Political popcorn

There has been some funding movement among the Democratic part.

You can read about it on The Next Hurrah or on the Swing State Project. Please remember these are sites slightly biased toward the Democratic Party, so it sounds a lot better than it is.

Translation: The Republicans are on full retreat and are cutting their losses to consolidate their funds to do damage control. However, the movement that is occurring is in the Senate, not the House. This is relevant because the odds are very, very low that the Democratic party will regain the Senate (Democrats need to win almost all the contested races) but around 50-50 that they can regain the House at this point. They need to regain at least one to have any referendum on the Bush “America as an Empire/we create our own reality” doctrine.Continue reading Political popcorn

Torture and civilization

“Ensuring torture is totally banned under American law is a touchstone issue that defines our very civilization, to include its continued embrace of Englightenment values, a belief in progress in the face of adversity, and ensuring that our most odious enemies are not successful in having us sully our human rights leadership, one so hard earned through the Cold War.”
—Greg Djerejian, Neoconservative, “Has Waterboarding been banned?

The Starship Zend-erprise

Hello

Thank you again for submitting a proposal for speaking at the Zend/PHP Conference in October. We have had an overwhelming response to our Call for Papers and, as a result, have had a difficult time in deciding which proposals to accept. After examining your proposal carefully, I am writing to inform you that it was not accepted in the first review cycle. However, we are placing it on a waiting list for further consideration.

Most importantly, thank you for your patience as we investigate expanding the Conference schedule and thank you very much for submitting a proposal to speak at the Conference.

Ahh, the standard rejection letter! But how I got it is anything but standard and that’s what I want to muse about in this article.Continue reading The Starship Zend-erprise