This is from a bit by David Frum:
Archive for the 'General Politics' category
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.
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?
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.
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.
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....
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.
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,”
What a fucking summer.
First the guy in Aurora, now some white supremacist shot a bunch of people in a Sikh temple in Milwaukee.
It is horrible. Tragic.
Each of these people killed had family or other loved ones. Friends. Coworkers. Teammates.
Each one of them will be missed. Each one of them was robbed of their right to have a life, unmolested.
So as you libbie-lefties are "renewing your calls to discuss gun control" ask yourselves this.
Was it any less tragic when some racist asshole ran over a guy with his pickemup truck? Or when that other racist asshole dragged a guy to his death behind, you guessed it, his pickemup truck?
And no, for the slower members of the audience I am not suggesting we renew our calls to ban the pickup truck.
I am suggesting that when you have a common root cause of hatred for those who are unlike oneself then perhaps you should focus on that. And renew your calls to deal severely with these hate groups.
Oh, wait....but that's protected by an Amendment* to the Constitution of the US isn't it?
No, not the Second. I'm making a point here.