Archive for October, 2010

October 31, 2010

Fox News vs. CAIR

by thefulllidvmg

They go hard. Even MJ raised her eye brows a few times as she overheard me watching this.

October 31, 2010

Enjoy The Spooky Day

by thefulllidvmg

…while I look for my lost cell phone. I may have to get a new one. Oh well. In the meantime, enjoy this video that sort of falls under the category of Halloween.

October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

by michaelrdrane

Last Halloween, my roommates and I had a little house holiday creativity night. For your seasonal enjoyment, here’s my contribution:

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October 30, 2010

Youngsters for the Tea Party

by thefulllidvmg

This crew is with Jonah Goldberg.

October 30, 2010

10/24/10 Quote of the Week Reax

by thefulllidvmg

It just so happens that not every conservative is out to make Obama this generations one term peanut farmer:

Since I brought it up here recently and everyone’s talking about it, I should say that I think Mitch McConnell’s statement that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president” was politically dumb. It may be a true statement of his convictions. It may also be objectively accurate, given that very few of the things principled conservatives want to achieve can likely be achieved with Obama in the White House. But it won’t rev up the base (they can’t be more revved up, and it was in an interview with National Journal!), it risked turning off independents and moderates who are aligned — precariously aligned — with Republicans, and in some small way it further reduced the odds of making progress on various important issues for the next two-plus years.

October 30, 2010

Stimulus Vs Stimulus: Tax Breaks for the Rich or Economic Stimulus

by thefulllidvmg

I had a light bulb moment as I was reading this blog post last night.

Advocates of incessant temporary infusions of cash into the pockets of low- to middle-income people in the hopes that they will go out and spend it and “spur demand” and thus create incentives for businesses to invest and expand and hire sound, to be quite frank about it, totally out of their minds. How many times must they be reminded that businesses invest (and banks lend) with an eye toward long-term economic prospects, asking themselves, “What kind of return am I going to get on this investment over the long run?” Temporary blips on the demand radar of the kind that fiscal stimulus represents do not factor into this decision-making process at all.

The mindset that we give a boatload of money via the Recovery Act to a bunch of sectors of American in hopes of re-energizing things sounds strikingly similar to the case made for keeping the tax cuts for the rich. If the tax cuts for the rich stay, the rich will get richer and as they were implemented in the Bush II years, they didn’t yield the results (more jobs, better economic conditions) to prove that, if extended, they could help put that money back into the economy. A lot of this is addressed, and well linked, here and here.

In the end, it looks to be a similar case of “use government here for Pete’s sake!” here and “don’t you dare use that devilish government!” there.

October 30, 2010

Socio-Political Conditioning of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

Rick Santorum conflates conservative values with placing an American flag on a grave, praying in a church, and a heterosexual family, that they craftily made diverse, by the way.

Is it ironic that the conservative values from 2000 to 2008 brought a wave a economic austerity that is now washing over us (and, again, craftily blamed on the incumbent), two unfunded wars that have made us unsafe economically and from terrorism, and planted the seed of American exceptionalism that outside of America, and when it comes to this mindset, it can either be ignored or missed, grows resentment towards our nation.

Watch out for Santorum in 2012.

October 30, 2010

“We’re Not Here To Educate These Kids”

by thefulllidvmg

So says ICP when they sat down a few years back with the heat slinger, Bill O’Reilly.

October 30, 2010

A New Low for Adams and Jefferson…Part II

by thefulllidvmg

Draino beat me to posting the circa 1800 attack ad video!

I found some follow up commentary by Doug Mataconis:

More broadly, though, I find this annual media onslaught against “negative ads” to be complete nonsense for the most part. For one thing, the definition of what constitutes a “negative ad” has changed greatly over the years. The most famous (or infamous) negative ads — the 1964 “Daisy” ad, the “Willie Horton” ad, or the racially charged affirmative action ad that Jesse Helms ran in 1990 — have typically been those that have unfairly attacked a candidate on irrelevant or over-the-top grounds. When people refer to “negative ads” today, it’s clear that they’re including not just these types of ads, but also those that seek to, truthfully, contrast candidates or point out items in an opponents record. As long as the ads themselves are truthful, fair, and honest, they seem to me to be completely legitimate, and piling on a candidate who runs these types of ads for running a “negative campaign” is unfair and dishonest. Pointing out the differences between you and your opponent is an important part of a campaign, and candidates shouldn’t be put on the spot for doing that the way Whitman was.

Many of the ads today may use the contrast clause but often it comes off brash and many of the claims made in them are 1) hard to keep up with for means of fact checking and 2) they end up sticking in our heads.

October 30, 2010

For Your Holiday Enjoyment…

by michaelrdrane

Innovation, or taking the fun out of a holiday tradition?

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

October 30, 2010

A New Low for Adams and Jefferson…

by michaelrdrane

“Children writhing on a pike!”

October 30, 2010

On the Lookout

by thefulllidvmg

I am laying low this weekend but I have gathered some items to post about in the next day or so. The past few weeks have been a struggle to post due to a lot of classroom time and some personal writers block. Be on the look out for some good stuff. On a similar note, wheres Draino at? Or Joey?

October 29, 2010

Question of the Week

by thefulllidvmg

Describe your spiritual journey in 6 words or less. Email them to me at vgiordano at gmail dot com. I will work on putting together one for myself, too.

This was inspired by the CNN Religion blog.

October 28, 2010

Song of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

I finished watching Miracle tonight and I had to post this song.

October 28, 2010

Climbing the Sycamore Tree

by thefulllidvmg

This mornings lectionary reading was Luke 19:1-10. It is dripping with meaning and I thought about the connections in meaning between the past and the contemporary.

What are the chances that a religious person today would be looked down on if they stayed the night at a home of a GLBT couple/individual? Or someone who may have come from south of the border? Or who is a Muslim? I see the condescending view of tax collectors as similar in its stinging with the contemporary “sinners” of today.

The ironic part of this story is the judgment of the “sinner”. Their judgement was prejudicial and didn’t take the time to know the person fully. When Jesus entered Zacchaeus’s home, he told him “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Todays harsh (and somewhat fringe) views of Muslims, immigrants, and the GLBT community judge the outer, and usually according to a wide brush stereotype. This approach can implant a blindness towards the human and loving aspects within others. Unfortunately, many of today’s “religious” see any form of secularism as sin and worth demonizing. Jesus lived to the contrary of such an “inside the box” approach.

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October 28, 2010

So You Want To Get a PhD in Political Science?

by thefulllidvmg

This is amusing. I have actually thought about it, but I don’t think I am cut out for that deep of academia.

October 27, 2010

Obama is a Secularist?

by thefulllidvmg

When will Newt Gingrich shut up and stop preaching poppycock to the masses?

Update: Here is the full script (pdf) of his speech.

October 27, 2010

Racist Conditioning of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

When you are older and have condescendingly racist and unrealistic stereotypes of immigrants (they are all thugs and criminals), and that is if you do not already, you can thank Sharon Angle for contributing to the inhumane effort.

October 27, 2010

The Elite Tea Party: Poll Commentary

by thefulllidvmg

As one has said, the Tea Party is not the proletariat. A new CBS poll shapes up the Tea Party quite well. Here are a few eye poppers and my thoughts below them in bold type:

  • More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites — compared with 11 percent of the general public.
    How in the world does this connect with their avowed religiosity and caring for the poor, the marginalized, and the cast aways?
  • “…despite their push for smaller government, they think thatSocial Security and Medicare are worth the cost to taxpayers.
    I have to chuckle and roll my eyes at this double standard.
  • They are far more pessimistic than Americans in general about the economy.
    Pessimism isn’t too far from it’s good old pal fear.
  • “He’s a socialist. And to tell you the truth, I think he’s a Muslim and trying to head us in that direction, I don’t care what he says. He’s been in office over a year and can’t find a church to go to. That doesn’t say much for him.”
    Hmm. If Barack Obama and his family “got a church”, would she believe that? Would she care about that? Would she even listen, or just discredit it? You’ve got to love the irrational approach of not even giving the other side a chance.
  • Tea Party supporters over all are more likely than the general public to say their personal financial situation is fairly good or very good.
    Hmm…
  • They do not want a third party and say they usually or almost always vote Republican.
    Out the window goes the diversity make up card of the Tea Party.
  • When talking about the Tea Party movement, the largest number of respondents said that the movement’s goal should be reducing the size of government, more than cutting the budget deficit or lowering taxes.
    This is an interesting note. Could this explain why defense, Social Security, and Medicare are openly excluded by Republicans from being reformed?
  • But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a focus on “waste.”

    Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.

    Others could not explain the contradiction.

    “That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”
    Ah! I am so glad they actually asked people about this! Taxpayers have paid into numerous other programs but maybe they do not feel they directly and promptly benefit from them as they do with Medicare. Think of taxes paid for police or firemen versus prescriptions or emergency care. Segregation in our country, especially into the middle of the states, is alarming, hence the feeling of many that they are in their safe (white) neighborhoods (when in reality, ask the white Columbine residents how safe they feel). Take that mindset of possible danger out of mind, as it is a privilege, really, to not have that mindset, and look to their ages (middle aged and up) and what they bodies will need: health care.

October 27, 2010

Quote of the Week

by thefulllidvmg

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” - Senator Mitch McConnell.

Yikes.

Hat tip: TDD

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