Monthly Archives: January 2012

Every Sperm Is Sacred

Back in the dim past at the Chicago homestead we had no cable, and the PBS show Charlie Rose seemed so relevant with guests like E.J. Dionne. NPR seemed enlightening as well back then. Now of course I see them … Continue reading

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She Speaks

It seems Sarah Palin is out there still: Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment … Continue reading

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One Problem With Myths

As with stereotypes, cliches, rules of thumb, etc., myths contain a grain of truth. The myth that both sides do it has wrought great havoc in our media through its misapplication to create an unbalanced balance is such a one. Without listing the … Continue reading

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The Mission Of The CFPB

Boy that was quick. Can’t get a nomination through, but the republicans brought up Richard Cordray, the Chairman of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, to face their questions before he could warm his seat in his new office. But, it … Continue reading

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A Danger To The Republic

As noted by Cenk, Newt Gingrich is a danger to the Republic: Just how authoritarian is Gingrich? Well, here he is on Bill O’Reilly’s show in 2009, arguing that what we really need are Singapore-style drug laws: O’REILLY: I don’t … Continue reading

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Bioregionalism (An Aside) And Bain

My one-word answer to all of the world’s problems is: Bioregionalism. The basic premise is that you only consume what is produced in your bioregion. (See links for detailed definition of terms.) This approach dramatically reduces transportation needs and other … Continue reading

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Exceptional Is As Exceptional Does

The right wing does prattle on about American Exceptionalism. Wikipedia says it “refers to the theory that the United States is qualitatively different from other countries.” This is just a neutral way of saying that we are better than others; in the view … Continue reading

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Be Good Sports And Smile When We Lose

A 17-year old high school student in Rhode Island ran head first into the brick wall of religious fundamentalism when she, as an atheist, stood up in opposition to a 30-yr old prayer banner hanging in the (public) school gym. The prayer begins … Continue reading

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SOPA And PIPA, Meet OPEN

It seems that Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Cashinostan) has dusted off some legislation released in early December called OPEN as a “targeted” alternative to the beastly legislative twins of PIPA and SOPA. Sounds too convenient. And I don’t trust Issa. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Won’t Have To Mention Chuck Todd Again

There are more counterproductive talking heads than there are worthwhile ones so pointing out the idiots is an unending task. Here is all we need to know about Chuck Todd (R-NBC): Concern troll, thy name is Chuck Todd: NBC White … Continue reading

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