Friday, May 27, 2011

Sax solos out of style? When did that happen? At least they seem to be coming back in vogue. So I guess my 20 year plus trip off planet Pop Music now is negated. Right? Uh, right??
The final edition of the New York Times.
Slate: The Republican Party, "where magical thinking trumps rationality, and even to acknowledge basic realities about the world we live in runs the risk of damaging one's political future."
Is Tennessee's new "Special Access to Discriminate" law unconstitutional? While I'd like to think so, there are arguments both ways.

UPDATE: Sure enough, it looks like there will be a legal challenge to this odious new law.
"It was stupid of me. I was a dumbass." I love this guy (not). He gets soused at the bar, tells a passel of lies to try to pick up the girl next to him, and then -- if that's not enough -- he says he has weapons on board (knockout gas). I like a good joke as much as the next guy, but even I know not to joke about that kind of thing in an airport or on an airplane. Has this guy been under a rock for the past 10 years?
Knoxville News-Sentinel: "Haslam touted tort reform as a jobs initiative, arguing that companies were reluctant to come to the Volunteer State because they might have to pay damages if found at fault in civil litigation. There was scant evidence that Tennessee juries have been tossing about outrageous awards, however, or that businesses were afraid to move here because of it."

This is what I've been saying. Instead of working to improve our state's economy and generate new jobs, the Governor and Legislature have been taking care of their pals in Big Insurance and Big Business. If you don't like your elected representatives brazenly taking away your rights through the so-called "tort reform (I call it "rights restriction") legislation -- rights you have had for over a century -- then vote them out of office. I'll be right with you there.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Let's be careful out there: One in 14 Downloads is Malicious.