Monthly Archives: March 2010

16,500 : a “mistake” so egregious as to be a lie

Where did the rabid right get the figure of 16,500 new “IRS agents” that (they claim) will be required to enforce the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act? They made it up. Really.  It came from nowhere.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Deep pondering

Does this story serve to expose the hypocrisy of the Republican Party’s self-proclaimed credentials as the “party of family values” (in that the RNC paid for an evening at “a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex”)?  Or … Continue reading

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Comment of the Day

There’s a thread at Lawyers, Guns, and Money linking to another story about some people who want to see “Confederate ancestry” recognized as a legitimate group for ethnic protection, and who are using Box 19 of the Census to do … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

From a comment on Political Animal, in a thread about a brick-thrower who wants to “end socialism and the government takeover”, and has time to do so because he’s receiving disability checks from the government.  In describing the futility of … Continue reading

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Republican Party to disband, according to RNC Chair Michael Steele

I mean, what else might he have meant when he said: We will not hand our children a poorer, weaker America than the one we inherited. After eight years of surplus-to-deficit magic, unfunded giveaways, two wars (one of which was … Continue reading

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My favorite internet spirits

The coolest Muppets ever.

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Quote of the Day … it’s a little petty but delicious nonetheless

Posted as a comment in a Political Animal article on Mitt Romney’s increasingly desperate gyrations attempting to stay relevant: In fact, the conservative “movement” resembles a clique in junior high school these days. They shout during assemblies, make fun of … Continue reading

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Health care reform passes

So, against all expectation, the Democratic Party managed to hang together and finally pass the comprehensive health care bill. As a lifelong Democrat, I am flabbergasted. I was certain they’d find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of … Continue reading

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The rising threat to music of the home taping phenomenon

This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3jkUhG68wY&feature=player_embedded) is a hilarious take-down of the music publishing industry’s allegation that personal filesharing is “killing” music.  Part of the fun is figuring out the early 1980s references.  Also, I would totally buy a flag that had that … Continue reading

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David Brooks is disingenuous, delusional, or an idiot

Today, David Brooks had a column on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.  It’s pretty much a standard Brooks piece, bemoaning the lack of civility in Washington today.  It is wrong on its facts and wrong on its … Continue reading

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