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Archive for March, 2007

Nailing it on immigration

Posted by Greg on March 31, 2007

Great piece at Todd’s Hammer on immigration.  Read the whole thing.

My mother forwarded an email to me today about how illegal immigrants may be granted social security benefits in the near future. It really pushed some of my buttons (this anti-immigrant hysteria is getting irritating in the extreme), so I wrote a detailed response and committed the internet faux-pas of replying to all.

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Attacking the menace

Posted by Greg on March 30, 2007

From Andrew Sullivan:

My fiance will kill me, but I urge everyone to vote for Sanjaya in American Idol. It’s very, very important to subvert this compulsive but far too self-important show. Help can be found here. if the whole blogosphere got behind him, he might even win. Which would be fantastic.

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How’s your escalation going?

Posted by Greg on March 29, 2007

Don’t believe the sycophants who insist its working.

Bombs tore through crowds of after-work shoppers in Baghdad and a town north of the capital on Thursday in an onslaught of violence that killed more than 100 people, according to Iraqi government and hospital officials.

Both areas — a bazaar in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Shaab and the farming town of Khalis in Diyala province — are populated predominantly by Shiites, and Iraqi government officials quickly blamed the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq. The attacks followed two violent days of bombings and reprisal killings in the northern city of Tall Afar and threatened to increase the likelihood of a resurgence of open sectarian warfare despite the heightened U.S. military presence in Iraq.

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What we call the news…

Posted by Greg on March 29, 2007

Alas.

Another JibJab classic.

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How do I love me, let me count the ways

Posted by Greg on March 29, 2007

Microsoft takes a dig at the Wii:

“We don’t feel like the Wii customer and the Xbox customer are the same thing,” he said. “We think that as soon as the Wii customer turns 14 they want something else.”

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Ford First

Posted by Greg on March 28, 2007

Good post at Autoblog on Ford’s Flaming diesel – and it makes me glad my Jetta is an ’06. 🙂

Clearly, Ford is very concerned about the reputation of its new 6.4L Power Stroke, which is evident by how quickly it took action with a recall to address three isolated incidents that resulted in the same outcome, i.e. flaming tailpipes. The real issue in each case appears to be this newfangled Diesel Particulate Filter, versions of which are used not only by the Ford Super Duty, but also the Heavy Duty GMT900 and Dodge Ram pickups. Considering that all three heavy duty pickups use a process of regeneration to burn away accumulated particulates in their respective DPFs, the potential for flaming tailpipes exists in all three trucks if an unmetered amount of flammable liquid gets in there somehow. We’re certainly not cutting Ford any slack here, but considering it likely sells more heavy duty trucks equipped with diesels than the other two automakers, statistically speaking this was bound to happen to a Ford first. Only time will tell if we’re right and other diesel-equipped late-model pickups start getting hot under the collar.

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IQs rising in Utah

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2007

According to a Salt Lake Tribune Poll, it appears Bush has finally managed to burn his last bridge.

    A January poll by The Salt Lake Tribune showed a precipitous drop in support for Bush’s handling of the war among Utah’s Latter-day Saints.
In the survey, just 44 percent of those identifying themselves as Mormon said they backed Bush’s war management. That’s a level considerably higher than Bush gets from Utah’s non-Mormon population and the nation at large, but it’s also a 21 percentage point drop from just five months earlier. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Interesting.  As a former Utahn it’s interesting to see changes like this.  Bush’s lawlessness and disregard for the Constitution might finally be coming home to roost?  We can only hope.  As Pastor Dan observes at Street Prophets:

Utah is generally among the reddest of the red states, and support for Bush’s Folly has been correspondingly strong. But as the article goes on to explain, Mormon leaders in the church and government have been signaling that good Mormons can oppose the war.

That’s a remarkable change illustrating the power of this stupid, immoral war to break the back of the Republican coalition. God knows no reasonable person wants the war to drag on for another two years, but if it does, the GOP will lie in tatters.

Hat tip:  Crooks and Liars

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Blogging obsenity

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2007

By now you’d think I’d fail to be surprised how low some people can go, but they constantly seem to exceed themselves.  Tech blogger Kathy Sierra has received death threats such that she no longer feels safe leaving her home, let alone keeping up with her professional schedule.

As I type this, I am supposed to be in San Diego, delivering a workshop at the ETech conference. But I’m not. I’m at home, with the doors locked, terrified. For the last four weeks, I’ve been getting death threat comments on this blog. But that’s not what pushed me over the edge. What finally did it was some disturbing threats of violence and sex posted on two other blogs… blogs authored and/or owned by a group that includes prominent bloggers. People you’ve probably heard of.

I recommend reading her post in full.  Well, recommend in a manner of speaking.  It’s graphic and nasty beyond belief – and given how insane some people are one comes to understand her reaction.

This has to stop.  Why is it people feel empowered behind a computer screen to say and do things they’d never imagine doing to someone’s face?

Many years ago – before there was a web – I ran into a milder variant of this on an e-mail listserv run by me and other friends.  Ironic since it was a religious themed list but even there you invariably will find some guy who had nothing better to do than harass the women on the list.   He harassed the wrong women – some of them reported him to us, and we had enough technoweenie expertise between us to trace back to him.  Not only was he an ass, he was doing it from a work PC.  His behavior cost him his job, which is unfortunate, but hard lessons are the only ones that work for some people.

Hat tip to Paul at Shakespeare’s Sister, who observes:

The blogosphere is growing and gaining more influence as time goes on, and shit like this is becoming more commonplace. The nasty thing is, it’s going to continue and get worse unless someone faces consequences for this behavior. It’s high time someone is arrested for making online threats. These scumbags need to be dragged away from their keyboards, frogmarched to a squad car in view of the media, and thrown in a cell with other criminals.

Because they are criminals. Only when we begin to see consequences for online threats will we see them begin to ebb.

Absolutely.  Haul them off in irons and see if the message sinks in.

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Kos nails it

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2007

The problem is conservatism:

Republicans are in a bind — they want to disown Bush and throw him to the wolves. They want to blame him for all the problems they’ve had the past few years governing the country and save their own hides, but they still can’t find the strength to oppose his Iraq efforts. They are attached to his hip, yet they want to pretend that Bush is the cause of all the nation’s problems. Complicating things, they’ve had a governmental trifecta, so they don’t have their usual Democratic Party foils to blame. They’re on their own and isolated on this one.

But ultimately, Bush is a symptom of the problem, not the cause. The cause is conservatism. How can an ideology that holds as a truism that government can’t work, work? If Republicans ran the country smoothly and ably, it would lay waste to their claims that government is the enemy and can’t make people’s lives better. In that regards, Bush hasn’t been incompetent. He’s been wildly successful.

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More lies from Multiple Choice Mitt

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2007

Read about it HERE.

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Whackjob on display

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2007

Did anyone else see Ann Althouse’s meltdown?  Good summary at Firedoglake.

So, not only at this point have you accused Jessica of being some kind of Monica Lewinsky wanna-be, you belittle her contribution to blogging, call her a gold digger, a toady for Karl Rove, and “a clueless fool”?  (Projection much?)  And you’re mad because you think that Garance Franke-Ruta is a character assassin?

But maybe this is why the Right Wingers like you.  You have perfected one of their favorite maneuvers, the Reverse Malkin, which is where you launch a vicious, factually challenged, hate-filled personal attack against someone and then when they push back, you stand to the side and screech, “Wait!  I’m the victim, here!”

Gosh, Ann.  Given all that, I can’t imagine why progressive bloggers think you’re a total waste of space.  It’s not like you’re a high-handed, catty, arrogant, know-nothing mediocrity with the brain-power of a banana slug.

Apparently she decided Michelle Malkin was getting lonely in Batshitcrazyville, USA.

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Blogorhythmics

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2007

Some questions posted at Shakespeare’s Sister:

1. Do you do most of your blogging at home, at work, or at some third space? (A coffee shop, perhaps, or a library. Or a genial tavern.)
2. Desktop or laptop?
3. Mac, Windows, or other?
4. Is your weblog a solo effort or a group blog?
5. Do you allow comments?
6. Do you allow trackbacks?
7. Do you have a blogroll?
8. What’s your platform – Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress, TypePad, ExpressionEngine, Squarespace, Drupal…
9. Have you given serious thought to switching platforms; if so, why?
10. Who’s your webhost?
11. Happy with your host, or looking for a change?
12. If GenericBigMediaConcern.Com offered you boxes of cash to have your blog incorporated into their online presence (ala Greenwald at Salon or Sullivan at The Atlantic), would you do it?

OK, for answers…

1.   Mostly at home.

2.   Prefer my desktop, but sometimes use laptops.

3.   Windows.

4.   Solo.  I have been on a group blog, but was invited to leave amicably when my co bloggers turned into wingnuts.

5.   Comments, Yes, but moderated.

6.  Trackbacks, Yes.

7.   Blogroll, Yes.

8.   WordPress.

9.   No.  It works well, and I’ve not had the problems friends have had with Blogger, Moveable Type, etc.

10.  WordPress, and 1and1

11.  No problems so far.

12.  I wish.  Hypothetically I’d consider it, but it’s about as possible as the proverbial monkeys flying out of my butt.

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Rats and sinking ships

Posted by Greg on March 26, 2007

Funny how the loyal Bushies are now starting to plead the fifth.

Good observation from Tim at Balloon Juice:

Speaking of laws, it’s time to propose Tim F’s Second Law of Interchat! To wit, as online discussions of Republican transgressions lengthen the probability of an attempted Clinton Did It! distraction approaches one.

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In good company

Posted by Greg on March 26, 2007


You Are Most Like John F. Kennedy


You live a fairy tale life that most people envy.

And while you may have a few dark secrets, few people know them.

What Modern US President Are You Most Like?

Hat tip: Bogus Gold – who, IMO, came up with an ironic result. 🙂

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Getting them on the record

Posted by Greg on March 26, 2007

Good piece by Pam Spaulding.  She’s noted that Phyllis Schlafly and her wingnut brigade have been ambushing the GOP wannabe contenders with solid questions about judicial selection, social issues, immigration, etc., with the intent of getting them on the record about their views and their governing intentions.  It’s not made them popular, but it’s gotten their issues some attention.

Pam observes:

But what’s wrong with holding pols accountable for their positions by catching them off guard with specific questions?

Nothing.

Mother Schlafly is doing the right thing; she’s arming her target audience with the information needed to force politicians 1) on the record and 2) to explain and justify the positions they toss out there in sound bites. The pols are masters of evasion and non-answers — witness “Mr. Straight Talk Express” and Brownback being perturbed by Schlafly’s questions coming from the mouths of citizens along the campaign trail. It’s not Mother Schlafly’s fault that they don’t know how (or don’t want to) to answer hot-button questions — a candidate running for president should be held accountable for their positions — and the thinking behind them.

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