May 2009 Archives

The Importance Of Being Politically Correct - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"Liberal Tolerance is the long war, it's the long game. It's Barack Obama, at his core. Liberal tolerance--not Jesse Helms--argued for interracial unions. Liberal tolerance is what allowed Obama to neutralize Rev. Wright, and make his race speech. Liberal tolerance is what allowed him to go to Notre Dame and talk with empathy about abortion. Liberal tolerance bets on the future. It presages that world (the world of today) that the GOP has spent very little time preparing for.

Below is a video of Tom Tancredo claiming that La Raza is the Latino KKK.  But Tom Tancredo knows very little about Latinos, La Raza or the KKK. He is the embodiment of conservative ignorance. He is the apex of Schiavo, 'white hands,' creationist museums, and, presently, the notion that the thrice-married should carry the banner for marriage."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Why conservatives and racist keep ending up in the same sentence. (Go to the main article too. The video says it all.)

The Power Of Appointment - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"More likely, when you have a party, in which people feel comfortable coming to rallies and saying on camera that they won't vote for a black guy, then that party will have people asserting the right to mispronounce Sotomayor's name. That party will have people arguing that Sotomayer's food choices are evil.  It's highly unlikely that that party will have some sort of sophisticated tolerence game at the ready. They are who they are."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Indeed. You are what you repeatedly do. Damn the "Party of Lincoln" talk.

Jesse Ventura Speaks: Wants Cheney on a Waterboard, Bush Worst President | ChattahBox News Blog:

(Via Chattabox News Blog.)

Jesse body slams. The best question is at the end of the second clip.

Well - Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside - NYTimes.com:

"When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it?

That’s what Janice Langbehn, a social worker in Lacey, Wash., says she experienced when her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, collapsed with an aneurysm during a Florida vacation and was taken to a Miami trauma center. She died there, at age 39, as Ms. Langbehn tried in vain to persuade hospital officials to let her visit, along with the couple’s adopted children.

‘I have this deep sense of failure for not being at Lisa’s bedside when she died,’ Ms. Langbehn said. ‘How I get over that I don’t know, or if I ever do.’

The case, now the subject of a federal lawsuit in Florida, is being watched by gay rights groups, which say same-sex partners often report being excluded from a patient’s room because they aren’t ‘real’ family members."

(Via NY Times.)

This is precisely why I'm for gay civil rights. Despite all the legal documents that should have had the force of law and protected their rights, these couples and no doubt many others were denied basic human treatment. Religious opponents of gay civil rights of course are varied, some honest objectors and others "wolves in sheep's clothing." To all of them I say to clothe such hate, such as what we see here, in faith and conscience is unequivocally wrong, no evil. In the words of my Lord:

A Tree and Its Fruit

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, no can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Now That's Political Power

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Obama show's them how a politician is supposed to roll. Coates was right.

Forbidden Stupid Fruit

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Sean Hannity's Liberty Tree | May 7th | ColbertNation.com:

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(Via The Colbert Nation.)

Typical punditry. The sad part is Hannity is not joking here. The Party of Stupid will quickly lose its misnomer status if fools like this keep running amok.

Of important note: Justice completely absent from Hannity's Tree of Liberty but he doubles down with Commerce and Industry. Speaks volumes.

Forbidden Stupid Fruit

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Sean Hannity's Liberty Tree | May 7th | ColbertNation.com:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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(Via The Colbert Nation.)

Typical punditry. The sad part is Hannity is not joking here. The Party of Stupid will quickly lose its misnomer status if fools like this keep running amok.

Of important note: Justice completely absent from Hannity's Tree of Liberty but he doubles down with Commerce and Industry. Speaks volumes.

Words fail.

The Macalope » Blog Archive » Deep thought:

"The Zune must really suck goat balls if it can’t compete against a device that costs $10,000."

(Via The Macalope.)

Godlike efficiency.

MacBooks sweep Consumer Reports laptop ratings | Laptop | MacUser | Macworld:

"The venerable publication gave the company top rankings in three of its notebook categories: 13-inch machines, 14-inch to 16-inch laptops, and 17-inch models.

The MacBooks bested their competitors, despite the lower cost of many of the Windows machines rated."

(Via Macworld.)

And that's what the laptop hunters ads always seem to miss: you go cheap, you get cheap.

Take a Chill Pill

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Avoiding Temptation

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Daring Fireball: Regarding the Verizon and 'iPhone Lite' Rumors:

"The reason why Apple did this with the iPod, and why I’m convinced they’ll do it again with the iPhone, is that when it comes to managing the balance between per-unit profit and overall market share, Apple is determined to err on the side of market share. (Not as much with the Mac, however — the difference being that PCs are now a firmly established market.) Most gadget companies, when they have a smash hit on their hands, try to milk it. A typical company that found itself selling millions of $400 hard-drive-based digital music players would try its best to continue selling the same $400 hard-drive-based digital music players for as long as it could. Apple, despite an overwhelming 70 percent market share, aggressively added features and drove down its own prices, year after year after year."

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Good analysis on how Apple "thinks" in "Erring on the Side of Market Share." I found the monopolistic discussion towards the end, the most trenchant. Companies tend to be "sales-guy" driven who want to grow market share at the expense of quality/consumer value/innovation or go for profits by milking the cash cow once they have a monopolistic position. Apple since the turn of the millennium has avoided away this successfully. That's why I spit fire on Microsoft. They are like Apple in the late 90's (pre-Jobs) when I was considering leaving the platform/going with Mac clones. I wish Windows 7 née Vista SP2 continues to flop. Microsoft has shown that it can learn its lesson given enough pain. Security in Vista is demonstrably more robust. I'm hopeful they will experience enough pain to finally concentrate on usability in Windows 7. That's good for everybody, even Mac OS X users.

Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful - CNN.com:

"White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified -- more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did."

(Via CNN.)

This is why people fear the religious. We don't have the courage of our convictions.

"But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for his he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

-- Luke 6:35-36

A Conversation on Torture

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