Paging Mr. Godwin

Santorum is frothing again:

“He was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives — and Obamacare is front and center in that,”

Yes, you read that right. Obamacare is equivalent to Apartheid. Unfortunately, the clip cuts off before we can hear O’Reilly’s response. What are the odds that he expressed anything bringing some reality back to the discussion?

We are all Warriors

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This NYTimes Article is nice for a Saturday morning read:

And I sat on that beach and I wept. For myself, at 50. For my exhaustion with life. For my fear of dying like my mother, who left me so slowly, so cruelly that I didn’t realize she was gone. But mostly I wept for an awakening I had given up on, for that 15-second rush: a realization there could be something around the corner I might fully, lightly, loudly love again.

Sometimes, you just need to take a little break, and have some fun, ya know? Find some joy in life again. I think the Yoga aspect of this article is mostly irrelevant, but the tenderness of these two towards each other, despite their inner battles, inspires me.

Sriracha Crisis

All of my friends have been sending me these articles.

Sriracha_"Rooster"_sauceI love the fact that, when people read about Sriracha, they immediately think of me:

The case may still go to trial but city officials say they hope the company and Irwindale can resolve the issue out of court. If the case isn’t resolved soon and Sriracha supplies are affected, David Tran, founder of Huy Fong who says he’s never raised the wholesale price for the sauce in over 30 years of its making, might have to change his mind about that.

Compare and Contrast

I made this point in a private discussion the other day:

I think it’s worth comparing – even though the differences are as stark as the similarities – the response to failure in Iraq in Bush’s second term with the response to the failure of healthcare.gov in Obama’s. Bush and Rumsfeld and Cheney simply refused to acknowledge any failure at all. They were incapable of it. But more important, their fellow Republicans absolutely refused to break ranks or air criticism….Now compare Obama, who swiftly copped to a massive error, allowed himself to be knocked about like a punching bag at a press conference, squarely explained why in his mind he had not actively deceived Americans about not losing their plans, and pivoted to fixing the error.

The Democrats, far from remaining in lockstep unity, are all over the map, as they so often are. Their instant panic is almost as bad as the Republicans’ denialism. But only almost. Because of their skittishness and his own integrity, Obama is capable of acknowledging reality and adjusting to it in ways Bush never was. He has not publicly told Kathleen Sebelius that she is doing a heckuva job. He hasn’t actually joked about people losing their insurance, as Bush once did about not finding weapons of mass destruction, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The Dems motto should be, “Hey, we may be incompetent, but at least we know it, which puts us one step ahead of the other side.”  I figure, what’s good enough for Socrates…

Also, it bears reminding that, despite the failure, no one has died because of Obama and Sebelius’ failure. Bush, Rumsfeld and Heckuva Job Brownie would have a hard, hard time making the same claim.

Gruß vom Krampus!

How is it that we ended up with this:

Instead of this:

 

Krampus has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, and since the 17th-century Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas and angels on the evening of December 5 to visit households to reward children that have been good while reprimanding those who have not.

I’m just saying, it’s never too late to start a new tradition. Especially when Mom isn’t around to stop me.

Viral Virusness goes virally viral

It says a lot that, even reading this article, I felt compelled to click on Zimmerman’s links.

Also, these gems from the original WSJ Article are worth quoting:

Mr. Zimmerman also keeps a running list of “hot” themes in his head. “It might be that right now, people don’t care about stories about cats that much, and instead, sloths are more popular,” he says. “So I’ll have a rule—cats are out, sloths are in, focus on sloths because that’s going to be your meal ticket.”

If your job depends on which furry animal is popular right now, you may want to rethink your job. Even if you’re very, very good at it.

And, apparently, some cats are more equal than others:

different cats will have moments where they’re popular: Grumpy Cat is not popular now, but maybe it’s Lil Bub.

As an aside, I would like to cheerfully report that I have NOT clicked on the Lil Bub link above. Can you say the same?

 

Update: Ok, I lasted resisted for 38 seconds. Trust me, it was not worth it, stay strong.

Moving the Goalpost on Obamacare.

“This isn’t just about a broken website, it’s about a fundamentally-flawed law,” Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement. “Whether or not Americans can logon to Healthcare.gov, they are losing the health plans they like, the doctors they’ve always relied on, and — to add insult to injury — facing higher costs as well.”

Meanwhile O’Reilly is cherry picking his data.

Millions of Americans want the facts, but they’re stuck with this loon instead.

If anyone has a line on some solid, reliable, unbiased analysis of the website work, please leave it in the comments.

Update:

Phillip Klein has some useful analysis:

What information HHS did provide its new report isn’t very impressive if the comparison is with a typical commercial website rather than against the basket case that was healthcare.gov in October.

For instance, an HHS chart – which Zients boasted about – shows system uptime now at 95.1 percent (excluding scheduled maintenance), which compares to 42.9 percent a month ago. But, the industry standard is for websites to be available for users 99.9 percent of the time. Anything below that is considered a failure and 95.1 percent is a disaster.

A 2012 study by web monitoring firm Panopta that looked at the performance of 130 major retailers’ websites from January to August 2012 found that the lowest uptime rate was 99.34 percent.

Another study by web performance firm Pingdom that looked at retail websites during the 2011 holiday shopping season, found that nearly half of the websites (such as Amazon and eBay) were up 100 percent of the time. The lowest performing was Foot Locker, which was at 98.573 percent.

A 95.1 percent uptime means that over the course of a year, a website would be down for about 18 days. Alternatively, imagine what a disaster it would be for sales if, during the holiday shopping season, Amazon’s website were down for about a day and a half, excluding scheduled maintenance.

 

This is not good – unless you want ACA to fail.

 

 

Best Teacher Award

This was just posted to Jessica’s wall:

IMGP6932A normal class day, or so it seemed. The guys were goofing around, singing and banging on the tables while you looked through your notes to pull out the next exercise. And as you walked to the middle of the classroom, the noise was dropping down. You suddenly threw the notes you had in your hand, started showing off your Egyptian dance moves along with our ‘tabla’ skills, and the noise grew louder and louder. That was when I realized I had known very little about what it means to be alive. I realized that it is as important to learn how to do a headstand as to know what vicissitudes means. That it is as important to write a heartfelt poem as to decipher the hidden meaning behind Things Fall Apart. And it is definitely as important to laugh at yourself as to be okay with losing the spelling bee to a simple a word as stupefy. Thank you for all those years of encouragement and love, and for things you don’t even know. Thank you.

I think it might have been her best birthday present ever.