Cal won the Big Game today, routing Stanford 30-7, for their first win over the Cardinal since 1994.
Yes, despite my presence at UCSB, I have many good reasons to be able to say "we". Those who know me, know why. (:
(or is it "why-ness"?)
"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"
Long Dong's Journey On The Rightand
SCOTUS Gone Wild!
I Done Paid His Daddy BackNow there's a book that's bound to have the pages stick together!
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 — The American Civil Liberties Union has agreed in principle to hire Representative Bob Barr, a Georgia Republican and one of the most conservative members of Congress, as a consultant to work on privacy, surveillance and national security issues.(full story)That's nuts! Next thing you're gonna tell me that Andrew Sullivan is writing for Salon! . . . oh.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A U.S. military jury acquitted an American soldier of negligent homicide charges Friday, five months after the vehicle he was driving on a training mission struck and killed two South Korean girls.This is not exactly the right way to get on other countries' good sides. This feeds the negative perception of America that exists in so many places, that we're hellishly arrogant, smug and happy to fuck with the rest of the world. And this lends more credence to Chalmers Johnson's thesis. Oh and the Iraq war won't help. In the end, this goes in the file next to Okinawa and the gondola in Italy.
The acquittal of Sgt. Mark Walker was expected to prompt further outcry from South Korean activists already angered by Wednesday's acquittal of the vehicle's commander, Sgt. Fernando Nino, on the same charges.
While the jury deliberated for 4 1/2 hours Friday, dozens of activists hurled eggs and paint bottles into Camp Casey, the U.S. military base north of Seoul, where the trial took place.
The demonstrators called the trial a sham.
Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commander of the Eighth U.S. Army, appealed to South Koreans to trust the judgment of the jury panels. (full story)
Stealing GoreThis is not the first time that this has happened. TFM recalls this sort of thing coming up back when Bush was making the tasteless "trifecta" joke to partisan audiences this past summer. Back then, in a case of revisionist campaign history, Bush was telling a mythical anecdote about how he supposedly told someone during the 2000 campaign that he would only deficit spend if there were a war, a recession or a national emergency. ("Never did I dream that I would get the trifecta" was the punchline) At that time, when real journalists looked into the matter, they found that the only candidate who made a promise in 2000 that was even slightly near that was Al Gore (A piece at MSNBC.com had shown this, but a search seems to show that it went down the memory hole).
If you are going after Jesse James, you ought to organize the posse first.
-- Al Gore, 9/23/02
Contrary to my image as a Texan with two guns on my side, I'm more comfortable with a posse.
-- Dubya, 11/21/02
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 — Democratic leaders of Congress appealed today to President Bush to intervene in a standoff over extending unemployment benefits. House Republicans said they would not consider any proposal when the House met on Friday. (full story)A moment of truth for Dubya. Hard right . . . or centrist-triangulation? Surely the ghost of 41's presidency lingers over him, saying "don't lose your conservative base"... uh oh.
A national group of young conservatives says a class on clean air is dirty with liberal bias, but the UCSB professors in charge of the course say that's just hot air.That's a real scientific process this Parsons fellow has going, branding a course "outlandish and politically biased" just by looking at the course description. Perhaps he is the kind of fellow who reviews movies based on the previews. I'm waiting for him to tell us that Signs is "all about aliens and crop circles, nothing but, and that's it!"
UCSB's Geography 135, a course that holds a mock environmental summit, was #7 in this year's Young America's Foundation list of the "dirty dozen" - a list of "the 12 most outlandish and politically biased courses on today's campuses."
George Mason University student Rick Parsons created YAF's "dirty dozen" list. Parsons made his selections by looking through the titles and course descriptions of all courses offered at major universities around the country and released his findings at the end of August. (full story)
The course description for Geography 135 reads, "A mock summit in which students act as representatives of different countries participating in environmental treaty negotiations. Students work in teams of four or five to prepare a presentation and discussion of environmental issues of concern to the world (e.g. energy, greenhouse gasses, etc.)"What could possibly be wrong with that, mister Parsons? A mock summitt, with points of view spanning various nations around the world? Sorry Rick, but I hear there's plenty of space over in Unilateral Denial 122 at GMU.
17. The government response to recent accounting scandals has beenGood luck!
A) Strong reform at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the sure leadership of William Webster.
B) Uncertain implementation of reforms at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the controversial tenure of William Webster who recently resigned.
C) Strong reform at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the sure leadership of Harvey Pitt.
D) Uncertain implementation of reforms at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the controversial tenure of Harvey Pitt who recently resigned.
WASHINGTON — A massive database that the government will use to monitor every purchase made by every American citizen is a necessary tool in the war on terror, the Pentagon said Wednesday.I hope no conservatives are suprised by this. The Bushies have been shredding civil liberties for quite a while now.
Edward Aldridge, undersecretary of Acquisitions and Technology, told reporters that the Pentagon is developing a prototype database to seek "patterns indicative of terrorist activity." Aldridge said the database would collect and use software to analyze consumer purchases in hopes of catching terrorists before it's too late.
"The bottom line is this is an important research project to determine the feasibility of using certain transactions and events to discover and respond to terrorists before they act," he said.
Aldridge said the database, which he called another "tool" in the war on terror, would look for telltale signs of suspicious consumer behavior. (full story)
Examples he cited were: sudden and large cash withdrawals, one-way air or rail travel, rental car transactions and purchases of firearms, chemicals or agents that could be used to produce biological or chemical weapons. (emphasis mine)Well kiss my cousin, how can they do that? Surely a gun has absolutely nothing to do with potential violence! Well, expect the "cold dead hands" crowd to throw a fit.
LONDON (Reuters) - An ornate box that former Beatle John Lennon used to store his marijuana is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction in London Tuesday.1) I hope that money goes to a good cause
The leather, barrel-shaped box, decorated with Middle Eastern-style pipes, goes under the hammer with other Fab Four memorabilia.
Auction house Cooper Owen said Lennon used the "stash box" during the 1960s to hide his drugs from housekeepers at his home Surrey, southern England. (full story)
LONDON (Reuters) - Women are not the only ones to turn on the acting abilities in the bedroom, said a survey released ahead of the world's largest adult festival in London.Well, we know who one of those 23% is:
The survey of 2,500 Britons, by organizers of the Erotica 2002 festival, said 23 percent of men claimed to have faked an orgasm, compared to 56 percent of women. (full story)
1. A pundit or blogger is worth reading in inverse proportion to the frequency with which he or she uses the word "leftist."TAPPED is responsible enough to note that sometimes us liberals refer to all Republicans as "right-wingers". I think that's too responsible. In terms of the Senate, for example, I don't see McCain, Chaffee, Specter, or even Frist, Collins and Snowe that way all the time. And many Republicans have interesting quirks on various issues. For example, due to Mormon definitions of the beginning of life, Orrin Hatch went against his conservative buddies to support embryonic stem cell research. But the rest of them are "right wingers", haha.
2. A conservative pundit or blogger immediately loses whatever argument he or she is trying to make once they compare any Democrat in Congress to a socialist or Communist.
Nov. 18, 2002 | MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of Alabama's judicial building violates the constitution's ban on government promotion of religion, a federal judge ruled Monday.Presumably, Ashcroft is heading straight down to Montgomery to block the door.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson gave Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who had the 5,300-pound granite monument installed in the state building, 30 days to remove it. (full story)
"In general, would you like to see George W. Bush reelected to another term as president, or not?"In this poll, Bush doesn't even crack 50%. That spells trouble. Then again, 1) this poll was taken just before the midterms, and 2) like I said, there's still a long time between now and November 2004.
Don't Know 9%
--Suppose the 2004 election for President were being held today, and you had to choose between Al Gore, the Democrat, and George W. Bush, the Republican. for whom would you vote?And as with all presidential polls held almost two years before an election, this poll mean . . . altogether now, folks . . . absolutely nothing!
Gore -- 40%
Bush -- 57%