We’re not making it up.
They prove me wrong.
Too sad to even be funny.
How the Republicans fail at governing. Written by a long-time conservative Republican. Of course, the multitude of ways the Democrats fail at governing make me even more angry…
Doves, Hawks, and Owls. And in a separate piece, Five Myths about the Debt Ceiling. Both worth reading.
Let me know when the head of CBS publicly says it’s his mission in life to get a Democrat elected, and then we’ll talk about bias in the media.
They’re everywhere! Alternate title: “Illegal Aliens: Not just for moving pipe anymore”.
Hell yes, I’m a New Yorker. Although, my other reaction is ‘finally’.
And what they haven’t learned. Or is that, “refuse” to learn.
Slacktivist in fine form. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you don’t already read Fred Clark via RSS or whatever–if you’re relying on me to send you to him–then you’re missing out on some very fine thoughts on religion and politics. Though Fred and I obviously disagree on some fundamental things (such as the reality of a god) I’m never not edified.
Not really news, right? Actually, my first reaction to that article was how strange it is that here, in 2011, we have chaplains for state legislatures. As the guy says in his prayer, it’s “non-denominational” - i.e., it’s a prayer for all kinds of Christians. They also play both kinds of music - country and western.
Santorum, trying his best to live up to his name, asks “what does John McCain knows about torture?”
Making rich people look poor.
That’s the number of people that got a job from McDonald’s at their recent “Hiring Day”. But surely, if you’re unemployed right now, that’s just because you’re lazy and won’t even take a burger-flipping job.
David Frum, leading libertarian demagogue of the 80’s and 90’s, on the Paul Ryan budget, compassionate conservatism, and moving beyond the welfare state. In seven parts, but each part is really short.
Funny and informative. A potent combination.
Flashback to the 90s. Rush was just as wrong back then…
A look at how it started. Adobe’s video. Apple’s. So good.
Very interesting article about what calls to 311 show about New Yorkers, as well as things that the local government can do when they have that wealth of info.
But they’re not alone. They belong in the same circle of hell as “Rent-to-Own” and “Payday Loan”.
Vignettes of the Gabby Gifford shooting.
Neal Stephenson on space static. The reason why we use rockets to get stuff into orbit, and why that probably won’t change anytime soon.
Sigh. Really, just sigh.
Might be doing charity runs soon. Maybe you can be a sponsor.
Making a bad day better.
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You may have missed it, though.
Seriously. This might be true. I’ve often confused Ronald with Dwight.
Slacktivist’s take on the latest news. And yes, I’m linking to Slacktivist again. He’s my token Christian blogger - I link to him to show that I’m open-minded, even though he believes in stuff that I think is nonsense. That he writes clearly and convincingly about politics, religion, and morality is a nice bonus.
Ever, ever, ever. Not when you’re in the right. Not when you’re sure that being cooperative and reasonable will clear things up. Don’t let your kid talk to them. Just don’t do it. And yes, that story is obviously police overreacting. But that’s the point. Unless your lawyer is present, pretend you’re a prisoner of war. Except you’re a POW that doesn’t even have to give name, rank, and serial number.
“Theoretical conservatives, but operationally liberal.” Yeah, that sounds about right.
Not just evangelicals.
In one easy lesson.
A little peek at the state of racial relations in America today.
Not that I’m saying they are the same thing (Hi, almost my entire family of true believers!). Let’s see… Scientology is still a dangerous cult. Christian Reconstructionists are scary. The Huffington Post is the worst place to go for medical news and advice. Weathermen are curiously prone to mistaking weather for climate. That oughta hold you for a little while.
And the nonsense of trying to balance the budget and recover the economy at the same time.
The title was too good to pass up just stealing. Go read it.
Interesting look at the Tea Party movement. The bit about the Medicare-paid scooters reminds me of my Dad railing about people taking government handouts, when every one of his kids has been on the WITS program (or its equivalent) and he uses government-run health care for himself (socialism!).
Repeat after me: never trust that the justice system works. Never talk to a cop. Never sign anything presented to you by a cop unless your lawyer has told you to. Never, ever, think that things will work themselves out because you’re a good person and surely this is all just a big mistake.
A little late on my part, but here is a good article on the last FBI “bust”.
A list of links that encapsulate my feelings on the political scuffle surrounding it: Sarah Palin’s morality. A quick expansion on what blood libel is. Focus on content, not tone.
Distinction without a difference? Not so much.
Spoiler alert - it’s constitutional.
Here you go.
Real-life hackers, espionage, and nuclear weapons in Iran. Oh, and yeah - I’m back. Long vacation in South Dakota, shooting Bambi in the face.
Awesome, as usual.
Because of course, it has nothing to do with security.
Is Yoo really scum of the earth, or was the whole “legal defense of torture” a one-off thing? Nope, scum.
Yup. Still sucks.
An interesting take on the election this year.
Here’s a link to make my Dad blow his top.
It’s time for great moments in now-obscure American military history; the foundation of the US Navy, and our war against France. Go read it.
Because they weren’t hated enough.
I probably shouldn’t read articles like this. They make me so mad, they probably shorten my lifespan (and spend more time in hospitals! Irony, I am your slave).
I literally watched this video jaw agape. The sense of smug satisfaction on her face is the clincher. The absolute knowledge that she is right and the guy is wrong.
Funny and sad, all at the same time.
Wow. Sadly, not an Onion article.
Shockingly un-shocking. But remember, according to Scalia, no innocent man has ever been executed! Another tick in the list of reasons why I’m against the death penalty.
But I repeat myself. This guy scores extra points for not even really working on behalf of the people he’s supposedly lobbying for.
An antidote for those who think that merely being muslim somehow makes you a bad person. You know who I’m talking about.
A long, nuanced look at how and why Obama is not living up to the promise he showed in the election campaign.
A very sympathetic view of a guy on the wrong side of a sex scandal. Somehow manages to make you sympathetic with someone who cheated on his wife with a 18-year old.
Pat Robertson, conman extraordinair.
A good summary of why the Daily Show is my go-to source for fair and balanced news.
Fred Clark, a.k.a. Slacktivist, showing in a three part series why he’s my favorite Christian blogger, and probably my favorite philosophy inclined blogger around. Also, I will be pointing anyone with a religious-based “reason” for anti-gay bigotry to these articles in the future. Either they’ll get it or they won’t - but if they can read that and still be clueless, nothing I say will get through. So - time saver!
Why I no longer support the death penalty, in a nutshell. Also, almost every public official, lawyer and judge connected to this case should be thrown out of office or barred for life from practicing law.
Another scarily prescient article. Of course, written in 1999 there are a few things that scream “pre-9⁄11”.
A quick shock to the system to anyone that thinks homosexuality was “discovered” in the ‘60s. That is, the same type of person that thinks premarital sex never happened until 1969.
Even though this story was written three years ago, as far as I can tell Dollard is still a reputable (?) right-wing pundit. The movie talked about in the article has never been released.
I’ve been somewhat fascinated by the Freegan culture ever since I heard about it a couple of years ago, and this article talks about an enclave here in Buffalo, NY. Very interesting - and make sure to read all the way to the end.
Anyone that wants to understand why there is a problem of unwed mothers on welfare, crime, and unemployment in the poor black community, please read this article. And anyone that thinks all you need to do is work hard to escape that life, needs to read this article. And anyone who has an ounce of human compassion in their body should probably not read this article, because you will be seriously depressed by the end.
Roger Ebert on the mural fracas down in Arizona.
Or so this article would have you believe. Me, well, I’m suspicious. Also, this article is fairly old (2001) - I wonder in the tenor of those meetings have changed over the last decade.
Speaking of home-grown terrorists, and death cults, and other creepy stuff. Anyone else think that some people, reading that article, will come away with the idea that we must ban death metal, as it’s obviously corrupting our youth?
Worth reading all the way to the very end.
A thoroughly engaging read about a specific operation during WWII and spycraft in general.
A very interesting article to start your week. Do traditional “family values” create stronger or weaker families?
A disturbing article about people that sue their creditors rather than pay their debts. As someone who has spent the last two years paying off a house I no longer even own, I had a hard time reading this.
Yet another horrifying article about horrible things going on the world. I need to start reading things that end up with unicorns and puppydogs.
A remembrance of our own, home-grown terrorists. Having not really been politically aware in the mid-90s, I don’t know if the comparisons people make between the modern day Tea Party’s fringe elements and the political climate back then are apt. But I fear that they are.
After reading this article about Al Jazeera, I was inspired to add AJE to my RSS feeds. It’s only been a couple of days, but so far I haven’t noticed any particular anti-American bias. I’m also seeing that there is a lot more going on in the world than I had previously noticed. We’ll see how long I keep up with it, though.
But Still and Not Just.
I’m sure the point of this video is to make you think the woman is clinically insane (and she is), but I have almost as much dislike for the stupid, smarmy kid. Memo to the kid: the phrase “pursuit of happiness” 1) comes from the Declaration of Independence, which does not actually hold any legal weight and 2) is not followed by the phrase “so we’re going to protect you from existential problems”.
from China, this time. It’s almost like a magic trick. Watch carefully, as your favorite idea for reducing illegal immigration is tried - and it just makes things worse! As long as people look at the opportunity to pay $30,000 to huddle in cramped boats for weeks on end, subsisting on rice and dried vegetables, all in order to work long hours bussing tables and sewing clothes, and say to themselves, “Sounds good to me!
Double-agents, torture, betrayal, death. It’s all there. Required reading for those that think Britain’s police force is made up of cheerful bobbies in funny hats swinging billy clubs on their appointed rounds.
A hagiographic article on the General. Interesting enough on it’s own, but I like how none of the politicians mentioned come out looking good. Required reading for anyone who’s ever thought that we just need to be tougher to win in Iraq and Afghanistan, or if you thought the whole Abu Ghraib scandal was overblown.
Oddly hilarious article written about Al Sharpton’s attempt to “heal a wounded continent”. Also, who knew Tucker Carlson could write?
Would you believe that the upcoming generation of kids is spoiled and bratty and feel entitled to things that they haven’t earned? I know! This has never happened before in the history of the world! I’m pretty sure that this is the first time old people feel that way about Kids These Days. Of course, the icing on the cake is that this is Fox and Friends accusing Mr. Rogers of being an evil man, who is (solely?) responsible for corrupting the youth.
An even-handed look at Mexican immigration law, both on the books and as it’s actually practiced. I’m sure it’s fairly obvious why I’m linking to this right now.
An interesting article on an option to actually help cut health care costs. I mean, apart from just culling the herd with death panels, obviously.
And I mean that in a clinical way. Which is why it is almost never any use arguing with a creationist, a truther, a birther, a global-warming denialist, moon landing hoaxer, or an anti-stratfordian. That last link is the one I want to direct your attention to. You’ve probably heard, vaguely, that there are theories that William Shakespeare didn’t write “Shakespeare’s” plays and poems. You’ve probably not read or thought much about it.
In an article on Boston and the Tea Party, there was a reference to a shocking photograph in the 70’s during the protests about busing and integration. A little bit of googling led me to this article about the picture, The Soiling of Old Glory, and the man in it. Both articles are probably worth reading, but if you have to pick one, read the second (even though it’s written in the style of Reader’s Digest True Stories!).
It both frightens and saddens me that there are people that think Obama is somehow “too soft” on terrorism and terrorist suspects, when, in fact, his disregard for due process and human rights is the most Bush-like thing about his already centrist policies.
At least when it comes to what they think regulation will do to them.
Kafka-esque doesn’t even begin to describe it. And after reading it, does anyone else wonder if Ivin is really ‘the guy’?
I liked this article, and recommend you read it, mainly because it jives with what I already believed.
Another example of why Fred Clark is my favorite Christian blogger. We may disagree on some fundamental questions, but he is right on the important things.
But I wouldn’t worry about it. As one of the first commenters on this article points out, they’re happy with their coverage, so the story should have been about that. I mean, it’s not like the two ladies in the lede were happy with their coverage, right up until it was cancelled. You know, as soon as they needed it. No, I’m sure they did something wrong. They were probably bad.
of why Sarah Palin is a moron.
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration.
Or was it really just that obvious?
Roger Ebert’s blog, then you’re missing some really good writing. His latest is as good a place to start as any.
and his latest essay is a good example of why I think so.
and I don’t want to know. I just think it’s awesome.
except that he’s right.
We’re going to need a lot more zoinks
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