Archive for March 15, 2011

Kudos to the Japanese for Their Strength

How the Japanese people are staying sane I’ll never know.

I don’t know if I could do it.  I’d be so on edge.

Look at this “map” of the aftershocks they’ve experienced.

It’s exhausting.

And notice how strong the aftershocks are.



March 15, 2011 at 8:27 PM Leave a comment

Is CNN Doing Peter King’s Dirty Work?

I just saw a promo for a CNN “special” that will air on Sunday, March 27:  “Unwelcome:  The Muslims Next Door.”

Just looked it up.  Here’s the trailer.

Wow. “Does freedom of religion mean freedom from suspicion?”

What’s the deal?  Is CNN doing Peter King’s dirty work?

The timing here is so suspicious.



March 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM 2 comments

The People of Michigan Have Had It

Citizens in Michigan are occupying the State Capitol this afternoon.

This is the crowd earlier today:


Watch — LIVE — here.


March 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM Leave a comment

Boulder, Colorado is #1 Again

I live in Boulder, Colorado and I don’t take it for granted.  Not a day goes by — really — that I don’t feel lucky to live here.

From Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Boulder, Colo., had the highest Well-Being Index score in the U.S. across the 188 metropolitan areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2010. Lincoln, Neb.; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; Provo-Orem, Utah; and Honolulu round out the top five metro areas with the highest wellbeing.

Interesting.  Boulder, Lincoln, Ft. Collins and Madison are all liberal towns (I’m not sure about the others.)

And then there’s the bottom of the list:

Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.,-Ohio, had the lowest Well-Being Index score in 2010, at 58.1, and the only score below 60 in the nation. The regional breakdown in wellbeing scores is largely consistent with Gallup and Healthways state-level results, which find wellbeing higher in the West and lower in the South.

It’s no wonder the wellbeing index is lowest in the South.  Republicans have been in charge down there for decades and they don’t care about the quality of life — for most people that is.  Corporate people, yes.  People people? Not so much.

March 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM Leave a comment

What Every Man Thinks About, Apart From Sex

Break time!


I could use a couple copies of this.

March 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Schedule Emergency Meeting

Wow. Those D.C. Republicans are getting down to business folks, just like they promised.  They’ve scheduled an “emergency meeting” tomorrow on, ah, creating jobs?

Nope.  On ending Federal funding for NPR:



Yep.  Priorities.  Priorities.

March 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM 2 comments

Hey, $cott Walker

Billionaire Koch brothers funded a politician…

This video via The Political Carnival’s BLUNT.

See more BLUNT videos (“a lot like letters to the editor”) here.

What a great idea.

March 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM Leave a comment

U.S. Nuclear Policy: Privatize the Profit, Socialize the Risk

Pray there is never a nuclear power plant accident here in the U.S. — for many reasons obviously — but specifically, because it is you and I, my friend, who would foot the bill:

An American nuclear power-plant accident similar to the ongoing disaster in Japan would leave taxpayers on the hook for billions, and perhaps hundreds of billions, of dollars in health and economic damage claims, risk experts estimate.

Federal law puts most nuclear-accident liability on the shoulders of taxpayers, but regulators have not enforced safety standards vigorously enough to fully safeguard against those risks, economists Geoffrey Heal and Howard Kunreuther wrote in a 2009 paper that warned of excessive taxpayer exposure to the risks of nuclear catastrophe.


The Price-Anderson act limits private liability for those costs to $375 million for an individual company, plus $12.6 billion from an industry liability pool, leaving taxpayers on the hook for the rest. That transfer of liability creates conditions for moral hazard – an incentive for a electric utility, in this case, to take on too much risk because the utility would not bear the full costs of a catastrophic event.

This is what million dollar lobbyists will get you.

Let’s add this to the long, long list of things that have to be changed.

March 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM 2 comments

Blogger Fined $60,000 for Exposing Mortgage Fraud


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The Minneapolis blogger accused of defaming former community organizer Jerry Moore must pay $60,000 in damages, a jury decided on Friday.

John Hoff, who goes by the nickname Johnny Northside, was sued for a blog post he wrote in June 2009 after he learned that Moore was hired by the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center. On his blog, Hoff accused Moore of being involved in a high-profile mortgage fraud case, even though Moore was never charged.

Moore filed a civil lawsuit against Hoff, in which he claimed that the university had fired him a day after the blog post.

On Friday, a Hennepin County jury ruled that Hoff’s statement was true, but found that Hoff intentionally interfered with Moore’s employment contract at the University of Minnesota, the Star Tribune reported. The jury awarded Moore $35,000 in damages for lost wages and $25,000 for emotional distress.


“This is one of these types of cases that media lawyers like me refer to as a trash tort case,” Kirtley said. “And what we mean by that is where an individual is unhappy about something that somebody else published about them, and they don’t have a viable libel suit, then they try to bring some other kind of legal claim.”

She added, “It is really an attempt to sort of throw the jellyfish at the wall and see what might stick in the mind of a juror.”

Kirtley said similar cases have been overturned on appeal. Appeals courts, she said, tend to see cases like these as efforts to infringe upon freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Here is John “Johnny Northside” Hoff’s post about the verdict:  Damn right We’re Appealing — All the Way to the U.S. Supreme Court if Necessary!

Bravo man.  Sheesh.

March 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM Leave a comment

“Zombies Ahead”

Photo: Twitter user @PhiQPham

Wish I’d seen this in person:

Boulder became the latest in a long list of cities hit by zombie-loving hackers early Monday when someone broke into the messaging box on a sign stationed along the shoulder of Foothills Parkway near Baseline Road and changed the message to warn of the undead. An underground group of zombie-loving pranksters has been reprogramming electronic road signs across the country for the past few years.


This is the first time the Foothills Parkway sign has been hacked, said Gerry Padilla, project engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation. He said a project inspector noticed it when he arrived for work early Monday, and immediately turned it away from traffic while reprogramming it to say, “Shoulder work Feb. 28 through June.”


March 15, 2011 at 8:47 AM Leave a comment

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