Friday, December 31, 2004
Bob Herbert: "Any tragedy is awful for the relatives of those who perished. But this is a catastrophe of a different magnitude. "This," as one observer noted, "is like confronting the apocalypse." [NYT]
House ethics are going by the wayside with this Republican plan. "After a summary of the Republican plans became public on Thursday, officials of the organizations said the changes appeared to represent a step backward and could cripple the ethics panel in efforts to hold lawmakers accountable for suspect conduct." [NYT]
"We hope Secretary of State Colin Powell was privately embarrassed when, two days into a catastrophic disaster that hit 12 of the world's poorer countries and will cost billions of dollars to meliorate, he held a press conference to say that America, the world's richest nation, would contribute $15 million. That's less than half of what Republicans plan to spend on the Bush inaugural festivities."
I'm glad that Bush decided to step up his initial offer of $15 million, and offer aid of $35 million. Yeah, that's LESS than what Bush is spending on his coronation ceremony on January 20th ($40+ million). But, one has to ask, is that it? Wow...we're sending an aircraft carrier! [NYT]
Price of Inauguration (coronation) too rich for even the 'haves.' [NYT]
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Olbermann reports that Reuters saying maybe 400,000+ dead. "Now, the latest Reuters count, is 125,282. But according to Indonesia's ambassador to Malaysia, three days from now, we may find it equally impossible to believe that this number was so low." [MSNBC] [Malaysia] [Yahoo]
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Here are the 10 Most Outrageous Statements of the Year:
Ex: "Rush Limbaugh on the Abu Ghraib photos: "I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?" [Media Matters]
Most reported totals of the devastation are around 80,000 dead and climbing. [Buzzflash] [Yahoo] [CNN]
And the Earth wobbled, and began to spin just a little bit faster. [CNN]
UNC wins 96-75 over UNC-Wilmington last night, for their 10th straight win. [UNC] [CBS] [Box]
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
[AP] [NYT] [Yahoo] [Tribune] [Red Cross] [Blogs] [Help] [Geology] [Supermodel]
Monday, December 27, 2004
Bob Herbert: "You might think that the debacle in Iraq would be enough for the Pentagon, that it would not be in the mood to seek out new routes to unnecessary wars for the United States to fight. But with Donald Rumsfeld at the apex of the defense establishment, enough is never enough." [NYT]
Friday, December 24, 2004
BenPac will return to its regularly scheduled programming on Sunday night or Monday. Have a wonderful Consumer-Mas!!!
Thursday, December 23, 2004
We CAN'T move to the middle, or to the right...This is sacrificing the very principles that Democrats supposedly stand for when this happens. Do we really need/want an pro-life Democratic Party chair, just to pick up a few more so-called "moral values voters?" I say NO!!!!!!!!! We want Howard Dean!
Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything! [Yahoo]
Bringing democracy to Iraq is a worthy goal, but at what cost? What has happened to the Iraqi people under Saddam Hussein is unconscionable. Yet, this continues through the insurgency; the Iraqi people. They want to bring Iraq back to theocratic control. [NYT]
MoDo the Dragon Lady: "President Bush finally acknowledged that the Iraqis can't hack it as far as securing their own country, which means that America has no exit strategy for its troops." [NYT]
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Researchers have found male fish in the Potomac River (DC area) that are carrying eggs. Due to pollution in the river, these male fish have become females. "Nine male smallmouth bass taken from the Potomac near Sharpsburg, about 60 miles upstream from Washington, were found to have developed eggs inside their sex organs, said Vicki S. Blazer, a scientist overseeing the research for the U.S. Geological Survey." [Yahoo] [CNN]
Just announced: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, will be released on July 16th. [JKRowling] [CNN] [Yahoo]
Monday, December 20, 2004
"From the earliest planning stages until now, the war in Iraq has been a tragic exercise in official incompetence. The original rationale for the war was wrong. The intelligence was wrong. The estimates of required troop strength were wrong. The war hawks' guesses about the response of the Iraqi people were wrong. The cost estimates were wrong, and on and on.
Nevertheless the troops have fought valiantly, and the price paid by many has been horrific. They all deserve better than the bad faith and shoddy treatment they are receiving from the highest officials of their government." [NYT]
What happened to Freedom of the Press???
"Among the strange wrinkles in this case is that Mr. Novak, who first published Ms. Plame's name, seems to be in no jeopardy, while Mr. Cooper faces jail time stemming from an article he wrote exposing the administration's seamy motive of retaliating against Ms. Plame's husband for criticizing Iraq policy. Stranger still is Mr. Fitzgerald's decision to entangle Ms. Miller, since she never wrote a single article about the Plame controversy" [NYT]
UNC moves up to #4 following a loss by then #3 Georgia Tech to Gonzaga. [Poll]
Breaking News: TO will miss the entire NFL Playoffs with a fractured right fibula, and will have surgery on Wednesday to repair the sprained deltoid ligament in his ankle. His trainer predicted that the earliest he could start running is two weeks before the Super Bowl. Big blow to the Eagles title hopes.
Friday, December 17, 2004
Bush is going to freeze or significantly cut domestic spending. I've got an idea: instead of cutting domestic spending, why don't we stay out of illegal wars that kill thousands! Or, how about not giving tax cuts to the rich. Or, reduce the trade deficit. Or the deficit! "But House and Senate aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said cuts appeared destined for such programs as housing, grants for community development, purchases of new equipment for the Federal Aviation Administration, and Army Corps of Engineers water projects." Yep, now that it gets cold out, we can cut funding to get people off the streets, help low-income families afford housing, develop communities, help the FAA make our air travel safer, or help protect our water resources. [CNN]
Paul Krugman: We can learn a lot from other countries that have gone the privatization route. This really just isn't a good idea. Yeah, we need some reform, but the system is solvent until 2052. If it isn't broke, don't fix it! [NYT]
Frank Rich: "What is this about? How can those in this country's overwhelming religious majority maintain that they are victims in a fiery battle with forces of darkness? It is certainly not about actual victimization." [NYT]
The American Express Green-Zone? MoDo the Dragon Lady explains. [NYT]
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
"From afar, the painting offers a likeness of Bush, but when you get closer you see the image is made up of chimpanzees or monkeys swimming in a marsh. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-bred artist said he was happy for all the attention paid to his work but said the decision to shutter the exhibit was "a blatant act of censorship."
Welcome to Bush's AmeriKKa, 1984 style.
[Mirror UK] [Reuters UK] [Yahoo]
Here's some other pics: [Google] [PoliticalHumor]
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
I have listed my favorite blogs along the side, political websites and resources, as well as my favorite links. These are my favorite sports teams, favorite beers, and websites of interest, including the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
My newest feature is to add headlines from Buzzflash.com. Excellent website! These 10 headlines will update continously as Buzzflash is updated.
Tell me what you think! [Email Ben]
To me at least, this is a once in a lifetime movie series. The Lord of the Rings is definitely my favorite book series, and now, my favorite movies.
[LOTR] [Amazon] [OneRing]
Monday, December 13, 2004
Meanwhile, John McCain (and the rest of the sane world) give a vote of "no-confidence" in Rummy. [Buzzflash]
The daughter of Strom Thurmond and his then 16-year old black maid speaks out. Just remember, as Al Franken says, "the pecker knows no bigotry." [Tribune]
Two careers ruined [NYT]
GOP "tough-guy" was having TWO affairs at the same time. [Buzzflash] And was corrupt as hell. [MSNBC] We almost let a guy that dropped out of High School in the ninth grade run the Department of Homeland Security...nice.
Ron Santo is a finalist for the 2005 Ford C. Frick Award. This gives him a chance to be named to the MLB Hall of Fame as a broadcaster. He is also on the Veteran's Committee ballot to be named as a player. [Cubs] [MLB]
Complete MLB Winter Meetings coverage [MLB]
UNC moved up to fifth in the newest AP Poll (and sixth in the Coaches Poll) today after a 109-60 rout of Loyola-Chicago last night. [Poll] [CBS] [UNC] [Box]
Oh, I read this article, and it made me very hopeful for a cure to this NASTY disease. I've had Type I Diabetes for 9 years now, and the thought of a cure (even if it's 8 years away) gets me SO excited.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Complete MLB Winter Meetings coverage [MLB]
Notre Dame has found a new football coach to replace fired Tyrone Willingham: Charlie Weis of the New England Patriots. The Chicago Tribune says its final, but CBS Sportsline says a deal has not been finalized, and could still fall apart. [Tribune] [CBS]
Atlanta Braves acquire closer Danny Kolb from the Milwaukee Brewers and get P Jose Capellan in return. [CBS]
Marquette tops Wisconsin for state bragging rights. [CBS]
USC QB Matt Leinart wins the Heisman Trophy. In other news, who cares! [CBS]
This weeks sign of the apocalypse:
Six soldiers find themselves accused of felonies after "scrounging" supplies. They went and found abandoned vehicles, spare parts, and used them for the benefit and safety of their fellow soldiers, and now they are being charged with felonies? These soldiers were just doing what they had to do to survive and protect themselves, and all the army can do is court-marshall them and charge them with felonies. [Tribune]
How has George Carlin kept it going so long? He's figured out how to offend everyone.
"Of course, Mr. Carlin appointed himself. Since at least 1973, when he performed his famous routine "Filthy Words," describing the seven words you can never say on television, Mr. Carlin has made a point of saying things no one else would dare and mocking the sacred — religion, patriotism and every conceivable political group and ideology. Along the way, he has managed to find the holy grail of show business: a constantly renewing audience, a steady stream of moderately disaffected people with a high threshold for being offended." [NYT]
MoDo the Dragon Lady on the REAL 12 days of Christmas. [NYT]
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Bush to start search for new Homeland Security Director after Kerik withdraws over immigration concerns involving a family housekeeper. How can you control National immigration, when you can't control your own household? [Statement] [NYT] [Yahoo]
Can you spare a brigade? Nicholas Kristof continues his mission to drum up support and troops for Iraq. As a frame of reference, of the 28 Allied countries that still have troops in Iraq, only eight have more than 500. "Most are there as window dressing. And because of language and equipment difficulties, some contingents - like Macedonia's 28 or Kazakhstan's 29 - may be more trouble than they are worth." [NYT]
Friday, December 10, 2004
David Sirota offers seven lessons for the Democratic Party to find its way out of the wilderness.
1. Fight the Class War: emphasize economic populism
2. Champion Small Business Over Big Business
3. Protect the "Every-Man" and the farmers
4. Appeal to Hunters, Conservationists, and Exurbs
5. Actually Be Tough on Crime-Don't be afraid to take on the "Goliaths" of corporate crime
6. Clean up Government-Cut Government waste, deficits, corruption
7. Use the Values Prism-use values to our advantage; the environment, economy, workers rights and welfare are all values.
"In the aftermath of the recent election, the stale cadre of campaign consultants who helped run the party into the ground now say the solution is for Democrats to simply invoke God more often and radically change their positions on social issues. But the point is not to impulsively lunge rightward in some cheap, unprincipled gesture to red America that would reek of political strategizing.The point is to follow red-region Democrats who have diminished the electoral impact of traditional social issues by redefining the values debate on economic and class terms." [AlterNet]
OPEC is going to cut oil production by 1 million barrels a day starting January 1st. I can't wait for gas prices to go up! The American people will have to foot the bill and do without, while the Saudis get rich. Oil prices are still up by a third this year. [Yahoo] [NYT]
Science shows that abstinence-only programs don't work..."A recent Columbia University study found that teens who make "virginity pledges" to delay sex until marriage still have premarital sex at a high rate (88 percent) rivaling those that don't, but are less likely to use contraception once they do. It's California, a huge blue state that refuses to accept federal funding for abstinence-only curriculums, that has a 40 percent falloff in teenage pregnancy over the past decade, second only to Alaska." [NYT]
Thursday, December 09, 2004
I stream both of these shows on my computer, the O'Franken Factor, and the Randi Rhodes Show everyday. Most of you probably remember Al Franken from his recurring stint on Saturday Night Live as Stuart Smalley. Well, he's even funnier on the radio. If you haven't heard of Randi Rhodes, what's wrong with you!? I love listening to her! She's very intelligent, funny, and just tells it like it is; Randi doesn't pull any punches. [Air America] [Tribune]
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Nicholas Kristof tries to recruit more troops for Iraq from our coalition of the "willing." The tiny country of Estonia currently has 55 troops in Iraq. By the basis of their understanding, Estonia has sent 55 soldiers to Iraq, therefore, if Estonia should come under attack or invasion from Russia, the US is expected to "get their back."
"And that's the problem with our coalition: it's mostly made up of leaders counting on rewards, rather than of nations that are really behind us." [NYT]
By the way, eight of our "partners" have fewer than 100 soldiers in Iraq.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
[Yesterday] "Bush introduced Mike and Sharla Hintz, a couple from Clive, whom he said benefited from his tax plan. Last year, because of the enhanced the child tax credit, they received an extra $1,600 in their tax refund, Bush said. With other tax cuts in the bill, they saved $2,800 on their income taxes. Mike Hintz, a First Assembly of God youth pastor, said the tax cuts also gave him additional money to use for health care. He said he supports Bush's values. "The American people are starting to see what kind of leader President Bush is. People know where he stands," he said.
[and Today] "A Des Moines youth pastor is charged with the sexual exploitation of a child. KCCI learned that the married father of four recently turned himself in to Johnston police. Rev. Mike Hintz was fired from the First Assembly of God Church, located at 2725 Merle Hay Road, on Oct. 30. Hintz was the youth pastor there for three years. Police said he started an affair with a 17-year-old in the church youth group this spring.
What a difference a day makes!
My favorite Senator, Russ Feingold on Condoleeza Rice: " I admire Dr. Rice's obvious intellectual gifts and her communication skills, and I congratulate her. But I am deeply troubled by the signal that this nomination appears to send -- a signal suggesting that the modest moderating influence of the State Department over the last four years will disappear, and that the next four years will be guided even more closely by the voices that shouted loudest in the first term, and that led our country into seriously flawed foreign policies. Our country cannot afford to continue down the foreign policy path that was forged during the first term of the Bush Administration." [Feingold]
With Powell leaving, any moderating influence is gone.
"Projections in a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (which are probably more realistic than the very cautious projections of the Social Security Administration) say that the trust fund will run out in 2052. The system won't become "bankrupt" at that point; even after the trust fund is gone, Social Security revenues will cover 81 percent of the promised benefits. Still, there is a long-run financing problem.
But it's a problem of modest size. The report finds that extending the life of the trust fund into the 22nd century, with no change in benefits, would require additional revenues equal to only 0.54 percent of G.D.P. That's less than 3 percent of federal spending - less than we're currently spending in Iraq. And it's only about one-quarter of the revenue lost each year because of President Bush's tax cuts - roughly equal to the fraction of those cuts that goes to people with incomes over $500,000 a year.
Given these numbers, it's not at all hard to come up with fiscal packages that would secure the retirement program, with no major changes, for generations to come." [NYT]
I'm literally having a heart attack just thinking about the three slices of cheese, four slices of bacon, two delicious 1/3 # angus beef patties, all nestled deliciously between two buttered, sesame-seed buns, and mayo dripping off. Oh God, I need to find a Hardee's!
Hangover cures? Maybe that would be the Monster Thickburger from above. [NYT]
Or, maybe try a Kamikaze! [DrinkNation] Happy Pearl Harbor Day!
Monday, December 06, 2004
Sunday, December 05, 2004
The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vi-Queens 24-14! Final line on Chad Hutchinson: 18-30 for 213 yards, and 3TD's. I think he'll probably start next week at Jacksonville! :) [Bears] [CBS]
Big win for the North Carolina Tarheels Saturday! UNC beat eighth ranked Kentucky 91-78 to improve to 6-1. Rashad McCants had 28 points, and Sean May had 14 points and 19 boards to lead the Heels. [CBS] [UNC] [Charlotte] [Box]
Friday, December 03, 2004
Check out this cereal bar! They opened it up at Arizona State University a while back, and it's been a big hit so far. Here's what the website has to say: "At Cereality, customers choose from their favorite brands and toppings. Pajama-clad Cereologists™ fill the orders. And customers choose and add their own milk, just the way they like it." Sounds like they have something like 36 toppings for the cereal including malted milk balls. [Cereality]
Thursday, December 02, 2004
The 9/11 Bubble by Thomas Friedman. So, which generation is going to foot the bill and the debt for this Administration's inept policies? Yes, that would be you, 20-year olds. [NYT]
MoDo the Dragon Lady asks if maybe it's time we have a woman or a black person take over a nightly news desk. I guess it's still a man's world on the boob-tube. (Is that an FCC violation?) They can put whomever they want on the nightly news, I still won't watch it, The Simpsons are on!!! Of course if they had put Katie Couric in Tom Brokaw's spot, I'd probably start drinking heavily. (oh...wait) [NYT]
Oh, and those "new" 12,000 troops going to Iraq? Yeah...10,400 of them are ALREADY THERE. They are just extending their tours of duty by 60 days, even though they've already been there for a year. Great idea! [NYT] [Tribune] [WP]
[Box] [Roy] [Photos]
UWGB won a tough road game in Chicago, to improve to 3-1. [GB P-G]
That's what Thomas Frank, author of "What's the Matter with Kansas?" asks. It's a good question. Where do we go from here? How do we pick up the pieces and move forward? Changing our core beliefs is certainly not the answer, but that seems to be the way the party is moving under current leadership.
"Having already moved to the right on economic issues, the party seems ready to don the mask of social conservatism – as in the appointment of an anti-abortion Harry Reid as the Senate Minority leader – to hold on to a sliver of power.
That's exactly the wrong strategy to beat the Republicans, says Tom Frank. The solution is not Bible-thumping but economic populism. Liberals need to respond to the faux populism of the GOP – which pits "real" working class Americans against over-educated, snotty liberals – with the real deal. Frank argues it's time for the Democratic Party to return to its roots, to rediscover its lost soul. To become once again the champion of the working class." [AlterNet]
I think it all comes down to selecting the right person at the top, Howard Dean. He started the largest grassroots organization in history, and can change the entire direction of this party. While trickle-down economics doesn't work, trickle-down leadership does.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
HIV/AIDS is something that I feel very strongly about. My uncle Scott died of AIDS in 1994. I think of him constantly.
We need to do more as a society, as a country, as humans, to spread awareness of this deadly virus. I heard a statistic today that 70% of 18-year olds have had sex at least once. The Bush Administration has not only stopped all efforts to try to teach safe sex to our students, but has thwarted any attempts to educate our children about safe sex. They preach abstinence, which is good...but it can't be the only option (and well, try to tell a horny teenager to keep it in his pants). We need to teach everyone about safe sex: condoms, protection, selecting partners carefully, etc, and yes, abstinence. [Advocatesforyouth]
Tom Brokaw retires tonight. I'll actually be sad to see him go. He's one of the few with integrity. Brokaw coined the term "The Greatest Generation" referring to the World War II veterans. His swan song airs tonight on NBC at 5:30-6 PM Central time. [MSNBC] [CNN]
Kristof on China. Sounds more like the US all the time. We don't even protect our journalists or their sources anymore. Well, not the right ones anyways. [NYT]
Yet another aspect of "Big Brother" from Orwell's 1984 is coming to pass. Let's just take the parents out of the equation when it comes to health choices for their own kids. [InfoWars]
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Notre Dame fires Tyrone Willingham after 3 seasons. He went 21-15. Not good enough for the golden domers. He still had 2 years left on his contract. What does it take to win at ND? Maybe they'll look to add Nick Saban from LSU...everyone else is. [CBS] [Yahoo!]
Butch Davis also "steps down" as coach of the Cleveland Browns. He was forced to resign after the Browns got off to a 3-8 record so far this year. [CBS]
Monday, November 29, 2004
Oh, the poor children. Frank Rich knocks it out of the park again. [NYT]
UNC won the Maui Invitational last Wednesday with a 106-92 victory over Iowa. Last night, they destroyed USC 97-65. This game was over with 10 minutes left in the first half. [CBS]
Next up: Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. 8 PM Wednesday on ESPN.
The Air America: Unfiltered Talking Point for 11/23/2004:
"Just moments before a vote, House Speaker Dennis Hastert pulled the Intelligence Reform bill from the floor – this bill is the recommendations of the 9/11 commission, our country’s main response to 9/11.
So why did he do it? Because he was worried that the bill had too much Democratic support. It would have passed easily, but the Republicans can’t stand to pass anything that Democrats might vote for. So, no government response to Nine-Eleven:
No new security reforms.
No national intelligence director.And nobody walking the plank for the worst intelligence failures in our nation’s history." [Unfiltered]
Great weekend. Thursday was the best. We all got together at my Grandpa & Grandma's house for "Thanks-mas." Now, you're probably asking what "Thanks-mas" is. This is a twist on "Christmukkah" that has been popularized by Seth Cohen on The O.C. Since my Grandparents go to Florida every winter now, they don't stay much past Thanksgiving. So, our new tradition is to have Thanksgiving dinner, then we do Christmas; hence "Thanks-mas" or "Christ-giving." Now, just to clarify, it's ALWAYS around 85-90 degrees in my Grandpa & Grandma's house. So, when you pack 20 people in a basement room to celebrate, it gets REALLY hot. Good times.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
The war on taxpayers rages on. A back-door provision was inserted into the very same spending bill that would have allowed your lawmakers to view your tax returns, without regard to privacy protections. Of course, they don't tell you that the omnibus spending bill was given to lawmakers less than 24 hours before the vote. Oh well you say? Yeah, it was 14 inches thick! So, some nefarious "evildoer" inserted this provision into the bill. Luckily, it was caught and defeated. Hmmm...Who could have put that in there...A staffer? Nevermind that fact that they voted on the bill at about 4 AM! [NYT]
Oh, and Dan Rather announced his retirement effective in March 2005. I never really had any problems with the guy. He is 73, and even though the end of his tenure was marked with controversy, his legacy will be a positive one. He's still no Walter Cronkite (my journalistic idol), but he lasted 24 years. [Yahoo]
Rashad McCants had 27 points, Sean May had 13 boards, and Felton had 9 assists. I was particularly impressed by freshman F Marvin Williams and senior Jawad Williams. They also shot 58.8% from the field for the game, which never hurts. Their defense is starting to come around, and it is clearly a different team with Felton running the show.
UNC vs Iowa tonight at 8:30 PM on ESPN for the Championship of the Maui Invitational.
UWGB got hammered by Michigan State. [CBS]
Wisconsin beat UC-Santa Barbara. [CBS]
A good article by Scott Miller from Sportsline about how the Cubs need to part ways with Sammy Sosa...and FAST. [CBS]
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this movie was a huge departure from the first 2 installments in the series, which had both been directed by Christopher Columbus (not THAT Christopher Columbus!). I actually went and saw this movie on opening night here in Milwaukee with my sister. VERY awesome movie. She got me interested in the Harry Potter books about the time that the 2nd movie came out. I've read all five of the books about three times each. I just love them. This is the best movie of the series so far, even if it follows the book the least of the three.
I'm such a hopeless nerd...
[Recap] [Photos I] [Photos II]
Monday, November 22, 2004
An article from MoDo the Dragon Lady. Why do we even have checks and balances in government? Or a better question is why did we, because they aren't there anymore. Oh, and the new budget...over 15 BILLION in "pork" added. Such necessary spending additions: antiabortion legislation, and a toilet paper hall of fame. Nice. If they're serving up pork, I want ribs. [NYT]
This is an article about the "Motown brawl" from this past Friday night, where Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers was doused in beer, then proceeded to charge into the stands. Seriously, whomever threw that beer deserves to be held responsible, and to be banned from coming to future games. But, Artest just snapped. He deserves what he got. [NYT]
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Never has something so tiny caused so much controversy. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has introduced a $750 million plan for a biotechnology research institute on the UW-Madison campus. This research institute would allow
"Embryonic stem cells are master cells that can form any tissue or organ in the body and may hold the cures for spinal cord injuries, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other illnesses. Adult stem-cells are less "plastic," meaning they can only become cells of the tissue from which they were taken, such as the brain or blood vessels." [JS]
These embryonic stem-cells can be harvested from fertility clinics as an alternative. As a sufferer of Type I Diabetes (insulin-dependent), this is extremely important to me. This could provide millions of sufferers of Diabetes, Alzheimer's, spinal injuries, a chance at a cure...a more normal life. But because of concerns over what it might do to a clump of cells, it might not be passed. This would also create jobs, boost the economy of
Everyone that is reading this has been, or will be affected by one of these serious illnesses. I urge everyone to really think about what effect this could have to millions of people. We are just starting to unlock the potential of embryonic stem-cells. Write your Wisconsin Legislator and tell them to please support this measure from Governor Jim Doyle. [WI Legislature]
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
MLB: Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, and whomever is playing the Yankees. Did I mention that NL baseball is superior to AL baseball? Designated hitter? I don't even know her!
NFL: Chicago Bears
NBA: well, I really don't like the NBA...at all. I root for the Milwaukee Bucks though.
NHL: Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks (I know, impossible!); God I miss the NHL right about now! At least we have the Wisconsin Badgers college hockey team. They are definitely 'East Coast Canadian,' EH?!
College Football: Wisconsin Badgers, Nebraska Cornhuskers (my uncle Otis went to school there and was the athletic trainer under legendary coach, Tom Osborne), my DIII fave: the UW-Whitewater Warhawks!
College Basketball: Here is where it gets muddled...I LOVE the UNC Tarheels. I'm also a big fan of the UWGB Phoenix, the Wisconsin Badgers, and whomever is playing Dook. I don't mind Marquette too much either. I give most of my love to the ACC. Best conference in the land, hands down. Gotta give props to the Big Ten (11?) though!
So, my Tarheels debuted tonight in Oakland against Santa Clara. NOT good...They were without Raymond Felton (PG). They played poorly and ended up losing 77-66, to start the season 0-1. [CBS] [UNC] [ESPN]
What will King George II's legacy? Protest????? [AP] [CommonDreams]
Bob Herbert: "History will show that the Bush crowd of incompetents brought tremendous amounts of suffering to enormous numbers of people." [NYT]
Morals? Really? Not the Republicans...Sorry, wrong number. They would rather just change the rules so that no one notices that even if they get convicted of a FELONY, they can stay in Congress, and even keep their leadership positions. [NYT] [SeattleWeekly]
Thursday, November 18, 2004
So, let's not show this "offensive" movie, and then we won't show the truth of Iraq either...Let's toe that line the Administration has drawn in the sand and follow in lockstep with Fox News!!!
You WILL be loyal subjects!!! King George II is your one true ruler!!!
"Not only are the Bush officials who failed to protect the country and misled us into war not losing their jobs. They're getting promoted."
MoDo the Dragon Lady (ala Bartcop). [NYT]
Apologize? Why? What ABC should have said after the Monday Night Football "incident": "We have heard from conservative America whose shallow take on our country lends more importance to lost family values and media images rather than the real issues of the world. We realize how the bare back of an attractive woman might upset them. But we don't apologize; we aren't sorry and no matter what the media says, we know there are plenty of people out there who agree that this whole thing is ridiculous." [ESPN]
Then, a member of the media gets it right, protects his source, and now he's going to jail. [Yahoo] So...Why isn't Robert Novak in jail instead of this guy???
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
And Condi as the new Secretary of State?? Don't they want someone that will challenge the Administration on its hawkish policies??? Oh wait...
Alberto Gonzales is also a terrible choice for Attorney General. Are the Republicans trying to gain favor with Hispanic voters by nominating what could be the first Hispanic to hold that office? Sorry, wrong Hispanic, wrong time. Of course, there is the school of thought that anyone is better than John Ashcroft. I believe that to be true. BUT, Gonzales is the same guy who condoned the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and sent a memo stating that the Geneva Conventions don't apply to terrorism. [Guardian]
Well, I don't mean to call Colin Powell a rat, because he isn't. He was the one voice of reason in that entire administration. I can even forgive him for his terrible plea in front of the UN last year regarding WMD's in Iraq (that don't exist). [Bloomberg]
So, which direction does the new Bush Cabinet take? Does he reject the Christian-right that re-elected him and move toward unity, or does he pursue revolutionary changes on the right, and the country be damned? Ask Nicholas Kristof. [NYT]
Oh, and good news! Tom Delay gets to keep his leadership position as Majority Leader of the Senate if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury for state political corruption charges. Yes, that is a felony. This guy has been reprimanded three times in the last month by the House Ethics committee. [Yahoo]
I found this article that talks about the evolution of running and how it affected the evolution of man. [NYT] [Yahoo]
I also wanted to say congratulations and good luck to the two individuals from UW-Whitewater that will be competing in this Saturday's NCAA Division III Cross-Country National Championships in Eau Claire. [UW-W]
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
This got me thinking about the state of education in the US, and about our finances. With Becky in Grad School, our finances are tighter than ever. Once she finishes, eventually, she will make slightly more money. But, not enough to keep up with inflation. Teacher pay has only risen 1.3 percent each year since 2001. That is much less than the average rate of cost of living increase each year. Tough to make a living. Even after she gets these two Grad degrees, she may have to find another job that pays more.
As of 2003, Wisconsin ranked 23rd in average teacher pay. [WEAC]
This article sites stagnant resources as jeopardizing our public school systems. [NEA]
I'm told that my readership has increased a bit. Keep 'em coming! You can e-mail me with comments at [gmail] or [yahoo].
Monday, November 15, 2004
"There is now a debate within the Democratic Party over what to do in the 2004 election's aftermath. Some, of a very pragmatic (and, some of the less-charitable of us would say, amoral) mindset, encourage us to move even further to the right "because that's where the votes are." But do we want to govern from there? What would that mean for the moral principles that motivated our political involvement in the first place? Shall the Democrats become Goya's Saturn, eating our own children?
No, my friends, this is our 1964." [DU]
I realize at this point that my readership is well...me. I don't let this stop me! I just want to have some fun with this foray into the blogosphere!
Too bad that middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will be out 4-6 weeks after a lower leg injury. OUCH!
This article is on The Politics of Victimization. I received it in an e-mail, and thought it was definitely worth reading for any Democrat that is still reeling from the recent election. [Mathew Gross]
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Friday, November 12, 2004
Thursday, November 11, 2004
"Some of us — hopefully most of us — are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us — hopefully most of us — are truly, truly sorry. And we'll say we're sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren't."
Click on Gallery on the top [Sorry!]
This is an article titled "The Things They Wrote." It is from soldiers that were stationed in Iraq, and were killed in action, to their families. Pretty powerful. [NYT]
Also from the NY Times, this article talks about the "morals" from this past election. Frank Rich NAILS it. [NYT]
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Well, as a small introduction, my name is Ben. I'm huge into politics, sports, TV/Movies, most of everything. I'll try to post on here as much as time allows, but when you are married, time does not allow!
How about that election last week? I think that's where the suicides part of the title comes in. I love it when smart people vote against their best interests. At least Russ Feingold (D-WI) won! I worked on the Kerry/Edwards Campaign here in Milwaukee, WI. At least we went Blue!