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Archive for December, 2008

Joyeaux Boxing Day (or St. Stephens Day) Tout le Monde

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The Mariner’s Revenge Song by The Decembrists:

And another version of the same:

And finally, as performed by really smart Lego pieces, go here.

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December 26th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: We Call Upon the Author

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December 25th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

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Sorry for the Gaps

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I want to apologize to the regular visitor(s) to this site. I haven’t been posting because my day job was less secure than i thought and I have been kind of bummed. Ah well, at least now I have more time for blogging, at least until I get one of those 5 million new jobs The Prez Elect is going to create.

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December 17th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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Obama Appointments that Make Me Go “Wha…?”

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It looks like the President Elect will name Ray Lahood (my former congressman) as Transportation Secretary. Huffpo has this latest morsel of gossip and a thumb nail of Lahood.

I do not see a compelling reason to give this particular cabinet post to Lahood. True, Lahood is not a wing nut and yes, he has voted to fund Amtrak, and against cutting Amtrak funding. OTOH it is hard to find other examples of progressive transportation votes he has cast in the House.

IMHO there are some deficiencies in Lahood’s transportation record. For example, if a Peorian wants to take an Amtrak train to anywhere, they need to drive to Bloomington or Galesburg. Indeed, If a Peorian wants to take a Greyhound bus anywhere they need to drive or hitch hike to another city. This in the district of one of the most adept ear markers in the Congress of his day.

Obviously, energy is one of the critical issues President Obama will face, and progress on energy depends largely on progress in transportation. Were there no visionary progressives available for this post?

And while I’m bitching about Obama appointments, what’s up with Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration.

I’m with not Jack Black on this one.

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December 17th, 2008 at 10:48 pm