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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I'm voting for Mitt Romney because I think no American should be forced to decide under which mattress in which house they will hide their money. Off shore accounts for every one (who's entitled)!

I'm going to vote for Mitt Romney because I think every day in America should be like the 2002 Winter Olympics. Ice dancing for everyone (who's entitled)!

I'm going to vote for Mitt Romney because I'm pretty sure Staples was the model the founding fathers had for America.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Had a weird dream in which Bringham Young asked Ayn Rand to join him as he traveled west to meet Custer at LIttle Big Horn.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer interviewed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tonight on 60 Minutes. When asked how many years of tax returns he submitted to Romney during the vetting process, Ryan evaded the question by telling Schieffer that he plans to release two years of returns to the public. But that wasn't the question, was it? Schieffer didn't have the courage to push it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

On disability rights
You know a lot of things on employment ought to be done locally. You know, people finding out right or wrong locally. You know, some of the things, for example we can come up with common sense solutions — like for example if you have a three story building and you have someone apply for a job, you get them a job on the first floor if they’re in a wheelchair as supposed to making the person who owns the business put an elevator in, you know what I mean? So things like that aren’t fair to the business owner.*

On civil rights legislation
I don't like the idea of telling private business owners - I abhor racism - I think it's a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant. But at the same time I do believe in private ownership. But I think there should be absolutely no discrimination on anything that gets any public funding and that's most of what the Civil Rights Act was about to my mind.

And if Martin Luther King, Jr. were refused service at Woolworth's?
I would not go to that Woolworth's, and I would stand up in my community and say it's abhorrent. ... In a free society we will tolerate boorish people who have abhorrent behavior, but if we're civilized people we publicly criticize that and don't belong to those groups or associate with those people.*

On the immorality of racial discrimination
I think it's a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant.

On not liking government
We've come to take our government back.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Friday, April 03, 2009

After reading publius' defense of KY basketball on Obsidian Wings, I recalled Marx's comments on basketball.
Basketball is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man?state, society. This state and this society produce basketball, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Basketball is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against basketball is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. ... Basketball is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of basketball as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.
Having spent over $32,000,000.00 on opium, what will KY do for education, health care and new jobs.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

From Maureen Dowd's column this morning:
Some of John McCain's friends, from the good old days when he talked straight, feared that his Greek tragedy would be that he would be defeated by George Bush twice: once in 2000, because of W.'s no-conscience campaigning, and again in 2008, because of W.%u2019s no-brains governing.

But if McCain loses, he will have contributed to his own downfall by failing to live up to his personal standard of honor.
From Tom Friedman's column this morning:
Palin defended the government?s $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic.

I only wish she had been asked: ?Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn?t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects ? printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?? That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.
Like what seems to be the case for most Obama supporters--or maybe just everyone following the election--I find myself reading, writing and thinkng mostly about McCain and Palin. I'm following those negative stories much more closely than any positive Obama messages. Perhaps it is because they are such cartoonish characters that is just more enjoyable to follow. Perhaps it is like watching a train wreck--I can't take my eyes off the thing. Perhaps I'm instinctively driven to respond to fear-invoking stimuli with more intensity. In any case, I'll be happy to start thinking positively about the new Obama administration soon.

Mud Pies for 'That One' -

Palin's Kind of Patriotism -

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

From Tom Friedman's column in the NYT:

The "Drill, baby, drill" chant was so silly and mindless. Eight years of George W. proves that (roughly half of) America is already stupid. There is an advantage to the Republican party to keep America stupid. Much has been written on this already, but here is Friedman's most recent take on it.

Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology ? fossil fuels ? rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology ? renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution ? on the eve of PCs and the Internet ? is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. ?Typewriters, baby, typewriters.?

Of course, we?re going to need oil for many years, but instead of exalting that ? with ?drill, baby, drill? ? why not throw all our energy into innovating a whole new industry of clean power with the mantra ?invent, baby, invent?? That is what a party committed to ?change? would really be doing. As they say in Texas: ?If all you ever do is all you?ve ever done, then all you?ll ever get is all you ever got.?

I dwell on this issue because it is symbolic of the campaign that John McCain has decided to run. It?s a campaign now built on turning everything possible into a cultural wedge issue ? including even energy policy, no matter how stupid it makes the voters and no matter how much it might weaken America.

Tom Friedman, Making America Stupid, Op-Ed, NYT, Sept. 13 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

McCain 08
Like Hope
But different

H/T Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall | Genuinely Hilarious

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A group of ten prominent scientists has written a letter to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, urging them to stop federal funding for abstinence-only programs
Recent reports in professional publications by the authors of this letter have highlighted multiple deficiencies in federal abstinence-only programs. As such, we are surprised and dismayed that the Congress is proposing to extend and even increase funding for these programs. In this letter we identify key problems with abstinence-only education. We also have attached recent scientific reports that are pertinent to the debate over these programs. We note that many of these studies have used nationally-representative data from surveys sponsored by the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The letter reviews some of the recent research that reveals the ineffectiveness of these programs. But, as they acknowledge, abstinence-only programs rest on an ideological, not a scientific, foundation.
The recent Congressional testimony of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona underscores these critiques from mainstream health organizations. Dr. Carmona's testimony confirms the political motivations behind abstinence funding and the failure to address issues of efficacy and scientific accuracy. He suggested that ideology and theology have taken priority over women's health in the current administration. Dr. Carmona reported that the Bush administration "did not want to hear the science but wanted to, if you will, ?preach abstinence,' which I felt was scientifically incorrect."
In a recent post about the scientists' letter Amanda Marcotte urges us to reframe the issues in terms of children's health and to stop using schools to "reinforc[e] ignorance."
The more liberal view of education is that it?s about getting educated, not indoctrinated. And comprehensive sex education really epitomizes this philosophy in a way that?s easy to understand. You teach the kids all the various ways to protect themselves, and encourage them to think critically about these methods, instead of giving them as ?Do as I say (and not as I do, since I and pretty much everyone will fuck before marriage)? message.
Well said. It's time to place science of over politics and education over indoctrination. The sad thing is, we allegedly have been teaching critical thinking in schools for years, and yet, like abstinence-only programs, it appears to be ineffective for a large part of the population. Another recommendation should be that we critically examine how we teach critical thinking.

Scientists Tell Pelosi: No More Ab-only Funding |

Abstinence-only and the push against critical thinking skills | Pendagon

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Recent abortion legislation isn't fooling anyone, especially not the Onion.

New Abortion Bill To Require Fetal Consent

New Abortion Bill To Require Fetal Consent | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Someone hacked John McCain's MySpace page. Now if only more Republicans had MySpace sites.

See more of the story at TechCrunch.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

PZ Meyers at Pharyngula wonders "how normal, ordinary folk can walk into a voting booth and pull a lever for some macho pseudo-cowboy with slicked back hair and a belief that the earth doesn't rotate, and that all atheists are actually Jews in disguise." It's a good question, prompted by this report about a Texas House member who has doubts about evolution, and perhaps a few other scientific theories.
The second most powerful member of the Texas House has circulated a Georgia lawmaker's call for a broad assault on teaching of evolution.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, used House operations Tuesday to deliver a memo from Georgia state Rep. Ben Bridges.

The memo assails what it calls "the evolution monopoly in the schools."

Mr. Bridges' memo claims that teaching evolution amounts to indoctrinating students in an ancient Jewish sect's beliefs.

"Indisputable evidence -- long hidden but now available to everyone -- demonstrates conclusively that so-called 'secular evolution science' is the Big Bang, 15-billion-year, alternate 'creation scenario' of the Pharisee Religion," writes Mr. Bridges, a Republican from Cleveland, Ga. He has argued against teaching of evolution in Georgia schools for several years.

He then refers to a Web site,, that contains a model bill for state Legislatures to pass to attack instruction on evolution as an unconstitutional establishment of religion.

Mr. Bridges also supplies a link to a document that describes scientists Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein as "Kabbalists" and laments "Hollywood's unrelenting role in flooding the movie theaters with explicit or implicit endorsement of evolutionism."
How do these nuts get elected? Young earth, flat earth, fixed earth, anti-semitic Americans vote for them.

Pharyngula: Texas Legislature: Officially Insane

Saturday, January 20, 2007

I've long suspected that there is a correlation to be found between political persuasions and personality traits (or deeper psychological dispositions and attitudes). I suspect also that there is a similar correlation to be found between personality traits and philosophical intutitions.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Arthur C. Brooks, director of nonprofit studies for Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affair, points out in a new book that conservatives are more generous than liberals.