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Archive for January, 2009

Way to stump him Steven

Posted by Greg on January 30, 2009

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Two thousand words

Posted by Greg on January 30, 2009

Feministe captures the essence of Bush vs. Obama in approach to women’s issues.

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Bumper sticker du jour

Posted by Greg on January 30, 2009

My reality check bounced.

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Getting some perspective

Posted by Greg on January 30, 2009

Bruce Schneider responds to criticisms of technology like Google Earth.

Criminals have used telephones and mobile phones since they were invented. Drug smugglers use airplanes and boats, radios and satellite phones. Bank robbers have long used cars and motorcycles as getaway vehicles, and horses before then. I haven’t seen it talked about yet, but the Mumbai terrorists used boats as well. They also wore boots. They ate lunch at restaurants, drank bottled water, and breathed the air. Society survives all of this because the good uses of infrastructure far outweigh the bad uses, even though the good uses are – by and large – small and pedestrian and the bad uses are rare and spectacular. And while terrorism turns society’s very infrastructure against itself, we only harm ourselves by dismantling that infrastructure in response – just as we would if we banned cars because bank robbers used them too.

Precisely.  You don’t go banning things because some morons put them to good use.

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Maddow speaks wisdom on bi partisanship

Posted by Greg on January 29, 2009

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Feeling blue

Posted by Greg on January 29, 2009

Are there only five red states left as Nate Silver would suggest?

That’s right: just five states, collectively containing about 2 percent of the American population, have statistically significant pluralities of adults identifying themselves as Republicans. These are the “Mormon Belt” states of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, plus Nebraska, plus Alaska. By contrast, 35 states are plurality Democratic, and 10 states are too close to call.

Overstates the case somewhat, but by less than you’d expect.  How much of it is real and how much of it is the bitter aftertaste of Bush in one’s mouth?  Time will tell.

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You be bi while we are partisan

Posted by Greg on January 29, 2009

The Congressional GOP is hopeless, utterly hopeless.  As you know, the stimulus package passed without a single Republican’t vote.

You’ve heard the old saying about being part of the problem or part of the solution? We know where the GOP falls along that spectrum.  I’m sure Rush’s criticism and hopes for failure ring loud and clear in the ears of those standing in employment lines.

Nate Silver:

Zero is sometimes a big number. If the stimulus bill had passed the House today with a handful of Republican votes — six or eight or twelve or twenty — the party would presumably have gotten its point across about the merit of the legislation. But the bill didn’t get a handful of Republican votes — it got none at all. You’d think there would be one Republican out of 178 who found his way to a yes vote based on the particular cadences of his political philosophy and the electoral politics of his district. But there was not.

The question is whether a result like this could have came about by accident — or whether it must have been engineered by the party leadership. I’m not sure that the answer to that is obvious. The House does not cast a secret ballot. It seems plausible that there were a dozen or so Republicans who were on the fence, waiting to see how their colleagues would vote — and when those votes started to come in unanimously against the bill, nobody wanted to be the ugly ducking.

Glen Greenwald:

Partisan disputes happen because people are very different and have very different views.  Partisanship is about advocating for your own beliefs and discrediting the beliefs that you reject and believe are harmful.  This doesn’t mean that these disagreements must or should break down along Republican/Democratic lines.  On so many critical, contentious issues, the leadership of the two parties are in perfect harmony. Many of the worst policies are embraced by the mainstream of both parties, and the real disagreements now break down on other lines, whether it be insider/outsider or diverging socioeconomic interests or rapidly-re-aligning ideological divisions.  But politics is and should be about defeating ideas — and people — that are discredited and destructive.

To see why that’s a good thing, not a bad thing, go watch the Dick Armey video or read the platform of the Texas GOP.  Or re-review what has happened over the last eight years.  The further away one is from that morass, the better; the closer one is to it, the worse off things will be.

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Bumper sticker du jour

Posted by Greg on January 29, 2009

A penny saved is a government oversight

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Ginormous indeed

Posted by Greg on January 28, 2009

Via satirist Andy Borowitz:

In its latest cost-cutting moves designed to improve its bottom line, Starbucks announced today that it would no longer offer coffee, cups, or stir-thingies beginning February 1.

In an official statement, company spokesman Carol Foyler said that Starbucks “wrestled long and hard” with the decision to eliminate the three items, “especially coffee.”

“We are aware that many of our customers have come to Starbucks in the past looking for a cup of coffee,” Ms. Foyler said.  “We hope, however, that they will continue to come even though we no longer offer coffee or cups, for that matter.”

She said that she did not think that Starbucks customers would be disappointed by the absence of stir-thingies, adding, “Since we’re also eliminating sugar, Equal, and half-and-half, there’s really nothing to stir.”

When asked what Starbucks hoped would attract customers to their stores in the future, Ms. Foyler said, “We hope customers will see our stores as a place for the unemployed and/or homeless to come out of the cold and warm themselves over a scalding hot cup of water, as long as they bring the cup.”

Elsewhere, House Minority Leader John Boehner explained House Republicans’ opposition to President Obama’s  economic stimulus package: “We’re ginormous assholes.”

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Bumper sticker du jour

Posted by Greg on January 28, 2009

Stop repeat offenders – don’t re-elect them!

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Bridging eras

Posted by Greg on January 28, 2009

windmill-old-and-new

Photo by Brian Hartwell

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When stupid isn’t adequately descriptive…

Posted by Greg on January 28, 2009

…you can assume you’re looking at another GOP response.Fortunately, John Stewart has already figured it out…

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Maddow reminds us who won

Posted by Greg on January 27, 2009

So remind me….why are we negotiating with these douchebags?

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National attention

Posted by Greg on January 27, 2009

Why are Alaskans dependant on the generosity of Venezuela?

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More than advertised

Posted by Greg on January 27, 2009

Via satirist Andy Borowitz:

One week into his Presidency, Barack Obama gets high marks in a new poll, with a majority of Americans agreeing with the statement, “Barack Obama is even more awesome than I originally thought.”

The percentage of voters who believe that Mr. Obama is awesome surged during his first week in office, with 82% thinking he is awesome now compared to 77% who deemed him awesome last week.

And in the latest measure of his popularity, Mr. Obama receives higher approval ratings in the new poll than either leprechauns or unicorns, mythical beings that almost everyone agrees are totally awesome.

In a head-to-head contest, Mr. Obama beats leprechauns and unicorns combined, garnering 64% compared to 21% for leprechauns, 14% for unicorns, and 1% for  Congressman Ron Paul.

Mr. Obama remains wildly popular among women, with 72% of the women polled saying that they have experienced longer, more powerful orgasms since he was sworn in as President.

“I definitely won’t have to fake them like I did for the last eight years,” said housewife Tracy Klujian of Madison, Wisconsin, who reported having an four-minute climax while watching the inauguration on MSNBC.  “That’s change I can believe in.”

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