Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Monday, November 22, 2004  

I just realised I've been letting this go. I'll get some posting done over the next couple of days, then it'll be sporadic over Thanksgiving.

posted by lazarus | 00:18 | |
GOP moderates in Congress get cold shoulder

This is no big surprise, really. The hubris of these people is going to be their undoing, hopefully.

HoustonChronicle.com - GOP moderates in Congress get cold shoulder: "As the Republican Party's conservative leaders moved to consolidate power through rules changes and other maneuvers last week, GOP moderates watched with jaws dropping.
They are struggling to find their place and their voice in a Congress that will clearly be governed by the right.
The election was widely interpreted as a victory for GOP conservatives, and the most powerful sign that they are more than ready to wield power came Saturday, when House conservatives blocked approval of the 9/11 intelligence-overhaul bill. They defied the wishes of President Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., who canceled a vote on a House-Senate compromise.
There were other examples, as when Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., denounced a party rules change that would help House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, keep his leadership post even if he is indicted in a corruption investigation in Texas.
Shays, an outspoken moderate whose topsy-turvy relationship with DeLay and other party leaders cost him a committee chairmanship two years ago, acknowledged he felt 'awkward' and feared retribution for broadcasting his opposition. But he saw this as a major party reversal on ethical standards."

posted by lazarus | 00:15 | |

Wednesday, November 17, 2004  
Police scoff at Ashcroft speech

They're not the only ones.

A day after Attorney General John Ashcroft told the nation's largest association of law enforcement executives that the Bush administration had made the nation more secure from terrorist attacks and violent criminals, the group lashed back at the White House on Tuesday.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) said that cuts by the administration in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable than ever to public safety threats. The 20,000-member group also said in a statement that new anti-terrorism duties for local cops - which have come as state and local budgets have declined and historically low crime rates have crept upward - have pushed police agencies to "the breaking point."

The statement reflected the ongoing tension between the administration and many local police chiefs, who believe the White House has saddled them with anti-terrorism tasks without much regard to the cost.

posted by lazarus | 16:52 | |

Sunday, November 14, 2004  
Iraq vote could be delayed

Shocking news.


posted by lazarus | 19:51 | |

Friday, November 12, 2004  
And so it begins....

The people have spoken, and it's back to the Middle Ages with us:

"When talk at the high school here turns to evolution, biology teachers have to make time for Charles Darwin as well as his detractors. With a vote last month, the school board in rural south-central Pennsylvania community is believed to have become the first in the nation to mandate the teaching of 'intelligent design,' which holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by an unspecified higher power.
Critics call the change in the ninth-grade biology curriculum a veiled attempt to require public schoolchildren to learn creationism, a biblical-based view that credits the origin of species to God. Schools typically teach evolution, the theory that Earth is billions of years old and that life forms developed over millions of years."
"I think it's a downright fraud to perpetrate on the students of this district, to portray one theory over and over," said Buckingham. "What we wanted was a balanced presentation."
Why do I think Mr Buckingham only wants a "balanced" presentation that gives his side, and not any of the others?

Here's how I'd teach "both sides":

Spend one full unit on evolution. Then, to teach creationism, one simply says, "And some people say God did it."

How many religions should we give equal time to, anyway? All of them?
What more needs to be said?

posted by lazarus | 13:19 | |

Thursday, November 11, 2004  
Happy Veteran's Day from Bush

Wounded veterans face new fight to secure government benefits:

"U.S. casualties have swelled demands upon the Veterans Affairs Department serving troops who have left the service. The department serves 6 million to 7 million veterans alone, with a backlog of 300,000-plus claims. Many wonder how it will handle so many. In August, an additional 150,000 National Guard and reservists became eligible for care and benefits. 'The system needs help because it wasn't designed or prepared to handle this load. More than 40 percent of all troops on the ground in Iraq are National Guard,' says Chasteen, an Army chemical corps captain in Iraq from March to August 2003.
President Bush's 2005 budget, however, calls for cuts to the veterans department. Though Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are moved to the front of the line, the average hurry-up-and-wait time for veterans' claims to determine eligibility for health care, after spending months being processed out of the service, is 160 days, says Dave Autry, spokesman for the Disabled American Veterans. Many current problems occur during the handoff from the military to the veterans department, he said."

posted by lazarus | 21:13 | |
Veteran's Day

I'm a veteran of the Cold War. USAF 1984-1988, Honorable Discharge. I'm also a proud liberal.

My father served in the Air Force during Viet Nam. My paternal grandfather served in the Army in WWII. My maternal grandfather had to take care of the family farm, but his brother, my uncle Joe Frank, was badly wounded in the assault on Anzio. He never really recovered.

My maternal great-grandfather, Grady Brooks, served in France during WWI. My grandmother managed to find a picture of him, and we're currently looking for more information as to his unit, etc. But I know he saw combat, and I know from the stories about him that it changed him greatly.

grady brooks

I'm proud of the sacrifices my family has made, as well as the sacrifices all veterans have made. I'm also sickened by the reason for the sacrifices we're asking our troops to make now.

posted by lazarus | 15:26 | |
An apology

I got to spend a few days out of state, visiting my daughter. Hence the lack of any posting at all.

Tomorrow's a whole different sort of bad day I'll explain later.

In the meantime, Arafat's dead, Ashcroft's been replaced by someone who thinks torture is good and the Geneva Convention is "quaint", and we're committing atrocities in Iraq.


posted by lazarus | 00:36 | |

Thursday, November 04, 2004  
Ungodly Politics

I'm back and I am pissed at a whole load of evil right wing people. There are also quite a few worthless Democratic "centrists" I want to vent some spleen on too. However, spleen venting is for a later date.

LiberalOasis is one of my favourite blogs and post's like this are why.

posted by RogueTrooper | 16:21 | |

Wednesday, November 03, 2004  
Bush's Game Plan all along

Courtesy of Hermann Goering:

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

posted by lazarus | 11:42 | |
post mortem

Well, that sucks. I don't know how I'll handle four more years of this bastard.

I don't know if we'll ever get the voting system fixed.

But the one thing the Democratic party has to do is figure out how to get our natural constituency voting for us again.

And that's poor people.

Rural people.

"Flyover country" people.

Everything that does good for them, we did. Liberals. The Republican party hasn't done a damned thing for them, but has somehow convinced them that liberals are elitists, and that a man born in Connecticut, who went to Yale and Harvard and private schools and was a cheerleader in college, who never ran a successful business, who is best friends with the Saudis, who is a multi-millionaire, is one of them.

That's what we need to fight.

Oh, and the media. Fuck them. All of them.

The rich liberals (and there are a few, and I'm talking to you, George Soros) need to set up the same sort of communications network the neocons have. We need our own network (with their dead ratings, surely MSNBC is cheap, right?) and our own think tanks and our own spokespeople.

Remember when the Republicans cloned a bunch of skinny blondes to go out and repeat talking points over and over? Well, it worked.

So let's do it to. Time to fight fire with fire. No more "nuance" or any of that crap. Time to fight hard.

From this point on, I have no patience with anyone who voted Republican. None. I will be a complete asshole about it.

Because that's what they do, and it seems to work.

posted by lazarus | 11:34 | |

Tuesday, November 02, 2004  
Global monitors find faults in Florida

This is fucking pathetic:

"The global implications of the U.S. election are undeniable, but international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida said Tuesday that voting procedures being used in the extremely close contest fell short in many ways of the best global practices.

The observers said they had less access to polls than in Kazakhstan, that the electronic voting had fewer fail-safes than in Venezuela, that the ballots were not so simple as in the Republic of Georgia and that no other country had such a complex national election system.

'To be honest, monitoring elections in Serbia a few months ago was much simpler,' said Konrad Olszewski, an election observer stationed in Miami by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

'They have one national election law and use the paper ballots I really prefer over any other system,' Olszewski said."

posted by lazarus | 23:00 | |

Just cast my vote. I hate California's ballot initiative law, btw. Don't we have a legislature to figure this stuff out?

Anyway, I'm actually anticipating low traffic today, as everyone will be nailed to the big boys (Kos, Atrios, DU, etc.). So enjoy, and let's get ready to party.

One last thing before the votes are counted: If it's close, and we look to have another 2000 happening, Kerry absolutely HAS to act like he won. Start appointing a cabinet, etc. That was a big part of what got it for Bush last time.

posted by lazarus | 15:05 | |

Monday, November 01, 2004  
'Cornhole' Catching on Beyond Midwest

Because the election is too damned serious right now.

posted by lazarus | 13:10 | |
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