Sunday, December 31, 2006

Glad I'm not the only one...

Jane Hamsher voices the disgust that some of us have - not over Saddam's execution but over America's reaction. In particular, I find it interesting what he was specifically tried and executed for.

Saddam's life certainly brought me no joy, but the celebration of his death seemed gruesome and barbaric. An eye for an eye reveals the animal in man. I don't believe in Biblical Hell as many do, so to me this was no simple shortcut to a guaranteed destination for a damned soul. I'd have rather have seen him locked away in solitary to rot in a living hell and die of natural causes.

Meanwhile as wingnuts cream their pants over this "victory in the war on terror", I've got to ask: where the fuck is Osama, and why did we cut and run from Afghanistan to start another war?

Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Easy

I've been quite busy lately (and for the forseeable future), so I've been waiting for a post that practically writes itself. Here you go:

President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch on Thursday to design a new U.S. policy in Iraq, then emerged to say that he and his advisers need more time to craft the plan he'll announce in the new year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Google Finance

I love geeks with a sense of humor! This animated overview of new features for Google Finance is great, with lots of little easter eggs strewn about, including a hidden jab at Yahoo.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

what Google is good for...

I haven't been happy with Google search performance for the past few years, but it still excells at helping me find random crap. Accidentally searching for "google sets" using the Google Image Search gave me this cool/geeky image, which I tracked back to this Wikipedia entry.

Sadly though Google Sets didn't turn up what I hoped it would with "Mullet, Volvo."

Go Texas!

Sometimes Texas gets a bad rap. So does New Jersey, right? But I had a great time while I lived there briefly, and it really went to show that interstate trash talk is as much a part of the American tradition as sports team rivalries. I was also suprised to see so many NJ plates on huge pickup trucks driven by people with mullets (though mullet-wearing volvo drivers didn't surprise me). Stereotypes are easily misplaced.

Still, things like this bother me about Texas, because the average outsider assumes it is commonplace. I was told many times in New Jersey that I didn't seem like I was from Texas at all, and they meant it as a compliment.

(linked from PinkDome)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I take it back....

I change my mind, TRex can be quite entertaining. I guess I was just in a bad mood. He wrote recently to discuss the outings of church-gays-in-hiding.

In a way, I guess I can sort of understand where these guys are coming from, though. Jesus Christ is the Elemental Boyfriend. Sensitive Jewish guy, big brown eyes, rich dad, and he loves you no matter what you do. He would die for you. And there he is, hanging (*cough*) out naked at the front of the church every week. You are encouraged to fasten your eyes upon his lithe, nude body and think about luuurrrrrve. Big lurrrrve. A lurrrrrrve that transcends time and even the bonds of death itself. It's got to send some pretty confusing messages to those poor men's limbic brains.
Hahaha :) God save the queens indeed!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Smart move

This past summer Democrats helped remove William Jefferson from his position of power on the Ways and Means committee. In my previous post (linked above) I should have been more restrained, because while the evidence seems compelling Jefferson is still innocent until proven guilty. In fact, he has yet to even be charged. But he is under investigation, and it's extremely important right now for Democrats to maintain a very firm stance against even the appearance of impropriety. I applaud the Democrats for policing their own, something Republicans rarely did.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Kentucky's proud heritage may include stupidity...

... but it does not include the Confederacy. Steve Gilliard, a blogger with a strong command of history, points out that Kentucky never seceded from the Union. That doesn't stop hicks in charge of a Kentucky high school from displaying either their ignorance, racism or both. They prominently display the widely recognized "Rebel flag" throughout the school, but that flag is actually "the naval jack of the Confederacy, not the official flag." What has brought this unofficial flag to prominence in the south, especially parts that were never in the Confederacy, is hatred, though that may in fact also be their heritage.

Steve goes on to quote Ken Burns, director of the PBS documentary The Civil War, with this excellent excerpt:

Those flags were instituted in the 1950’s and there’s only one thing that happened in the 1950’s that would have caused the southern states to add the confederate flag. They took one of the battle flags, and it wasn’t even the most popular confederate battle flag, and made it the symbol of segregation and resistance to civil rights and codified it in their flags.
Yee haw, dumbassholes.

Nintendo Wii has a problem

This is quite an awesome PR "problem" to have:

We are investigating. Some people are getting a lot more excited than we’d expected. We need to better communicate to people how to deal with Wii as a new form of entertainment.
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If you are having so much fun that you start perspiring, take a moment to dry your hands.
Caution to parents - the Wii can be too much fun, and your kids may get a surprising amount of exercise! The YouTube video at the end is awesome.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

I haven't readily admitted this to anyone...

...but I was one of these "salad day conservatives" that Digby speaks of. I actually bought into that crap for a brief period of self absorbsion. It's a pretty common post-highschool indulgence, a mental powertrip brought on by the opportunity to burn many expendible bridges as a social experiment in preparation for the it's-a-small-world "real world." While in it I was perplexed a great deal that my revered highschool English & History teacher, Allen/Allan/Alan (he's one of those people who doesn't have a known birthday) Johnson, the man who got me into all this, was also interested in the philisophies that influenced communism. I didn't have a sense of irony, and I apologize for my indescretion. As you can see with how highly I regard Digby, my school of thought now swims in a much different ocean of Kool-Aid.

Those of you who know me can imagine how my socially under-powered brain could have wandered into that trap. I make a lot of mistakes, but try not to make the same one twice.

a financial burden

Our country's finances are in need of some serious attention. We've let our government rack up a huge credit card debt and it keeps trying to find new ways to transfer the balance.

Our country has been spending too much money on frivolous things for far too long, and fiscal conservatives are likely to become more aligned with a liberal agenda than they ever imagined.

  • Thinking green has many benefits to efficiency and the bottom line for heavy industry, and often outweighs the cost of implementation - otherwise known as a good return on investment and improving operating margins.
  • Poor health care is an enormous liability to our country's productivity, and poorly managed health care is a tremendous expense in and of itself.
  • Illegal immigrants have brought more money to the Texas economy than they've burdened our state with expenses. $ Billions, in fact. Now we just need to sort out how to get them legal and documented so that the benefits aren't simply reaped at the state level at the expense of municipalities, and improve tax collection for these newly welcomed citizens such that we all come out ahead.
  • The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world - and not just per capita, because our 2.2 million in prison/jail outweights China's 1.5 million. China! Reducing prison expenses means loosening penalties for non-violent offenders and specifically liberalizing drug laws.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Catching up...

I'll start posting regularly again... eventually....

I know this is old news, but it's been swimming in my mind recently because it makes a pretty strong statement about the Christian Coalition. The opening two paragraphs say it all:

The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.
But this isn't the first time we've seen such blatant disregard for real issues, apparently because they're "too complicated."

As a side note, it should be apparent why Bush has done so little to support education in America. The more stupid people there are, the bigger his base.