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Monthly Archive: April 2009

Apr 29 2009

Swine Flu Advice and Such

Hilzoy brings us a wonderful guest post by the Ruths Karron and Faden: At this point, it is impossible to predict whether we are on the brink of an influenza pandemic. The threat is real, however, and governments across the globe are working hard to mitigate the potential impact of swine flu. This is right …

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Apr 29 2009

Quote o’ the Day

Steve Benen, ladies and gentlemen: There was some talk in Republican circles recently that the GOP is finally “back in the saddle.” If that’s true, the horse is looking pretty small. It surely is.

Apr 28 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Hold on to your drinks, my darlings. The Cons have become so extreme they just turned Sen. Arlen Specter into a Democrat: Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, facing a primary challenge next year he’s almost certain to lose, will switch parties today and become a Democrat. Seriously. From a …

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Apr 28 2009

Poem o’ the Day

There’s a story behind Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.” You might have heard it: At the time of its publication, Coleridge subtitled it “A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment” and added a prefatory note explaining its unusual origin. The poet remarked that after taking some opium for medication, he grew drowsy while reading a …

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Apr 28 2009

We Are Bound by the Convention We Signed

In 1984, Ronald Reagan made this country a signatory to the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Since it appears that some people, our President included, think that prosecuting torturers is optional, it might be a good idea to have a peek at some articles of the Convention, with some particularly juicy bits emphasized: Article 1 1. …

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Apr 28 2009

That Old Christian Compassion

I know that not all Christians use their faith as an excuse to be total fucking assholes. I know not all of them are homicidal fucktards. But there’s plenty who are, and it’s disgusting watching them use their religion to cloak their hate in righteousness: Uber-wingnut Gordon Klingenschmitt is now praying — in Jesus’ name, …

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Apr 28 2009

The Incredible Shrinking GOP

Looks like 21 isn’t just a winning hand in Blackjack anymore: Yes, it’s true: the Republican Party is leaderless except for Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney which hasn’t worked out very well as new polling shows that Americans are turning away from the GOP in droves. The new Washington Post/ABC news poll has all sorts …

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Apr 27 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. So, my stepmother emails me today to say I might want to reconsider that trip to Mexico I’m planning, WHO’s issued a phase-4 alert, and swine flu’s on everybody’s mind. Let’s check in on the Cons and see how they’re reacting. Of course, in their world, everything happens for …

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Apr 27 2009

Poem o’ the Day

You all know I buggered off to watch House last night. And that’s the inspiration for today’s poetry. I’m not a huge fan of William Butler Yeats, but I have to admit that hearing this one read aloud was delightful: Her Praise She is foremost of those that I would hear praised.I have gone about …

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Apr 27 2009

Cujo Takes Obama to the Woodshed

Go. Read. Now: If you want an example of how disconnected our federal government is from the world that the rest of us live in, you can’t do much better than to contemplate the case of Alyssa Peterson and then contrast it with the behavior of the Congress, the Senate in particular, and the President …

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