A Matter Of Opinion archive for April 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010


Petitions and privacy 13 

Those wanting petition signatures to remain private can't be encouraged by the questioning that arose from the Supreme Court hearing. Alito is on board. Roberts is a maybe. Thomas? Who knows since he doesn't ask questions. Hopes for Scalia might've been dashed:Declaring that the rough-and-tumble...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

Financial reform 17 

Does Wall Street need to change its ways? Should government force that? Along those lines, the headline of the day goes to The Atlantic for "Did porn cause the financial crisis?"Here's a primer/analysis on the issue -- financial reform, that is.Unlike those SEC guys, keep...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010

State income tax 56 

Tax cut, anyone? Well, not anyone, but most people would apparently get one under this plan backed by William Gates Sr. Tim Eyman is for lower taxes. Wonder if he'll sign the petition?"It is the Holy Grail of the progressive movement," Eyman said of the...

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The April 21 thread 16 

Heard this song on the way to work. It's "Amerika 6.0 (The Best We Can Do)" by Steve Earle. Starts like this:Look at yaYeah, take a look in the mirror now tell me what you seeAnother satisfied customer in the front of the line for...

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Lawmakers at work 

For those who care about these things, the Website WashingtonVotes.org has posted its account of missed votes from this year's regular and special sessions of the Legislature. It's a valuable site if you like to keep track of legislative activity. The lawmaker who missed the...

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Government trust and the people 33 

Pew is out with a poll about a record level of distrust in government. This item notes that distrust has been typical since the 1970s, with only 9/11 and its immediate aftermath breaking the cycle. Recessions fuel spikes, even though the country relies more on...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010

The April 7 Thread 11 

Think I'll go with the bowling alley method of blogging for awhile. I set 'em up. You knock 'em down. This is an official loose thread. Note the themed threads below. And, as always, be careful in here.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010

Civility and politics 54 

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "a nice person." Then went on to say more. I'm 180 degrees in opposition to the speaker -- she's a nice lady," he said. The crowd could be heard responding unfavorably to his characterization. "Come...

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MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010

Internet anonymity 38 

Leonard Pitts weighs in here on nasty commenters and their media enablers. The Washington Post ombudsman discusses the issue here. Does the anonymity of commenters bring more or less value to the table? Or is the issue something else?

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Myth busters 42 

Nice article on the husband-wife team that debunks Internet fiction at snopes.comEver used that site or others like them? What is behind the gullibility of so many people? A distrust of media is, of course, one reason. But what I find interesting is that no...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

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