Category Archives: Politics


It’s taken me a week to get to the point where I can write this.


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State of the Union 01

So, I encountered this in my relatively new Twitter feed:

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Ted Cruz Admits He is Guilty of Assault/Battery

From reports, Ted Cruz said:

In my house, if my daughter Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking

Alright, maybe it’s actually Battery rather than Assault, depends on the statutes in your area.

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Two Different USAs

I was just reading this article on AlterNet about the differences between the Republican and Democratic debates, and this part jumped out at me  (below the fold):

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Not a Presidential Issue?

So apparently, Mike Huckabee, running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, has decided that a symbol of racism is not an issue for a candidate who wants to be President of the United States needs to address.


“For those of us running for president, everyone’s being baited with this question as if somehow that has anything to do whatsoever with running for president, and my position is it most certainly does not,” Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, told NBC News on Sunday.


I have to wonder, though, if the racism symbolized by flying the flag of the traitors and armed insurrectionists who were in favor of keeping fellow human beings as property might be worthy of some sort of comment from someone who claims to have the correct morals to be president.


“If the state government of South Carolina wishes to address an issue in their state, that’s fine,” Huckabee continued Sunday. “If you can point me to an article and section in the Constitution in which a United States president ought to weigh in on what states use as symbols, then please refresh my memory on that.”


How about the Preamble, where we made the Constitution in order to promote the general welfare?  Or Provide for the common defense?  Or maybe, right there in the beginning, where we are hoping to form a more perfect union?  Is it really a more perfect union when a state government endorses a symbol that says, “We wish you were all still slaves” to a large part of its constituency?  How does that promote the general welfare of the people?

I’m guessing you have no problem condemning the swastika as a symbol of anyone not blonde-haired and blue-eyed being less than human.  Why can’t you say the same thing for the symbol of southern racism?

Economics and Budgets

I am not an economist.  I was a software engineer who decided to become a stay-at-home dad/Household Manager.  I had no course on Econ while in college.  I had a high school understanding of supply and demand.  A few months ago, I picked up “An Idiot’s Guide to Economics”.

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What Were They Thinking?

This is probably going to be part one of many, and this one will be rather short because it is just so totally incomprehensible to me.

A district in Colorado just elected a state representative who has diagnosed, at a distance, that some people have been possessed by demons.  A man who believes not only that demons exist but that they possess people and that you can tell those people are possessed from halfway across the country was elected to represent a section of people in the state of Colorado.  He is also a virulently anti-gay bigot.

Now, what in the world do they think this guy is going to do for them within their state?  Outlaw homosexuality?  Enact laws against demonic possession?

Seriously, what the fuck were these people thinking?


I found this quote when looking up the history of public education in the United States:

“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”

John Adams, U.S. President, 1785 (The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 9, by John Adams, Little, Brown, 1854, pg 540) as quoted at Wikipedia.
Adams was right.  He wasn’t president when he said it, but he was so right that outside of the great minds of physics and mathematics, this may have been the rightest statement ever uttered.  We should be making sure our children are well-educated, kept up to date on the latest developments in history, social studies, mathematics, and the sciences.  That education should include Art and Music, and, yes, Health and Physical Education.

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I was pointed to this article with Dick Cheney’s opinions in it.

And this is what is really happening in the world.  The US of A spends more than the next ten highest spending nations combined.  The US spends more on weapons than the next ten nations spend on defense combined.  TEN nations.  They aren’t even allies who would group together to attack the US.

Darth Cheney from the article:

“That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,” Cheney said. “Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. [Obama] is the commander-in-chief and he’s absolutely devastating the United States military today.”

I really have a hard time not bringing in some Monty Python here — “Don’t give me that you snotty faced heap of parrot droppings.”

We spend more than the next ten nations on making people and things that kill human beings.  This…. fucker would rather our own people starve so that we can go kill others.  “Not highways or anything else”.  Education, Dick, you ridiculous git.  Education is the only way we are going to advance as a country and a culture.  Highways and bridges, electrical grids and water management — (there might be some sarcasm here) yeah they are useless.

Why do people listen to this jackass?

You know what?  The number one responsibility of the President of the United States of America is taking care of the people of the United States of America.  People.  Over the last two decades, I have come to the conclusion that Cheney and his Republican friends don’t give a shit about people.  They have a nebulous vision of “America”, and they have totally neglected “Americans.”

And it pisses me off.

Who Should Make Your Medical Decisions?

Ugh.  March has been a bad month.  I don’t know why, for sure, except there seemed to be fits and starts about the weather between warming for spring and still cold and snowy for winter, which seems to fit the old tale about March coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb.  I haven’t gotten my photos done for my monthly theme, I haven’t gotten any renders done, and I haven’t really done much to blog about.

So, I thought I’d post about something hitting the States now — that there are corporations that think they should be able to decide what medical care their employees receive.  Because when I think of who should be able to make medical decisions for me, the company I work for is right up there in the two people… wait, no it isn’t.So I was lead to a link with a great analysis of corporations as persons and why that should show that Hobby Lobby is wrong.There is so much wrong with what they are trying to do, but what is worst, unless previous to the AHA mandate they used an insurance company that refused to cover birth control, then they were already paying into people using birth control.  I mean, you know how insurance works, right?A large group of people pay into a large pool of funds that are used to pay out when members need it.  Let’s assume Hobby Lobby used Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  They paid into BC/BS’s pool.  Did they think that BC/BS was *not* covering other BC/BS members birth control?  If that was their understanding of how insurance works, perhaps they shouldn’t be running a corporation.And that’s what I have to say on it.  Because there is so much wrong with what this corporation is trying to do and I just can’t spend the time doing more than what’s here.  There are others who have done a lot more explaining the wrongness, and I’m sure a quick google search will do you well if you are really interested.  And if you’re not really interested, maybe you should ask yourself why.