31 Jan 2010

Portrait of an artist as a young prig

Oh dear, Ross Douthat (for whom a lit red candle and an Enya CD is a sure sign of whoredom) is talking about sex again:

31 Jan 2010

Late Late Night FDL: The Known Universe

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang.

31 Jan 2010

Good QDR Lines, Pt. 8 (Treehugger Edition)

“While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden on civilian institutions and militaries around the world. In addition, extreme weather events may lead to increased demands for defense support to civil authorities for humanitarian assistance or disaster

31 Jan 2010

Sunday Late Night: You Can’t Turn the Lights Off

Now the testimony phase of the Prop 8 Trial has ended, the covers have been pulled back on the motives and operations of the proponents of Prop 8. While we had an entire Prop 8 political campaign in 2008, and since then a court case to the California Supreme Court,

31 Jan 2010

Good QDR Lines, Pt. 7 (We-Go-Where-We’re-Wanted Edition)

This is from a section about principles undergirding the positioning of U.S. forces abroad. “America’s defense posture should provide a stabilizing influence abroad and be welcomed by the host nation. Forward stationing and rotational deployment of U.S. forces are designed to contribute to regional security and will be enhanced, lessened

31 Jan 2010

What Glenn Greenwald Said On American Terrorism Cowardice

Just go read it. Because every word Glenn Greenwald wrote in his post today, entitled Nostalgia for Bush/Cheney Radicalism, the gospel truth. It is rare that you will see a post here just pointing you somewhere else because the other source says it all. This is one of those times.

31 Jan 2010

Good QDR Lines, Pt. 6 (Contractor Edition)

“In keeping with the Administration’s goal of reducing the taxpayer’s dependence on contractors, the Department introduced its in-sourcing initiative  in the [fiscal year] 2010 budget. Over the next five years, the Department will reduce the number of support service contractors to their pre-2001 level of 26 percent of the workforce

31 Jan 2010

Weekend Roundup

Sorry for the inattention to ye olde blog today. Whenever Goodfellas is on I pretty much have to watch it. Let’s see what was of interest for your weekend: • Robert Gibbs put a preliminary price tag on the new jobs bill as around $100 billion dollars. I don’t know

31 Jan 2010

The Obama Budget – Operationalizing the Freeze

The official rollout is tomorrow, but a couple stories have come out today about President Obama’s budget, where we’ll see the newfound emphasis on fiscal discipline turned into actual policy. It didn’t get much pub, but Obama’s first budget from last year was actually pretty progressive, and got through Congress without much trouble. What’s in store for this year?

31 Jan 2010

Watercooler – In Washington, Is Too Much Power A Bad Thing?

Recent presidents have had more success when forced to work with slim majorities in Congress, or even none at all.