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CNN Stinks And They Know It, But They Still Can’t Help Themselves

CNN Stinks And They Know It, But They Still Can’t Help Themselves

Last night, I made the mistake of turning on the television. I caught the last segment of  Spitzer/Parker and the first part of Larry King Live before I turned it off in disgust.The first show ended with a roundtable discussion that focused on the midterm elections. I was hoping for some insight on how the emergence of the Tea Party and some of the surprisingly tight Senate races were bringing the economy and the failure of Congress into the limelight. Instead, it quickly became a discussion of campaign advertising tactics.Each side whined that the other side wasn’t playing fair and...

Sep 11
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UnCommon Ground – When Big Business and Big Government Merge

UnCommon Ground – When Big Business and Big Government Merge

photo: Matt Stratton via FlickrJust how much common ground is there between progressives and traditional conservatives? Not enough to bring them together, say some critics of my suggestion to forge a new type of political alliance. The two groups might share a distaste for the current state of government, they argue, but this distaste has come about for very different reasons.Conservatives blame big government for our nation’s problems, while progressives blame big corporations. Conservatives want to reduce the influence of Washington on the business community, and progressives want to...

December 27, 2010
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It’s Time For The Circus To Leave Town

It’s Time For The Circus To Leave Town

"Circus: vuurspuger (1) by doenietzomoeilijkI made the mistake of turning on CNN this morning. The two top stories were The Weiner Affair and the Congressional fight over the debt ceiling. What a circus! This is what passes for news at a time when we are engaged in three overt wars in the embattled Arab world (and who knows how many secret ones); when the economy is still in shambles; and when our public education system is being gutted before our very eyes.Never mind the fact that Weiner’s indiscretion, from a purely moral point of view, is not nearly as questionable as the numerous...

June 9, 2011
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Watercooler – Revisionist History, Texas Style

Watercooler – Revisionist History, Texas Style

There’s really no commentary needed for this, a list of :– To avoid exposing students to “transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else,” the Board to “sex and gender as social constructs.”– The Board from the Texas curriculum, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”– The Board that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”– The Board from the description of the U.S. government, instead terming it a “constitutional republic.”It truly boggles the mind. What’s on your mind tonight?Shadowproof is a...

March 14, 2010
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Wal-Mart Jeans and Health Care Reform – Too Cheap To Be Good

Wal-Mart Jeans and Health Care Reform – Too Cheap To Be Good

About a year ago, I bought a brand new pair of Levi’s jeans for $15. The price seemed almost too good to be true.  Fifteen years ago, the same jeans would have cost at least $30. Imagine my shock when I perused the Wal-Mart ads this year to discover that a pair of jeans can now be had for $7. That’s not a typo. $7 jeans – along with $29 microwaves, $3 children’s jackets, and $69 digital cameras – should raise alarm bells in the mind of any discriminating consumer.According to Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect:"Wal-Mart’s pricing drives a sometimes corrosive phenomenon, one in...

November 21, 2009
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Seminal Watercooler - 'Til Death Do Us Part - Shadowproof

Seminal Watercooler - 'Til Death Do Us Part - Shadowproof

From the "only in California" file comes :John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California. The effort is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that’s the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.Marcotte said he has collected dozens of signatures, including one from his wife of seven years. The initiative’s Facebook fans have swelled to more than 11,000. Marcotte needs...

September 12, 2019
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Watercooler - Can We Stop With The Silly Polls Already? - Shadowproof

Watercooler - Can We Stop With The Silly Polls Already? - Shadowproof

Today I came across on prospects for the 2012 presidential election:Pit maverick Republican Congressman Ron Paul against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, and the race is – virtually dead even. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters finds Obama with 42% support and Paul with 41% of the vote. Eleven percent (11%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.Nevermind the ridiculous premise that respondents are asked to choose in a hypothetical race without any context or actual campaigning. Just doing a poll more than 2.5...

September 19, 2019
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