Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Noise Machine (11/19/09)

Thor's Day special edition....

The ChronBlog provides coverage of the stimulus mess without giving so much as a nod to the non-profit news organizations that got to the story earlier, and have provided more in-depth coverage. (Re-hashes of 'olds' hearken back to the Washington bureau days of old, welcome back folks!)

For the next two years we will control all that you see and hear. (And if you don't do it our way, we'll threaten your funding. Got it?)

Brandi Grissom and Matt Stiles of the Texas Tribune co-auther a nice piece on the downside of short-term, high-interest loans. (Back when usury laws were enforced, these would have never gotten off the ground.)

The easy framing of the Farouk Shami Gubernatorial campaign is to focus on his Muslim name and the recent Fort Hood shootings. Not surprisingly, ChronBlog's R.G. Ratcliffe chose that path in his obligatory story today. A more in-depth analysis might note that the early chatter coming from the InterLeft is focusing on his Republican ties moreso than his Palestinian ties. (Then again, we're talking about ChronBlog)

I'm not a death penalty opponent, I see a use for the punishment in certain cases. That being said, I feel that Texas is a State that over-applies the statute in many cases. This is one of them. Commute the sentance already.

It's always funny when the media botches a story, and then starts finger-pointing after the fact. "Connecting the dots in hindsight" being a particular specialty of the ChronBlog Caucasian Think-Tank

What's that? It's a jitney.

How can we miss you if you won't go away? *Kidding...database crashes are a royal bitch*

Yeah...but can they force me to drive a GM? That's where I draw the line

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