The Quaint, Outdated 4th Amendment

On Monday, Raw Story published an article describing some absolutely astounding comments made by National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell in an interview with The New Yorker (not available on-line). The fact that these comments have not been on the front page of every newspaper in the country and led every teevee newscast, and that there have not been loud calls for McConnell to be tarred, feathered, thrown in the back of a fucking wheelbarrow, and dumped headfirst into a fetid swamp outside of DC tells you exactly how far we have descended into sanctioned lawlessness in this country. [Read more…]

Your Congress Hard at Work

I am really, really glad that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the House of Representatives is holding hearings about baseball players taking steroids. They certainly have the time and leisure to do this, because it’s not like there have been any decisions made or actions performed by any members of the Executive branch of the motherfucking Government that require any Oversight or Reform.

John Edwards–The Invisible Man

OK. I am really getting majorly pissed off about the way that the mainstream media are disappearing John Edwards. This asshole commentator on a major-market news radio station is talking about the Republican and Democratic candidates. He mentions McCain, Romney, and Giuliani as being important candidates on the Republican side. Then, he says, “Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate for the Democrats, followed by Barack Obama”, without even mentioning Edwards.

That shit is totally fucked up on a number of levels. Let’s review the results in Iowa and New Hampshire: [Read more…]

Recession Woes

In my post yesterday about Rudy “Fucking Nuts” Giuliani, I made some parenthetical remarks about how to handle the current economic situation. These remarks were based not on my expertise in economics–I’ve got none–but on common sense, intuition, and the rule of thumb that if some smarmy asshole in a suit and tie on teevee is telling me something, the truth is likely to be the diametric opposite. [Read more…]

How Did They Do That?

Ian Welsh published a great post yesterday at Firedoglake about the morality of allocating health care on the basis of personal wealth. He noted that whenever he addresses this topic, people crawl out of the woodwork with stuff like this:

I worked hard for my health insurance. I don’t see why someone who didn’t work hard, save, and prioritize paying for health insurance, should get as good a health care as I do.

This led commenter ekunin to relate this attitude to a general feature of what he or she called the “psychology of capitalism”:

The guy without sympathy for the uninsured has a need to feel superior. That need trumps everything else.

Well, that got PhysioProf thinking again about something that has always bothered him: How has the Republican Party been so electorally successful over the last 30 years, when the vast overwhelming majority of people who vote for Republicans get economically and politically fucked over and over by those they have elected? [Read more…]

Habit, Environment & Exhortation

Obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are major health problems in most industrialized nations, and particularly in the United States. A great deal of time, effort, and money is poured in to programs to “educate” people about healthy eating and regular exercise in combating these problems.

This Web site hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture is built around the new “Food Pyramid” and is chock-full-o’ information designed to help you:

  • Make smart choices from every food group.
  • Find your balance between food and physical activity.
  • Get the most nutrition out of your calories.
  • Stay within your daily calorie needs.

Do these kinds of exhortations about what kinds of behaviors people should engage in to be healthy serve any purpose? [Read more…]