Posted at 7:46am on Mar. 28, 2009 To the Idiots Sitting in Darkness
By SDAI Tech1
Here we are.
The New Millennium.
The 21st Century.
This planet was supposed to be a sparkling, technological paradise in 2009. Since the industrial revolution, mankind has been moving forward. Eliminating diseases, building ever-improved shelters and means of transportation so that the quality of life would increase for all touched by this progress. In 1893 the people alive were thrilled about the technologies they had at their disposal. Railroads, telegraphy and telephony as well as the electric light. Nothing conveyed this better than the celebrations of progress they would regularly set up called World's Fairs and Expositions. The 1893 Columbian Exposition celebrated electric light and Nikola Tesla's alternating current system was chosen to illuminate it.
Posted at 11:39pm on Jul. 10, 2008 The Irony! It Burns!
Consider the subject of this hearing, in which Google sought to downplay concerns regarding its privacy practices. Done? Splendid. Now read this, in which Google admits to keeping public surveillance operations private because people don't like having their privacy invaded.
Posted at 11:07pm on Jul. 9, 2008 An Ethics Cage Match: ACORN v. Points Of Light
Posted at 11:06pm on Jul. 9, 2008 The Great Obamian Netroots Betrayal--A Continuing Series
Glenn Greenwald continues his attacks on Barack Obama for Obama's support of FISA reforms. Needless to say, other people are upset as well. Of course, if Obama's stark and amazing reversal on FISA does not prove that he is just an ordinary politician--as opposed to being the vehicle of Hope and Change he portrayed himself as being--then I don't know what to think. But for now, at least, it seems clear that Obama's campaign has enraged its base. If centrists and center-right voters are reminded that contrary to the contentions of the Obama campaign, the presumptive Democratic nominee is nowhere near the center or the center-right in terms of votes and rhetoric, then we might see the Obama campaign isolated not only from its base, but from the very people it is seeking to reach out to in the general election campaign.
Posted at 11:05pm on Jul. 9, 2008 "Oh, The Tide Is Turning!"
When the senior Senator from the home state of the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee--who is the Senate Democratic Whip to boot--comes out in favor of offshore drilling, you have to know that there is a change in the political landscape. I figure that it is only a matter of time before Barack Obama changes his position on this issue as well.
Posted at 9:34pm on Jul. 9, 2008 "McCain hits Obama on Abortion"
More of this, please:
"Sen Obama voted against, as a member of the Illinois state legislature, a ban on partial-birth abortion," McCain noted, calling the procedure "one of the most odious things I’ve ever heard of."
Posted at 7:56pm on Jul. 9, 2008 Let Our Congress Tweet
By Ben Domenech
Well, that didn't take long. The Sunlight Foundation has launched Let Our Congress Tweet, and posted a fairly good statement on the matter. Good for them. Go sign up to follow their feed.
Posted at 6:09pm on Jul. 9, 2008 "A bit dog barks."
By Moe Lane
Confederate Yankee's infinitely better putdown of Andrew Sullivan's attempt to ad-hom him for this article discussing our modern Copperheads. You could hear the sound of that particular impact for miles...
Posted at 5:08pm on Jul. 9, 2008 The Sufficiently Pure Democratic List on FISA.
By Moe Lane
Anybody not crossed out on the list below voted the full Netroot line on FISA. Everybody else... sic 'em, Netrooters! Sic 'em!
Baucus Bayh Biden Bingaman Boxer Brown Byrd Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Clinton Conrad Dodd Dorgan Durbin Feingold Feinstein Harkin Inouye Johnson Kennedy* Kerry Klobuchar Kohl Landrieu Lautenberg Leahy Levin Lieberman Lincoln McCaskill Menendez Mikulski Murray Nelson Nelson Obama Pryor Reed Reid Rockefeller Salazar Sanders Schumer Stabenow Tester Webb Whitehouse Wyden
Posted at 4:46pm on Jul. 9, 2008 Culberson is mad as hell about the prospect of losing his Twitter
By Ben Domenech
You can read the letter that started the whole process here, focused primarily on video content, but stretches to more than that, covering all content produced by members that appears on outside websites. As Culberson summarizes it: "my post would have to meet "existing content rules" and would need a disclaimer (140 characters at least!)"
This is just silly, people. A Congressman shouldn't have to put a disclaimer on YouTube: the American people know it's YouTube. They're not going to call up and say "How dare you link to some videotape of a dog on a skateboard! That's against the laws of nature! Dog on a skateboard - I swear, this whole planet's going to heck in a handbasket."
Posted at 11:17pm on Jul. 8, 2008 Pope Griswold Schools The Head Of Zimbabwe's Central Bank
I know that's a weird title to a blog post, but it does make sense if you read this.
Posted at 10:52pm on Jul. 8, 2008 "Just Another Ordinary Politician" Watch
Bob Herbert is disillusioned. Seems to be a trend these days for supporters of Senator Obama.
Posted at 11:45pm on Jul. 7, 2008 Sad Story
Set aside for a moment the debates over phony suicide statistics and the other tropes of the anti-war movement - nobody denies that some of the casualties of war are men who are forever changed, in some cases fatally, by what they see and experience in battle. This is one such story, and a very sad one at that. RIP, Army Spc. Joseph Patrick Dwyer.
Posted at 9:52pm on Jul. 7, 2008 In Defense Of Oil Speculators
The rundown of links can be found at Greg Mankiw's place.
Posted at 9:51pm on Jul. 7, 2008 Question Of The Day
Why is Congress willing to put teacher's unions above and ahead of the ability of DC students to pursue and obtain an excellent education?
Posted at 9:49pm on Jul. 7, 2008 Celebrating America: Some Historical Context
This post by Tim Sandefur is awesome and cannot possibly be "awesomer." Sandefur is to be applauded for all of the ways in which he reveals that there was no way for the American colonies to "compromise" with the British Crown without losing and compromising away essential freedoms that were won through the American Revolution. In the aftermath of the July 4th celebration--and in advance of the one we look forward to having next year and for many millennia--Sandefur's post makes for excellent reading. (Via Ilya Shapiro.)
Posted at 9:48pm on Jul. 7, 2008 Quotes That Catch My Fancy
Posted at 9:44pm on Jul. 7, 2008 Better Late Than Never
Adam Smith finally gets his due.