Texting While Driving
Jul27

Texting While Driving

Mike Keefe, The Denver Post This cartoon is copyrighted and licensed to appear on TMV. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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Ossified Kremlin Misreads Biden Visit to Georgia and Ukraine: Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia
Jul27

Ossified Kremlin Misreads Biden Visit to Georgia and Ukraine: Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia

Once again it’s nice to report that the free press in Russia is still alive and kicking. Days ago the Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, one of Russia’s boldest opposition newspapers, published this broadside against Russia’s ‘self-decieving, self-deluded’ official media and the Kremlin for how they continue to interpret the world. This article examines the visit of Vice President Biden to Ukraine and Georgia,...

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Paying The Piper (Or Just Doctors And Lawyers)
Jul27

Paying The Piper (Or Just Doctors And Lawyers)

Matt Yglesias is frustrated with the nutty and dysfunctional nature of “fee-for-service” medicine in which doctors are paid for doing stuff rather than for treating illness. I feel the same way, but not about medicine. My wife is an attorney at a large firm, where the firm’s earnings depend on how many hours its lawyers bill, not whether the client’s legal illnesses get treated. It’s an extremely frustrating system,...

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I Assure You, Everything Is Just Fine In The Middle East
Jul27

I Assure You, Everything Is Just Fine In The Middle East

Tom Friedman, Sunday morning: I can comfortably report the following: The bad guys are losing. Yes, the dominos you see falling in the Muslim world today are the extremist Islamist groups and governments. They have failed to persuade people by either their arguments or their performances in power that their puritanical versions of Islam are the answer. As Dick Cheney might have said, the extremists are just “dead-enders”....

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Arm The Senate! (Guest Voice)
Jul27

Arm The Senate! (Guest Voice)

Arm The Senate! by E.J. Dionne, Jr. Washington Post Columnist WASHINGTON — Isn’t it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away, and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation’s Capitol building? I’ve been studying the deep thoughts of senators who regularly express their undying loyalty to the National Rifle...

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An Interesting Article On Democrats
Jul26

An Interesting Article On Democrats

An interesting article about the problems being faced by the Democrats and the liberal versus moderate wings of the party.

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Worst. Movie. Ever.
Jul26

Worst. Movie. Ever.

How often do you see a review that begins like this? It’s hard to know where — and with whom — to begin when assessing the depraved, worthless piece of filth that is “Orphan,” a high-gloss horror show about a well-meaning couple who bring home a 9-year-old girl to join their family, only to discover, way too late, that she’s a homicidal psychopath. The quote is from Ann Hornaday’s review in...

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Why Maureen Dowd Isn’t In Jail (And A Question For Dennis)
Jul26

Why Maureen Dowd Isn’t In Jail (And A Question For Dennis)

Maureen Dowd is a free woman because “Being obnoxious isn’t a crime.” That is the opening line of Dowd’s column from this morning. She intended her words as a defense of Henry Louis Gates, but it’s awfully tempting to see them as a sort of mea culpa. Although Kathy offered considerable praise for Dowd’s column, I protest. Dowd’s column is an exercise is just the sort of profiling that she...

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Why the Free Market Cannot Fix Health Care
Jul26

Why the Free Market Cannot Fix Health Care

Of course I’m the choir, but I still think Krugman preaches a damn good sermon: There are two strongly distinctive aspects of health care. One is that you don’t know when or whether you’ll need care — but if you do, the care can be extremely expensive. The big bucks are in triple coronary bypass surgery, not routine visits to the doctor’s office; and very, very few people can afford to pay major medical costs out of pocket. This...

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Sarah Palin, 2008-2009, a Political Obituary
Jul26

Sarah Palin, 2008-2009, a Political Obituary

As she steps down today as governor of Alaska, where is the Mouth That Roared headed? Political obscurity is a possible destination but, based on her 11-month performance since John McCain anointed her, that seems unlikely. A long-time Alaska Republican operative tells the Washington Post: “As the saying goes, the most dangerous place you can be is between a grizzly sow and her cub. But now I have to change that–it would...

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Palin’s Parting Shot
Jul26

Palin’s Parting Shot

From Janie Lauder of the NYTimes Caucus Blog: It’s official. Sarah Palin stepped down as governor of Alaska on Sunday, without dropping one hint about her future. Instead, she used her farewell address “to exercise my freedom of speech,” as she put it. [...] She cited accomplishments of her abbreviated administration, condemned big government and warned Alaskans against relying on Washington money for state development: ”Be wary of...

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A Trio of Subjects and Articles
Jul26

A Trio of Subjects and Articles

1. Health care reform: Time to move past fee for service? (h/t Yglesias): In 1929, Michael Shadid, a doctor in western Oklahoma, proposed an idea for making medical care affordable to farmers. Rather than pay piecemeal for treatments, farmers would each contribute $50 a year to a cooperative. Dr. Shadid and his colleagues would pay their own salaries and expenses with the aggregate sum, and no farmer’s annual bill for family medical...

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EDITORIAL: Travel To Moon and Stars is What Humanity Needs – NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands
Jul26

EDITORIAL: Travel To Moon and Stars is What Humanity Needs – NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands

It’s a question that has been asked since manned spaceflight began: With all the problems down on earth, is it really worth the billions it takes to send human beings into space? At least as far as the editorial board of the NRC Handelsblad is concerned, the answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’ This editorial from the Dutch newspaper says in part: “Human spaceflight is a worthy end in itself. In a far distant future,...

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India’s Nuclear Submarine Launch Gives Little Cause For Comfort
Jul26

India’s Nuclear Submarine Launch Gives Little Cause For Comfort

India launched a 6000-ton nuclear powered submarine a few hours ago joining a select group of countries– United States, Russia, France, Britain and China – with the knowhow to do so. The 367-foot sub made with Russian help will become operational after trials lasting three to five years and will carry missiles with a range of about 450 miles. It will be able to fire nuclear warheads. This is both good and bad news. India lives...

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Anti-Gay Human Rights Prof Backs Out of Teaching NYU Course In The Fall
Jul26

Anti-Gay Human Rights Prof Backs Out of Teaching NYU Course In The Fall

Following up on my two earlier posts on the topic, Dr. Thio Li-ann, a professor at the National University of Singapore and a member of that country’s Parliament who graphically and stridently opposed the repeal of a law there that criminalizes sex between men, this week backed out of teaching a human rights course at NYU’s Law School in the fall: In a statement released on Wednesday night, Richard L. Revesz, the N.Y.U. law...

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Let’s Go to the Audio Tape
Jul26

Let’s Go to the Audio Tape

Maureen Dowd’s column today is about the Crowley-Gates affair. It’s thoughtfully written and makes several good points, but I want to zoom in on this part: How can they ever reconcile their accounts? Crowley says he asked Gates to come outside and the professor replied, “Ya, I’ll speak with your mama outside.” Gates wryly suggests Crowley got the line from watching “Good Times” as a child. “Does it sound logical that I...

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The Trouble Today with ‘Simple’ Words
Jul26

The Trouble Today with ‘Simple’ Words

Vice President Biden takes to the pages of today’s NYT, defending the administration’s stimulus spending. In doing so, he writes: … the [Recovery Act] was intended to provide steady support for our economy over an extended period — not a jolt that would last only a few months. Ed Morrissey, with a little help from others, jumps on this dismissal of “jolt” as a descriptor of the Recovery Act’s intent...

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Scientists Worry About Machines Smarter Than Us. Yawn…
Jul26

Scientists Worry About Machines Smarter Than Us. Yawn…

NOTE: forgive my overlap with Jazz. I can only hope it gets chalked up to great blogging minds thinking alike… Says the NYTimes: Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with...

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Up Next: Artificial Intelligence Congress
Jul26

Up Next: Artificial Intelligence Congress

Scientists are now worried that machines will grow smarter than human beings with upcoming advances in artificial intelligence. Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers...

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Quote of the Day: On Calls For Obama To Be Another LBJ
Jul26

Quote of the Day: On Calls For Obama To Be Another LBJ

As the health care debate becomes more fiery and partisan and President Barack Obama is seen grappling with trying to please, convince and kowtow to members of his own political party, some now wonder whether Obama has lost his political clout and some talk wistfully about how much better Obama might fare if he was a little more like the arm-twisting President Lyndon Baines Johnson. What would LBJ do? Realistic, or not? Like many...

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