Where things will go your way...or they won't
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists – the Taliban and Hamas this morning – in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize,”communications director Brad Woodhouse told . “Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize – an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride – unless of course you are the Republican Party.
“The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim,” Woodhouse said.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs"
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Update: I guess the teabaggin movement has given new meaning to the word wingnut?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Question of the day: What should I say the next time someone tells me the surge "worked"?
"If I keep stewin’ ’bout how I feel
eventually you'll split, then I won’t have to deal
sounds like a plan."
Friday, March 27, 2009
Join us in our season-long quest to get David Allen Wright to become the latest and greatest in a long line of mustachioed Mets. He will do it. We will make it so. ‘Cause the mustache has mojo. Ya gotta believe!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
As anyone who knows me would know, growing up the movie and the book The Great Santini were hugely influential in my life and in my family. I have literally seen the movie and read the book dozens of times. In shop class, in the seventh grade, I made a wooden plaque with The Great Santini written on it that still hangs in my dad's kitchen. All of this is a long way of saying that there is a great article about the book's author Pat Conroy on espn.com. Read it. Also, read the book and see the movie. That is all.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The reason the Obama administration is happy to wrap Limbaugh around the GOP's neck isn't because they're afraid of him. It's because everyone outside the GOP base thinks he's repulsive. The conservative base is so consumed in the self-satisfying exercise of hating their political opponents that they've lost all perspective. They're getting their butts kicked, and they don't even know it. Worse, they seem to think they're actually winning the argument.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
"I said it before and I’ll say it again - fence off Utah, put all the fundies in there, and let them stone all the sinners they want. "
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Indeed, they do. In our peculiar obsession to track down the Willie Nelsons, the Rush Limbaughs and now the Michael Phelpses of society -- nonviolent, victimless imbibers of drugs -- we've actually made society less safe. That's the conclusion of 10,000 cops, prosecutors, judges and others who make up the membership of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Howard Wooldridge, LEAP's Washington representative, is a former cop and detective who lectures civic clubs and congressional staffers on the futility of drug laws that reduce public safety by wasting time and money. He points to child pornography as just one example.
As of last April, he says, law enforcement had identified 623,000 computers containing child pornography, including downloadable video of child rape. Only a fraction of those have been pursued with search warrants, thanks to limited resources and staff shortages. What's worse, Wooldridge says, is that three times out of five a search warrant also produces a child victim on the premises.
Another example: Last year, Human Rights Watch reported that as many as 400,000 rape kits containing evidence were sitting unopened in criminal labs and storage facilities. Between the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. County sheriff's office, nearly 12,000 kits were unopened, according to an NPR report in December.
The sad thing about this is that it should be common sense that locking up more than three quarter of a million people for smoking weed(in 2007) is absurd. But Jeebus hates drugs, so off we go.
(I will spend the rest of the day perusing the bible to find the exact jeebus qoute on that.)
Update: 100 years of drug war. Weeeeeee!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
“What we are dealing with today is the greatest power grab by the federal government since the war of northern aggression,” Stevenson said, R-Webb City, referring what Southern states called the North’s attempt to end slavery in the 1860s.
The remark caused a sudden gasp heard throughout the House’s chamber.
I guess courting the white supremacist vote never goes out of style in dixie.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
UPDATE: Due to some confusion in the audience, I would like to apologize and say that the above post may be a joke.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Michael Steele new RNC chairman says that government jobs are not jobs. Really? Really? This dude is fucking nuts. Jobs are not jobs. This is the stupidest shit I have ever heard.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I think the problem with the American media is that it’s full of Americans who overestimate the importance of American micro-politics, and so, consciously or subconsciously, undertake every damn story as a public-opinion-shaping framing our counter-framing exercise and eventually forget how to report the obvious interpretation of events.
That's not a bug, that's a feature. It attracts a demographic that can be packaged for advertisers: Tribal-warfare junkies with the attention spans of lemurs. Naturally, the different tribes are attracted by different colors of shiny objects...
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
In an unusually public rebuke, Prime MinisterEhud Olmert of Israel said Monday that Secretary of StateCondoleezza Rice had been forced to abstain from a United Nationsresolution on Gaza that she helped draft, after Mr. Olmert placed a phone call to President Bush.
“I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to The Associated Press. “They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care: ‘I need to talk to him now,’ ” Mr. Olmert continued. “He got off the podium and spoke to me.”
Imagine for a minute a Democratic President got out from behind a podium and take orders from the President of France. Me thinks the wingnuts would be losing there minds. But as John Cole says, "Crickets."
Monday, January 12, 2009
Many years ago, the Israeli scholar Yehuda Elkana published an essay in which he noted that there were two lessons one could draw from the horrors he'd witnessed as a boy at Auschwitz. The first was "this must never happen again." The second was "this must never happen to us again." Of the two, wrote Elkana, a member of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace-International, a network of scholars committed to ending the occupation and promoting a just settlement of the conflict, "I have always held to the former and seen the latter as catastrophic."
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Some gifts people give are pointless: Styling mousse to Dick Vitale. An all-you-can-eat card to Kate Moss. The BCS Championship given to Oklahoma or Florida. It means nothing because the BCS has no credibility. Florida? Oklahoma? Who cares? Utah is the national champion.
Reilly blames the greed of the BCS conferences. But I think that the brothers at NOIS have the real answer.
Yes, Utah deserves to be National Champion.
No, greed and conspiracy to exclude non-BCS teams from the pot of gold is NOT why they aren't in the title game.
Clearly, the painstakingly obvious reason must have been beyond the sleepy eyed view of the lethargic minded Reilly.
Utah has a Negro QB.
And we will let Reilly take us out(celbratory background music)
Until all these people do the right thing, I'll be celebrating with the true national champions — the undefeated, untied Utah Utes. (Our new slogan: Utahk about a team!)
Lemonades for everybody!