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July 22, 2012 07:27PM
- Justice Scalia: Lazy,
March 30, 2012 12:55PM
- The Irony of the Supreme Court
March 27, 2012 09:48AM
- Don't Talk "Women's Health";
March 08, 2012 03:44PM
- Republicans and Birth Control
February 25, 2012 02:23PM
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July 28, 2012 12:08PM
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you can't completely prevent
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of laws. If
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weeks go by between posts, I
no one reads 'em!
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*pleasure*, honestly. No sex,
no drugs, no
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March 09, 2012 09:12AM
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One thing that I keep thinking as I read the various articles that are now coming out with the release of Rielle Hunter's interview in GQ (Hunter is the women with… Read full post »
We get the government we deserve. Who do you mean, "We," Kimosabe? I don't think I've ever gotten the government I deserve. I contribute money, fill out questionaires, answer pollsters, call, write, and email my Senators and Congressmen (… Read full post »
For the last week, here is a list of "major" earthquakes. (For comparison, the Haitian earthquake was 7.0, and the Loma Prieta earthquake [I was there] was 7.1.)
- 2/22, Tonga: 6.0
- 2/26, Ryukyu Islands, Japan: 7.0
- 2/27, Chile: 8.8
- 2/27, Argentina: 6.3
Bear in mind that… Read full post »
The remarkable thing is not how badly it works, but that it works at all.
The other day I was reading a post on Andrew Sullivan's blog about our government, and how it was really designed for a country that's way, way smaller--two orders of magnitude smaller,… Read full post »
Which one would you rather have "dedicating his life to government"?
Maybe it's because my Dad died at the age of (just barely) 63 from colon cancer, but I find it hard to follow the rule "don't speak ill" when it comes to--let's be diplomatic--famous people of ques… Read full post »
If it's not you, is it really, ya know, you?
(This post may or may not contain spoilers for Avatar, The Island, Surrogates and "Dollhouse".)
One fun thing film buffs sometimes do is to try to find any correspondence between films, and the environment in which the… Read full post »
None of these are enough for a complete post, but I wanted to get them down anyway.
The Republicans really, really, really enjoy calling the Democratic Party "Democrat Party" because, you know, it has "rat" at the end, and they like honking off Democrats. Now it's unbelievably co… Read full post »
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When 9/11 happened, even though it was terrifying and I thought it was horrible, as it was 3000 miles away I had a little trouble connecting with it. Maybe I'm just dense, but sometimes I need to be whapped in the face with stuff.
Well,… Read full post »
Lot's of folks have pointed out that Supreme Court Justice Alito committed a propriety breach by visibly disagreeing with President Obama during the State of the Union speech last night:
But what I've been wondering is, where were the other guys? I've looked at this video a number… Read full post »
I don't give a good god damn about "Senatorial Comity."
I don't care about their rules, their traditions, the fact that the Senate is "the greatest deliberative body in the world." I don't care… Read full post »
Obama has been president now for just over a year. Let's do a brief review:
- Gitmo is still open
- People are still being subjected to "indefinite detention"
- "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is still official military policy
- The economy is still in the dumper
- Unemployment is higher than before
- There's no … Read full post »
Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided in the cmapaign finance case, Citizens United vs. FEC, that non-individual entities--corporations, public advocacy groups, and so on--could spend as much money as they durn well pleased on campaigns. Personally, I think this is a horrible ruli/… Read full post »
After a year, a lot of people are lamenting that health care looks dead. The Democrats are running around Capitol Hill (metaphorically; if most of those clowns really ran, they'd drop dead) like their hair is on fire, while Republicans are jumping for joy. Over a one-off/… Read full post »
The face of disaster, not disaster relief
Look, I know that we want to be bipartisany and all, and that the government wants to look good by using "all the means at its disposal," but even in the face of the huge disaster in Haiti, do we really… Read full post »
Lots of people focus ire on the "mainstream media." For not pressing Bush enough; for spending too much time on what amounts to political celebrity gossip (or as Glenn Greenwald refers to it, modern Versailles gossip); for acting as stenographic mouthpieces for political bile; for many other re… Read full post »
David Boies is a well-know left-wing lawyer. He has representer Napster against the record companies, Michael Moore against the U.S. Treasury Department, and all of us (really!) against Microsoft, among other things.
Ted Olson is a well-known right-wing lawyer. He has defe… Read full post »
Last night, Conan O'Brien obliterated his own network--well, his network for now, anyway--with a routine that can call up all those overheated adjectives that lots of other folks will use; you know, like "blistering," "devastating," "scorching," and whatnot. I'm not a big Conan fan, but I certa… Read full post »
I don't understand Salon's Broadsheet.
I mean, in one respect, I do: it generates hits, and it's popular. But other than that, "Is a puzzlement."
Here's the Broadsheet intro, from October of 2005:
So here we are, carving out a new niche… Read full post »
You would think that I've seen enough. That I've prattled on enough about the bizarre crap we all see every day. You know: the signs that say "Slow: Children at Play" that no one puts the colon in (even a semi-colon would help), and so it looks like "Slow children at… Read full post »
Look, I don't want to get blown up in a plane. I travel a lot, and I certainly don't want to be on a plane that explodes, crashes into buildings, ditches in the ocean,… Read full post »
Every year, the news groups, the blogs, the google groups, the email lists are full of talk about it. It's a matter of discussion at the community center, in the places of worship, at your friends' homes. There are all kinds of different theories, but it never seems to make much… Read full post »
Bloggers like Glenn Greenwald and digby have written frequently on the topic of how the mainstream media--especially the inside-the-beltway opinion crowd like Cokie Roberts, George Will, David Broder, and their ilk--have a fairly set narrative when it comes to both the left/progressive wing of the po… Read full post »
As I've mentioned before, I don't judge films on their "quality." I'm not entirely sure I know what "quality" means with regard to art forms that are, by their nature, subjective. For example, I haven't read a lot of reviews of the film Shoot 'em Up, but I would guess that… Read full post »
The marketing tide is swelling, and shortly will be swamping over us like an entertainment tsunami, for James Cameron's new film, Avatar.
Like a lot of science fiction movies--even some really bad ones--it looks really cool. And I must admit that I have yet to watch a… Read full post »
It's a scene that keeps coming to my mind over and over again, every time I see the name "Lieberman." The movie is Heavy Metal; the scene is a space station where Capt. Sternn has been accused of "12 counts of murder in the first degree, 14 counts of armed theft… Read full post »
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