Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Time for a Coup?

It's certainly to overthrow and get rid of the conservative morons in the country. Just unbelievable.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bill Safire Dead

Former Nixonite and NYT Columnist William Safire has died of pancreatic cancer. Usually, I'm not that moved when conservatives dies, but Safire was not a totally unrepetant fascist as so many of his comperes are. He was also, to my pleasure and his credit, a word freak. His books and columns on words and linquistics were a pleasure to read and usually made one smile and think, even if he was being overly pedantic at the time. He will be missed.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Death by Official Murder

The Willingham case has been making news recently due to some nasty scientific dismantling of the fallacious, if not fraudulent, expert testimony involved in the case (suffice to say the infamous Dr 'Death' James Grigson was an e.w.) The New Yorker has an excellent (if LOOOOONG) article on it.

It's one of the reasons I can't laugh at Ron White's routine about the death penalty in Texas. "Some states are getting rid of the death penalty; my state's putting in an express lane." Well, there are reasons not to rush these things.


Josh has a takedown at TPM

Friday, September 25, 2009

Smack down

Debbie Stabenow slaps the idiot Kyl upside the head with his own mama!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Go Waxman!

Rep Henry Waxman (one of the few really good guys, even if he looks like a psychotic accountant) has announced his support for net neutrality. Big plus!


This is unbelievable. In a decade, the only groups to show ANY income gains are the ones where the majority of their income is supplied by the government?!?!?! Just wow! I knew this decade had sucked for me, but apparently I was a lot less alone than I thought!!!!


Change in median income from 2000-08 (in 2008 dollars):

Age Men Women
15-24 -9.7% -3.3%
25-34 -11.7% -2.9%
35-44 -6.8% -0.8%
45-54 -11.2% -4.8%
55-64 -2.3% 20.6%
65-74 8% 8.7%
75+ 1.9% 3.5%

Source: Census Bureau

from Atrios

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Computer Progenitor 'Rehabilitated' in UK

A half century late, but good news anyway. Gordon Brown apologizes for Britain's deplorable treatment of Alan Turing after the war. Turning, essentially the father of the computer AND the man who cracked the Enigma code, easing, if not, enabling, the Allied victory in Europe in WWII, was tried, convicted, and chemically castrated for the crime of being gay in the aftermath of the war (and I thought it was tough growing up in Texas!!!!) Shortly after this charming sequence of events, he killed himself.

Gordon Brown writes an apology in the Telegraph. Not enough, but I guess it'll have to do.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Facebook Campaign

No one should die because they cannot afford healthcare. No one should go broke because they get sick, and no one should be tied to a job because of pre-existing condition. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.