Sunday, May 29, 2011

What We Were And Are

One step ahead makes you a leader… « The Confluence: "...We were once Democrats. No one represents us now. I think the proper term for us is “unaffiliated Liberals”. We are not Tea Party people. Nope. Not even close. We never signed onto the birther fiasco. We didn’t like the way the left was demonizing Sarah Palin because it was sexist, boorish behavior that wasn’t going to change anyone’s mind. It’s a pointless distraction and she plays her role as a shiny object to lefty magpies very well. Nevertheless, we don’t support her or her politics..."

Abortion & The GOP Nanny State

Republican State Rep. Michelle Litjens supports abortion limits, bill | The Oshkosh Northwestern | thenorthwestern.com:

Flogging Libertarians

Cannonfire:'Surveillance' --- "...We must be ruthless with Libertarians. When they enter the room, the topic must always be economics, economics, economics. Are you or are you not in favor of more deregulation for finance capitalists? If the answer is 'more deregulation, please,' then you are the devil and must be treated as such. No compromise. No forgiveness. And I will not be distracted by your claimed stances on things like the Patriot Act, the Iraq war, pot smoking or any of the rest of it. You are the Devil and that is that..."

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wisconsin Court Says "No" To Gov

Wisconsin Court Voids Governor Walker’s Public-Employee Labor Law Changes - Bloomberg:

Is Fox News Always Wrong?

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Thinks Sarah Palin Is 'Stupid': New York Magazine (UPDATE):

NC GOPers Go Petty

NCAE Daily Political Briefing:

"...Democratic senators repeatedly asked their GOP colleagues during the debate why NCAE was being singled out in this legislation and no answer was given. Many legal observers predicted the silence was because Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) revealed too much in committee last week. Hise, the bill sponsor, admitted in the Rules Committee that he was told that Senate Bill 727 would not progress through the General Assembly unless it was targeted specifically at NCAE.

Senator Doug Berger (D-Franklin) admonished his Senate colleagues for their political pettiness. “If this legislation passes, it will be the most shameful act passed by this legislative body,” he said before explaining the illegality of the bill. “It is pure discrimination and you’re asking for a law suit. It will be struck down by the courts...”


North Carolina does not have unions. The NCAE is an advocacy group with no power to strike or anything else.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sparks Flying

Elizabeth Warren gets mad - How the World Works - Salon.com:

From The "We Knew That" Department

bama is looking like a 2008 Republican - CNN.com:

Excellent Post On Macho Man

Bill Simmons: Macho Man brought together the die-hards, the bandwagon fans and the '80s - ESPN:

Uppity Woman

Uppity Woman: Child support After 30 years.

Christie Whines About Evolution

Gov. Christie got upset at a reporter's question about evolution, apparently fuming that he couldn't answer honestly because of all the Darwin-deniers in the GOP. I have some advice,Gov: if your political party is too stupid for you, then change the party, or change parties. Don't shoot the questioner. Birtherism, the debt ceiling, climate change, evolution: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality? - By Jacob Weisberg - Slate Magazine:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Greed Is The Answer Below

I had worked full-time, unpaid overtime, high stress, constant aggravation, for twenty years before I took a real vacation-- a one week trip to the beach. Sure, I had some time-off but I could never get enough saved to do anything so my vacations were consumed with part-time jobs and chores. Relax? Nah. Work, work, work. Now that I'm sorta retired and could do some things, my health is so problematic that even those trips to the beach seem out of reach. I think there is a health price to pay for too much work. Why is America the 'no-vacation nation'? - CNN.com:

No Fox, No Party

Tea Party Confessions: "There Would Not Have Been A Tea Party Without Fox" | Media Matters for America:

More Graham Cracker

Franklin Graham a little too revealing? | theCLog:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Return Of The Cosmological Constant

So regular old stuff: planets, stars, and dirty socks, only account for 4% of the stuff in the Universe. I'd like to see a bit more proof before I buy the entire set, like a pint of dark matter or a watt of dark energy. BBC News - New method 'confirms dark energy':

He Ain't His Daddy

Like Bad Penny George Bush, the prodigal son returned, much diminished, from a couple of decades of partying. This apple fell a long ways from the tree. Franklin Graham: The next Jerry Falwell? - Local - TheSunNews.com:

No Profit In A Cure

Is Big Pharma Ignoring a Potential Cancer Cure? - FoxNews.com:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ryan's War

Tuesday: Paul Ryan and Class Envy « The Confluence:

"...I’m not sure where Ryan’s going with this “class envy” thing but recently, I have gotten really nostalgic for the 70′s, minus the bad fashion and avocado and gold color schemes. I grew up in an America where you could own a house and two cars on one measly income. I can’t recall anyone in my family moping around resentful of the rich. It would have been nice to have a college fund but it’s not like we were hungry, homeless or over our heads in debt. Every kid had their own bedroom and we went to DisneyWorld on vacation a couple of times. The rest of the time we went camping. Ok, so we had a single color TV and every time the sucker went on the fritz, my dad would swear he wasn’t going to get it fixed so that we could all learn to enjoy each other’s company.

That lasted about 72 hours.

When people are losing their jobs and homes and are angry that the rich aren’t paying their fair share, like at the level they did when I was a kid, I’m pretty certain it’s not “class envy” they’re expressing. It’s righteous indignation that they’re getting screwed by the bastards who aren’t even pretending anymore that tax cuts create jobs..."

Faux News Cover-up

...that may actually be obstruction of justice. All this should come as no surprise to anyone. News Corpse » Megyn Kelly and Fox News Helped Sen. Ensign Cover-Up His Crimes::

Ahnold Admits To Love Child

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he deserves 'feelings of anger and disappointment' over out-of-wedlock child | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times:

For all you tongue-clickers, let's have a Daily Flashback to this.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Selling America

Carl throws some good jabs in this post. Check it out.

Simply Left BehindThe Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: Privatizing The Country:

"Y'know, it's not enough that conservatives screwed the American people by insisting that perfectly good utilities like your power company or the telephone system be deregulated and then handed back to the free markets.

Cuz, you know, that worked so well for the average American...."

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Inside The Evil (App) Empire

It's GOP techniques aren't well-seen by its fan boys, but Apple lives on PR, renaming programs apps, repackaging old ideas like tablets, and making dull cool.. It screws its customers and patrons regularly,just like the GOP, and they beg for more. Read this interview for a bit of insight in doing business with Apple. The snippet after the link is the gist of the interview. iFlow Reader developer rages at Apple (Q&A) | Fully Equipped - CNET Reviews: "...it's amazing. Apple is the worst company in the world to do business with. It's breathtaking..."

Monday, May 09, 2011

Blame The Victim Economics

Krugman disputes the notion that the public is at fault for the current economic mess-- a lie sold endlessly by various elites both in and out of government. His position is that this crisis was created from the top down. He is correct. The Unwisdom of Elites - NYTimes.com:

Friday, May 06, 2011

Magical Purging In Iran

The Head Iranian Nut has been losing his close pals to charges of conjuration and black magic. Is this the beginning of an Islamic Inquisition? Here and  Arrests show Ahmadinejad under increasing pressure from Iran’s clerics - The Washington Post

The End Of Casual Blogging

Buying Copyrights, Then Patrolling the Web for Infringement - NYTimes.com:

UN Weepy Over Bin Laden

Uppity Woman has a fine rant on the subject. Will UN Mad Hatters and other despots be determining whether or not the USA is “Cold-blooded”? « Uppity Woman:

O Hoodlumism?

Strassel: Obama's 'Gangster Politics' - WSJ.com:

"President Obama has officially kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign, and don't Republicans know it. The president is expected any day now to sign an executive order that routs 70 years of efforts to get politics out of official federal business.

Under the order, all companies (and their officers) would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts. Companies can bid and lose out for the sin of donating to Republicans. Or they can protect their livelihoods by halting donations to the GOP altogether—which is the White House's real aim. Think of it as 'not-pay to play...'"

Well, that's one way of looking at it.

Teachers Paying The Price In NYC

Bloomberg Budget Will Seek Thousands of Teacher Layoffs - NYTimes.com: "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg intends to eliminate 4,278 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 1,500 through attrition, marking the first significant layoffs of teachers since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s..."

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

GOP Fighting The First With The First

Disclosure rules for federal contractors: More disclosure is better - latimes.com: "Offering specious arguments about free speech and intimidation, Republicans are trying to derail an executive order by the Obama administration that would shed light on the political activities of government contractors. The order would require them to disclose any contributions they make to organizations that engage in political advertising, including the Chamber of Commerce and the shadowy groups known as 501c(4)s. In that way voters would know who was behind advertisements by groups with vague or innocuous names..."

Events In The Palinverse

In remarks about Osama bin Laden, Sarah Palin omits Obama's name - latimes.com:

The Realest Evilest

Jeffrey D. Sachs: World is drowning in corporate fraud: "The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries — those with supposedly “good governance.” Poor-country governments probably accept more bribes and commit more offenses, but it is rich countries that host the global companies that carry out the largest offenses. Money talks, and it is corrupting politics and markets all over the world..."

Crazy Atlas O & O Theory

Little Green Footballs - Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act:

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

GOP De-evolution

Johann Hari: Donald Trump's lunacy reveals core truth about the Republicans - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent:

"Since the election of Barack Obama, the Republican Party has proved that one of its central intellectual arguments was right all along. It has long claimed that evolution is a myth believed in only by whiny liberals – and it turns out it was on to something. Every six months, the party venerates a new hero, and each time it is somebody further back on the evolutionary scale..."

Examples follow.

Ricky Out The Negative Gate First

Corpse handler little Ricky Santorum sez Enemies still won't fear Obama after Osama bid Laden killing - Jennifer Jacobs - Des Moines Register - POLITICO.com:

Business For Better Schools

Well, that's what they say, though they keep supporting tea bagging budget axers and segregationist charter schools. So, I guess they're in favor of better schools as long as they don't have to pay for them. Business leaders push for better education | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Most Important News Of The Day (To Me)

I originally posted the following on November 08, 2008. Last night my son landed in the Middle East for his third tour. It does not get easier.



Anxiety


Today my son trooped aboard a jet and disappeared into the sky, destinied for the war. I never wanted him anywhere near the fighting but he said "Dad, that's where the mission is."

And now that's where he is.

I never wanted any American in the Iraq war; I was deadset against it long before all the braying jackasses decided it was a bad idea. If the politicians all had "some skin in the game," then maybe they would give more careful consideration of American blood in foreign adventures.

Please give me and my boy a hopeful prayer and let him and all our sons and daughters return home safely, for they were not the cause of these wars and they should not have to bear the burdens for other people's flawed egos and poor judgment.

God save us all and bless the real patriots.
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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Teachers As Soldiers

The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries - NYTimes.com:

"WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition.

And yet in education we do just that. When we don’t like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers. When we don’t like the way particular schools perform, we blame the teachers and restrict their resources..."