Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010


via Jeff LaMarche, Devin Coldewey on CrunchGear warns you not to buy the Droid X:

Really. If you want to make it difficult to hack, that’s fine. You think your software should be enough, that’s fine. But once I pay money for the item, it’s mine, and disabling my device because you don’t like what I’m doing with it falls under the category of sabotage.

Welcome to Modern Life, Devin, under which nothing is actually "yours" and simply being able walk about freely is considered a privilege, not a right. Ironically, private property is the MOST important thing in this world.

Your very life exists at the whim and discretion of our elites, who know what's best for all of us.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Larry Rohter writing in the NY Times, reporting on the actual, unedited Mark Twain autobiography, emphasis mine:

Twain’s opposition to incipient imperialism and American military intervention in Cuba and the Philippines, for example, were well known even in his own time. But the uncensored autobiography makes it clear that those feelings ran very deep and includes remarks that, if made today in the context of Iraq or Afghanistan, would probably lead the right wing to question the patriotism of this most American of American writers.

Hmm, I wonder why that is? Thinking... thinking...

Nope, not a clue.

Perhaps Larry could spell it out for everyone?

I bet that's not allowed at the Serious and Respectable NY Times.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Standard Issue Fare

Josh Marshall writes of Michael Steele's latest gaffe (claiming the war in Afghanistan is an un-winnable war of Obama's choosing):

This is actually pretty typical Steele. He finds a riff that has some rhetorical logic in the moment -- way to attack Obama, way to say this or that about GOP or Dems, whatever ... without taking a moment to give some thought to whether it actually coheres or fits together and makes any sense in the context of all the other stuff he says he believes.

This is actually pretty typical of Republicans, in particular self-identified conservatives.