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Think Tanks
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Shrill Leftist Garbage


Sunday, April 30, 2006

We're Not as Dumb as You Think 

It's easy to get cynical about the American electorate sometimes. But occasionally I see something that gives me a little bit of hope.

-Fuzzy Dunlop  23:35 EST | |

Why hasn't Miguel Posted about This Yet? 

So, apparently, the CU police took a bunch of high resolution photos of people celebrating April 20th on Farrand Field (on CU's campus) and put them online seeking identification and offering an award. There's ominous "identified" markings on some of those pictured.

How did I learn about this from a law professor's blawg? Shouldn't this site be my comprehensive source for all weed-in-Boulder news? I'm deeply disappointed in those of you still in the Denver metro area for not letting us bi-coastal elites know what is going on.

And, moreover, is the University serious? Is 4/20 on Farrand such an embarrassment that they are trying any way they can to deter the event? Why not riot police and horsemen?

-Ziggy Stardust  13:21 EST | |

Colbert Speech 

The National Decider 

PMCs have been operating in Iraq since early 2003. Bush doesn't know what laws govern their behavior and he laughs it off. Awesome.

-Daddy Brooklyn  11:20 EST | |

Saturday, April 29, 2006

When you pry it from my cold dead hands... 

You know the story. Some municipality tries to pass an ordinance restricting the ownership of guns and then people like Miguel go nuts. They think their guns will be next, so they rise up to fight the bans wherever they are. Of course, I could give a shit about guns because my neighborhood is certifiably free of murder. (To see for yourself, open this map and click on South Brooklyn--I live in a huge murder-free swath of Brooklyn.) But now I know how the gun people feel. Stupid animal lovers got their way in Chicago and I'm worried that New York will be next.

(Btw: the map I linked to is very interesting.)

-Daddy Brooklyn  12:45 EST | |

Friday, April 28, 2006

the gods must be crazy... 

Thank heaven for comedy, it's such a needed element of any finals preparation...

And I can't wait to use the phrase 'incipient verbal diarrhea.'

-Lucky  00:24 EST | |

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Let the blood of the rich flow in the streets 

I vaguely knew of this show, but holy crap these people suck.

For instance:

Sophie was just as quick to defend her mother's decision to spend $180,000 for her party. "Unless they were crazy or hated their child, any parent who was financially able would do it," she said.

-Ziggy Stardust  14:31 EST | |

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I'm afraid that we're going to war with Iran 

Not that I'm happy about the prospect. But this is just the sort of thing that will push the administration past its normal capacity for stupidity.

-Fuzzy Dunlop  18:21 EST | |

Fuck Blogger 

Okay. I had a great post that I have tried to post 5 times. Blogger has convinced me to never blog again.

If this post works, hey, DB what do you think about them fancy new real estate derivatives CME is offering now?

-Miguel Sanchez  09:24 EST | |

Texas "Justice" 

A kid is on probation for a mugging and he fails a drug test. What's the sentence? Life in prison.

Same judge: a politically connect man is on probation for killing a prostitute. He fails a drug test three times. His sentence? More probation.

The story is here.

Via TalkLeft.

-Ziggy Stardust  00:11 EST | |

Monday, April 24, 2006

Dahab attacked. 

There were three bombings at the Egyptian resort of Dahab this morning. Just three years ago Aubrey and I spent a wonderful time there. It's just so sad...

-Ziggy Stardust  15:09 EST | |

Saturday, April 22, 2006

These pictures are heartbreaking 

The Rocky Mtn. News Pulitzer Prize winning photos.

-Ziggy Stardust  23:47 EST | |

"If my daughter is born today" 

Thursday, April 20, 2006

And my crush on MY only grows... 

Common sense:

To me, though, the last best chance to avoid war with Iran would be to not start a war with Iran. This thing about responding to Iranian peace overtures would be nice, but I think it's impossible to overstate the role that not starting a war with Iran plays in the Yglesias War-Avoidance Plan. Basically, if we don't start a war with Iran there . . . won't be a war with Iran.


-Ziggy Stardust  23:47 EST | |

Those crazy "liberal" hawks at TNR 

What the fuck are they doing, revving up for another war? Geez.

Anyway, this post was just asinine. So dumb that I was compelled to chip in my two cents. I'm jw873.

-Ziggy Stardust  23:38 EST | |

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

King Sized Coffin! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

You used the air that cost money! 

Friday, April 14, 2006

More reasons to hate Anne Coulter 

See here.

I don't know why I even give her my attention. She is a caricature.

-Ben  05:21 EST | |

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Interesting Rumblings 

(It's obviously time for my yearly post.)

I think what's happening here is kind of interesting. I don't think much will come of it, but I can hope. (I think the tack they're taking is right, too -- it's probably best, precedentially, for active officers to stay silent, but the retired generals should definitely continue to trash him.)

-Fuzzy Dunlop  20:34 EST | |

What if we actually attacked Iran? 

It would be awful. Even while reading Seymour Hersh's piece in this week's New Yorker, I didn't really think about the implications of attacking Iran. But this post by Publius (and Billmon's post that Publius linked to) has convinced me that we (anyone who cares about: (a) America, (b) the world, or (c) America's place in the world) have to oppose Messianic Bush with all of our power. Really.

I don't actually know how to stop this Administration though. I mean, c'mon, there aren't a lot of checks on a lame duck President's power to start an (undeclared) war. But we have to try, otherwise we're going to be the suckers and dupes who let this mendacious-on-an-unbelievable-scale Administration start not one but two ruinous wars (NB: we may not be meeting all of our strategic goals in Afghanistan, but it hasn't been a total failure).

God save us.

-Ziggy Stardust  20:29 EST | |

Yay, taxes! 

Monday, April 10, 2006

We should listen to James Fallows 

He writes about Iran: "the worst option would be a military strike."

He was also right about Iraq, you know.

Thanks to Matt Y for the reminder.

P.S. Does anyone else think it weird that the Broadmoor is advertising on Fallow's articles?

-Ziggy Stardust  13:00 EST | |

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Some interesting data: 

US Federal poverty guidelines 2006:

Persons in

Family or Household
48 Contiguous

States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $ 9,800 $12,250 $11,270
2 13,200 16,500 15,180
3 16,600 20,750 19,090
4 20,000 25,000 23,000
5 23,400 29,250 26,910
6 26,800 33,500 30,820
7 30,200 37,750 34,730
8 33,600 42,000 38,640
For each additional

person, add
 3,400  4,250  3,910

-Ben  21:28 EST | |


You read something that gets it so exactly right that you have to stop and admire. This article in slate perfectly captures my feelings and proto-thoughts about HBO and HBO DVDs--the author even captured my feelings about the SFU montage (remember me raving about Sia?).

Basically, I could claim ownership to every opinion expressed in the article. That's weird (and wonderful).

The only thing that Sam Anderson doesn't give emphasis to, I think, is the communal element of watching the shows (either in real time or on DVD). Watching the first season of SFU with Jess and that last with Katie (the girls I've lived with always rock!) made it such a better experience. Discovering and loving the Wire with Mark and Jon is a different thing than liking Rome on my own; sure, the Wire's an intrinsically superior show, but the communal sharing of the plot and characters gives the Wire a richness that I couldn't provide on my own. And, obviously, the Sopranos is an event--something to plan one's evening around--a great reason for a dinner party (hint, hint, Mark).

Okay, back to work.

-Ziggy Stardust  16:48 EST | |

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Proposed: Comanche Street reunion 2006 

It's Lisa's idea. I'm merely a shill.

It has been nearly 4 years. 6 since the fabled Summer of Love. Many of us are at important times of transition in our lives, both professionally and personally. Our only get-togethers in recent years have been during Christmas or Thanksgiving, and these have consisted usually of only a rushed evening together.

Let's get together this summer, perhaps in July or August, to share some of those old memories and catch up on recent years.

I have made available my parent's cabin in South Dakota, but that doesn't leave out the possibility of going anywhere else (Tahiti, anyone?).

Whatever it is, please signal your interest soon either by commenting on the blog here or emailing Lisa. This way, we can try to plan something several months in advance.

P.S. maybe I will even brew some beer to celebrate.

-Ben  22:46 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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