25 June 2010

Some people just don't understand fun at all....

WARNING: this post is offensive for people with virgin eyes.

"Family Values" Update: if you are planning to get a good blowjob any time in the near future, TEXAS is probably not the place to go. In the Texas GOP platform (here, as .pdf), oral and anal sex would be outlawed and people who marry same-sex couples would go to jail.

They also think that the President has no right to issue executive orders, DC should never become a state, there should never ever be a constitutional convention (this would be vewy, vewy, vewy baaad), affirmative action must go, animal identification systems using GPRS are bad, the national ID card is bad, motor-voter registration is bad, homosexuality (p. 7) is vewy, vewy, vewy, vewy, vewy baaad,  the "Fairness Doctrine" in Broadcasting is bad, any type of abortion (all of pages 8 and 9) is bad, privatization of social security is good (p. 10), health care reform should be completely repealed (p. 11), bilingual education after the 3rd year is bad (no shit - page 12), intelligent design is to be treated equally with evolution (p.12), praying in school is good (p. 14) - this is certainly not a bad thing, but the wording of this makes it very clear which religion is intended -, sex ed is bad (only abstinence until heterosexual marriage) and the distribution of condoms in schools would be illegal, elimination of the Department of Education (p.15), removal of college tenure policies (p. 15),  the 2nd amendment is big stuff (also page 15, note that the phrase "judeo-christian nation" is brought in very close proximity to the right to bear arms). the hate crimes law is baaaad (p. 16), the Boy Scouts of America must be preserved at all costs (no kidding, it is in the platform, p. 16),  capital punishment is very very good (p. 16), abolition of the Department of Education (also noted on p. 15, must be an important thing in Texas hmmmmmm) and also the Energy Department (p.17),  ALL bailouts are bad (p. 18), elimination of property taxes in lieu of consumption taxes (p. 18), "Cap and Trade" is bad (p.18), abolition of minimum wage (p. 19), abolition of the Federal Reserve (p. 19), the 10th amendment is more important than the federal gub'ment (p. 19), SAVEUSA is the correct immigration policy (must read: p. 19), vis-a-vis illegal immigration, any form of amnesty is wrong (p. 20), the 14th amendment must be amended so that only babies born of US citizens can be US citizens (BIRTHRIGHT AMENDMENT, also p. 20), NO GAYS IN THE MILITARY, EVER! (p. 21),  the US should get completely out of the UN (p. 22).

There are a couple of good points: lobbying limitation (p. 6), no taxpayer paid lobbyists (p. 13).

Now, I could rant about this, but what would it bring me? Nothing. The Platform speaks for itself.
If you are hispanic, gay or open to the rest of the world, you have no place in the Republican party. Face it.

I think the GOP has the wrong mascot. It should not be the elephant, for elephants have long memories. The GOP apparently has a very short memory. I think the mascot should be a dinosaur. 


END WARNING.

22 June 2010

One more nightmare for the GOP in the fall elections



Just wait until this hits that waves all over the place...

UCMJ (Unified Code of Military Justice)

There is no doubt that what Gen. McChrystal did was an act (or rather, many acts) of contempt.

Here is what the Unified Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 88, says:

TEXT

“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Elements:

(1) That the accused was a commissioned officer of the United States armed forces;

(2) That the accused used certain words against an official or legislature named in the article;

(3) That by an act of the accused these words came to the knowledge of a person other than the accused; and

(4) That the words used were contemptuous, either in themselves or by virtue of the circumstances under which they were used. Note: If the words were against a Governor or legislature, add the following element

(5) That the accused was then present in the State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession of the Governor or legislature concerned.

Explanation.

The official or legislature against whom the words are used must be occupying one of the offices or be one of the legislatures named in Article 88 at the time of the offense. Neither “Congress” nor “legislature” includes its members individually. “Governor” does not include “lieutenant governor.” It is immaterial whether the words are used against the official in an official or private capacity. If not personally contemptuous, ad-verse criticism of one of the officials or legislatures named in the article in the course of a political discussion, even though emphatically expressed, may not be charged as a violation of the article.

Similarly, expressions of opinion made in a purely private conversation should not (o)rdinarily be charged. Giving broad circulation to a written publication containing contemptuous words of the kind made punishable by this article, or the utterance of contemptuous words of this kind in the presence of military subordinates, aggravates the offense. The truth or falsity of the statements is immaterial.

McChrystal - what an unbelievable screwup... he needs to be fired!

More on this soon. This is going to be a big story. Think Truman / McCarty 1951:


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Primaries 21.06.2010

Today is not the superbowl of the 2010 primaries, but indeed there are some interesting contests to watch.

UTAH: republican senatorial primary
UTAH: democratic primary for UT-02

SC: republican gubernatorial primary (Haley is expected to win)

NC: primary run-off  (DEM)

20 June 2010

Hardball - Kennedy Brother Documentary












"The Rise of the New Right"

Chris Matthew's Hardball. Here is the segment on the new right, in 6 parts:













And some additional "footage":


08 June 2010

Primary day - June 8th, 2010

Today is a big day for primaries in 2010 - it is the day that comes closest to the "Super Tuesday" phenomenon from the presidential primaries from 2008.

So, here is the list and where you can get the results:

ARKANSAS: Run-off day!

The big race here is naturally Halter vs. Lincoln. Polling is showing Halter only nominally ahead and apparently Garland County, where Halter got a lot of his votes last time, has only 2 polling places for the entire county.  So, if Lincoln wins by a nose, you will probably here screams of foul play. Not that it makes much difference. The republican candidate, Boozman, is trouncing both of these democratic candidates in the polls and the likelihood is almost 100% that this seat will be a GOP pick up in the fall. Arkansas was one of only 5 states in the Union that bucked the democratic trend and actually gave McCain a richer landslide victory than it gave Bush in either 2004 or 2000. In fact, Arkansas trended the most republican (swing = +10.81% republican) of all of those five states by a longshot.

You can get the Senate results here.
Results for other less publicized run-offs in AR you can find here.



CALIFORNIA dreaming....

On the GOP side, it really does look like Fiorina (GOP-Sen) and Whitman (GOP-Gov).
Most of the rest looks cut and dried, except for right-wingbat Orly Taitz making a go for Secretary of State. Should Taitz win the nomination, then be assured that the GOP will be running away from her at light speed.
In spite of an anti-incumbent and astroturf year, this is still a very, very blue state and still in major demographic change, especially in the hispanic community. The statistical probability is still that Boxer will retain her Senate seat and that Jerry Brown will pick up the Governor's mansion for the democratic party, which may not be as good for the democrats as they think, for whoever wins the Governor's Mansion will ultimately take the hit for the financial misery of this state.

Here you can watch the unofficial results as they come in:

California Main results page
California GOV
California SOS
California Senate

There are also a couple of CDs worth watching:

CA-11 (Brad Goehring-R, with a tea bag on his hat, wants to "hunt" liberals)
CA-36 (Jane Harman has a serious D-Primary challenge)



GEORGIA
There is a special election in GA-09. This is a run-off from May 11th, a GOP primary.

IOWA - Branstad was just endorsed by Sarah Palin for the GOP. Could be an interesting race to watch.

MAINE - primaries on both sides for an open Governor's seat. Baldacci is term limited. There has been almost no polling in Maine. However, the latest voter registration totals are fascinating.

Total registered (Maine) 2010: 973,738
Unenrolled (independent): 364,238 (37.41%)
Democratic: 316,949 (32.55%)
Republican: 260,167  (26.72%)
Green Independent: 32,384 (3.32%)


Here is how the VR stats for 2007 looked:


Total registered (Maine) 2007: 930,177
Unenrolled (independent): 352,780 (37.93%)

Democratic: 291,228 (31.31%)

Republican: 259,566  (27.88%)

Green Independent: 26,603 (2.88%)

and for 2008:

Total registered (Maine) 2008: 980,952
Unenrolled (independent): 363,312 (37.04%)
Democratic: 322,443 (32.87%)
Republican: 263,932  (26.91%)
Green Independent: 31,265 (3.18%)

The statistics over 2008 for Maine have barely budged. This means the democratic VR in Maine has not taken a hit despite the hot political fever within the Union.

MONTANA: In MT, there are primaries for the State Legislature, and also this little goody:

"The Secretary of State will place the question of whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention on the November 2, 2010 ballot"

NEVADA: Of course, the entire nation is looking to see who wins the GOP nod for the Senate: Lowden, Tarkanian or Angle. Right now, it looks like Angle is going to get it. But all three are teabaggers. Reid (D) was proclaimed dead just a couple of months ago, but that autopsy may have been premature...


NEW JERSEY: primary contests in NJ. NJ-03 and NJ-07 could be interesting. In NJ-03, the GOP is looking for a candidate to unseat freshman Democrat John Adler. In the GOP it is establishment candidate (with DWI problems) Runyan against Teabagger Murphy. In NJ-07, GOP incumbent Leonard Lance is also facing a (poorly financed) Teabagger David Larsen.

NORTH DAKOTA

SOUTH CAROLINA: We have all gotten a taste of how nasty SC politics is. The GOV primary will be very watched, but it looks as if Nikki Haley will survive the firestorm and win the GOP nod for Governor. On the democratic side, this may come to a run-off. SC-04 will be a good race to watch to see if GOP incumbent Bob Inglis gets knocked off by Teabagger Trey Gowdy.


SOUTH DAKOTA: GOP primaries for GOV and for the AL seat.

VIRGINIA: Three interesting seat races: VA-02: Scott Rigell (R) wants to try to unseat first term Democrat Glenn Nye. In VA-05, 9 candidates are vying for the slot to try to unseat Democrat Tom Periello, who won his first term in a squeaker in 2008. And in VA-11, the GOP field is cloudy to see who will try to unseat Democrat Gerry Connolly.

I will be updating this post with links to more election results during the day.

This kinds of says is all - BP

Take a look. It's just 1:29 long:



Yup. Most people are probably not mad enough to stop driving their cars, and in 10 years most will have forgotten this spill just like they did over the one in the gulf in 1979 and the Exxon-Valdez from 1989 and and and and....