian case to be dismissed

Posted by Greg on March 26, 2006

The AP reports Afghanistan is trying to walk a very tricky line:

A court on Sunday dismissed the case against an Afghan man facing possible execution for converting from Islam to Christianity, officials said, paving the way for his release.

The move eased pressure from the West but raised the dilemma of protecting Abdul Rahman after his release as Islamic clerics have called for him to be killed.

One official said freedom might come as soon as Monday for Rahman, who became a Christian in the 1990s while working for an aid group in neighboring Pakistan.

Muslim extremists, who have demanded death for Rahman as an apostate for rejecting Islam, warned the decision would touch off protests across this religiously conservative country. Some clerics previously vowed to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he was let go.

 

 

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Which superhero are you?

Posted by Greg on March 26, 2006

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Spider-Man
65%
The Flash
65%
Green Lantern
65%
Catwoman
55%
Supergirl
53%
Wonder Woman
53%
Superman
50%
Hulk
45%
Iron Man
45%
Robin
37%
Batman
30%
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

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Who’s scammin’ whom?

Posted by Greg on March 23, 2006

The Tax Foundation has released its latest report of which states benefit or pay the most into the Federal Government.

Interesting, isn’t it, that nine of the ten states receiving the most from the Feds are Red States.  Equally interesting, isn’t it, that eight of the ten states paying the most into the Feds are Blue States.

Cut off the right wing welfare.

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Opposition waning

Posted by Greg on March 23, 2006

Interesting.

Supposedly over the course of two years opposition to marriage equality has dropped from the mid sixties to 51%.

Curious, and not entirely believable.  Lots of people say they are opposed to discrimination, but most of these same people still manage to vote against equality when it comes up on the ballot.

Time will tell.

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Republicans and their therapists

Posted by Greg on March 23, 2006

This outta piss someone off

Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.

The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isn’t going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar conclusions a few years ago from another academic saw him excoriated on right-wing blogs, and even led to a Congressional investigation into his research funding.

 

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Slow learner

Posted by Greg on March 23, 2006

As if the Dubai case wasn’t enough:

In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere.

The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without American customs agents present.

Americablog wonders if North Korea and Cuba were too busy to help…

 

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Who’s got your info?

Posted by Greg on March 22, 2006

Does it get any worse than this?

The IRS is quietly moving to loosen the once-inviolable privacy of federal income-tax returns. If it succeeds, accountants and other tax-return preparers will be able to sell information from individual returns – or even entire returns – to marketers and data brokers.

The change is raising alarm among consumer and privacy-rights advocates. It was included in a set of proposed rules that the Treasury Department and the IRS published in the Dec. 8 Federal Register, where the official notice labeled them “not a significant regulatory action.”

As Kevin Drum puts it:

Welcome to George Bush’s IRS. Your whole life is now for sale as long as it benefits someone who’s a Republican campaign contributor.

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They’re after you

Posted by Greg on March 22, 2006

Think the religious wrong’s obsession with sex will only affect gays? 

From Dan Savage’s straight rights update:

Earlier this month Republicans in South Dakota successfully banned abortion in that state. Last week the GOP-controlled state house of representatives in Missouri voted to ban state-funded family-planning clinics from dispensing birth control. “If you hand out contraception to single women,” one Republican state rep told The Kansas City Star, “we’re saying promiscuity is OK.” On the federal level, Republicans are blocking the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception and keeping a 100 percent effective HPV vaccine—a vaccine that will save the lives of thousands of women every year—from being made available.

The GOP’s message to straight Americans: If you have sex, we want it to fuck up your lives as much as possible. No birth control, no emergency contraception, no abortion services, no life-saving vaccines. If you get pregnant, tough shit. You’re having those babies, ladies, and you’re making those child-support payments, gentlemen. If you get HPV and it leads to cervical cancer, well, that’s too bad. Have a nice funeral, slut.

What’s it going to take to get a straight rights movement off the ground? The GOP in Kansas wants to criminalize hetero heavy petting, for God’s sake! Wake up and smell the freaking holy war, breeders! The religious right hates heterosexuality just as much as it hates homosexuality. Fight back!

 

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Frothing the spiritual mix

Posted by Greg on March 21, 2006

It seems our favorite frothy senator is encouraging churches to violate IRS regulations and become toadies in his reelection campaign.

The first training session, on March 6 in Valley Forge, included a videotaped message from a single candidate, Senator Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican who faces a difficult re-election fight.

“I encourage you to let your voices be heard from the pulpit” on vital issues, Mr. Santorum said, urging the pastors to champion a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to a recording made by a person at the session. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a liberal group critical of the effort, provided the recording to The New York Times.

After the tape, organizers offered participating pastors copies of the senator’s book “It Takes a Family.” Colin A. Hanna, founder of the conservative advocacy group Let Freedom Ring and master of ceremonies, called the book “thoroughly and soundly grounded in Christian doctrine and Scripture as the revealed word of God,” according to the recording.

As The Carpetbagger Report observes:

To say this is legally dubious is to put it mildly.

 

These guys aren’t even trying to be subtle. They’ve created a network of pastors who are supposed to direct congregations to play a role in the Santorum campaign’s get-out-the-vote drive. The Pennsylvania Pastors Network is effectively asking churches in the state to take all the risk — putting their ministries’ tax-exemption at risk — while Santorum gets all the gain.  

 

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Stupid is as stupid does

Posted by Greg on March 20, 2006

by Sean, crossposted from Hiding in the Backwaters:

++++

Congress has once again shown us just what a bunch of fiscal morons they are:

Congress raised the limit on the federal government’s borrowing by $781 billion yesterday, and then lawmakers voted to spend well over $100 billion on the war in Iraq, hurricane relief, education, health care, transportation and heating assistance for the poor without making offsetting budget cuts.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) acknowledged that the debt has risen at a remarkable pace but said he and his colleagues had no alternative. “Without an increase in the debt limit, our government will face a choice that we shouldn’t make and we wouldn’t want to make, a choice between breaking the law by exceeding the statutory debt limit or, on the other hand, breaking faith with the public by defaulting on our debt.?1

I thought there was a third option, you know, blance the @#$@*&@#&*)(!! budget? I know. I know. God forbid someone should have to do without pork for a while. Idiots.

“This should be a wake-up call for every member of the Senate, every member of Congress, and a wake-up call for the president of the United States,? said Sen. Kent Conrad (N.D.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee. “The question is: Are we staying on this course to keep running up the debt, debt on top of debt, increasingly financed by foreigners, or are we going to change course??1

A wake up call? Are you saying you’re all snoozing on the job? Are you all really so dense that you didn’t see this coming?

God help us all. We have a bunch of toddlers running the government. I can just see Don Young sitting on a big pile of cash shouting “Mine! Mine!? The really sad thing is: we put them there.

1“Congress Raises Ceiling for Borrowing,? Weisman, Jonathan and Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post, March 17, 2006, washingtonpost.com.  

 

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Fair warning…

Posted by Greg on March 20, 2006

 

This is great 

Seeking to educate potential residents that freedom means freedom for everyone, the Netherlands’ government has caused a stir with a video that has everything but assfucking in it. You can imagine that the Islamists are not pleased.

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What of a wall?

Posted by Greg on March 20, 2006

Great piece in the New York Times on the wall:

They’re right that Palestinians are virtually wailing at “the wall.” When I went to see its towering cement slabs in the West Bank town of Abu Dis last year, an Arab man approached me to unload his sadness. “It’s no good,” he said. “It’s hard.”

“Why do you think they built it?” I asked.

The man shook his head and repeated, “It’s hard.” After some silence, he added, “We are not two people. We are one.”

“How do you explain that to suicide bombers?” I wondered aloud.

The man smiled. “No understand,” he replied. “No English. Thank you. Goodbye.”

Was it something I said? Maybe my impolite mention of Palestinian martyrs? Then again, how could I not mention them?

Read the whole thing. 

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