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links for 2010-04-07

  • // I wonder why Stupak couldn't find a way to get Obama to rescind this.
  • //Awesome
  • Quote:"The former real estate agent who lost her job when Iceland's housing market disintegrated two years ago said she feared she could soon be forced out of her large house in Mosfellsbaer, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Reykjavik."

    // Wow, Bush really did a number on Iceland…

  • // This made me laugh. I might have to add the blog to Da Roll.
  • Quote:"McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism"

    // There's going to be a lot of disappointment with this bill.

  • // Sadly, there is still a role for these weapons to play. The strategic deterrence role, which requires large ICBMs, and a legitimate tactical role. Tactical nukes must be maintained to prevent the establishment of large formations of military engines, whether tanks or troop transport. The nukes need not be ever used, but just having them will remove conventional warfare from ever being seriously considered against the US.
  • “There is a lot of amnesia that’s emerging, apparently.”
  • Quote:"Companies have cut back hiring and when they do have jobs, they have plenty of experienced applicants to pick from. College graduates typically need further training and seasoning, so many employers are skipping college career fairs this year or tapping former interns if they need fresh talent.

    // Great.

  • Quote:"Connotations easily change over time. "Idiot", "imbecile", and "moron" were once neutral terms for a developmentally delayed adult of toddler, preschool, and primary school mental ages, respectively.[4] As with Gresham's law, negative connotations tend to crowd out neutral ones, so the phrase mentally retarded was pressed into service to replace them.[5] Now that, too, is considered vulgar, used commonly as an insult of a person, thing, or idea. As a result, new terms like "mentally challenged", "with an intellectual disability", "learning difficulties" and "special needs" have replaced "retarded".

    A similar progression occurred with the following terms for persons with physical handicaps:

    lame → crippled → handicapped → disabled → physically challenged → differently abled

    // Note to self: Euphemism treadmill, not train.

  • Quote:"President Barack Obama's advisers plan to remove terms such as "Islamic radicalism" from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say.

    // So begins the terrorism euphemism train.

  • Quote:"However, Gomes — described by friends as a devout Christian — attended rallies in Seoul in support of Park, a fellow Christian from the U.S. who deliberately went into the North in December to call attention to the nation's rights record.

    // The man was given 8 years for, basically, being an illegal immigrant.

  • Quote:"Will the rise in economic growth and job creation – if they continue — offset the Republican gains? Not very likely. Remember Bill Clinton’s 1994 experience. Even though the recession had officially ended in the quarter before he took office and he proudly pointed to five million new jobs that had been created during the first two years of his presidency, Clinton got no bounce from the jobs issue or the economy. Even in the election of 1996, the economy was only marginally a source of strength for the Democratic president. It wasn’t until impeachment that the job growth that had been ongoing since he took office began to work heavily in his favor with the public. The hangover from a recession, certainly from one a violent as this, lasts a long time. A very long time. "

    // In fact, it looks like this year will be worse for the dems than 1994

  • Quote:"You have to be honest and true to yourself. What am I supposed to do, vote Democratic just to be popular? Just to fit in?" asked Clifton Bazar, a 45-year-old New Jersey freelance photographer and conservative blogger.

    // The peer pressure to attach one's ideas to one's group identity within minority groups is a scary realization of Orwellian groupthink.

    (tags: politics race)
  • // High deficits like the ones we're seeing always end in higher taxes eventually.