This PRISM Shows Both Blue and Red

This PRISM Shows Both Blue and Red
  The latest kerfuffle to hit the 24hr news networks is how the United States’ NSA (National Security Agency) has been using a system called PRISM to harvest vast amounts of select information sent and received by US citizens through the internet. People are outraged, but except to certify that no laws were broken, the ...

Your DNA Does Not Make You Part of Humanity

I’ve recently been honing my thoughts on abortion. I know several adamantly forced birth (That’s what it is, so let’s call it that.) advocates, and over the last year or so I’ve heard a number of arguments supporting their position. There’s a certain amount of name-calling, references to atrocities supposedly committed by people using the ...

The Stink of Success

Wow. This is just wrong. The following quote is from the Republican State Leadership Committee, from their report bragging how well their REDMAP gerrymandering program is working. On November 6, 2012, Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States by nearly a three-point margin, winning 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206 while garnering ...

A Major Pain of Majorities

A Major Pain of Majorities
Back when President Obama and Speaker Boehner negotiated the sequester clause (Which, I’ll remind everyone, was voted on and accepted by the vast majority of *BOTH* Democrats *AND* Republicans in *BOTH* the House *AND* the Senate.), the idea was that it would be so horrible that the SuperCommittee would find a way to get the ...

Dr. Pearson’s Take on Gun Control 2

Dr. Pearson’s Take on Gun Control
OK, time to get a bit geeky. I spent 10 minutes crying this morning because of the tragedy in Connecticut, and people cope in all sorts of ways. This is one of mine. It is almost inevitable now that gun control legislation will become a defining (and probably further dividing) issue in President Obama’s second ...

A Leadership Strategy

Over the next few weeks we are going to hear all sorts of inflammatory nonsense as the US Congress tries to come to a solution about our debt and deficit issues. As we do this, I think that there are some things that we absolutely need to keep in mind. During the last meltdown in ...

Hisashiburina Geekout

I've been suffering the past month — but not from running as some would imagine. I've been suffering because I bought an HTC One X mobile phone, got it up and running and fell in love with the quad core, massive memory, and even more massive 4.7" screen (Told you this was a geekout.). Then ...

Where the Money Is (And it’s not in Big Bird’s Nest)

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton famously said "Because that's where the money is." We could learn a lot about that as we talk about the budget. Shutting down PBS, cutting funds to the National Endowment for the Arts, or even cutting subsidies to Big Oil isn't going to get us to where ...

Disappointing

George Will has been someone that I have read for a long time. The older I get (and the older he gets…), the less I like his politics, but there is no getting around the fact that he is a smart, smart guy.   However, this article really made me wince, and it wasn't the ...

The Speech I Wish He’d Make 5

The Speech I Wish He'd Make
President Obama speaks at the Democratic Party’s National Convention tonight.  Nobody knows exactly what he’ll say, but I’d love for him to give a speech that goes like this.   My fellow Americans, and I assure you, I am one, I stood here four years ago and accepted this party’s nomination as the Democratic candidate ...
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