May, 2010 archive
When Good Sprinklers Go Bad 0
Dis Coarse Discourse 0
Steve Benen on those complaining that President Obama can’t work magic with BP’s wild well:
At this point, the discourse seems to boil down to
- a) those who want to see the president don a wetsuit and head to the Gulf floor;
- b) those who want to see the president don a cape and fly around the planet really quickly in order to reverse time; and
- c) those who want to see the president pound on podiums and lose his cool, as if that would make a difference. (Thanks, Maureen Dowd, for comparing Obama to Spock again. That never gets old.)
Karen said it well.
Republican Party Doubles Down, Throwing Worse Lies after Bad Dept. 0
The Republican Party ran an ad charging that two Virginia Democratic Congressmen applauded Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s call for the U. S.’s reinstating its ban on assault rifles because a lot of U. S.-sold assault rifles are finding their way into Mexico. President Calderon said this in a speech during his recent visit here.
Turns out that the Congressmen both are on record against reinstating the ban (I think the Congressman are wrong about that but that’s me and they are from Virginia) and that neither one of them attended the speech.
The Republican Party, well, it likes its lie so much it’s just going ahead with it. From Steve Benen (emphasis added):
So, the Virginia Republican Party screwed up. It can happen to anyone. They got a little lazy, chose not to do their due diligence, and ended up looking stupid. They can just pull the dishonest attack ad, and go after Boucher and Perriello over something else.
Except, the state GOP is refusing to back down, and will continue to air the ad the party now knows is wrong. As the Virginia Republican Party sees it, Boucher and Perriello didn’t condemn the speech they didn’t hear, so therefore, it’s fair to suggest they might support the policy they oppose.
This tells us all we need to know about the Republican Party.
It no longer feels the need even to pretend to be truthful.
Internal Contradictions 0
The Boston Globe skewers the silliness of teabaggery:
. . . Tea Partiers and others galvanized by anger over the financial meltdown have somehow ended up embracing candidates who would give Wall Street license to wreak greater havoc. It’s an impressive con job: Candidates whose real agenda is a deregulated market are claiming the mantle of the antibailout movement.
The Galt and the Lamers 0
Roy Edroso reports.
The President’s Weekly Address: Memorial Day 0
Nukes and Oil (Updated) 0
Karoli at C&L discusses nuking BP’s wild well.
The idea gives me the willies from the git-go. I’m not a physicist, though I know a little bit about physics and a lot about history. Blowing stuff up is seldom an effective choice, though it appeals to the macho and the frustrated and especially the frustrated macho.
Blowing it up is their alternative to getting it u–never mind.
A nugget from Karoli’s post:
As I understand it, the goal with any explosive device is to cause the hole to collapse on itself. According to some experts, the problem with conventional explosives is the same problem other solutions are bumping against: this well is so deep and subject to such severe pressure that there’s no empirical evidence available to support or refute the claim conventional explosives would succeed. If they didn’t succeed, the problem might be made even worse.
This is an incredibly frustrating problem, not only because of the draconian measures needed to stop the spillage, but because we’re being asked to take so much on faith when it comes to the steps needed to stop the leak and clear the oil.
- We’re told dispersants are non-toxic but hazmat suits are needed and the manufacturer’s own instructions recommend they not come in contact with bare skin.
- We haven’t been told what kind of impact dropping all that mud has, particularly when mixed with oil.
- We have no idea how long it will take the microbial agents to eat the oil and clear the water.
We have absolutely no clue as to whether a nuclear device will work and if it does, whether it will do so at the expense of all living things for years to come.
- Worst of all, no one has any faith in the information we’re receiving from BP, because they have not been forthright with us and appear to be acting in their best interests rather than our own.
I wasn’t a rocket scientist in school, but common sense tells me the nuclear option may not be the best one.
Via Bob Cesca.
Addendum, a cup of coffee later:
The President on the Oil Spill 0
“Even if the leak were stopped today, it wouldn’t wouldn’t change the fact that these water still contain oil from what is now the largest spill in American history.”
We know now the leak was not stopped. The wild well is still wild.
Remember, BP, not the President, did this thing. I recommend not buying their products.
Memorial Day Request 0
Jamelle Bouie points how “colorblind” isn’t:
In an earlier era, this same “colorblind racist philosophy” was used to craft laws targeting African-Americans. Rarely were Jim Crow laws explicitly racist, instead, they relied on “colorblind” mechanisms — like poll taxes and grandfather clauses — to achieve the desired, anti-black outcome. Arizona’s immigration law is obviously not the same as Jim Crow, but it’s animated by the same basic idea of “colorblindness” — if something doesn’t explicitly mention race, then it can’t be racist. And the converse is also true, anything that mentions race is de facto racist, even if it’s designed to ameliorate racial prejudice . . . .
(I remember my daddy talking about paying his poll tax. He was white. He could afford it.)
While the Booman describes how the odious Southern Strategy, which the Republican Party created to capture the South, has captured the Republican Party:
The modern GOP doesn’t have a coherent governing philosophy. But they are more united than ever. Race hatred is central to that unity, . . . .
Read both posts. And weep along with Lincoln.
Is That Another Chicken Truck? 0
The driver of the chicken truck was ticketed for saturating with fat.
Northbound U.S. 13 was closed for seven hours in Kent County after a tractor-trailer hauling frozen chicken rammed a tank truck, spilling 1,500 gallons of grease and crashing into three other vehicles, police said.
Rand Army of the Republic 0
BartCop imagines Libertarianism carried to its logical extreme (warning: it’s brutal satire).
Hate in the Name of Love 0
Gary Dammann at the Guardian considers celibacy, chastity, sex, morality, and Catholicism, but his thoughts can be generalized to Christianity as a whole and, indeed, to all the peoples of the book. A nugget:
This, to my mind, has been Christianity’s greatest single tragedy, turning a religion founded on a noble and genuine philosophy of love into an excuse for repression, oppression and persecution, in which suffering was turned into a cult and hypocrisy into standard practice.
Vaccination Quakery 1
The Boston Globe:
It was back in 1998 that Wakefield, who now stands accused of unethical and irresponsible research, published a medical article suggesting a link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Since then, the research has been discredited by follow-up studies that failed to find a link between the vaccine and the disease. As far back as 2004, 10 of Wakefield’s original co-authors retracted the findings of the article in a letter to The Lancet, the prestigious medical journal where it was initially published. Puzzlingly, it took the journal six more years to issue its own official retraction, which came out in February.
In the meantime, persons have died because of the anti-vaccination hysteria that this bozo started.
I Hope They Look under Every Rock 0
A team of top federal prosecutors and investigators has taken the first steps toward a formal criminal investigation into oil giant BP’s actions before and after the drilling rig disaster off Louisiana. The investigators, who have been quietly gathering evidence in Louisiana over the last three weeks, are focusing on whether BP skirted federal safety regulations and misled the U.S. government by saying it could quickly clean up an environmental accident. The team has met with U.S. attorneys and state officials in the Gulf Coast region and has sent letters to executives of BP and Transocean Ltd., the drilling rig owner, warning them against destroying documents or other internal records.
I hope they have computer and physical forensics folks on call, because I find it extremely unlikely that DEL keys ain’t clickin’ and shredders ain’t shreddin’.
Net Neutrality 0
It’s old, because Ted Stevens was still a Senator, but it’s one of the best explanations of net neutrality, United States corporate version, that I’ve seen.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Net Neutrality Act|
Via Mosquito Blog.
I Get Mail 0
This has to be the lamest piece of spam that’s slipped through my filters in a long time.
They didn’t even bother to spoof the “From” field convincingly. It came from “email@example.com” via a Yahoo account in the UK. You’d think that they at least could have made the “From” (which has nothing to do with the actual route of the email) to read From [ISP Name].
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possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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