Friday, January 16, 2004

I'm so excited...
http://www.margaretcho.com/blog/blog.htm
...to find out though today's news cycle that Margeret Cho has a blog! If the right hadn't attacked her (see below) I would not have known about this source of fun.

Not for the faint of heart
American Politics Journal -- Cro-Magnon Mail!
This is a sampling of email Margeret Cho received from right wingers after Matt Drudge listed some of her comments from her set at the Move-On event Monday night in New York. The intelligence of Drudge's readers, and the bizarre thought processes of Christians really comes through in these.

This is so funny, it just has to be read
Salon.com | "Don't be an asshole, vote Democratic"

So much for a pro-science Bush administration
Salon.com News | Bush administration challenges science in obesity report
Well, with hopes that the Bushies would start supporting science with the bold new space thing, they instead revert back to their head in the sand ways. Now comes news that they are skeptical that foods high in fat or sugar cause obesity. Hmm, which industry would want them to take that position? Thinking... thinking...

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

My first ever nice email to the President
I just sent a really pleasant email to Bush in favor of his Space proposals. I can't believe how little Americans support Space exploration. My country mates are serious losers sometimes.

Da Vinci Code
Apparently I have to read this book, so someone send me a copy, okay?

Move On
Please don't buy an ad in the Super Bowl. Just a waste of $1.6 million. Your supporters have worked hard to give you that money - don't turn around and give it to CBS.

Update: CBS has apparently denied moveon the chance to buy ad time during the Super Bowl because they don't want to run political ads, except for the Bush administration's ad to drum up support for the right wing drug war, and a couple of other political ads, but moveon's is just not up to their standards. I don't know if I should be relieved that moveon is saving their money, or outraged at Viacom's decision to not sell the ad time.

I woke up in a foul mood this morning
Sometimes NPR is just not the way to wake up. The news is sometimes chilling. 7:00AM 9/11/01 comes prominently to mind. Today it was news of more wacky monotheism as some idiot mother of two killed herself and murdered four others at a Gaza strip checkpoint. ("Where murderous monotheists clash!") I'm sure her kids will appreciate being orphans. Nice work lady. One hopes that right before her head was blown skyward by the bomb around her abdoman she realized she was a stupid fucking murderer who was abandoning her own children. At least one moment of clarity, so she didn't die with the ignorant delusion that she was about to go to "heaven."

The tooth fairie isn't real, either people.

And debt collectors make me want to believe there is a hell. Since there's not, I just hope they all hate their miserable little lives.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Modern Privacy means no one reads your blog
There's a great article in the New York Times today (Sunday magazine) about teenagers (who account for over half the world's blogs) and blogging, especially over at livejournal. Kinda makes ya think. Or doesn't. But it makes you appreciate grammer if nothing else. Fucking kids these days!

Bush's new initiatives
Salon.com News | Some Bush proposals alarm conservatives
This article has a hefty amount of bullshit in it, such as painting conservatives as concerned about budget deficits, but it is certainly interesting that just after Bush has two proposals that I strongly agree with (one to expand legal immigration, the other to actually move forward with the dormant Space program) the conservatives get all disappointed with him. I think we can fit Space exploration into the budget.

My plan is to keep the dollar strong, balance the budget, pay down the debt and expand domestic programs as well as scientific endevors, including medical research. Primary to this goal is an overhaul of our out of control health industry, which now accounts for over 15% of the domestic economy. I say that that money would be more efficiently spent through a single payer, and by normalizing that huge portion of the economy, the benefits to the economy (and taxes paid) would be significant.

We can continue to aggressively print and export cash in exchange for goods, but do it in a way that filters it through government coffers, thereby paying down the debt. You may think it's a recipe for inflation, but we've been doing it for quite a long time, and so long as the American $100 bill is the accepted currency worldwide, we need not worry about domestic inflation. We've been expanding the amount of cash in circulation at a crazy rate for years with no ill effects on inflation by exporting it, I'm just saying it's time for uncle Sam to wet his debt-riddled beak for a while.

Another pillar to a strong economy is to legalize drugs and tax them. This turns what is currently a drain on our coffers (enforcement of the drug laws) into a boon - the collection of taxes. If there's one segment of America who are damned willing to have their taxes increased, it's drug users. Do it now. The benefits to the economy and Federal, State, & local budgets would be instantaneous and huge.

Once we do that, and some other economic reform (such as actually regulating industry) the economy will be healthy, the debt will come down, the dollar will be strong, and we can afford to send astronauts into deep space with permanent scientific outposts on the Moon & Mars.

But I'm the left-wing freak show, so what do I know?