Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Reason for Hope

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

 

Caution: Graphic Content!

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

There are a bunch of reports and articles out yesterday and today about unemployment and jobs. I was curious to see exactly what's been happening with unemployment and discouraged workers during Obama's Presidency so far. So, I downloaded the seasonally-adjusted data from BLS (based on CPS monthly surveys). Obama inherited a ...

Protest Sign

Monday, September 21st, 2009

From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/21/the-funniest-protest-sign_n_292342.html?slidenumber=15&userguid=ErjI%2F4zxAF8%3D, this was my favorite protest sign of 2009.

$cience for $ale

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

From today's Slate's Today's Papers: The NYT fronts new court documents that shine a light on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on medical literature. Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company that sold nearly $2 billion of its hormone drugs in 2001, paid ghostwriters to produce 26 scientific papers that advocated the use ...

Is, not was

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

While it is cathartic to write about and talk about what Karen, Katie's family and friends, and I are going through, it is heartrendingly painful to think about Katie in the past tense. It's like saying "The sun was…", "The moon was…", or "Humanity was…". I just went through two ...

Missing Square

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

This is why my midnight attempt to go to sleep resulted in my missing the mark by 2.5 hours. Hint: this is not not not not a trick question.

Election day—finally here!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Barack explains the ballot to his daughter, Malia Ann. Barack and Michelle Obama getting ready to feed the marked ballots into the machine. Obama feeds the marked ballot into a shredder. Oops! Obama smiling, having successfully filled out the Chicago ballot, which contained 347 different issue. Joe the Biden & family lining up to ...

Is there Media Bias?

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

A study says "yes": http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D945SHBG1&show_article=1 My own view of this is that it's due to the fact that there is more positive to cover regarding Obama than there is to cover about McCain. The percentages reflect reality--not bias. Comments made by sources, voters, reporters and anchors that aired on ABC, CBS and NBC ...

Defeat from the jaws of victory? I hope not, but…

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Trying to find some comfort about the race, I decided to compare where things stood in late October four years ago with how they stand now. While it looks hopeful for Obama, it's by no means anything approaching certainty. In addition to needing a solid majority, Obama needs a fraud-proof ...

A karmic week: and now, Ashley Todd

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

The McCain campaign is not having a good week. Some things, they cannot be blamed for, such as Joe McCain's now infamous 2 am "f%^k you" call to 911 in Alexandria, Virginia and Ashley Todd's hoax. However, were I not a non-theist, I would be tempted to believe that the ...

Real Virginians don’t need the subjunctive

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

This arrived in the mail today: If the author of this were an English teacher, he'd be fired. If he were applying for a job and his résumé had this many instances of the identical mistake, I would toss it into the round file without further ado. Aside from that, the 291 ...

Outfitting for the “real” America

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The McPalin campaign's shopping list, according to Federal Election Commission records, looks something like this: $75,062.63 spent at Neiman Marcus on Sept. 10. $41,850.72 to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York on Sept. 10. $7,575.02 to Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis on Sept. 10. $5,102.71 to Bloomingdale's in New York on Sept. 10. $789.72 ...

McCain’s Plan to Give-Away Tax Revenues to Insurance Giants

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

McCain is harping and carping on how Obama's plan is to "spread the wealth" around. But, that's exactly what McCain's plan to destroy job-based health plans would do. McCain would tax everyone's health benefits to finance a $2,500 credit (for individuals) that then gets paid to every worker['s chosen insurance company]—even ...

Finally–a voter fraud arrest!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

…but, oops! It's the head of a signature-gathering firmed hired by the California Republican Party! http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/20/republican-voter-registration-chief-arrested-fraud-california In addition, the article says: "According to The Los Angeles Times, Jacoby's firm was paid $7 to $12 by the CRP for each GOP voter registration signature, but dozens of voters who signed on said they were ...

A house divided…

Thursday, October 16th, 2008



Global Warming

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Some have said that since La Niña made the past year cooler than the previous one, this offers proof that global warming is not real. A global temperature chart for the past 150 years, however, suggests otherwise: The standard for looking for meaningful trends in climate is long moving averages—typically 30 ...

There must be preconditions

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

So, Obama would not insist upon pre-conditions before meeting with certain other countries, eh? Well, I sure as heck would. Preconditions must be met, or the meeting isn't happening. For starters, everyone is completely overlooking the obvious. Before I sit down for talks, there must be chairs. Some of these foreigners ...

So… what’s the difference between ironic and moronic?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

No difference, apparently. Added to the Senate-passed 451-page bill was the following: Many are criticizing the addition of this provision to a bill that is already too long. Yes, it's silly to put unrelated crap into a bill that's already way too long. But, in pseudo-fairness, the point is that these arrows ...

Fear Factor

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Quoting from Slate's Today's Papers: But then in the White House, a "verbal brawl" broke out in the Cabinet Room, according to the New York Times, and things quickly fell apart, which led to an eloquent declaration from President Bush: "If money isn't loosened up, this sucker could go down." Or, to ...

Palin and Witchcraft?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

 Palin's words-to-the-effect "I'll get back to ya'" response to Katie Couric's request for specific McCain reform initiatives yesterday reminds me of Palin's approach to a 4-year college degree—six years of meandering through five different schools. The vice presidency is a 4-year term. What's Palin going to do? Take an incomplete? ...