Archive for June, 2009

Signs You Are A Dad

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Stories like this, about a “mom” doing drugs and servicing johns while with her two little kids, make you want to punch someone in the throat.

Tuesday Morning Linkorama

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
  • War of the Worlds in reverse. Are our landers killing the very life they are trying to find?
  • The destruction of federalism continues apace. As part of cap and trade, the Feds may impose building codes. This will work out just fine. The building codes appropriate for Alaska are obviously appropriate for Florida. Right?
  • An anonymous blogger gets outed for honking off one of the neocons. NIce. Makes me want to just give up blogging. A look at the potential consequences here.
  • George Will on the Gm debacle. Brilliant, as always.
  • Boumediene

    Monday, June 8th, 2009

    Read and weep. Was it worth it?

    Friday Linkorama

    Friday, June 5th, 2009
  • Homeless man shines shoes to lift himself out of the gutter. Bureaucrat reads about it in paper. You know what happens next.
  • The economic stimulus is making states fight over the scraps from the government table. Charming.
  • The IRS wants to license tax preparers. I might be prepared to countenance this if the IRS could fill out tax forms correctly.
  • The city of Austin, never one to pass up an opportunity or stupid feelgoodism, mandates energy audits for new home sales. ‘Cuz, you know, the home market is too brisk right now.
  • The GOP has decided that the only reason they are losing is media bias. Apparently having no ideas and thoroughly betraying everything about conservatism isn’t their problem.
  • Birth of A Meme

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    NASA study says that sun is contributing about 0.1 degree of warming to the planet — a fraction of the warming we have seen; NASA study says the trend is cyclical, not increasing. Global Warming Denialist headline? “NASA Study Acknowledges Solar Cycle, Not Man, Responsible for Past Warming.”

    Whatever gets you through the day, I guess.


    Thursday, June 4th, 2009

    Newsweek tackles Oprah in a hard-hitting piece about her promotion of quackery. About damn time, too. Now if only they would review her suggestions for Presidents…

    Regulatory Anchors

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    One of the things I’ve become fascinated by are way the government could stimulate the economy without spending a penny. Tax reform is the obvious point, but regulatory reform is another. There’s absolutely no reason our regulatory environment should be imposing over a trillion dollars in compliance costs on the country.

    Another One Down

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    Glenn Greenwald has a great post on the Gitmo detainee who just killed himself. Read the whole thing. Kudos to Greenwald for holding Obama’s feet to the fire on the detainee question.

    Tuesday Linkorama

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    Sorry, there’s a lot of good stuff on the tubes:

  • The WSJ on empathy. The reason we have laws and a Constitution is precisely so that people don’t make decisions based on emotion — which is an unreliable guide at best.
  • Obama and the Democrats are contemplating an outrageous expansion of federal discretionary power. Kudo to Greenwald for not selling out to the Hope and Change Express.
  • Why does Bill Kristol still get media appearances? He’s a disgrace. He’s just wrong about everything. If a blogger were as wildly ignorant as Kristol is, his traffic would crater.
  • Sweeeet. Taxpayers are auditing school districts — and finding millions in waste. That’s change we can believe in.
  • Isn’t this sort of thing how we got an economic crisis in the first place?
  • Lithwick defends Clarence Thomas. The meme in liberal circles that Thomas is an idiot puppet of Scalia is one of the most ignorant — and quietly racist — of the movement. The thinking seems to be that since he’s black and not liberal, he must be a moron.
  • The reality of child soldiers.
  • Weekend Linkorama

    Monday, June 1st, 2009
  • No, Virginia, Prop 13 and other tax revolts did not bankrupt California. I swear. What is it with liberals with coming out with pre-planned and wrong explanations for whatever has been screwed up? Conservative aren’t much better these days, of course, blaming the housing crash on the CRA. But “disaster socialism” is alive and well.
  • Someone actually checks to see if Sotomayor is the race warrior every Right Wing dunderhead is making her out to be. Hint: she isn’t.
  • Why David Petraeus rocks. I defy the Right to tell me that he is some weak-kneed liberal who wants the terrorists to win.
  • Just a peek into what constitutes “professional development” for teachers. And people wonder why I’m not friendly to the unions.
  • More information on the terrorist who murdered an abortion doctor yesterday. Despite the ugliness of the rhetoric (there’s a horrific video I refuse to link to) I remain firm in my conviction that the only man responsible for the killing is the killer. While I am pro-choice, I don’t believe that pro-lifers should be quiet about what they earnestly believe is the taking of hundreds of thousands of lives a year. I would, however, prefer to see rhetoric toned down a bit and the focus shifted away from individual doctors to the larger political and moral issue.