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    Vegetarians Exposed: Anti-Jesus, Anti-American, Bestiality Crazed & Building Momentum. (Proof of Deviancy Far Deeper than Meatlessness!)

    We have all seen them.  Maybe at a restaurant or a family gathering?  You know who I mean, that loathsome, tree-hugging liberal, smugly eating his tofu making it difficult to enjoy your own bloody hunk of cow flesh.  If you are like me, you try to avoid looking at these people at all costs - just the sight of them makes your skin crawl!

    Michael Wolraich's picture

    The Republican Party of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    The Puppet Master

    Primary power:
    Bending lesser minds to his will

    Secondary power:
    Manipulating intelligence data

    The Fulminator

    Primary power:
    Controls zombie army

    Secondary power:
    Feeds on hate

    The Brain

    Primary power:
    Devious brilliance

    Secondary power:
    Unhindered by conscience

    The Human Newt

    Primary power:
    Unpredictability

    Secondary power:
    Cannot be killed

    The Black Sidekick

    Primary power:
    Buffoonery

    Secondary power:
    Familiar with hip-hop terminology

    Captain War Hero

    Primary power:
    Righteous irritation

    Secondary power:
    Earmark disintegration ray

    Ice Girl

    Primary power:
    Emits patriotic-sounding nonsense

    Secondary power:
    Sentences of unusual structure

    Up-and-Coming Boy

    Primary power:
    Not an old white guy

    Secondary power:
    Dull speech of death

    Dr. No

    Primary power:
    Legislative sabotage

    Secondary power:
    No secondary power

    ?

    Primary power:
    Unknown

    Secondary power:
    Unknown

    Junior

    Primary power:
    Wreaks global destruction

    Secondary power:
    Blessed cloak of invisibility

    Larry Jankens's picture

    My Favorite Civil Liberty: Stupidity

    In these times of intense political discourse (or non-discourse if you're so inclined) it's nice to be reminded why you love this country: our civil liberties.

    Many people don’t realize that our most sacred freedom in America isn’t explicitly mentioned in the Bill of Rights, nor in any Supreme Court brief.  Yet, it is inherent in the theoretical underpinnings of this country’s Constitution; it’s the freedom of stupidity - perhaps the most widely used liberty.

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    Orlando's picture

    Arlen Specter: Welcome to the Party

    I've always been a "the more, the merrier" type of person. So, I think Arlen Specter's decision to switch his party affiliation is a great. Sure, he's made the switch out of pure political survival: he can't win a Republican primary in Pennsylvania next year. But so what? We've got conservative Democrats already. They're a pain in the ass, but they're our pain in the ass.

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    Michael Wolraich's picture

    News From the Future: MyRealittee.com Holds Record-Breaking IPO

    April 27, 2029

    The world's most popular search engine, MyRealittee.com, set a new record with its long-awaited ¥8.3 trillion IPO on the WongDaq stock exchange in Shanghai. MyRealittee.com's unusual IPO process, a reverse double-blind Flemish auction with a half-somersault, left analysts scratching their heads but did not prevent a buying frenzy that drove the share price up to ¥1279 by the end of trading. MyRealittee.com is now worth ¥74.8 trillion, approximately four times the GDP of the United States.

    Michael Wolraich's picture

    Cheese Bread Jesus

    Once again, Jesus Christ has exposed himself to mortals though a tasty snack. This time, his vehicle of choice was toasted cheese bread.

    Michael Wolraich's picture

    Oklahoma Governor saves Flaming Lips - Rep cites Constitutional right to be offended

    Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma decisively resolved a major battle over the official state rock song today. I bet you didn't realize that states had official rock songs, least of all Oklahoma.

    Well it does now. In an online contest, a majority of Oklahomans voted for Do You Realize? by the weird psychadelicish band, The Flaming Lips. I bet you didn't realize that the Flaming Lips came from Oklahoma.

    Hal Ginsberg's picture

    Real Gasoline Prices have fallen over the past 60 years

    I  must admit that my claim in an early blog thread that the real price of energy has not changed in 50 years was incorrect.  Over the past 60 years, the price of a gallon of gasoline adjusted for inflation has actually fallen significantly.  Thus, any argument that our country's economic strength in the 50s and 60s was due to cheap energy should be reconsidered.

    The following fascinating analysis can be found at http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare

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    DF's picture

    Things I Have Seen on the Internets, Part 1: A Separation of Church and Sanity

    I'd like to take some time to address something that I have seen on the Internets.

    Please watch the following video.  It will take about two minutes.

    Michael Wolraich's picture

    American Hegemony: What is it, Where is it going, and Who really cares anyway?

    There have been many sober pronouncements lately about the end American hegemony, both on this blog and elsewhere. Some have reacted with despondence, others with glee. It may be that the end is nigh--it has to end sometime--but we should keep in mind that the forecasters of doom emerge from their caves during every period of hardship.

    Nebton's picture

    Rand/Thrasymachus, Marx, and Dostoyevsky

    With the lack of regulation leading to catastrophic failure of our "free market" system, in turn leading to calls for increased calls for regulation, it's no surprise that the virtues of Ayn Rand are being extolled once again. Although I have no problem with her as an author, or even as a philosopher, I do have a problem with taking her ideas out of historical context, and attributing to them a greater worth than I think they deserve.

    Deadman's picture

    If aliens don't exist, does God?

    First of all, let me just say how awesome dagblog has been of late. In the past few days, we've had fascinating posts and reader discussions about Sri Lanka, California healthcare, incipient deflation, Twitter's raison d'etre, NSA wiretapping, CIA torturing, etc. etc.

    I often wish we had more bloggers, a larger audience and even more active commenters, but the folks we do have are so good I worry that if that were so all we'd end up with would be a disappointing dilution in the strength of our output and our community.

    DF's picture

    You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up

    Submitted for your approval is this footage of Jane Harman on MSNBC:

    Seriously, I'm crying over here.  This is thoroughly magnificient stuff.

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    Michael Wolraich's picture

    Deflation Looms, Parte Dos: European Edition

    Last week, I wrote about the threat of deflation after the news that U.S. consumer prices dropped last year, the first time since 1955. Dagblog's Deadman played down the risk, and I agreed that current deflation levels were not a threat. But now it seems that deflation is knocking a bit harder at Europe's door, particularly Spain's.

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    Michael Wolraich's picture

    Tamil Tigers: Let Your People Go

    Sri Lanka stands on the edge of a massacre. After 26 years of civil war, the Sri Lankan army has ousted ethnic Tamil separatists from vast territories they once controlled and trapped the remaining fighters on a 6-square mile strip of beach. With the fighters are an estimated 60,000 human hostages.

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    Orlando's picture

    I am a Monster

    I don’t support torture. I think that the fact that the United States rationalized and engaged in torture is sad and disgusting. I wouldn’t mind seeing the so-called architects of these policies brought to justice.

    However…

    Hal Ginsberg's picture

    Healthcare San Francisco Style

    I just returned to Carmel after a lovely weekend in the city by the bay.  From a gastronomic standpoint, this may have been the best three days I have spent in San Francisco as meals at Hunan Home in Chinatown and Luna Park in the Mission District were outstanding and very reasonably priced.  Both were identified via patient (but not time-consuming) sifting of online reviews.  Even the brat at AT&T Park as well as (of course) the Anchor Steam on tap there were excellent, although neither was reasonably priced.

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