Sunday, August 31, 2008

Move Over Compassionate Conservatism - Here Comes Conspicuous Compassion

After showing little to no interest in New Orleans' problems post Katrina the GOP, aided by official party organ Fox News, are falling all over themselves to show how much they care this time around.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stand there and watch Obama speak

Listen to him explain a situation. Listen to him explain his view of the subject. Watch him react to his audience. Cool, thoughtful, rational!

He's all Kansan and he's smooth as goose grease

Barack Obama - What more could you want? Four more years of McBush?

Strength through confidence not reaction to fear

Obama knows you can defend yourself fairly and justly without beligerence. He is after all a son of that most American state, Kansas USA.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I smell smoke: Joseph Coveney

I smell smoke: Joseph Coveney:

"The story of the Coveney family in America begins with Joseph, who arrived in New York at the age of 20 in 1825. He seems to have been destitute and without financial assistance from anyone, because his name appears on the Bond Registers for the New York City Almshouse, for June 18, 1825, about a month after his arrival. Joseph Coveney may have lacked money and friendship in his early days in America, but he certainly did not lack ambition. He learned and later mastered the carpentry trade. It was also during his early life in America that he was reading newspaper articles by Thomas Paine, which would later influence his views on religion.
When the California Gold Rush occurred, Joseph went west and earned good money working as a carpenter there. When living in Buchanan, Michigan, he bought a good deal of real estate and became a prosperous farmer. He was well-known and respected in Buchanan for his generosity in providing additional financial support to the public school, but he was most known for his freethinking ideals."

In Ireland Joseph had been an Episcopalian, but he became an atheist after reading the works of Paine and Voltaire. He openly expressed his views to anyone at anytime and his tombstone in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan is a tribute to his freethinking ideals. The ornate tombstone has become something of a tourist attraction because of its bold and irreverent statements. A few examples are as follows: “Nature is the true God. Science the true religion. The more religion, the more lying. The more Saints, The more Hypocrites.” There was even an article on his death in the New York Times with the headline “Death of an Infidel: Last Words of Joseph Coveney of Michigan were ‘Die as I lived.’”

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Conservatives Marginalized as Moderation Comes to the Democrats

From the Comments section: Developments worse than this could happen.

Biden's Aggressive Approach - The Fix: "I actually see a better 2009 than the last decade...

for the first time in a long time.

Obama, Biden, Gore, (Hillary) Clinton, Hagel, Specter, Lugar, Kerry, Powell, Gates, Dodd,

the A team."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Corsi Strikes Again With Anti Obama Writings

Eugene Robinson - Obama Faces The Smear Machine -

The "author" I'm talking about is a man named Jerome Corsi. In a book published last year, "The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada," Corsi claimed that George W. Bush was at the heart of a secret conspiracy to subsume the United States into a post-national, one-worldish North American Union. Corsi's writings on far-right blogs have been even more paranoid and delusional. He has written that pedophilia, for which he used a more graphic term, "is OK with the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press." He has referred to Muslims as "ragheads."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Permission Problem: Financial Page: The New Yorker

The central problem!!
The Permission Problem: Financial Page: The New Yorker: "The commons leads to overuse and destruction; the anticommons leads to underuse and waste. In the cultural sphere, ever tighter restrictions on copyright and fair use limit artists’ abilities to sample and build on older works of art. In biotechnology, the explosion of patenting over the past twenty-five years—particularly efforts to patent things like gene fragments—may be retarding drug development, by making it hard to create a new drug without licensing myriad previous patents. Even divided land ownership can have unforeseen consequences. Wind power, for instance, could reliably supply up to twenty per cent of America’s energy needs—but only if new transmission lines were built, allowing the efficient movement of power from the places where it’s generated to the places where it’s consumed. Don’t count on that happening anytime soon. Most of the land that the grid would pass through is owned by individuals, and nobody wants power lines running through his back yard."

Isaac Hayes dies at age 65 | Isaac Hayes | Legacy | News Notes | Entertainment Weekly

Isaac Hayes dies at age 65 | Isaac Hayes | Legacy | News Notes | Entertainment Weekly

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Why don't we see Haitian baseball players?

There must be a couple but I can't think of who they are. And it seems like there ought to be more.

Check out the link to Juan Pierre. He's not Haitian but they love him anyway.