30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Seen on the Street

Picture taken Thanksgiving Day on Virginia’s Northern Neck:

Eagle in flight

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Economy

Chart national debt increase by President; Reagan, Bush, Bush the Younger showing biggest increases by multiples of two and more.

Via BartCop.

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Geek Stuff

Facebook settles charges of abusing user data, without, of course, admitting any wrongdoing. As part of the settlement,

Facebook was barred from “making any further deceptive privacy claims” and ordered to regularly undergo a third party audit to ensure it is keeping its promises.

In other news, pigs, wings.

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Personal Musings

It’s checks and balances when you get what you want, bureaucracy when you don’t.

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Lies

Tennessee brings back the poll tax in sheep’s clothing.

Remember that the purpose of the poll tax was not to collect money; it was to keep poor folks from voting.

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Selfishness has side-effects.

From the website:

Keith and Pat Garofalo, economic policy editor for ThinkProgress.org, discuss the latest report from the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, revealing that 10 of the top U.S. lenders may have illegally foreclosed on up to 5,000 active duty service members.

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Economy

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Geek Stuff

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

What: Monthly TWUUG Meeting.

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room. See directions below. (Wireless and wired internet connection available.)

When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, December 1.

Directions:
Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6:00 PM (separate checks)
Uno Chicago Grill
Virginia Beach Blvd. & Military Highway (Janaf Shopping Center). (Map)

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30 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Edith Sitwell:

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Megan Kelly on Fox News:

The pepper the cops are using on the Occupiers is like a derivative of real pepper. It’s a food product essentially.

Cartoon:

Via BartCop.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Weight unexpectedly falls on pundit as he says persons victimized by unpredictable problems are on their own.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Mike Littwin considers the rise of the Gingrinch. A snippet:

Here’s how desperate conservatives are for a not-Romney, Gingrich, who burned out sometime in the late-’90s, is leading in polls despite having said — and hold on to your seats here — something semi-reasonable on illegal immigration.

That became headline news because to be a Republican moderate these days on immigration means you don’t want to turn the entire country into Alabama.

Gingrich said only what everyone knows — that we’re not going to round up 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants and deport them. Therefore, there needs to be a path toward legalizing those with real roots here.

Follow the link for the rest. It’s worth the three minutes.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Dick Polman discusses the inability of the press to call out lies, trying to figure out why they won’t state the obvious.

A nugget (emphasis added):

You’re probably familiar with this (Romney–ed.) ad, which was aimed at the New Hampshire electorate. The marquee moment was a sound bite from Barack Obama – “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose” – which suggested that he’s seeking to distance himself from the recession on the eve of the ’12 festivities. But he wasn’t talking about his re-election campaign at all. The clip was actually from 2008 – and Obama was quoting a John McCain aide who had contended in an interview that McCain should distance himself from the George W. Bush recession.

In other words, Romney’s key clip was demonstrably false. But that’s not how it was generally reported.

A CNN tweet: “Democrats say new Romney ad distorts Obama’s words.” There it is, the doctrine of false equivalence/balance. Romney makes a charge, “Democrats say” something in rebuttal, and all charges are equal. This is what Wicker used to complain about. He said that, all too often, the press takes refuge in “statements delivered by official spokesmen,” without weighing the facts to determine whether one side is more credible than the other.

When I was a young ‘un, being “objective” meant trying to separate true from false.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: It Is To Laugh

A cow makes a break for it in the UK:

A cow has been shot dead by police after it escaped from a cattle market and took to the streets in Darlington.

(snip)

The cow rammed into vans and parked cars on the Victoria Embankment area, and police said it ran towards people.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Feeling the heat:

Facebook users who “share” or “like” content that insults the Thai monarchy are committing a crime, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Anudith Nakornthap said Tuesday.

(snip)

Insulting a monarch is a crime known as lese majeste, and Thailand’s laws against it are the most severe in the world. Even repeating the details of an alleged offense , such as on social media sites like Facebook , is illegal under the lese majeste law and the related Computer Crimes Act, “which says that spreading illegal content , either directly or indirectly , is a crime,” Anudith said.

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Brave New Films contrasts the defense war industry’s claims about their role in providing employment with economic facts.

Surprising result: It ain’t necessarily so.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

Thom Hartmann discusses what being pepper-sprayed is like with 84-year old Dorli Rainey, who knows first hand.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Political Theatre

New rule for twits: Don’t get your Brownback up or you might end up in the doghouse.

First, a little context: Emma Sullivan, an 18-year-old high school senior, wrote a disparaging tweet about Brownback, saying “he sucked in person,” and signed it with a #heblowsalot hash-tag.

Brownback’s office wasn’t too pleased with the tweet, and it eventually landed Sullivan in the principal’s office.

Sullivan was supposed to write a letter of apology — which she said would be insincere — but the school district has let her off the hook. Now Brownback is the one apologizing.

Follow the link for the statement, which Bob Cesca considers exceptional for its straightforwardness and lack of the mealy-mouthed “if anyone was offended” wording so common today.

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29 November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Admiral Rickover:

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t.

Aside:

QOTD was on break yesterday, recovering from guard duty over Thanksgiving.

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