Tag Archives: Current Affairs

Political Correctness isn’t anything

Fox pundits and conservative radio hosts like to complain about "political correctness" and the chilling effect it has on discourse contemporary society. There’s no such thing, when Mel Gibson’s movie can open at number one a few months after his drunken anti-semitic rave, and Gibson himself can march onto the Leno show to a rousing ovation.

Btw, I’m not buying the line that drinking is an excuse. Drinking might make you say things you wished you hadn’t, sure. But drinking cannot form a thought in your head by itself. Gibson’s belief that "Jews causes all the wars in the world" comes from belief system. Tequila didn’t put it there.

So no more whining about the evils of political correctness please.


McCain: Pandering or bigoted?

Very few pols are brave enough to favor same-sex marriage, but this bill, which McCain is campaigning for, goes even farther. All aboard the Hate-talk express.
McCain is star of Proposition 107 TV commercials:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a likely 2008 presidential aspirant, is starring in two new television spots for Proposition 107, a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ensure that same-sex marriages or civil unions are never legal in Arizona and ban governments, such as cities or towns or universities, from providing benefits to unmarried domestic partners.


Deputy PM criticises US handling of Middle East, condemning ‘cowboy’ President at private meeting

Link: Independent Online Edition > UK Politics.

"He was talking in the context of the ‘road map’ in the Middle East. He said he only gave support to the war on Iraq because they were promised the road map. But he said the Bush administration had been crap on that. We all laughed and he said to an official, ‘Don’t minute that’." Mr Cohen added: "We also had a laugh when he said old Bush is just a cowboy with his Stetson on. But then he said, ‘I can hardly talk about that can I?’


How to pack w/ airport security in mind

Useful info for air travellers here:

Link: The Seattle Times: Travel Outdoors: How to pack — and cope — with new airport security.

All gels, liquids and lotions are banned from carry-on luggage under new U.S. government rules. That means no water bottles, cosmetics, shampoo, contact lens solution, toothpaste, perfume, etc. Pack such items in checked bags or you’ll have to throw them out at security checkpoints. To guard against liquids spilling in checked luggage, avoid breakable bottles and pack anything liquid in a sealed plastic bag .

• Anything you buy to drink in the terminal can’t be taken on the plane. Airlines are stocking up with extra drinks.

• Take as small a carry-on bag as possible; the less clutter, the easier it is for security personnel to screen bags. If in doubt about an item, put it in your checked luggage.


So where do you rank on the David Brooks credibility scale?


On last weekend’s Chris Matthews Show, New York Times
columnist David Brooks made the following loose-lipped declaration:
"One of the things I’ve found in life is that politicians are a lot
more sincere than us journalists and we are more sincere than the
people that read and watch us."

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Chicks dig gadgets, not bling

I don’t know if that’s true, but I just wanted to use that line as a post header after reading that sparkly jewelry sales are down; Is Shine Losing Its Luster? – New York Times

and a survey says growing numbers of women would rather have a plasma TV than a diamond.



Lieberman Begins Race as Independent

An asshole and a sore loser. Link: New York Times.

In a CNN interview (quote below), Lieberman essentially called 52% of Democrats that voted against him "out of the maintstream." Hm, where have I heard that retoric before? It’s a term right out of the Karl Rove and Fox New playbook. Like I said: asshole.

"I am in this race to the end. For me, it is a cause, and it is a cause not to let this Democratic Party that I joined with the inspiration of President Kennedy in 1960 to be taken over by people who are so far from the mainstream of American life that I fear we will not elect Democrats in the numbers that we should in the future," he said in an interview with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.


Financial Gurus

Crossposting: Starbucks & David Bach’s trademarked "factor" – Blogging Stocks, are some of my thoughts on all those "rich" this or "that" type books. Which apparently are all that are keeping PBS on the air anymore.


Must be an SF movie.

It takes place in an alternate reality … when have you ever seen this many empty seats on a plane? Picture_2


Holy Guacamole!

The Robertson point: i.e. the tipping point of acceptance of the science about global warming.
Tobias S. Buckell Online: Pat Robertson worried about global warming. I’m hopeful now.

Richard Branson is also convinced and developing a super fuel.


Why do I disagree with the Dems strategy here?

Answer: Because the rich always end up getting their tax cuts in the end anyway. They will get the permanent estate tax cut, making future Trump offspring, and future Tori Spelling’s secure, one way or another. But it’s pretty rare when you get a chance to have a wage hike for the poorest wage earners endorsed by Republicans.

Senate blocks minimum wage hike. Reuters.com.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of mostly Democratic U.S. senators blocked legislation on Thursday that would have raised the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, because it also would have permanently cut estate taxes paid by the rich.


This is why Republicans win …

They are pragmatic. No matter that they owe this woman [Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla.] big time for ushering the current occupant of the Oval Office into his job, if she doesn’t have the numbers she’s not getting her party’s support and they don’t care who knows it.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, the big gun (Bill Clinton) is brought out to bolster Leiberman, to bolster a candidate the increasing numbers of Democrats do not want representing them. This is in the name of preserving a Democratic seat, whatever the cost, rather than taking their chances with a new person outside the machine, one who might actually reflect what Democrats believe.

Link: Florida GOP turned back on Harris – Yahoo! News.

The state Republican Party bluntly told Rep. Katherine Harris that she couldn’t win this fall’s Senate election and that the party wouldn’t support her campaign, a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press shows.