Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rants -- December 30, 2008

Welcome to the December 30, 2008 -- and last of 2008 -- edition of Rants.


I want to thank each and every one of you for submitting your Rants over the past year. And here's to a prosperous, and slightly in less need of ranting, 2009!


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Without further delay, here are your Rants.

tea512 presents To Nuke or Not to Nuke that is the question posted at Tea512, saying, "To Nuke or Not to Nuke that is the question."

Ben Connor Barrie presents Stop Asking, Start Taking posted at Grown Ass People, saying, "A rant about workers getting left out of the bailout."

Mike presents Time Warner Cable posted at Such a Downer, saying, "One customer's experience with Time Warner Cable."

Archvillain presents Get Over It! posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, "Whining and bitching from conservatives is just as stupid and annoying as that from liberals."

Alvaro Fernandez presents Grand Rounds 5:12 - Healthcare Reform Q&A, saying, "A virtual conversation between Obama and the healthcare blogosphere."

Joseph Lozano presents The Slowest Line posted at The Joe Review, saying, "Does this happen to anybody else?..."

NotYourDaddy presents No! Don?t Do It!! posted at Government is not your Daddy., saying, "They’ve put out the word that there’s $700 billion of free money on the table, and they’re going to give it all away. To whom are they going to give it? The criterion to qualify seems to be incompetence. But not just any incompetence, only massive incompetence will do."

No shit. More government incompetence. First Iraq money...gone. Now, bailout money...gone. Where? Who the hell knows?

Howard Ditkoff presents Publicizing The Threat of Personality Disorders Among Those in Positions of Power posted at SystemsThinker.com Blog, saying, "Recent political scandals - including those involving ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich - awaken us to the dangers posed when sociopaths or those with serious personality disorders use their charm and persuasion to attain positions of power."

Sidhusaaheb presents A Stark Contrast posted at I, Me, Myself.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Why Caroline Kennedy? posted at Mad Kane's Political Madness.

Howard Ditkoff presents Changing the Criteria for Who is Important and EliteSystemsThinker.com Blog, saying, "This is a commentary, responding to a piece by Paul Krugman, in which he discussed how our culture's excessive trust in the rich has led us astray. While this piece is actually published on the main part of my website, and so is not technically a blog piece, I do have a blog, which I've linked to above."

Asmoday presents The Lies of the Good posted at The Asmoday Experiment, saying, "Feel good hippies, unconditional love, and telethons to feed the hungry all have one hypocritical flaw, I'd like to talk to you about that..."

Wenchypoo presents *Book Recommendation* posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket.

Rich Bordner presents But It’s a Religious Argument!!! « The Pugnacious Irishman posted at The Pugnacious Irishman, saying, "These days, labeling a view as "religious" is often more than enough to get it marginalized to the private, inner sphere (read: not relevant to anything meaningful). In this post, I take that attitude to task."

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I KNEW It! Barney IS Torture!!!

My kid used to love watching Barney. Now he's into Bob the Builder. Thank goodness! I always knew Barney was evil :)
And the BBC has reported on a particularly insidious practice: using the theme songs from theme songs to Sesame Street and Barney to break the will of prisoners.
Rockers to Press Obama on Music Torture | Danger Room from Wired.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rants -- December 15, 2008


Welcome to the December 15, 2008 edition of Rants.

el guapo presents AMAZING WORLD EXCLUSIVE: posted at eljumpingbean, saying, "ehem...political round table discussion goes awry"

John Kaduk presents Russia: The U.S. Will Break Apart posted at The Right Wing.

Archvillain presents Epic Fail-out posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, "Bankrupting our future to pay for the past is worse than robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Wenchypoo presents Holiday Rerun: This Thing Called Hunger Part 2--Parental Abdication posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket, saying, "We've become a nation of underachievers who reward failure, and Peggy the Moocher is our REAL leader! Here's a glimpse of how the Peggys of our society get by each year...on OUR backs!"

BH presents Muslim Jihadis go after Mumbai, India posted at Bangladeshi Hindu.

Steve Simbeck presents Cigars, fags and calling a spade a spade posted at No Mato mi Pavo, saying, "General rant regarding some PC issues"

GrrlScientist presents America's Food Availability Crisis posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "One thing that the Thanksgiving Holidays has made clear: America, the land of plenty where holiday overeating is celebrated as a social good, is suffering from a food availability crisis. Food availability affects family life as well as life-long eating patterns and overall health."

Sidhusaaheb presents Prima Facie: A Few Observations on the Mumbai Attacks posted at I, Me, Myself.

Archvillain presents Unintended Consequences posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, "My attempt to give some background on the horror in India this past weekend."

APH presents Matt Yglesias fails to make the right case against highways posted at Market Urbanism.

APH presents Could NY Democrats Revive Rent Control? | Market Urbanism posted at Market Urbanism.

Steve Faber presents Higher Federal Fuel Taxes for All posted at super gas saver, saying, "Be careful what you wish for......."

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Irony Has At Least Seven More Lives posted at Mad Kane's Political Madness.

Greg Laden presents The Scientific, Political, Social, and Pedagogical Context for the claim that "Race does not exist." posted at Greg Laden's Blog.

Wenchypoo presents The Truth About the Economy and Job Creation posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket.

Alli presents How to Save the Republic - Part 3 - Repeal the Direct Election of Senators posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, "We must understand that the Central Bankers who sought to regain control over our money supply and monetary policy at the beginning of the 20th century did indeed learn a precious lesson from the demise of the 2nd Central Bank of the United States…"

Merlin Silk presents The End of America - Naomi Wolf posted at The Magic of Life, saying, "It were my parents who lived in Germany under Hitler and now we can see all this happening here again in the good old US of A - and this time I am here to witness it myself."

Mike presents The Day the Music Died. posted at Such a Downer.

NotYourDaddy presents Depression-Era Values and a New New Deal posted at Government is not your Daddy., saying, "There's not a lot of nostalgia for the Great Depression but, if we'd retained some of the values from that era, we might not be skidding toward another one now."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Rants using our carnival submission form.

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