Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Historic Moment

Hillary Clinton issues Statement on Google Operations in China:
We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions. We look to the Chinese government for an explanation. The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy. I will be giving an address next week on the centrality of internet freedom in the 21st century, and we will have further comment on this matter as the facts become clear.

Monday, January 11, 2010

On Behalf Of Al-Qaeda

Eric Martin on the underwear bomber:
If the attack were a success, I'm not suggesting that fact should be suppressed - and some form of initial emotional overreaction is understandable, even if counterproductive in the end.  But in the present case, it's as if some people were bending over backwards to try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat...on behalf of al-Qaeda.

Exclamation Point

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Harry Reid:
I think you can grant that, in this era, the term "Negro dialect" is racially insensitive and embarrassing. That said, the fair-mind listener understands the argument--Barack Obama's complexion and his ability to code-switch is an asset. You can quibble about the "light skin" part, but forget running for president, code-switching is the standard M.O. for any African American with middle class aspirations.

But there's no such defense for Trent Lott. Lott celebrated apartheid Mississippi's support of Strom Thurmond, and then said that had Thurmond won, "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years.'' Strom Thurmond run for president, specifically because he opposed Harry Truman's efforts at integration. This is not mere conjecture--nearly half of Thurmond's platform was dedicated to preserving segregation. The Dixiecrat slogan was "Segregation Forever!" (Exclamation point, theirs.) Trent Lott's wasn't forced to resign because he said something "racially insensitive." He was forced to resign because he offered tacit endorsement of white supremacy--frequently.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Play Attention

I find this fascinating and a little bit terrifying:
LONDON - A new software that will help reduce hyperactivity among kids is slated for release this month.

Karen Pine, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, examined the effects of EEG (electroencephalography) biofeedback, a learning strategy that detects brain waves, on children with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

They used a system called Play Attention, supplied by not-for-profit community interest company, Games for Life, three times a week for 12 weeks.

The system involves the child playing a fun educational computer game while wearing a helmet similar to a bicycle helmet. It picks up their brain activity in the form of EEG waves related to attention.

As long as the child concentrates, they control the games, but as soon as their attention wavers the game stops.

Friday, January 08, 2010

They Killed Britty!

These people are too much:

During the Roman Empire's secularist era those who acknowledged the deity of Christ were frequently fed to the lions to entertain — for lack of a better word — the "progressive" elites of the day.
Really, just too much.

This is the start of an article called The crucifixion of Brit Hume.

Thursday, January 07, 2010


J. Thomas Duffy:
Here's hoping Tsutomu Yamaguchi has the absolute best, most tremendous, most peacefully satisfying afterlife ... Ever!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Deal With

Happy 2010!

And here's DougJ from the other day, before Erick actually appeared on Colbert:
This probably just goes to prove that I’m a lily-livered liberal, but I feel genuinely sorry for Republicans that they have to deal with Erick Erickson. Imagine devoting your life to a political party and then finding out all your candidates were kow-towing to such an idiot.