Alright, work has been crazy this week so time for another link dump. This time it's political. Enjoy! ANd remember - Drinking Liberally: Indianapolis is tonight. be there or be a rhombus. 7pm-whenever at Spencer's Stadium Tavern (802 S. West St.)
Reason #3,4112 why the DC Consultant Class is bad for the Democratic Party
Help save 1-800-SUICIDE. It's a suicide prevention line that gets federal funding. Now the feds want to take away its funding and start its own program. I don't know about you, but I want kids to be able to to call a suicid help line without it being an arm of the federal government. This is an important issue for me.
I can't wait to go to a 'museum' that shows how humans and dinosaurs co-existed!! Wait... you mean it's supposed to be 'true' and 'science' according to a religious wacko? Oh. Um. Never mind.
"Visitors will leave knowing how to use the Bible to build their thinking in all areas."
And not knowing the first thing about science. Hooray for promoting ignorance of science in lieu of fairy tales and bogus charlatans! :\
Some dude wrote a book that supposedly proclaims George W. Bush as the Messiah. OyyyyyoyoyoyoY!
This really does deserve its own post, but I just don't have the time.
Diebold's voting machines are even less secure than previously suspected. Inspection of a Diebold machine by the open Voting Foundation revealed that all it takes to get a Diebold machine to boot a modified, crooked operating system is the flip of a switch, a task that can be accomplished in a brief moment using nothing but a screwdriver.
That, combined with how much Diebold was used in Ohio and teh questionable election results there in 2004..... I'm trying not to sound like someone on Coast To Coast AM, but let's just say I'm won't be comfortable with this upcoming election until it's over.
Electronic voting needs a verifiable paper trail and needs to run on open source code that is available to all and verifiable by all. This idea of proprietary voting software scares the bejeezus out of me.
This legislation that would legalize military tribunals sounds a tad broad - could it allow for secret tribunals of reporters for publishing something the Federal Government doesn't like? Republicans - is this this sort of small government you keep telling me about?
A new economics blog is going in my RSS Reader. Hosted at Tapped (The American Prospect's blog), Beat The Press is written by Dean Baker. Baker is the author of a book that I'm going to have to pick up very soon: The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. Sounds fascinating.
The Pennsylvania Green Party is running a candidate in the Senate race there. Okay, so on the surface that's no big deal. They have that right. But here' sthe kicker - nearly all of the $66,000 donated to the campaign came from Republicans. Please, Greens, tell me about integrity again. Oh how I miss those fanciful stories.
This would be funny if it didn't feel so close to the truth sometimes:
WASHINGTON, DC—In a decisive 1–0 decision Monday, President Bush voted to grant the president the constitutional power to grant himself additional powers.
"As president, I strongly believe that my first duty as president is to support and serve the president," Bush said during a televised address from the East Room of the White House shortly after signing his executive order. "I promise the American people that I will not abuse this new power, unless it becomes necessary to grant myself the power to do so at a later time."
Alas that is all for today. I promise i'll have my entry up about Pitchfork sometime. It's been one of those weeks.