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Jon Stewart on Glenn Beck

Jon Stewart as the fake Glenn Beck. This is great work!

March 31, 2010 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

Good ole days

Teddy Roosevelt on a national healthcare plan for America:

“The supreme duty of the Nation is the conservation of human resources through an enlightened measure of social and industrial justice. We pledge ourselves to work unceasingly in State and Nation for … the protection of home life against the hazards of sickness, irregular employment and old age through the adoption of a system of social insurance adapted to American use.”

— Theodore Roosevelt (Republican), 1912.

March 31, 2010 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Like a herd

The Democratic representatives represent a very diverse group of independent-thinking Democratic voters, so it’s not surprising when all Democratic leaders do not vote the same.  It’s a heterogenous group. 

The Republicans are a homogenous group and it’s also not suprising when they tend to vote in single-minded “herd” mentality.  But how…out of 178 Republicans…does not one of them break the lock-stop marching orders?  I watched the health-care debates for hours and as was pointed out numerous times – the things the Republicans want in the reform are almost all accounted for.   A bill can’t be perfect for everyone, of course.  But still – not 1?  Moooooooo.   Baaaaaaaaaa.  What a herd. 

They sat back in their chairs for 8 years and drank from the lap of luxury.  Health Care Reform during Republican majority?  Never even mentioned.  Abortion changes during Republican majority, Republican president, and Conservative Supreme Court?  Not even touched.  Now that Americans voted for expanded Health Care (see presidential election of 2008, and see how often healthcare reform was promised on Obama’s campaign, and see how many votes Obama collected), the Republican party still sits on their haunches and merely tries to put sticks in the spokes of wheel of progress.  The party of “No”.

March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Computer: Create Thy Self!

Is this the beginning of the end for humanity, as computers begin to rise up against us, a la Battlestar Galactica or The Matrix?  Probably not.  I’ve seen too many “robots take over” movies, I’m sure of it.  But still…freaky?  If it helps make robots, let’s get after it.  Because when I’m in my 70’s / 80’s, I want a robot to help me do stuff!

 Future Computer Chips Could Assemble Themselves

The reason computers have relentlessly advanced in power over the years is because circuitry has grown ever smaller over time, allowing Intel and others to pack more onto microchips. However, these features are now getting so small that soon the process that has been used to make them for the last 50 years will no longer work.

The problem now is that chip features are significantly smaller than the wavelength of the visible light used to make them. The microchip industry has developed a number of tricks to get light to generate patterns smaller than its own wavelength, but these will no longer work as scales get below roughly 40 nanometers.

March 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Republican Hysteria

It’s good to see the affirmation that it’s not “just a few” Republicans on the fringe who are behaving hysterically.  It’s not just the foaming pundits on Fox ‘news’.  It’s not just Rush and the neo-con shock-jocks.  It’s not just the people at Palin’s gatherings.  It’s a trait found all the way at the top of the party. From Joe Wilson’s outburst during the televised presidential address to Texas Representative Randy Neugebauer’s outburst during the televised session of the House this weekend.  

On Saturday, 03/20 Republicans gathered at the United States Capital building to wait for our elected officials to arrive so they could hurl insults and racial slurs at them.  On Sunday, 03/21, the Republican leadership said it’s just a few people, nothing to worry about, and the Republican leadership does not approve.  But they do approve and those at the top of the party act the same way when someone disagrees with them – shouting them down or hurling insults.  Later that same day – still 03/21 – a Republican party member stood in the chamber of the House and hollered baby-killer…to a leading anti-abortionist.  That’s hysterical behavior. 

It’s ridiculous because (a) the target of this completely out-of-line outburst by this Republican was a well-established anti-abortion voice in the House, but mainly (b) it’s ridiculous because the vote was not about the legality of abortion.  One way – or the other – the legality of abortion remains the same. 

The party of “No” is like a child in a grocery store.  It stomps its feet.  It yells and it screams.  It gets hysterical.

March 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Capturing the racist vote

Not everyone who votes Republican is racist.  But everyone who is racist does vote Republican. 

Three Democratic African-American lawmakers – including civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis of Georgia – said demonstrators against the health care bill yelled racist epithets at them as they walked past. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said a protester spit at him. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, an openly gay Democrat, said protesters yelled anti-gay comments at him.

Cleaver released a statement late Saturday saying he…was called the “n” word as he walked to the Capitol for a vote and that he was spat on by one protester who was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. Cleaver declined to press charges against the man. 
March 21: 

While these Congressmen were walking to work, conservatives were screaming racial slurs at them that would get you thrown out of churches, schools, and just about any place of business.  This from the same group, of course, who said disrespecting Washington leadership is un-American.  Kinda puts the whole Natalie Manes thing in perspective.

March 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm 1 comment

Deficit Reduction – Healthcare

“The Congressional Budget office put the 10-year savings at $138 billion, but Democratic leaders said that would be dwarfed by a projected $1.2 trillion in the following decade.”

March 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

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