They say I'm conservative/libertarian, which is probably accurate enough, but I only landed in Romney's camp because of the issues that made me more "conservative" than "libertarian". You have to question a poll that leaves out Thompson, or Huckabee, for that matter.
ABC News' Match-O-Matic scored me 80% for Thompson a couple of weeks ago.
[no surprises for those two]
Super hero: Spiderman
Super villian: Mystique (gotta look that one up) addendum: oops—didn't realize this is Halle Berry's character from the X-Men films Well, no it isn't her either--I've been corrected once again
A tongue-in-cheek column from this week's TIME suggests that too much green can hurt you.
As Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, explains:
So it was with some relief that I learned that eco-anxiety is a
diagnosable condition. A so-called eco-therapist in Santa Fe, N.M.,
reportedly sees up to 80 patients a month who complain of panic
attacks, loss of appetite, irritability and what she describes as some
sort of a twitchy sensation in their cells. Eco-anxiety is not new--the
etymology website WordSpy found it mentioned in a 1990 Washington Post
article--but it's only now becoming widespread. Environmental
consciousness is no longer just another lifestyle choice, like open
marriages or joining the circus; it has been upgraded to a moral
imperative. That forces Americans to add environmentalism to their
already endless checklist of things to fret about. Did I remember to
turn out the kitchen light? Couldn't I memorize the directions to my
job interview instead of print them out? Why, for the love of Pete, did
I use a napkin to wipe my mouth when I have here a perfectly good
Cullen is willing to make some changes, but she exhibits more sense about the greening of our world than most fanatics.
UNC-CH Students will be revamping the US Constitution to include “positive rights” on Saturday. Students from two UNC-CH classes - Sociology 131 and Sociology 273 - coordinated their work this semester and will be holding a mock Constitutional Convention on December 1.
On the agenda? A proposal to make Chapel Hill and Carrboro "Human Rights Cities." Part of the project’s goal was to discuss socioeconomic and cultural rights already embraced in other countries’ constitutions. New “rights” the students will address include the rights to peace, diversity, democracy, pluralism, education, sports, the arts and the benefits of discoveries from modern science. Students also discussed rights for special groups such as women, migrants, refugees and the elderly.
The whole thing is a project of the Social and Economic Justice minor, which probably tells you all you need to know about the endeavor.
The event will be held in Manning 209, on the UNC Campus, beginning at 9am. No word on whether the public is welcome to this event, but invitees include staff from Service-Learning Agencies, Local Labor Unions, Campus Workers, and Local Government Agencies.
The National Education Association is celebrating teachers who have learned and performed the "Soulja Boy" dance.
For your amusement (and horror), here is a video of a Spanish teacher performing the Soulja Boy dance, apparently during class:
The NEA article says, "A simple YouTube search yielded 243 videos (as of Monday 11/19) of teachers cranking that soulja boy, most of them set in classrooms and pep rallies." (Emphasis added.) The article fails to mention that the Soulja Boy dance has limited educational value, perhaps something that should concern an organization that purports to care about education.
If you're a conoisseur of Krugman debunking, you'll like this piece.
It's remarkable that Krugman doesn't even seem to bother trying to be fair or sensible any more. He's just an attack machine, firing away at anyone and anything that isn't on board with his big government dreams.
Clinton's credentials are far superior to those of anyone else in the
pack. I consider her the U.S.'s best female public figure since Eleanor
Roosevelt. If she does not win her party's nomination, it will be a
clear sign to the world that women's equality is another cause America
preaches but does not practice.
A Florida man aims the blame gun at a narrower target:
What conservatives hate about Clinton is that she is a woman. It's
nothing more than old-fashioned sexism. Equal rights have always been
anathema to them.
Prepare to see this storyline resurface if/when Clinton and Obama lose the primary and/or general election.
One cannot expect a person who expresses the ideas above to understand (or at least to admit) that a voter might well like to see a woman or black man (or black woman, for that matter) become president — if that candidate shares the voter's values and philosophy.
A vote for a candidate other than Clinton does not mean a vote against women. A vote for a candidate other than Obama does not mean a vote against blacks.
Durham police offer David Addison has been promoted to sergeant.
This is the same David Addison who is listed in the lacrosse players' civil lawsuit.
This is the same David Addison who issued a CrimeStoppers poster shortly after the party that claimed, among other things, that a "horrific crime" occurred in which "the victim was sodomized, raped, assaulted and robbed."
This is the same David Addison who told the N&O that players were refusing to cooperate, who told the H-S that there was "really, really strong physical evidence", and who told ABC that players at the party "knew what transpired." We know now that these are all false claims. For a full run-down, see KC Johnson's blog.
Please tell me it's only in Durham where an officer at the center of a department's (and a city's and a university's) national embarrassment can do all this and be rewarded.