I think historians will look back at the 2000s and call it The Data Decade, and here's why: –Percentage of U.S. households with a broadband connection in 2000: 6.3% –Percentage of U.S. households with a broadband connection in 2008: 63% –Number of e-mails sent per day in 2000: 12 billion –Number of e-mails sent per day in 2009: 247 billion … Read More
BEST TV SHOW: The West Wing. Good dialogue, funny, serious, rich charactors. It suffered and got inconsistent when Sorkin left, but overall, it's run was no longer or shorter than it needed to be. BEST MOVIE: Lord of the Rings Trilogy. No, I'm not a rabid fan, but I think these movies were simply the most entertaining of the oughts. … Read More
(10) The media trying to tear down some icon, and failing miserably. "Sully" Sullenberg is my guess. (9) Sarah Palin trying to be taken seriously as a political thinker now that she's had some time to crack a few books on the current issues of the day. (8) The 2004 Red Sox. Not the same guys of course. Just the … Read More
(10) People getting rewarded for doing bad jobs. I'm talking mainly Wall Street executives and people who run their company into the ground, then get bailed out by taxpayers, and then get huge bonuses as part of their executive compensation package (9) People who cannot deal with the fact that Obama is President. The birth certificate thing has played itself out. … Read More
Conservatives hate it and the ACLU hates it. And for the same reason: privacy invasions. I'm talking about very modern scanning devices in airports which allow TSA authorities to see what you may be carrying under your clothes, without you having to actually remove your clothes. Nobody seems to like these things, which is why Democrats and Republicans in Congress … Read More
Barack Obama the most. It's a blowout according to this USA Today/Gallup poll. He's at 30% compared to the runner up George Bush, with a paltry 4%. And for women, Hillary Clinton beat out Sarah Palin, 15% to 14% Cue conservative head explosions.
I could have picked any number of conservative pundits harping on the same theme. But I'll take Byron York over at the Washington Examiner. He writes: Some Obama defenders are sending around new articles from the Huffington Post and the Politico arguing that President Obama is being subjected to a double standard of criticism for his handling of the Detroit … Read More
This is one of the best things I've read on the Intertubes in a while. Basically, it is an article on a parenting website called Parentdish. The author focuses on a Sesame Street skit in which Ricky Gervais appears at Elmo's bedside to sing him a lullaby. Read the article, watch the video, and then read the comments. Here.
Really, I think too much is being made of the Christmas Airflight Underwear Bomber (as I now call him). Yes, it was almost successful, and yes, maybe we can always beef up our homeland security here and there. But let's not get spastic. It's not like this is going to start happening every freaking day. And here's a big chart … Read More
Sometimes, even in innocuous posts, the writers at National Review Online reveal their true nature. Take for example this seemingly harmless excerpt from a post by Mike Potemra at National Review Online: Coincidentally, I have over the past couple of months been watching DVDs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show I missed completely in its run of 1987 to … Read More
The Republican exploitation of the failed terrorist airline bombing attempt continues. Perhaps none of it is worse than the exploitation by right-wing Congressman and gubernatorial aspirant Peter Hoekstra (R-MI). He sent out a fund-raising letter today (the text of which can be found here), which says in part: For almost a decade I have been a leader on National Security … Read More
…perhaps they should read this: Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Hmmmm. Refresh my recollection someone. Who was President in November 2007? You see, … Read More