Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On Christianity

It is not a harmless shared delusion. That is to say that it is not harmless. There are Christians that are harmless but the religion itself, if taken as directed, is every bit as harmful to the body politic as cigarettes are to an individual.

This is unfortunate because there is much to like about Christianity but unless you are very similar to cafeteria Catholics(and at that point how do you straightfacedly  consider yourself Christian) then there is at least as much to be appalled at.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Everything you Need To know about stop and frisk in one sentence

New Stop-and-Frisk Report: A Paltry 3% Are Convicted Out of 2.4 Million Stops | Alternet: " 
 New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, hailed by the city’s mayor and police chief as crucial in fighting crime, could boast only a 3% conviction rate between 2009 and 2012, according to a report by the state attorney general released on Thursday."

'via Blog this'

it gets better ...

Schneiderman's study found that 0.3% of the 2.4m stops led to jail sentences of more than 30 days, and 0.1% led to convictions for violent crime.

But hey, we all FEEL better knowing the police are doing SOMETHING.

We have indeed become the security theater country.

On Unpaid Internships

They are the modern equivalent of slavery and should be illegal. The only difference being that you voluntarily are selling yourself into internship and so it is not the poorest and most downtrodden that end up there but the upper half of the socioeconomic spectrum.

Tell me that isn't very strange

Monday, November 4, 2013

On The consulting business

Oftentimes it seems to me that I get hired to tell clients what they already know to be true.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - The Final Chapter

Interview went easier than I could have possibly imagined.

My green card has been approved and I have been told to expect it to arrive within 10 days or so.

Many thanks to my lawyer Barbara Brenner at Copland and Brenner. Highly recommended!

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - EAD

Just found out that I will have my Employment Authorization Document within 30 days. It is going to be a  race to see if my Green Card or my EAD arrives first ... I hope

Sunday, October 20, 2013

On JP Morgan Chase's Fine

Tentative Deal Hands JPMorgan Chase a Record Penalty - "JPMorgan Chase and the Justice Department have reached a tentative $13 billion settlement over the bank’s questionable mortgage practices leading up to the financial crisis, people briefed on the talks said on Saturday. It would be a record penalty that would cap weeks of heated negotiating and underscore the extent of the bank’s legal woes."

'via Blog this'

Remind me again why Jamie Dimon still has a job.
Also remind me again why the market will fix all bad behavior.

Monday, October 14, 2013

IMF suggesting tax hikes - what's next?

Tax the rich? IMF sparks a mini revolution (via AFP)
Tax the rich and better target the multinationals: The IMF has set off shockwaves this week in Washington by suggesting countries fight budget deficits by raising taxes. Tucked inside a report on public debt, the new tack was mostly eclipsed by worries…

On Free Speech and The Stars and Bars

I am hearing a lot lately that flying the Confederate flag (aka the Battle Flag of traitorous slaveholders) is free speech. All that means is that the idiots flying it don't deserve to get their asses tossed in jail. It doesn't mean that people don't have the right, and the responsibility imho, to call them dumbasses for doing it.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

An essay on Leadership in Business Intelligence

I have spent over 25 years in IT, much of it in BI or its related functions. I have come to the conclusion that the primary value of a BI team is the ability to provide the right information to the right people at the right time so that they can make the right decisions to move a business in the right direction. This means that BI is a wide ranging discipline that is not the same as most other IT functions. Primarily, it means that it is vitally important that front-line BI staff learn about the business they are serving and understand the underlying processes they must support in terms that are not dependent upon underlying technology. It is the job of the BI team to put together a plan that will support the short and long term goals of the business and then to execute that plan in a cost effective manner while always being aware that organizational goals change and they must be attuned to what business leaders are looking for.

In order to fulfil the promise of the preceding paragraph every BI team needs a capable leader. The BI Director must be someone that has a solid technology background so that they can provide credible technical leadership to the team. By this I do not necessarily mean that the BI Director should be wearing a pager in a 24/7/365 support rotation or be creating production quality dashboards on a regular basis but it is helpful if they have spent time in those roles so that they understand what their staff needs in order to do their jobs effectively. Because the reporting and analytics architecture is so vitally important to the success of a BI team, the one technical role that the BI Director should absolutely be able to fill themselves is that of Chief Architect. This role requires a background in a range of technologies and disciplines including data warehouse design and implementation, report development standards and practices, data governance, project management and production support.

On the non-technical side, the BI Director must understand how to motivate and protect their team. They must understand that all team members do not respond to the same incentives and they must make the effort to understand what those incentives are so that they can lead a team that is capable of more than the sum of the capabilities of its members. They must always make sure that they safeguard their team, to the best of their ability, from political and operational pressure, especially pressure to do things that are unethical or that compromise the principles of the organization. A leader that does not support their team this way is a leader that is not worthy of the title and will not have the confidence of their team for very long.

Finally, the BI Director must be a passionate and effective evangelist for what BI can do for the company. They must be ready and able to do presentations, formal and informal, technical and non-technical, to groups large and small. It is just as important to be able to explain to salespeople how data quality impacts the ability of the CEO to understand cost of sales and why it is important that they fill out their paperwork correctly as to hold a high level briefing for the Board that describes the ROI on the long term data strategy for the company and why there is a need to invest a couple million dollars of the company’s hard earned cash in new infrastructure and training staff in its appropriate use so that they can get insights that were not previously possible.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Coffee Cup Bleg

Looking for a recommendation from my faithful readers for a good commuter coffee cup.
it has to be easy to clean, keep my coffee hot for at least a couple hours, fit in a standard cup holder in a car, and hold enough coffee to actually be useful.

It would also be nice if it was less than $25.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - Halloween is going to be a special day

So, my interview with the nice folks from USCIS is on Halloween. If all goes well we will be looking at a Green Card somewhere around the end of November.

Very excited!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - On to the interview

I get email... 

Your I485, APPLICATION TO REGISTER PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR TO ADJUST STATUS is now ready for interview scheduling.  When scheduling is complete, you will receive a  notice with a time and place for your interview

one more step. I am sure my lawyer will be thrilled because it means she gets one more progress payment :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

on logarithmically increasing tax rates

Donkeylicious: Tax Brackets As Far As The Eye Can See:

 "A friend of mine in the finance industry suggested letting tax rates grow logarithmically. Subtract out the first $20,000 of income. Then, as your income increases as a multiple of 10, your tax rate increases by 21% on any income in excess of $20,000. So, someone earning $120,000 would owe $21,000 in taxes (21% of $100K); someone earning $1,020,000 would owe $420,000, (42% of $1 million) and so on. Taxes on the working poor and middle class would go down or stay flat; taxes on the upper-middle class would go up slightly; and taxes on the various levels of "f***ing loaded" would rise subtantially."
'via Blog this'

an interesting idea

Tucker Carlson - Still A Douchebag

Tucker Carlson Calls to 'Increase the Stigma' on Mental Illness After Navy Yard Shootings | Video Cafe:
"Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday suggested that the proper response to Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was to "increase the stigma" around "certain forms" of mental illness. "

'via Blog this'

Monday, September 16, 2013

Internet Comment of the day - Miss America Edition

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent -

You have to admit a dark skinned miss america just looks weird. I think it should follow tradition and be given to a white lady. it's about heritage not hate.

'via Blog this'

uh huh. Careful you keep that sheet nice and white...

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - Biometrics

Very excited.

I now have my very own Alien Number and next friday I go to do my biometrics.

Another step.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ted Cruz - Still Fucking That Chicken

Cruz: Deaths In Syria Are A Distraction From Benghazi Scandal | ThinkProgress:
"Figuring out what to do about a tyrant slaughtering thousands of his own people is less important than pursuing the discredited Benghazi attack investigation, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)."

'via Blog this'

Comment of the Day - Dispatches From The Culture Wars Edition

Fischer: White Christians are the Real Discrimination Victims » Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
"Yes, there’s that special Christian dictionary where “persecution” is defined as “not being able to use force of law and the machinery of government to impose my religious values and practices on everyone else, Christian or not.”"

'via Blog this'

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Job Wanted, USVI

If anyone is interested in an IT director in the US Virgin islands ... call me

Monday, September 2, 2013

Jeff Gordon's year in One Number


That is the number of DNFs he has this season.

he would be solidly in the top 10 if he and his team could have kept his car on the track for 2 or 3 of those races.

Will he make the chase? Who knows. He is not a threat to win the championship though.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

No Easy Answers

Syria is a mess.

We have no business going in there without international support.

Having said that, the current President cannot politically make that call on his own without his party being destroyed in the elections next fall.

Up until last week it looked like he would have British and possibly French backing at a minimum. The Brits decided not to join, much to my amazement. That is a fairly large thing and a fairly large change in the way the attack could be justified.

I am really tried of folks that make this a no win for the President...

If he had said "Fuck it I am going in" they would have excoriated him for being a kneejerk interventionist "just like Bush"

If he had said "it is none of our business" they would have excoriated him for being weak and emboldening America's enemies

If he had said "let's ask Congress" he would have been excoriated for being indecisive and abdicating his Presidential prerogatives. Oh, right, that last one is actually what he did and he is getting nailed from all sides for it.

Why would any sane person want to be President?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

On The Veto In The UN Security Council

Be it resolved that the veto power of the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council is a bad thing and makes the organization substantially less useful  than it would otherwise be.


On Why Heads Should Roll at the NSA

Why’d Ya Have to Do It Evil Genius? » Balloon Juice:
"One of Snowden’s superpowers cited in that NBC story is the ability to “impersonate” high-level officials. This is a garden-variety capability that a lot of users with administrative access have. I have it in a couple of different forms on systems that I manage for clients. From the point of view of security, it’s a necessary evil, and it needs to be carefully controlled and audited. Hype and spin notwithstanding, the huge trove of documents that Snowden extracted from the NSA isn’t evidence that he’s some kind of Lex Luthor who couldn’t be thwarted by mere mortals. Instead, it shows that NSA’s controls were weak, and the NSA’s leadership needs to be held accountable"

'via Blog this'

If your sysadmins can impersonate anyone on a top secret network without any audit trail being generated and with no warning bells going off then you have to think it is a systemic failure and there needs to be several folks lose their jobs.
If I had written, or designed, this system I would be ashamed of myself.
If I was in charge of managing the folks that run it or wrote it I would be expecting to be fired about now.
If the system was generating usable audit trails and nobody was following up that is a level of dereliction of duty that one could argue it rises to criminal behavior, in particular 18 USC § 793 - Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Paranoid Comment Of The Day - Juan Cole Edition

Obama wants all the info in your Smart Phone without a Warrant (Lazare) | Informed Comment:
 "Juan Cole 08/25/2013 at 3:08 am
The room for abuse here is enormous. Police can arbitrarily arrest someone and the go on a fishing expedition through his data. "

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If we were living in a country where people were regularly arbitrarily arrested then I would say that Juan Cole has a point. It is not, however, the country we live in yet. Slippery slope arguments are pretty weak to start with and he has slipped himself into a pretty paranoid stance.   Even Stop and Frisk, as odious as that is, has not held up under judicial scrutiny. If it gets to the Supreme Court and is upheld as a lawful practice then this conversation changes but at the moment it does not.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

President Rand Paul?

Disregard for Civil Liberties= Rand Paul Presidency? | The Blog of Progress:
 "Blowback! Actions being taken that create unintended consequences. The current trend has been to wantonly disregard Civil Liberties on all fronts. The Obama Administration has followed in the steps of the Bush Administration by embracing the world of cloak and dagger, NSA spying, Drones, The Patriot Act. By taking this course and embracing the National Security state the Obama Administration finds itself at odds with anyone who firmly believes in the idea of preserving civil liberties. That being said the Administration which happens to be a Democrat Administration in taking the actions it is taking is actually paving the path for something which would seem incredible but can happen., A Rand Paul Presidency."

'via Blog this'

Personally I can't see it because he is just horrible on every other issue you can name but Alberto does make a bit of a case here. I don't agree with his conclusion but you might.

On Voter Suppression

We didn’t intend for conservatives to interpret “motor voter” as a requirement » Balloon Juice:
"A valid driver’s ID, the standard photo identification issued by states, is accepted for purposes of voting. But as fewer young people obtain driver’s licenses, the routine connection between adulthood and a photo ID is increasingly broken. The partisan implications are clear: In 2012, President Barack Obama captured 60 percent of votes cast by Americans ages 18 to 29. And when it comes to driver’s licenses, there is a wide disparity between poor and minority teens, who are even more likely to vote Democratic, and wealthy and white teens.  
Low-income and minority teens are the least likely to obtain a driver’s license before age 18. Only 25 percent of teens living in households with incomes less than $20,000 obtained their license before they turned 18, while 79 percent of teens were licensed by their eighteenth birthday in households with incomes of $100,000 or more. The findings for licensure by age 18 differed significantly by race and ethnicity, with 67 percent for non-Hispanic white teens, 37 percent for non-Hispanic black teens, and 29 percent for Hispanic teens."
'via Blog this'

This is what racism looks like

Cowgirl Up • This is what racism looks like. Racism is the...:
"Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?”   
 Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear."

'via Blog this'


On Civility

On silencing anger to silence minority voices » Blag Hag:
"If the tone of voice someone uses is enough to make you discount their argument, then you didn’t care about the issue to begin with. And the repeated demand to have things ‘calmly’ explained to you simply means you’re looking for an excuse not to listen. This goes double for people who demand calm explanations, and then IGNORE those explanations when they are given. You. Just. Don’t. Care. And while it may make you feel good to SAY you care, your actions shine through the bullshit veneer of “but I want to learn!” So if you don’t care, at least be honest with yourself and with others. You don’t have to care about every issue, but don’t lie. It’s boring."

'via Blog this'

This is PRECISELY my take on BS calls for civility.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

On GOP Sanity

Poll: Louisiana GOPers Unsure If Katrina Response Was Obama's Fault | TPM LiveWire:
"The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government's post-Katrina blunders.  
 Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren't sure who to blame."

'via Blog this'

I have a hard time thinking about this in any other way than they hear "Obama" and think "Root of All Evil".

On The Rainmaker Model of Business Development

Does anyone have any evidence that it works for companies doing business with governments that are not highly corrupt? I know it can work well in private industry but I am baffled as to how it can work within the Public Sector where there are so many restrictions on how contracts get let and the generally small size of directed or sole source contracts.

If you have a truly unique service that nobody else offers then I can see it working but in a commodity field (which, let's face it, most of IT is seen as having become) how do you get past just being a participant in a race to be the lowest bidder?

Examples and horror stories accepted via email if you don't want to publish in a public place.

Kayakers paddle to Sable Island

Kayakers paddle to Sable Island | The Chronicle Herald

Two Halifax kayakers have successfully braved the unforgiving waters of the North Atlantic to paddle more than 175 kilometres from Nova Scotia to Sable Island in what they are describing as a life-changing experience. “It was nothing short of magical,” said Jan-Sebastian La Pierre, who made the nearly 30-hour voyage from Canso, the nearest point on Nova Scotia’s mainland to the island, with paddling partner Graham Carter.

 Just so that folks understand what these people accomplished ... the nickname of Sable Island is "The Graveyard of the Atlantic". It is basically a jumped up sandbar on the edge of the continental shelf and surrounded by the North Atlantic. Not for the timid.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - Part another - The Signing - Part Two

Spent several hours at the Lawyer's office today signing papers and going over various bits and pieces of administrivia. Wrote several large checks and it looks like the clock starts ticking on my application for a green card so 10-12 weeks from now we should be looking across the desk at some nice person from the Department of Homeland Security.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Another Reason Ray Kelly Needs to Be unemployed

New York City Police Commissioner: 'No Question' More People Will Die Without Stop And Frisk | ThinkProgress:

 "New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly enthusiastically defended the New York Police Department’s use of the controversial “stop and frisk” program during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning. Kelly went so far as to claim that more New Yorkers would die without the procedure in place."

'via Blog this'

A New Contender For Dumbest CongressCritter

Congressman Doesn't Believe White Collar Crime Exists:

"There’s no such thing as financial crime, according to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA). At a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills, California on Tuesday, a constituent asked McClintock for his “stance on Wall Street criminal practices.” The congressman responded, “Well first of all, for a criminal practice there has to be a gun. It’s pretty simple.”"

'via Blog this'

Competence and The Wikileaks party

The Wikileaks Party Lurches To The Right: Preferences Fascists, Mens-righters and Gun-lovers above the Greens | AusVotes 2013
"The only people who can lodge the official form with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) saying what a party’s preferences are is the Registered Officer, or a deputy Registered Officer. Currently listed as Registered Officer for the Wikileaks Party is Gail Malone, with deputy Registered Officers Karen Cochrane, Cassandra Findlay and Omar Todd.
 Given that such an important “administrative error” has been made, no doubt the Wikileaks Party will soon let us know who lodged the wrong preferences with the AEC and how a person capable of making such an error was appointed to such a little-known but very responsbile post."
'via Blog this'

Apparently they need a little more?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wireless Communication with no batteries or Wires

Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique | UW Today:
"University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. "

'via Blog this'

Very cool indeed

On Playing The Race Card

It seems to me that most of the folks that use this phrase in a serious manner are the same ones that opine that it doesn't seem fair that black people get to drop an n-bomb and white people don't.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


My Opening Farewell, So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, Oh The Places I Will Go, How Can You Miss Me If I Won’t Go Away, Just Leave Already Fer Chrissakes, Post Thingy | TBogg:

"While I have done this blogging thing mainly as a hobby – since I have actual Real Life Skills that are monetizable in The Real World – it has also been a rather all-consuming hobby which has taken me away from my family, the outside world (why live at the beach if you’re going to spend every free hour in front of a computer?), and from reading actual books (in lieu of blogs written by idiots), as well as watching movies and the teevee and enjoying life’s rich pageant. What tipped the scales this time was the recent loss of  the brilliant and greatly missed Doghouse Riley whom, I will note, was younger than moi when he passed so suddenly. As was Jon Swift. And Steve Gilliard. And Jim Capozzola. For me, this was a mortality wake-up call."

'via Blog this'

He shall be missed

Monday, August 12, 2013

Speaking of Judicial Activism

Judge In Tennessee Orders Baby's Name Be Changed From Messiah | TPM LiveWire: ""The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ," Judge Ballew said, according to t.v. station WBIR. Ballew said the child could go by "Martin DeShawn McCullough," which includes both the mother and father's names."

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Is Georgetown Law Running A Ponzi Scheme?

How Georgetown Law gets Uncle Sam to pay its students’ bills:

"Upon first glance, it looks like what’s happening is that Georgetown is paying for part of the cost of law school and the federal government is forgiving the rest. But as Jason Delisle and Alex Holt at the New America Foundation discovered, Georgetown’s cleverer than that. The tuition paid by new students — tuition they’re often paying with federal loans — includes the cost of covering the previous students’ loan payments."

'via Blog this'

A moment of GOP Zen

Missouri State Fair Rodeo Clown Wears Obama Mask:
"A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” 
 The antics led the state’s second highest-ranking official, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, to denounce the performance in a tweet Sunday. He said it was “disrespectful” to the president.  
 “We are better than this,” the Republican tweeted."

'via Blog this'

When will the folks in charge of the GOP realize what they have unleashed on the rest of us and start taking some fucking responsibility for it?


I crack myself up.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Donald Trump - Still a Birther Asshat

Donald Trump Beats The Birther Drum Again: 'Was There A Birth Certificate?' (VIDEO):

 "Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows."

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Representative Markwayne Mullen on SNAP

Congressman Claims Widespread Fraud Because He Saw 'Physically Fit' Couple Use Food Stamps | ThinkProgress:

 "“The food programs are designed to take care of people who can’t work, not won’t work. And we all know those people that won’t work, right?” he asked the audience. “They’re abusing the program, and we’ve got to get them off of it.”"

'via Blog this

Except that is not what SNAP is for.

The Next Target - The Disabled

Hate Flyers Target The Disabled in Portland OR | Crooks and Liars:
 "Five upper-class neighbourhoods in the city of Portland - Irvington, Arbor Lodge, the SW hills, Laurelhurst and Eliot - have been targeting people with disabilities. 
"There are sixteen people in this neighbourhood who vote and receive cash disability payments," the note read, posted by an anonymous writer known only as Artemis of the wildland, suggesting that those people who receive disability benefits are a menace to the republic. "The names of these people are being posted where they can be seen by taxpayers and the neighbourhood can decide who is truly disabled." The mayor's office is concerned with the underlying threat of violence, the Portland Commission on Disability requests that anyone who has received or seen the flyer to report it, in order to track it. The Portland Police are searching for the author of these hate-mongering flyers, asking anyone who knows who may be behind the flyers to come forward."

'via Blog this'

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Green Card Chronicles - Part another - The Signing

Well, it is getting close. I have found out that the lawyer will have all the papers ready to file on August 20th. One big check to the lawyer and one to the government this time. We should be less than 3 months away from Interview time!!

I have to say that even doing this "the easy way" because I married an American citizen is far from easy. The amount of documentation that is required to establish the bona fides of a marriage in the eyes of the US government is quite impressive and a little daunting. I know, and Robin knows (yes we are Rob and Robin ... shut up) that we entered into this marriage because we love each other and we want to spend the last 50 years of our lives together but actually proving that is the case is much more difficult (and the burden of proof is on us to prove it not the government to prove that it isn't).
For all my happily married readers that got married less than 18 months after starting to date here  is a thought experiment for you. How would you do it  ... think about how you would have proved your marriage was real if you had to do it in the first couple months of your marriage.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Megyn Kelly's Greatest hits

News Corpse » Fox News Rewards Megyn Kelly’s Bootlicking Conservative Bias With A Promotion To Primetime::
"Kelly defended an anti-Islam filmmaker as a “patsy” of the Obama administration.
Kelly asserted that Americans have “gotta get a little squeamish” about the prospect of being killed by drones.
Kelly told her colleague Bill O’Reilly that pepper spray used against student protesters was just “a food product, essentially.”
Kelly moderated a discussion that was based on a series of “Fox Facts” that were cribbed directly from a Republican National Committee press release.
Kelly featured a disreputable reporter with a history of violence (who was later arrested for sexually assaulting a four year old girl) in her frequent attacks on the funders of the Islamic Center that Fox derisively referred to as the “Ground Zero Mosque.”
Kelly misrepresented the results of a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll to argue that Democrats are defying the will of the people.
Kelly helped to cover up the extra-marital affair of GOP senator John Ensign and failed to disclose her personal involvement in the story."

'via Blog this'

She will be a fine replacement for Sean Hannity.

My Favorite Blogger Makes An Announcement

I Think I’m Done » Balloon Juice:

 " My name is John Cole, and I am an alcoholic. And I am going to do what I can to fix it, and I hope you all will help me, because 30 years of behavior is going to be hard to change."

'via Blog this'

John Cole is a brilliant blogger. I hope that he can manage this. If you don't already read his site, you should.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Things that annoy me - Security State Edition

So tired of being called an apologist for a security state because I believe that there are legitimate reasons for a) surveillance and b)secret government communications. That does not mean that there should be unchecked warrantless wiretapping or that every hiccup by a diplomat should be classified .

The world is a complicated place and I really am weary of folks that pretend that there are easy answers to complex questions.

Things That Amuse Me - Fox News Edition

Fox Host Confronts House Republicans For Running A Do-Nothing Congress | ThinkProgress:
 "Fox News’s Chris Wallace challenged House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and the GOP-controlled House for failing to pass key appropriations before the government runs out of money in September, demanding to know why the party is wasting time holding its 40 Obamacare repeal vote and pursuing other highly partisan partisan measures. "

'via Blog this'

Saturday, August 3, 2013

On The Cancer Cure Conspiracy Industry

Joe Schwarcz: The cancer conspiracy unveiled:
"But you can take this to the bank: there is no conspiracy to keep cancer cures from the public. If you do want to look for a conspiracy, take a look at those who are trying to make a buck from promoting the notion that such a conspiracy exists."

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Comment Of The Day - Facebook Edition

My FB friend (and all round good guy that I need to drink a beverage with some day) Dave  Howlett sad this on my timeline today

 In a good world, we would judge someone not by how many times they had seen a dick but by how many times they had resisted being one.  

Hard to disagree with that.

Not Just In Florida

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Because Of His Sagging Pants, Right?:
 "To recap, Zeigler is a three-star police chief, one of the highest ranking officers in the NYPD. His mistake was that he was off-duty and black. When he showed his identification badge, the cops who ordered him out of his SUV didn’t believe who he was. The defense of the two white plainclothes officers who approached Zeigler was that they saw a gun in the SUV and only then ordered Zeigler out of his vehicle at gunpoint.  Apparently one of the cops then got into an argument over Zeigler’s ID badge. "

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Cuccinelli Probably Won't Understand Why He Will Lose This Election

Cuccinelli: No plans to repay Williams gifts -
"Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he's glad Gov. Bob McDonnell is returning all the gifts he received from a major political donor. But he has no plans to repay the more than $18,000 in gifts he received from the same benefactor."

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

on Bradley Manning

It was ludicrous overreach to charge him with Aiding The Enemy in the first place

The Green Card Chronicles - Part another - With a shout out

So we are almost ready to file the various documents that we need in order to get my Green Card (which no isn't green). Along the way we discovered that my ill conceived idea of joining the Canadian Navy back when I was a mere sprite was possibly going to come back to haunt me because of the question about "Have you ever had military training". While it is true that I beat a hasty retreat before the end of basic training it does count (although my company commander would no doubt disagree).

This wouldn't have mattered except that I have no clue where my discharge papers are so i needed to order a new copy (a process that I found takes 6 months or more). I sent an email to the current Premier of Nova Scotia, Darrell Dexter, who also happened to be in the same training unit as I was all those years ago. His office very helpfully gave me a hand and it now looks like I might have my discharge papers in hand by the time it comes for me to have my interview.

Nice to have someone that can actually help in your corner. I am sure that the Premier would have done it for any constituent and that he doesn't remember me from a hole in the wall but it is something to remember the next time someone says that politicians are uniformly useless.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stupid Tweeting For $200

Words fail me when someone says something this dumb

Obligatory Geeky Post - FPGA basics - A Video

via the nice folks at Make

Comment Of The Day - Pharynula Edition - Default Assumptions Division

The racialization of danger » Pharyngula:
 "Somehow, straight white men between 20 and say 55 are people and individuals. But everyone outside of that segment is explained and understood as a group member when looking at the question “why are they like that?” and “why did they do that?”"

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

On Remembering Conversations

Something I have noticed lately in many venues are statements of the following kind (with my thoughts on the statements beneath them):

  • I said X and nobody listened to me
    • Just because someone didn't agree, that doesn't mean you weren't heard.
  • I have principles
    • Just because you have principles it does not follow that you were the only one in the conversation with them.
  • My idea would have worked better and I said so at the time. (Usually accompanied by a disingenuous retelling of the conversation)
    • This is the most pernicious because missing a tape recording of the conversation it is nearly impossible to counter. The worst part is that it poisons future dealings with the person because of lack of trust both ways.
  • I was ganged up on (or "I was attacked")
    • You were wildly wrong and wouldn't let go of the bone so person after person had to explain to you why you were wrong and eventually folks lost their patience.
Yes, there are other possibilities but this is what I am seeing a lot of lately. 

Comment of the Day - Balloon Juice Edition - Bankster Edition

Corporate America Lacks Creativity » Balloon Juice:
"First they came for the corporate lawyers.
And I said nothing. 
Next they came for the MBAs. 
And I said nothing. 
Then they came for the bankers. 
And I said nothing. 
Because they were right."

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Even as a joke this is dumb

Insider trading enriches and informs us, and could prevent scandals. Legalize it.:

 "But that understates the case. Insider trading is actually an active good. Markets work best when goods are priced accurately, which in the context of stocks means that firms’ stock prices should accurately reflect their strengths and weaknesses. If a firm is involved in a giant Enron-style scam, the price should be correspondingly lower. But, of course, until the Enron fiasco was unearthed, its stock price decidedly did not reflect that it was cooking the books. That wouldn’t have happened if insider trading had been legal. The many Enron insiders who knew what was going on would have sold their shares, the price would have corrected itself and disaster might have been averted."

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I think this is supposed to be a Swiftian Modest Proposal but it is very poorly executed

Why Larry Summers should never be Fed Chairman in one sentence

Opposition mounts to Summers as possible Fed chief | Reuters:
 "When he served as Treasury chief under Clinton, Summers helped clinch the law that revoked the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, which separated investment banking activities from those of commercial, deposit-taking institutions."

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Allen West's New fans - Stormfront

you just can't make this shit up  (caution, link is to a white supremacist site)
Allen West has all my respect. 
The black community needs more black leaders like West and Larry Elder who don't put up with the victimhood mentality most in the liberal left paint blacks as and how race baiters like Obama, Sharpton and Jackson love to play up to.

and for those that don't know who Stormfront is, this is what the SPLC has to say about them

Created by former Alabama Klan boss and long-time white supremacist Don Black in 1995, Stormfront was the first major hate site on the Internet. Claiming more than 130,000 registered members (though far fewer remain active), the site has been a very popular online forum for white nationalists and other racial extremists. But a 2008 assertion by Black's wife that she opposes racist beliefs damaged Black's standing in the white supremacist movement. 

On Big Data

precisely the kind of BS I was talking about earlier :

Google Glass is For Porn


Comment of the Day - Balloon Juice Edition - Weiner Division

Gimme danger » Balloon Juice:
"Well, since he’s a pure progressive who regularly bashes the most liberal president in our lifetimes, President Obama, I think us white folks should stand by our Weiner-man. Never mind the fact that he seems to be a pathological liar to his various mistresses and wife who was home with their infant child while he was out trying to buy condos for his mistresses and getting them jobs at Politico.  
That’s it, maybe President Obama should start having affairs and lying about them, then make sure Michelle stands by him even after that, and THEN he’ll finally get support from the white privilege progressives. Seems to have worked for the Clintons and Wieners. I suspect though that President Obama will continue improving the lives of millions around the world, especially those in extreme poverty, and re-building America’s middle class, and leading by example in his personal life and on and on, instead of following the Clinton/Weiner paths, so he’ll just have to keep doing without support from white privilege and online progressives. To each their own!"

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On The Weiner Thing

One of these days we will grow up and not give a damn about the sex lives of our politicians. Until that day any politician that engages in risky sexual behavior is a moron and not deserving of holding office.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on The National Review

It's the Racism, Stupid - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic:
 "These two strands -- stupidity and racism -- are inseparable. The pairing seem to find a home at National Review with some regularity. It's been a little over a year since the magazine cut ties with self-described racist John Derbyshire for basically writing the same thing that Victor Davis Hanson writes here. Hanson couldn't even be bothered to come up with anything new. He just ripped off Derbyshire. His editors could evidently care less. A few days later the magazine cut ties with Robert Weissberg for offering pro tips to white nationalists. I'm not quite sure why they bothered with the kabuki. You are what your record says you are and at some point one must conclude that these are not one-offs, that the magazine which once blamed the Birmingham bombing on "a crazed Negro," is dealing with something more systemic, something bone-deep."
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yes, that is sexist

If you wonder out loud why it is relatively ok to call someone a prick but not ok (in north america) to call someone a c*** then yes that is sexist. It doesn't make you evil, but it should make you think.

yes, that is racist too

If you are white and wonder out loud (or even to yourself) why you aren't allowed to drop n-bombs, you are racist. It doesn't mean you are evil, but it should make you think.

Yes, that is racism

If you cross the street when coming up on a couple of black teenage boys, yes that is racism. It doesn't make you evil but it should make you think

Sunday, July 21, 2013

On Privilege - It isn't all or nothing

Some that far too many people have a problem with is the idea of privilege. It isn't a get out of jail free card for a member of the privileged group. It is a sliding scale and you can be privileged in various degrees by being part of a particular in-group.

  • If you are from a first world country you are privileged as compared to most folks in a third world country
  • if you are rich and in any country you are privileged as compared to most folks in your country
  • In North America and Europe and most of South and Central America
    • if you are a white male you are privileged
    • if you are male you are privileged
    • if your parents were upper-middle class or better you are privileged
    • if you are Christian you are privileged
    • if you are heterosexual you are privileged
    • if you went to an Ivy League university you are privileged (irrespective of your grades once there)
None of those things means that if you are not part of an in group you cannot possibly succeed. It just means it is harder and I see far too many people try to deny this reality because it makes them uncomfortable. I especially see this denial coming from so-called Centrist types (who oddly enough tend to come from privileged groups) because accepting it means that there actually isn't always a middle ground and sometimes there is shit that is simply wrong and needs to be fixed.

Stiglitz on Socio-economic mobility in America

Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth -
 "The gap between aspiration and reality could hardly be wider. Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity. "

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Is Michael Cutler Pro-slavery then?

Fox Guest Wants More Cheap Labor to Exploit | Video Cafe:

"CUTLER: I had a front-row seat to the '86 amnesty. If you give lawful status to a bunch of illegal aliens who are being exploited, guess what, they will no longer be willing to be exploited. They will demand to be paid on the books, they will have the right to expect that they will be treated equally as Americans, but more importantly, they will have an equal standing in a labor pool that's already unable to find work. An alien who is naturalized or given employment authorization legally cannot be discriminated against, so they could get the same jobs that Americans desperately need to avoid losing their homes to foreclose."

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A Test

All of the information that you know about this scenario is contained in this post. There are no other hints available.

  • There are six applicants for a job as director of an IT unit. 
  • The position has been vacant for 6 months and the acting director is getting ready to retire.
  • They all have similar educational backgrounds and similar career achievements. 
  • After interviews there is no clear winner in any regard and when all is said and done any of the applicants would be perfectly capable of doing the job at hand and would be a great fit with the team and corporate culture.
  • 1 of the applicants is a white man in his early 40's
  • 1 of the applicants is a white man in his early 50's
  • 1 of the applicants is a male Indian immigrant in his early 40's
  • 1 of the applicants is a female Indian immigrant in her mid 30's
  • 1 of the applicants is an african american man in his early 50's
  • 1 of the applicants is a white woman in her late 30's
which would you choose and why? Note that there is no right or wrong answer. This is just an exercise in how people make decisions.

Is David Brooks As Clueless As This?

Week In Politics: Obama On Race And Trayvon Martin : NPR:
"I had some sympathy for the laws because as, you know, as Americans we should be independent, we should be able to defend ourselves, be strong. But the argument he made about, you know, do we really want all sorts of people, do we really want what happened here, people walking with guns feeling free to shoot off without legal protections, without the normal legal process? Now, that's a compelling argument, which he put very well. And so I think if people hear that, there will be - you know, I think in my heart I certainly felt a little more desire, yeah, maybe something does have to be done about these laws."

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He was ok with SYG laws as long as only the right kind of people could take advantage of them. A trained monkey has more ability to analyse laws for potential downsides than David Brooks does.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

On Owning Your Words

Former editor of Rand Paul’s Neo-Confederate staffer talks about the Southern Avenger | Haire of the Dog:
"While I told him that I would have removed one or two posts — it’s not uncommon for writers to hastily pen a column they later regret — I found the breadth of the request to be excessive, and to be honest, quite cowardly. Doing so, I told Jack, was a repudiation of the very persona he had created as a writer and radio personality. It was a denial of the very views that had made him a local media celebrity and a rising star in the so-called liberty movement, and as such, a slap in the face to all those who had ever supported him. It was best, I said, that if those points of views no longer applied to him, Jack should pen a column detailing how he had changed his mind, but he declined. And frankly, that told me all I needed to know about Jack’s conversion. It was solely for appearances only. It was not heartfelt. It was not true. It was simply to protect his boss, Rand Paul, as he plots a path to the White House in 2016."

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I have written some pretty inflammatory stuff over the years. The difference between myself and this gutless loser is that while there are things i probably should not have written i am not trying to pretend I never wrote them.

Sad really.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Brad DeLong on Rand Paul - White Supremacist edition

Brad DeLong : Conor Friedersdorf Carries Yet More Water for Rand Paul: Thursday Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot-Bang-Query-Bang-Query Weblogging:
 "I will just comment that in a country 10% African-American with America's history, Rand Paul's position on the Civil Rights Act--that since you cannot bring a gun onto private property without the owner's permission owners should be able to exclude African-Americans from stepping onto the premises willy-nilly--is a white supremacist position. "

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yes, it surely is.


Colorado Town To Adopt Drone Hunting Bounty? | Video Cafe:
"DEER TRAIL, Colo. - The small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is considering a bold move. The town board will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles. "

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Driftglass on the GOP

d r i f t g l a s s: "Their Rigidity is Killing Them.":
" The Party of Lincoln is now Rush Limbaugh's gimp-suited plaything and has stacked Congress with enough deeply paranoid, face-defiant, lockstepping meatsticks that, as Ed Rogers, (a top aide to both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush) notes, to kill "the art of governing in Washington":"

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Very nicely put

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Roy Edroso on Racism

"The one thing that never occurs to these guys is that racism is not like monetarism or socialism or academicism or henotheism or anarcho-syndicalism; it's not a thought system we can sit up arguing about all night and be, other than the hangover, none the worse for wear after; it's cancer. Centuries of experience documented by historians and artists show it, if you need guidance, but a few years living in America ought to wise you up to it pretty quick all by itself. "

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I think this is a very smart take on the situation. It is all very easy for we white folk to opine about it but we simply do not live it. This is beyond privilege and getting into an area where we simply do not have any experience which we can bring to bear because when we try we often run into false equivalencies that make us look petty and clueless.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

6th Blogiversary

4000ish posts and just short of 60,000  pageviews later I seem to be still here.
Do the math, most of my stuff doesn't get read much. I write pretty much for me. I like that.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

That's One Way to cut Education Costs

Hoover discontinues school bus services - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports:
 "HOOVER - AL - Hoover Board of Education met tonight to discuss the proposal to discontinue bus transportation for students effective 2014-2015 school year.   The decision came about after Hoover has been experiencing declining revenues. "

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It would be interesting to see how far the average kid has to go to get to school. Perhaps some research for this evening

Monday, July 15, 2013


Just clicked over 60,000 page views on this shitty little blog.

Kinda cool.

What is difference between Obama and Cruz?

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community:

 "Unlike Honolulu, the city of Calgary is not in the United States of America. Unlike the Panama Canal, at the time of John McCain's birth, Calgary is not administered by the U.S. Government or occupied by U.S. Armed Forces. The only argument Senator Cruz can make for being a natural born citizen is that his mom was born in Delaware. That's sufficient, but it was exactly the same situation Obama would have been in if it had been true that he was born in Kenya. If Obama needed to show his birth certificate to prove his eligibility to be president, then Ted Cruz is ineligible. The Tea Party and Donald Trump should be saying that Ted Cruz cannot be president because he isn't a natural born citizen. But they aren't saying it. "

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I am sure there is a reason .. whatever could it be?Publish Post

3 dead - 20 months

They're watching as guru in sweat lodge case goes free -
 "Fifty-five people followed Ray into the sweat lodge; three died from overheating and 19 others were hospitalized after they collapsed, vomited, had trouble breathing, hallucinated, foamed at the mouth or fell unconscious. 
Ray was convicted of negligently causing the deaths of Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, New York; Lizbeth Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minnesota; and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee. Ray was found negligent, but acquitted of manslaughter charges that could have sent him to prison for 30 years."

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Hard to fathom this one

DOJ should stand down

Conservatives Gear Up For Unlikely Federal Action Against George Zimmerman | TPMDC:
 "Imagine the public outcry if the Department of Justice — Eric Holder’s Department of Justice no less — were to take legal action against George Zimmerman, notwithstanding his acquittal this past weekend. "

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I think this would be a mistake.

Ta-Nehisi Coates indicts us all

If I start quoting I wont stop. Just go read.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

On Rape Culture At UNC

University Of North Carolina Allegedly Retaliated Against A Rape Victim For Coming Forward | ThinkProgress:

 "The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is now facing a third federal investigation into its sexual assault policies. This time, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations that UNC inappropriately retaliated against Landen Gambill, a sophomore at the university, after she publicly came forward about her rape. "

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Ted Nugent For president

Ted Nugent, guitarist and gun-lover, rocks the political world - The Washington Post:

"Hi, I’m Ted Nugent. I have nine children from seven women, and I’m running for president.” Nugent takes a sip of water, having delivered his potential slogan. “Yeah, I’m thinking about it.”"

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Please Please Please

Counterfactuals - Zimmerman Edition

The only counterfactual I am really interested in is this ...
. What would have happened if he would have carried pepper spray instead?
my guess is that he never would have got out of his car and Trayvon Martin would still be alive.

What is a BrushBot

This is a brushbot

On Quinoa

Quinoa should be taking over the world. This is why it isn’t.:
 "Quinoa is a low-calorie, gluten-free, high-protein grain that tastes great. Its popularity has exploded in the last several years, particularly among affluent, health-conscious Americans. But the kinks that kept the grain out of Freshii that day are emblematic of the hurdles it will face to becoming a truly widespread global commodity and a major part of Americans’ diet.  
It shows the crucial role of global agribusiness, big-ticket infrastructure investment, and trade in bringing us the things we eat, whether we like it or not. In short, it’s hard to keep something on the menu if you might not be able to afford it the next day. And the American agricultural economy makes it hard for a new product to reach the kind of steady prices and day-in-day-out supply that it takes to make it big."

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A question for PA Governor Corbett

Governor: Pregnant Women, Breast Cancer Patients Are Free Health Care Moochers | ThinkProgress:
"“What I hear all the time coming out of the administration in Washington is that it’s the working poor [who benefit from Medicaid],” Corbett told WTAE, a local ABC affiliate, on Saturday. “Yes it is working, but you should be investing five, ten dollars in co-pay to understand that you go to to the hospital or the doctors, you just can’t keep going and going and going and think everything is going to be covered. You have to know that you have some interest in what’s going on.” 
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Does he really think that people go to the Dr because it is fun? Most folks I know only go to the Dr if they are on death's door.

Dumbest Thing Rick Perry Has Ever Said

Rick Perry Reacts To Zimmerman Verdict: 'I Think Our Justice System Is Color Blind' | ThinkProgress:

"Arguing on CNN Sunday Morning that the jury in the George Zimmerman case “made the right decision from their standpoint,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) dismissed any suggestion that America’s justice system is unfair to African-Americans or other people of color. In Perry’s words, “I think our justice system is color blind.” Watch it: "

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And that is a very long list of dumb things.

A Sad but accurate observation from Digby

"This is filed under our new American credo --- "Protect Us At All Costs!" Americans are so frightened of everything, even 17 year old kids with nothing more than skittles and tea in their hands,  that they must "protect" themselves from all threats by any means necessary. The government police apparatus may be vast, extremely powerful and growing exponentially, but even that is not enough. In places like Florida they empower citizens to carry concealed weapons to "protect" us as well. "

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BooMan on the Zimmerman Acquital

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community:
 "I think Zimmerman executed Trayvon Martin in cold blood. I think he just got away with murder. I think he should have been held accountable for what he did. But, to my dismay, the prosecution did not prove my theory of the case and the defense did several things to cast doubt on my theory. In the end, the defense didn't have to do much to win because that's the way the law is written."

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I think this is a very good take as well.

Ta-Nehisi Coates On The Killing Of Trayvon Martin

On The Killing Of Trayvon Martin By George Zimmerman - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic:
"6.) I think the message of this episode is unfortunate. By Florida law, in any violent confrontation ending in a disputed act of lethal self-defense, without eye-witnesses, the advantage goes to the living. "

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I think that this is the real bottom line.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

But Racism is a thing of the past in america

Annals of New York | TPM Editors Blog:
"Yesterday afternoon an African-American couple was eating at the outside tables at Benny’s Burrito in Greenwich Village when a drunken man, complaining about his wife leaving him and his job at Goldman Sachs, crashed their table. Douglass Reddish, 25, the man with his girlfriend, tried to help the man steady himself but got a different response than he likely expected. “This n***** wants to fight me?” said the unidentified man according to witnesses at the scene, “You n*****s are why I lost my job!”"

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Good For Rogers - Chris Brown Edition

Rogers backs out of Chris Brown's Dartmouth concert | The Chronicle Herald:
 "Telecom giant Rogers Communications Inc. has pulled its sponsorship of a Dartmouth concert just hours after an announcement that American entertainer Chris Brown would perform at the show. "
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Imagine that. a big company actually living up to its stated ideals.

Fuckwit of the week - Erick Erickson

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