While most of us were in the middle of a slow week following a holiday, Obama decided to issue a recess appointment for the job heading Medicare & Medicaid. Could it be that he issued it as a recess appointment because he didn’t want us digging too deeply into what the good Dr said? Below [...]Continue reading What The Appointee Says, And What It Means
Archive for July, 2010
With economic times the way they are and a demographically changing society, I feel the ethnic tension flowing and the faucet turning, with boiling water threatening to pour on us all. This seems to be an eternal curse of perpetually tribal humanity, and secular humanists seem to be the only ones to not fall on [...]Continue reading We’re One Species
Ok, so I’m hearing a lot of noise from people on the right and libertarian side of the aisles that “the dems are going to lose everything this election and we can undo everything Obama has destroyed yaaaay!!!!” Yeah… No. Not Gonna Happen. Oh, I agree the dems will lose huge, but I doubt they’ll [...]Continue reading Majority Math
Yet another in a long line of evidence showing that while democracy might be a way to gauge the public’s general mood or satisfaction, it’s certainly too clumsy of a tool to really have anything to do with setting policy: Led by Loyola Marymount University’s Andrew Healy, a team of researchers compared 44 years of [...]Continue reading Democracy Doesn’t Work
I was recently contacted by Templeton Press, the publishers of a new book called “New Threats To Freedom”. While I have not read the book at this time, judging by the theme and by some of the authors who submitted, it’s definitely intriguing. In the run up to their paperback edition, they’re holding a contest [...]Continue reading Contest: Threats To Freedom
Celebrity gaffes can seem fairly meaningless. Celebrity behavior is normal human behavior: from pistol whipping (Eminem) to drug addiction (Robert Downey Jr.) to weird familial marriage (Woody Allen), the sort of human transgressions that would be at most private gossip among civilians becomes the world’s top news. Given that, I think there is an underlying [...]Continue reading There Is Something Wrong With Mel Gibson
It was arguably the first nationally broadcast officer involved shooting of 2009. Early January 1, 2009 BART Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant on a crowded platform at the Oakland station. Several videos (see them here) captured by cell phone cameras show what appears to me to be an execution style shooting of [...]Continue reading Did the Jury for the BART Shooting Get the ‘Right’ Verdict?
As our readers can no doubt see, things have moved to a snail’s pace here. I’m not sure I expect that to change soon [at least for me]. However, I came across this post at TJIC, referencing a post at Coyote Blog, that is an absolute must read. This is a government that is arbitrary, [...]Continue reading This Is Your Government
In the fantastic Tom Hanks film Charlie Wilson’s War, Hanks’ character is seen frequently bringing up the deteriorating post-Soviet situation in Afghanistan to his fellow congressmen. Having been active in funding the American involvement in combatting the Soviets during their invasion of the Southwest Asian country, Wilson found it very irresponsible to quickly abandon the [...]Continue reading It’s Still Charlie Wilson’s War
I’m on the mailing list of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the humanist and author of Infidel. In the latest newsletter from her AHA Foundation I got this message: “Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Muslim human-rights activist who lives under armed guard for fear of her life, is author of the powerful new book “Nomad.” As secular [...]Continue reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali Supports Missionaries?
From Tim Cavanaugh @ Reason: Nor is this simply free-market cant. Paul Krugman, the Doctor, says the United States is in the early stages of a third Great Depression. That’s the 21st century equivalent of the stock tip from Joe Kennedy’s shoeshine boy. If even he’s got the news, it’s time stock up on guns [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day