gwalla: (election 08)
(CNN) — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says his party is going to launch an "off the hook" public relations campaign that will update the GOP’s image by translating it to "urban-suburban hip-hop settings."
read it here

After the speech, Mr. Steele then proceeded to, as he put it, "get jiggy with it."

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gwalla: (election 08)
So, the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich went through, and the result was that the Illinois Senate unanimously voted to kick him to the curb. He officially can never again hold state office in Illinois.

A lot of commentators were saying he was nuts for boycotting the trial because it meant he couldn't present a defense, instead going on nationally watched talk shows to insist on his innocence. I think I know his game, though: he's trying to pull a Liddy. He probably realized that his political career is kaput, and figured that if he managed to keep his name out there, and maybe sow some doubt about his guilt in the general public—even though there was no way he could in the Illinois Senate, or Federal court either most likely—he may be able to parley his notoriety into a job as a commentator. I hope he's unsuccessful; I hate seeing people get rewarded for being crooked.
gwalla: (aww crap)
What the fuck, people?!

Over on DailyKos, some people are already crying "Kristallnacht", which is seriously overstating things. But still. Fuck. Gassing babies? There are no words.
gwalla: (batstrangle)
Dave Campbell on how superheroes would vote:

Batman is a true independent, a man of solid principles and baffling contradictions. This may be because he is mentally ill. Batman has an almost paranoid distrust of government institutions, yet believes in the rule of law. He’s an urban vigilante, yet he’s a proponent of gun control. Batman is anti-death penalty to a fault – how many times has he had to capture the mass-murdering Joker and return him to Arkham Asylum instead of the electric chair? Contradictions be damned. Batman follows his own moral compass, and Batman is always right. When Batman votes, he weighs all the options and chooses the best person for the job, regardless of party affiliation or whether they are actually running for office. In other words, he writes-in BATMAN on every ballot.

gwalla: (lon chaney)
I didn't even think they had a chance at that, it was such a long shot. Holy crap!

Dems get the House and Senate, and Rumsfeld is out on his ass? Nobody pinch me, because I don't want to wake up.


Nov. 7th, 2006 11:06 pm
gwalla: (Default)
Mostly voted Democratic, with a couple of exceptions. One was a Green for Senate, which was mainly a middle finger vote at Dianne Feinstein, who I can't stand. The other was a Republican for Insurance Commissioner, for two reasons: 1) he says he will never accept money from the insurance companies, and 2) I wouldn't elect that useless schmuck Cruz Bustamante dogcatcher.

The way I see it, if you don't vote, you do have every right to complain about who gets elected...but everybody else will be perfectly justified in thinking that you're just a lazy whiney asshole. Say somebody asks you what you want on your pizza. It's like if you say, "whatever, I don't care", then bitch about how you hate mushrooms when it arrives. Don't be an ass. Vote!
gwalla: (sporfle cat)
MSNBC tears into Ann Coulter for being a hateful, hypocritical hosebeast.

On a more cheerful note, here's a video of cats being awesome.
gwalla: (aww crap)
The "Deleting Online Predators Act" (H.R. 5319) would ban minors from any site that "allows users to create web pages or profiles that provide information about themselves and are available to other users; and offers a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a forum, chat room, email, or instant messenger."
gwalla: (osaka huh?)
Two news items:
  • Family stunned by adult comics at library - Parents in Barstow are kicking up a fuss about a book on manga that contains depictions of sexual acts. The librarian rightly points out that parenting is not the library's job, it is the parents', but that argument has never really kept people from spreading blame before.
  • Man held as terrorism suspect in London...for singing along with a song by The Clash. Just when you thought people couldn't get any more paranoid.

EDIT: Good will never win because evil is stupid but persistent. district supervisors have ordered the book removed from the shelves and want librarians to draft a plan for systematic censorship. "The councilman was quick to say he does not believe in censorship of books, but was also clear to point out the need to protect underage library members from explicit content." Yeah, that's what they always say...
gwalla: (ghost rider xmas)
Wearing vests covered in military patches, a band of motorcyclists rolls around the country from one soldier's funeral to another, cheering respectfully to overshadow jeers from church protesters.

Would it be asking too much for these bikers to pull an Altamont on those Westboro assholes?

"The scriptures are crystal clear that when God sets out to punish a nation, it is with the sword. An IED is just a broken-up sword," Phelps-Roper said. "Since that is his weapon of choice, our forum of choice has got to be a dead soldier's funeral."

You can't argue with logic like that!
gwalla: (sporfle cat)
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsyvania's memorandum on the Dover, PA school board's Intellgent Design debacle is a masterpiece of deadpan comedy. Seriously, the whole thing is funny as hell. The judge had the board members' number, and the latter end up looking like complete tools (emphasis in quotes is mine):
In fact, one un­­fortunate theme in this case is the striking ig­­norance con­cern­­ing the concept of ID amongst Board members. Con­­spicuous­­ly, Board mem­bers who voted for the cur­­riculum change tes­­tified at trial that they had utterly no grasp of ID. To illustrate, con­sider that Geesey tes­tified she did not under­­stand the sub­­stance of the cur­­riculum change, yet she voted for it.... Second, Buck­ing­­ham, Chair of the Cur­­riculum Com­­mit­tee at the time, ad­­mit­ted that he had no basis to know whether ID amount­­ed to good sci­ence as of the time of his first de­pos­ition, which was two and a half months after the ID Policy was ap­­prov­ed, yet he voted for the cur­riculum change. Third, Cleaver voted for the cur­­riculum change des­­pite the teachers’ ob­jections, based upon assur­ances from Bonsell. Cleaver ad­mit­ted­ly knew nothing about ID, in­­clud­ing the words com­­prising the phrase, as she con­­sistently refer­­red to ID as “intelligence design” through­­out her tes­timony. In add­­ition, Cleaver was bereft of any under­­stand­­ing of [Of] Pandas [and People] ex­cept that Spahr had said it was not a good sci­­ence book which should not be used in high school. In add­ition, Supe­r­inten­d­ent Nilsen’s entire under­­stand­ing of ID was that “evo­lution has a design.”
Not only that, but one of the ringleaders, Alan Bonsell, blatantly lied about his interest in creationism:
It is notable, and in fact in­credible that Bonsell dis­claim­ed any in­terest in creation­ism during his tes­timony, des­pite the ad­mis­sion by his counsel in Defendants’ open­ing state­ment that Bonsell had such an interest. Simply put, Bonsell repeat­ed­ly failed to testify in a truth­ful manner about this and other subjects.
It repeatedly points out that Bonsell's testimony is not remotely credible, to the point that it almost becomes a running gag. The memorandum concludes with a snipe at the inevitable whining about "activist judges", and all but calls the defendants assholes:
Those who dis­agree with our hold­ing will likely mark it as the product of an ac­tivist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifest­ly not an ac­tivist Court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the ac­tivism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aid­ed by a nation­al public in­terest law firm eager to find a con­stitu­tion­al test case on ID, who in com­bination drove the Board to adopt an im­prudent and ul­timate­ly un­constitu­tion­al policy. The breath­taking in­anity of the Board’s decision is evident when con­sidered against the factual back­drop which has now been fully re­veal­ed through this trial. The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserv­ed better than to be drag­ged into this legal mael­strom, with its re­sult­ing utter waste of monetary and personal resources.
All that, and a brief history of fundamentalism and creationism (including the previous attempt to sneak creationism past the First Amendment, "creation science"), a clear and nearly jargon-free explanation of why ID is not science and what that means (not something you'd expect from a legal document about science), and point-by-point rebuttals of ID's supporting claims.

They got owned so hard it hurts.
gwalla: (aww crap)
You've all heard about the looting and all that in the wake of Katrina. As bad as it is, in a situation as chaotic and desperate as that it's basically to be expected.

But then there's the price gouging for gas and necessities. And the con artists setting up fake charities—basically stealing aid from the disaster's victims. And PayPal shutting down SomethingAwful's disaster aid account without explanation. And the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter, where 31 staff members remain on hand to keep out refugees, swim in the pool, and dine on girlled tilapia and steaks while the people outside die.

Shit like this that makes me wish I could divorce my species.
gwalla: (halloween)
...according to "panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders".

Most aren't particularly surprising. They include: anything related to Communism (obviously, turns people into traitors), the Kinsey report (turns men into homos), The Feminine Mystique (turns women into lezbo feminazis), and Comte's The Course of Positive Philosophy (turns god-fearing Christians into Satanistsatheists).

Also included is Mein Kampf, because they still can't get away with openly admiring its author.

The runners-up include The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man (biology: evil!), Madness and Civilisation (history: evil!), and Unsafe At Any Speed (seat belts: evil!).

Notably absent: The Blue Book of The John Birch Society
gwalla: (evil mickey)
Operation Rescue announced that it had just received some disheartening news: an estimated "36 trillion" potential lives were snuffed out yesterday alone, raising the total for 2005 to over "900 million karillion".
The organization's "potential death" totals come from measuring a number of sources, including the number of males who masturbated yesterday.
gwalla: (halloween)
Well, not quite yet. But the Florida legislature just passed a law giving Floridians the right to shoot anyone they perceive as a threat, and Jeb Bush intends to sign it. Under existing law, citizens must attempt to resolve a conflict peacefully or flee before being legally able to use force when threatened in public (they can already shoot to kill if their property is invaded).

Not surprisingly, the bill was supported by the NRA.
gwalla: (lon chaney)
No Shakespeare yet, but some odd bits of wisdom occasionally pop out:

I really like how the country has devided itself into colors. Its like we are rockem sockem robots.


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