Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Merry Christmas!


Happy Holidays!


Bah Humbug!

Take your pick.  Enjoy the day however  you may.


Enjoy!

The Best Fake Ads of 2012: Bachmann, Gingrich's Next Wife Wish You a Merry Christmas -- VIDEO

I Agree

So enough with the whining. If a campaign can’t put the boots on the ground to clear the petition goal — or even read the forms issued months in advance by the State Board of Elections — then we have to seriously question the campaign’s viability. 


If anything, Virginia’s petition process has done a national service, exposing the weak and trivial campaigns and advancing the rest.

Let the whining begin!

GOP observation

Given that Romney and Paul are the only two GOP candidates who qualified for the the Va. primary ballot, I say, they are the only real candidates now and from the outset.  The rest are but grovelers who billow for book deals, sales, and a gig on Fox.  Okay, Romney or Paul?

Come on 9,9,9?  I'm a serious candidate?  Big ideas on child labor?  Ooops? Ass Juice?  Who's Huntsman anyway?

Yep, it will be the Vulture of Capitalism  vs. the Closet Racist for Liberty!  This is the new GOP?  

 

Pity the poor gasbag

Newtiepoo failed to make it onto the Va. primary ballot.  Is it his fault?  Never!  No way!  Au contraire, too!  Naturally it's not his fault.   Nothing he dislikes, disdains or demeans is his fault.  His bailiwick is disastrously big ideas!  Leroy cannot deal with petty inconsequential matters such as following the Virginia GOP's ballot qualification rules.  

Yep, it's the fault of a failed system not the lack of organization, staff and money.  Damn those Va. GOP party types they caused Newtiepoo to blow it.  How can they live with themselves.  Of course each state setting its own rules for elections is rather 10th Amendmentish.  I guess Newtiepoo can't live by his own rhetoric.  In essence, Gringich is an ass, a huge, blowhard, gasbag who brays at the world.  God, he even inflates himself (not a pretty sight).

Newt Gingrich fails to qualify for primary ballot in Virginia

Up

Chris Hayes's show, Up, is on MSNBC Sat. and Sun mornings.  So far it's a reasonable show.  It's lefty, liberal and progressive punditry.   I like it when Mr. Hayes goes to a commercial break and says "we'll make fun of the GOP candidates after the break."  The guests cheer.  It's nice.  I doubt if any FOX viewers tune in.

Today I learned that herpes is more popular than Congress. That's bad.

I also learned why Sarah Palin is so popular.  She's a female Ann Coulter.  Now it makes sense.

If you're not a Trog, tune in to "Up."  Over the course of two hours you will find parts of interest.  The panels are not always up to the task, but overall, they're pretty good.  Mr. Hayes does include some conservative types on his panels.  I have enjoyed the show when an informed politician, like Jerry Nadler, is on and can correct the pundits.  Up is a bit more informative than the screed's you get from Olbermann (he's become a caricature of himself) or the expected expositions you can predict and recite beforehand from Rachel Maddow (she will become a caricature soon).   Mr.s Hayes may have two years before he becomes set in cartoon mode, until then, enjoy.      

Strategic Victroy Watch -- War #3

If you'd like a non-ally, ally to actually be an ally, then one thing one can do is to unilaterally end the non-war, war, that is not being waged, while being waged against them.  In other words, quit blowing the crap out of one's allies. It's a simple concept.  Maybe it's too simple for Obama and his Defense Department's intelligence branch, the CIA, to understand.  Maybe they have.

CIA has suspended drone attacks in Pakistan, U.S. officials say

I doubt the simple lesson sunk in.  I bet they're out of drones instead.  At any rate, never forget, drones are just the latest high tech way to occupy a country.   Occupation matters.  Think not?  Then just take a peek at our Southern states and all that heritage baggage still left over from being the losers.

Suggestion

Congress should stuff travel into their earmarks.  With all the  hoohaa over budget, deficits, and debt the clods of Capitol HIll should not enjoy any perks until the books are balanced, all of our people are cared for, everyone has a job, and the cloture rule is striken from the Senate rule book.

Besides,  we all know that un-American ideas creep into legislation after Congressmen travel to un-American places.  They can't help it, it's in the water.  Therefore we must demand, isolationism for Congress!  It's the least we can do save our elected jugheads from themselves.

Lawmakers spend millions on foreign travel to more than 120 countries

Remember, travel leads to isms!  

What's Under the Tree?

I had to open a present early.  It was too attractive to wait another moment.  Oh, what a nice present--tax fight leaves Hill Republicans divided and angry. The holidays will be a bit more festive knowing the GOP shafted itself. I hope this is a gift that keeps on giving all the way to Nov. 6, 2012.  If the Dems can restrain themselves from snatching defeat from victrory it will.  

To Democrats, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all that!

To Republicans, Here's Some Bah to Go With Y'all's Humbug!

GOP Gives Its Members Lumps of Coal, Nice!

Arab Spring, Summer, Fall, and now Winter Update

I asked the Sphinx "how about that democracy thing?"  I don't think he's ready to answer.  Maybe the fat lady doesn't sing in Egypt, yeah, it's when the Sphinx trills.  Will 2012 see a skosh of democracy, freedom and liberty in Egypt?  Well, when the Sphinx trills....

Egypt divided after a week of violence

Syria doesn't have a fat lady or a Sphinx.  It just has an Assad.  It won't be Spring until Assad can't ever sing again.

Attacks on Syrian government buildings seem to strike the heart of state security apparatus

Thsi makes no sense at all

Have you ever camped out at a store to be the first to be able to buy a pair of tennis shoes?  Or or that matter anything else?  This is a an aspect of behavior I do not understand.

Air Jordan release causes uproar at stores

GOP Va. Ballot

The GOP has spoken.  Let the ballot contain Willard and the old coot from Texas.

Gingrich, Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ron Paul, Another Texas POS

Deny! Deny! Deny!


Who will be on Va. GOP ballot?

The State of Virgina sets a standard and the GOP sets a standard for candidates to qualify to be on the primary ballot.  One would assume they are the same.  They are not.

If I read the article correctly, Romney, Paul, Perry, and Gingrich met the State requirement to be in the primary.  However, the GOP has to validate those who meet the state requirements and dertermine if they meet the GOP requirements.  Oops, only one makes the cut!  Will Willard be the only candidate on the GOP primary ballot.  It appears to be so.  Will the others be listed but not as part of the GOP?  Will there be a lot of write in?  Will the GOP go oops?  Stay tuned.

Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum not on Va. primary ballot

Sites

Here's a you may find of interest.

GoVote.Com


Voting Blocs

Attributes that people share sometimes become a basis for them to vote similarly.  For example, blacks  more often than not vote for today's Democratic party candidates.

Strangely, we're seeing an Hispanic/Latino voting block emerge.  It's being built by the GOP to support Democratic candidates.  That's odd, but the GOP is odd and remarkably noninclusive.  I'm surprized that any women vote for Republicans, they might think about voting for their interests and form a bloc.  I'm sure the GOP can keep at it and produce a women's bloc for the Dems by 2016.

The GOP is also hell bent on creating another bloc for the Democrats.   You could say they are on a bloc crusade.  Will the GOP create a GLBT bloc?  Before long the GOP will be left with but one bloc--ROWGS--rich old white guys.

Ron Paul Makes A Discovery

Yep, if you take the lead, then you are it in the game of bash the leader!  Ron's histroy is catching up with him.  It seems to boil down to he's either a liar or he presents fiction as fact for his own amusement and profit.  He's never declared himself a novelist.  He appears to be less and less a libertarian and more and more just one another dotty old Asshole from El Paso.

Ron Paul Direct Mail Warned Of ‘Race War,’ ‘Federal-Homosexual Cover-up On AIDS’

All those Ron Paul fans might be better served if they told the old coot to bugger off and shifted their  support to the Libertarians.  I bet any Libertarian could do a lot with a $4 million money bomb.  

No One Objected

Speaker Limp Dick did the unanimous consent thing on H.R. 3765, the new counterpart to the bill Senate's sent back to the house on payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, and Medicare reimbursement rates.  Only Rep Hoyer rose to "reserve the right to object."  Hoyer is the Dems minority leader, he had to thank the Limp one for moving the new bill to the floor.  Hoyer didn't object.   Basically, Hoyer stuck a wet finger in Limpy's ear.  It's been a while.

Fortunately none of the teabaggers objected.  So it's passed and assuming the Senate has done it's consensus thing it's on it's way to Obama's desk.  I'm sure Obama will make a speech.

Now everybody can go home and celebrate Capitalism, er, Chi$tma$.  Just wait for round two, remember it's only a two month extension.

It's a good idea

Stephen Colbert offered to sponsor the South Carolina GOP primary, if he could name it.  The GOP says they rejected Mr. Colbert's offer.  Mr. Colbert disagrees.  It's a good idea, political parties should auction their primary naming rights every election.

Since money is speech, we'd be advancing the 1st Amendment.  Also, it would be more than appropriate to see trade associations bid and win. that way we could have the Big Oil primary, the Big Health primary, the Big Bank primary, and so on.  Voters would feel better, the political process would be a bit less ambiguous.

South Carolina GOP rebuts Stephen Colbert on primary naming rights

Oops

An "oops" in science is not a plus.  It means a lot of people, acting like any other human beings, really screwed up, usually to advance themselves.  Scientists are quite human, not everybody is a saint.  At least science has a built in corrective process--replication and shared results.  Did you ever wonder where "Trust sure, but always verify" came from?

Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy


Good News?

Unemployment fell last month to about 8.6%.  That's good news.  The number of claims for unemployment insurance has dropped.  That's good news.  However, when you get inside the numbers, there's a simple message--if you have a job that's fantastic, if you don't, well, there is no polite way to put it,  you're fucked.  Life in the 99% lane t'ain't improving.  Hell, I've heard its even going to become a toll road soon.

The job market is frozen in place. Employers aren’t slashing jobs, but they also aren’t adding them on any large scale. Workers who have jobs are holding onto them, so that there are fewer openings for the young and unemployed to fill. The ratio of working-age people with a job has been unchanged basically for two straight years.

Happy Holidays

Okay, here's Five Myths About Christmas that Religous HOLIDAY.  It's hard to wage war on Christmas, but we must to keep us safe.  Damn elves don't like our freedoms.

Monty Python?

I know this is serious but when I read this headline, "France Asks Women to Remove Breast Implants" I had a vision of a Monty Python sketch, perhaps even a movie.  The state wants them out  for valid health reasons.  The state will pay for removal, but not for replacement.  The state health law pays for medically necessary implants.  Esthetics is not a medical condition.  Movie time?  The Life of Barbie?


France recommends ‘preventive’ removal of risky breast implants used by women worldwide

Strategic Victory Watch -- War #1

Questions:  Do we have a clue about why we are at war with Afghanistan?  Do we really have an enemy?  How long has this war been on auto-pilot?  Answers" We don't know why, we don't have an enemy, and about eight years.


U.S. deal with Taliban breaks down

About the payroll tax mess

I do not know if it matters or not, but I have a feeling it does.  What's it?  Oh, sending a note to the pols involved in the mess of the day.  I think, at a minimum, on the payroll tax mess, everyone should have e-mailed their own Rep, the Speaker,  and that bit of foulness Eric Cantor.

Likewise, an email to Pelosi and Hoyer would be nice too.  

Email should be short, clear, and to the point. It may not help, but we'll all feel better.

House GOP Caves

The payroll tax break, unemployment insurance, and the Medicare doc fix are back on.  Speaker Limp Dick has decided it's now okay to accept the Senate bill.  This mess was brought to the nation by the teabaggers in the House.  Is this what their constituents wanted?  I doubt it, but then again sanity is not a dominant trait among the tea suckers.

House GOP agrees to 2-month extension of payroll tax cut

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Still Trust the Military?

They can't even keep track of their dead. Didn't some bemedaled thing say the problems were minor and had all been fixed. After all, it was a software error that put the remains in the creek. Where do they find these well medaled cretins?

Problems possible at nearly 65,000 Arlington National Cemetery graves, review finds

Ron, the reporter is not the reason your "words" suck

Gee, blaming the reporter, that's so novel.  I guess Ron is a true GOOPER after all.  Now about the money, how much did he make?

Ron Paul gets testy, walks out over talk of racist newsletters

What's the free market solution? Oh, buy an honest candidate?  Good luck.

Oh Humbug!

The next thing you know they'll meet on Sundays to discuss why others believe in god.

Atheists aim to change image of penny-pinching Scrooges

Ron Paul--Feeling the Heat

Racist?  Well that or he's just uses the politicians standard of truth (whatever he can get away with).  The newsletters bore his name, he owns them.  If he can't take the heat of an interview on CNN then perhaps he should not even think about being in the White House kitchen.  Oh what a wicked web....

Paul's story changes on racial comments 

Is honest politician an oxymoron?

Aw They're Starting to Pick on Crazy Old Ron

There's nothing like a looming election, end of free airtime, and an unexpected surge in the polls to get what a candidate his heart's desire, to be noticed.  Ron Paul has gotten his wish.

Ron Paul: Rivals say he hates Republicans

Truth in Toons


Texas Opts for Honesty?

Beer is now beer and ale is ale.  A court has decided that government cannot define products based on their definitional whims.  Uh, oh.  Rick Perry better watch out.  Texans have have used government standards to call him a governor.  Now, the courts have decided, we have to use nature's standards.  Rick Perry, well, he's just an asshole.

Court finds Texas beer rule violates First Amendment

Vulture Capitalists

If Willard succeeds in becoming the GOP's nominee, then we'd best begin to learn a bit about private equity firms since that's Willard's area of expertise.  I'm not sure if having a vulture in the White House is quite what this nation needs.  If the U.S. is seen as a business,  then Willard will gut the nation and sell off  the carcass to the Chinese as he and his cronies bank billions in processing fees.

Mitt Romney’s private-equity past puts ‘creative destruction’ in spotlight

It's Winter

The Winter Solstice has arrived.  Today is the shortest day of the year.  It's Winter.  Well, astromonically speaking it is.  Yesterday was in the high 60s.  Last night it was in the mid 50s.  It's been a very warm Winter (climtologically, it began on Dec. 1) thus far.

Winter solstice – and other interesting sun facts – explained

The War is Over, Long Live the War

Get ready for the American Idiot to demand we immediately return to Iraq.  After all we don't want to have wasted $2 trillion in hard borrowed unborn taxpayer's future dollars on sectarian violence that will drift back to dictatorial rule.  Maybe this time we'll just seize the oil first....

Baghdad explosions kill at least 63 in first major violence since U.S. departure

From Righteous to Fucked Up

The aces in the DOD PR section have lived up to expectations.  When Pakistan complained about the U.S. (NATO) blasting them and killing 24 of their guys, the PR dorks went into the expected denial mode.  Now it's "oops,"  we did kinda, sorta, make a mistake.  At least they are consistent liars.  I trust these guys about as much as most of us trust Congress.  The PR guys just follow orders, so who is in charge...

U.S.: Poor coordination, mapping data led to Pakistani deaths in cross-border raid

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Who Says the House Sucks on the Payroll Tax?

Gee, about everybody.  Even the "Wall Street Journal"--

The GOP's Payroll Tax Fiasco

At least Newt is honest about one thing...

Too bad the rest of the GOP is not as straight forward.  Newt says what the rest think.

Newt To Gay Voter: Support Obama

I do not understand how anyone who is gay can be associated with the GOP.  Ditto for women.  Ditto for blacks.  Ditto for Latinos.  Ditto for anyone who is not a rich old white guy.

This gives him a shot?

Going from a barely noticed GOP candidate to one opting to be the nominee of the Libertarians is progress?

Gary Johnson to seek Libertarian Party nod

Have you ever been to the Libertarian Party website?

Liars

I love it when one certified liar talks about another liar's lies.  Bill Clinton takes issue with Newt Gingrich! You have to love it.  The country would have been better off without either of them ever having been elected to any federal office.


Bill Clinton: Gingrich opposed bill that led to balanced budgets

I like the question

Is Newt Gingrich the Christine O'Donnell of Election 2012?

Will he take out an ad that says "I'm not a gasbag?"

Are you ready for a sideshow in the Fall?

How many third parties would it take to make us wake up to the clown show we currently enjoy in D.C.?  It does appear there will be at least one third party candidate.  How many more do we need to cause voters to realize politics is too serious to leave to Bozos as we have since, at least,  1980?

Why 2012 could be the year of the third-party candidate

This is all they can be

Back in Oct. the NYT reported a questionable death in Afghanistan. Did his fellow soldiers kill him over his race? There's been an investigation.

Now we see 8 U.S. Soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan.  Ain't war fun?

How Many Arab Springs Will It Take?


The Arab Spring, which we decided would immediately yield Western (that's USA) style democratic governments, has not yielded much except an Arab Winter.  Well, it has overturned a few dictators and others are on the way out.  We forget that progress is more incremental than not.  Arabic nations will have to deal with the lack of democratic institutions, Islam, and power brokers who don't want to lose their power and incomes.  It's going to take a number of Springs before there is a stable, Arabic, democracy that is not a theocracy like Iran.  Will it happen? Flip a coin.

Arab Spring yields different outcomes in Bahrain, Egypt and Libya

Braveheart them all

If it's elected it should have a choice, resign its office or be drawn and quartered on the Mall.  Either would be a fitting end to the clowns who made the current mess and keep it far from any reasonable solution.

Braveheart Republicans? Or false-hearted?

No Way! (Right?)

If you are a political junkie, they you know that Nate Silver gives Ron Paul a 52% chance of winning the Iowa Caucus.  A Paul win will rattle the GOP cage a bit.  Paul could surge in NH and then do well in SC and FL.  Paul, for Prez?

Ron Paul becoming serious contender in Republican presidential race

If Ron Paul, becoming the GOP's nominee, is a bit of a stretch, how about the Dems.  There are folks out there suggesting that Obama do the right thing and stand aside so Hillary Clinton can become the Dems nominee.

Mystery calls again bring Hillary Clinton’s name into 2012 election conversation

Clinton vs. Paul?  No way.  Well, just for fun, who are the VP nominees?

No Spin, The GOP Despises the 99%

The leaderless House has shafted the nation.  I assume the John Birch wing of the GOP (teabaggers) want a tax increase for workers.  I assume they want the unemployed to starve.  I assume they want the elderly to go without medicare care.  Why do I assume such things?  Because that is what they have done.  This is what happens when voters elect idiots.  Is this governance?  If you do not like what the GOP has done send an e-mail to your Rep.

Congress leaves town with an uneasy stalemate and looming payroll tax hike

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Truth in Politics?

What does the GOP really stand for and value?  Perhaps the easiest way is to listen to Mr. Paul and watch the reaction of Republicans to his statements.


Ron Paul calls out uncomfortable truth in GOP politics

Well I'll Be!

As the Gasbag deflates, do these endorsements means the next anti-Willard will be fomer Senator Ass Juice?  Come on, the guy is too much of prig.  It used to be everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame on TV, now everyone gets to be an anti-Willard.  The GOP is very strange, but no stranger than the Democrats.

Iowa Social Conservative Leaders Endorse Santorum

House, Votes for Tax Increase and Sticks it To Seniors


In Gamed Vote, GOP ‘Rejects’ Senate Payroll Tax Cut Compromise


I guess we can thank the morons in the Teabagger movement for this.  

Who Will Bell the Cat?

Well, it's actually who checks the fact checkers.  I post from Politifact a bit.  I was surprized at their lie of the year.  I think the writer at TPM is more accurate than Politifact.  Voting on lies?  Odd.

Ryan’s Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If PolitiFact Rates That As A Lie

Now that Ron Paul is being considered a bit more,

Give this piece a read.

News Bulletin: Ron Paul Is a Huge Racist

And this one--

New Focus on Incendiary Words in Paul’s Newsletters

I guess Mr. Paul shares Mr. Gingrich's logic of self justification, should we should accept both of them at face value only as they appear in 2011. If so, then why not Mr. Gingrich instead of Mr. Paul?  Is Mr. Paul then a kind of serial hypocrite?

Ron Paul's Shaggy Defense

Where does responsibility begin and end?  I guess it's just a matter of personal convenience.




Stating the Obvious


Poll: Americans don't like what they see in 2012 race

What the hell, why not Ron Paul? If Mr. Paul won the nomination, who should be his VP?

I can't wait for the reaction

I wonder if American and European Christians will find a new faith instead of continuing to belong to one  dominated by non-Europeans.  I will not be surprized at all.  Is the counterpart to racism, in faith, faithism? Hmm, are evangefundies the first wave of faithers?

Christianity has become less European over past century, study says

Start Your Office Pool Now!

The game is on.  The "Originalism Rocks" tour has decided to visit the Obamacare Arena in March!  Roberts and the Robes will rock for 5 1/2 hours!  Who will sing what parts?  What song will they sing?
Will there be an encore?

Supreme Court to hear arguments in March on healthcare law

Will Roberts lead a nonet or a septet?
The course correction has begun.  Newt may not longer be the anti-Willard.  Today,Gingrich, Romney are in dead heat nationally

However what will happen if Gringich finds some cash and counterattacks his foes’ onslaught?

Will the gasbag reflate?  Maybe, but could this be Santorum's chance to hit double digits?

Would Ron Paul Live By The Drone?

I doubt he would at all.  However, drone warfare fits well in the Obama admin where the president thinks it's his prerogative to indefinitely detain people without due process.  Drones are hidden.  Drones just drone on and drown out the rule of law.

The administration has said that its covert, targeted killings with remote-controlled aircraft in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and potentially beyond are proper under both domestic and international law. It has said that the targets are chosen under strict criteria, with rigorous internal oversight. It has parried reports of collateral damage and the alleged killing of innocents by saying that drones, with their surveillance capabilities and precision missiles, result in far fewer mistakes than less sophisticated weapons.

But--

Yet in carrying out hundreds of strikes over three years — resulting in an estimated 1,350 to 2,250 deaths in Pakistan — it has provided virtually no details to support those assertions.


Obama’s drone war

Still want George W. Obama for four more years?

This Nothing To Do With "Braveheart"

I can see the GOP caucus telling each other they're just like the characters in that movie as they munch on chicken sandwiches.   Yep they're making a stand, but I'm more reminded of "The Ship of Fools" or "Animal House."  The Senate  did it's job, now the House is poised to, once again, fail the nation.

The only reason the House has failed is that there is a sufficient number of GOP caucus members who think this kind of antic is what the voters in their districts desire.  This action, rather an obstruction, will increase taxes  In their minds they must believe it will garner them reelection in Nov. of next year.  There is not a single member of the House who acts in the interest of the nation and only then their reelection.

If your Rep, is from the GOP and you voted for him, is this the behavior you expected?

House Republicans intent on killing Senate payroll tax cut deal 

Have you dropped you Rep an e-mail on this?

Monday, December 19, 2011

It didn't take long

Are you ready for some sectarian exacerbation?  Look no further than Iraq.  We just left and the games have begun!

Iraqi authorities seek arrest of Sunni VP on terrorism charges, escalating sectarian tensions

PIck a Candidate

Is trust important to voters in a political race for office? Do voters question how much they can rely on the integrity, ability and strength of a candidate to fulfill whatever office they might be elected to? Do voters, especially in party primaries, compare their options on some dimension of trust? Are candidates scaled in terms of believability? Do voters look for indications that a candidate will be tomorrow as they present themselves today? Do voters try to minimize fears of the consequences of electing the person? Do voters look as candidates as a guardian to whom they will entrust themselves for a term of office?

Isn’t trust today’s evaluation of what may come tomorrow? Voters cast ballots for a person and trust that the candidate will live up to their expectations. Thinking about trust, what about the current GOP candidates seeking their party’s nomination? If you discount their ideological differences, whom do you think is the most trustable? Whom is the least trustable?

Now add in the politics and ideology. Which candidate do you like most because of what they say they “believe” in and “promise” to do when they are elected? Did you select the same most trusted person? If not, why not?

Now repeat the exercise and this time add Obama to the field. Is he your most trusted candidate? Now again, add in politics and ideology, where does Obama fall? Who would you vote for? Who will you vote for? Does trust matter?

Nate Silver

In Iowa, right now, it's Ron Paul.

Paul Moves Into Lead in Iowa Forecast

Still Flying?

If you aren't killed by the x-ray porn machines you'll be busted for sweating bullets.  One machine turns us into dirty mutants, the other transforms sweat into ammo.  How much have we spent on this crap?  Airline and airport security should be the business of the airlines, not the federal government.

Body Scanners Can See Perspiration as a Potential Weapon

Ron Paul Wins Iowa?

Don't reject that idea.  Mr. Paul is now ahead in the latest PPP poll.  Paul is at 23% and the Gasbag has fallen to 14%.  Willard is at 20%.

I doubt that it can happen, but what if Ron Paul pulls it off and wins the GOP nomination?  Would you vote for Mr. Paul or Mr. Obama?  Of the two, whom do you trust?

Paul leads in Iowa

Hey, forget Iowa and New Hampshire

The race comes down to Florida.  Right?  Well, it is a bit more important than Iowa cornholes and those most odd New Englanders in New Hampshire (do they really exist, I've never met one).   So, who will win Florida?   Isn't Florida just populated by millions of retired New Yorkers and some Cuban exiles?   Other than oranges, why think about Florida?

 Why the 2012 election could all come down to Florida

Attention Double Dippers

These folks, the ones who "retire" from a government job and then continue to work for the same government as they draw a new salary now have a leader worthy of their fetid being.  Double dippers,  are just Pissants from Paint Creek.  It may be legit, but it is so very, very wrong.  Gordon Gekko thrives in government circles, at least these Gordons are just cheap bastards.

Rick Perry draws Texas retirement plus his salary 

How many double dippers does your state or locality support?


Theoretically, War #2 is over

Since the Iraq War is over, I need to sum it up.  We still don't have a clue why the Shrub et. al. decided to invade Iraq.  The stated reasons were bullshit and most sadly they knew it too.  If it had anything to do with the audacity of establishing democracy in the Middle East, we witnessed it as a tragic show of arrogance to instill a clone of American democracy in Iraq.

As we went from shock to awe,  from liberation to occupation, we wasted a Nation as we killed Iraqis.  The world watched.  The world turned from us.  We frittered away the  last vestiges of admiration and trust  of the American way.  It will be a long hard slog to regain what we lost.  That is the legacy.

Within our nation we, as a people, we abdicated our Constitutional power.  We gave it to politicians and begged to be ruled lest we be unsafe, afraid and deterred from shopping.  To justify our cowardice, today we ask "isn't the world better off without Saddam?"  We assume the question is valid.  We assume an affirmative answer.  We use the answer to justify two decades of war with Iraq.

Now, as our machines of liberty leave Iraq, we see a new Hussein rising, only this time around, Shia will kill Sunni.  For ourselves, we leave 5,000 dead,  tens of thousands mangled in mind and body, all at a cost of $2 trillion.  Does anyone here at home have any reason to trust the people we elect to office?  Does anyone in the world have any reason to trust those same officials we refer to as our government?  Nah, all we're left with is fear.  

Heck of legacy, Georgie.  

These Folks Are Nuts.

What else can I say. The evangefundie world is beyond my ken. The flying spaghetti monster makes more sense. And to think the GOP allowed these folks into their tent. Come on, a basket of fetus dolls!

Evangelicals divided on whom to support in GOP presidential race

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Soar like a celeb, crater like one too!

Newtiepoo has soared.  He's certain he will be the nominee.  Oops, the polls he was reading seem to indicate he's now on downhill slide of the razor blade of campaign life.   Who's on top?  Uh, Willard, I guess he can morph into the anti-Willard.  After all it's just one more flop or is it a flip?

The Gingrich Dive

Iraq War -- It's Over

This war will fester for decades.  I doubt we will learn much from this war.  We never seem to learn much from our wars.  I'd like us to learn that war is too damn important to leave to a President and his generals.  War is death.  War is destruction.  If we, as a representative democracy, are to war, then we need to follow our own rules, well at least the one in the Constitution.  Congress declares war, period.  No Congress, no war.

I'd add a couple more items, if Congress declares war, then we a couple of other laws.  One law would, upon a declaration of war, automatically raise taxes to pay for the damned thing.  The other law would revive an active draft.  After we raise taxes, we'll have the money to pay all the drafted soldiers to go kill the enemy.  Yes, we have to fight our wars with at least 50% drafted troops.  If a lot of us don't all any some skin in the game, hell, a war could go on mindlessly for nine or ten or more years.

Don't Spend It Yet

The world's greatest debilitative body, the U.S. Senate, cobbled together a pile of provisions to extend the payroll tax cut and other measures for a couple of months.  They patted each other on the back on their way to the airport.  It's break time for the Senate.  They assumed the House would approve of their debilitaions.  Ooops, maybe not.  So don't spend the 2% and if you are on Medicare, just to be safe, see your Doc before Jan. 1.

House GOP leaders want new payroll tax cut bill

It ain't over until... Oh, the fat lady got fed up and left Washington a couple years ago.  So until the voters rid themselves of 435 trolls and 100 ogres, she will not return.  Hence it will probably never be over.  Argggggh!

Here's a bet

Would you wager $150 on a coin toss?  If you call it, you get $200.  If you lose, say goodbye to $150.  Why did you say "no way?"

“Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman

Religion and Politics

I was wondering what would happen if we returned to the good old days and had our pols savage each other over their respective religions?  Initially, the pundits would declare foul.  However, would the fans agree or join in? I think most folks would enjoy a bit of Mormon bashing, Catholic trashing, and fundamentalist flogging.  Can you imagine what the "debates" would be like if the questioners assumed the candidates faithful flavor amounted to no more than a fresh steaming pile of road apples?  Would viewership go up?  Yeah, it would give new meaning to "american idols."  

Willard is loved by,

Christine O'Donnell loves Willard.  I guess that means he's not really a button down warlock.  Nikki Haley wants Willard to be her BFF.  Does that mean Willard will win in SC?  It's a bit weird.  Now the Des Moines Register has blessed Willard.  I guess a Gringich nomination even scares the corn cobs out of Iowan's cornholes.  What will they all say when Ron Paul wins?

Iowa newspaper backs Mitt Romney

Congress At Work

If  you do not have any money to enforce a law, say on being an ass in public, then will we be beset with hoard of braying fools?  We'll find out next year.  Our beloved Congress decided to not fund the 100 watt light bulb efficiency standards enforcement.  Ready, set, "Hee-Haw"!

GOP gets provision to curb ban on energy-sucking light bulbs

Coloratura Soprano

Have you heard Camila Kerslake sing?  She is in the Popera genre (cross-over?).  She is a new voice, two albums out.  If you enjoy soprano voices, you may enjoy her singing--

Camilla Kerslake

Strategic Victory Watch -- War #2

Technically the Iraq War is over.  The battle flags have been furled.  The last troops drove out and into Kuwait.  The war is not really quite over, the other branches of the Defense Dept. have taken command.  The State Dept. and CIA will continue to muck things up for years to come.   Years to come, unless the Iraqi government decides to boot us out in toto.  I'm sure the Shrub will be well remembered by historians for this war, greatness will figure in their narratives.  Yes, this war was one of the greatest presidential  blunders of all time.

Last U.S. troops cross Iraqi border into Kuwait

Let them drown

If you live on the coast and prefer to believe Jesus will save your ass from the sea's rising, that's great.   In those areas, not one taxpayer's dime should be spent now or in the future, glug, glug, glug.   The money can be better spent elsewhere.

Virginia residents oppose preparations for climate-related sea-level rise