Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Part IV

Here's the whole list in one big shabang:

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Researching Republicans - Part III

Richard Pombo - DeLay Abramoff

Richard Pombo

Richard Pombo - Big Oil

Richar Pombo - Abramoff

Brian Bilbray

Brian Bilbray - under investigation

Brian Bilbray - loves lobbyists


Researching Republicans - Part I

In coordination with Chris at MyDD and DailyKos, I'm posting quite a bit of research into a number of nefarious Republican candidates. Below I list the results. (These are presented in Google Balm style).

Greg Walden - Donates to Pombo's Relection

Jon Kyl - Fake Senate Debate

Jon Kyl - Stealth Zealot

Rick Renzi - Patty Roe Story

Rick Renzi - questionable land deal

J. D. Hayworth - Anti-semitic remarks

J.D. Hayworth - dismal veteran support

J.D. Hayworth - keeps gifts from Jack Abrahamoff


Researching Republicans - Part II

J.D. Hayworth - Hayworth's PAC pays wife $100K

Randy Graf - Concealed weapons in bars

John Doolittle - Controversies summarized

John Doolittle - Fundraising

John Doolittle - Jack Abramoff

Sunday, June 04, 2006


The Egg and Muffin Toaster

(Originally posted here http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2006/05/egg_mcmuffin_ma.html)

I have one. I've been using it nearly daily since I bought it in October 2005.

It's great with caveats.

First, I don't like sausage so I can't testify to the cooking ability for it. It steams the meat so I suspect it relies on pre-cooked frozen meats.

As far as making a poached egg and toast, it's great. I drop an egg in the tray, put water in the cooker and drop in an english muffin and by the time I'm done checking my email (aka deleting spam) breakfast is ready.

On the downside, the non-stick surface sticks like crazy. It's actually worse than anything I've ever seen before. The steamed (poached) egg leaves a film of stuck, cooked egg on the non-stick pan that takes several minutes of scrubbing to remove. The solution is to put a bit of olive oil in first.

The product claims to time the toasting to match the steaming, but I find that the english muffin is done first. Sometimes (on low spam days) I'll pick the muffin out first and by the time it's buttered the egg is done.

I've also used it for hard boiling eggs. It comes with a measuring cup that is marked for how many eggs and what type (hard or soft boiled). I put in the water, poke a hole in the egg with the spike on the bottom of the measuring cup and then forget about it. I'm not sure how long it takes because I really do forget. I come back 30m later or so and the egg is almost cool enough to eat.

I like the toaster and hope that B2B comes out with a new egg tray that really is -no- stick.

Oddly, after 10 years or so of drooling over the high tech nerd-porn in Wired Magazine, this is the only thing I've ever bought after reading a blurb about it. And I call myself a nerd!


Saturday, March 11, 2006


What is Conservatism?

Hunter hits the nail on the head over at the Daily Kos. We can see what conservatism is by what it has achieved in the last 6 years:

  • Tax cuts for the rich, and an increased tax burden on the poor and middle class.

  • Cash giveaways of historic proportions to selected industries.

  • A stifling and public condemnation of science.

  • Record deficits.

  • Rampant nepotism and cronyism.

  • Decreased civil liberties.

  • Pork by the barrelful.

What's conservatism? That is. There's no question about it, and hand-waving speeches don't enter into it. Conservatives have the entirety of legislative and executive power, in the Presidency, in the Senate, and in the House. They could choose to implement whatever they want. They have chosen to implement precisely what they want. We're living it.

Read the rest of The Great Conservative Walkback.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


Chatting it up at BTC News

From BTCNews (where I've been chatting it up a little bit).

Tom Friedman: the left’s “guru on foreign policy?�

Rush Limbaugh announced yesterday that New York Times columnist Tom Friedman is the “foreign policy guru� of the left. Limbaugh’s coronation of Friedman was occasioned by an interview on Iraq Friedman gave to ABC’s “Good Morning America� yesterday morning which was brought to my attention by a reader.

Friedman, of course, has been mocked unmercifully during the past three years by almost everyone who could pass Limbaugh’s lefty litmus test, including me (most recently here and here; for a more comprehensive assessment of his credibility among those to the left of Limbaugh, click here). His various positions on the invasion of Iraq have ranged from delusional to flat out insane.

Of course anyone that knows me or the Left for that matter will see what kind of strawman it is to present Tom Friedman as the "Guru". His presense on the map of the left is brief, his analysis is shallow, and his influence is minor. Without a doubt when we (the Left that is, not a Right Wing mouthpiece) talk Guru names like Noam Chomsky pop up first. Duh. So while Rush pops up this strawman, it makes me wonder that perhaps this is some right wing meme that will re-appear over the rest of the year as the radical Right tries to grasp at straws, I mean maintain a little bit of control after the mid-term elections.


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