Archive for February, 2008


I bet 50 years after Galileo, 40% of Europe still believed that the sun orbited the earth.  Funny the church was on the wrong side of that one too.  At least some of the kids are willing to think it through for themselves:

nearly two-thirds (63%)of Gen Nexters believe humans and other living things evolved over time, while only 33% say all living creatures have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

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Ahhhh, Dallas.  I can only thank christ that I was always able to say “hell no” when an employer wanted me to move there.  The only redeeming feature I ever saw was a temple to gluttony called Fogo de Chao, but since there’s one in LA now, there’s just no justification for the city to exist.  If you think I’m putting too fine a point on it, some of the comments here really make the case for me: it would really be best for everyone concerned if we were to reduce the national debt by selling Texas back to Mexico.

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Frogs waking up, lawn turning green, flowers blooming.  The days are getting longer.

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This is a problem:

As home prices plummet, growing numbers of borrowers are winding up owing more on their homes than the homes are worth, raising concerns that a new group of homeowners — those who can afford to pay their mortgages but have decided not to — are starting to walk away from their homes.

It is specifically a problem w/r/t homes that people purchase as “investment properties,” meaning the mortgage debtor expects to pay her debt with rent revenues. When the interest rate goes up and the rent no longer pays the mortgage, or when the house sits vacant becuase the rent is too high, the debtor could dip into her cash reserves to make the monthly payment… or not. After all, she doesn’t have to live there. And when you are seven hundred thousand dollars upside-down on the loan, walking away starts to look like a pretty smart decision.

(Edit at 9:15 AM Friday) The nice thing about living in America is that when a problem becomes big enough, some enterprising soul will start a business to exploit it.

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Four more years of libel in the national media?  Four more years of baseless attacks on your candidate’s credibility and integrity?  Four more years of stories about her husband’s infidelity?  Four more years of this?

Gennifer Flowers, who accused then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton of having a twelve-year relationship with her in 1992, announced Monday she is auctioning tapes of conversations she had with the former president.

“I don’t need to hurt Hillary,” a jilted Flowers announced in the Las Vegas Review Journal Tuesday. “She is doing a fine job of that herself . . .”

Well, don’t worry.  If John McCain doesn’t go to jail for violating  the campaign finance law that bears his own name, he will handily beat Hillary in the general.   So if Hillary is the nominee after all, we’ll have at most four or five months before she loses the election and all of the garbage gets swept back under the rug.

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Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Said Haynes, “I thank the President and the Secretary of Defense for their confidence and for the opportunity to serve. I leave the Pentagon humbled and inspired by the selfless sacrifices of the men and women, uniformed and civilian, who defend our country. And, I thank their families.”

And if there is any justice, before all of this is over he will stand trial for planning war crimes, and after leaving the pentagon humbled, he will spend the rest of his life rotting in prison. This is the same guy who wrote that laws against torture didn’t apply to Guantanamo and that none of the sham trials the Junta has planned there should result in acquittals:

[Col. Morris] Davis provided the following account of an August 2005 meeting he had with Pentagon general counsel William Haynes–the man who now oversees the tribunal process for the Defense Department. . . .

“I said to him that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process,” Davis continued. “At which point, [Haynes’s] eyes got wide and he said, ‘Wait a minute, we can’t have acquittals. If we’ve been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can’t have acquittals. We’ve got to have convictions.'”

This is just another exhibit in the ever-growing mountain of evidence against the Bush Administration. The only way that each little piece of illegality makes sense is if it is put in the context of the larger conspiracy to subjugate the will of the American people to the private malfeasance of Richard B. Cheney and George W. Bush. The old adage that “The fish rots from the head down” is no less true in the US federal government than anywhere else. George Bush is ultimately responsible for this and every other folly and miscarriage of justice that has occurred during his presidency, and before this nation can begin to heal, he must be made to pay the price.

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Not a denial.  Funny, I haven’t heard anyone talk about the Keating Five lately.  Funny because one of the Senators who was deepest in the scandal is the front-runner for the Republican nomination.  At least, he’s the front runner today.

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