Tuesday, May 5, 2009

And In the Who The Fuck Cares Department

Miley Cyrus might not be a virgin and David Hasselhoff is still a drunk. Imagine my shock

Interesting Times in Nova Scotia

Ready to vote? Nova Scotia's minority Tory government falls
Nova Scotia's opposition MLAs voted down a finance bill Monday, prompting the fall of the minority Progressive Conservative government and setting the stage for an election.

Premier Rodney MacDonald said he plans to meet with Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis on Tuesday to ask her to dissolve the legislature. Tradition dictates she will grant his request to head to the polls on June 9.

The last provincial election was in June 2006.

The MacDonald government collapsed over its plan to spend $260 million instead of putting it toward the province's $12-billion debt, as is required by law.

I was born in NS and my daughter still lives there. It will be interesting to see how this ends up. Personally, I am pulling for Darrel Dexter and the NDP. I knew him briefly many years ago and he always struck me as an intelligent and pragmatic man.

Monday, May 4, 2009


Can I just say what a bunch of whining little wimps these Republicans all are? They love to present themselves as stoic, manly warriors, loving heir country above all else, willing to lay down their lives for it.

Until something happens they don't like and then they want to blow the thing up.

Yet another chapter in the ongoing saga of WATBism among the GOP.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Problem with Short Term Thinking

Analysis: What's ahead for Obama in the next 100 days - CNN.com
The second 100 days will be a critical test of Obama's power in getting key legislative priorities -- such as economic recovery, health care, energy and immigration -- passed.

A large part of what is wrong with this country is that the time horizon for too many is too short. The problem is that it means that you find solutions that look good at the moment but that are substantially less than the best solution. In the world of optimization this is known as finding local maxima rather than a truly optimal solution.
Take a look at this graphic* and hopefully you will see what I mean.

Imagine that you walking around that graph on a foggy day (yeah I know). You get to the top of the little hill and in every direction you look you see that it is downhill. When the fog lifts, then you will see that you are still in the foothills.

If we stay in the 100 day (or fiscal quarter .. odd how close in length they are) fog then I fear that we will never become as great a nation as we could be. I know that I am not satisfied with that. Are you?

*Due to my use of text and a graphic from Wikipedia, this blog entry is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

Today's Game ...

Guess who said this.
When President-elect Obama quoted Abraham Lincoln on the night of his election, he was acknowledging the transcendent qualities of vision and leadership that are always present, but often overlooked and neglected by pettiness, partisanship and petulance. As president, I believe Barack Obama can help lift us out of a narrow view of America into the ultimate vision of an America where, if you're born to be a mezzo-soprano or a master carpenter, nothing stands in your way of realizing your God-given potential.
via Balloon Juice

You have got to be kidding me

BCS vs. playoff debate comes to Capitol Hill - CNN.com
College football's perennial armchair-quarterback argument over the need for a clear-cut national champion came to Capitol Hill Friday.

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing to dissect the Bowl Championship Series, asking whether the model needs to be tweaked, overhauled or done away with altogether.

Four witnesses testified at the morning hearing, including championship series coordinator John Swofford and Alamo Bowl President Derrick Fox; both of whom defended the current system, though Fox conceded that "no system is perfect and the Bowl Championship Series is not perfect.

The economy is still in a freefall, there is apparently the possibility that public employee pension funds are being robbed blind by so-called placement agents and there are any number of other actually important things that a House subcommittee on Commerce could be dealing with. I don't care that it only took a morning, this is shit that just doesn't need to be done right now.

And politicians wonder why so many people think they live in their own little world.

Meghan McCain, the voice of her generation?

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Meghan McCain: Don’t look at us like ‘dirty moderates’ « - Blogs from CNN.com
Asked about the coverage she’s been getting for the GOP, McCain said she feels like she’s “speaking out for a lot of young people that don’t feel spoken for.”

To which I reply with this graphic from a recent Gallup Poll

I am glad to see that the future of the GOP is so bright.

The education of the GOP

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time - Blogs from CNN.com
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor tells CNN's John King that the GOP still has a lot to learn from President Obama.

The GOP just has a lot to learn.

Man Bites Dog

Alberta pigs likely infected with flu from worker: CFIA official
In what would be the first reported case of its kind, a farm worker with the swine flu virus is believed to have infected about 200 pigs in Alberta, a top official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Saturday.

I have nothing more to add

Good News From Halifax

Halifax fire threat downgraded as crews deal with hot spots
The once-raging wildfire in the Halifax area has been reduced to a few hot spots, the city's fire department said Saturday.

I drove by the area that was on fire many times when I lived in Nova Scota. I am happy to see that there were no injuries and much less property damage than there easily could have been.

Education in Alberta takes a giant step backwards

Evolution classes optional under proposed Alberta law
The new rules, which would require schools to notify parents in advance of "subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation," is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

"This government supports a very, very fundamental right and that is parental rights with respect to education," said Premier Ed Stelmach

Alberta has always been proud of being a different kind of province. I don't think that this is the kind of difference that they should be very proud of.

Typical Aryan Nations type Bullshit

Access St. Louis!: The Main Stream Media - Target Number One of the Insurgency
Now, instead of you Nazi marching in your 20th century german costumes and aiding and abetting the enemy, why not try on some fashionable insurgent gear, find the nearest MALDEF office and terminate every mexican inside. It should take you all within 5 minutes with silenced weapons, and you can even blow the place up after you exit. Now that's the message we want to send, not more money to the SPLC by holding a rally. Got it?

For you lone wolves, there are some feds there that are aching for a breaking. If the feds try to bring these soldiers on federal charges, they should feel the steel of Aryan Resistance.

If we can even get to that point, the Resistance will grow and grow until WE HAVE THE POWER to determine OUR destiny.

Funny, I always thought that inciting someone to violence was a crime...

Honest to FSM, at first I thought that this was a parody site because surely no one could be this deranged.

Oh, and how I got here ... via a link to this story from CNN.com. I understand that if they start vetting who they link to then they run the risk of being liable for content but holy fuck, these folks are way over the top.

I have a feeling that I will have more to say about these folks later today.