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Monthly Archive: April 2009

Apr 30 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Priorities: Recently, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) released his budget for next year, calling for cuts in higher education and health care for the uninsured and disabled in order to plug a $1.3 billion shortfall in revenue. Already, hospitals are laying off workers. Yet Jindal is managing to spare …

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Apr 30 2009

Poem o’ the Day

I love haiku. I especially love haiku translations that capture the sense of the original: short, sweet and to the point. Basho Summer grasses:all that remains of great soldiers’imperial dreams Traveling this high mountain trail, delighted by violets The old pond,A frog jumps in:Plop! Issa A world of dew,and within every dewdropa world of struggle …

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Apr 30 2009

Swine Flu: The Terrarists Diddit

Newest wingnut theory: the swine flu is a terrorist attack: Larry Klayman and the Worldnutdaily are a perfect match. If Michelle Bachmann is the prom queen at Wingnuttia High School, Klayman is her king. His latest bit of lunacy is in claiming that the outbreak of swine flu is an act of biological warfare. And …

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Apr 30 2009

Pathological Purity

Purity can be pathological. It can also ensure your party is reduced to a pathetic, irrelevant remnant, which seems to be exactly where the frothing fundies now in control of the Cons want to take the GOP: The 2012 elections are obviously very far away, but Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman certainly seems to be running …

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Apr 30 2009

Parallel Universe or Time Travel?

Two theories on Michele Bachmann’s dramatic ignorance. Eric Kleefeld thinks she’s reciting history from an alternate Earth: Make no mistake: When it comes to economics, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) knows her history — even if that history is from another planet. On Monday night, our friends at Dump Bachmann reported, Bachmann took to the House …

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Apr 29 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. When the going gets tough, the wingnuts get rabid: Keith Olbermann, on Countdown last night, brought the whammy down on the wingnut talking heads at Fox (and the rest of the conservative media as well) for their ongoing attempts to blame immigrants for the spread of the swine flu …

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Apr 29 2009

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards XII: In Hot Pursuit of the Faux Nouvelle

Captain Cujo’s launched us on a rousing adventure on the high seas for COTEB XII, me hearties. It be one o’ the most exciting sailings we’ve had yet. Pour yerselves some grog and raise yer glasses in a rousing HUZZAH!

Apr 29 2009

Poem o’ the Day

Tomorrow’s Poem in Your Pocket Day, don’t forget. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. It struck me today that I’ve been a little heavy on the male poets. It’s not that I don’t like female poets. It’s just that I don’t know many. So I took a stroll through Wikipedia’s List of …

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Apr 29 2009

Christian “Science”

I’m sorry. I know this is probably going to make you wince, or possibly land in the hospital with a severe overdose of stupidity, but this is just too funny to pass up. The Association of Christian Schools International is trying to sue the snot out of the University of California because U of C …

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Apr 29 2009

In Judd Gregg’s World, Corruption = Rousing Success

Sen. Judd Gregg sez Obama’s plan to cut out the greedy private loan sharks and provide student loans directly won’t work. Back in the ’90s, see, there was this celebrity death match between publicly and privately administered loans, and look what happened, bitches: “We agreed to level the playing field, put both plans on the …

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