Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Callin’ It

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Hello.

Thought this would be a good time to start this little machine up again.

And just so this isn’t entirely a self-referential post, I’m calling it for Obama. It’s 7:10pm EST and I’m feeling optimistic.

Welcome back. See more of you soon.

Tea for All

Friday, October 15th, 2010
As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. -H.L. Mencken

You reap what you sow, Tea Partiers.

Freedom Isn’t Free, People

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The NY Times tells it like it is with this beautifully functional visual map of the Obama Administration’s 2011 budget proposal.

Be sure to click “Hide Mandatory Spending” to see just how little of the budget is up for discussion this year.

And the Republicans are Selling…

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Nothing.

Speaking for myself only, I want affordable, high-quality healthcare for everyone, which is only achievable through changing the current system. If you’re curious what the Republican response is to that preference, check out that link. You’ll find that they’re looking to improve healthcare by… doing nothing but opposing Democrats no matter what.

Keep it up, guys. Through 2012, preferably.

Side note: the gem of a man who’s being quoted in that article is Frank Luntz, whose specialty is to put people in power in government by making words not mean what they mean and avoiding actually communicating about policy and issues. You can thank him for “climate change” as a euphemism for “global warming”, which, in classic spinster style, he’s now backed down on.

Link via my man Steve.

H1N1 News/Death Ratio

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hans Rosling, of Gapminder.org, gives some perspective to the recent H1N1 outbreak:

Put simply: over 13 days, 31 people died from H1N1. During those same 13 days, over 60,000 people died of TB. I’ll let you guess which disease got over 38x more coverage in the news.*

It’s all about context. Without it, anything can be portrayed as a crisis. Without it, we can let what truly matters slip through our fingers.

*As represented by Google news search returns.

Sounds Good to Say It, Doesn’t It?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

“President Obama.”

His inaugural address has some truly inspiring moments. You can see the full address on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2). The full text is included below the fold.

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To Preserve Life, Unless I Disagree

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Another terrible, terrible idea, brought to you by the Bush administration:

The Bush administration today issued a sweeping new regulation that protects a broad range of health-care workers—from doctors to janitors—who refuse to participate in providing services that they believe violate their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

This silliness will not prevent abortions, first off. It’s a first step in a long march toward larger legislative actions based on religion; specifically Christianity. But if that’s not bad enough, let’s all play a game: count the days until someone whose personal beliefs involve racism, sexism, homophobia, or another intolerant views ends up getting a patient killed.

Can this administration get any worse? Well, I guess we’ve got a month more to find out.

On This Day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Thank you to everyone who looked to our future and saw hope.

Time to Vote

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The hardest part should be the decision, not the action.

Google has you covered. Just go to their 2008 Voter Info map tool, type in your address, and it’ll tell you where you need to be on Tuesday, November 4th to cast your vote.

And to those people out there who are trying to disenfranchise voters by posting misinformation about voting: what you’re doing is treasonous. Get the hell out of our country.

Good Job, Governor Palin

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I admit, I thought that Palin was going to be a ramble-y mess for the whole debate. But then she clearly and concisely summed up my stance on her candidacy. I admit it, I am impressed at her clarity on this topic:

Ifill: “As Vice President, there’s nothing you’ve promised as a candidate that you would take off the table because of this financial issue?”

Palin: “There is not, and how long have I been at this? Like five weeks?”

Good job, Governor.