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In a rare moment of clarity, NRA flack LaPierre makes huge Freudian slip

Dec 21 2012 Published by under FWDAOTI, General Politics

From this transcript of his remarks:

Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

And there we have it. The full reveal.

For the slower members of the audience, or those reading after too many eggnogs...an explainer from Comradde Physioproffe.

all these delusional right-wing microdicke Republican gun fetishists ... we all know that their real goal has nothing to with preventing the slaughter of kindergartners, and everything to do with delusional phallic power fantasies to compensate for their real-world angry white d00d ineffectual dicklessness.

So yeah, LaPierre was talking about videogame fans...but dude. Fruedian slip much? Who the hell would compare GrandTheftAuto to porn unless he was popping a chubbie thinking about blowing people away in a hail of semiautomatic fire from his M-16 imitating AR-15 "sporting rifle"? And you know who those people are?

for Sporting Purposes only.


Honestly. Tell me there isn't something wrong with these folks.

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Some data on simple possession raps for three of my Readers

Dec 21 2012 Published by under Cannabis, General Politics

This is from a bit by David Frum:

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NIH small business awards per capita by State

Dec 20 2012 Published by under #FWDAOTI, FWDAOTI, General Politics, NIH funding

hmm. looks just like the political Red State / Blue State division, doesn't it?

Only in this case the government largesse is going preferentially to the Blue, instead of the Red. (Also see this).

The Blue states are getting more government investment in Small Business, the Red ones more government investment in, well, the dole. Interesting, isn't it?

via Rock Talk blog.

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Presumption of vocational impairment

Dec 08 2012 Published by under Cannabis, Drug Abuse Science, General Politics

Per this article, the question of private employers dealing with off-hours behavior deemed legal by the State.

Gee... If we only had some way to determine if users of marijuana are likely to be vocationally impaired. If only there were some way to get that information. So that we could come up with some guidelines. And do things based on reasonable approximations of fact rather than agenda based random reaction (on either side).

Wouldn't that be useful?

What? What's that you say?

"Science"?

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Confession

Nov 07 2012 Published by under General Politics

I actually believed, until recently, that the "our internal polling shows..." routine was just part of the spin machine. That at worst the campaign might keep the candidate fooled to keep his confidence up.

But that for realzies the campaigns wanted to operate on the best possible polling data.

So they could know where to devote resources, where to fly the candidate for speechifying and all that.

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Voting Day in the US

Nov 06 2012 Published by under General Politics

Did you, my US Readers?

I hope so.

I voted on a number of things this year. For Obama to continue as President, obviously. A few nearly-uncontested other races and a few where it matters. The odd ballot initiative.

My Congress Critter race was made easier for me...my professional interests are increasingly at odds with my usual preferences and luckily I don't have to deal with my recent quandry over voting for a Critter that I think is an idiot anymore. Small favors.

A local election or two were so bad that I had to write in someone else. I don't like to protest vote all that much but it really was called for in this case. My own party's candidate sucked that bad.

Ballot initiative type stuff....to raise $$ support for stuff that should be coming from taxes. Sound familiar? Naturally, this can't happen anymore in these here U-nited States so we're left with this. Stupid ballot initiatives begging one special flower government role after another. Hoping to twang enough heartstrings to push this one over the line to get some funds for an overdue reason. Yeah, I vote for these anyway.

Only two real hold-your-nose votes for me. Social issues, that kind of thing. Biggies, really. So it matters. But the options on each side are suboptimal. Nobody said voting was supposed to be easy though.

If you are a USian and are reading this, make sure you've voted, eh? It all matters, even the easy stuff.

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Your Republican Party thinks quite a lot about rape

Oct 25 2012 Published by under #FWDAOTI, AntiFeminist Asshole, General Politics

Via brain wrap at DailyKos

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Obama has a better approach

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Middle income

Sep 14 2012 Published by under #FWDAOTI, Anger, General Politics

Romney has really done it this time.

Stephanopoulos: Is $100,000 middle income?

Romney: No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.

Where the middle is approximately the 96th-98th percentile apparently....

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Janesville

Aug 30 2012 Published by under General Politics

Amid all of Paul "Lyin" Ryan's prevarication and misdirection in his convention speech, I noticed an objectionable truth.

Well, I'm going to assume it is true.

He noted he lives on the same block as the house he grew up in.

Look, we're all used to politicians emphasizing their down-home, jest-folks cred. I suppose it feels authentic to some voters.

But it sounds very parochial to me. This clown wants to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. He wants to represent the needs of the *entire* country. It is most certainly not a good thing if his only frame of reference is one narrow enclave of one unrepresentative town in one unbelievably unrepresentative state.

I would like to see national candidates emphasize how many different States, cities, neighborhoods, etc that they are familiar with.

At least Romney has homes in three very different States.

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Romney is making a lot of sense here, maybe I should reconsider...

Aug 28 2012 Published by under General Politics

This is great stuff Romney wrote!

“Dogmatic ideological parties tend to splinter the political and social fabric of a nation, lead to governmental crises and deadlocks, and stymie the compromises so often necessary to preserve freedom and achieve progress,”

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