A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Bobby Darin - More
Jimmy Buffett - Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Comin'
Guy Clark - Texas Cookin'
Steve Young - Rambln' Man
The Fleetwoods - Unchained Melody
The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem - Miami Moon
Catlin Rose - Own Side Now
The Manhattan Transfer - Operator
Friday, June 29, 2012
Mitt's still lying...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
From the "Credit where it's due" file.
If it's due. Goldy suggests that Rob McKenna might be due the benefit of the doubt...
Even though an overwhelming majority of constitutional scholars had weighed in that the mandate appeared to be constitutional, perhaps it is unfair to use this ruling to impugn McKenna’s legal acumen. Perhaps McKenna merely made the political calculation that the conservative majority on the court would ultimately prove be just as politically unprincipled as he is, and thus toss out the ACA regardless of clearly established precedent?Politically unprincipled or legally inept?
Why choose one?
Maybe the best thing I can say...
Monday, June 25, 2012
Chart of the day.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
For the record...
Saturday, June 23, 2012
You want it...
...you got it. You don't, you get it anyway...
The Steeldrivers - Where Rainbows Never Die
Nick Lowe - Mama Said
The Grateful Dead - It Must Have Been The Roses
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Lori McKenna - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome
The Marvelettes - Playboy
Sly & The Family Stone - Life
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
Sheryl Crow - The First Cut Is The Deepest
Lucinda Williams - Passionate Kisses
Friday, June 22, 2012
From the "Just the facts, ma'am" file.
In a record setting week...
Thursday, June 21, 2012
From the "Why not Washington?" file.
Via the ITT List...
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a Homeless Bill of Rights into law, the first of its kind in the nation.Why not Washington?
The law is designed to fight discrimination and harassment directed against homeless individuals. That includes ensuring the right of individuals to move freely in public spaces, to have equal opportunity for jobs and to be treated fairly by employers, to vote and receive the necessary state documents to be able to vote and to expect respect of personal property. The bill places an individual’s housing status in the same category as religion, gender, sexuality and race as illegal grounds for discrimination.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
From the "Me neither" file.
Neil Sinhababu, on the value, or lack thereof, of our Galtian overlords...
Lots of people are in awe of Wall Street because sometimes people there use a combination of luck and skill in exploiting principal / agent problems to become billionaires, but I don't take that as a sign that it's playing a useful role in society.Me neither.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Signs of the times.
From the "You can't fool all the people..." file.
Not much to add beyond "Well, duh!"
Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU. 6/14-17. Registered voters. MoE ±3.1% (no trendlines):
Q: Since 2000 do you think the Supreme Court has become more partisan, less partisan, or stayed about the same?
More partisan: 56
Less partisan: 9
About the same: 31
Not sure: 4
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
You will not be able to stay home, brother...
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the random ten will not be televised.
Harry Belafonte - Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Grateful Dead - It Must Have Been The Roses
Poco - A Good Feeling To Know
Kris Kristofferson - From The Bottle To The Botton
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Helpless
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Hoyt Axton - Greenback Dollar
Luka Bloom - Dancing Queen
Don Gibson - Sea Of Heartbreak
Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Take a deep breath.
Reassuring words from Darryl...
After 100,000 simulated elections, Obama wins 99,220 times and Romney wins 780 times (including the 149 ties). Obama receives (on average) 313 to Romney’s 225 electoral votes. Romney gains +0.2% probability, leaving Obama with a 99.2% chance of winning a hypothetical election held now.Pretty pictures, too...
From the "Me too" file.
Listening to Obama talk about how he's issues fewer regulations than Bush did in his first three years, and how he doesn't believe in providing government aid to people who refuse to help themselves, I find myself once again shaking my head at my fellow Americans on the right who look at Obama and cannot see the man for who he really is: a middle-of-the-road American president.Me too.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Map of the day.
...from Glenn Greenwald...
How could any rational person expect their government to spend a full decade (and counting) invading, droning, cluster-bombing, occupying, detaining without charges, and indiscriminately shooting huge numbers of innocent children, women and men in multiple countries and not have its victims and their compatriots be increasingly eager to return the violence?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
...how many "Why I'm rooting for the Thunder" pieces have been worked out over a cup of Howard Schultz's coffee.
Personally, I don't care why you're rooting for the Thunder or the other guys or anyone in the NBA. I'm more interested in international soccer, and I don't care a bit about international soccer.
So, how 'bout that no-no-no-no-no-no the other night?
Saturday, June 09, 2012
In my hand I have a list...
...well, on my screen, anyway. Herewith the usual suspects in the usual fashion...
Tim O'Brien - Mick Ryan's Lament
Jeff Tweedy - The Thanks I Get
Ramblin' Jack Elliot - The Guitar
Alabama 3 - Hello…I'm Johnny Cash
Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything
Tanya Tucker & Hoyt Axton - You Taught Me How To Cry
Elvis Presley - Take Me To The Fair
Otis Redding - Shout Bamalama
Bob Dylan - Po' Boy
The Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away
Friday, June 08, 2012
Have I mentioned lately...
...that I hate what they're doing to my Army? The social engineering in recruiting and force structure, the endless, pointless missions,the impossible standard set by asking every soldier to be a "hero," when soldiers know that most heroes are dead or disabled. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Which is why it's no wonder that we see stories like this...
AP: The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.From a far too slightly different angle, most of these suicides could be seen as institutional murders so predictable that they're essentially deliberate.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
From the "Proudly Partisan" file.
Scanning Meteor Blades overview of the latest Pew Survey, this caught my eye...
Think about it. Who are the people who can't take care of themselves? Not won't, can't. They're folks who are too young, too old, too injured or too ill to care for themselves. They're your neighbors, your relatives, and, faster than you might care to imagine, it could be you.
Those are the people that most Republicans would abandon to fate. Those are the people that most Democrats believe we should join together to assist.
And that's just one reason that I'm a proudly partisan Democrat.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
From the "There Oughta Be A Law" file.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Cartoon of the day.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Chart of the day.
A little late night music...
Hoyt Axton - Rusty Old HaloNo Dylan popped up, so I'm gonna play some on purpose and hit the hay...
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
The Young Rascals - Groovin'
Robert Mitchum - The Little Old Wine Drinker Me
Jim Lauderdale - Head For The Sun
The Flatlanders - Waiting For A Train
The Highwaymen - Here Comes That Rainbow Again
Kelly Willis - Hidden Things
Lori McKenna - Lorraine
Todd Snider - Railroad Lady