Friday, August 24, 2012

Sometimes, bloggers deserve recognition, and therefore I am pleased to award this Very Serious Award to Lousy Canuck!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Atheism+, an admission, and my thoughts on cynical attacks on the former

Yesterday, Jen McCreight of Blag Hag wrote an amazing post entitled How I Unwittingly Infiltrated the Boy's Club & Why It's Time for a New Wave of Atheism, and it's pretty freaking brilliant. Like a lot of important pieces of writing, I saw myself a bit in what Jen had written:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What's the price of a mile?

Thousands of feet march to the beat, it's an army on the march
Long way from home, paying the price with young men's life
Thousands of feet march to the beat, it's an army in despair
Knee deep in mud, stuck in a trench with no way out
-The Price of a Mile, Sabaton
What's the price of a mile?

On June 18th, 1815, the price of a Belgian mile was 48,000 men.

In July 1863, the price of a Pennsylvanian mile was 35,087 men.

On July 1, 1916, the price of a French mile was 65,470 men.

In 1941, the price of a Soviet mile was 5,622 men.

On June 6th, 1944, the price of a mile at Omaha Beach was 4,200 men.

In March and April 2003, the price of an Iraqi mile was 151 people.

It's always far too much.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney/Ryan 2012

Mitt Romney has selected Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. This surprised me somewhat, as I was almost sure Romney would pick former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, or perhaps Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. Ryan is perhaps most famous for the Ryan Budget, which recommended replacing Medicare with a voucher program that would do significantly less than the current Medicare program.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Harry Reid's Brilliance, Part 2

Accurate representation of Reid's charisma
I actually really like Harry Reid, the current Senate Majority Leader (D-NV). Although he has the charisma of the plank of wood upon which my keyboard sits, Senator Reid is an extremely skilled politician. Just check out the way he's been attacking Mitt Romney about not releasing his tax returns. Reid has claimed that a Bain Capital investor informed the Senator that "he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years". Reid later informed the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he has "had a number of people tell me that [Romney paid no taxes for 10 years]."