Archive for June, 2012

Friday Quote & Dog Blogging

This week’s quote is from the surprisingly funny Futurama: Bender’s Game:

You callin’ me crazy? Just ’cause I got a hotel in my foot don’t make me a boogy-moogly-moogly!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s dogs…

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June 29th, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Farewell To B&W Berkeley Factory Photoblogging

Okay, this is the last of the factory pics, but there is still more Berkeley yet to come.

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June 28th, 2012 at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Penultimate B&W Berkeley Factory Photoblogging

Just one more batch of Berkeley factory photos after this one, but still plenty of (moderately) more scenic Berkeley pics left to go. Some of them are even in color!

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June 27th, 2012 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Conciliator Or Collaborator?

David Bromwich offers up a lengthy explanation of how the young Obama’s grappling with racial identity and his self-perception as a transformative “man of genius” have shaped his desire for unity and consensus above all else, and his preference for words over deeds, but it’s the wrong explanation, proceeding from a faulty premise.

Obama doesn’t half-ass progressive policies because he craves bipartisanship or is bad at follow-through, he half-asses them because he doesn’t want them.  Obama isn’t some weak or foolish liberal hamstrung by personal drama, he’s a corporate tool who uses the DLC strategy of packaging conservatism as cunning political positioning rather than plain old selling out for money.

June 27th, 2012 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Even More B&W Berkeley Duct Photoblogging

Yep, and there’s still more factory after this, although not so many ducts.

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June 26th, 2012 at 07:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging

Sartre Wars:

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I would totally watch the full trilogy version.

June 25th, 2012 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Great Moments In Education

The religious right is now presenting imaginary dinosaurs as established scientific fact in its textbooks.  Because apparently if dinosaurs exist today, that somehow disproves evolution, in what I can only assume is a variation of the “if humans evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?” argument.

June 25th, 2012 at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Education,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

Berkeley B&W Non-Duct Factory Photoblogging

More Berkeley factory photos, but this time no ducts.

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June 22nd, 2012 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Supreme Court Gives Up On Even Pretending To Not Be In The Tank

This is such a disgrace.

With today’s decision in Southern Union Company v. United States, the Chamber [of Commerce] has declared victory in all seven of its cases that have reached a clear outcome [this year]….

This string of seven straight victories brings the Chamber’s overall win/loss rate before the Roberts Court up to 68% (60 of 88 cases).  As we have reported in prior studies, this is significantly higher than the Chamber’s success before the Rehnquist Court of 56% (45 of 80 cases), and dramatically higher than its success rate before the Burger Court, when the Chamber only won 43% (15 of 35) of its cases.

Yet another sign that government of the people, by the people, and for the people has indeed perished from the earth.  Or at least from the United States.

June 22nd, 2012 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Night Of The Demons 3, which I saw, apparently:

All right, now you’ve both impressed us with your big brass balls. Now sit down before the clanging hurts my ears.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s St. Bernard-loving cats…

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Aww. I’m especially a sucker for when they squeak.

June 22nd, 2012 at 07:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

The Return Of B&W Berkeley Duct Photoblogging

I know what I haven’t posted in a while!

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June 21st, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Wanker Of The Day

Richard Mourdock:

Democrats are hammering Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock over his statement that employers should not have to cover cancer in their insurance plans if they don’t want to.

Mourdock, the state treasurer, argued in a newspaper interview last week that not only should employers not have to cover health care services that they oppose, such as contraception, but they also should be exempt from paying for anything they do not want to include, based on costs.

“Does that employer have the right to do it?” Mourdock told the News and Tribune, covering southern Indiana. “I would say yes they do if they want to keep their health care costs down but it also means it’s less likely you’re going to want to work here. If that employer wants to get the best employees coming in the door he’s going to offer the best insurance possible.”

Good thing unemployment is so low that workers are totally free to pick and choose their employers, right?

June 19th, 2012 at 06:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Art history meets stop-motion:

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1 comment June 18th, 2012 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam:

I’m turning into an aspirin junkie – next thing you know, I’ll be boiling the cotton at the top of the bottle to get the extra.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s kittens…

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June 15th, 2012 at 07:05am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

“It’s Comin’ Right For Us” Defense Fails

Wow, apparently repeating over and over again that you’re in fear of your life and “standing your ground” doesn’t actually give you a license to kill someone, not even in Texas. Who knew?

June 14th, 2012 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers

Greed > Altruism

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No one could have anticipated…

So why are Democrats losing the money war?

There are several answers. The simplest is supply — there are more rich Republicans than rich Democrats, a lot more.


“Second, there’s no self-interest here,” argues Begala. “Jeffrey Katzenberg is our largest donor. He gave us $2 million. He’s not going to sell any more tickets to Kung Fu Panda 2 if Obama gets a second term. He’s just doing it because he believes in his country. …

“There’s a return on investment for some of the coal and oil billionaires who want to see the president’s clean energy initiative shut down. But the third thing is the deep ambivalence that I and everybody else on my side of the aisle has about superPACs,” says Begala.

It’s an ambivalence President Obama famously shared. After telling independent groups to stand down in 2008, he welcomed them back this year. But that didn’t convince liberal billionaires such as Peter Lewis. His spokeswoman Jen Frutchy says Lewis would rather fund progressive think tanks and media groups than TV ads.

“On superPACs, he really believes that the idea of spending fortunes to denigrate opponents is deeply offensive,” says Frutchy. “I would say that is just not how he wants to spend his fortune, you know, in some kind of arms race. He does not want to be part of the negativity or any kind of corrupting influence that money can have on the electoral process.”

#2 is the heart of the problem.  Just as facts have a well-known liberal bias, money has a well-known conservative one, and it’s a much more powerful motivating force than facts.  Money is what pulls Republicans towards their traditional core values, and Democrats away from theirs.

In a nutshell: As long as money determines the outcome of our elections, both parties will continue to drift inexorably to the right, and Democrats will continue to be for austerity, endless war and drone strikes, and against unions, taxes, regulations, the public option and the rule of law.

1 comment June 13th, 2012 at 07:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Amazing crystal power!

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I’m not entirely sure what kind of power, but with a song that groovy, who really cares?

1 comment June 11th, 2012 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Friday Quote & Cat Massage Blogging

This week’s quote is from the song Failure, by The Swans:

When I get my hands on some money, I’ll kiss its green skin.  And I’ll ask its dirty face, Where the hell have you been?

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s pug-massaging cats…

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June 8th, 2012 at 12:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Monday Media Blogging

Sexy Linda is sexy.

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You are certainly sexually attractive, as your hairstyle indicates.

June 4th, 2012 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Corrupt, Not Weak

Obama had only to ask Hank Paulson to include mortgage relief as part of TARP, and he couldn’t even be bothered to do that.

1 comment June 4th, 2012 at 07:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Obama,Politics,Wankers

The Explanation Is Simple

Obviously the media doesn’t let women talk about birth control or abortion or gender equality because they’d be too biased.  Duh!

This is why TV guests and newspaper columnists should only commentate on topics that don’t affect them personally and which they know nothing about.  Oh right, we’re already there.

1 comment June 1st, 2012 at 07:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Media,Politics,Sexism,Wankers

Republicans Are Like Catnip For Filipino Teenagers

Chicks dig the longball, Filipino and Israeli teenagers dig anti-choice GOP candidates for Congress.

Yeah, that’s totally not dodgy at all.

June 1st, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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