01 Dec 2011

Watercooler: Insane Christmas Lights

We hauled out a bunch of Christmas decorations today and have been putting them up. That’s what inspires this selection tonight. It was a mistake to show this video to Mr. B today. He is now fiendishly plotting how to do something like this. But he has a budget of

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01 Dec 2011

An Unexpected Bright Spot in the Gloom.

Hey FireDogs…….most of you who have read here for more than a short while know of my unrelenting passion when it comes to genetically modified organisms. My commitment to the movement is fueled as much by that topic as it is by the desire to reanimate our democracy, or to

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01 Dec 2011

NC: Online Video Campaign Kicks Off to Fight Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Education is sorely needed, because while polls show North Carolinians support legal recognition of same-sex couples, it’s another matter to get those in favor of fairness to out to vote — to give straight allies (as well as LGBTs) the information they need to speak to their friends and neighbors to motivate them with facts about what this amendment will do.

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01 Dec 2011

Thursday Night Basset Blogging

Now that we are beginning to believe that Wembley might suffer from epilepsy, I have turned into one of those obsessive owners/pet parents who hovers around their petchild watching out for any signs of something gang aft agley. I was never this way with my human child, but then we

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01 Dec 2011

Is There Any Bottom To the Tea Party Decline?

In the run up to the 2010 elections and in the aftermath, I theorized that the net effect of the Tea Party on the Republican Party and American politics in general, would be negative. Like many others, I detailed the turn in the tide in the movement’s popularity in “The

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01 Dec 2011

Republicans Seem to Really Like Gingrich, But No One Else Does

The Republican base seems to have recently fallen in love with Gingrich but most everyone else still really dislikes the man. I suspect the GOP primary will depend on whether Republican primary voters realize this fact and/or care that their potential standard bearer is so unpopular with the rest of the country.

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01 Dec 2011

Occupy Raleigh, NC (Part 14) Mic Check!

Occupy Raleigh continues to set up at the NC Occupy Resource Center. The kitchen tent was walled in with tarps and to my surprise survived a high winds rainy night without any issue. There is already a porta-pottie on site along with a little over 15 tents. We have been

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01 Dec 2011

Retired Business Editor to Unemployed Youth ‘Get Off My Lawn!’

Jack Markowitz, a retired editor, has a column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this morning where he argues that high unemployment among today’s youth is the result of poor personal habits and values. Markowitz bases this argument on a story he tells about two young men — one employed with a failed marriage and living with his parents rent free, and the other an unemployed ex-convict. Markowitz is, in effect, arguing that the rise in unemployment is the result of a wholesale outbreak of vice among the young which happened to coincide with the beginning of the recession.

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01 Dec 2011

Freepers openly block ows general assemblies using their supermajority process!

This is from Brad Blog. A post on Tuesday on the hard right Republican website Free Republic suggests that opponents of the Occupy Wall Street movement may well be injecting themselves into the demonstrations’ open consensus process in order to confound the objectives of the nascent movement. “[We n]eed LA

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01 Dec 2011

VT Gov. Shumlin to Join Petition to Reschedule Marijuana

A spokesman for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) told the AP that he will join the recent petition filed by other governors to the federal government requesting marijuana be rescheduled. Yesterday, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) jointly filed the petition to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that marijuana be moved from schedule I to at least schedule II.

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