Category: Rants

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Glenn Fleishman on Gay Marriage

The folks who demonize marriage equality are incapable of understanding that the couples marrying today are preserving the institution.

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Palin’s Problems, in Her Own Words

Here’s what I love/hate about Sarah Palin: Within the space of a few words, she can completely destroy her own point, and yet sound as if she isn’t. Today’s use of the term “blood libel” to talk about how the mean ol’ media is victimizing her after the Tuscon shooting is reprehensible not only because ...

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Maybe Bush Did Do One Thing Right

One of the more popular of my blog entries is “What Has Bush Done Right?” from 2004. I spent the entire slog through Bush’s second term asking myself that question, and honestly never really came up with a good answer. Bush was a bad leader, an idealogue, and is, I believe, directly responsible for a ...

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You’ve Got to Be Fucking Kidding

I don’t throw that out there as a title lightly: The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments. To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases. Now men and women ...

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Mac Journalism, or When Emotion Clogs the Brain

Glenn Fleishman and I wrote a review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that appeared in the Seattle Times last week (we both write a bi-weekly column called Practical Mac). Depending on the topic, we get a little email here and there from readers and the occasional request for advice that has nothing to do ...

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NBC Yanking TV Shows from iTunes

Macworld: iTunes Store to stop selling NBC shows in September NBC: “Thanks to Apple and iTunes, we’re making money we otherwise wouldn’t have made, so now we’re greedy bastards.” I suppose some people might be compelled to try the new Fox/NBC Hulu.com service, which I read somewhere will require that you’re online to watch. But ...

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Goodbye Gonzales. Dems, Don’t Screw This Up, Too

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation today (effective September 16), eliciting a collective sigh of relief across the nation. The term “incompetent” gets thrown around too much these days (and isn’t that a statement on the political climate we’re living in), so I’m not going to say that Gonzales was incompetent – he was ...

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Screwing the Troops (Again/Still)

Henceforth, I don’t want to hear anyone make the claim that the Bush Administration “supports the troops.” It’s already established that Bush claims to listen to his generals, but then does what he wants (and fires the generals who disagree with him). And that he uses the troops that he commands as PR shields, propping ...

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“Won” or “Lost” Isn’t the Issue

Josh Marshall has an excellent, succinct post about the misguided thinking about whether the war in Iraq is “lost,” as Harry Reid has said, or is able to be “won,” as Bush and the Republicans hollowly maintain. As usual, what’s being talked about is the smoke that obscures the reality, something Americans have been subjected ...

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Camping Out in Cafés

In a post’s comments, reader Rick writes: RE: your recent review of Seattle coffeehouses and how nice it is to do work in them: Grr… Jeff, hate to say it, but it’s people like you, i.e. those folks who camp out in Seattle coffee houses all day to do their day jobs or homework, that ...