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Scala: This language allows many programmers to write the same code faster than they would in Java. And if they ignore readability and maintainability, they can go even faster.

Hadoop: A slow-as-molasses query engine might not look impressive, but multiply them by a hundred and look out. By the way, we forgot to mention that you can buy a Hadoop setup on the cloud. Insert Beowulf cluster joke here.

Chef: We do configuration management. In Ruby. But we’re not Puppet. Honest.

Apache Drill: If you need to query Oracle, DB2, Hadoop, SQL Server, JSON, XML, and a bunch of Mickey Mouse MS Access databases sitting in Accounting, simultaneously, this will do it. Note future tense. By the way, we could really use developers.

Coreboot: If you had just come to our tutorial, you would have gotten maximum geek points and a new Chromebook.

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If you’re like most Americans, you’re looking at the news coverage of the protests in Egypt and wondering, “th’hell’s goin’ on?” Well, no need to fear, ladies and gentlemen! Your handy dandy blogger has collected a few links that will explain the situation to you in no time.



  • First of all, if you’re just trying to catch up with what’s going on, your best bet in all likelihood is this Mother Jones story. The author gives the background behind the demonstrations and frequently updates it with the latest good reports.

  • If you want to try to keep up with going on (good luck with that — there’s a lot going on), your best bet by far is Twitter. Yes, Twitter. Search for the #Egypt (no retweets) and #jan25 (no retweets) markers, or view them all on one page here. Or just follow AJEnglish and evanchill. (While you’re at it, maybe follow me?)

  • For something more like Good Old Television, can’t go wrong with this streaming feed from Al Jazeera English, as Al Jazeera is pretty much kicking the asses of every other network on this story. (I’m assuming btw that you don’t get Al Jazeera on cable — most Americans don’t.) You can also get mediocre information from CNN. Pretty much every other network can be ignored — especially MSNBC now that they’re in their usual stupid weekend Lockup marathon.

  • For News-And-Comment, I always turn to Antiwar.com. You better believe they’re all over this story like white on rice. Justin Raimondo has a great take on the events of the last week in Egypt and Tunisia and the rest of the Arab world here.

  • Of course, you can always find discussion on DailyKos.








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If you’re like most Americans, you’re looking at the news coverage of the protests in Egypt and wondering, “th’hell’s goin’ on?” Well, no need to fear, ladies and gentlemen! Your handy dandy blogger has collected a few links that will explain the situation to you in no time.



  • First of all, if you’re just trying to catch up with what’s going on, your best bet in all likelihood is this Mother Jones story. The author gives the background behind the demonstrations and frequently updates it with the latest good reports.

  • If you want to try to keep up with going on (good luck with that — there’s a lot going on), your best bet by far is Twitter. Yes, Twitter. Search for the #Egypt (no retweets) and #jan25 (no retweets) markers, or view them all on one page here. Or just follow AJEnglish and evanchill. (While you’re at it, maybe follow me?)

  • For something more like Good Old Television, can’t go wrong with this streaming feed from Al Jazeera English, as Al Jazeera is pretty much kicking the asses of every other network on this story. (I’m assuming btw that you don’t get Al Jazeera on cable — most Americans don’t.) You can also get mediocre information from CNN. Pretty much every other network can be ignored — especially MSNBC now that they’re in their usual stupid weekend Lockup marathon.

  • For News-And-Comment, I always turn to Antiwar.com. You better believe they’re all over this story like white on rice. Justin Raimondo has a great take on the events of the last week in Egypt and Tunisia and the rest of the Arab world here.

  • Of course, you can always find discussion on DailyKos.








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It’s been a while, but the wait is worth it!



  • A small Afghan town wiped off the map by 25 tons of bombs, here. The good: the Taliban in that village are almost certainly dead. The bad: so is pretty much everything else that was there. The ugly: this suggests that our Afghanistan policy needs a lot of work, assuming that we should have one at all (other than “get out and leave it alone”).


  • Glenn Beck, the 21st Century Charles Coughlin, is still at it – this time inciting fans to make death threats against one professor Frances Fox Piven. Details here. Expect to hear more about this in the next few days.


  • Who’s next after Tunisia? How about Lybia?


  • I like a lot of President Obama’s policies. Not one of them: ramping up trials at Gitmo. Remember when he promised to have Gitmo closed?


  • Now that Joe Lieberman is retiring (man it feels good typing that), who’s going to be the next Joe Lieberman? My guess is that it will be Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).


  • By the way, if Lieberman’s retirement is a “SHOCKER,” then you weren’t paying attention.


  • Justin Raimondo on the Paper Tiger of China, here. Frankly, if it wasn’t for the fact that American companies use Chinese labor to manufacture their crap, the Chinese economy would be going nowhere. Their technology is mostly derivative and isn’t that impressive. Russia and India, on the other hand, have well-educated populations that know how to innovate. Russia also has oil. (No, I don’t fear either nation — if we can rebuild our manufacturing base, get over the Republicans’ irrational Russophobia and learn from our mistakes in dealing with China, then the next decade should be a lot of fun.)


Go Bears!








maxomai: dog (Default)

It’s been a while, but the wait is worth it!



  • A small Afghan town wiped off the map by 25 tons of bombs, here. The good: the Taliban in that village are almost certainly dead. The bad: so is pretty much everything else that was there. The ugly: this suggests that our Afghanistan policy needs a lot of work, assuming that we should have one at all (other than “get out and leave it alone”).


  • Glenn Beck, the 21st Century Charles Coughlin, is still at it – this time inciting fans to make death threats against one professor Frances Fox Piven. Details here. Expect to hear more about this in the next few days.


  • Who’s next after Tunisia? How about Lybia?


  • I like a lot of President Obama’s policies. Not one of them: ramping up trials at Gitmo. Remember when he promised to have Gitmo closed?


  • Now that Joe Lieberman is retiring (man it feels good typing that), who’s going to be the next Joe Lieberman? My guess is that it will be Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).


  • By the way, if Lieberman’s retirement is a “SHOCKER,” then you weren’t paying attention.


  • Justin Raimondo on the Paper Tiger of China, here. Frankly, if it wasn’t for the fact that American companies use Chinese labor to manufacture their crap, the Chinese economy would be going nowhere. Their technology is mostly derivative and isn’t that impressive. Russia and India, on the other hand, have well-educated populations that know how to innovate. Russia also has oil. (No, I don’t fear either nation — if we can rebuild our manufacturing base, get over the Republicans’ irrational Russophobia and learn from our mistakes in dealing with China, then the next decade should be a lot of fun.)


Go Bears!








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  • VP Joe Biden is now saying that we’re likely to be in Afghanistan well beyond 2014.

  • Meanwhile in Iraq, the Kurdish North is turning into a swinging place as the increasingly conservative rest of Iraq clamps down on alcohol and other secular niceties. More here

  • Yesterday I called out Rep. Peter King for his proposal to ban guns within 1000 feet of government officials. Fortunately that idea was rejected out of hand by Speaker Boehner. Congrats, Boehner, you’ve earned a shred of credit with me, and given how partisan I am, that’s no small feat for you. Let’s see how fast you blow it.

  • In a Vision Critical & Angus Reid poll (PDF) taken after the massacre (Jan 10-11), 73% of respondents said that citizens should be allowed to carry concealed handguns. Only 9% said that concealed carry should be allowed without a permit. A plurality (47%) called for shall-issue permits. That same poll gave President Obama 56% approval for his handling of the incident (pre-speech), which is roughly in line with other polls.

  • Anti-government rioting against the kleptocracy in Tunisia has spread to the capitol – and has overwhelmed the police there. I give the government a month, and I’m being generous. These riots started as protests over corruption and the incredibly bad economy and have spiraled out of control.

  • Sarah Palin tries again.








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  • VP Joe Biden is now saying that we’re likely to be in Afghanistan well beyond 2014.

  • Meanwhile in Iraq, the Kurdish North is turning into a swinging place as the increasingly conservative rest of Iraq clamps down on alcohol and other secular niceties. More here

  • Yesterday I called out Rep. Peter King for his proposal to ban guns within 1000 feet of government officials. Fortunately that idea was rejected out of hand by Speaker Boehner. Congrats, Boehner, you’ve earned a shred of credit with me, and given how partisan I am, that’s no small feat for you. Let’s see how fast you blow it.

  • In a Vision Critical & Angus Reid poll (PDF) taken after the massacre (Jan 10-11), 73% of respondents said that citizens should be allowed to carry concealed handguns. Only 9% said that concealed carry should be allowed without a permit. A plurality (47%) called for shall-issue permits. That same poll gave President Obama 56% approval for his handling of the incident (pre-speech), which is roughly in line with other polls.

  • Anti-government rioting against the kleptocracy in Tunisia has spread to the capitol – and has overwhelmed the police there. I give the government a month, and I’m being generous. These riots started as protests over corruption and the incredibly bad economy and have spiraled out of control.

  • Sarah Palin tries again.








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Don’t bother grading me on these, because they’re slam dunks, and we all know it.



  • Everyone in the DC media is going to run not walk to yank on Harold Ford’s dick, because he’s going to be the most telegenic proponent out there for the Clinton-era triangulation pipe dream that the Beltway so misses.

  • John Boehner is going to be an enormous douchebag. The tan alone telegraphs it.

  • The 9/11 memorials will be epic. Predictable, boring, inane, but epic. We still won’t find Osama bin Laden.

  • More expensive occult books will come out. Some of them will be bargains (Grant, Schulke), easily worth ten times what you paid for them. Most of these will be garbage. It’s like the 90s all over again, but with 1000% mark-up.

  • The generation gap will be defined by tolerance for autotune.

  • The destruction of the middle class will continue to be the major crisis of American politics. Therefore, the media will fixate on celebrities.

  • Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow will continue to kick ass. Lawrence O’Donnell will continue to try hard. Ed Schultz will continue to sound like your cranky uncle.








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Don’t bother grading me on these, because they’re slam dunks, and we all know it.



  • Everyone in the DC media is going to run not walk to yank on Harold Ford’s dick, because he’s going to be the most telegenic proponent out there for the Clinton-era triangulation pipe dream that the Beltway so misses.

  • John Boehner is going to be an enormous douchebag. The tan alone telegraphs it.

  • The 9/11 memorials will be epic. Predictable, boring, inane, but epic. We still won’t find Osama bin Laden.

  • More expensive occult books will come out. Some of them will be bargains (Grant, Schulke), easily worth ten times what you paid for them. Most of these will be garbage. It’s like the 90s all over again, but with 1000% mark-up.

  • The generation gap will be defined by tolerance for autotune.

  • The destruction of the middle class will continue to be the major crisis of American politics. Therefore, the media will fixate on celebrities.

  • Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow will continue to kick ass. Lawrence O’Donnell will continue to try hard. Ed Schultz will continue to sound like your cranky uncle.








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And now, it’s time for the last post of 2010: the CHEERS and JEERS!


JEERS to the ongoing fiasco in Afghanistan, now expected to continue until 2014. I supported the original invasion of Afghanistan because I figured that was the best way to bring to justice those parties that attacked us on 9/11/01. Then we took our eyes off the ball and went after Saddam Hussein for no good reason, leaving the fight in Afghanistan to deteriorate. Since then, Osama Bin Laden and his merry band of maniacs have departed for somewhere in the border regions of Pakistan, and the puppet that we installed to replace the Taliban has turned out to be a weak, corrupt idiot. Where does that leave us, exactly, other than holding the bag? I had some feint hope that Barack Obama would be able to “fix” this situation somehow by “getting serious” about Afghanistan, that is, throwing more resources and some serious thinking at the problem. I’m not sure that it’s panning out; and in any case, it now looks like the House of Representatives under The Orange One is going to defund any approach to Afghanistan that doesn’t follow rigid neoconservative thinking. How well did that work for us, you know, two years ago? This project has already succumb to the groupthink antipattern, and it has all the signs of becoming a death march Real Soon Now.


CHEERS to Barack Obama for pulling off what has to be regarded as just a hell of a lot for any President. Rachel Maddow lays it out for us:



Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Believe it or not, this list is incomplete. A more complete list may be found here.


Now, that’s the good news. The bad news is that, despite his enormous success, he has this bad habit of blowing all the political capital he might have gained with his base with missteps (e.g. the whole Shirley Sherrod affair), unnecessary concessions leading to broken promises, and condescending remarks (e.g. “professional left” and “they haven’t seen the details”). The result is that despite being the most successful and most progressive president in my lifetime, he nonetheless has earned widespread cynicism from his liberal base that I used to only see in old Vietnam war protesters that hadn’t moved on. His caving in on extra tax cuts for the wealthy in a time of rising debt and disinflation was a bridge too far for a lot of people. Now there are signs and circulating rumors that he is going to propose unnecessary cuts to Social Security benefits in 2011. If he does that, then Barack Obama, who is clearly an historical President for so many reasons, could very well be historic also as America’s last Democratic President before the Democratic Party falls apart Whig-style.


JEERS to the Koch Brothers. Congratulations on one of the most successful astroturf campaigns of all time (the Tea Party Express), not to mention all the other conservative think tanks you paid for over the years. I understand it bought you a new House — we’re fortunate that you didn’t get the Senate as well. (Quick note to Justin Raimondo: how anti-war are these guys if they spent most of their money electing pro-war candidates this year?)


CHEERS to the New York-New Jersey Snow Disaster. Why? I’ll tell you why: because it’s a perfect example of the kind of government “service” you can expect from now on if the GOP and their corporate sponsors (see above) get their spending cuts.


CHEERS to Wikileaks for, if nothing else, raising the bar for investigative journalism in a time when “journalism” mostly seems to mean “repeating press releases.” Good luck to you and the OpenLeaks fork project, and keep up the good work!


JEERS to Julian Assange. I’m a fan of his work (see above), but the man himself is an egotistical sociopath, a bad lay, and in all likelihood a rapist. All in all, he is not someone I’d invite into my home.


JEERS to BP management. I used to think oil company executives were merely greedy, ruthless plutocrats. Then we all got to see what BP’s brand of oil executive is like, and it sunk far below our worst expectations. In a just world, a company that commits that kind of crime against humanity would have its charter revoked and go into forced liquidation. Sadly, the corporations and a few rich families pretty much run everything.


JEERS to Bank of America for crap like this and this. I canceled my credit card with you because I refuse to do business with anyone who treats their borrowers this way. I hope others do the same.


Derisive JEERS to Sarah Palin. This year the stupid, shallow, mean half-term governor has been God’s gift to Democrats, if for no other reason than she cost the Republicans three Senate seats this year, in Colorado, Delaware, and Nevada. Keep up the good work, Sarah.


More derisive JEERS to the teabagger governors-elect of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania. Illinois and New York thank you for the fancy high-speed rail systems, and the jobs that come with them. Here’s hoping Oregon and Washington will get some high-speed rail money, too!


JEERS to Oracle for apparently not having your shit together on what “open source” means. The essence of any open source project is not, contrary to what RMS might tell you, the licensing of your code — licensing is important, but it is only a necessary condition for any successful open source project. The essence of open source is the trust of the community — trust that you will make good decisions, trust that you will continue to be dedicated to the project, and most of all, trust that you won’t turn around and screw people. Which makes your recent handling of the Java, OpenOffice and MySQL projects very worrisome.


JEERS to Glenn Beck (who has apparently jumped the shark), Sarah Palin (again), the NRA, and every other asshole who defaced and denigrated the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. You people aren’t fit to have cleaned Dr. King’s underwear.


THREE CHEERS to John Stewart and Steven Colbert: one for their parody of the aforementioned idiots, one for having the MythBusters as an opening audience participation act (did anyone else get a thrill from their wave experiments?), and one for having The Roots and John Legend open for them (easily, they were the best opening act since Metallica opened for Ozzy in 1986). As shows go, yours was one of the best. (For the best, see Roger Waters, below.)


That said, it’s hard to take you guys seriously when your “sincere” message is “can’t we all get along.” When two sides each have two opposing and mutually exclusive goals, and one of them refuses to do anything that contradicts their goal, then getting along is pretty much impossible.


Triple JEERS and two raised middle fingers to Andrew Breitbart and anyone who takes him seriously, specifically for lying about Shirley Sherrod. I’ve long warned others that the opposition to the progressive movement will make crap up about us to bring us down; Breitbart gets the prize for proving my case!


Derisive and well-earned JEERS to the Oregon Tea Party, because only a bunch of drooling morons would rip off Anonymous and think they could get away with it.


JEERS to DNC Chairman Tim Kaine for one of the worst branding jobs ever. Seriously, this is not impressive, and it’s symptomatic of your general problem with messaging.


JEERS to the idiots trying to boycott the Thor movie over the casting of a black actor for the Norse god Heimdall, who went by the epithet “Whitest of the Aesir.” Let’s put aside the despicable racialist herd instinct involved here, the shallowness of your grasp of the spiritual principles involved, or that Heimdall was indisputably never an actual white man. Do you idiots realize that you’re basically helping to promote the movie to everyone who hates your politics?


CHEERS to The Arcade Fire, Burzum, Cee Lo, Charles Danek, Dark Tranquility, DeLonde Bell, Gorillaz, How To Destroy Angels, Immanifest, Infernaeon, Jagoff, Mike Doughty, NoMeansNo, The Roots and Tub Ring, all for some kick-ass 2010 music!


Massive gleeful CHEERS to Alternative Tentacles Records for finally, finally releasing Terminal City Ricochet on DVD.


CHEERS to the Eleventh Doctor. If there was ever a Doctor who should have an episode directed by Guillermo del Toro, it’s Matt Smith.


DOUBLE CHEERS to Broken Bells. Your album is practically on repeat in my home. And thank you for a great show at the Crystal Ballroom!


TRIPLE CHEERS to Roger Waters. The 2010 version of The Wall is just … perfect.


Feh to Therion. I really want to like Sitra Ahra more than I do, but it’s a mess.


Feh to Dimmu Borgir. Abrahadabra is (merely) okay, and it certainly isn’t good enough for your Lady Gaga schtick.


CHEERS to everyone who participated in the It Gets Better campaign — particularly Tim Gunn, who had what was, IMO, the best testimony of them all.


CHEERS to the US Soccer Team for this:



CHEERS to South Africa for introducing us Americans to vuvuzelas. Yes, you read that right. That annoying, loud, monotone buzzing noise is perfect for the next time the Westboro Baptist Church comes to your town.


CHEERS to Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule; everyone at the Esoteric Book Conference (see you in September!); everyone at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (see you all again in 2012!); the crew at Splenderporium (see you next month!); the Roloff family for your hospitality and indulgence; Banksy and company for the brilliant film Exit through the Gift Shop; Kickstarter (which is the best idea I’ve seen this year bar none); Vice President Biden for “This is a BFD”; mcpreacher for being a regular contributor to my LiveJournal comments (stay strong, man — you’ll get through this); Mayor Sam Adams for being an example of how politicians should use Twitter; FaceBook for reintroducing me to just a hell of a lot of old friends; Rep. Greg Harris (a man whose backyard BBQs I can proudly say I’ve attended) for civil unions in Illinois; and to Red Dog for all the anecdotes (which I am saving for later).


JEERS to the Palin family in general, pretty much everyone on The Jersey Shore, Kanye West, everyone who saw Sex And The City 2 (y’all are the new Trekkies now!), Pomplamoose on general principles, the annoying people at Best Buy, Blackberry for a piece of shit phone that keeps freezing up on me, and all the drooling idiots who keep screaming about how record blizzards disprove global warming (no they don’t, and I notice all y’all SFTU when the record heat comes around, don’t you?).


CHEERS to Sara Blue. When I heard you had passed, I was utterly crushed. I have no excuse for why I wasn’t there other than I was still ashamed of my own mediocre life. I miss you, my sweet, beautiful friend; and I definitely wish I’d asked you to prom. Good luck wherever you are.


CHEERS to my wife on a banner year. If you make one New Years Resolution this year, make one to sign up for her mailing list!


CHEERS to all of you for reading. See you next year!








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And now, it’s time for the last post of 2010: the CHEERS and JEERS!


JEERS to the ongoing fiasco in Afghanistan, now expected to continue until 2014. I supported the original invasion of Afghanistan because I figured that was the best way to bring to justice those parties that attacked us on 9/11/01. Then we took our eyes off the ball and went after Saddam Hussein for no good reason, leaving the fight in Afghanistan to deteriorate. Since then, Osama Bin Laden and his merry band of maniacs have departed for somewhere in the border regions of Pakistan, and the puppet that we installed to replace the Taliban has turned out to be a weak, corrupt idiot. Where does that leave us, exactly, other than holding the bag? I had some feint hope that Barack Obama would be able to “fix” this situation somehow by “getting serious” about Afghanistan, that is, throwing more resources and some serious thinking at the problem. I’m not sure that it’s panning out; and in any case, it now looks like the House of Representatives under The Orange One is going to defund any approach to Afghanistan that doesn’t follow rigid neoconservative thinking. How well did that work for us, you know, two years ago? This project has already succumb to the groupthink antipattern, and it has all the signs of becoming a death march Real Soon Now.


CHEERS to Barack Obama for pulling off what has to be regarded as just a hell of a lot for any President. Rachel Maddow lays it out for us:



Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Believe it or not, this list is incomplete. A more complete list may be found here.


Now, that’s the good news. The bad news is that, despite his enormous success, he has this bad habit of blowing all the political capital he might have gained with his base with missteps (e.g. the whole Shirley Sherrod affair), unnecessary concessions leading to broken promises, and condescending remarks (e.g. “professional left” and “they haven’t seen the details”). The result is that despite being the most successful and most progressive president in my lifetime, he nonetheless has earned widespread cynicism from his liberal base that I used to only see in old Vietnam war protesters that hadn’t moved on. His caving in on extra tax cuts for the wealthy in a time of rising debt and disinflation was a bridge too far for a lot of people. Now there are signs and circulating rumors that he is going to propose unnecessary cuts to Social Security benefits in 2011. If he does that, then Barack Obama, who is clearly an historical President for so many reasons, could very well be historic also as America’s last Democratic President before the Democratic Party falls apart Whig-style.


JEERS to the Koch Brothers. Congratulations on one of the most successful astroturf campaigns of all time (the Tea Party Express), not to mention all the other conservative think tanks you paid for over the years. I understand it bought you a new House — we’re fortunate that you didn’t get the Senate as well. (Quick note to Justin Raimondo: how anti-war are these guys if they spent most of their money electing pro-war candidates this year?)


CHEERS to the New York-New Jersey Snow Disaster. Why? I’ll tell you why: because it’s a perfect example of the kind of government “service” you can expect from now on if the GOP and their corporate sponsors (see above) get their spending cuts.


CHEERS to Wikileaks for, if nothing else, raising the bar for investigative journalism in a time when “journalism” mostly seems to mean “repeating press releases.” Good luck to you and the OpenLeaks fork project, and keep up the good work!


JEERS to Julian Assange. I’m a fan of his work (see above), but the man himself is an egotistical sociopath, a bad lay, and in all likelihood a rapist. All in all, he is not someone I’d invite into my home.


JEERS to BP management. I used to think oil company executives were merely greedy, ruthless plutocrats. Then we all got to see what BP’s brand of oil executive is like, and it sunk far below our worst expectations. In a just world, a company that commits that kind of crime against humanity would have its charter revoked and go into forced liquidation. Sadly, the corporations and a few rich families pretty much run everything.


JEERS to Bank of America for crap like this and this. I canceled my credit card with you because I refuse to do business with anyone who treats their borrowers this way. I hope others do the same.


Derisive JEERS to Sarah Palin. This year the stupid, shallow, mean half-term governor has been God’s gift to Democrats, if for no other reason than she cost the Republicans three Senate seats this year, in Colorado, Delaware, and Nevada. Keep up the good work, Sarah.


More derisive JEERS to the teabagger governors-elect of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania. Illinois and New York thank you for the fancy high-speed rail systems, and the jobs that come with them. Here’s hoping Oregon and Washington will get some high-speed rail money, too!


JEERS to Oracle for apparently not having your shit together on what “open source” means. The essence of any open source project is not, contrary to what RMS might tell you, the licensing of your code — licensing is important, but it is only a necessary condition for any successful open source project. The essence of open source is the trust of the community — trust that you will make good decisions, trust that you will continue to be dedicated to the project, and most of all, trust that you won’t turn around and screw people. Which makes your recent handling of the Java, OpenOffice and MySQL projects very worrisome.


JEERS to Glenn Beck (who has apparently jumped the shark), Sarah Palin (again), the NRA, and every other asshole who defaced and denigrated the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. You people aren’t fit to have cleaned Dr. King’s underwear.


THREE CHEERS to John Stewart and Steven Colbert: one for their parody of the aforementioned idiots, one for having the MythBusters as an opening audience participation act (did anyone else get a thrill from their wave experiments?), and one for having The Roots and John Legend open for them (easily, they were the best opening act since Metallica opened for Ozzy in 1986). As shows go, yours was one of the best. (For the best, see Roger Waters, below.)


That said, it’s hard to take you guys seriously when your “sincere” message is “can’t we all get along.” When two sides each have two opposing and mutually exclusive goals, and one of them refuses to do anything that contradicts their goal, then getting along is pretty much impossible.


Triple JEERS and two raised middle fingers to Andrew Breitbart and anyone who takes him seriously, specifically for lying about Shirley Sherrod. I’ve long warned others that the opposition to the progressive movement will make crap up about us to bring us down; Breitbart gets the prize for proving my case!


Derisive and well-earned JEERS to the Oregon Tea Party, because only a bunch of drooling morons would rip off Anonymous and think they could get away with it.


JEERS to DNC Chairman Tim Kaine for one of the worst branding jobs ever. Seriously, this is not impressive, and it’s symptomatic of your general problem with messaging.


JEERS to the idiots trying to boycott the Thor movie over the casting of a black actor for the Norse god Heimdall, who went by the epithet “Whitest of the Aesir.” Let’s put aside the despicable racialist herd instinct involved here, the shallowness of your grasp of the spiritual principles involved, or that Heimdall was indisputably never an actual white man. Do you idiots realize that you’re basically helping to promote the movie to everyone who hates your politics?


CHEERS to The Arcade Fire, Burzum, Cee Lo, Charles Danek, Dark Tranquility, DeLonde Bell, Gorillaz, How To Destroy Angels, Immanifest, Infernaeon, Jagoff, Mike Doughty, NoMeansNo, The Roots and Tub Ring, all for some kick-ass 2010 music!


Massive gleeful CHEERS to Alternative Tentacles Records for finally, finally releasing Terminal City Ricochet on DVD.


CHEERS to the Eleventh Doctor. If there was ever a Doctor who should have an episode directed by Guillermo del Toro, it’s Matt Smith.


DOUBLE CHEERS to Broken Bells. Your album is practically on repeat in my home. And thank you for a great show at the Crystal Ballroom!


TRIPLE CHEERS to Roger Waters. The 2010 version of The Wall is just … perfect.


Feh to Therion. I really want to like Sitra Ahra more than I do, but it’s a mess.


Feh to Dimmu Borgir. Abrahadabra is (merely) okay, and it certainly isn’t good enough for your Lady Gaga schtick.


CHEERS to everyone who participated in the It Gets Better campaign — particularly Tim Gunn, who had what was, IMO, the best testimony of them all.


CHEERS to the US Soccer Team for this:



CHEERS to South Africa for introducing us Americans to vuvuzelas. Yes, you read that right. That annoying, loud, monotone buzzing noise is perfect for the next time the Westboro Baptist Church comes to your town.


CHEERS to Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule; everyone at the Esoteric Book Conference (see you in September!); everyone at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (see you all again in 2012!); the crew at Splenderporium (see you next month!); the Roloff family for your hospitality and indulgence; Banksy and company for the brilliant film Exit through the Gift Shop; Kickstarter (which is the best idea I’ve seen this year bar none); Vice President Biden for “This is a BFD”; mcpreacher for being a regular contributor to my LiveJournal comments (stay strong, man — you’ll get through this); Mayor Sam Adams for being an example of how politicians should use Twitter; FaceBook for reintroducing me to just a hell of a lot of old friends; Rep. Greg Harris (a man whose backyard BBQs I can proudly say I’ve attended) for civil unions in Illinois; and to Red Dog for all the anecdotes (which I am saving for later).


JEERS to the Palin family in general, pretty much everyone on The Jersey Shore, Kanye West, everyone who saw Sex And The City 2 (y’all are the new Trekkies now!), Pomplamoose on general principles, the annoying people at Best Buy, Blackberry for a piece of shit phone that keeps freezing up on me, and all the drooling idiots who keep screaming about how record blizzards disprove global warming (no they don’t, and I notice all y’all SFTU when the record heat comes around, don’t you?).


CHEERS to Sara Blue. When I heard you had passed, I was utterly crushed. I have no excuse for why I wasn’t there other than I was still ashamed of my own mediocre life. I miss you, my sweet, beautiful friend; and I definitely wish I’d asked you to prom. Good luck wherever you are.


CHEERS to my wife on a banner year. If you make one New Years Resolution this year, make one to sign up for her mailing list!


CHEERS to all of you for reading. See you next year!








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Just when you thought the cool surprises were over with the lame-duck session, the Senate Democrats have one more cool surprise in store:


Senate’s Returning Democrats Unanimously Favor Filibuster Reform


All Democratic senators returning next year have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging him to consider action to change long-sacrosanct filibuster rules.


The letter, delivered this week, expresses general frustration with what Democrats consider unprecedented obstruction and asks Reid to take steps to end those abuses. While it does not urge a specific solution, Democrats said it demonstrates increased backing in the majority for a proposal, championed by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and others, weaken the minority’s ability to tie the Senate calendar into parliamentary knots.


Among the chief revisions that Democrats say will likely be offered: Senators could not initiate a filibuster of a bill before it reaches the floor unless they first muster 40 votes for it, and they would have to remain on the floor to sustain it. That is a change from current rules, which require the majority leader to file a cloture motion to overcome an anonymous objection to a motion to proceed, and then wait 30 hours for a vote on it.


(Source: The National Journal)


This is a big, big deal. These last two years the GOP has been able to filibuster legislation simply by announcing a filibuster (no speeches required), which then required 60 votes to get anything done. Among other things, this phenomenon gave corporate-owned Democrats like Joe Lieberman (I-Himself) and Ben Nelson (D-Monsanto) the power to unilaterally water down, for example, the health care reform bill. Now it appears that the rules will change: if someone wants to filibuster a bill, they have to give a real, honest-to-pete filibuster, similar to the one that Robert Byrd tried with the Use Of Force Resolution that led to the Iraq war. If enacted, this rule will make filibusters a lot less common than they used to be.








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Just when you thought the cool surprises were over with the lame-duck session, the Senate Democrats have one more cool surprise in store:


Senate’s Returning Democrats Unanimously Favor Filibuster Reform


All Democratic senators returning next year have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging him to consider action to change long-sacrosanct filibuster rules.


The letter, delivered this week, expresses general frustration with what Democrats consider unprecedented obstruction and asks Reid to take steps to end those abuses. While it does not urge a specific solution, Democrats said it demonstrates increased backing in the majority for a proposal, championed by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and others, weaken the minority’s ability to tie the Senate calendar into parliamentary knots.


Among the chief revisions that Democrats say will likely be offered: Senators could not initiate a filibuster of a bill before it reaches the floor unless they first muster 40 votes for it, and they would have to remain on the floor to sustain it. That is a change from current rules, which require the majority leader to file a cloture motion to overcome an anonymous objection to a motion to proceed, and then wait 30 hours for a vote on it.


(Source: The National Journal)


This is a big, big deal. These last two years the GOP has been able to filibuster legislation simply by announcing a filibuster (no speeches required), which then required 60 votes to get anything done. Among other things, this phenomenon gave corporate-owned Democrats like Joe Lieberman (I-Himself) and Ben Nelson (D-Monsanto) the power to unilaterally water down, for example, the health care reform bill. Now it appears that the rules will change: if someone wants to filibuster a bill, they have to give a real, honest-to-pete filibuster, similar to the one that Robert Byrd tried with the Use Of Force Resolution that led to the Iraq war. If enacted, this rule will make filibusters a lot less common than they used to be.








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It looks like the GOP has had enough of Grinching the police, firefighters, and other emergency response persons who were there on 9/11/01. Quoting WSJ:


Republican and Democratic senators struck a tentative deal to approve an aid bill for Ground Zero workers after New York lawmakers agreed to scale back its cost and accept other conditions, according to people familiar with the discussions.


Lawmakers for both parties met late into Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning to work on the details of the revised $4.3 billion package, a reduction from the original $7.2 billion legislation.


The bill would provide five years of health-care coverage and re-open a compensation program for those who became ill after working on the toxic debris pile or living and working nearby.


Which is probably a smart move, since it prevents the GOP from being made further to look like total dicks:



Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy








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It looks like the GOP has had enough of Grinching the police, firefighters, and other emergency response persons who were there on 9/11/01. Quoting WSJ:


Republican and Democratic senators struck a tentative deal to approve an aid bill for Ground Zero workers after New York lawmakers agreed to scale back its cost and accept other conditions, according to people familiar with the discussions.


Lawmakers for both parties met late into Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning to work on the details of the revised $4.3 billion package, a reduction from the original $7.2 billion legislation.


The bill would provide five years of health-care coverage and re-open a compensation program for those who became ill after working on the toxic debris pile or living and working nearby.


Which is probably a smart move, since it prevents the GOP from being made further to look like total dicks:



Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy








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The Wall Street Journal reports:


With gay veterans standing over his shoulder, President Barack Obama signed a law allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military, hailing the hard-fought measure as a landmark in a struggle for equality and civil rights.


The emotional ceremony ended a battle that has been going on for decades, long before President Bill Clinton in 1993 signed what was supposed to be a compromise allowing gays into the military so long as they didn’t reveal their sexual orientation. That “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy rested uneasily for nearly two decades.


Here’s the video of this event:



There can be little doubt there were gay soldiers who fought for American independence, who consecrated the ground at Gettysburg, who manned the trenches along the Western Front, who stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima. Their names are etched into the walls of our memorials. Their headstones dot the grounds at Arlington.


And so, as the first generation to serve openly in our Armed Forces, you will stand for all those who came before you, and you will serve as role models to all who come after. And I know that you will fulfill this responsibility with integrity and honor, just as you have every other mission with which you’ve been charged.


So the President’s process for repealing DADT, which I derisively described as a “Rube Goldberg Machine,” actually worked. While the policy isn’t done yet, its days are now numbered. And thus the President proved me, and a whole bunch of other critics from the left, wrong.


I keep thinking that I’ve learned not to underestimate this guy. Then I go and underestimate him again. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.








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The Wall Street Journal reports:


With gay veterans standing over his shoulder, President Barack Obama signed a law allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military, hailing the hard-fought measure as a landmark in a struggle for equality and civil rights.


The emotional ceremony ended a battle that has been going on for decades, long before President Bill Clinton in 1993 signed what was supposed to be a compromise allowing gays into the military so long as they didn’t reveal their sexual orientation. That “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy rested uneasily for nearly two decades.


Here’s the video of this event:



There can be little doubt there were gay soldiers who fought for American independence, who consecrated the ground at Gettysburg, who manned the trenches along the Western Front, who stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima. Their names are etched into the walls of our memorials. Their headstones dot the grounds at Arlington.


And so, as the first generation to serve openly in our Armed Forces, you will stand for all those who came before you, and you will serve as role models to all who come after. And I know that you will fulfill this responsibility with integrity and honor, just as you have every other mission with which you’ve been charged.


So the President’s process for repealing DADT, which I derisively described as a “Rube Goldberg Machine,” actually worked. While the policy isn’t done yet, its days are now numbered. And thus the President proved me, and a whole bunch of other critics from the left, wrong.


I keep thinking that I’ve learned not to underestimate this guy. Then I go and underestimate him again. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.








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Thanks for sticking with me even though I haven’t been posting much. We’re in the middle of dealing with just a ton of stuff here, and I appreciate your reading what I post here.


To thank you for your patronage and patience, I present…..









Originally published at maxomai.org

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Thanks for sticking with me even though I haven’t been posting much. We’re in the middle of dealing with just a ton of stuff here, and I appreciate your reading what I post here.


To thank you for your patronage and patience, I present…..









Originally published at maxomai.org

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Let’s see…the biggest newsmaker of the year, in a year that’s hugely momentous in so many ways, is hands down Julian Assange….but he’s not exactly well-liked right now, and we can’t have a repeat of this crap….what to do?


Well, how about punt?


Hey, it’s worked for them before. Check out this epic punt from 1997, in the wake of the death of Princess Diana and the hysterical screaming about Monica Lewinsky.








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