February, 2012 archive
Mike Papantonio traces Republican attacks on learning and knowledge back to Big Tobacco.
Actually, it goes back much further.
Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes to Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in the last scene of Sherlock Holmes Faces Death:
There’s new spirit abroad in the land.
The old days of grab and greed are on their way out.
We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just of what we’re compelled to give him.
Time’s coming, Watson, when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while other folk go hungry or sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold, when we shan’t be able to kneel and thank God for blessings before our shining altars while men anywhere are kneeling under either physical or spiritual subjection.
That certainly worked out well.
Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source.
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, March 1.
Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)
If you wonder where the money goes . . . .
The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters.
More at the link.
Via Raw Story.
Reports of rampant voter fraud regularly turn out to be somewhere on a scale between hysterical lies and lying hysteria.
Facing South considers the recent kerfuffle in South Carolina:
As was suspected from the beginning, the fevered stories of “zombie voters” turned out to be fantasy. This week, state elections officials reviewed 207 of the supposed 950 cases of dead people voting, and couldn’t confirm fraud in any of them. 106 stemmed from clerical errors at the polls, and another 56 involved bad data — the usual culprits when claims of dead voters have surfaced in the past.
So the question is, how did this cheap B-movie fiction make it into the public debate in the first place?
Follow the link to see Facing South’s answer to the question at the end of the selection. My answer to it is that Republicans and their sycophants at Fox News will hype for any crackpot (non)story they can find to justifying keeping voters who are not likely to support them from having a say in elections.
Republicans know they are a minority party with no hope of becoming a majority. They have fixed on a strategy of remaking the electorate into one that favors them by excluding those who do not (how shall I put this diplomatically?) fall for their twaddle.
The Pittsburg Post-Gazette reports (print story here) on West Virginians who have learned how to make their own solar panels:
No doubt the local utility is thrilled. Also, pigs, wings.
The story is about the perceptions of the populace popped by drones.
American drone strikes inside Pakistan are killing far fewer civilians than many in the country are led to believe, according to a rare on-the-ground investigation by The Associated Press of 10 of the deadliest attacks in the past 18 months.
The widespread perception in Pakistan that civilians, not militants, are the principal victims — a view that is fostered by leading right-wing politicians, clerics and the fighters themselves — fuels pervasive anti-American sentiment and, some argue, has swelled the ranks of al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
But an AP reporter who spoke to about 80 villagers at the sites of the 10 attacks in North Waziristan, the main sanctuary for militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region along the Afghan border, was told that a significant majority of the dead were combatants.
I have no doubt that this will be cited to prove that raining death on innocents from the sky is okay if the percentage of innocents is small enough.
This reminds me of the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, and body counts were all the rage amongst the uniformed set.
Moral authority abrogated:
The order, outlined in a handwritten note locked away for years at the archdiocese’s Center City offices, was disclosed Friday by lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former church administrator facing trial next month.