Quote of the Day, 06/30 Edition

“Obama says he’s looking forward to working with Al Franken. And why
not? They wouldn’t be where they are today if not for Lorne Michaels.”

Jim Treacher, via Twitter

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June 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Justice for Harold Fish


When even MSNBC is leaning towards calling it a self-defense shooting, you can be pretty sure it was a wrongful conviction. 

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June 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Senator Stuart Smalley (D), Minnesota

Thank goodness Al Franken is now a Senator. We need more calm, rational voices of reason like him on Capitol Hill, and quickly.

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June 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

What the Rightosphere is thinking.

John Hawkins of Right Wing News recently polled right-of-center bloggers (including yours truly) on Gov. Mark Sanford, global wamring, health care and other issues of the day. See how your viewpoints line up!

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June 30th, 2009 by admindude

Road trip!

Vox is looking to do another Arizona blogger get-together, this time out in the wild, wild West Side.

I figure it’s our turn. Besides, we East End Boys could swing by Cabela’s on the way out there to look at all the bright, shiny toys we can’t afford.

Leave your ideas for time and place in the comments at her blog.

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June 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Mama, they took my Kodachrome away

Fortune magazine marks the passing of this iconic film with a retrospective of 60 years of photos from its archives.

Never did like that Paul Simon song that much, but it seemed appropriate here.

I shot a lot of Kodachrome as a kid on photo-trips alongside my Dad as we followed the CP through the Rockies , but I pretty much didn’t shoot it anymore once I turned pro. You couldn’t clip-test it and the colors were always too much on the red side, but it’s fantastic as a photojournalism film, hence it’s widespread use by Nat’l Geo.

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June 29th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Obama announces ‘Seeing Green’ energy initiative


 In a media first, the president’s speech was broadcast and photographed
 using only night-vision technology with the help of about 300 candles.

Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put in a plug for administration efforts to drastically reduce energy use by lamps and lighting equipment.

In the past, the president emphasized using CFLs, LEDs and other low-energy bulbs to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But today Obama asked American consumers to remove light bulbs altogether and use night vision goggles instead.

“I know night vision goggles may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise.” the president said, equipped with the high-tech eyewear. “Seven percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses,” he continued, standing with the also-goggled Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the White House.

Not since Jimmy Carter famously wore a sweater for a televised address has a president employed outerwear to promote a reduction in personal energy use.

Obama said his “Seeing Green” goggle initiative would result in substantial savings between 2012 and 2042, saving consumers up to $4 billion annually, conserving enough energy to power every U.S. home for 10 months, reducing emissions equal to the amount produced by 166 cars a year, and eliminating the need for as many as 14 coal-fired power plants.

Due to the goggles’ significant charging requirements, powering the devices will cost approximately $12 billion annually, but the president considers this a small price for a lamp-free world.

“To avoid environmental collapse, some politicians want you to walk around in the dark while others want to do nothing at all,” Obama said. “But my solution uses common sense and the latest technology to improve life for all Americans.”

Government-issued goggles will be available for purchase online or at regional Department of Energy and ACORN offices. Those earning less than $67,000 per year will be issued federal rebates to cover most of the $1,459 fee. OSHA standards require replacement every six months.

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June 29th, 2009 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 06/29 Edition

“I once ate at the McDonald’s right next to the Arc de Triomphe. My quarter pounder tasted like hegemony.”

Michael Goldfarb

Wouldn’t that be a “Royale with cheese” rather than a quarter pounder, though?

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June 29th, 2009 by exurbankevin

It’s all just a little bit of history repeating itself

DefenseTech.org (hardly cheerleaders for the GOP) take the Obama administration to the woodshed for their sweeping cuts in national defense. Bottom line, with North Korea launching missles, Iran developing nukes and an ongoing war on terror overseas contingency operation, defense spending is down to pre-9/11 levels.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Obama will adapt The Neutrality Acts for our day and age. That’ll show the world we’re not to be messed with!

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June 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin

They told Glenn Reynolds that if he voted for John McCain the White House would put politics over science, and they were righ!

Good thing we got rid of that moron Chimpy Bu$hitler and his war on science!

The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government, according to a series of newly disclosed e-mail messages.

Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty “decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.”

Now, I’ll admit that my scientific career ended with just a class in Freshman Chemistry in college, but it seems to me that the goal of science was to alter your findings to the facts, and not the other way around…

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June 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin