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I've been asking his staff almost every day, and now it seems we have an answer:

Mr. Rantz: "So if John Boehner today put up a bill that was just a clean resolution you would support that?"
 Rep. Reichert: "Yes."


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Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 09:10 AM PDT

Bring on Impeachment

by fblau

Yes, I am saying that. You know that is what they REALLY want.

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Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 07:15 AM PDT

The whole "disrepect" thing

by fblau

This is exactly the same rationale that gangs, from the Hells Angels to the Crips and Bloods, use to justify violence against their rivals.

Shouldn't be too hard to make a commercial around that.

"The main thing is to understand that the LAST thing a gang will put up with is disrespect. If you look at them in any way that communicates contempt, disgust, conflict, or that you're "better than them", then YOU'VE practically put them in a "must act" position."

Googling "Gangs Disrespect" and you will get plenty more of this.


Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 09:24 AM PDT

Watch the markets today...

by fblau

Look at stocks this morning:

Dow: +62
Nasdaq: +39
S&P500: +13

Clearly someone isn't spooked by the possibility of sending the GOP packing.

Could it be that knowing that Obama can leverage this to avoid a debt ceiling "crisis" might be emboldening investors?

The day is young!


Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM PST

Komen's Response

by fblau

As part of the action against the Susan G. Komen Foundation's withdraw of support for Planned Parenthood, I have been contacting members of their Scientific Advisory Board to see what their response is to this action.

One of them was kind enough to send me the "official" Komen response to the action.

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 12:02 PM PDT

What is Ideology

by fblau

The textbook definition first:

"An ideology is a set of aims and ideas that directs one's goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology can be thought of as a comprehensive vision, as a way of looking at things (compare worldview), as in common sense (see Ideology in everyday society below) and several philosophical tendencies ..."

I have been having a FB "discussion" about this with some people I know. They are claiming that the problem with our society is the use of ideology to drive policy. I contend that you can't NOT use ideology to drive policy. To pretend that you aren't is just baseless exceptionalism. Let's discuss.

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Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:49 PM PDT

Southern California Birds

by fblau

I was in Los Angeles this week and was able to get some nice local bird photos!

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Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 04:08 PM PST

Bird Photos of the Week

by fblau

Had a great week for bird photos... thought I would include some here for you to enjoy.

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM PDT

The Revenge of the Nerds

by fblau

I am decidedly not as pessimistic as some people here. Why? Because I am a geek in the middle of geektown. I didn't get here by privilege, formal education or speculative investments. I got here with passion, curiosity, sobriety and luck. But I am not alone. I want to tell some people here that all is NOT lost and we are NOT in a cycle of irrevocable failure on our way to living on cat food in bomb shelters.

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I know, its not much of a diary... but here you go...

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Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 07:19 AM PDT

Tax Question in debate

by fblau

I have been debating a friend about whether or not he actually paid more income tax this year than "in the past decade" as he says.

One of his claims is:

""Because I got taxed on my unemployment (which I've already paid taxes on)""

When I asked for clarification he said:

"any "extra" taxes that my employer pays as a result of employing me means that he can afford just that much less for my pay...and I mean I've already paid taxes on it because the amount deducted from my check for unemployment counts as "income"...""

He's a libertarian, so we have been around these political and economic debates in the past... but this one has me stumped.

My thoughts?

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Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 06:22 PM PST

Thursday Night Bird Diversion

by fblau

So rather than wade into the wars today, I decided to focus on getting some interesting bird pictures on my porch.

I have been fascinated with getting in-flight photos of birds for some time now... and just wanted to practice some technique today... and I thought I would share with my friends here!

I'll get back to rabble-rousing too!

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