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14 Nov 08
Cup

Ten Silver Linings for Conservatives

As a conservative, my post-election emotions have followed the typical pattern. You know…shock, denial, anger…I even took a page from the 2004 liberal playbook and imagined moving to Canada, although I realized with Democrats in power, Canada is probably going to be moving here!

Eight days after the election, I’ve reached the "bargaining" stage. Google, which has generously removed all the world’s information from our brains and put it into our web browsers, leads me to a page defining bargaining as "a vain expression of hope that the bad news is reversible."

31 Aug 08
Newspaper

Left Goes To Work On Sarah Palin

DailyKos has a detailed post alleging that 4-month-old Trig Palin, daughter of McCain running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is actually the governor’s granddaughter. Furthermore, it claims she lied to protect her then-sixteen-year-old daughter Bristol, whom the post theorizes is the real mother. The post contains timeline photographs of Palin and her teenaged daughter and claims inside information on Bristol Palin’s school attendance. Even FOXNews’s mild-mannered, Teller-to-Sean-Hannity’s-Penn Alan Colmes is getting in on the action, questioning whether the infant’s Down’s Syndrome is a result of Palin’s pre-natal negligence.

14 Mar 07
Newspaper

Vultures Circling Around the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking member of the military, may have just secured his resignation. In discussing the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell; policy, a compromise of the Clinton era, General Pace offered his personal opinion that "homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts."
Pace went on: "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is okay to be immoral in any way." Gay activists, leading Democrats and Republican Senator John Warner have all spoken out against Pace’s remarks. The general has issued a statement saying he should not have devoted so much time to his personal views.

27 Dec 06
Cup

Movie Reviews

Regular OmniNerds know how other OmniNerds think, what they believe and like. I, for one, believe that time is limited, and I hate wasting my time on things like crappy movies. If I found a certain O-nerd I usually agreed with liked a certain movie, for example, I could confidently plunk down $7.50 and check it out.
Post your thoughts here on movies in theaters and new to DVD. Short paragraphs, lengthy dissertations, one-word reviews, star numbers – whatever you can add, but no spoilers please!

17 Nov 06
Newspaper

craigslist Prostitution Promotion Controversy

Over the past two weeks, 104 men have been arrested in a Seattle prostitution sting, the majority of whom responded to ads placed by detectives on craigslist, the free classified ad site. Founder Craig Newmark said that he has heard "prostitution is a significant problem" on craigslist and claimed the site has an excellent history of responding to complaints of illegal activity.
"I don’t know what the situation is like in Seattle, but we would prefer that [police] go after violent criminals or crooked congressmen," Newmark added.

08 Nov 06
Newspaper

Democrats Win House, Possibly Senate

Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with Republican congressional scandals, the conduct of the Iraq war, and President Bush, Democrats gained several more than the 15 seats needed to control the U.S. House of Representatives. With each party controlling 49 seats in the Senate, the remaining races in Montana and Virginia appear destined for recounts. Democrats also control a majority of the nation’s governorships for the first time in 12 years.
Notable ballot initiatives that passed were "definition of marriage" amendments in seven of eight states, an anti-affirmative action initiative in Michigan, and the stem-cell initiative in Missouri for which Michael J. Fox had campaigned. Voters in Arizona, the one state to reject the "definition of marriage" amendment, chose to make English the state’s official language and to limit benefits to illegal immigrants. Defeated ballot measures included a sweeping ban on abortions in South Dakota and attempts to legalize marijuana in three states.

26 Oct 06
Newspaper

Michael J. Fox Enters the Fray

Actor and Parkinson’s sufferer Michael J. Fox has injected himself into the political debate. In a series of ads for Democratic congressional candidates, Fox endorses the Democrat and advocates the embryonic stem-cell research he believes will lead to a cure for his and other diseases.
Fox shakes badly in the commercials, showing the symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s.
Rush Limbaugh and others have assailed Fox and Democrats for the ads, asserting the shock value of seeing the beloved actor who played Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly without control of his bodily movements will elicit sympathy from voters otherwise ignorant of stem cell research or the candidates. Critics of the ad like Limbaugh say it makes the debate "undebatable" because no one wants to argue with someone who is obviously suffering from a debilitating disease.
Will Michael J. Fox’s advertisements have an impact on the election, positive or negative? Are his critics over the line?

06 Sep 06
Cup

Real Estate Bubble?

In my quest to find an affordable home here in northern Virginia, I have been closely watching the real estate market for the past few months. Prices are dropping, though they’re still not yet in my price range. What has been your experience in the area in which you live? Are home prices out of control? Is there a real estate bubble, or is the media just bored?

08 Aug 06
Newspaper

Connecticut Primary a Referendum on Netroots

Today the Democratic Party will get a preview of where its center of power could be in the 2008 presidential election. In one corner, self-described "Netroots" led by liberal bloggers like Markos Moulitsas (of Daily Kos) are backing rich businessman Ned Lamont. In the incumbent’s corner: Joe Lieberman, 2000 vice presidential nominee and three-term senator, is behind in the polls and hoping he doesn’t become the fourth incumbent senator since 1980 to lose in a primary.
The issue? Well, there are two- President Bush and Iraq. Anti-war, anti-Bush liberals have taken issue with Lieberman’s support of both and have targeted the incumbent for elimination. Relatively pro-war Democratic presidential hopefuls like Hillary Clinton will be watching this primary with keen interest, as it may reveal the numbers and power of the Netroots—who tend to support the uncompromising anti-war style of Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, and Howard Dean—and who decry Lieberman’s bipartisanship as "dealing with the devil."

27 Jul 06
Newspaper

Chicago Takes Aim at "Big-Box" Stores

Chicago’s city council "voted yesterday ":http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?dist=newsfinder&siteid=google&guid=%7B39D18402-FB7F-4057-8EA9-50B6E3AD7E13%7D&keyword= to require so-called ‘big-box’ retailers to pay workers at least $10 an hour in wages and $3 an hour in benefits, well above the minimums required by Illinois state law. The decision, which was opposed by Mayor Richard Daley but passed by a 35-13 margin, affects stores with ‘90,000 square feet or more operated by companies with annual sales exceeding $1 billion.’ Many stores fall in this category but the two main retailers affected are Wal-Mart and Target, which has threatened to cancel plans for new stores and close existing ones.
With a federal judge recently "overturning ":http://money.cnn.com/2006/07/19/news/companies/walmart_ruling/index.htm a similar law passed by the Maryland state legislature that only affected Wal-Mart, will this vote stand? Will the big-boxes simply leave Chicago, or pass the cost on to consumers? Who is responsible for making sure employees receive health-care coverage and a ‘living wage’- employers, the government, or the employees themselves?

13 Jul 06
Newspaper

Wal-Mart's New Everyday Low Prices

Today in the New York Times it was reported that Wal-Mart is no longer prosecuting first-time shoplifters if the value of the goods stolen is less than $25, because of the cost and effort involved in its former policy of ‘zero tolerance.’ This story, using information leaked to the Times by a former employee, is reminiscent of the recent leak that the US government was monitoring bank transfers as part of its ongoing ‘War on Terror.’
Is the Times running roughshod over national security and companies’ privacy in publishing leaked information, or is it well within the bounds of the First Amendment? Is Wal-Mart going to lose every under-$25 item in its inventory?

07 Jun 06
Newspaper

Army Officer Will Refuse to Deploy to Iraq

1st Lt. Ehren Watada says he’ll refuse to deploy to Iraq with his Fort Lewis, WA-based unit, which is scheduled to leave later this month. ‘I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression,’ Watada said in a statement.
Anti-war groups have hitched their wagons to the first commissioned officer who has refused to deploy to Iraq. Watada, commissioned in 2003 from Hawaii Pacific University, reportedly sought to resign his commission in Jaunary 2006.
Is Lt. Watada the John Kerry of the Iraq generation, or is he simply a coward who wants to get out of his obligation?

19 Mar 06
Newspaper

A Victory for Tolerance or a Blow to Freedom of Conscience?

In early March, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) announced it would cease its longtime work= with the state of Massachusetts in finding adoptive parents for children. CCAB, one of the top five placement agencies currently working with the state, said it ‘cannot reconcile the teaching of the Church, which guides our work, and the statutes and regulations’ of Massachusetts.
Last week, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney submitted a bill= that would grant religious organizations an exemption from the state’s laws, but the bill has not been well-received thus far. While CCAB has been praised for falling on its sword, others have pilloried the organization for leaving Massachusetts kids worse off by making it harder to find them homes.

31 Jan 06
Newspaper

"Til Duty is Done" - June 2006?

The LA Times reports as ‘ominous’ the Army’s record officer promotion rates, saying that ‘[a]ccording to Army data, the portion of junior officers (lieutenants and captains) choosing to depart for civilian life rose last year to 8.6%, up from 6.3% in 2004.’
This year most members of West Point’s Class of 2001 (aviators and folks under the Army’s Stop-Loss policy excluded), are free to leave the Army. Having graduated just three months before the 9/11 attacks, it’s safe to say the class’s five year commitment was far different than any of its members might have expected, despite the foreshadowing of Paul Wolfowitz’s commencement address.

12 Sep 05
Newspaper

eBay to Buy Skype...Why?

Online Super-Flea Market eBay is set to buy Voice Over Internet Protocol leader[[www.skype.com Skype]] for $2.6 to $4 billion. Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, who also created KaZaa, are finally set to make a fortune (they got comparitively little for their embattled file-sharing/stealing program).

What the heck is eBay going to do with a VOIP company? The <link><label>press release </label>announcing the deal<url>http://investor.ebay.com/downloads/eBay_PressRelease.pdf</url></link> speaks vaguely about Skype making communication between buyers and sellers easier. As a private company, Skype’s profit margins are not publicly known, but considering its low rates it cannot be a cash cow, although in its Webcast announcing the deal eBay calls it ‘a great stand-alone business.’

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