Monday, April 27, 2009

A Conservative

Larison at his blog Eunomia

I have started doubting whether people who are openly pro-torture or engaged in the sophistry of Manzi’s post are part of the same moral universe as I am, and I have wondered whether there is even a point in contesting such torture apologia as if they were reasonable arguments deserving of real consideration. Such fundamental assumptions at the core of our civilization should not have to be re-stated or justified anew, and the fact that they have to be is evidence of how deeply corrupted our political life has become, but if such basic norms are not reinforced it seems clear that they will be leeched away over time.

bwo John Cole, of course

Saturday, April 25, 2009


And now we get healthcare.

I'm with Krugman.

Can't wait to see the exploding heads over this one.


Texas, Treason and Trevino

I have been meaning to post on this since the kerfuffle irrupted.

Josh Trevino (no tilde and no fucking link) tries to paint a simple assertion as a corruption of history (that would be the accepted history according to the cant and prattle of the Nativists).

Erik Loomis Ph.D went all liberal-biased fact on Josh's ass.

Kinda glad I hesitated to pull the trigger. The shit storm continues.

Dr. Loomis has continued his analysis of a modern secessionist Texas.

But of course, Texas committed treason in defense of slavery twice.

The historical narrative pains me even more than when I had my "Come to Jesus" moment about "Uncle Billy".

Oh, and Rick Perry (R-Tool), thanks a ton for unpacking this suitcase of dirty laundry (the whites) in the public square. Douchebag.


Added) this wicked slapdown in media res.

The next time

someone asserts that the sub-prime market killed the economy, point them here.

A taste:

There were negatively amortizing loans everywhere: Option ARMs for homeowners, toggle PIKs for corporations, and of course interest reserves for Construction & Development loans (always common, but are blowing up on lenders).


bwo Atrios

Friday, April 17, 2009


A nice video of some of my Step-son's relatives.

Dosen't look like a gang fight to me.
It looks more like a session of the U.S. House.

Fly away

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009


The one thing I would add to Prof. Krugman's statement that

Instead, however, finance turned into the monster that ate the world economy

is the word again.