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no, really, *everyone* gets a pony

Okay, you know the obvious: 229-196, 51-49, Rumsfeld resigns (though his replacement ain’t quite a saint)

But in the four days since the world changed for the better, there has been a slew of amazing positive news, some of it only tangentially related to the Democrat revolution. Check out some of these headlines:

Hamas Leader Offers to Step Down if Aid Resumes!
Pentagon to Review Its Strategy in Iraq!
GM to Launch Plug-in Hybrid!
Controversial Religious Summer Camp [“Jesus Camp”] Closed!
Democrats Plan Timetable for Withdrawal of Troops!
Bush Plans Burning Man Camp, Undergoes DNA Activation!

Only one of those is fake! But one week ago was any of them really more implausible than the others?

And don’t forget – we’ve got voter tampering investigations in the pipeline…

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no more sushi

postedby on November2nd,2006 tagged doomsaying

Overfishing May Harm Seafood Population” is a decidedly (and uncharacteristically) understated title for this article from the SF Chronicle. Here’s the kicker:

“At this point 29 percent of fish and seafood species have collapsed — that is, their catch has declined by 90 percent. It is a very clear trend, and it is accelerating,” Worm said. “If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime — by 2048.

I knew it was bad, but I wasn’t quite aware it was this bad. Those of you who know me know that I loves me some seafood, but that I’ve struggled with the environmental impact of my decision for some time. As of right now, I’m no longer eating fish. Any fish.

At least until they start growing them in vats.

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who are you and what have you done with my democrats?

postedby on November2nd,2006 tagged politics

dems buy ads in AZ, looking to expand the fight


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wheel of fortun-ate economic circumstances

From my favorite hedge fund manager/pundit/personality , Barry Ritzholtz:

[1] “Quite frankly, while I detest the intereference in the political process, I must admit to admiring the ingenuity and audacity of Goldman Sachs. As far as I can tell, either it was a brilliant ploy to impact the energy markets two months before elections, or the index is run by a bunch of naive, ham-fisted idiots, blissfully unaware of what they wrought so close to mid-term elections. So my own answer about energy manipulation turns on the question whether Goldman Sachs is a sharp collection of rocket scientists/traders, or a bunch-o-morons.”

[2] “Of course, the Fed does control money supply, and while it is understandable their providing additional liquidity during the rate tightening phase (i.e, more money supply as rates go higher) the most recent firehose of cash hitting the past few months since the pause is a bit harder to rationalize . . .”

What the second comment doesn’t explicitly state is that not only is the spate of money supply increases somewhat strange, it is coincident with the fact that last year the Fed announced it would stop explicitly reporting the overall money supply figure, known as ‘M3.’

Yes you can re-assemble this figure yourself, more or less, but if this regime has proven anything it is that only one or two levels of indirection are enough to plant reasonable doubt.

This is driving me nuts.

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Most amusing news story of the month

It appears that Hugo Chavez, through the Venezuelan government, has purchased Sequoia systems, a manufacturer of electronic voting machines used in 17 states and the District of Columbia. An investigation has been opened by Committee on Foreign Investment, and rightfully so.

Apparently, the idea that the owner of an e-voting software producer may influence the operation of their machines is not so “kook fringe” after all.

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Space Cowboy

Is there anything else left for him to ruin?

The policy calls upon the Secretary of Defense to “develop capabilities, plans, and options to ensure freedom of action in space, and, if directed, deny such freedom of action to adversaries.”

— Dubya, introducing his new National Space Policy

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go bump in the night

Proliferation Sweepstakes Winner


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three pointing back at you…

Mark \'Frisky\' Foley

“It’s vile,” said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. “It’s more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction.” On Bill Clinton – 1998

St. Petersburg Times. Published September 12, 1998

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verbosity has always been my vice

Well, the quarter’s about over, so it’s time for my favorite new-to-me words of Q3 2006:

07.07.2006: vetitive: 1. Relating to a veto. 2. Having the power to forbid. 07.20.2006: nescience: Lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance 08.10.2006: ensorcell: To bewitch; to enchant. 08.17.2006: haruspicy: Divination by inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals. 08.24.2006: phatic: Relating to a communication meant to generate an atmosphere of social relationship rather than to convey some information. 09.04.2006: palinode: A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.

What are yours?

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