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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 22 2010

Atheist country music

I am tempted to write some more verses, each ending with “I’m proud to be a Charlie Darwin fan.”

Dec 22 2010

Church

Dec 22 2010

Indefinite detention

Our constitutional scholar-president, who promised to shut down Guantanamo within a year of taking office, is about to sign an Executive Order that gives him the right to hold detainees there indefinitely, and that the administration alone will do any reviews of the prisoners’ status. [T]he order establishes indefinite detention as a long-term Obama administration …

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Dec 22 2010

The dysfunctional Congress-2: Practice

In yesterday’s post, I described the way the budget process should run in the Congress, with the twelve appropriations committees in each chamber passing a spending bill, reconciling it with the bill passed by the other chamber if there are differences, and then passing a single reconciled bill that is sent to the president for …

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Dec 21 2010

A new Time magazine to be aimed at adults

This clip that I showed some time ago illustrates why Time magazine’s choice of Mark Zuckerberg as its Person of the Year is completely appropriate considering its audience. TIME Announces New Version Of Magazine Aimed At Adults

Dec 21 2010

Why they hate us

Dec 21 2010

The dysfunctional Congress-1: Theory

Much of the criticisms aimed at Congress have involved the high-profile legislative stalemates on some issues involving filibusters and the like, that have stymied progress on those issues that did not involve the interests of the oligarchy. What all that hoop-la has obscured is a far more serious criticism, the fact that the government has …

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Dec 20 2010

Dream ticket

This blog has been Sarah Palin-free for some time because I have little patience for the kind of obsession the media seem to have with breathlessly reporting her every utterance and tweet, however inconsequential. But for my own amusement I have been idly speculating as to whom she might choose as her running mate in …

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Dec 20 2010

Time magazine’s choice for Person of the Year

Although the magazine’s online poll resulted in an easy win for Julian Assange with 382,026 votes (with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a distant second with 233,640 votes), to no one’s surprise they ignored their own poll and gave this utterly pointless marketing gimmick title to Mark Zuckerberg, who came in 10th with a …

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Dec 20 2010

Happy anniversary to Baxter the Wonder Dog!

Yesterday (the 19th) was the fifth anniversary of Baxter the Wonder Dog joining the family as a three-month old puppy. On the right is a photo of him five years ago. Below is a recent photo of him. And if you drop in at home you will often see this scene.

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