28 July 2010 · Comments Off on Contract on America · Categories: Political Theatre

More here.

Via the Richmonder, who spells it out.

28 July 2010 · Comments Off on Dress Code · Categories: It Is To Laugh

This is an oldy but moldy. I heard it on Michael Feldman’s show and found a transcript here.

Dress Code: It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary.

If we see you wearing $350 Prada shoes and carrying a $600 Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a raise.

If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not need a raise.

If you dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.

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28 July 2010 · Comments Off on Driving while Brown · Categories: Political Theatre

Arizona racial profiling on hold:

(Judge) Bolton’s ruling stops four of the law’s more than a dozen provisions from going into effect. “The court also finds that the United States is likely to suffer irreparable harm if the court does not preliminarily enjoin enforcement of these sections,” she states in the ruling. “The balance of equities tips in the United States’ favor considering the public interest.”

Key parts of (Arizona) SB 1070 that will not go into effect Thursday:

  • The portion of the law that requires an officer make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.
  • The portion that creates a crime of failure to apply for or carry “alien-registration papers.”
  • The portion that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work. (This does not include the section on day laborers.)
  • The portion that allows for a warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the United States.

The ruling says that law enforcement still must enforce federal immigration laws to the fullest extent of the law when SB 1070 goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Individuals will still be able to sue an agency if they adopt a policy that restricts such enforcement.

Bolton did not halt the part of the law that creates misdemeanors crimes for harboring and transporting illegal immigrants.

Reactions from Arizona pols and their promises to appeal are at the link.

28 July 2010 · Comments Off on The Economy Is in the Toilet Indicators · Categories: Political Economy

Karen explains:

I talked to a lady from church a couple of weeks ago. She wants to replace her old 3.5 gallon toilets with 1.6 gallon models, to get the credit. But since she’s been out of work for a year & a half, she wanted to know how much she was looking at if she got regular, plain jane toilets that aren’t name brand. If she wants to do it, she’ll buy them & call to get them installed.

Joe was at a woman’s house the other day. She has leaks on all 3 toilets she has in her house. He was able to repair 2 of them, but the 3rd has to be replaced. She’s going to check with her neighbor to see if they have an old toilet they changed out, that she can have. Her house has been on the market for 18 months, with no serious offers. And she’s in prime area, in Golden.

More at the link.

28 July 2010 · Comments Off on The Entitlement Society · Categories: Titans of Industry

The Boston Globe, on Tony Hayward’s $18,500,000.00 severance pay for performance package from Buccaneer Petroleum:

Hayward’s exit package speaks to a broader problem. Corporate CEOs are rewarded handsomely in good times. In bad times, they’re rarely penalized to the same degree. In any sane accountability system, overseeing the degradation of a major arm of the Atlantic Ocean would disqualify Hayward from a golden parachute many times larger than the average worker’s lifetime earnings.

28 July 2010 · Comments Off on “An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” · Categories: Gunnuttery

Miss Manners would be proud.


I feel the same way about tailgaters, but trying to off them is probably not the best way to express it:

Haislip was tailgating Crickenberger, who then ran a stop sign, a sheriff’s news release said.

“Crickenberger became mad as to the way Haislip was driving,“ the release said.

When Haislip pulled off at the Harvey Williams Garage, Crickenberger followed him. Cursing between the men turned physical, the release said, and Crickenberger reportedly took a .380 handgun from his car and shot Haislip in the neck.


And squeezing off a couple of rounds withing city limits just for the heck of it is frowned upon by persons within range:

Officers were called about 9:15 p.m. to the golf course in the 600 block of Academy Street for a report of shots fired, according to Lt. Mike Green. There, he said, they found a “possible intoxicated subject” sitting in a wooded area with a .40-caliber pistol.


The Driving Lesson.

Campbell, 17, told officers “his uncle fired numerous shots at his vehicle, shattering the front and rear driver’s-side windows,” as he was driving.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeremy Boggs said in court Tuesday that Campbell fired six times at the vehicle Samual Campbell was driving north on Jack’s Hill Road. Boggs said four of the shots hit the vehicle and two missed.

“Campbell believes that his uncle did this because he accuses him of driving too fast on the roadway,” the search warrant stated.

28 July 2010 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Rex Stout, quoted by his daughter, Rebecca Stout Bradbury, in the introduction to The Bloodied Ivy:

An educated person is one who has the capacity to distinguish the important from the unimportant . . . .

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on The Journey Home · Categories: It Is To Laugh

Teenage girl steals puppy.

Parents find it was stolen and make her give it back.

It says something that this is considered news.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on Spill Here, Spill Now · Categories: Titans of Industry

Buccaneer Petroleum’s approach to drilling: They thought they were playing with Tinker Toys and Erector Sets.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

Testimony of survivors and experts continues to paint a picture of corporate recklessness on the part of Transocean, the owner of the rig, and BP. Transocean, according to a September 2009 audit, had not completed 390 repairs to the rig, including many that were “high priority.” It also is accused of not properly maintaining the rig’s blowout preventer, the device that is supposed to shut down an unstable well and that catastrophically failed on Deepwater Horizon. Transocean’s upkeep of the rig sounds like an experiment in what it could get away with.

Meanwhile, there are a plethora of allegations that BP pushed workers to speed the completion of drilling using cost-cutting methods. The rig rental was costing about $1 million a day and work was 43 days behind schedule. On the day of the explosion, BP managers didn’t bother with a time-consuming “cement bond log” test that would have discovered problems in the cementing of the well. The company also did not use 21 “centralizers” to position the well before cementing — the recommended number — and instead used just six. And there are other examples where the company chose the less expensive and more risky option. It may not be that any one of these actions alone led to the blowout, but the combination was deadly.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on “Walk across America” · Categories: Geek Stuff

It’s a promo, but what a promo–viral marketing done right:

Some more information here.

Via GNC.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on Misdirection Play · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

The Nation analyzes the instant replay of the Sherrod play. To anyone who has studied the race-baiting demogues of the Jim Crow era, the Pitchfork Ben Tilghmans and the like, it’s a familiar strategy, much older than the excerpt below describes. Fake left with the race and go right with the economy:

But this story is older than the Tea Party, older than the current drove of right-wing demagogues. It’s the story that has been told to white middle- and working-class voters by the right since the Reagan administration in order to explain their dwindling paychecks and prospects: racism is over; it is minorities who now have too much power; they are stealing your jobs, your future. And with that insidious whisper (now a shout), the specter of reverse racism chases away the all-too-real and yet all-too-abstract forces of neoliberal economic policy. Who can focus on the workings of contemporary global capitalism when the Zimbabwe-fication of America is nigh! Obama, of course, crystalizes this narrative, giving it agency, power, motive, a face to deface. But it existed before him too; it litters, for example, civil rights case law since the ’70s, in Bakke v. Regents, in Gratz v. Bollinger and in Ricci v. DeStefano, the New Haven affirmative action case that got Sonia Sotomayor into so much hot water with the right.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on Breadlines, Anyone? · Categories: Political Economy

Why more stimulus is needed:

U.S. local governments may cut almost 500,000 jobs through next year to cope with sliding property taxes, a decline in state and federal aid and added need for social services, according to a report released today.

The report, a result of a survey by the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties, showed local governments are moving to cut the equivalent of 8.6 percent of their workforces from 2009 to 2011. That suggests 481,000 employees will lose their jobs, according to the report, which said the tally may yet rise.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on VoteVets Energy Ad · Categories: Political Theatre


The slap at Iran may be good marketing, but it ignores that Iran imports more fuel than it exports; I believe I’ve read that it has the resources, but not the refining capacity.

Via the Richmonder.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on Stray Thought · Categories: Personal Musings

It’s not black folks who are afraid to confront racism in America. They confront it every day.

It’s we white folks.

27 July 2010 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Somerset Maugham:

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.