New Digs, New Name, Same Subject

The web host excuse train has again reared it’s ugly head forcing me to make changes that I was hoping not to have make.

You might have noticed the slowing of my posting history of late and if you are reading this locally and not via my RSS feed you also undoubtedly have also noticed my new digs. Both items are related and are a direct result of hosting issues related to my now former blog directory and my soon to be former web host Site5.

After almost 3 years, the aforementioned host decided that my blog directory was behind the slowdown of their server (of course the fact that it is severely oversold had nothing to do with it…) and should be shut down for abusing server resources as a result. Despite their taking my directory down several days ago, the other 2 sites I had hosted with them under the same account and on the same server continued to run slowly and at times become unavailable for extended periods. Noticing the irony of that fact, I made sure to let Site5 know of their server issues to the point where they are surely dreading reading their email.

So to make a long story short, I have decided to rid them of their obligation to host my sites and have shuddered the directory and have moved my blogs (SDHumanists and the archives of Politics and Hypocrisy and A SD Moderate) here to Blogger for what I hope is the final time. I will be tweaking things for a few more days so forgive the mess which unfortunately also includes the loss of many of the photos associated with the older content.

As far as feeds go, I have kept the feedburner feed active so if that is normally how you read my rantings no more changes are needed other than ignoring the sudden influx of posts that you might have come across that was a result of moving to the new domain.

Again I am sorry for all the changes lately but I am hopeful that this will be the final one.

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And The Winner Is…

I have been following the nomination process for the 2009 Crockoduck Award, which is given each year to the most ignorant of those who cherry pick science to fit their worldview, from the beginning.

Each year the competition is usually stiff with Kent Hovind winning last year but this year it was no contest.

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Quick Thought – Fox News

President Obama’s disdain for Fox News is well known but one would have to wonder if in fact they are “Fair and Balanced” as their tag line would suggest, would they really have to keep telling us so? One would think that if true it would be obvious and could go without saying over and over and over…

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Happy Birthday!?

Those of us that understand that the 60’s television show The Flintstones was fiction might have missed a Fundie milestone that occurred yesterday though PZ Myers didn’t.

According to 17th-century Archbishop James Ussher and still believed by many to this day, everything everywhere turned 6013 years old yesterday. Ussher used various biblical sources to calculate the exact date of god’s creation of all things as happening on Sunday October 23, 4004 BC.

And I didn’t even bake a cake…

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Franken Discusses The Healthcare/Bankruptcy Claims

Diana Furchtgott-Roth from the Hudson Institute recently published an article that sought to debunk a study claiming that the share of bankruptcies attributable to health care costs rose by 50% between 2001 and 2007. Minnesota Senator Al Franken discusses this claim with Furchtgott-Roth and throws out a few numbers of his own.

UPDATE: Apparently I am behind the times, Cory over at the Madville Times beat me to posting this…

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Health Insurance Companies' Bait And Switch Tactics Backfiring?

The health insurance industry initially vowed to help the Obama administration’s efforts at reform but then pulled back on those efforts by coming out against the proposed legislation at the last minute. Now the Democrats seem to have taken that policy switch as further reason to try and put in place deep reforms aimed squarely at the insurance industry’s heart as payback.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned insurance companies on Thursday that health-care reform could cost the industry dearly through new fees, fewer regulatory protections and fresh competition from the federal government.

The blunt admonition echoed a round of harsh statements Wednesday from senior Senate Democrats, and came in response to the insurance’s lobby’s aggressive campaign to block reform legislation from advancing. An internal industry study released earlier this week found that the Senate reform bill would cause premiums to rise sharply, but the report’s findings have been widely disputed.

And

Pelosi said the House may adopt a Senate provision that would assess a flat fee on insurance companies that is expected to generate about $40 billion over 10 years, as a way to pay for its reform bill. She advocated House language that would require health-insurance companies to to spend 85 cents of every dollar they collect in premiums on benefits.

And she singled out the antitrust exemption that has protected the industry since 1945, the McCarran-Ferguson Act that allows states to regulate insurance without interference from the federal government.

Now we will see if the Democrats have the votes and more importantly the so far missing backbone to go through with this in the face of the huge lobbying machine backed by big insurance. If they actually do follow through,  it couldn’t happened to a nicer industry (said as I am looking over the changes and fee increases to my 2010 health insurance policy)…

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Poor Orly


The queen birther Orly Taitz, who was recently warned to quit wasting the court’s time with frivolous lawsuits regarding President Obama’s citizenship, has been smackdown once again. This time it will hit her pocket book in the form of a $20,000 fine for continuing her crusade against Obama.

Counsel Orly Taitz is hereby ordered to pay $20,000.00 to the United States, through the Middle District of Georgia Clerk’s Office, within thirty days of the date of this Order as a sanction for her misconduct in violation of Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Judge Clay Land wasn’t impressed with Taitz

The Court finds that counsel’s conduct was willful and not merely negligent. It demonstrates bad faith on her part. As an attorney, she is deemed to have known better. She owed a duty to follow the rules and to respect the Court. Counsel’s pattern of conduct conclusively establishes that she did not mistakenly violate a provision of law. She knowingly violated Rule 11. Her response to the Court’s show cause order is breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional. She expresses no contrition or regret regarding her misconduct. To the contrary, she continues her baseless attacks on the Court.

Ouch…

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