Archive for February, 2004

This Modern World: How Conservatives See It

February 29th, 2004 – 3:31 pm
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A somewhat belated link to a great TMW comic…. This Modern World: How Conservatives See It

Wil Wheaton on Bush’s anti-gay stance

February 28th, 2004 – 11:19 pm
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There are plenty of opinions about Bush’s recent declaration of support for a Constitutional amendment to “protect marriage” (or, more accurately, to make gays and lesbians second-class citizens), but I think the piece actor/geek Wil Wheaton posted to his weblog is one of the better ones I’ve seen. Yes, I am shocked that I agree […]

Writing discrimination into the Constitution

February 25th, 2004 – 9:09 pm
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As most everyone knows by now, yesterday President Bush made a speech supporting an amendment to the Constitution that would ban gay marriages. In today’s Progress Report from, there was a piece on the issue which began: With its economic policies failing to lift the economy, its Iraq policy in shambles, and its international […]

Every member of this adminstration is a winner

February 23rd, 2004 – 8:20 pm
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Today Education Secretary Rod Paige called the NEA (National Education Association), America’s largest teachers union, “a terrorist organization.” It was probably just a joke that was in very poor taste, but that’s not really much of an excuse. UPDATE: Apparently Mr. Paige thinks this counts as an apology: “It was an inappropriate choice of words […]

It’s the end of the world as we know it

February 22nd, 2004 – 3:13 pm
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Apparently the Pentagon doesn’t agree with the Bush administration’s casual dismissal of the dangers of global climate change. Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that […]

Ralph’s running, but who cares?

February 22nd, 2004 – 2:55 pm
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Ralph Nader announced today that he’s going to run for President again, and some people are acting like it actually matters. As though a man who wasn’t able to get very much of the vote in 2000 as the standard bearer for the Green Party is now going to suck away enough votes from the […]

Failure(s) of intelligence

February 22nd, 2004 – 2:11 pm
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Over at Sisyphus Shrugged, Julie does a good job of covering the current information about the intelligence situation regarding Iraq, then and now. To sum up: We paid biased sources, whose bias we did not identify, for what turned out to be bad information, only some of which we handed over to the people who […]

Thank you Howard

February 18th, 2004 – 7:47 pm
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Today Howard Dean ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination: Today my candidacy may come to an end–but our campaign for change is not over. I want to thank each and every person who has supported this campaign. Over the last year, you have reached out to neighbors, friends, family and colleagues–building one American at […]

Some things we do have the money for

February 18th, 2004 – 7:28 pm
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Julie over at Sisyphus Shrugged has the right response to the idea that the Republicans need 5000 troops to guard their convention in NYC: Special, is it not? No money for first responders, no money for building decontamination, no money for airport security, no money for increased security to cover the costs of their pointless […]

Free market Talibanism

February 11th, 2004 – 9:49 pm
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After making the ridiculous claim that 2.6 million new jobs would be created this year, the Bush administration follows up with this: The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and […]