31 December 2007 · Comments Off on Happy New Year · Categories: First Looks

31 December 2007 · Comments Off on Frost on the Pumpkin · Categories: First Looks

. . . er, Honda.

Jack Frost's Painting

30 December 2007 · Comments Off on Brendan Writes a Letter (Updated and Kicked to the Top) · Categories: First Looks

To the Toimes. Excerpt:

I have heard that you have hired the utterly discredited neo-conservative William Kristol to write a weekly column. I am aghast at this decision: Mr. Kristol was one of the loudest voices agitating for war in Iraq, and at every turn he has been proven wrong. He was wrong about the weapons of mass destruction; he was wrong that our troops would be met as liberators; he was wrong about the cost of the war; he was wrong about the length of the war; he was wrong about Iraq’s stability; and he was wrong about Saddam Hussein’s ties to September 11. Thousands of American soldiers are dead and wounded because of Kristol’s errors, and thousands more maimed and psychotic. Why would you hire someone with this record? Wasn’t one Judy Miller enough?

Addendum, The Night Before New Year’s Eve:


Media Matters. (Via Eschaton)


The return of Naderism:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans. They are expected to join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a “government of national unity” to end the gridlock in Washington.

The underlying fallacy of this idea is that we need more, not less partisanship.

It is time for people of good will to unite against those who undermine the Constitution of the United States of America, who sell the nation to the highest bidder, who defraud the electorate, who violate the ideals of the Founders, and who betray the blood shed by those who fought to make us free.

It is not time to compromise with them.

30 December 2007 · Comments Off on No Hub. Switch · Categories: Geek Stuff

I mentioned earlier that my server room hub died.

In looking to replace it, I’ve found that small hubs are apparently nowhere to be found.

They’ve been replaced by little switches. These are not the same as the industrial-strength switches you will find at a corporation. They are rather hubs with enough sense to know what came from where.

So I ended up with a switch and now the webserver and fileserver are both back on line.

30 December 2007 · Comments Off on The Peter Principle · Categories: First Looks

In case you are not familiar with the Peter Principle, you can read about it here.

John Cole:

If the Peter Principle were true, George Bush and Bill Kristol would be the street-cleaner and dogcatcher in Crawford, Texas.

30 December 2007 · Comments Off on Move ‘Em Up, Head ‘Em Out · Categories: First Looks

FactCheck dot org’s year end round up of the biggest whoppers of the year.

Dems 4, Repubs 6.

30 December 2007 · Comments Off on Danger Signs · Categories: First Looks

Top ten signs your country may be becoming fascist:

Via Phillybits.


Penn State alumni think that Happy Valley is the Only Place on Earth.

Sort of like Virginia Tech alumni, who think that Blacksburg, Va., is the only place on earth.

(Happy Valley and Blacksburg have something in common. They are both surrounded by miles and miles of not much of anything except mountains.)

Nevertheless, I hope Penn State wins the ball game tonight, because I am a Joe Paterno fan.

He is one of the few really classy coaches in American College Football.

I remember the first time I saw a Joe Paterno coached Penn State team in a bowl game. Orange Bowl, 1969, Penn State vs. Kansas. My brother and I sat up and watched it.

Kansas had a seven-point lead going into the final seconds of the game.

Penn State scored.

And went for a two point conversion. And this was back when the field goal was king and taking the safe choice was the common choice. Penn State went for two–almost unheard of in those days.

And made it.

After the game, the interviewers asked Joe Paterno why he had his team go for two. Now, I can’t remember his exact statement–it was many years ago. But it was something to the effect that

“Ties aren’t fun. This game should be fun.”

I hope Penn State wins tonight.

(If you don’t understand what “go for two” means, go here.)

(Link fixed. Thanks.)

29 December 2007 · Comments Off on Afterthought · Categories: First Looks

Help restore America here.

If you are unsure, read this.

29 December 2007 · Comments Off on Ethan Allen Did Not Make Furniture . . . · Categories: First Looks

. . . despite what modern marketing may lead us to think.

He and his “Green Mountain Boys” fought for freedom.

Their spirit still lives in their home state:

A group in Brattleboro (Vermont-ed.) is petitioning to put an item on a town-meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

“This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do,” said Kurt Daims, 54, a retired machinist leading the drive.

29 December 2007 · Comments Off on Patrick Henry Is Crying · Categories: First Looks

And Republicans cause him to cry.

Andrew Sullivan:

This is actually something like the consensus among most of the GOP candidates:

    “Our most basic civil liberty is the right to be kept alive.”

It’s a very, very, very long way from “Give me liberty or give me death,”. . . .

The Republican Party, though, has shown that it doesn’t care about liberty.

It cares only about reducing taxes (for the rich, that is); making up wars; and making the rich richer, the poor poorer.

I guess Abraham Lincoln is crying right along with Patrick Henry.

29 December 2007 · Comments Off on Empty Suit · Categories: Political Theatre

Sadly, McCain may be mostly sincere, but he is wedded to the failed policies of a failed president. But his ad is right on target.

Via Andrew Sullivan.

29 December 2007 · Comments Off on COLA (Updated) · Categories: First Looks

Well, it looks like my son ain’t gettin’ no raise.

Addendum, 12/29/2007:

What digby said.

29 December 2007 · Comments Off on “War on Christmas” (Updated) · Categories: First Looks

Good question.


Jesus General.