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December 20th, 2006

SEX: It’s Everywhere!

From the department of “We told you so!” comes a study about American sex. In a nutshell, everybody’s in the pool.

New York’s Guttmacher Institute confirmed what most of us know on December 19th, and completely disagrees with the Bush adminstrations well funded abstinence only programs.

The study, examining how sexual behavior before marriage has changed over time, was based on interviews conducted with more than 38,000 people — about 33,000 of them women — in 1982, 1988, 1995 and 2002 for the federal National Survey of Family Growth. According to Finer’s analysis, 99 percent of the respondents had had sex by age 44, and 95 percent had done so before marriage.

Finer said the likelihood of Americans having sex before marriage has remained stable since the 1950s, though people now wait longer to get married and thus are sexually active as singles for extensive periods. — CNN

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December 15th, 2006

Big Money Killed the Radio Star

Radio sucks. You’d never have a punk revolution in the realm of Clear Channel. You likely could birth a punk revolution ABOUT Clear Channel, but in this day and age, nobody would ever hear about it. That’s a problem, because if nothing creative is getting on the air, and the stuff that is on the air is all that’s on the air, people aren’t going to stop craving creativity, they’re just going to find it someplace else.

Like, say, the internets.

The FMC just released a study of radio, and the findings are chilling. Did you know:
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December 13th, 2006

Bad Balls: The Case of the Top Down Flop

The NBA is scrapping their new, supposedly state of the art composite basketball and reverting to the old leather ones. The players went bonkers when the new balls were introduced, because they didn’t perform as promised.

Life is like that. Just because somebody has a new idea, doesn’t mean it’s a better one. Take basketball player uniforms, for example. What was wrong with those nice little shorts the men wore in the ‘70’s? I watched a lot of basketball back then. Now they wear these huge granny bloomers. Do I still watch basketball? Meh. Not so much.

How many times have you been at work and been handed some new top down edict that on paper is going to solve issues, make money or streamline workflow? Sometimes, the ideas work; sometimes they don’t. When ideas incorporate input from many levels of workers, the chance they’re gonna sing is greatly improved. Back to these bum balls. Spaulding developed a ball with the NBA brass, but they forgot to get any form of real input from the players.
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December 11th, 2006

Show Us the Love!

Please remember to vote for Bring It On! for Best Liberal Blog in the 2006 Weblog Awards. You may vote once every 24 hours through December 15th. If you like what we’re doing here, we’d appreciate your vote. Plus, ( ::crosses fingers:: ) we’ll give everyone a pony. Yippee!

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December 10th, 2006

Just Wanted to Say…

Please remember to vote for Bring It On! for Best Liberal Blog in the 2006 Weblog Awards. You may vote once every 24 hours during the next 10 days. If you like what we’re doing here, we’d appreciate your vote. Plus, ( ::crosses fingers:: ) we’ll give everyone a pony. Yippee!

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December 9th, 2006

A Gentle Reminder

Please remember to vote for Bring It On! for Best Liberal Blog in the 2006 Weblog Awards. You may vote once every 24 hours during the next 10 days. If you like what we’re doing here, we’d appreciate your vote. Plus, ( ::crosses fingers:: ) we’ll give everyone a pony. Yippee!

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December 5th, 2006

Can We Handle the Truth?

A lot of people assure me they are colorblind. I know in my heart that I work hard at that, but I accept that I will work at it my entire life. I doubt assurances by others that “they’re not prejudiced, but…” as I’ve never heard that sentence followed by anything good.

Yesterday, I took the Implicit Association test on race at the Havard.edu site. I felt my score was accurate, but based on the disclaimer at the beginning of the site, lots of participants don’t. Perhaps that carefully cultivated facade of public tolerance doesn’t translate to their private thoughts and feelings, or the conversations had with friends. With Gibson and Richards melting down publically, are they exceptions or the rule?

Seeing yourself objectively is the first step to changing things. Are you willing to go there? Follow the link, accept the conditions, then scroll down to the Race test. You’ll need about 5 uninteruppted minutes to complete it. Post your score in the comments.
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Posted in Education, Gonzo's Grab Bag, Race | 9 Comments »

December 4th, 2006

Light Up, Everybody

No, no. Not that. Light up this.

Bristol-Myers Squibb will donate one dollar to the National Aids fund for evey person who visits their web site and lights the candle. The promotion is for today only, so please visit and light one up. My click was number 612,446, which translates to a nice contribution by Bristol-Myers Squibb. This is their second year with this promotion, and it’s certainly worth a minute of your time.

Thank you.
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November 30th, 2006

It’s Official - 29% of the Country is Nuts

Am I going to run with this? Oh, HELL yeah.

Lohse, a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush.

Lohse says his study is no joke. The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse’s study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush. — New Haven Advocate

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November 30th, 2006

Give Me the Liberty of  Gold, or Give Me Debt

When I was a whippersnapper, the dollar was backed by gold, and we LIKED it that way.

Count me in to the Ron Paul Club of Monetary Doom and Gloom. Thirty years ago, Nixon took our currency off the gold standard, grinning maniacally and nattering, “Let the shenanigans begin!” Well, not really, but the transition from gold to fiat backed currency opened a door for all sorts of bad monetary policy, the fruits of which are bearing today.

Unnoticed by most Americans and observed gleefully by many other nations, the dollar slid to a new low on Monday, and most economists think there’s plenty more where that came from. Nor is the Bush administration likely to do anything about it. The reason is that a low dollar makes other problems seem less horrific.
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November 27th, 2006

Legacy, Schmegacy

I’ll say one thing for George W. Bush. The man can spend the hell out of other people’s money. Really, at this point, Americans need to set aside their ire and give the man some props.

It’s good to have gifts.

Left unchecked, the George W. Bush library projected cost is way beyond the price tag of any previous presidential library, and TWICE what he spent to get elected in 2004. Oy.
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November 22nd, 2006

Big and Hot!

Rocking the Bloggoshpere this week is the unexpected sighting of blogger Oliver Willis with the stunning Jessica Alba.

“I never would have believed it!” gushed one blog, who asked to remain anonymous. “Oliver is the man! Jessica is one lucky woman.”

Neither Willis’ nor Alba’s publicist would confirm or deny that the two are an item.
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November 16th, 2006

Honor System

People like the concept of honor. We believe in its idealism, that by invoking honor’s characteristics onto a person or a situation, they somehow rise to a better place, make more reasoned decisions, behave more judiciously, don integrity’s cloak.

Because humans yearn to be better, and admire those they think are, they are exploitable by people who see their blind idealism as an opportunity to sell something one way and use it another.

The Patriot Act was sold to us as the best way to protect us from terrorists. The very idea that it would be used dishonorably, against ordinary citizens, was mocked as liberal hysteria. Those who continued to deride the Patriot Act were scorned as traitors. Who were we to demand the protection of American civil rights? How dare we question the decision making of an Administration waging war on terror.
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Posted in DailyFeatured, Homeland Security, Police State | 22 Comments »

November 15th, 2006

Mile High Terrorists

Guess what? Members of the Mile High Club are so the newest terrorist cell.

A couple’s ill-concealed sexual play aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles got them charged with violating the Patriot Act, intended for terrorist acts, and could land them in jail for 20 years.

According to their indictment, Carl Persing and Dawn Sewell were allegedly snuggling and kissing inappropriately, “making other passengers uncomfortable,” when a flight attendant asked them to stop. – Breitbart.com

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Posted in Quickie, Homeland Security, IDIOT | 6 Comments »

November 15th, 2006

The Devil in the Redistricting Details

If you think you know everything about redistricting that you need to know, or think it doesn’t affect you (either because you live in a district in which you’re a voiceless minority, or because, thank God, you live a district that’s safe from the damned — insert party here – scumbags), feel free to move to the next post. You’d be wrong, but hey, a thick head keeps you warm, right?

There are three ways redistricting works, packing, cracking and pairing. Packing is concentrating a voter group into a district. You see this in heavily African American districts for example. This means that a larger percentage of a party’s members are isolated into a single district, diluting the remaining ones into other districts where they become the minority party. By concentrating Dems, for example, in an urban district, a candidate may carry 70% of the district, but the surrounding districts, with their diluted percentage of Dem voters, end up Republican.

Looking at Florida, you can see six packed districts in which Dems are crammed together and left to run unopposed. Of the remaining 19 districts, all but two went to Republicans, one of which was Foley’s, and one which was an upset. (CNN did a great job on this site. Take a moment to look at your state and see how the balls are bouncing.)
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November 10th, 2006

Somebody Get John a Pine Box

Back in October, John McCain reckoned he’d commit suicide if the Dems took control of Congress.

Now, I understand how literal we need to be about the things our politicians say. After all, when Kerry’s gaffe splashed all over the net, he was held to hair splitting standards and ridiculed into an apology. Lookout! John McCain advocated a mortal sin as an appropriate response for democratic election.

I for one am highly offended, and since he thinks mocking mortal sins is appropriate, I think we should all keep the pressure on til he follows through and kills himself.
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