Archive for June 4th, 2011

June 4, 2011

Picture of the Day II

by Vince

Pictured: Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper

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June 4, 2011

Myth Busting the Immigration Discussion

by Vince

This is worth watching:

June 4, 2011

Hell

by Vince
June 4, 2011

Bryan Fischer’s America

by Vince

Hat tip to RWW:

June 4, 2011

Tax Cuts and War

by Vince

Along with a tsunami-like downturn in the global economy have brought America to the point of over $14 trillion in debt (not Planned Parenthood or welfare checks).

June 4, 2011

50 State Stereotypes

by Vince


in 2 minutes.

June 4, 2011

Belief vs. Experience

by Vince

This brief video hits on an important topic for today’s discussion on Christianity. I had one last night with a friend where I had to make clear that I am not a “literal/factual” believing Christian. That usually is what many who do not believe in Christianity see it as.

While I can sometimes split hairs theologically, having a belief in God personally is influenced by some of the things we know (the beliefs). I appreciate what Rabbi’s of the past and present stood for: not stating certain beliefs because they ultimately limit our limitless God.

June 4, 2011

Charts on College

by Vince

Ezra Klein provides some points on the above and below:

The bottom line, however, is that fewer than 5 percent of workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher are unemployed, while more than 14 percent of those who haven’t finished high school are unemployed. You really want to bet that there’s nothing causal going on there?

I know of maybe one friend (and many more people I knew of in college) who shouldn’t have gone to college, but we should remember this:

This seems like evidence that students are being ill-served by the cultural stereotype of college as a period of enjoyment and exploration that precedes entry into the “real world.” College, rather, is a period of preparation for the real world, and if you don’t take it as such, the real world can make you pay and pay big.

June 4, 2011

Quote of the Day III

by Vince

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
– Susan Sontag

H/T: swissmiss

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June 4, 2011

Picture of the Day

by Vince

Pictured: David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, 1972

June 4, 2011

Saturday Afternoon Video: Longboards

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June 4, 2011

Quote of the Day II

by Vince

Most analyses of the kind of recession we are having—the kind that follows a massive financial crisis and an asset-price bubble that led to too much leverage throughout the economy—indicate that things should be pretty bad right now. They’re correct. The IMF, for instance, warned as far back as 2009 that the “combination of financial crisis and a globally synchronized downturn is likely to result in an unusually severe and long-lasting recession.” Economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, who have studied 800 years of recessions and panics, concur. “I would say we’re right on track,” Reinhart says. “Yes, the recovery looks long, but that’s because we haven’t had a financial crisis this severe since World War II.” —Annie Lowrey on the recession being as bad as the experts predicted.

June 4, 2011

Michelle Bachmann in 2012

by Vince

Jonathan Chait gives her a better chance than most:

But while Bachmann may be even crazier than Palin on questions of public policy, she seems to manage to hold things together as a candidate. She can answer questions from the news media. She is putting together a professional campaign rather than relying on amateur advisors. She takes care to point out frequently that she is a former tax lawyer, and she does not engage in Palin’s visceral anti-intellectualism, giving herself the aura of a plausible president, at least in the minds of Republican voters. Bachmann may well combine Palin’s most powerful traits without her crippling organizational failures.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the 2010 election cycle featured a long series of conservative upstarts shocking the mainstream media by knocking off establishment-approved candidates in nominating contests. Obviously, the nominating contest is a series of state-level nominating primaries generally dominated by an activist base. Right now, the right wing of the party nominating field is a vacuum. Somebody is going to fill that vacuum.

Palin has partial executive experience (commented on here) while Bachmann has established herself as a stateswoman. I personally wouldn’t vote for either in the unlikely scenario that they were the last two standing for the GOP nomination. I do like that Chait gives Bachmann the fair credit due to her while still not brushing under the rug her craziness.

June 4, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Vince

Reflections on Sarah Palin as a 2012 candidate and POTUS:

“The objections to Mrs Palin are about personality rather than policy. The fear is that she’s too reckless, too divisive and too intemperate to be an effective president. If that’s the case, there’s no reason to think that voters will go for it.” –Erica Grieder

“Given the massive debt, I think her prescription of more, big tax cuts is like giving an alcoholic a free jagermeister supply. Given the perilous instability and transformation in the Middle East, I think accelerating the colonization of the West Bank is insanely reckless, and striking Iran potentially catastrophic. An energy policy that focuses entirely on sustaining a carbon economy is terribly short-sighted. I suspect she would gladly bring back torture into the American government. Above all, I agree with George Will that someone this unstable, this disturbed and this delusional having access to the nuclear codes terrifies me. These concerns are not all about personality, although in her case, I think we have someone outside any conventional boundaries of responsibility. They are also about preventing America accelerating its decline.” –Andrew Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 4, 2011

Fox News Roasts Sesame Street

by Vince


Sean Hannity continues to lament. I love how his “American” panel takes Sesame Street, a handful of pocket cases across the country, Nazi tactics, and thus paint a picture to their viewers depicting what a  “liberals” is all about. And by all, I mean every one of them. That’s wide brush bigotry.

June 4, 2011

The War on Drugs Has Failed?

by Vince

Gary Johnson would agree. The issue is who would be behind him? Conservative Christians certainly will not be. More:

The Global Commission on Drug Policy — a 19-member panel which includes former leaders of Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, as well as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and billionaire Sir Richard Branson — has released a report saying the so-called “war on drugs” has “failed.”

The report, which was promptly rejected by the US and Mexican governments as “misguided,” asserts that current anti-drug policies have led to the expansion of organized crime, cost millions of tax dollars, and are directly responsible for thousands of deaths.

From the report:

Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won.

The commission urges the decriminalization of drugs, and advises a shift to policies based on empirically proven methods. “We hope [the US] at least starts to think there are alternatives,” former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria is quoted as saying.

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June 4, 2011

11 Issues Dividing America

by Vince

An interesting list.

 

June 4, 2011

20 Memorable Moments With Shaq

by Vince

The full list is here. They are all worth checking out. Above:

The Lakers played against the Clippers on March 6, 2000, which also happened to be Shaq’s 28th birthday. The game was considered a Clippers “home game,” prompting Shaq to ask his crosstown rivals for some extra tickets for friends and family. The Clippers refused. Shaq responded by scoring a record 61 points against them that night, and also making some epic plays, including an infamous failed 3 pointer/alley oop pass to Kobe Bryant.

June 4, 2011

Google Images

by Vince


seems to be evolving. Google has a mind of its own.

 If you add words like “photos”, “pictures”, and “images” to a query, that means you’re probably not looking for a blog post or video. Showing more images on the main search results page makes it just that much faster to find the image you’re looking for. For example, in a search for [nebula pictures], instead of just three or four pictures at the top of the results, now you’ll find more than a dozen beautiful pictures filling up most of the page.

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June 4, 2011

Chris Christie and Helicopters

by Vince

I somewhat like the guy so I may be a bit biased on this subject of him using the New Jersey state helicopter twice for family events:

Christie, a Republican, personally paid the state treasury $2,151.50 for his use of the chopper on two occasions in the last week to attend his son’s games in a state baseball tournament.

“Though the superintendent of the State Police noted yesterday the travel does not cost taxpayers additional dollars, the governor understands the sensitivity about this kind of thing and believes he owes it to the public to ensure that this is not a distraction,” Christie spokesman Mike Drewniak said.

His office also provided documentation of 33 times Christie has flown on the state helicopter since taking office in January 2010. Almost all were for official purposes; the final two were listed as family events.

Moving on.