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  • anwaya commented on the blog post It is Unacceptable For Sebelius to Ignore Congress

    2013-10-21 08:06:48View | Delete

    Flaunting, from flaunt:

    display (something) ostentatiously, esp. in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance.
    “newly rich consumers eager to flaunt their prosperity”

    or Flouting, from flout:

    openly disregard (a rule, law or convention).
    “these same companies still flout basic ethical practices”

  • This is a job for SUPERWARREN and THE MASKED MADDOW!

    Let Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Warren get on Etienne Syldor’s story. They’ll shame Wells Farrago into doing the right thing.

  • anwaya commented on the blog post Durbin Says Obama Won’t Support Medicare Age Increase

    2012-12-13 13:00:46View | Delete

    Are you sure that “this change would save the government $148 billion from 2012 to 2021″ means $148bn/year, or is it an average of $14.8bn/year?

  • anwaya commented on the diary post Mitt’s 10pm Presser by Elliott.

    2012-09-17 22:08:08View | Delete

    The truth of the fundraiser video is this: the GOP candidate for President knows he is waging class war, and will tell members of his class exactly that.

  • anwaya commented on the diary post Casey Mulligan Still Has Not Heard of Deficit Spending by Dean Baker.

    2012-08-16 16:39:25View | Delete

    Having seen The Atlantic article on Ryan’s plans for Capital Gains Tax, I have to say that it is obscene to cut taxes on money made by people who don’t make things and increase taxes on what people are paid for actually making things. It seems like a simple moral wrong to me, and I [...]

  • anwaya commented on the blog post It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Work” Is

    2012-04-17 18:27:50View | Delete

    Ohhh yes, and let’s not forget all the coordination with those people making the Julian Fellowes costume drama in one of the other houses…

  • anwaya commented on the blog post It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Work” Is

    2012-04-17 18:08:06View | Delete

    I eagerly await Mitt’s explanation of how raising kids only counts as work when you have a millionaire spouse to pay the bills.

    That’s easy. It’s a management position. Someone has to keep an eye on the nannies.

  • I really enjoyed the typoes of Romney’s name in this blog post, but particularly Rmoney. I think that’s how he should always be known.

  • anwaya commented on the blog post Sarah Palin To Share Meth Recipes, Dim Banter on Housewife Show

    2012-04-02 22:01:27View | Delete

    Oh my. It is so very true. 3 minutes in.

  • anwaya commented on the blog post Sarah Palin To Share Meth Recipes, Dim Banter on Housewife Show

    2012-04-02 21:03:44View | Delete

    Holy bulletproof underwear, is that true?

  • anwaya commented on the blog post Ryan Budget Looks Headed for Passage in House

    2012-03-25 16:42:17View | Delete

    I could be wrong, but my sense of Ryan’s position on taxation is that everyone should pay the same amount. Not that everyone should pay the same percentage, but the same amount. It’s an impression I got from an interview he gave, perhaps a year ago, maybe more. I wish I had the video. And if anyone else has the same recollection, I would like to know.

  • anwaya commented on the blog post Phyrric Victories

    2012-03-09 07:40:52View | Delete

    It’s always a pyrrhic victory at best to point out a spelling mistake, like “phyrric” when you meant “pyrrhic”, because even if you’re right, you just end up looking like some orthography nerd.

    I don’t think what I’m bout to say in any way undercuts cocktailhag’s righteous and passionate rant, since there isn’t a reference to any victory that could be called pyrrhic: but gtomkins, I take exception to your comment. It uses repetition for a cheap effect, and an insult (“orthography nerd”).

    There is a meaning to pyrrhic, and you do not use the word as befits its meaning. You undermine it. A true pyrrhic victory is a battle won at such a high cost to the victor’s resources that another battle would end in defeat. None of the remaining GOP candidates are at that point.

    History and meaning matter. As W. Ewart Gladstone said when Nixon beat Kennedy in Mexico City in 1968, “Those who do not condemn history are doomed to repeat it.” I’m sure Kennedy would have agreed.

  • anwaya commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Happy Mardi (Foie) Gras

    2012-02-21 21:26:10View | Delete

    Except that it’s not true that force feeding is the only way, in fact geese will do it to themselves.

    There is a TED video from 2008:

    There was a story from the same Spanish farm recently on NPR.

  • Blaze the chalice, Sharkbabe!

  • Chancellor Katehi has a blog. Her most recent entry announces “The Civility Project”:

    During the 2009-10 school year, UC Davis – as well as other UC campuses – experienced acts of intolerance and I vowed to take action to build an inclusive community. As we crafted our Vision of Excellence, we ensured that diversity and inclusivity were key components, and we took action to promote a hate- and bias-free campus.

    It’s open for comments.

  • anwaya commented on the diary post Chancellor Giles Fraser Resigns from St. Paul’s Cathedral Staff by Peterr.

    2011-10-28 05:53:56View | Delete

    Who let these moneychangers in the temple in the first place, and isn’t it harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle?

  • This is absurd! This is the United Pottervilles of America!

    The total effect of throwing people who live in a house they can’t afford out on the street and then demolishing it is to make things worse for everyone except property owners and bankers. First, the number of people who no longer own a house is increased, increasing the demand for housing, and all the capital they sank into it is transferred forever to the bankers. Second, the number of buildings in the housing stock is reduced, which constricts supply.

    Classical economics says that when you reduce the supply of a good in a market and increase demand for that good, the equilibrium price rises. In the case of housing, this this demolition program means that people who already own houses see their property values rise, and whenever a house is bought and sold, the bankers get to make larger loans with a larger interest component at a low interest rate. So: all very well for those who have surplus assets and their bankers.

    Meanwhile, the increase in the price of housing and the increase in demand for housing from people who have none puts getting a house further out of reach. This increases the divide between rich and poor at a time when the economy is in a tailspin. We, the 99%, should not accept this.

  • anwaya commented on the diary post In Court, ACLU Defends US Citizen Detained & Threatened by FBI with Torture by Kevin Gosztola.

    2011-07-13 05:37:52View | Delete

    If the ACLU filed the complaint, then presumably they did so on Meshal’s behalf, and Meshal is not the defendant.

  • anwaya commented on the diary post Have You a New, Rested, Ready Santorum Campaign Slogan? by Teddy Partridge.

    2011-04-16 14:37:13View | Delete

    Oh, anything that uses his name is going to be funny. “Put Santorum in the White House” “Santorum For America” “You Can’t Beat Santorum!” “Bring Santorum Back to DC” If Santorum gets the nomination, I expect sales of chocolate mousse to go up, and any signs for Santorum 2012 may appear to be spattered with [...]

  • This kind of thing wouldn’t have happened in America. I was quite disappointed to find out it didn’t actually exist.

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