Wednesday, June 01, 2005

TPMcafe v. DailyKos

I've spent some time poking around Josh Marshall's new digs at TPM cafe and have to admit I am very impressed. Compared to the DfA feel of DailyKos, tpmc reads like a breath of fresh air.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Fahrenheit 451 protest

My secondary school alma mater's district is considering replacing the literature centered English curriculum with a single, excerpt-filled anthology reader.

The teachers and concerned students are reading Bradbury's classic in protest.

I consider myself a supporter of local control, and believe in the ability of teachers to best define and address their student's needs. I have seen these dynamics at work, and benefited by them. I would guess a great many policy makers have as well. It boggles the mind to understand how and why these limited, prescriptive curricula gain such institutional support and much, or indeed any, educational or intellectual credence.

And it reveals the more significant question of our expectations for the next generation.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Happy New Year

just eleven days late!

Cal Football: a team denied their hard-earned BCS spot plays an uninspired game, loses. I'd be angry, if it weren't for bigger problems in the world, such as:

IRAQ: looks like civil war

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Cal Football marches on

Cal defeats Oregon St. 49-7 in what we Bears fans can only hope is a sign of things to come next week in LA v USC.

In other bay area sports news, both A's and Giants fans--myself included--find plenty to moan about as we find both our playoff hopefuls virtually eliminated from contention. I'm hard-pressed to remember the last time we found ourselves in such a quandry; 1997, perhaps?

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Nice to see the Swift Vets for the Truth claimsexposed for what they are. Namely, lies and smears.

More troublesome, however, is the shift in media attention away from the massive disparities between the candidates war records--Bush's yet-to-be-fully-explained-and-at-all-documented guard record seems to have drifted by the wayside, while the minutae of Kerry's location in/around/near Cambodia on 12/24/68 capture most of the attention of the blogosphere and interested journalists. We can hope that as major media outlets more closely examine Kerry's record, maybe they'll remember to give his competition's contemporanious doings equal attention...

Friday, July 16, 2004

The issue of voter disenfranchisement in Florida has me feeling sick...

But history teaches me that these sorts of machine-style manuverings are nothing new. The question then emerges: How does our present manifestation of government facilitate the exposition of these basic failings of accountability and such massive abuses of public trust? More effectively or less so than in the past?

Sunday, June 27, 2004

So, so busy...

Cheney's coarsening of the discourse is truly disgusting, and haunts my thoughts of American political life. Those guys really are worthless, aren't they?