Hal_10000

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Date registered: April 28, 2011 1:02 am

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  1. Sneaking and Peaking — October 31, 2014 9:59 am
  2. To Quarantine Or Not to Quarantine — October 30, 2014 11:47 am
  3. The Definition of Insanity — October 26, 2014 2:59 pm
  4. The Palin Kerfuffle — October 23, 2014 11:40 pm
  5. The Evil Koch Brothers and Their Evil Compassion — October 22, 2014 9:57 am

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Sneaking and Peaking

Holy crap:

One of the more controversial provisions of the Patriot Act was to broaden the “sneak-and-peek” power for federal law enforcement officials. The provision allows investigators to conduct searches without informing the target of the search. We were assured at the time that this was an essential law enforcement tool that would be used only to protect the country from terrorism. Supporters argued that it was critical that investigators be allowed to look

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To Quarantine Or Not to Quarantine

As you may know, there is a brewing controversy over what to do with healthcare workers returning from the Ebola hot zone in West Africa. After Craig Spencer came down with Ebola, several governors imposed quarantines on returning healthcare workers. Controversy erupted and, I believe, we are down to home quarantine for 21 days.

A few thoughts:

First, it’s true that there has been a bit of an over-reaction. So far, we have only had … Read more

The Definition of Insanity

Is government housing policy:

Recent steps by federal regulators make it clear: low down-payment loans, a feature of the housing market’s boom, are coming back.

On Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced that mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would start backing loans with down payments as low as 3%.

And on Tuesday, three federal agencies approved a loosened set of mortgage-lending rules, removing a requirement for a 20% down

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The Palin Kerfuffle

I won’t link to or detail it. Google can help you there if you’re interested. But a couple of months ago, a certain segment of blogosphere reacted with what I can only describe as undisguised glee at reports of a fight the Palin family got into. The adjective being flung about were things like “trashy” and “low-class”.

As I’m sure you’re aware, I have no love for Palin. But this crossed me from day one … Read more

The Evil Koch Brothers and Their Evil Compassion

This should blow a few Left Wing minds:

Koch Industries, in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is financing a program to provide scholarships and training for public defenders. The grant will also pay for a review of indigent defense programs to see what works in providing legal representation to those who can’t afford it.

Charles G. Koch, the chairman of Koch Industries, said in a statement that the grant was a

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Massholes Prepares to Elect a Masshole; Texans Reject An Idiot; Reich Has No Shame

A few more notes on the upcoming election.

First, the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is a tight one between Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker. I’ve mentioned Coakley before. I don’t generally like the term fascist but … gee, what do you say about a person who persecutes innocent people based on discredited testimony and junk science but thinks cops who rape toddlers with curling irons should be let out on their own recognizance? What do you … Read more

We Don’t Need a Czar and We Don’t Need a Murthy Either

Having seen their attempts to blame Ebola on Republican budget cuts go up in flames, the Democrats have stumbled upon a new meme: this outbreak is the fault of Republicans because they’ve blocked Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General.

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday challenged Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) while asking him how Republican decisions may have negatively impacted the United States’ ability to address Ebola.

Crowley asked how the sequester hurt funding

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The Fusion Future … Always the Future

So earlier this week, Lockheed-Martin announced a potential breakthrough in the field of nuclear fusion:

Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power.

Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current

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Fans Across Florida

Whisky Tango Foxtrot.

In case you don’t want to watch the video, a bizarre scene unfolded in the Florida Gubernatorial Debate. Rick Scott refused to come out for the debate because Charlie Crist had a small fan inside his podium. It looked bad and played even worse. It was a huge political blunder, making the governor look petty.

But …

I find myself agreeing with Red State on this one:

But on the other hand,

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Blaming Republicans Again

I know you thought that the current Ebola outbreak was the result of dysfunctional countries with horrendous health care systems. Or maybe you thought it was the fault of organizations like the WHO to respond quickly enough. Or maybe you think it’s no one’s fault and that disease outbreaks are going to happen.

But you’re wrong. The current Ebola outbreak is the fault of …. Republicans:

“Republican Cuts Kill” is the message coming from

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