Entries by Anne Laurie

Thursday Evening Open Thread: Oh Joy

(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com) . While you’re busy lamenting that President Obama is constitutionally constrained from winning his third term, here’s news of the guy I predict will be the Republican challenger in 2016. Dave Weigel, reporting on the anti-choice cadres at yesterday’s ‘March for Life’: … What I found new, and interesting, was the […]

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Who Watches the Watchmen?

Charlie Savage, in today’s NYTimes: An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down. The findings are laid out in a 238-page report, scheduled for release by Thursday and obtained […]

Happy Fun Times in Sochi

(Ben Sargent via GoComics.com) You know things are looking dicey for the Games when NBC mixes its uplifting celebration of feisty, spirited, advertiser-friendly (American) athletes with discussion of ‘delicate challenges’: A catastrophic terrorist strike at the Sochi Winter Olympics would present the United States with a logistically mind-boggling and diplomatically delicate challenge: How to get […]

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Wetware Failure

(Get Fuzzy via GoComics.com) Even in a murderous oligarchy, you just can’t get error-free tech minions: (Reuters) – Human error likely caused a glitch in China’s Great Firewall that saw millions of Internet users ironically rerouted to the homepage of a U.S.-based company which helps people evade Beijing’s web censorship, sources told Reuters. Hundreds of […]