Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Posted by Librocrat at 1:57 AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
40 cases. In the entire US, there are only 40 cases of confirmed swine flu. In Canada, there are 6 more. The symptoms are as follows:
* Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
* Unexplained changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
* Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
* Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
* Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
* Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
* A persistent lack of energy
* Lower back pain
* Changes in menstruation
No, wait, I'm sorry. That's ovarian cancer. Symptoms of swine flu are... the symptoms of every other flu in existence. This is not remotely a big deal. The flu is always upsetting, but this particular flu carries the same risks that every other flu carries. It is not more dangerous, nor is it an outbreak of a horrific new virus. It is the flu, once again, that just happens to have its origins in pigs.
Posted by Librocrat at 12:47 AM
Thursday, April 23, 2009
"I expected there would be some civil debate about it, but it wasn't civil," Posey said. "Just a bunch of name-calling and personal denigration. ... There is no reason to say that I'm the illegitimate grandson of an alligator."
- Freshman Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
That's right Posey. You tell 'em.
Posted by Librocrat at 11:49 PM
"Journalism" these days is nothing short of awful. No one challenges ideas, no one gets angry over blatant falsities - Fox News just straight lies.
That is, except for Shephard Smith.
If he can continue to get angry like this when the truth needs to be spoken, he can single handedly balance the Fox News scales. And he would be the single hand.
Posted by Librocrat at 11:37 PM
Monday, April 20, 2009
Republicans have become a toxin. Explain to me how you can be protesting "Obama's" (future?) Taxes on Tax Day - TAXES THAT HAVE:
a) Not been raised.
b) Are all based on George Bush's tax plan - the man you fuckers elected.
Are you just plain stupid? Maybe you are just ignorant?
Ah. Perhaps both.
Your entire existence oozes stupidity. Generally I save my rants for politicians, since they are really the ones ruining the country, but this has to be some new level of stupid. Where were your protests when your own dumbass president was creating these taxes? Where were your protests when he killed other Americans in Iraq?
Go. The Fuck. Away. I'm serious. All 250,000+ of you, and anyone that wishes they had protested. This is seriously the dumbest thing you could ever protest, and the types of "signs" and shouts that you idiots were displaying only serves to exacerbate your stupidity. You're all a tremendous joke. The reason we are elitist is because we may, in fact, be better than you.
Posted by Librocrat at 12:08 AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
If you are not already watching baseball, you should. The Mariners are destroying the competition despite arguably questionable offense and pitching, the Orioles and Blue Jays are showing why they would be competitive in every division other than the NL East, and both the Yankees and the Red Sox are losing.
Baseball is the greatest time waster in the world. Go Griffey.
Posted by Librocrat at 9:57 PM
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This entire ruling confuses me. Iowa has allowed gay marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Excellent, but how? How did those lawyers present this in a way that didn't work in liberal states? How did these judges look at this issue in a way that hasn't been done a million times by judges at all corners of the political spectrum?
It may be a great change, as well as a great precedent, but it leaves me more confused than satisfied.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
And I am without coffee, so this will be brief. But I like this line by Franklin Roosevelt:
“The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation,” said Roosevelt. “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
A scientific approach to the government I think would be a tremendous change of pace. I think it is impossible in today's political climate where Republicans hail successes as failures and actively hope for the failure of the President, but it would be nice, at least.
Posted by Librocrat at 4:02 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Companies that are too big to fail are, when they are failing, too big. The profound ignorance of GM and the profound arrogance of AIG are due in large part to being too large to support themselves. It is clear that the organization's leaders recognize that both companies are unlikely to profit without serious changes.
So why can those changes not be cutting them into new, separate companies? What is the harm? I would think that by separating the companies the increase in competition will drive them all to be more technologically savvy, and while some of these small companies will fail, they can be re-taken over by the ones that succeed.
The the car companies in particular, it is clearly their fault that they are failing. And letting them die is still not really a viable option. But continually funding them is obviously a problem as well - not because they piss money like a drunken frat boy, but also because it is unfair to the car companies that are succeeding. They are giving 48 billion to GM to help it succeed, but if there are car companies that are doing better, they are not going to be getting the same funding.
Quick example: If Ford starts to be really profitable, they will not get a bailout, but GM still will, giving GM an unfair financial advantage to make inferior cars.
At least breaking up these companies should at least stir the pot, and certainly cannot bleed these companies any drier. Plus they would start to go out of business at different paces, meaning that 5 million people are not going to suddenly be without a job.
Posted by Librocrat at 2:08 AM