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Rick Santorum
Wed 02/16

I forgot about this! Turns out that Rick Santorum still has political ambitions but he is troubled by having been such a horrifying jagoff that the web got all enthusiastic when some guy asked people to propose definitions for the word 'santorum'. The one that stuck is that it is a "frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex."

Santorum deserves to be associated with santorum. He is a homophobe and a right-wing low-life. One can only hope that this post helps keep the joke alive and that his potential supporters are stupid enough that it matters.

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The Depths of Belief
Fri 10/22

Williams – who just got a $2 million deal for three years with Fox News – said it is making him rethink his previous beliefs about the left wing (here)

Sure, he was a liberal. Deeply committed.

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Out of the CLoset
Fri 10/22

Watson asked if violence would be in option in 2010, under the current government.

"The option is on the table. I don't think that we should remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms," Broden said, without elaborating. "However, it is not the first option." (here)

This is the natural meaning of the rhetoric of the right and of their arrogance. We have a government elected by a substantial majority of the people. The right thinks they know better.

Even short of violence, the rhetoric and manipulation has been vicious and unprecedented. We are in a very dangerous time. # Comments (View)

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Connections

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"hiya, teek!"ReadMore Here
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"Israelis are resigned to the fact that reason will not shake the world’s blatant double standard. Our blockade of Gaza is “criminal”; yet nobody mentions that Egypt has had a blockade of Gaza in place since 2007, and has never hesitated to use lethal force against those trying to break it. Israel’s attempt to enforce a blockade becomes an international crisis, while most of the world shrugs when North Korea sinks a South Korean ship." Ain't it the truth. Read Here
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"But the U.C.L.A. project was an effort to capture a relatively new sociological species: the dual-earner, multiple-child, middle-class American household. The investigators have just finished working through the 1,540 hours of videotape, coding and categorizing every hug, every tantrum, every soul-draining search for a missing soccer cleat." This is the coolest thing I've read in a long time. Read it Here
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" Despite the lies pedaled by MSNBC and Lefty bloggers Rand Paul never said he would vote to repeal the CRA and so there is no backpedaling. Either provide proof he did or withdraw your lie.
Is the Left constitutionally unable to tell the truth?" And here we have another rich item. Rand Paul invents the idea that he has been accused of seeking repeal by initiating a denial. His goal, of course, is to make people think his previously uttered bad ideas are not really all that bad. When someone refers to this as backpedaling, the tea baggers accuse us of lying because Rand Paul never said it. Well played. What a bunch of schmucks. You can see this comment and blog post at the same place as the others: Here
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"Ultimately a private property right is only meaningful if you can get your society to help you protect it. But of course people can and do argue about what sorts of private property rights we SHOULD have, and so you shouldn’t confuse the normative and descriptive questions." Another good comment on this blog post. The blog post and comment areHere
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"I don’t think that’s the point. It’s that the very concept of “property,” so important to libertarians, is inexorably bound up with an exercise of state power. Indeed, the best definition of “property right” would be something like, one’s right to call upon the state’s exercise of force to exclude others. Unlike liberty, which you can at least say exists without the state, property depends for its very existence upon the state and its exercise of force.

This inevitably means that any attempt to define property rights devolves into a question of describing the legitimate purposes to which the state’s use of force. And so with discrimination, you can have the state bring its force down on the side of segregation/racism, or on the side of open access and equality. There is no neutral, non-ideological position here, as libertarians like Paul would like to believe." This is a comment on a blog post about Rand Paul. I think it's very smart. The blog and comment are Here

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"The idea should always have been to develop a flexible system of public education that would allow all — or nearly all — children to thrive. One of the things Bard has shown is that kids from wildly different backgrounds — including large numbers of immigrant children — can thrive in an educational environment that is much more intellectually demanding than your typical high school." I am working on a computerized tool to help teachers do this. That makes me happy. Read about a place that is already getting it done Here
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"This is the perverse logic of meritocracy. Once a system grows sufficiently complex, it doesn’t matter how badly our best and brightest foul things up. Every crisis increases their authority, because they seem to be the only ones who understand the system well enough to fix it." Ross Douthat is right. Read his essay Here
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"According to an unusual study, washing your hands is not only healthy, but it may also put your mind at ease about recent past decisions. A couple of researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study asking students to choose between two objects out of several they had ranked. When students washed their hands after making the choice, they seemed to experience less cognitive dissonance, while students who did not wash their hands behaved as if they needed to justify their choices to themselves." This is very cool Read about it Here
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"Is having to produce a driver's license too burdensome? These days, natural-born U.S. citizens, and everybody else, too, are required to show a driver's license to get on an airplane, to check into a hotel, even to purchase some over-the-counter allergy medicines. If it's a burden, it's a burden on everyone.And so the slippery slope begins. The airport ID requirements are heinous. But, heinous is the new normal. So, now the demand for documents of random people is justified using it. Read more Here
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Observations

Some whacky quiz evaulates me
gender nazi
You are a Gender Nazi. Your boundary-crossing lifestyle inspires awe in your friends and colleagues. Or maybe they're just scared you will kick their asses for using gender-specific language. Either way, the wife-beater helps.


What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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"As late as Sept. 9, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld threatened a presidential veto when the Senate proposed to divert $600 million to counterterrorism from ballistic missile defense." Reported by CNN here(5/19/02; 12:35:22 AM) # Comments (View)
"As late as Sept. 9, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld threatened a presidential veto when the Senate proposed to divert $600 million to counterterrorism from ballistic missile defense." Reported by CNN here(5/19/02; 12:35:22 AM) # Comments (View)
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