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 Rage against the dying of the light Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, September 28 2007 @ 05:48 PM PDT
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PoliticsAn Interesting article on Slate about Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS News/Viacom and how the lawsuit itself may be the most important piece of investigative journalism he ever does.

I fully expect to see this on bookshelves in a couple years. I hear both Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward might be available for a consultation.

Come to think of it, Dustin Hoffman, with a little makeup, could look a lot like Dan Rather.

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 Terror scoreboard Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, September 28 2007 @ 04:29 PM PDT
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PoliticsI just officially launched a new site:

There's a pretty good chance it's going to be a reasonably time consuming endeavor, given that the six articles linked so far were culled from a highly targeted list that was a few hundred articles long. Hopefully it'll get to the point where, like fark or slashdot, a network of humans will do most of the culling for me.

In any case, it should be interesting.

 Starting a war for fun and profit! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, August 27 2007 @ 05:26 PM PDT
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PoliticsThere's a great article in the current Rolling Stone about the horrifying exploits of war profiteers in Iraq.

 Recruiting Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, August 06 2007 @ 04:48 PM PDT
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PoliticsI just got an e-mail recruiting for volunteers for the Giuliani campaign:


My name is Krista Powers. I am the regional field representative for the Giuliani campaign responsible for Los Angeles. I am writing to offer you the opportunity to work with the campaign. The California primary will be held on February 5th, 2008! Please contact me if you would like more information on ways you can get involved.


Krista Powers

I sent the following reply:

Hi Krista,

I'd really love to help you out, but I have some concerns:

1. I don't live anywhere near Los Angeles.
2. There's virtually zero chance that I'd sign up for anything that would put me on a list of people with conservative leanings.
3. I don't plan on voting for Giuliani, though I wish him success in any of his non-presidential endeavors.
4. I get a little surly when people send mass e-mails to more than 300 random people and leave all of the addresses out in the open. How long do you think it'll be before one of those people hits 'Reply to All'?

If it's any small consolation, your candidate is one of the very few in the GOP camp that I don't think would cause me to bang my head against a brick wall for four years. Of course, if that is the sole criterion by which candidates are judged, we're in pretty rough shape.

Good luck in the primaries (but, you know, not afterward).

 A definition Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, July 29 2007 @ 02:06 AM PDT
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PoliticsFascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

 Read This. Yes, you. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 06:48 PM PDT
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PoliticsI never expected this speech to be given by a republican from Texas. I'll be examining his voting record shortly.

Click for the speech.

It's long, and he's not the best public speaker in the world, but to hear an elected official come out and say some of this stuff.... dare I say it?.... gives me hope.

Update: Okay, there are things that I saw in his voting record that I don't agree with, and overall I think it'd be a mistake to give him the presidency (he's running, btw). On this particular topic - patriotism, dissent & civil liberties - I think he can act as a role model for anyone... someone, perhaps, that's a little less socially conservative? Anyone?

In other news, Keith Olbermann had a special message yesterday for the congressional leadership.

 Article, revised. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, September 06 2005 @ 08:13 PM PDT
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PoliticsDan4th had a link to a fairly inflammatory article.

My response didn't fit in his comments, so I decided to print it here.

My goal, as always gentle reader, is to do what I can to make our world a better place.


 Makes me sick Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, February 15 2005 @ 03:18 PM PST
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PoliticsRead This.

I'll rant about it later.

 Why Not Bush, part 1: Economics Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, September 08 2004 @ 10:46 PM PDT
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PoliticsAs all true fans of Ben Stein are aware, in 1980, then Vice Presidential candidate George Herbert Walker Bush called supply-side economics "voodoo economics", Laffer curve and all. As you can read here, by 1981 the Reagan administration had attempted to base its budget on supply-side theories and before too long, this period in our history gets shown in an macroeconomics classroom as what not to do.

 I'm just a bill Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, May 24 2004 @ 04:25 AM PDT
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PoliticsToday's rant topic is simultaneously idiotic, scary, and ironic. It concerns a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March of this year.

First, there are some basics we may need to go over.

There is, outlined in a relatively obscure document called "The Constitution for the United States of America", a system of checks and balances that are to be ensured within the government to which that document applies. Basically, it breaks down thusly:

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