Sunday, February 28, 2010

Criminal Miscarriage(s)

Utah Bill Criminalizes Miscarriage |

"A bill passed by the Utah House and Senate this week and waiting for the governor's signature, will make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage, and make induced abortion a crime in some instances.

According Lynn M. Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, what makes Utah's proposed law unique is that it is specifically designed to be punitive toward pregnant women, not those who might assist or cause an illegal abortion or unintended miscarriage..."

Entrepreneurs From Schools

Can Entrepreneurs Be Made?: "...What did affect their successes? Education — but not the college they graduate from. In a different study of the 652 CEOs and CTOs of 502 tech companies, we researched the correlation between education and the sales and headcount of companies founded. We learned that the there was a significant difference between companies started by founders with just high-school diplomas and the rest. Education provided a huge advantage. But there wasn’t a big difference between firms founded by Ivy-league graduates and the graduates of other universities..."

R Factor Infinity

Perfect Insulator Could Eliminate Heating Bills : Discovery News

Paul's Children Victor Frankenstein's have come back to haunt him. Paul burned by Tea Party blowback - Alex Isenstadt -

The Good Old Days Of HC Reform

Cassidy: Health care is changing with or without reform - San Jose Mercury News

"Remember back when we were going to reform health care?

A year ago, powerful special interests stood together and said they would share some pain for the good of the system and the country. Some congressional Republicans expressed interest in working with Democrats, who had the votes and popular support. All of which was good news for the growing number of Silicon Valley residents who were their own bosses and their own health-insurance providers.

But now? Now health care reform is a mess. Now it's clear that those who were willing to talk about pain were not actually willing to endure it. Now Republicans in Congress are intent on stopping an overhaul and Democrats are running scared, afraid that a vote to fix health care will mean a vote against them. Maybe a weak spine is a pre-existing condition for Congress..."

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Party Problems

Michael Smerconish: For Me, the Party Is Over: "...The national GOP is a party of exclusion and litmus tests, dominated on social issues by the religious right, with zero discernible outreach by the national party to anyone who doesn't fit neatly within its parameters. Instead, the GOP has extended itself to its fringe while throwing under the bus long-standing members like New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a McCain-Palin supporter in 2008 who told me she voted with her Republican leadership 90 percent of the time before running for Congress last fall.

Which is not to say I feel comfortable in the Democratic Party, either. Weeks before Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh's announcement that he will not seek reelection, I noted the centrist former governor's words to the Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib. Too many Democrats, Bayh said in that interview, are 'tone-deaf' to Americans' belief that the party had 'overreached rather than looking for consensus with moderates and independents...'"

HC Blame Game

Officials Racing to Pin Blame for High Health Costs | TopNews United States: "The fight over who is to be blamed for the rising health-care costs is now escalating, as officials and groups look to pin the problem on each other and say that none of the health-care legislations under consideration have managed to do enough to solve it.

In 2009, US spending on healthcare hit a record figure of $2.5 Trillion, as have been shared by Federal estimate. Over the coming 10 years, it is expected to climb to $4.5 Trillion..."

So when is someone going to talk about limiting ER health care for the uninsured, noncitizens? Or capping the costs that hospitals can pass along to the insured? Or the benefits to businesses if government takes over the cost of health care? There is plenty of blame to go around, but there are also plenty of potential solutions to be tried, most of which don't have anything to do with cutting taxes or invading Iran.

Fabreezing Ethics

Ethics panel clears 7 House members on earmarks | Reuters

Friday, February 26, 2010

Crack Sounds

Fascinating...The World's 10 Most Addictive Sounds - ABC News Click here for a playable list.

Liberal Brains

Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ - "Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly..."

Senator No To The Po'

Lone senator blocks unemployment benefit extensions - "...Retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, led a spirited Senate debate with Democrats over the issue -- at one time cursing at another senator on the floor..."

Maybe he needs a profane conference with Dead-Eye Darth Dick the Serial Draft Dodger and major league cusser.

People Don't Like Spending

...unless you're spending it on them. And btw, Fox-owned-by-Saudi Princes- News, who started this spending spree. Hmmm. Who inherited a trillion dollar surplus from Bill Clinton? Hmmm. - Fox News Poll: 78 Percent Say Government Spending Is Out of Control: "Nearly eight in 10 American voters (78 percent) say they think government spending is out of control, while 14 percent say it is being managed carefully. The poll also finds 59 percent of voters say they do not trust the federal government, an increase of 5 percentage points from a year ago, and up a striking 23 points since 2002..."

Circling The Drain For Two

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers Steps Down - ABC News

and Paterson drops out of New York governor race

VA Being Scoped, Too

VA to reopen Gulf War vets' files - More health news-

Scanning The Scammers

California subpoenas big health insurers' financial records - Los Angeles Times

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lest We Forget: Crook Edition

Rubio Used GOP Credit Card For Personal Expenses - "U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio came under fire Wednesday night after CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald reported that Rubio used a GOP American Express card to pay for personal expenses from 2005 to 2008. The purchases included repairs for the family minivan and wine store purchases, according to the Herald..."

Insurance Competition Looming?

House votes to strip health insurance companies of antitrust exemption - "The House voted Wednesday to strip health insurance companies of their exemption from federal antitrust laws, a Democratic measure that could resonate with public concerns about insurers but that has an uncertain future in the Senate..."

The Fickle Youth

Youth support for Democratic Party dwindling, poll finds: "Barack Obama wasn't banking on this kind of change when he rode to victory on a wave of young voters' support.

Gridlock in Washington and an escalating war in Afghanistan are behind waning support among 18 - 29-year-olds for the Democratic Party, a new poll reveals..."

Well, duh; no one could've seen that coming.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Issues Of Inclusion

Simply Left Behind: E Pluribus Unum: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: "...Look, I'm all for consensus building, and I'm all for inclusion. I would love to live in a world where we come together and try to recreate Eden, where no one suffers and no one feels slighted and everyone can have all that they need.

But Republicans simply won't do that. They don't want a state of grace for all people, just for a select few who happen to have a bit more of the green pieces of paper that our pathetic and moronic society is forced to live off.

They would rather see the rest of us die than to extend the decent hand of humanity to help others up.

Flat out, that's the truth. They are so blinded by their greed and ignorance that they cannot put it aside for even one minute to see that people are dying out here for want of adequate healthcare and it will only get worse..."

Fire This Guy, Too

Due to his heroic actions, a student may have been injured. Like the teachers in RI, shouldn't he be held responsible for everything that had happened and everything that was going to happen? After all, don't we hold teachers to a higher standard? (Given their pay and bonuses is perfection and clairvoyance too much to ask for?) Teacher tackles gunman after school shootings - Crime & courts-

The Right Thing?

Oh, and how many Wall Street vampires have been canned for screwing up the entire planet?

Where was the government bailout plan for this school? (And all the rest?)

Duncan applauds vote to fire entire RI school - "CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.—The U.S. Secretary of Education is applauding the vote to fire all the teachers at the high school in Central Falls because it is one of the worst performing schools in the state..."

Good luck on hiring replacements.

Update: Is this really union busting?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How Big Was Your Raise?

The tale of Babe Ruth and the President springs to mind here. I'm certain just about everyone had a better year than these vampires, yet...Wall Street bonuses jumped 17 percent last year | Reuters

Obama Has A Good Idea

Keep this up and I might just think about possibly supporting you-- but you have to deliver the goods, not just talk about delivering the goods.

Obama - Repeal Health Insurers Antitrust Exemption - "WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to strip health insurers of their decades-old exemption from federal antitrust laws -- hardening his stand against the industry as he tries to revive his stalled health care overhaul..."

Another Episode Of Pot 'N Kettle Theatre

Vicki Iovine: Girlfriends' Guide: Sarah Palin Is So Bitter!: "Does Sarah wake up every day, reach for her specs, slip in her 'Bumpit' and begin snorting around the media outlets like a truffle pig in search of the juicy fungus of persecution? It's like an itch that she scratches so often it has become a tic. Every slight is personal in the All About Me Universe of Alaska's Governor, Interrupted. Nothing is too random or private or just plain irrelevant for her to rush to Facebook with her righteous censure.

Just in case it wasn't clear from her book, Going Rogue, her skin is so thin that it's practically transparent..."

Wow. Who's thin-skinned? Look at the yourself in the mirror, Mr. or Ms. Left.

The Daily Uh-Oh: Turkish Edition

AFP: Top brass grilled over Turkey 'coup plot': "Turkish investigators grilled more than 40 military figures on Tuesday, including the retired heads of navy and air force, after mass arrests over an alleged plot to oust the Islamist-rooted government.

In the most dramatic move to date against the armed forces, anti-terror police detained the suspects Monday over a purported plan codenamed 'Operation Sledgehammer', drawn up in 2003 soon after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power..."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Boiling The Bankers In Oil

Auerback/Wray: Memo to Greece: Make War, Not Love, With Goldman Sachs « naked capitalism

"...Ok, if a literal armed attack on Goldman is too far-fetched, then go after the firm using the full force of the regulatory and legal systems. Close the offices and go through the files with a fine-tooth comb. Issue subpoenas to all non-clerical staff for court appearances. Make the internal emails public. Post the names of all managers and traders on Interpol. Arrest anyone who tries to board a plane, train, or boat; confiscate their passports; revoke their visas and work permits; and put a hold on their bank accounts until culpability can be assessed. Make life at least as miserable for them as it now is for Europe’s tens of millions of unemployed workers.

We know that the Obama administration will not go after the banksters that created this global financial calamity. It has been thoroughly co-opted by Wall Street’s fifth column—who hold most of the important posts in the administration..."

PUMAs Must Die?

Mythbuster Part I – President Hillary Clinton Versus President Barack Obama — Hillary Is 44: "Yesterday’s article The Democratic Civil War – One Side Must Die was the prelude to a series of articles we begin today..."

Muslims And Obama

Broken 'engagement' in the Middle East - Los Angeles Times: "What core value is shared by many American voters and much of the Muslim world? Disappointment in Barack Obama..."

Congressmen Chasing Toyota

Congressmen Say Toyota Misled Public About Recalls - Auto - "House investigators believe Toyota intentionally resisted the possibility that electronic defects caused unintended acceleration, and then misled the public into thinking its recall would fix all the problems.

Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak, chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the panel's investigative subcommittee, respectively, also said documents and interviews demonstrate the company relied on a flawed engineering report in its statements to reassure the public..."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

GOP Sneaking Up On SS, Again

Republican Attacks on Medicare and Social Security - Medicare and More: "...Sensing new opportunities because of the deficits they helped create and the strain the recession has put on Social Security and Medicare, the Republicans and Democratic deficit hawks have set their sights on both programs as if all “entitlements” contribute to the deficit. Social Security, for example, is self-sustaining and only its administrative costs (one percent) contributes to the deficit.

Nevertheless, the “Roadmap for America’s Future” (a more appealing name than the legalistic “Contract With America,“) would end future Social Security protection for all persons under 55 and substitute a “Personal Social Security Savings Program” – that is, investment accounts like that provided by the government (federal employees now also get Social Security)..."

Powell: Commits Truth!

Powell: We Are Not Less Safe Under Obama - Face The Nation - CBS News: "Claims that the United States is less safe under President Obama are not credible, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on 'Face the Nation' Sunday.

He also challenged criticism by some (including former Vice President Dick Cheney, who say that by not using extreme interrogation techniques such as waterboarding on terror suspects the United States is more vulnerable..."

Palin Doth Protest Too Much?

The joke was aimed at you, not your son, and was nowhere near the Letterman level. Move on. Sarah Palin-'Family Guy' Controversy Rages On - ABC News

CPAC Sez Paul For Prez

Ron Paul for President, says Conservative Political Action Conference poll. Ron Paul is the Dennis Kucinich of the Right; I like 'em both but neither will even darken the Presidential door.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dems Doing Something Constructive?

Feinstein takes on Anthem Blue Cross over premium hikes - San Jose Mercury News: "Responding to growing outrage over plans by Anthem Blue Cross to dramatically raise health insurance rates for hundreds of thousands of Californians, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday proposed giving the federal government new authority to block premium increases deemed to be 'unjustified...'"

Right Rewriting History Again

Energized conservatives pound on Democrats at CPAC - "...A newly muscular "tea party" movement dominated an old-line conservative conclave Thursday, depicting Democrats as destroying America's freedoms and warning Republicans not to take their support for granted..." I would list all the Constitutional issues that the Bush Administration trampled upon but I don't have that many pixels available.

Chinese Students Working For Their Gov

Remember those Iranian students who captured the American embassy? Somehow they turned into the government of Iran, more or less. Chinese students may have engineered cyberattacks on Google - Times Online

"I Am In Control" Dies

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig dies at 85 -

Friday, February 19, 2010

Winning Some Terror Battles

Decapitating the Taliban : NO QUARTER: "Continuing with the theme that Barack Obama supposedly is a surrender monkey who wants to criminalize terrorism instead of treating it as a military threat, the evidence is mounting that during his brief tenure as President the CIA and law enforcement in general are enjoying more success than anytime during the eight years of the Bush Administration. Take note of the three top level Taliban leaders captured in Pakistan during the last three weeks...

While a lot of media attention is focused on the apparent Mossad hit team taking out a Hamas gun merchant in Dubai over the weekend, the United States intelligence service has been enjoying some remarkable success. Most of the press is reporting the “arrests” as a consequence of US/Pakistani cooperation. What the media, for the most part, is ignoring is the more fundamental question–how did we know where these guys were?..."

Terrorist A Hero To "Patriots"

Patriot Movement Calling Joe Stack a Hero - ABC News: "Most were shocked by the charred scene of Joe Stack's kamikaze attack on a Texas IRS office, but for an alarmingly growing number of Americans Stack is a hero.

The Web was studded with praise for Stack almost immediately after his plane slammed into the Austin office complex Thursday morning. The admiring salutes appearing on sites ranging from Facebook to the pages of extremist groups reflect what experts say is an 'explosive growth' in the anti-government patriot movement..."

Go ahead and certify yourselves as bats**t insane.

And oh, a kamikaze was attacking a military target, not innocent civilians, so let's not compare apples and coconuts here.

No Nukes Sez Iran

Pray tell, who's on first over there? Khamenei: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons | Middle East | English

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Chiller Plane Crash Note

If you read the entire post, you may be surprised, if not shocked.

Internet note posted by man linked to plane crash | The Blotter: "...I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)"

Comment Of The Day

Conservative Hypocrisy « The Confluence: "Peggy Sue, on February 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm Said:

“Did you ever get the feeling you weren’t being told the complete truth?”

Hummm. Just about every minute of the day, particularly if I’m listening to or reading something from our brave media types.

Dakinikat, thank you for saying what needs to be said, again and again. The conservatives have no real solutions but they have plenty of buzzwords–liberty, free market, Founding Fathers, family, Rule of Law, which they use to confound and mesmerize people without defining how limited and narrow the scope actually is.

Though the Dems are in a self-inflicted tailspin right now, I’m getting sick of the revisionist history from the other side. You’d think this was brand new, something we’d never tried–a trickle-down economy, an ever-increasing military budget to keep out the boogie man, the Rule of Law that applies mostly to the wealthy and vested financial interests, the family that is defined by “their” dictionary and the need to put the government’s “nose between a woman’s legs” [love that whole section].

And the list goes on.

But wave the flag, bring up Mom and apple pie, and we’re all suppose to quiver and pull the lever with the big “R” on it.

What is this an attempt at mass hypnosis? Throw a little pixie dust around and maybe we’ll even forget the Bush years.

What worries me is people are desperate right now. The economy sucks despite all the happy talk. And desperate people do desperate things. Like fall for more hopey-changey nonsense. Which this Mt. Vernon Statement is, nothing more.

Another piece to bookmark!"

More Good News From Afghanistan

In Blow to Taliban, 2 More Senior Leaders Are Arrested -

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

Eye-opener: The Woods statement - who cares - Game On!: Covering the Latest Sports News

I guarantee you that I do not care.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

From The Lying Eyes Department

World may not be warming, say scientists - Times Online. ...because of inherent biases toward warming in the location of the weather collection stations. Check. Got it. Reasonable position. So when I look at the Arctic ice cap and see it is melting that is because the world is not getting warmer? I'll be more convinced if I see the ice cap growing by leaps and bounds this summer. We may be in for an ice age because the melting ice will flood the Hudson Bay and release quadrillions of gallons of fresh water into the ocean. Being less dense than salt water, the fresh water will sink, bringing the North Atlantic's thermal conveyor belt to a halt. No warm water will flow north and consequently temperatures will plummet in North America. That would be a bad thing.

Civil Rights For Students But Not Faculty

Students can apparently say whatever they want about faculty: Student’s Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech | Threat Level | But faculty can say nothing about students: Suspended Teacher in Facebook Incident Ignites Debate: Should Online Privacy for Educators Exist?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Solving The Health Care Cost Crisis

This is how to do it: After Years of Quiet, Expecting a Boom in U.S. Medical Schools -

More physicians equals less cost; simple supply and demand. Of course, in the medical rackets, that is a hard one to pull off since the professional medical unions (the AMA et. al.) will resist any attempt to produce more practitioners since they also know the inevitable result. The medical rackets of late have pulled off additional scams by continually upping the educational requirements for certain activities and requiring supervision of practically everything by a whole chain of well-paid professionals. Their defense is, of course, "we're saving your life, buddy." Maybe so, but just as higher education has grown an entire caste of very high paid middle managers, middle middle mangers, and upper middle managers, where once there was one manager and a secretary, so has the medical profession grown an entire subsystem of personnel who must be managed, supervised, and accredited, all of which is sucking money out the direct care end of the medical food chain. Yeah but, "you don't want an incompetent, tech school doctor working on you, do you?" And what exactly does an Ivy League degree guarantee? For inspiration, look toward George Bush and Barack Obama .

Why Insurance Is Expensive

It's not rocket science, people. How to fix this? Government or market intervention. Market intervention seems unlikely given price fixing and the monopolistic tendencies shown by all big businesses these days. So that leaves us with-- Top Five Health Insurers Posted 56 Percent Profit Gains in 2009 | Personal Health | AlterNet.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What I Think Of Winter

I would love to give someone credit for this-- but I got it an email and don't know who the photographer (and creative stager) is.

Palin Fundamentals

Op-Ed Columnist - Palin’s Cunning Sleight of Hand - "...The Palin shtick has now become the Republican catechism, parroted by every party leader in Washington. Their constant refrain, delivered with cynicism but not irony, is this: Republicans are the anti-big-government, anti-stimulus, anti-Wall Street, pro-Tea Party tribunes of the common folk. “This is about the people,” as Palin repeatedly put it last weekend while pocketing $100,000 of the Tea Partiers’ money..."

Israel Rattles Olive Branch

Israel asks Russia for Iran sanctions with teeth | Reuters: "Netanyahu, who met Medvedev in the Kremlin Monday, is trying to harden the resolve of major powers for additional sanctions against the Islamic Republic, which the West suspects is trying to make a nuclear bomb.

Iran's announcement that it has begun making higher-grade nuclear fuel has heightened Western suspicions and sparked greater worry in Moscow about Tehran's true intentions, though Iran denies it is trying to make an atomic bomb.

But Israel, seeing a mortal threat, has hinted it could attack Iran's nuclear facilities pre-emptively if it deems international diplomacy a dead end..."

More Alabama Victims

Alabama shooting spree stuns Bishop’s husband - The Boston Globe

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Killing Too Many Terrorists

Barack Obama, Terrorist Ping Pong : NO QUARTER: "...Obama does what Bush and Clinton both failed to do–located one of the bombers responsible for attacking the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998 and snuffs his ass. And now he’s wrong because he’s killing too many terrorists?

I will say it again. I think Barack Obama is an inexperienced, Chicago politician who is way over his head as President. However, this drumbeat of criticism directed at Obama for having the audacity to kill terrorists when he can and to also uphold the Constitution is not only wrong, it is unfair."

Pelosi Vs O

Family feud: Nancy Pelosi at odds with President Obama - Mike Allen and Patrick O'Connor - "...Earlier this month, Pelosi criticized the president’s State of the Union call to exempt defense spending from a budget freeze. And in a White House meeting with leaders of both parties this week, she questioned the effectiveness of his plan to give small businesses tax breaks to hire workers.

“What you’re seeing now in public has been building in private,” said a top House Democratic official. “House members did their work — they did everything the president asked of them. And it gets stuck in the Senate. Or the Senate screws it up...”"

From The No Kidding Department

Health care for small businesses, employees is simply unaffordable | | Palladium-Item

O Defines Insanity

My italics. Note the source of this little tid-bit.

Peggy Noonan: The Off-Center President - "...A week after the Sawyer interview, the president had a stunning and revealing exchange with Sen. Blanche Lincoln, the Arkansas Democrat likely to lose her 2010 re-election campaign. He was meeting with Senate Democrats to urge them to continue with his legislative agenda. Mrs. Lincoln took the opportunity to beseech him to change it. She urged him to distance his administration from 'people who want extremes,' and to find 'common ground' with Republicans in producing legislation that would give those in business the 'certainty' they need to create jobs.

While answering, Mr. Obama raised his voice slightly and quickened his cadence. 'If the price of certainty is essentially for us to adopt the exact same proposals that were in place leading up to the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression . . . the result is going to be the same. I don't know why we would expect a different outcome pursuing the exact same policy that got us in this fix in the first place.' He continued: 'If our response ends up being, you know . . . we don't want to stir things up here,' then 'I don't know why people would say, 'Boy, we really want to make sure those Democrats are in Washington fighting for us...''"

Global Warming Snow

Snowstorm and climate change - Los Angeles Times: "...Snow and global warming aren't mutually exclusive, climate scientists say. For starters, the amount of recorded warming over the last century, about 1 degree Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels, is nowhere near enough to eradicate winter in the mid-Atlantic.

Also, weather is variable: The planet would have extreme highs and lows with or without an overall warming trend.

And for all the recent snow in Washington, it hasn't been that cold -- mostly in the 20s or low 30s. The average temperature in Washington in January, according to the National Climatic Data Center, was about a degree warmer than the average for the last 40 years.

But the reverse is also true: The fact that Vancouver, Canada, is experiencing record-high temperatures and importing snow for the Winter Olympics doesn't prove a warming trend..."

The more likely key to actual climate change is observe sea levels and the Arctic ice pack, both of which indicate warming is occurring, though it is quite possible that this winter may blunt the trend. Over the history of Planet Earth, the benign climate of the past ten thousand years is an oddity; the typical climate has many more and larger temperature swings than we've experienced in our human history.

Dead Eye Dick Disses O

The Associated Press: Biden says Cheney is misinformed or misleading: "Vice President Joe Biden is dismissing his predecessor's criticism of the Obama administration's commitment to fighting terrorism, saying bluntly that Dick Cheney is either misinformed or is misinforming.

In an interview airing Sunday on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' Biden said he thinks Cheney doesn't listen to the facts and is trying to rewrite history.

Cheney maintains that the Obama administration is failing to treat the battle against terrorism as war..."

So, Mr. Irrelevant, why don't you go dodge the draft a few times, or maybe get drunk and shoot a lawyer in the face while trying to murder birds?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Founding Fathers And Church

This post has an excellent summary supporting the notion that the nation's founders were not of the religious loon variety, in case you didn't know they were mostly Deists. Daily Kos: Our Founders were NOT Fundamentalists: "...Actual Founder-President #1, George Washington, became an Anglican as required for original military service under the British, and occasionally quoted scripture. But he vehemently opposed any church-state union. In a 1790 letter to the Jews of Truro, he wrote: The “Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistances, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.” A 1796 treaty he signed says “the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” Washington rarely went to church and by some accounts refused last religious rites..."

They Also Served

War dogs remembered, decades later - "..About 200 Vietnam War dog handlers, who were trained to read and communicate with their canine partners, have gathered for a reunion. And on Saturday they'll join an expected several thousand others for the 10th anniversary rededication of the War Dog Memorial at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside.

During the Vietnam War, more than 4,000 dogs served in various positions, said Michael Lemish, a military dog historian and author of "Forever Forward: K-9 Operations in Vietnam..."

Friday, February 12, 2010

Expand Your Mind

Robert Lanza, M.D.: Anything Beyond The Universe? New Theory Changes Our Destiny

Reid Chasing Cheats

Reid's Jobs Bill Includes Tax-Evasion Provisions - "WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to use measures cracking down on offshore-tax evasion to pay for the cost of a $15 billion stimulus bill he wants to push through the Senate this month.

The tax-enforcement provisions are the main offset for Mr. Reid's jobs-creation bill, according to text of the legislation introduced Thursday..."

A Founding History Lesson

Quite possibly, this article is more than you wanted to know-- it certainly is comprehensive. Magazine Preview - How Christian Were the Founders? -

Billions For Wall Street...

...pennies for Joe Sixpack. - After Rare Bipartisan Deal, Reid Slashes Jobs Bill.

The Daily Uh-Oh

At one time I would have felt differently about this meeting. Littlest O needs to read this before he takes that meeting. Barack Obama to meet Dalai Lama next week - Telegraph

Google Broadband Ploy

Google's Big Fiber Play: What Gives? - PCWorld: "...Maybe Google's biggest point is to create a model broadband network that the United States, and maybe even the rest of the world, can use as an example of how broadband Internet should be deployed on a national level. Google's broadband network would not only be fast, but would also be managed with the principles of net neutrality in mind..."

Fox Warns GOP

When your owner speaks, you must listen. - Don't Screw It Up, Republicans: "...Last week, Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama placed a blanket hold on each and every one of President Obama’s nominees currently before the Senate for confirmation because the Alabama Senator sought to raise attention to the lack of support for key pork barrel projects in his state. The Shelby Stick-Up could have potentially ended up being the Republican version of the Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback that have recently helped sink the Democratic brand. Fortunately for Republicans, Shelby decided to release his holds on most of Obama's nominees after only a few days, thus preventing public outrage from fomenting.
Nonetheless, Shelby’s unprincipled obstructionism is instructive on how Republicans should not act if they wish to regain power.

'I guess if you needed one example of what’s wrong with this town, it might be that one senator can hold up 70 qualified individuals to make government work better because he didn’t get his earmarks,' White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, echoing a line of attack against Republicans that Shelby’s actions opened up.

Regardless of the fact that Shelby lifted most of his holds, Republicans in the Senate must speak up and denounce the Alabama Senator’s political maneuver lest the entire party suffer because of the actions of one disgraceful Senator.

But it isn’t just Richard Shelby’s shenanigans that endanger the Republican brand going into November. The birtherism that raised its ugly head at last weekend’s Tea Party convention in Nashville is also potentially disastrous..."

"He Ain't Frisbee" Dies

Frisbee inventor dies at 90 | World news |

Thursday, February 11, 2010

From The Fat Front

Shakesville: Let's Move: "...I just said in January of another similarly disastrous idea: 'Just on the most cursory, simplistic level, this has the I assume every fat, disabled person I see is disabled because they're fat, and don't consider the possibility they're fat because they're disabled problem about which I've written before.' While physically disability that limits movement may be less endemic among children than adults, this is nonetheless a national campaign equating 'moving' with 'getting thin/healthy,' without regard for an implicitly disablist message.

And, naturally, it also fails wholly to take into consideration that not everyone who 'moves' loses weight, anyway. There are fat people who regularly exercise, whose bodies persistently stay 'overweight,' laying waste to the 'calories in, calories out' meme..."

Two times in my entire adult life have I been "normal" weight: once after a two week stint in practice POW camp and years later when I was running a minimum of thirty miles per week. Do you know how much time it takes to run that much? Answer: More than I could spare and tend to my family and my job. So why don't just jump to the inevitable conclusion of this MADD-like campaign and shoot all fat people. That way no one will have to look at us, or smell our second smoke, or be offended by our overheated bodies. As far as that dieting suggestion goes, instead of telling me to stop eating, walk a mile in my sneakers and try not breathing. That's just about how easy it is to stop eating, and yes I've gone the rabbit food route with virtually no success. The only thing that does in fact work for me is massive amounts of exercise. So, the "Move" might help some kids, but for many others, they may be even more demonized by the BMI dictators.

Both An Attacker And Defender Be...

...and you will be the G O P.

Having It Both Ways on Medicare - Paul Krugman Blog - "One of the truly amazing things about the health care debate is the way Republicans have managed to pose as defenders of Medicare. The death panel thing has been absolutely central to their argument. For example, when I was debating Roger Ailes on This Week, his response to my Massachusetts comparison — that the Senate bill was basically the same as Romneycare — was to start blustering that Mitt Romney didn’t slash Medicare benefits.

It’s all hypocrisy, of course. Remember what the 1995 government shutdown was about: it was Newt Gingrich trying to force Bill Clinton to accept, yes, deep cuts in Medicare. And it’s not just history: Republican plans to balance the budget rely crucially on … deep cuts in Medicare..."

Please, Google, Please...

...get in the broadband business. Comcast and Verizon and all the seven dwarfs need more competition. (You're a computer geek if you understand the seven dwarfs reference--or maybe you're just old.) Google Gigabit Broadband: Progress vs. Profits - PCWorld Business Center

Us Unhappy With Gov

From the "No Kidding Department Of Obviousness": Poll finds most Americans are unhappy with government - "Two-thirds of Americans are 'dissatisfied' or downright 'angry' about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is 'wasted...'"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Of The O Unsocialist I Sing

Riverdaughter comments on O saying that he is just fine with people making lotsa moola: Krugman says, “We’re doomed” « The Confluence: "...Ya know, I’m a liberal and I don’t begrudge people making money either, as long as they don’t do it by electing politicians that will get rid of the rules for them so they can speculate recklessly with other peoples’ money, get in over their heads, ruin innocent citizens’ retirement plans, jobs and livelihoods and then give some of the “bonus” money they made with taxpayer bailout funds to the “Mashie Niblick Widows and Orphans Fund” of their choice so they can look like they’re being good guys while they’re applying for a tax deduction for charitable contributions. Now, *that’s* chutzpah! How is it that Barack Obama admires these “savvy businessmen”? Obama is one of them..

Some of us are seeing our industries decimated and our friends’ careers irretrievably gone to Asia, our lives ruined by these insensitive, “What’s mine is mine; what’s yours is mine” bizspeaking, short sighted, greedy, testosterone poisoned adolescents posing as men (and it’s almost exclusively men) and Obama wants us to “cut’em a break”? Compare them to a talented ballplayer who sells his body parts to wealthy men for sport? At least major league ballplayers are ENTERTAINING!

By the way, tea partiers, this should prove to you once and for all that Obama is NOT a socialist."

Brass Dragging Slippers

What is the military waiting for? Majority of Americans favor repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Daily Flashback: Plame Edition

Just when you think No Quarter has gone all Republican-lite, Larry Johnson unleashes a fusillade at Skippy the Wonder Bush and his team of Screaming Sissies-- Republican National Security Leak Hypocrisy : NO QUARTER:

"Aw, pity the poor, oppressed Republicans who are in high dudgeon over the Obama Administration’s “playing politics” with terrorism. Really? As I recall it was not the Obama Administration that jumped on the arrest of Abdulmuttalab-i.e., the failed underwear bomber–to tout their prowess as a fighter of Al Qaeda. Nope. It was the Republicans who insisted that Obama had surrendered to terrorists because the FBI, per standard practice, arrested the suspect because he was on U.S. territory and U.S. law applied.

As I have noted before, the FBI followed the same procedure they employed in previous, similar cases. The arrest of failed shoe bomber, Richard Reid, back in December 2001 is the very same thing. We did not hear from one elected Republican back then accusing Bush of being “soft” on terrorists. Not one insisted that Reid go to Guantanamo.

And don’t give me the bullshit that “this is different.” The only difference here is that Umar Farouk is Nigerian and flew to Detroit. Both men had training from Al Qaeda operatives. Here is what is really galling.

Republican crocodile tears on “politicizing terrorism.” Especially from the likes of Kit Bond. Here’s what I wrote five years ago:.."

Click on the link for the Plame reminder (it is damning and has highly entertaining comments).

Bush Lovers Rejoice!

Miss Me Yet Billboard Featuring George W. Bush in Minnesota - AOL News: "It's only been a year since a helicopter flew him out of the capital right after the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But some Americans will be pleased to know that George W. Bush is out there, watching over them after all. From a billboard, high above Interstate Highway 35 near Wyoming, Minn., to be exact. And he wants to know if you miss him..."

"Miss me Yet?" No, not "No," but "Hell, No." So far, for all his incompetence, Obama has not managed to let a major American city drown, nor has he started an unnecessary war, emptying our Treasury and killing thousands, nor has he bankrupted the Republic (yet), nor has he trampled all over our Constitution and our civil liberties. Begone Bush! And Bush-lites. We needed greatness in the White House and we got mediocrity but at least we didn't get raging hate and stupidity to go with it.

Budget Eaters

Beat the Press Archive | The American Prospect: "The NYT and every one else keeps saying that Social Security is one of the three most rapidly growing items in the budget. This is not true. Defense spending grew more rapidly over the last decade. We spent $655.8 billion on defense in 2009 more than double the $306.1 billion spent in 2001. $By comparison, Social Security spending rose by just over 50 percent during these years from $429.4 billion in 2001 to $677.7 billion last year. If we're looking forward, interest spending is projected to grow more rapidly. So it is simply inaccurate to list Social Security among the areas of most rapid spending growth in the budget..."

Who's Your O'Daddy?

"Irony of ironies: Obama, Wall Street and the Hamilton Project"--Cannonfire: "...Obama gets into power with donations from the big financials. He spent his first year in office coddling that crowd. That coddling alienated much of his progressive base. It also allowed the right to create a fake 'populist' movement against him.

Now he is slowly coming 'round to the idea of regulating Wall Street -- because that's the only way to salvage both this rotten economy and his failing presidency. The Street gang says in reply: 'We brought you into this world, and we'll take you out.' No money for 2012. International corporate money will be the deciding factor in upcoming elections, thanks to our lovely Supreme Court.

Neither the progs nor the tea-baggers will forgive him for Year One. The Republicans energized their base through anti-Street rhetoric -- yet they'll win elections with Street money.

Wot I calls irony, that is."

Wasting A Crisis

Republicans and the Populist Temptation - "...Since then the market rally has tracked the demise, one by one, of all these initiatives, because investors could see that a political environment that had been far out of equilibrium was quickly finding its balance. Republicans stayed unified in their opposition, while in every case key Democrats lost their nerve.

Since the stimulus, precisely nothing has been accomplished by the Obama administration or the Democratic Congress. The good crisis went to waste, and stocks soared..."

And the suffering of the people continued, unabated by the riches of the rich.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Murtha Gone

Rep. John Murtha dies at 77 - "Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, has died following complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his office. He was 77..."

The Curs Of Wall Street

You always run the risk of rabies when you save a starving, mangy dog from a miserable end. Feed them a bit and they'll want more. Turn your back and they'll have you for lunch. So it is for our financial mongrels and their scavenging packs of jackals: Wall Street turning against Obama, Dems -

Where Were They In 2005?

Analysis: Where does the Tea Party go from here? - "As the National Tea Party Convention concluded this weekend, it's clear that the Tea Partiers are propelled by two competing claims -- a principled commitment to fiscal conservatism and a serious case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

The first group remains true to the roots of the movement as it emerged almost one year ago amid bailout backlash. They feel like modern Paul Reveres, warning their fellow citizens about the unsustainable nature of our government's deficit spending and unprecedented debt..."

I'll say it again: Deficit spending was no problem with these people when Bush was driving the country into fiscal ruin, so why not just admit to being another stealth GOP operation? Oh, I know. Then it wouldn't be stealth and they couldn't claim to be non-partisan then.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Flogging Cumo

Blaming Bank of America - "...Mr. Cuomo's drive to pump up the volume on taxpayer-backed mortgages didn't stop at Fannie and Freddie. In 2008, Wayne Barrett wrote in the leftist Village Voice about the changes Mr. Cuomo wrought at the Federal Housing Administration, encouraging bigger loans with smaller down payments.

Even if one believes the allegations hurled by the New York Attorney General, Mr. Cuomo has done far more harm to taxpayers and investors than the defendants, by any reasonable measure. A better use of time would be to investigate his own involvement in the mortgage meltdown in the hope that he will do less damage while taxpayers continue to pay his salary."

Dems Endorse Republican - Specter Wins Pennsylvania Democratic Party Backing for Senate Primary Bid: "The Pennsylvania Democratic Committee on Saturday endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter over Rep. Joe Sestak for the Senate nomination, despite Specter's recent conversion to the Democrats after 30 years as an elected Republican.

Specter garnered 77 percent of the committee vote, surpassing the 66 percent needed to gain the party's nod..."

NO Has New Mayor

Landrieu Elected Mayor of New Orleans - "Voters elected Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu mayor of New Orleans Saturday, marking the first time the city will have a white mayor in three decades.

Mr. Landrieu won in a landslide in a vote that was scheduled as a primary and that many had worried would be overshadowed by revelry and football fever as the New Orleans Saints prepared for their first Super Bowl appearance on Sunday in Miami, and as Mardi Gras parades were under way..."

Publishers Shooting Their Feet

Publishers Short-Sighted in E-Book Price Fight - PCWorld: "...Furthermore, no printing or distribution costs are associated with an e-book. No brick-and-mortar storefronts or expensive retail leases, either. Consumers understand this and expect to see these cost savings reflected in the price of e-books. Amazon gets it too, but publishers apparently don't..."

As a Kindle owner, I can say: "Exactly."

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Tax Truth (Lowest In Sixty Years?) - Archive by Date: "...Tea Partiers also say taxes are too high, but here, too, perception differs from reality, at least by history's measure. In 2009 and 2010, tax receipts collected by Washington will total 14.8% of the economy. That is the lowest since 1950..."

GOP Supports Small Biz?

Obama urges Congress to back small business plan | Reuters: "Obama has faced opposition to the proposal from Republicans who want money paid back to the government by big banks returned to the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction.

The president used his weekly radio and Web address to promote his proposals to generate job growth in small businesses by using $30 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program fund for small business loans and offering a new tax credit for over 1 million small businesses that hire new workers or raise wages..."

Funny how deficeits were never a problem with Skippy the Bush of the Lesser, but get a Democrat in office and all of sudden being in the proverbial hole suddenly becomes the Problem To End Civilization As We Know It.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Wishing 'N Hopin' For Al

Reward Good Behavior- Al Franken « The Confluence: "...I’m happy to say that Al was one of my better bets in 2008. He’s turned out to be pretty much what I expected: an assertive, principled, liberal Democrat who is a royal pain in the ass to the Republicans and some Democrats alike. He opens his mouth and shameless liberal ideals come out of it. Watching him go after insurance companies that cut people off at their sickest, defense contractors who force rape victims into mediation and Joe Lieberman’s endless monotone bogarting of the Senate mic has been a joy and a pleasure. This may be the “Al Franken Decade”. It’s 30 years late but I’ll take it..."

Krugmen's Reminder

Dovetailing nicely with the previous post is this reminder about lying liars and dastardly deceivers. Op-Ed Columnist - Fiscal Scare Tactics - "These days it’s hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a news program without encountering stern warnings about the federal budget deficit. The deficit threatens economic recovery, we’re told; it puts American economic stability at risk; it will undermine our influence in the world. These claims generally aren’t stated as opinions, as views held by some analysts but disputed by others. Instead, they’re reported as if they were facts, plain and simple.

Yet they aren’t facts..."

A Taxing Moral

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post

The Rich And The Richer

Republicans Chase Wall Street Donors - "Republicans are stepping up their campaign to win donations from Wall Street, trying to capitalize on an increasing sense of regret among executives at big financial institutions for backing Democrats in 2008..."

Well, golleee, go figure; between the GOPers and the DINOs there will soon be no wealth for anyone else to share.

Dinosaur Revisionism

No, I'm not talking about DINO Dixiecrats. Yale Scientists First to Reveal Flamboyant Colors of a Dinosaur’s Feathers

Thursday, February 04, 2010

O'Uncivily Do I Dote?

Carl hits the old funny bone hard again when he worries where Little O has been for the past coupla decades-Simply Left Behind: Dude?: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy

Another Crook Goes Down

Queens Newspaper New York - Queens NY News Paper- The Queens Courier > News > Top Stories > Former Assemblymember Anthony Seminerio sentenced to six years in prison

O'Web Woes

Newsmax - Obama Surrendering Internet to Foreign Powers: "Without the ingenuity of America’s brightest minds and the investment of U.S. taxpayer dollars, there would be no Internet, as we now know it today.

Now, the Obama administration has moved quietly to cede control of the Web from the United States to foreign powers..."

Ok, some of the comments in this post deserve a little more highlighting:

...Just this past spring, within months of Obama's taking office, his administration, through the Department of Commerce, agreed to relinquish some control over IANA and their governance. The Obama administration has agreed to give greater representation to foreign companies and countries on IANA.

This amounts to one small step for internationalism and one giant leap for surrendering America's control over an invention we have every right and responsibility to control and manage...
My bold, btw:

...We invented it, and we paid for the research and implementation that made it
possible. We are the freest, most tolerant nation on earth, we believe in the fundamental right of free speech, and we practice a free market of commerce and ideas.

America has always been against censorship and has shared its invention with the world without fee or unreasonable or arbitrary restriction. The user fee to operate on the Internet is not one paid to the U.S. government; a consumer pays it to private Internet companies, who provide access to the Internet through servers for their subscribers...

After you get off the floor laughing, try watching some skin porn on your toob, then go practice tolerance by driving through urban America with a Rebel flag flying or try booming some busting hip-hop through rural America and find out just how far that tolerance goes. Yeah, we're tolerant. Just not that tolerant.

I do agree with the gist of the post that the U.S. should retain control, but I am not going to delude myself about the reasons why we should retain control.

France Leading The Way

Wonder how the right-wingers feel about being out-done by the French. Veiled wife costs man French citizenship - "France has denied citizenship to a man because he allegedly forced his wife to wear a full Islamic veil, the French immigration minister said in a statement Wednesday..."

Brain Scan News

Vegetative Patients Locked In, but Not Gone? An fMRI Brain Scan May Tell - ABC News "For the brother of Terri Schiavo,..."

Somehow I just knew that Schiavo would get into this story. Sigh. Just because a brain scan revealed a level of consciousness in one patient does not mean it will reveal such in all patients. Think, people.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Comment Of The Day

From bluelyon in "Evils"--Cannonfire: "...But I also feel so disconnected from the Democratic Party that I despair daily. Really I do. I take no pleasure in the fact that they are probably going to lose their majority in Congress in 2010. Damn, I was a 50-state strategy field organizer, for crying out loud. But what do we do when the Democratic Party has so thoroughly sold us down the river?

Worse, even if I wanted to defend them, they aren't giving me any material. Gawd, it was hard enough when I was working as a field organizer, but back then the Dems were in the minority. Everything we did was to get them the much vaunted majority. We did it. And all through the times we worked for them, we choked back our frustration when Dems didn't stand up for Democratic values and rolled over for the Republicans. Still we soldiered on and they got all three brass rings. And what did they do with it? Rolled over, just like they did when they were in the minority..."

The O'Thrill Is Gone

Ajami: The Obama Spell Is Broken - "...There is nothing surprising about where Mr. Obama finds himself today. He had been made by charisma, and political magic, and has been felled by it. If his rise had been spectacular, so, too, has been his fall. The speed with which some of his devotees have turned on him—and their unwillingness to own up to what their infatuation had wrought—is nothing short of astounding. But this is the bargain Mr. Obama had made with political fortune.

He was a blank slate, and devotees projected onto him what they wanted or wished. In the manner of political redeemers who have marked—and wrecked—the politics of the Arab world and Latin America, Mr. Obama left the crowd to its most precious and volatile asset—its imagination. There was no internal coherence to the coalition that swept him to power. There was cultural 'cool' and racial absolution for the white professional classes who were the first to embrace him. There was understandable racial pride on the part of the African-American community that came around to his banners after it ditched the Clinton dynasty..."

From The Pot'n'Kettle Dept: GOP Edition

Pay czar says AIG bonus flap to end in March | Reuters: "...American International Group Inc, which was bailed out with a $182.3 billion U.S. aid package, is expected to pay out another round of employee bonuses on Wednesday worth about $100 million, according to the Washington Post.

The payout is part of a previously known $195 million award that was due to employees of the AIG Financial Products unit.

The latest awards have drawn fire from Republicans in Congress, including Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, who said AIG 'outmaneuvered' the Obama administration and now has taxpayers 'over a barrel...'"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Tibetian Myths...

... or why I love the Internet. In my post below, commenter Billy Pilgrim turned me on to this link: (click here), which gave me quite the education on Tibet, some of which of I was vaguely aware of but none of which I was keenly aware of. A sample:

...In addition to being under a lifetime bond to work the lord's land---or the monastery's land---without pay, the serfs were obliged to repair the lord's houses, transport his crops, and collect his firewood. They were also expected to provide carrying animals and transportation on demand. "It was an efficient system of economic exploitation that guaranteed to the country's religious and secular elites a permanent and secure labor force to cultivate their land holdings without burdening them either with any direct day-to-day responsibility for the serf's subsistence and without the need to compete for labor in a market context." [17]

The common people labored under the twin burdens of the corv�e (forced unpaid labor on behalf of the lord) and onerous tithes. They were taxed upon getting married, taxed for the birth of each child, and for every death in the family. They were taxed for planting a new tree in their yard, for keeping domestic or barnyard animals, for owning a flower pot, or putting a bell on an animal. There were taxes for religious festivals, for singing, dancing, drumming, and bell ringing. People were taxed for being sent to prison and upon being released. Even beggars were taxed. Those who could not find work were taxed for being unemployed, and if they traveled to another village in search of work, they paid a passage tax. When people could not pay, the monasteries lent them money at 20 to 50 percent interest. Some debts were handed down from father to son to grandson. Debtors who could not meet their obligations risked being placed into slavery for as long as the monastery demanded, sometimes for the rest of their lives. [18]...

Sometimes things are not even close to how they seem. Should China be ruling Tibet? Probably not. Should Tibet be ruling Tibet the way they did rule Tibet? Definitely not. Food for thought.

China Making American Mistake

China Warns Obama Against Meeting with Dalai Lama | Asia | English...which is exactly the sort of thing that gets every American's back up.

Rodent Forecast

Punxsutawney Phil: 6 more weeks of winter - Life- You think? btw & icuc, the wooly worms agree.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Too Funny Socialist Post

Simply Left Behind: From Your Friends At Ralph Spoilsport Motors: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy

Super Bowl Dobson Ad Response

What Tim Tebow's Super Bowl ad can teach the pro-choice movement - "...So here's our Super Bowl strategy for the choice movement. We'd go with a 30-second spot, too. The camera focuses on one woman after another, posed in the situations of daily life: rushing out the door in the morning for work, flipping through a magazine, washing dishes, teaching a class of sixth-graders, wheeling a baby stroller. Each woman looks calmly into the camera and describes her different and successful choice: having a baby and giving it up for adoption, having an abortion, having a baby and raising it lovingly. Each one being clear that making choices isn't easy, but that life without tough choices doesn't exist."