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Jacob

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Date registered: October 4, 2011

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  1. This Is Why We Limit Police Powers — January 5, 2009
  2. Of Ponies and Beer — January 5, 2009
  3. Where oh Where Was This When McCain Was Making an Arse of Himself? — January 5, 2009
  4. Happy Hour Discurso — January 4, 2009
  5. The Things I Learn Doing Research — January 4, 2009

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Jan 05 2009

This Is Why We Limit Police Powers

One of the common arguments amongst the law-and-order crowd is that we don’t have to worry about giving law enforcement agencies unfettered surveillance powers because they’ll only use them against the guilty. “If you’re innocent, you have nothing to worry about!” some perky authoritarian will chirp. “We can’t tie their hands!” Which sounds great and …

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Jan 05 2009

Of Ponies and Beer

JeffreyD writes: Of course I love you! Tell me about the pony and what kind of beer your drink. (smile) And with incentive like that, how could I not share the story of the Day My Pony Drank Beer? First, a brief word about my pony. He was a white Welsh who was my exact …

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Jan 05 2009

Where oh Where Was This When McCain Was Making an Arse of Himself?

Damn it! I could’ve had so much fun by juxtaposing this with “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

Jan 04 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. It’s bloody snowing again. Is anyone else sick of winter? I’m done. Let’s have spring. We won’t have that for a few months, and we won’t have Bill Richardson as Secretary of Commerce, either: NBC News reports: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama …

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Jan 04 2009

The Things I Learn Doing Research

I knew my Welsh pony was pretty awesome, but I had no idea his ancestors were this badass: Originally used to carry British Knights in the 15th century, their role was leading larger battle horses into battle. This explains a lot about his personality. Absolutely nothing fazed him. Not even beer. If you love me, …

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Jan 04 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Scientists Play With Their Food It’s that time of the year when we’ve probably filled ourselves with more food than we could hold. Before the diet begins, let’s hold one last feast, courtesy of science. Scientists studying food have made our harvests more bountiful, our turkeys bigger, and are discovering new foods for us to …

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Jan 04 2009

There’s Weird…

…and then there’s creepy weird: Burris: “We Are The Senator”Roland Burris expressed a high degree of confidence in his legitimacy as a Senator, telling Lynn Sweet, “We are the Senator.” Burris says he wants to avoid any confrontation when he shows up in Washington next week, but he also apparently has no aversion to using …

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Jan 04 2009

Cons Are Afraid. I Am Well Pleased.

If anyone’s wondering if Obama’s administration is too conservative, moseying over to the other side of the aisle for a look at the sturm und drang should lay your fears to rest: The Washington Post has an item today highlighting the fact that some conservative activists are concerned because the Obama transition team includes plenty …

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Jan 04 2009

Bravely (Ha!) Running Away

Obama’s inauguration will blissfully not be disgraced by the presence of too many Cons: While millions descend on Washington for the historic Inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan. 20, some Republicans see it as an occasion to get out of town. Out of power on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and mostly out of favor …

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Jan 03 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Israel has taken the plunge and invaded Gaza. Their fearless leaders apparently think they can somehow win. Where they get this impression after watching the United States break its teeth against Iraq, not to mention the Soviets getting their asses kicked in Afghanistan, I’m not sure. The only lesson …

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