Archive for January 12, 2012

Hate Tweets Pour Into Michelle Obama’s New Twitter Account

Michelle Obama signed on to Twitter this morning so, obviously, she’s had an account there for only a matter of hours.  Already, vicious hate-tweets are pouring in.  See an example of what being Michelle Obama on Twitter has been like for her on her first day here.

Some examples:

I don’t care who you are, tweets like this hurt, which, of course, is the whole point.

Stay classy wingers!

January 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM Leave a comment

Fox ♥ Rush!

Awe, ain’t this sweet?

(Via.)

Fox doesn’t even pretend to be fair and balanced anymore.

January 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM Leave a comment

X-Ray Vision

OK folks, it’s break time!

Check out this fun, fascinating slideshow:  The X-Ray Vision of Nick Veasey.

It’s well worth your time.

Here are two of my faves:

 

January 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM Leave a comment

Soon, Only the Wealthy Will Be Able to Afford College

This was one of the headlines on the front page of my local newspaper this morning:

CU-Boulder proposes 15.7% tuition hike for in-state students

Plan would raise full-time students’ tuition to $8,875 next year

In-state tuition for full-time students at the University of Colorado next year could soar 15.7 percent under a plan proposed Wednesday.

Under the proposal, tuition for full-time students in the College of Arts and Sciences — which enrolls the most students on the Boulder campus — would increase from $7,672 this year to $8,875 next year.

The increase, if approved, would amount to an extra $1,203 a year.

CU has raised tuition between 8.8 percent and 9.3 percent each of the last four years.

More…

What a huge increase.

Per that last sentence, let’s presume that on average CU has raised tuition by 9 percent each of the last four years.  That means  if the 15.7 percent increase is approved, over the last five years tuition will have increased at CU by 51.7 percent, over just five years.

Wow.  Soon a college education will either be available only to the wealthy or kids will be saddled with even more debt when they enter the working world.

Too bad we can’t put some of the billions we’re spending on war toward funding our universities.

Screwed up priorities.

 

January 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM 5 comments

Bradley Manning to Face Full Court Martial

Ugh, this is sad news:

Bradley Manning

An investigating officer has recommended that Army private Bradley Manning face court-martial on multiple criminal charges related to the downloading of nearly 1 million war logs and secret diplomatic cables. Manning is accused of taking the files and them passing them on to WikiLeaks.

If he does face a court martial and is convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza, who presided over a preliminary hearing for Manning just before Christmas, said today that there’s reason to believe Manning broke the law. Almanza said Manning should face formal charges of theft, computer violations, aiding the enemy and causing intelligence to be published on the Internet.

His recommendation will now be reviewed by higher levels in the military.

More…

So, who caused more harm to theUnited States, Bradley Manning or the Marines who appear on video urinating on dead Afghanis?

I say the Marines.

January 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM 1 comment

#NewNYTSlogans

If you want a good laugh (or maybe a good cry) check out the suggestions being made as to potential new New York Times‘ slogans at:

#NewNYTSlogans

(Go here for the backstory.)

January 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM Leave a comment

NY Times “Public Editor” Wonders If the Times Should be a “Truth Vigilante”

In the world of American “journalism,” circa 2012, where “fair and balanced” is all that matters and reporting say, spin from a Democrat and spin from a Republican on the same topic means “journalists” have done their job, we’re down to this, from the New York Times‘ “Public Editor:”

Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?

I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.

Should reporters challenge “facts?”  Ah, YEAH! And when should they do it?  Every.  Single.  Time!

This is like asking a veterinarian if he or she should diagnose illnesses in animals instead of just petting them.

January 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM Leave a comment

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