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Archive for February, 2009

Stupid is as stupid does

Posted by Greg on February 23, 2009

Minnesota’s own Michele Bachmann.

At least she’s an effective fundraiser – for the Democrats.

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Getting screwed for doing the right thing

Posted by Greg on February 23, 2009

Imagine having your workman’s comp claim denied for getting shot while stopping an assault on the employer’s premise.

Amazing.

I’m afraid the bad PR from this will cost McDonald’s far more than the medical bills.  And it should.

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Completely unhinged

Posted by Greg on February 22, 2009

Alan Keyes

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Santelli is an ass

Posted by Greg on February 20, 2009

And the White House knows it.

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Multiple levels of WTF

Posted by Greg on February 20, 2009

Crossposted from Hiding in the Backwaters by Sean

A 9-year old has plead down a premeditated murder charge to negligent homicide in Arizona. A 9-year old. Apparently the kid shot and killed his father and a man renting a room in the home. No one really knows why. I haven’t been able to find any talk of a history of violent behavior. There was some talk of abuse. The kid claimed he was keeping tally of spankings and had vowed his 1000th would be his last. However, the statement is inadmissible because a parent or guardian was not present when he made it. There is also the little problem that the tally sheet he claims to have kept cannot be found. It is complicated even more by the fact that none of the townspeople are buying it. Which doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but how are you going to prove it in a court of law if there is no physical evidence, no record of complaints and no history of behavioral issues?

No motive has ever been cited, which seems a bit odd to me if you’re charging the kid with premeditated murder. But it was this comment, over at the Salt Lake Tribune that just takes the cake.

This story has been stinking to the rafters since I first heard about it. So we are never going to find out if the dad and his pal were a gay couple or prone to child molestation or abuse? Wrap it all up in a tidy plea bargain and save the reputation of the deceased and his family? I say foul! We should have the truth. Even kids don’t shoot people for no reason. This little boy executed his dad and the dad’s friend with very little emotion apparently. This usually means they had it coming somehow.

What does the sexuality of his father have to do with anything? Gay people are no more likely to be molesters or abusive than the population at large, superstitions to the contrary notwithstanding. This kind of nonsense is as irritating as it is painful. I have two daughters. When it became apparent that a son was not in the cards for me, I was a little disappointed. I think most men would be. You know how I used to console myself? By telling myself that God was protecting my potential sons from me…

But I digress. What if they were a gay couple? Is he trying to say that would be sufficient cause for them to “have it coming?” What if the kid felt it was his God given duty to “kill faggots?” Whose reputation is on the line then? That of a sick little town that managed to teach an 8-year old he has a license to kill?

Oh, and as for “the truth?” Honestly buddy, it’s none of your damn business.

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Kicking them while they’re down

Posted by Greg on February 20, 2009

So it’s not enough that people lose their jobs, apparently banks still want to collect fees for services provided with manditory debit cards issued for unemployment benefits.

For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there’s a new twist to their financial pain: Even when they’re collecting unemployment benefits, they’re paying the bank just to get the money — or even to call customer service to complain about it.

Thirty states have struck such deals with banks that include Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase and US Bancorp, an Associated Press review of the agreements found. All the programs carry fees, and in several states the unemployed have no choice but to use the debit cards. Some banks even charge overdraft fees of up to $20 — even though they could decline charges for more than what’s on the card.

Let’s not forget, banks get a cut every time the card is swiped, they don’t require fees to make money on these things.  Congress needs to have a talk with bankers again…

Hat tip: Americablog

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How GM killed Saab

Posted by Greg on February 20, 2009

From the trenches.

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Saving dolphins, the do it yourself way

Posted by Greg on February 20, 2009

The linguist in me loves these clips just to hear the Newfie accent, but it’s real, real cool what the kids did here.

The locals rescued the animals, with a teenage boy actually getting in the frigid water to help one animal that was weakened by the ordeal.

Very cool.

Hat tip: Towleroad

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About that trip

Posted by Greg on February 19, 2009

Yglesias reminds us why Canada matters.

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Consequences

Posted by Greg on February 19, 2009

Sometimes there are consequences to anti science policies.  That is, consequences beyond poorly educated kids. Case in point:

A national biological society has diverted its annual meeting to Salt Lake
City, snubbing New Orleans because of Louisiana's recent embrace of a law
widely panned as anti-science. 

The Louisiana Science Education Act -- similar to a measure Utah lawmakers
rejected three years ago -- allows local school boards to introduce
creationist materials into the classroom under the guise of promoting
"critical thinking" toward the theory of evolution, critics say. 

"This law undermines the integrity of science and science education in
Louisiana," wrote Richard Satterlie, president of the Society for
Integrative and Comparative Biology, in Feb. 5 letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal,
who signed the controversial bill into law last June. 

"Utah, in contrast, passed a resolution that states that evolution is
central to any science curriculum," the letter continued. "As scientists it
is our responsibility to oppose anti-science initiatives."

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Minnesota’s most embarassing foot in mouth fetishist does it again

Posted by Greg on February 19, 2009

You know, at some point you’d think she’d either learn to STFU, or enough sixth district voters would borrow a clue and throw her embarassing tookas out of office.

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Bumper sticker du jour

Posted by Greg on February 19, 2009

Non sense being pessimistic, it wouldn’t work anyway.

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Classic

Posted by Greg on February 19, 2009

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A question of philosophy

Posted by Greg on February 17, 2009

Ezra Klein has a good piece talking about the filibuster and the ongoing discussions about eliminating it.

We have a party-based electoral system that, particularly in the Senate, pushes towards a relatively even division of power. The question then becomes whether we’re more comfortable with the consequences of a system where the minority can block good policy or the majority can pass bad policy. I’d prefer the latter: The policies of politicians we voted for have more democratic legitimacy than the system’s structural preference for inaction. Elections should be about the bills passed by the majority rather than the obstructions erected by the minority.

Yeah, they should, yet the Senate isn’t “just” a smaller clone of the House.  Elana Schor points out some times where the filibuster has been useful to the democrats as well.

Klein is right, party platforms out to be about what you do rather than what you obstruct, but is it a fair comparison when current attitudes have made filibustering so painless?  If the 60 vote requirement meant you had to actually stand and speak for hours on end, perhaps it would be used less casually?

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Knowing your friends

Posted by Greg on February 17, 2009

Interesting bit at Firedoglake about occasional Democrat Jim Cooper.  It seems he can’t find love anywhere.  I wouldn’t trust him either.

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