From the daily archives: Monday, March 17, 2008

PB Late Night Theater: Ireland

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My final act in honor of St. Patrick’s Day… some of my favorite Irish music…


Metallica actually covered this next one. This, however, is not Metallica – it’s The Dubliners. And it’s flippin’ awesome.

The final song is bound to be ultra-controversial. If Irish politics make you uncomfortable (as well as strongly worded language), I suggest you skip right on by this one. It should be pretty clear from my blogging history that I prefer non-violent resolution whenever possible; what I like about this song is how it conveys the pugnacious Irish spirit. After all, all we […]

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Steve Stivers was at the Dublin St. Pat’s Day parade with his supporters today. Here’s their group photo…

Notice anything interesting?

Ok- sure. they are all wearing blue t-shirts. Anything else?

Ding! you are right- they are all white. And mostly men. Also in attendance: 4 kids, 5 babies and 1 dog.

And, if I was a betting man, I’d wager that around 10% of these people are relatives of Mr. Stivers.

The rest, of course, are still a bunch of white people- about 40 of them actually. Not really a big turnout given there are about […]

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I’m beginning to think there is a flatal flaw in religion if there are so many out there who spout the most horrendous of slurs and vulgarity during time when they should be inspiring their “flock” with words of divine inspiration. This Manning guy is nuts. He sounds like a Hillary (and Bill) supporter who is coming unglued like some of her other supporters and apologists.

This almost looks like a parody on SNL:

This one should lose any tax exempt status there was (but it won’t):

This one you probably won’t be able to finish:

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Quick Reminder: PlunderPool 2008

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This won’t be the last time I remind peeps that the brackets are available for the first annual PlunderPool. Make sure to get your bracket in. Everyone is welcome and I’ll accept up to two pick sheets from each person who enters (so do up a whacky bracket along with your most serious picks). We are working on some cool prizes…and who wouldn’t want to say they won the inaugural PlunderPool NCAA bracket contest?

So come one. Current players include:

Jason S.
Paul Ackerman
Jerid Kurtz
Scott Bakalar
and me

If you blog, put up a […]

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They don’t call him Slick Willy for nothing. Bill Clinton, in an attempt to re-write history, tries to claim that his statement in South Carolina was not playing the race card. Funny thing is, he just can’t resist the temptation to do it again:

(CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton defended his role in his wife’s presidential campaign in South Carolina, disputing claims he made race a campaign issue.

“What happened there is a total myth and a mugging,” Clinton told CNN’s Sean Callebs in New Orleans, Louisiana, over the weekend.

“Wink wink nudge nudge people of Pennsylvania! What […]

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Poll: More Democrats Want Obama

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(CNN) — A majority of Democrats would like to see Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton win their party’s presidential nomination, according to a national poll out Monday.

Fifty-two percent of registered Democrats questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say the senator from Illinois is their choice for president, with 45 percent supporting Clinton.

The poll also suggests Democrats are more enthusiastic about an Obama victory (45 percent) than for a victory by the senator from New York (38 percent).

Ohioans got on the wrong side of this one. I’ll forgive them though in the general. Once […]

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Via Wired:

Access to, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.

The internet is a tremendous tool for democratization. While access, even in the US, is not yet universal, if some poor person without a personal computer and internet access can get online at the local library, a tremendous amount of user-generated content is readily available.

For now.

The problem is, a very similar problem is rearing it’s head here in the West; the […]

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Some balance about Wright

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I’d like to provide some balance to the portrayal of Jeremiah Wright in the press. It is indisputable that he’s had several well-publicized moments of over-the-top outspokenness, and that Obama is being hammered for this. Asking questions after such video appears is, in fact, good and necessary. But, perhaps one should look at the balance of his history as a preacher. After the jump is the full text of a 1990 sermon he gave that Obama used as the basis for the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope”.

I would hope that people look at the whole […]

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I cringe every time George Bush says something optimistic because it almost always means something bad is going to happen.

Like back in March of 2003 when he told us the “war is going well.” Five years later and we’re still bogged down in Iraq and almost 4000 american soldiers are dead.

And September of that same year he brought us the optimistic message “I believe there are better days ahead for people who are working and looking for work.” How’s that working out for you, George?

And in August of last year Bush told us there was no […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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This is one of my ethnic holidays. So have yourself some corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and a Guinness (or two… or three), and find a few Irish men or women to kiss.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of young, ginger, Irish lasses in San Diego. Just as well; my wife probably wouldn’t approve.

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The Dispatch ran a well written and quite thorough opinion piece on Saturday that really sums up the situation with Ohio’s screwed up charter schools.

The piece was written by Thomas M. Stephens who is professor emeritus at OSU and the author of many books on schools, teaching and education.

Stephens points out that charter schools are promoted as a ‘panaceas for intractable education and social problems’ but the way the system is set up in Ohio pretty much guarantees their failure and leads ‘to questionable promises and practices.’

Last year Ohio’s 310 charter schools recieved $532 MILLION in […]

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