July, 2006

I’m back, empty-handed

By · Monday, July 31st, 2006 · 10 Comments »

Hey, I’m back from wherever the hell it is that I’ve been the past few days. I’m not at liberty to discuss the details of my mission, but I can report that conditions are still not ripe for a cease-fire in the Middle East. The ripeness factor, it’s just not quite there yet. I think […]

Israel bombs Beiruit, misses Rice

By · Tuesday, July 25th, 2006 · 20 Comments »

Freaky, huh? Actually the bombing seems to have mysteriously let up while Condi was in Lebanon, though heaven knows why. It’s not like the U.S. and Israel are in bed together on this thing: Lebanese officials have pleaded with the United States to pressure Israel for an immediate cease-fire, but U.S. officials said conditions are […]

Democrats lay out vision for failure success in 2008 election

By · Tuesday, July 25th, 2006 · 8 Comments »

The Democrats are rolling out their big plan for re-taking control of Congress and the White House. This is what they’re going to focus on: – College — A $3,000 refundable tax credit for college tuition; federal grants to enable and require states to keep tuition low. – Retirement — Require employers to provide a […]

The Bush Pilot

By · Saturday, July 22nd, 2006 · Comments Off

This is fabulous. German TV has cracked the mystery of the Bushbot. (via Twisty.)

Everybody wants a cease-fire except you-know-who

By · Friday, July 21st, 2006 · 3 Comments »

U.S. Opposed to Cease-Fire With Hezbollah. I’d like to blog about this, but I’m afraid my blood pressure will cause my arteries to actually explode. The blood vessels will just burst and great fountains of blood will shoot out through my skin and spatter all over the wall, and then I’ll bleed to death. That’s […]

Because it’s so much better to flush them down the toilet

By · Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 · 23 Comments »

Tony Snow on why embryos scheduled to be discarded anyway can’t be used for stem cell research: “The President is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something that is living and making it dead for the purpose of research.” So…what does he think happens to the embryos once they’re in the […]

Once more into the muck

By · Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 · 58 Comments »

I admire Trish Wilson’s fortitude. She’s been dealing with Fathers’ Rights Activists for years, exposing and refuting their lies, and I don’t know how she stands it. Every time I encounter the FRA slime machine I feel like I need a shower. The latest news from Trish is actually very good: two influential legal publications […]

“As we all know, the internet is a series of tubes…”

By · Monday, July 17th, 2006 · 1 Comment »

Jon Stewart on net neutrality. Watch the whole thing: as funny as the first bit on Senator Stevens is, the final payoff absolutely kills. (Note: you may have to click the play button twice to get the thing to start.)

Maybe they’ll believe her now that she has a penis

By · Sunday, July 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment »

Actually “she” is now a “he”: Ben Barres, a neurobiologist who used to be Barbara Barres and underwent a sex-change operation nine years ago. Barres has published a highly personal critique of the Larry Summers school of essentialism, which claims that differences between the careers of male and female scientists are due to innate differences […]

The Logic of War

By · Thursday, July 13th, 2006 · 21 Comments »

This was Wednesday: “Israel must respond with the necessary severity to this act of aggression… Israel will respond aggressively and harshly to those who carried out, and are responsible for, today’s action,” a cabinet statement said. This was Thursday: Lebanese police said 27 civilians, including 10 children, were also killed in a wave of Israeli […]