August 2009 Archives
I do believe the gnat wins.
- Average Speed: 11.5 mph
- Total Distance: 11.95 miles
- Top Speed: 23.0 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 1.01.58
- iPod: Led Zepplin - II & IV (Runes)
- Wind: 3 mph WSW
- Temp: Start; 59° F. Finish; 63° F.
- Humidity: 60%
- Average Speed: 11.6 mph
- Total Distance: 10.67 miles
- Top Speed: 29.5 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 55:43
- iPod: The Beatles - 1967/1970
- Wind: 9 mph NNW
- Temp: Start; 60° F. Finish; 63° F.
- Humidity: 53%
(The Washington Monthly) Reading this, it reminded me just how challenging the right's sales pitch was going into the debate over reform. In some ways, conservatives couldn't possibly win the argument -- the status quo is ridiculous. We spend too much and get too little. Tens of millions of Americans go without coverage, and thousands die as a result of not having insurance. The existing private system screws over consumers, is a drag on the economy, and undercuts wage growth. The two groups of Americans best served by the status quo are seniors (in a Canadian-style, socialized system) and veterans (in a British-style, government-run system). Everyone else is in, at best, a precarious position.Steve misses the most important reason the Conservatives have managed this feat; the ability of people to ignore even the most obvious of facts. Denial makes blind people of us all when we are not diligent of our thinking.
They've pulled it off, so far, by telling almost comically-ridiculous lies, and managing to get scared, gullible people to believe them. It's no small feat. Indeed, it's almost impressive. Conservatives have managed to create a debate out of nothing but partisanship, paranoia, and greed.
- Top Speed: 25.0 mph
- Average Speed: 11.7 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 40:32
- Total Distance: 7.93 miles
- iPod: The Beatles - Abby Road
- Wind: 9 mph N
- Temp: Start; 61° F. Finish; 60° F.
- Humidity: 62%
Is she not just one amazingly precise prognosticator? Since then, the Democratic Party picked up 15 senate seats, 55 house seats, and the Presidency. One seriously unmitigated disaster, I tell you.
.....I think, a disaster for the Democratic Party, and it's going to be very interesting to see what happens as a result of it.
Yes, I do because I think, first of all, that pushing the party to the left, which is what's likely to happen, is pushing the party to the position from which it traditionally loses, and In presidential elections but also it will send a signal to everybody in the Senate, watch out, the only smart thing to do here is play to your base, and then what that means is that your legislation becomes a mess, which it already is but even more of a mess, and you get.
Well, and it certainly - and Bill Clinton, it's also no accident that Bill Clinton is the only Democrat who has been elected president for two terms since Franklin Roosevelt, because he was a Democrat in the middle from the south with a very strong acquaintanceship with scripture. All of that and I think you start, you know, talking about the liberal blogs and all that taking over the party and it will be a disaster.
So, move alone. There really is nothing to the vile words of vile people.
And I once took pride in being a morning person.
(Why Now?) What I don't understand is how these Republicans think they can be self-sufficient when they can't even change a P-trap under a sink? If they "go Galt" they'll be back as soon as they run out of toilet paper.Ouch! That had to hurt. Check their noses, to see if they are bleeding.
Or, as Mustang Bobby would say, SNAP!
(NYT) Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died late Tuesday night. He was 77.
Rest long, and prosper in the light, Brother Of Camelot.
(Salon) According to Scahill (via email), Todd approached him after the Maher show and the following occurred:"You sullied my reputation on TV?" A grown man pouting like a kid in the playground who had the ball taken from him.
Right as we walked off stage, he said to me "that was a cheap shot." I said "what are you talking about?" and he said "you know it." I then said that I monitor msm coverage very closely and asked him what was not true that I said on the show. He then replied: "that's not the point. You sullied my reputation on TV."
Media stars are so unaccustomed to being held accountable for the impact of their behavior -- especially when they're on television -- that they consider it a grievous assault on their entitlement when it happens.
Seriously, I expect better from my 12 year old.
Hat Tip C&L
Had he taken my Rook with his Bishop, my game is over. Instead, he uses his Rook, allowing me the diagonal into his back rank, and bang! I have mate in one.
We have an education system in this country that has been corrupted by narrow-minded, intellectually challenged conservative Christians, of which he is one. Now TPaw has the audacity to make jokes about the very kids he and his ilk have harmed? Seriously, how do you expect to win the Presidency when you make fun of the children of the very people you are looking to have vote for you?
Not only an asshole, but an idiot.
Now, we have the babbling hard on for men in power Chris Matthews claiming bloggers don't get fact checked. Look who's talking.
It's ironic that a cable news host such as Chris Matthews would attack bloggers for supposedly not checking their facts, considering the amount of falsehoods and factuallyinaccurate statements he regularly utters on the air -- which have all been fact-checked by bloggers.This is what's know as projection.
Although babbling on about men in power appears more aligned to penis envy than projection.
And they wonder why they have lost the average American's trust.
Advancing my pawns up the left side of the board gave me the advantage. Unfortunately, his pawns on the right side of the board were in the way. Sacrificing my Rook to clear that Pawn away gave me open access to his King while keeping his Queen and Rook pinned behind my Pawn. He resigned when I was two moves from checkmate.
Health care reform is about making the system work for people who need health care. But as long as health insurance is strictly a for profit system, people will be refused treatment. The insurance companies are set up to make a profit, which means NOT spending money on providing health care. So, you're procedure no longer costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is a reasonable thousands of dollars, big woo. The insurance companies still work at NOT paying for treatment, because it cuts into their profit. And if you are in the lower middle class to lower class, even thousands of dollars is not reasonable.
Cutting health care costs will not rehabilitate the health insurance system. It is run with a simple purpose, to make money off human suffering and death. There has been more then enough examples of the inhumane actions of this industry over the years. That they are willing to spend billions to prevent reform ought be a clue as to the depth of their callousness and inhumanity.
They already ration health care treatment. They already have made decisions that have resulted in the death of countless people. The original intent of HMOs were to contain cost. Instead, since their inception we have witnessed an escalation of health care costs.
Damn, I am in a foul mood.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered Joe was confronted at a barbecue, with a drink in his hand. My my.
Of course, I leave you, my humble readers, to draw your own conclusions.
So, for some of you who are regulars, or who I recognized, there is a good chance I sent you a password recovery email. I have deleted most, but those whom I recognized. All of you whom I sent emails, are enable to leave comments.
Now that I've got a system email set, any future requests for registering under my MT installation should get a response soon enough.
My apologies for being an idiot.
Anyway, Carl of Unpopular Ideas sent me an email complaining about my comment registration system. Yes, I do hear a lot about my registration system. So, I increased the amount of ways to register to Rook's Rant. It seems the last few updates expanded login avenues. So, now, if you have a Google ID (all you Blogger bloggers have a Google ID), you can now use that to log in when you want to leave a comment. I also found that those with WordPress IDs can also login.
I'm not sure what the problem is with trying to register through my Movable Type installation (that is, registering through my server's MT software, not through some 2nd party application). I suspect it has to do with MT failing to send me emails, or some such thing. I do have a few people that have registered through my MT installation, but not many, considering the difficulty that exists for registering with my site.
Since the storm was moving NNW, it put it on track to travel right over my parents' home, so I called and checked in on them. They got lots of rain, and said a tornado touched down just south of town at Branstad, about 5 miles away. Actually, it is not even 3 miles away. But, they said they were all right. Just another day in the upper Midwest.
This game struck me as unique because I felt I was in a losing position, yet somehow managed to pull out a win.
White House officials sought to reassure Democratic groups and activists that they did not intend to rule out the public option, a position they are able to maintain, for now, because no final version of the bill exists. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina told some groups involved in the effort that the administration's positions have not changed.
In any event, my earlier pronouncement stands: No public option, no second term
Update: Andy agrees with me.
One of two responding officers, Officer Kristie Buble, 24, approached Dylan and asked him for his name.
"She recognized the name, she just really didn't believe it was Bob Dylan," Ahart told CNN. "He was soaking wet because it was raining and he was wearing a hood."
So Buble asked the musician for identification, but he had none.
Buble and her partner, Officer Derrick Meyers, 24, then asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them to where his tour buses were parked. Once they arrived, Dylan showed them identification.
Honest To FSM, she is damn near road kill. It is just that the buzzing flies and the vultures are attracting our attention.
Please, just stop it. Seriously. Stop it.
(NYT) WASHINGTON -- Thousands of pages of internal e-mail and once-secret Congressional testimony showed Tuesday that Karl Rove and other senior aides in the Bush White House played an earlier and more active role than was previously known in the 2006 firings of a number of United States attorneys.Like anyone who has been paying attention for the last eight and a half years didn't already know this.
Oh, and previously known? How about; than Karl Rove publicly testified before congress.
Can the Legacy Media be any more gutless?
I don't give a rat's ass about any gun law; when the President of the United States is coming to the area, all guns should be locked away, not out in public. This is bullshit. Freedom of speech does not allow for a person to advocate the killing of another man, and that is what this man is advocating.
No Steve, we are not better than that. The Human Race has always had those whom cling to ignorance and stupidity because it is easier to be led about than to lead, easier to accept what is told them than to look for the answers themselves, and to generally be the tools for their own despair.
Specter's largely right-wing crowd insisted President Obama isn't an American. One nutty man said to applause, "One day, God is going to stand before you and he's going to judge you!" Another yelled, "This is the Soviet Union, this is Maoist China."
One attendee drew a standing ovation when said health care reform is about "dismantling" the United States and "turning" the country "into Russia." She later added that she feared toilet paper rationing.
Someone in the audience wanted to explain that the Qu'ran says that "all unbelievers will be executed." The same person added that if we close Gitmo, "criminals" will "escape" and we'll find "a bunch of innocent people are murdered. And that's what's gonna happen."
We're better than this. We have to be. [highlighted by me]
Welcome to the United States of Lousy Health Care.
Atrios is who he is, and all the emails, comments, and any other attempts at castigating him, will not result in any type of apology. It is not in his nature. Though, to his credit, he has walked back from the generalized statement. But, with no obvious apology in place, I figure he will continue to receive static for a bit more. Eventually, this will fade into the past.
No doubt, at a later date, he will make another sweeping generalization about one group or another, and once again set off a whirlwind of controversy.
Welcome to another day in Blogstonia.
(ajc) "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless," the editorial claims.My FSM! You would think a simple Google would prevent such an ignorant statement as this from making it into print. But then, lying might be the motivating force, instead of ignorance. Once it hits the email circuit, it is going to be certifiable truth.
I am not sure I agree with this particular claim. The New York Times noted the White House appeared to backed off the deal. So, well, I guess we will have to wait and see.
The other possibility -- well, I call that one the Obama-as-pushover scenario. In this one, Obama will come out of it having given away the store -- having neither significantly improved the health-care system nor lowered its costs, but rather having created a new entitlement that primarily benefits the health insurance, pharmaceutical and hospital industries.
So far, the glimpses we've seen from behind all those closed doors suggest the latter scenario. Most significantly, late last week, first the Los Angeles Times and then the New York Times broke the news that Obama had secretly made a sweetheart deal with former arch-nemesis Billy Tauzin, head of Big PhRMA. The same man who during his presidential campaign so ardently pledged to let Medicare negotiate prescription-drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, has now apparently agreed to block any Congressional efforts to do that -- or anything else that would rein in the industry's obscene profits, for that matter -- all in return for $80 billion in promised cost savings over 10 years and, it turns out, an $150 million ad campaign in support of "reform" efforts.
Now, don't get me wrong. I have no doubt that Democrats of days gone by have engaged in the same personal attacks and will do so in the future. Currently, though, it appears to be a Republican trait. If anyone has done any reading on Karl Rove's past, you learn that he started his dirty, character assassination tricks at a young age, and at a local level.
I know, for myself, that in the past I never paid attention to these kind of low brow political attacks. I considered myself above them, or just felt it was not important enough for me to take into consideration. But I have come to learn that it is important these types of antics be exposed and brought to the attention of the electorate, and at a local level. Just imagine a world where Karl Rove's sleazy campaigning were exposed when he first started out, and had not been at the helm of George W. Bush's campaign, and by extension, his administration.
Eight years of George W. Bush in the White House has taught me that all politics is local. Any and all personal attacks, whisper campaigns, and other Lee Atwater dirty trick antics, whether by Republicans or Democrats, must be exposed early on at the local level, or else we can look forward once again to an incompetent and immoral presidency.
- Top Speed: 30.5 mph
- Average Speed: 12.1 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 45:03
- Total Distance: 9.19 miles
- iPod: Indigo Girls - Rites of Passage
- Wind: 7 mph N
- Temp: Start; 75° F. Finish; 80° F.
- Humidity: 55%
Also, note that I've done two short legs in as many days. I've realized the longer legs were taking a toll on my physically. So, I figure I needed to strengthen my body with short, fast legs. I'll work on longer legs as the season progresses.
Now, if you will all excuse me (all? Like I have more than one reader) I have to check on movies for this afternoon. It is a toss up between the third Ice Age movie, or Up. Which ever one is still in a local theater in 3D.
Update: Forgot to mention; The Fuskers™ informed me that I am a dork for keeping stats on my bike rides.
The end never justifies the means, especially if the means is in direct contradiction to the very belief the end represents.
The Republican/conservative brightness before the burn out I keep thinking is happening, only gets brighter and brighter, and not in a good way. As the Birthers, Tea baggers, and generally just mad at the world types, descend upon the town hall meetings, I realize that my imagining of their behavior falls quantitatively short of their capabilities.
Then, Ian had this to say:
They took the lesson of the Clinton administration to be "don't enflame (sic) the fanatics on the right--avoid social issues, and don't slash the military". They were, of course, wrong: the radical right (and there is hardly a non-radical right left) will oppose Obama no matter what he does and if Obama is unwilling to use to the full might of the administrative apparatus against them, they will simply take advantage of his weakness to escalate. Tactics which are seen to work, will not be abandoned, to the contrary, they will be used more and more.don't enflame (sic) the fanatics on the right--avoid social issues
Suddenly, my imagination made a quantum jump that pictured a radical increase in the use of deadly force, with a resultant increase in dead minorities (including gay, lesbian, and transgenders).
Now, I am not about to believe one way or another that President Obama understood this possible scenario. Still, to pick health care as his first major policy push might have been for other reasons besides the time was right. Regardless of whether he recognized it was a policy that could result in the least amount of insanity and violence, in the end, it is what happened.
Ask yourself this; had President Obama picked an African American jurist for the Supreme Court, just what kind of push back do you think would have happened? Unlike health care, an African American nominee to the Supreme Court is a racial element that would have inflamed the radical right even more then the current push for health reform. I don't know about you, but my imagination in this situation includes some serious killings, maybe even a lynching or three.
What? You think that's too far? If there are calls by influential leaders of the radical right for people to bring guns to town hall meetings, my suggestion of lynchings had President Obama attempted to place an African American on the Supreme Court is going to far? Considering how easy it is for the radical right followers to kill gays, lesbians, and transgenders during less politically decisive times, any push to end DADT, or otherwise legislate equal rights for sexual orientation, would suddenly result in a decrease of killings? We are talking about a section of the electorate that thinks it is funny to print out liberal hunting licenses.
So, for whatever reason, President Obama went the path of least resistance. But, Ian is right. No matter what policy the President pursues, the radical right will fight back. And they will use any action they perceive to have already been effective. If the push for health reform does stall, and no bill is forthcoming this year, I too believe the President is dead in the water. He will achieve no further legislative goals. And even if he does pass health care reform, I still believe he's dead in the water, simply because the radical right, already inflamed and instilled with an Armageddon mindset, will simply believe the end is nigh and make a homicidal/suicidal push. They are going to take as many with them as possible.
In my opinion, any further legislative attempts by the President and violence is assured. It is already occurring. If President Obama manages to shove a version of health reform through congress, he's going to be faced with one angry, pissed off radical right. He will pretty much be unable to overcome any further resistance because civil unrest is only going to continue. Chances are, it will take up most of his administration's attention.
So, once he's done with as much of the legislative work he can realistically achieve, I suggest he turn his attention to judicial/legal house cleaning. Unleash the Justice Department and force a searching and fearless constitutional inventory of our government. There is a world of hurt in it, with much latent corruption and incompetence set to cause further decades of pain and suffering, thereby weakening our country. If he truly wants to be seen as an agent of change, the more important task he faces is exposure of the past administration's eight years of malfeasance and criminality. Hell, cleaning up the last 30 years of modern conservative governance is one damn fine legacy, if you ask me.
Now, I do not believe President Obama wants that for a legacy. But most people do not get to choose their destiny, it chooses them.
- Top Speed: 28.5 mph
- Average Speed: 11.3 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 46:21
- Total Distance: 8.84 miles
- iPod: R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman - Feather, Stone, & Light
LC.Woke up stiff and sore. Probably has something to do with the fact a rain storm finally moved into our area. The rain was sorely needed; the corn out in the fields looked like crap. Unfortunately, that means I have to now feel like crap physically due to a front moving in.- A Blog Around The Clock: snakes on a blog.School starts in two weeks? No way.
- archy: mammoths on ice.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: "Conversion therapy" -- turning gays straight -- doesn't work.
- Bloggg: Clinton does it.
- Dohiyi Mir: Happy birthday, NTodd.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: how to handle a tea-bagger.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: the Democrats' emerging healthcare fiasco.
- Left Is Right: astroturfery.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: Web Site Story
- Rook's Rant: scary photo.
- rubber hose: rattling around Crawford.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: Heath Shuler safe at home.
- Speedkill: ask me about climate change.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: death and taxes.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: funny guy.
- The Invisible Library: help the Louisville library.
- WTF Is It Now?? You too can become a Kenyan.
If this doesn't give you nightmares, you're a Republican.
A quick update: I should mention that I also like this coffee shop. It servers the strongest coffee out of any coffee shop I've ever visited. It's not as strong as what I brew at home, but if they did, I suspect they'd get less business. Also, currently, on iTunes, I'm listening to Cities 97 Sampler; Volume 18. My ADD is getting seriously distracted by all the voices, so I needed headphones so I could concentrate on my morning blog reading.
- Top Speed: 22.5 mph
- Average Speed: 10.9 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 1:07:45
- Total Distance: 12.39 miles
- iPod: Lord of the Rings soundtracks - All of The Fellowship of the Ring and a few songs into The Two Towers.
So, because I've been having a mild problem with that damn rear brake since I first got the bike, I took my Dremel to it. No, not the disc itself, but to the bolt holes in the pad assembly. I just needed to move the assembly less than a millimeter away from the wheel. Eye-balled the grinding in the bolt holes and nailed it perfectly. Pretty proud of myself on that score.
Once I got the disc brakes situated, that allowed the wheel to be placed squarely in the rear frame. With that done, it was just a matter of doing some fine tuning of the derailleurs. Unfortunately, I still can not get the chain to drop from the middle to the lowest front sprocket. More than likely I need a new chain again, and maybe a new front derailleur.
- Top Speed: 27.0 mph
- Average Speed: 10.2 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 1:58:21
- Total Distance: 20.36 miles
- iPod: Peter Lang - Dharma Blues / Cheryl Crow - The Basics (iTune Download) / The Monkees - Greatest Hits
Also, on the employment front: I've been offered a job at Unity Hospital as an on-call/casual counselor. Despite the reports of green shoots and other positive signs, all I can say is that I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Quite frankly, most of the reports seem to be coming from corporate media sources, so I'll withhold my enthusiasm for the time.
Anyway, here are today's stats:
- Top Speed: 29.0 mph
- Average Speed: 11.5 mph
- Elapsed riding time: 48:02
- Total Distance: 9.24 miles
- iPod: R Carlos Nakai - Emergence: Songs of the Rainbow World.