Archive for July 8th, 2010

July 8, 2010

HUGE Sale at A&F

by Vince


50% off on the clearance items. Check it out!

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July 8, 2010

Compatible with Twitter

by Vince

My blog is now compatible with API. So for all of the Twitter users out there, it should let you get updates through your Twitter account.

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July 8, 2010

“Spray and Neuter Liberals”

by Vince

The title was taken after a bumped sticker I saw on a truck today. Here is a quotable from Rush Limbaugh:

“Who is Obama? Why is he doing this? Why? Why is he doing it? Is he stupid? Is it an accident? Is he doing it on purpose or what have you? … I think we face something we’ve never faced before in the country — and that is, we’re now governed by people who do not like the country, who do not have the same reverence for it that we do. Our greatest threat (and this is saying something) is internal… That word ‘payback’ is not mine, [but] it is exactly how I think Obama looks at the country: It’s payback time… There’s no question that payback is what this administration is all about, presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and doing so happily,” –Rush Limbaugh, accusing the president of treason on racial grounds.

July 8, 2010

Sarah’s Hair is Taking Off

by Vince

According to JewsforSarah, Sarah Palin’s hair is popular amongst Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods:

As Americans gear up for Halloween and Election Day soon after, New Yorkers are snapping up Palin-style wigs and glasses regardless of their political leanings, costume shop owners say.

And in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, the look has become popular among some Orthodox Jewish women, who buy wigs to cover their hair for religious reasons. Made of human hair, the Palin-style wigs cost $695 or more.

July 8, 2010

Death by Stoning

by Vince

An Iranian woman is scheduled to be stoned to death. Her forced confession was later recanted:

She was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes, human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran. She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency. Iran’s supreme court upheld the conviction in 2007.

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July 8, 2010

The “Guns-in-church” Bill

by Vince

Bobby Jindal, House Representative for Louisiana, signed the following:

House Bill 1272 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, authorizes persons qualified to carry concealed weapons having passed the training and background checks to bring them to churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship as part of a security force.

Burns’ original bill was killed by a Senate committee but he tacked its provisions onto a related bill that started out changing the period to have a concealed weapon permit from four years to five years at a cost of $25 a year.

Burns contended that religious institutions in crime-ridden or “declining neighborhoods” need the added protection to ward off thieves and muggers.

July 8, 2010

Steele Stays

by Vince

Michael Steele will stay as Republican National Convention (RNC) chair for now. This article debates the pro’s and con’s of keeping/scrapping him as leader.

July 8, 2010

Third Review clears Climategate

by Vince

A third outside review of the global warming controversy out of East Anglia University clears them but doesn’t leave them unscathed:

Despite some injudicious comments about skeptics, it said, the scientists’ “honesty and rigor” were “not in doubt.” It dismissed allegations of data-tampering, saying there was no “evidence of behavior that might undermine the conclusions” of man-made climate change.
But the review committee chastised the university’s Climatic Research Unit for reacting unprofessionally to criticism by dragging its feet in sharing its data and in responding to freedom-of-information requests.
“There has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness,” both by the scientists themselves and the university, said the committee, which was headed by Muir Russell, a former civil servant.
July 8, 2010

Obama picks Medicare Chief

by Vince

Does anything done by Obama not frustrate the GOP?

The decision to use a recess appointment to install Dr. Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services drew immediate fire from the GOP. Republicans have raised concerns about Berwick’s views on rationing of care and other matters, and said it was wrong for Obama to go around the normal Senate confirmation process. Both parties have used the recess appointment in the past.

Surprisingly, Max Baucus of Montana had beef:

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.), whose committee would have held Berwick’s confirmation hearing, also said he was troubled by the recess appointment. “Senate confirmation of presidential appointees is an essential process prescribed by the Constitution that serves as a check on executive power,” he said.

July 8, 2010

XPN Reviews the new Roots Album

by Vince

I am looking forward to buying it sometime soon:

The Roots’ experimental adventurousness has earned them love from rock critics, they are a hip-hop band at the core, and the most effective collaborations on How I Got Over are with the rap and R&B names that might be new to some listeners. The sieze-the-moment groover “Now Or Never” has a tremendous showing from Phonte, an MC from Durham, NC crew Little Brother, and “Web 20/20” spotlights Peddi Peddi from Philly underground group State Property.

How I Got Over could be how The Roots themselves got over the brooding lyrical frustration of Rising Down and Game Theory, how they got over the disappointments of a rap game that rewards instant celebrity rather than artistic longevity. It’s about how they got their groove back and proved they remain catchy, inspiring and sonically relevant, two decades and some into their career.

July 8, 2010

Big Bang Big Boom

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July 8, 2010

Everything he says means something else

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July 8, 2010

Stamps are going Up

by Vince

Staring in January, the price of a First class stamp will be going up to 46 cents. This is all part of the plan to confront the issues of America’s recession and current business costs:

The Postal Service, facing an estimated $7 billion shortfall in 2011, seeks to charge 46 cents for a first-class stamp, effective Jan. 2. The increase, along with proposed increases to the cost of mailing magazines and newspapers and other items, would raise an estimated $2.3 billion by the end of next year.

In March, the post office proposed stopping most Saturday mail delivery to cut costs, a move that requires congressional approval. Last year the post office lost $3.8 billion, despite cutting 40,000 full-time positions and making other reductions.

“There is no one single solution to the dire financial situation that the Postal Service faces,” Postmaster General John Potter said Tuesday. “These proposed rate adjustments are moderate and part of a fair and balanced approach to ensuring mail service for all Americans well into the future.”

July 8, 2010

Drums Please

by Vince

Philly style

July 8, 2010

More Analysis on Unemployment

by Vince

The Daily Dish provides some links and analysis on the subject of the unemployed receiving benefits and the pro’s/con’s of extending them. This article confronts the idea of wanting to cut unemployment benefits now but being fine with tax cuts over the last eight years:

I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not. They fret about unemployed workers who allegedly game the system to get jobless benefits but seem undisturbed by those businesses and individuals who do the same to maximize their tax subsidies. Politics is indeed a funny business.

More reading here.