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Accountability

According to A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, a former high level CIA official, the CIA is suffering from low morale as a result of the Inspector General’s probe into their use of torture.

Uh… Good? I mean, I’m glad that members of the agency AT LEAST recognize that OTHERS might take issue with their actions. […]

Quit Makin' Things Up

So, here’s the thing. I’m pretty liberal, and I have strong opinions on the current healthcare debate. I am not at all happy about the way in which the argument is currently being framed. The chances are good that if you are here because you are a friend of mine – we already agree […]

The Friars Club Roast of George W Bush

Well, technically it is Stephen Colbert speaking at the White House Correspondents Dinner, but why split hairs?

“This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!”
Daily Kos: Re-Improved Colbert transcript (now with complete text of Colbert-Thomas video!)

As with his show, I think that his speech had it’s highs and lows, but it was worth it to have him spread a little “truthiness” when we could actually watch the president – and the press corps, for that matter – squirm.

Spare (us from) The Rod

To say that I’m horrified that anyone would actually manufacture a device specifically for the purpose of beating children would be an understatement. Someone does. Sign the Petition Against the Rod. There is a fair amount of material out there about this particular method of child abuse, but you get a pretty good idea from the petition site.

A Questionable Slogan

“This job will kill you”
– US Army Recruiter, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, talking about the challenge of meeting recruitment quotas for the military.

Mobile Phone Numbers

My cellular plan is too expensive. Not only that, but I think I get better nationwide coverage from a different provider. If only I hadn’t given my cellphone number to so many people…

Sound familiar? Well there is good news. The FCC is finally going to start enforcing

Duct Tape and Plastic

“Daddy, tell me again about when you were a kid, and people still had rights…”

Icarus Rebuked

It’s just not fair.

It is no secret that I have been waiting a lifetime for my jet pack. Television promised it to me and I expect science to deliver. Then, when one does become available, they screw it up with some lame caveat that you can’t use it. That SUCKS!

Sorry Charlie

It seemed like a great idea. Create a DVD lending pool to take advantage of the office resources. I figured, between the three of us, we’d have plenty of crossover interest without too much crossover inventory. I keep forgetting that my tastes are a little… eclectic.

It’s not that I don’t like the […]

I Kill Bunnies

That’s clearly the message intended by the Project Planet doorhanger I found in my room at the Embassy Suites in Philadelphia this week.

A pretty standard concept in hotels these days, Project Planet’s mission is “to protect the environment through conservation of water and decreased use of detergent.” The idea is that they […]