It occurs to me, and this is not a particularly original thought, that the current controversy over the Ryan budget is basically just a repeat of the controversy over Obamacare. Both are attempts at reform which when looked at more closely both deeply flawed and nowhere near as bold as they claim to be. And both are being opposed based on their claimed effects on Medicare.
Android may be open to developers and handset makers but if you’re just a regular user, it can be very much a case of caveat emptor if you choose the wrong phone. While HTC makes great hardware and their customizations to Android are pretty cool, the fact that they are locking down their phones more these days gives me pause.
But, but, but the Supreme Court said that money is speech and that corporations can give unlimited amounts of to the candidate of their choice! On the other hand, if political contributions are speech, how can they be kept secret? It would seem to be a contradiction in terms….
President Obama is mulling an executive order to force big government contractors to disclose details of their political spending. Big businesses are already telling their political patrons in Congress to oppose it – and the pressure is building.
This was one of those stories that sound too weird, too creepy, too freaky to be true. Now it’s starting to look like it really is untrue. And the child beauty pageant world breathes a sigh of relief on the news that as creepy as they are, at least they’re not child Botox creepy.
This feels pretty late to me. This product was announced way back in February and most of the leaked photos of it suggest that it is largely derived from HP’s low-selling Windows tablet which debuted last year. But at least they are finally getting it out the door. While it probably won’t sell well because of webOS’s lack of apps, it will at least help HP get their foot in the door, grow developer interest, and set up successor devices for better sales.
(Warning - the following is for fans of the show. It will be rather boring for the rest of ya.)
This is a world that has so many possibilities for spin off shows and movies. I am surprised none have showed up.
My favorite thoughts for spin offs.
Take the agent from Serenity Movie and move…
I always thought that the Firefly universe and the Operative from Serenity really lent themselves well to a remake of Have Gun, Will Travel. A disenchanted Operative who still believed in the ideals of the Alliance would make an ideal Paladin, “a knight without armor in a savage land.”
I was waiting to see something like this when all those “show us your birth certificate” laws started getting proposed by Republicans for no other reason than because they couldn’t handle losing the presidency in 2008 to Barack Obama. For these laws to start biting them in the ass. Jindal released his birth certificate because of a law which has been proposed by fellow Louisiana Republican David Vitter. (Notice how it’s a politician of Indian descent who was asked to show his birth certificate and not a white guy.)
Interestingly enough, given that Bobby Jindal’s mother was in the U.S. under a student visa when he was born, Jindal who is now governor of Louisiana would not be eligible for “birthright” citizenship (which is required for running for president) under Vitter’s proposed law which targets “birth tourists” who make “anchor babies.” (These pejorative are usually applied to illegal aliens and their children by anti-immigration activists but Vitter’s law makes little or no distinction between illegal immigrants and legal immigrants under certain types of visas. Indeed most illegal immigrants in the United States start out with visas and overstay their allotted time in the country.) So under a law proposed by a member of Jindal’s own party would label children like himself as an “anchor baby” and deny them birthright citizenship.
This isn’t exactly the same situation as I described at the start of this blog post but the results are fairly similar. A non-white Republican politician found himself under pressure to release his birth certificate due to the anti-immigrant activities of one of his colleagues. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like this happen again, this time with a Republican knocked out of a primary because he couldn’t provide adequate documentation of his birth for a hastily written birth certificate law written by Republicans as a way to pressure a Democratic president.