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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-12 05:13
Subject: [links] Link salad slept like a spy welded into a sidesaddle diesel tank
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Karaoke Night!Scrivener's Error with the first salvo in Amazonfail: The Musical.

Three weeks post-chemo — From a fellow cancer survivor on a similar journey to mine. A lot for me to think about here.

1961 Panhard PL17 — If I had a stupid amount of money, I'd buy this car for the sheer WTFery.

Dark Energy: Calibrating Standard CandlesCentauri Dreams with some cool space science geekery.

The Slesarev "Svyatogor", experimental Russian aircraft, circa 1916 — If Fred Flinstone had built an airplane, it might have looked like this.

Partisanship hits California Assembly over Schwarzenegger's lt. governor pick — Without respect to the merits of the story, that's easily the stupidest headline since "This Just In: Sun Rises in East!"

How Christian Were the Founders? — More on textbooks in Texas and Christanist mythmaking. These people have learned Stalin's lessons about truth. What precisely do they think they are accomplishing? American strength wasn't built on narrow minds and closed doors. I'd prefer not to end my days in a Third World quasitheocracy, thank you very much.

Justice Clinton? — An odd little bit of political speculation regarding possible Supreme Court succession. I can't imagine it personally, given how deeply the Right has invested in demonizing Clintons in general and Hillary in particular. If she were nominated, the country would go into absolute vapor lock while Republican nihilism ran amok.

Them there I'sLanguage Log on the ridiculous "Obama says 'i' too much" meme on the Right. This one's been percolating for a while, and like most conservative talking points, doesn't stand up to even a shred of first order analysis. Confidential to conservative America: When you guys lap this stuff up, it makes the rest of us wonder how you get out of bed in the morning without tripping over your own feet. Try fixating on something substantive. Or, you know, real.

?otD: How do you sleep? Show your work.



2/12/2010
Writing time yesterday: 75 minutes (revisions on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (poorly)
This morning's weigh-in: 225.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-02-12 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"I'd prefer not to end my days in a Third World quasitheocracy, thank you very much"

Nor would I, though it seems that since 1980 or so that was precisely where we were heading, in small ways and large, once "image over substance" and "ideology over reality" became enshrined with Reagan. The trend of saying "we're #1" but not actually DOING the things necessary to make/keep it true is distinctly troubling, and rude awakenings are coming down the pike.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-02-12 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If she were nominated, the country would go into absolute vapor lock while Republican nihilism ran amok."

Personally, I don't have a problem with this. It's time we face them down once and for all. Because if we don't then we will be living under their theocratic yoke for a long, long time.

Anyway, Ms. Clinton would make a great justice, imo.
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scarlettina: WW: Smart and savvy
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-02-12 16:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:WW: Smart and savvy
I'm puzzled by the idea of Hillary Clinton as an odd Supreme Court choice, or of the idea being particularly new. When it was clear she wasn't going to nab the Democratic nomination, a lot of folks were positing that she might make an excellent Supreme, and I can't say I disagree. She's smart, she knows the law, she's now got a proven track of Senate service that's pretty strong. There's no doubt the Repubilcans would make her miserable in the process but--if she wanted it--there's also no question that she'd fight for it tooth-and-claw.

I just can't tell if she'd want it though. She's thrown herself into State pretty thoroughly. She may find herself wanting to be more like Madeleine Albright, an elder stateswoman whom People Listen To.

One way or another, it would certainly be interesting.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-02-12 20:48 (UTC)
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/bemusedoutsider here/

Imo Hillary would be wasted in the SC. She's good at action, getting things done, leadership, solving practical problems.

About the Founders, someone posted some great quotes attributed to Jefferson about Christianity (and/or monotheistic religions) not being priviledged. If you haven't seen them, I'll hunt for them.
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