From the monthly archives: November 2006

San Francisco values

On November 28, 2006 By

I don’t normally read kos, but I did stumble across this gem:

Did you hear that O’Reilly invented the slur “San Francisco values”? Yeah, he also thinks he invented sliced bread and fire.

But let’s talk about “San Francisco values”, you know — tolerance, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Since O’Reilly boycotts everything he hates, I look forward to his boycott of all Bay Area-origin products. Same with every conservative who bashes San Francisco and the Bay Area. So no iPods or anything Apple. No HP computers. No Google. No Yahoo. No eBay. Those conservative bloggers using Blogspot, MovableType, or TypePad? […]

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In what might be the most bizarre battle in the “War on Christmas” (just wait, Bill-O and Gibson will be right on top of the “story” again), a Colorado homeowner is now in a fight with her homeowners association over a wreath… in the shape of a peace symbol.

A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.

Some residents who have complained have children […]

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Quinnipiac University conducted a “thermometer poll” of prominent politicians, and while Kerry was rightfully panned in the results (39.6 – last out of 20, and below President Bush!), their copy about Kerry was dreadful:

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee who was roundly criticized before the election for suggesting that students who don’t study could end up stuck in Iraq, came in last at 39.6.

Sigh. (He didn’t suggest that students who don’t study could end up stuck in Iraq. Well, I guess he did if you ignore the context of the statement.)

However, what really struck […]

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Why the Democrats will win in 2008

On November 27, 2006 By

Because people like Mitt Romney are already dead-in-the-water when it comes to winning the Republican primary.

I’ll have much more on Mitt Romney’s liberal record on social issues as the primary heats up. Mitt thinks that he can just erase his Massachusetts-liberal record, but we can’t let him get away with it.

“Christianists” ($1 to Andrew Sullivan) like Matthew Naugle exert an undue amount of influence on the primary process. When Mitt Romney is “too liberal” (like Voinovich) for the base, the candidate that they’ll end up putting forth in the general election will be far too conservative for […]

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Kilroy/Pryce Race Requires Recount

On November 27, 2006 By

CNN just announced the numbers for the?Kilroy/Pryce race in Ohio’s 15th.

Pryce is still ahead- but only by 1,055 votes (down from the 3,536 votes in unofficial election-night totals).?? The margin is so slim that it WILL REQUIRE A RECOUNT.


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What Would Jesus Drive?

On November 27, 2006 By

Wired talks about Chevy’s “roll-your-own” ad campaign.

Chevy had already enlisted Internet users for its 2005 introduction of the HHR, a retro-style SUV along the lines of Chrysler’s PT Cruiser. After almost 1,300 people submitted photos and videos promoting the new vehicle, Chevy decided it was time to try this stuff where it really mattered ? on the Tahoe, whose astronomical profit margin (about $10,000 per vehicle according to one estimate) makes it critical to the success of Chevrolet and its parent, GM. The Tahoe had just gotten its first makeover in years ? serious styling, luxury seats […]

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If it quacks like a duck…

On November 26, 2006 By

While certain right-leaning bloggers?may disagree,?this generation of happy, College Republican campers?has been moving away from the?’big tent’?message pushed by the GOP.??

Gays, immigrants, foreigners, poor people… “Not in MY big tent” seems to be their attitude- at at any cost.

Below are just a few examples…

Local voter registration questioned by Texas A&M students
Battalion, The (Texas A&M University) (TX) — November 9, 2000??
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Tuesday’s presidential election proved that every vote does count, but some Texas A&M University students expected to have the opportunity to vote, but could not.

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President of the BU College Republicans, and life-long white guy, Joe Mrosczyk announced today that his group will offer a scholarship exclusively for white students.

Mrosczyk’s home town, Danvers, MA, has about 22,000 people and is 97.72% White (0.35% Black).

More than likely, Joe has never actually met a black person.

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Darwin *was* wrong!

On November 22, 2006 By

Well, kinda.

Evolution happens. But it can also stop and turn on a dime.

A new study of lizards in the Bahamas shows that the natural selection pressures that drive evolution can flip-flop faster than previously thought – even in months.

“Darwin was right about so many things,” said Jonathan Losos, a former Washington University biologist who led the study. “In this case he was wrong. He thought that evolution must occur slowly and gradually.”

The lizards and their changing leg lengths are yet another case of evolution occurring in real time. From finches that evolve longer beaks in […]

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Heads up, Marie Wilson will be speaking on Wednesday 11/29 at the OSU John Glenn School of Public Affairs at 4pm.
If you’re not aware of Marie Wilson, I’d seriously recommend checking out both the Whitehouse Project website and her bio.

If I didn’t have class I’d make the drive down for this one. It should be good.

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You Want Bipartisan Spirit?

On November 22, 2006 By

Fine, Speaker-Elect Pelosi is thinking about giving the GOP just that, except not the kind of bipartisanship they really care about. Via the Hill:

Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has drafted legislation that would grant soon-to-be-unemployed Republicans severance pay while they look for jobs after Democrats take over control of the chamber on Jan. 4, according to a senior Democratic aide.

Democratic aides have kept details of the proposed severance package secret, such as how much former Republican aides would receive and who would be eligible for compensation. And it is not certain that Pelosi will introduce the […]

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