• on a comment on Daschle? over 5 years ago

    in fact, arguably you could let Biden take point on schmoozing Congress for major legislation.

  • on a comment on Daschle? over 5 years ago

    I think thats backwards. Daschle is the one with ties to the health insurance companies, whereas Dean is a fighter. And getting a bill through Congress is not the Secretary's job, its the White Houses job, and the Dem leadership. Dean's job as Sec of HHS would be to actually run HHS and make it better.

  • on a comment on Daschle? over 5 years ago

    I disagree - remember that Sec. of HHS is an executive position, so Dean's primary role would be to manage that huge bureacracy. Dean's executive experience is superior to pretty much anyone else in the White House - and he knows how to balance a budget as well as promote progressive policy. Take a look at the full case I've laid out.

  • comment on a post Daschle? over 5 years ago

    Agreed, in fact we are on the same wavelength - I made an extended case for why Dean is better for HHS than Daschle on the merits.

  • The Drupal ecosystem is definitely powerful but I think that the primary focus of Drupal is content management. A better fit in my opinion is Wordpress multi-user (WPMU). Wordpress is after all a blogging platform first and foremost, and the plugin ecosystem around it has as high developer intensity as drupal does (if not more). I maintain a WPMU site myself, Talk Islam (http://talkislam.info) with user diaries and site-wide features, etc - take a look. I think that before you invest too much in Drupal you shoudl take a look - I invite you to email me to discuss technical issues further and I can easily set up a demo site for you to play with for free. We can go from there if you like what you see - drop me an email at apoonawa-blog@yahoo dot com.

  • comment on a post Blogger Hossein Derakhshan missing in Iran over 5 years ago

    I first posted on this at City of Brass in late November. There hasn't been any real news since then, aside from noting that similarly-accused people have been sentenced to death.

  • absolutely right. I have also been dismayed by the tendency of the plolitical chattering classes - including by and large the entire netroots, who are convinced by righteousness of their superiority over the massess of proles - to be so unbelievably condescending as they are. this episode brouhgt ot a lot of that sentiment into the open and it is ugly.

  • comment on a post in defense of the New Yorker cover over 6 years ago

    I know I have it coming, but please, be gentle.

  • on a comment on The audacity of Advani over 6 years ago

    I suppose those muslims in Gujrat really had it coming, too, eh?

  • on a comment on The audacity of Advani over 6 years ago

    clever, but really we are obviously talking about two separate things. Or are you underestimating the level of oppression which India suffered under the British, by simplistically equating that to mere political disenchantment?

  • comment on a post The audacity of Advani over 6 years ago

  • CO still looks swingish to me. The spread between OB and MC is the same as the BU-KE numbers.

    Lets also take this whole argument with a grain of salt, please, since we are comparing the actual vote in 2004 with polling done in the election preseason. Things wont start to really shake out towards their final configuration until the debates have occurred. Until then all you are really measuring in this comparison is name ID.

  • on a comment on the Global Cooling Bet over 6 years ago

    I'm not naieve enough to believe that McCain will actually follow through if elected, but in talking about climate change for short-term political gain (wooing independent voters), he's undermining the conservative establishment big time. He just moved the Overton Window on global warming to the left and the conservatives are screaming bloody murder - or would be, if the guy wasn't their nominee, heh heh.

  • comment on a post the Global Cooling Bet over 6 years ago

  • on a comment on smoking ban = more deaths? over 6 years ago

    most of the bans in question apply to restaurant smoking as well - a ban of that type just passed in Marshfield, where I currently live (central Wisconsin) and the debate in Wisconsin at present is whether there should be a state law.

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