Friday, November 30, 2012

Drip, Drip, Drip

I have to wonder how much more damage will be caused by climate change between now and 2016. Will it be major issue in that election?
http://science.time.com/2012/11/28/arctic-sea-ice-larger-than-u-s-melted-this-year/

We're Not All In This Together

Paul Krugman talks about the efforts of the super rich to sneakily get the changes they want even though their boy Mitt lost the election.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/opinion/krugman-class-wars-of-2012.html?hp

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good and Evil

I was thinking this morning about how much I like and admire Joe Biden. He's funny, spontaneous, compassionate, down-to-earth and pretty much somebody you'd enjoy having as a next door neighbor. Now compare him to our last vice-president. Cheney would have probably shot this poor kid in the face.

The Real Value of a Business

I love stories like this. These people worked hard to make the business successful and their boss paid them back in the best way possible.
http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2011111010_birthdaygift18.html

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The GOP Has Heard Your Concerns (and Could Care Less)

The next time you hear somebody from the Repubican Party blathering on about how they need to "change" and "reach out" to women and minorities, remember this picture. It looks like it was taken at the Good Old Boys national convention.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nice Comeback, Karl

I went to see World Party a couple nights ago here in Seattle. The band sounded great and I was especially touched because the band's leader Karl Wallinger had suffered a brain aneurysm a little over a decade ago and had to learn how to play music all over again. As far as I could tell, he's still a great musician!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Keepin' It Real

The story of one conservative's political awakening. Thanks to Beth Kujawski who originally posted the article on Facebook.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revenge-of-the-reality-based-community/

Deficit Scolds

If our deficit is so scary why are people rushing to put their money here?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/opinion/krugman-fighting-fiscal-phantoms.html?hp&_r=0

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I'm Thankful For

I just wanted to say I'm thankful to have all my blogger and Facebook friends. We share a lot and learn a lot from each other almost every day of the year. Sometimes we disagree on issues but that's okay too. Here's hoping you all have a great holiday season.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guilt By Association

Dear Republican Party: I know you're hurting right now. Can I offer a small piece of advice? You need to stop hanging out with the right-wing entertainment cartel. They might have been helpful at one time, supplying a certain kind of energy. But this past election shows the majority of the country's population is too smart to fall for the hate talk, conspiracy peddling and veiled racism these people vomit out day after day. Rush Limbaugh dislikes everybody who isn't white, married and over 50 years old. Sean Hannity will be talking about Benghazi until election day 2016. And they all talk about Ronald Reagan so much it's starting to border on some kind of weird political necrophilia. You want people to think you're serious about changing? Cut these clowns loose.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Joe Visits Daryl's House

This last episode of Live From Daryl's House was truly fun. My favorite singer and one of my all-time favorite guitarists together for the first time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9ri9mpYmhY

Saturday, November 17, 2012

This Leaves a Bad Taste In My Mouth

Let's talk about who was really greedy at Hostess.
http://americablog.com/2012/11/hostess-twinkie-ceo-salary.html

One Last Flip Flop

After the election was over I figured it was time for Democrats to stop picking on Mitt Romney. But then this past week he once again forgot that humans have recording devices and made a speech basically accusing the president of using bribery to win the election. So, apparently his mea culpa about the 47 percent speech was just as worthless as all those opinions he once held about healthcare, climate change, gay rights and a woman's right to choose.
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/111612_joe_conason_romneys_farewell_47_percent/

Friday, November 16, 2012

Really, Sean?

Amazing Pot Calling the Kettle Black moment today on the Sean Hannity radio show: "I can't believe the liberals are politicizing Benghazi!"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Far More Perfect Union

We've all heard about people in the Red states threatening to secede. Maybe it's time people in the Blue states considered kicking them out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-the-confederacy-of-takers/2012/11/13/d8adc7ee-2dd4-11e2-beb2-4b4cf5087636_story.html?hpid=z2

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quick Spins

Love the new Shoes album. This is a band that I first heard about in college, clear back in the late 70's/early 80's. Awesome power pop, reminds me of Cheap Trick and Fountains of Wayne in spots. One of the highlights is "Hot Mess", a totally great Stones rip-off.
I've been a big Ben Folds fan for over a decade now. He has reunited with the Ben Folds Five (there are only three of them including Ben)and produced the wonderful album "The Sound of the Life of the Mind." It's a nice addition to his discography. Highly recommended for anybody who likes intelligent keyboard based pop.
The new Aerosmith album might grow on me. But so far I'm not all that impressed...just kind of feels like a whole lot of musical "product". They should have left four or five of the weaker cuts off it.

There's a Black Guy In Philadelphia!!

Jon Stewart had an interesting conversation with Mike Huckabee last night about the GOP's trouble reaching out to minority voters. Stewart used the example of the Fox News election day hysteria over the fact there was one New Black Panther standing around in front of a polling place in Philadelphia. It's toward the end of the first segment...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/13/huckabee-on-daily-show-gop-has-done-pathetic-job-of-communicating/?hpid=z3

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bill Kristol Said What????

Wow, someone forgot to drink their Kool-Aid this morning. What a wonderful instance of economic honesty.
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/11/1176641/weekly-standard-editor-bill-kristol-raising-millionaires-taxes-wont-kill-the-country/

Friday, November 9, 2012

People Who Want Stuff

Gail Collins (NY Times columnist): On election night, people were talking about the not-young male population as if they were a dwindling tribe of graybeards sitting around a sputtering stove in Oklahoma. The Republican strategist John Weaver worried about becoming “a shrinking regional party of middle-aged and older white men.” On Fox News, Bill O’Reilly moaned that “the white establishment is now the minority.” O’Reilly, 63, added that the new majority was composed of people who “want stuff.” As opposed to older white men, all of whom have signed a pledge never to accept veteran benefits, Social Security or Medicare.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weasel Politics

The "fiscal cliff" situation is pretty fascinating. Everybody knows it will only be solved if both sides give a little. It's been fun watching Republicans try to come up with sneaky ways to raise revenue without actually raising the rate on the rich. My favorite so far was Tim Pawlenty on CNN tonight saying that maybe they could just look at the entitlements (Medicare, Social Security)that the rich receive. That's not a compromise, it's just a very bad joke.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day One

First order of business: deport this douche bag off the continent.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Two Wonderful Facts

I'm celebrating two wonderful facts tonight...one is that President Obama won a second term. The other is that a majority of the American people were able to see through a heavily financed storm of slander and misinformation. The Republicans have attempted over the past four years to paint him as a socialist, a secret Muslim, a radical wealth re-distributor, a white-hating racist and someone who doesn't truly understand what it means to be an American. Fortunately, the shining light of truth cut through all that nasty bullshit.

Sympathy for the Devil

I don't know for sure that Mitt will lose today. But if he does, some of it actually won't be his fault. To get the nomination he had to appease a Republican base that has no interest in immigration reform. He had to appease a Republican base that booed a soldier simply because he's gay. He had to appease a Republican base that cheered when Ron Paul advocated that a hospital turn away a dying person because they didn't have insurance. He had to appease a Republican base that completely denies the possibility that the climate is changing. And most importantly, he had to appease a Republican base (and piggish pundits like Limbaugh)who are so out of touch with reality that they consider any woman who takes birth control a slut.

Red State Spex

Monday, November 5, 2012

Good Government, Bad Government

If you hate the government you'll probably suck at running it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/opinion/krugman-sandy-versus-katrina.html?hp

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Science of Denial

Why do so many religious people deny climate change is happening?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/04/america-theologians-climate-science-denial

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Not That Funny Now, Is It?

Another Mitt quote I'm sure he would love to see disappear permanently...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What About Mass Mitt?

I've heard conservative pundits say Romney has pull in New Hampshire because his family has a vacation home there. They say he has pull in Michigan because he was born and raised there. Oddly, you don't hear about him having any pull in Massachusetts...in fact, he's behind in that state by 32 points or so. So, I have to ask: have all the people who lived there when he was governor died or moved away? Or did he do a lousy job and everybody was glad to see him leave office?

Drowning

How many more mega-disasters do we need to suffer through before we have a serious conversation about how the cliimate is changing?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/opinion/kristof-will-climate-get-some-respect-now.html?hp