Friday, May 07, 2010

Losing The Latinos

Via Markos on Twitter:

In 2004, John McCain got 74% of Latino vote. In 2008, he got 40%. In R2K poll to be released today, he gets 10%.

The fastest growing demographic in America are turning their backs on the GOP. The Republican strategy of going hard right is proving to be a massive failure. Good for us, bad for them.

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Who Won In The UK?

So with no clear UK winner, does this mean that Roberts and Scalia get to decide who is Prime Minister?

Interesting how the UK had Blair as we had Bush, now they have a Conservative get the most votes in an election and won't be PM. Nick Clegg as Ross Perot or Ralph Nader. Bizarro world.

1 Missed Call: Real Life Hurt Locker

A good day for an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician.
"The last two weeks have been pretty rough on EOD techs (three dead, one severely wounded). Today was a good day.
The EOD team leader didn’t know it was an IED. He was just going to do a BIP (Blow in Place) of ordnance. He returned after the explosion to do a post blast investigation and discovered what is in the picture.
Somebody loves EOD techs..."
For anyone who has seen The Hurt Locker, you'll get this image even more.

Grandmothers Against War: 330 Weeks Of Protest

"This was the 330th consecutive Wednesday, going back to Jan. 14, 2004, that the grannies gathered for an hour’s demonstration against America’s wars. Agree with their cause or not, theirs is an unusual record of persistence in an age when attention spans are often measured in seconds."

Protester Laurie Arbeiter invoked words ascribed to the Rev. A. J. Muste, a prominent pacifist who died in 1967. During the Vietnam War, he was asked at a candlelight vigil outside the White House if he truly felt that such actions would alter national policy. “I don’t do this to change the country,” he said. “I do this so the country won’t change me.”

Respect your elders.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

J.D. Hayworth Reacts To Los Suns

Hayworth, a strong proponent of Arizona's new immigration law, also called Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver a hypocrite because of his stance on the measure:

"Does he [Robert Sarver] want a bunch of people showing up tonight, basically walking into the arena without tickets, taking the best seats in the arena for tonight's game, demanding free food and drinks and then after the game demanding unfettered access to the players," he asked of the team's owner, "of course not."

"Los Angry White Guy" J.D. Hayworth is a failed Republican. Now he's an opportunist.

Does he equate taking the "best seats" with picking lettuce as the best job? Jobs they are paid to do by willing farmers.

A better comparison would be does the Suns owner want people to show up, clean his arena, hang around out back, maybe take a few empty seats in the rafters, pay for their food and drinks, then leave peacefully.

Immigration is a problem. J.D. is not the answer.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Public Enemy - By The Time I Get To Arizona

Released in 1991. The ultimate fly-over State rears it's ugly head again 19 years later.

And just like John McCain regretted voting against the MLK holiday in 1897, he will regret backing this current immigration law, too. [The MLK holiday passed in AZ in 1992 and McCain apologized in 1999. Running for National office made him atone for his sins.]

Well, Well, Well, Look Who's Asking For Help

Governor Jindal said, “I appreciate Secretary Salazar, Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Jackson for coming down to Louisiana and seeing first-hand the response efforts. As I told the President yesterday, we’re urging the federal government and BP to deploy more resources to help mitigate the impact of the oil spill that is threatening the coast of our state...

I do have concerns that BP’s current resources are not adequate to meet the three challenges we face and I have urged them to seek more help.”

Andrew Kent adds:

"It's not that government can solve all our problems. It can't. I agree with the Governor that in most cases, the strength of our nation is found in our people and businesses rather than our government. But there are some problems that are too big for compassionate individuals--and too unprofitable for enterprising businesses--to address. In other cases problems result from a failure of collective action, in which behaviors beneficial to individuals cause collective harm to the group. And it's in these situations that government has to step in."

When a disaster strikes and the world's 4th largest company [BP] does not have the resources to solve the problem, the Federal Government has to play a bigger role.

Bottom line: no one wants the Government to tell them what to do, but to say the Government can't do anything right is flat out wrong. Stop bashing everything Federal. It was set up 200 years ago to be powerful. And with massive disasters like oil spills, it becomes obvious why.

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Obama Should Appoint An Atheist [SCOTUS]

As President Obama considers nominees to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a debate bubbles as to whether religion should play a role in his choice.

This is a no-brainer. The religious views of the next justice of the high court must absolutely be a decisive factor.

Though the court without Stevens will be left with six Catholics and two Jews, the open seat should not go to either domination. Nor should it go to a Presbyterian, a Lutheran, a Methodist, a Muslim or even a Zoroastrian. If it did, that would make nine people who all have one religious principle in common: a belief in religion.

Clearly, the next person to take the bench should be an atheist.

To replace John Paul Stevens, Obama should draw on the influence of the Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson and pick a nonbeliever. This will never happen in a country where seemingly no politician, from either party, can resist the temptation of ending a speech with the empty phrase "God bless America."

Freedom and reason are secular. Religion plays far too influential a role in our political and civic life as is. One person's superstitions and myths are just coded language, they do not represent anything. Add to the faux righteousness, the willful ignorance of the basic principle of separation of Church and State by some of the biggest politicians. It's sad.

With nonbelievers representing 30% of the population, it's about time they received some representation.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Dumbest. Conspiracy. Theory. Ever.

"If Obama sabotaged the oil rig, why would he endorse drilling six weeks earlier? Dumbest. Conspiracy. Theory. Ever." Will Bunch

When Katrina happened, the GOP would want you to believe it was a break down at the local level and the Governor, both Democratic. Bush did no wrong. Now a BP oil well sinks and the Republican Governor is not the problem, it's Obama that is the problem. Even though the Coast Guard has been on it from Day One and the Federal Government has a timeline of how it is handling the catastrophe.

Plus all the "redistributed wealth" the Republicans like Bobby Jindal love to campaign against is now pouring into his State.

This is a horrible situation for the Gulf States. All the United States will pitch in. The Right Wing clerics like Limbaugh need to STFU.

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The US Oil Spill Explained

"Spill, Baby, Spill" explained.

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Glenn Palin: Two Heads, Half A Brain

Let the nightmares ensue.

Newt Knows "Secular Socialists": He Is One

Richard Cohen of the Washington Post: how to recognize the sort of person Newt Gingrich derides as a "secular socialist": (1) has a doctorate in the social sciences, (2) teaches at the college level, (3) married three times, (4) divorced twice, (5) had at least one extramarital affair, (6) never worked for a profit-making organization, (7) never served in the military, (8) lives in one of Washington's poshest suburbs.

Oh, wait. That's Newt Gingrich.

Newt is the classic Republican failure who had to step down from his political career amid scandals, then is given a platform to spew BS for the next 20 years. This will be the same thing with Sarah Palin.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Frank Rich: The "Take Back America" Meme And AZ

"Arizonans, like all Americans, have every right to be furious about Washington’s protracted and bipartisan failure to address the immigration stalemate. To be angry about illegal immigration is hardly tantamount to being a bigot. But the Arizona law expressing that anger is bigoted, and in a very particular way. The law dovetails seamlessly with the national “Take Back America” crusade that has attended the rise of Barack Obama and the accelerating demographic shift our first African-American president represents."
Birthers and Tea Bagger racism is the tail that's wagging the Republican party dog. In the fairy tale GOP, all racism is directed at whites. It's the "stand up for our culture" debate against immigrants, legal and illegal. The bogus canards and racist bromides of the day have replaced policy

And in this climate, most big Republicans are cowering before their party’s extremists. McCain, Graham, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, Huckabee and Romney have yet to say a word about the Arizona legislation.

President Obama Is One Funny Guy

The President at the 2010 White House Correspondents Association Dinner last night. Obama was awesome, then Jay Leno came on. He should fire his writers.

Obama destroyed Michael Steele, "my brotha".

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