The New York Times says today that the races for congressional seats in 2008 have as equally an early head start as the presidential campaign. Reporter Carl Hulse’s story has this graf: The political architects for both parties in the House and Senate are hard at work recruiting candidates, raising money, mapping the playing field […]
By Martin Bosworth An interesting piece came across my desk the other day that paints a chilling picture of how strong the religious right’s death grip is on American culture and politics…and how that death grip is actually maintained by business interests who want to ensure that the American machine keeps rolling along.
Britney Spears is preggers with her third child. She’s not sure who the father is. Yes, of course, I understand the implications of this….
After last week’s fun little exchange over poetry-related topics my fellow scrogues and I agreed to make Thursdays Poetry Day here at S&R. Let me kick things off. Since we’ve also been chatting behind the scenes about the relative wordiness of things we’ve seen and written, I’d like to make today’s subject minimalism: let’s talk […]
I love sports. Always have. I grew up playing all the usual sports and eagerly tried out a lot of others when I got older. I’ve always been a big spectator, too, watching everything from football, basketball and baseball to soccer, track, cycling, volleyball, water polo – whatever was on, you know? But these days […]
Q: Is it in part a response to the Democratic criticism last night over Iraq at the debate? MR. SNOW: No. Q: Did he watch the debate? MR. SNOW: I don’t think so. I don’t think he’s big on YouTube debates. â€” White House spokesman Tony Snow aboard Air Force One, explaining the president’s speech […]
One should never forget that dictatorships are inherently inefficient. Russia, now one of the world’s largest oil and gas suppliers, has made a great deal of cash out of the energy run. Most of that has been siphoned off by cronies, apparatchiks, corruption, and outright inefficiency. When Russia declared a few days ago that they […]
Er, the D.C. economy, at any rate. From his latest exclusive newsletter: [F]amily members of senators and congressmen from both parties and in all regions of the country have for years benefited directly from the “Washington economy” of lobbying firms and government contractors, many of which would not even exist without the infusions of taxpayer […]
The wait is over and the inevitable has happened: the University of Colorado yesterday formally dismissed Professor Ward Churchill. Interim President Hank Brown explained, in an open letter to the school’s donors: To help ensure that accountability, we cannot abide academic misconduct. More than 20 faculty members (from CU and other universities) on three separate […]
Three weeks ago Tama Muru from the BBC asked me if I thought Zimbabwe would explode. At the time I said, “No.” Was I wrong? The situation three weeks ago was this: The Zimbabwe dollar was worth less than the paper it’s printed on Zimbabwe is short of everything and produces virtually no food on […]
A magician who seeks to retain his (or her) illusion for — and thus control over — the audience uses sleight of hand and misdirection. In the modern political era that began in earnest with the 1994 mid-term elections, a Republican majority in Congress mastered that art using the textbooks authored by former House Speaker […]
This little tidbit from Yahoo Tech (first reported in 2005 but evidently not widely known): most color laser printers have embedded patterns of little dots (yellow and impossible to see with the naked eye) that are unique and traceable. They’re printer fingerprints…. These little dots were (supposedly) originally meant to thwart counterfeiters. But it seems […]
On June 23, 2005, the Supreme Court decided Kelo vs. New London, a case that gave governments nearly unlimited power to exercise eminent domain in an effort to “take” property from one private party and transfer that property to another private party purely based on the fact that the new party would be able to […]
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, first published 1957, 1 200 pages, ISBN 978-0452011878 “For twelve years, you have been asking: Who is John Galt? This is John Galt speaking. I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values. I am the man who […]