Friday, December 24, 2010

These people are moderates or independents?

The day when Bernard Goldberg and David Frum are viewed as moderate or independent is the day when i need to start stonger meds.

With all due respect to my new friends at Rise of the Center it is delusional to think of these two gentlemen as anything other than staunch conservatives. Just because they are not Tea Partiers it does not follow that they are centrist. Have we really become that incapable of reason in this country that we need to redefine terms this broadly?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community: "I can tell you honestly that the main reason I was so opposed to Hilary Clinton's candidacy was not ideological. That was a part of it, but the main reason I opposed her is because of who they surrounded themselves with while they were in the White House the first time. People like Lanny Davis and Mike Espy, but also people like James Carville and Mark Penn and Doug Schoen and Dick Morris. These are not good people. They're not even really Democrats. They are more like mercenaries, and morals and ideals don't enter into it."

On Moderation

I don't actually think that being politically moderate is the same as being open to new ideas. In fact, I think that the essence of being a liberal is the ability to incorporate new information into my intellectual framework and using that to decide what the appropriate stance to take on an issue by issue basis. And yes, that means that I think that any idea of being a Radical Moderate is slightly odd

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports™

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports™:
"Most conservatives see government’s chief role as protecting individual rights and freedom while a plurality of liberals put insuring fairness and social justice at the top of the list."
As good a working definition of each as i can imagine

Radiohead's OK Computer named greatest album of the past 25 years - Entertainment - DNA

Radiohead's OK Computer named greatest album of the past 25 years - Entertainment - DNA: "The Top 10 albums
1. OK Computer - Radiohead
2. Nevermind - Nirvana
3. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
4. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
5. Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
6. The Joshua Tree - U2
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. The Bends - Radiohead
9. Achtung Baby - U2
10. Black Holes And Revelations - Muse"

Pat Robertson Wants the Devil's Weed Decriminalized

Pat Robertson Wants the Devil's Weed Decriminalized: "'I'm ... I'm not exactly for the use of drugs, don't get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing it's just, it's costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That's not a good thing.'"

McCain Taking on a More Vocal Role, Becoming a Kingmaker? | Rise of the Center

McCain Taking on a More Vocal Role, Becoming a Kingmaker? | Rise of the Center: "
Perhaps it’s premature for me to say this, but I suspect that these may be the beginnings of McCain’s status as a kingmaker. If some defense issue becomes the centerpiece of the 2012 election, his endorsement could become vital. It might not even matter how much money he has to donate or how many adoring fans he has. He may be the only person in Congress who is capable of being a political force all on his own.
Here is why I think that the "NoLabels" or Centrists are ultimately doomed to failure. If "Shouting at clouds" John McCain is a kingmaker within the GOP then those that would be king are going to be loons. There will be no center in any GOP that is in that state. Since the system is set up for 2 parties the NoLabels people have to pick a side ... which will it be? I predict that they will come down on the side of the GOP.

A Million for a Billion

Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Don’t Call It a Subsidy, Call It an Incentive!: "I’m thinking China might be on to something, but I’m open to alternatives like public canings and seizing every asset and selling their families into bondage before sending them to prison."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Banks Accused of Illegally Breaking Into Homes -

Banks Accused of Illegally Breaking Into Homes - "In Texas, for example, Bank of America had the locks changed and the electricity shut off last year at Alan Schroit’s second home in Galveston, according to court papers. Mr. Schroit, who had paid off the house, had stored 75 pounds of salmon and halibut in his refrigerator and freezer, caught during a recent Alaskan fishing vacation."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fuck Chris Berman

Minnesota is the Great White North ...

My Ass!

On the Benefit of education to society

BIS-CSR | News & speeches | BIS:
"In line with the Browne Report's recommendations the Government is changing the way that Higher Education is funded, moving away to a system where those who benefit make a greater contribution to the cost.

Of course the truth is that education benefits society as a whole.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Two new polls show Palin trailing badly in 2012 match up against Obama - National Political Buzz |

Two new polls show Palin trailing badly in 2012 match up against Obama - National Political Buzz | "If one were to read the polls published by the lamestream media in China and Burma, one would assume that the Dalai Lama and Aung Sang Ssu Kyi were deeply unpopular in their respective countries.

Yet like Sarah Palin, the Dalai Lama and Aung San Ssu Kyi continue to command great respect from the people in the street without anyone doing any of the pollings. Palin had already proven thatwhen she mobilise people to refudiate Obama in 2010 election as Aung Sang Ssu Kyi had proven hers when she mobilised people to boycott the phoney election."

Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’ | Poynter.

Columbia j-school staff: WikiLeaks prosecution ‘will set a dangerous precedent’ | Poynter.: "But while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks’ methods and decisions, we all believe that in publishing diplomatic cables Wikileaks is engaging in journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment. Any prosecution of Wikileaks’ staff for receiving, possessing or publishing classified materials will set a dangerous precedent for reporters in any publication or medium, potentially chilling investigative journalism and other First Amendment-protected activity."

Senator John McCain is still an asshole. #dadt