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  • Thanks, Kevin, for an excellent article on this exasperating, deplorable policy.

    “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CAARP).”

    Shouldn’t that be “CARRP”?

  • Looking forward to reading Ice Cream Social!

    I can't help remembering some doggerel I wrote about 14 years ago:

    Unilever, on 4/10/2000, bought both Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and SlimFast diet drink. Talk about 'enabling' at both ends of the diet cycle…


    Scoop a heap, and top with cherries,
    Gorge yourself on Ben and Jerry's.
    Soon, you're overwhelmed with guilt:
    On your favorite shirt it's spilt;
    Even worse, you're feeling fat…
    Come now, we'll have none of that!
    Now embark upon a grim fast,
    Water? nah… let's make it SlimFast.
    Soon you're feeling fit and trim,
    Out for ice cream, on a whim.
    Up or down, you self-deceiver,
    Who's your dealer? Unilever!

    - The Yellow Doggerelist

    (April 2000)

    Copyright © 2000 Stephen S. Bates

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

    2012-03-09 12:04:05View | Delete

    How does one effect “the unintentional burning of Korans”? “Unauthorized” I could understand, but “unintentional”?

  • That alleged Thomas Jefferson quote has been debunked.

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post February 21 Now Deadline for Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

    2011-12-26 09:21:27View | Delete

    We have been down this road before. President Obama will wait until some more spectacular event distracts the public and captures the media’s attention, and then he will sign his approval. Then his defenders will weep and wail about how he was “forced” to do it by Republicans. Same song, 137th verse.

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing: Live Blog, Final Day

    2011-12-22 09:23:03View | Delete

    Thanks, BoxTurtle. :-) The ghosts of John Adams and Millard Fillmore (and a couple more I can’t remember) doubtless forgive you!

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing: Live Blog, Final Day

    2011-12-22 09:11:32View | Delete

    Sure enough, BoxTurtle; I missed TarheelDem’s post and BoxTurtle’s apology. Now I am the one who is an idiot. Mea culpa; mea maxima culpa… :-)

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing: Live Blog, Final Day

    2011-12-22 09:02:29View | Delete

    :-) Not by UU’s. We’re not into all that “sin” stuff.

    But we are a real church, old enough that four (?) US presidents were members. Somehow, BoxTurtle has mistakenly attached the acronym for Unitarian Universalist to a mail-order denomination. I haven’t been to church for a while, but the last time I looked, we meet in brick buildings like most denominations. (Frank Lloyd Wright designed the building for a well-known Chicago UU church.)

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing: Live Blog, Final Day

    2011-12-22 08:49:02View | Delete

    BoxTurtle, how many times do I have to tell you: The UU church is NOT in any way related to the Universal Life church! Would someone please disabuse BoxTurtle of this notion? What you are alleging is offensive to UUs everywhere. Please stop it!

  • What peterboy said. It is Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

  • BoxTurtle, please do not conflate “Universal Life Church” with UU (Unitarian Universalists). They are not even remotely similar. You owe the real UU’s an apology. Thank you.

  • Thanks for the link. I utterly deplore the abuse by police described, but I’d rather know than not know. Goodbye to the First and Eighth Amendments; they were great while they lasted.

  • Correction: the ranking includes “murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault,” and is for 2006. Source: US Census Bureau; follow the link on the word “No” above. I do not have a separate number for murder, nor do I have newer numbers. If you still need to damn Texas, there’s plenty of opportunity to do [...]

  • (still the highest?)

    No. Texas ranks 15th. South Carolina is at the top.

    Harris County (Houston), TX, where I live, does have an obscenely high capital murder conviction rate. And yes, I am convinced Texas has executed innocent people. This must end… and that surely means ending the death penalty.

  • Please do not start firestorms without first ascertaining that adequate firefighting equipment and personnel are on hand! (I suppose Teddy and Peterr qualify as such…)

  • SBtheYDD commented on the diary post Overwhelming Police Force at OccupyDenver by Eclair.

    2011-10-30 14:31:37View | Delete

    cmaukonen – you mean, like Herman Cain? He has the Black experience. Clarence Thomas? His is the Black experience. Michael Steele? Barack Obama? They have the Black experience, too.

    cmau, I’ll bet dollars to donuts you’re white. Give up the moralizing; it’s offensive and, most of all, tiresome.

  • SBtheYDD commented on the diary post Oakland: This is what a police state looks like by Janet Rhodes.

    2011-10-29 16:53:56View | Delete

    Honestly, that’s not much of an answer to what newbaygal offered. Your original legitimate criticism is diminished when you resort to taking potshots, especially when your targets are long since dead. For better or worse, “liberal white America” also helped to elect JFK, LBJ and Bill Clinton (who was frequently called “the first Black president”). [...]

  • SBtheYDD commented on the blog post Beware of Gay Physicians!

    2011-10-24 11:35:45View | Delete

    My excellent primary care doctor is almost certainly gay. I am not.

    My PCP’s former nurse was very, very Christian. I am not.

    Guess which one hit on me to “convert.” Right… it wasn’t the gay doc. Happily, he apparently let the nurse go while I was away for a month. Whew!

    People who care what their medical providers do in their private lives need to find something to do with themselves besides gratuitously making trouble for professionals.

  • So, someguy, in order to “equalize” states, we make some citizens’ votes worth more than others through unequal representation in one of the two houses. And you’re going to try to justify that?

    I live in a large and populous state, so my vote is already worth less than yours in terms of influence in the Senate.

    I live in a major city, and the laws in this state have the same effect on urban and rural areas as between large and small states, so in a state where people’s votes are already worth less than those of people in (say) your state, my vote is also worth less than my neighbor’s vote across the county line.

    And my state is a net contributor of income taxes; i.e., it pays more in aggregate federal taxes than it gets from the federal government. Why am I not surprised.

    Explain to me again… why should I bother to vote in your wonderful elections rather than simply sitting at home and watching the same result as if I voted? I am sorry, but the deal you tout so highly is grossly unfair to a lot of us.

    (For the record… I did NOT flunk any courses in American history or government.)

  • I don’t observe the level of competence

    Indeed. The late Molly Ivins used to respond similarly when confronted with most conspiracy theories.

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