Alas, No : Yeah, still not feeling the Bern.

Jamelle Bouie, writing at Slate about the BlackLivesMatter protestors at this past weekend's NetRoots Nation conference, and the failure of Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders to engage in the debate in any meaningful way:

Some might want to dismiss the whole fracas as left-wing infighting, with no relevance for any but a small slice of American voters. Or they might dismiss it as New Left narcissism—the kind of identity politics that alienates ordinary Americans. The latter description is flat out wrong; say what you will on the optics of protests, but the fact remains that there is a genuine and serious problem of police violence against minorities, and blacks in particular.

As for the former critique, I think this episode was more significant than mere infighting. Regardless of where you stand on the wisdom of the direct action against Sanders and O’Malley, it showed the limits of Sanders’ brand of liberal coalition-building, which hinges on the idea that we could ameliorate serious injustice if we just achieve—or move toward—economic justice. It’s why he touts college education and affordable health care in response to questions on police discrimination and criminal justice reform.

I think Sanders has some important things to say, and his left-leaning influence on Hillary Clinton's campaign is important. However, this affair is a perfect illustration of the problems with his "It's all about economics/class" policy approach.

To be sure, there are plenty of class and economic problems facing the United States. However, reductionist approaches wherein we try to reduce a complex system of interactions and outcomes to a single, fundamental cause, while appealing, vastly over-simplify the situation and close out discussion of anything that fails to fit neatly into the model.

At a more practical level, the utter tone-deafness of Sanders' response to the protesters is troubling. Pointing to the fact that he marched with Martin Luther King is clearly in "But I have black friends!" territory. Try shutting up and listening to what people are saying rather than insisting that you know what is best for them.

By Pete Brown

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  1. Trump's "campaign" is the perfect illustration of the GOP circus and its media enablers.
  2. So, Conway, Jevons, and Sturgeon walk into a planning meeting…
  3. LastPass (and basically any other password manager) is still more secure than your homegrown password scheme.
  4. Maybe throwing out the Agile bath water is a good idea, regardless of what's in the tub.
  5. The insistence that children be forced to learn harsh lessons early is bizarre.
  6. The diminishing returns of the GOP welfare circuit
  7. "This OS is buggy because my upgrade failed!"
  8. Single-issue voting, or "Rand Paul is still a nutcase."
  9. Decentralizing GitHub
  10. The doofus dad stereotype is bullshit and needs to be tossed in the bin.
  11. Funny definition of government oppression you've got there…
  12. A great post about continuous delivery of infrastructure services
  13. Uber is terrible, Part… oh, I've lost track now.
  14. But this method doesn't work with a tomato.
  15. My prediction for tonight's *Mad Men* series finale…
  16. Who will explain the explainers?
  17. Cormac McCarthy's *The Road* and manipulative storytelling
  18. The uselessness and vacuity of David Brooks
  19. I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.
  20. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  21. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  22. What's good for me must be good for you.
  23. The police state and its enablers
  24. A new Craw Kickstarter
  25. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  26. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  27. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  28. People are not resources.
  29. Chewie, we're home.
  30. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  31. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  32. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  33. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  34. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  35. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  36. Happy birthday, Merle!
  37. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  38. Bigots gonna bigot
  39. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  40. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  41. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  42. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  43. TV - *Bloodline*
  44. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  45. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  46. Why I like minimalist art.
  47. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  48. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  49. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  50. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  51. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  52. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  53. A new Aliens movie?
  54. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  55. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  56. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  57. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  58. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  59. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  60. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  61. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  62. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  63. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  64. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  65. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  66. Rand Paul is a kook.
  67. Due is a nice reminders app.
  68. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  69. Dan Burton, still a moron
  70. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  71. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  72. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  73. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  74. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  75. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  76. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  77. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  78. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  79. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  80. No, blogging is not dead.
  81. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  82. Scott Walker is terrible.
  83. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  84. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  85. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  86. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  87. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  88. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  89. Phrases that should be banned
  90. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  91. A novel twist in gameplay
  92. An entrepreneur in every pot
  93. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  94. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  95. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  96. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  97. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  98. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  99. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  100. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  101. So long, 2014.
  102. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  103. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  104. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  105. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  106. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  107. Flash photography
  108. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  109. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  110. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  111. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  112. Uber needs poor people.
  113. The problem with Radiolab
  114. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  115. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  116. The Star Wars teaser
  117. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  118. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  119. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  120. It's morning in America.
  121. My *Serial* think-piece
  122. Cod vacations
  123. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  124. Railing
  125. Found a sunny spot
  126. 1970s Legos
  127. DANZIG!
  128. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  129. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  130. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  131. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  132. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  133. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  134. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  135. A very helpful related search
  136. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  137. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  138. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  139. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  140. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  141. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  142. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  143. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  144. Dilbert is not funny.
  145. Pink Floyd
  146. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  147. Mobile friendly
  148. Dave Winer's Radio3
  149. Resistance to change
  150. That pope
  151. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  152. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  153. Your data-mining sucks.
  154. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  155. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  156. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  157. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  158. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  159. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  160. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  161. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  162. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  163. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  164. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  165. Massachusetts Republicans
  166. Birthright #1
  167. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  168. Kids these days
  169. *Aliens* documentary
  170. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  171. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  172. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  173. Jack Bruce
  174. You seem to have missed something.
  175. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  176. Meg & Mog
  177. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  178. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  179. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  180. Technological change vs. cultural change
  181. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  182. Sleater-Kinney
  183. BE AFRAID!
  184. Medium's on it, bro!
  185. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  186. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  187. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  188. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  189. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  190. A useful roadmap
  191. Not much longer now…
  192. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  193. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  194. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  195. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  196. Deliberately missing the point
  197. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  198. Freshman year of college is calling.
  199. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  200. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  201. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  202. What's the worst that could happen?
  203. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  204. Both sides do it.
  205. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  206. With friends like these…
  207. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  208. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  209. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  210. Hell #9438
  211. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  212. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  213. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  214. War forever
  215. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  217. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  218. Disconnecting pay from performance
  219. Hosting my own stuff
  220. All Ebola, all the time
  221. The kids these days
  222. Laboratories of democracy!
  223. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  224. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  225. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  226. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  227. The new phone is here.
  228. Crap Architecture
  229. iPhone Parking Lot
  230. Starting Proust
  231. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  232. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  233. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  234. The Apple tech press is weird.
  235. VHS v. Betamax
  236. The answer is always "n + 1".
  237. Conservative intellectuals
  238. Zappos is creepy.
  239. Your phone is not the problem.
  240. Deconstruction
  241. Inspirational
  242. Process improvement
  243. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  244. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  245. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  246. Complicated things are complicated.
  247. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  248. That technology thing you like
  249. Priorities, people
  250. WAR!
  251. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  252. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  253. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  254. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  255. 42
  256. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  257. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  258. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  259. Trying out Beats Music
  260. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  261. The synthetic unity of experience
  262. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  263. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  264. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  265. State of the Union predictions
  266. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  267. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  268. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  269. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  270. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  271. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  272. Thinking before you write
  273. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  274. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  275. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  276. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  277. Hate the show, not the venue.
  278. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  279. FUD As a Service
  280. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  281. Crippling injuries build character.
  282. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  283. Saving bookstores
  284. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  285. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  286. Internet activism
  287. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  288. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  289. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  290. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  291. Your tax dollars at work
  292. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  293. Holacracy
  294. Yes, people really do still blog.
  295. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  296. Duck Dynasty
  297. No one cares about your private cloud.
  298. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  299. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  300. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  301. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  302. Money is speech
  303. Clearly
  304. Parking
  305. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  306. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  307. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  308. Unhelpful advice
  309. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  310. People don't scale
  311. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  312. Movies that scared me
  313. Epistemology
  314. Bespoke
  315. Califone, *Stitches*
  316. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  317. We want INFORMATION!
  318. Passive-aggressive politeness
  319. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  320. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  321. Google cars
  322. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  323. Really, DC? REALLY?
  324. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  325. Suspension of disbelief
  326. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  327. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  328. Personal experience v. policy
  329. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  330. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  331. The Washington Post and AWS
  332. St. Patrick’s Day
  333. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  334. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  335. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  336. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  337. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  338. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  339. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  340. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  341. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  342. Meetings
  343. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  344. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  345. Time-tracking
  346. Prophecy
  347. More guns
  348. Guns
  349. Bold Leadership
  350. Hanlon's Razor
  351. That legacy stuff
  352. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  353. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  354. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  355. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  356. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  357. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  358. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  359. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  360. That Kant was a smart guy.
  361. Petraeus
  362. The World War Z trailer
  363. You should have bicycles
  364. The technorati fallacy
  365. One of my favorite types of requests
  366. The Lucasfilm thing
  367. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  368. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  369. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  370. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  371. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  372. Undecided voters
  373. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  374. Found a new philosophy podcast
  375. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  376. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  377. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  378. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  379. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  380. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  381. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  382. Safety nets
  383. So, the Romney thing
  384. Your data-mining sucks
  385. Started watching Homeland
  386. The Clint Eastwood thing
  387. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  388. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  389. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  390. The Lance Armstrong thing
  391. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  392. A lot of Can
  393. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  394. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  395. Writing apps
  396. Distorted markets
  397., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  398. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  399. A bit more on the HBO thing
  400. OS upgrades
  401. Or I could just go listen to the album
  402. Monster Movie Week!
  403. As goes Sparrow...
  404. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  405. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  406. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  407. Nope, advertising just sucks
  408. Reading
  409. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  410. Who needs it!
  411. Advantage, Mutt
  412. Do you want the answer, or not?
  413. ACA coverage and systems failure
  414. To-do lists
  415. So long, Weather Underground
  416. Checked baggage
  417. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  418. From the $2 bins at the record store
  419. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  420. The HBO thing
  421. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  422. Not exactly random, but good listening
  423. The Dark Knight... meh
  424. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  425. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  426. Memorial Day
  427. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  428. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  429. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  430. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  431. Experimenting with Pelican
  432. Readlists
  433. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  434. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  435. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  436. War Hazard Eliminated!
  437. Unintended Consequences
  438. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  439. You’re playing their game
  440. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  441. Breitbart
  442. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  443. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  444. A bit more on The Shining
  445. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  446. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  447. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  448. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  449. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  450. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  451. Ip Man
  452. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  453. Bogeyman
  454. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  455. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  456. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  457. BASIC
  458. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  459. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  460. My power is beyond your understanding!
  461. Out-stupiding the TSA
  462. I see what you did there
  463. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  464. That "15 albums" thing
  465. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  466. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  467. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  468. That's an interesting definition you have there
  469. James Cameron v. the philistines
  470. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  471. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  472. Whither censure?
  473. Stealing TV, Part II
  474. OCTOBER?!
  475. Chasing boogeymen
  476. Nice vetting job, folks
  477. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  478. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  479. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  480. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  481. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  482. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  483. Supporting the freedom-haters
  484. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  485. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  486. Music update - February 2006
  487. The Corporation
  488. Watching TV without having TV
  489. Google strikes again (2006)
  490. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  491. Touchy subject
  492. Take my ports. Please.
  493. NUTS!
  494. One year older than I was at this time last year
  495. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  496. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  497. Lewis Black
  498. Uhhhhhhh...
  499. The Yes Men
  500. And again, my apologies
  501. I did it for you, Damien
  503. The site may be slow today
  504. Electronic mediocrity
  505. Maybe they are better off...
  506. Angry Dick strikes again
  507. Capote
  508. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  509. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  510. Wherein Pete despairs
  511. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  512. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  513. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  514. Hide your puppies
  515. I like VoIP
  516. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  517. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  518. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  519. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  520. The hearings are on.
  521. Apples and oranges
  522. And in somewhat less serious news...
  523. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  524. War in name only
  525. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  526. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  527. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  528. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  529. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  530. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  532. Flirting with the dark side
  533. Countdown to a big waste of time
  534. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  535. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  536. Weekend music update
  537. The New York Times finally throws down
  538. Today’s project
  539. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  540. The broken record continues to spin
  541. Long time, no music
  542. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  543. At least someone is putting up a fight
  544. More legal contortions
  545. More on Iran
  546. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  547. Only 20 more hours to go
  548. Original intent
  549. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  550. You say Alito, I say whatever
  551. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  552. I don’t want to live with the bears
  553. Quick TV update
  554. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  555. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  556. Reading too much into The West Wing
  557. A question, sir...
  558. Blogging about blogging
  559. A few changes
  560. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  561. Year-end music round-up
  562. Again with the wire-tapping
  563. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  564. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  565. I’m genuinely shocked
  566. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  567. Angry Dick
  568. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  569. Sorry for the delay
  570. The time grows near
  571. Site news - October 2005
  572. Quote of the Day
  573. Serenity
  574. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  575. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  576. Forensic Show #23
  577. It’s TV time again
  578. Nothing to see here
  579. Going from bad to worse to...
  580. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  581. Google Talk
  582. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  583. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  584. Voting != Democracy
  585. He’s not lying
  586. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  587. The perfect album?
  588. Movies, movies, movies
  589. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  590. A bit of background
  591. Leaving, on a jet plane
  592. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  593. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  594. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  595. Again with this story
  596. Music update - July 2005
  598. Whither Rove?
  599. How quaint.
  600. Intellects vast and cool...
  601. and... They’re off!
  602. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  603. I’m back
  604. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  605. Thank you, FARK
  606. ZOMBIES!
  607. On second thought...
  608. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  609. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  610. So it actually didn’t suck
  611. More on the filibuster debate
  612. YES!!
  613. Going nuclear/constitutional
  614. Worth a listen?
  615. Music update - May 2005)
  616. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  617. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  618. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  619. More on taxes
  620. Happy April 15th
  621. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  622. Long live the Death Tax
  623. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  624. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  625. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  626. METAL!!!
  627. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  628. This is the coolest thing EVER
  629. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  630. April Fools Day
  631. Groundhog Day, Part II
  632. The devil movies always get me.
  633. IM Annoyances
  634. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  635. What the hell?
  636. I suggest we start a pool...
  637. Drill, drill, drill!
  638. This is getting out of hand.
  639. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  640. the gates... THE GATES!!
  641. More “indecency”
  642. And again...
  643. Where have I heard this before?
  644. Anybody want gmail?
  645. Dirty, dirty titties
  646. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  647. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  648. One man’s Conservative...
  649. Google strikes again! (2005)
  650. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  651. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  652. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  653. Argh, I say.
  654. A rose is a rose.
  655. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  656. Sorry...
  657. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  658. Amusement
  659. The bottom-end of 2004
  660. How Bush Won
  661. New Music
  662. Foolishness
  663. Good news, I think...
  664. The first of many, I’m sure...
  665. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  666. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  667. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  668. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  669. Site news - November 2004
  670. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  671. More good web radio
  672. Another post-election site
  673. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  674. Sorry, everybody
  675. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  676. Apologies
  677. Nonsense
  678. Some new music
  679. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  680. The music is back online
  681. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  682. Odds and Ends
  683. SCIENCE!
  684. Making a bad situation worse
  685. Derrida, Part II
  686. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  687. The Faith-Based Presidency
  688. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  689. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  690. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.