Archive for October, 2009

The Nanny Nanny

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Why would any fool want to be a parent these days?

Oh. Wait.

Thursday Linkorama

Friday, October 30th, 2009
  • Bruce Bartlett speaks. I agree with everything he says, especially about the Republican Party being brain dead. It’s horrific to watch, especially in the conservative friends and family I know that are following them into the abyss.
  • Nice. Pseudo-scientific woo like “therapeutic touch” is sneaking into the healthcare bill. This will not only drive up expenses, but move money to fund bullshit. Penn and Teller’s show had a great segment on Emily Rosa, the 11-year-old girl who proved TT was garbage.
  • There is no excuse for this.
  • How PETA sees abuse. I have to agree (with the graph; not with PETA).
  • It’s possible Massachusetts could replace Ted Kennedy with someone even worse.
  • Another “global warming is a myth” myth debunked. IN this case, it’s the “arctic ice is recovering” misrepresentation.
  • More stadium dumbassery.
  • Scales

    Thursday, October 29th, 2009

    This is fricking cool.

    Midweek Linkorama

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
  • Meat hand? Meat Hand.
  • A good example of how state mandates drive up health insurance costs — and subsidize quackery.
  • Never forget: Big Business loves Big Government. Here they are, trying to use the power of government to shut down book discount stores like Amazon.
  • No Oysters For You

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

    The heavy hand of the fed is trying to outlaw oysters for half the year because about a dozen people, mostly those who are immuno-compromised, could die from a bacteria. I’m sorry. When did our society get to the point where people are no longer allowed to take risks? I’ve eaten raw oysters and I knew that it could make me sick. I’ve eaten cooked oysters and know it can make me sick. Aren’t I allowed to make that decision any more? Apparently not.

    One potential fix for this might be oyster irradiation. But that’s another kettle of shellfish altogether.

    Themes

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

    Great. Now I have the Knight Rider theme going through my head.

    Fraud

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

    60 Minutes has a great story about how easy it is to commit Medicare fraud. Of course, the lack of oversight is one of the reasons why Medicare is so “efficient” compared to the private sector.

    Tuesday Linkorama

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
  • Just when you thought Republicans couldn’t get any dumber.
  • People are upset with Crumb’s version of Genesis (NSFW). Probably what bothers them most is that he leaves in the parts of Genesis — such as Lot’s daughters — that they’d prefer quietly left out.
  • A scary story about kids being taken away from parents because they are obese.
  • Compare and contrast: the environmental movement in a state run by controlling environmentalists and one barely run at all. If you want green technology to advance, you’re going to have to let the market do it.
  • Those awful CEOs with their evil salaries. Good thing our public option mortgage company is above such reckless behavior. Oh, wait.
  • Alan Grayson is now embarrassing the Democrats. Last week, he got praise from Greenwald for questioning a fellow Congressman about bills of attainder — apparently, removing ACORN’s funding is the equivalent of fining or jailing someone. I was unimpressed and continue to be unimpressed. Grayson spews rhetoric that appeases far leftists. But I tend to think that stuff belongs on talk radio, not Congress. Of course, the GOP has just about its entire membership talking like a an army of Alan Graysons.
  • Re-analysis shows that global warming has not reversed and, indeed, the last decade has been the warmest in the 130 years we have measurements for.
  • The Case For

    Monday, October 26th, 2009

    Ack!

    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    CNN.com? WTF? Go back to the old design.

    A Competent Defense

    Saturday, October 24th, 2009

    The Todd Willingham Case continues to gather attention. This is a ten-minute interview with Willingham’s defense attorney. His defense attorney.

    Ta-Nehisi:

    It’s like watching a root-docter, who’s just performed a heart transplant, try to explain why the patient is dead. I deeply suspect that this is all unexceptional. There is no fool-proof anything in this world–least of all a death penalty.

    I am lying here with my jaw in my lap. This is the government we are trusting with the power of life and death.

    That ticker on the death penalty just moved a step closer to oppose.

    Black America

    Friday, October 23rd, 2009

    The blogosphere is all over Pat Buchanan’s latest screed about how America’s culture (i.e., white culture) is being destroyed. A great response is this one, in which Ralph Ellison — yes, that Ralph Ellison — argues that America has been shaped by African-Americans to a far greater extent than most people realize.

    Dear Dick Cheney

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

    Just. Shut. Up. Now. Please?

    Hawaii Linkorama

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
  • Huffpo has their most egregious examples of Fox News bias. I dunno. First, HuffPo continues to confuse opinion with news reporting. Second, almost all of these can be seen in the MSM for the Democrats. In particular, the criticism of Fox for reciting Republican talking points falls flat. I used to run a regular feature in which I would put Democratic Party press releases and NYT editorials side-by-side and invite readers to guess which was which. Narry a mention, of course, will be made about Olberman and Maddow’s secret meeting with Obama.
  • You know, couldn’t he prosecute the woman for trespassing?
  • What would life be like without the internet? My third favorite magazine takes a look. Not shown: me writing random thoughts on walls.
  • Ah, DMV. Do you ever fail to be a source of humor?
  • CO2 levels at 15 million year highs.
  • Soviet sentimentalism. Never grows old, does it?
  • Team Obama decides that voters are too stupid to vote without parties. I suspect, however, that the motivating factor here is to get more Democrats elected.
  • Again, remind me why Bloomberg is touted as a Presidential Candidate? How do you make the business environment in NYC worse?