Subject Lines Blog

An inbox of ramblings, ruminations, and reflections

  • Ishmael.org – Daniel Quinn’s website devoted to serious thought on man’s relationship with nature.
William, Umweg, Z (4)
A Vote for Romney is a Vote against Social Progress - simply stating your disagreement with a candidate’s backward social position does not absolve you of the endorsement your vote implies.
11/2/12
William, Sue, Umweg (3)
Another Sista Souljah Moment Lost - It seems to me that hating Obama is the one unifying thread in the GOP right now, so why get all twisted about trying to get them to the polls
9/10/12
William
Something for Everyone? - . . . more jobs added overall than we’ve seen in 5 months, and the only sector not adding jobs is the government.
8/3/12
Umweg, William (2)
State of the Race from Where I Sit - My blanket position these days is that Obama is winning the political game, but if the economy dives it won’t matter. . .
7/23/12
Umweg, William (6)
Obama's Immigration Coup - Obama’s opponents just sound bitter that he had the balls to do it.
6/21/12
William, Umweg (3)
Omar & Carcetti: Looking for Obama in The Wire - Obama's favorite character from the show is Omar. He's just proving he’s paying attention.
6/11/12
William
Sexy Federal Budget Graphs - In reality, as the charts and data show, revenues decrease under Republicans while expenditures increase, creating large gaps between revenues and expenses.
5/24/12
Prophet of th... e, William (2)
Health Insurance Anguish; or why the system is corrupt and screws everyone - This is certainly an area where running the service as a business is not working well.
5/4/12
William, Umwe... anne, , Fi (9)
CEO as President? - Business provides the things that are valuable and profitable; government provides the things that are valuable but not profitable.
5/2/12
Umweg, William (2)
Waxing - The moon wanes. My interest wanes. Excitement for a politician wanes. Support for a program wanes. The moon waxes, but interest, excitement, and support do not! What waxes?
4/10/12
William, Umweg (2)
Tricky predicaments regarding Iranian oil and pump pain - neither the Republicans nor Obama see any strategic advantage in pointing out the fact that Obama’s strong sanctions against Iran are pushing up pump prices
3/31/12
Prophet of th... Umweg, Z. (5)
-isms; or why groups of people can't get along - I feel that the minute you identify yourself as one of these “-isms” you tend to exclude people who don’t identify that way.
3/26/12
William, Umweg (3)
Ricky and the Brain - Not only are they virtual human-doppelgangers, but they are playing eerily similar roles as those of the lovable cartoon mice
3/18/12
William, Anon... ees, Umweg (6)
Game Change; or That One Glorious Moment - . . . in the late summer of 2008, when there was a brief but real and glorious moment when we could have had a substantive, moderate debate.
3/17/12
William
Bibi Netanhayu, GOP Operative? - Obama strongly supports Israel but refuses to be its pawn, while the Republicans fall all over themselves to demonstrate their fealty.
3/1/12
William, Umwe... nard, Stan (12)
Glitter-Bombing Santorum - But it’s not just Santorum who opposes same-sex marriage and the 9th Circuit’s fabulous ruling. Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum all came out with statements condemning the ruling and calling on America to discriminate against homosexuals.
2/11/12
William
The Writing on the Wall - So, Gingrich is done, everyone knows it, and he’s staying in the race (for now). But it’s not because he betrayed the capitalist wing of the party
2/6/12
Greg, William... anne, Emma (6)
Myths and Science - While it is manifestly un-useful to hear that our brains are so complex that they create consciousness by the same seemingly-wondrous process that a rain forest creates an ecosystem, it is actually useful in our daily living to hear the psychological explanation of Mind, Self, Ego, consciousness, and unconsciousness
1/19/12
William, Greg (10)
When Mitt Romney Came To Town - Admitting that there are such things as fact and reality are third rails of Republican politics. Gingrich is over.
1/16/12
Greg, William... ando, Emma (10)
"Natural" Human Rights - Here we have a concept that is useful, but not true: the natural human right.
12/10/11
Greg, William (2)
Millionaire Small Business Owners - I heard an excellent "perspectives" piece on NPR from a small business owner who was willing to make the details of his taxes known in order to debunk the myth that truly small businesses would fall under Obama's argued-for increase of taxes on incomes over $250,000.
12/9/11
William, Greg (2)
Norquist should be celebrating... - There's a big difference between a little compromise and no compromise. It's like the difference between 0.00 and 0.1: it's just a small amount of difference, but the consequences are huge when you start to crunch the numbers.
11/21/11
William, Greg (3)
Cain stumbles and we're supposed to be surprised? - The whole charade just looks ridiculous if you’re someone who can’t bring himself to take Cain seriously.
11/15/11
William, Jaim... eonard, CB (15)
Dawkins & Kitcher; you & I - your point about morals and ethics being products of evolution, whereas religion merely codifies those instinctual guides imperfectly
10/28/11
William, Greg, Erin (6)
Jobs Speech Strategy - I absolutely loved what he had to say about tax reform: Get rid of the corporate loopholes and lower the rates. It strikes me that while . . .
10/24/11
Z, William (4)
The raging battle between "good" and "well" - Sometimes being right is what really matters. So let’s get in to this one so you can at least wield righteous indignation from a place of, well, righteousness.
10/6/11
Greg, William, Leonard (12)
Are "rag heads" people? - To try to live without any violence reflects a supreme belief in one’s separation from nature, which is not a possible state, no matter how much we believe in it. No being can be unnatural
10/5/11
William, Greg, Alex (6)
Some hard reading for an Obama supporter - Obama wasted some excellent opportunities to draw contrasts and pick and win fights . . . I’ve been giving him credit for achieving the possible instead of failing to achieve the perfect.
9/28/11
William, Greg (2)
"Corporations are people my friend" - Romney’s statement is multi-layered and interesting to parse. I’ll give it a shot here: . . . In the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court basically held that a corporation is a person who can express its right to free speech in the form of independent campaign spending
8/12/11
William
What I want Obama to say... - “For decades, members of both parties have passed many laws that both spend money and forgo taxes in order to give gifts to favored groups. To be clear, both pork-politics and tax loop-holes are two sides of the same coin
7/2/11
Greg, William (2)
Kristof's view - not really a laissez-faire Utopia, but more of a private-socialism-for-the-rich & general-capitalism-for-the-non-rich, in which the richest support each other and the rest are left to fend for themselves.
6/6/11
William, Greg (4)
Bad bad news... - US did Iran the biggest favor we could have by invading Iraq: Iran’s biggest rhetorical villain deposes Iran’s biggest actual enemy in a way that bolsters the rhetoric depicting the US as a hegemonic villain
11/16/10
Greg, William (2)
The Road - Apocalyptic settings do interest me because they lower the veil of modernity and reveal man for what he is: a smart animal. Removing the trappings of our myth of separation from nature allows evolution/nature to reign
4/9/10
Greg, William (4)
A moment for the grammarian... - Neither is technically singular, but it is used so often as plural that it is generally accepted. If you’re writing an email, it doesn’t matter; if you’re writing an article, use the latter of your examples.
3/25/10
Greg, William (3)
Logic/Grammar Help! - You’re getting tripped up, I think, by your use of “in achieving” and then your use of the prepositional phrase “through…”. Also, it depends on what part of the sentence you want the emphasis to be on
1/6/09
Greg, William (5)
Brooks@$%!?&&^ - humans are motivated, inherently, by the same goal that motivates all living things, all life: the survival of the species.
11/18/08
Greg, William (4)
High Anxiety - Quiet terror indeed. As I’ve said before, I fear that in order for an Obama win to be counted, he will have to win more than 54% of the popular vote and over 300 EVs.
11/3/08
William, Greg (7)
Palin by Comparison - This strange, strategic phrasing is reflective of McCain’s awareness that Palin’s fundamental ideology is way out of sync with the American public’s and his own.
10/6/08
Greg, William (3)
Wall-E, Obama, and the Apocalypse - I think that people are generally, if subconsciously, aware that the way we are living (not just the direction America is heading) is on a course for disaster
7/7/08
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