Cleveland: Keeping Christmas at Home
Ramona: The War on Happy Holidays
Oh, how I love the political drama that arises with the nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice. Such classics like Robert Bork whose nomination was so disastrous that a verb was created to describe it (“borked,”follow the link if you don’t know, it ain’t good), Clarence Thomas who graced America with the only R-Rated hearing discussing squirrel genitals, and G. Harrold Carswell who just so happened to be a white supremacist (whoops) – oh the entertainment.
Once again, Illinois State Senators are calling for our good friend Roland Burris to exit stage left. One imagines a Dem Party master of ceremonies furiously giving the neck slash signal to end dear Roland's dance routine, but he just keeps twirling away and starts to remove items of clothing. [Read more]
When I read about yesterday's Taliban attack on the provincial headquarters of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), I raised my eyebrows. Why the ISI? It's not an easy target, and in fact the attack was repelled by guards. Nor would a successful attack have been an effective way to create instability. The ISI is not filled with sympathetic targets whose deaths would arouse the nation.
Hakimullah Mehsud, a militant associated with the Taliban, explained that the attack was a retaliation for Pakistan's Army operations in the Swat Valley:
"We were looking for this target for a long time. It was a reaction to the Swat operation." [Read more]
You might think of couchsurfing as the exploitation of your friends' living room furniture. That is so old school. Welcome to couchsurfing 2.0, where you can travel the world via the living room furniture of complete strangers. The CouchSurfing Project is a social networking site where you can offer your home to travelers and take advantage of the couches, guest beds, and floor spaces of others when you travel. It was launched in 2004 and now has more than a million members in 232 countries. It's the most popular hospitality site on the internet, averaging more than 30 million daily page views (which is slightly higher than dagblog.com). It's mission: Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time. [Read more]
I love it when men pontificate about what is wrong with women. Really (not really). I mean it (I don’t mean it).
That’s why I was so pleased to see Ross Douthat’s New York Times column today in which he discusses a new paper that a couple of economists have written, detailing how American women are less happy today than their 1960s counterparts (and also less happy than men). [Read more]
The torch design for next year's Winter Olympics was apparently unveiled months ago. Only now have some sharp-eyed reporters started asking each other, "Hey, what does that look a bit like to you?"
Personally, I love it. It sums up in one image the best British Columbia has to offer: winter sports and B.C. Bud. Now if only the organizers can sign up gold medalist Ross Rebagliati to kick off the torch relay.
Memorial Day is a day that we honor our troops and their sacrifices. However, I think we should also take some time to shame some of the people that put them in harms way by enabling war profiteering for an ill-conceived war. After all, putting outmoded neocon foreign policy ideals and the pursuit of money in front of your own soldiers is something these people should be ashamed of.
So let’s look at some examples of some shameful activity by our military, not the soldiers themselves, but the jerk-holes who make the big decisions – like the decision to privatize the Iraq war. Put your shaming hat on and get ready to shame it up. (each title has the link to the corresponding source)
This Bill Moyers interview is a must-watch for anyone who cares about meaningful healthcare reform:
Washington's abuzz about health care, but why isn't a single-payer plan an option on the table? Public Citizen's Dr. Sidney Wolfe and Physicians for a National Health Program's Dr. David Himmelstein on the political and logistical feasibility of health care reform.
Orlando posed a puzzler yesterday: if you shut the Camp Delta prison, what do you do with inmates who have committed no known war crimes or acts of terrorism, but who still pose a security threat? How do you keep them from taking up arms or otherwise waging jihad against the U.S. and its allies?
It's triflingly simple: Ask them to promise not to.
"Huh?" I can hear you all saying. "That's crazy talk, acanuck. What's to stop them from breaking their word?" Well, first of all, the concept of "parole" has an honored place in Arab and Muslim history. It resonates. [Read more]
Right after the election was over, I started a series of posts called Stuff I Learned, about the history of American presidents, as I read a book called The American Presidency. I didn't get very far into the book, and now I can't find it. I'm not all that worried about finishing, not being a fan of non-fiction.
So, at least for now, I won't be sharing with you the stuff I learned about American history. Instead, I'm hoping you'll share with me stuff you already know, because I'm confused. [Read more]
I don't think that many people would be all that shocked or alarmed if I were to write that politics can be downright silly at times. Even so, creative legislators continue to come up new tactics that seem to defy all logic.
Now, obstruction is not a new tactic. It's an oldie, but a goodie and a reliable stand-by for the minority party. So, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee is working on Waxman-Markey, or the American Clean Energy and Security Act, it's not surprising that we might see some obstruction originating from the other side of the aisle. Enter Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking Republican on the committee. [Read more]
I took a walking tour of Westminster, London the other day. It was just drizzly enough to make you open an umbrella and at least windy enough to invert the umbrella once opened. English weather likes to tease visitors. The moment you think it's about to pour, it changes it's mind and goes all sunny. But as soon as you're ready to declare the rain past, it grays up and drizzles all over again. [Read more]
Don't worry kids, I'm confused too! Enjoy the ridiculous video and discuss. You'll be confused too.
A new study by Harvard researcher Robert Putnam (from Bowling Alone fame) says that the percentage of young Americans who claim they have no religious affiliation that usually hovers between 5-10% has skyrocketed to 30-40%. While this trend started in the 90’s and has continued through Generation X and Y this is still a startling change. Putnam is releasing his findings and his corresponding musing in a new book, “American Grace” due out later this year. [Read more]
We’ve had quite a month in South Bend. When the President accepted the invitation to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony, the media jumped all over the supposed re-ignition of the abortion debate.
Randall Terry came to perform an Operation Rescue--with Alan Keyes in tow. I’m not sure who was rescued, but I did notice that they were very good at getting arrested, pushing around strollers with blood-drenched plastic dolls, and publicly displaying graphic images of aborted fetuses--on trucks, on airplane banners, and on posters. They were also pretty good at pissing off the locals. [Read more]
There is something about picking a ridiculous concept and building a website around it that puts a quiver in my liver. Today I found two websites that are mind-blowingly awesome, if only for the fact that they straddle the line between absolutely outlandish and categorically awesome. I encourage you to visit these sites and bask in their preposterous magnificence.
1) Black People Love Us - The blacks just can't get enough of them!
I've been a very bad dagblogger of late, but I'm full of good excuses for my badness. First, there was the whole engagement to plan and pull off (and already a fair amount of wedding madness), and then right after that I had to help plan my brother's 40th birthday party, which included a week-long visit from the folks (a surprise to my brother). The folks stayed at my pad, which was just a real treat and a great time, and now that they're gone, it feels a little bit empty here (why does it often take us so long to appreciate mom and dad??)  [Read more]
OK, Hockey Afternoon in America.
Tomorrow (Sunday), at 3 p.m. Eastern, the NHL's Western Conference final series kicks off between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings.
Why should you care? Why should anyone care?
Because the regular season and the early playoff rounds have whittled the competition down to what in theory are the league's four best teams (with Pittsburgh and Carolina about to face off in the East), and the hockey is finally of a caliber that really is worth watching. [Read more]
May 13, 2029
Twenty-six years after invading Iraq, the United States closed its military bases and evacuated the last American soldiers from Iraqi soil.
In an address to soldiers at Fort Bragg, President George Prescott Bush praised the U.S. military for accomplishing the mission that his uncle, former President George W. Bush, had set before them in 2003. [Read more]