Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
... with no tiresome multipage layout, to boot: "Top 30 Failed Technology Predictions."
What's nice is that most of them concerned what we wouldn't be able to do. (In fairness, "Dude, where's my flying car?" did not make the list.}
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Reid then (accurately) described Broder as “a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while.”
First time I've had a warm fuzzy about our so-called Senate Majority Leader since that time back in ought-seven.
The new line passed along by DougJ, whose short post is worth reading in full. (Hilarious title, too, if you're up on your Ericksonisms.)
Afterthought: I wonder how many of the Furious Fighting Keyboardists will forget that they've spent the last forty years calling the WaPo the LIEbrul lamestream state-run media, and start howling about OBAMA-REID CENSORSHIP!!!1!
... you must read Ken Layne's recipe: "Wonkette’s Actual Awesome Real Cranberry Business."
TBogg catches a detail about the wingnut who thinks quitting's so nice, he did it twice:
So it is entirely possible that Hoffman didn’t receive any contributions to pay for a recount proving that money is about the only thing a teabagger won’t put where their mouth is.
The news from one of Rupert Murdoch's organs:
"Whatever you have thought of me in the past, I can tell you right now that I am one of your greatest friends and I mean for us to work together," he said in a live interview with Telemundo's Maria Celeste. "I hope that will begin with Maria and me and Telemundo and other media organizations and others in this national debate that we should turn into a solution rather than a continuing debate and factional contest."
Yes, that is Lou Dobbs, your new Republican candidate for president (he thinks), who also said his image as "the No. 1 enemy of Latinos" is nothing but "the efforts of the far left to characterize me in their propaganda as such."
The only remaining question: a bigger liar than Sarah Palin or a bigger flip-flopper than Mitt Romney?
I'm with Ken Layne on this one.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
MoDo provides the first helping:
“And I think more of a concern has been not within the campaign the mistakes that were made, not being able to react to the circumstances that those mistakes created in a real positive and professional and helpful way for John McCain,” she told Bill O’Reilly.
For the second course, Betty Cracker has posted a video clip, which I have transcribed for your head-scratching pleasure:
Q: Let me be very bold and fresh again. Do you believe that you are smart enough, incisive enough, intellectual enough to handle the most powerful job in the world?
A: I believe that I am because I have common sense and I have I believe the values that are reflective of so many other American values and I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the um, the uh, kinda a spineless, a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite Ivy League education and a fat resumé that's based on anything but hard work and private sector free enterprise principles. Americans could be seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership. I'm not saying that that has to be me.
It's worth watching it, just to see the glazed look in BillO's eyes. But why does he practice this gotcha journalism?
Steve M. dissects "L. Ron Beck" and his latest pay-attention-to-me stunt. I couldn't make it past this part of Beck's "100 year plan," though:
These will be full-day experiences where you will be immersed in learning about topics ranging from self-reliance, community organizing, the economy and how to be a political force in your own neighborhood and country.
As I commented over there:
I, for one, welcome our new community organizer overlords.
Oh, wait ...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
BUTTARS: I meet with the gays here and there. They were in my house two weeks ago. I don’t mind gays. But I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time. Certainly not in my kid’s face.
In the past, Buttars has said that gay men and women are “the greatest threat to America going down.”
So, what's the latest from the president of the National Center For Homophobia?
Oh, look, here's a screen shot!
Carrie Prejean, the decrowned Miss California USA and darling of the Christian right, appears to have been scrubbed from the National Organization for Marriage website. The move comes in the wake of a TMZ interview with the man whom Prejean reportedly met through MySpace and had a four-day hotel fling with in 2007. He alleges Prejean sent a series of sex tapes to him over the next couple of years. It’s the latest chapter in the story of Prejean’s partygirl past, which keeps leaking into the public sphere, ruining what had been her budding career as a Christian-values conservative politics spokesperson.
Any bets on whether she'll take Shauna Sand's advice?
Or maybe their earlier pleas of incompetence should be taken at face value.
Fox News just apologized for showing the wrong book cover during a segment about Sarah Palin's new memoir, Going Rogue.
Instead, they twice showed the cover of Going Rouge, a collection of essays mocking the former governor that came out the same day as Palin's memoir.
Yeah, that Going Rouge.
(h/t: Hunger Tallest Palin)
Apparently, the phrase "I Am Kenneth Gladney" is no longer operative.
Does anyone besides Andrew "EPIC FLAIL" Breitbart even know who he is anymore?
What? You don't remember August? When the SEIUTHUGS!!!1! invaded Pearl Harbor?
Kevin K. at Rumproast headlines:
Video of Angry Wingnuts Booing Sarah Palin, Calling Her a “Quitter” & Chanting “Sign Our Books”
The Rumproast crew has gathered up more video clips and quoted much Facebook howling, for all of your mainlining schadenfreude needs.
Sheesh. And after that last? I gotta stop reading political news or I'm gonna turn into a secessionist teabagger myself.
Does this sentence not encapsulate everything that's wrong with Congress?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is resting his hopes on Kerry and Graham, who have also teamed up with Lieberman, for getting climate change legislation through the Senate.
Oh, goody! Bipartisanship! With a Republican who has already been branded an apostate for this and will either lurch back to his right or get primaried into retirement by the wingnut base. And once again, Senate Majority Leader Charlie Brown will hand the "He's With Us On Everything But The War" football to Lucy from Connecticut.
I think we can pretty much count on nothing being done for a good long while, since, as we all know, Holy Joe's time is filled with more important matters, like going on Fox News to talk about his big plans to investigate the Army for being too nice to the Muslins.
Well, almost all good news. We will return to 100% good news for John McCain after Lisa Lerer is fired.
Congress, that's who.
Yeah, yeah. Hard to top that one for lead story on News of the Obvious, I know. But man, the sheer stupidity in continuing to resist President Obama's desire to lift the Cuba travel ban -- the only country in the world the US government prohibits its citizens from visiting -- just drives me bananas. No pun intended.
Never mind the Republicans -- we know they're stuck in their rosy memories of Reagan singlehandedly winning the Cold War. Reading about (via) nitwits like Eliot Engel (NY), Shelley Berkley (NV), Mike McMahon (NY), and especially David Scott (GA) and Gerry Connolly (VA) -- ostensibly Democrats, all -- makes me wonder if there is any lower bound on the maturity requirements for being a member of the United States Congress. The attitude of "we should try to get something out of Castro for this" reminds me of the decay in this country overall, where it seems like every suit you meet thinks the way to get ahead is not to create anything himself, but to look for ways to be a parasite on someone else.
Just declare the past the past, end the stupid travel restrictions, and let Americans who want to visit Cuba visit. It'll be like spreading democracy or something. Sorry it's not as sexy to certain members of Congress because it won't be done at gunpoint, but so what. Not every day can be Christmas for the Get Tough™ crowd, and besides, there are a thousand other things that, much as it pains me to admit, need Congress's attention.
With a Little Help From Her Friends Department …
Last week, as you probably remember, The Daily Show busted Fox "News" for splicing in crowd footage from another event to make it look like the one they were currently
reporting on fluffing was more of an event than it was. Looks like they got caught doing it again, this time by Think Progress.
This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett proudly announced that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book. Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.” But the pictures that the network chose to display on-air appeared to be old file footage of Palin rallies from the 2008 presidential campaign. Individuals in the crowd are seen holding McCain/Palin signs, and others are holding pom-poms and cheering wildly. “There’s a crowd of folks,” an enthused Jarrett observed, referring to the old footage.
After the TP report was published, Fox apologized.
Media Matters found more proof, and then called attention to their ongoing watchdog project, which documents Fox's "history of deceptively using video to advance dubious storylines."
(h/t: Andrew Sullivan)
[Added] Heh. David Zurawik has taken to calling this the "Shill, Baby, Shill" book tour.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
When they come out with the new dictionaries, you can get one and look up leadership. And when you do, you will see a picture of Senator Claire McCaskill. And under that picture will be a caption reading, "NOT HER."
And since nothing says Saturday night like Senate cloture votes on procedural motions, we'll bring you all the action live.
-- Brian Beutler
And Jim Newell is threatening some OTT, too.
Go Harry Reid! Go!
Over-Time Typing. But you knew that.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), whose classiness we have noted before, has reached to the bottom of the barrel and pulled up the stalest of wingnut chestnuts: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS!!!1!.
Yes, Virgina, once upon a time, the Republican Party had some moderate -- dare we even say -- liberal members, and yes, way back when, the Democratic Party still had its Strom Thurmonds and Orval Faubuses, a contingent of white Southerners who would have liked nothing finer than for the darkies to keep knowing their place. That was then, this is now. That sort all switched over to your side, pretty much right after President Lyndon Johnson -- a Democrat -- signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. You could look it up.
(h/t: Jim Newell)
While the magazine recently folded its print edition and went online only, the rep said interest in Sarah Palin's ex-almost-son-in-law has prompted Playgirl to publish a special newsstand issue in January. Levi, savior of print media!
Here is Al Franken's sketch of his home state, swiped from NatGeo:
And here is Saxby Chambliss's sketch of his home state:
Does this mean that Saxby Chambliss is a carpetbagger??? It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate.
Or maybe there is another explanation …
... but how could I not pass this along? Yes …
Xenophon v. Xenu
… is Teh Awesome, whether it's a court case or a monster movie.
[Added] One More And We're Calling It A Trend Department: …
TBogg, FTW: Noron vs. the Morans.
(The titling thing, I mean, not the subject.)
[Update] In the Comments, precedence is claimed.
... now, this is stalking I can believe in!
(Maybe next time he'll remember that being a Luddite means eventually getting dragged into the new new thing anyway, and then having to use a middle initial that no one's familiar with.)
One word: brand identity.
Also, learn how, commas, are like, Star Trek.
Here is your Attorney General Eric Holder saying what shouldn't need to be said. It's about a minute and forty seconds long. (Sorry for the 15-second commercial that may roll first.)
If you're just seeing a blank rectangle, try hovering your mouse above it, and then you should see a play button.
(h/t: Juli Weiner)
Here is something well worth your time if you're interested in hearing a perspective on US policy in Afghanistan, and the general problem of global terrorism, that's well outside the conventional wisdom range of "35 or 40 thousand troops, and now or next week?" Yes, you have to put up with David Frum, but it's worth it, to hear what Andrew Bacevich has to say.
If I could be granted a wish, it would be that Andrew would be able to sit down alone with President Obama for a few hours.
(If you'd rather not sit here and stream this, visit the "alt. video link" to download an audio or video file of the above.)
You may also wish to listen to Andrew's last Bh.tv diavlog, posted this past January, in which he discusses his latest book. That one has the extra attraction of his being paired with Heather Hurlburt.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
That Roy Edroso:
SHORTER S. ROBERT LICHTER. My old employees at Fox News are both the most anti-Obama network and the most fair and balanced network. How can this be? Simple. As a study by my own right wing front group explains, all the other networks are liberal media liars who love the fraud Obama. For purposes of this argument, the figures also show that the liberal media liars are now attacking the fraud Obama (whom they love) just as much as Fox is. Now, having said that, how can we go on insisting that the liberal media liars love the fraud Obama, whom they are attacking? Simple. (throws sand, runs out of room)
The lede from TPM:
Residents of the C Street Christian fellowship house will no longer benefit from a loophole that had allowed the house's owners to avoid paying property taxes.
Previously, the house -- despite being home to numerous lawmakers -- had been tax exempt, because it was classified as a church.
In other good news of religious crackpots going down, the Washington Times train wreck continues. TPM reports in one post that "contributions to employee 401(k) accounts [have] been suspended," and in another that (erstwhile?) editorial page editor Richard Miniter is suing the WaTi for discrimination because he was forced to attend one of the Moonie mass weddings. TPM's complete coverage is gathered up here.
(h/t: Instaputz) ← worth visiting for backstory
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I've been reading Balloon Juice for years now, and I've always wondered what it was that made John Cole change from being a staunch Republican to a vehement anti-Republican. Thanks to this fine interview of John by E.D. Kain, I now know.
[Added] And, having read to the end, I see E.D. did another interview with another prominent blogger, also well-known for his fairly recent disillusion with Real Conservatism™: Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here's an excerpt from "Palin's Base Appeal," in the latest Newsweek:
The Palin problem, then, might be that she cynically incites a crowd that she has no real intention of pleasing. If she were ever to get herself to the nation's capital, the teabaggers would be just as much on the outside as they are now, and would simply have been the instruments that helped get her elected. In my own not-all-that-humble opinion, duping the hicks is a degree or two worse than condescending to them. It's also much more dangerous, because it meanwhile involves giving a sort of respectability to ideas that were discredited when William Jennings Bryan was last on the stump. The Weekly Standard (itself not exactly a prairie-based publication) might want to think twice before flirting with popular delusions and resentments that are as impossible to satisfy as the demand for a silver standard or a ban on the teaching of Darwin, and are for that very reason hard to tamp down. Many of Palin's admirers seem to expect that, on receipt of the Republican Party nomination, she would immediately embark on a crusade against Wall Street and the banks. This notion is stupid to much the same degree that it is irresponsible.
Then there's the question of character and personality. Decades ago, Walter Dean Burnham pointed out that right-wing populists tended to fail because they projected anger and therefore also attracted it. (He was one of the few on the left to predict that the genial Ronald Reagan would win for this very reason.) Let's admit that Sarah Palin is more attractive—some might even want to say more appealing—than much of her enraged core constituency. But then all we are considering is a point of packaging and marketing, where charm is supposed to make up for what education and experience have failed thus far to supply. We are further obliged to consider the question: exactly how charming is the Joan of Arc of the New Right, who also hears voices speaking to her of "spiritual warfare"?
I admit that I have winced at some of the lurid speculations about Governor Palin's family life, and thought them unkind and tasteless even as I lapped them up. She now claims that Levi Johnston is a fabricator when he describes a wildly dysfunctional Palin household. So then: what if she's right about him? It wasn't the liberal elite media who dug up this scapegrace and nudity artist. It was the Republican nominee for the vice presidency who hauled the lad before the cameras and forced us to look at him: a fit husband for her beloved daughter and an example to errant youth in general. Once again, one is compelled to ask which would be worse: a Sarah Palin who really meant what she merely seemed to say, or a Sarah Palin who would say anything at all for a cheap burst of applause.
This is not a small matter for the Republican Party. (And again: it was senior Republican operatives, and not jeering liberals, who told my Vanity Fair colleague Todd Purdum about the hectic atmosphere, of hysteria and collapsing scenery, that accompanied their lame attempt to present Sarah Palin as plausible during the last campaign.) The United States has to stand or fall by being the preeminent nation of science, modernity, technology, and higher education. Some of these needful phenomena, for historical reasons, will just happen to concentrate in big cities and in secular institutions and even—yes—on the dreaded East Coast. Modernity can be wrenching, as indeed can capitalism, and there will always be "out" groups who feel themselves disrespected or left behind. The task and duty of a serious politician, as Edmund Burke emphasized so well, is to reason with such people and not to act as their megaphone or ventriloquist. Sarah Palin appears to have no testable core conviction except the belief (which none of her defenders denies that she holds, or at least has held and not yet repudiated) that the end of days and the Second Coming will occur in her lifetime. This completes the already strong case for allowing her to pass the rest of her natural life span as a private citizen.
It appears that the National Review Online has started a new blog called "Rogue," dedicated to ... you guessed it. If you have the bitters about the liberal media and their unfair "fact" checking of She Who Must Not Be Spoken Ill Of, In Part Because Her Book Is As Unimpeachable As The Bible, send in an email. Looks like they will print almost anything!
The person in charge of this new standard in journamalism is named Robert Costa. I don't know anything about him, except that the tagline at the bottom of other of his NRO efforts reads:
Robert Costa is the William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow at the National Review Institute.
[Added] A typical entry on this most important of blogs is this blockquote beginning …
Meanwhile, Facebook allows Palin to burnish her policy credentials …
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Obama has met with his generals and national security team eight times in the past few weeks to understand the situation. Mitt Romney’s access to information has been limited to reading Sarah Palin’s facebook scribblings.
-- John Cole
Steven Pinker's review of Malcolm Gladwell's new book is quite good. (You don't actually need a background in linear algebra to appreciate it.)
Also, "hurled it across the room" may have a replacement: it looks like Pinker has coined a resonant phrase: "had me gnawing on my Kindle."
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
On the bright side for the wingnuts, at least it wasn’t Joe the Plumber filming himself.
-- John Cole
Yes, yes, I admit it. This is really just an excuse to snicker about THE NEW NEKKID PICTURES OF CARRIE PREJEAN. THIRTY PICTURES. EIGHT TAPES. "Carrie can be heard moaning on a few of the tapes," sez RadarOnline. GOOGLE MAY POSSIBLY EXPLODE IN TWO HOURS.
Start with Jim Newell, who simply does not see what all the fuss is about.
Also, "biggest mistake of my life" is now officially "funny," but will be a banned phrase by this time next Tuesday. Says me.
Some guy named Elmer typed this into his all-American computer (made in China):
Obamacare is therefore unconstitutional, and support of it is treason agaisnt [sic] the people of the United States.
He and his fellow bitters will be setting members of Congress on fire this weekend, for reasons including the above, apparently. But only in effigy, they say. (This time.)
(h/t: Jim Newell)
[Update 2009-11-16 15:00] They may be backing down from this great plan of theirs.
She writes that she sat down with Katie Couric in part because she felt sorry for her, after Nicolle Wallace, a McCain aide, said Ms. Couric suffered from low self-esteem.
"All of them." Also.
(h/t: Comics Curmudgeon)
To call this hyperbole may be an overstatement:
It's not yet perfect, but boy, what a great idea. Try Readability.
[Update 2011-11-15] The above link now redirects. Apparently, they've done a lot of work and have implemented a full browser add-on, a subscription service, etc. All of which seem interesting, but if you (still) just want the bookmarklet, now go here.
I realize that this is not unexpected news.
Wow. The most powerful nation on the face of the Earth ever in history is going to be conducting a criminal trial. You'd think someone who claimed to be proud to be an American would take pride in this. Not the GHEMRotRSTF, though.
(h/t: Adam Serwer)
(previously in wingnut incontinence)
This is great news (and not just for John McCain):
There is water on the Moon, scientists stated unequivocally on Friday, and considerable amounts of it.
Stand by for Don to comment about how this totally doesn't support my enthusiasm for humans in space in 5..., 4..., 3...
Also, LOL @ pourmecoffee.
But the country is in a bad way when public incoherence is matched by political cowardice. One test to know when that's happening? The minority leader is holding tea parties. It's one thing for politicians to worry about facing the mob. It's a whole other for them to become the mob.
And speaking of the tea-baggers: SCHISM!!!
If you spend as little time watching the teevee as I do, particularly what passes for news, the following clip may be instructive.
It really is nothing short of appalling how many people have nothing better to do than to put on a suit and makeup and go into some studio so they can yell about how the tragic consequences of one disturbed individual breaking down is ZOMG TEH TERRORISM!!!1! It is further appalling that there is evidently an audience for this sort of drivel.
I guess I don't have anything more profound to say about this than the old stoner line: Dude, that shit is fucked up.
Obviously, a lot of these loudmouths are doing this because, as Rachel notes around 2:30, they would like to create a meme that this is "Obama's 9/11!!!1! Terrorism on his watch!!!1!" I would like to think that most people aren't stupid enough to miss the larger point, that if this is all the right-wing media have to talk about, then clearly, the "movement conservatives" have absolutely nothing constructive to contribute to discussions about the real problems we face.
But who knows. Cynical as I am, I may be overestimating the good sense of the American people. Maybe I'd be better off buying some more Depends stock. Sure does look like bed-wetting among the fans of Fox is even more prevalent than usual.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I stole this from The Bloggess …
… who is back from Japan and threatening to blog massively about her trip. See above link for more additional comical pix, and then you can read "Japan. Part 1 of I-don’t-even-know-how-long-this-will-be," for, like, a hundred times more laughs. She is seriously twisted. Or gifted. (Probably both.)
Saw the following in my Inbox this morning …
I like this Erica Hill:
Don't know much about her, though.
… decided to Reply All, as it were. [Update: and changed the YouTube link -- looks like the original got pulled.]
LOL is right. Wow. For the first time I can remember, I actually had a moment of longing to see an episode of Larry King Live.
What a piece of work that Carrie Prejean is. I felt quite a bit of sympathy for her in the way back when -- a ditz in over her head, someone too sheltered to realize that it was probably not the best idea to spout to a national audience lessons from her fundie upbringing, who then got snapped up by the wingnuts as the latest symbolic hero in their never-ending grievance wars. I figured back then she was just smart enough to realize that she'd stumbled into a chance of capitalizing on her proverbial fifteen minutes.
But then, as a little more time went on, and she kept doubling down on her victimhood, I started thinking less charitably. Yeah, she's young, dumb, and has lived a life where she never heard anything except how great she was, but at some point, everyone has to come to the realization that an attitude of "it's all about me and how MY feelings get hurt" won't cut it. The emails between her and the pageant people were revealing, and if any one thing tipped me over, that was probably it.
I watched a few minutes of her attempt on Hannity to spin the SEX TAPE!!! revelation (I blame TBogg) and I couldn't bear it. She sounded like she had sat down with him an hour before the show, gotten half a dozen talking points from him, and when the camera came on, just blurted them all out as though worried she'd forget one. The nine repetitions of the "worst mistake of my life" bit was understandable from the perspective of someone who knows the only place she has left to hold a mike is the wingnut talk circuit, but the "people have to remember how young I still am" just clanked. There's only so much insincerity I can take, even when I'm cynically approving someone conning the Christianists for cash.
And now, that bit from Larry King -- I mean, seriously. I don't care how stupid you are, trying to claim you were assured you wouldn't have to take phone calls when going on This Day in Trainwrecks is about as plausible as that Republican clown out in Colorado claiming he didn't mean to suggest Flight 93. And then to just sit there with that persecuted look on her face -- classic. Spoiled brat morphs into Christ On The Cross. A week's worth of wanking material for the rubes.
P.S. Oh, yeah. Erica Hill. First I've ever heard of her, but boy, she sure came off well, especially by contrast, huh? Must be getting old -- I'm finding maturity in women a turn-on.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I think the Queen of the Birthers has about run out of clock. If this is the best she can do …
In case you haven't been keeping up on all things Orly, her latest attempt to hang onto fame was to organize this protest against Bill O'Reilly (!) for being part of the cover-up.
[Added] Uh-oh. In other news, it looks like she might be in real trouble -- for suborning perjury.
[Added2] Looks like her crowd, such as it was, got a boost by attracting another sad conspiracy theorist and his
five friends flock: Rev. James David Manning.
Learn about syllepsis, then refuse to stop employing it
Joe Stockley was in an expensive sports car and deep trouble. This time, he had really let his mouth and his exotic foreign lover run away with him and it was getting beyond a joke and his immediate circle of friends in the form of rumours and speculation.
As he ran a red light, the conversation back in his mind and away from his troubles, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of rising panic and the soft matte finish of his hand-stitched leather steering wheel. Angelica had been absolutely right and his wife for fifteen years, so why was he running scared, these kind of risks and this deadly gauntlet of illicit entanglements?
[Added] See also "Write thinly-veiled, self-aggrandising autobiographical fiction."
Jim Newell says:
We assume that the Times IS going out of business, even though that’s not even a rumor… until now? Tell everyone you know!
Several top execs already fired! Control handed over to one or three of the Rev. Sun's sons! Closed-down parking lot! Elevators disabled! Third floor now off-limits to all staff! Executive Editor nowhere to be seen! (They don't want to hear from a guy named Solomon at this time of crisis???) Sources reporting cash flow worries! Armed guards now on duty! It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate!
[Added] And now TPM has a whole category!
Not that most of the bed-wetters will listen to this or believe it. However, for the rest of us, this diavlog is an absolute delight.
Here, Robert Farley, a professor at the University of Kentucky and the one who puts the Guns in Lawyers, Guns & Money, interviews John Mueller, a professor at Ohio State, about his new book, Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda.
Mueller's argument is that we really don't need to be worrying about nuclear weapons nearly as much as most people think we do, whether we're considering China, Iran, Teh Turrurists, or working with Russia to further reduce our own arsenals. He's got some amazingly fresh ways of looking at a number of the usual talking points, and his counterintuitive take comes across as highly plausible.
(I have long been of the view that having nuclear weapons tends in many ways to decrease one's national security, so it's fair to say that Mueller is preaching to my choir a bit.)
Anyway, enough out of me. On with the show. It's about forty minutes long. And as always with Bh.tv diavlogs, if you'd rather not sit here and stream it, click the "alt. video link" below for audio or video download options.
On a related note, did you see this delightful article in the NYT?
Here's the lede and an excerpt from further down:
What’s powering your home appliances?
For about 10 percent of electricity in the United States, it’s fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones.
Utilities have been loath to publicize the Russian bomb supply line for fear of spooking consumers: the fuel from missiles that may have once been aimed at your home may now be lighting it.
But at times, recycled Soviet bomb cores have made up the majority of the American market for low-enriched uranium fuel. Today, former bomb material from Russia accounts for 45 percent of the fuel in American nuclear reactors, while another 5 percent comes from American bombs, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry trade association in Washington.
The article goes on to say that there is increasing pressure on arms negotiators to hurry up already, because utility companies need more bomb cores for fuel.
Admit it. This was the feel-good blog post of the week.
Fox Business "News," that's who!
James Wolcott has a hilarious wrap-up of Cavuto and crowd's Monday unhappiness about the market's failure to tank in response to all that Obamasocialism that the House approved over the weekend.
Here is something that is obviously not light entertainment. It is a video recorded at a memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas, on 10 November 2009.
The video begins with a playing of the national anthem, a benediction (beginning at 2:20), and two short addresses from senior military personnel (beginning at about 3:40). The President begins speaking at about 15:00, and he is quite moving.
(One minor glitch: The video goes blank for about thirty seconds, starting at about 16:40. The audio, however, remains.)
Full transcript available, for example, at Ambinder's place.
We are concerned in this segment with the aerodynamics of reindeer. Sorry, I could not wait another month and a half to post it.
It says something about how good a blog Pharyngula is that to find it, all you have to do is Google the first two initials of the blog's author.
Sometimes I despair about how far I have to go before I get to that same measure of renown. On the other hand, you could say I'm up against considerably stiffer competition.
But Fox's news and opinion divisions are separate!!!1!
Nice job, Daily Show crew:
Minor note on top of that bust, but I did have to laugh, first, when Crazy Eyes Bachmann lied about this rally being "completely word of mouth" (at about 00:22) and then harder, about thirty seconds later, when Fox's own footage showed a big banner saying "THANK YOU FOX NEWS & TALK RADIO."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
What wakes liberal writers up at night -- I mean that eye-snap of soul-gnawing, nauseating dread -- is not social injustice, is not the fear of creeping fascism, is not rage against corporate greed ...
Great follow-up from JR, too, in response to one of his whining commenters.
So far, without even looking for it, I've happened across five of the usual suspects howling some variation on the theme of OBAMA IS THE WURSTIST PREZNIT EVAR BECUZ HE IS NOT GOING TO BERLIN TO TALK ABOUT HOW GRATE RONALD REAGAN IS: Douthat (via TBogg), Gingrich (via maru), Starbursts Lowry, Spineless Peretz (via kezboard), and now, waddling to catch up, Althouse (via Instaputz).
Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that Obama going to Berlin was the worst thing anyone ever did?
What was that you said about the state of our discourse, Mr. Krugman?
[Added] Media Matters gathered up some more examples for your reading "pleasure."
The Quitta From Wasilla has announced on her Facebook page that she will (soon) start Twittering again.
OR HAS SHE? Still no tweets, as of this moment!
Monday, November 09, 2009
There's a whole lot of fun stuff to read on Chad Orzel's new book-pimping site, DogPhysics.com. How good is he at demystifying physics and such? Here is John Scalzi's blurb for the book:
My dog Kodi tells me that Chad Orzel explains physics with far more clarity and humor than I ever did, and that now she's just keeping me around for my opposable thumbs. Thanks a lot, Chad.
And in case you miss the link, his blog, Uncertain Principles, is always worth checking in on. Here, for example, is a poll post on basketball that provides a "nearly infallible test of a person's character," and here is a post on new space elevator news!
To be skeptical of climate models and credulous about things like carbon-eating trees and cloudmaking machinery and hoses that shoot sulfur into the sky is to replace a faith in science with a belief in science fiction. This is the turn that “SuperFreakonomics” takes, even as its authors repeatedly extoll their hard-headedness. All of which goes to show that, while some forms of horseshit are no longer a problem, others will always be with us.
EK's whole article is well worth a read.
[Added] See also.
Be advised that Bart Stupak, nominally a Democrat, lives in the infamous C Street House. Despite this, he denies being a member of The Family.
In related news, why, yes, I am interested in buying that bridge.
(h/t: Jim Newell)
If you're looking for pedal to the metal winguttery, look no further than this piece by JR Dunn in American "Thinker." The torrents of bed-wetting, the hysteria about Teh Left, and the self-congratulations about how conservatives are always perfect cannot be described (although virtually actual takes a good crack over at Whiskey Fire). They must be read in their entirety.
Apparently not satisfied with giving space to anti-vaxxers and woo-woo merchants, the HuffPo has now further soiled its reputation by publishing Dinesh D'Souza.
Can't beat what gil mann says.
Except to note the bio line at the bottom of D'Souza's piece of glop says his latest book is published by Regnery.
I was gonna say "proudly proclaims" his latest book is published by Regnery, but I don't think even the wingnuts can say that with a straight face any longer.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
(h/t: uncle ebeneezer)
Stupak (n) - The sepsis commonly experienced after unsafe back alley abortions
This makes the baby whale cry.
More on Stupak. (Pun intended.)
And be aware, as Scott Lemieux observes, there are …
… 26 Democrats now on the record as opposing expanded access to health care but who want to make sure that if health care passes despite them it should discriminate against women.
See the full hall of shame.
Friday, November 06, 2009
... you could join the group An Arbitrary Number of People Demanding That Some Sort Of Action Be Taken.
Hurry! Before they splinter!
Oh, hey! Looky here! The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler must be fixin' to give some seeeekrit new marching orders to the RedState Trike Force!
Have I finally been outed? Or … perhaps … arrived?
And about that "them:" Does the Twitter not think Erick Erickson is a man?
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Even before today's big news story broke, his opening lament applied: "Why is this not a bigger story …"
"... That Libtards Think Stephen Colbert Is Parodying Conservatives But Ha-Ha, We Know When He Seems Like He's Kidding He's Actually Really Serious!!!1! …"
Click 'em to big 'em!
(h/t: Juli Weiner)
(Okay, yeah. That title was just to torment frantic Googlers.)
Apparently, there's a tape out there of the queen of opposite family values petting her kitten. Only, not really her "kitten."
This made her go away.
Well, at least it made her drop her lawsuit against the beauty pageant people, reportedly within fifteen seconds of being shown the tape. I'm not, however, betting a nickel that this is the last we hear from this woman. She is the Groundhog Day of train wrecks.
I have the perfect next job for her, though: Crazier-than-Carrie lady needs a new chief of staff.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Michael Shermer reports on a victory in the never-ending battle of science against quackery, despite the latter's best efforts to intimidate through legalistic means. In this instance, it was a doctor calling bullshit on some con artists who had managed to get published a journal article claiming "scientific proof" for the power of prayer.
(Ironically, the good guy here is named Bruce Flamm. Not reported was whether his nickname is Flimm.)
And don't miss the bonus Carlin quip at the end. (Actually, it's the first comment under the post.)
Thanks to djw, I happened across an old (in Internet time) D-squared post that I somehow missed. You must go read "In Praise of Budweiser (contains extended footnotes)," and yes, read all the footnotes.
(And I say this as a strong
proponent (adherent?) fan of IPA. The post is that good.)
The GHEMRotRSTF intones:
The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens.
This is a huge win for conservatives.
I am not making this up.
P.S. Doug Hoffman has his first glass of whine.
[Added] Vote count details.
[Added2] An interesting earlier note.
[Added3] Can't wait to hear the Son of Erick comment on the news from California.
Sounds almost like one reason Johnny Mac is still breathing today is because they lost that election.
Also, flashcards. And $90 socks. Also.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
... are furiously hitting Ctrl-r, Ctrl-r, dammit, CTRL-SHIFT-R on your favorite sites, dying to know what's going on in NY-23 or (FSM help us) New Jersey, I am here to steer you to some of the good stuff -- political crack, Indiana-style. Pistol-whipping and porn!
See Mr. Riley. Tell him I sent you, it's cool. (Alt. route.)
P.S. You might be wondering about his post title. See the previous one, and read the comments maybe even, for a little help.
DougJ and David Weigel on John Solomon: formerly defended by the Washington Post and the Associated Press against charges that his writing was filled with wingnut propaganda, more recently heard claiming that in his new gig as editor of the Moonie Times he had built the proverbial firewall between the news and opinion sections, now admitting (with glee) what his aims have been all along.
Another election, another boatload of evidence-free Republican claims of voter fraud.
Zachary Roth's article on the right's latest efforts to pre-spin any possible losses by Republicans in today's elections, using one of their favorite old chestnuts, is worth a look. It's also another nice effort at documenting how the rightwing noise machine's pipeline works: wingnut blog posts → Fox "News" → The Wall Street Journal.
Or, as old school baseball fans might say, Tinklers to Fretters to Rants.
It's not like I'm spending all my time trying to find these, truly,* but look who's #1 again! (Click image to embiggen.)
Smaller total number than last time I happened to have a moment like this, but a search term I'm more proud to be associated with.
The guy who really deserves to be at the top for that search, I'm happy to say, is the guy featured in that post, Roy Edroso. Catch him at his day job at Runnin' Scared and home at night at alicublog.
(Is it still there?)
(Oh, and here's the actual link to that post, if you want.)