The first amendment has been shut down to protect BP from looking bad. Officials at BP and the government are lying about how many skimming vessels are in each perish. In one perish they say they have 96, but the perish only has 19. How much worse would this disaster have been if we had an even more oil industry friendly government in place?
Congratulations to Obama. I’ll admit, I voted for Obama over Barr, partly because I feared a McCain win, but mostly because, regardless if you believe in in policies or not, he does inspire people to action, and I think that is what is needed at the moment. People need to get involved with their country again. Would it have been nicer to have Barr? Yes, but I’ll gladly take Obama over McCain continuing the Bush legacy.
I’ll cover more about the election perhaps after work tomorrow (well, I guess technically today from my clock). Some measures around the country went well, up to one ounce of marijuana was decriminalized in one state, medical marijuana passed another state, it looks like voters in Colorado voted against defining life from the moment of fertilization (as pro life as I am, an amendment to that end causes problems). Meanwhile some other measures are not looking so good, California’s Proposition 8 looks like it might pass, meaning a ban on same sex marriage (I’ve waxed on about legislating morality enough, I’ll skip it for now). At least California passed Prop 2, which forces farmers to give their animals room enough to turn around (egg laying hens, veal caffs and pregnant sows), so perhaps California does have some heart… then again it looks like they’ll say no to Prop 5, which would have provided treatment programs for non-violent drug offenders over incarceration (which results in huge savings, you can treat tons of people for the cost of sending one person to jail).
Anyhow, I’ll see how things are tomorrow. Right now it’s 1:30 am and I have to be at work at 9, so I am off to bed.
[Edited 28 October to add about rich cheating on their taxes more, and to remove a few commas and apostrophe s’s, which for some reason I did on nearly every occasion where it should have been just an s.]
We’re back online and I am finally able to post political stuff.
I saw Ruben Navarrette Jr’s Commentary: Liberals let loose on Palin and Joe the Plumber and it just amazes me how much an idiot the Republicans are being… and I am finding it harder and harder to believe that I used to be a devout Republican myself.
At one point Naverrette says, ” I also thought the Democratic Party was supposed to go to bat for the little guy, the everyday Joe the Plumber.
Tell that to Joe Wurzelbacher, the Ohio resident who got his 15 minutes — and 40 lashes — because he dared question Obama about his tax plan.”
First off, Joe the Plumber would have been a non-story if it wasn’t for McCain bringing him up at the debate. The media wouldn’t be hounding him and finding all kinds of things about him if McCain didn’t make an issue of Joe himself. So his so called 40 lashes, the media camping out on his door step isn’t Obama’s fault as McCain and Naverrette would have you believe, but McCain’s fault… and he didn’t dare ask Obama, he asked, and Obama answered at length. Next, if we went by Joe’s original claim, he wasn’t any “everyday Joe the Plumber.” Very few people, even plumbers, make $250,000 a year. People who think that those making $250,000 are everyday people are living in a world that doesn’t represent the true state of affairs in the US. No wonder why they think the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Continue reading Idiot Republicans→
First let’s talk about Palin… One has to worry when the VP choice is far more popular than the actual nominee. People are leaving after she speaks while McCain is talking, and when appearing separately, she draws far bigger and enthusiastic crowds. It’s sort of as confusing as people loving American Idol over far better TV choices… Then there is the fact she tried to ban books, then tried to fire the librarian for not complying… and other abuses of power (firing the guy for not firing her ex-brother in law… her staff not complying with the subpoenas)… hey she’ll fit right in with the Bush administration…
Then there is the offshore drilling. I have to say I like the provisions the Dems put it, let the White House and Republicans rip into it… What’s wrong with having the state it is about to be used in approve it? What’s wrong with having to actually drill the spots they have now before adding new ones? Nothing with any of them aside from the fact it doesn’t favor the oil companies.
Now to the AIG bailout. Okay, so lots of companies all around the world would have been hurt if it failed. The problem I have is that unless we take the money out of the accounts of the board and other executives who made the bad decisions that led the company down this path, than they have been rewarded for gross incompetency. I would at least bring huge civil suits against the board and the rest of upper management to help offset any burden the government will have. It’s would almost be like bailing out Ford or the other big 3. They were the ones who bet heavily on big cars, trucks and SUVs without a good range of smaller to midsized cars for when the economy went south… and they had to know that sooner or later it would go south and gas prices would jump high… yet these boards and executives make millions for being idiots. We shouldn’t reward people for being stupid, and when their decisions touch as many lives and companies as AIG did, then those idiots need punished. Of course the reality is that they will walk away multi millionaires, and be given charge of another company, where they can do it all over again, because these idiots never learn… Look at the big 3 who had the same problem when gas prices jumped in the 70s, corrected but went right back to making the big cars and trucks that got them in trouble then.
Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in Kansas wanted to start testing all its meat for Mad Cow disease (currently only 1% of our meat is tested for the incurable disease that lays waste to the human brain), but the Bush administration stopped them because larger meat packing firms feared that if Creekstone Farms Premium Beef succeeded in getting better sales because they were advertising they were testing all their meat, then they would have to follow suit and start doing expensive tests themselves… in other words the meat packing industry feared the open market and asked the Bush administration. (Story.)
Since McCain is a twin of Bush, I would expect more of the same from him.
US beef (and a range of other meat) is already banned in many countries outside the US (even China refuses to let our meat in), I think this will just solidify their ban. (The EEC bans US beef do to the hormone treatments most US meat growers give their cows to speed the growth process.) I guess we can chalk up another reason to move to New Zealand as fast as possible, safer food.
Anyhow, I find it amazing that the Bush administration would actually take steps to block the free market from allowing proven safer beef from reaching the market, especially when the company was going to pay for it itself.
McCain, and tons of others, talk about how America was founded on Judea-Christian traditions. however, even Thomas Jefferson (yes, THE Thomas Jefferson, renowned Founding Father, favored among Liberals, Neo-Cons, Evangelicals and more) noted: “The proof of the contrary, which you have adduced, is incontrovertible; to wit, that the common law existed while the Anglo-Saxons were yet Pagans, at a time when they had never yet heard the name of Christ pronounced, or knew that such a character had ever existed.” Thomas Jefferson’s original design for the Great Seal was to include the images of Hengist and Horsa (leaders of the Anglo-Saxons, two thousand years before Christianity reached their shores) on one side (to be fair the reverse side on Jefferson’s seal would have had Moses leading people to the promised land.). So, if we are speaking about our system of laws and values, we are in fact founded on Pagan traditions…
Perhaps McCain wasn’t talking about our Nation’s actual founding, but going back further… Native Americans… not Christian before Westerner’s forced them to convert, so he wasn’t talking about them. Vikings were here next… again not Christian. The Pilgrims were Christian. Perhaps he was talking about them… but they were escaping a Christian country (much like the Evangelicals would like to setup), so perhaps not the best example. So what the hell was he talking about?
Some polls suggest up to 73% of American’s support offshore drilling to help decrease our dependence on foreign oil.There are just so many problems it hard to know where to start… so I’ll just make a little list in no particular order.
Before I go on, I should point out that I don’t necessarily oppose offshore drilling, but I think the reasoning is misdirected and relies on American’s ignorance of markets and other issues. Continue reading The Trouble with Offshore Drilling in America→
I think it is telling when the “better educated” people, as the media polls call them, favor Obama and the “less educated” people prefer Clinton. That should speak volumes as to whom the Democrats should elect. Obviously the “educated” people know who is the better choice.
If we get Obama vs McCain, I will vote for Obama, if it is McCain vs Clinton I think about moving out of the country but in the meantime vote 3rd party. If it is Obama vs Huckabee… well, that is likely not to happen, I’ll decide in the booth between 3rd party and Obama, unless of course that 3rd party choice is Ron Paul where Ron Paul is the clear choice…
Here is my current run down:
Anybody but Clinton or McCain
The Libertarian choice if it isn’t Ron Paul…
I think that keeps care of everyone. 🙂
As far as moving out of the country, it would likely be Vancouver, though I would really prefer New Zealand, and of course I already covered the city choices there in other posts.
Meanwhile, what the flip is up with Washington state stopping their counts and declaring McCain the winner before they were done counting? The vote count was close enough, with enough votes left uncounted that the whole thing stinks. If I were a Washington voter, I would be highly pissed. Did the vote counters look at the uncounted ballots and see that Huckabee or Paul were going to win and decided to leave them uncounted? It is one thing for a network to declare a winner before the counts are done and the polls are closed (unlike 2000 where they declared a winner long before even the East coast polls were closed), but is another thing for the officials to declare a winner before they are done counting and then stop counting.
Anyhow, I officially support Obama, after Ron Paul.
Ron Paul came in a strong second in Nevada and beat Giuliani in South Carolina… though Paul beating Giuliani is nothing new, the only time he hasn’t was in New Hampshire. Nevada and South Carolina proves a certain point about the Ron Paul base. Despite the fact he gets lower scores in polls, his real world results are much better then the polls predict. For example, in South Carolina, Ron Paul was polling at 1%, well behind Giuliani’s 4% and even Keyes’ 2%. The polls are flawed not only as a result of what they ask, but perhaps more importantly whom they ask.
Thompson is expected to drop out, and likely will endorse McCain, which if that results in a McCain win in Florida (who already leads), will be an effective end to Giuliani’s run, especially if Giuliani falls past second there after all the time and money he has spent on Florida.
On the Democrat side, Clinton won Nevada (their South Carolina primary isn’t until later), but Obama gets more delegates from there, making his delegate lead stronger.
Random Musings of Father, Gamer, Author, and occasional YouTuber, and Twitch Streamer, Brian A. Thomas.