August 17, 2009

Somedays, I Just Weep For My Country

Via The Daily Beast, we discover that not everybody is doing badly in this recession: Fox News is having a great year! Fox's viewership is up 11 percent over last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. CNN and MSNBC, which...
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October 17, 2008

Public Service Announcement

I don't know how she got like this. But whatever did it to her, you should avoid drinking/eating/snorting/seeing/reading/smelling/listening to it. On the other hand, this is awesome in so many ways that scientists haven't invented a number big enough: (These...
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October 03, 2008

Pants on Fucking Fire

So last night when the three of us were watching the debate at a mutual friend's house - with her totally awesome and completely fired up senior citizen who doesn't act like a senior citizen mom - as soon as...
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September 11, 2008

So It Wasn't Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein

There really are no words for this. I mean I've come to expect most anything to come out of the mouths of Bush administration mouthpieces, but given what they've done while scaring the country to death about Osama and Saddam...
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July 17, 2008

More Sneaky Behavior by the BOG

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. And even NPR is finally complaining about it: Mr. Goodwin told a couple of reporters that Mr. Garrison would no longer be employed by WVU after Sept. 1st, but would continue...
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April 29, 2008

Garrison's Blog: Hacktastic!

UPDATE OF EVIL: One of the Bloodless regulars notes that his negative comment, one of the original 21 negatives, has now been deleted after having been approved, and displayed for a few days. Alas, the cache captured only the...
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December 04, 2007

I heard the news this morning

There was a story about how US rankings on math and science internationally have dropped yet again. Yeah, Texas, you keep going with that, and drag the rest of us with you....
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November 29, 2007

I'm as jaded as the rest of them...

Usually. However, even though I agree with the judgements of craptaculence about Do They Know It's Christmas, I think a couple of the criticisms of the lyrics are a bit off. First, the title lyric itself. Some of the critics...
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September 30, 2007

I Don't Mind the Politics, I Mind the Lying.

It's a given that any administration has the right to use the executive branch in ways that benefit that party's supporters. That's the political "spoils system" bequeathed to us by Jackson something like 200 years ago. It's not necessarily pretty,...
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September 27, 2007

Keep American From Voting Act of 2002

In the mail today I received a notice that my "voter registration will be marked as inactive and cancelled" if I don't send in an enclosed postcard with my name, address, phone, date of birth and driver's license number. Identity...
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August 16, 2007

Hot; Tired; Cranky.

It's hot (back into the high 80s, with approximately the same humidity); I'm tired (I start teaching three classes on Monday). Thus, I'm cranky. Consider this a wrap-up of the things I have muttered to myself this past week. If...
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June 17, 2007

"We are doing things to help that we are not obliged to do"

Wow. Do you think she could be a little more condescending? Just maybe? Maria Carvajal walks the sweltering streets of Tijuana, Mexico, clutching a photo of her mentally disabled son, who she says went missing after being deported more than...
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May 12, 2007

Monica Goodling and the Politicization of the Justice Department

Read the whole thing. Excerpts won't do this piece by Eric Lipton justice. That Goodling had this power is disturbing. That she behaved in this way is deeply disturbing. And whether it's now or a month or two from now,...
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April 14, 2007

Good Catch

MikeVotes catches a funny: And big credit to the Washington Post for their sense of irony. As a substory underneath the 5 million lost White House emails and Karl Rove's "I didn't know I was deleting emails when I was...
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April 08, 2007

Uh-oh... poli sci profs on the terror watch list!

And he's a retired Marine too: "On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published...
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March 23, 2007

Ooh! Don't you hate it when those Senators are paying attention!

Or their staff is, either way (emphasis mine): In the runup to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, Gonzales' chief of staff Kyle Sampson lied to committee staff in order to convince them that...
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March 15, 2007

How about a nice tasty little side to go with your main course of AG scandal?

The information coming to light on the attorney firings brings up questions raised during the Abramoff investigations, namely, was the Bush administration deliberately using non-government communications pathways to conduct shady business? (emphasis mine) One email, sent to Justice Department Chief...
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March 02, 2007

Guidance, political appointees and secrecy

Majikthise comments on the executive order which the Bush Administration has installed to exercise more control over regulatory interpretation: These new "regulatory policy officers" will have the final say about whether the recommendations of experts found their way into official...
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February 27, 2007

It's Weird the Way People keep Getting Sick

Oh, wait, no it isn't: The federal agency that's been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago.The cuts by the...
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February 23, 2007

Those Damned Liberals

We don't engage in wholesale conservative bashing here, though we do indulge ourselves every now and again. This is one of those times. Via Pharyngula, we discover Conservapedia, the wiki that removes the liberal bias that infests Wikipedia. Huh? While...
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February 19, 2007

When Politics Censors Science

Your kids get lead in their lunch....
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February 13, 2007

"Terrorized Into Quitting Their Jobs"

So now both Shakes and Amanda have resigned their positions. Shakes has been less public about the details of the harassment she has received, but this has gone into the realm of witch hunt. There will be some who clamor...
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February 10, 2007

As if you didn't know Karl Rove was a %@*&

"I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas."...
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Thought you knew your PT, didja?

The Union of Concerned Scientists has made an A to Z Guide of Political Interference in Science. In the form of a Periodic Table, natch. Via....
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February 08, 2007

Does Homeland Security Enforce Quotas?

A report of air marshalls bring required to submit a quota of suspects whether they suspect them or not: The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month....
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January 16, 2007

Go read TPMmuckraker on the Firing of Prosecutors

Armand mentioned the Lam case a couple of days ago, but I just saw via Balloon Juice that the number is possibly up to seven fired prosecutors. As Tim F. says, TPM is doing the work: Okay, so we already...
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January 05, 2007

Sneaky Bastages

The Bush administration has no shame. The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to...
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December 12, 2006

The Aroma of Jesus Christ

Faith, family, then country. That's the way to approach national defense. Jesus fucking christ....
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November 27, 2006

Somehow this will be the "fault of the Democrats" too

This story via Crooks and Liars: Lawmakers recently considered two sets of legislation that would affect whistle-blowers. One attempted to extend the whistle-blower Protection Act to cover intelligence agency employees through amendments to the 2007 Defense Authorization Bill. In October,...
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October 04, 2006

And not that I am all that interested in either Foley or Fox news...

...but why am I suspicious about Fox labeling Foley as a democrat? Fluffy something or others to the StealthBadger....
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September 20, 2006

What's the matter with Kansas?

Who cares?! These days, it's what's the matter with Ohio!? As many of you may know, my friend and fellow AmericanStreet blogger Jeff Coryell has had his photographic work stolen and used in a lying attack ad by Republican Rep....
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August 24, 2006

Politics Trumps Reason

It's getting to the point where the Administration (and supporters) just don't need any intelligence services at all. They already know everything they need to know about the world. Just ask them: Some senior Bush administration officials and top Republican...
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July 17, 2006

Right-Wing Nutosphere

I try not to feed the right-wing loonies that exist in the world wide internet webby thing. There are sufficient blogs to play that game. However, Hugh Hewitt took a dive off the very, very deep end into solid concrete...
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July 15, 2006

Oh My

Can you just imagine the Vlogs? The horror....
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April 01, 2006

The Bill Napolis of Hostage Criticism

Rarely do I take an interest in blog-versus-blog throwdowns, especially when it involves calling out intolerant gasbags on their stupidity. Especially when I'm busy. However, reading Steve Gilliard's post criticizing some of the wingnutosphere's response to Jill Carroll's release reminded...
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February 08, 2006

Cronies Sans Credentials Censor Science

Remember this story about the NASA scientist being blocked? Looks like the little scamp who restricted his speech is also more than a little liar: George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to...
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January 19, 2006

Washington Post = Boo Hoo Babies

Loose paraphrase: Gee, we got called on something and people are criticizing us on our blog. Some of them use profanity! And called us names! Oh no! But there are things that we said we would not allow, including personal...
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January 16, 2006

Get the lady a dictionary

When's the last time you remember seeing Al Gore in the headlines? How about trying to insert himself in the headlines? Can't remember? Me either. "Al Gore's incessant need to insert himself in the headline of the day is almost...
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