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July 31, 2009

Poor puppy

This is basically a non-issue, but i thought one of the comments was funny:

"We already know Kay Bailey Hutchison abuses the meta tag. If she's elected governor, what else will she abuse?"

[image: a sad-looking puppy]

"Kay Bailey Hutchison: wrong for search engines, wrong for Texas."

By fnord12 | July 31, 2009, 8:55 AM | Ummm... Other?| Link

July 30, 2009

Random Lyrics Thursday

W.M.A. by Pearl Jam

He won the lottery when he was born
Took his mother's white breast to his tongue
Trained like dogs, color and smell
Walks by me to get to him police man

He won the lottery by being born
Big hand slapped a white male 'merican
Do no wrong, so clean cut...
Dirty his hands, it comes right off
Police man
Police stopped my brother again
Police man

Jesus greets me...looks just like me...

By fnord12 | July 30, 2009, 7:54 AM | Music| Link

July 28, 2009

Love Medicare, hate government run healthcare.

Krugman reacts to this oddity:

Why Americans hate single-payer insurance

Because they don't know they have it. A commenter points me to this:

At a recent town-hall meeting in suburban Simpsonville, a man stood up and told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) to "keep your government hands off my Medicare."

"I had to politely explain that, 'Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,' " Inglis recalled. "But he wasn't having any of it."

One of the truly amazing and depressing things about the health reform debate is the persistence of fear-mongering over "socialized medicine" even though we already have a system in which the government pays substantially more medical bills (47% of the total) than the private insurance industry (35%).

Meanwhile Matthew Yglesias provides data that shows that older people are the least likely to support universal healthcare. As he says:

I assume that were seniors not in a position to benefit from a special, wildly popular "universal health care for old people only" program that they would look more kindly on creating a universal health care program.

By fnord12 | July 28, 2009, 12:09 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

July 27, 2009


This is the simplest write-up I've seen of the recent string of arrests in Jersey.

By fnord12 | July 27, 2009, 5:00 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Gaming the system

This may be technically legal, but how does it provide any value to society?

By fnord12 | July 27, 2009, 1:22 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Stand down, India. China, get ready for war.


Sen. John Cornyn's office has apologized for his statement last week that America needs the F-22 fighter plane in order to deal with the national security threat from India -- which is an ally of the United States -- saying he misspoke.

"Senator Cornyn misspoke saying 'India' when he meant to say 'China,'"

By fnord12 | July 27, 2009, 10:56 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

'He is there to pass health-reform--not make us post-racist, or post-police power, or post-whatever.'

I guess i was pretty impressed with Obama's defusing of the Gates situation, and was only a little disappointed with the fact that (the appearance is that) he's backing down off his original "the police acted stupidly' stance. Ta-Nehisi Coates flips that perspective on me:

I feel pretty stupid for going hard on this, and stupider for defending what Obama won't really defend himself. I should have left it at one post. Evidently Obama, Crowley and Gates are talking about getting a beer together. I hope they have a grand old time.

The rest of us are left with a country where, by all appearances, officers are well within their rights to arrest you for sassing them. Which is where we started.

I hope Crowley, Gates and Obama get that beer soon. They need to pour out a little something for Shem Walker. We can't all go to Harvard.

By fnord12 | July 27, 2009, 8:53 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

July 24, 2009

Whatever happened to Honduras?

Remember that? Some sort of coup or something?

The US still hasn't officially called it a coup or cut off funding. Could it have anything to do with the fact the Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State, and her former campaign mouthpiece Lanny Davis is now a lobbyist for the pro-coup interests, could it?

This was reported by TPM on the 14th (link above) with little impact. Mark Weisbrot, in the LA Times opinion section, follows up.

By fnord12 | July 24, 2009, 10:19 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Senate 'delays' healthcare reform


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said yesterday that the delay of a vote on health care reform should help the process. "I think it's helping a little because this is so complicated and Senators want to feel comfortable with what they're doing," Baucus told reporters.

A delay won't help the process. A delay will push the vote on this bill to a time when they're all too worried about getting re-elected to take a stand on anything. And opponents of health care reform are well aware of that; it's why they're delaying.

The Patriot Act was signed a little over a month after September 11th. It was 100s of pages long. It contained sweeping changes to complex laws around law enforcement, surveillance, and counter-terrorism. And yet they were able to get it through Congress in no time at all.

Obama campaigned on health care reform. It's been 8 months since he was elected. Democrats have been trying to pass healthcare reform since Harry Truman. There are plenty of existing models (Canada, Massachusetts,etc.) to draw upon. What excuse is there for a delay?

By fnord12 | July 24, 2009, 9:59 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

July 23, 2009

Random Lyrics Thursday

Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne

Screams break the silence
Waking from the dead of night
Vengence is boiling
He's returned to kill the light
Then when he's found who he's looking for
Listen in awe and you'll hear him

Bark at the moon

Years spent in torment
Buried in a nameless grave
Now he has risen
Miracles would have to save
Those that this beast is looking for
Listen in awe and you'll hear him

Bark at the moon

They cursed and buried him
Along with shame
And thought his timeless soul had gone
In empty burning hell -- unholy one
But now he's returned to prove them wrong (oh no)

Howling in shadows
Living in a lunar spell
He finds his heaven
Spewing from the mouth of hell

And when he finds who he's looking for
Listen in awe and you'll hear him
Bark at the moon.

By fnord12 | July 23, 2009, 8:41 AM | Music| Link

July 22, 2009

Nice to see an op-ed like this in the Washington Post

Harold Meyerson:

Watching the centrist Democrats in Congress create more and more reasons why health care can't be fixed, I've been struck by a disquieting thought: Suppose our collective lack of response to Hurricane Katrina wasn't exceptional but, rather, the new normal in America. Suppose we can no longer address the major challenges confronting the nation. Suppose America is now the world's leading can't-do country.
Centrist Democrats' opposition to health reform verges on the incoherent. A caucus (the Blue Dogs) formed ostensibly to promote balanced budgets now disapproves of the proposed taxes that would cover the expenses of the new programs. The congressional centrists say, commendably, that they want to squeeze more economies out of the system, but they oppose giving more power to an agency that would set the payment scales for physicians.

Read the whole article for the bonus: "Distribution, si; production, no!"

By fnord12 | July 22, 2009, 8:48 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

July 21, 2009

The good news is you can't do anything worse to Star Wars than what Lucas has already done

By fnord12 | July 21, 2009, 1:26 PM | Star Wars| Link

July 20, 2009

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | July 20, 2009, 3:17 PM | Comics| Link

Still the best game of all time

Civ III.

By fnord12 | July 20, 2009, 3:15 PM | Video Games| Link

July 17, 2009

Recap #27

Just Throw It in the Mirror

By min | July 17, 2009, 9:57 PM | D&D| Link

July 16, 2009

Random Lyrics Thursday

Nowhere Man by the Beatles

He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody

Doesn't kave a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, please listen,
You don't know what you're missing,
Nowhere man, the world is at your command.

He's as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Nowhere man can you see me at all?
Doesn't kave a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, don't worry,
Take your time, don't hurry,
Leave it all till somebody else
Lend you a hand

He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody

By min | July 16, 2009, 12:13 PM | Music| Link

July 10, 2009

Do You Know What Time It Is?

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!!!

Das right.

By min | July 10, 2009, 10:07 AM | TeeVee| Link

July 9, 2009

One in Five Admit to Peeing in Pools

How many more actually do, but wouldn't admit it?

The poll of 1,000 adults was conducted in late April and early May of this year by the Water Quality and Health Council, a body of scientific and other experts who advise the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association. One in five respondents (17 percent) admitted to urinating in the pool, while almost eight in ten (78 percent) are convinced that their fellow swimmers are guilty of this act. Plus, about a third (35 percent) jump in without showering first, and three-quarters (73 percent) think other swimmers do the same. Even though most people seem wary of the hygienic standards of the swimmers around them, only 36 percent say that pool water cleanliness is on their mind when they take the plunge.

Besides being just plain gross, filthy pool practices can lead to unsafe swimming conditions. Urine -- as well as sweat and even sunscreen -- contain nitrogen, which eats up a pool's free chlorine. Free chlorine is what kills waterborne germs that could make you sick if ingested. So if too many people are peeing in the pool or diving in while sweaty, that could mean less chlorine's available to wipe out nasty critters.


The article goes on to list some "tips" to protect yourself and others. One of them is to not go swimming when you have diarrhea. We've hit a new low when that actually needs to be said.

H/T to nsxt290

By min | July 9, 2009, 2:24 PM | Science | Comments (2) | Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden

In my eyes
In disguise
As no one knows
Hides the face
Lies the snake
The sun
In my disgrace

Boiling heat
Summer stench
'Neath the black
The sky looks dead
Call my name
Through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Cold and damp
Steal the warm wind
Tired friend
Times are gone
For honest men
And sometimes
Far too long
For snakes

In my shoes
A walking sleep
And my youth
I pray to keep
Heaven send
Hell away
No one sings
Like you

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Hang my head
Drown my fear
Till you all just
Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come
Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come (Black hole sun, black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, black hole sun)
Won't you come
Won't you come

By min | July 9, 2009, 10:08 AM | Music| Link

July 2, 2009


With what little they show, they might as well have just put them in their normal uniforms.

By min | July 2, 2009, 3:18 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Animal link blogging!

Chimps learn from video!

Ant colony takes over the world!

And this one's older, but: Baby hippo and its Tortoise step-father!

By fnord12 | July 2, 2009, 2:08 PM | Science| Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

Blow Your Speakers by Manowar

Wrote a letter to the M.T.V.
What's goin' on now
Don't ya care about me ?
Sent the same letter to the radio, Ha!
But my party went dead
Like a shot in the head

We all like it - Rock And Roll
We all want it - on your show
Play it loud don't play it low
Blow Your Speakers with Rock And Roll

We got lots of stations
Around the nation
And the stuff they're playin'
It just ain't worth sayin'
People want music to get'em movin'
We don't want labels
We want music on the cable

By fnord12 | July 2, 2009, 8:34 AM | Music| Link

July 1, 2009

Huge top-secret MAME cabinet

You could probably get ten people around that thing. Puts mine to shame.

By fnord12 | July 1, 2009, 5:34 PM | Video Games | Comments (1) | Link

And the children who lived in the shadow of the mean Toys R Us executive's building were the saddest children of all

(Finally got back the ability to download pictures off my phone).

By fnord12 | July 1, 2009, 5:31 PM | My stupid life | Comments (3) | Link


Walmart - which currently encourages its employees to go on Medicaid so that it doesn't have to provide affordable health insurance - has just come out in favor of employee mandates that force employers to cover all employees. It's a move that has pro-health reform advocates scratching their heads. I'm not necessarily interested in the employer mandate; i just want a public option that will cover anyone who wants it. But it is a policy that is favored by most progressives, so it's interesting to see Walmart support it. The 'common ground' may be that it will be a likely strain on small businesses, which will be to Walmart's advantage in driving out the competition.

Meanwhile, Joe Lieberman - who, when welcoming him back into the Democratic caucus, Harry Reid told us that he was a good Democrat on everything except the Iraqi war - has come out against the Public Option.

So basically our enemies are our friends and our friends are our enemies. If we're naive enough to have believed that Lieberman was ever our friend, and if we don't suspect Walmart of having an ulterior motive.

By fnord12 | July 1, 2009, 1:27 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link


There's been a lot of (justified) mocking comparisons between Obama's call for greater government transparency during the campaign and his actions as president (continuing to use 'state secrets' and 'national security' to avoid releasing evidence in court cases, refusing to release the torture photos, keeping the White House visitor log a secret), but this looks like it could be a big deal.

Jay Ackroyd at Atrios says:

I spent the last two days at the Personal Democracy Forum. By far, the most important presentation came from the Obama administration's IT folks. They have created an engine for providing data feeds from Federal departments. It includes GAO and departmental data that drills down to the purchase order level. Adherence to budgets and schedules are part of the base system, as are both contractors AND the contact information for the official responsible for the project.

It's live, it's beta, it's "iterative." They say they launched with 47 data feeds. Now it is over 100,000.

Exciting! And hard to undo by a future administration.

And here's a summary. This could wind up being almost as important as the Freedom of Information Act.

By fnord12 | July 1, 2009, 9:50 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

You know it's true

A comment* at Balloon Juice:

also, the best comment I've seen so far regarding the Franken win is over at Wonkette:

*Yes, i'm quoting a comment quoting a comment.

By fnord12 | July 1, 2009, 9:43 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

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