Friday, January 22, 2010

I may have helped a stranger cheat on a test/quiz


Although my mom thinks the correct answer is really potassium, so maybe I didn't help. But vitamin c is a source of potassium, right? Or at least the same foods that have potassium have vitamin c? This is why we ate orange slices at soccer games, no?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why are moderates upset with Democrats/Obama?

I don't understand. I keep hearing how the election of Scott Brown is a referendum against the leftist agenda of Obama and Congressional Democrats. That would make some sense, except there hasn't been any leftist agenda. I would've LOVED for there to have been a leftist agenda, because I am quite liberal, but alas, there was not.

Instead we ended up with decidedly centrist agenda. We got a health care proposal that isn't a single-payer system, or even a public option, but rather one that benefits the insurance industry more than anyone else. We got a lot of tax cuts and are left with a tax schedule that Reagan was happy with. We got an escalation of the war. We got a market-based environmental plan that favors big business. We still have Don't Ask, Don't Tell and DOMA. We got a Supreme Court Justice that will never remind anyone of Justices Marshall or Brennan. We have 20 vacant circuit courts of appeal seats that could have liberal judicial butts in them. (that's ~12% of the total seats).

So no, this vote was not a referendum on the policies pushed by President Obama and Congressional Democrats. This vote was a referendum on the Democrats' message. The Republicans opposed absolutely everything Democrats tried to do, labeling every Democratic policy as leftist, and the Democrats sat back and let them.

So here's an idea for you Democrats. Since you clearly can't beat the Republicans at the message game and moderates are going to hate your policies no matter how moderate they are, how about you actually pass a liberal agenda. Repeal DOMA. Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Raise the estate tax. Increase the progressiveness of the current income tax rate. Remove the cap on social security taxes. Pass sweeping universal health care reform. Repeal the federal death penalty. Repeal racist mandatory minimum laws. Appoint judges that make Brennan look like Clarence Thomas. Pass environmental laws that don't let corporations buy their way out of compliance. Approve public funding for abortion. Invest massively in local and long-distance rail. Pass sweeping immigration reform. Grant amnesty to illegal immigrants currently in the country. Repeal AEDPA. Repeal portions of The Patriot Act.

But no. We all know how this story ends. You'll just keep trying to save your jobs by passing centrist bullshit. And the Republicans will just keep opposing that centrist bullshit and shouting that it's a leftist agenda. And because you suck at the spin game, that label will stick to your centrist agenda and all vulnerable Democrats will lose their seats anyway and all that kowtowing to the moderates will have been in vain.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

25 Favorite Movies of the 2000s

These are not in any sort of a ranking, just a Top 25. Further, these are not necessarily the best movies but rather my favorite movies, meaning rewatchability is a big factor.

Up (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Wall-E (2008)

Across the Universe (2007)

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Once (2007)

Ratatouille (2007)

Casino Royale (2006)

The Prestige (2006)

Stranger than Fiction (2006)

Thank You for Smoking (2006)

Finding Neverland (2004)

Garden State (2004)

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Mean Girls (2004)

Saved! (2004)

Love Actually (2003)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Minority Report (2002)

Serendipity (2001)

Almost Famous (2000)

O Brother Where Art Thou (2000)

I also invited Snives to make his own list, but I'm too lazy to insert movie posters for his so he just gets a list. Repeats from my list are marked with an asterisk.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The Dark Knight (2008)
*Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Speed Racer (2008)
*WALL-E (2008)
*Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
*The Prestige (2006)
*Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
*Thank you for Smoking (2006)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
*Hotel Rwanda (2004)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
*Mean Girls (2004)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
*Love Actually (2003)
*Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Memento (2002)
Ocean's Eleven (2002)
Zoolander (2002)
*Almost Famous (2000)
Gladiator (2000)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This Week in College Football: Championship Week

I'm only going to pick the Championship games this week, sorry Pac 10 and Big East.

Ohio (+13) vs. Central Michigan

Houston (-3) at East Carolina

Alabama (+6) vs. Florida

Texas (-14) vs. Nebraska

Clemson (+1) vs. Georgia Tech

Last Week: 10-10
Overall: 115-109-1

Thursday, November 26, 2009

This Week in College Football: Week 13 aka 'Fuck kansas Week'

Florida State (+24.5) at #1 Florida
#2 Alabama (-10) at Auburn
#3 Texas at Texas A&M (+21.5)
New Mexico (+44.5) at #4 TCU
Illinois (+21) at #5 Cincinnati
Nevada at #6 Boise State (-13.5)
Georgia (+7.5) at #7 Georgia Tech
 #8 Pitt (Pick 'em) at West Virgnia
#11 Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-9.5)
#14 Virginia Tech (-16) at Virginia
#15 Clemson at South Carolina (+3)
Arkansas at #17 LSU (-3.5)
#22 Utah at #18 BYU (-7.5)
#19 Miami at South Florida (+5.5)
#20 Mississippi at Mississippi State (+8)
#23 North Carolina (-6) at North Carolina State
UCLA at #24 Southern Cal (-13)
Rice (+29.5) at #25 Houston

Nebraska at Colorado (+10)
Mizzou (-3) vs. Kansas
Texas Tech vs. Baylor (+20.5)

Last Week: 12-12
Overall: 105-99-1

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This Week in College Football: Week Twelve

Florida International (+44.5) at #1 Florida
Kansas at #3 Texas (-27.5)
Wyoming (+31) at #4 TCU
#6 Boise State at Utah State(+23)
#9 Ohio State (-12) at Michigan
#10 LSU (+4) at Ole Miss
#11 Oregon (-6) at Arizona
Colorado (+17) at #12 Oklahoma State
#13 Penn State (-3) at Michigan State
Cal (+7) at #14 Stanford
Minnesota at #15 Iowa (-10)
North Carolina State at #16 Virginia Tech (-21)
#17 Wisconsin (-7) at Northwestern
Virginia (+21) at #18 Clemson
Air Force at #19 BYU (-10)
#20 Oregon State at Wazzou (+31)
Duke at #21 Miami (-19.5)
San Diego State at #23 Utah (-20)
#24 Houston at Memphis (+23.5)
#25 Rutgers at Syracuse (+9.5)

Oklahoma (-6.5) at Texas Tech
Iowa State at Missouri (-14.5)
Baylor at Texas A&M (-5)
Kansas State at Nebraska (-16.5)

Last week: 14-11
Overall: 93-87-1

Friday, November 13, 2009

This Week on College Football: Week 11

Pretty brutal showing last week, going 10-15, and 0-3 in non-top 25 Big 12 games. Now just teetering above .500 on the year.

#1 Florida (-17) at South Carolina
#2 Texas at Baylor (+23.5)
#3 Alabama (-12.5) at Mississippi State
#16 Utah (+20) at #4 TCU
West Virginia at #5 Cincinnati (-8.5)
Idaho at #6 Boise State (-32)
#7 Georgia Tech (-12.5) at Duke
Notre Dame (+7) at #8 Pittsburgh
Louisiana Tech at #9 LSU (-24)
#15 Iowa (+17) at #10 Ohio State
#25 Stanford at #11 USC (-10.5)
#12 Miami (-3) at North Carolina
#13 Houston (-4.5) at Central Florida
Arizona State at #14 Oregon (-18)
Texas Tech at #17 Oklahoma State (-4)
#18 Arizona (+1) at California
Indiana at #19 Penn State (-25)
#20 Virginia Tech (-18.5) at Maryland
Michigan at #21 Wisconsin (-8.5)
#22 BYU at New Mexico (+26.5)
#24 Clemson (-8) at North Carolina State

Missouri (-1) at Kansas State
Colorado (+5.5) at Iowa State
Nebraska (-4) at Kansas
Texas A&M at Oklahoma (-20)

Last week: 10-15
Overall: 79-76-1