Monthly Archives: March 2010

Obama feigning interest in awesome things

 Obama feigning interest in awesome things

Via Andrew Sullivan

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Health Care Reform game theory

Jonathan Chait:

Democrats ought to learn the correct lesson, which is that reciprocity is generally the majority party's best approach. A strategy of partisan cohesion is best met with a counter-strategy of partisan cohesion. Demonstrating their willingness to hold together in the face of united opposition has softened the opposition and made bipartisanship possible. Which is to say, if Democrats had abandoned health care reform on the grounds that it lacked bipartisan support, then the prospects for bipartisan support in the future would have been dimmer than they are. If some Republicans are willing to negotiate on financial regulation, as they appear to be, Democrats ought to reciprocate.

In other words, the Democrats should employ the tit-for-tat strategy.

Via Andrew Sullivan

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The Haiti Poster Project

 The Haiti Poster Project

The Haiti Poster Project is a collaboration of artists and designers from around the world, benefitting victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Via The Denver Egotist

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How to identify a crock of shit

A memo from Dave Mamet to the writers of The Unit.

HERE ARE THE DANGER SIGNALS. ANY TIME TWO CHARACTERS ARE TALKING ABOUT A THIRD, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.

ANY TIME ANY CHARACTER IS SAYING TO ANOTHER “AS YOU KNOW”, THAT IS, TELLING ANOTHER CHARACTER WHAT YOU, THE WRITER, NEED THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.

DO NOT WRITE A CROCK OF SHIT. WRITE A RIPPING THREE, FOUR, SEVEN MINUTE SCENE WHICH MOVES THE STORY ALONG, AND YOU CAN, VERY SOON, BUY A HOUSE IN BEL AIR AND HIRE SOMEONE TO LIVE THERE FOR YOU.

Via Kottke

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The Infinite Wiener Dog

tumblr kzgoaowufr1qz7lxdo1 500 The Infinite Wiener Dog
Via Ffffound

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Health Care Reform is ‘a big fucking deal’

Vice President Joe Biden, perhaps overcome with excitement during his speech congratulating President Obama on the passage of health care reform, dropped an F-bomb on live television when he turned to Obama and said, “This is a big fucking deal.”

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Probably not Natalee Holloway’s skeleton

Pareidolia is the phenomenon that causes you to see faces in the clouds. And other things…

A vacationing Pennsylvania couple believe they may have accomplished something that thousands of police, volunteer searchers, and psychics have failed to do: Find the body of missing woman Natalee Holloway.

Science, however, suggests it is likely a false alarm. One forensic pathologist, Dr. Cyril Wecht, examined the images and concluded, "I do not believe that these photos represent a body. I think it's a rock formation."

Even if it’s a skeleton, there’s no reason to think it’s Holloway.

Via The Morning News

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Some poll somewhere says something

A USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans 49% to 40% in favor of health care reform. Should we blow this out of proportion? I think yes.

Via Wonkette

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Climate Change is a hoax!

 Climate Change is a hoax!
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“Tea-Bagger” as bad as the n-word. I guess.

Debbie Gunnoe, a tea party organizer from Navarre, Fla., who was in the House gallery for Ryan’s comments called on him to apologize for “making the generalization that a few rogue people are an example of the rest of the” tea party movement and “for calling all tea party people across the United States ‘tea baggers,’ which is a denigrating word with negative connotations. It’s as bad as calling a black person the N-word.”

Politico has a story in which Tea Party supporters denounce the racist and homophobic slurs that some of the their members hurled over the weekend. But they also go a step further and demand apologies from Democrats for making a deal out of it.

I think this tidbit illustrates why they won’t get very far disassociating themselves:

Debbie Gunnoe, a tea party organizer from Navarre, Fla., who was in the House gallery for Ryan’s comments called on [Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)] to apologize for “making the generalization that a few rogue people are an example of the rest of the” tea party movement and “for calling all tea party people across the United States ‘tea baggers,’ which is a denigrating word with negative connotations. It’s as bad as calling a black person the N-word.”

Is it really?

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