Saturday, August 25, 2012

Boys will be boys and girls will be?

Girls will be boys. ICE chief of staff accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace

Question about Apple and Samsung

Apple has been awarded a $1.05 billion patent infringement judgement against Samsung.  In other words to compete against Apple, Samsung coped Apple's product.

Jury didn't want to let Samsung off easy in Apple trial-foreman

Here's my question, given the two companies, hypothetically, which one do you think Mitt Romney would have run?  I think he'd have been in charge of Samsung and he would have made sure that he personally profited regardless as he directed the theft from Apple.  Hell he'd have done a cost benefit analysis that determined the cost of going ahead against the cost of getting caught and losing at trail.  What has Willard ever really done?  

A few thoughts from today

Are Trogs racist?  I think so.  We have to look at what they do, not what they say.  For example, 93% or better GOP convention delegates are white, whereas about 65% of Democratic delegates are white.  Oh, don;t forget Voter ID.  The target is not the phantom fraudulent voter, but poor urban folks--that means Black and Hispanic.

Don't listen to Trogs, look at what they have done and have tried to do but were blocked by decent human beings.

When Willard said "no one's asked me for my birth certificate" the crowd cheered and cheered.  Willard grinned a lot.  Willard's staff immediately went on the offensive and tried to make the case it was a joke.  It wasn't joke.  Who is the audience that cheered?  Let me help you out, do you know anyone who finds jokes about nappy headed hos funny?  What kind of person engages with that kind of audience?  Willard appears to have a core after all,  a core of bigotry.


Abortion is a medical treatment for pregnancy.  From the human body's reactions to pregnancy, one should conclude it is a disease rather than a blessing form god.  As far as treating pregnancy by having an abortion, only the one who is pregnant should and can make that decision.  The rest of us need to be silent.

We may not like someone's decision,  but we may not like the color of their shoes either.  Given we have no idea of when life actually begins, our law must be silent on abortion.  I have long accepted the position that life begins at birth, period.  Until the bun comes out of the oven, it's not a human being.    Our law should not define anything about abortion other than to insure, as with any medical procedure,that it is performed per accepted medical practice.  

The idea of limiting federal dollars for abortion is also ludicrous.  I may not like what tax dollars are spent upon.  I should not be able to limit tax expenditure based on my belief.  Oh, hold it, I believe war is wrong, so no federal money should be spent on the military war machine.  When the anti abortion zealots will allow others to stop spending tax dollars on other causes, then maybe we can discuss limiting federal funding for abortions.  Until then, the feds should fund them.

Oh, one last item on abortion.  The source of our abortion problem does not stem from religion per se or the act of abortion.  It stems from a bizarre conception about truth.  If one for some odd reason one believes that they have absolute, unconditional truth, then one cannot enter into or accept any compromise when one's truth is the source of the matter at hand.  This is why the Jesus jockeys and evangefundies are so adamant on abortion.  To them any abortion undercuts their truth.  If they are not is possession of the truth, then they will to admit and accept to have lived a life of lies and falsehood.    

Are you ready for Monday's Trogvention?

What, you're not going to tune in?  If you're a Trog, that's okay, please don't.  If you're not a Trog then do watch, it's the only way you will see Trogs acting naturally.  It's like going to one of those Safari theme parks to see animals in their natural setting.   Tune in and learn about Trog behavior and culture. It's weird, it's real and unsettling.  To be rid of them , you have to know them.  See, conventions still matter.

Why conventions still matter

Uh, They Are Unhinged

How can any Teabagger seek to be balanced since they are all congenitally deranged.  I used to think they were all used as human basketballs by their parents. Now I know better.  They were  born that way.  It's genetic.  Of course, culture plays a role to.  Teabaggers mate.  They have little teabags.  They steep their offspring in Teabag culture.  Then they gather to party.  It's sad, very sad.


This is disgusting

If  you can't run a business without being embarrassed by "undercover" films, then you should not be in business at all.  Utah's legisalture must have been bought by the Utah Ag Industry.  If you are in business you should welcome all people with cameras to see how well you work,  if you have the bragging rights, then brag away.  However,  if you don't, then maybe that's why folks with cameras want to film what you do.

New state laws make undercover probes of farm operations risky

Better idea--let's all quit eating meat.  I haven't heard anything about soybean abuse have you?

Willard is the white guy

Willard is the nominee (almost) of the rich old white guys.  He's also the nominee of the grit and cracker white guys.  In other words he's the bigot in the race.  When he "joked" about the birth certificate, he exposed his attitude towards blacks and others who are not just like him.  It was no joke at all.  In case you missed the story from yesterday--

Romney jokes about his birth certificate; Obama campaign accuses him of embracing ‘birtherism’

Here's an article from the Atlantic which examines the larger issue of race, politics, and Obama.

Fear of a Black President

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Tubes

Can you imagine life without the Tubes?  It's just supposed to be there and work all the time.  We use it throughout the day on our PCs, tablets, phones and other devices.  Internet applications are part of life.  Well, 94% of us have access to broadband and 64% of us have an ISP or WISP. Amazing, 10 years ago, access was more than a novelty but less than expected.  Today who would move to any place that did not support some kind of broadband access?

Got broadband? Access now extends to 94 percent of Americans.

Torgs Really Are Nuts

Sorry Willard, you are a birther and your are pretty much a homophobic, misogynistic racist to boot.

Romney jokes about his birth certificate; Obama campaign accuses him of embracing ‘birtherism’

Becoming Your Enemy

We've done that very well.  It's not hard to descend to the lowest common denominator of human depracity.  We've taken the easy road.  We lost respect for the rule of law have moved towards becoming a police state.  God, even the Trogs now demand ID cards for all.   Got your papers buddy?

Israel has joined the U.S. in letting a debased standard of civilization flourish.

Settler violence against Palestinians raises alarm in Israel

Prez Kill List Strikes Again

He's protecting us from those evil bastards who hate us for our freedoms or maybe because we haven't left them alone for a hundred years.  When did England invade India?

Pakistan: US drone-fired missiles slam into hideouts, kill 18 suspected militants

Who really gives a shit

Come on, the guy did drugs to entertain us, so what?  He's just meat on wheels.  If he doped himself, why care.  He's not much different from all that the well drugged beef we eat.  It's all entrainment so why all the blather?

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles Friday, erasing one of the most incredible achievements in sports after deciding he had used performance-enhancing drugs to do it.

Let's Piss Off Tree Huggers!

Okay tree huggers, how do you feel about plastic bags? Do those bags make you go all eco-frothy? Are you sure that bags will kill the planet? I bet you have supported every ban the bag effort from Nome to Key West. What if plastic bags are better than paper and much better than no bags?

I don’t like reusable bags any more than I like reusable kitchen towels. Those kitchen rags are unsanitary. Paper towels have been a huge boon to home health. Similarly one use bags are a lot more sanitary than all those eco-frienldy bags people use to contaminate their food week after week.
Who said, “no waste equals no commerce?” Take your blood pressure meds and give this one a read---

The speaker is Stephen Joseph and he heads Save The Plastic Bag

Hey there corruption fans

I bet you love the Citizens United decision.  It's funded a massive amount of trash talk some call speech.  I'm sure we all love what we've heard.  Hold it, did one Supreme Trogs decision unleash all the noise we hear on TV?  Nah, it's provided a lot of the cash flowing through the spigot, but where did the spigot come from?  It's been a perfect foulness of thought that's led to today's political morass.  Here's a review of the fen we're now in--

Flood of Secret Campaign Cash: It’s Not All Citizens United

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quiz Time (Hope it's not a repeat)

Where do you fit in the political typology?  Take the quiz and find out.

Political Typology Quiz

Oh, I'm in, oddly enough it's the largest of all the groups,  the 14% of Solid Liberals.  The other groups comprise 13% or less each.

Where can you watch TV coverage of the Trogvention?

There will be a couple of grundles of TV coverage of the Trog off (and the Dems thing too).  However, the best TV coverage will not be on TV networks.  No, TV will cover the event on the Internet.  Over the air network coverage will be sparse, but gavel to gavel will be found on the Tubes.

Everything changing for convention coverage

Eddie Munster Land

In Eddie Munster land you have to be careful for things are quite what they seem.  Alter a single word and he creates a new reality.  For example Eddie would reform Medicare by giving old farts coverage like the kind Congress gets.  Hey that sounds good!

Yep, in Eddie's Congress, employees pay a fixed share of their health care costs.  Eddie offers something similar to the codgers.  Similar?  Not the same?  Yeah, he offers a fixed dollar amount instead.  Hmm, why not a "share" like he enjoys?  Oh, that's easy, if he did then Medicare would not save all the money his plan touts and his reform would amount to bupkis.

In Munster speak it's about who bears the risk of increasing costs.  For him, the risk is borne by taxpayers.  In his Medicare plan, the risk is borne by the elderly.  Slick, huh?  Funny how when it comes to themselves and their personal benefits, faux Ayn Randians like Eddie really don't like free markets at all.  They prefer private profits with publicly funded risk.

Ryan Health Plan Doesn’t Give Constituents What He Gets

If he's not duplicitous then he's an idiot. Oh, yeah, I forgot,  he's a Trog.

Trog Logic

In all areas of the universe something cannot be "A" and "Not A" at the same time.  If A is true, then Not A cannot be true.  That's basic logic.  It's fundemental to rational thought. Where is it the case that both A and Not A is also true at the same time?  Why in the land of the Trogs of course.  Check out their abortion gibberish--RNC Now Says Anti-Abortion Platform Doesn’t Necessarily Disavow Rape Exemptions

I guess they fear getting Aiken on their face.

Wisdom of Commanders in the Ground

We're all supposed to defer to those bemedaled and fabled commanders in the ground when it comes to our long unnecessary and futile war in Afghanistan.  Perhaps the reason we're still there is we have listened to them a bit to much and too long.

Come on, fasting for their god makes Afghans attack and kill our troops?  Those Muslims sure are sneaky bastards.  See it's nothing but perverted religion.  That kind of insightful analysis comes from the ace in the ground, Marine Gen. John R. Allen.

I guess our continuing occupation, our making a new enemy out of the Taliban after vanquishing al Qaeda, and our blowing the crap out them for 11 years have nothing to do with the attacks at all. After all, we trained them so only god could make them turn around and attack us in a fast induced stress assault. Do we give medals for dumbness?  What kind of medals do we give to those who take counsel from them?


Is this guy a cousin of Todd Aiken?

Trog Off is Coming!

The Trog Convention is coming to Tampa soon.   Hurricane Issac may make an appearance along with a host of Todd Aiken legitimate rape fans.  Trogs are an odd lot.

Here's the official Trog website--2012 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL TROGVENTION

Tune in, who knows what might happen.  Don't forget Ron Paul's delegates will be there.  The Trogs are already in right field.  Will they publicly move into the right field parking lot?

It's too bad more Repubs haven't followed Willard over the past months.  Those that have followed the primaries know he cannot honestly answer questions about what he believes or where he stands on anything.  Well, he could if he responded "I will stand where ever you want me to.  I will believe whatever you think I should."

If Trog fans tune in and for the first time come face to face with Willard 2.0, they might think he's not the coreless flip flopper we've all come to despise.  I have faith in Willard.  Within a week of the Convention, he will show his new fans he is an eviscerated shell of ambition.

Who Is Paul Ryan?

I've heard him referred to as a member of the conservative intelligentsia.  He's not seen as a red meat, bomb throwing right wing nut.  He's depicted as a wonk.  Is he?  I suggest he's really just one more Trog who more hates people than not.  I heard him respond to a question on rape, he said that, "rape is rape."

He indicated there are no categories of rape.  Again, rape is rape.  That sounds reasonable.  That is Mr. Ryan talking.  That is Mr. Ryan speaking.  However, the real Ryan is the Ryan who did engage in an act that precipitated the question about kinds of rape.

Mr. Ryan was co-sponsor of a bill, along with Todd, "legitimate rape, Aiken, that if enacted would re-define rape as forcible rape.  The goal was to, for all practical purposes, eliminate abortion.  Mr. Ryan's logic appears to be Medieval.

However, when asked about his acts--the bill to create forcible rape--he sidestepped the question, avoided his own idea of forcible rape and said rape is rape.  He would not answer the question about his deeds.  At least Aiken is so damn dumb he can be proud to be an idiot.  Mr. Ryan is smarter, he knows he's an idiot.  Based on his responses Mr. Ryan is abashed, if not ashamed, and embarrassed by the other Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan's words are one thing,  but what has he actually done?  Are there other examples of where Mr. Ryan, despite his words, is actually afraid or embarrassed to acknowledge his deeds?  

Wow, they can go lower

After the Shrub did his damage to the nation and the GOP, I figured the Repubs might decide to at least step over the bar Dubya left lying on the ground.  I was being too charitable.  They have decided to become the Morlock party and tunnel  under the bar as they redefine the GOP brand.

Wow, that means the Trogs are willing to put forward candidates far worse than Bush.  Is Willard a sub-Bush pol?

Contrary to what we hear from Trogs...

Survey shows public wants federal services

Good News!

I love headlines such as "Missouri Congressman's Disavowed Remarks Torment Republicans." Anything that rags on a Trog is a blessing from above.

Unfortunately, Aiken has fans.  They call themselves Christians.  What kind of a person supports, donates, and votes for a mound of mucus such as Todd Aiken?  Aren't you tired of these Pharisees?

Akin’s agenda wins loyalty of Christian groups

If You Have An Iota of Kind Thoughts For Bankers...

Banks are run by people, we call them bankers.  We should call those people what they are, they are foul, lying, cheating greedheads who have lost their humanity.  They ought to do one decent thing in their lives and join the next lemming march into the sea.

Here's a guide to the latest in banker behavior--

A Scorecard For This Summer’s Bank Scandals

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's Kinda Hawking The Merch -- From Sandra Fluke

Never pass up an opportunity to beg for cash.  This one might be a reasonable reason to donate, thatt's up to you.  I tire of the constant deluge of pandermail.

Jake --

In a recent statement that was both factually inaccurate and horribly offensive, Republican Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said that victims of "legitimate rape" don't get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tried to distance themselves from the remark -- but the fact is they're in lockstep with Akin on the major women's health issues of our time. Just this morning, the Republican Party voted to include the "Human Life Amendment" in their platform, calling for a constitutional ban on abortions nationwide, even for rape victims. Several Romney supporters and advisers stood silently by while this vote took place, and the Los Angeles Times reports that the platform "was written at the direction of Romney's campaign."

President Obama spoke out in response to Akin's comments: "What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."

This controversy is not an accident, or a mistake, or an isolated incident. It's a reflection of a Republican Party whose policies are dangerous for women.

There is a clear choice for women in this election: Stand with President Obama.

I entered this national debate on women's rights in February, when, as a Georgetown Law student, I testified before members of Congress on the issue of contraception.

Without knowing me or my story, Rush Limbaugh called me a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his radio show.

Many Americans stepped forward to tell me they agreed with me, and supported my right to speak out without being verbally attacked. President Obama stood with us.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand? He didn't even condemn the remark, instead saying only: "It's not the language I would have used."

Since that moment, I'm even more resolved to continue the fight to make sure every single woman -- and every man who cares about the women in his life -- knows exactly what's at stake in this election. The Republicans are frighteningly clear on these issues.

The party platform itself includes a "salute" to states that have pushed "informed consent" laws, such as those that force women seeking an abortion to first undergo an invasive and medically unnecessary ultrasound.

Just last year, Paul Ryan joined Todd Akin and more than 200 other Republicans in co-sponsoring legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape, limiting which victims of rape were "legitimate" enough to receive financial assistance for access to abortion care.

Mitt Romney famously says he would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. And both Romney and Ryan pledge to go back to a system where insurance companies can discriminate against women and charge us more than men for the same health insurance.

Akin's comments shouldn't be surprising. But this isn't about him -- just like it was never about me.

President Obama has told us what he's fighting for: "I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons."

Republicans, led by Romney and Ryan, have made it clear that they want to make our decisions for us.

President Obama trusts us to make our own.

It's as simple as that. Join me and stand with him today:


Sandra Fluke

Leaning GOP? Then take note

If you are, then you are also getting ready to adopt the Todd Aiken mindset as your own.  Aiken could have written the GOP platform on abortion.

Republican Party approves strict anti-abortion platform, earning rebuke from Scott Brown

Do you remember...

Remember?  Yeah.  Has the Arab Spring faded from your mind?  Way back then, it was a couple years ago, we all celebrated revolting Arabs.  We cheered for Arabs provided they were revolting.  We even followed from behind to help topple a dictator in Libya.  Qaddafi is gone, his evil urchin spawn are missing and Libya is, is what?  Oh, the evil ones' spirit lives on as Arabs do what they do best, kill each other off for god and tribe--

Car bombings rise in frequency as Libya marks a year since Gadhafi’s flight

Which Bozo Will Win This November?

If you look at national polls, then it's a close race.  Even someone as repugnant as the ever coreless Willard could win--AP-GFK POLL SHOWS WHITE HOUSE RACE STILL TIGHT.   But if you look at it in terms of the Electoral votes, then it's not so close--

With this prediction, from MSNBC, Florida alone could give Obama the win.   Don't forget the popular vote does not matter.  Have you forgotten 2000 already?

Tampa + GOP + God = ???

Maybe we'll discover, per Pat Robertson logic, whether or not God hates the GOP.  If a hurricane strikes Tampa during the Convention, then logically God hates all things Republican.

Could hurricane wreak havoc at Republican convention? Will it be Isaac?

Oh, Come On. You Still Have A Shred of Respect for Bankers?

Our regulators know British banks have laundered money for Iran and other hotbeds of terrorism.  They will take them to court or settle for large fines.  Hm, why the Brits?  Oh, if our regulators focus on foreign banks, then we think they are doing their job.  Of course we're too damn stupid to realize that by putting in all that time on foreign banks they don't have any time left to pursue domestic banks.  Yeah, we just wind up being lulled into thinking our regulators are doing their job.  Maybe they are, after all, domestic banks donated generously to political campaigns.

If foreign banks could donate to the Dems or the GOP do you think our regulators would have bothered them at all?  Oh, how many U.S. bankers are doing time for the 2008 crash?

Report: US probes Royal Bank of Scotland on Iran sanctions

Let's Hear It For the "legitimate" Rape Party!

Todd Aiken won't bow out.  The GOP masters are miffed.  The idea of legitimate rape vs. illegitimate rape is bizarre in itself, but the douchebag's ideas on human reproduction go into the realm of voluntarily enforced stupidity.  One has to work at it to be as dumb as Aiken.  Maybe others will finally realize he is a true Republican.  He really does typify the party.  How can anyone, in particular, any woman continue to support any GOP candidate anywhere?

Oh, don't forget, his entire legitimate rape idea was to justify denying abortion to victims of rape.  If it wasn't legit ladies, then y'all wanted it.  It boils down to this, if you were raped and became pregnant then you were not raped.  You enjoyed it, ergo, no rape and no abortion.  If you did not become pregnant, then you were raped and obviously do not need an abortion.  The GOP mind is sick.

The GOP bosses don't like it when their true ideas are on public display for all to see.  They are in Todd Aiken.  Still want the GOP to run anything?

Akin says he’ll stay in Senate race, heightening tension within GOP

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aiken = Ryan

Ryan is a far right wing Trog.  There is no differnece bwtween him and Todd Aiken except Ryan has kept his mouth shut.

Todd Akin and Paul Ryan Are More Alike Than You Think


Now that Edddie Miunster Paul Ryan has mated with Willard, he's brought along his much admired High School mind with him.  His philosopher is Ayn Rand.  Because she was an advocate of capitalism, he and other Trogs trumpet her thoughts.

Ayn Rand's elevation is odd given that most Trogs also publicly attest to be fanatically devout Christians.  I think they have a fundamental problem.  They have forgotten who Jesus threw out of the Temple;  Ayn Rand would have been one of them.  She would have been tossed for her pecuniary ways and been bounced for being an "outspoken atheist, supporter of abortion rights and adulteress..."  Selfishness was not in Christ's top ten list of values.  

I do not understand how a devout Christian can be more concerned about money, unfettered free markets, limited government and personal responsibility than a life lived in Imitation of Christ.  Trogs may think about Christ, but they live in Imitation of  Mammon.  Maybe that's why they are all so batshit crazy.

Even before Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand was subject of an academic boom


Revolting Arabs are still revolting in Syria.  Assad remains in power.  Today's question is, will the U.S. and the West get suckered into that civil war?  Will the West join in if Assad uses chemical or biological weapons on his own people?  If he does and some of chem or bio stuff wafts it's way over to Israel, will they attack Assad?

You can bet American evangefundies are pewbound praying that Assad uses the weapons because those batshit crazy people think it will bring on the End of Days and they will then be raptured off the planet.  The god shit is idiotic, but it does affect the way people live their lives.  Unfortunately, they can have an affect on all of our lives.

Obama warns of U.S. intervention if Syria moves, uses chemical, bio weapons

The Class of 2016

Mindset List

Legacy Update

The Shrub's glorious war to become a great president continues to just be a typical cesspool maintained by our pols and generals.


What's the real fraud?

To eliminate a few votes that would otherwise go to Obama, Virginia's stellar legislature and governor re-wrote the voter ID law.  Given that there's been no fraud, it seemed like a good idea to make sure there is none in the future (and in the process give the Dems a moderate bitch slap--it's not as bad as in Penn.)  Of course these small govenrment fans and deficit hawks decided that they will hire more people and spend millions to re-issue voter ID cards.  Va. really is the home of grits and crackers, hell they will will elect George Macaca Allen to the Senate.

Justice Department upholds Va. voter ID law, governor says

Citizens United

Have you read enough about what the Supreme Trogs did to the nation when they spewed forth the Citizens United edict?  If not, then here's a slug of reading to get your blood boiling.  Don't forget that showed us originalism and strict constructionists at play in the fields of corporate coffers.

From Citizens United to Super PACs: A Campaign Finance Reading Guide

From the SPLC

August 20, 2012

Federal Court Blocks Most of Georgia & Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Laws

A federal appeals court today blocked key provisions of Alabama and Georgia's anti-immigrant laws. Significantly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit found that section 28 of Alabama's law which requires the immigration verification of newly enrolled K – 12 students, violates the Equal Protection Clause and could interfere with children's constitutional right to education. The court also blocked the registration and contracts provisions found in Alabama's law, HB 56. In Georgia, the court determined that a section criminalizing transporting or harboring of immigrants was not permissible.

In both Georgia and Alabama, the court issued a narrow ruling allowing the "show me your papers" provisions of HB 56 and HB 87 to remain in or go into effect, but leaving open the possibility of future challenges on civil rights or due process grounds.

"We are pleased that this ruling has sent a strong message to Alabama and other states that they cannot enact hate-filled laws to try to drive an entire class of people from their borders," said Mary Bauer, legal director for the SPLC. "We are thrilled that students returning to schools this week will return to safer and more welcoming environments. We will continue to challenge the provisions left in place because, as we have already seen in Alabama, these laws cannot be enforced without racial profiling."

"Today's decisions should send a strong message that state attempts to criminalize immigrants and their loved ones will not be tolerated," said Marielena HincapiƩ, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. "Alabamian children can now start the new school year without fear that their citizenship will be questioned, and Georgians can continue to give neighbors and friends a ride without first asking for their "papers." Although we are disappointed that the racial profiling provisions of Alabama and Georgia's law have not been blocked, we will continue to fight them both within and outside the courtroom."

Omar Jadwat, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said: "The court today rejected many parts of Alabama and Georgia's anti-immigrant laws, including attempts to criminalize everyday interactions with undocumented immigrants and Alabama's callous attempt to deprive some children of their constitutional right to education. The court explicitly left the door open to further challenges against the "show me your papers" provision, which we will continue to fight in order to protect people's constitutional rights."

The coalition includes the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Georgia, MALDEF, the ACLU of Alabama, the Asian Law Caucus, and the Asian American Justice Center.

Now Let's Look at The Independents

The Post-Kaiser poll on independent voters are covered today.  There aren't many surprizes.  Independents comprise about 20-30% of possible voters.  In theory, Indies ponder as they read and listen to candidates before finally deciding for whom to vote for, they deliberate.  Basically, that's horseshit.  Indies come in three major flavors--Democrat, Trog, and Snivelers.

Based on voting history, about a third of Indies are really Dems and pretty much vote for the Democratic candidate.  About a third are Trogs and vote for always evil Trog candidates.  The remaining third might be truly independent, except they too, based on voting behavior, more consistently than not, vote for a Dem or a Trog.  The true independent voters, or snivelers, make up about 5% of voters at best.  Yep, only 5% make it to the polls and then flip a coin.  The rest of us have made up our minds long ago.

I have a feeling the lure of the independent has less to do with winning their hearts and minds and more to do with all of us deceiving ourselves about the fundamental nature of our politics.  If we believe issues and ideas matter because that's how independent votes are garnered to win elections, then we will tend to think that all the good speeches and good ads are what actually drive the process.  The bad negative ads and vilifying speeches are thus condemned as aberrations that detract from the more noble pursuit of deliberated independent votes.  Bullshit.

Our politics is nasty, brutal, and goes on forever.  Pols may think they are attracting new votes, but the stuff that works brings out hordes of already decided partisans to the polls.  It's not a game of Indies, it's a game of pissing off your base at the other guy and getting more or your really pissed off people to the polls than the other guy.  When two equal assholes run lousy campaigns, then the 5% might actually decide a race.

Like it our not we are a two party nation.

Independents favor cooperation, are dissatisfied with political system

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Trog Mind

Nice piece--Todd Akin: A senator for the 14th Century

Now Hold It

I'm sure Trogs are Trogs because Trog parents used them all as toddler Trogballs.  I may be wrong.  There's a book I may have to read, "The Righteous Mind" that examines Trogishness.  I have trouble accepting the idea that Trogs are just just as sincere as liberals in wanting the best for society.  I wonder how "best" is defined.  Ouch.  Perhaps you're interested too--

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Well, culturally it makes sense.  Todays' liberals tend to reflect the culture of New England as tempered by the wisdom of William Penn, whereas Trogs are pure Scott Borderlanders and Cavaliers (see "Albion's Seed").

Best of the Best in the 112th Congress!

Why is this person.  Why he's Senator Jim Webb from Virginia.  Why is he the best?  Oh, after one term, he's not running for reelection!  We need to elect more Jim Webb types to Congress.  

Food Fight!

Well, food labeling fight.  Lawyers smell tobacco money in food labels.  Of course if the food makers honestly labeled their products in the first place, shysters would have to look elsewhere for the big bucks.  Food companies do lie, lawyers smile, and maybe we will eventually see honest labeling if there are any honest judges out there.  Lawyers must be a very pro-capitalist group.

Lawyers From Suits Against Big Tobacco Target Food Makers

GOP Goes Birther In Tampa!

Yep, Birthers will make an opening day speech at the Trog festival of national reactionary revulsion.  Trogs are dedicated to the restoration of the nation's past white man's glory.  Trogs will welcome and applaud the wisdom of Donald Trump. That alone speaks volumes about GOP.

Donald Trump gets ‘surprise’ convention role

In the face of reality...

You've looked in the mirror, you realize you've barely made it through the recession, so far.   You go outside.  It's hot, damned hot. Hell, eggs don't fry on the sidewalk, they evaporate, which is a good thing since theirs no rain to wash away a cement fired egg.

The AC still works, so you go inside and turn on the TV.  Oh, my god, it's the quadrennial presidential reality TV season.  It's maddening. What do you do?  Well, there's still a bit of gas still in the car so you head out for a single malted.  Huh?  Malted instead of malt?  Yep, if you put the Scotch in a shake you can enjoy this Summer's way to blot out reality (and get a really intense freeze headache as you get hammered).  Got blotto?

Spiked frozen treats are hot as summer

Thankfully We Keep Church and State Separate

They don't in Pakistan.  They have blasphemy laws.  I'm quite certain that the overwhelming majority of our devout Jesus jockeys would implement and enforce such laws in this country if they could.  Our Christians aren't much different than their Muslims.   Thus far, "The Constitution" has saved us from zealots, will it do likewise tomorrow?


When Trogs Speak Their Minds

They say things they believe, but then have to duck and cover later on as they subsequently say they "mispoke."  The only thing more pathetic than a vocal Trog is a voting Trog.  Perhaps "mind" should not be used in a sentence that refer's to Trogs, it's a bit oxymoronic, isn't it?


GOTV, The Factor in 2012?

We seem evenly split in our political preferences.  There are Trogs and decent people.  Trogs of course support Willard Rombot.  People support Barack Obama.  Of course our choice is forced.  We  have two parties and two candidates.  The third parties amount to a pimple on elephant's ass.

The divide has intensified sufficiently to drive independents to either lose their humanity or step up and become a full person.  95% of the electorate has affiliated with depravity or humanity.  I admit to a bit of bias.

When we have such a theoretically committed electorate, the campaign boils down to non-voters, as in how do you get them to turn out and actually vote?  Will the balance of the campaign be dedicated to Get Out The Vote efforts for both sides?  If it does, I have my doubts about either of our selection's ability to inflame voter passions and create a partisan ardor of cast ballots.

Mitt 1.0 could have, but to gain the nomination, he's become a core-less shell known as Willard 2.0.   Obama 1.0 in 2008 could and did, that's how he won.  However, he's reinvented himself too.  Barack 2.0 is just another typical pol.   In a ho-hum world, we all know whom we prefer, but hell when it comes to voting, we'll have to see if there's a special down at the mall on election day...

Is the 2012 election more about base than undecideds?

Suggestion, surprize them both, vote for anyone else other them.

What happens when there's nothing left worth defending?

We seem to be going down a path that puts more money into being more prepared to defend ourselves than much else.  Is that where we want tax money spent?  Would we rather have needless wars, questionable weapons, and planning for more past wars or decent highways that take us to national parks?  We can decide what we want, votes matter.  What do you want?

National parks face severe funding crunch

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Say What?

If you hear someone say,

"From what I understand from doctors pregnancy from rape is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, then the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. So we don't need any abortion exception,"

who are you listening to? Oh, you know the answer to that one. You are listening to a red state Republican running for office or a member of the Texas textbook selection committee or anyone who lives in Kansas.

  You can't make this shit up!

Climate Change

Evidence, Impacts, and Choices

Boomers Take Note

CDC has decided that hepatitis C is so prevalent, that it's a better idea for everybody born from 1945 through 1965 to get an Hep C test.   Apparently just using risk factors as a basis for getting tested has proven a bit too embarrassing for many.  All that hippy dippy shit from the past can come home to haunt you.

CDC Recommends Hepatitis C Testing For All Boomers

Suppressing the vote

Trogs have implemented many ways to suppress the vote.   They know it's the only way that Willard might win in November.  I wonder if that bothers him?  Probably not,  since winning is the only thing that matters to him.  Man, talk about being an untrustable flip flopper.

Will Willard pick up more votes from states that have closed off early voting or from stats that have new photo ID laws?  Hmm, maybe the votes will come in states where registration efforts have bene made more difficult?  Then again he might pick up more in those states that have purged the voter rolls.  You can bet he's not going to become a champion of restoring the vote to felons who paid their debt to society (none of them would vote for him).

The Trogs have so many variations on the poll tax.  How have we devolved so much so fast?

Something to think about

The Trogs tell us that Obama, via Obamacare, will bring about socialized medicine.  They assume that's bad.  Okay, if socialized medicine is so damn bad, then why do they then turn around and trash the guy for trying to gut Medicare?  They should be praising him shouldn't they?  After all, Medicare is pretty much socialized medicine.  They make no sense, but then they are pols and cannot make sense.

Bless my time and eternity

Judge won't dismiss suit against Utah bigamy law

Legacy, War #1, Update

How have the Shrub and Obama and their commanders in the ground done after 11 years of war, occupation and  nation building.  After we seriously rearranged the rubble, can the Rubbles really  fend for themselves?   Any bets on how many more decades we'll be in Rubbleistan?


Anything to avoid taxes front

Only a rich prick would decide that charities and taxes are the same.   Funny how ideas such as this one don't come from folks in bottom 85% of household incomes.   I give to charities.  There is no way I could ever conceive of them as taxes.   Do you?

Are taxes and charity equitable?

Do you really trust someone who thinks charities and taxes are the same to run the Executive Branch?

Which kind of Dem or Trog are you?

Obviously, I'm a bit biased.  It's it's on the other side, it's a Trog.  Of course, most of the folks on this side are Jackasses.  The Post and Kaiser Family Foundation have a grundle of data about Democrats and Republicans.  How many types are there?  How does each group feel about issues?  Read the piece and then take some time to muck through  the data.

Big gulf between political parties, divisions within