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Jun. 6th, 2014 @ 11:10 am On yesterday's sad events in Seattle...
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Not saying anything more about yesterday's sad events other than there was also clear evidence that the blanket declaration, "the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" (12/21/2012), was proven false.
NRA and gun supporters: you are welcome to use facts (as many do including some of my friends on FB), but when you start making blanket rhetorical statements like that above quote, others now have a clear reason not to believe you.

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the temptation to put this on FB was quite strong, but I resisted.  that said, someone else say anything and I'll surely bring it up.
Aug. 8th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm good grief...
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Dear Mr. Matt Gaetz (rep, florida).  Under no circumstances are you or your ilk EVER allowed to call anything done by your opposition, "reactionary".  It does not mean what you think it means.
Stand Your Ground is, itself, the reactionary law.  Reforming it to limit the scope and the burden of proof required for it to be applicable is progressive.
signed, someone who paid attention in high school civics.
Jan. 4th, 2013 @ 09:01 pm I've been reading Onion headlines too long...
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My brain just came up with the following news item:

"House Republicans Furious with Speaker for not Allowing Them To Vote Against Hurricane Relief"
Nov. 17th, 2012 @ 02:20 pm Funniest Election Tweet | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
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This tweet after the election cracked me up:

Guy Nicolucci@Nicolucci1899
Karl Rove has redistributed more money from billionaires than Barack Obama ever will.

Funniest Election Tweet | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Nov. 5th, 2012 @ 07:35 pm The 'power' nobody heard of?
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If Valery Jarrett is supposedly some real influential super-power within the White House, why the hell is it that nobody (even among Democrats) have even really heard of her until this likely fake 'hell to pay' quote suddenly starting making the right-wing blogosphere?
Sep. 13th, 2012 @ 12:16 pm Ohio Republicans Think Romney Killed Bin Laden? | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
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Ohio Republicans Think Romney Killed Bin Laden? | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Every once in a while you see a poll result that just leaves your jaw agape. Here’s a perfect example. A Public Policy Polling survey over the weekend asked who respondents thought was more responsible for the death of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama or Mitt Romney.

Now the answer to this should be obvious, since Romney could not possibly have had anything to do with it. Not so to Republican voters in that state, apparently, since only 38% of them answered Obama — with 15% saying Romney gets more credit and 47% saying they don’t know. I’m dumbfounded.
Stupidity of this magnitude should be painful.
Sep. 7th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm Romney Wants More Cold Fusion Research (for the wrong reasons...)
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Romney Wants More Cold Fusion Research | Mike the Mad Biologist
Romney actually said this. Out loud. To another person:
I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity with — with cold fusion, if we can come up with it. It was the University of Utah that solved that. We somehow can’t figure out how to duplicate it.
Sep. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:23 pm repeating the mantra worked...
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"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."
"I will not talk politics on a facebook anti-Obama post."

and I didn't.  sanity preserved for one more day...
Jul. 23rd, 2012 @ 11:25 am The final act of hijacking history itself...
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Not enough to paint the founding fathers as Evangelical Christians (which most weren't, certainly not by the standard of modern Evangelism which only dates back to the 1880s), the right-wing nutcases are now lying by mixing present ideologies with past political parties.

Bryan Fischer has decided that because it was Republicans that ended slavery 150 years ago, it was "Conservatives" that ended slavery and the "Liberals" wanted to keep it going.  Similarly, because Southern Democrats of the 1960s (a demographic concept that ceased to exist as Newt implemented the final step in the election of 1994) were the ones that filibustered the Civil Rights acts at the time, Fischer declares the obvious non-conclusion, that "Liberals" were the ones doing that.

The Party now is the Ideology always - history doesn't matter anymore, because nothing has ever changed, ever.

I suppose if you believe the earth to be 6,000 year old, that must make some kind of sick sense...

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update: I'll note it is very unlikely that he'll take the example of Republican President Teddy Roosevelt and decide that
  1. National Parks are a great way to spend public funds
  2. Large monopolistic corporations, including banks, need to be split up and regulated
  3. Unions are the backbone of corporate and economic justice


Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 09:55 pm ok, NOW i'm worried...
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There's the big question of why did Roberts become the swing.  More importantly (to those reading in detail) why did he change his mind so late in the process (like his namesake did in '37).

My belief: Roberts didn't do it to "protect the supreme court".  He did it to save Scalia.  He did it to protect the Wickard wide-reading of the Commerce Clause that had proven so useful for other conservative decisions like the federal ban on medical marijuana (what should be a 'states rights' issue) and the federal ban on assisted suicide (ditto).

Scalia's dissent, which if you read it right was originally meant to be the decision, as it mentions Ginsberg's "dissent" (that wasn't, it became a concurrence) several times, matched with a recent document he wrote recently basically saying that SCOTUS overreached in Wickard and that the wide reading of Commerce (which he himself used in his decisions on those two cases) was wrong.  They (Scalia, Alito, Thomas) were going to restore limits on the Commerce Clause solely to get rid of the health care law.

Roberts wouldn't let them do it.

He must have a reason. There is (and it will likely take me days to find it) an upcoming case where a Wickard-style wide-reading of the Commerce Clause is going to be the critical decider, and it must be one that is bigger than somethign as simple as charging 4 million people $500 a year for opting out of insurance.  He wasn't saving SCOTUS from being seen as partisan (far too late for that).  He is saving the Commerce Clause itself for more important conservative things ahead, real business issues rather than a simple social issue (one that fiscal conservatives actually like as they're the ones that came up with it 16 years ago).