Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Do you feel $700B poorer yet?

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

For eight years, the Bush so-called "administration" has been caving to greed and nurturing deep-pocketed lobbyists and contributors. In addition to allowing them to fully pimp the environment and pilfer the treasury through lax oversight and no-bid contracts surrounding the so-called "wars" in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bush has been slowly ...

I protest [insert permit # here]

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The USA Today reported that the Chinese government will permit public protests during the Olympics, but only in three specially-designated city parks. The catch? Protesters will also need to apply for and be given permits. Chinese activists say it's not terribly likely that the government will actually grant permits for ...

Unlawful detention

Friday, June 13th, 2008

I applaud the Supreme Court's decision from yesterday. I just wish the minority could imagine, for a single instant, that they had been imprisoned for six years without trial or hearing. McCain criticized the decision, saying "these are unlawful combatants." But, that's precisely the point. How do we know they were ...

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008

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Push Poll

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

I received a push poll call yesterday. Caller ID said it was from POLDATRES, calling from 703-263-9092. Googling POLDATRES, it appears that many others got the same call. The call came in 17:57 yesterday (2/9/3008). They lead with a question asking if the callee has a favorable opinion of GWB. In ...

Frederick Douglass House

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

We ate at the Fireside Grill in Lorton Station tonight. We both had the grilled sirloin. My first one was overcooked and really didn't seem like a sirloin at all — not much flavor. They brought me a replacement. It was cooked okay, but was still very un-sirloin-like, and way ...

ASC and Las Placitas

Monday, January 21st, 2008

We went to All Souls Unitarian in DC today. Having over 500 people at a service sure adds to the service. The choir sang wonderfully. Afterward, we had planned to go to a Belgian restaurant, but there was a 45 minute wait. So, we stepped across 8th street to Las ...

Mert’s in Charlotte

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

We're at the Homewood in Charlotte, NC (on Yorkmont Road). I wanted fried chicken for dinner, and read about this place called Price's. Unfortunately, they closed at 6 and aren't open on Sunday. Instead, we went to this place called Mert's. The chicken was soggy because of proximity to other ...

The Religious Pandering Act of 2007

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

In case you missed it, Congress has been busily pandering once again with its passage of H.R. 847 earlier this week. See Sally Quinn's article (below) in today's Washington Post for the disappointing details: From Virginia, the votes were: VoteDistrictRepresentativeAyeVA-2Drake, Thelma [R]NayVA-3Scott, Robert [D]AyeVA-4Forbes, James [R]AyeVA-5Goode, Virgil [R]AyeVA-6Goodlatte, Robert [R]AyeVA-7Cantor, Eric [R]AyeVA-8Moran, ...

Smokers are more efficient!

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Now that’s a green vehicle

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

They’re not outing gays…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

They're outing hypocrites. There's a huge difference.

Legal software sales

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Funny, isn't it, that anytime you get email with "Legal software sales" as the subject line, you can know with certainty that it's anything but legal. The first time I saw a grocery store named Safeway, I immediately became suspicious, and have never really trusted their food.

Do Evangelical-Raised Teens Have Sex Earlier?

Friday, July 27th, 2007

There's an interesting piece by Michael Gerson in today's (7/27/2007) Washington Post. In The Kind of Village it Takes, he writes about recent trends, investigating the seemingly incongruous notion that kids being raised in evangelical families are putting out earlier than mainstream protestants. I really enjoyed this paragraph's punch line: When ...

So, apparently USDA Inspected doesn’t actually mean anything

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL FSIS-RC-035-2007 HEALTH RISK: HIGH WASHINGTON, July 25, 2007 - Custom Pack, Inc., a Hastings, Neb., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,920 pounds of ground beef and buffalo products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and ...

But, are enough Americans paying attention?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

FBI Whistleblower Describes Government’s Muscle Tactics

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I would have thought that the whole separation of powers thing would've prevented the Justice Department from issuing gag orders on Congress. Silly me. I keep forgetting that, like the Geneva Conventions, the US Constitution is a "quaint" document that basically has outlived its applicability in a post-9/11 world.

Justice Department probing Gonzales

Friday, June 15th, 2007

According to MSNBC ( "The Justice Department is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sought to improperly influence the testimony of a departing senior aide, two of its senior officials said yesterday, adding a new dimension to the troubles already besetting the nation's chief law enforcement official." And in a related ...


Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

I love truncated text. Look what's on WLJA at 9 pm tonight!  

Stormy Weather

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

This is an attempt to try to begin to keep track of how well the NHC does in its predictions of the numbers of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes. YearNamedHurricanesMajor Hurricanes PredictedObservedPredictedObservedPredictedObserved200713-17 7-10 3-5 200613-16108-1054-62200512-15287-9153-57200412-15156-992-46200311-15146-972-43