Archive for the 'General Politics' category

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?


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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 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 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


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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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,”

Continue Reading »

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On the Sikh temple shooting

Aug 06 2012 Published by under Anger, General Politics

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.

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The 2nd Amendment and Idiotic Leftie Rhetoric

Jul 24 2012 Published by under #FWDAOTI, General Politics

This picture is circulating the Facebooks, I snagged it from "The Pragmatic Progressive Page".

It is absolutely, one hundred percent wooly headed leftie-libby insanity.

The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution reads:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

There is absolutely no doubt that the people that wrote and approved this sucker were absolutely steeped in recent historical events. Historical events that were made up of an effort to free, by armed conflict, one part of a nation State from the rest of it. To take up arms against, they felt, a tyrannical controlling central governmental authority. To throw off the chains that bound them to that authority and to form a new Nation State.

During that conflict, the military might of the controlling central authority was deployed against citizens, including by trying to control their access to the very "arms" that might be used to resist said controlling central authority.

It is inexplicable to me how anyone with even a modicum of sense can view the 2nd Amendment as anything other than guaranteeing the ability of a local, semi-organized subset of a nation State to fight, with equivalent arms, against the military power of said national authority.

Consequently, the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right not just to muskets but to all of the arms available to the nation State itself.

Thus, Stinger missiles, F16s and M1 tanks are covered just as cedrtainly as your thirtyoughtsix deer rifle. The 100 round drum clip for an AR-15 style "rifle" as assuredly as hand-polished birdshot for Cheney's lovingly waxed Italian sparrow murderer.

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