Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Court victory against those creationist fuckers

Amid all of the frustrating news, including knowledge that Bush requested warrantless NSA searches in probable violation of the fourth amendment, there's some good news today about the Pennsylvania intelligent design controversy.

It reaffirmed what a lot of us already know. ID is: Not science, an establishment clause violation, and the old creationist vinegar in a new bottle.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Philadelphia Inquirer - White House hypocrisy on torture

Philadelphia Inquirer - Bush and Graham planning end run around anti-torture provision

It's like there are so many things wrong with this administration that it's overwhelming. They have proven either a complete lack of competence or a malicious desire to undermine public welfare on so many issues, climate science, torture, the fabrication of justifications for a war that they had already set their hearts on, secret meetings with members of the energy industry, the travesty of the Terri Schiavo debacle, attacks on civil liberties, a President who doesn't read the news, or see or talk to people who disagree with him and only gets information through advisors who spin it, officials who leak the names of CIA agents, a UN diplomat who is undermining reforms and throwing the body into chaos, massive tax cuts in the middle of huge increases in pork spending, etc. etc. etc, that I wouldn't even know where to start if I compiled a list of everything that they've done wrong.

How people of any ideology support the Bush team is beyond me. I don't understand. He hasn't cut the size of the government. He hasn't restored integrity and honesty in the White House. Even if you're a hawk concerned with the maintenence of America's global preponderance of power, Bush has done everything possible to damage that status by alienating our allies and creating an environment in which we can't effectively convince other nations to enter into multilateral agreements to limit things like proliferation and regional hostility.

My head hurts.

Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S.

Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say - New York Times

No words.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ford stands up to the AFA

Ford repudiates the AFA's call to restrict support of gay events and advertising in GLBT publications.

Ford has come a really long way. From being founded by one of the most influential anti-Semites in history to resisting the requests of a hate group.

Nice.

Monday, December 12, 2005

No clemency (huge surprise)

Schwarzenegger Denies Clemency for Williams

What purpose does killing this man serve us? Seriously.

What a fucking waste.

It's too bad Schwartzegger's approval ratings are in the gutter. All of the reasons why Williams deserved clemency don't amount to much when you're under intense fire from your own party and don't have the political credibility to spend on actually doing something that might save some lives.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

My Top 35 of 2005

Yes, I like a lot of crappy pop music.

It should also be noted that there's a lot of minimalist electronic music and Hip Hop from 2005 that I haven't heard yet (like the new Cunninlinguists album). Oh well. This is what I was listening to.

edit: I don't know how I forgot the Kallikak Family. Oh well, it's getting inserted as a tie.

1. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
2. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
3. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
4. The Books - Lost and Safe
5. Edan - Beauty and the Beat
6. Vitalic - OK Cowboy
7. The Fiery Furnaces - EP
8. The Knife - Deep Cuts
9. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
10. New Order - Waiting for the Siren's Call
11. The Lovemakers - Times of Romance
12. Ladytron - Witching Hour
13. Sigur Ros - Takk
13. The Kallikak Family - May 23rd 2007
14. Current 93 - How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon
15. DJ Muggs vs GZA - Grandmasters
16. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
17. Black Mountain - Black Mountain
18. Kanye West - Late Registration
19. Hauschka - The Prepared Piano
20. Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
21. Doves - Some Cities
22. Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
23. Junior Senior - Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
24. Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen
25. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Naturally
26. Figurine - Heartfelt
27. RZA and Keb Darge - The Kings of Funk
28. Various Artists - Think Differently Music Presents: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture
29. Nice Nice - Yesss!
30. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Wil Beckon The Thaw
31. Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak of It Again
32. Common - Be
33. Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
34. Billy Corgan - TheFutureEmbrace
35. Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth